Big Questions with Cal Fussman

Big Questions with Cal Fussman
Cal Fussman continues his journey uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

Tom Breitling Is Betting On Las Vegas
Jul 7 • 32 min
No city may be more vulnerable to the coronavirus than Las Vegas. Every year it was inviting 42 million people in for dinner. The city’s economy is dependent on those visitors. Entrepreneur Tom Breitling, author of the book Double or Nothing, and some of…
Maria Sharapova: Getting To A Better Place
Jun 30 • 59 min
Cal talks with one of the greatest tennis players of all time about the attitude and strategies that can guide us all through the different stages of reinvention. Maria left Russia at the age of six with her dad to come to America and play tennis. Her dad…
Time To Get Healthy
Jun 23 • 80 min
After almost a half a year of being cooped up and inhaling news of the coronavirus, the killing of George Floyd by police and the subsequent anger and uncertainty all over the world, Cal got an opportunity to get healthy. The founders of Madefor reached…
Dave Chappelle Gives Cal An Idea
Jun 16 • 13 min
After watching the comic/sage talk about our national reality on his recently-released special called 8:46, Cal feels nudged to offer up his own thoughts on how we might move forward. Cal is certainly no comedian, but he does have a few stories to tell…
Eric Adams: Protestor, Policeman, Politician
Jun 9 • 38 min
Cal gets on the phone with the Brooklyn Borough President in the midst of the recent protests, rioting and looting to talk about the complexity of our national problem. Eric was given a racial beat down by police, who repeatedly kicked him in the groin…
Jacqueline Novogratz: Lessons From The Pivot Queen
Jun 2 • 44 min
Jacqueline has turned an interview she bungled right off the bat when she graduated from college into a career that has influenced hundreds of millions of lives. As CEO of the entrepreneurial investment firm Acumen, she has been named one of the Top 100…
Steve Herz: Communication Tips For The Zoom Age
May 26 • 60 min
Cal gets a tutorial on how to pivot his business to the Internet from the president of The Montag Group, an agency famous for representing America’s finest broadcasters. Steve is an expert at analyzing communication skills, as he proves in his forthcoming…
Remembering Jerry Stiller
May 19 • 21 min
Cal looks back at the stories he wrote for Esquire in the words of the actor who played George Costanza’s father in Seinfeld. The way Stiller got the role is perfect example of pivoting that applies to us all during the time of the coronavirus. The actor…
Kathi Sharpe-Ross: How To Reinvent Yourself
May 12 • 59 min
There’s never been a better time to talk about reinvention that during the craziness of the coronavirus. When things return to normal, there’s going to be a new normal. Reinvention has always been one of Cal’s specialties, and this week he chats with a…
Jeffrey Katzenberg: On The Future Of Storytelling
May 5 • 14 min
Cal jumps on the phone with the man who helped bring The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Shrek and The Little Mermaid into the world. The conversation is about the new form of storytelling that Katzenberg is introducing called Quibi. That’s…
Bob Costas: Sports & The Truth
Apr 28 • 49 min
Cal sits down with the award-winning broadcaster to talk about the the loss of sporting events in our culture during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Cal has known Bob for roughly 40 years since they both moved to St. Louis to start their careers,…
The Points Guy: Getting Back on Airplanes
Apr 21 • 52 min
Cal sits with Brian Kelly to talk about what the future will hold for aviation and travel once the coronavirus pandemic is past and we can all take to the skies again. Brian is the CEO of The Points Guy, a company at the epicenter of the travel industry…
Patrick McGinnis: Fear Of Missing Out In These Crazy Times
Apr 14 • 48 min
Patrick tells Cal how the phrase came about after he noticed so many young people trying to fit as much into their lives as possible after 9/11 and the tech bubble meltdown in the stock market in the early years of the century. The conversation moves on…
Jamie Metzl: The Future In Front Of Us
Apr 7 • 41 min
Cal talks with the geopolitical futurist about changes that we will likely see. Jamie has been appointed to the WHO expert advisory committee on developing global standards for the oversight of human genome editing. He’s served in the U.S. National…
In-Q: Get The Most Out Of Your Words
Mar 31 • 60 min
With much of the world on lockdown, it’s a good time to reboot, and writing a poem could be a great way to start. The creative process is revealed in a way that will get you to think about your own – whether it’s to write a note to a loved one or to…
The Secret Sauce For Human Connection
Mar 24 • 53 min
Cal sits down for a bowl of pasta while on lockdown in Los Angeles with Chris Schembra who’s on lockdown in New York. Chris is an award-winning Broadway producer who is most proud of starting a series of pasta dinners to bring people together and show…
Chicken Soup For The Soul & Coronavirus
Mar 17 • 58 min
Cal talks with the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise, which has sold half a billion books over the years — Mark Victor Hansen.
