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Kathy Sullivan - the first person to both fly in space and dive to the deepest point in the ocean - explores the human condition through the life journeys of her guests, people from all walks of life and levels of fame whose stories will inspire, inform and amuse you. Along the way Kathy shares her own stories of lessons learned, obstacles overcome and crazy moments from her unique career in space, the deep sea, government and business.

Kathy Sullivan - the first person to both fly in space and dive to the deepest point in the ocean - explores the human condition through the life journeys of her guests, people from all walks of life and levels of fame whose stories will inspire, inform and amuse you. Along the way Kathy shares her own stories of lessons learned, obstacles overcome and crazy moments from her unique career in space, the deep sea, government and business.

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Kathy Sullivan - the first person to both fly in space and dive to the deepest point in the ocean - explores the human condition through the life journeys of her guests, people from all walks of life and levels of fame whose stories will inspire, inform and amuse you. Along the way Kathy shares her own stories of lessons learned, obstacles overcome and crazy moments from her unique career in space, the deep sea, government and business.

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English


Episodes

An Unidentified Flying Object?

5/12/2022
One of the coolest assignments I had back in my early astronaut days was being the science equipment operator aboard NASA’s WB-57F aircraft. It was 1982 when I flew an unusual mission not only because of the sinister feel of the WB-57F or the assignment’s details, but also because of what came after it—and the foreboding I felt that night seems confirmed by recent events far too often. In this episode, you’ll hear about the UFO sighting that defined one of my early missions as an astronaut....

Duration:00:08:24

The New Space Age with Steve Isakowitz

5/5/2022
Steve Isakowitz is the President and CEO of the Aerospace Corporation, the only federally-funded research and development center for the United States’ space enterprise. A highly-regarded leader in the government, private, space, and technology sectors, Steve has served in prominent roles. These include serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy from 2007 to 2011 and the President of Virgin Galactic from 2011 to 2016. He was also the Deputy Chief Financial...

Duration:00:59:32

Never Believe Your Own PR

4/28/2022
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a celebrity? Have you ever dreamed of getting all that attention and what you’d make of the fuss about you? From a very young age I’ve been skeptical of celebrity status and aware of the warning to not believe your own PR—and this warning was proven right and wise when I was an astronaut, a role where using your image and position is part of the job. In this episode, you’ll hear about a hilarious experience that exemplifies why you shouldn’t...

Duration:00:07:21

A Trailblazing Path in the Luxury World with Marty Wikstrom

4/21/2022
Marty Wikstrom is a founding partner of Atelier Fund, an organization that specializes in the acquisition and development of luxury brands. She is a seasoned brand and retail executive with over three decades of experience in executive roles. She serves as a board director for the World Wide Web Foundation, Fortnum & Mason, Johnstons of Elgin, the Rug Company, Farrow & Ball, and Harrys of London, Ltd. Marty has also served as the Managing Director and Interim Chief Executive Officer of...

Duration:00:58:08

Let's Talk Leadership

4/14/2022
What are the elements of leadership? How can you develop an environment where everyone can blossom and collaborate toward mission success? Such were the questions I considered as Dr. Trevor Brown—Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University—turned the tables on me. A few months ago, Dr. Brown asked me to be a guest on his podcast, where we discussed what it means to be a leader in a complex organization. In this episode, you’ll hear about my conversation with Dr....

Duration:00:32:36

The Honor of Measuring Time with Raynald Aeschlimann (Part 2)

4/5/2022
Raynald Aeschlimann is the President and CEO of Omega Ltd., a company of The Swatch Group. Raynald began his career in Omega in 1996 as a Sales and Marketing Project Manager. He served as the Brand Manager of Omega and Blancpain Spain in 2000 before becoming the Vice President and International Director of Sales, Retail, and Distribution in 2001. Today, in addition to his role as President of Omega, Raynald oversees Swatch Group France and Swatch Group Monaco Les Boutiques while serving as a...

Duration:00:28:48

The Cooperative Model of Business with Raynald Aeschlimann (Part 1)

3/31/2022
Raynald Aeschlimann is the President and CEO of Omega Ltd., a company of the world’s leading watch manufacturer, The Swatch Group. Raynald joined the organization in 1996 as its Sales and Marketing Project Manager and later became Vice President and International Director of Sales, Retail, and Distribution before ultimately becoming CEO. Prior to joining Omega, Raynald worked at Longines and Complementa AG from 1992 to 1996. In addition to his work with Omega, Raynald serves on the Executive...

Duration:00:37:09

The Apollo 13 Mission with Gerry Griffin

3/24/2022
Gerald Griffin is the former Director of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. During NASA’s Apollo Program, Gerry was the Flight Director in Mission Control and served in this capacity for all the Apollo manned missions. He was the Lead Flight Director for the lunar landing missions Apollo 12, 15, & 17. Gerry also led one of the teams of flight controllers who were responsible for the safe return of the astronauts of Apollo 13, which was canceled after an oxygen tank...

