Podcasts

How To Academy’s podcast series takes you backstage to meet the thinkers shaping the 21st century. From polar explorers to climate activists, CEOs to cabinet ministers, you’ll hear from the men and women making the world of tomorrow.

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William Gibson – How to Create the Future

He coined the word ‘Cyberspace’ and envisioned the Internet and Virtual Reality before they ever existed. Now William Gibson turns his prophetic eye to the 21st century.

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Elif Shafak – How to Build Bridges in an Age of Division

Author and activist Elif Shafak is the most widely read female writer in her home nation of Turkey — but her fight to preserve and extend human rights is urgent no matter where you live.

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Ai Weiwei – Human Rights in the 21st Century

Ai Weiwei is living proof that creativity can change our world for the better.

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Paul Krugman – Politics, Economics, and the Fight for a Fairer Future

Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman shares his insights into the Trump administration and beyond.

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How to Be a Polar Explorer

Two of the greatest living adventurers meet Hannah MacInnes to reflect on what motivates their journeys across the polar ice.

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Joseph Stiglitz – How to Save American Capitalism

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz challenges us to throw off the free market fundamentalists and reclaim our democratic power.

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Lisa Taddeo and Hadley Freeman On Sex and Desire

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is a world-wide sensation – forever changing how we think about women and desire.

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BJ Fogg – How to Hack Your Habits

Never make a New Year’s Resolution again after hearing this podcast from the world’s most renowned expert in forming new habits –Stanford behavioural scientist, BJ Fogg.

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Eric Schmidt – How to Make a Trillion Dollars

In this week’s episode, Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt, VP Jonathan Rosenberg and Director of Executive Communications Alan Eagle present a blueprint for farsighted leadership.

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Life Lessons from Gina Miller

After her first Supreme Court victory, Gina Miller was asked how she could keep going at the cost of so much pain and aggravation. To her the answer was obvious: she’d been doing it all her life.

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Hilary Cottam – How To Revolutionise the Welfare State

Dr. Hilary Cottam meets Matthew Stadlen to reveal her vision of a system that puts human connection first.

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Reflections From an Astrophysicist

Neil deGrasse Tyson joins the How To Academy Podcast to ask: what is our place in the universe?

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Chetna Gala Sinha – How to Fight Global Poverty

Matthew Stadlen meets activist and microfinance pioneer Chetna Gala Sinha, whose work in rural India empowers some of the world’s poorest women.

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Rory Stewart – The Truth About Politics

Rory Stewart tells Hannah MacInnes what he’s discovered about British democracy in his time an MP and minister.

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Matthew Syed – a Radical Blueprint for Creative Problem-solving

Where do the best ideas come from? Matthew Syed takes Matthew Stadlen on a fascinating journey through the new science of creative problem-solving.

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Speeches That Changed the World

Simon Sebag Montefiore and an all-star cast of actors take you on a journey from ancient times to the present day with the greatest speeches in history.

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Roger McNamee – How to Stop Facebook From Destroying Democracy

Roger NcNamee was Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor in the first days of Facebook. He explains why he’s now devoted to stopping the behemoth he helped to create.

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Marie Forleo – How to Create Unstoppable Success

The athlete and entrepreneur Marie Forleo joined the How To Academy Podcast to teach us what she’s learned on her path to success.

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Jonathan Safran Foer – How to Save the Planet

Feeling impotent in the face of the climate crisis? The bestselling author of EATING ANIMALS joined us to how how we really can make a difference.

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When the Body Says No: The Costs of Hidden Stress

Learn how to prevent and heal illnesses related to hidden stress with the help of acclaimed physician Dr. Gabor Maté.

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Juliet Stevenson – How to Be an Actor

This week’s How To Academy Podcast is a masterclass with one of the greatest British actors of her generation.

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Rory Sutherland – How to Be Less Rational (and More Brilliant)

The advertising legend Rory Sutherland joins us for a masterclass in improving business with the insights of psychological science.

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Melinda Gates – How To Empower Women

In this week’s podcast, Melinda Gates makes a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment.

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John Humphrys – How to Make the News

Our greatest living current affairs journalist sits down with Matthew Stadlen to look back on a lifetime of holding our leaders to account.

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Marcus du Sautoy – A.I. and the Secret of Creativity

The nation’s most loved science communicator, Oxford mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy, explores the potential of artificial intelligence to think creatively.

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Giles Coren – A Man For All Seasons

In Episode 8 of the How To Academy Podcast, Matthew Stadlen meets restaurant critic and raconteur Giles Coren, for a freewheeling and hilarious conversation about truth, love and clean cutlery.

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Michael Pollan – How to Change Your Mind

Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? In Episode 7 of the How To Academy Podcast, Michael Pollan tells Matthew Stadlen about his journey to the frontiers of the human mind.

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Elizabeth Gilbert – On Life and Love

The author of EAT, PRAY, LOVE and BIG MAGIC joins the How To Academy podcast for an open-hearted conversation exploring all she has learned in her journey through life.

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An Insider’s Guide to Crime in America

Matthew Stadlen meets the former US district attorney who successfully prosecuted some of the most high-profile crimes in America.

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How to Survive Climate Change

A terrifying vision of unfolding climate catastrophe may just be the wake-up call we need to save the future.

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The Gendered Brain Debate

Two giants of cognitive science – Gina Rippon and Simon Baron-Cohen – debate one of the most contested ideas in the history of science: do men and women have essentially different brains?

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How to Make Change Happen

In this podcast, the author of Nudge, Professor Cass Sunstein, presents a guide for anyone who wishes to fuel – or block – transformative social change.

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How to Lead in the 21st Century

Matthew Stadlen meets Simon Sinek – perhaps the 21st century’s most acclaimed thinker in the field of business leadership.