Join Shaun Keaveny as he speaks to some of the world’s foremost experts in biology, psychology, economics, journalism, and beyond, in order to ask burning questions such as: what does that mean? What are you on about? And: huh?

'Shaun Keaveny’s Not So Simple…that’ll teach me not to come up with my own podcast title, won’t it? 

Well, I may be not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but my guests on these upcoming shows certainly are. Join me as I aim to become more clever via osmosis during my chats with some great writers.'   

SHAUN KEAVENY 

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MEET THE EXPERTS

Steven Johnson  

An internationally bestselling writer, described as the ‘Darwin of technology’ (Walter Isaacson), Steven's latest book Wonderland presents an intertwined history of recreation and innovation that argues that you can always find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Steven is the author of ten books, including How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad is Good for You, and the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now.

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Caroline Webb  

Caroline Webb is a management consultant and executive coach who has  spent fifteen years at McKinsey and at her own firm, Sevenshift, showing  clients how to use behavioral science to boost their professional  effectiveness.

How To have a Good Day uses recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life.

Start reading How To Have A Good Day
Start reading Wonderland
Steven Johnson  

An internationally bestselling writer, described as the ‘Darwin of technology’ (Walter Isaacson), Steven's latest book Wonderland presents an intertwined history of recreation and innovation that argues that you can always find the future wherever people are having the most fun.


Episode Four - Jonathan Taplin

In this episode we hear from a canary in the Silicon Valley coal mine, in the form of the former tour manager for The Band, producer of Mean Streets and author of Move Fast and Break Things,  Jonathan Taplin. He breaks down for Shaun why the rise of technological mega-corporations is bad news for artists, musicians and journalists everywhere.

Caroline Webb  

Caroline Webb is a management consultant and executive coach who has  spent fifteen years at McKinsey and at her own firm, Sevenshift, showing  clients how to use behavioral science to boost their professional  effectiveness.

How To have a Good Day uses recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life.

Start reading How To Have A Good Day

Episode Two - Caroline Webb

Shaun Keaveny spends a morning with Caroline Webb, the author of How To Have Have A Good Day. Caroline is an economist and executive coach who has spent years teaching her clients how to use the latest insights from behavioural science to improve their happiness and productivity. Will her fifteen years of expertise be enough to turn Shaun's frown upside down?

Episode Three - Lisa Feldman Barrett

World-renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett joins Shaun Keaveny in the studio to discuss her new book How Emotions Are Made. She argues that the perceived scientific wisdom around how emotions are created by the brain is dramatically, even dangerously out of date: as it turns out, our emotions are like cookies. How? Find out by listening to this highly emotional episode…

Lisa Feldman Barrett  

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology. 

In How Your Emotions Are Made, Feldman Barrett draws on the latest scientific evidence to reveal that our ideas about emotion are dramatically, even dangerously, out of date - and that we have been paying the price.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett  

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology.

In How Your Emotions Are Made, Feldman Barrett draws on the latest scientific evidence to reveal that our ideas about emotion are dramatically, even dangerously, out of date - and that we have been paying the price.

Episode One - Steven Johnson

Shaun talks to Steven Johnson, one of the world's foremost technology writers, about his new book Wonderland: How Play Made The Modern World, bone flutes, Pythagoras, lazy computers, and Doritos.

Jonathan Taplin  

Jonathan Taplin is Director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab and a former tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, as well as a film producer for Martin Scorsese. 

An expert in digital media entertainment, Taplin is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the California Broadband Taskforce and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Council on Technology and Innovation.

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