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 Sahara Desert for Charlie Engle.Read More
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.Read More
Big Questions celebrates its one-year anniversary with takeaways from guests over the last year.Read More
This episode speaks to anyone who meets an unexpected and unwanted twist of fate.Read More
The story of Alex’s bestselling book, The Third Door, continues in this episode. The sequel is an amazing story of resilience and triumph.Read More
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.Read More
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 negotiate well.Read More
Ammar Kandil, Thomas Brag and Matt Dajer go on adventures that define the group’s name: Yes Theory. They say yes to tasks that make them uncomfortable, and the difficulties they encounter lead to authenticity -- which intensifies their friendship.Read More
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.Read More
Some people can teach you more in an hour than you’d ordinarily learn in a decade.
For me, that person is Frank Blake – the former CEO of Home Depot.
The astonishing part of the hour in which we conversed was that Frank schooled me about a subject I thought I knew very well – asking questions.Read More
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.Read More
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 to keep his trip going.Read More
Laura Schwab tells Cal about the circuitous journey that took her from jumping rope as a girl in Louisville to being the president of Aston Martin.Read More
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 lungs, David Sanborn has been making a series of connections that evolved into an extraordinary life and career.Read More
Cal meets the best-selling author at an entrepreneurial conference in Colorado called two12 and becomes highly curious as to how Ryan can be a writer and ALSO an expert at marketing books, as well as positioning companies. Generally, when a person has one of those talents or skills, he or she is lacking in the other area.Read More
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.Read More
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 Brian Chesky and a group of millennials who’d founded Airbnb.Read More
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. That conversation was turned into a noted Esquire Magazine story published in Michael’s own words in the January 2002 issue.Read More
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.Read More