Aggregated reviews for The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

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Eh   (2/5)

The host is not a host. The guests run the show. It’s completely an insiders listen. Sometimes you get a gem. You’re better off with getting a blurb from the newsletter than just listening. Oh and way too long.

Wow   (5/5)

The Poker Player episode with Maria Konnikova is pretty mind blowing for me. Couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks Shane!

Can I rate one episode?   (3/5)

The current one with BJ Fogg is horrible. He seems like an insufferable ass. So he’s apparently an academic who surfs and creates models. I’m sorry, but your podcasts are usually good; at least the ones I have listened to. But this one is really bad.

Too much old white guys :/   (1/5)

I think many of the advice comes from too much white privileged and not a lot of awareness.

Great info mixed with political bias   (2/5)

This show has some amazing information; however, it is intermixed with political opinion portrayed as fact. Specifically I am referring to episode #83-“What Really Matters.” Perhaps what should really matter is being unbiased and eschewing political opinions that may offend people? Perhaps Shane should update this mental model? It does help though because I can now point my associates away from this biased content. Thank you.

Really cool   (4/5)

Really cool to have all these opinion leaders talking in my room.

Gary Taubs   (1/5)

You could have at least had a registered dietitian on instead of this fool. I have lost a lot of respect for your podcast. Shame on you! You should get Donald Trump on to tell you about nutrition & healthcare!

My absolute favorite podcast   (5/5)

Long time listener catching up on my reviews.. and shocked that this only had 1600 ratings. Shane is a great interviewer, and unafraid to ask tough questions - the recent Ackman ep was a good example.. would love to see a bit more diversity, but keep up the good work!

One of my very favorite podcast series   (5/5)

Thoughtful, insightful. One of my favorites

Bethany McLean   (5/5)

Brilliant. Thank you Shane. Keep them coming.

It sounded good but just a monologue   (2/5)

The topics sound so interesting, but it’s not interactive enough. Basically, the guests just give a monologue.

Consistently the Best   (5/5)

Mental models will improve your ability to navigate life successfully. Shane Parish brings out the best in his subjects and digs out how they approach life with their own mental models. A wide range of subject matter but always on point.

Powerful, deep, curious interviews   (5/5)

Shane is a curious, humble interviewer. His guests are credible and down to earth in the interviews.

Worth your time   (5/5)

Most podcasts won't hold my attention for more than 10 minutes. This one is well over an hour and deeply thought provoking. Check it out!

Awesome. Thoughtful and provoking.   (5/5)

Wonderful podcast. Highly recommend for insightful conversational and challenging discussion.

Good guests, not the best host   (3/5)

I really like the guests on this show. However Shane’s voice and his tempo make it difficult to listen to the podcast. I think the music at the beginning doesn’t match the show. It sounds like a setup for Masterpiece Theatre. Just my humble opinion.

Best available   (5/5)

This is the absolute *best* podcast available to any listener. Period. End of story. No question.

Great guests, smart host   (5/5)

Great show! Unfortunately, can’t understand the sponsor to save my life, can you enunciate or spell it? Metal Lab? Metta lab? Medal labs?

Some good, some bad   (3/5)

I used to listen to every episode of this podcast as soon as it became available, but now I am quitting episodes halfway through. Some recent guests have been so full of themselves that it was difficult to listen to them with an open mind, and Shane did not seem to be posing challenging questions which could have perhaps made the episode worthwhile.

Can’t Listen   (1/5)

Interesting topics and guests but the host’s voice is unlistenable. He sounds like a whiny valley-girl with a horrible Canadian accent. Moving on, good luck!

Pertinent Information   (5/5)

This podcast makes me think more than most. Wish I would have listened to episode 68 before I read, “Thinking Fast and Slow” because the author , Daniel Kehnamen, basically discredited the box at the 1:01:50 mark of the episode. You can probably do an entire episode on that personal discreditation alone.

Such a great microscope into our culture   (1/5)

The art of proper verbal communication appears lost. When the host stumbles through questions (which is an easy re-take and edit on a digital recording) or the CEO of DuckDuckGo begins every dang answer with “So...” I wonder if any of these people hold sincere beliefs or not. It seems like they view themselves on a TV show in replacement for an upright life. The interview with Dr. Sue Johnson was an exception and she expanded my thinking in ways I’ve put into effect with my wife, to improve our marriage. I am grateful for this.

Some episodes very interesting   (3/5)

Hit or miss in terms of guests

Financial planning   (4/5)

I’m working on financial planning.3.


