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How to Become Famous

Guest: Cass Sunstein

Kelly welcomes the prolific author Cass Sunstein back to the show to talk about his new book, "How to Become Famous: Lost Einsteins, Forgetting Superstars and How The Beatles Came to Be."


Guest: Marc Zao Sanders

Want a productivity hack that will change your life? Kelly connects with Marc Zao-Sanders, the co-founder and CEO of filtered.com to discuss his new book "Timeboxing: The Power of Doing One Thing at a Time."

Tightwads and Spendthrifts

Guest: Scott Rick

Is your spouse a tightwad or a spendthrift? Kelly talks to Scott Rick, marketing professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business about his new book “Tightwads and Spendthrifts: Navigating the Money Minefield in Real Relationships.”

How to Walk Into a Room

Guest: Emily P. Freeman

Kelly connects with best-selling author Emily P. Freeman to talk about her new book “How to Walk into a Room: The Art of Knowing When to Stay and When to Walk Away.”

Sound of the Future

Guest: Tobias Dengel

Kelly talks to tech entrepreneur Tobias Dengel about his new book "Sound of the Future: The Coming Age of Voice Technology."

Slow Productivity

Guest: Cal Newport Slow Productivity

Kelly welcomes Cal Newport back to the podcast. Cal is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University and a founding member of the Center for Digital Ethics. His latest book is called, "Slow Productivity"

Learned Excellence

Guest: Eric Potterat & Alan Eagle

Kelly bridges the world of Navy Seals training and Second City improv training with Eric Potterat, a performance psychologist and retired US Navy commander and executive communication expert Alan Eagle. They explore their book "Learned Excellence."

The Friction Project

Guest: Bob Sutton

Kelly welcomes the great Bob Sutton back to the podcast. Professor Emeritus at Stanford, Bob has a new book out called "The Friction Project" which he co-wrote with Huggy Rao.

Evolutionary Intelligence

Guest: W. Russell Neuman

Kelly talks to W. Russell Neuman, a specialist in new media and digital education at NYU - whose career has also taken him to MIT and the White House - to discuss his new book “Evolutionary Intelligence: How Technology Will Make Us Smarter."

Warriors, Rebels & Saints

Guest: Moshik Temkin

Kelly looks at leadership through the lens of history with Moshik Temkin, a professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Belfer Center. His new book is titled, "Warriors, Rebels & Saints."

Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma

Guest: Dr. Mariel Buque

Kelly connects with psychologist and professor Dr. Mariel Buque to discuss her new book “Break the Cycle: A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma.”

"Big Bets”

Guest: Rajiv Shah

Kelly connects with Rajiv Shah, the President of the Rockefeller Foundation and a former government official who oversaw USAID from 2010 to 2015. His new book is called "Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens."

Morgan Housel: Same As Ever: A Guide To What Never Changes

Guest: Morgan Housel

Kelly talks to best-selling author Morgan Housel whose book "The Psychology of Money" sold over 3 million copies. His new book, "Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes" is a fascinating look at history's most powerful lessons.

Michael Gervais: The First Rule of Mastery

Guest: Michael Gervais

Kelly sits down with high performance psychologist Michael Gervais to talk about his new book "The First Rule of Mastery: Stop Worrying About What People Think of You."

Catalina Daniels & James Sherman: Smart Startups

Guest: Catalina Daniels & James Sherman

Kelly spends time with Catalina Daniels and James Sherman, two entrepreneurs who met at Harvard Business School and have written a new book: “Smart Startups: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know.”

Suneel Gupta: Everyday Dharma

Guest: Suneel Gupta

Kelly welcomes back Suneel Gupta to the podcast to talk about his new book "Everyday Dharma: 8 Essential Practices for Finding Success and Joy in What You Do.”

Hal Hershfield: Your Future Self

Guest: Hal Hershfield

Kelly connects with UCLA professor Hal Hershfield to talk about his new book "Your Future Self: How To Make Tomorrow Better Today." 

Amy Edmondson: The Right Kind of Wrong

Guest: Amy Edmondson

Kelly welcomes back renowned Harvard professor Amy Edmondson to the podcast to discuss her new book "The Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well."

