Michael Slackman


Michael Slackman

As Assistant Managing Editor for International at The New York Times, Michael Slackman oversees international reportage across the newsroom and bureaus around the globe. The three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner talks about growing up in the Bronx, getting shot at in Bahrain, defying Gadaffi in Libya, learning life lessons from a gold-toothed Muscovite, and how making a really good sandwich is an expression of love.

Neal Carruth


Neal Carruth

In the first in a series of episodes sponsored by the Media Transformation Challenge at the Poynter Institute, newly-installed Freakonomics Radio Network’s Executive Vice President Neal Carruth walks us step-by-step through his exceptional career and provides a deep dive into how his MTC experience helped him drive transformation at NPR, catalyzed personal and career growth, and provided immediate value in the early days of his new role.

Kirtan Smith


Kirtan Smith

Yoga instructor, Kirtan Smith, shares his experience growing up in a Hare Krishna ashram, how painful sports injuries led him to yoga, and how – even as he led others through this deep and sacred practice – he was hurting inside too.

Samantha Critchell


Samantha Critchell

Journalist Samantha Critchell shares how growing up in the garment business informed her career at Associated Press and beyond, and how that loving but sometimes unpredictable upbringing led to her profound objectivity.

Dennis Scott


Dennis Scott

Grammy-winning songwriter, producer and performer, Dennis Scott takes us on a wild ride from Queens to Nashville, tells us how he got artists from Amy Grant to Roberta Flack to reimagine Fred Rogers’ classics, and why America’s Favorite Neighbor belongs in the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.

Mike Joseph


Mike Joseph

Detoxicity podcast host, music exec, and wellness advocate, Mike Joseph, shares his often challenging and ultimately uplifting journey from Brooklyn to the Billboard Pride Power Player list.

Casey Shea


Casey Shea

Ride shotgun on Grand Canyon frontman Casey Shea’s rock n’ roll road trip from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Nashville, Tennessee, to New York City and Los Angeles, California.

Josh Horowitz


Josh Horowitz

Happy Sad Confused Host and MTV Movies Correspondent, Josh Horowitz, regales us with heartbreaking and hilarious tales from growing up on mean streets of the Upper West Side, to hanging out with Meryl Streep, rubbing knees with John Travolta, yelling at Chris Pratt, casting Johnny Depp, pestering Tom Cruise, and much, much more.

Kim Thai


Kim Thai

Following stints at The Houston Chronicle, MTV and Discovery Channel, Emmy Award-winning producer, social justice advocate, and mindfulness teacher, Kim Thai, founded GaneshSpace in order to create a community where she could be her authentic self in her own healing journey while helping others on theirs.

Kelli Rae Powell


Kelli Rae Powell

As a counselor, music therapist, singer and songwriter, Kelli Rae Powell parlayed her education, and personal and professional experience to heal herself, and bring healing to others – including and especially me.

Jeff Domanski


Jeff Domanski

As Executive Director of the Center for Environmental and Economic Partnership and Director of Hudson Valley Energy, my longtime hiking and existential conversation partner, Jeff Domanski, leverages environmental and behavioral science, public policy, art and communications to help communities make the right choices for a sustainable future.

Matthew Tousignant


Matthew Tousignant

A dear friend since tenth grade, Matthew is a certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor who combines hands-on bodywork with practical psychology. In this episode, we trace his journey from strait-laced, All-American, Ivy League Scholar, to Berkeley somatic psychologist, and learn about the unification of body, mind, and feelings.

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