Smartest Person in the Room
By Laura Tremaine
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Laura Tremaine is not the smartest person in the room, but she knows someone who is. Driven by her belief that we all learn, grow, and become better when we surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us, she'll take you along to meet people who are brilliant in their fields. With the casual tone of the best dinner party conversation you've ever had, Smartest Person in the Room offers fascinating, funny, and thought-provoking learning you won't want to miss!
||CleanEp 36 Laura's favorite books of 2018 (so far)||On today's episode, Laura is the smartest person in the room because she is the ONLY person in the room. That's right, it's a first for this podcast: a solo show! Laura shares the best books she's read so far in 2018. Click here for the full...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBIAS: A series wrap-up and Q&A||This is the final episode in the BIAS series. We're sharing our thoughts on creating and releasing this series, and answering some of the questions we've received over the last few weeks. We're also making an announcement about the future of this...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 35 BIAS: Marriage burst the bubble||Over the past several episodes, we’ve mentioned several times that my friend and co-host for this series Yasmin is married to a white man. Yasmin has talked about how being part of an interracial marriage has given her a unique perspective on the...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 34 BIAS: Stop saying "down there"||This episode is different from any episode of Smartest Person in the Room that I’ve ever recorded. Months ago, when Yasmin and I were planning this series, I mentioned that though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 17 years now, I’ve hardly ever...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 33 BIAS: Wow, there's a whole other side of you.||This is an unplanned episode. Yasmin and Laura were talking off the record, but the mic was recording. With Yasmin's permission, we are sharing this story. The blog post we reference from Luvvie Ajayi can be found here. * Follow SPITR on...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 32 BIAS: Pop culture perspectives||Early in our friendship, Yasmin and I realized that we had pretty different perspectives on most things pop culture. So many factors (and especially our racial makeup) affects how we see everything from music to movies to the Great American Novel. In...||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 31 BIAS: Identity matters||with Jason and Yvonne Lee||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 30 BIAS: Well-meaning white people||Continuing our series on racial bias, a black and white conversation between friends. In this episode, Yasmin and I talk to her friend and former colleague Melissa Kaplan, the Deputy Superintendent of Education at Bright Star...||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 29 BIAS: When a Black person tells you it’s about race||This is the beginning of a new series and this time we're trying something a little different. I'm sitting down with my good friend Yasmin Dunn talking heart-to-heart, friend-to-friend about inherent racial bias. Yasmin and I have been having these...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanEp 28 Best books & reading 2017||We're talking about the best books we read in 2017! My guest is Yasmin Dunn, a friend and member of my real life book club. We cover all the best novels, self-help, memoirs, and general nonfiction that we read in 2017. Read the full show notes...||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMind-Body Series: a wrap-up||After 6 episodes, we've concluded our Mind/Body connection series. In this wrap-up episode, host Laura Tremaine and producer/editor Megan Tietz talk through the series as a whole. We discuss the origins of this series, what stands out to us from...||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 27 Mind-Body Series: The transgender experience with Bethany Cole||Bethany Cole is an only child born to conservative Christian parents who was assigned the gender of male at birth. By the age of five, she realized there was something different about her as compared to her cousins and playmates, but she didn’t how...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 26 Mind-Body Series: Exploring sexual fulfillment with sex therapist Dr. Hernando Chaves||There is no way to cover the vast topic of Mind/Body connection and not explore the issue of sexuality. We are sexual beings, and yet culture often prevents us from discussing sex in a realistic way. The truth is that sexual gratification enhances...||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 25 Mind-Body Series: Eating disorders with dietician Nicole Avila||Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. And yet this disease is widely misunderstood and vastly under researched. But before one is diagnosed with an eating disorder, there are many steps that fall under the...||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 24 Mind-Body Series: Paralympic Gold Medalist Mark Zupan||What happens when the Mind/Body connection is permanently severed?||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 23 Mind-Body Series: Acupuncture with Salena Hanrahan||What is acupuncture and how does it work? Most of us have a vague idea of the ancient Chinese practice involving thin needles stuck in your skin all over your body. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat pain, depression, fertility,..||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 22 Mind-Body Series: Pilates instructor Kerri Campbell||This is the first episode in the Mind/Body series and we're getting personal. We’re exploring a topic that is relevant to every human on earth: how our minds and our bodies are intrinsically connected, maybe more so than we ever knew. We’re...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmartest Person in the Room Series 4 Trailer||A sneak-peek of Series 4 of Smartest Person in the Room!||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21 Special Edition: books & reading 2017||The best books of 2017 (so far) and what is on our summer To Read lists! In this special edition episode of Smartest Person in the Room, we're breaking from our series format to discuss all things books and reading in 2017. I invited my friend...||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 20 Viral Series: Professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz||Jen Glantz is a professional bridesmaid. That’s right, you can hire out the role traditionally held by best friends or sisters or cousins or old roommates. But this unique career started with a Craigslist ad going mega-viral. After a long...||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 19 Viral Series: Comedian and viral video star SteveO||This is the third episode in the VIRAL series. WARNING: This episode contains adult language and humor. Stephen Glover is known around the globe as Steve-O, a stunt performer and comedian famous for his provocative and death-defying work on MTV’s...