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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.
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Los Angeles, CA

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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

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@calfussman

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Episodes

Phillip Stutts: Politics, Marketing & The Secret Sauce

3/19/2019
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Cal sits with the man who has helped candidates win 1,200 elections to talk about the impact of storytelling on our politics and businesses in a time of huge disruption. The takeaways include the way Donald Trump was able to win the presidency by merging big data, social media and branding; how businesses need to understand their customers the way a great political campaign understands its voters; and how this will become even more important for businesses in the next ten years as Artificial...

Duration:01:10:46

Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game

3/12/2019
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Simon talks about the theme of his upcoming book -- and his message hits Cal’s ears like a symphony. Perhaps this should’ve been expected. The concept behind Simon’s book, Start With Why, led to a Ted talk that reached 42 million people. And Leaders Eat Last was a New York Times bestseller. The Infinite Game shows us that business should not be treated like it’s in a sporting event that has a definite period of time and ends with a win or a loss. If we do treat our business like it’s in a...

Duration:01:29:32

Daniela Fernandez: The Million-Dollar Save

3/5/2019
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Cal checks in with one of his favorite people in the world, 25-year-old Daniela Fernandez, who has devoted her life to saving the world’s oceans. If you don’t think that’s important, it’d be wise to look at some facts. There’s an island of garbage twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, which may be a long way from where you are right now but it affects you. Fifty percent of the oxygen we breathe is created by the ocean. That’s every second breath you take. We’re slowly choking...

Duration:01:04:48

Brian David Johnson: Takes Cal into the Future

2/26/2019
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Arizona State Futurist in Residence Brian David Johnson explains to Cal why we will not be using keyboards in the near future; and how they are slowing us down anyway. Old School Cal gets an hour of what the future will be like — and, surprisingly, he likes it!

Duration:01:02:43

George Raveling: On The Power of Books

2/19/2019
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Cal sits down with a national treasure, George Raveling, to talk about some of the impactful moments of George’s life. That includes the day in August of 1963 when George was a bodyguard on stage as Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech. As Dr. King folded the speech and walked off stage, George asked Dr. King if he could have it and Dr. King handed it to him. George would become basketball coach at Washington State, Iowa and USC, a coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic...

Duration:01:12:18

SOMEONE TURN THIS EPISODE INTO A MOVIE

2/12/2019
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Great movies have been made about buddy stories. Great movies have been made about love stories. This podcast has both, and is waiting to be turned into a terrific film. It’s about the friendship between the comedian “Irish Dave” Nihill and the cycling guide Arash Bayatmakou – and it could be called “Stand Up.” That’s because of the different way the phrase applies to each of these two men. Without spoiling the movie, the story revolves around the courage we all need to move forward in...

Duration:01:45:14

John Livesay: Selling Through Stories

2/5/2019
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Cal The Journalist meets John The Salesman and things will never be the same – not for Cal, anyway. For years, Cal had been told to stay on his side of The Wall that separated the editorial and sales departments of newspapers and magazines. But the Internet has changed that world and now everyone must sell themselves in some way, shape or form. Cal is delighted to find out that, at its best, sales is all about his passion – storytelling. Cal learns how John used rejection to create a new...

Duration:01:08:33

Miki Agrawal: On The Power of Disruption

1/29/2019
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What a superpower it would be to be able to look at the ordinary and wonder how it could be different… and then make it better. That’s what Cal discovers when he speaks with Miki Agrawal, entrepreneur and author of the book, Disrupt-Her. He’ll never be the same. He’s already switched to bamboo toilet paper after Miki explained to him all the environmental benefits. Miki has specialized in the “poop, pee and menstruation” space – founding a company called Thinx that created period-proof...

Duration:00:52:46

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie: The More You Give, The More You Live

1/22/2019
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Many years ago, TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie asked a wise man for some advice. That man wrote some on a sheet of paper: “The more you give, the more you live.” It has guided Blake ever since. First, in the start-up of TOMS – which donates a pair of shoes to an impoverished child every time it sells a pair. And most recently, in the start-up of a campaign to end gun violence through changing federal policy by instituting background checks before every gun sale. This is a solution that 90...

Duration:01:23:08

George Clooney and Charlie Engle: On Telling A Story

1/15/2019
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Cal goes to the archives and pulls out a childhood tale George Clooney told him about how his eccentric family taught him to tell a good story. The podcast continues with the story of how drug addiction was transformed into a landmark run across the Sahara Desert for Charlie Engle. So many takeaways from this episode: The basics of storytelling. Overcoming addiction. The power of discipline. Seeing the world through fresh eyes. Inventing new challenges. A primer in how to get the most out...

