Think Again: A Big Think Podcast
We surprise the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. Check out our promo and subscribe now. Episode 1 launches 6/20/15.
UPDATES (6/10/15): THINK AGAIN is a "New and Noteworthy" featured podcast on iTunes, and has reached #33 in iTunes Podcasts, ahead of blockbusters like The Tim Ferriss Show and The Joe Rogan Experience.
We have officially launched Episode Zero of Think Again, a podcast from Big Think. Episode Zero gives you a preview of what our full series — launching June 20th — will be like. In it, we surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, Jane McGonigal, Jason Silva, and many more...
If you've got 10 minutes with Albert Einstein, what do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. So each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with handpicked gems from Big Think's archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go just about anywhere.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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