The Gist

The Societal Optimist

Nicholas Christakis thinks it’s all going to work out.

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On The Gist, calming down about Trump’s bombast.

In the interview, Nicholas Christakis is here to discuss his new book Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, how he studied the progression of goodness throughout human history, the way healthy communities evolve, and why shipwrecks were so important to his research.

In the Spiel, the problem with microaggressions.

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Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Pierre Bienaimé.