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Smart People Podcast is simply a place to hear cool stuff from some of the smartest people on earth. We are reaching out to leading professionals in various industries to pick their oversized brains and pass that information along to our listeners. Y...Show More
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Laura Tierney - Parenting in the Age of Social Media

51:54 | May 7th

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 an...Show More
Lori Gottlieb - We Need to Talk

52:48 | Apr 23rd

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 se...Show More
Sandy Rogers - Invest in Building Loyalty

49:16 | Apr 9th

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 makin...Show More
Safi Bahcall - Nurture Crazy Ideas

1:03:41 | Mar 26th

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...Show More
Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath - How Your Stories Change Your Reality

1:22:09 | Mar 12th

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 ed...Show More
Dave Birss - Great Ideas, You've Got Them

1:08:22 | Feb 27th

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 add...Show More
Annie McKee - Find Happiness at Work

56:42 | Feb 15th

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 Execu...Show More
Sean McFate - The Future of War

55:35 | Jan 29th

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 Adviso...Show More
Cheryl Heller - Higher Purpose Through Social Design

52:44 | Jan 15th

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 F...Show More
2018 End of Year Special

1:33:43 | Jan 8th

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...Show More
Mark Manson - Experience Growth and Fulfillment

51:59 | Dec 31st, 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....Show More
Karen Wickre - Networking Tips From a Silicon Valley Pro

45:58 | Dec 19th, 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 Stan...Show More
Todd Rose - Success Through Individuality

54:00 | Dec 4th, 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 hi...Show More
James Clear - The Laws of Behavior Change

55:39 | Nov 20th, 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 bas...Show More
Dr. James Lewis - Understanding ADHD

48:56 | Nov 6th, 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 Ce...Show More
Alexandra Levit - The Workforce of the Future

51:04 | Oct 23rd, 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 ...Show More
Jeffrey Gitomer - Be Intriguing from the Outset

52:57 | Oct 9th, 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 ran...Show More
Brad Staats - Never Stop Learning

34:38 | Sep 25th, 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...Show More
Brandon Webb - Conquer Fear Like a SEAL

54:50 | Sep 11th, 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...Show More
Joan C. Williams - Class Clash in America, The Forgotten Workers

52:21 | Aug 28th, 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 o...Show More
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz - Gut Health, Gut Check

1:31:39 | Aug 14th, 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...Show More
Bob Rosen – Leading with Consciousness

55:26 | Jul 31st, 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 spea...Show More
Mike Rognlien – What Does it Mean to be Truly Fulfilled?

52:38 | Jul 17th, 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 Manag...Show More
Due Quach - Find Your Calm

56:25 | Jul 3rd, 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 succes...Show More
Dr. Traci Stein - Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Brain Hacks

1:00:48 | Jun 5th, 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...Show More
John Hooker - Solving Ethical Dilemmas

52:29 | May 23rd, 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 ...Show More
Dr. Elizabeth Boham - Functional Medicine, Breast Cancer, and Chronic Illness

51:59 | May 8th, 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 ...Show More
Barbara Lipska - Our Little-known Brain

57:45 | Apr 24th, 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 epi...Show More
Adam Braun - Do Meaningful Work and Change the World

49:33 | Apr 10th, 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 ...Show More
Dr. Lisa Mosconi - Nuclear Medicine Meets Nutrition

1:05:43 | Mar 27th, 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, wh...Show More
Soon Yu - Starting a Company and Dealing with Failure

44:53 | Mar 13th, 2018

"Don’t just chase the new – Innovate the old." - Soon Yu Modern 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 ...Show More
Jeremy Bailenson - How Virtual Reality Will Impact Your Life

49:26 | Feb 27th, 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 tha...Show More
Bryan Caplan - Education is a Waste of Time and Money

52:10 | Feb 13th, 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 Br...Show More
Mary Beth Ferrante - We Are Failing Working Mothers

43:19 | Jan 30th, 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 child...Show More
Listener Questions Special Part 2

1:07:55 | Jan 25th, 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...Show More
Listener Questions Special

1:04:15 | Jan 23rd, 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 yea...Show More
Nancy Koehn - Survive and Thrive During Turbulent Times

59:15 | Jan 16th, 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...Show More
Scott Carney - Does the Wim Hof Method Really Work?

