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

Episode 7: Reaching for Hope with Nicholas Kristof

Nick Kristof is a self-described “Oregon farm boy turned New York Times columnist.” We discussed his latest book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Written with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, it explores why some people, including many childhood friends from his #6 school bus, have dramatically different life outcomes than others. It was a deeply honest and personal conversation about our friends, our lives and what contributes to where we end up. Links to Learn More About: Nicholas Kristof, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Kristof Impact

Introducing Attribution w/ Bob McKinnon

Listen to the trailer for our new podcast Attribution — where people from all walks of life, reflect on who and what has contributed to where they ended up. Our hope is after each episode, you feel a little more inspired, grateful, or supported, then when you first hit play.

Episode 6: Reporting on the American Dream w/ Paul Solman

Paul Solman is the business, economics and occasional art correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Paul is also co-founder of the American Exchange Project. Our conversation was recorded as part of an event held by the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College, where I also teach. It was a fascinating discussion about the historical challenges in achieving and reporting on economic mobility. Learn more about: Paul Solman, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, The American Exchange Project, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at

Episode 5: The Keys w/ Jonnie “Most” Davis

Musician/producer/songwriter, Jonnie “Most” Davis had his first number one hit at the age of 24. Since then he’s worked with artists such as Roger Daltry, Mary J. Blige, Biggie Smalls, Outkast, Usher, American Authors, and Pink. All toll he has 25 Gold and Platinum records to his credit. But in this conversation, you’ll hear that he doesn’t define success by the Billboard charts and that the people that contributed to where he is today are far from household names. Links to Learn More About: Jonnie Most Davis, Jonnie’s recent journey

Episode 4: Showing up w/ Bobby Jones

In this wide ranging conversation, the author and entrepreneur Bobby Jones talks about business, culture, sports – and the role each plays in making the world a bit better. In sharing his own journey growing up in Washington DC, Bobby talks about the importance of just “showing up for each other”,  seeing examples of successful people who look like you in your neighborhoods  and asking ourselves to think about what we’re “putting in the hands” of our young people that will shape their path forward.   Bobby Jones, co-founder of Good is the New Cool and brand purpose consultancy Conspiracy of