Jason Del Rey: Winner Sells All

Guest: Jason Del Rey

Kelly speaks to journalist Jason Del Rey to discuss his new book, “Winner Sells All: Amazon, Walmart and the Battle For Our Wallets.”

Rob Cross & Karen Dillon: The Microstress Effect

Guest: Rob Cross & Karen Dillon

Kelly talks to Babson College professor Rob Cross and returning guest Karen Dillon of the Harvard Business Review to discuss their new book: “The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems – and What to Do About It.”

Zeynep Ton: The Case for Good Jobs

Guest: Zeynep Ton

Kelly sits down with Zeynep Ton, Professor of the Practice in Operations Management group at MIT Sloan School of Management to discuss her new book “The Case for Good Jobs: How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone’s Work.”

Marcus Collins: For the Culture

Guest: Marcus Collins

Kelly speaks to Marcus Collins, head of strategy at Wieden+Kennedy and assistant professor at The Ross School of Business, University of Michigan to discuss his book: “For The Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, And Who We Want To Be."

Jean Twenge: Generations

Guest: Jean Twenge

Kelly sits down with Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and the author of “Generations: The Real Difference Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents – and What They Mean for America’s Future.”

Daniel T. Willingham: Outsmart Your Brain

Guest: Daniel T. Willingham

Kelly connects with University of Virginia psychologist Daniel T. Willingham to talk about his new book, “Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning is Hard and How You Can Make it Easy.”

Sarah Rose Cavanagh: Mind Over Monsters

Guest: Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Kelly welcomes back Sarah Rose Cavanagh to the podcast. Sarah is an associate professor of practice in psychology at Simmons University and the author of “Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge."

Ben Alderson-Day: Presence

Guest: Ben Alderson-Day

Kelly crosses the Atlantic to talk to Ben Alderson-Day, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Durham University and the author of “Presence: The Strange Science and True Stories of the Unseen Other.”

Katherine Morgan:The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control

Guest: Katherine Morgan Schafler

Kelly talks to Katherine Morgan Schafler, a psychotherapist, writer, speaker and former on-site therapist at Google about her new book “The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power.”

Bruce Jackson: Never Far From Home

Guest: Bruce Jackson

Kelly meets Bruce Jackson, associate general counsel for Microsoft and a former entertainment attorney. He has a new memoir, “Never Far From Home: My Journey from Brooklyn to Hip Hop, Microsoft, and the Law.”

Yael Schonbrun: Work, Parent, Thrive

Guest: Yael Schonbrun

Kelly sits on the couch with clinical psychologist Yael Schonbrun to talk about her new book “Work, Parent, Thrive: 12 Science-backed Strategies to Ditch Guilt, Manage Overwhelm and Grow Connection (When Everything Feels Like Too Much).”

Ben Ramalingam: Upshift

Guest: Ben Ramalingam

Ben Ramalingam is the Director of Strategy for the British Red Cross. His new book is called "Upshift: Turning Pressure into Performance and Crisis into Creativity.”

Anuradha Dayal-Gulati, Ph.D.: Heal Your Ancestral Roots

Guest: Anuradha Dayal-Gulati, Ph.D.

Kelly talks to Anuradha Dayal-Gulati who began a new path of helping people release the past and reclaim their power. Her new book is titled, "Heal Your Ancestral Roots: Release the Family Patterns That Hold You Back."

Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold: Choose Growth

Guest: Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold

Kelly spends Valentine's Day with Scott Barry Kaufman and Jordyn Feingold to talk about their amazing new book "Choose Growth: A Workbook for Transcending Trauma, Fear, and Self-Doubt."

Geoffrey Cohen: Belonging

Guest: Geoffrey Cohen

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Stanford professor Geoffrey Cohen about his new book, “Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides.”

Mauro Porcini: The Human Side of Innovation

Guest: Mauro Porcini

Kelly connects with PepsiCo's first ever Chief Design Officer, Mauro Porcini, to talk about his new book, “The Human Side of Innovation: The Power of People in Love with People.”

Michael Alcée: Therapeutic Improvisation

Guest: Michael Alcée

Kelly plops down on the couch with Michael Alcée, a clinical psychologist and Mental Health Educator at Manhattan School of Music to talk about his book, “Therapeutic Improvisation: How to Stop Winging It and Own It as a Therapist.”

