by Ami Maxine Irmen
Imagine a setting where you would have access to some of the world’s brightest minds, and you were not only able – but expected – to surprise them with ideas that they were not at all prepared to discuss.
This is exactly the setting that New York-based writer, editor, and podcast producer Jason Gots has created with Think Again.
In fact, Gots has spoken with UntitledTown’s 2017 keynote speaker Margaret Atwood about the elusiveness of dead authors and why technology’s a three-edged sword. He has spoken with Mary-Louise Parker (actress and author of Dear Mr. You) about Bob Marley and what to do in the face of incalculable suffering. He has discussed reason, imagination, and bad grammar on Twitter with Salman Rushdie. He has even discussed learning speed and style (is your mind a hiker or a race car driver) with Neil Gaiman.
Is attention an endangered species? How do you collaborate with someone who hates you? How would George Takei respond to these questions? Thanks to Jason Gots, we now know.
Gots’ podcast is based through Big Think, a website that shares “the world’s biggest ideas from the world’s greatest thinkers. If it’s fun, informative, and inspires you to action, you’ll find it at Big Think—from astrophysics and entrepreneurship to relationships and religion. The bigger the idea, the better.” In addition to Think Again, he has also worked with the website to write a blog series called Overthinking Everything with Jason Gots and to create Tuesdays with Bill where folks from all over the world were able to ask Bill Nye the Science Guy questions. (Gots’ son Emre even called in.)
As though this all wasn’t impressive enough, he also has co-founder of a theatre company on his résumé. In 1999, Gots along with Randy Baker, Jenny McConnel Frederick, and Jordana Adelman founded Rorschach Theatre in Washington D.C. This may seem an odd thing until you find out that Gots studied acting and literature at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He then went on to earn two Masters Degrees, one in Eastern Classics and one in Developmental Psychology.
Want a chance to see Jason Gots in action? Well, then you’re in luck. Gots will be podcasting live at UntitledTown, discussing life and literature with Green Bay-born/Boston-located author and UntitledTown presenter Kristen Radtke. Come by the Brown County Library Auditorium April 21 at 12 p.m. for your chance to Think Again.