Published May 26, 2021
By CARISSA MENDOZA
Since its inception in 2015, the YouTube channel “Yes Theory” has gained over 6 million followers who vibe with the message of “seeking discomfort,” in other words watching the founders take extraordinary risks to live beyond limits. Now turning off the cameras, in late 2020 the channel created a podcast, an overly scripted, yet interesting work that leaves listeners feeling inspired with a new perspective.
In one of their episodes, “The Path to a Kinder World,” host Thomas Bragg dares listeners to look beyond themselves and focus on the care of others, occasionally over-preaching this message. In this episode, Bragg features Houston Kraft, a self-titled “kindness advocate” who references a story of a woman who cried for hours at an airport and was ignored by thousands, a shocking image and a great utilization of a situation in which kindness was needed, but disregarded.
During this episode, Bragg effectively illustrates the human impulse to look away, but strongly suggests that this discomfort is exactly what is needed to practice true kindness, where one acts despite the consequences. Nearing the end of the episode, Bragg concludes with an inspiring task: to commit small acts of kindness consistently in order to develop kindness not as a value but as a practice. While it isn’t easy, this is exactly what is needed to promote a kinder world, so “Yes Theory” is spot on.
Overall, the podcast flows nicely and presents information in a rather impactful way which is a commonality throughout their work. “Yes Theory” never fails to grasp the listener’s attention, contemplating meaningful topics and featuring well-known individuals like the Dalai Lama and Francois Clemmons.
In a single 35-minute episode, “Yes Theory” leaves the listener with a new perspective on the common value of kindness, adding greater depth to its ultimate meaning. In fact, each episode ends with a call to action, providing listeners with thought-provoking motivating ideas, while challenging them to be their best selves. Through their podcast, they successfully broaden perspectives on topics like community, anxiety, kindness, hope and friendship.
While their new content is largely impressive, it can be overly scripted lending itself to predictability and lacking in their more usual engaging spontaneity. One of the most valued aspects of their videos are the interactions between the faces of “Yes Theory”: Thomas, Matt and Ammar. Unfortunately, this aspect is somewhat elusive in their work, detracting from their signature raw, unrefined conversations, having more of these in the podcast could both decrease the unnatural feel and allow the listener to feel they are a part of a conversation with “Yes Theory.”
Nonetheless, the podcast is a great listen. If you have any extra time during the day and are looking for a new sense of inspiration, skip Netflix and tune in to the “Yes Theory” podcast on Spotify. You won’t be disappointed.