Paul Zak: Immersion

Guest: Paul Zak

Kelly welcomes neuroscientist Paul Zak back to the podcast to talk about his new book “Immersion: The Science of the Extraordinary and the Source of Happiness.”

Ross Dawson: Thriving on Overload

Guest: Ross Dawson

Kelly connects with Ross Dawson, a world-leading futurist, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker to talk about his new book, “Thriving on Overload: The 5 Powers for Success in a World of Exponential Information.”

Jessical Nordell: The End of Bias

Guest: Jessical Nordell

Kelly sits down with science writer Jessica Nordell to talk about her new book "The End of Bias: A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias."

Becky Blades: Start More Than You Can Finish

Guest: Becky Blades

Kelly connects with writer and creative strategist Becky Blades to talk about her new book “Start More Than You Can Finish: A Creative Permission Slip to Unleash Your Best Ideas.”

Scott Simon: Scare Your Soul

Guest: Scott Simon

Kelly connects with happiness entrepreneur Scott Simon to talk about his new book: "Scare Your Soul: 7 Powerful Principles for Harnessing Fear and Living Your Most Courageous Life."

Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai: Hack Your Bureaucracy

Guest: Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai

Kelly talks to former Obama White House staffers Marina Nitze and Nick Sinai about their new book: “Hack Your Bureaucracy: Get Things Done No Matter What Your Role on Any Team.”

Joe Maddon: The Book of Joe

Guest: Joe Maddon

Kelly snags an interview with the legendary baseball manager Joe Maddon to talk about his new book "The Book of Joe: Trying Not to Suck at Baseball & Life."

Christie Hunter Arscott: Begin Boldly

Guest: Christie Hunter Arscott

Kelly talks to Christie Hunter Arscott, an award-winning advisor and speaker. She has a new book, it’s called: “Begin Boldly: How Women Can Reimagine Risk, Embrace Uncertainty, and Launch a Brilliant Career.”

Dandapandi: The Power of Unwavering Focus

Guest: Dandapandi

Kelly connects with Dandapani, a Hindu priest, entrepreneur, and a former monk of 10 years to discuss his new book, "The Power of Unwavering Focus."

Joan Ball: Stop, Ask, Explore

Guest: Joan Ball

Kelly connects with Joan Ball, an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University to discuss her new book: “Stop, Ask, Explore: Learn to Navigate Change in Times of Uncertainty.”

Wendy Smith: Both/And Thinking

Guest: Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith, the Academic Director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the University of Delaware, joins us to talk about a new book she co-wrote with Marianne Lewis, Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems.

Russ Roberts: Wild Problems

Guest: Russ Roberts

Russ Roberts, host of the award-winning weekly podcast EconTalk, joins the pod to discuss his new book: “Wild Problems: A Guide to the Decisions that Define Us.”

Simran Jeet Singh: The Light We Give

Guest: Simran Jeet Singh

Kelly connects with Simran Jeet Singh, the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Program on Religion & Society. His new book is called "The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life."

DJ Vanas: The Warrior Within

Guest: DJ Vanas

Kelly connects with speaker and author D.J. Vanas to discuss his new book “The Warrior Within: Own Your Power to Serve, Fight, Protect and Heal.”

Steve Magness: Do Hard Things

Guest: Steve Magness

Kelly welcomes back performance expert Steve Magness to the podcast to talk about his new book "Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness."

The Upside of Uncertainty

Guest: Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr

Kelly crosses the Atlantic, talking to France-based couple Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr about their new book "The Upside of Uncertainty: A Guide to Finding Possibility in the Unknown."

Deborah Gilboa, MD: From Stressed to Resilient

Guest: Deborah Gilboa, MD

Kelly reconnects with Doctor Deborah Gilboa (Dr. G), a go-to expert on raising and educating respectful, responsible, resilient young people. She has a new book "From Stressed to Resilient: The Guide to Handle More and Feel Less."

Brian Elliott: How the Future Works

Guest: Brian Elliott

Kelly speaks to Brian Elliot, Executive Leader at Future Forum and SVP at Slack, about his new book: “How the Future Works: Leading Flexible Team to do the Best Work of Their Lives.”

