Challenge Your Thinking with Dr. Linda Tucker

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the first-grade teacher from Sandy Hook who saved her entire first grade class in December 2012.  She will carry the memory of that traumatic day forever, but she has found a way to move forward with hope that we can all learn from. Her inspiring outlook reminds us that there will always be tragedy in the world; but she questions and teaches us that is not reason enough to keep the blinds shut forever.  This is not to say that for a period of time that is exactly what she did.  As the inherent teacher that Kaitlin is...she instructs us that we, too, have the ability to choose to let the light in. Kaitlin saved her class that day in 2012 with her quick thinking and level headedness and is here today to teach us what it means to choose hope from her new book, "Choosing Hope."

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Gillian Zoe Segal faced many closed doors as she was collecting the interviews she needed for her most recent book, “Getting There.” Instead of giving up, she looked for a window to climb though--all while being persistent, yet polite.  Gillian’s example teaches us that when courage fails us, we can gain strength from those who inspire us by remembering that every success story involves a struggle of some kind. Gillian conducted interviews with some of the biggest names in business, music, and fashion with the specific purpose of demystifying the illusion that successful people have had everything handed to them on a silver platter. In fact, Gillian found that in most cases, the very opposite proved to be true. She consolidated these stories and pearls of wisdom into a book of mentors to pass on to others -- most notably, her own daughter. Although she never had a mentor herself, Gillian forged a path where there was no trail so that those who read her book would feel less alone on their own path towards their dreams.

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Kimberley Chambers, is here to teach us that when we are willing to face our fear, we have the opportunity to discover just how capable we really are. She is a stellar example of how building a reservoir of strength can prepare us for the greatest of life's challenges and how facing our true edge of fear has the capacity to bring us closer to accomplishing more than we ever dreamed possible.  When the odds are stacked against us, it rarely feels like an opportunity and yet research has proven that it's in life's biggest challenges that we have the opportunity to develop adaptability and resilience.

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Dr. Michaela Haas has written an important book, "Bouncing Forward."  Most of us are familiar with PTSD, but post traumatic growth may be a new concept altogether. The idea of post traumatic growth suggests that we’ll grow after a trauma...all you have to do is experience one for that to be questionable at least while it’s occurring.  The fact is that research is proving that there is growth especially and even after trauma. And, trauma comes in many iterations.  We have probably all experienced trauma in one form or another: from losing a loved one to being in a car crash. Dr. Michaela Haas has not only researched post-traumatic growth...she has also experienced it first hand.  She has consolidated twelve stories of resilience, growth and wisdom in her recently released book, Bouncing Forward and she is here during this episode to share much of what she has learned.  Dr. Haas proposes a different way to look at crisis; that while there is undoubtedly immense pain, there is also potential breakthrough and a silver lining.

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John Bradshaw is a best-selling author and esteemed therapist who tackles the complicated emotion of shame in his extensive work.  He has written numerous NY Times best sellers and recently wrote a book called Post Romantic Stress Disorder.  He has an impressive list of roles that include counselor, management consultant, theologian, philosopher, public speaker, and Senior Fellow with the Meadows Treatment Group. I believe that one of the reasons why John’s voice is so influential is because he practices what he preaches. He is vulnerable with his own struggles in life, and is generous with sharing his experiences and the valuable wisdom he’s gained over the many years he has been practicing and writing.  I hope you will join us for this episode.  He is a very special guest.

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Geni Whitehouse has gumption.  She was honest enough with herself to realize that she just was not passionate enough about a career she had spent many years working at and becoming successful at. If you have ever wondered what it takes to have the courage to leave a career that just "does not do it for you" then this is the episode for you.  Tune in to find out how Geni discovered a part of herself while honoring her late father’s life and grieving his death. Our losses, illnesses and most often our challenges can be great teachers if we are willing to listen.

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Dr. Joseph Bobrow is an author, psychoanalyst, Zen Master and founder of the Coming Home Project.  He falls into the category of people that I am most interested in:  the people who never give up and the amazing things they accomplish because of it.  We all have choices in life.  We can choose to complain, remain steeped in frustration about one thing or another or we can choose to do something about it.  Joe Bobrow is one of those people who fall into the latter category.  He was frustrated about the lack of services for returning Vets in the Iraq and Afghanistan war when he decided to "do something."  He knows all too well how war touches all of our lives but more particularly what happens when we are complacent.  No matter what issue you might be facing...Joe is one of the guys to emulate.   

