Airplane Mode

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We’re all looking to live smarter in a world that won't slow down. So take a deep breath, and listen to Airplane Mode. Each week, host Clay Skipper interviews the most thoughtful people we know—business geniuses, writers, fashion designers, comedians, pro athletes, artists, and beyond—and steals the… read more

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Chuck Klosterman on How to Handle Criticism [Ep. 10]

July 29th, 2019

Chuck Klosterman, author and longtime culture critic, has just released his tenth book, a series of short stories titled Raised in Captivity. Which …

Dr. BJ Miller on What Death Can Teach You About Living a Freer Life [Ep. 9]

July 22nd, 2019

After being electrocuted at age 19, BJ Miller had three of his limbs amputated. He went on to a career in palliative care, working with patients with terminal or life-altering illnesses. Recently he turned his …

A$AP Ferg on Protecting His Mental Health and the Dangers of Fame [Ep. 8]

July 15th, 2019

You know A$AP Ferg as a rapper and A$AP Mob member. But in this episode of Airplane Mode, the man born Darold Ferguson goes back to the days when he …

Author Mark Manson on the Difficulties of Success [Ep. 7]

July 1st, 2019

When Mark Manson set out to write his second book, Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope (out now), he had to live up to the immense shadow cast by a first book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a self-improvement …

Director Bing Liu on Why Everyone Keeps Ghosting One Another [Ep. 6]

June 24th, 2019

With his Oscar-nominated documentary “Minding the Gap,” director Bing Liu proved himself a talent at deftly unpacking emotionally complex topics (in that case, three young skateboarders navigating the trauma left by …

Dealing With Anxiety, Shrooms, and Self-Trust with the Creator of 'Bojack Horseman' [Ep. 5]

June 17th, 2019

Raphael Bob-Waksberg—the visionary behind Bojack Horseman and author of a new collection of short stories, Someone Who Will Love You In All Your …

Steven Johnson on Making Long-Term Decisions You Won't Regret [Ep. 4]

June 10th, 2019

Steven Johnson's made a career of cracking complicated topics, having written 11 (!) books that unpack everything from neuroscience to the origins of good ideas. In this episode, he and Clay dig into Johnson's most …

Pete Holmes on "Having Sex With Everything That Is" [Ep. 3]

June 3rd, 2019

Comedian Pete Holmes—creator and star of HBO show Crashing, podcaster (You Made It Weird), and new author (Comedy Sex God)—has survived some …

Aminatou Sow on How to Build a Personal Brand Without Being a D**k [Ep. 2]

May 28th, 2019

Aminatou Sow is the smart-as-hell, wildly successful multi-hyphenate super-person we all dream of being—she's a strategist, a podcast host ("Call …

Annie Duke on How to Benefit From Being Wrong [Ep.1]

May 20th, 2019


Being wrong sucks, but not only for the reasons you think. Guest Annie Duke, former pro poker player and author of "Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts," has built a life on …

Airplane Mode: The Trailer

May 6th, 2019

Get ready for Airplane Mode, GQ's new podcast. Each week, host Clay Skipper digs deep into conversation with successful, thoughtful people like …
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