Do you talk to strangers?
When you think of the word ‘stranger’, does danger come to mind?
This week we talk to the insightful Joe Keohane, a veteran journalist who has held high-level editing positions at Medium, Esquire, Entrepreneur, and Hemispheres. His writing—on everything from politics, to travel, to social science, business, and technology—has appeared in New York magazine, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Wired, Boston magazine, The New Republic, and several textbooks. An avid parallel parker and occasional working musician, he also won a prestigious Screenwriters Colony fellowship in 2017 for a comedy television pilot that remains, sadly, unproduced.
In this episode we talk to him about his latest book; The Power of Strangers; The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World – An exploration of why we don’t talk to strangers, and the wonderful things that would happen if we did.
As some of you might know we are very vocal advocates for ‘loose social interactions’. We love talking to strangers, and any acquaintances we may come across – we simply find people fascinating! So naturally, this conversation was right up our alley.
Joe is hilarious, he realised he wasn’t the best at striking up conversations with random people so he thought he would challenge himself by finding out why, and furthermore, is this is a common thing with most people nowadays in our screen-watching world? So he found a course on the topic (that’s right, a course on ‘how to talk to strangers’) and set off to London to find out how!
From the psychology, to the history, to the practical. Joe takes us through it all in this episode. We talk social studies, individual experiences and for a pair of extrovert-chatty-twins, we even managed to learn a lot!
Give the episode a listen, then go out and strike a conversation with a stranger! Go and explore! Who knows where it may take you 😉
Dave & Steve