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Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in the modern age. Each week, host Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors achieve their most surprising and interesting breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!

Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in the modern age. Each week, host Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors achieve their most surprising and interesting breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!
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Learn from inspiring innovators who are rethinking life and work in the modern age. Each week, host Gayle Allen discovers how these entrepreneurs, writers, scientists and inventors achieve their most surprising and interesting breakthroughs. Have fun taking a peek into their Curious Minds!






CM 099: Sean Young on the Science of Changing Your Life

What is the secret to changing our habits? Too often, we are led to believe that we need to study successful people and then use our willpower to act like they do. But UCLA Medical School Professor, Sean Young, reveals that this approach mainly leads to failure. Instead, Young and his colleagues point us to…


CM 098: Jon Kolko on Igniting Creativity in Organizations

What if you are creative, but your organization is not? Many of us have worked in places that have tried to adopt more creative practices, and we know that it doesn’t always produce the desired results. In fact, if we introduce creativity, it can even seem to backfire. But Jon Kolko has devised a formula…


CM 097: Sam Walker on Creating Outstanding Teams

Do you have the seven qualities of a great leader? As the former sports editor of the Wall Street Journal, Sam Walker chronicled the exploits of some of the most remarkable teams ever assembled. Fascinated by their success, he spent over a decade researching which teams performed best and how they did it. Sam lays…


CM 095: Olivia Cabane and Judah Pollack on Breakthrough Thinking

Breakthroughs can take our work to new and exciting places, yet they rarely happen as often as we’d like. Are there ways to prompt these kinds of moments, so we can create them more often? Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack tell us how in their book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and…


CM 095: Lynda Gratton On The 100-Year Life – Rebroadcast

Are you prepared to live to 100? Research shows that it is becoming the norm, but that few of us are planning for it. Many are surprised to learn that it not only requires rethinking saving and retirement, but also education, jobs, and relationships. To guide us, London Business School Professor and future of work…


CM 094: Emiliana Simon-Thomas On How To Be Happier

We have more control over our happiness than we think. And if we follow the advice of the most cutting-edge happiness researchers, we can help others achieve it, as well. Emiliana Simon-Thomas happens to be one of those researchers. A neuroscientist and Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California,…


CM 093: Tasha Eurich on the Science of Self-awareness

95 percent of us think we are self-aware, but only 10 to 15 percent of us actually are. How important is that difference to our well being and happiness? Well, according to Tasha Eurich, self-aware individuals are are better at their jobs, more satisfied with their relationships, raise more mature children, are better students, lead…


CM 092: Barbara Oakley on Learning How to Learn

Most of us can learn anything, if we are taught how. Yet few of us find this to be the case. Why? Because we lack the skills we need to deal with the resistance and frustration we feel when learning difficult topics. Barbara Oakley wants to change that. Author of the book, A Mind for…


CM 091: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on Big Data as Truth Serum

Do you really know your neighbors or coworkers? To understand human behavior, we need research participants who act and respond truthfully. But that is a tall order when it comes to topics that are embarrassing or even incriminating. Social scientists have found it hard to get honest answers when asked about topics that might reveal…


CM 090: Dan Heath on Creating Moments that Matter

What’s behind the extraordinary experiences that stay with us? Are they as random as we’re led to believe or is there a pattern to them that, if we understood it, would allow us to create them ourselves? In his research, Dan Heath, co-author of the book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary…


CM 089: Daniel McGinn on Performing Under Pressure

Maybe performing under pressure is easier than we think. In those moments before an interview, an exam, or a presentation, we often feel our worst. Yet Daniel McGinn, author of the book, Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed believes we can decrease and even repurpose those anxious feelings to…


CM 088: Eric Liu on Your Hidden Power

When you hear the word power, what comes to mind? For most of us, we imagine power-hungry leaders or think of phrases like power corrupts. But when my guest, Eric Liu, considers power, he sees something different. He views power as a positive force. In fact, he believes it is a gift each of us…


CM 087: Steven Sloman on the Knowledge Illusion

Few of us realize how dependent we are on the people and objects around us for our knowledge. But Steven Sloman does. He reveals that we are constantly accessing expertise stored in our communities, our technologies, and in our environment. In fact, research reveals that many of us adopt positions on issues like climate change…


CM 086: Keith Payne on the Surprising Effects of Feeling Unequal

Most of us are aware of the negative effects of income inequality on health and well-being. But few of us realize that just seeing yourself as unequal can produce the same results. Keith Payne, author of the book, The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die, and Professor of Psychology…


CM 085: Philip Auerswald on the Human Side of Code

Could our code be making us more human? When most of us hear the word code, we think of computer code — the digital instructions that drive our devices. But when Philip Auerswald hears the word code, he sees the instructions that drive the human race. Phil is the author of the book, The Code…


CM 084: Mitch Prinstein on Rethinking Popularity

Why are high-school memories of popularity so strong? Because they still shape our lives today. Mitch Prinstein, author of the book, Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-obsessed World and Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explains how teen popularity impacts adult happiness, our health, and our relationships.…


CM 083: Cesar Hidalgo on the Impact of Collective Learning

When it comes to economic growth, why are some countries and companies better than others? While many experts look to factors in geography, finance, or psychology for the answers, César Hidalgo asks us to look instead at information and networks. Cesar is the author of the book, Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from…


CM 082: Scott Page on the Power of Diverse Teams

Does our obsession with the myth of the lone genius cause us to miss out on opportunities for high-impact innovation? Scott Page helps us see how diverse teams repeatedly outperform not only smart individuals, but also teams of talented individuals with similar backgrounds and cognitive tools. Scott is the author of The Difference: How the…


CM 081: Future Partners on Overcoming Resistance to Innovation

Have you ever had a great idea only to have it rejected by your organization? If you are nodding your head, you will want to read Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work that Matters. The authors, John Bielenberg, Mike Burn, and Greg Galle, lead a Silicon Valley innovation firm called…


CM 080: Oliver Luckett and Michael Casey Rethink Social Media

Why is social media so pervasive? Many have searched for just the right metaphor to capture its explosive growth, yet few have found ones that fit. Instead of turning to concepts like networks or connections, maybe we should be looking to biology. And that is exactly what Oliver Luckett and Michael Casey have done in…


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