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A Slight Change of Plans

Pushkin Industries
Society & Culture

Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year 2021 Editor's Note: Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand who we are and who we become in the face of a big change. Maya is no stranger to change. “My whole childhood revolved around the violin, but that changed in a moment when I injured my hand playing a single note,” says Shankar, who was studying under Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School at the time. “I was forced to try and figure out who I was, and who I could be, without the violin." Maya soon discovered a new path in the field of cognitive science, where she earned her PhD as a Rhodes Scholar studying how and why we change. Her insights into human behavior ultimately led her to create A Slight Change of Plans—Apple Podcasts’ Best Show of the Year in 2021. You’ll hear intimate conversations with people like Tiffany Haddish, Kacey Musgraves, and Riz Ahmed, as well as real-life inspirations, like John Elder Robison, who under... more


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 1.8k ratings
  • Excellent insights on how blind perseverance can be extremely unproductive, even deadly, when not balanced w/ knowing when to cut your losses.

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    3 months ago
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    Use your proceeds to update your software! Reimburse your paying clients and listeners!!

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    United States3 months ago
  • New favorite podcast!

    I’m always left in awe with inspiration or moved to tears from every episode of this show. Maya is so gentle and her soft way with words is a beautiful reminder of the strength in empathy and the power it holds to unite us. Thank you for sharing!

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    United States4 months ago
  • Great 💛

    Love this podcast. Really cool hearing people’s stories of big changes they had to go through. Some episodes are definitely better than others but overall really great show.

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