The geography of genius with Eric Weiner, and the lobstar of the antentwig.

What Makes Certain Cities Ideal for Cultivating Genius?

What Makes Certain Cities Ideal for Cultivating Genius?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 8 2016 7:10 PM

Where Genius Is Born

Eric Weiner explains why you never hear about great geniuses coming out of Las Vegas.

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Where’s our modern-day Florence for incubating genius?

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Listen to Episode 412 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, traveler Eric Weiner joins us to discuss why certain cities throughout history have been ripe for cultivating our most creative thinkers. He’s the author of The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places From Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley. For the Spiel, another Lobstar of the Antentwig.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.