Simplify

40 EpisodesProduced by Blinkist

Simplify is a podcast for anyone who’s taken a close look at their habits, their happiness, their relationships, or their health and thought, “There’s got to be a better way to do this.” Hear ideas that get you to better from Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, Rebecca Traister, Dan Savage, Seth Godin and … read more

40 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

Melissa Hartwig Urban: Create Your Own Food Rules

February 14th, 2019

39:12

If you've got a pulse and like eating food, you've likely either been on a diet, or felt obligated to start one. Yet the fact remains that diets, in …

Ayelet Waldman: Microdose, Maybe?

February 7th, 2019

40:34

The turning point came for Ayelet Waldman when she found herself frozen before her medicine cabinet, wondering "what's going to kill me fastest?" She knew it was time to try a new tactic to improve her mental health.

Dan Harris: One Minute Counts

January 31st, 2019

37:38

Do your negative thoughts race faster than Usain Bolt? Do you wish you were calmer, kinder, or more focused? Would you like to meditate, but just …

Trailer: Simplify Season 5

January 17th, 2019

2:03

In season 5, you’ll learn how easy meditation can be with Dan Harris, how to change your self-defeating beliefs with Jen Sincero, and how to talk about race with Robin DiAngelo. You'll also hear what it's like to …

Simplify Spotlight: Seth Godin on Meaningful Marketing

November 15th, 2018

14:03

Seth Godin’s new book, This Is Marketing, just hit stores on November 13th. In it, this grand master of marketing delves into finding your audience and doing good work, acknowledging that while marketing is certainly a …

Luvvie Ajayi: Speak Your Uncomfortable Truth

October 18th, 2018

24:12

If a friend of yours needed to hear an unpleasant truth, would you tell it to them? Or would you gloss over it in order to avoid an uncomfortable …

Kelly Leonard: Say Yes! To Funny Business

September 27th, 2018

42:15

Effective collaboration, innovative thinking, and constructive problem-solving can be major struggles for many teams, regardless of industry. But for …

Guy Winch: Heartbreak Hygiene

September 20th, 2018

45:59

Nothing hurts worse than heartbreak. Whether it’s the painful end of relationship or the passing away of a beloved pet, grief and emotional suffering …

Benjamin Spall: Start Your Day Off Right

September 13th, 2018

46:14

Do you consider yourself a night owl or are you a morning person? Regardless of whether you love mornings or not, we all want to make best of them. Everybody has those few things––that certain morning ritual––that if …

Sarah Knight: Care Less, Get More

September 6th, 2018

38:12

How much of your life do you spend pleasing those around you? Maybe it’s time to be honest with yourself, invest time in the things that really matter, and start weeding out unnecessary obligations to people you don’t …

Dan Ariely: Saving Up Is Hard To Do

August 30th, 2018

46:44

We all like to buy stuff. Endless ads screaming “sale,” “discount," and “free” trick us into believing that we want things that we don’t actually need. In an age of credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, and Apple pay, it has …

Cheryl Strayed: Listen For The Truth

August 23rd, 2018

42:29

In the first episode of Season 4, Caitlin talks with Cheryl Strayed about how tending to humanity’s toughest quandaries has become her calling, and the three central questions that keep us all up at night.

Through …

Trailer: Simplify Season 4

August 16th, 2018

1:36

Simplify season 4 launches on August 23rd with an episode featuring bestselling author, memoirist, and internet legend, Cheryl Strayed. This first episode is one of our favorites yet, but as you'll hear in the trailer, …

Introducing Spotlight: Laura Vanderkam on Expanding Time

June 21st, 2018

14:08

Feel like there's never enough time in the day? Then this episode is for you. In this very first Spotlight episode of Simplify, time-management expert Laura Vanderkam offers surprising ideas from her new book Off The …

Alan Lightman: Wasting Time is Good For You (Bonus Episode)

June 7th, 2018

38:37

Are you slavishly devoted to your to-do list, rushing around to fit every vacant area of time to a task? In this day and age, most of us are—and it's doing no favors to our creativity, our minds, and our very humanity. …

Janice Kaplan: Luck Isn’t Magic

May 9th, 2018

47:18

In this episode of Simplify, Caitlin talks to Janice Kaplan, bestselling author, TV producer, and magazine editor about how luck happens and how you can create it.

Does luck feel like something you either have or you …

Christopher Ryan: Don’t Take Sex So Seriously

May 3rd, 2018

38:21

Ever wondered whether humans are meant to be monogamous, or when we started to look at our sexual partners as private property? The authors of the …

Dr. Lori Brotto: Make Sex More Mindful

April 26th, 2018

42:59

While mindfulness can feel like a relatively new phenomenon in western societies — Jon Kabat-Zinn popularized it in the US in the 1970s — it has, in …

Daniel Levitin: Trick Your Brain, Treat Your Brain

April 19th, 2018

39:00

A lot of the things that we’ve learned about how our minds work are simply not true.

