Smart People Podcast

Smart People Podcast is a biweekly, interview-based podcast that features today's most well respected thought leaders engaging in authentic, insightful conversation for the benefit of the listener. The host, Chris Stemp, and his co-host/producer Jon Rojas, utilize their insatiable curiosity and relatable charm to provoke their guests into giving the interview of a lifetime. Every single guest has achieved a high level of recognition within their arena and in doing so has collected a wealth ...more


  • Jeff Garson - Being Decent in an Indecent World

    Sep 14 2021

    Jeff Garson was an attorney for 25 years before leaving law in 2000 and becoming a psychotherapist. As a psychotherapist, Jeff has supported many clients that have struggled to navigate a competitive world and ultimately judge themselves when they fall short of expectations. Jeff is also the co-founder of the Decency Foundation, which is an organization dedicated to bringing Radical Decency to business.Jeff's book, Radical Decency: A Values-Based Approach to a Better Life and World, can be found...more

  • Robert Siegel - How to Leverage Digital Thinking in a Physical World

    Aug 31 2021

    Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a venture investor.Robert is a General Partner at XSeed Capital and Venture Partner at Piva. He sits on multiple Boards of Directors and is a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, chairs the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computertechnik AG, and sat on the Board of SmartDrive Systems for 14 years. He also holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.Robert...more

  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy - How to Take Calculated Risks and Win at Your Career

    Aug 18 2021

    Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading digital CEO and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of leadership experience founding, scaling, and advising companies including Google, Amazon, StubHub, Yodlee, and more.Sukhinder served as the leader of StubHub, the premier global consumer ticketing marketplace for live entertainment, which she and her team sold for $4 billion in February 2020. Sukhinder has an undergraduate degree from the Ivey School of Business Administration at the University of Wester...more

  • Mike Zani - Olympic Coach on Being Happy and Productive at Work

    Aug 03 2021

    Mike Zani is the CEO of The Predictive Index, a talent optimization platform that uses over 60 years of proven science and software to help businesses design high-performing teams and cultures, make objective hiring decisions, and inspire greatness in people. Its 8,000+ clients include Bain Capital, Blue Cross Blue Shield, DoorDash, LVMH, Nissan, Omni Hotels, and VMware.Mike is also the co-founder and partner at Phoenix Strategy Investments, a private investment fund. An avid sailor, he was coac...more

  • Alex Bezzerides - Why Our Bodies Break

    Jul 19 2021

    Alex Bezzerides is a professor of biology at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho where he teaches a wide range of classes from Human Anatomy and Physiology to Entomology. He earned degrees from Colorado State University and Cornell University. He has published a number of scientific articles about the chemical ecology of insects. His first book is about the aches and pains of the body and how they evolved. Alex's book, Evolution Gone Wrong: The Curious Reasons Why Our Bodies Work (Or Do...more

  • Annie Murphy Paul - How to Overachieve with our Limited Brain

    Jul 05 2021

    Annie Murphy Paul is an acclaimed science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and The Best American Science Writing. She is the author of Origins, selected by the New York Times Book Review as a “Notable Book,” and The Cult of Personality. Her TED Talk has been viewed more than 2.6 million times. Annie is a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, the Spencer Education J...more

  • Tim Grover - Never Forget, Winning is Everything

    Jun 22 2021

    Tim Grover is the CEO of ATTACK Athletics, Inc. Tim is known all around the world for his work with champions and Hall of Famers, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and hundreds other athletes.Tim's book, Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness, is available now.We have a brand new podcast coming soon! To learn more about the upcoming show, sign up for the newsletter at smartpeoplepodcast.com/new.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon...more

  • Rebecca Schwarzlose - How Your Brain Interprets Your Reality

    Jun 08 2021

    Rebecca Schwarzlose is postdoctoral scholar researching brain development in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. Rebecca received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from M.I.T. and served as the editor of the scholarly journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences for three years.Rebecca's book, Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain―And How They Guide You, will be available on June 15, 2021.Brainscapes was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundat...more

  • Guy Perelmuter - The Coming Deep Tech Revolution

    May 25 2021

    Guy Perelmuter is the founder of GRIDS Capital, a deep tech venture capital firm focusing on artificial intelligence, robotics, life sciences, and technological infrastructure. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in 1994 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1996, both from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Guy has 20 years of experience in risk Management, asset allocation and venture capital.Guy's newest book is Present Future:...more

  • Scott Miller - How to Brand Yourself for Success

    May 11 2021

    Scott Miller built a 25-year career at the FranklinCovey Company serving in nearly every role imaginable. Scott currently serves as the Special Advisor on Thought Leadership for the FranklinCovey Company and is the host of their weekly podcast series, On Leadership with Scott Miller. Scott's newest book is Marketing Mess to Brand Success: 30 Challenges to Transform Your Organization's Brand (and Your Own).You can read more about Scott at: scottjeffreymiller.com.We have a brand new podcast coming...more

  • Paul English - Networking and Storytelling are the Keys to Success with Kayak Founder

    Apr 27 2021

    Paul is the Founder and CTO of Lola.com, the easiest way for businesses to manage their employee travel. Previously, Paul was CTO of KAYAK, a travel company he co-founded in 2004, took public in 2012, and sold to Priceline in 2013. Paul is also the founder of GetHuman, a service created to give consumers excellent customer service at any company, Intermute, a security software company, and Boston Light, a small business ecommerce startup he sold to Intuit.Paul is the subject of Tracy Kidder’s bo...more

  • Melissa Bernstein - Billionaire Founder Talks Truth About Entrepreneurship

    Apr 16 2021

    Melissa Bernstein is the co-founder of Melissa & Doug, the toy company committed to nurture children's imaginations. She is also the author of, LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light.You can read more about Melissa and her book at: lifelines.com/about-melissa.Check out the toys at www.melissaanddoug.com!We have a brand new podcast coming soon! To learn more about the upcoming show, sign up for the newsletter at smartpeoplepodcast.com/newBecome a Patron!He...more

  • Dr. Bruce Greyson - Is There Life After Death

    Mar 30 2021

    Dr. Bruce Greyson is the Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He has earned awards for his medical research and was elected a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor bestowed by that organization. He is also the author of, After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond.You can read more about Dr. Greyson and his book at: brucegreyson.com.Become a...more

  • Dr. Shanna Swan - What Your Sperm Says About Your Health

    Mar 16 2021

    Dr. Shanna Swan is one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists and a professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Her book is, Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race and is available now.You can read more about Dr. Swan and her book at: shannaswan.com.Follow @DrShannaSwan on Tw...more

  • Charlene Walters - Time to Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur

    Mar 02 2021

    Charlene Walters is an author, speaker, entrepreneurship/motivation coach, and also developed a Digital Entrepreneurship MBA program. Carlene is the author of the book, Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur: 10 Mindset Shifts for Women to Take Action, Unleash Creativity, and Achieve Financial Success.You can read more about Charlene and her book at: ownyourother.com.Follow @CWaltersPhD on Twitter.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:...more

  • Suneel Gupta - Why Others Take a Chance on You

    Feb 16 2021

    Suneel Gupta is the founder of RISE and is on faculty at Harvard University. Suneel's new book, Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You, is available on February 23, 2021.You can read more about Suneel and his upcoming book at: backable.com.Follow @suneel on Twitter.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:LinkedIn - When your business is ready to make that next hire, find the right person with...more

  • Dorothy Holinger - The Impact of Grief

    Feb 03 2021

    Dorothy Holinger, Ph.D., was an academic psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for over 23 years. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has her own psychotherapy practice. Her book is, The Anatomy of Grief.You can read more about Dorthy on her website: dorothypholinger.com.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:Audible - Visit audible.com/smart or text smart to 500-500 to start your fre...more

  • Erin Meyer - How Netflix Won

    Jan 19 2021

    Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD, one of the leading international business schools. Her work focuses on how the world's most successful managers navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a global environment. She recently co-authored a book with Reed Hastings, titled, No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. The book focuses on the principles needed to build a company culture that is innovative, fast, and flexible.You can read more about Erin and her work at: erinme...more

  • Lisa Feldman Barrett - Why Do We Have a Brain?

    Jan 05 2021

    Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. Lisa is among the top one percent most cited scientists in the world for her research in psychology and neuroscience. She is the Chief Science Officer for the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Harvard University. She is also the author of the new book, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain.You can read more about Lisa and her work at: lisafeldmanbarrett.com.Follow Lisa on Twitter...more

  • Dr. Jason Fung - A New Understanding of Cancer

    Dec 15 2020

    Dr. Jason Fung is a nephrologist and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets. He has written multiple bestselling health books - The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally, and now we discuss his newest book, The Cancer Code: A Revolutionary New Understanding of a Medical Mystery.You can read more about Dr. Fung's work at: thefastingmethod.com.Follow Dr. Fung on Twitter: @drjasonfung.Become a ...more

  • Remembering Tony Hsieh - 2011 Interview

    Dec 01 2020

    This is a re-airing of our 2011 interview with Tony Hsieh. Tony meant an incredible amount to a lot of people. He was beyond kind to us in 2011 when we had just started the podcast and we will never forget the advice he shared with us.

  • Kevin Vallier - Can You Trust Politicians (Or Anyone)

    Nov 18 2020

    Kevin Vallier is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, where he directs their program in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law. Vallier’s interests lie primarily in political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE). His newest book, Trust in a Polarized Age is out now!You can read Kevin's blog Reconciled at kevinvallier.com.Follow Kevin on Twitter: @kvallier.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron tod...more

  • Harry Kraemer - What Do You Value? Prove it.

    Nov 03 2020

    Harry Kraemer is a professor at Kellogg School and former CEO of Baxter. In his newest book, Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-Based Life - he breaks down how to prioritize your life - and this is more than just a time management book. This book offers advice when we all experience imbalance and how to build new habits. All book proceeds benefit One Acre Fund in Africa.You can find out more about Harry at his website: harrykraemer.orgBecome a Patron!Help us grow and become a...more

  • Tal Ben-Shahar - The Science of Happiness

    Oct 20 2020

    Tal Ben-Shahar is a bestselling author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His...more

  • Maelle Gavet - The Case for Empathy in Tech

    Oct 06 2020

    Maëlle Gavet is a leading technology executive and entrepreneur. She was a Principal at Boston Consulting Group, went on to become the CEO of OZON.ru, then became the executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group. To top things off, Maëlle wasn't done yet... she then went on to become the Chief Operating Officer at the real estate platform Compass.Maëlle's new book is, Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech's Empathy Problem and How to Fix It.You can find out more about Maëlle at her website: https:...more

  • Guy Raz - Guy Tells Us His Entrepreneurial Secrets

    Sep 23 2020

    Guy Raz is the host and co-creator of three NPR programs: How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Wow in the World. Guy has interviewed thousands of people and he brings their knowledge and stories to you on a regular basis. As if that isn't impressive enough, Guy is the first person in history to have 3 podcasts in the Top 20 on the Apple Podcast charts!Guy's new book is out now: How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs.You can find out more ...more

  • Adam Alter - Working remotely? Avoid technology overwhelm.

    Sep 07 2020

    Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a New York Times bestselling author and he has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, New Yorker, WIRED, Slate, Huffington Post, Popular Science, and many more.You can find out more about Adam at his website: http://adamalterauthor.com/Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsor:LinkedIn Jobs - When your busin...more

  • Robert Pasin - CEO of Radio Flyer

    Aug 24 2020

    Robert Pasin is the Chief Wagon Officer (CEO) at Radio Flyer. He is the Emmy winning producer of the animated short film, Taking Flight, and author of the national bestseller book, Radio Flyer: 100 Years of America’s Little Red Wagon.You can find out more about Robert and Radio Flyer here: https://www.radioflyer.com.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsor:Mint Mobile - Cut your wireless bill to 15 bucks a month at https://mintmobi...more

  • Christopher Marquis - Finally - It’s Not All About Profit

    Aug 11 2020

    Christopher Marquis is a professor in Global Sustainable Enterprise at Cornell. His teaching and research focuses on social innovation and change and doing business in China. Chris' upcoming book is: Better Business: How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism.You can follow Chris on Twitter: @CMarquisCornell.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsor:Audible - For a free trial, visit audible.com/smart or text smart to 500-500.

  • Kate Lanz - What is the Sex of Your Brain

    Jul 28 2020

    Kate Lanz is founder and CEO of mindbridge, a UK-based global coaching company specializing in the power of modern neuroscience and releasing latent brain potential at work. Kate is also an international coach, speaker, and author.Kate's most recent book is: All the Brains in the Business: The Engendered Brain in the 21st Century Organisation.You can follow Kate on Twitter: @Kate_Mindbridge.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors...more

  • Vikram Mansharamani - Even Experts Don’t Know Everything

    Jul 14 2020

    Vikram Mansharamani teaches people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He is currently a lecturer at Harvard, and if that's not enough, he was previously a lecturer at Yale.Check out Vikram's most recent book: Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence.You can follow Vikram on Twitter: @mansharamani.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:ExpressVPN -...more

  • Christine Comaford - Building Resilient Teams and Authentic Engagement

    Jul 01 2020

    Christine Comaford is a leadership and culture coach, entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author. Over the last 30 years, she has helped leaders navigate both growth and change.Christine's most recent book is: Power Your Tribe: Create Resilient Teams in Turbulent Times.Learn more about Christine at the SmartTribes Institute website: https://smarttribesinstitute.com/meet-christine/. Our listeners can check out the SmartTribe Institute's Emotional Resilience mini-course for leaders to sha...more

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysics, impostor syndrome, and everything in between

    Jun 16 2020

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator. Neil is also the head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. If that isn't enough, Neil is also the host of StarTalk Television and StarTalk Radio.Neil's newest book is available now: Letters from an Astrophysicist.Learn more about Neil at his website: https://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson.You ca...more

  • Dr. Vivian Lee - We Have Finally Solved the Healthcare Crisis

    Jun 02 2020

    Dr. Vivian S. Lee is a lifelong academic and healthcare executive who is dedicated to improving our healthcare system with policies, technology and educational strategies that help make health a realistic and affordable outcome for all.Dr. Lee's newest book is available now: The Long Fix: Solving America's Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for EveryoneLearn more about Dr. Lee at her website: https://vivianleemd.com.You can follow Dr. Lee on Twitter: @vivianleemdBecome a Patron!Help us...more

  • Jim McKelvey - The World Needs Your Crazy Ideas

    May 20 2020

    Jim McKelvey is an author, entrepreneur, businessperson, and philanthropist. You may know him from being the co-founder of Square and the founder of Invisibly.Jim's newest book is available now: The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time.Learn more about Jim at his website: https://www.jimmckelvey.com.You can follow Jim on Twitter: @2000F.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:Ritual - Get 10%...more

  • Dana Cavalea - High Performance Coaching

    May 05 2020

    Coach Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength & Conditioning and Performance for the New York Yankees. He is also an author, performance coach, and consultant.Coach Dana led the Yankees to a World Championship in 2009. That same year he was awarded the Nolan Ryan Award given to the top Strength & Performance Coach in Major League Baseball, as voted by his peers.Dana's newest book is available now: Habits of a Champion.Learn more about Dana at his website: https://danacavalea.com....more

  • Kelly Brogan - The Truth About Your Mind

    Apr 21 2020

    Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a holistic psychiatrist and a NY Times best-selling author. She is also the co-editor of the textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. Kelly is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project.Kelly's newest book is available now: Own Your Self: The Surprising Path beyond Depression, Anxiety, and Fatigue to Reclaiming Your Authenticity, Vitality, and Freedom.Learn more about Kelly at her website: https:/...more

  • Tom Rath - How You Contribute to the World

    Apr 07 2020

    Tom Rath is an author and researcher. His work over the last two decades focuses on how work can improve human health and well-being. Tom has authored/co-authored over 10 books and has sold over 10 million copies!Tom's newest book is available now: Life's Great Question: Discover How You Contribute To The World.Learn more about Tom on his website: tomrath.org. Be sure to check out Contribify!Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomCRath.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patr...more

  • Dexter Roberts - China, the Coronavirus, and the Global Economy

    Mar 24 2020

    Dexter Roberts is an award-winning journalist and speaker. He serves as a Fellow at the University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. He's a commenter on the US-China trade relationship and has reported on China for decades.Dexter's book is available now: The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: The Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World.Learn more about Dexter on his website: dexterroberts.com. You can also sign up for his newsletter.Follow Dexter on Twitter @dtiffroberts.Become a...more

  • Robin Dreeke - How to Recruit a Russian Spy

    Mar 10 2020

    Robin Dreeke is a best-selling author, professional speaker, trainer, facilitator, and retired FBI Special Agent and Chief of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program.Robin's book is Sizing People Up: A Veteran FBI Agent's User Manual for Behavior Prediction and it's available now!Learn more about Robin and his online training courses at www.peopleformula.com.Follow Robin on Twitter @rdreeke.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepod...more

  • Matt Stoller - Monopolies: How They Run The World

    Feb 25 2020

    Matt Stoller is an author and a fellow at the Open Markets Institute. Matt is a former policy advisor to the Senate Budget Committee. He also worked for a member of the Financial Services Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives during the financial crisis.Matt's book is Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy and it's available now!Find out more about Matt on his website: mattstoller.com.Follow Matt on Twitter @matthewstoller.Subscribe to his newsletter, BIG on Subs...more

  • Alexey Guzey - Is Matthew Walker Lying to Us About Sleep?