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Dr. Gay Hendricks has written several best selling books, and been interviewed by many well known names. We can spend a great deal of energy trying to outrun our fear(s), no matter what they are. But what if there’s a different remedy for diminishing the power of fear in our lives? Dr. Gay Hendricks, is a strong proponent for speaking openly and honestly about the fear we wrestle with because acknowledging our fear is often half the battle. Not only is he a former professor of Counseling Psychology, but he and his wife Katie have been dubbed “Masters in the Art of Intimacy”. From an appearance on Oprah to hosting seminars around the world, he is a prominent voice in the realm of relationships, fear and finding our "zone of genius," and he is here with us today to share some of his wisdom.

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Bradley Charbonneau began writing again after ten years with a thirty day challenge.  A thousand days later and two published books he feels like he's just getting warmed up.  I believe that we can all be adept at ignoring our inner voice...which generally speaking will point us in the direction of what we feel passionate about.  We listen while we’re’s harder when responsibilities begin to weigh us down.  While we all can’t quit our day jobs to chase our creative muses, what we can do is set aside even just a few moments from our day to honor what we feel passionate about. That is exactly what my guest today, Bradley Charbonneau, did. After receiving John Muldoon’s “Monthly Experiments” Challenge, Bradley revisited his love for writing and faced his fear square in the eye and with his pen. Bradley had been published before, but ten years and two children later made it seem like a very far-off place to find his way back to. When demands of family had set in, he gave himself the ultimatum to find a “real job” to pay the bills. But the whisper of passion is relentless, and I can’t wait for you to hear how Bradley found his way back to writing, and how a simple 30-day challenge truly took on a life of its own.

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John Muldoon is a catalyst for change.  He founded "The Monthly Experiments Project" in hopes to not only challenge himself but to help motivate others.  John believes that "when you treat life as an experiment change becomes fun instead of hard."  We hope you will join us and take part in the experiment.  P.S. Jaime Tardy from the Eventual Millionaire thinks John is awesome and we just think you might, too.

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Bryan Kramer is a social strategist, CEO of PureMatter, Ted Talk speaker, and best-selling author.  He has valuable insight on how to interact in the realm of technology and communication while also calling upon the tools of basic human interpersonal values for a compass. He reminds us that our digital identities don’t have to be cut off from our true selves. So please put down your phone for just a little while to listen, and then pick it up again afterwards-- hopefully, with new intention.

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Admiral Michelle Howard exhibits grace, strength, and clear-mindedness under extreme pressure.  In order to become that kind of unwavering force amidst the unpredictable winds and waters of life, we must begin to practice those “deep breaths” that she has perfected. Admiral Michelle Howard, the current Vice Chief of Naval Operations, is highly esteemed and decorated in a field that involves an exceptional amount of risk and pressure. In addition to being the first African-American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy, Admiral Howard is well known for her role in leading the international task force responsible for rescuing Captain Phillips from Somali pirates. She is a true trailblazer who exhibits courage, steadfastness, and a clear mind. Admiral Howard is also the first female ever promoted to the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history. My hope is that as we listen to her, we too will feel emboldened to face unique pressures in our own lives, dare to dream beyond the limits of the status quo, and see that her grace under pressure can serve as a beacon to all of us.

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Jennifer Haselberger is one of the few female Canon lawyers and one of the first to practice in the USA.  As a female, and the Chancellor of Canonical Affairs working in the Catholic Church had it's challenges.  As such, she became an unlikely advocate for survivors of sexual abuse within the Catholic church. Up until 2013, she served as Chancellor for Canonical Affairs to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where she refused to turn a blind eye about sex abuse or any other vulnerable people who were not being ministered to. Jennifer’s devotion to justice inspires us as she has been willing to speak up and pursue justice when no one else would. I hope you will join us for an important story.




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Margaret Smith was voted the best Female Comic by the American Comedy Awards and won six Emmy's for her writing on the Ellen DeGeneres show.  She has navigated the ever-changing and unpredictable world of entertainment and Hollywood with a hard-earned groundedness. She also happens to be a dear friend whose wisdom is only paralleled by her humor--as you will note with the multiple fits of laughter throughout our interview. I hope you will find the wisdom she has to offer along with some really good humor.

