The Gist

A Generalist and a Scholar

To succeed you need to diversify your knowledge base.

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On The Gist, who doesn’t get to be at the debates?

In the interview, David Epstein’s new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World is all about how having a wide base of knowledge is so much better than narrowing your focus.* He’s here to talk Roger Federer versus Tiger Woods, how fiction helped him retool his book, and what Malcolm Gladwell got wrong.

In the Spiel, this is stupid.

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Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Pierre Bienaimé.

Correction, June 13, 2019: This page originally misidentified the book Range as Change.