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Episode 36: The Awesome Responsibility with Kyle Carpenter

We’ve seen it in the movies, someone throws themselves onto a grenade to save their buddy, but how many of us could actually do it? Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, can answer that question. However, he sees what he did as the kind of responsibility we all have - to protect and take care of each other. His words are powerful and inspiring. This is… A Bit of Optimism.



Episode 35: Raising Resilient Kids with Angela Duckworth

With unprecedented levels of stress and depression amongst young people, I wanted to know what we, as an older generation can do to help. So I talked to psychologist, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit , Angela Duckworth. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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Episode 34: Learning to Love with Tim Shriver

Most people know him as a disability rights activist, chairman of Special Olympics or for his book The Call to Unite. But when we talked, our conversation took a turn. We ended up talking about what it means to learn to love. And it was wonderful. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

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Episode 33: Thinking Differently with Matthew Barzun


Every now and then, I get to meet someone who sees the world differently. Matthew Barzun is one of those people. He was early to see opportunities that others didn’t - in the internet, in political fundraising and even as US Ambassador. Put simply, Matthew helps us see the world differently. This is… A Bit of Optimism.

I’m so excited that Matthew’s new book The Power of Giving Away Power will be released through our Penguin Random House imprint, Optimism Press, on June 1st. Optimism Press’ WHY is to publish the ideas that inspire us and give us the tools we need to build a more optimistic world - and Matthew’s new book exemplifies that perfectly. Grab your copy here


Episode 32: Having a Laugh with Michael McIntyre


In high stress times it helps to laugh, which is why I called Michael McIntyre, one of the most successful comedians in the world. And that’s what we did…we laughed. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 31: Respect with Nicole Avant


In a world that’s increasingly polarized, it’s harder and harder to bridge the divide between ourselves and those we disagree with. Filmmaker and former US Ambassador, Nicole Avant and I chatted about the importance of reaching out beyond the divide and showing fellow humans a little respect. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 30: Designing the Future with Brian Collins


Spotify, Target and Twitch are just three of the brands whose identify has been significantly influenced by Brian Collins. He’s a legend in the design world and thinks about the future in ways completely different from everyone else. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 29: Confidence with Sara Blakely


Confidence is this thing we all need…this thing we all want. Some seem to find it easier than others. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, found it and it worked. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 28: Vulnerability with Brigadier General Michael “Johnny Bravo” Drowley


If you ask people in the military what makes them willing to sacrifice themselves for each other, the answer may surprise you. It’s not God or country…it's LOVE. In business we have colleagues and co-workers, in the military, they have brothers and sisters. Bonds like that inspire people to do remarkable things for each other. I sat down with Brigadier General Michael “Johnny Bravo” Drowley, to understand what it takes to build a bond of love on a team. This is… A Bit of Optimism.


Episode 27: The One With Brené Brown


People tell me that Brené Brown’s work, more than anyone else, is the perfect companion to my work. So what a treat for me to talk to Brené to further explore… and debate, well, a whole lot of things. This is… A Bit of Optimism.