The Knowledge Project Podcast with Shane Parrish
Master the best of what other people have already figured out.
The Knowledge Project Podcast is one of the top podcasts in the world. The aim of the show is to create a world-class multidisciplinary education by exploring the ideas, lessons, and methods that help us truly understand what works, what doesn’t, and why.
“A regular dose of insightful perspectives on life and success from a huge range of backgrounds and experiences.”
— WIRED, ranking The Knowledge Project #1 for best podcast for curious minds
Links and Show Notes for All Episodes
Episode 58: Popping the Filter Bubble: My Interview with DuckDuckGo CEO, Gabriel Weinberg— DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg talks data privacy, protecting yourself online and shares his favorite mental models for clearer thinking.
Episode 57: Decoding Difficult Conversations: My Interview with Negotiation Expert, Sheila Heen — Two time NY Times best selling author, consultant, and lecturer at Harvard Law School, Sheila Heen makes the tough talks easier by breaking down the three layers that make up every difficult conversation
Episode 56: Catalyzing Success: My Interview with Pioneer Founder Daniel Gross — Daniel Gross, former Y Combinator partner and current founder of Pioneer, discusses how we can make our success less about luck, the powerful role we play in the lives of others, and the valuable lessons he learned about leadership.
Episode 55: Becoming a Model Thinker: My Interview with Professor Scott Page — On this episode, Scott Page, 5x Author and Professor of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan explains the power mental models have in how we view the world, uncover creative solutions, and solve complex problems.
Episode 54: Doing the Enough Thing: My Interview with Basecamp CEO and Co-founder Founder Jason Fried — Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried gives us a peek behind the scenes of his company and discusses his philosophy on doing great work, making a positive difference, and learning to breathe in the fast paced culture of today’s workplace.
Episode 53: Luck, Risk and Avoiding Losers: My Interview with Oaktree Capital Co-founder Howard Marks — Billionaire investor, author and co-founder of Oaktree Capital Howard Marks discusses risk assessment, how to think different than the crowd, and the three mighty dares that separate the successful from the also-rans.
Episode 52: Peaceful Parenting: My Interview with Author and Parenting Expert Dr. Laura Markham — Parenting expert and multiple best-selling author Dr. Laura Markham breaks down the three keys to successful parenting, how to properly model emotions and conflict resolution, and the coveted recipe for raising happy, resilient kids.
Episode 51: The Dying Art of Conversation: My Interview with Author and Speaker Celeste Headlee — Speaker, author and radio journalist Celeste Headlee has had decades of experience fine-tuning the recipe for engaging and rewarding conversation. She shares some tips to help us instantly improve our conversational skills and meaningfully connect with others.
Episode 50: Inventing the Future: My Interview With Lux Capital’s Josh Wolfe — Josh Wolfe, co-founder of Lux Capital discusses how to unearth the unexplored ideas that will reshape our future. We also talk parenting, decision making, and which generation has the best rap.
Episode 49: Goal Mining: My Interview with NHL Player Turned Mining Executive Brent Gilchrist — Former NHL player turned mining executive Brent Gilchrist joins me to share the lessons he learned in the trenches of professional hockey. We discuss leadership, hard work, and what it takes to win as a team.
Episode 48: Win-winning at the Great Game: My Interview with Adam Robinson (Part 2) — Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson returns for part 2 of our fascinating discussion. We talk chess, AI, handicapping horse races, and the secret to learning that nobody is teaching.
Episode 47: Win-winning at the Great Game: My Interview with Adam Robinson (Part 1) — Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson shares powerful lessons on winning the game of life. He teaches us how to learn, how to fail, and his three secrets of happiness and success.
Episode 46: Authenticity, Kindness, and Self Love: My Conversation with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau — Television personality, activist, mother, and wife to Canada’s Prime Minister, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau discusses her battle with eating disorders, why nature and art play such a huge role in her life and what unites us as people
Episode 45: Taking Time to Get It Right: My Interview with Award Winning Chef Dan Kluger — Dan Kluger, award winning chef and owner of NYC’s Loring Place joins me on the podcast to reveal what really happens behind the scenes of a bustling restaurant, why every detail of your craft matters, and how to create the perfect experience for every guest.