    Feb 11 2020

    Alexey Guzey is an independent researcher with background in Economics, Mathematics, and Cognitive Science.BBC's More or Less featuring Matthew WalkerFind more on Alexey and his research: https://guzey.com/.Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:Ashford University - Make your dream job your reality! Enroll now by going to Ashford.edu/SMART.Mint Mobile - Cut your wireless bill to 15 bucks a month at https://mintmobile.com/smart!I...more

  • Alan Weiss - Becoming a Fearless Leader

    Jan 28 2020

    Alan Weiss is an author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc. has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times, and over 400 other leading organizations. His Ph.D. is in psychology.Alan's new book, Fearless Leadership: Overcoming Reticence, Procrastination, and the Voices of Doubt Inside Your Head is available now.Find more on Alan and hund...more

  • Darren Gold - Develop an Extraordinary Identity

    Jan 14 2020

    Darren is a Managing Partner at The Trium Group where he is one of the world’s leading executive coaches and advisors to CEOs and leadership teams. Darren trained as a lawyer, worked at McKinsey & Co., was a partner at two San Francisco investment firms, and served as the CEO of two companies.Darren's new book, Master Your Code: The Art, Wisdom, and Science of Leading an Extraordinary Life is available now.You can find out more about Darren at his website: https://www.darrenjgold.com.Become ...more

  • David Epstein - Why it's Better to be Curious than Comfortable

    Dec 30 2019

    David is a New York Times bestseller author (The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance) and volunteers his time at the Pat Tillman Foundation and Classroom Champions.His newest book is Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.David was previously a science and investigative reporter at ProPublica and a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he helped break the story that revealed Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had used steroids.David also ha...more

  • Nir Eyal - How to Finally Conquer Distractions

    Dec 17 2019

    Nir writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, ...more

  • Neil Pasricha - Are You a Unique Snowflake?

    Dec 03 2019

    Neil is an author, pubic speaker, and podcaster. All of his current work focuses on gratitude, happiness, failure, resilience, and trust. As an author, he has published six books, including his newest book, You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life.As a speaker, Neil gives over 50 (FIFTY!!!!) speeches a year.Neil has a fantastic TED talk and a TEDx talk that he says "bombed":The 3 A's of Awesome - TED talkHow do you maximize your tiny, short life...more

  • Dr. William Li - Have We Finally Solved What to Eat?

    Nov 19 2019

    William W. Li, MD, is a world-renowned physician, scientist, speaker, and author. Dr. Li is also the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit organization he co-founded. Dr. Li's most recent book is, Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.Dr. Li's TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has been viewed over 11 million times!Find out more about Dr. William Li at https://drwilliamli.com.We discuss:What are ...more

  • Dr. Sasha Heinz - Stop Self Sabotage and Achieve Happiness

    Nov 05 2019

    Dr. Sasha Heinz is a developmental psychologist and life coach. She is an expert in lasting behavioral change and the science of getting unstuck. In her private coaching practice, she helps women cultivate greater psychological flexibility and mental fitness and live a life that lines up with their values.Dr. Heinz has a Bachelor Arts from Harvard University, a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Development Psychology from Columbia University...more

  • Andrew Yang - 2014 Interview Rebroadcast

    Oct 26 2019

    We had the chance to interview Andrew Yang back in 2014. Now, he is a Democratic presidential candidate and we think that's pretty cool.Check out what Andrew had to say back in 2014!Become a Patron!Help us grow and become a Patron today: https://www.patreon.com/smartpeoplepodcastSponsors:EverlyWell - For 15% off an EverlyWell at-home lab test, visit http://everlywell.com/smartpeople.Mint Mobile - Cut your wireless bill to 15 bucks a month at https://mintmobile.com/smart!Donate:Donate here to sup...more

  • CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke - Uh Oh, Relationship Conflicts

    Oct 08 2019

    CrisMarie Campbell is an Olympic rower, speaker, Boeing flight test engineer, has her MBA, AND is the co-founder of thrive! inc. She's spent 20 years helping men, women, couples, and teams to resolve difficult conflicts and create strong, thriving relationships.Susan Clarke has been coaching leaders and facilitating teams and groups for over 20 years. She came into coaching in a very different route after being told she had just six months to live from a terminal cancer diagnosis.CrisMarie ...more

  • Dr. Jo Boaler - Is Your Mind Limitless?

    Sep 24 2019

    Dr. Jo Boaler is the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University and co-founder of www.youcubed.org. She is the author of eleven books including What's Math Got To Do With It? and Mathematical Mindsets. Dr. Boaler was also a White House presenter on equity.We discuss:Do you believe that almost anyone can be an 'Einstein'?What do you tell professionals that are trying to grow their career or start a business, about utilizing the idea of a limitless mind?What do you recomm...more

  • Dr. Chuck Ruby - Is Mental Illness a Myth?

    Sep 10 2019

    Dr. Ruby earned his Ph.D. in 1995 at Florida State University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of military service as a criminal, counterintelligence, and counterespionage special agent and investigative psychologist in many capacities across the globe. Following his military career, Dr. Ruby has been a psychologist and coach in private practice. We discuss:Why does Dr. Ruby believe calling mental illness an 'illness' is a problem?What advice does Dr. Ru...more

  • Steven Rogelberg - Meetings: We Need Them, Everyone Hates Them

    Aug 27 2019

    Dr. Steven Rogelberg is a Professor of Organizational Science, Management, and Psychology, as well as the Director of Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte. He is the Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Talent Management Essentials book series. His research has been profiled on TV, radio, all the major newspapers, and countless magazines. You can find out more about Steven at his website https://www.stevenrogelberg.com, or you can follow him on Twitter, @stevenrogelberg.S...more

  • Amy McCready - How to Raise Kids Right

    Aug 13 2019

    Amy McCready is a parenting expert, best-selling author, speaker, instructor, and mom. Amy is also the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions. You can follow her on Twitter at @AmyMcCreadyPPS.Amy's books, If I Have to Tell You One More Time... and The Me, Me, Me Epidemic are both available wherever books are sold. We discuss:How bad is it when we yell at our kids?How much attention do kids truly need and when can we try to persuade them to be independent?What brought "positive parenting" t...more

  • Jim Weatherall - Fake News: Why What You Believe Depends on Who You Know

    Jul 30 2019

    James Owen Weatherall is a physicist, philosopher, and mathematician. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard, the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Irvine, where he is presently an assistant professor of logic and philosophy of science. He has written for Slate and Scientific American.James' newest book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread is available now and is co-authored with Cailin O'Connor (@cailinmeister).We discuss:Are we moving backwards as ...more

  • Sherri Davidoff and Jeremy Smith - Hackers: from Subculture to Industry

    Jul 16 2019

    Jeremy Smith has written for The Atlantic, Discover, and the New York Times. Jeremy's work have been featured by CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Wired. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Montana. Jeremy's book, Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien" is available now.Sherri Davidoff is a noted cybersecurity expert, author, speaker and CEO of both LMG Security and BrightWise, Inc. During her hacker days, she was known...more

  • Introducing Bandtastic

    Jul 12 2019

    Check out Bandtastic, brought to you by Himalaya Media + Drennon Davis and Mike Phirman.From the minds of musical comedians Mike Phirman & Drennon Davis, and vocal talents from Legend of Korra’s, Janet Varney and pop singer Esthero, comes an all-new musical space comedy that the whole family can get on board with!

  • Rich Karlgaard - Why Your Career Takes Time

    Jul 02 2019

    Rich Karlgaard is an award-winning columnist, author, television commentator, private investor, and board director. Rich focuses on the fundamentals of business, the need for constant innovation, and the importance of building the right corporate culture. He is also an advisor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology.Rich's book, Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement is available now.Find out more about being a 'late bloomer' at latebloomer.com....more

  • Scott Miller - Management Mess to Leadership Success

    Jun 18 2019

    Entering his twenty-third year with FranklinCovey, Scott Miller serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. He is the host of the FranklinCovey-sponsored On Leadership With Scott Miller, a weekly leadership webcast, podcast, and newsletter that features interviews with renowned business titans, authors, and thought leaders and is distributed to more than five million business leaders worldwide. He is also the host of the weekly radio program Great Life, Great Career With Scott ...more

  • Dr. Anthony Youn - Plastic Surgeon Reveals All

    Jun 04 2019

    Dr. Anthony Youn a board-certified plastic surgeon, author, and anti-aging expert. Dr. Youn has performed tens of thousands of successful cosmetic procedures, wrote the phenomenal book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger, and hosts The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show podcast.Learn more about the Dr. Anthony Youn at dryoun.com.We discuss:What is holistic plastic surgery and what does it mean to you?What is the best way to figure out an at-home skincar...more

  • Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness - Follow Your Passion? Not so Fast.

    May 21 2019

    Brad Stulberg researches, writes, speaks, and coaches on health and human performance. His coaching practice includes working with athletes, entrepreneurs, and executives on their mental skills and overall wellbeing.Steve Magness writes, speaks, and coaches on health and human performance. He is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world. He consults with executives and athletes on performance, culture, and mental skills development.In addition to Peak Performance and The Pass...more

  • Laura Tierney - Parenting in the Age of Social Media

    May 07 2019

    Laura Tierney is the founder and CEO of The Social Institute. Prior to being the founder, Laura served as Social Media Director at the award-winning advertising agency McKinney. Laura was a student-athlete at Duke University, majoring in sociology and journalism, and became a 4-time Duke All-American, 2-time team captain, and Duke Athlete of the Decade for field hockey. During her time at Duke, she played with the U.S. Women’s Junior National Field Hockey Team, representing the United States at ...more

  • Lori Gottlieb - We Need to Talk

    Apr 23 2019

    Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column for The Atlantic. She has written hundreds of articles related to psychology and culture, many of which have become viral sensations all over the world. A contributing editor for the Atlantic, she also writes for The New York Times Magazine, and appears as a frequent expert on relationships, parenting, and hot-button mental health topics in media ...more

  • Sandy Rogers - Invest in Building Loyalty

    Apr 09 2019

    Sandy Rogers is the leader of FranklinCovey’s Loyalty Practice, a FranklinCovey offering which helps organizations increase customer and employee loyalty. Prior to FranklinCovey, he was a senior vice president at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Before making his way to Enterprise, Sandy worked in marketing at Apple and brand management at P&G. Sandy has a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.Sandy's book, Leading Loyalty: Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion is ava...more

  • Safi Bahcall - Nurture Crazy Ideas

    Mar 26 2019

    Safi is a physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, and an author... just to name a few! Safi has presented at approximately 130 banking conferences, investor events, and medical meetings around the world, as well as at leading academic institutions. He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley AND in 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.Safi's book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and T...more

  • Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath - How Your Stories Change Your Reality

    Mar 12 2019

    Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne and an MEd in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University. He has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, brain researcher, and is currently an educational researcher at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.Jared's new book, Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights From Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick is available on March 12th. Check it out!To learn more about Jared and his...more

  • Dave Birss - Great Ideas, You've Got Them

    Feb 27 2019

    Dave Birss is a creative at heart and he's one of our favorite creatives to have on the show. Dave is the author of the bestselling book, A User Guide to the Creative Mind: Understanding Where Ideas Come From and Helping You Have More of Them. In addition to writing, Dave's credits are many. He runs RIGHT Thinking, which shows organizations a more effective way to generate more effective ideas. Dave was also the founder and editor of Open for Ideas; an online magazine that fo...more

  • Annie McKee - Find Happiness at Work

    Feb 15 2019

    Annie McKee is is a best-selling author, PhD, speaker and advisor. She is a coach to executives in Fortune 500 companies and organizations all over the world. She is also a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and teaches the PennCLO Executive Doctoral program and the MedEd Master’s program.Annie's book, How to Be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope, and Friendship is a must read and is available now!To learn more about Annie, visit her website at: www.anniemckee.com.We discuss:...more

  • Sean McFate - The Future of War

    Jan 29 2019

    Sean McFate is an author, novelist, and foreign policy expert. To expand on his already awesome background, Sean is a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is also an Advisor to Oxford University's Centre for Technology and Global Affairs.Sean's book, The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder is available now!To learn more about Sean, head over to: www.seanmcfate.com.We discuss:When it ...more

  • Cheryl Heller - Higher Purpose Through Social Design

    Jan 15 2019

    Cheryl Heller is a strategist and designer, who has had an amazing career. She is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. She was awarded a Practitioner Fellowship in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Program. This only scratches the surface!Cheryl's most recent book is The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design.To learn more about Cheryl, head over to: heller.commonwise.d...more

  • 2018 End of Year Special

    Jan 08 2019

    2018 is over and we sit down to reminisce about the year that has passed... and drink a little whiskey while doing it! We have a whiskey tasting (listen to the end of the episode!), answer some listener questions, and take some time to reflect. Enjoy!Don't worry! We return to your regularly scheduled interview next week. 

  • Mark Manson - Experience Growth and Fulfillment

    Dec 31 2018

    This week, we speak with Mark Manson. Mark is a New York Times bestselling author, a blogger, and internet entrepreneur. He often writes about what he considers to be life's most important topics: happiness, self-knowledge, habits, and relationships.Mark's book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is a must read!To learn more about Mark, check out his website: markmanson.net.We discuss:How did you make your transformation into the self-...more

  • Karen Wickre - Networking Tips From a Silicon Valley Pro

    Dec 19 2018

    This week, we speak with Karen Wickre. Karen is a Silicon Valley veteran. She worked at Google for a decade and moved to Twitter as the Editorial Director. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has also been a featured columnist for Wired.Karen’s new book is, Taking the Work...more

  • Todd Rose - Success Through Individuality

    Dec 04 2018

    This week, we speak with Todd Rose. Todd is the co-founder of Populace, a social impact organization that focuses on our understanding of individuality. Todd dropped out of high school, obtained his GED, went to Weber State University. He received his Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.Todd's most recent book is, Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through...more

  • James Clear - The Laws of Behavior Change

    Nov 20 2018

    This week, we speak with James Clear. Yup, that's right. James Clear!!! James is an author an entrepreneur and you might know him best for his fantastic newsletter. He writes about habits and human potential. His focus is on self-improvement tips based on proven scientific research, and he has new book called, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.To learn more about James, sign up for his awesome newsletter, or download a free chapter of his book...more

  • Dr. James Lewis - Understanding ADHD

    Nov 06 2018

    This week, we speak with Dr. James Lewis. Dr. Lewis' clinical and research interest focuses on the treatment and prevention of school problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavior and learning problems. Dr. Lewis is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, with a subspecialty certification in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. Dr. Lewis' new book, Making Sense of ADHD: Overcoming The Unique Conditions and The Complexity of Coexisting Conditions will be re...more

  • Alexandra Levit - The Workforce of the Future

    Oct 23 2018

    This week, we speak with Alexandra Levit. Alexandra conducts primary workplace research on behalf of several Fortune 500 companies. She is a former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes. Alexandra has authored many books, but Alexandra's latest book, Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future hits store's shelves on October 28th. Check it out!To find out more about A...more

  • Jeffrey Gitomer - Be Intriguing from the Outset

    Oct 09 2018

    This week, we speak with Jeffrey Gitomer. Jeffrey is best known as the "King of Sales." He is an author, a professional speaker, and a business trainer. Jeffrey has written thirteen books, including multiple New York Times best sellers. His works range from The Sales Bible to The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude to The Little Red Book of Selling. He's sold millions of copies and has been translated into 14 languages!Jeffrey's newest book, Truthful Living: The First Writings of Na...more

  • Brad Staats - Never Stop Learning

    Sep 25 2018

    Dr. Staats is a professor at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive. Brad also works with companies around the world to develop their learning and analytics strategies. He advises individuals and organizations on how to learn and improve in order to stay relevant, innovate, and succeed on an ongoing basis.Brad is published in numerous places and has won numerous awards, including the...more

  • Brandon Webb - Conquer Fear Like a SEAL

    Sep 11 2018

    This week we interview Brandon Webb. Brandon Webb is a former US Navy SEAL sniper, New York Times bestselling author, Experimental aircraft pilot, and entrepreneur. He’s the founder of the Hurricane Group, a U.S. based digital entertainment, news and e-commerce company. Brandon is a member of the New York YPO (Young Presidents Organization) chapter, and serves as a board member on the veterans advisory committee to the U.S. Small Business Administration.Brandon has written numerous books, but hi...more

  • Joan C. Williams - Class Clash in America, The Forgotten Workers

    Aug 28 2018

    This week we interview Joan C. Williams. Joan is a rock star in her field, who focuses her work on issues faced by women in the workplace. She currently serves as the Founding Director at the Center for WorkLife Law and is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings School Law. Joan contributes to many publications, including the Harvard Business Review blog, the Huffington Post, and the Psychology Today blog.Joan has written numerous books, but...more

  • Dr. Will Bulsiewicz - Gut Health, Gut Check

    Aug 14 2018

    This week we interview "Dr. B," Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. Dr. B is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and gastroenterology at The University of North Carolina Hospitals. He also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Bulsiewicz is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.To find o...more

  • Bob Rosen – Leading with Consciousness

    Jul 31 2018

    This week we interview Bob Rosen. Bob is a trusted CEO adviser, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. Bob set out to help executives become better leaders so he founded Healthy Companies International.Bob is frequently a keynote speaker across the globe. Bob has spoken in all areas of leadership: transformation, innovation, and growth.Bob is the author of many books, but this week, we focus on Conscious: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life.We discuss:Are leaders ...more

  • Mike Rognlien – What Does it Mean to be Truly Fulfilled?

