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Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. 

In this episode of Think Again - a Big Think Podcast, author Jodi Picoult and host Jason Gots talk comic books, social justice, and why white Americans need to take the risk (and the consequences) of talking honestly about race and class privilege. 

Surprise conversation starter interview clips in this episode: C. Nicole Mason on Poverty and the 2016 Election, A.O. Scott on Anti-Intellectualism 

Jodi Picoult Quote: Generally commercial fiction sells really well and is not well written––that’s the general belief. And literary fiction is well written and wins prizes, but nobody gets rich off it. I would argue that both of those are false. Commercial fiction does something really extraordinary: it reaches the people who aren’t reading Shakespeare and the translated Polish tomes that are in the New York Times Book Review. If it’s done right and done well, it reaches more people but also has the ability to teach more people.

About Think Again - A Big Think Podcast: You've got 10 minutes with 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. Each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you may have heard of with short clips from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. These conversations could, and do, go anywhere.