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The Blues Brothers

Guest: Daniel de Vise

Kelly goes deep with Pulitzer Prize winning author Daniel de Vise about his new book, “The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic.”

Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key: Live at the CHF

Guest: Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key

Kelly interviews Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key live at the Chicago Humanities Festival to discuss their new book "The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor."

Liz Tran: The Karma of Success

Guest: Liz Tran

Kelly connects with Liz Tran, the founder of Reset - an executive coaching and wellness company - to talk about her new book "The Karma of Success: Spiritual Strategies to Free Your Inner Genius."

Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross: Your Brain on Art

Guest: Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross

Kelly talks to Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross about the science behind art. The pair have written the book "Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transforms Us."

Mike Lukas: Finding Your Funny Muscle

Guest: Mike Lukas

Kelly reconnects with Second City alum Mike Lukas to talk about his new book, “Finding Your Funny Muscle: How to Create Laughs Like a Pro.”

Christian Madsbjerg: Look

Guest: Christian Madsbjerg

Kelly speaks with Christian Madsbjerg, cofounder of the consulting firm ReD Associates and professor of applied humanities at the New School in New York City. He has a new book called "Look: How to Pay Attention in a Distracted World."

Adam Alter: Anatomy of a Breakthrough

Guest: Adam Alter

Kelly welcomes back NYU marketing professor Adam Alter to the podcast to talk about his new book, “Anatomy of a Breakthrough: How to Get Unstuck When It Matters Most.”

Seth Godin: The Song of Significance

Guest: Seth Godin

Kelly welcomes the legendary Seth Godin back to the podcast to talk about his new book “The Song of Significance: A New Manifesto for Teams.”

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.”

Gabriella Rosen Kellerman: Tommorowmind

Guest: Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

Kelly sits down with MD and Chief Innovation Officer at BetterUP, Gabriella Rosen Kellerman, to discuss her new book co-authored with Martin Seligman: "Tomorrowmind: Thriving at Work - Now and in an Uncertain Future."

Caty Borum: The Revolution Will Be Hilarious

Guest: Caty Borum

Kelly re-connects with American University professor Caty Borum whose new book, "The Revolution Will Be Hilarious" looks at the intersection of social justice and comedy.

Tara Schuster: Glow in the F****ing Dark

Guest: Tara Schuster

Kelly connects with former Comedy Central executive Tara Schuster to talk about her powerful book about the work she's done as an adult to overcome a very rough childhood.

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."

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.”

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.”

Jeremy Utley: Ideaflow

Guest: Jeremy Utley

Kelly ideates with Jeremy Utley, Director of Executive Education at Stanford d.school and Adjunct Professor at Stanford's School of Engineering. He is the co-author with Perry Klebahn of the book “Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters."

Aaron Ahuvia: The Things We Love

Guest: Aaron Ahuvia

Kelly takes a wild ride with University of Michigan professor of marketing, Aaron Ahuvia, to discuss his new book “The Things We Love: How Our Passions Connect Us and Make Us Who We Are.”

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.

Marcus Buckingham: Love and Work

Guest: Marcus Buckingham

Kelly welcomes the always insightful Marcus Buckingham back to the podcast to talk about his new book, "Love and Work," which is a kind of manifesto to center love inside the work we do and in the workplace in general.

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."

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.”

Sarah Stein Greenberg: Creative Acts for Curious People

Guest: Sarah Stein Greenberg

Kelly connects with Sarah Stein Greenberg, the Executive Director of the D School at Stanford University to discuss her new book "Creative Acts for Curious People."

Sarah Ruhl: Smile

Guest: Sarah Ruhl

Kelly is delighted to sit down with acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl to discuss her new book "Smile: The Story of a Face."

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.”

Julie Battilana: Power for All

Guest: Julie Battilana

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Harvard professor Julie Battilana about her new book which examines the science behind power and how it's not something anyone can solely possess.

Rosie von Lila: Mass Human Flourishing

Guest: Rosie von Lila

Kelly has a wide-ranging discussion with the multi-talented Rosie von Lila whose work has taken her from finance to Burning Man to the US National Defense University.

Mary Gauthier: Saved by Song

Guest: Mary Gauthier

Kelly connects with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier to talk about her compelling new memoir, "Saved by Song."