Episode 44: The Kids Are Worth It: My Interview with Parenting Expert Barbara Coloroso — Parenting expert and best selling author Barbara Coloroso shares her three foundational principles of child rearing, how to get kids to be accountable for their actions, and what we can do as parents to raise confident, happy children.
Episode 43: The Mental Habits of Effective Leaders: My Interview with Jennifer Garvey Berger — In a world that changes at a dizzying rate, effective leaders need to develop the skills to keep up. Developmental coach and author Jennifer Garvey Berger shares 3 habits to ensure continual growth, accelerated learning and deepened relationships of trust.
Episode 42: The Path to Perpetual Progress: My Interview with Atul Gawande — World-renowned surgeon, writer, and researcher Atul Gawande shares powerful lessons about creating a culture of safe learning, the critical difference between a coach and a mentor, and how to ensure constant improvement in key areas of your personal and professional life.
Episode 41: The Trust Battery: My Interview with Shopify Founder Tobi Lütke — Shopify founder and CEO Tobi Lütke weighs in on building the “biggest small company in the world,” trust batteries, and what video games are really doing to the minds of our youth
Episode 40: Thriving in a Digital World: My Conversation with Stratechery’s Ben Thompson — Stratechery’s Ben Thompson visits The Knowledge Project and shares his thoughts on business in the digital age, running a one-man publishing company, and how technology will transform our future.
Episode 39: Thinking About Thinking: My Conversation with Tyler Cowen — On this episode, I chat with Tyler Cowen, economics professor, author, and creator of the wildly popular blog, Marginal Revolution. We tackle lots of interesting topics, including tech advances, the changing labor market, and upgrading your thinking process to accommodate the information age.
Episode 38: Thinking in Algorithms: My Conversation with Ali Almossawi — In this episode, I chat with Ali Almossawi, author and creator of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. We talk about our most common logical fallacies, learning new skills, and making better decisions without deceiving ourselves.
Episode 37: Getting Better by Being Wrong: My Conversation with Poker Pro Annie Duke — In this conversation, best-selling author and professional poker player Annie Duke and I discuss how to disagree without being disagreeable, spotting biases that sabotage our success, how to find signal in noise, and reliable decision-making models for high stakes, high-pressure situations.
Episode 36: The Science of Doing Good: My Conversation with William MacAskill — In this inspiring interview, William MacAskill, co-founder of The Centre for Effective Altruism and associate philosophy professor at Oxford University, shares how we can be better at doing good and compounding our efforts to make the world we live in a better place.
Episode 35: Alive Time vs. Dead Time: My Conversation with Mastery Expert Robert Greene — In this interview, I chat with Robert Greene, five time NYT best selling author, speaker and world renowned strategist. We discuss his famous notecard system, how to spot a bullshitter, and how to use the rules of power to get the most out of life.
Episode 34: Learning How to Suffer with the Queen of Pain: My Conversation With OCR Super-athlete Amelia Boone — In just a few short years, Amelia Boone has dominated the world of Obstacle Course Racing with over 50 podiums and two dozen victories. In this interview, we discuss habits, grit, how to read a book, and so much more.
Episode 33: Irrationality, Bad Decisions, and the Truth About Lies: My Interview with Dan Ariely — Professor of behavioral economics at Duke University Dan Ariely and I discuss the power of habits, rules and rituals, and just how honest people really are.
Episode 32: Earning Your Stripes: My Conversation with Patrick Collison On this episode of The Knowledge Project, Patrick Collison, CEO, and co-founder of Stripe shares wise insights on success, failure, management, decision making, learning and so much more. Grab a pen…
Episode 31: Learning How to Learn: My Conversation With Barbara Oakley — In this interview, Barbara Oakley, 8-time author and creator of Learning to Learn, an online course with over a million enrolled students, shares the science and strategies to learn more quickly, overcome procrastination and get better at practically anything.
Episode 30: Company Culture, Collaboration, and Competition: A Discussion With Margaret Heffernan — On this episode, I’m joined by speaker, international executive, and five-time author Margaret Heffernan. We discuss how to get the most out of our people, creating a thriving culture of trust and collaboration, and how to prevent potentially devastating “willful blindness.”