1:09:10 | Jan 2nd, 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 s...Show More
Mike Lewis - How to Jump to Your Dream Life

47:47 | Dec 19th, 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:...Show More
Steve McKee - Are You Stalled, Stuck, or Stale?

51:19 | Dec 6th, 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 co...Show More
Morgan Simon - Where Did Your Money Spend The Night?

41:58 | Nov 21st, 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 ...Show More
Philip Shepherd - Get Out Of Your Head and Into Your Body

1:07:53 | Nov 7th, 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...Show More
Todd Davis - The Secret Weapon for Success

1:01:40 | Oct 24th, 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 ...Show More
W. Keith Campbell - When You Love Yourself Too Much

50:21 | Oct 10th, 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 celebrit...Show More
Suzanne Bouffard - How To Raise A Smart Child

49:10 | Sep 26th, 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 ...Show More
Dr. Allen Frances - Trump, Mental Illness, and the End of Reason

54:13 | Sep 12th, 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 Frances This week on the show we int...Show More
Frank Ostaseski - What Death Can Teach Us About Living

1:08:49 | Aug 29th, 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. Th...Show More
Peter Brannen - How The World Ends

55:52 | Aug 15th, 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 h...Show More
Paul Armstrong - Disruptive Technologies Will Change Your Business and Your Life 

1:00:19 | Aug 1st, 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 ent...Show More
Brett Velicovich - The World's Most Dangerous Drone Expert

54:00 | Jul 18th, 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 t...Show More
R.P. Eddy - How To Predict Disasters

1:00:38 | Jul 4th, 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 gues...Show More
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz - What Have You Googled Recently?

1:01:10 | Jun 20th, 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 ...Show More
Guy Winch - The Secret To A Happy Life Is An Emotional First Aid Kit

59:25 | Jun 6th, 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 unders...Show More
Anindya Ghose - The Future of the Mobile Economy

53:26 | May 23rd, 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 ...Show More
Larry Robertson - Why Creativity Is Our Natural Language

1:18:09 | May 9th, 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...Show More
Kate Raworth - A Better Economic Model

1:02:36 | Apr 25th, 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...Show More
Christopher Brinton and Mung Chiang - The Power of Networks

45:41 | Apr 11th, 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 ...Show More
Jennifer Mueller - Embrace Creativity, Change Your Life

1:00:35 | Mar 29th, 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 eval...Show More
Heather Gray - How To Stop Compromising and Have It All

46:31 | Mar 14th, 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 no...Show More
Andy Molinsky - NOW Is the Time to Change, Here's How

53:13 | Feb 28th, 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 ep...Show More
Leanne Jacobs - How To Achieve Real Wealth

43:22 | Feb 14th, 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 sanit...Show More
Yuval Noah Harari - How Humans Have Become Gods and What it Means for Our Future

57:05 | Jan 31st, 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 laud...Show More
David Hoffeld - Using Neuroscience to Sell

56:52 | Jan 17th, 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 y...Show More
Sam Weinman - How to Win at Losing

52:56 | Jan 3rd, 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 But the main focus of the in...Show More
Lawrence Levy - When Steve Jobs Needed Help, He Called Lawrence

55:42 | Dec 20th, 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...Show More
Dr. Richard Wolff - Capitalism is Broken. Here is the Solution.

56:38 | Dec 6th, 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...Show More
Jerome Hardaway - Supporting Veterans through Vets Who Code

39:08 | Nov 22nd, 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 podca...Show More
Doug Hensch - How to Build Resilience

1:01:20 | Nov 8th, 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...Show More
Jonathan Levi (Part 2) - How to Optimize Your Memory

49:56 | Oct 25th, 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 recommen...Show More
Dr. Jessica Tracy - How Pride Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

49:25 | Oct 10th, 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 ...Show More
Chris Bailey - A Life of Productivity

1:04:22 | Sep 27th, 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 le...Show More
Dr. Susan David - Control Your Destiny by Understanding Your Emotions

1:00:53 | Sep 13th, 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 ...Show More
Alan Iny - A New Paradigm for Creativity

46:51 | Aug 30th, 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 fos...Show More
Dr. Matthew Accurso - How to Achieve Optimal Health

1:01:27 | Aug 16th, 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 h...Show More
Michael Bungay Stanier - Ask Better Questions, Get Better Results

56:47 | Aug 2nd, 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 ...Show More
Tema Frank - Make Customers Love You

42:45 | Jul 19th, 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 omnicha...Show More
Roman Krznaric - How Should We Live?