    Jul 17 2018

    This week we interview Mike Rognlien. Mike spent most of his career in tech. He worked at Facebook, where he built their first-ever professional and manager development programming. He also partnered with COO Sheryl Sandberg to build Facebook’s Managing Unconscious Bias course. He is an expert facilitator that focuses on leadership, strengths, and talking about the tough stuff.Mike is the author of, This Is Now Your Company: A Culture Carrier's Manifesto.We discuss:What do you have to do to...more

  • Due Quach - Find Your Calm

    Jul 03 2018

    This week we interview Due Quach. Due is a refugee from Vietnam and a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton MBA program. Due overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and meditation. After building a successful international business career in management consulting and private equity investments, Due traveled throughout Asia to study various contemplative traditions and then created the Calm Clarity Program to make mindful leadership accessible to peop...more

  • Dr. Traci Stein - Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Brain Hacks

    Jun 05 2018

    This week we interview Dr. Traci Stein. Dr. Stein is a Columbia-trained, licensed clinical psychologist and health educator. She is also certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Her focus has been on helping people to reduce uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms and gain greater insight into who they are and want to be. Dr. Stein is also the author of, The Everything Guide To Integrative Pain Management.We discuss:What is the cause of chron...more

  • John Hooker - Solving Ethical Dilemmas

    May 23 2018

    This week we interview John Hooker. John Hooker is Professor of Operations Research and Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon University. His book, Taking Ethics Seriously: Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplace, develops an intellectual framework for analyzing ethical dilemmas that is both grounded in theory and versatile enough to deal rigorously with real-world issues. We discuss:What does the term 'ethics' tru...more

  • Dr. Elizabeth Boham - Functional Medicine, Breast Cancer, and Chronic Illness

    May 08 2018

    This week we interview Dr. Elizabeth Boham. Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center is Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness.Her DVD, Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.We discuss:How does functional medicine deal ...more

  • Barbara Lipska - Our Little-known Brain

    Apr 24 2018

    This week we interview Barbara Lipska. Barbara is a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness and she has an absolutely fascinating story to tell. It would be unfair to give anything away from the interview or the book, so download the episode and give it a listen!We discuss:What does a typical day look like for the director of the Human Brain Collection Core at the National Institute of Mental Health?What does a brain look like when you cut into it?What progr...more

  • Adam Braun - Do Meaningful Work and Change the World

    Apr 10 2018

    This week on the show we interview Adam Braun. Adam is the CEO & Co-Founder of MissionU, a debt-free college alternative for the 21st century that CNN called "perfect for young people who are eager to launch their career." Adam's goal is to overhaul the traditional higher education model by providing a solution that doesn't require upfront tuition and allows students to graduate debt-free.We discuss:How to balance family life with starting a company?What are Adam's favorite interview ta...more

  • Dr. Lisa Mosconi - Nuclear Medicine Meets Nutrition

    Mar 27 2018

    Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. In this episode we speak with Dr. Lisa Mosconi, who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, as she explains what should be on our menu.Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any ide...more

  • Soon Yu - Starting a Company and Dealing with Failure

    Mar 13 2018

    "Don’t just chase the new – Innovate the old." - Soon YuModern business gurus all cry for the need to innovate, to disrupt, and to act like a startup. It’s hard to argue with that kind of thinking. It’s sexy and exciting. But it’s wrong.Too many businesses become enamored by shiny new objects and end up overlooking the value locked away in their existing products. Maybe your business is one of them. Or maybe you only have an idea, but can't even figure out how to turn it into a business, let alo...more

  • Jeremy Bailenson - How Virtual Reality Will Impact Your Life

    Feb 27 2018

    Virtual reality is able to effectively blur the line between reality and illusion, pushing the limits of our imagination and granting us access to any experience imaginable. With well-crafted simulations, these experiences, which are so immersive that the brain believes they’re real, are already widely available with a VR headset and will only become more accessible and commonplace. But how does this new medium affect its users, and does it have a future beyond fantasy and escapism?This week on ...more

  • Bryan Caplan - Education is a Waste of Time and Money

    Feb 13 2018

    It's not often I truly feel that a guest changes my paradigm on the spot - but this is an exception.This week we speak with Bryan Caplan about his newest book, The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. As Bryan explains, despite being immensely popular--and immensely lucrative—education is grossly overrated. Bryan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conform...more

  • Mary Beth Ferrante - We Are Failing Working Mothers

    Jan 30 2018

    Did you know that working mothers are 50% LESS likely to be promoted than women without children? Or that only 1 in 5 senior executives is a woman?Have you ever realized that working moms are judged when they leave work early to tend to their children AND when they stay at work late (and "neglect" their families)? The truth is, we have a work environment that is not conducive to being a parent and women are the ones who tend to suffer the most.This week on the show we have a chance to talk with ...more

  • Listener Questions Special Part 2

    Jan 25 2018

    We made it. You made it! Here's part 2 of our listener questions and 'year in review.'Quick recap. Before we closed out 2017, we sent an email to our newsletter subscribers asking what questions they would like answered. This is part 1 of Chris and I attempting to answer those questions. It was the first time in years that we recorded under the same roof. How crazy is that?!?!WARNING: there was "light" drinking while recording so expect complete openness and a dash of silly.We want to hear from ...more

  • Listener Questions Special

    Jan 23 2018

    We made it to 2018! Welcome :)Before we closed out 2017, we sent an email to our newsletter subscribers asking what questions they would like answered. This is part 1 of Chris and I attempting to answer those questions. It was the first time in years that we recorded under the same roof. How crazy is that?!?!WARNING: there was "light" drinking while recording so expect complete openness and a dash of silly. We want to hear from you, the listener!If you're a fan of Smart People Podcast and w...more

  • Nancy Koehn - Survive and Thrive During Turbulent Times

    Jan 16 2018

    For leaders in the 21st century, there is one pressing question: What set of skills is required to lead in crisis, and can history give us answers? Our guest this week, Harvard Business School historian and professor Nancy Koehn, has surveyed some of history’s greatest leaders and made an incredible discovery: courageous leaders are not born but made, and the power to lead resides in each of us. Nancy examined the lives of five of the greatest leaders of all time to better understand h...more

  • Scott Carney - Does the Wim Hof Method Really Work?

    Jan 02 2018

    Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. But what if we could regain some of our lost evolutionary strength by simulating the environmental conditions of our forebears?Or even more importantly, can we tap into our evolution and increase our mental and physical resilience?This week on the show we interview investigative...more

  • Mike Lewis - How to Jump to Your Dream Life

    Dec 19 2017

    Our guest this week is Mike Lewis, Founder and CEO of When To Jump.When Mike was twenty-four and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump—and afterward?Mike sought guidance from others who had “jumped,”...more

  • Steve McKee - Are You Stalled, Stuck, or Stale?

    Dec 06 2017

    We are all creators. Every day we go out into the world and use our unique human abilities to shape our environment. We create a life for ourselves, we create a product or service for others, we create relationships through it all. And what we all come to learn is that creativity is a messy business.We will run into road blocks, we will lose our motivation, we will fail. It is the destiny of every creator and their creation to get stuck from time to time. And it is in those times, that we need s...more

  • Morgan Simon - Where Did Your Money Spend The Night?

    Nov 21 2017

    "Money is a tool to create the things that we want. It is a proxy for security, health, and welfare for our families and loved ones. When we lose that holistic thinking about what wealth is, then our money winds up working at a very singular purpose to create more pieces of paper as opposed to create greater human and environmental welfare." - Morgan SimonWhen we put our money in a bank (or a mutual fund, pension plan, endowment, etc.) it doesn't just sit there, it is put to use. It is inve...more

  • Philip Shepherd - Get Out Of Your Head and Into Your Body

    Nov 07 2017

    Mindfulness is all the rage these days. And yet, even as the New York Times churns out articles like How to Be Mindful While Grocery Shopping and How to Be Mindful When You have Seasonal Allergies a quick look at NIMH or NIH data shows that Americans are sicker than ever, poorer than ever, more psychologically disturbed than ever. Though the literature has certainly been convincing, we have to ask ourselves whether the West's new cultural obsession with mindful...more

  • Todd Davis - The Secret Weapon for Success

    Oct 24 2017

    In today's work environment, our success is heavily dependent on our ability to consistently deliver strong results. And although there are multiple inputs that lead to our results, there is one secret weapon that outweighs everything else.The key to success ultimately lies in the strength of our relationships.You may be thinking to yourself, "But wait, we are talking about business! With all of the demands on my time, I don't have the luxury to think about something soft and fuzzy like relation...more

  • W. Keith Campbell - When You Love Yourself Too Much

    Oct 10 2017

    Narcissism—an inflated view of the self—is everywhere. Public figures say it’s what makes them stray from their wives. Parents teach it by dressing children in T-shirts that say "Princess." Teenagers and young adults hone it on Facebook, and celebrity newsmakers have elevated it to an art form.In a world that measures success by page views and number of followers, those with narcissistic tendencies often do what is necessary to reach "the top", at the expense of everyone else. So how does the av...more

  • Suzanne Bouffard - How To Raise A Smart Child

    Sep 26 2017

    There is no debate that a good education is a critical component of raising smart, well rounded, successful children. But cutting-edge research has proven that early childhood education is crucial for all children as young as 3 years old to gain the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed later in life.In essence, pre-K may actually be the most important year. Children who attend quality pre-K programs have a host of positive outcomes including better language, literacy, problem-...more

  • Dr. Allen Frances - Trump, Mental Illness, and the End of Reason

    Sep 12 2017

    "Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society—if we want to get sane, we must first gain insight about ourselves. Simply put: Trump isn’t crazy, but our society is." - Dr. Allen FrancesThis week on the show we interview one of the men who literally wrote the book on mental illness as we answer the question - Is Trump crazy? And what does it say about America that he was elected to the highest office in the land? Psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances analyzes the natio...more

  • Frank Ostaseski - What Death Can Teach Us About Living

    Aug 29 2017

    "Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most."Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. Awareness of death can be a valuable companion on the road to living well, forging a rich and meaningful life, and letting go of regret. But how can we sit with something ...more

  • Peter Brannen - How The World Ends

    Aug 15 2017

    Did you know our world has ended five times? It has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. And in each of these catastrophic occurrences, climate change has been the culprit.You may be wondering, how do asteroids have anything to do with climate change? We will leave the details to our guest this week, but essentially there is a triggering event (asteroid, volcano, humans) that causes the oceans to become more acidic and very soon after the entire world dies. Th...more

  • Paul Armstrong - Disruptive Technologies Will Change Your Business and Your Life

    Aug 01 2017

    We all know that technology is evolving at a rapid rate, and it's changing the way we live. Do you call a cab, or do you use Uber? Do you stay in a hotel, or do you check Airbnb? Do you read a book or a Kindle? These products and services quickly enter our world and become the norm. But just knowing that technology is evolving is not enough, you need to understand how it is impacting you and how you can evaluate what industry will be disrupted next.This week on the show we interview an expert wh...more

  • Brett Velicovich - The World's Most Dangerous Drone Expert

    Jul 18 2017

    For nearly a decade Brett Velicovich was at the center of America’s new warfare: using unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—to take down the world’s deadliest terrorists across the globe. One of an elite handful in the entire military with the authority to select targets and issue death orders, and his team successfully killed/captured 14 of America’s 20 most wanted terrorists across Iraq within only three months.In this episode, Brett tells us his never before told story of how drone warfare has com...more

  • R.P. Eddy - How To Predict Disasters

    Jul 04 2017

    Millions of lives are lost to catastrophes that could have been saved by the advance warnings of experts. But how do we know who can truly predict the future, and who is just screaming that the sky is falling? This week on the podcast our expert guest tells us how we can get better at predicting disasters, how to weed out the real warnings from the exaggerations, and what threats we need to be paying attention to right now.Our guest this week is R.P. Eddy, author of the brand new book, Warnings:...more

  • Seth Stephens-Davidowitz - What Have You Googled Recently?

    Jun 20 2017

    In our episode this week we talk with former Google data scientist and author, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. Seth explains exactly how the internet provides a window to the soul and how we can use this data to answer some of the most difficult, and most interesting questions of our time. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential—revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information w...more

  • Guy Winch - The Secret To A Happy Life Is An Emotional First Aid Kit

    Jun 06 2017

    We all sustain emotional wounds. Failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not just understocked—it’s nonexistent. Think about it... we learn about germs, scrapes, and sprains starting at 2 years old, but we often don't learn about emotional injuries and proper treatment until they have become debilitating. And even worse, many times we ...more

  • Anindya Ghose - The Future of the Mobile Economy

    May 23 2017

    The smart phone is our most treasured tech device. If you don't believe me, try leaving it turned off for a full day and see how many times you yearn for it! This obsession with our phones is creating a massive amount of data that is being harnessed by companies to drive their business decisions in the ever expanding $3.3 trillion dollar mobile economy. In our episode this week, mobile economy expert Anindya Ghose welcomes us to the mobile economy of smartphones, smarter companies, and value-s...more

  • Larry Robertson - Why Creativity Is Our Natural Language

    May 09 2017

    For anyone who wants to create or innovate - this is the interview for you. When we think about creativity, we most often think of things: impressionism, the iPhone, democracy, Uber. We also narrow in on the few, those rare creators who seem to have something we lack. These tendencies quickly take us off track, perpetuating a myth and unknowingly pushing us further away from the possible. Here’s the truth: Creativity is about the possible. It’s the seed of any human advancement ever made or ye...more

  • Kate Raworth - A Better Economic Model

    Apr 25 2017

    Our guest this week is economist Kate Raworth, and in her new book, Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human ...more

  • Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang - The Power of Networks

    Apr 11 2017

    This week we are speaking with Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang, both experts on the subject of networks. In fact, the duo recently paired up to write a book called, The Power of Networks: Six Principles That Connect Our Lives. Mung Chiang is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the the...more

  • Jennifer Mueller - Embrace Creativity, Change Your Life

    Mar 29 2017

    In this episode, one of the nation’s leading psychologists discusses why today’s corporate leaders desire but reject creative solutions. We will answer questions such as could people love but also hate creative ideas? Could the mindset we use to evaluate ideas turn this love or hate on or off—in an instant? Do experts struggle even more than novices with this bias? And more. Our guest this week is Jennifer Mueller. Jennifer is the author of the new book, Creative Change: Why We Resist It....Ho...more

  • Heather Gray - How To Stop Compromising and Have It All

    Mar 14 2017

    This week we are speaking with an executive coach who works with those seemingly "perfect" people and she's here to tell you that nothing is as it seems. In fact, often times people reach the societal ideal of perfection only to find out that it's not at all what it seems and the price paid to get there was too high. So instead of chasing someone else's dreams, it's time to define your own - and trust me, it's not easy. Our guest this week is Heather Gray, a therapist and coach who is a master...more

  • Andy Molinsky - NOW Is the Time to Change, Here's How

    Feb 28 2017

    Do you feel comfortable delivering bad news? Do you look forward to speaking in public? Do you enjoy networking? Is it easy for you to speak your mind and be assertive with friends and colleagues? If you answered no to any of these questions, this episode can help! In this show we speak with a true academic, Andy Molinsky as he discusses his brand new book, REACH; A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge , and Build Confidence. Andy is a Professor at Bran...more

  • Leanne Jacobs - How To Achieve Real Wealth

    Feb 14 2017

    Most of us know what it feels like to chase success and money. We believe that pounding our way through our days is the only way to prosperity and success. We sacrifice time with our loved ones, our weekends, our vacations, and perhaps even our sanity, in exchange for a paycheck. We want to have it all, but don’t find satisfaction in any of our achievements. Instead, we find ourselves sitting in our offices and big houses feeling unhappy, broke, burnt out, and unfulfilled... This week, our gues...more

  • Yuval Noah Harari - How Humans Have Become Gods and What it Means for Our Future

    Jan 31 2017

    With the international sensation, critical favorite, and New York Times bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari unleashed a global phenomenon. His electrifying debut resonated with notable public figures: the book was lauded by President Obama, Bill Gate, Sebastian Junger, and Mark Zuckerberg. In this episode we discuss Sapiens, as well as his newest endeavor, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

  • David Hoffeld - Using Neuroscience to Sell

    Jan 17 2017

    In this episode, leading sales trainer, researcher and CEO of Hoffeld Group, David Hoffeld blends cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, to show you the best way to sell. He explains how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales. Hoffeld’s evidence-based approach connects the dots between science and situations salespeople and business leaders face every day t...more

  • Sam Weinman - How to Win at Losing

    Jan 03 2017

    Our guest this week is an award winning sports journalist and Golf Digest's digital editor. So naturally, we start off the episode talking about digital content, the future of writing and publishing, and of course...golf. But the main focus of the interview is the essential life skill of "learning to lose". Sam shares with us what he uncovered in his interviews and all of the tips to being a good loser, and therefore a real winner.

  • Lawrence Levy - When Steve Jobs Needed Help, He Called Lawrence

    Dec 20 2016

    Lawrence Levy is a Silicon Valley lawyer and executive hired by Steve Jobs in 1994 as CFO and member of the Office of the President of Pixar Animation Studios. He was responsible for Pixar's business strategy and IPO and guided Pixar's transformation from a money-losing graphics company into a multibillion-dollar entertainment studio. He later joined Pixar's board of directors. He then left corporate life to study Eastern philosophy and meditation and their relevance to modern life. He now write...more

  • Dr. Richard Wolff - Capitalism is Broken. Here is the Solution.

    Dec 06 2016

    Our guest this week believes capitalism is broken, and he makes a pretty good argument to support this. He explains how capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid-for political establishment. Neither of these outcomes serves the needs of our society. Our guest this week believes he has the solution - a cure for capitalism. In this episode, world renowned economist, Dr. Richard Wolff, offers a fair critique of capitalism and advocates for a worker...more

  • Jerome Hardaway - Supporting Veterans through Vets Who Code

    Nov 22 2016

    This week we welcome to the podcast Jerome Hardaway, Executive Director of Vets Who Code. Jerome is an Air Force veteran, alumni/Opportunity Fund recipient of General Assembly's Web Development Immersive Program, and Panelist on the Ruby Rogues podcast. Vets Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to filling the wide chasm between technical expertise needed and available to America’s best. Vets Who Code is looking to close the digital talent gap and ease career transition for military veterans, thro...more

  • Doug Hensch - How to Build Resilience

    Nov 08 2016

    In this episode we interview consultant and executive coach, Doug Hensch, and we discuss his brand new book, Positively Resilient: 5 1/2 Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and Defeat Anxiety. Doug shares with us lessons learned over 20 years of experience that can help you increase your resilience, so that you can grow in the face of change, and thrive in the midst of adversity.

  • Jonathan Levi (Part 2) - How to Optimize Your Memory

    Oct 25 2016

    This week we welcome back former guest, Jonathan Levi. Jonathan is an entrepreneur, and an expert in speed reading and advanced memorization. His online course is ranked as one of the top selling of all time on Udemy and has been personally recommended by the CEO. Jonathan appeared on Smart People Podcast nearly 2 years ago in Episode 167 where he explained how to become a super learner and a speed reader. Get a free trial of Jonathan's new course (and 10% off if you purchase) at jle.vi/spp.

  • Dr. Jessica Tracy - How Pride Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

    Oct 10 2016

    Today on the show we speak with leading psychologist, Dr. Jessica Tracy. Dr. Tracy is professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she also directs the Emotion & Self Lab and she is also the author of the brand new book, Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Her research focuses on emotions and emotion expressions, and, in particular, those emotion...more

  • Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity

    Sep 27 2016

    Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity. In this episode we speak with productivity expert Chris Bailey and learn the best ways to transform our life by getting done the things that are most important. The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey, and we are going to share them with you today.

