How to Be Creative

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Vincent van Gogh is a model of a tortured artist, which many people assume is the norm. But what’s the real relationship between creativity and mental illness? (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty)

Season 8, Episode 19

There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who study it as well as artists, inventors, and pathbreakers who live it every day: Ai Weiwei, James Dyson, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Egan, Rosanne Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Maira Kalman, and more.

To learn more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “How to Be Creative” and “Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)?

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