“Living a Life in Full” is the conversation you always wanted to have with that person who gave an amazing TED talk, or the author of one your favorite books, or that inspirational Olympian you always wanted to know more about.
This show is for the intellectually curious. You want to not just know more about the interesting and the innovative, but also what makes them tick, and maybe even what makes them laugh. It’s graduate-level conversations with those making a difference in the world and the lives of others.
This show brings you new ideas and approaches so you can live a life in full.
The show is equal parts information and inspiration, but without the aphorisms and pablum. We cover a wide range of topics in an engaging way—from Burning Man to The Renaissance Weekend, from the United Nations to top universities, Nobel Laureates to astronauts—we have an amazing Rolodex.
Interviewees are a who’s who of high performance athletes, bestselling authors, high-caliber leaders, world changing humanitarians, innovative researchers, amazing start-up founders, clever life-hackers, paradigm busting thought-leaders and global innovators.
Cheers, and thanks,
Effective Altruism: Charlie Bresler, PhD, on How to Amplify Your Impact
Extreme poverty has devastating effects on over 700 million people globally. Every year 5.3 million children, under the age of five, die, and more than half of these deaths could have been easily prevented if they would have been fortunate enough to have been born in the United States.
Peter Singer has famously noted that “we have an ethical obligation to use some portion of our wealth and privilege to save lives and reduce the unnecessary suffering associated with extreme poverty—defined as living on less than $1.25 USD/day.” Almost a decade ago, Charlie Bresler became volunteer Executive Director and co-founder of The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing extreme poverty. Through his financial support and leadership, Charlie has helped Peter Singer, develop the organization from the ground up. The Life You Can Save’s mission is to inspire more people to give effectively and end world poverty.
And Charlie has famously said that it’s a privilege, not just a responsibility to save lives, reduce suffering, and empower livelihoods. The “amplification” of how much further a dollar goes in impoverished countries is the perspective Singer and Charlie suggest should affect our giving decisions.
The effective altruism movement has reignited thinking how much we should give and where. “What greater motivation can there be than doing whatever one possibly can to reduce pain and suffering?”
Charlie is a heroic figure that lives his ethos and life in full, and in the service of others.
Jordan Metzl, MD, on High-Performance Ways to Optimize Lifespan and Healthspan
With a practice of more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Jordan Metzl is widely known for his passion for sports medicine and fitness. His academic appointments are as an Associate Attending Physician and Associate Attending Pediatrician at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Which I consider to be the premier orthopedic surgery center in the United States.
In addition to his busy medical practices in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, Dr. Metzl is the author of the bestselling titles Running Strong, The Exercise Cure, and Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies, and has also authored three other books including The Young Athlete. He serves as the medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine. He’s been recognized in Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area since 2007, as well as being named one of New York Magazine’s Top Doctors for over 15 years.
A former collegiate soccer player, Dr. Metzl is a 33-time marathon runner and 12-time Ironman finisher, so far… Jordan has done so many things, and done them so well, so we started with his origin story for his life path and career as a sports medicine physician.
We discussed his books in the context of topics, and I had so many things to talk with him about. We also got into the role of diet and nutrition, science versus woo-woo in health and nutrition information, and even a little bit on Wim Hof. We also talked quite a bit about running,
the role of genetics and health/performance, the role of recovery is now much more appreciated and perhaps understood as a performance enhancer, and illness prevention.
Jordan certainly lives his life in full and he helps millions of others do so as well. This episode is not to be missed.
Augmenting Medicine with AI: Hassan Tetteh, MD, on Innovation in Healthcare
Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a decorated Navy captain and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, he was deployed in Afghanistan and on warships in the Persian Gulf. He’s also an unabashed medical “nerd,” part of a cadre of physicians board-certified in clinical informatics.
Dr. Tetteh is the founder and principal of Tetteh Consulting Group, creator of The Art of Human Care book series, and a best-selling author of several books. He is board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics, and healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association.
In a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, it was noted that he has one of the coolest-sounding jobs in medicine – “Warfighter Health Mission Chief for the Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (or Jake).” Dr. Tetteh told us about the Center and his work there. We then start a dive into big data, Project Orion, and the JAIC’s suicide-prevention initiative and the idea of psychological autopsy and digital phenotyping.
