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.
Brad Meltzer: The Value Of A Life
In one of the most far-ranging conversations Cal has had on Big Questions, best-selling author Brad Meltzer talks about the upcoming presidential election, how he helped save the life of his high school English teacher and the importance of his latest book about Anne Frank. This conversation goes to some deep places and reminds us all of the impact a single life can make.
David Rubenstein: Evolving Into A Leader
The author of the book How to Lead details many of the traits and strategies used by Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and others to make a huge impact on society. The late life leader often evolves into the position. All this gives Cal hope that he can use some of these tactics and tools on his latest adventure to make improvements in our health care system. The takeaways in this conversation will help everyone lead better – no matter what your age is.
Eric LeGrand: Resilience
Ten years ago, a Rutgers University football player headed downfield on a kickoff to make a tackle like he’d done so many times before. Only this time, while making that hit, Eric LeGrand fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae. He remained on the ground feeling like he couldn’t breathe, and paralyzed from the neck down. Doctors questioned whether he’d ever be able to breathe without the aid of a respirator for the rest of his life. The joy in his voice now is an inspiration to anybody.
Shannon Lee: Be Water, My Friend
Forty-seven years ago, Bruce Lee began to write out his philosophies in an article called In My Own Process. Sadly, he passed away before he could finish. His daughter Shannon, who was four years old at the time, took it on her shoulders to put those philosophies in a book. It’s called Be Water, My Friend, and when Cal began to read it he thought of the John Milton quote: “A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life upon life.”
Ravi Patel: Old Dogs And Happy Endings
The star of the HBO MAX series, Pursuit of Happiness, sits with Cal to talk about his around-the-world adventure to answer some deep questions. But as soon as the conversation gets going it veers to a sense of home, how to take care of beloved dogs as they near the end of their lives as well as how to see our parents and ourselves as we all age. This podcast will make you feel like you’re on a road trip with friends. Glad to have you along.
Steve Neeleman: Save Money On Your Health Care
Cal continues on his quest to help transform our health care system by talking with the founder of HealthEquity, who explains to Cal how we can open health savings accounts that enable us to get lower insurance premiums, grow our savings and pay our health care bills tax free. But most importantly, this conversation shows us that by taking our health care into our own hands we, as a group, can accelerate changes that benefit us all.