Dangerous Ideas

The atom bomb is a literal dangerous idea. But there are other kinds of dangerous ideas — ideas that are contrarian, counterintuitive or just plain unconventional. In Dangerous Ideas, we ask guests to challenge conventional wisdom with a solution to a problem or an interpretation of the world that might seem confusing and scary, but just might also make perfect sense.

Horror
Dangerous Ideas

Can playing out negative scenarios lead to a more positive life?More

Length: 
3:11
earth
Dangerous Ideas

Historian Iain McCalman’s Dangerous Idea? The Anthropocene — the idea that humans have fundamentally changed our global climate. It’s scary, but we’re also seeing people come together in unprecedented ways to solve planetary problems.More

Length: 
2:32
A flower at the end of life
Dangerous Ideas

Author and professor Simon Critchley offers a dangerous idea that concerns time. And death.More

Length: 
3:24
Choose something from 2017 and leave it behind.
Dangerous Ideas

Anne shares a yearly ritual for leaving behind something you regret, and moving into the new year a little bit lighter. More

Length: 
1:11
Books on books on books
Dangerous Ideas

Why do we keep dividing the world of books into different genres — like romance novels, science fiction and literary fiction? Novelist Lauren Beukes says we should simply get rid of the whole idea of genre.More

Length: 
1:46
Students talking
Dangerous Ideas

Princeton historian Anthony Grafton explains how learning conversational Latin inspired his students.More

Length: 
2:48
A whiskey drink
Dangerous Ideas

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert argues that human vices are just as important as human virtues in shaping evolution.More

Clock
Dangerous Ideas

He’s one of the most frenetically productive, wired guys on the planet, but digital media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is backing away from the clock.More

Apps
Dangerous Ideas

App Intelligence? Santa Fe Institute president David Krakauer says we're on the verge of abdicating our free will to everyday apps.More

Length: 
3:04
Super punch.
Dangerous Ideas

After spending time with a real-life superhero in Seattle called Phoenix Jones, author Jon Ronson wonders if people like him can actually fight crime.More

Length: 
3:03

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