I’ve just listened to one episode, with Sue Johnson (GENIUS), and was completely swept away and mind blown. It was one of the most inspiring, informative, genuine and smartest conversations I’ve heard in a long time, and I listen to a lot of podcasts! Absolutely recommend. This is fantastic.

Deep and authentic   (5/5)

This show is INCREDIBLE! It's quickly become my go-to each week because of the depth of each interview and the breadth of guest that Shane brings on the show. I walk away from each episode with a beautiful blend of insight to reflect on and action I want to take RIGHT NOW. Thank you Shane and team FS for bringing this show to the world!

Mentally Engaging   (5/5)

I’m fascinated. I typically find myself under stimulated in most situations. I’m constantly seeking out people and places that I think may be able to challenge me or encourage deeper thought and discussion. Easier said than done. But even alone in my car on my way to work, I feel my mind working when I listen to these podcasts. I love the variety and depth of topic, and also the unexpected, quirky questions.

Exceptional   (5/5)

Always thought provoking and offering practical learnings that can literally change your life. Even topics I’m not “traditionally” interested in have come to life and opened my mind to understanding. My favorite podcast to recommend to others.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Very thoughtful and interesting interviews

Episode 62 about relationships was excellent   (5/5)

No matter if you are in a good relationship or living a nightmare this podcast is excellent and you will learn a lot. My only tiny constructive criticism is that Dr. Sue Johnson ALWAYs used the pronoun 'him" when describing the person that is the problem. Maybe that was or was not an oversight but getting men to talk to a therapist will not be easy if the therapist seems to have come to the discussion with a preconceived notion who needs the most help.

A wonderful way to expand your thinking   (5/5)

I found The Knowledge Project when Shane was interviewed by Sam Harris on the Making Sense podcast, and have come to actually prefer The Knowledge Project. The wide range of guests and topics keep it fresh, and I leave most every episode with at least one or two “mental models” that I find useful. I have never gone back into the annals of a podcast’s archives to visit content published before I began following the feed, but I have done so with The Knowledge Project. Every conversation is so rich and full of interesting tidbits. I heartily recommend it!

Interesting speakers and topics   (4/5)

However Shane tends to fall short of asking the really difficult questions that a Sam Harris or Tyler Cowen tends to put to guests

Listen to new voices   (5/5)

Shane interviews names you’ve heard before but even better he introduces you to people you haven’t. If your here for a familiar name, by all means listen, but my favorites are his exclusives.

Awesome new find   (5/5)

I heard Shane on Sam Harris' podcast and immediately subscribed to The Knowledge Project. Shane has a knack for "coming at things from a different angle" which generates new perspectives and interesting information from each discussion.

Team - please keep up the amazing work!   (5/5)

I have been following Shane Parrish and his Farnam Street blog for quite some time. I believed if he were able to talk to the creators of the content he consumed, and curated it through his thoughtful lens, it would add exponential value. Well, he’s done that with this podcast. From the guests the team secures, to the ideas that are shared, almost every listener should be able to find value and add to their own mental models. Well worth adding to any subscription list.

Always quality   (5/5)

Shane offers consistent podcast episodes for anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge on the topics presented. Seriously, cut through all the noise in the podcast-verse and listen to quality.

Wow, not your typical podcast   (5/5)

I stumbled on this podcast and this is not the typical Q&A interview where the guest is also promoting their new book or talking about recent success. The host and producers do a fantastic job to make the guest’s knowledge and experiences they have to share the star of the show—notice I did not say the guest is the star. That’s what sets this podcast apart. Shane asks very deep questions that seem to spark a passion in the guest then he sits back and lets them talk. Some of the podcasts are an hour and a half and I was hesitant because I was not looking to listen to one person ramble about a single topic for that long; however, each question takes the conversation to a new level and hooks me even more. I have even referred to the show notes after the episodes because the guests cover so much! Every episode I have listened to I have found myself thinking, “Nooooo, not yet,” when the host wraps of the interview. Kudos to the whole production team.

Amazing   (5/5)

Extremely good and informative podcast while I work and create music! Keep up the good works. 🙏🏽

A Meaningful Gift   (5/5)

Over the past month I have started listening to this podcast and at this point I listen as much as possible. The thoughtfulness of the conversation and the immediately relevant topics have this (sometimes what seems like magical! Lol) way of making my day a better one. Whether it’s a more interesting conversation I have with a friend or my husband, or a more productive interaction at work, or a better understanding of my own thought process and how it affects my emotions and behavior... there is always something that I learn. The simplest way to say it is this podcast makes me happier, better informed, and better at thinking and behaving in a way that reflects the person I want to be. It has helped lift a blanket of depression that was pinning me down. Thank you Shane and Farnum Street for this work! It is a true gift and has a meaningful impact.