41:55 | Jul 12th, 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 l...Show More
Paul Tough - How to Raise Successful Kids

49:56 | Jun 28th, 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. ...Show More
Dr. Daniel Amen - The Most Popular Psychiatrist in America

1:03:18 | Jun 21st, 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 t...Show More
Arun Sundararajan - The Sharing Economy

53:26 | Jun 14th, 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 w...Show More
Anne Loehr - Be of Service, Be Successful

54:38 | Jun 7th, 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...Show More
General Ann Dunwoody – Leadership from America’s First Female Four-Star General

52:26 | May 24th, 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 al...Show More
Tom Davenport – Will Machines Take Your Job?

45:33 | May 18th, 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 technic...Show More
Amy Herman – See More and Achieve More with Visual Intelligence

50:32 | May 11th, 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 wil...Show More
Patrick McGinnis – Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job

51:56 | May 3rd, 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 ...Show More
Tom Schwab – The Online Business Builder

44:34 | Apr 26th, 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 t...Show More
Anders Ericsson – The Truth Behind the 10,000 Hour Rule

54:45 | Apr 19th, 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’...Show More
Scott Harrison – Founder and CEO of charity: water

56:14 | Apr 12th, 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 ...Show More
Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez – The Best in the World at Storytelling and Presentations

53:26 | Apr 5th, 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 s...Show More
Tim Sanders – Former Yahoo Executive on Leadership Development, Sales Strategy, and Human Performance

47:45 | Mar 29th, 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 deci...Show More
Morgan Wright – Cybersecurity and Identity Theft

1:00:03 | Mar 22nd, 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 identi...Show More
David Burkus – The Old Rules of Business No Longer Apply

39:42 | Mar 15th, 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 fun...Show More
Andrew Cockburn – The Ugly Truth About Drone Warfare

51:18 | Mar 8th, 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-Te...Show More
Jeff Gramm – Secrets of a Hedge Fund Manager

48:00 | Mar 1st, 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 ...Show More
Jacquie McNish – Whatever Happened to BlackBerry?

47:23 | Feb 23rd, 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 ...Show More
Sam Attard – Want To Be Healthy?

49:55 | Feb 16th, 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...Show More
Lisa Nichols – How to Get More of What You Want

48:15 | Feb 9th, 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 st...Show More
George Franklin – A Corporate Lobbyist Tells All

1:05:02 | Feb 2nd, 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, pr...Show More
Mary Roach – How to Write Bestsellers and More About Her New Book, ‘Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal’

53:27 | Jan 26th, 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 t...Show More
Dennis Tirch – The Science of Compassion

1:17:00 | Jan 19th, 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 ...Show More
The Best of 2015, Part 2

45:52 | Jan 12th, 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 t...Show More
The Best of 2015, Part 1

56:59 | Jan 5th, 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...Show More
Veny Musum and Upendra Chivukula – How to Fix Income Inequality

1:11:23 | Dec 22nd, 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 f...Show More
Bill George – Discover Your True North

48:30 | Dec 15th, 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 busine...Show More
George Anastasia – The Demise of the American Mafia

53:07 | Dec 10th, 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 n...Show More
Garrison Wynn – What the 1% Do Differently

54:00 | Dec 1st, 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 ...Show More
Dr. Shelley Reciniello – Consciousness Before Mindfulness

50:52 | Nov 24th, 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...Show More
Adam Werbach – How Business Can Change the World for the Better

57:58 | Nov 16th, 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 n...Show More
John Sedgwick – The Duel that Stunned the Nation

1:05:09 | Nov 10th, 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...Show More
Todd Kashdan – How to Achieve Fulfillment

1:08:14 | Nov 3rd, 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,...Show More
Seth Siegel – How a Desert Nation Solved the Water Shortage Crisis

51:17 | Oct 27th, 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 ...Show More
Roger Lowenstein – How The Federal Reserve Was Created

40:29 | Oct 20th, 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 ...Show More
Maurice Schweitzer – How Emotions Affect Your Decisions

