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Edible Economics

Guest: Ha-Joon Chang

Kelly gets a lesson in both food and economics from Professor Ha-Joon Chang when they discuss his new book “Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World.”

Be Your Own Cheerleader

Guest: Neelu Kaur

Kelly talks to Neuro-Linguistic Programming Executive Coach and Burnout Management Specialist Neelu Kaur about her book, “Be Your Own Cheerleader: An Asian and South Asian Woman’s Cultural, Psychological, and Spiritual Guide to Self-Promote at Work."

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.”

Without a Doubt

Guest: Surbhi Sarna

Kelly has a conversation with entrepreneur Surbhi Sarna who has a new book "Without a Doubt: How to Go From Underrated to Unbeatable."

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."


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.”

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.”

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.”

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).”


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.”

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."

Say the Right Thing

Guest: David Glasgow

David Glasgow, NYU professor and Executive Director of the Melzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging talks about his new book, co-written with Kenji Yoshino, "Say the Right Thing: How to Talk About Identity, Diversity, and Justice."


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."

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.

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.

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."

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."

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.”

The Tao of Alibaba

Guest: Brian Wong

Kelly talks to Brian Wong, the first American employee of Alibaba about his new book “The Tao of Alibaba: Inside the Chinese Digital Giant That is Changing the World.”

The Brain-Friendly Workplace

Guest: Friederike Fabritius

Kelly welcomes Friederike Fabritius back to the show. She is a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the field of neuroleadership. Her new book is called “The Brain-Friendly Workplace: Why Talented People are Quitting and How to Get Them to Stay.”

Getting Along

Guest: Amy Gallo

Kelly talks to Amy Gallo, the author of the “HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict” and co-host of the HBR ‘Women at Work” podcast. Her new book is called “Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)."


Guest: Annie Duke

Kelly has an inspiring conversation with the great Annie Duke, who has see-sawed her way from academia to professional poker and back to academia. Her new book is called "Quit: The Power of Knowing When To Walk Away."

Digital, Diverse and Divided

Guest: Davide Livermore

Kelly connects with social scientist David Livermore to discuss his new book: “Digital, Diverse and Divided: How to Talk to Racists, Compete with Robots and Overcome Polarization.”

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.”

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."

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."

Navigating Ambiguity

Guest: Andrea Small

Kelly talks to Stanford Professor Andrea Small about her new book "Navigating Ambiguity: Creating Opportunities in a World of Unknowns."

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."

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."


Guest: Leidy Klotz

Kelly talks to University of Virginia professor Leidy Klotz about his fascinating book "Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less."

Healthcare, Tech and Empathy

Guest: Dr. Adrienne Boissy

Kelly connects with the amazing Dr. Adrienne Boissy about her work for both The Cleveland Clinic and Qualtrics. She is always looking to lead with empathy.

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.

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."

On Storytelling and Story Jam

Guest: Stephanie Rogers

Kelly sits down in the studio with his old friend Stephanie Rogers, the creator of Story Jam: A Live Lit Show that combines storytelling and original music.


Guest: Chad Sanders

Kelly welcomes back Chad Sanders to the show to talk about his new podcast "Quitters" which he hosts with Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" fame.

Mastering Community

Guest: Christine Porath

Kelly welcomes back Georgetown professor Christine Porath to discuss her new book "Mastering Community: The Surprising Ways Coming Together Moves Us From Surviving to Thriving."


Guest: Payal Kadakia

Kelly connects with Payal Kadakia, the founder of the fitness and wellness platform ClassPass to talk about her new book "LifePass: Drop Your Limits, Rise To Your Potential."

Rethinking Sex

Guest: Christine Emba

Kelly has a provocative conversation with Washington Post writer Christine Emba whose new book is called "Rethinking Sex: A Provocation."

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.”

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."

Toxic Positivity

Guest: Whitney Goodman

Kelly sits on the couch across from Whitney Goodman, the radically honest psychotherapist behind the popular Instagram account @sitwithwhit - to talk about her new book "Toxic Positivity."

The Super Age

Guest: Bradley Schurman

Kelly looks into the future with demographic futurist Bradley Schurman whose new book is called "The Super Age: Decoding Our Demographic Destiny."

The Power of Regret

Guest: Dan Pink

Kelly welcomes Daniel Pink back to the podcast. The bestselling author has a new book called "The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward."

Jerks at Work

Guest: Tessa West

Kelly commiserates with NYU professor Tessa West about her new book, "Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What To Do About Them.”

Healing Through Yoga

Guest: Paul Denniston

Kelly sits down with Paul Denniston, the founder of Grief Yoga to talk about his new book “Healing Through Yoga: Transform Loss Into Empowerment.”

