David McRaney

Internationally Bestselling Author, Journalist and Creator of You Are Not So Smart Blog

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Mark K Sargent in conversation with David McRaney

David McRaney is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, and lecturer who created the You Are Not So Smart blog, books, and podcast. He began a blog writing about the psychology behind biases, delusions, and fallacies in 2009. That blog became an internationally bestselling book published by Penguin/Gotham in 2011, now available in 14 languages. His second book, You Are Now Less Dumb, was released in July of 2013, also published by Penguin/Gotham. David currently hosts a podcast and writes articles that both appear at Boing Boing, and he travels around the planet giving lectures on the topics he covers in his books, blog, and podcast. In 2015, David appeared as himself in a national ad campaign for Reebok. His writing has also been featured in campaigns for Heineken, Duck Tape, and others. David cut his teeth covering Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and in the Pine Belt region of the Deep South. Since then, he has been a beat reporter, an editor, a photographer, voiceover artist, television host, digital content manager, and everything in between. His writing work has been featured at The Atlantic, The New York Post, Salon, Brainpickings, Lifehacker, Gawker, Boing Boing, The Huffington Post, and Big Think among many other places. He created and produced The Green Couch Sessions, a television show focusing on the music of the Deep South, while at WDAM-TV where he worked as the head of digital media. David graduated with a degree in journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi where he served as editor of the college newspaper and was named one of the top 10 college journalists in the United States by the Scripps Howard Foundation in addition to winning two William Randolph Hearst awards, one for feature writing and one for opinion writing.