Michael O’Brien: Stopping A Bad Moment From Becoming A Bad Day
Mar 10 • 52 min
As news of the coronavirus spreads, Cal looks for a way to put it all in perspective with Michael O’Brien, an executive coach who teaches us how to neutralize bad moments and keep them from spiraling into bad days. That coaching career came about after…
Coronavirus Safety Tips From Aunt Mitzi
Mar 3 • 55 min
Cal reaches out to Harvard grad, science writer and great-grandmother of 12 to get advice on how to respond to the coronavirus.
James Altucher: On How To Improve
Feb 25 • 67 min
Cal and his old pal talk about unique ways to think about self-improvement that call us to step aside and try something new to add to our existing skill levels. The conversation questions whether you can get more out of yourself by spending 10,000 hours…
Lou DiBella: On Why We Love Boxing
Feb 18 • 50 min
As this week’s heavyweight championship fight between undefeated Deontay Wilder and undefeated Tyson Fury approaches, Cal sits down with his old pal to try to figure out the outcome. As they get into the intricacies of the bout, they find out they…
Gary Smith: For the Love of Writing
Feb 11 • 44 min
Little did Cal know back then that after Gary retired from Sports Illustrated, he’d take his magnificent interviewing and writing skills to an entirely new place. Matrimony.
Scott Budnick: Producing Just Mercy
Feb 4 • 50 min
A decade ago, Scott Budnick was a producer on the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever, The Hangover. Now, he’s an executive producer of Just Mercy, which is about as serious as a movie can get. It’s the true story of an African-American Harvard Law…
Kobe Bryant Remembered
Jan 28 • 77 min
Cal looks back on what he learned from the NBA legend over several conversations before Kobe’s unfortunate passing. Then replays the talk he had with Kobe that got this podcast off the ground back in 2017. It’s an unusual look at how curiosity and…
Marie Kondo Teaches Cal To Tidy Up
Jan 21 • 38 min
The Japanese guru and best-selling author shows Cal how to unclutter his life – from determining which items to discard and which ones to keep … all the way down to the proper way to fold socks. Cal learns to focus on removing anything in his life that…
Leonard Kleinrock: When The Internet Was Born
Jan 14 • 64 min
The professor gives Cal a tour of the sacred space at UCLA where the first Internet message was sent in 1969. There’s no better tour guide. Leonard was there when it happened. The computer scientist talks about the development of the Internet in a way…
Discovering Your New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 7 • 41 min
Cal looks back on what he learned from Big Questions last year as a way to improve in 2020. Clips include takeaways from: Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why. Larry King, the CNN talk show host who celebrated his 86th birthday after overcoming severe…
Alex Banayan And A Great Moment From 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 52 min
Cal looks at a favorite moment in 2019, and discovers much under the surface of a video that went viral. It’s set at an event that Alex was speaking at thrown by Dutch Bros. Coffee for its baristas. Just before Alex spoke, one of the baristas, Amanda…
Tucker Max: On Books and Personal Growth
Dec 24, 2019 • 56 min
The best-selling author tells Cal how he transformed from writer of the New York Times bestsellers I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell and Assholes Finish First to a dad playing Candyland with his kids. That, in itself, is quite a story. But that’s not all.…
Great Takeaways From Women
Dec 17, 2019 • 30 min
Cal looks back at some of the best nuggets of wisdom he’s received from women on Big Questions over the last two years, and passes them on to you
Cal Tells The Legendary Santa Suit Story
Dec 10, 2019 • 21 min
Listeners of Big Questions who first heard Cal tell stories on Tim Ferriss’s podcast often reach out to Cal and ask him to tell more stories. Cal’s Santa Suit story goes back almost a quarter of a century and is timed perfectly to the season. There’s…
Larry King: Happy 86th Birthday!