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Professor Sophie Scott is a Cognitive Neuroscientist who became one of the first researchers to study the science of laughter.  On her way to understanding laughter she actually did a stint as a stand up comic and discovered even more.  What is it like to create a science or anything of value where there was nothing before?  If you have ever wanted to do anything and worried what people might think this is the episode for you.

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Elena Dunkle dealt with a serious eating disorder in the years after she was raped at age 13. She recounts her process of coming to terms with the pain she was left to deal with in her memoir Elena Vanishing and here with us in this episode. If you or anyone you know is dealing with an eating disorder we hope you will tune in today. Elena is transparent about her long road towards healing and health; and is an important voice and hopefully a beacon for those dealing with the an eating disorder, as well as for families and friends who don’t quite know what to do. Whether or not you have experienced an eating disorder yourself, or someone close to you has--I know you will be inspired by not only Elena’s resilience, but also the resilience of her family, who rallied around her during some very dark years. The numbers in this epidemic are staggering and it is more than likely you already know or love someone who may be suffering.  Elena's words will likely help.

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Candace Lightner is the Founder of Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and We Save Lives.  She became an unintended advocate when her 13 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver.  She later founded We Save Lives to further educate and influence the public about (the 3D's) Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted driving.  If you want to understand what it takes to overcome obstacles then Candace Lightner is the episode for you.    

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Julian Treasure created one of the most popular Ted Talks entitled, "How To Speak So That People Will Listen."  Today, we have a conversation about Julian's idea of consciousness, awareness, mindfulness, and the idea of being present.  Our communication with one another can often be like ships passing in the night--we come and go without taking the time to truly understand what is really going on beneath the surface of the words we exchange, or the way we receive them. Julian has built a career around how words and sounds affect us. He has managed to “see” our words and sounds, and talks about them in a way that helps us to better hear one another...say what we actually mean... and mean what we say. In Julian Treasure’s 5 viral TED Talks and his book “Sound Business”, he encourages us to be  “conscious listeners”: infusing deeper intention into the words we speak. I hope you will "listen in" today.

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Jessamyn Lovell had her identity stolen in a matter of minutes.  What is unique about her is that she managed to turn her experiences into a creative art project that not only brought her acclaim and publicity, but also lessons that have turned into wisdom that she is now sharing with others.  In 2010 Jessamyn turned her back on her wallet for a matter of moments.  Her life would ultimately change in ways she could not have foreseen or wanted to imagine.  What she would later come to realize and appreciate is that her life was also about to change in positive ways she could not have imagined.  We hope you will join us for the lessons learned and ultimately the creativity and wisdom gained for this life experience of hers.  Jessamyn's experiences show us how to find the silver lining in our own lives or at least consider the possibilities. 

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Michael Stallard's journey and wisdom comes from realizing how important human connection is and how that translates not only to our intimate relationships but with our business ones, too.  Good and respectful collegial relationships make for happy employees and relationships in general.  Mike has become a leading authority on leadership, employee engagement, and organizational culture. He is the cofounder, president, and CEO of E Pluribus Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders create connection cultures to form strong bonds within organizations. He is the author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work and a book called Fired Up or Burned Out. He has also been a contributor to several other books and been featured in many publications worldwide, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Fortune magazine to name a few and now he is here with us.  

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Lee Milteer believes that at some point in our lives we have to get clear of what our purpose is and why we are here.  Even if you have figured that much out you still might not feel you have found your sweet spot.  She is here to help do just that.  Her most recent book, “Reclaim the Magic” is a part of those answers.  If you want to “manifest” what you want in life then this is the episode for you.  She tells us about what may have held her back in life and how she refused to allow anyone or anything to do just that.  If you want to figure out a way to do the same or hear a really good talk I hope you will tune in.  Lee has plenty of helpful hints not only from this book but from some of her others that are sure to inspire you.

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Ash Beckham is a speaker whose "speeches are dynamic, intrepid, highly relatable and intrinsically comical."  "She didn't set out to become a viral sensation with her Tedx talk Coming Out of Your Closet or her Boulder Ignite speech, I am SO GAY." "She was just a person with a lot on her mind and a story to share."  Nonetheless, "her willingness to strike a conversation about tough topics has inspired more than 8 million viewers." Her message is simple: "we aren't that different," and her goal is humble, "help others recognize the power of empathy, respect and conversation."  Ash is someone who will earn your respect.  She has mine.  