Did you know that a small part of your brain can fall asleep while the other parts are awake and working? And we can't trust our …

Emily Nagoski: Pleasure is the Measure

April 12th, 2018

42:42

As a sex educator, Emily Nagoski sees her main purpose as “teaching people to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies.” Step one? Understanding what’s actually going on in there!

In this episode, Nagoski …

Charles Duhigg: Thinking is the Killer App

April 5th, 2018

32:50

Pultizer-prize-winning, bestselling author and NYT writer Charles Duhigg has cracked the code to what makes the world’s most productive people so …

Trailer: Simplify Season 3

March 22nd, 2018

2:32

Simplify Season 3 launches next week with an episode featuring Nobel Prize-winner, NYT columnist, and master of habits: Charles Duhigg! If you want …

Simplify’s 2017 Sampler Episode

February 8th, 2018

39:30

What’s better than getting to the heart of a great idea? Getting to the heart of seven great ideas in under 40 minutes—which is exactly what happens in this best-of episode.

Hear from Simplify Season 1 and 2’s most …

Eli Finkel: Marriage Is Dead, Long Live Marriage (Bonus Episode)

December 28th, 2017

44:59

In this bonus episode of Simplify season 2, we talk with Eli Finkel. Finkel is a writer and social psychologist at Northwestern University. He's also …

Rebecca Traister: The Power of Being Single

December 21st, 2017

31:48

Rebecca Traister is an author and writer-at-large for New York Magazine. She writes about women, culture, and politics, and her most recent book is

Julian Treasure: Make Good Noise

December 14th, 2017

42:04

Julian Treasure is a sound designer, a musician, and a public speaker—his TED talks have been viewed more than 40 million times!—and he’s also a …

Jaclyn Friedman: No Pill Will Fix Your Sex Life (Ever)

December 6th, 2017

44:51

Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, sex-educator, and activist whose work helped establish the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent. Her new book, Unscrewed; Women, Sex, Power, And How To Stop Letting the System Screw Us …

Michael Bungay Stanier: Be Lazy, Be Curious, Be Often

November 30th, 2017

43:55

Coach of coaches Michael Bungay Stanier is a bestselling author and #3 coach worldwide according to Global Guru. In this episode of Simplify, Bungay Stanier talks to Caitlin Schiller about why leaders who get quiet, get …

Ryan Holiday: Provoke With A Purpose

November 23rd, 2017

47:19

Are you iOS, Android, or Stoic? In this episode of Simplify, hear bestselling author and master of controversy, Ryan Holiday, talk about finding your …

Seth Godin: Do Bad Work

November 16th, 2017

42:34

Welcome to the second season of Simplify! In this season's first episode, Caitlin Schiller talks to the bestselling author and legend of marketing and entrepreneurship, Seth Godin.

Building on his own experience, Godin …

Simplify Season 2: Trailer

November 9th, 2017

2:46

Announcing Simplify Season 2

October 23rd, 2017

2:54

We’re back on November 16th, 2017, with a new season of Simplify! Tune in for 6 new guests and 6 new ways to look at your world.

To keep you busy ‘til then, we have an assignment for you: go into your voice memo app on …

Abby Marks Beale: Read Smarter (Bonus Episode)

August 24th, 2017

32:38

Ben Schuman-Stoler talks to speed-reading expert Abby Marks Beale about how to become a more mindful reader. Abby is a consultant and the author of

Jonah Berger: You Are Always Under the Influence

August 10th, 2017

33:00

Caitlin Schiller talks to New York Times bestselling author Jonah Berger. Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of …

Laura Vanderkam: You Have More Time Than You Think

August 3rd, 2017

37:21

Ben Schuman-Stoler talks to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before …

Dr. Joel Fuhrman: The Salad is the Main Meal

July 27th, 2017

36:57

This week, we talk with Dr. Joel Fuhrman. You might be familiar with his bestselling books, like Eat to Live and Super Immunity. Dr. Fuhrman is the passionate pioneer of nutritarianism, a style of eating which focuses …

David Allen: Your Brain is Not a Hard Drive

July 20th, 2017

41:24

Caitlin Schiller travels to Amsterdam to talk to productivity guru David Allen, the best-selling author of Getting Things Done, Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work. They talk about how to overcome the internal …

Dan Savage: Keep Not Breaking Up

July 13th, 2017

45:20

Caitlin Schiller talks to sex and relationship advice columnist Dan Savage. Savage is the author of four books, including American Savage, and a …

Gretchen Rubin: You Do You

July 13th, 2017

36:34

Caitlin Schiller talks to Gretchen Rubin, NYT bestselling author of Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home. Her books have …

Simplify Season 1 Trailer

July 5th, 2017

1:43

Here's a little taste of what you'll hear in the next six weeks. Hit subscribe to have the first episode automatically delivered to your podcast feed in just a few days!

Until then!

Be good, Ben and Caitlin

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