Dec 3, 2019 • 37 min
Cal sits with his pal after a party thrown by the Friars Club commemorated a birthday that many thought Larry might not be around to celebrate. For many months, Larry battled a series of major illnesses that nearly took his life. But Larry’s indomitable…
Gator Vs. The Hurricane
Nov 26, 2019 • 38 min
Months after 200-mile-an-hour winds and a 25-foot tidal wave by the name of Hurricane Dorian whipped into The Bahamas and destroyed the coral farm Gator Halpern established to save the reefs that protect the shores. He’s developed a technology to grow…
Tom Junod: Lessons From Mr. Rogers
Nov 19, 2019 • 69 min
Cal sits with his old pal, Tom Junod, after they see a preview of the upcoming movie about the children’s television host that stars Tom Hanks. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is based on the Esquire Magazine cover story that Junod wrote in 1998, and…
Summit: Make No Small Plans
Nov 12, 2019 • 49 min
The collaborative spirit became fully apparent to Cal when he was invited to give a talk at a Summit event four years ago. This talk changed Cal’s life and ultimately led to the creation of this podcast. Cal catches up with Jeff Rosenthal, one of the four…
Charles Schwab: How To Own Your Tomorrow
Nov 5, 2019 • 25 min
Cal sits with investment guru Charles Schwab on the stage at the Money 2020 conference in Las Vegas to discuss the philosophies behind his success and how all of us need to look at retirement in an age when we may live 20 years longer than we expected.…
Why Are Physicians Burning Out?
Oct 29, 2019 • 71 min
This is a conversation that everyone in America needs to hear. On average, one doctor commits suicide in the United States every day – which is the highest suicide rate of any profession. Reagan served as a surgeon for the U.S. military in Iraq and is now…
How To Defeat Your Internal Saboteurs
Oct 22, 2019 • 64 min
Cal meets Shirzad Chamine, the chairman of CTI, the largest coach and training company in the world. CTI has trained execs and managers at most of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as faculty at Yale and Stanford Business Schools. He learns that Shirzad…
Trump, Video Games and … Cal???
Oct 15, 2019 • 44 min
The President has just joined the live-streaming video platform Twitch and Cal senses that it’s time to air the podcast with Scott Novis. Formerly VP and GM of Disney Interactive, he founded a company called GameTruck to bring video game parties to…
Brendan Kane: One Million Followers In 30 Days
Oct 8, 2019 • 59 min
Cal heard about the growth hacker who’s worked with Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Michael Strahan, and also built a 7-figure social media following for himself in one month. And he figured it might be a good thing to get a glimpse of this world. But this…
What An Ideal Partnership Can Do
Oct 1, 2019 • 69 min
Cal gets to the essence of his sponsor: Sportiqe. Matt Altman and Jason Franklin, two guys who grew up thousands of miles apart, trace the backstory of their clothing company with moments that touch back on Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, the great Chicago Bulls…
Double Your Productivity With Tim Campos
Sep 24, 2019 • 36 min
Tim Campos doubled productivity for Facebook while he was Chief Information Officer between 2010 and 2016. Now, Tim tries to do the same for Cal by introducing him to his latest project: Woven. Woven is a state-of-the-art digital calendar that we can all…
Amanda Slavin: Getting To The Next Level
Sep 17, 2019 • 76 min
The CEO of CatalystCreativ was the spark for a huge change in Cal’s business and life — and this conversation gets to finding the essence in yourself and using it to be your best. It also applies to companies. Amanda has designed a strategy that…
Jason Harris: The Power of Persuasion
Sep 10, 2019 • 66 min
Cal learns he can be way more persuasive than he ever thought when he sits with the CEO of Mekanism. Jason’s company has been named the small agency of the year by Ad Age. And Jason’s got a book out called The Soulful Art of Persuasion that a Harvard…
Marc Roberge: Business Lessons From A Rock Band
Aug 27, 2019 • 55 min
The lead singer of O.A.R. clues Cal in to the business philosophies that have kept Of A Revolution thriving for nearly a quarter of a century. Any stereotype of dreamy artists is swiftly put to rest as Marc explains the constant vigilance all the band…
Nir Eyal: How To Be Indistractable
Aug 20, 2019 • 47 min
Cal gets tips on getting all those dings, notifications and technological distractions out of his life from a man who has spent much of his career making people yearn for more technology. Many takeaways in this conversation with the author of the upcoming…
What If You Never Had To Work Again?
