Farnam Street’s Podcast: The Knowledge Project

The Knowledge Project

“This show is unique in that it actually delivers on what others promise. It's interesting and practical in a way that is unobtrusive.”

— iTunes Review

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Welcome to the Farnam Street Podcast called The Knowledge Project.

The goal for the show and the website is the same: master the best of what other people have already figured out.

On The Knowledge Project, Shane follows his curiosity as he talks with remarkable people to uncover frameworks YOU can use to learn more in less time, make better decisions, and live a happier and more meaningful life.

Have questions or a topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Hit reply to our newsletter and let me know.


Episode 29 Survival of the Kindest: Dacher Keltner Reveals the New Rules of Power

Episode 28: The Return of a Decision Making Jedi: My Discussion With Michael Mauboussin

Episode 27: The Art of Letting Other People Have Your Way: Negotiating Secrets from Chris Voss

Episode 26: Improve Your Life By Improving Your Questions

Episode 25: Is Sugar Slowly Killing Us? My conversation with Gary Taubes

Episode 24: Susan Cain: Leading the “Quiet Revolution”

Episode 23: Life Lessons from a Self-Made Billionaire: My Conversation with Ray Dalio

Episode 22: Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind. My Conversation with Adam Grant

Episode 21: Ed Latimore on The Secret to a Happy Life

Episode 20: Marc Garneau on the Future of Transportation

Episode 19: Rory Sutherland on the Psychology of Advertising, Complex Evolved Systems, Reading, Decision Making

Episode 18: Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Honesty and More

Episode 16/17: Field Trip (Greece), Parts one and two.

Episode 15: Samuel Arbesman on Complex Adaptive Systems and the Difference between Biological and Physics-Based Thinking

Episode 14: Morgan Housel on Investing and Life.

Episode 13: Pedro Domingos on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Episode 12: Véronique Rivest on How Sommeliers Taste, the 20-Minute Rule, Starting a Wine Group and So Much More

Episode 11: Ryan Holiday on Reading, What It Means to Be a Stoic, and How to Take Notes

Episode 9: Alexander Shelley on the Architecture of Music, the Popularity of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, and the Necessity of Music

Episode 8: Julia Galef on Becoming More Rational, Changing Minds, and Filtering Information

Episode 7: Venkatesh Rao on the Three Types of Decision Makers, Mental Models, and How to Process Information

Episode 6: Philip Tetlock on the Art and Science of Prediction

Episode 5: Chris Dixon on Why Companies Fail, the State of Venture Capital, Artificial Intelligence

Episode 4: Jason Zweig on Writing, Risk, and Why Historical Perspectives Matter

Episode 3: Sanjay Bakshi on Reading, Mental Models, Worldly Wisdom, and Investing

Episode 2: Michael Lombardi on Decision Making, the Four Elements of Leadership, and the Difference Between Good and Bad Coaches

Episode 1: Michael Mauboussin on Intuition, Experts, Technology, and Making Better Decisions

Actual Reviews from Real People

“Shane's brain is so hungry that it ate all his hair. His loss is your gain.”

— iTunes Review

“Shane asks the right questions and never interrupts or talks to much. His guests are the stars in this show, and it’s amazing.”

— teddyzetterlund, iTunes Review

“I listen to many podcasts and this one I look forward to the most. It takes on topics that are important to your intellect, since it makes you think and occasionally inspires. What can you do better for yourself if not spend your time on something that is good, high quality and makes you smarter? If this would be a food product, you would eat it every day. Shane, the host, is just amazing in doing what he does. Thank you!”

— Newkid123, iTunes Review

“I stumbled across this podcast quite by chance and I can’t get enough of it. If you are into reading and thinking, do yourself a favour and listen to this podcast, you won’t regret it.”

— K HH, iTunes Review

“Hands down one of the most important people/sources for me to improve, learn, and get inspired.”

— Aussie girl, iTunes Review

“Simply on of the best, you always get a high quality time when a new episode is launched. Highly recommend.”

— Andycandy93, iTunes Review

“Shane Parrish has an intense curiosity for how the world works and consumes knowledge and ideas at a prodigious rate. These podcasts are a great way to gain some of his condensed insights and learnings.”

— EhMonkey, iTunes Review

“This show will challenge you intellectually. Shane gets into very deep discussions with his guests. I loved the Venkatesh Rao and the Chris Dixon episodes. Bring on more thoughtful guests like these!”

— Frankieg33, iTunes Review

“This podcast has to be, hands down, THE most outstanding stuff I’ve ever come across. I’ve learnt so much from The Knowledge Project over the course of the time that I’ve been subscribed to it. It contains a lot of cheat-codes (if you will!) that’d help you get through your professional AND your personal life in an optimal way. Shane has got this amazing knack of bringing out the candor in the people he’s interviewing. Thank you so much for all this, Shane. Words can’t express my gratitude to how much Farnam Street and The Knowledge Project have changed my life and made me a better person as a whole. Keep up the good work.”

— ChinmayG, iTunes Review

“Shane is an incredible thinker and teacher. His podcasts are very purposeful and direct with brilliant minds across various fields.”

— alexdavidkim, iTunes Review

“I appreciate the interesting questions Shane poses and the thoughtful and insightful nature of his guests. The podcast features brilliant, interesting people who have well-formed thoughts on people, behaviors, human nature, business and strategies for all sorts of challenges. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in learning from smart people and improving their well-being.”

— Briss29, iTunes Review

“Shane always research[es] his subjects thoroughly before the podcast and it shows, he can go beyond the expected interview questions. Always very enlightening, engaging, and intellectually nourishing.”

— crowcorw, iTunes Review

“Shane's ability to pull the most salient pieces of information from the books and essays he reads is evident in this new podcast, where his quest for knowledge puts him in front of some of today's greatest thinkers. Great show to listen to, probably best to sit down with a pen & paper to take notes though!”

— ElisaDoucette, iTunes Review