||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 18 Viral Series: MTV producer Shane Nickerson||This is the second episode in the VIRAL series of Smartest Person in the Room. My conversation is with actor and producer Shane Nickerson, who knows more than a little something about VIRAL content, as he’s spent years creating it through tv shows...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17 Viral Series: Buzzfeed editor and award-winning blogger Morgan Shanahan||This is the VIRAL series, and we’re looking closely at something that permeates most of our internet culture: viral content. Videos, memes, tweets, graphics, these can take over our online experience and change our minds, culture, elections, or just..||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmartest Person in the Room Series 3 trailer||A sneak-peek of Series 3 of Smartest Person in the Room!||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReligion Series: a wrap-up||Host Laura Tremaine and producer/editor Megan Tietz break down the six episodes of the RELIGION series. They talk download statistics, listener reaction, and the surprising things that came out of making this series. The six episodes of...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15 Religion Series: When God goes silent||We're closing out the religion series by talking about LOSING your faith. In the last five episodes, we’ve talked about growing up in a faith tradition and converting to a religion out of deep conviction. But what about when it all falls...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14 Religion Series: The mystery of Hinduism||This is the 5th episode in the RELIGION series. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion, with over 1 billion followers, about 15% of the global population. It is often called the world’s oldest religion, but without a savior,...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 13 Religion Series: Religion reporting in the time of Trump||So far in the RELIGION series we've heard from people from 4 different faiths. Today's episode is a bit of a departure, as we're instead talking to someone who writes nationally about religion as their job. Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a religion reporter...||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12 Religion Series: The political door to Islam||Salah Abdul-Wahid was born Daniel Hewlitt. He converted to Islam as an adult, after growing up Catholic in a large Creole family living in Los Angeles. In the 1960s when Salah was in his early twenties, he found himself caught up in the...||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11 Religion Series: Practicing religion without mentioning God||This episode is about Reformed Judaism as a cultural identity as opposed to a religion focused on worshipping God. The Reformed movement began in 19th century Germany, and today this is the dominant denomination of Jewish people in America. ...||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10 Religion Series: Mormons vs. mainstream Christianity||Can women bridge the divide?||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmartest Person in the Room Series 2 Trailer||A sneak-peek of Series 2 of Smartest Person in the Room!||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHollywood Series: a wrap-up||The Hollywood series has concluded and host Laura Tremaine and producer/editor Megan Tietz decided to sit down to discuss the best and worst parts of making the first series of Smartest Person in the Room. Laura and Megan talk about the most...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8 Hollywood Series: Film director & producer Jeff Tremaine||Jeff Tremaine is a producer and director best known for co-creating the cultural phenomenon Jackass, an MTV television show that was born out of a skateboarding magazine and went on to four #1 box office movie hits. Jeff's raw and self-taught style is..||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6 Hollywood Series: Television writer & director Julie Hébert||Julie Hébert is an award-winning playwright and a television writer, director, and producer. She began her career in the San Francisco theater world, and her plays have been produced across the country and won many honors, including two PEN...||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5 Hollywood Series: Documentary producer Katie Doering||Katie Doering is a film and television producer with a passion for documentaries. She started in production working for the groundbreaking and highly acclaimed PBS series POV, and has gone on to produce popular doc-style tv shows as well as...||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4 Hollywood Series: Celebrity Bodyguard Wayne Newton||Wayne Newton has been a bodyguard for the most high profile of celebrities, protecting Mariah Carey, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, and many more. In 25 years of private security, he has never once spoken publicly about this job. What he says in this interview..||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 3 Hollywood Series: Executive producer Shanna Zablow||Shanna Zablow is an executive producer and general manager for the Gorilla Flicks Productions whose producing credits include MTV’s Rob and Big, Ridiculousness, and Nitro Circus as well as feature length films such as Bad Grandpa, Being Evel, and...||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2 Hollywood Series: Production Designer Ethan Tobman||Production designer Ethan Tobman is one of the most sought after artists in Hollywood. He designed the complicated and innovative set for the 2015 Oscar-winning film Room, and is the creative force behind the sets for popular music videos like Ok Go's..||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1 Hollywood Series: Disney screenwriter Phil Johnston||Phil Johnston is a Disney screenwriter, producer, and director best known for his work on Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, and the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph 2. In this episode, I talk to Phil about the years before he worked on such animated hits and he...||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmartest Person in the Room Trailer||Laura Tremaine is not the smartest person in the room ... but she knows someone who is. Smartest Person in the Room launches August 23rd.||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Smart AND fun.
The best kinds of podcasts, in my opinion, are conversational, funny, AND teach you something. This one has it all. Laura is an awesome interviewer, asking the questions you'd really want to know. I'll be listening to every episode for sure!
Fantastic Interview Show!
What Laura Tremaine and Megan Tietz have created here is just fantastic. Laura's interview style is excellent, allowing the guest to shine with such interesting and thought provoking topics and questions. It reminds me of Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, but with a much more personable and relatable host in Laura. Highly recommend! Subscribe to this podcast, you won't be sorry!
Great concept, great production!
Laura is a great conversationalist, and her curiosity makes her a great interviewer. High production value and I love the concept & format of the show. Well done!!!