Aug 13, 2019 • 55 min
By the time she’d reached her 30s, Sabrina had amassed enough wealth so that neither she – nor any of her family members — ever needed to work again. But that was only the beginning. Sabrina went on to get a master’s degree at USC and a doctorate at the…
The Walk and Richard Branson
Aug 6, 2019 • 26 min
Cal looks back on the most amazing thing he’s ever seen in his life when a French street performer named Philippe Petit secretly rigged a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center and walked on it 1,300 feet above the ground. The British…
Jennifer Lawrence, Bono, The Pope and … Matt Pohlson
Jul 30, 2019 • 62 min
That’s right, Matt Pohlson. Cal sits with the founder of Omaze, a company that has helped raise $130 million for roughly 350 charities through donations made by people looking for a chance to win once in a lifetime experiences. Drink wine with Jennifer…
David Griffin: How Good People Influence Your Life
Jul 23, 2019 • 77 min
Not long ago, the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA’s draft lottery and selected Zion Williamson. As we see in this week’s episode, the executive in charge of putting together that team, David Griffin, has created a life out of being around the right…
Getting The Most Out of Your Life with Jeff Civillico
Jul 16, 2019 • 64 min
Jeff Civillico has a superpower that makes people pay attention within three seconds. That’s why he’s got a show on The Strip in Las Vegas and has been named Entertainer of the Year by Vegas Inc. Jeff is a juggler, but more than that, he uses his ability…
Tim Staples: On How To Capture Attention
Jul 9, 2019 • 74 min
Tim, and his company, Shareability, have made it to the front of YouTube 35 times. Tim has created viral videos with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and mesmerized millions with a video of dogs using hands to eat around a table at a family dinner. The…
Fourth of July Barbecue with Steven Raichlen
Jul 2, 2019 • 57 min
20 years ago, Cal sought out Steven to learn how to grill to write a story for Esquire Magazine. With one day of training and a lot of practice, Cal competed in the Jack Daniel’s World Barbecue Championship, where judge Clive Cussler declared Cal’s…
Finding Mastery With Michael Gervais
Jun 25, 2019 • 53 min
This episode of Big Questions swerves in an unexpected direction: How to get the most out of life when you feel stuck in one place. And Michael shows Cal that it’s exactly the place where you can reach for the best in yourself. Cal is on the lookout for…
Paying It Forward To Tim Ferriss
Jun 18, 2019 • 69 min
Cal thanks Tim Ferriss for pushing him to start his podcast by helping two young guys who recently took leave from Harvard to get their tech start-up going. Sam Rukeyser and Dave Lu have come up with a platform that allows podcast listeners to save the…
Michael Kassan: Seeing The Full Picture In Business
Jun 11, 2019 • 47 min
Cal has a transformative moment in a conversation with a recent inductee in the Advertising Hall of Fame – Michael Kassan. For years, Cal struggled with social media and self-promotion. But the conversation with Kassan, the founder of MediaLink, freed Cal…
Dete Meserve And Kindness Meet Million-Dollar May
Jun 4, 2019 • 66 min
Dete Meserve, the CEO of Wind Dancer Films and author of the books Good Sam and Random Acts of Kindness, shows Cal how the same skills and talents he used as a writer for decades can also serve him as a CEO. The epiphany comes at just the right time, as…
Life is Good: Turning Optimism into a Hundred-Million Dollar Business
May 28, 2019 • 72 min
Cal touches on the story of two brothers: Bert and Johnny Jacobs, who converted their eternal optimism into a t-shirt business that is now a burgeoning company. it wasn’t easy at the start. The brothers spent five years driving around the country in a van…
Heather Monahan: On Creating Confidence
May 21, 2019 • 80 min
Cal meets his polar opposite: Heather Monahan. Whereas Cal was told as a writer in Journalism School never to sell, Heather developed on the sales side being told not to think of herself as a creative talent. She climbed the corporate ladder and was named…
John Rampton: Moments That Change Your LIfe
May 14, 2019 • 77 min
Cal looks at how John Rampton made millions by becoming one of the top online influencers in the world – tracing Rampton’s ascent back to an accident in college that left John bedridden in a hospital for months. John learned to master social media in that…
Muhammad Ali: Through The Eyes of His Daughter, Hana
May 7, 2019 • 67 min
Cal sits with Muhammad’s daughter, Hana, almost three years after his passing to talk about her dad. Hana has just written a book called At Home With Muhammad Ali, and this conversation looks at what life was like in the moments when the cameras weren’t…
Dandapani: On Learning to Concentrate
