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On the podcast I have conversations with thought leaders from a variety of fields to get their experiences, ideas or research on how people and companies handle present day challenges or problematic futures. If there are concepts, systems or pragmatic philosophies that can help, I want to learn them.

The show is long-form and despite the fact that I’m scratching my own itch and even through frequently dumb questions, the guests are game, very insightful and often inspirational.

I’m learning a lot, I think you will too.

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My guest is Dr. Paul Offit, a world renowned expert and medical pioneer in the field of immunology and virology. This is my remedial on one of the greatest medical achievements of modern civilization.
Your mind shapes every experience you have, and there is a minimal return on happiness effort, trying to exert more control over external forces. Time should be spent on ordering your inner world. This podcast is about doing just that. My guest is Loch Kelly. Loch is an author, meditation teacher, psychotherapist....
This podcast is part biography of our current pandemic, and part admonishment on how to live through one. Nicholas Christakis is a physician and social scientist at Yale University who conducts research in network science, biosocial science, and behavior genetics.
On this podcast, I delve into what cognitive science is learning about the conversations we have with ourselves - and how to manage them. My guest is Ethan Kross, Ph.D. An award-winning professor and the author of the just-published book, Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It. Ethan says...
Tommy Chong is a grammy award-winning comedian and is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums. In 2003 a fully armed SWAT team raided the comedian's home, culminating with Tommy being sentenced to 9 months in federal prison.
This podcast is an exploration into the mental processes that enable survivors to cope with extreme post-traumatic stress that sets in after an almost fatal event. Take, for example, Debbie Kiley. Debbie's sailboat went down during a hurricane, and she floated in deep ocean for five days watching three of her friends die before rescue. But rescue was not the end of the story;
On this episode, my focus is on finding peace of mind amidst persistent uncertainty. So many things that are directly affecting our lives are out of our direct control - and it can be maddening. Massimo Pigliucci is the author or editor of 14 books, including the bestselling "How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life." The key to much of our neurosis is not understanding what’s in our control and what’s not. Crazy making is treating outcomes as objects.
What do you do when you're faced with a big decision? Annie Duke is an expert on decision fitness and is the author of "How To Decide, Simple Tools For Making Better Choices", which is the topic of the show. We talk about her tools and heuristics to make quality decisions and how to create your own crystal ball.
Dr. David Burns is one of the pioneers in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and largely responsible for its widespread adoption in psychotherapy today. Dr. Burns says that our negative moods do not result from what’s wrong with us, but rather -- what’s right with us. And paradoxically, when you listen and “hear” what your negative thoughts and feelings are trying to say, you won’t need them anymore, and recovery follows. The goal, according to Dr. Burns, is not just complete elimination of negative feelings, but the development of joy and enlightenment.
On this podcast, we talk about what happens after we make a terrible mistake. What is our response to our mistakes? Do we try to brush it off? Do we say screw it and double down?  Mistakes don't end with the mistake itself - it can get worse, much worse. My guests are Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. They co-authored the book "Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me):
Rory Sutherland is a best selling author, ad man being the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy and Mather and co-founder of Ogilvy Change, a behavioral science practice where they believe the greatest gains to be made in business and society are psychological, not technological.  
James Altucher has been talking with a wide variety of experts about the Coronavirus, everyone from an immunologist, physicians, geneticist, economist to policy experts and super forecasters in the form of regular updates starting in February. He also lives in Manhattan, which is ground zero for the epidemic here in the states, which gives him another perspective I don't have.
The Stoics’ realized that even though you have limited control over what setbacks you experience, you can develop considerable control over how you respond to them. The 1st century Stoic Seneca wrote about the differences between experiencing a setback and suffering from it, by changing the perspective of how one thinks of setbacks. 
This episode is about trying to understand our true capacity to cope with stress and how to arouse the dormant resilience in all of us. My guest on this show seems to be proof there are benefits from extreme physical challenges. In his case, actually seeking out stressors and using them to hack the nervous system - reprogramming it's response to those stressors.
As I publish this on April 6, 2020, there are 340,000 cases of the Coronavirus in the U.S. with over 9,700 deaths. Over 70,000 deaths world wide. The amount and velocity of information on the pandemic can be overwhelming and much of it is conflicting. Do this - don't do that, this works, no it doesn’t.
Dr. Steven M. Southwick, is the author of Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges. In this show he summarizes his research into the psychological, biological, and social impact of trauma, combining the latest scientific findings in the area of resilience drawing on two decades of work with trauma survivors
This podcast is about every promise you made to yourself but broke. Let me introduce you to the Pope of Procrastination, who forgives you of all that. My guest is Piers Steel. Piers is a Distinguished Research Chair at the University of Calgary. He's also the inventor of the procrastination equation, encapsulating pretty much every scientific finding on procrastination out there to date.
This is about your time and attention, why you lose control of it and how to get it back. Nir Eyal is the author of the bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.
This is a podcast about results; how to move past uncertainty, define a future and get things done. Whether you're an individual trying to make a career change or you lead a company’s efforts to innovate new products, challenge and fear are relative.
What allows some organizations and individuals to thrive in a world of rapid technology innovation - and subsequent disruption - while others fall behind or get stuck in obsolescence?
Humans are making machines smarter and the machines are learning. So, what is happening to humans using smart machines? These are the types of questions I wanted to ask Kartik Hosanagar.
Artificial intelligence and its abbreviation “A.I.” can evoke fantasies of sentient overlord robots, HAL 9000, deus ex machina, or sexy operating systems (please). I admit AlphaZero spooks me a little but outside of games where are we?
Seth is the author of 18 best-selling books that have been translated into more than 35 languages. He's founded several companies including Yoyodyne and Squidoo.
What do you do when you go from being the founder and CEO of your own line of successful hotels to the oldest guy at the tech startup surrounded by some of the brightest millennials in the country?