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Peter Larson is a commercial paleontologist who uncovered the most complete specimen of Tyrannosaurus Rex to date.  He affectionately named this massive fossil "Sue" after the woman who initially found her.  He was eventually charged and taken to court by the US Government for illegally removing fossils off of Federal Land even though he had paid the landowner before he removed anything.  It would take him a long time to resolve this and more, and he ultimately served several years in prison as a result.  Peter is a man who believes that giving up is not an option for him.  He believes that fighting for what you believe, and keep on keeping on is the right path in life.  If you are facing any life circumstance where you are considering giving up or giving in we hope you will listen to this episode first.  Peter is currently hoping for a pardon from President Obama before he leaves office.  We wish him that and more and believe that you will too once you listen to his story.      

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Jamie Cohan is the entrepreneur behind phenomenal Internet successes like Andromedia and Round1 who discusses not only how he got there but how you, too can a build career you can be proud of while keeping perspective amidst the twists and turns they often take.   The overnight successes of entrepreneurs are often fifteen years in the making and Jamie will be the first person to tell you that you need to keep going. You need to be detached from the outcome. He will tell you how he did it and more. One of the things he believes is that you have to stay nimble in the market.  He's had to twist it, turn it and adopt to it and change with the ever changing market. Let him show you how.

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Marilyn Tam, PhD believes that happiness is something we choose.  She is the author of "The Happiness Choice" that features experts who discuss how to live a happy, healthy, successful and dynamically balanced life.  She is a speaker; author; consultant; board- certified executive, corporate, and leadership coach; and the founder and executive director of the Us Foundation. She is the former CEO of Aveda Corporation, president of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group, and vice president of Nike Inc., and a very successful entrepreneur, who has developed and successfully run four companies of her own. If you wonder what it means to be happy or what it takes... Marilyn Tam is here to discuss it in her words and with her life experience.  She is special.  Thank you for joining us.

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John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of Entrepreneur On Fire, a top ranked iTunes business Podcast.  After chasing fame and fortune and coming up short each time he finally figured out that providing value is the key to success.  He is here to share his ah ha moments, thinking, and keys to success that have enabled him to amass a small fortune.  I hope you will join us.

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Dorie Clark is an author (Stand Out, and Reinventing You), speaker, professor, award-winning journalist, and one of twenty-five professional networking experts chosen by Forbes Magazine to watch in 2015.  She discovered that "Standing Out" requires a three step process that she shares with us in this interview. For instance, the first step is to build your network. Next, build your audience, and third, build your community, and I’ll tell you what I mean by those things. The first step, building your network, is about connecting with a small group of trusted people around you. It’s essentially this important- but-often-overlooked step of building a personal board of directors, building your "kitchen" cabinet so that you have people whose opinions you trust who are willing and able to give you the kind of feedback you need in order to make your ideas better, people you know have your back and want to help you and support you. The second step is then the more public phase where you’re building your audience, and that involves content creation; sharing your ideas, whether it’s blogs or social media or lecturing; it’s about sharing your ideas and making yourself findable to other like-minded people. And then finally the third step is where it begins to take on a life of its own and you stop being the only person who is talking about your idea. Instead you’re building a community because the audience has become so excited about your idea and they see a value in it, they think it’s relevant to them, they start talking about it, and they become your evangelists and talk to each other.  If you are interested in "Standing Out" please tune in today for your free 42 page workbook.

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Judy Robinett is an author, speaker, consultant, CEO, and pundit who is focused on strategic planning, financial and product development, marketing, and distribution for startups and established enterprises. She has taken some of these experiences and turned them into a five-star book entitled How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex. She has been profiled in Forbes, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of super connectors who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

Judy’s work is about empowering individuals.  She encourages us to be strategic, to gather our courage and to engage in the networks that surround us.  Judy shares her heart with us in this interview telling us that if she can learn to do this anyone can.  She was painfully shy growing up and will be the first one to tell you that putting herself out there didn’t come naturally. In other words, if Judy can do this you can, too.  Judy’s story demonstrates how hardship and insecurity can be fertile soil for strength, grit, and determination to bloom--if you're willing to do the work. Often our places of vulnerability and struggle go on to become our most powerful points of connection with others.  Tune in to this interview and see how. 