  • Dr. Susan David - Control Your Destiny by Understanding Your Emotions

    Sep 13 2016

    Dr. David exposes how our emotions hold us back or carry us forward in our goals depending on how well we confront—not control—them. Science shows us that it’s not possible to smother your emotions with affirmations espoused by the latest positivity movement. It’s equally unrealistic to set your mind to a rigid “grit” goal that might not be working for you. Like it or not, your emotions are there, and the more honest and agile you are with them, the more you can overcome the demands of work and...more

  • Alan Iny - A New Paradigm for Creativity

    Aug 30 2016

    This week we speak with author and innovation expert Alan Iny about his book, 'Thinking In New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity'. Thinking in new boxes is a way to provide that structure and analysis that the brain craves, while also fostering massive amounts of creativity and new thinking. It is a process that comes directly from the experts at the most respected consulting group in the world (where Alan is the global innovation expert).

  • Dr. Matthew Accurso - How to Achieve Optimal Health

    Aug 16 2016

    There is a new paradigm in the field of health and wellness. It's one that involves looking at the human holistically and trying to get to the core of health, rather than simply masking symptoms with drugs, pills, and potions. And luckily, today we have more testing and laboratory capabilities at our fingers than ever before - and it's improving every day. This week we speak with Dr. Matthew Accurso on how to use modern science to achieve optimal performance through cutting edge labs and lifesty...more

  • Michael Bungay Stanier - Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results

    Aug 02 2016

    In this episode we interview Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. In this episode, Michael tells us how coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so you can work less hard and have more impact. Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential c...more

  • Tema Frank - Make Customers Love You

    Jul 19 2016

    In this episode we interview digital marketing expert and customer strategist, Tema Frank. Tema has worked in marketing and customer experience for over three decades. In 2001 she founded Web Mystery Shoppers, the worlds first company to test omnichannel customer service: web, phone, chat, email and in-store. Using social media techniques before social media existed, she built a database of 75,000 mystery shoppers worldwide.

  • Roman Krznaric - How Should We Live?

    Jul 12 2016

    We are bring back one of our all time most downloaded guests this week, Roman Krznaric. In this episode we discuss Roman's most recent book, How Should We Live?: Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life. There are many ways to try to improve our lives—we can turn to the wisdom of philosophers, the teachings of spiritual guides, or the latest experiments of psychologists. But we rarely look to history for inspiration—and when we do, it can be surprisingly powerful. In this episode, the cultura...more

  • Paul Tough - How to Raise Successful Kids

    Jun 28 2016

    Everyone wants to know the secret to raising amazing kids. Whether you want them to become the next great president, save the world, get straight A's, or simply contribute to society, how to raise our children properly is a topic of much contention. So we decided to bring on NYT Bestselling author Paul Tough, to tell us exactly how we can help children succeed. In fact, his newest book is titled, 'Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why'.

  • Dr. Daniel Amen - The Most Popular Psychiatrist in America

    Jun 21 2016

    Dr. Daniel Amen - The most popular psychiatrist in America. Dr. Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. “When your brain works right,” he says, “you work right; and when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.” His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives. In this episode we learn how Dr. Amen uses nuclear brain imaging to diagnose and treat behavioral problems.

  • Arun Sundararajan - The Sharing Economy

    Jun 14 2016

    Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples — including Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Etsy, TaskRabbit, France’s BlaBlaCar, China’s Didi Kuaidi, and India’s Ola, Arun explains the basics of what he’s coined “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that will replace the traditional corporate-centered model.

  • Anne Loehr - Be of Service, Be Successful

    Jun 07 2016

    With one question constantly guiding the way, Anne has gone from chef, to hotel owner, to world renowned leadership expert. That question is, “What would that look like?”. So ask yourself, what would that perfect life look like? What would that great job look like? What would happiness look like?

  • General Ann Dunwoody – Leadership from America’s First Female Four-Star General

    May 24 2016

    On June 23, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody as a four-star general in the US Army—the first time a woman had ever achieved that rank. Now retired after nearly four decades in the Army, General Dunwoody shares what she learned along the way, from her first command leading 100 soldiers to her...

  • Tom Davenport – Will Machines Take Your Job?

    May 18 2016

    Frankly, the answer is probably. Nearly half of all working Americans could risk losing their jobs because of technology. It’s not only blue-collar jobs at stake. Millions of educated knowledge workers—writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians—are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence. mart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans. Brilliant technologies...

  • Amy Herman – See More and Achieve More with Visual Intelligence

    May 11 2016

    How observant are you? What things are you missing out on that could have a huge impact on your life. In this episode we speak with Amy Herman about her new book, Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. In this episode you will learn how to create your own luck by becoming a...

  • Patrick McGinnis – Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job

    May 03 2016

    Are you trying to choose between the stability of a traditional career and the upside of entrepreneurship? Why not have both? Becoming a full-time entrepreneur can look glamorous from the outside. Who doesn’t want to chase their dreams, be their own boss, and do what they love? But the truth is that entrepreneurship is often...

  • Tom Schwab – The Online Business Builder

    Apr 26 2016

    Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps small business owners, entrepreneurs and solo-prenuers get featured on leading podcasts where their prospects are already listening. Then he shows them how to turn listeners into customers. Tom is the author...

  • Anders Ericsson – The Truth Behind the 10,000 Hour Rule

    Apr 19 2016

    For more than thirty years psychologist Anders Ericsson, an expert on the field of professional development, has studied the people who stand out as specialists in their fields. In fact, Ericsson’s research was used as the basis for Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hour Rule” – which essentially states that it takes on average 10,000 hours of...

  • Scott Harrison – Founder and CEO of charity: water

    Apr 12 2016

    charity: water is known throughout the world as one of the most innovative, successful non-profits around. With a goal of providing clean drinking water to millions around the world,charity: water has revolutionized the idea of “charity” by ensuring that 100% of every dollar donated goes directly towards those in need. Through innovative efforts and a fresh...

  • Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez – The Best in the World at Storytelling and Presentations

    Apr 05 2016

    To be a great leader, you have to first be a great communicator. Think about any historical figure you admire….I bet they had a seemingly innate ability to motivate people. However, the ability to motivate through strong communication is actually a skill that can be easily acquired, with the right knowledge! As a leader, you have...

  • Tim Sanders – Former Yahoo Executive on Leadership Development, Sales Strategy, and Human Performance

    Mar 29 2016

    Tim Sanders – Former Yahoo executive on leadership development, sales strategy, and human performance. Sales has radically changed in just the past few decades. According to recent research, today’s sale approval has to go through at least 6 key decision makers! So how do you ensure that your message makes it up the chain? How...

  • Morgan Wright – Cybersecurity and Identity Theft

    Mar 22 2016

    Although the digital age has brought about marvelous innovation, it has also created a new way for thieves and terrorists to disrupt life as we know it. A recent study determined that approximately 15 million United States residents have their identities used fraudulently each year with financial losses totaling upwards of $50 billion. And in...

  • David Burkus – The Old Rules of Business No Longer Apply

    Mar 15 2016

    Dr. David Burkus is a highly regarded and increasingly influential business school professor who challenges many of the established principles of business management. Drawing on decades of research,  Burkus has found that not only are many of our fundamental management practices wrong and misguided, but they can be downright counterproductive. These days, the best companies are...

  • Andrew Cockburn – The Ugly Truth About Drone Warfare

    Mar 08 2016

    Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. This week we speak with Andrew Cockburn, author of the new book, Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, as he helps uncover the real and extraordinary story about...

  • Jeff Gramm – Secrets of a Hedge Fund Manager

    Mar 01 2016

    This week we have a very down to earth conversation with hedge fund manager, professor, and author, Jeff Gramm. Although we cover many topics, we specifically discuss the morality of a career in finance, how to pick a winning company, and Jeff’s new book, Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism.  In...

  • Jacquie McNish – Whatever Happened to BlackBerry?

    Feb 23 2016

    This week on the show we have Senior Wall Street Journal Correspondent, Jacquie McNish. Jacquie is the author of many best selling books and we will be discussing her most recent, Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry.  In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market....

  • Sam Attard – Want To Be Healthy?

    Feb 16 2016

    Now that 2016 is in full swing, many of us have already abandoned our New Year’s resolution. But this year it’s going to be different….right? Right! That’s why in this episode we brought on an expert to talk about health, happiness, and how to create good habits. This week on the show we interview Sam...

  • Lisa Nichols – How to Get More of What You Want

    Feb 09 2016

    We are extremely excited this week to have on the show New York Times bestselling author, Personal Transformation guru, and life coach for the Steve Harvey Show and Today, Lisa Nichols. Lisa shares her journey from scarcity to abundance, outlining steps everyone can take to create abundance in career, relationships, self, and finances—while creating a...

  • George Franklin – A Corporate Lobbyist Tells All

    Feb 02 2016

    What they don’t teach you in business school – and what you need to know. Powerful corporate interests use their lobbyists to wield influence. They impact our daily lives, but who are they and how do they operate? In this episode, George Franklin, previously the head lobbyist for Kellogg Company, gives us an inside look...

  • Mary Roach – How to Write Bestsellers and More About Her New Book, ‘Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal’

    Jan 26 2016

    This week we are extremely excited to have Mary Roach on the show. Mary is the author of 5 New York Times Bestselling books, including her newest, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. In this episode we spend the first part of the conversation talking about what it is like to be a professional writer,...

  • Dennis Tirch – The Science of Compassion

    Jan 19 2016

    Over the last decade, a quiet revolution has taken place in the sciences of the mind and psychotherapy. Eastern mind training traditions, and Western psychology have come together in an unprecedented fashion, allowing the development of advanced new psychotherapies. Concepts such as mindfulness, acceptance and compassion, which were once typically associated with Eastern meditative practices are now...

  • The Best of 2015, Part 2

    Jan 12 2016

    Happy 2016 to each and every one of the Smart People Podcast listeners out there! It’s Jon’s turn to take a look back on 2015 and puts together clips from his favorite episodes of the past year!  He identified 4 areas of his life in which he wanted to improve and hand-picked 4 episodes that inspired...

  • The Best of 2015, Part 1

    Jan 05 2016

    This week, Chris takes a look back on 2015 and puts together clips from his favorite episodes of the past year.  From finding your calling, to learning about your sleep cycle, to learning how to “get in the zone”, we covered a lot of ground last year on Smart People Podcast, and this episode is...

  • Veny Musum and Upendra Chivukula – How to Fix Income Inequality

    Dec 22 2015

    THE 3rd WAY is a very big idea. In the information age, you simply cannot get ahead on wages alone. In addition to your labor, you must acquire capital (stock, real estate, technology, etc.). Now the middle class is in crisis. Median wages adjusted for inflation have decreased steadily for decades. The middle class is simply...

  • Bill George – Discover Your True North

    Dec 15 2015

    This week on Smart People Podcast we interview the former CEO of Medtronic, Bill George, as we discuss his new book, Discover Your True North. Originally based on first-person interviews with 125 leaders, this book instantly became a must-read business classic when it was introduced in 2007. New case studies include Warren Buffett, Indra Nooyi,...

  • George Anastasia – The Demise of the American Mafia

    Dec 10 2015

    This week, prize-winning reporter and bestselling author George Anastasia offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up-close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.’s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis.  Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about...

  • Garrison Wynn – What the 1% Do Differently

    Dec 01 2015

    Life and business aren’t fair, which is good. If they were, you couldn’t seize the unfair advantage. Think about it. Is your CEO the smartest person in the company? Is the head of your department more driven than you? Probably not. They all have one thing in common, though: They’re on top of the pile...

  • Dr. Shelley Reciniello – Consciousness Before Mindfulness

    Nov 24 2015

    Although mindfulness gets a lot of ‘air time’ these days, many people are overlooking the fact that in our closely integrated society it is just as important that we recognize how we present ourselves to the world and to others. Humans naturally have many blind spots that don’t allow them to take a true inventory...

  • Adam Werbach – How Business Can Change the World for the Better

    Nov 16 2015

    Our guest this week, Adam Werbach, has been on the cutting edge of the environmental and sustainability movements for two decades. Adam is an environmental activist, author, and entrepreneur. In 1996, Adam became the youngest person ever elected as national president of the Sierra Club, at the age of 23. He is currently the President...

  • John Sedgwick – The Duel that Stunned the Nation

    Nov 10 2015

    In the summer of 1804, two of America’s most eminent statesmen squared off, pistols raised, on a bluff along the Hudson River. That two such men would risk not only their lives but the stability of the young country they helped forge is almost beyond comprehension. Yet we know that it happened. The question is...

  • Todd Kashdan – How to Achieve Fulfillment

    Nov 03 2015

    Happiness experts have long told us to tune out our negative emotions and focus instead on mindfulness, positivity, and optimism. However, our guest this week disagrees. Instead he says positive emotions alone are not enough. Anger makes us creative, selfishness makes us brave, and guilt is a powerful motivator. The real key to success lies...

  • Seth Siegel – How a Desert Nation Solved the Water Shortage Crisis

    Oct 27 2015

    Growing water shortages around the world are topping the news right now, beyond just California. USA Today recently tracked the top 8 U.S. states that are running out of water. Water policy is broken around the world, but there is one place that has gotten it right…and that’s Israel. The desert nation is not only avoiding...

  • Roger Lowenstein – How The Federal Reserve Was Created

    Oct 20 2015

    In this episode we speak with Roger Lowenstein about the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small miracle...

  • Maurice Schweitzer – How Emotions Affect Your Decisions

    Oct 13 2015

    In this episode, Wharton Business School professor Maurice Schweitzer helps us unpack the psychology of when and how to interact with people as our friends and our foes, and how we can use this knowledge to get the best outcomes in life. Insights from Maurice can help us in business (how to build trust, gain...

  • Yvette d’Entremont – The Truth About Gluten, MSG, Organic, and More…Using Science

    Oct 06 2015

    The market for health and wellness products is exploding. Every day there is a new cure, miracle berry, diet, homeopathic remedy, etc., and it’s easier than ever to throw together a webpage and reach a global audience.  And this is all fine and well… except for the small fact that the vast majority of these...

  • Rich Roll – Live with Authenticity

    Sep 29 2015

    Rich Roll is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he is also a vegan, ultra-endurance athlete. Rich is a former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, motivational speaker, husband, and father of 4 (four!!!). In 2012, Rich became a #1 bestselling author with his book, Finding Ultra: Rejecting...

  • Steven Kotler – Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

    Sep 22 2015

    In this episode we interview Steven Kotler, author of a number of best selling books including, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy...

  • Rosie Von Lila – A Burning Man Insider

    Sep 15 2015

    Do you know what Burning Man is? If not, listen to this episode. If you do, have you ever wondered how it started? Who decided to gather some friends and head into the desert to do….well, whatever they wanted? And perhaps more importantly, how do we as a society use these examples to uncover what...

  • Michael Farmer – An Inside Look Into Advertising Agencies

    Sep 07 2015

    Advertising agencies are caught between fee-cutting clients and profit-hungry owners. In the meantime, their creative workloads are growing, driven by increased TV, digital and social advertising. How do agencies generate profit margins under these circumstances? Through downsizing, salary freezes and ‘juniorizing.’ Agencies are disinvesting in capabilities at a time when their clients’ marketing challenges have...

  • Chris Buckingham – Launch Your Business or Idea with Crowdfunding

    Sep 01 2015

    Crowdfunding has officially arrived. Utilizing the power of the Internet, crowdfunding represents one of the most exhilarating ways to raise investment funds for your dream project. It enables you to get exposure in the public domain and can symbolize a seal of approval for your product, organization, or idea. But there are a number of...

  • Lars Tvede – Western Society is Killing Creativity, Here’s How We Fix It

    Aug 25 2015

    Human creativity has been one of the fundamental drivers of civilization. Often our creativity has baffled skeptics by allowing us to find new and better resources, unexpected environmental technologies and genuinely amazing products that no one had predicted. However, like so many before it, Western civilization is now suffering from serious internal decay with its bloated public sectors, punitive taxes, over-regulation, marginalized citizens, stagnation, debt, unemployment and pessimism. In th...more

  • Dr. Stephen Camarata – How Not To Screw Up Your Kid

    Aug 18 2015

    Parenting today is practically a competitive sport, and marketers are all too happy to cash in. Scare tactics and scientific-sounding jargon make it seem like parents are in constant danger of hard-wiring their children’s brains for failure. In fact, this state of parental anxiety is totally unnecessary—and possibly bad for our children. Babies are born with an appetite to learn. Children are naturally curious about the world and eager to explore it. They don’t need flashcards, educational video...more

  • Adrian Gostick – What Motivates You?

    Aug 10 2015

    Over the course of our childhood and into adulthood, we receive a lot of advice on how to find and do work we love. People tell you to follow your passion, or that you should find work that fits your personality, or that you should just learn what your strengths are and only focus on that. All of this is in fact good advice, but it's missing perhaps the greatest component...motivation. You have to uncover what it is that pushes you to take action. The best part about finding what motivates you i...more

  • Ryan Holiday – Overcoming Any Obstacle

    Aug 03 2015

    We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history—from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs—a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek. These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by ...more

  • Andrew Sinkov – Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of Evernote

    Jul 28 2015

    What is it like to be a co-founder of one of the largest, most innovative tech companies on the planet? What are the necessary ingredients of a successful startup? How can people better leverage technology to be more productive? These are just a portion of the questions we get answered by our guest this week, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder of Evernote, Andrew Sinkov. Join us as we discuss how Evernote went from a company on the brink of bankruptcy, to one of the most used and most loved tech com...more

  • Jeff Cohen – ‘Chunk’ from The Goonies!

    Jul 21 2015

    This week on the show our guest is a man that needs to no introduction. You know him for his iconic role in the cult classic movie, "The Goonies", and for starting a 3 decade long fad of the "truffle shuffle" - welcome Jeff Cohen (Chunk). Of course we talk with Jeff at length about his child acting career, what it was like to work with Steven Spielberg, and how it feels to play a lead role in one of the best movies of all time (yes - I truly believe that). But that was 30 years ago! What is Jeff...more

  • Fred Kiel – Does It Pay To Be Moral?