49:50 | Oct 13th, 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 fro...Show More
Yvette d’Entremont – The Truth About Gluten, MSG, Organic, and More…Using Science

1:18:23 | Oct 6th, 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…...Show More
Rich Roll – Live with Authenticity

48:21 | Sep 29th, 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, ...Show More
Steven Kotler – Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

54:37 | Sep 22nd, 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...Show More
Rosie Von Lila – A Burning Man Insider

56:11 | Sep 15th, 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 ...Show More
Michael Farmer – An Inside Look Into Advertising Agencies

1:06:31 | Sep 7th, 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 c...Show More
Chris Buckingham – Launch Your Business or Idea with Crowdfunding

58:14 | Sep 1st, 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 symboliz...Show More
Lars Tvede – Western Society is Killing Creativity, Here’s How We Fix It

53:26 | Aug 25th, 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 ...Show More
Dr. Stephen Camarata – How Not To Screw Up Your Kid

57:08 | Aug 18th, 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,...Show More
Adrian Gostick – What Motivates You?

47:52 | Aug 10th, 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 yo...Show More
Ryan Holiday – Overcoming Any Obstacle

41:30 | Aug 3rd, 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 obsta...Show More
Andrew Sinkov – Co-Founder and VP of Marketing of Evernote

52:58 | Jul 28th, 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 port...Show More
Jeff Cohen – ‘Chunk’ from The Goonies!

48:26 | Jul 21st, 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 w...Show More
Fred Kiel – Does It Pay To Be Moral?

55:54 | Jul 14th, 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 ...Show More
Amy Stewart – Everything You Want to Know About Alcohol

49:18 | Jul 7th, 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? T...Show More
Kathleen McGinn – Is it Better or Worse to be Raised by a Stay at Home Mom?

53:02 | Jun 30th, 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...Show More
Alvin Roth – He Won a Nobel Prize… Enough Said

49:41 | Jun 23rd, 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 commodit...Show More
Till Roenneberg – Night Owl vs. Early Bird and the Science Behind Your Sleep Patterns

1:02:55 | Jun 16th, 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 o...Show More
Bob Burg – 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success

50:38 | Jun 9th, 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...Show More
Matt Richtel – What is Technology Doing to Us?

46:41 | Jun 2nd, 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 i...Show More
Michael Uslan – The Rise of Superheroes

56:32 | May 26th, 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 ...Show More
Leigh Gallagher – The End of the Suburbs

54:00 | May 19th, 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 thos...Show More
Deedra Determan – The New American Dream… Professional Blogging

44:29 | May 12th, 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 w...Show More
Conrad Egusa – You Need a New PR Strategy

31:21 | May 5th, 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 part...Show More
Alexandra Horowitz – The Mysteries of Human Perception

53:05 | Apr 28th, 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 sh...Show More
Jonathan Waldman – Rust: The Longest War

1:00:45 | Apr 21st, 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 tha...Show More
Lee Cockerell – Time Management Magic

47:38 | Apr 14th, 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 dis...Show More
Alex Korb – The Most Common Psychological Disorder in America

58:56 | Apr 7th, 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, a...Show More
Clay Clark – Entrepreneur of the Year

47:12 | Mar 31st, 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, t...Show More
Dr. Michael Gazzaniga – Left Brain vs. Right Brain

43:57 | Mar 24th, 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...Show More
Laura Roeder – Social Media is for Real

41:54 | Mar 17th, 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...Show More
Edward Humes – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

45:35 | Mar 10th, 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 ou...Show More
Kory Kogon – Extraordinary Productivity

45:11 | Mar 3rd, 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 t...Show More
Markus Kramer – What’s in a Luxury Brand?

52:34 | Feb 24th, 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 a...Show More
Kevin Kelly – Co-Founder of Wired Magazine

40:54 | Feb 17th, 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 admi...Show More
Tiffani Lennon – Are Women Better?

