In this episode of the Work Life podcast with Adam Grant, TV comedy writer Michael Schur joins host Steven Johnson. They dive into the craft of writing the TV comedy, why he is obsessed with philosophy and ethics, and what he’s learned from both the fictional and the real workplace about how humans behave, grow, and love. Schur’s New York Times-bestselling book How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question is out now.
Steven Johnson, called a “gifted storyteller and deep thinker” by the New York Times, is a leading authority on innovation. His books, podcasts and television series have explored the stories of some of the most crucial breakthroughs in the history of health, medicine and technology. He is the bestselling author of 13 books, including The Ghost Map, his acclaimed study of the 1854 cholera epidemic, and Where Good Ideas Come From. He also hosted and co-created the Emmy Award-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got To Now and is the current host of the podcast American Innovations. He writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine and WIRED. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.
Michael Schur is a television writer and producer who has worked on shows like The Office, Master of None, The Comeback, and Hacks, and created or cocreated Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, and Rutherford Falls. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer, and their two kids, William and Ivy.