E751: Live at Spotify NYC: Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize winner & author (“The Power of Habit,” “Smarter Faster Better”), on social responsibility of tech, science of habits, self-motivation & winning teams, anti-intellectualism in Trump era, immigration & more

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Filmed live at Spotify NYC, Jason interviews Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better”. Charles was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of 10 articles about the business practices of Apple and other technology companies. In this special episode, he shares insights into what led him to becoming a self-help guru, the roots of Donald Trump’s anti-intellectualism and how to overcome them, the immigration debate, and more. Plus, find out why SNL should have been the biggest failure on earth.

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Timestamps:

00:55: Jason introduces today’s guest, Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer prize winner, best-selling author, and NY Times reporter

01:23: NY Times was blocked from China

05:30: iPhones and responsible consumption

09:17: It’s not just the responsibility of the media and press to cover politics. It’s also the responsibility of people to decide what they want to consume and how they want to consume it

11:40: Charles explains how he became a self-help guru

15:50: We still have the mentality of living in a world where there is constrained food, constrained info, and constrained access to getting an inside view of politics

27:44: Charles wanted to tell a story that’s built around narratives

31:30: Trump, anti-intellectualism, and how part of it is our fault

39:00: Unintentional biases in Silicon Valley

48:40: Immigration discussion

55:33: Charles’ goal when interviewing people

57:10: Why SNL should have been the biggest failure on earth

01:05:40: Science of self-motivation

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