    Jul 14 2015

    We've all been taught the golden rule - "treat others as you want to be treated". Our parents raise us with the best intentions - they tell us to be nice to one another, and not to step on others to get ahead. But is that actually good advice? Is it better to have high moral character and put others first, or is it a dog eat dog world where nice guys finish last? This week we speak with Fred Kiel, co-founder of KRW International, leadership researcher, and author of the new book, Return on Chara...more

  • Amy Stewart – Everything You Want to Know About Alcohol

    Jul 07 2015

    Did you know that the alcohol that gets you drunk in a beer or a cocktail is actually the waste products of billions of dead yeast organisms? Or that most of our crops were initially grown to make alcohol and only later were actually used for food? These are just some of the crazy facts that we learn this week as we interview New York Times Best Selling author, Amy Stewart. Amy is the author of 7 books, and perhaps her most popular is the one we focus on this week, The Drunken Botanist: The Plan...more

  • Kathleen McGinn – Is it Better or Worse to be Raised by a Stay at Home Mom?

    Jun 30 2015

    With the shift in gender roles, many children are no longer being raised primarily by their mothers. With dual income families increasing in popularity, child care is often outsourced to a neighbor, grandparents, or a nanny. But what is the effect on children? Contrary to conventional wisdom, growing up with a working mother is unlikely to harm children socially and economically when they become adults. The working mother study, authored by Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn, HBS ...more

  • Alvin Roth – He Won a Nobel Prize… Enough Said

    Jun 23 2015

    If you’ve ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to college or guided your child into a good kindergarten, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you’ve participated in a kind of market. Most of the study of economics deals with commodity markets, where the price of a good connects sellers and buyers. But what about other kinds of “goods,” like a spot in the Yale freshman class or a position at Google? This is the territory of matching markets, where “sellers” and “buyers” must choo...more

  • Till Roenneberg – Night Owl vs. Early Bird and the Science Behind Your Sleep Patterns

    Jun 16 2015

    Early birds and night owls are born, not made. Sleep patterns are the primary result of the highly individualized biological clocks we inherit, but these clocks also regulate bodily functions from digestion to hormone levels to cognition. Living at odds with our internal timepieces can make us chronically sleep deprived and more likely to smoke, gain weight, feel depressed, fall ill, and fail geometry. By understanding and respecting our internal time, we can live better. In this episode we inte...more

  • Bob Burg – 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success

    Jun 09 2015

    We have all heard the axiom, "It's better to give than to receive." And although it sounds good in theory, is it actually true? What about in the cut throat business of selling? Many people are arguing that the old days of pressure sales are gone and a new era is upon us, yet we are reluctant to believe it. If you've ever been in sales, you have probably felt the pressure of "convincing" someone to buy. Well this week you will learn not only how to improve your sales game, but to become successf...more

  • Matt Richtel – What is Technology Doing to Us?

    Jun 02 2015

    We all understand that technology is addicting. Every passing year, we become more dependent on our gadgets to get us through the day. And although it can seem like a harmless problem, this addiction has deadly consequences. Perhaps the best way to illustrate the problem is to examine the implications of using a smart phone while driving. Consider this - more than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes caused by texting while driving. That is 300 more deaths a year than drunk driving. Why do we st...more

  • Michael Uslan – The Rise of Superheroes

    May 26 2015

    You don't have to be a comic book fanatic to love superheroes. And even if you've never picked up a comic book in your life, you've almost certainly seen a comic book movie. A recent surge in comic book movies has brought us blockbusters such as The Avengers, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and many more. Given the success of this genre of movies, we are honored to interview the man who has been credited with bringing comic books to the big screen, and has...more

  • Leigh Gallagher – The End of the Suburbs

    May 19 2015

    For many of us, the suburbs hold a magical place in our heart. We grew up in an environment where we knew our neighbors, we played outside, we didn't lock our doors, and the word "community" meant something. But despite how hard we try to relive those times, todays suburbs are a far cry from what we remember, and many of us are looking for a new type of neighborhood. This week we discuss what happened to the suburbs of the 80's and 90's, and what will our neighborhoods look like in the future. O...more

  • Deedra Determan – The New American Dream… Professional Blogging

    May 12 2015

    When you think about professional blogging, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Mommy bloggers of course! The term "mommy blog" has become part of our common lexicon due to the insane success of so many mothers turned bloggers. And this week we are fortunate to interview the queen of mommy blogs, Deedra Determan. Deedra created a blog initially targeted towards moms in her local community and quickly turned it into a 7-figure business with national reach. In this episode Deedra teach...more

  • Conrad Egusa – You Need a New PR Strategy

    May 05 2015

    For most of us, we don't need to know about how to get media coverage...until we need to get media coverage. You could come up with the most brilliant business idea, or write the next best seller - but if no one talks about it, it's just another particle out there in an atmosphere full of noise. But how do you get coverage? How do you convince a powerful media outlet to cover your story? It turns out, there are very specific tricks that you can use to give yourself the best shot of becoming the ...more

  • Alexandra Horowitz – The Mysteries of Human Perception

    Apr 28 2015

    Alexandra Horowitz - The mysteries of human perception. In this episode we speak with author and cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz on what it means to be attentive. In her most recent book, On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, Alexandra shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary. In this book, Alexandra goes on a series of eleven walks with experts on a diverse range of subjects, including an urban sociologist, the well-known artist Maira Kalman, a geologist, a physician, and a...more

  • Jonathan Waldman – Rust: The Longest War

    Apr 21 2015

    It has been called “the great destroyer” and “the evil.” The Pentagon refers to it as “the pervasive menace.” It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year—more than all other natural disasters combined. Journalist Jonathan Waldman traveled from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to meet the colorful and often reclusive people who are fighting our mightiest and unlikelies...more

  • Lee Cockerell – Time Management Magic

    Apr 14 2015

    Time Management. We all need it. We all could be better at it. Personally, I need to be much better at it. When we recognize that we could be better at something, in Smart People Podcast fashion, we reach out to leaders in the field. This week we discuss time management with Lee Cockerell. Lee is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World Resort. During his time at Disney, Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members (employees) and was responsible for the operations of...more

  • Alex Korb – The Most Common Psychological Disorder in America

    Apr 07 2015

    Alex Korb - The most common psychological disorder in America. It affects more than 1 in 10 Americans and is the cause of more than half of the suicides committed each year. More people suffer from this disorder than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS...combined. It strains our healthcare system as we seek out treatments and cures. It affects every aspect of life and can leave sufferers feeling alone, isolated, misunderstood, and helpless. It is depression. Depression is the most commo...more

  • Clay Clark – Entrepreneur of the Year

    Mar 31 2015

    Clay Clark - Entrepreneur of the Year. For many of us, starting a business is the only thing that feels right. The idea of a cubicle, a demanding boss, and a 9-5 schedule is downright depressing. We feel as though we were born to do things our way, to make our own path, and to build our own future. If this sounds like you, you don't want to miss this episode! This week we speak with Clay Clark, Founder of Thrive15.com. Thrive15 is the world’s premier online education platform that helps entrepre...more

  • Dr. Michael Gazzaniga – Left Brain vs. Right Brain

    Mar 24 2015

    Dr. Michael Gazzaniga - Left Brain vs. Right Brain. We often hear that if we're creative we must be "right-brained" but if we're logical we must be "left-brained". Science tells us that each hemisphere controls certain cognitive functions, so it only makes sense that there is a dominant side that gives us our tendencies - but is it true? Are we either "left-brained" or "right brained"? Or better yet, what happens when you disconnect the two regions from each other entirely? For over 40 years, ou...more

  • Laura Roeder – Social Media is for Real

    Mar 17 2015

    Laura Roeder - Social media is for real. To be honest, I wasn't a believer. I think social media often times just adds to the noise. But after speaking with our guest this week, I realized that what I think doesn't really matter. Social media is here and it's a necessity for any business these days. Even more importantly is the specific way you interact on social media, what you share, how you share it, and what your strategy is. Love it or hate it, it's time to step up your social media game. T...more

  • Edward Humes – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

    Mar 10 2015

    Edward Humes - Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Have you ever thought about how much trash you create? Honestly, have you ever stopped to consider how many trash bags you go through, how many trips to the curb you take, or how much food you throw out? Probably not...most of us don't. But the sad truth is the average American produces 102 tons of garbage across a lifetime and $50 billion in squandered riches are rolled to the curb each year! Although we have become extremely efficient with keepi...more

  • Kory Kogon – Extraordinary Productivity

    Mar 03 2015

    Technology is revolutionizing the way we work and live, and we can accomplish more in an hour than previous generations could in a week - but it comes at a price. Many of us are overwhelmed and exhausted, stressed out by the numerous demands on our time. We work 12 hour days, eat food on the run, get less sleep, and yet somehow we often don't feel like we got anything accomplished. And for these reasons, the subject of productivity has developed a cult-like following. People want to hack this an...more

  • Markus Kramer – What’s in a Luxury Brand?

    Feb 24 2015

    Markus Kramer - What's in a luxury brand? In this episode we are uncovering the secrets of the world of luxury. For example, how did Apple become the most recognized brand in the world? Why were high heels originally designed for men? And why would anyone EVER pay $5,000,000 for a watch? Learn how luxury brands are able to charge such a premium, and how you can use these same principals to build your business or your own personal brand. Our guest this week is luxury brand expert, Markus Kramer. ...more

  • Kevin Kelly – Co-Founder of Wired Magazine

    Feb 17 2015

    Few people have had a better perspective on the rise of the "technology revolution" than our guest this week, Kevin Kelly. As a young hippie backpacking his way around the world, Kevin aspired to make art and to learn about the world. By his own admission, he disliked most technologies, especially the computer - which was a large, clunky, useless machine. However, when he snuck his way into one of the earliest groups to try out the internet, he realized that the world was about to change in a bi...more

  • Tiffani Lennon – Are Women Better?

    Feb 10 2015

    Tiffani Lennon - Are women better? Although we like to think that we are an equal opportunity economy, the glass ceiling still very much exists.  As a matter of fact, in 2011, women ran only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies. So how does this impact our ability to compete in a global environment? If women aren't given an equal chance to succeed, aren't we missing out on half of the talented people in the country? As a matter of fact, it's worse than that. According to our guest this week, the data...more

  • David Morris – The True Cost of War

    Feb 03 2015

    Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, ...more

  • Erica Peitler – How to Lead

    Jan 27 2015

    Erica Peitler - How to Lead. The simple truth is that how you lead is the precursor to what you can achieve, yet it is often underestimated or dismissed. The need to leverage the talents of those around you is a defining trait of the successful. But what is the best way to lead? And how can you manage the various personalities of people you work with on a daily basis? This week we talk to leadership expert, consultant, and coach Erica Peitler as she tells us how to lead in a way that inspires ot...more

  • Dave Birss – How to be creative

    Jan 20 2015

    Dave Birss - How to be creative. Creativity is surrounded by such mystique. It seemed so magical to the ancient Greeks that they attributed the moment of inspiration to muses rather than people. And in our modern work environment, regardless of your job title you are continually being asked to come up with creative solutions to new, complex problems. That's why it's important to understand that there is such thing as the creative process, and there's also a way to get it wrong. This week on the ...more

  • Richard Wiseman – The Science of Luck

    Jan 13 2015

    This week on Smart People Podcast we are helping you get lucky... wait a second. Richard Wiseman bring us a groundbreaking new scientific study of the phenomenon of luck and the ways we can bring good luck into our lives. What is luck? A psychic gift or a question of intelligence? And what is it that lucky people have that unlucky people lack? Psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman put luck under a scientific microscope for the very first time in his book, The Luck Factor: Changing your Luck, Changing...more

  • Best of 2014

    Jan 06 2015

    This week, the hosts of the show look back on 2014 by putting together clips from their favorite episodes of the past year.  From free diving and philanthropy, to physics and education, we covered a lot of ground last year on Smart People Podcast, and this episode is your highlight reel. Enjoy and Happy New Year! Chris's favorite episodes of 2014: Episode 151 - Roger Hamilton Episode 139 - Gerald Chertavian Episode 155 - Josh Shenk Episode 150 - James Nestor Episode 157 - Collis Ta'eed Episode 1...more

  • Mary Lee Esty – Conquering Concussion

    Dec 30 2014

    Mary Lee Esty - Conquering Concussion. What do Henry VIII, Mary Todd Lincoln, Howard Hughes, and Elvis Presley have in common? They suffered traumatic brain injuries that had a significant impact on their lives, and perhaps the course of history. Concussions are a hot topic these days, specifically due to the recent findings of the impact of head injuries on professional football players.  However, many don't realize that concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) affect many people ...more

  • Shane Harris – Cyber warfare is perhaps the greatest threat to national security

    Dec 23 2014

    Shane Harris - Cyber warfare is the greatest threat to national security. @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex "Readers will squirm as they learn how every communications enterprise (Google, AT&T, Verizon, Facebook) cooperates with the national security establishment. Harris delivers a convincing account of the terrible cyber-disasters that loom, and the intrusive nature of the fight to prevent them." -Publishers Weekly The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fif...more

  • Dr. Andrew Hill – What are smart drugs and can you supplement your way to genius?

    Dec 16 2014

    What are smart drugs? Can you supplement your way to genius? These are primary burning questions I was anxious to ask my guest this week, Dr. Andrew Hill.  You see, Dr. Hill received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from UCLA in 2012, studying how attention operates in the brain. He is also the director of the Alternatives Brain Institute, where they help clients look at their brain function as well as examine how their mind works, and work with them to build strengths and resources, flexibilit...more

  • Tony Stubblebine and Erin Frey – How to have the strongest mind in the room

    Dec 09 2014

    How to have the strongest mind in the room with Tony Stubblebine and Erin Frey. This week we talk to the CEO and head researcher of Lift App, an app that helps people create and maintain new habits. With hundreds of thousands of users from across the world, Tony and Erin have a front row view to learning what makes habits stick and why. They have also learned which habits tend to bring out the best in people, or help increase wealth, or help get a good night sleep.  So we wanted to know,what hav...more

  • Peter Buffett – What is it like to be the son of the richest man on Earth?

    Dec 02 2014

    Peter Buffett - What's it like to be the son of the richest man on Earth? This week we interview Peter Buffett, youngest son of the "Oracle of Omaha" and once dubbed "richest man on Earth", Warren Buffett.  In this interview we ask Peter what it was like to have a household name as a father, what advice did his dad pass along to him, how did the shadow of his last name affect his childhood, and what went on behind the scenes at the Buffett family dinners. This unique upbringing and lessons learn...more

  • Jonathan Levi – Become a SuperLearner: Speed Reading and Advanced Memorization

    Nov 25 2014

    Jonathan Levi - Here on Smart People Podcast we get the opportunity to talk with a lot of amazing authors.  Doing this on a consistent basis has turned us into what you might call "book worms".  However, with only so many hours in the day, there are still thousands of books that we'll probably never have the time to read.  If only there were an easier way? What if you could increase your reading speed by five, ten or twenty times and also increase your retention? Think about the possibility! I m...more

  • Daniel Cloud

    Nov 18 2014

    Daniel Cloud - This week we tackle the question, "What is life?" Seriously, our guest wrote an entire doctoral dissertation on that exact question. And we don't just stop there! We also discuss the evolution of human language, where it came from, and where it may be going. Have you ever thought about what words mean and where they came from? Why do you use a certain work in conversation instead of another? The choice of which words to use and in which sense to use them is both a "selection event...more

  • Christine Clapp Returns

    Nov 10 2014

    Christine Clapp - Back by popular demand, more than a year later, we are talking with our favorite communications expert - Christine Clapp.  In this episode we cover crucial topics such as the most common mistakes amateur speakers/presenters make, the most powerful ways to persuade others through communication, the 5 steps of Monroe's motivated sequence, and the best system for speaking off the cuff.  Christine covers all of these topics and many more in great detail in her brand new book, Prese...more

  • Uri Gneezy

    Nov 03 2014

    Uri Gneezy - Can economics help us understand human motivation? By asking the right questions, and running the right experiments, can we finally understand why we do what we do? Apparently our guest this week believes so, and he's put together a pretty rock solid argument supporting his case. Uri Gneezy is the Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics and Professor of Economics & Strategy at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego. He is also the author of the book, The Why Axis...more

  • Robert Richman

    Oct 26 2014

    Robert Richman - Have you ever noticed that many of the most admired companies these days tend to have one common thread, and it's not just a great product? They have one thing that everyone seems to be talking about, despite what industry they are in, where they are located, or what they do. That one thing is culture. Culture has become a buzzword that gets thrown around in every coffee shop in Silicon Valley. Every CEO dreams of building a culture like Zappos, or Apple - where the employees se...more

  • Stephen Law

    Oct 20 2014

    Stephen Law - From Postman to PhD. The beauty and curse of the human mind is that if we want to believe something bad enough, we can convince ourselves that it's true.  And even worse, we will convince others that it's true.  In order to support these fabricated beliefs we will form "intellectual black holes", which are belief systems that we support through a variety of illogical and unsupported mechanisms.  These black holes become the basis for many cultists, conspiracy theorists, alternative...more

  • Ed Hess

    Oct 13 2014

    Ed Hess - Learn or Die. That is the message this week! In order to stay competitive in today's fast paced environment, you must continue to learn and grow.  Those that refuse to do so will find that their jobs and skills have been replaced by a cheaper and more efficient technology. So how do you become a better and faster learner? How do you stay ahead of the curve? These are the questions we discuss this week as we talk with author and professor, Edward Hess. Ed is the author of the brand new ...more

  • Chris Roebuck

    Oct 06 2014

    For SPP listeners only, the first 100 people to purchase a book via www.leadtosucceed.me will receive a signed copy of "Lead to Succeed". Order now and thank us later :) Chris Roebuck  - Everyone, everywhere is under pressure to work harder.  Many of us work to survive and get paid.  Bored and trapped, performance is low, family relationships suffer and organizational performance deteriorates.  To deliver real success, people must be inspired to be their best.  Whether you're an individual leade...more