Apr 30, 2019 • 59 min
When Cal turns into a salesman to try to generate a million dollars in new business by the end of May, he is unprepared for the constant buzzing of his cellphone and the new lifestyle this brings. When it begins to feel like his brain has fragmented into…
James Altucher: A Business Strategy Masterclass
Apr 23, 2019 • 95 min
When Cal needs to develop a business strategy for his new company, James comes to the rescue. Altucher has started many businesses, making millions, losing millions & making more millions. A prolific blogger, podcaster, author, investor & owner of a…
Mordechai Wiener: Lose Weight Through Storytelling
Apr 16, 2019 • 66 min
Cal gets the skinny on a new program that helps people lose weight. It’s not a diet. There are no pills. The Reverse Approach was created by Mordechai Wiener while dropping from 330 pounds to 197. By listening to the stories of people who’ve lost a lot of…
Amy Morin: On Mental Toughness
Apr 9, 2019 • 80 min
The best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do gives Cal lessons on training your brain for happiness and success. It couldn’t have come at a better time for Cal, who was recently challenged to lift his game as a CEO and responded…
Dr. Steven Gundry: Following Your Purpose
Apr 2, 2019 • 54 min
Former chairman of cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Gundry, and his wife ran through their retirement savings as he pivoted careers, giving patients advice on what to put in their guts rather than operating on their hearts. Research & self-experimentation led…
Bruce Lee Teaches Cal to Evolve… Through His Daughter
Mar 26, 2019 • 58 min
“To change with change is the changeless state.” Bruce Lee is famous for fighting roles in films beloved around the world dating back to the 70s. But underneath the images that made him iconic is a philosophy of breaking tradition and constantly moving…
Phillip Stutts: Politics, Marketing & The Secret Sauce
Mar 19, 2019 • 70 min
Phillip Stutts has helped candidates win 1,200 elections. Here he talks about the impact of storytelling on politics and businesses. Donald Trump was able to win the presidency by merging big data, social media and branding. Businesses, too, need to…
Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game
Mar 12, 2019 • 89 min
Simon talks about the theme of his upcoming book, The Infinite Game. The concept behind Simon’s previous 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…
Daniela Fernandez: The Million-Dollar Save
Mar 5, 2019 • 64 min
There’s a garbage island twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean. 50% of the oxygen we breathe is created by the ocean. That’s every 2nd breath you take. We’re slowly choking ourselves. Cal checks in with 25-year-old Daniela Fernandez whose…
Brian David Johnson: Takes Cal into the Future
Feb 26, 2019 • 62 min
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…
George Raveling: On The Power of Books
Feb 19, 2019 • 72 min
In Aug. 1963 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 he handed it to George. George would become a coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team…
Feb 12, 2019 • 105 min
This episode is both a buddy story and a love story, 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. It could be called “Stand Up,” because of the…
John Livesay: Selling Through Stories
Feb 5, 2019 • 68 min
Cal The Journalist meets John The Salesman and things will never be the same. 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 story that turned him into…
Miki Agrawal: On The Power of Disruption
Jan 29, 2019 • 52 min
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 speaking with Miki Agrawal, entrepreneur and author of the book Disrupt-Her. Miki has specialized in…
TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie: The More You Give, The More You Live
Jan 22, 2019 • 83 min
TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie once got the advice: “The more you give, the more you live.” It has guided Blake ever since. TOMS donates shoes to an impoverished child for every pair sold and now has a campaign to end gun violence. Blake describes the…
George Clooney and Charlie Engle: On Telling A Story
Jan 15, 2019 • 78 min
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…
Andy Grammer: On Creation
Jan 8, 2019 • 83 min
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…
Anniversary Party with Kobe Bryant, Larry King, Seth Godin & Friends
Jan 1, 2019 • 66 min
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…
Dr. Gautam Gulati: On Getting Where You Need To Go
Dec 25, 2018 • 61 min
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…
Alex Banayan: To Bestseller and Beyond
Dec 18, 2018 • 64 min
The Bestselling Author Returns
Cal Fussman: The Power Of A Gift
Dec 11, 2018 • 23 min
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.