Eric Barker: Plays Well With Others

Guest: Eric Barker

Kelly welcomes Eric Barker back to the podcast to talk about his new book: “Plays Well With Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrong.”

Daniel Coyle: The Culture Playbook

Guest: Daniel Coyle

Kelly welcomes back New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle to talk about his new book: “The Culture Playbook: 60 Highly Effective Actions To Help Your Group Succeed.”

Todd Kashdan: The Art of Insubordination

Guest: Todd Kashdan

Kelly mixes things up with George Mason University professor Todd Kashdan to talk about his new book "The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent & Defy Effectively."

Liz Fosslien: Big Feelings

Guest: Liz Fosslien

Kelly connects with writer Liz Fosslien to talk about her new book "Big Feelings: How To Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay."

Zoe Chance: Influence is Your Superpower

Guest: Zoe Chance

Kelly welcomes Yale scholar Zoe Chance back to the podcast to talk about her new book: “Influence is your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change and Making Good Things Happen.”

Barry Nalebuff: Split the Pie

Guest: Barry Nalebuff

Kelly has a conversation with Yale Scholar Barry Nalebuff about his new book: “Split the Pie: A Radical New Way to Negotiate.”

Ranjay Gulati: Deep Purpose

Guest: Ranjay Gulati

Kelly connects with Harvard professor Ranjay Gulati to discuss his new book "Deep Purpose: The Heart and Soul of High-Performance Companies.”

Catherine Price: The Power of Fun

Guest: Catherine Price

Kelly connects with noted science writer Catherine Price to discuss her new book "The Power of Fun: How To Feel Alive Again."

Ayelet Fishbach: Get It Done

Guest: Ayelet Fishbach

Kelly catches up with noted University of Chicago scholar Ayelet Fishbach to discuss her new book “Get It Done: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation.”

Annie Murphy Paul: The Extended Mind

Guest: Annie Murphy Paul

Kelly speaks to noted science writer Annie Murphy Paul about her fascinating book “The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain.”

Jenn Lim: Beyond Happiness

Guest: Jenn Lim

Kelly talks to Jenn Lim, the Co-Founder, and CEO of Delivering Happiness, about her new book, "Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact."

Joe Sanok: Thursday is the New Friday

Guest: Joe Sanok

Kelly connects with Joe Sanok, host of the popular “The Practice of the Practice” podcast and the author of “Thursday is the New Friday: How to Work Fewer Hours, Make More Money and Spend Time Doing What You Want.”

Gary Bolles: The Next Rules of Work

Guest: Gary Bolles

Kelly looks into the future of work and learning with noted expert Gary Bolles whose new book is called: “The Next Rules of Work: The Mindset, Skillset, and Toolset to Lead Your Organization Through Uncertainty."

Linnea Gandhi: Noise

Guest: Linnea Gandhi

Kelly welcomes Linnea Gandhi back to the podcast to talk about the work she did as "Chief of Staff" for the new book "Noise," by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass Sunstein.

Jay Van Bavel: The Power of Us

Guest: Jay Van Bavel

Kelly connects with NYU professor Jay J. Van Bavel to talk about his new book "The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation and Promote Social Harmony.”

Remote Work

Guest: Robert Pozen & Alexandra Samuel

Kelly connects with authors Robert Pozen & Alexandra Samuel about their new book "Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work . . . Wherever You Are"

Erica Dhawan: Digital Body Language

Guest: Erica Dhawan

Kelly connects with CEO Erica Dhawan, who offers amazing insights into the many ways we need to alter the way we communicate through digital spaces.

Nedra Glover Tawwab: Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Guest: Nedra Glover Tawwab

Kelly connects with therapist Nedra Glover Tawwab to talk about her new book "Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself."

Paula Davis: Beating Burnout at Work

Guest: Paula Davis

Kelly talks to resiliency expert Paula Davis about her new book, “Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold The Secret to Well-Being and Resilience.”

Don Waisanen, Ph.D: Improv for Democracy

Guest: Don Waisanen, Ph.D.

Kelly introduces us to professor Don Waisanen, whose new book, "Improv for Democracy," offers that improv-based teaching and training can help the world.