  • Alan De Quieroz

    Sep 29 2014

    Alan de Queiroz  - Have you ever wondered how the same species of monkey (or tree, or snake for that matter) ends up located on different countries around the world? Keep in mind, they obviously can't just swim across the ocean, and they were there far before humans, so we didn't bring them.  Sure, continental drift explains it in some instances, but definitely not all of them.  So how did it happen? The answer will most certainly surprise you! This week, evolutionary biologist Alan de Queiroz t...more

  • Savannah Ellis

    Sep 22 2014

    Savannah Ellis - If men and women are meant to pair up for a lifetime of eternal happiness with the primary goal of continuing the growth of our species, why is it so damn hard? The communication differences between men and women is so apparent, that we often joke that the two sexes are from opposite planets. Much has been said about these differences, but little has been agreed upon.  So let's do our best to learn how to make nice with the opposite sex in order to have long, healthy, romantic r...more

  • Collis Ta’eed

    Sep 15 2014

    Collis Ta'eed - Our guest this week was recently named one of the Top 10 Richest Bloggers in the World! However, that can be slightly misleading because his company is far from a blog (in fact, just insinuating that he is in the same genre as Perez Hilton makes my skin crawl).  Not only is he an extremely successful on-line business mogul, but his entire blog and business is built around educating the world on-line.  In fact, the company motto is, "Helping people learn and earn online." In this ...more

  • Jared Dean

    Sep 07 2014

    Jared Dean - Have you ever wondered how your Netflix account knows exactly what movies to recommend? Or how Amazon can keep you continually buying random things you never thought you needed? Or how those Facebook ads are always eerily targeted directly at you? Well the answer is simple, Big Data.  Ok - maybe it's not simple, but it is something we can understand and even harness to make a difference in our lives and in our organizations or industries. This week we speak with Jared Dean, author o...more

  • Josh Shenk

    Aug 31 2014

    Josh Shenk - Want to be great? Then don't go at it alone. Throughout history teams of exactly 2 people have made the biggest impact - think Lennon and McCartney, Wozniak and Jobs, Orville and Wilbur Wright...the list goes on and on. But why? This week we crush the myth of the "lone genius" and learn how the best creations of all time came from people who worked in pairs. Josh Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, tells us not only why 2 is the magic...more

  • Karan Girotra

    Aug 24 2014

    Karan Girotra - Any system that we use to accomplish a task can be made better with some simple improvements. If you're talking about the system you use to brush your teeth, this might not be a big deal. But what about the way in which a company builds a product, or the way a doctor analyzes a patient? These systems can have enormous effects on society, and it is imperative that we understand how to innovate on these systems to continually create a better society. This week we speak with Karan G...more

  • McKenzie Funk

    Aug 18 2014

    McKenzie Funk - Almost everyone is aware that climate change is slowly but surely destroying our planet, however very few know that you can get rich off of it! Want to know how? Or at least know what kind of individual would profit from the destruction of our planet?  McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of tho...more

  • Joe Navarro

    Aug 11 2014

    Joe Navarro - Not many can say they were personally approached to join the FBI, but this is exactly what happened to Joe Navarro while he was working as a police officer at the tender age of 23. He accepted their offer and became one of the youngest agents ever to join the renowned investigative agency. Joe is quite literally a human lie detector. Having spent over 25 years as a counterintelligence officer with the FBI, Joe has mastered the art of reading non-verbal communication in order to cat...more

  • Roger Hamilton

    Aug 03 2014

    Roger Hamilton - We promise you will be buzzing with excitement after this episode.  Roger is perhaps best known as 'Asia's leading wealth consultant', but in our opinion, he is more of a career and life mentor with a talent for story telling.  Roger is the Founder of Entrepreneurs Institute and creator of the Wealth Dynamics, Talent Dynamics & Genius Test profiling systems, used by over 250,000 entrepreneurs and leaders around the world. His newest book, The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Person...more

  • James Nestor

    Jul 28 2014

    James Nestor - The ocean is the final, unseen, untouched, and undiscovered wilderness. In fact, we know more about other planets and stars lightyears away than we do about our oceans, which cover more than 2/3 of our planet. Join us this week as we follow author James Nestor on an amazing journey to the depths of the ocean. James is the author of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves which is ranked as one of Amazon's best non-fiction books of 2014. The ...more

  • Simon Sinek

    Jul 21 2014

    Simon Sinek - This week we talk to one of our favorite speakers and personalities, Simon Sinek. Simon is a popular author who is best known for his book, “Start with Why”. Not only is he an amazing speaker, but he has one of the most popular TEDx videos ever released (How great leaders inspire action). The video is so popular, it ranks in the top 3 TED list with over 17 million views! Simon’s latest book is Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, which focuses on the ide...more

  • Russ Roberts

    Jul 14 2014

    Russ Roberts - Our guest this week is the host of the extremely popular EconTalk podcast.  In this episode talk economics, education, passion, and more! Although sometimes Economics can seem dry and boring, Russ has made a living out of making it understandable and bringing it to the masses. Russell Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He tries to make economics understandable to a general audience. Roberts hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk--hour-long ...more

  • Shamus Khan

    Jul 06 2014

    Shamus Khan - What is it really like to be the 1%? The income gap is a hot topic these days, but rarely do we learn what it is truly like to grow up in a world where money is no object. This week we get a behind the scenes look at how the American elite are raised and what it's like to be part of 'high society'. Shamus Khan teaches in the sociology department at Columbia University.  He writes on elites and inequality in America.  He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite ...more

  • Dan Buettner

    Jun 29 2014

    Dan Buettner - Do you want to live to 100+? Of course you do, as long as you don't have to wear a diaper! Our guest this week has figured out the key to living to the ripe old age of 100 and beyond and he's here to share it with you.  National Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for health and long life. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Long...more

  • Daniel Burrus

    Jun 23 2014

    Daniel Burrus - What if you could see into the future? Our guest this week is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation.The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker. He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies helping them to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. He is the ...more

  • Branko Milanovic

    Jun 16 2014

    Branko Milanovic - Income inequality in the United States has been increasing since the early 1980's, and it's only getting worse. Perhaps even more worrisome is the continuing growth in the income gap on a global basis. The wealth gap between the richest and the poorest countries is becoming so large that our entire economic system is in danger. This week we are joined by Branko Milanovic, the former head economist in the World Bank's research department as we discuss income inequality around t...more

  • Brad Stone

    Jun 09 2014

    Brad Stone - Amazon.com has revolutionized the way humans around the world shop AND read.  From teapots to toilet bowls and everything in between, anything you want is now just a click away.  But how did they do it? Many say that amazon.com is a bully, utilizing unfair practices and harsh working conditions to create an advantage, while others tout their genius.  This week on the show, Brad Stone provides us with a behind the scenes view of this mammoth on-line retailer. Brad is the author of th...more

  • Adam Bryant

    Jun 02 2014

    Adam Bryant - Don't you wish you could get inside the minds of the top CEO's in the world to learn the secrets of their success? That's exactly what our guest this week has done. Adam is the author of Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation. His book is a summation of many of the lessons and anecdotes he has learned through hundreds of interviews with top CEO's as part of his Corner Office' series in The New York Times. Prior to working at The New Yor...more

  • Joe De Sena

    May 25 2014

    Joe De Sena - CEO and co-founder of the Spartan Race and author of Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life. Joe is a legend in endurance and adventure racing.  He completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultra-marathon, raced the 140.6 miles of Lake Placid Ironman, and finished a 100-mile trail run in Vermont....all within one week! This week we learn about grit, determination, and the absolute need to live life to the fullest. "The thing that...more

  • Suzanna Walters

    May 19 2014

    Suzanna Walters - Gay rights. Recent years have ushered in a whole new meaning to the idea.  Many believe that with gay marriage becoming legal and more gay role models we are becoming much more tolerant. But what about the idea that they need to be tolerated in the first place? Do any of us have the right to simply tolerate someone? This week we speak with Suzanna Walters, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, as well as the au...more

  • Gerald Chertavian

    May 11 2014

    Gerald Chertavian - How and why does a Wall Street millionaire start a company to help troubled young adults move from poverty to professional careers in a single year? This week we interview Gerald Chertavian, CEO of Year Up, one of the most incredible non-profit organizations we have ever come across. "You can't give until you have. " - Gerald Chertavian Year Up provides intensive professional education to urban young adults. His organization was recently recognized by Fast Company and The Mon...more

  • Sam Rashkin

    May 05 2014

    Sam Rashkin - Author of Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It's Broken, and How to Fix It. He is currently the Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Sam also managed the Energy Star for Homes since its start in 1996.  Sam knows everything there is to know about renewable energy and "zero energy homes". "One of the most significant infrastructure issues that we have in this country is the 115+ million ex...more

  • Tony Stubblebine

    Apr 27 2014

    Tony Stubblebine - CEO and co-founder of Lift, a life changing app that helps you form habits. More than that, Tony is a fanatic about human potential, creativity, and the power of action! Tony is also a "serial entrepreneur", having worked on a number of tech startups, including working with the guys who founded Twitter. Tony often blogs here, on Medium. "It takes 10 years to become an overnight success." -Tony Stubblebine Do you want to build the habit of meditation? Check out Lift's How to Me...more

  • Kevin Roose

    Apr 20 2014

    Kevin Roose - Bestselling author of Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits. Kevin spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level analysts at leading investment firms. He chronicled their stories, triumphs, and disappointments in this unprecedented (and unauthorized) story. Kevin currently writes for New York magazine and previously for The New York Times. "Writing this book made me want to go to every Ivy League college in the country and give students...more

  • Andrew Yang

    Apr 14 2014

    Andrew Yang - Author of Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, an organization dedicated to connecting promising recent graduates with startups with the hope of fostering a generation of entrepreneurs who can create economic value. Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-up...more

  • Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

    Apr 06 2014

    Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz - President of the Charles Schwab Foundation, Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co., and the daughter of Charles Schwab! Her newest book is The Charles Schwab Guide to Finance After Fifty: Answers to Your Most Important Money Questions. This week we discuss what it was like for Carrie growing up, how finance was in her blood, her deep understanding of the tough financial questions and what you can do to tackle your toughest money issues at any age. Through Carrie’...more

  • Dr. Michio Kaku

    Mar 31 2014

    Dr. Michio Kaku - He is the face (and mind) of science! Dr. Kaku is a theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York, a futurist, and a communicator and popularizer of science. He has written two New York Times Best Sellers: Physics of the Impossible and Physics of the Future. His most recent book was released in February and is titled, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Additionally,...more

  • Corinne Woods

    Mar 24 2014

    Corinne Woods - Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, which supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and leads the outreach to citizens and stakeholders to get their voices and concerns to feed into the Post-2015 global development agenda. Previously, she served in a variety of roles at UNICEF, including as Senior Adviser on the HIV/AIDS Global Campaign Coordination and as Chief of Advocacy and Partnerships in India, the ag...more

  • Olof Dallner

    Mar 17 2014

    Olof Dallner - WINNER of the Quintuple Ironman. The 12 mile swim, 560 mile bike, and 131 mile run is the distance of 5 Ironmans! WTF? Olof explains what it is like to sleep 6 hours over 4 days while completing (and winning) the worlds toughest endurance event. Olof also has his PhD in Molecular Physiology and is currently a postdoctoral scientist at Rockefeller University, researching the genetics of the hormone Leptin and its role in obesity and metabolism. What we learn in this episode: How do...more

  • Carmine Gallo

    Mar 10 2014

    Carmine Gallo - "Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds", Former anchor and correspondent for CNN and CBS, communications coach for the world's most admired brands, best-selling author, columnist for Forbes and Monster.com. Carmine has worked with Coca-Cola, Intel, LinkedIn, Stanford, Cisco, and many more. Learn the secrets of how these companies communicate! What we learn in this episode: • How to stand out as a communicator. • What are the most common problems th...more

  • Bill Shannon

    Mar 03 2014

    Bill Shannon - Vice President of Post and Carrier Solutions at Pitney Bowes.  Bill is on the front lines of a long forgotten staple of communication, the mail.  That's right - not email, or vmail, but actual, physical mail.  Bill has been an integral part of the juggernaut that is Pitney Bowes for over 30 years. Pitney Bowes is a fortune 500 company that is nearly a century old and has managed to navigate through a world of change.  There is a lot we can learn from a company with such longevity!...more

  • Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen

    Feb 24 2014

    Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen - The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems, Co-Founders at ReD Associates where they employ social sciences to study human behavior. Christian Madsbjerg has been leading projects and client programs since ReD’s foundation. He writes, teaches, and speaks about the kinds of methods and reasoning needed for fact-based investigations of human activity, emotions, and decision-making processes. He is the author of...more

  • Eswar Prasad

    Feb 16 2014

    Eswar Prasad - Author of The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance. Eswar is a Senior Professor at Cornell University, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously chief of the Financial Studies Division in the International Monetary Fund's Research Department and, before that, was the head of the IMF's China Div...more

  • Larry Downes

    Feb 09 2014

    Larry Downes - Author of Big Bang Disruption and Unleashing the Killer App (named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 5 most important books ever published on business and technology). Larry is an internet industry analyst and speaker, having held faculty appointments at Univ. of Chicago, Northwestern, Berkeley, and Stanford and he is a columnist for Forbes and CNET. What we discuss in this episode • What industries are PRIMED for innovation? The answer may surprise you. • The nature of inn...more

  • Bob Sutton

    Feb 02 2014

    Bob Sutton - Author of Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less and The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't, Professor of Management Science and Engineering in the Stanford Engineering School, IDEO Fellow, ranked one of the "50 Best B School Professors". What we discuss in this episode: • What makes a great professor? What makes a great boss? • Can leadership be taught? Learned? • How do you maintain a good corporate culture as a c...more

  • Lance Fortnow

    Jan 27 2014

    Lance Fortnow, PhD - Author of The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible, professor and chair of the School of Computer Science of the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, served as the founding editor-in-chief of the ACM Transaction on Computation Theory, served as chair of ACM SIGACT and currently sits on the Computing Research Association board of directors. He served as chair of the IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity from 2000-2006. It's tim...more

  • Christine Montross

    Jan 20 2014

    Christine Montross - Author of Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist's Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown University, staff psychiatrist at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. When you really get down to it, the entirety of our life is a function of our perception.  The way we interact with the world is completely dependent on the way in which our brain deals with stimulus... that is our existence.  I'd say that's a pretty heavy task for one o...more

  • Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor

    Jan 13 2014

    Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor - Author of Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War, professor of military history at Ohio State University, served as Executive Officer to General David Patraeus. On September 11, 2001, the United States was the target of the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the world.  It was a day that would lead to over a decade of war, economic instability, and global confusion.  And although nearly every nation was united in...more

  • Best Of – Episode 2

    Jan 05 2014

    Another “Best Of" episode is in the books! This week, we bring you a “Best of technology” episode.  While it was tough selecting some of my favorite technology episodes, I finally picked the ones that made me truly geek out. Sit back, relax, and listen to some of the best clips regarding various aspects of technology. If you want a cheat sheet of what is in this week’s episode, here you go! Part 1 - Clips from Episode 110 - Alexis Ohanian. Alexis discusses Reddit, original (or lack thereof) idea...more

  • Maddy Dychtwald

    Dec 30 2013

    Maddy Dychtwald - Author of Influence: How Women's Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better, co-founder of Age Wave, world renowned speaker, leading expert on the changing demographic trends—both generation- and gender-related—shaping the marketplace, the workplace and our lives. The aging of the workforce has been well publicized.  The baby-boom generation is reaching retirement and there is a supposed "talent gap" that is going to be problematic to our economy.  Talent ga...more

  • Best Of – Episode 1

    Dec 23 2013

    This week we bring you a special "best of psychology and human behavior" episode.  Travel back to the beginning of Smart People Podcast with us and enjoy some of the best clips regarding psychology, the human brain, the decision making process, passion and more.  This is a can't miss episode packed full of great information with none of the fluff. Here is a brief overview of what this episode entails, what order it's in, who are guests are, and where you can find the whole episode.  Enjoy! Part ...more

  • Jesse Sostrin

    Dec 16 2013

    Jesse Sostrin, PhD - Author of Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job, consultant, speaker, and expert on the hidden world of work. As you are well aware by now, we here at Smart People Podcast do not believe that you have to work for the man, and put all of your own happiness aside just to achieve financial freedom.  We are all given unique talents that are truly beneficial to the world - the key is understanding how to best utilize them....more

  • Joe Whitcomb

    Dec 09 2013

    Joe Whitcomb - Author of Reboot Your Relationship: Restoring Love Through Real Connection in a Disconnected World - Relationship coach and therapist. Episode Transcript: Episode 119 - Joe Whitcomb Connection is a human necessity.  We need to feel loved and accepted by others, it is a driving force behind much of what we do.  Perhaps no connection is stronger than the one we build with a significant other. In these monogamous, intimate relationships, we share our deepest selves and connect on lev...more

  • Stephen Cowan Part 2

    Dec 01 2013

    Dr. Stephen Cowan (Part 2) - Author of Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self Esteem and Attention, Board Certified pediatrician with over 25 years of experience specializing in ADD, ADHD, Autism and the like. Dr. Cowan uses a holistic approach incorporating both Western and Eastern medicine to treat these difficult issues. This is an EPIC first for Smart People Podcast.  On consecutive Sundays we are airing episodes with the same...more

  • Stephen Cowan Part 1

    Nov 25 2013

    Dr. Stephen Cowan - Author of Fire Child, Water Child: How Understanding the Five Types of ADHD Can Help You Improve Your Child's Self Esteem and Attention, Board Certified pediatrician with over 25 years of experience specializing in ADD, ADHD, Autism and the like. Dr. Cowan uses a holistic approach incorporating both Western and Eastern medicine to treat these difficult issues. Did you know that according to the World Health Organization, the United States ranks 33rd in the world for average l...more

  • Debra Benton

    Nov 18 2013

    Debra Benton - Author of 7 leadership books including CEO Material: How to Be a Leader in Any Organization, founded Benton Management Resources, speaker, coach. Episode Transcript: Episode 116 - Debra Benton One of the things that I can really appreciate about our guest this week is her fearlessness.  Yes, she has a number of accolades and is often regarded as one of the top executive coaches in the country, but the way she achieved success was by trusting in herself, working hard, and going aft...more