42:42 | Feb 10th, 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 ou...Show More
David Morris – The True Cost of War

1:02:33 | Feb 3rd, 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 m...Show More
Erica Peitler – How to Lead

41:08 | Jan 27th, 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 ...Show More
Dave Birss – How to be creative

56:37 | Jan 20th, 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 ...Show More
Richard Wiseman – The Science of Luck

48:16 | Jan 13th, 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...Show More
Best of 2014

1:09:32 | Jan 6th, 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, an...Show More
Mary Lee Esty – Conquering Concussion

40:56 | Dec 30th, 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. Con...Show More
Shane Harris – Cyber warfare is perhaps the greatest threat to national security

40:47 | Dec 23rd, 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 nat...Show More
Dr. Andrew Hill – What are smart drugs and can you supplement your way to genius?

44:31 | Dec 16th, 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 a...Show More
Tony Stubblebine and Erin Frey – How to have the strongest mind in the room

50:02 | Dec 9th, 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...Show More
Peter Buffett – What is it like to be the son of the richest man on Earth?

57:41 | Dec 2nd, 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 ...Show More
Jonathan Levi – Become a SuperLearner: Speed Reading and Advanced Memorization

50:35 | Nov 25th, 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 ...Show More
Daniel Cloud

38:48 | Nov 18th, 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...Show More
Christine Clapp Returns

39:08 | Nov 10th, 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, th...Show More
Uri Gneezy

44:18 | Nov 3rd, 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 pret...Show More
Robert Richman

40:37 | Oct 26th, 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 i...Show More
Stephen Law

45:24 | Oct 20th, 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 thes...Show More
Ed Hess

52:46 | Oct 13th, 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 cheap...Show More
Chris Roebuck

58:03 | Oct 6th, 2014

For SPP listeners only, the first 100 people to purchase a book via 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...Show More
Alan De Quieroz

39:07 | Sep 29th, 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 f...Show More
Savannah Ellis

43:47 | Sep 22nd, 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...Show More
Collis Ta’eed

48:30 | Sep 15th, 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 H...Show More
Jared Dean

42:37 | Sep 7th, 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 direct...Show More
Josh Shenk

43:43 | Aug 31st, 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 wee...Show More
Karan Girotra

52:20 | Aug 24th, 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 buil...Show More
McKenzie Funk

53:41 | Aug 18th, 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 destructi...Show More
Joe Navarro

53:27 | Aug 11th, 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 ...Show More
Roger Hamilton

53:23 | Aug 3rd, 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...Show More
James Nestor

51:13 | Jul 28th, 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 f...Show More
Simon Sinek

37:32 | Jul 21st, 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 vid...Show More
Russ Roberts

46:55 | Jul 14th, 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 und...Show More
Shamus Khan

55:53 | Jul 6th, 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 el...Show More
Dan Buettner

26:37 | Jun 29th, 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 Geogra...Show More
Daniel Burrus

42:57 | Jun 23rd, 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...Show More
Branko Milanovic

43:02 | Jun 16th, 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 ri...Show More
Brad Stone

31:08 | Jun 9th, 2014

Brad Stone - 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 is a bull...Show More
Adam Bryant

49:22 | Jun 2nd, 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 Ho...Show More
Joe De Sena

39:22 | May 25th, 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 Ba...Show More
Suzanna Walters

39:54 | May 19th, 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 ...Show More
Gerald Chertavian

36:48 | May 11th, 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 incredi...Show More
Sam Rashkin

44:08 | May 5th, 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 als...Show More
Tony Stubblebine

38:58 | Apr 27th, 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 numb...Show More
Kevin Roose

36:07 | Apr 20th, 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, ...Show More
Andrew Yang

42:49 | Apr 14th, 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 co...Show More
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

37:49 | Apr 6th, 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 Importan...Show More
Dr. Michio Kaku

40:44 | Mar 31st, 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 t...Show More
Corinne Woods

47:21 | Mar 24th, 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 ...Show More
Olof Dallner

34:19 | Mar 17th, 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 endura...Show More
Carmine Gallo

42:46 | Mar 10th, 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....Show More
Bill Shannon

40:25 | Mar 3rd, 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...Show More
Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen

39:03 | Feb 24th, 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...Show More
Eswar Prasad

35:25 | Feb 16th, 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...Show More
Larry Downes

37:44 | Feb 9th, 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 he...Show More
Bob Sutton

50:27 | Feb 2nd, 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 ...Show More
Lance Fortnow

37:08 | Jan 27th, 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-chi...Show More
Christine Montross

42:22 | Jan 20th, 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 d...Show More
Colonel (Ret.) Peter Mansoor

