New: BBC Radio podcast series Think with Pinker

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The Life of the Mind: A 20 Chapter Videobook Series

In this series, Professor Pinker explains the many topics in language, mind, and human nature that have figured into his own research over the years.
The material is substantially different from what he has presented in connection with his books.

Steven Pinker is represented by the David Lavin Agency, Ltd.


Fall 2021, Virtual Book Tour for Rationality

Jul. 12, Truro Public Library and Meetinghouse

Aug. 14, Global Humanist Seminar

Oct. 4, Rotman Institute, University of Toronto

Oct. 4, Politics & Prose bookstore, Washington DC

Oct. 5, Temple Emmanuel, New York

Oct. 7, Claremont College

Nov. 16, 5 X 15 with Tim Harford

Nov. 17, Jewish Public Library, Montreal

Nov. 19, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Boston

Nov. 19, Night of the Freethinkers, Ghent, Belgium


Streaming video of "Is Music a Universal Language?" at A Night @ the Opera with Steven Pinker

Streaming video of PSY 1: Introduction to Psychological Science lectures at Harvard University 

Streaming video of GENED 1066: Rationality lectures at Harvard University

Streaming video of "Enlightenment Now" at Talks at Google

Streaming video of "The Elephant, the Emperor, and the Matzo Ball" at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science

Streaming video of "The Sense of Style" at Talks at Google

Streaming video of "The Better Angels of Our Nature and the Last World War" at the University of Bradford

Streaming video plus text of "Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers" on

Streaming video plus text of "Writing In The 21st Century" on

Streaming video plus text of "A History of Violence" at the Edge Master Class 2011

Streaming video of "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature"

Streaming video of "The Blank Slate" at MIT

Streaming video of "Pinker's Farewell" at MIT

Streaming video of "Words and Rules" at Princeton

Streaming video of "The Science of Gender and Science: Pinker vs. Spelke, A Debate" at Harvard


Australian Broadcasting System "All in the Mind"

BBC Radio 4, "Steven Pinker on Language"

Big Think: Think Again, "Steven Pinker (Cognitive Scientist) - The Defeat of Defeatism"

BFM, "Humans - Progress, not Perfection"

The Economist Asks, "What grounds do we have to be optimistic about an Open Future?"

The Good Fight, "Can we build a more rational world?"

The Guardian

Guy Kawasaki, "Dr. Steven Pinker: Cognitive psychologist, linguist, and author"

Intelligence Squared, "Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary"

Joe Rogan, "#1073 - Steven Pinker" 

Jordan Peterson, "Steven Pinker: Progress, despite everything"

Kickass News, "Dr. Steven Pinker says good news is a hard sell"

Lex Friedman, "AI in the Age of Reason"

Ministry of Ideas, "Dissecting morality"

The Moral Science Podcast, "The Arrow of Moral Progress with Steven Pinker"

Mother Jones, "Science says you can split infinitives and use the passive voice"

The Panpsycast, "Human Nature, with Steven Pinker and Rutger Bregman"

Penguin Books

People I (mostly) Admire, "Steven Pinker: I Manage My Conversation Portfolio Carefully"

Prospect, "The world is getting better all the time: Headspace #23 with Steven Pinker and Philip Ball"

Point of Inquiry, "Steven Pinker: Using Grammar as a Tool, not as a Weapon"

The psychology podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman, "Humanism,

Enlightenment, and Progress"

Quilette, "Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker explains why the critics of Enlightenment Now are wrong"

The Really Big Questions, "Why Does Music Move Us?"

The Seen and the Unseen, "The Progress of Humanity"

Slate, "I Have to Ask: The Steven Pinker Edition"

So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, "Harvard professor Steven Pinker"

Something You Should Know, "Why Life is Better Than You Think & Why We Swear"

The Tape, "Humans are Progressing Despite the Gloomy News Flow: Pinker"

TED The Interview, "Steven Pinker argues that our pessimism about today's world is profoundly wrong"

Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal, "Steven Pinker on the radical left, Jordan Peterson, Chomsky, and Sam Harris"


What Could Go Right?, "Interview with Steven Pinker"

What Makes Us Human?, "Steven Pinker: What Makes Us Human?"

Selected Appearances on Radio, Television, and the Web

March 2, 2020, Forbes - "Steven Pinker: ‘Evolution Has Saddled Our Species With Many Irrational And Destructive Psychological Traits’"

December 11, 2019, Institute for Art and Ideas - "In Depth Interview On Human Nature, the Enlightenment and Beyond"

January 21, 2018, "Columbia Morning with David Lile" - Live interview on KFRU-AM at 8:20am - 8:30am ET

January 21, 2018, "The Scott Sloan Show" - Live interview on WLW-AM at 8:30am - 8:45am ET

January 21, 2018, "The Bill Newman Show" - Live interview on WHMP-FM at 9:30am - 9:45am ET

