Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.
Nato Thompson is the Artistic Director of Creative Time, which commissions and presents ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. They did Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, a free public performance in hard-hit New Orleans neighborhoods after the flood that Jason talked about with actor Wendell Pierce on this show (episode 22). Nato’s new book is called Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life.
In this episode he and Jason talk about the ways the tools of art now permeate every aspect of our culture, from advertising to politics to always-on digital entertainment. They also discuss uploading human consciousness onto computer chips, the DIY, anti-"selling out" discourse of punk and hardcore music, and the weird relationship between art and commerce.
It's been seven years since the start of the last bull market. Is it time for investors to adjust the equity portion of their retirement portfolios? Jane Hodges, freelance writer and frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, lays out four options for how much stock you might want to own in a retirement account.
Federal regulators are asking for more and more private data to help them better monitor markets, but can they keep it secure? The Wall Street Journal's Andrew Ackerman has the latest details, including what may change under a Trump administration.