Malcolm Gladwell, a New York Times bestselling author and self-proclaimed car nut has collaborated with Lexus in producing a new six-part podcast exploring the depths of Japanese culture reflected in the Lexus brand.
The podcast title, “Go and See”, is an approximate translation of the Japanese “genchi genbutsu,” or “go and see for yourself.” The idea stems from the belief that a person will have a better understanding of people and how to create something for them from personal experience. In the series, Lexus invites Gladwell to Japan to discover the brand’s unconventional thinking and processes in an exclusive behind the scenes look at the luxury car maker.
Gladwell explores how culture and engineering merge at Lexus. The podcast series follows him as he travels to the luxury brand’s headquarters in Japan, explores a top-secret racetrack and shadows engineers and executives, gaining insight into the brand’s research into human behaviour and processes that have set it apart.
Each episode dives deep into unique elements of the luxury automaker’s identity, from how a Japanese tea ceremony influenced the engineering of a car window; to the musical composition of a coupe’s engine and the emotions it elicits. ”Go and See” offers car fans like Gladwell, and anyone who is simply curious, a true appreciation of the exceptional craftsmanship behind the Lexus badge.
“I once had a Lexus sports car and loved it. But after I gave it up, I didn’t really give them much more thought,” said Gladwell. “In Japan, I saw firsthand just how much thought and cultural know-how and expertise goes into the final product.”
Recorded over 10 weeks from December through February, Gladwell’s own Pushkin Industries® produced the six-part series in partnership with Lexus. Listeners can stream or download the series from Apple Podcasts®, Radio.com®, Google Podcasts, Spotify®, Pandora®, Pocketcast, Stitcher®, iHeartRadio®, Castbox®, NPR One®, Web Players and more.
For the link to the Go and See podcast series, click here.
About Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, David and Goliath and Talking to Strangers. He is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces the podcasts Revisionist History, and Broken Record®, where he, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam interview musicians across a wide range of genres. Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker, has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list, and was touted as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.