Michael F. Schein: The Hype Handbook

Guest: Michael F. Schein

Kelly talks to Michael F. Schein, Founder, and President of MicroFame Media, about all things hype.

Two Beats Ahead

Guest: Panos Panay and Michael Hendrix

Kelly hits the right note with authors Panos Panay and Michael Hendrix as they discuss their new book, “Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation.”

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."

Amy Solomon: Notes From The Bathroom Line

Guest: Amy Solomon

Kelly talks to Amy Solomon, Hollywood producer on such iconic television shows as "Silicon Valley" and "Barry." Her new book is called "Notes From The Bathroom Line," a collection of essays and musings from 150 hilarious women in comedy.

Susan McPherson: The Lost Art of Connecting

Guest: Susan McPherson

Kelly connects with Susan McPherson about her new book “The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships.”

Clay Drinko: Play Your Way Sane

Guest: Clay Drinko

Kelly talks improvisation and play with Clay Drinko whose new book is called "Play Your Way Sane: 120 Improv Inspired Exercises To Help You Calm Down, Stop Spiraling And Embrace Uncertainty."

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.

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."

Fred Dust: Making Conversations

Guest: Fred Dust

Kelly talks to former IDEO executive Fred Dust about his terrific new book "Making Conversation."

Rob Bell: Everything is Spiritual

Guest: Rob Bell

Kelly breaks digital bread with bestselling author Rob Bell to talk about his new book "Everything is Spiritual: Who We Are and What We're Doing Here."

Ken Kwapis: Directing and Leading

Guest: Ken Kwapis

Kelly connects with film and television director Ken Kwapis ("The Office," "The Bernie Mac Show") about his new book, "But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct."

John Moe: The Hilarious World of Depression

Guest: John Moe

Kelly chats with longtime NPR host John Moe about his new book based on his award winning podcast "The Hilarious World of Depression."

Alyssa Westring: Parents Who Lead

Guest: Alyssa Westring

In a pre-quarantine interview, Kelly talks to professor Alyssa Westring about her new book that looks at the link between business leadership and parental leadership.

Stefan Thomke: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments

Guest: Stefan Thomke

Kelly talks to Stefan Thomke, a leading authority on the management of innovation at the Harvard Business School about his new book, "Experimentation Works."

Joel Peterson: Entrepreneurial Leadership

Guest: Joel Peterson

Chairman of JetBlue Airways and legendary leader Joel Peterson talks to Kelly about what it takes to lead through crisis and calm.

Jennifer Louden: Why Bother?

Guest: Jennifer Louden

Kelly connects with best-selling author and self-care movement pioneer Jennifer Louden about her new book, "Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What's Next."

Carol Triggiano: Chicago Waldorf School

Guest: Carol Triggiano

Longtime Chicago Waldorf teacher Carol Triggiano sits down with Kelly to explore how the Waldorf curriculum is focused on the whole, developing child and their plans for a new outdoor space named after Kelly's daughter Nora.

Rishad Tobaccowala: Restoring the Soul of Business

Guest: Rishad Tobaccowala

Kelly connects with Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer for Publicis Groupe about his new book "Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data."

Jo Boaler: Limitless Mind

Guest: Jo Boaler

Kelly sits down with Stanford University professor Dr. Jo Boaler about her new book, "Limitless Mind," which cites the evidence that our brains are highly adaptable and open to great change.

Gary Pisano: Creative Construction

Guest: Gary Pisano

Kelly talks to Gary Pisano about his new book "Creative Construction" that looks at the DNA of sustained innovation.

Stephen Nachmanovitch: The Art of Is

Guest: Stephen Nachmanovitch

Kelly connects with musician and author Stephen Nachmanovitch whose new book, "The Art of Is," explores the way we all improvise through our day to day lives.

David Benjamin: Cracking Complexity

Guest: David Benjamin

Kelly connects with the co-founder of Syntegrity, David Benjamin, about his new book: "Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast."

Rich Karlgaard: Late Bloomers

Guest: Rich Karlgaard

Kelly connects with Rich Karlgaard, the publisher of Forbes Magazine whose new book is called "Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement."

The Power of Agency

Guest: Paul Napper and Anthony Rao

Kelly talks to performance psychology consultant Paul Napper and cognitive behavioral psychologist Anthony Rao about their new book "The Power of Agency."