Jordan Harbinger: On How to Make a Comeback
Dec 4, 2018 • 86 min
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…
Chris Voss: On Negotiating Better in your Everyday Life
Nov 27, 2018 • 65 min
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…
Yes Theory: On Helicopter Bungee Jumping With Will Smith
Nov 20, 2018 • 100 min
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,…
Ellie Kemper: On Getting Laughs in Changing Times
Nov 13, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Frank Blake: On The Power of Questions
Nov 6, 2018 • 52 min
Blake served as deputy council for George H.W. Bush when Bush was Vice President, and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Energy. He worked for Jack Welsh at General Electric and had an amazing career that arched across various fields. He gives Cal an…
Dan Pink: On WHEN To Get The Best Out Of Yourself
Oct 30, 2018 • 51 min
The author of the New York Times best-seller When joins Cal at Chicago Big Ideas week and gives him advice on the best time of the day to eat, exercise and hold meetings. Not to mention the worst time of day to make important decisions. He explains to Cal…
Rob Lawless: On Making 10,000 Friends Through Travel
Oct 23, 2018 • 58 min
Cal talks with Rob Lawless about the changes in travel since Cal went around the world back in the 80s. Whereas Cal used magazine work to get his journey off the ground and then was passed around the world by the people he met, Rob now uses the Internet…
Aston Martin’s Laura Schwab: The Winding Road to Success
Oct 16, 2018 • 75 min
Aston Martin’s president tells Cal about the circuitous journey that took her from jumping rope as a girl in Louisville, to the tennis team at Notre Dame, to law school, to working three jobs to make ends meet at age 27, all the way to the top of the…
David Sanborn: The Art Of Being Awake
Oct 9, 2018 • 71 min
The Grammy Award-winning saxophone player gets to the essence of the way we can all get the most out of our lives through the art of being awake. From the time he was a boy who’d contracted polio and found the saxophone to improve the strength of his…
Ryan Holiday: On Merging Creativity and Business
Oct 2, 2018 • 61 min
Cal finds out exactly how Ryan became The Full House in a conversation that will benefit anyone trying to create a piece of art or a business. There are many takeaways in this episode, especially for people who are coming up with ideas for a new business,…
Glenn Beck: On Outrage and Empathy
Sep 25, 2018 • 55 min
When Cal asks the conservative talk show host about the roots of his new book, Addicted to Outrage, Glenn goes back to his childhood to explain the events that made him who he is.
Chip Conley: Airbnb’s Mentor on How to Transform Yourself
Sep 18, 2018 • 66 min
Cal finds there can be life after one’s heart stops beating. Chip Conley tells him what it was like to flatline at age of 47, how he recovered and went on to sell his boutique hotel company, which put him in the surprising place where he could mentor…
Michael Wright: Surviving On 9/11
Sep 11, 2018 • 70 min
Cal reconnects with the man who had the World Trade Center fall on his head and finds the lessons he learned even more powerful over time. The two reflect upon the conversation they had shortly after Michael survived the deadliest attack on American soil.…
Radha Agrawal: On Building Community
Sep 4, 2018 • 69 min
As Cal tries to expand awareness of his podcast, he gets tips from the author of the just-released book entitled: Belong: Find Your People, Create Community and live a more Connected Life. Radha is the founder of Daybreaker – an early morning celebration…
Kevin Hines: Whatever your difficulties, never count yourself out. Never. Never. Never.
