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Big Questions with Cal Fussman

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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, diggingRead more

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Good Questions From Socrates To Cal

Nov 23 • 40:12

Cal celebrates his birthday to find an unexpected gift. It’s a book written by Marc Champagne called: Personal Socrates: Questions That Will Upgrade Your Life from Legends & World Class Performers. Cal opens the book and is surprised to find that the first chapter is about HIM. Other chapters are run through the prism of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, the writer Maya A...

Lisa Gable: Zigzagging To The Top

Nov 16 • 52:38

Cal gets a windfall when he listens to the strategy that takes Lisa Gable where she wants to go. And Lisa’s gone to some incredible places. The author of Turnaround has served four presidents, raised about a half billion dollars and stitched together a coalition of food and beverage industry corporations with public health agencies that led to the reduction of 6.4 trillion...

Coach K: Patterns Of Success

Nov 9 • 01:13:01

As Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski heads into his 47th and final year of coaching college basketball, Cal goes to the archives to play a conversation with the Hall of Fame coach that he had ten years ago. It’s filled with the ingredients of success, and touches on topics like time, money, support, mentorship, passion, love, friendship, preparation, fear, honor, failure, truth and f...

Ryan Hampton And A Dopesick Nation

Nov 2 • 01:25:26

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Michael Moss: Halloween’s Scariest Trick

Oct 26 • 51:57

When Cal wonders how much money Americans annually spend on Halloween, he’s directed to the author of Salt Sugar Fat and Hooked: Food, Free Will, And How The Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions. Cal finds out that kids consume what amounts to 169 sugar cubes each Halloween, but Moss shocks him with a most unexpected thought. That Halloween is fine. It’s the other 364 days i...

David Rubenstein: Our Debt And Your Wallet

Oct 19 • 59:56

The United States is $28 trillion in debt, and it was going to run out of money on October 18th if it couldn’t borrow more. Fortunately, an agreement was reached in Congress to temporarily raise the debt ceiling and keep the government functioning. Unfortunately, the debt problem was kicked like a can into the near future, and a political solution will need to be agreed up...

Dan Gable: How To Ask For Help

Oct 12 • 56:10

For years, Cal wanted to have a conversation with the greatest wrestler who ever lived. Dan Gable went undefeated in high school, won two national championships at Iowa State University and took a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics by beating six opponents with three pins and shutting his other opponents out by a combined score of 26-0. His dominance continued as a coach at t...

The 77 Laws Of Six Pack Abs

Oct 5 • 43:21

After putting on a bunch of weight during COVID, Cal says enough is enough. Just as he does, he hears about a book that promises to bring back his six pack. The last time Cal saw that six pack was thirty years ago. But authors and personal trainers Stephen Compolo and Peter Tzemis guarantee Cal that if he follows the formula he can see that six pack once again. Plenty of g...

Elijah Stacy: Reshaping Yourself

Sep 28 • 52:56

Cal comes across the mindset of overcoming adversity when he talks with a 19-year-old who has a fatal disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Elijah avoided an operation that would have straightened his curved spine with a metal rod by straightening it himself through exercise and diet. Now, with the possibilities of gene editing, he’s got his sights on stopping the di...

Matthew McConaughey: Fathers And Sons

Sep 21 • 01:00:22

Cal raced home from the hospital for a brief time while he was caring for his 90-year-old dad to have this conversation with the actor and author Matthew McConaughey, and he’s sure glad he did. The two talked about their dads, and Matthew passed along a gift that Cal found very helpful after his dad passed away. Cal will always be grateful for this hour. It has something f...

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