Episode 17: Seeing w/ Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott has documented the lives of families living in poverty, Muslim immigrants and other people on the margins of power. She is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and the author of Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City (winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.) Her book and our conversation were eye-opening. I hope it helps you see better too.  Links to learn more about:  Andrea Elliott, Invisible Child

Episode 16: Lost & Found w/ Kathryn Schulz

Kathryn Schulz is a Pulitzer Prize winning staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. Her latest book, Lost & Found, is a wonderful and beautiful read. Our conversation touched on topics like life, death, love and loss – helping me see each in a new light. Links to learn more about:  Kathryn Schulz, Lost & Found, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, When Shipping Containers Sink in the Drink, The Moral Judgment of Henry David Thoreau, Furious Hours  

Episode 15: Dreaming w/ Darryl McDaniels

Darryl McDaniels is one of the founding members of the legendary hip hop group Run DMC. He is also the author of two memoirs, a line of comic books and a recent children’s book, Darryl’s Dream. This was an fascinating conversation that touched on many of the struggles that Darryl has faced during his incredible journey. This episode contains descriptions of suicidal ideation, alcoholism and depression, which some listeners may find disturbing. Listener discretion is advised. If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For crisis support in Spanish,

Episode 14: What We Believe w/ Esau McCaulley

The Reverend Dr. Esau McCaulley is an assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and author of Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope.He is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where I came across his essay titled: “I Grew Up Poor. How Am I Supposed to Raise My Middle-Class Kids?” This was a moving and provocative conversation that could have gone on for hours as we discussed issues of struggle, poverty, race and faith. Learn more about: Esau McCaulley,  “I Grew Up Poor. How Am I Supposed to Raise

Episode 13: Rich Language w/ Alissa Quart

Alissa Quart is Executive Editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, and the forthcoming Bootstrapped: Liberating Ourselves from the American Dream. Alissa also contributes journalism to The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, and many other publications. It was a great conversation about the stories we tell, the myths we need to dispel and the role of language in helping people overcome hardship. Learn more about: Alissa Quart, Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Squeezed:  Why Our

Episode 12: How Less Leads to More w/ Leidy Klotz

Leidy Klotz is a professor of the University of Virginia who studies how we transform things from how they are to how we want them to be. He has written for The Washington Post, Fast Company, The Globe and Mail, and The Behavioral Scientist. We discussed his latest book, Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less and its many implications both on our personal happiness and as a tool for social change. Links to learn more about: Leidy Klotz, Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less, Sustainability through Soccer  

Episode 11: Luck or Skill? w/ Maria Konnikova

Maria Konnikova is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, and professional poker player. Her latest book, The Biggest Bluff, is now out in paperback. It was a fun and fascinating conversation exploring the balance of skill and chance in life. Among the many stories shared was how a chance encounter with a single line in a story she wrote led to my own forthcoming children’s book, Three Little Engines. Links to learn more about: Maria Konnikova, The Biggest Bluff, America’s Surprising Views of Inequality, Shai Davidai, Three Little Engines, Walter Mischel  

Episode 10: Our Histories with Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is a two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poems, Native Guard. Her latest book is Memorial Drive; A Daughter’s Memoir. It was a moving and deeply personal conversation. We talked about the debt we both owe to our mothers and how we examine and reconcile our complicated personal and national histories. Links to Learn More About: Natasha Trethewey,  Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir,  Native Guard

Episode 9: Dream Hoarding w/ Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution whose research focuses on the middle class, inequality and social mobility. His latest book is Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It. Our conversation really challenges us all to reconsider our own American Dream story and more importantly what we’re doing to help or hinder the dreams of others. Links to Learn More About: Richard Reeves,  Dream Hoarders, The Future of the Middle Class

Episode 8: The Recipe for Success w/ Chef Aaron Sanchez

Aaron Sanchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, author and philanthropist. He is chef/owner of Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, and a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. For the many “famous” roles he plays, it was our discussion about the more essential ones of being fathers, sons, grandsons and friends that rang most true.   Links to Learn More About: Chef Aaron Sanchez,  Where I Come From: Life lessons from a Latin Chef,  Aaron Sanchez Scholarship Fund,  Coco