Judy Samuelson: The Six New Rules of Business

Guest: Judy Samuelson

Kelly talks to Judy Samuelson of the Aspen Institute to talk about her new book, “The Six Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World.”

Cyril Bouquet: Alien Thinking

Guest: Cyril Bouquet

Kelly makes a long-distance connection with professor Cyril Bouquet who teaches in Switzerland at the Institute for Management Development. They discuss his new book "Alien Thinking: The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas."

Katy Milkman: How To Change

Guest: Katy Milkman

Kelly talks with Wharton professor Katy Milkman about her new book: “How To Change: The Science of Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be.”

Dr. Marisa Porges: What Girls Need

Guest: Dr. Marisa Porges

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Dr. Marisa Porges who currently runs The Baldwin School outside of Philadelphia, but she also worked in the Obama White House and flew fighter jets for the Navy.

Katherine May: Wintering

Guest: Katherine May

Kelly speaks to bestselling author Katherine May about her new book "Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times."

Dr. Devon Price: Laziness Does Not Exist

Guest: Dr. Devon Price

Kelly connects with Dr. Devon Price to discuss their new book "Laziness Does Not Exist," which focuses on the many ways that the term "lazy" is used to oppress our most disadvantaged communities.

Jonah Berger: The Catalyst

Guest: Jonah Berger

Kelly connects with Wharton professor and bestselling author Jonah Berger to talk about his new book "The Catalyst."

Dr. Eric Maisel: The Power of Daily Practice

Guest: Dr. Eric Maisel

Kelly rings in the new year with best selling author and creativity coach Dr. Eric Maisel to discuss his book "The Power of Daily Practice."

Sameer Hasija: The Phoenix Encounter Method

Guest: Sameer Hasija

Kelly talks to Singapore-based INSEAD professor Sameer Hasija about his new book “The Phoenix Encounter Method: Lead Like Your Business Is On Fire!"

Mauro Guillén: 2030

Guest: Mauro Guillén

Kelly talks to Wharton School management professor Mauro Guillén about his new book, “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide And Reshape The Future Of Everything.”

Frances Frei: Unleashed

Guest: Frances Frei

Kelly has a spirited conversation with Harvard professor Frances Frei about her new book co-written with Anne Morriss, “Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You.”

Peter McGraw: Shtick to Business

Guest: Peter McGraw

Kelly connects with University of Colorado Boulder professor Peter McGraw to talk about his new book "Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy Can Teach You About Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career.”

Darrell Rigby: Doing Agile Right

Guest: Darrell Rigby

Kelly talks all things Agile with Bain & Company's Darrell Rigby whose new book is called "Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos."

Jacqueline Novogratz: Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

Guest: Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz, the CEO of Acumen, a global community changing the way the world tackles poverty, talks about her new book: "Manifesto For A Moral Revolution."

Jeff Wald: The End of Jobs

Guest: Jeff Wald

Kelly connects with Work Market Founder Jeff Wald to talk about his new book "The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations.”

Jim McKelvey: The Innovation Stack

Guest: Jim McKelvey

Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Square, Jim McKelvey, links with Kelly about his new book "The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time."

BJ Fogg: Tiny Habits

Guest: BJ Fogg

Kelly gleans insights from Stanford University Professor BJ Fogg on the science of changing habits.

Kim Scott: Radical Candor

ICYMI: Kim Scott

In case you missed it: Kim Scott sits down to discuss her best-selling book and management philosophy, Radical Candor, and gives listeners systematic hacks that individuals can apply to make work and life better.

Jules Pieri: How We Make Stuff Now

Guest: Jules Pieri

Kelly connects with co-founder and CEO of The Grommet, Jules Pieri, on her new book, "How We Make Stuff Now," which unlocks key insights on turning ideas into products to build a successful business.

Ken Auletta: Frenemies

Guest: Ken Auletta

Kelly talks to author and columnist of The New Yorker Ken Auletta about frenemies within the changing landscape of marketing and advertising.

Catherine Sanderson: The Positive Shift

Guest: Catherine Sanderson

Kelly sits down with Amherst professor Catherine Sanderson to talk about her new book "The Positive Shift," which explores how our mindset can make us healthier and happier.