The Afterword Episode 8: Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer.

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March 30 2012 4:00 PM

How Creativity Works

An interview with Jonah Lehrer.

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June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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Jonah Lehrer.
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In Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer explores some of the myths of creativity and discovers that it isn’t a gift possessed by a lucky few, but rather a variety of processes that everyone can learn to use more efficiently. This 32-minute conversation ranges from the origins of the Swiffer, why 3M is such an innovative company, what people who work alone can do to replicate the creative advantages of the busy workplace, to Steve Jobs’ views on proper bathroom placement.

The Afterword, which appears in the Slate daily podcast feed every other Thursday, features interviews with the authors of new nonfiction books. The next guest will be R.J. Smith, author of The One: The Life and Music of James Brown.

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