  • Scott Sklar

    Nov 10 2013

    Scott Sklar - Clean & renewable energy expert, Founder and President of The Stella Group, co-author of Consumer Guide to Solar Energy and The Forbidden Fuel. Until this episode, I must admit, I never thought much about what happens when I plug something into the wall. Even if you don't turn the thing on, it still accounts for nearly 10% of our total energy usage - it's called vampire power!  I didn't think about all of the blinking lights in my room at night, or the TV that drones on in the back...more

  • Josh Tetrick

    Nov 04 2013

    Josh Tetrick - A social entrepreneur who is solving our industrial farming problem one egg at a time! Josh is the CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, an amazing company that is creating better for you egg-like products using plant based ingredients.  These products are more healthful, sustainable, and humane - it's a win, win, win! Did you know that humans consume over 1 TRILLION eggs per year? How is that even possible? We have 7 billion people on the planet, which means that the average person eats ov...more

  • Alivia Tagliaferri

    Oct 30 2013

    Alivia Tagliaferri - Author of 'Beyond the Wall: The Journey Home', producer and director of the documentary film, Beyond the Wall: Homeless Zone. As we discussed in episode 76, war is a part of life.  Always has been, always will be.  In fact, in that episode, we even discussed how sometimes, war is seemingly justified - a necessary evil.  But regardless of your personal stance, or the stance of anyone else, we can no longer deny the lasting effect that war has on the human psyche.  Only within...more

  • David Linden

    Oct 21 2013

    David Linden, PhD - Neurobiologist, Author of The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning and Gambling Feel So Good, and professor at Johns Hopkins. Ask and you shall receive! The data is in from the Smart People Podcast survey (which is open for anyone to still take, we would appreciate it!) and you all voted psychology and the brain to be the most interesting subject. So - we did what we do best and went out to find the sma...more

  • Rosalind Wiseman

    Oct 14 2013

    Rosalind Wiseman - Author of Masterminds and Wingmen and Queen Bees & Wannabes, which is the book that was used as the basis for the movie Mean Girls.  Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. The teenage years bring about a wide array of changes and challenges that make them some of the most difficult years in a persons entire life.  Experiences that occur in this stage of maturation can shape a per...more

  • Alexis Ohanian

    Oct 07 2013

    Alexis Ohanian- Author of Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, co-founder of Reddit, internet entrepreneur, and advisor to Hipmunk and Breadpig. While Chris and I were in our dorm room playing FIFA 2001 on the Playstation2, Alexis Ohanian and his roommate, Steve Huffman, sat in their dorm room a mere 60 miles away working on a website that is now a cultural phenomenon known as Reddit. While Reddit is often called the "front page of the Internet," or an easy w...more

  • Jonathan Poneman

    Sep 30 2013

    Jonathan Poneman - Co-Founder of Sub Pop Records, first to sign Nirvana and Soundgarden. Good bands can be found in any local watering hole.  Great bands are much harder to find even with the digital music era.  But the best bands, the bands that change the way we listen to music, the bands that define a generation - well they are truly a magical find.  And perhaps no band better defines the grunge rock genre of the 90's than Nirvana.  However, if it weren't for this week's guest, Jonathan Ponem...more

  • Daniel Roberts

    Sep 15 2013

    Daniel Roberts – Author of Zoom: Surprising Ways to Supercharge Your Career and the leading journalist for Fortune Magazine’s extremely popular “40 under 40” list. Although my 18 year old self would never admit it, there is of course plenty we can learn from those that come before us.  It is for exactly this reason that...

  • Barry Nalebuff

    Sep 09 2013

    Barry Nalebuff – Mission in a Bottle: The Honest Guide to Doing Business Differently — and Succeeding, Co-Founder of Honest Tea, Harvard Professor, Entrepreneur, expert on game theory, negotiation and business strategy. So picture this – While teaching at Harvard University, Professor Barry Nalebuff is running his class through a case study comparing Pepsi and...

  • Christopher Schroeder

    Sep 02 2013

    Christopher Schroeder – Startup Rising – The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East – author, co-founder of healthcentral.com and CEO of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Upon interviewing our guest this week, I had a minor revelation.  Jon and I are sitting in our air conditioned, loft studio with our dogs lazily laying about our feet.  The air...

  • Marc Ostrofsky

    Aug 26 2013

    Marc Ostrofsky: Author of Word of Mouse: 101+ Trends in How We Buy, Sell, Live, Learn, Work and Play, and NY Times best seller Get Rich Click!: The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet, entrepreneur, online business mogul, venture capitalist. Some people just have the itch, the drive, the absolute need to create...

  • Adam Grant

    Aug 19 2013

    Dr. Adam Grant – Author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, youngest tenured professor at Wharton, one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and one of the world’s 40 best business professors under 40. According to Professor Adam Grant, at work we all fall into one of the following 3 categories: Takers, Givers, and...

  • Jay Baer

    Aug 12 2013

    Jay Baer – Author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help Not Hype (NY Times Bestseller), marketing consultant, entrepreneur (started 5 multi-million dollar businesses from scratch!), named one of America’s top 3 social media consultants. After speaking with Jay this week, we quickly realized how much the world of connecting and marketing has come.  Now...

  • Dorie Clark

    Aug 05 2013

    Dorie Clark – Author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, former presidential campaign spokeswoman, professor at Duke University WHERE was this book 10 years ago and why didn’t anyone give me this advice.  Our guest this week, Dorie Clark, hits home with a powerful episode about becoming the person you want to...

  • Steve Blank

    Jul 28 2013

    Steve Blank – Author of The Startup Owner’s Manual and The Four Steps to the Epiphany, serial entrepreneur, professor. This week we talk to a true pioneer in an industry filled with innovators.  Our guest, Steve Blank, created the “Lean Startup” model that helped facilitate the launch of over 10,000 companies.  This model states that startup...

  • Louie Schwartzberg

    Jul 23 2013

    Louie Schwartzberg – Director, producer, cinematographer. Movingart.com Well, we did it.  We made it to 100.  We joined the century club.  We want you to know, that we couldn’t have done it without you.  100 episodes is something that we never envisioned – hell, I didn’t think I would want to sit in the same...

  • Nicco Mele

    Jul 14 2013

    Nicco Mele: Author of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, entrepreneur, angel investor, and consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. At first glance, you might look at the title of this post, or the author we have on and think, “We get it! The Internet makes us connected.  Welcome to the...

  • Tony Schwartz

    Jul 07 2013

    Tony Schwartz – President & CEO of TheEnergyProject.com, Author of, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live If you have listened to the show for any length of time, you probably know about the origins of Smart People Podcast.  Jon and I had been in the corporate world...

  • Lauren Sandler

    Jul 01 2013

    Lauren Sandler: Journalist, author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One Roach wouldn’t willingly admit it in the interview, and perhaps this is presumptuous, but I think we all have a negative bias towards only children…unless, of course, you are one.  I’m not saying it’s a huge...

  • Christine Clapp

    Jun 23 2013

    Christine Clapp – Presentation and communications expert, founder of Spoken With Authority The ability to communicate through language is what separates man from ape (and all other mammals for that matter).  The spoken word is a defining trait of homo sapiens,  and as such, is our main method of communication.  It shouldn’t surprise anyone then, that...

  • David Kadavy

    Jun 17 2013

    David Kadavy: Author of Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty, design guru. If you know anything about the show, you know that Jon loves his weird stuff.  So leave it to him to find a guy who focuses on design.  What does that even mean? I was pretty sure this conversation wouldn’t apply to my life...

  • Jamie and Maren Showkeir

    Jun 09 2013

    Maren and Jamie Showkeir – Authors of Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job, Yoga Instructor As you might know by now, Jon and I like to focus on how terrible work is – perhaps it’s because misery likes company. We get emails from many of you out in...

  • Susan Schorn

    Jun 03 2013

    Susan Schorn – Author of Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly, writer, teacher, martial arts instructor, and dual black belt. “If you’re going for a groin strike, you want to attack from the bottom up, rather than from the front, to inflict maximum damage.”  This may be my favorite...

  • Kevin Smokler

    May 21 2013

    Kevin Smokler – Literary enthusiast, speaker, author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 books you Haven’t Touched Since High School. When you hear the name Holden Caulfield, does it trigger any memories? Perhaps you get a nervous, jittery sensation that runs down your spine as you reminisce about an old book report gone...

  • Michael Moss

    May 13 2013

    Michael Moss – Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter; author of #1 NY Times Bestseller, Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us  Look, we know you don’t need a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter to tell you that junk food is bad for you, soda makes you fat, and the Western diet is causing an epidemic of...

  • Roman Krznaric

    May 07 2013

    Roman Krznaric: How to Find Fulfilling Work; founding faculty member of The School of Life in London. ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS AND COUNTING! That’s right – in case you didn’t see it on Facebook or twitter (@smartpeoplepod), Smart People Podcast (SPP) just passed the one million downloads threshold on Friday.  We then proceeded to pop some bubbly,...

  • Jonah Berger

    May 01 2013

    Jonah Berger – Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Do you remember the first time you heard the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black? I do – I f’ing hated it.  I also remember the first time someone told me to listen to “Gangnam Style” and “Thrift...

  • Dr. Paul Ruggieri

    Apr 22 2013

    Dr. Paul Ruggieri – Author of Confessions of a Surgeon “Now I want you to count back from ten.  10…9…8…..” And that’s all you remember.  Sure you might be a little sore, groggy or confused – but for the most part, you felt nothing. However, during that time, your mass is removed, your knee is...

  • David Shenk

    Apr 15 2013

    David Shenk – Bestselling author of 6 books, including his most recent, The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ. Tune in to this weeks episode to learn how to unleash your inner genius, conquer your genetic shortcomings, and be the best at anything. But trust us, it ain’t easy....

  • Joe Peta

    Apr 08 2013

    Joe Peta – Author of Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball I’m not even going to butter you up this time, trust me – you would rather just dive in. You’ll understand once I give you a little background on our guest for this weeks episode, Joe Peta. A few years...

  • Dan Pink

    Mar 24 2013

    Daniel Pink – AMAZING! One of the most watched TED Talks of all time.  Author of five provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work, including his most recent, To Sell is Human. Good to have you back! If you haven’t noticed, Smart People Podcast has been getting some real recognition these days! We...

  • Marlene Zuk

    Mar 17 2013

    Marlene Zuk – author of Paleofantasy, professor of ecology Unless you’ve been living in a cave (best….pun….ever), you are probably well aware of the new fad diet, the paleo diet. The quick and dirty of the diet is you can eat anything that was available to our cave dwelling ancestors. So chow down on all...

  • Venkatesh Rao

    Mar 11 2013

    Venkatesh Rao: Author of Tempo: timing, tactics and strategy in narrative-driven decision-making & independent researcher. How many decisions do you think you make in a day? What about an hour? Well, if you want to do the math – go ahead, because all I know is you make about 1,400 decisions a MINUTE.  With that many...

  • Dan Carlin

    Mar 04 2013

    Dan Carlin – Host of the Hardcore History and Common Sense podcasts, Political Commentator New media is coming for us.  Well, if you are reading this, it already came for you – so congratulations on being ahead of the curve.  New media is supposed to be the “democratization” of the creation, production, distribution and consumption of media by...

  • Stefan Molyneux

    Feb 24 2013

    Stefan Molyneux – Philosopher, host of Freedomain Radio When you take a stance on something, you’re bound to have those on the other side that try to take you down.  In fact, many people believe, that if you aren’t making enemies, then you aren’t saying anything substantial.  Well, if you believe this to be true, then...

  • Alex Stone

    Feb 18 2013

    Alex Stone – Magician, writer, speaker I don’t know about you, but growing up I had this hilarious $10 magic set.  It came with some weird squishy ball, a few metal rings, some cards, a cape, and of course…. a wand.  Thinking back, I don’t know how my parents even sat through my poor attempt...

  • Marty Cagan

    Feb 05 2013

    Marty Cagan – Expert on all things product, founding partner of the Silicon Valley Product Group If you have ever thought about creating or inventing ANYTHING….seriously listen to this episode. How many ‘products’ do you think you use in a day?  Even if you just look at a small subset of your day, the list...

  • Sydney Finkelstein

    Jan 28 2013

    Sydney Finkelstein – Steven Roth Professor of Management at Dartmouth, author, expert on strategy and leadership. Businesses fail all the time.  Such is the nature of the beast.  It’s survival of the fittest, healthy competition, may the best man win.  So you would think, when the cream rises to the top and a company takes...

  • Brandon Mendelson

    Jan 21 2013

    Brandon (BJ) Mendelson – Author of Social Media is Bullshit If you are one of the lucky few that has thousands upon thousands of twitter followers, congratulations….it means nothing.  Your company has 50,000 facebook likes? Sorry, but they only did it for the coupon you offered them.  You post the most amazing infographics on Pinterest?...

  • Brian Orend

    Jan 06 2013

    Brian Orend, Ph.D. – philosopher, professor, author, speaker “War, huh – yeah, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing” – Edwin Starr (Lyrics to the song WAR) War is good for absolutely nothing. People die, civilizations are destroyed, earth is scorched, humanity is tarnished.  It should be avoided at all costs. Why can’t we all...

  • Peter Webster and Kyle Robertson

    Dec 23 2012

    Peter Webster & Kyle Robertson: Founders of iCare There is a major social revolution taking place right now thanks to social media and mobile technology.  For the first time in history, it is easier to get one million people to donate $1 than it is to get one person to donate $1 Million.  On top...

  • Dr. Mollie Marti

    Dec 17 2012

    Dr. Mollie Marti – lawyer, author, psychologist, professor It’s funny how, as a child, you are amazed at how much other people know.  Whether it be your older sibling, a neighbor, or your parents, the things they know are astounding.  But as we grow older, something funny happens.  We tend to focus our attention inward...

  • Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

    Dec 10 2012

    Brian Dunning – Skeptoid podcast producer, professional myth-buster, author, entrepreneur. Did you know that 98% of all statistics are made up? Did you know I just made THAT statistic up? In an age of information overload, it’s very hard to sift through it all.  For every question, I can find you two very convincing answers, with...

  • Fran Hawthorne

    Dec 04 2012

    Fran Hawthorne – Author of Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love There’s a reason why the largest corporations also have the largest marketing budgets.  With all of the competition out there today, a company’s image is just as important as the products that it sells.  For example, hear the word Lexus...

  • Linda McQuaig

    Nov 26 2012

    Linda McQuaig – Prolific journalist, critic, and author of “Billionaires’ Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality” Don’t forget to use our amazon link for all of your cyber Monday (and future) purchases.  Click here to go straight to amazon and get your shop on! How about a few fun facts, just to...

  • Richard Fine

    Nov 16 2012

    Richard Fine – CEO of Help Remedies/drug dealer (don’t worry, it’s legal). I had a long day at the office today and it left me with a raging headache.  I sauntered to the nearest pharmacy, stood in the painkiller aisle, looked at the plethora of choices, and you know what happened…my headache got worse.  What...

  • Dr. James Serpell

    Nov 06 2012

    Dr. James Serpell – Expert on human-animal interaction, author, Professor, Director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society. If you own a dog, I can almost guarantee that at one point you have found yourself having an entire conversation with them.  You have sat down with your dog, just as if you...

  • Mark Malkoff

    Oct 15 2012

    Mark Malkoff – Filmmaker, adventurer, comedian We all know that guy.  The ideas guy.  The non-action guy.  The guy that say’s things like “Dude, I KNEW I should have bought Apple stock when it was at $60,” or “I can’t believe that business stole my idea,” or “as soon as work slows down I’m going...

  • Dr. Richard Davidson

    Oct 08 2012

    Dr. Richard Davidson – Harvard educated professor, expert in emotions, author and long time friend of the Dalai Lama. Do you know how long “meditate daily” has been on my to-do list? Probably twice as long as “go to the dentist” has been on yours.  For me, the act of meditation represents everything that is...

  • Ann Louise Gittleman

    Oct 01 2012

    Ann Louise Gittleman – “The First Lady of Nutrition” Consider your typical day.  You cook in your microwave, you call people on your cell phone, you work all day on your laptop – wirelessly connected to the world of the interwebs, you read books on your kindle, you listen to the radio in the car,...

  • Reggie Freeman

    Sep 24 2012

    Reggie Freeman – Fire Chief, Emergency Management, CEO & President of The Freeman Group, LLC Catastrophe is all around us.  Massive snow storms, excessive heat waves, floods, power outages and hurricanes are all part of life on earth.  Whether you call it climate change, the zombie apocalypse or the end of the Mayan calendar, it is...

  • Arun Chaudhary

    Sep 16 2012

    Arun Chaudhary – First ever official White House Videographer This podcast is recorded exactly 6 miles from the White House.  My day job office building is literally a pitching wedge away from the front steps of the President’s home.  And yet, every time I pass those huge white pillars and that rolling green lawn, I...

  • Jonathan Haidt

    Sep 10 2012

    Jonathan Haidt – morality, emotion and politics: “Morality binds people together into teams that seek victory, not truth, and it closes hearts and minds.” Taking the moral high ground is considered noble.  Being morally sound is an admirable trait.  But who determines if your moral stance is correct? Ultimately you do…don’t you?   I mean, as this week’s guest points...

  • Shannon Kaiser

    Sep 03 2012

    Shannon Kaiser –  travel writer, inspirational author, motivational speaker Sometimes here at SPP, we judge a book by it’s cover…literally.  We will see the most recent NY Times Bestseller and we fawn over the author.  The more designations, recommendations,  and accolations (hey, it’s a word in  Urban Dictionary) a person has, the more insight they...

  • Brian Wansink

    Aug 27 2012

    Dr. Brian Wansink –  Director of the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, marketing guru, author and MUCH more. The Boston Medical Center indicates that approximately 45 million Americans diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight-loss products in their pursuit of a trimmer, fitter body.  I’d be willing to bet, if you are reading...

  • Jill Badonsky

    Aug 13 2012

    Creativity is like a fire hose.  Once you turn it on it’s hard to control, it spews out haphazardly, and if you don’t have a firm grasp on it, it can whip you in just about any direction.  The power that it yields is immense; however, one small malfunction can completely stop the flow and...