January 21, 2018, "The McGraw Show" - Live interview on KTRS-AM at 9:50am - 9:58am ET

January 21, 2018, "Talk Louisiana" - Live interview on WRKF-FM at 10:05am - 10:20am ET

January 21, 2018, "The Roundtable" - Live interview on WAMC-FM/AM at 11:10am - 11:28am ET

​​​January 16, 2018, AirTalk with Larry Mantle - Live interview on 89.3 KPCC at 11:30am - 12:00pm PT

September 26, 2018, Cleveland Book Week - "Steven Pinker and Henry Louis Gates Jr. in conversation"

March 16, 2018,  iHeartRadio - The Arik Korman Show  " The Arik Korman Show - Interview with Steven Pinker "

March 15, 2018,  The Rubin Report  " The Rubin Report "

March 13, 2018,  a16z Podcast " a16z Podcast with Andreessen Horowitz"

March 6, 2018,  Motley Fool  " Motley Fool "

March 5, 2018,  NECN/NBC Boston – The Take with Sue O’Connell  " The Take - Interview with Steven Pinker "

February 28, 2018,  WBUR Radio Boston  " Radio Boston: Interview with Steven Pinker "

February 28, 2018,  Wisconsin Public Radio/ To the Best of Our Knowledge  "To the Best of Our Knowledge: Interview with Steven Pinker"
February 27, 2018,  Big Think – Think Again  " Big Think – Think Again"

February 27, 2018,  SLATE: The Gist  " SLATE: The Gist with Steven Pinker "

February 27, 2018,  Design Matters  " Design Matters with Debbie Millman"

February 27, 2018,  Big Think  " Big Think "

February 27, 2018,  BN Podcast  " BN Podcast "

February 22, 2018 ,  The Guardian podcasts  " The Guardian podcasts "

February 22, 2018,  PBS interview with Christian Amanpour  " PBS interview with Christian Amanpour "

February 20, 2018 22:00 PM AEST,  ABC (Australia Broadcast), The World  " ABC (Australia Broadcast), The World "

February 20, 2018 18:45 PM UTC,  How to Academy with Stephen Fry  " How to Academy with Stephen Fry "

February 20, 2018 10:30 AM UTC,  Premier Christian Radio  " Premier Christian Radio"

February 19, 2018 13:30 PM UTC,  BBC World TV – Impact  " BBC World TV – Impact "

February 19, 2018 9:00 AM UTC,  BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week  " BBC Radio 4 – Start the Week "

February 14, 2018,  WAMU’s 1A  " WAMU’s 1A with Steven Pinker "

February 12, 2018,  Vox – The Ezra Klein Show  " Vox – The Ezra Klein Show "

February 4, 2018,  The Joe Rogan Experience  "The Joe Rogan Experience"

October 8, 2014, KQED Radio "Avoiding Zombie Nouns: Writing Advice From Steven Pinker"

October 8, 2014, The Economist "Why Believe the Sticklers?"

October 7, 2014, WNPR The Colin McEnroe Show "An Interview with Steven Pinker"

September 30, 2014,  WBUR Radio Bosto  "7 Writing Style Lessons We Learned From Linguist Steven Pinker"

Dec. 7, 2011, NPR "Talk of The Nation"

Dec. 7, 2011, Brown University "Radio Open Source"

Oct. 30, 2011, 3:00-4:00PM KUSP-FM "The 7th Avenue Project"

Nov. 13, 2011, 5:00PM, "WHY?" Radio show

Oct. 25/26, 2011, 11:00PM-02:00AM "Coast to Coast AM" radio show

Oct. 20, 2011, 9:00-10:00AM WNPR-FM (Connecticut Public Radio) / "Where We Live"

Oct. 18, 2011, 11:30PM Comedy Central / "The Colbert Report"

Oct. 11, 2011, 1:00-2:00PM WAMU-FM (NPR) / "The Kojo Nnamdi Show"

Oct. 10, 2011, 3:00-4:00PM WBUR-FM (NPR) / "Radio Boston"

Oct. 8, 2011, "Science Saturday"

Oct. 7, 2011, 3:00-4:00PM NPR "Talk of the Nation's Science Friday"

Oct. 7, 2011, 9:00-10:00AM Wisconsin Public Radio "The Veronica Rueckert Show"

Oct. 5, 2011, 1:20-2:00PM WNYC-AM, FM (NPR) "The Leonard Lopate Show"

October 4, 2011,  WNYC  "The Takeaway"

Oct. 4, 2011, 6:30PM NPR "Marketplace"

Dec. 15, 2004, 6:00-7:30 PM WMBR-FM 88.1, Steven Pinker appeared on "Dinnertime Sampler" to play a collection of the songs he uses to introduce his lectures in "The Human Mind" course at Harvard. Click herehere and here to see playlists from Pinker's three appearances on the show.

December 12, 2010,  Philosophy Talk  "Philosophy Talk"

February 7, 2007,  Comedy Central " The Colbert Report"