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Clever Creature with Jason Gots

Jason Gots

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Clever Creature with Jason Gots

Clever Creature with Jason Gots

Jason Gots

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A creative leap of faith from Jason Gots, producer and host of Think Again – a Big Think Podcast. For anyone who’s ever made something strange and beautiful that never saw the light of day, Clever Creature is the end to all our good excuses. Each episode starts with an algorithmically picked random word. And Jason has just one day to write short story and a song inspired by it. Could that word be "buttock?" Absolutely it could. Whatever it is, Jason has to roll with it. There's nowhere to hide.

About the host: From 2015-2020, Jason hosted Think Again – a Big Think Podcast, spontaneous, down-to-earth conversations on surprise topics with thinkers and creatives including Neil Gaiman, Jaqueline Woodson, Terry Gilliam, Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris, Marlon James, and over 200 more. The show was an iTunes Best of 2015 pick and won praise from Salon, Inc. and The Huffington Post. Jason’s also the author of a memoir coming in 2021 from Hanover Square Press.

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Welcome to the creative community for friends and fans of Clever Creature with Jason Gots. Share your work, overcome creative blocks, meet new collaborators and join ongoing conversations about creative risk-taking, play, and growth.

For just $2 a month, you'll get access to monthly video meetings, free episodes, our private community forum, and more. Also, you'll be making the show's next season possible!  

Latest Episodes

7. FAIL (w/Mary-Louise Parker)

ECould this be the most uplifting episode yet? A dung beetle risks everything for a life beyond drudgery. Actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker on risking failure and ignoring ridicule for those perfect moments when everything works. And a pop-rock tune to get you through tough times.

60 MIN1 w ago
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7. FAIL (w/Mary-Louise Parker)

6. PRECEDENT (w/David Sedaris)

EDavid Sedaris joins Jason from lockdown to talk about creative risks that might get him cancelled. In this week's fiction story, a tuba zealot begs his brother not to go electric. And an acoustic tune about brunch inside the neutral zone, with ennui and avocado toast.

51 MIN3 w ago
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6. PRECEDENT (w/David Sedaris)

5. CONVICT (w/Etgar Keret)

EMushrooms, love, and anarchy on an alien prison colony. Etgar Keret on taking your art too seriously. And a beat-driven tribal-futurist tune about life in the substrate.

64 MINJUL 7
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5. CONVICT (w/Etgar Keret)

4. LACE (w/Françoise Bourzat)

EThe word of the episode—"Lace"—plants a seed that grows into a trip-hop tune about cognitive biases, an existential weird-fiction detective story, and a deep dive with Consciousness Medicine author Françoise Bourzat on psychedelics and psychological healing.

68 MINJUN 23
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4. LACE (w/Françoise Bourzat)

3. RALLY (w/Shima Oliaee)

EAn imaginary city with a feral pig problem. Radiolab's Shima Oliaee on rallying yourself through the twists and turns of a creative career.

60 MINJUN 9
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3. RALLY (w/Shima Oliaee)

2. CHURCH (w/Gish Jen)

EDeeper and darker. A Northwestern Gothic coming-of-age tale. An elemental steampunk blues. Novelist and thinker Gish Jen on losing religion, finding art, and taking creative risks.

48 MINMAY 26
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2. CHURCH (w/Gish Jen)

1. DESERT (w/Emre Gots)

EA lost man converses with his gut flora. A song about deserts real and imaginary. Jason and his son discuss the Ice Cream Desert and its denizens.

40 MINMAY 12
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1. DESERT (w/Emre Gots)

Season 1 trailer: a creative leap of faith

Coming 5/12/20, with David Sedaris, Mary-Louise Parker, and other guests: a different kind of variety show: a story, a song, and a conversation, all inspired by one random word.

1 MINFEB 25
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Season 1 trailer: a creative leap of faith
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Latest Episodes

7. FAIL (w/Mary-Louise Parker)

ECould this be the most uplifting episode yet? A dung beetle risks everything for a life beyond drudgery. Actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker on risking failure and ignoring ridicule for those perfect moments when everything works. And a pop-rock tune to get you through tough times.

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
7. FAIL (w/Mary-Louise Parker)

6. PRECEDENT (w/David Sedaris)

EDavid Sedaris joins Jason from lockdown to talk about creative risks that might get him cancelled. In this week's fiction story, a tuba zealot begs his brother not to go electric. And an acoustic tune about brunch inside the neutral zone, with ennui and avocado toast.

51 MIN3 w ago
Comments
6. PRECEDENT (w/David Sedaris)

5. CONVICT (w/Etgar Keret)

EMushrooms, love, and anarchy on an alien prison colony. Etgar Keret on taking your art too seriously. And a beat-driven tribal-futurist tune about life in the substrate.

64 MINJUL 7
Comments
5. CONVICT (w/Etgar Keret)

4. LACE (w/Françoise Bourzat)

EThe word of the episode—"Lace"—plants a seed that grows into a trip-hop tune about cognitive biases, an existential weird-fiction detective story, and a deep dive with Consciousness Medicine author Françoise Bourzat on psychedelics and psychological healing.

68 MINJUN 23
Comments
4. LACE (w/Françoise Bourzat)

3. RALLY (w/Shima Oliaee)

EAn imaginary city with a feral pig problem. Radiolab's Shima Oliaee on rallying yourself through the twists and turns of a creative career.

60 MINJUN 9
Comments
3. RALLY (w/Shima Oliaee)

2. CHURCH (w/Gish Jen)

EDeeper and darker. A Northwestern Gothic coming-of-age tale. An elemental steampunk blues. Novelist and thinker Gish Jen on losing religion, finding art, and taking creative risks.

48 MINMAY 26
Comments
2. CHURCH (w/Gish Jen)

1. DESERT (w/Emre Gots)

EA lost man converses with his gut flora. A song about deserts real and imaginary. Jason and his son discuss the Ice Cream Desert and its denizens.

40 MINMAY 12
Comments
1. DESERT (w/Emre Gots)

Season 1 trailer: a creative leap of faith

Coming 5/12/20, with David Sedaris, Mary-Louise Parker, and other guests: a different kind of variety show: a story, a song, and a conversation, all inspired by one random word.

1 MINFEB 25
Comments
Season 1 trailer: a creative leap of faith
the END
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