Sep 10, 2019
On today's episode of the B&N Podcast we were joined by one of the most influential writers in the world, whose books examine how humans think and behave in ways large and small. As a staff writer for the New Yorker and in his books The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, as well as in his podcast Revisionist History, Gladwell has marshaled the tools of an array of sciences to challenge conventional wisdom about everything from how to spot an art forgery to what makes a basketball team succeed. His new book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know is his first in six years, and its origin, Gladwell writes, was in the author's confrontation with the perplexing, tragic and infuriating events that led to the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail in 2015. When author joined B&N's Bill Tipper in the studio, he explained how his outrage over Bland's story led to the questions raised in Talking to Strangers.