Safi Bahcall: Loonshots

Guest: Safi Bahcall

Kelly sits down with physicist and biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall to talk about his new book "Loonshots: How To Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases and Transform Industries."

The Prosperity Paradox

Guests: Efosa Ojoma and Karen Dillon

Kelly talks to Efosa Ojomo of the Christensen Institute and Karen Dillon, the former editor of the Harvard Business Review, about their new book "The Prosperity Paradox", co-authored with the legendary scholar Clayton Christensen.

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.

Ensemble-Made Chicago

Guests: Chloe Johnston & Coya Paz Brownrigg

Kelly talks with Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg about their new book "Ensemble-Made Chicago," which looks at the unique way that Chicago theater artists develop original content in a collaboration with their fellow artists and audiences.

Ingrid Fetell Lee: Joy

Guest: Ingrid Fetell Lee

Kelly connects with former IDEO design director Ingrid Fetell Lee whose new book, "Joyful," looks at the science underneath how we experience joy in the world around us.

Ken Kocienda: Designing Creativity at Apple

Guest: Ken Kocienda

Kelly dials up Ken Kocienda who was on the design team at Apple to talk about innovation, Steve Jobs and developing the iPhone.

Michele Gelfand: Rule Makers, Rule Breakers

Guest: Michele Gelfand

Kelly connects with professor Michele Gelfand whose study of culture has led her to believe that our behaviors and attitudes are largely based on whether we are a product of tight cultures or loose cultures.

Matt Walsh: Getting Out of the Office

Guest: Matt Walsh

Kelly talks to Matt Walsh, the CEO of Green Stone and a business leader who has some interesting insights into the limiting effects of traditional office culture on the ability to be our most creative selves.

Keiko Agena: No Mistakes

Guest: Keiko Agena

Kelly talks to Keiko Agena, best known as Lane Kim on the Gilmore Girls, about her new book "No Mistakes: A Workbook for Imperfect Artists."

Michael Ventura: Applied Empathy

Guest: Michael Ventura

Kelly talks to the CEO of Sub Rosa, Michael Ventura, about his new leadership book "Applied Empathy."

Francesca Gino: Why it Pays to Break the Rules

Guest: Francesca Gino

Kelly talks to Francesca Gino, a Harvard professor whose new book, “Rebel Talent,” highlights the unusual characteristics of our most successful innovators - including a chapter looking at the power or improvisation.

Howard Yu: How to Thrive in a World of Inevitable Copycats

Guest: Howard Yu

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with scholar Howard Yu about his new book "Leap," which looks at how being the best doesn't guarantee long-term success.

Leonard Mlodinow: Elastic Thinking

Guest: Leonard Mlodinow

Kelly meets Leonard Mlodinow, a theoretical physicist who has co-written books with Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra. His new book is called “Elastic Thinking”

Best Of Getting To Yes, And

Guest: Best Of Guests

We recently aired our 100th episode of “Getting to Yes, And.” So we’ve compiled ten of our favorite moments from the podcast. Enjoy!

Nicholas Chater: The Mind Is Flat…And It Improvises

Guest: Nicholas Chater

Kelly has an intriguing conversation with Behavioral Scientist Nicholas Chater whose controversial new book, “The Mind is Flat,” challenges the concepts of mental depth and unconscious thinking.

Leah Weiss: How We Work

Guest: Leah Weiss

Kelly sits down with Stanford University professor Leah Weiss whose new book “How We Work” looks at ways in which we can re-humanize the workplace.

Charlan Nemeth: In Defense Of Troublemakers

Guest: Charlan Nemeth

Kelly cooks up trouble with professor Charlan Nemeth whose new book looks at the virtues of the outliers and misfits. Read further for this week’s Rule of Three.

Melissa Shilling: Quirky

Guest: Melissa Shilling

Kelly talks to Professor Melissa Shilling whose new book “Quirky” explores the science the traits that drive geniuses like Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and Marie Curie.

An Education In Comedy

Guest: Anne Libera and Kelly Leonard

This week we talked to Anne Libera, Director of the Comedy Studies program for The Second City and Columbia College.

Colin Fisher: Organizations Improvise

Guest: Colin Fisher

This week we talked to Colin Fisher, a scholar, author and teacher of team leadership, creativity and improvisation.