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Radio Headspace #51 – Maria Popova

by Georgie Okell

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This week on Radio Headspace, I’m in Brooklyn talking to Maria Popova, founder of Brain Pickings, a digital inventory of interestingness. Brain Pickings was launched a decade ago, originally as an email to a group of seven friends, and now boasts seven million visitors every single month. In 2012, the site was added to the Library of Congress’ permanent web archive.

In a world where we are bombarded with information, listicles, and clickbait, I spoke to Maria about where we go to find meaning amongst the digital noise, why her site seems to resonate with so many people the world over, and the impact it has had on people’s lives.

Next week, I’ll be looking at the other side of the coin, and finding out how we find inspiration when we disconnect from technology entirely. As always, you can reach us at, and if you enjoy this episode, please take a second to subscribe to Radio Headspace on iTunes. It makes a big difference to us.

Georgie Okell

Georgie Okell is a TV and Radio host from the UK. She currently hosts and produces the podcast Radio Headspace, which has almost 1 million plays in 2015. She also runs marathons.

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