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Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant: There Are No Rules

5/9/2018
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Dr. Irwin Adam Eydelnant is a food design technologist known as the “Willy Wonka of Toronto." As founder and principal of the Future Food Studio, he spins up out-of-this world experiences that have changed the way we interact with and experience food and drinks. And, unless you’ve been taking a hiatus from social media, you’ve surely heard about one of his most famous projects, the Museum of Ice Cream, where he served as founding partner of the museum’s NYC launch. In this episode of The...

Duration:00:31:03

David Axelrod: What Baseball & Politics Can Teach Us About Culture

4/25/2018
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David Axelrod has been hailed a political mastermind. A former newspaper reporter-turned-political strategist, David has worked behind-the-scenes on more than 150 campaigns. His most famous client? President Barack Obama. From 2004-2012, David helped the President to three victories: the 2004 Senate race, the historical 2008 Presidential election, and his 2012 re-election, where he served as chief strategist and media advisor. Today, David is the director of the Institute of Politics at the...

Duration:00:44:15

Sarah Feinberg: Lessons from the White House to Silicon Valley

4/10/2018
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In the second of The Upside’s series with political disruptors, Brad chats with Sarah Feinberg, former chief administrator at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). From the Hill to the White House to Silicon Valley and back, listen in as they discuss what she’s learned during her unique career. Feinberg - one of Uptake’s advisors - shares what it’s like to be inside the White House “situation room,” mitigating potential crude oil train disasters at the FRA, and influencing Silicon...

Duration:00:39:44

Arne Duncan: Reimagining Chicago

3/29/2018
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In the first of The Upside’s series with political disruptors, Brad learns about the big item atop Arne Duncan’s bucket list, the cause he believes to be the “ultimate non-political bipartisan issue,” and what it’s like to play basketball with President Obama. The former U.S. Secretary of Education shares his take on the future of learning: from leveling the technology playing field to streamlining college applications, and why we’re long overdue for big-time disruption. And, why data...

Duration:00:30:18

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Speaking Out and Speaking Up

2/23/2018
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In 2012, Anne-Marie Slaughter penned a bombshell article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” based on her experience juggling her “dream job” at the U.S. State Department, with her role as caretaker to her husband and two sons. In it, Slaughter wrote about the challenge she faced in balancing the two, which ultimately led her to depart her post as Director of Policy Planning under Secretary Hillary Clinton. In the article – and Unfinished Business, her subsequent book on the subject –...

Duration:00:59:40

John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism

12/21/2017
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For nearly four decades, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has built a cultural phenomenon. From a small, local grocery store, SaferWay, emerged the Whole Foods Market we know today, a 470+ store chain at the center of this summer’s news headlines amid its blockbuster $13.7 billion dollar sale to Amazon. A proponent of “Conscious Capitalism,” with a book to match, Mackey believes that companies can be successful and do the right thing. Inside the walls of Whole Foods, he says, exists a...

Duration:00:28:46

Kevin Coval: The Music of Our Moment

11/21/2017
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Chicago "treasure," poet and community organizer Kevin Coval visits The Upside to talk about the intersection of poetry, personal history and inclusivity. In this episode, hear about how Coval's self-directed curiosity led him to his calling and spawned the nationally-recognized Louder Than a Bomb, the world's largest youth poetry festival. How a desire to add to the dominant historical narrative taught him to stand firm in the pursuit of his dreams. Plus, Coval weighs in on how listening to...

Duration:00:45:49

Heather Caruso: To Make Better Decisions, Stick to Your Values

9/18/2017
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Executive Director of the Center for Decision Research at The University of Chicago, Heather Caruso focuses her teaching and research on the dynamics and social psychology of diverse teams, the management of identity, power, and influence in organizations and strategies for optimal judgment, decision-making and behavior. We talked to Heather about collaboration, negotiations, and what studying improv comedy can teach us about decision-making.

Duration:00:49:21

Bing Gordon: Architecting Your Success

8/29/2017
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Silicon Valley veteran Bing Gordon shares his views on confidence, wisdom and the idiosyncrasies that separate one-of-a-kind entrepreneurs from the pack. Hint: question common wisdom and define your own "first principles."

Duration:00:48:59

Gigi Pritzker: Finding Your Genius

8/9/2017
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The Academy Award-nominated producer is a triple threat. She’s the founder of her own film and television production company, OddLot Entertainment, which produced 2010’s Rabbit Hole and 2011’s Drive. She is also the co-founder of an immersive media content start-up that produces and distributes feature-length VR experiences. When she’s not driving innovative products in television, virtual reality, and film industries, she’s making her mark on Broadway, producing stage musicals such as...

Duration:00:39:48

Anne Libera: Science of Comedy

6/5/2017
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Anne Libera is a master of improv comedy. She is the Director of Comedy Studies at Columbia College Chicago and she served as the Executive Artistic Director of The Second City Training Center for nearly a decade. We talked about the formulas behind great comedy and how to embrace bombing onstage. .

Duration:00:46:54

Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Cosmic Perspective

5/15/2017
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a world-famous astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. He currently hosts the show StarTalk, and hosted the beloved show Cosmos. He talked to The Upside about artificial intelligence, Johann Bach, and his new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.

Duration:00:29:35

Mick Ebeling: The Not Impossible

4/12/2017
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Innovation junkie, 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year, and CEO of Not Impossible Labs, Mick Ebeling, visited The Upside to talk about revolting against the absurd, tackling challenges that others can't, and creating sustainable change throughout the world.

Duration:00:41:29

Joi Ito: The Art of Disobedience

3/24/2017
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Director of the Media Lab at MIT, Joi Ito visited The Upside to talk about interest-driven learning, capturing failure, and what it means to question authority and think for yourself.

Duration:00:58:31

Eddie Opara: Seeking Truth in Design

3/10/2017
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Pentagram partner, senior critic at the Yale University School of Art, and published author - Eddie Opara - stopped by The Upside to talk about his unique creative process, the role of graphic designers into the future, and how the United States of America might go about re-designing its flag.

Duration:00:48:23

Christie Hefner: Legacy, Liberties, and Playboy

2/9/2017
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Former CEO of Playboy, political activist, and 2017 Newseum Free Expression Award winner, Christie Hefner, stopped by The Upside to talk about freedom of speech, human nature, and running one of the world's most well-known companies.

Duration:00:38:57

David Allen: Lean for the Mind

1/26/2017
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New York Times best-selling author, David Allen, talks about practicing karate, helping celebrities get organized, and living by his productivity guide Getting Things Done.

Duration:00:44:49

Chris Tucker: The Life of a Joke

1/13/2017
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Brilliant comedian and world-famous actor, Chris Tucker, dropped by The Upside to talk about spirituality, his creative process, and overcoming his fears.

Duration:00:22:38

Adam Waytz: Rapping Professor

12/20/2016
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Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University, behavioral economist, and former rapper - Adam Waytz - discusses humans, technology, the need for empathy and the professionalism of Snoop Dogg.

Duration:00:30:41

Neil Stevenson: Creative Binge

12/13/2016
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Social anthropologist, lover of DJ's, and Executive Portfolio Director of IDEO, Neil Stevenson, discusses creativity at work, the evolution of discovery, and being on a creative binge.

Duration:00:39:52