Books Applied PodcastSep 01, 2023
Books Applied Podcast - Breath by James Nestor - Featuring Special Guest Lenka Koppova
We explore the surprising and weird world of breathing in this conversation about the book Breath by James Nestor. Lenka Koppova and I discuss improving our lives by paying more attention to how we breathe.
Books Applied Podcast - Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - Featuring Special Guest Franklin Taggart
In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert tells us how to live the life of a creative. Special guest Franklin Taggart and I get into what we like from her advice - which was mostly useful but not completely. We (I) also go off on a minor tangent about how I did not like Eat, Pray, Love - strongly did not like. Listen to find out why.
Books Applied Podcast - Quit by Annie Duke -- Featuring Special Guest Natalie King
Winners are better at quitting. Their ability to know when to quit gives them the space and energy to win (instead of wasting their efforts on a losing endeavor). The book Quit by Annie Duke explains this counterintuitive phenomenon and tells us how to get ahead by being better at quitting.
In this episode, I discuss the book with Natalie King. We talk about the practical applications of this work and how quitting can lead to more useful outcomes.
Books Applied Podcast - Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher - Featuring Special Guest Tara McMullin
The book Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher can come off as a dark exposé of the problems we cause ourselves because we've ingested and internalized capitalism to the point that we can't even imagine another system for a functional world.
It can also be read as an introspective chat with the worst of ourselves, with a few exciting movie references along the way.
Instead, author and intellectual Tara McMullin and I take another approach to the potentially heavy content: we dig into how we understand where we are and how it helps us make better choices moving forward as workers, leaders and humans. And laughter - there is a ton of laughter in our conversation. It's not all gloom, people.
You can find Tara's excellent, mind-expanding newsletter at: explorewhatworks.com.
Books Applied Podcast - The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow - Featuring Special Guest Rachel Allen
The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow provides surprising insights into how we got here and what we've written off along the way to make civilization as we know it seem like it evolved in a smooth linear progression.
If you enjoy the experience of saying, "I've been lied to my whole life!" as much as I do, you'll love this conversation I have with Rachel Allen.
More about Rachel's work can be found at boltfromthebluecopywriting.com.
Books Applied Podcast - Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, by Rick Hanson - Featuring Special Guest Roberta Ravella
There's more to our brain than we think. In this episode Roberta Ravella and I discuss the book Boddha's Brain and the overlap between Buddhist thinking and modern neruroscience. You can shape how your brain functions - this book will tell you how and this podcast is all about it!
Books Applied Podcast - Stealing Fire by Jamie Wheal and Steven Kotler Featuring Special Guest Gail Kraft
Learn about ecstasis and why it is unique, unusual and also something you can create (in many ways!) in your life.
Books Applied Podcast - At Home on an Unruly Planet, Madeline Ostrander - Featuring Special Guest, the author, Madeline Ostrander!
Madeline and I discuss her book about being at home as our world changes. Madeline interviewed people in four communities that are navigating their changing world. The book is a compelling narrative of long-form journalism. The book also includes some noteworthy tangents - my favorite being a dive into the tragedy of the commons (Madeline's take-down of the concept and author was top-notch!). Learn more about Madeline's journalism work at her website: https://madelineostrander.com/
Books Applied Podcast - The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey - Featuring Special Guest Loren Chadima
This is a book about finding flow in all aspects of your life (sports and work and beyond). It's not about tennis -- well it's a little bit about tennis but mainly as an example for how to achieve flow. (Going after flow with intense serious focus and scripting your actions doesn't work, by the way.)
Books Applied Podcast - Making Numbers Count by Karla Starr and Chip Heath - Featuring Special Guest Melody Baran
When you can communicate numbers well, you can shock and amaze people. This book (and conversation) tells you how.
Books Applied Podcast - You're In Charge, Now What? by Thomas Neff and James M. Citrin - Featuring Special Guest Sabrina Walker Hernandez
Who know taking on a new leadership role could elicit so many laughs? Special guest Sabrina Walker Hernandez also brings up some great points about when you should revisit the ideas in this book - such as during a big transition.