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Alicia Watkins is a retired Air Force staff sergeant and survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon who deployed to both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and now battles traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and post traumatic stress. Alicia was the principal guest on the twenty-fifth final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the episode “American War Heroes: Why Are These Women Homeless?” She now proudly serves as an ambassador for veterans, traveling the world to speak on behalf of the needs of wounded warriors, female veterans, and homeless veterans. She was nominated as L’Oreal’s 2013 Woman of Worth for her 9/11 empowerment drive foundation, which assists the survivors of 9/11 and wounded warriors as they recover from their injuries.  Her goal, is to prevent the financial loss and pay errors that occurred to her as warriors recover from their combat injuries. Alicia is currently a sophomore at Harvard University, with a goal to earn a doctorate in psychology and law. She is currently the reigning Ms. Maryland America, a certified volunteer docent for the 9/11 memorial in New York, who is mentored by famed horse whisperer and former guest of mine Mr. Monty Roberts, who developed equine therapy. Alicia has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Australia’s Seven Network, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Additionally, she has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Boston Globe, and Ebony magazine.  She has an amazing story to tell, an incredible amount of strength and dignity to share and I guarantee you will be inspired by listening to her.   

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Bonnie Bruckheimer began her cinematic career at Columbia Pictures and became known as one of Hollywood’s most successful producers. In 1985 she formed All Girl Productions, with partner Bette Midler, and made her debut as a film producer on Beaches. She is known for her work on Big Business, Hocus Pocus, Beaches, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to name a few. She has worked with some of the best in Hollywood and has been nominated for two Emmys. She is currently an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she teaches. She has also been a long-time volunteer and grief counselor at Our House and is the mother two.  When I asked Bonnie if it took luck to succeed in show business this is only a part of what she believes it takes..."there is definitely a bit of being in the right place at the right time, but it’s much more about hard work and determination and deciding it’s something you want to do and nothing’s going to be able to stop you, and I tell my students now that if you are not passionate and you don’t have the feeling that you’ll die if you don’t get to do this, you won’t get to do it. Success is about determination."  Bonnie is full of insight and wisdom.  I hope you will join us for this weeks interview.  

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Peter S. Cohan is a millionaire with poet’s heart.  He has very insightful ideas and is the kind of person who continues to question things.  For instance, he questions how money and the pursuit of money can be a futile kind of activity and that success may just be controlling how we spend our time.  In our interview Peter discusses what standing still will get you.  He says, “Don’t be afraid to act, because you’re not going to get it right the first time. Just make your best shot. Have enough confidence to accept the fact that your first try might not work. Your second try might not work. But also be intellectually curious enough to want to learn the lessons from what worked and what didn’t work and apply them and try again. And you’ll get closer and closer.”  Those insights and many more are a part of this interesting interview that will not only keep you thinking but encourage you to move forward.

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Dr. Jill Suttie is a writer, researcher, and book review editor for the Greater Good Science Center.  She writes about research on psychological and social wellbeing--in particular, research on altruism, compassion, resilience, happiness, awe and empathy.  In this episode we discuss her articles about the latest findings by neuroscientists and researchers that are "discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of it's real emotional and social power." "Music impacts us in ways that other sounds don't, and for years now, scientists have been wondering why."  Please join us for those answers and an interesting discussion about how and why music makes us feel better and even heal. 

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Joe Kowan believes that saving up "little pieces of advice" has helped him to not only help himself but many others.  He has learned that doing something unexpected with your life, staying off the beaten path or simply taking care of others have been only some of the nuggets worth saving.  Joe has some serious stage fright and still managed to complete a  TedTalk that has gone on to resonate with millions.  He has that innate ability to inspire others.  We hope you will tune in and see if Joe will inspire you to try something again that you may have otherwise given up on.  

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William D. Cohan does not take anything at face value.  If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes on Wall Street or in major Universities then you will want to listen to his interview.  Heis a business writer with a solid pedigree, and a former high-level investment banker on Wall Street who has written four New York Times best-selling nonfiction narratives about Wall Street. They are: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, The Last Tycoons and The Price of Silence.  He doesn't shy away from scandal and isn't afraid to speak up. He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a columnist for the DealBook section of the New York Times. He writes for the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Fortune, to name a few. He also appears regularly on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and the BBC TV. He has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, and too many numerous others to mention, and now he's here to join us.  

