As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world.
Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.
David Rubenstein: Our Debt And Your Wallet
The United States is $28 trillion in debt, and it was going to run out of money on October 18th if it couldn’t borrow more. Fortunately, an agreement was reached in Congress to temporarily raise the debt ceiling and keep the government functioning. Unfortunately, the debt problem was kicked like a can into the near future, and a political solution will need to be agreed upon in December.
Dan Gable: How To Ask For Help
For years, Cal wanted to have a conversation with the greatest wrestler who ever lived. Dan Gable went undefeated in high school, won two national championships at Iowa State University and took a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics by beating six opponents with three pins and shutting his other opponents out by a combined score of 26-0. His dominance continued as a coach at the University of Iowa, where his teams won 15 national titles between 1976 and 1997. He is the personification of excellence.
The 77 Laws Of Six Pack Abs
After putting on a bunch of weight during COVID, Cal says enough is enough. Just as he does, he hears about a book that promises to bring back his six pack. The last time Cal saw that six pack
was thirty years ago. But authors and personal trainers Stephen Compolo and Peter Tzemis guarantee Cal that if he follows the formula he can see that six pack once again. Plenty of great advice on calorie intake and exercise for everyone. Check it out, and you can get your six pack, too!
Elijah Stacy: Reshaping Yourself
Cal comes across the mindset of overcoming adversity when he talks with a 19-year-old who has a fatal disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Elijah avoided an operation that would have straightened his curved spine with a metal rod by straightening it himself through exercise and diet. Now, with the possibilities of gene editing, he’s got his sights on stopping the disease cold through his non-profit called Destroy Duchenne.
Matthew McConaughey: Fathers And Sons
Cal raced home from the hospital for a brief time while he was caring for his 90-year-old dad to have this conversation with the actor and author Matthew McConaughey, and he’s sure glad he did. The two talked about their dads, and Matthew passed along a gift that Cal found very helpful after his dad passed away. Cal will always be grateful for this hour. It has something for everyone.
General Geoffrey Lambert: On Being Prepared
Cal asks the retired general of the U.S. Army why the U.S. can’t seem to plan ahead in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after 20 years and trillions of dollars of U.S. assistance. This conversation has so many sound bites it would be a treasure trove for any news outlet. But Cal instead finds inspiration and motivation in the general’s thoughts as he sets off on a mission to reshape healthcare.
I am an orthopedic surgeon and am learning how to use stories to improve healthcare!
Let’s put HEALTH back in healthcare
I’m an intern resident physician. Just started a podcast called Medicine Redefined to tackle the broken healthcare system. I’m with Cal 100000%. It’s a shame docs go through these mental health issues and we need avenues and even better ways of practicing.
Cal, I’m on your team! Have been listening to you speak about the horror show that is our health care system. I have been a preventive healthcare activist for 25 years.
Sadly, in my bubble I see that most people see exercise and food as entertainment. Anyway, I’m all in and want to help with this revolution. Please let me know how I can participate in helping you on this quest.