Trajectory altering   (5/5)

Thanks Shane! I’ve been at an investment bank for 7 years and was feeling pretty unhappy about a lot of things. Listening to your pod cast and reading the blog have really changed my perspective and helped me to see my experiences in a different light. I really appreciate what Farnam Street is doing here.

Awesome Podcast!!   (5/5)

Farnum, host of The Knowledge Project, highlights all aspects of business, success and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Like like like   (3/5)

Like like like like! Please try to like stop saying like!

Good Stuff   (4/5)

I'm not sure I'm actually retaining anything when listening to this but the guests certainly sound smart! And Shane Parrish is a thoughtful guy.

Awesome resource   (5/5)

Shane’s work with so many bright people, via the Farnam Street blog and the Knowledge Project webcasts is amazing. I wish that I could take these lessons with me in a time machine back 30 years. Awesome stuff that I am now relaying to my kids as they begin their adult lives.

Sound quality   (3/5)

Some episode are impossible to listen to despite the great content.

Always learn something new   (5/5)

Shane does an incredible job with the Knowledge Project. At first I was daunted by the length of some Podcasts ~1.5 hours, but after listening to a few episodes, realized that they are worthwhile investments of time. Shane has an ability to tease out learnings and contextualize pieces of information to enhance the applicibility of the information presented. Most importanly, you'll walk away from each episode having more knowledge and seeing things from a different context then before. Keep up the great work Shane!

Intelligent and enlightening   (5/5)

My new favorite. Shane's topics are well-chosen and his interviews are excellent. Well worth the time.

Love the thinking and conversations   (5/5)

Shane, I wanted to finally take a moment and share with you and others how much I truly enjoy your podcasts. Your guests are always thoughtful, relevant to our time, and your questions are dialogue is always well worth listing all the way to the end. I really appreciate how you take the time to invest in a deep conversation to help us listeners learn and grow. Keep up the great thinking and beautiful work.

Deep Learning   (5/5)

Good show so far, lots of learning on some deep topics.

Extremely Informative,   (5/5)

Shane does an amazing job of bringing a wide array of interesting topics to each podcast. He does a fantastic job of finding and interviewing very interesting guest. Great show. Excellent time investment.

Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant   (5/5)


What a gift   (5/5)

I can't believe this stuff is free. The wisdom you learn listening to the knowledge project comes from some truly exceptional people. Thank you Shane for doing what you do so well.

Shattering insights   (5/5)

Shane does a masterful job of letting guests speak and expand on their thread without derailing them or unnecessarily stopping them. The topics are explored with deep insights. kyle b.

Well worth the listen   (5/5)

This podcast packs a punch every time. The perfect antidote to our noisy, shallow culture. Shane has found the signal in he noise

Great   (5/5)


Fave podcast   (5/5)

I can’t say exactly what it is that I find so great about Shane’s podcasts, it’s not just the guests who are always interesting and have great insights or the fact Shane asks intriguing questions and allows the guest to be center of attention, or even the tone of Shane’s voice (oddly calming)? It’s some combination of all these things that make it the podcast I look forward to most.

Definitely worthwile   (5/5)

I'm 30 min into "Thinking about Thinking" and loving it. Have to stop periodically to take notes. So good!

Shorter episodes 👍👍👍   (5/5)

The community clearly loves the regular episodes so you shouldn’t change them, however, the short episodes work great for my lifestyle and commute!

It’s enlightening   (5/5)

The Knowledge Project episodes don’t come as often/frequent as some other podcasts, but each episode is totally worthwhile the wait. In the days there’s no new episode, I re-listen to the old ones many many times. Because I am part of the Farnam Street community, I have access to transcripts, so I prints out the ones I like a lot and take notes as if I am reading a book. I “shop around” many different podcasts just to explore what’s out there, only to find The Knowledge Project is the best I ever want to listen again and again.

Psyched to have found this!   (5/5)

Wish I'd found it sooner. Loved the Barbara Oakly episode! Thank you for this!

Great guests, great questions   (5/5)

The guests on this podcast are always very interesting and have a lot to share. Shane does a great job of listening and asking very great questions which are relevant to the guests profession or experience which makes for a great discussion.

My daily life hack   (5/5)

This podcast is my daily life hack. It contains awesome content. Shane does a great job at producing quality content and asks great questions.

Amazing Guests and Host   (5/5)

Great podcast with very insightful conversations. Shane does a great job of bringing on people who are able to clearly express what has made them successful, and has a great way of digging deep in to topics by asking the right probing questions. Few of my favorites include the pods with Naval Ravikant, Susan Cain and Amelia Boone

Amazing   (5/5)

This is one of the best podcasts out there. If you're looking for a starter go to the Naval interview Feb 27, 2017 and just listen on repeat. Then subscribe and listen to literally every other one.

