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

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


Introducing Bandtastic

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


Rich Karlgaard - Why Your Career Takes Time

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


Scott Miller - Management Mess to Leadership Success

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


Dr. Anthony Youn - Plastic Surgeon Reveals All

Dr. Anthony Youn a board-certified plastic surgeon, author, and anti-aging expert. Dr. Youn has performed tens of thousands of successful cosmetic procedures, wrote the phenomenal book, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How to Really Look 10 Years Younger, and hosts The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show podcast. Dr. Youn's book, The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life is available wherever books are...


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

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


Laura Tierney - Parenting in the Age of Social Media

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


Lori Gottlieb - We Need to Talk

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


Sandy Rogers - Invest in Building Loyalty

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


Safi Bahcall - Nurture Crazy Ideas

Safi is a physicist, a biotech entrepreneur, and an author... just to name a few! Safi has presented at approximately 130 banking conferences, investor events, and medical meetings around the world, as well as at leading academic institutions. He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley AND in 2011, he worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research. Safi's book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases,...


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

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


Dave Birss - Great Ideas, You've Got Them

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


Annie McKee - Find Happiness at Work

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


Sean McFate - The Future of War

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


Cheryl Heller - Higher Purpose Through Social Design

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


2018 End of Year Special

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


Mark Manson - Experience Growth and Fulfillment

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


Karen Wickre - Networking Tips From a Silicon Valley Pro

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


Todd Rose - Success Through Individuality

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


James Clear - The Laws of Behavior Change

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