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How To Do Nothing with Jenny OdellArtist, writer and author of the book "How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy" Jenny Odell, joins Adam this week to discuss different types of attention, art and contemplation being challenged, how doing nothing is doing something, and the mysterious bowerbird! This episode is brought to you by Blinkist (www.blinkist.com/FACTUALLY), The Great Courses Plus (www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/FACTUALLY), Hawthorne (www.hawthorne.co code: FACTUALLY), and Kiwi Co (www.kiwico.com/FACTUALLY).
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New episodes of Adam Ruins Everything are airing now on TruTV, every Tuesday night at 10pm! These eight episodes contain some of the best, most mind-blowing topics we’ve ever done, and the season finale is… well, let’s just say I’m very excited for you to see it. Here’s a clip from tonight’s episode, which features the return of Emily Axford as my co-ruiner:
We’ve been working furiously on this and banking episodes for months, so I’m beyond happy the day has finally arrived that I can talk about it publicly: my new podcast “Factually!” launches next week on the Earwolf network!
Every episode, my research team and I reveal a fascinating new piece of information that will make you think about the world in a brand new way. Then, I sit down with scientists, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize winners to go deep and share the revelatory new perspectives they’ve gained from a lifetime of research and study. If you’re a curious person who never stops asking questions, this show is for you.
The first episode drops May 29th, and features my interview with UCLA law professor Adam Winkler on the surprising history of the Second Amendment. Don’t miss out, subscribe now! Here’s a short list of all the places you can get it:
There are a lot of podcasts in the world, and they all need guests. I am happy to fill that unmet need! Behold, the fruits of my labors:
On Dunktown I talked about the NBA, a sports league I have started fervently following but still know next to nothing about; since the hosts are in the same boat (in fact, that’s the theme of the podcast!), it made for a fun conversation that’s refreshingly different from any sports talk you’ve heard before. Doesn’t hurt that Anastasia and Agata are incredibly funny as well!
On Ariana Lenarsky’s tarot podcast What’s Your Deal, Ariana gave me the most positive tarot reading ever and we talked about how my skepticism about the supernatural interacts with my enjoyment of tarot and astrology as an artistic pursuit.
On Dan Pashman’s the Sporkful, Dan and I talked food — my favorite recipes, my eating habits, and more — and discussed whether or not it’s better to live with our illusions or have them dispelled. (I think you can guess what my take was.) But more importantly — food!
Load ’em up for your next road trip / subway ride / DMV visit / buried-alive-mishap and have a listen!
A few months back I was a guest on Dan Harmon’s podcast, Harmontown. Not only am I a fan of the podcast and of Dan’s shows Community and Rick & Morty; Dan’s approach to comedy and story was a huge influence on me as a young writer, so it was really something to appear on the show with him to discuss Adam Ruins Everything as well as – let’s say, deeper subjects. It was a really special night; take a listen.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder on a podcast than I did on this episode of the Rad DudeCast. This show is such a delight to do; Anthony, Greg, and Brendan are three incredibly funny goons and their show is just pure uncut audio comedy. Take a listen.
CC: I want to talk about your intended audience, because in that show you did at the 2018 XOXO Festival, you ended by talking about the people you do this for, and you said: “People who are open-minded and love to learn, people who prefer hard truths to comforting fictions, people who are empathetic and don’t want to see others suffer.”
Why do you prefer to preach to the choir, when your point seems to be to change people’s minds about things they hold as resolute truths?
AC: Oh I do, I do, that is the purpose of the show. But it begins by redefining what the choir is or was. The sermon is for people who need the lesson. That’s what the lesson is for. The audience is open to having their minds being changed; that’s why they’re sitting there. Now I hope that is everyone, because I believe that is the default way for humans to be: open-minded.