Aug 28, 2018 • 80 min
Kevin tells Cal how mental illness pushed him to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 18 years ago – and how he survived only because a sea lion kept him propped up on the water’s surface. Kevin became one of only a few people to walk away…
Diana Nyad: On Finding A Way
Aug 21, 2018 • 83 min
As the fifth anniversary of Diana Nyad’s record-breaking swim between Cuba and Florida approaches, Diana explains to Cal what it took to make the 110-mile journey in 2013 at the age 64. “Success is the ability to move from one failure to another without…
Mick Ebeling: On Why Nothing Is Impossible
Aug 14, 2018 • 64 min
The founder of Not Impossible Labs tips off his next landmark invention: a band that can stop tremors caused by Parkinson’s Disease. Not Impossible Labs has invented a device that allowed a paralyzed graffiti artist to create art using only his eyes, and…
Jocko Willink: On Going to War with Your Weaknesses
Aug 7, 2018 • 89 min
Jocko explains how his fundamental laws of combat translate into leadership in business. He explains how to maneuver to get in people’s heads to make them see things they wouldn’t have seen otherwise. He talks about the value of keeping communications…
Sex Doll Robots and The Future of Relationships
Jul 31, 2018 • 59 min
Cal gets a glimpse of the future from psychologist Linda Papadopoulos as she breaks the news about life-sized robots now being manufactured to the buyers’ individual tastes. These robots are built not only as the sexual partners of our dreams. They can be…
James Altucher on Reaching For Your Future and Letting Go of Your Past
Jul 24, 2018 • 81 min
Cal discovers how the best-selling author, investor, financial analyst, blogger, podcaster and delightful conversationalist once reduced all his worldly possessions to15 items that could fit in a small satchel that he carried with him from Airbnb to…
Eva Karpman: Reboot Your Childhood Curiosity
Jul 17, 2018 • 49 min
Reboot your childhood curiosity just like Cal did, by listening to 8-year-old Eva Karpman, who’s asked questions to General Stanley McChrystal, best-selling author Simon Sinek, and billionaires for Dream Big podcast. Takeaways from this episode:How to…
Mike Posner: The Power in Speaking Your Truth
Jul 10, 2018 • 101 min
The singer reveals the journey that produced the hit song I Took A Pill in Ibiza. TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:When Mike gained fame but lost his way, and how he came home to himself when he got a second shot. Mike’s grounding relationship with his mother,…
Diving Deep Into Ice Cream with Dr. Lara Pence
Jul 3, 2018 • 59 min
Cal has lost 20 pounds after meeting Spartan CEO Joe De Sena, running obstacle races and changing the way he eats. But he still has to deal with his feelings for ice cream. Food therapist Dr. Lara Pence comes to the rescue… TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:…
Great Takeaways From Big Questions
Jun 26, 2018 • 79 min
Cal opens the party to a lot of new listeners with takeaways from Kobe Bryant, Soul Cycle CEO Melanie Whelan, memory expert Jim Kwik, marketing guru Seth Godin, media titan Nely Galan, broadcaster Larry King and many others. The champagne is on ice …
Rachel Platten: On How To Break Through
Jun 19, 2018 • 60 min
The singer of the hit Fight Song teaches Cal the power of persistence. This episode is all about the 15-year struggle it took Rachel to break through with that song, which became Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign anthem.
Nely Galán: On Turning Pain to Profit
Jun 12, 2018 • 81 min
Cal learns what it’s like to be Warren Buffett on the inside and a piñata on the outside. Nely is a Cuban immigrant who became an entrepreneur as a teenager after overhearing her mother and father wonder how they were going to pay the bills to put her…
Ben Nemtin: On The Power of Change
Jun 5, 2018 • 81 min
The Buried Life star once again finds the best within himself. Takeaways from this episode:How helping others is really helping yourself.How doing something that inspires you - even if the initial ambition is small - can be the catalyst to your next great…
Scooter Braun: A Lesson in Triumph Over Tragedy
May 29, 2018 • 25 min
The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert a year ago led to a benefit concert that is the definition of overcoming obstacles. Scooter Braun - her manager as well as Justin Bieber’s, Carly Rae Jepsen’s, and many more - opens up about the process it…
Jim Kwik On Never Forgetting a Name Again
May 22, 2018 • 101 min
The celebrity memory coach hones Cal’s mind. Takeaways from this episode:Turning what might be seen as a weakness into your greatest challenge and ultimately a strength.Tips for memorization.