Duration:01:02:24

The Night I Wore a Baked Potato

3/17/2022
In 1987, I attended a formal Air Force dinner that ended in a hilarious moment—me wearing a baked potato on my dress. But there’s an old saying about stories: there’s your version, my version, and the truth. Ray Belz, the pilot who flung the potato in question, remembers the events of the evening differently. Yet, whatever the truth of the matter is, the big things remain inconvertible: Ray scored a direct hit, I started it—and we both love telling the story. In this episode, I share the...

Duration:00:15:30

The Pursuit of Leadership with Megan Kilgore

3/10/2022
Megan Kilgore is the first woman to be elected as the City Auditor for the City of Columbus, Ohio, a position she has been serving since 2017. She is also an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science before completing her Master of Public Administration degree at Northwestern University. Before she was elected City Auditor, Megan worked on Wall Street as the Principal Municipal Advisor for HJ Umbaugh & Associates and the...

Duration:01:14:14

Waking Up with Robin Williams

3/3/2022
Have you ever been so ecstatically happy about something that you just couldn’t contain your excitement? I sure have. And on that occasion, the legendary comic and actor, Robin Williams, helped me express my joy. The year was 1988, and the source of my glee was the impending launch of the space shuttle mission STS-26. The seventh flight of the orbiter Discovery was an event that would mark the end of two of the darkest and hardest years for every astronaut and their families. In this...

Duration:00:12:20

The First Mission to Pluto with Alan Stern

2/24/2022
Dr. Alan Stern is the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of World View, the leading stratospheric technology company in the world. Alan has been involved in several missions, including the New Horizons mission—a multi-decade undertaking Alan led to send the first spacecraft to Pluto. Alan was inducted into the Colorado Space Hall of Fame and hailed as one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine in 2007. Alan joins me today to discuss his journey to leading New Horizonsand the road to...

Duration:01:16:13

At the Oscars with George Lucas

2/17/2022
I never missed an episode of Star Trek when I was young. I grew up watching Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the Starship Enterprise while they explored the universe and defended the Federation. I also loved the Star Wars films and distinctly remember watching the starfighter combat and how Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star with photon torpedoes. But never had I imagined while watching them that I would someday fly in space, much less that one of my missions would involve...

Duration:00:09:44

What's Your Flavor? with Jeni Britton

2/10/2022
Jeni Britton is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. A pioneer of the artisan ice cream movement, Jeni opened her first ice cream shop, Scream, in 1996, before founding Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. She is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which won the James Beard Award in 2012. Jeni joins me today to discuss the art and science of ice cream and life. She describes how her...

Duration:01:00:25

S'pose She Dies?

2/3/2022
In October of 1984, I became the first American woman to walk in space. But, before this became possible, I had to face and overcome a hurdle that presented itself the moment I was given the assignment: NASA’s medical research team saw a problem that not only could have stopped me from the assignment—it could have ruled out all women from spacewalking. In this episode, I describe how I became the first woman to walk in space and how bias in medical reporting almost prevented all women...

Duration:00:13:00

The Joyous Wonder of the Ocean with Helen Scales

1/27/2022
Helen Scales is a British marine biologist, writer, and broadcaster. Her passion for underwater exploration started when she learned to scuba dive as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. Throughout her illustrious career, she has worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature, TRAFFIC International, and Natural England. Helen is also the author of The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It, which explores the...

Duration:01:21:05

How I Spent My Winter Holiday

1/20/2022
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, finding warmth during the coldest time of year. In my case, I found warmth in the coldest place on Earth: Antarctica. It wasn’t my first time in this icy cold desert, but it never ceases to make me in awe of its sights and experiences. There's just something about this place that keeps me coming back. Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for listening to this episode. In this episode, I share how I spent my winter...

Duration:00:11:15

Being a Black Man in the '70s with Manson Brown

1/13/2022
Manson Brown became the first African American Vice Admiral in the US Coast Guard in May 2012. Despite not knowing how to swim, Manson set his sights on the Coast Guard. Utilizing his tenacity and passion, he became the first African American student body leader in 1977. After he retired from the Coast Guard in 2014, President Barack Obama appointed him to the NOAA and he served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction until his retirement in 2017....

Duration:00:53:40

Ask Me Anything

1/6/2022
This past year has been more or less better than its predecessor. Looking at the silver linings, 2021 opened many doors to people who didn’t know those doors even existed. In that same light, the previous year was when I became a podcast host, allowing me to interview amazing people who do extraordinary things that benefit society and the world. With that in mind, I figured the best way to start this new year is by turning the tables and answering the questions some of my beloved guests...

Duration:00:15:15

Astronaut Training and Space Tourism with Homer Hickam (Part 2)

12/30/2021
Homer Hickam is an author and war veteran who has helped train and prepare astronauts for real space missions and exercises. One of his books, Rocket Boys, was adapted into the Hollywood film, October Sky. He continues to entertain and relate with stories of struggle and fulfillment in Don’t Blow Yourself Up, a bookabout his life as a budding writer. In Part 2 of my interview, you’ll hear Homer describe his career as an astronaut trainer, what astronauts should know regarding their...

Duration:00:48:29