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How do you talk to strangers?

Apr 17, 2020

This week, we cover the #1 New York Times Bestseller Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know About The People We Don’t Know by Malcom Gladwell.

And spoiler alert: this is not a book on how to make more friends, which Misty definitely thought it was!

Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist and author of five other New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of TorontoTrinity College, Toronto and has been on the staff of The New Yorker since 1996. Gladwell's books and articles often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociologypsychology, and social psychology.  Gladwell has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.

We talk about all sections in this Talking to Strangers book review, including:

  • "Step out of the car!" 
  • Part one: Spies and diplomats: two puzzles. Fidel Castro's revenge; Getting to know der Führer 
  • Part two: Default to truth. The Queen of Cuba ; The Holy Fool; Case study: The boy in the shower 
  • Part three: Transparency. The Friends fallacy ; A (short) explanation of the Amanda Knox case ; Case study: The fraternity party 
  • Part four: Lessons. KSM: What happens when the stranger is a terrorist? 
  • Part five: Coupling. Sylvia Plath; Case study: The Kansas City experiments ; Sandra Bland.

If you like what you’re hearing, you can buy the book here, though Lisa truly recommends listening vs. reading.

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Let us know how talking to a stranger goes!


Misty & Lisa