Episode 29: Survival of the Kindest: Dacher Keltner Reveals the New Rules of Power — When Pixar was dreaming up the idea for Inside Out, a film that would explore the roiling emotions inside the head of a young girl, they needed guidance from an expert. So they called Dacher Keltner.
Episode 28: The Return of a Decision Making Jedi: My Discussion With Michael Mauboussin — Michael Mauboussin returns for a fascinating encore interview on the Knowledge Project. We geek out on decision making, luck vs. skill, work/life balance, and so much more.
Episode 27: The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way: Negotiating Secrets from Chris Voss — Negotiation expert Chris Voss, former lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FBI and author of the excellent book, Never Split the Difference, offers some hands-on negotiation training.
Episode 26: Warren Berger: Improve Your Life By Improving Your Questions — The quality of your outcome depends on the quality of your questions. In this episode, Warren Berger and I discuss the importance of asking the right questions, why they’re critical to your success, and how you may be one great question away from a major breakthrough.
Episode 25: Is Sugar Slowly Killing Us? My conversation with Gary Taubes — In this interview, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes takes on Big Sugar, breaks down the sharp rise of obesity and diabetes in America, and busts the common myth that a calorie is just a calorie.
Episode 24: Susan Cain: Leading the “Quiet Revolution” — Susan Cain shares powerful insights into what it really means to be introverted and extroverted, and how to tap into your true self to find purpose and happiness in your life.
Episode 23: Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire: My Conversation with Ray Dalio — In this interview with billionaire investor and entrepreneur Ray Dalio, you’ll learn the principles Ray prescribes for making better decisions, fewer mistakes, and creating meaningful relationships with the people in your life.
Episode 22: Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind: My Conversation with Adam Grant — Are you a giver or a taker? (Don’t pat yourself on the back quite yet.) Listen to my interview with bestselling author Adam Grant to find out! We also discuss building resilience so you can bulldoze through any challenge, no matter how big or scary.
Episode 21: Ed Latimore: The Warrior Poet and the Secret to a Happy Life — On this episode of The Knowledge Project, professional boxer, philosopher and author, Ed Latimore and I discuss the physics of boxing, philosophy, and the secret to a happy life.
Episode 20: Marc Garneau on the Future of Transportation — Former military officer, astronaut, engineer (and current Minister of Transport) Marc Garneau and I discuss the future of transportation, space, information flow in politics and what it means to be a liberal.
Episode 19: Persuasion, Beer on the Beach, Self-Driving Cars and Japanese Toilets: My Discussion with Rory Sutherland — In this info-packed and entertaining interview, Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, and I dive deep on advertising, persuasion, and why humans do some of the silly things we do.
Episode 18: Angel Philosopher: Naval Ravikant on Investing, Making Decisions, Happiness and the Meaning of Life — In our most popular episode to date, AngelList CEO Naval Ravikant and I break down reading, happiness, decision making, habits, and mental models.
Episode 15: Future-Proofing Your Knowledge with Samuel Arbesman — Samuel Arbesman is a complexity scientist focusing on the changing nature of science and technology. We discuss learning, reading, and how to optimize both to get the best outcome.
Episode 14: Reading, Writing, and Lifelong Learning: A Conversation With Morgan Housel — Financial writer Morgan Housel and I discuss reading, writing, filtering information, admitting error, important qualities to have in friends and so much more.
Episode 13: The Rise of The Machines: My Interview With A.I. Expert Pedro Domingos— In this interview with AI expert Pedro Domingos, you’ll learn about self-driving cars, where knowledge comes from, and the 5 schools of machine learning.
Episode 12: Véronique Rivest: Wine Lessons From a World Class Sommelier— Véronique Rivest and I explore the fascinating world of wine, including an on-air tasting, tips and tricks for serving wine that will impress your friends and so much more.
