Ruth Cornelius –
What I am listening to



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Author: Ruth Cornelius – Leadership Development Principal


TWoA_Podcast_ICON_Alternative-01_3000x3000_3068__300x300“All way from the bustling metropolis of Te Awamutu” comes the Taringa podcast. Funded by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, I always feel uplifted after listening to Paraone, Erica, and Te Puaheiri entertain and educate us in Matauranga Māori, Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori (Māori knowledge, culture and language). Episodes are conveniently themed, including sessions on kupu and grammar, Patapātai (listener questions), Iwi o te Wiki (Iwi of the week), Tikanga 101 and Once Upon a Taima (myths and legends of te ao Māori). I recommend starting at the very early episodes, as over time more and more of the content is in Te Reo Māori, and your understanding will accumulate through the episodes. Ō taringa! Listen closely!



Hidden Brain

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In his wide ranging podcast Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam skillfully reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour and shape our choices and relationships, through a beautiful blend of science and storytelling. Something I really appreciate is the variety of experts and thought leaders that are interviewed. One of my favourites include his Less is More interview about influence and persuasion with Niro Sivanathan (London Business School), who emphasises the extent to which extranneous information actively dilutes your strongest argument.

I also valued the opportunity recently to revisit bias, in Shankar’s two part series on Revealing Your Unconscious, on how it is that we can hold negative stereotypes without being aware of them, even from as young as five years old. Before you listen I encourage you to take the Implicit Association Test!


Revisionist Histories

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If there was someone I could marry for their brain it would be Malcolm Gladwell, author The Tipping Point and Talking to Strangers, amongst others.

Malcolm’s podcast Revisionist Histories explores overlooked and misunderstood people, ideas and events from the past. He does this in such an engaging and entertaining way that I am grateful to have long training rides where I can listen to episode after episode uninterrupted. Malcolm’s recent 6-part series on gun control in America (Doctors, Guns and Money) takes the listener from the historical underpinnings of the (misplaced) right to bear arms for self-protection, to how the advance of surgical expertise is masking the damage a lack of gun control is causing – a classic case of how what you measure matters.



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