Books Applied Podcast - Daring Greatly, Brene Brown - Featuring Special Guest Janine Bolon
In Daring Greatly, Brene Brown writes about what it means to have courage in the modern world. My special guest Janine Bolon and I discuss this book and, in the most practical sense, how to be a courageous person.
Episode 26 - 7 1/2 Lessons about the Brain, by Lisa Feldman Barrett, featuring special guest Audrey Holst
Your brain doesn't have different parts that fight with itself. It sculpts the world you perceive. Its job is to regulate your body efficiently. Learn more fascinating truths (and bust some myths) about your brain in this nerdtastic conversation with Audrey Holst covering the book 7 1/2 Lessons about the Brain by the neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Early English Women Novelists and their Heroines
We depart wildly from the usual nerdy book fare for this nerdy discussion about how those early English women writers created such enduring heroines. I talk with Robin Henry about these women writers and the lessons that we can learn from their struggle to write, and the epic nature of their heroines.
Reading List for listeners who want to know more!
Carriger, Gail. The Heroine's Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture. GAIL CARRIGER LLC, 2020.
Donovan, Josephine. “Women and the Rise of the Novel: A Feminist-Marxist Theory.” Signs, vol. 16, no. 3, 1991, pp. 441–62. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/3174584. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.
Frost, Cy, et al. “Autocracy and the Matrix of Power: Issues of Propriety and Economics in the Work of Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, and Harriet Martineau.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 10, no. 2, 1991, pp. 253–71. JSTOR, https://doi.org/10.2307/464017. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.
Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar. The madwoman in the attic : the woman writer and the nineteenth-century literary imagination. Yale University Press, 1984.
Poovey, Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge Mary, and Mary Poovey. The proper lady and the woman writer : ideology as style in the works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. University of Chicago Press, 1984.
Siskin, Clifford, and Henry W and Albert Berg.The work of writing : literature and social change in Britain, 1700-1830. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
Authors to look at if you want to know more about early women’s writing and read some:
Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
Be sure and check you the Chawton House Library, since it has a special mission to collect and promote scholarship on early women writers. https://chawtonhouse.org/the-library/using-the-library/
Books Applied Podcast - Will by Will Smith - Featuring Special Guest Fabienne Raphael
My friend Fabienne Raphael and I discuss the memoir Will by Will Smith. We read the book before the 2022 Academy Awards, and although we don't talk about the Oscars specifically, we do talk specifics about WIll Smith's life and the lessons it has for us.
You can learn more about Fabienne's work at http://fabienneraphael.com/
Books Applied Podcast - Quiet by Susan Cain - Featuring Special Guest Aurora Burds Connor
How do you know if you have an introvert on your hands? What are the strengths of introverts and why do we stampede over them at times?
Episode 22 - Thinking Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman (Featuring Mark Suroviec)
Thinking Fast and Slow has had a huge impact on how I work with people and make decisions. In this episode, I speak with trainer and facilitator Mark Suroviec about highlights from the book and how it influences his work.
We both had so much excitement when reading we blabbered all about it to anyone who would listen. Luckily, we found each other to talk about it.
Learn more about Mark and his work (he also has a fun and insightful podcast!) at: workplaysolutions.com.
Books Applied Podcast - Wait by Frank Portnoy - Featuring Special Guest Dan Miller
We discuss when it is better to wait and delay making a decision or taking action (spoiler alert: pretty much all the time - but the reason why is intriguing). Some related tangents include fighter pilots, OODA loops, experiential education, wilderness medicine and more. Join us for a lively conversation littered with pearls of wisdom from the book.
Episode 20 - We Should All be Millionaires by Rachel Rogers Featuring Special Guest Tierra Bonds
We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rogers is by turns inspiring and grounded. Special guest Tierra Bonds works in the field of personal and business credit and we have a thoughtful and uplifting conversation about how we think, feel and act regarding money. We should all be millionaires and this book (and hopefully this conversation about the book) will help you take tangible steps to make that a reality.