Episode 11: Stoic, Media Manipulator, Reader, Writer, Strategic Consultant: The Many Hats of Ryan Holiday— In this episode, I talk with multiple best selling author, speaker and media manipulator, Ryan Holiday about how he reads, what it means to be a stoic, and how to gracefully deal with freeloaders
Episode 9: The Architecture of Music: My Interview with Maestro Alexander Shelley — In this incredible episode, I’m joined by Maestro Alexander Shelley. We dive deep into the architecture of music, the necessity of arts, and what makes Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is so popular.
Episode 8: The Art of Changing Minds: My Interview With Julia Galef — On this episode of the Knowledge Project, I discuss rationality, changing minds (our own and others), filtering information, and a lot more with Julia Galef.
Episode 7: Venkatesh Rao: The Three Types of Decision Makers — In this episode, Venkatesh Rao, founder of Ribbonfarm and author of the book Tempo discusses the 3 types of decision makers and shares how to adopt useful mental models to…
Episode 6: How to See the Future: My One on One With Philip Tetlock — In this episode of the Knowledge Project, I chat with professor and New York Times best-selling author Philip Tetlock about how we can get better at the art and science of predicting the future.
Episode 5: The State of Venture Capital, Why Companies Fail and Artificial Intelligence: My Chat With VC Chris Dixon — In this episode, a16z partner Chris Dixon and I discuss the history of venture capital, artificial intelligence, what makes a great entrepreneur, and why companies fail.
Episode 4: Elevate Your Financial IQ: A Value Packed Discussion With Jason Zweig — WSJ columnist Jason Zweig and I tackle important topics like how to be a smarter investor, filtering out noise, why philosophy and history matters, and his new book, The Devil’s Financial Dictionary.
Episode 3: Why Mental Models? My Interview With Professor and Value Investor Sanjay Bakshi — In this episode, I chat with professor and value investing genius Sanjay Bakshi about the power of mental models, multidisciplinary thinking, reading, and acquiring worldly wisdom.
Episode 2: Leadership on the Field, in the Office and at Home: My Conversation With NFL Coach Michael Lombardi — New England Patriots Coach Michael Lombardi and I discuss the four aspects of leadership, high stakes decision making, creating a winning culture at work and at home and much more.
Episode 1: When To Trust Your Gut: Michael Mauboussin on Intuition, Technology, and Making Better Decisions — Multiple best selling author and financial strategist Michael Mauboussin shares his wisdom on parenting, daily routines, reading, and how to make better decisions.
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“Shane’s brain is so hungry that it ate all his hair. His loss is your gain.”
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“Shane asks the right questions and never interrupts or talks too much. His guests are the stars in this show, and it’s amazing.”
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“Shane Parrish has an intense curiosity for how the world works and consumes knowledge and ideas at a prodigious rate. These podcasts are a great way to gain some of his condensed insights and learnings.”
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“This show will challenge you intellectually. Shane gets into very deep discussions with his guests. I loved the Venkatesh Rao and the Chris Dixon episodes. Bring on more thoughtful guests like these!”
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“This podcast has to be, hands down, THE most outstanding stuff I’ve ever come across. I’ve learnt so much from The Knowledge Project over the course of the time that I’ve been subscribed to it. It contains a lot of cheat-codes (if you will!) that’d help you get through your professional AND your personal life in an optimal way. Shane has got this amazing knack of bringing out the candor in the people he’s interviewing. Thank you so much for all this, Shane. Words can’t express my gratitude to how much Farnam Street and The Knowledge Project have changed my life and made me a better person as a whole. Keep up the good work.”
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“Shane is an incredible thinker and teacher. His podcasts are very purposeful and direct with brilliant minds across various fields.”
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“I appreciate the interesting questions Shane poses and the thoughtful and insightful nature of his guests. The podcast features brilliant, interesting people who have well-formed thoughts on people, behaviors, human nature, business and strategies for all sorts of challenges. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in learning from smart people and improving their well-being.”
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“Shane always research[es] his subjects thoroughly before the podcast and it shows, he can go beyond the expected interview questions. Always very enlightening, engaging, and intellectually nourishing.”
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“Shane’s ability to pull the most salient pieces of information from the books and essays he reads is evident in this new podcast, where his quest for knowledge puts him in front of some of today’s greatest thinkers. Great show to listen to, probably best to sit down with a pen & paper to take notes though!”
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