Fierce Love

Guest: The Reverend Doctor Jacqui Lewis

Kelly connects with public theologian, activist and minister, The Reverend Doctor Jacqui Lewis to talk about her new book, "Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal The World."

Improv for the Visually Impaired

Guest: Deana Criess

Kelly talks to Deana Criess whose work at the Perkins School for the Blind has her teaching improvisation to the visually impaired.

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.”

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."


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."

The Burnout Epidemic

Guest: Jennifer Moss

Kelly dedicates this show to his boss as he connects with Journalist Jennifer Moss whose new book is called “The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It.”

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.”

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."

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"

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.

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."

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.”

Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life

Guest: Luke Burgis

Kelly sits down with entrepreneur Luke Burgis to talk about his new book that explores the theories of French historian Rene Girard.

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.

A Woman's Guide to Claiming Space

Guest: Eliza VanCort

Kelly talks to writer, consultant, and speaker Eliza VanCort about her new book, "A Woman's Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard."

Just Work

Guest: Kim Scott

Kelly has a friend of the pod, Kim Scott on to talk about her fantastic new book, "Just Work: Get S**t Done, Fast and Fair."

Be Where Your Feet Are

Guest: Scott O'Neil

Kelly connects with legendary sports executive Scott O'Neil who runs the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils about his new book, “Be Where Your Feet Are: Seven Principles to Keep You Present, Grounded and Thriving.”

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.”

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.”

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.

Black Magic

Guest: Chad Sanders

Kelly talks to entrepreneur and media mogul Chad Sanders about his new book “Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph.”

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.”

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."

The Catalyst

Guest: Jonah Berger

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

Humor, Seriously

Guest: Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

Stanford's Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas' new book "Humor, Seriously" was #1 in the Financial Times recommended reads and featured in Fast Company. Learn why laughter is like exercising, meditating, and having sex… at the same time!

Free Range Kids

Guest: Lenore Skenazy

Kelly speaks to journalist and co-founder of Let Grow, Lenore Skenazy about helicopter parenting and the myths that make our children less resilient than they need to be.

Trampled By Unicorns

Guest: Maëlle Gavet

Kelly connects with tech superstar Maëlle Gavet to discuss her new book, "Trampled By Unicorns: Big Tech's Empathy Problem And How To Fix It."

Calling Bullshit

Guest: Carl Bergstrom

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with professor Carl Bergstrom about his new book "Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World."

On the Brink of Everything

Guest: Parker Palmer

Kelly connects with noted author and activist Parker Palmer to talk about living a whole and purposeful life.

Edge: Turning Adversity Into Advantage

Guest: Laura Huang

Kelly reconnects with Harvard professor Laura Huang to talk about her new book which offers the science behind seeing all obstacles as gifts.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Guest: Sanford Greenberg

Kelly has a fascinating conversation with Sanford Greenberg, whose memoir of becoming blind in his junior year of college, is a story of determination, love and grit.

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.

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."

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.

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."

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.

Hivemind: The New Science of Tribalism In Our Divided World

Guest: Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Professor Sarah Rose Cavanagh talks about her surprisingly hopeful book, “Hivemind,” that breaks down the science of tribalism.

The Witches are Coming

Guest: Lindy West

Kelly sits down with Lindy West, the author of "Shrill," to talk about her new book "The Witches Are Coming."

Fight Like A Mother

Guest: Shannon Watts

After starting a national movement in the wake of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, talks to Kelly about her latest book, "Fight Like a Mother."

Shift Ahead

Guest: Allen Adamson

Kelly talks to branding and marketing expert Allen Adamson about his latest book, "Shift Ahead: How The Best Companies Stay Relevant In A Fast-Changing World."

Fail More

Guest: Bill Wooditch

Kelly talks to Bill Wooditch, CEO of risk management company The Wooditch Group. His new book, "Fail More," speaks to the need for individuals to embrace their mistakes as a way to grow and thrive.

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.

Mastering Civility At Work

Guest: Christine Porath

Do you think we have a civility problem in the world today? Yeah, we do to.

Great At Work

Guest: Morten Hansen

Kelly digs into the science behind great work performance with Berkeley professor Morten T. Hansen. His new book, “Great at Work,” gives some surprising insight into what makes individuals truly excel in their jobs.

Seeing Into The Future

Guest: Bob Johansen

Kelly talks to futurist Bob Johansen who has worked with companies like Kellogg’s, Intel, Disney and McDonalds. Bob is a distinguished fellow at The Institute for the Future and got his PhD at Northwestern University.

Peak Performance

Guest: Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Kelly talks to the authors of “Peak Performance,” Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, about the science of success and how individuals can elevate their game and avoid burnout.