Life Changing   (5/5)

I know that’s a bold statement. But, I find that Shane interviews some of the foremost experts in areas that have direct applicability to my life and the questions and answers are insightful: to the point so I get clear takeaways and the expert answers with enough detail and authority that it truly sticks in my mind and helps update my personal mental models.

enjoyed the naval podcast   (5/5)

just started listening because the of the naval podcast, decided to subscribe

Chris Voss : Well worth your time   (5/5)

Shane does it again. Voss is clear, straightforward and most of all focused on making everyone better at a skill we all need every day: Negotiation. His examples keep this podcast moving and I found many ideas in this that I will use right now. Take the time to listen if you wonder how you can get more out of every interaction because whether we know it or not, we are all negotiating all the time. Great stuff.

Made for lifelong learners   (5/5)

This podcast is so informative and I enjoy learning about others question the world and build habits to collect knowledge.

Practical Wisdom   (5/5)

This podcast shares practical wisdom from leading experts. It is useful.

Podcast on Questioning   (5/5)

Great podcast! What I most enjoyed was the parts about how Berger describes creative time and reactive time and how important it is to separate the two. Also the part of the discussion talking about failure, this was excellent and honest. How and when to analyze your failures and the fact that you can almost always extract some nugget from a failure that will help you in the future. Great job Shane.

A hidden gem.   (5/5)

Essential listening for anyone who wants to cultivate, enrich, or expand their intellect. Each episode is stimulating, substantial, and uniquely insightful. Every conversation I have heard warrants several repeat listens. I can’t recommend Farnam Street/The Knowledge Project enough.

Worth your time   (5/5)

Excellent podcast that will motivate you to learn and grow.

One of my favorite podcasts   (5/5)

Shane is an incredible thinker and teacher. His podcasts are very purposeful and direct with brilliant minds across various fields. Thank you Shane for all that you do.

Nuanced, diverse, intelligent interviews   (5/5)

Shane’s brain is so hungry that it ate all his hair. His loss is your gain.

Unique conversations - highly recommend!   (5/5)

Love this podcast! Such great guests and interesting conversations. Highly recommend!

One of the 3 best podcasts if you want to get knowledge   (5/5)

This podcast is for you if you want to learn from smart people. Long and in depth, this is one of the best.

worth spending you time,seriously!   (5/5)

I listen to many podcasts and this one I look forward to the most. It takes on topics that are important to your intellect, since it makes you think and occasionally inspire. What can you do better for yourself if not spend your time on something that is good, high quality and makes you smarter? If this would be a food product, you would eat it every day. Shane, the host, is just amazing in doing what he does. Thank you!

"Aboot" that Knowledge Project...   (5/5)

Don't miss out on this podcast. Shane's Canadian accent and piercing questions with fabulous guests make this podcast and fun and enriching event on any given day. Enjoy and invest your time for great dividends.

One of my favorite podcast   (5/5)

Best interviews to listen to improve yourself.

No women?   (1/5)

Great list of topics. I find it amazing that 2 out of 22 speakers are women. Does Shane only know men with knowledge? Are 90% of his connections men? Did he hunt hard enough for other women that have 'knowledge?' Felt very monotonous to hear a bunch of white and indian guys give me advice. I guess that's all there is out there.

As always, Shane kills it. BUT...   (5/5)

If you've read anything on Farnam Street, you know the caliber of quality content Shane puts out. This is no different. Excellent discussions about a wide variety of topics designed to make you think. Lots of practical application as well. My only complaint is that I'd like to see new episodes released more frequently. Would weekly really be too much to ask? ;)

Such a wonderful compliment to an already great resource   (5/5)

Yet another amazing resource from Shane - hands down one of the most important people/sources for me to improve, learn, and get inspired. Thank you for all the amazing work you do, we're so grateful

Extermely Interesting Podcast   (5/5)

This show will challenge you intellectually. Shane gets into very deep discussions with his guests. I loved the Venkatesh Rao and the Chris Dixon episodes. Bring on more thoughtful guests like these!

Farnam Street #1 on Bookmarks   (5/5)

I've followed Farnam Street (and Shane Parrish) for a while now and have recently delved into the podcasts. Shane does a superb job of topic choice, discussion, and explanation. I feel like I've learned something new every day (Kaizen method ;)) and share his site and blog as much as possible. Keep up the great work!