Ozan Ozkural: The Power of Travel
May 15, 2018 • 45 min
The World According to the CEO of Tanto Capital Partners.
Sasha Cohen: On Olympian Sacrifices and Life Changes
May 8, 2018 • 67 min
It’s a landmark day as Cal guides the silver-medal winning figure skater to new ground.
Shabnam Mogharabi: From Lindsay Lohan to Leadership
May 1, 2018 • 67 min
The Soul Pancake CEO shows Cal how to evolve in business.
Bill Nye, an Epic Story, and a Monumental Challenge
Apr 24, 2018 • 67 min
Why Cal went back to high school chemistry in his 30s, and how The Science Guy plans to save the world
Larry King on Sinatra and The Meaning of a Life’s Work
Apr 17, 2018 • 74 min
A conversation between Cal and The King for the ages.
John Amato: The Art of Business
Apr 10, 2018 • 51 min
The CEO of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter shows Cal how Steve Jobs was the most important artist of the last 100 years.
Joe De Sena: Spartan Race Founder on Building Grit and Perseverance
Apr 3, 2018 • 81 min
Cal meets the founder of Spartan, agrees to enter an obstacle race and brings in the amazing Lil Misty Diaz (on crutches!) to train him.
What I’ve Learned from Big Questions • Season 1
Mar 27, 2018 • 87 min
Cal looks back at his favorite moments and biggest lessons from Season 1.
Debra Lee: Learning from the Past
Mar 20, 2018 • 67 min
The Chairman and CEO of BET gives Cal insights that overlap the fight for Civil Rights and the women’s movement.
Melanie Whelan: Growth and Scaling
Mar 13, 2018 • 65 min
The SoulCycle leader shows Cal how to think and listen like a CEO.
Randi Zuckerberg: The Art of Being a Woman in 2018
Mar 6, 2018 • 67 min
In a time of frustration, anger and change, Randi opens Cal’s eyes to a lot of things he did not know.
Alex Banayan: Learning From Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jessica Alba, and more
Feb 27, 2018 • 83 min
Cal dives deep into the stories of Alex Banayan’s unprecedented adventure—from hacking Warren Buffett’s shareholders meeting to chasing Larry King through a grocery store to celebrating in a nightclub with Lady Gaga.…
Seth Godin: Seeing the World Through a Different Frame
Feb 20, 2018 • 89 min
The best-selling author teaches Cal how to think like a marketer.
Dr. Oz: Life Changes that Matter
Feb 13, 2018 • 52 min
Cal and Dr. Mehmet Oz talk about getting more out of yourself and your life in a time that demands it.
Daymond John: Goals and Grinding
Feb 6, 2018 • 62 min
Cal gets tips for success from the man who turned a $10 hat into a $6 billion business. TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:Tips for seizing your day in the morning, that will help you rise and grind.The small idea that ended up being Daymond’s shot to rise to…
Scooter Braun: Bringing Light to Darkness
Jan 30, 2018 • 67 min
In a year filled with terrorist attacks and natural disasters, Scooter Braun is pushed to get the most out of himself. As the manager of Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, and so much more, 2017 gave Scooter challenge after challenge. From…
Kobe Bryant: Storytelling and the Awareness of Fear
Jan 23, 2018 • 83 min
Cal uncovers how Kobe made the leap from one of the NBA’s greats to Oscar nominee.
My First Big Question
Dec 21, 2017 • 38 min
Today, Cal takes us all the way back to November, 1963, when he first realized the power of his curiosity in one of the nation’s most difficult moments.
Tim Ferriss: How to Make Money
Nov 28, 2017 • 86 min
Cal’s financial fears disappear as Tim passes on his financial principles and investment strategies.
Tim Ferriss: The Creation of a Bestseller
Nov 21, 2017 • 108 min
Cal finds out about the influences that led Tim to write the 4-Hour Workweek and a succession of best sellers as Tim prepares to release his latest blockbuster — Tribe of Mentors.
Nov 20, 2017 • 1 min
Legendary interviewer Cal Fussman goes deep with your favorite cultural figures in this brand new podcast from Midroll Media.