Books Applied Podcast - Secondhand by Adam Minter - Featuring Special Guest Julia Williamson
I talk with Julia Williamson of Unburdened Life about the book Secondhand by Adam Minter. Julia is here to help you discard the crap you hate and this book talks about how that works. We have a great time talking about the very personal mysteries of letting things go and the global realities of where those things go when that happens.
Books Applied Podcast - Small List, Big Results by Robbie Samuels - Featuring Special Guest, The Author, Robbie Samuels
Robbie and I discuss his book and what makes it interesting and useful for people who are building their businesses.
Robbie also very generously set up a personalized link for listeners to download The Big Results Toolkit, which has several resources to help you implement the strategies in "Small List, Big Results: Launch a Successful Offer No Matter the Size of Your Email List."
Get your download today: www.RobbieSamuels.com/iggy
Books Applied Podcast - Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon - Featuring Special Guests Amy Angelilli and Chandra Sivaraman
We discuss How to Steal Like an Artist and what that means for us as creators in the worlds of improv, coding and leadership.
Books Applied Podcast - Noise by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein
Which is worse: a scattered distribution of answers to a question or many (or even most) answers being slightly wrong? Surprise! The scattered distribution is way, way worse. Also, when is the last time you thought about how statistical analysis could change your life and decision-making? Well, here's your chance to listen to me talk very, very excitedly about this topic using the book Noise as a guide.
Books Applied Podcast - The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin - Featuring special guest Dan Cayer
Books Applied Podcast - The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath - Featuring Special Guest Jess Kubat
We talk about how to create amazing moments in your life (and in the lives of those around you).
Books Applied Podcast - The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Wilinik and Leif Babin
An improvement on Extreme Ownership (by the same authors) that addresses more of the nuances of leadership. I found it to be a fascinating explanation of how to identify competing extremes in finding your balance as a leader.
Books Applied Podcast - A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink - Featuring Special Guest Hannah Fitzgibbon
Creativity Coach Hannah Fitzgibbon and I discuss how the brain works and how you can make it work better according to Daniel Pink n his book A Whole New Mind.
Learn more about Hannah and her work at https://hannahfitzgibbon.com.
Books Applied Podcast - Curious by Ian Leslie featuring special guest Chris Martin
We discuss curiosity, what it is and how to cultivate it to live a better life. A lively conversation with Chris Martin.
Books Applied Podcast - Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari - featuring special guest Stephen Warley
How we got to be who we are and the convenient lies that made it happen.
Books Applied Podcast - The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova
Poker isn't about lying and your capacity to adapt and learn is even bigger than you probably expect. Join Maria Konnikova on an amazing journey from not even knowing how to play poker to sponsored professional player in about a year. It's a wild ride and tells you a huge amount about human nature.
Books Applied Podcast - Atomic Habits by James Clear. Featuring Special Guest Gregor Stoddard.
We love good habits and detest bad habits - this book gets down to details and practical about cultivating more of the good ones and rewiring the bad ones.
Books Applied Podcast - Range by David Epstein - Featuring Special Guest Safiya Robinson
Safiya Robinson and I discuss the ideas presented in Range - why it's better to have broad interests and follow many divergent paths (even if you later choose to specialize in a single area).
Books Applied Podcast - Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
An examination of people who survive harrowing extreme situations and what they share incommon and how to bring more of those deep survival skills into our everyday life.
Books Applied Podcast - The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White
How do you like to receive appreciation? How do you like to show it? What are the blindspots you're missing when appreciating others?
Books Applied Podcast - Extreme Ownership by Jocko Wilink and Leif Babin
Ownership of your actions is a great way to take control of your life and when you take it to the extreme you can make powerful changes. Check out the useful ideas from Jocko Willink and Leif Babin in Extreme Ownership.
Books Applied Podcast - Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
How to change your habits and change your life from the master Charles Duhigg.
Books Applied Podcast - Mindset by Carol Dweck
A look at the highlights of the book Mindset by Carol Dweck and how to apply these ideas to your work, sport or life.
Books Applied Podcast - Deep Work by Cal Newport
Working deeply is an art and a skill that can be cultivated. Get more done and do better work by applying the ideas from Deep Work by Cal Newport.