Gimme an ordinary life; I'll give you an extraordinary story. The podcast's host, Paul Ruderman, interviews everyday people with extraordinary life stories, and tries to discern the unique arc of their singular lives. With each guest, Paul seeks to understand both their professional AND personal development across their life… exploring both the external (what they did and how they did it) and the internal (their thinking and feeling along the way) so that by interview’s end, we’ve painted a three-dimensional, complex and yes, interesting, life.
Episode 11: Jim Axelrod (Anchor, Saturday CBS Evening News)
Jim Axelrod may be best known for anchoring the CBS Evening News on Saturdays, or he may be best known as the long-time, first-rate reporter for CBS News. But I'm interviewing him here because he is the author of my favorite book of the past ten years, In The Long Run, the autobiographical story of his life and his relationship with his father, as told through the prism of running and training for a marathon, and growing up in a fairly standard family life in America. Jim's account of his life, and the way he articulates his life experiences, both on the campaign trail with Hillary and Obama, and in his relationships with his family, are nothing short of stunning. A deep look at a most interesting life. I loved partaking in this interview, or really, conversation with Jim.
Episode 10: Mitch Blank (Dylan Archivist)
Mitch Blank is well regarded as one of the pre-eminent archivists of Bob Dylan's music across the world. Mitch has over 180,000 recordings in his possession - many of which are Dylan's, but not all. Mitch is sought after for his breadth of knowledge about Dylan and his unmatched collection of the master's music. Interestingly, with tens of thousands of Dylan's live and bootleg recordings, Mitch still says he'd take Dylan's studio albums to the proverbial "island" rather than his trove of live recordings. Also interesting, while he saw Bob play around 30 times, he saw the Grateful Dead play almost 400 times in his life. He also attended Woodstock at the perfect age of 19. Interesting guy. Enjoy the interview.
Episode 9: Sol Gittleman (Professor at Tufts)
Sol Gittleman is one of those legendary professors that you had in college... that you will always remember. I was fortunate enough to have him while I was Tufts for one class... Yid Lit. Yiddish Literature. He was and still is a tour de force. Sol is heading into his 50th year at Tufts, and is as responsible as anyone else in forging Tufts into the pantheon of top-tiered American universities. He served as provost for 22 years. But growing up in Hoboken, NJ, he dreamt of playing for the Yankees, played one week of minor league ball, and almost accidentally fell into the field of German studies on the advice of his college baseball coach. A truly inspiring human being.
Episode 8: Joanne Sandler (Women's Rights Activist)
Joanne has spent her life fighting for women's rights and gender equality across the globe. Over her 13 year tenure as the deputy director at the United Nations for Global Women's Issues, she helped raised dedicated budget from $18mm to over $200mm. She now writes books, and consults for agencies large and small, across the world, and continues helping oppressed women in every pocket of the globe. A fascinating woman who's lived a most extraordinary and important life.
Episode 7: John Lee Dumas (Entrepreneur On Fire)
John is host of Entrepreneur On Fire, the most popular podcast in the world about entrepreneurs and startups... and for good reason. He's a most passionate and generous host, but he's also the kind of host you love... because he doesn't let his guests evade his most important questions. John started his podcast only 9 months ago and already has over 250,000 monthly downloads. Prior to launching Entrepreneur On Fire, John spent 8 years in the armed forces, sold real estate, worked for John Hancock Financial, went to law school, relocated from Maine to San Diego, and spent 6 months in India figuring out his future path. Just my kind of guest! You're going to love his passion. It's infectious. Enjoy.
Episode 6: Cassandra Knight (Attorney)
Cassandra is a double Stanford (undergrad and law) graduate, whose career path took her from Deputy County Public Defender in San Diego, to Legislative Aid in Sacramento, to boutique law firm in San Francisco, to City Attorney’s Office in SF, to in-house attorney at Morgan Stanley (first in SF, now NYC). She's a fanatical sports fan, and an incredible athlete. Oh, and she has 60 first cousins, most who live in Mississippi. AND... she comes from 4 or 5 generations of Mississippians!
joanne sandler is my present day hero! great interview, paul.
Every life IS interesting!
The overwhelming feeling I'm left with after each episode is, in fact, "That life IS interesting!" Varied personalities and stories, but all of the interviews are done in a way that make you want to keep listening. Worth checking out for sure!
every life is interesting
what a fabulous concept that the podcast is based on. i LOVE it. every life IS beautiful and singular and interesting! superbz!!