  • Phil Edwards

    Aug 08 2012

    For most of us, our high school textbooks were nothing more than a paper weight.  Maybe if we would have actually opened them, we wouldn’t need to rely on talking to smart people, but that’s neither here nor there.  The main reason we didn’t care what was inside those massive bound bundles of  boring (yay...

  • Jesse Prinz

    Jul 30 2012

    This week we cover some seriously heavy topics.  What plays a bigger role in who you are, your experiences or your genetics? Are emotions strictly a biological response to an event, easily defined by the chemical that they are related to?  Are we born as moral beings, or is even morality subject to circumstances? What...

  • David DiSalvo

    Jul 22 2012

    It’s not the first time we’ve talked about it, and it won’t be the last.  The human brain is plain ol’ amazing.  For example, have you ever thought about where a memory is stored? Give it a real long ponder.  Somewhere in your 3 pound ball of spongy tissue, memories from decades past are filed...

  • Austin Kleon

    Jul 11 2012

    2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started. 3. Write the book you want to read. 4. Use your hands These are just 3 of the 10 pieces of wisdom that this week’s guest, Austin Kleon, wants to pass along.  But wait…where is #1? Ahhh, good question.  The first piece of...

  • Charlie Pellerin

    Jul 02 2012

    Do you know what astrophysics is? I’m not going to lie, I had to wikipedia it.  This week we speak with the guy who Invented Astrophysics! ….Ok, not really, that guy has been dead for like centuries, BUT we basically get to talk to the next best thing in Dr. Charles Pellerin.  Dr. Pellerin is...

  • Dr. Meg Jay

    Jun 25 2012

    Welcome back everyone to our first official episode of Season 2!.  We are glad to see you back and we look forward to another year of awesomeness. Our twenties are supposed to be the time of our lives, right?  A time where you can do whatever you want and use the excuse, “I’m just trying...

  • David-Michel Davies

    Apr 04 2012

    If you’re anything like me (Chris) and nothing like the other host (Jon) you absolutely hate surfing the internet to find the next big thing. I mean, by the time I learned about Myspace, there was a movie being made about Facebook. But let’s face it, the web is where it’s at people.  Not understanding the inner workings of...

  • Craig Koslofsky

    Mar 24 2012

    Craig Koslofsky, author, Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois . Can you imagine a time without electricity and modern technology? First of all, HOW would you download this podcast? In Craig Koslofsky’s book, Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe, Craig discusses “the history of night” and what it...

  • Dr. Srini Pillay

    Mar 13 2012

    Dr. Srini Pillay – Neuroscientist, Psychiatrist, Executive Coach…amazing. The human brain is a miracle, no one can question that.  The brain is the source of all of our cognition.  It stores our memories, it creates our identity and it interprets the world in which we live.  It’s also a mechanism that can be exercised and fine tuned...

  • Drew Dudley Part 2

    Mar 07 2012

    Drew Dudley takes a few minutes after his interview to speak on bipolar disorder. He discusses how it helped him become who he is today. It was very enlightening and we thank Drew for discussing such matters!

  • Drew Dudley Part 1

    Mar 03 2012

    Drew Dudley – Leadership and Motivation Expert: Be prepared to look at leadership in a new light after this one.  According to this week’s guest Drew Dudley, leadership is no longer a description reserved for kings, presidents, and executives. It’s something we all possess and we need to use it to change the world. Drew...

  • Dr. Richard Alley

    Feb 26 2012

    Dr. Richard Alley – Geologist & Climate Change Specialist: It is no longer a matter of if, how or how long…it’s real & it’s happening.  The amount of greenhouse gasses within Earth’s atmosphere are increasing at an alarming rate which is causing a continuous and unsustainable rise in the Earth’s climate. This is not alarmist, I’m not...

  • Josh Klein

    Feb 17 2012

    Josh Klein – Technologist & Computer/Life Hacker: Many of today’s systems and organizations still operate on the same processes that became popular during the industrial revolution, but no longer prove relevant. Think about it, a company decides they want to be innovative and productive. They need their employees to be creative and forward thinking. So...

  • Debra Benfield

    Feb 01 2012

    We got the chance to sit down with Debra Benfield to discuss nutrition and  the concept of mindful and intuitive eating around healthy food choices. You’ll also get a look into some of our weird eating habits! Debra is a Master’s Level Nutritionist (M.Ed.), a (Registered Dietitian (R.D.) AND a Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist (L.D.N.) with over 25 years of...

  • Rebecca Woodcock

    Jan 23 2012

    Let’s be honest. No one likes to deal with medical and health insurance bills. It’s confusing, it’s complicated, and it really is a huge pain. This is where Rebecca Woodcock’s new startup, Cake Health comes in. Cake Health is a website that helps you manage and understand your health care bills. It helps break down...

  • Brené Brown

    Jan 15 2012

    “Know Thyself”.  It was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo, it has been referenced by everyone from Plato, to Benjamin Franklin and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  It’s an idea that is deeply ingrained in our culture…and rightfully so.  Perhaps no other journey is as important as trying to figure out who you are and who you...

  • Cameron Herold

    Jan 08 2012

    Happy New Year! Glad you could join us for the first episode of what we are sure is going to be the most amazing year ever.  We kick 2012 off with a bang and interview business & entrepreneurial Coach, Cameron Herold.   If you’ve ever thought about owning your own business OR if you are just...

  • Barry Schwartz

    Dec 17 2011

    Try to walk into a grocery store, an electronics store, or even a coffee shop without being faced with hundreds of options. Do you want the 50″ 3d LCD TV or the 52″ LED 1080p TV? Everyday, we are faced with hundreds of decisions. This week, we interview Barry Schwartz and talk to him about...

  • Fojol Brothers

    Dec 10 2011

    Remember when you would be starving, walking around a large city looking for a quick bite and the only thing you could find was hot dogs from street carts that tasted like moist paper towel rolls? Well finally, those days are gone.  There has been an epidemic within the past year or two in food...

  • David McRaney

    Dec 03 2011

    You delude yourself every day. You might not realize it, but you do. Our guest this week is David McRaney and he wrote a book called,  You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself. In this book,...

  • Jeff Frieden

    Nov 26 2011

    70% off! 50% off! Buy one, get one free! I’m sure you saw  all of these this past weekend… it was Black Friday after all. We’ve been told that shopping this past weekend would help the economy, but many of us don’t have the funds to do the shopping….but we still do it anyway. We’re...

  • Laurence Gonzales

    Nov 20 2011

    If you were in a plane crash, got lost while hiking in the mountains, or were faced with other life or death situations, what would you do? Would you be able to survive or would you be like the 90% of people who would freeze or panic in the situation?   This week, we speak...

  • Ron Suskind

    Nov 13 2011

    Whether you are a democrat, republican, or independent, watching the President’s first couple of years in office is always very interesting. Will they maintain all the promises made during their campaign? What will happen if they are faced with a serious situation in office? All these things are very telling of their character. But even...

  • Steve Almond

    Nov 05 2011

    To this day, ‘History of Rock and Roll’ was one of my favorite classes in college. The artists inspired me. The stories blew me away. The lifestyle seemed to be something only imaginable in books and movies. New York Times best selling author, Steve Almond has many books on his resume, but it was Rock...

  • Thom Shanker

    Oct 08 2011

    “There was this explosion. A cloud. Red Mist. He self-detonated.  A suicide vest. As sometimes happens with suicide vests, shoes and shins still stood on the roadway, disconnected for eternity from their owner.” -Thom Shanker, Author and this week’s Guest The war on terror has now been underway for 10 years and over this time...

  • Roger Simmermaker

    Sep 21 2011

    Made in America. We all (well, maybe) remember when that used to mean one thing. Quality. As times changed and we moved towards become larger consumers, companies shifted their manufacturing to places in order to take advantage of lower wages. Usually, this meant moving the manufacturing out of the good ole’ US of A. Roger...

  • Cathy Davidson

    Sep 07 2011

    It’s a topic that we have brushed up against before on the podcast, but haven’t completely jumped into.  How does all of today’s technology and instant gratification affect our ability to pay attention.  Are computers and video games the reason for the outbreak of diagnosable attention disorders or is it something different entirely? Actually, one...

  • Jeff Ryan

    Aug 18 2011

    The 60’s had the space race to the moon, the 70’s had peace, love and hippies and the 90’s had the internet.  BUT, the 80’s had the best thing of all…..wait for it…..wait for it…..NINTENDO, and more specifically the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  We probably don’t need to explain to you how fantastic NES was,...

  • Nintendo Overtime

    Aug 18 2011

    Chris and I have a discussion about Nintendo following our interview with Jeff Ryan. As you can tell, we had a lot of fun discussing Nintendo this week. Leave your top 5 games in the comments section! Episode below:

  • Seth Godin

    Aug 10 2011

    A lot of the ways companies reach you on a daily basis can be tied back to one man.  This same man was recently dubbed “America’s Greatest Marketer” by American Way Magazine.  Well, it just so happens that this week we had a chance to interview this man – his name is Seth Godin.  Seth...

  • Lauren Shockey

    Aug 02 2011

    We’ve all had the thought before. “That’s it. I’m quitting my job and I am going to culinary school. I am becoming a chef or opening my own restaurant.” Personally, I’ve had this thought many times. I’ve contemplated opening a food truck, a restaurant, or a hot dog stand. I love food. Who doesn’t love...

  • Dr. Geoff Marcy

    Jul 27 2011

    Take a look into the sky tonight and try to imagine how many planets are out there. As of February 2011, there are 1,235 unconfirmed planetary candidates out there. It is widely estimated that there are billions of planets in our galaxy alone. Did you know that one man is responsible for discovering 70 of...

  • Gretchen Rubin

    Jul 21 2011

    How many times have you found yourself wondering why you are not as happy as you could be? There are plenty of times that I am sit at my desk and I start to wonder things like, “am I on the right career path?,” “what would make me truly happy?,” or “what does being happy...

  • Bill Poundstone

    Jul 11 2011

    This week’s guest is a guy I would love to emulate.  His profession goes a little something like this.  Find interesting subject, research the hell out of interesting subject, write about interesting subject in a clear and interesting manor, and make bank.  Not too many writers perform this process nearly as well as our guest,...

  • Dr. Gary Chapman

    Jul 02 2011

    Do you ever reflect on your relationship and wonder why your partner does some of the things they do? “Honey, can you mow the lawn?” “Why don’t we ever sit down and talk?” “I feel like our physical relationship is lacking.” These are all things that most of you have heard from your husband, wife,...

  • Kerry Patterson

    Jun 28 2011

    This week’s episode is one that we probably should be airing closer to the New Year.  See, most people start off the new year with lofty goals for the future – the infamous new years resolution.  However, we all know the problems with these.  Come March, that beer gut is still highly visible, those cigarettes...

  • Dr. Mike Rose

    Jun 21 2011

    What does it mean to be educated? What does intelligence truly mean? These are tough questions, but luckily we get the chance to sit down with Dr. Mike Rose to discuss them Dr. Rose received a B.A. from Loyola University, an M.S. from the University of Southern California, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from...

  • Donna Dunning

    Jun 14 2011

    People enjoy doing things that they are good at – this is no secret.  However, many people don’t even know how to assess themselves and find their strengths.  How can you find your path, what truly makes you happy, if you don’t even have a good grasp on who you are? This is something so...

  • Jeff Eisenberg

    Jun 07 2011

    You’ve all had the feeling before. You’re laying and bed and you start to itch somewhere on your body. Then that itch spreads. After a few moments panic is running through your head. “Oh man. What if I have bed bugs?!!?” It’s an awful feeling, but what if it were true? Would you know what...

  • Andrew Breitbart

    May 28 2011

    This week on the podcast we have the very polarizing author and political commentator, Andrew Breitbart.  Andrew got his first break in 1995 when he contacted Matt Drudge and became part of the now infamous Drudge Report.  As he proclaims in our interview, he was “a slacker that just happened to be in the right...

  • Nicole Daedone

    May 21 2011

    Warning: SEX We spend the majority of this episode talking about sex and the female orgasm.  Ohhhh, so NOW you’re interested?? You pervert (just kidding!).  Join us this episode as we speak with author, sex coach and therapist Nicole Daedone about her brand new book “Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm“. ...

  • Jancis Robinson

    May 02 2011

    Jancis started her academic career at Oxford University studying mathematics and philosophy. After working for a travel company, she decided that she wanted to follow her passion and became the assistant editor for Wine & Spirit. Jancis is now an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Master of Wine. She writes for the...

  • Dr. Pamela Rutledge

    Apr 20 2011

    Be honest. How often do you check social media sites throughout the day? How much do you now rely on carrying around a cell phone on a day to day basis? Do you ever stop to think about all the interaction we have with technology? Dr. Pamela Rutledge does just that. She is a media...

  • Dr. Tom Woods

    Apr 11 2011

    Almost everyone in America felt the effect of the latest financial crisis. From foreclosures to lay offs, many of us have tried to come up with a solution to our financial woes. The government tried to do it’s part with a bailout, but the majority of Americans didn’t think this was the right solution.  As...

  • Jim Hopkinson

    Apr 02 2011

    What is the one thing you dread when going on an interview? If you’ve prepared for the interview and updated your resume, you are probably pretty confident that the interview is going to go well…. up until the salary negotiation that is. How many people have been taught how to negotiate salary? I know that...

  • Dr. Anodea Judith

    Mar 27 2011

    Please donate and help those in Japan! Thanks! Red Cross – Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Here in the Western Hemisphere, we tend to believe that we have all of the answers.  We make ourselves feel that with our large brains, our frontal lobes and our fancy laboratories we can solve any sickness, illness...

  • Dr. Lawrence Krauss

    Mar 21 2011

    Fact: Your body is comprised of matter from old stars. Fact: The universe is expanding. Fact: This week’s guest, Dr. Lawrence Krauss, is smart. Dr. Krauss is an American Theoretical Physicist who is Professor of Physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Director of the Origins Project at the Arizona...

  • Tony Hsieh

    Mar 03 2011

    First, we at Smart People Podcast wanted to say welcome!  Many of you may be listening to us for the first time due to this week’s fantastic guest.  If you want to expand your mind and hear all of our incredible interviews in the future, you can subscribe to us on iTunes here. Thanks for checking...

  • Kathryn Schulz

    Feb 21 2011

    “Why is it so fun to be right? As pleasures go, it is, after all, a second-order one at best. Unlike many of life’s other delights – chocolate, surfing, kissing – it does not enjoy any mainline access to our biochemistry: to our appetites, our adrenal glands, our limbic systems, our swoony hearts.  And yet,...

  • Dan Goldie

    Feb 14 2011

    When Wall Street veteran Gordon Murray told his good friend and financial advisor, Dan Goldie, that he had only six months to live, Dan responded, “Do you want to write that book you’ve always wanted to do?” The result is an incredible book titled, The Investment Answer.  This week we interview the co-author of this book...

  • Rita Schulte

    Feb 10 2011

    Our lives are full of stress and anxiety… but have you ever taken the time to talk to someone about it? This week’s guest, Rita Schulte, is a licensed professional board certified counselor, who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and bereavement. We take the time to discuss a matter that is...

  • Stanley Fish

    Feb 03 2011

    Have you ever said to yourself, “Ya know, one day I’m gonna write a book”?  Most people have but they haven’t the slightest clue on how to correctly form INTERESTING sentences.  Sure, you can put words together in a straight line, but if you really want to learn about the art of writing then you...

  • Dr. Anthony Daniels

    Jan 25 2011

    Is man inherently good or is that just something comforting we like to tell ourselves? This week’s guest is Dr. Anthony Daniels and he spent the majority of his professional career working as a prison doctor and psychiatrist. Due to his fascination with evil, Dr. Daniels (who’s pen name is Theodore Dalrymple) sought out those...

  • Dr. Joel Fuhrman

    Jan 19 2011

    In the last episode of Smart People Podcast, Aubrey de Grey explained how he believes that if you can manage to keep on chuggin’ for the next 30 years or so, there is a good chance you will live well past a few hundred years due to scientific advancements.  In this weeks episode, Dr. Joel...

  • Aubrey de Grey

    Jan 10 2011

    Can you imagine living a healthy life to the ripe old age of 1,000? How about a world without cancer, Alzheimer’s or diabetes? Our guest on this episode of the podcast believes we are only 25 years from making this dream a reality. This man is Aubrey de Grey, an English author and theoretician in...

  • Jamie Flam

    Jan 06 2011

    Jamie Flam is a funny person from LA. You can find Jamie’s work all across the internet. He is a host on The Long Shot Podcast and has written/starred in many internet comedy videos. He is also the creator of the Immaculata, which you can read up on at http://immaculatize.com/. You can find out more...

  • Bob Barron

    Jan 03 2011

    He has been called a living miracle worker. He has been featured on Oprah, Fox, The Today Show and NBC’s “most memorable people”.  He gives people their lives back….one body part at a time.  Meet Mr. Bob Barron.  A 24 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Barron’s disguises have been used by American spies around the...

  • Dr. Barry Bernfeld

    Dec 27 2010

    “Primal Therapy is aimed at eradicating ones neurosis. It is revolutionary because it involves overthrowing the neurotic system by a forceful upheaval. Nothing short of that will eliminate neurosis.” – The Primal Scream, Arthur Janov This edition of the podcast features Dr. Barry Bernfeld, Associate Director of the Primal Institute in Los Angeles, California.  The Primal Institute...

  • Robb Spewak

    Dec 22 2010

    Due to Jon’s love of the radio and podcast industry, we reached out to Robb Spewak of The Mike O’Meara Show podcast and he agreed to an interview. Robb has been in the radio industry for over 15 years and is currently on The Mike O’Meara Show Podcast. They have had unprecedented success with the...

  • Dr. Michael Lardon

    Dec 20 2010

    Tiger Woods….David Duval….Nate Kaeding and Lucid Dreams.  What do they all have in common? They are topics of conversation in this week’s episode of Smart People Podcast! On this episode, we interview world renowned sports psychiatrist Dr. Michael Lardon.  Dr. Lardon is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, in...

  • Dr. Walter Willett

    Dec 10 2010

    For our first podcast, we were extremely lucky to be able to speak with Harvard Professor, Dr. Walter Willett. Dr.Willett is an American physician and nutrition researcher. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, Nutrition and Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University.  He has published over 1,000 scientific articles...