Five Stars   (5/5)

I listen to a lot of podcasts during my commute to work. This podcast stands the test of time. Great interviewer, great questions, and great guests.

Challenge your mental paradigms!   (5/5)

Superb venture by Shane Parrish who already hosts the Farnam Street Blog. Through broad, unrestricted interviews with leading thinkers across a variety of sectors, Shane delves into heady topics and reveals the mechanisms of his guests' thinking. Simply fantastic.

Great Content   (5/5)

I recommend this blog, email, and podcast to everyone I work with. It is a great way to stretch and build your mind. Thank you!

Fantastic Topics and Guests!   (5/5)

After reading Shane’s writing for years, it’s fun to listen to his voice. The underlying thoughts and ideas behind the podcasts align nicely with the blog and it’s worth it to spend time absorbing just about anything Shane puts out. The guests are the best in the world at what they do and I feel like listening to them gives a new dynamic in how we can learn from them. Love this show, can’t believe I didn’t subscribe earlier!

Nudges you to become smarter everyday   (5/5)

Shane's podcast is a treasure trove of knowledge waiting to be tapped. Amazing content and delivery.


The interview with Jason Zweig is fascinating on some many levels. Zweig’s comments on the necessary mindsets for investing [and living] well have the finality of a supertanker docking. Along the lines of “go there, do this, it will no longer be a problem and your life will change."

Improved Sound Quality makes a ginormous difference   (5/5)

The sound quality of the first two were/are terrible. It’s great to see that Mr. Parrish and team have cleaned it up for the third installment. No matter the content: if you can’t hear what they’re saying, it’s pointless. The Farnam Street Blog is an incredible resource, in general. I can’t tell you how many books and references I have culled from it. Thank you so much!

Informative Inspiration   (5/5)

A reader of Farnam Street Blog, I’m just discovering the podcast and so glad i have. They're full of great conversation, endless sources of inspiration on a range of topics you are certain to find of interest. Shane Parrish is also quite thorough in how he supports readers/listeners with recaps of sources mentioned in the podcast, and ways to learn more about his guests. Highly recommend as you will definitely learn something and be motivated to delve deeper into areas you may already be familiar.

Keep em Coming   (5/5)

Excellent and getting better. I look forward to future guests; both the surprising, inspiring and solidly expected. Thanks Shane!

Needs a transcript   (3/5)

Woah, a ton of great info from a smart interviewer and intelligent guest —> but flying way too fast off the tongue of M. Lombardi to absorb well. A written transcript would go a long way to reinforcing the info in listeners minds, provide some linkable content to the newsletters and add one more way to reach a larger audience.

Great knowledge builder   (5/5)

Shane does a great job on the podcast delivering content that will challenge your thinking and encourage creation of good habits. You won't regret it.

Wisdom accelerated   (5/5)

There are few people who can curate as well as Shane. Such a treat to have his blog and now this podcast!

Great 1st Episode!   (4/5)

Really enjoyed the discussion and I'm happy that Shane started a podcast. One note of feedback would be the audio mixing. The left, right mixing was kinda annoying listening on an iPhone.

Invest in yourself! Listen and learn.   (5/5)

As a big proponent of investing in my own skills and knowledge I consider Farnam Street a great source of ideas, book recommendations, and reasons to reflect. Thanks for continuing in a new medium.

Excellent-what a great way to explore the minds of interesting thinkers.   (5/5)

I really appreciate Shane’s work! The podcast format of the Knowledge Project is a great tool for bringing context to there diverse philosophy of mental models. Look forward to the series!

Awesome   (5/5)

Listening and reading Farnam Street....there is no better way to spend chunks of time when you are looking for across disciplines knowledge and life tools.

Very well done podcast!   (5/5)

This show is unique in that it actually delivers on what others promise. It's interesting and practical in a way that is unobtrusive.

I enjoyed it!   (4/5)

I was not very familiar with this guest but I enjoyed the podcast. Thank you. May I suggest that you record both left and right for both speakers since it is hard to hear sometimes and a bit annoying on iPhone headset.

Shane rocks   (5/5)

Love the questions, the Canadian accent and the guest.

Already learning so much -- Shane Parrish does it again!   (5/5)

Being a fan of Farnam Street for a long time, I was really excited for this and it did not disappoint! Great first episode and I can't wait for more.

Farnam Street knowledge in a whole new medium   (5/5)

Farnam Street is a site that makes you smarter. Sometimes, without even realizing it. Shane's ability to pull the most salient pieces of information from the books and essays he reads is evident in this new podcast, where his quest for knowledge puts him in front of some of today's greatest thinkers. Great show to listen to, probably best to sit down with a pen & paper to take notes though!