1:01:22 | Jan 13th, 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...Show More
Best Of – Episode 2

36:01 | Jan 5th, 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 list...Show More
Maddy Dychtwald

35:55 | Dec 30th, 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—s...Show More
Best Of – Episode 1

35:54 | Dec 23rd, 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, passi...Show More
Jesse Sostrin

41:57 | Dec 16th, 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...Show More
Joe Whitcomb

43:46 | Dec 9th, 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 lov...Show More
Stephen Cowan Part 2

34:03 | Dec 1st, 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, A...Show More
Stephen Cowan Part 1

36:11 | Nov 25th, 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, Auti...Show More
Debra Benton

44:51 | Nov 18th, 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 apprec...Show More
Scott Sklar

47:12 | Nov 10th, 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 someth...Show More
Josh Tetrick

31:59 | Nov 4th, 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 p...Show More
Alivia Tagliaferri

43:00 | Oct 30th, 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 th...Show More
David Linden

44:10 | Oct 21st, 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...Show More
Rosalind Wiseman

42:42 | Oct 14th, 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, ...Show More
Alexis Ohanian

49:10 | Oct 7th, 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 Pla...Show More
Jonathan Poneman

40:47 | Sep 30th, 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 cha...Show More
Daniel Roberts

46:32 | Sep 15th, 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 le...Show More
Barry Nalebuff

35:47 | Sep 9th, 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 teachi...Show More
Christopher Schroeder

41:13 | Sep 2nd, 2013

Christopher Schroeder – Startup Rising – The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East – author, co-founder of and CEO of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. Upon interviewing our guest this week, I had a minor revelation...Show More
Marc Ostrofsky

37:07 | Aug 26th, 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 capitalis...Show More
Adam Grant

37:51 | Aug 19th, 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 ...Show More
Jay Baer

42:57 | Aug 12th, 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. Aft...Show More
Dorie Clark

42:08 | Aug 5th, 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, ...Show More
Steve Blank

48:20 | Jul 28th, 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” mode...Show More
Louie Schwartzberg

35:42 | Jul 23rd, 2013

Louie Schwartzberg – Director, producer, cinematographer. 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 envisi...Show More
Nicco Mele

49:11 | Jul 14th, 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,...Show More
Tony Schwartz

40:12 | Jul 7th, 2013

Tony Schwartz – President & CEO of, 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...Show More
Lauren Sandler

38:14 | Jul 1st, 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 onl...Show More
Christine Clapp

37:55 | Jun 23rd, 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 hom...Show More
David Kadavy

33:23 | Jun 17th, 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 w...Show More
Jamie and Maren Showkeir

38:47 | Jun 9th, 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...Show More
Susan Schorn

39:53 | Jun 3rd, 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 fro...Show More
Kevin Smokler

41:24 | May 21st, 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...Show More
Michael Moss

41:17 | May 13th, 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,...Show More
Roman Krznaric

48:25 | May 7th, 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) ju...Show More
Jonah Berger

34:08 | May 1st, 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 so...Show More
Dr. Paul Ruggieri

33:08 | Apr 22nd, 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 th...Show More
David Shenk

37:45 | Apr 15th, 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, a...Show More
Joe Peta

45:29 | Apr 8th, 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...Show More
Dan Pink

40:26 | Mar 24th, 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 Pe...Show More
Marlene Zuk

36:34 | Mar 17th, 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 availa...Show More
Venkatesh Rao

35:42 | Mar 11th, 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...Show More
Dan Carlin

41:48 | Mar 4th, 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...Show More
Stefan Molyneux

44:17 | Feb 24th, 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 say...Show More
Alex Stone

38:35 | Feb 18th, 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 m...Show More
Marty Cagan

36:32 | Feb 5th, 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...Show More
Sydney Finkelstein

34:31 | Jan 28th, 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...Show More
Brandon Mendelson

45:56 | Jan 21st, 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 i...Show More
Brian Orend

37:43 | Jan 6th, 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 scorc...Show More
Peter Webster and Kyle Robertson

34:27 | Dec 23rd, 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 t...Show More
Dr. Mollie Marti

38:13 | Dec 17th, 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 ...Show More
Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

36:30 | Dec 10th, 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 thro...Show More
Fran Hawthorne

34:20 | Dec 4th, 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...Show More