This is a wonderful conversation about not only living one’s life in full, but also the promise of technological innovation to help others do likewise.
Michael Clinton on Achieving Your Dreams by Reimagining Your Life
As disruption impacts many industries, mid-career professionals must navigate change and consider its future impact. Likewise, the post-career population faces transformation, and needs to prepare financially, logistically, or emotionally for the next phase of their lives. Michael urges us to view this transition through a progressive lens: don’t retire, but rather rewire or re-fire toward a happier, more productive next chapter. And end self-imposed ageism; focus instead on self-driven growth-ism – to fulfill dreams, and plan new experiences, travel, relationships, and more. Michael’s mission is to help others shape a second half of life full of joy, purpose, learning, and fulfillment. Packed with practical tips and insightful research, his new book ROAR into the second half of your life (before it's too late) and our conversation offer ways to optimize our lives and realize our most important goals. Michael is a testament to this process, applying it himself to pursue a diverse and richly layered life. Rising from working class roots to a successful career in magazine publishing, he also enjoys other “lives” as a photographer, pilot, philanthropist, marathon runner, and winemaker.
This is the master class and the textbook for learning how to live your life in full.
Innovation in Humanitarian Work During Geopolitical Crisis with Dr. Mohammad Haqmal
Dr. Mohammad Haqmal, is the former Chief of Public Health for Afghanistan, where he developed a series of groundbreaking programs and has received the Afghanistan National Public Hero Award – twice. He is a medical doctor by training and also holds master’s degrees in Business Administration, Public Health, and Global Health. Before all this, he and his mother had to flee Afghanistan when he was five to live in a refugee camp in Pakistan; they were the only two of his family who survived the attack and managed to escape.
Currently he is a lecturer at the University of London, and at the time of our conversation was in the process of joining the faculty of the University of Cambridge. He’s also involved in a number of research projects based in the UK, he serves as a columnist at Arab News, and he has a forthcoming new book.
Dr. Haqmal shared his experiences as the Chief of Public Health and many innovative projects that were inclusive, community-based, respectful of the beliefs of those cared for, and were empirically based. We did cover public health and humanitarian aid issues under the Taliban rule. In fact, we discussed a recent article he coauthored and published in the Lancet on urgent health and humanitarian needs of the Afghan population under the Taliban, and what spurred him and his colleagues to write it.
Dr. Haqmal has been through much adversity, and nevertheless has chosen to live his life in full by helping others, often at great risk to himself, and the result is to have made a true difference in the world.
Learning from a Legend: Mark Mahaney’s Insights and Lessons on Tech Investing and Financial Literacy
“I’ve watched the rise of some of the leading companies of today–Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google–and the fall of some of the leading companies of yesterday–Yahoo!, eBay, and AOL…Figuring out which companies really are going to be dominant franchises is an extremely hard thing to do. But those who accomplished this were arguably able to generate some of the best portfolio returns in the stock market over the past generation.”
In Mark Mahaney’s new book, Nothing But Net, and in this episode, he shares stock-picking lessons from both his best money-making stock calls and his biggest mistakes. He walks us through the history of the commercial Internet, including the Dot Com Boom and the Dot Com Bust, describes which companies succeeded spectacularly and which failed miserably—and why—explains what drives stock prices—especially for high-growth Tech stocks, and provides ten hard-earned lessons for building a powerful Tech stock portfolio.
You don’t want to miss this episode.
A must hear podcast
Dr Stout brings his own wit and wisdom to accompany interesting people on a journey to enlighten and entertain. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who enjoys compelling interviews and discovering new insights into human behavior!
This podcast is a must
Dr. Chris speaks from experience and gives you a good roadmap with experiences to understand where you are going. Great wisdom for anyone that is looking to live their life to the fullest!
Inspirational and Conversational
So far the guests have been seemingly 'ordinary' people who have done/continue to do some amazing things. Dr. Chris Stout has a conversational interview style that leaves the listener feeling as if she was part of the conversation. Great podcast to listen to in order to be inspired and hear about the great things humanity is doing.