2 Pages with MBS

Discover the best bits of the best books read by people you admire. Michael Bungay Stanier hosts the podcast where brilliant people read the best two pages of a favourite book. Listen as authors, leaders, activists, academics, celebrities, and entrepreneurs dig in with MBS to explore the insights and ideas within. Whether it’s books that inspire leadership, change, self-development and growth, power, strategy, ambition, productivity, or creativity and innovation - this is hand-curated wisdom from people who know. These are the books that change minds, shape lives, and inspire great work and worthy goals.

105. What’s at the Heart of Being Human? Brian ...
Brian Christian reading from Godel, Escher, Bach, and discussing the power and future of AI.
48 min
104. How to Travel Through History: Danie Mello...
Danie Mellor reading from Susan Sontag’s On Photography, and discussing the world through an artist’s gaze.
52 min
103. How to Surrender to Your Heart: Thibault M...
Thibault Manekin reading from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, and talking about discovering and living your purpose.
45 min
102. To Manage with Courage: Zach First [reads]...
Zach First reading from Peter Drucker's Management, and discussing the core principles of management in the present economy.
39 min
101. How to Hold Gifts of Responsibility & Grie...
Stephen Jenkinson reading from Seamus Heaney’s From the Republic of Conscience and discussing stepping up in spite of whatever your burdens may be.
50 min
100. #100 Where it All Began: Michael Bungay St...
Reading from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and discussing how falling in love with reading influenced his life.
18 min
99. The Sacred and The Mundane: Mia Birdsong, a...
Mia Birdsong reading from Robin Wall Kimmerer’s ‘Braiding Sweetgrass,’ and discussing connecting to what you are longing for.
44 min
98. And the Walls Became the World: Chris West,...
Reading from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and discussing the magic of your imagination.
33 min
97. [Replay] I Am Disabled But Not Broken: Chri...
Christa Couture reading from Eli Clare’s Brilliant Imperfection and discussing society’s labels.
36 min
96. Getting Better at Falling Apart: Dr. Robyne...
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe reading from Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, and discussing everyday resiliency.
38 min
95. The Countercultural Leader: Steve Morrow [r...
Steve Morrow reading from Fred Kofman’s Conscious Business and discussing working towards living a better life, both professionally and personally.
37 min
94. Who do you serve?: Dave Stachowiak [reads] ...
Dave Stachowiak reading from Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and discussing being a student, rather than a teacher.
49 min
93. How to Be an Outlier on the Inside: Gina Je...
Gina Jeneroux reading from Chip and Dan Heath’s Switch and discussing how to maintain your own spirit.
37 min
92. Dancing with Ambition: Eric Zimmer [reads] ...
Eric Zimmer reading from Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Heart of Understanding and discussing triumphing over inner psychological wars.
43 min
91. Civility & Community: Christine Porath, aut...
Christine Porath reading from Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning and discussing the effect we have on others.
42 min
90. Rise up!: Todd Kashdan, author of ‘The Art ...
Todd Kashdan reading from Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life and discussing the power of individual action.
47 min
89. In All Your Messy Glory: Naomi Shragai, aut...
Naomi Shragai reading from David Grossman’s See Under: Love and discussing conscious awareness in the road to making work more human-centered.
42 min
88. The Search for Purpose: Arthur Brooks, Auth...
Arthur Brooks reading from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and discussing the nature of being fully alive.
45 min
86. How to be Not Perfect: Kate Berardo [reads...
Kate Berardo reading from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, and discussing staying curious in life.
26 min
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85. How to Be (& Not Be) Yourself: Steven D’Sou...
Steven D’Souza reading from Tom Oliver’s The Self Delusion, and discussing finding a healthy balance between individuality and interdependence.
41 min
84. Vault: Trust is the Key: Jennifer Paylor [r...
Jennifer Paylor reading from Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute and discussing the significance of humility in our lives.
36 min
83. Vault: Killing Your Ego: Riaz Meghji, autho...
Riaz Meghji reading from “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” and discussing the power of story.
34 min
82. Vault: How to be a Moral Leader: Sandra Suc...
Sandra Sucher reading from Richard Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb and discussing moral strength and leadership.
44 min
81. Vaults: The Dilemmas of a CEO: Dig Howitt [...
Dig Howitt reading from “In Search of Excellence”, and discussing failure capacity.
32 min