Duration:01:18:06

Andy Grammer: On Creation

1/8/2019
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The singer and songwriter talks to Cal about how life experiences turn into music. The conversation leads to the background behind Andy’s hits: Honey I’m Good, Keep Your Head Up and Fresh Eyes. But at its deepest level the discussion delves into the process that we all must go through to create. The takeaways are many. How to keep going when nobody around you seems to be paying attention to what you’re doing. How having a hit can be just as stressful to the creation process as striving for...

Duration:01:23:23

Anniversary Party with Kobe Bryant, Larry King, Seth Godin & Friends

1/1/2019
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Big Questions celebrates its one-year anniversary with takeaways from guests over the last year. Kobe Bryant explains how excellence transfers across all pursuits. Seth Godin describes how to think beyond the societal patterns that can knock us off balance. Larry King gets at the importance of communicating your own story. Nely Galan shares how pain can be turned into profit. Spartan CEO Joe DeSena describes the start of his plan to make the world healthy. Navy Seal commander turned...

Duration:01:06:39

Dr. Gautam Gulati: On Getting Where You Need To Go

12/25/2018
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This episode speaks to anyone who meets an unexpected and unwanted twist of fate. When Dr. Guatam Gulati takes his family on a dream of a lifetime safari in Africa, he joins a group of Maasai warriors in a tribal dance and, after landing from a jump, finds himself in excruciating pain, and his left kneecap no longer where it used to be. It’s now in his thigh. It’s dark, the only light for miles comes from the stars above and a nearby campfire. The road to recovery is longer than anyone...

Duration:01:01:47

Alex Banayan: To Bestseller and Beyond

12/18/2018
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The story of Alex’s bestselling book, The Third Door, continues in this episode. The journey started seven years ago, when Alex was a college freshman, going through a mini life crisis when he realized he wasn’t cut out to be a doctor and would be disappointing his family. Alex began to wonder about the meaning of success. What were the most successful people doing when they were his age? That question led him on a path to find out by meeting Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Stephen Spielberg and...

Duration:01:04:46

Cal Fussman: The Power Of A Gift

12/11/2018
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It’s holiday season and the perfect time for a podcast about gifts. The story of an extraordinary gift – a very special piano – is a favorite of Cal’s and will bring good cheer to all who listen. The story revolves around songwriter Jimmy McHugh, who was highly successful until the stock market crash in 1929 that set off The Great Depression. McHugh was forced to sell everything he owned to survive, and the loss of his piano left him unable to work because he could no longer write songs...

Duration:00:23:39

Jordan Harbinger: On How to Make a Comeback

12/4/2018
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For 11 years, Jordan Harbinger was the voice of The Art of Charm podcast that got up to 3 million listens a month. Then, not long ago, Jordan and his partners split and Jordan was out on his own and having a hard time sleeping. This is the story of his comeback. The Jordan Harbinger Show is bigger than ever – receiving 4 million listens a month. Jordan explains to Cal what it takes to make a business comeback. This is also a cautionary tale for anyone who is about to enter a partnership,...

Duration:01:26:53

Chris Voss: On Negotiating Better in your Everyday Life

11/27/2018
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Cal finds out how a man who worked on the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit for 24 years incorporates what he learned on the job into day-to-day life. Cal’s biggest take-away is that people who are good at asking questions have the essential elements to negotiate well. Many of the characteristics inherent in successful interviewing apply – especially mastery of tone of voice and observation of body language. Negotiation, Cal learns, is a perishable skill and must be honed every day. Voss, now...

Duration:01:05:40

Yes Theory: On Helicopter Bungee Jumping With Will Smith

11/20/2018
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From sharing a couch for almost two months to challenging Will Smith to bungee jump out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, three young guys from different places around the world form bonds that create an ever-deepening friendship. Ammar Kandil, Thomas Brag and Matt Dajer go on adventures that define the group’s name: Yes Theory. They say yes to tasks that make them uncomfortable, and the difficulties they encounter lead to authenticity – which intensifies their friendship. They film...

Duration:01:39:59

Ellie Kemper: On Getting Laughs in Changing Times

11/13/2018
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The star of the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt talks with Cal at Chicago Ideas Week about the art of being funny in an age when tastes are quickly shifting. Cal points out that the humor which made people laugh when he was a kid might not resonate with the current generation and in many cases would be seen as politically incorrect. With culture shifting generationally and our political divide, how does one find the sweet spot to strike a mass audience? Ellie does it...

Duration:00:25:53

Frank Blake: On The Power of Questions

11/6/2018
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The former CEO of Home Depot shows Cal how he used questions and conversations to lift the fortunes of the company between 2007 and 2014. But this was only after he observed how questions could be used as traps, tests or even look like a “live wire in a wet basement” in political, legal and corporate settings during the decades before. This is an authentic conversation that, at times, surprised both Frank and Cal, and took place in front of attendees at the two12 conference in Vail,...

Duration:00:52:51