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Vanessa Van Edwards believes that the primary purpose of her business is to help people.  She runs an organization called the Science of People.  Their organization takes all of the latest research that has come out of academic institutions and peer-reviewed journals and turns it into applicable tips.  She calls it "science-based self-help."  Vanessa is the lead investigator at Science of People, a human-behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and published author who wrote Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101.  Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week, and USA Today.  She has written for CNN, Fast Company, and Forbes.

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Jordan Harbinger is a lawyer-turned-social-dynamics expert who is the owner and cofounder of the Art of Charm, which is a dating and relationships coaching company. He is also the co-host of the lifestyle and entrepreneur podcast called The Art of Charm and the co-host of Game On, a Sirius XM Satellite Radio talk show devoted to the art of meeting and attracting women.  Jordan is one of the most sought-after relationship coaches and social-dynamics experts and we have him here for you today for a lively and fun discussion that is filled with information you can use. I know that some people cringe a little when they hear about the newest "self-help" trends promising a deeper authenticity in relationships.  But, this is exactly what our guest, Jordan Harbinger does, and reviews concur that he does it quite remarkably, in fact.  Jordan is about teaching men how to create relationships and learning networking skills that focus on the longer term becoming more authentic in the process.  What about you?  Are you interested in any of these things?  We hope so because you have a front row seat.  Please join us.

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Have you ever seen someone dance like a warrior and you could not take your eyes off of them?  Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant is such a woman.  This woman is also someone you may not be able to "take your ears" off of.  She is poignant and noted as one of the five Greatest Ted Talks by Indians "You Need to See" according to the Huffington Post, and, may I add, she is listed as number one.  She has earned it.  She is inspirational, funny, self deprecatingly original and thought provoking.  She is also one of India's most eminent and renowned dancers and is celebrated as one of India's leading classical dancers, choreographers, and dance scholars who is guaranteed to make you question how you think about things.  I invite you to challenge your thinking with Ananda Jayant. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

This is a two part series.  Part 2:  Monty Roberts was not only curious about horses.  When he studied at Cal Poly (almost sixty years ago) he was not only interested in animal behavior, he was interested in understanding the brain and why we do the things we do.  An advisor of his set him on a course he would ultimately return to and receive countless awards for.  Monty began working as a first responder with Veterans who had returned from war but eventually left that job because he could not stand what "these kids were going through."  However, before he left he had already taken some of the "chosen" ones down to his farm because he believed even back then that animals could teach human beings something.  Please join us to hear what Monty was taught and what he has to teach us as a result.  Please do not be fooled by thinking Monty is a one trick pony.  What he has to offer benefits everyone.    

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

This is a two part series.  Part 1:  Monty Roberts is known as the man who listens to horses.  He has led an extraordinary life as an internationally recognized, award-winning trainer and rider of championship horses.  In 1948 at the age of thirteen he discovered a way that horses communicate to one another.  He became convinced that what he saw that day would change how people treated, trained and communicated with horses.  Part 1 is about Monty's consistent message of non-violence and the journey he has taken to share this message with others and the hardships, obstacles and uphill battle he continues to experience even today.  In 1996 he was invited to Windsor Castle to meet with the Queen of England who was curious from the beginning about what Monty Roberts was teaching and ultimately convinced him to write one of his first best selling books that sold over 5 million copies.  That book was "The Man Who Listens to Horses."  Please join us and find out it's about way more than good horse sense.  It's good people sense.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT

Kare Anderson believes that in a world that is increasingly more connected and complex both good and bad can hit faster from more people and more places because of tech.  She thinks that our most noble mission is to stay sought after and have a life of meaning.  Please come along with me and meet a truly remarkable woman who believes in mutuality and finding the best way of living life.  She is a Ted Talk Alumni and business strategist to companies, sports teams, startups, government leaders and many diverse non-profits.  She is smart, funny, and in tune with the world in a way that is sure to Challenge Your Thinking.    

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, the CEO's CEO, prolific author, and TED talk alumnus.  She and I discuss what it takes to stand up, speak up and wake up and two of her noteworthy books, Willful Blindness and A Bigger Prize.  She has rightfully been named one of the internet's top 100 by Silicon Valley Reporter, one of the top 25 by Streaming Media Magazine and one of the top 100 media executives by the Hollywood Reporter.  I guarantee that Margaret Heffernan will Challenge Your Thinking. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:22am EDT