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Sometimes, a single moment can change a person’s entire life. Like when documentary filmmaker Ken Burns saw his father cry for the first time, or when Sal Khan, a hedge fund analyst, decided to tackle the impossible and educate people around the globe. Host Alicia Burke talks to doers like Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington and Sal Khan about the powerful moments that inspired them to make an impact.

That Made All the Difference Bank of America

    • Technology
    • 4.5 • 137 Ratings

Sometimes, a single moment can change a person’s entire life. Like when documentary filmmaker Ken Burns saw his father cry for the first time, or when Sal Khan, a hedge fund analyst, decided to tackle the impossible and educate people around the globe. Host Alicia Burke talks to doers like Ken Burns, Arianna Huffington and Sal Khan about the powerful moments that inspired them to make an impact.

    Listen to the trailer for Season 3 of That Made All the Difference

    Listen to the trailer for Season 3 of That Made All the Difference

    We live in a changing world, but who's working to change it for the better? Join host & Bank of America executive Alicia Burke for a series of in-depth conversations with scholars, artists and advocates like Yvonne Orji, from HBO's Insecure, and Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian. It's all about the moments that mattered for people who are working for equality.​

    • 1 min
    Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy of Patagonia

    Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy of Patagonia

    Vincent Stanley joins “That Made All the Difference” to share why the company, its founders and its employees are guided by one mission: ‘protecting our home planet’. Also, he shares the secret to changing people’s minds and the profound, yet underestimated power of a small group of dedicated people.

    • 21 min
    Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League

    Marc Morial, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Urban League

    Civil rights leader Marc Morial comes to ‘That Made All the Difference’ to discuss his time as mayor of New Orleans, today’s challenges, and what it will take to build a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

    • 23 min
    Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS

    Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS

    Civil rights activist Janet Murguía joins ‘That Made All the Difference’ to discuss her upbringing as the daughter of immigrant parents and how that experience informs her life’s work advocating for Hispanic/Latino civil rights and battling systemic inequality.

    • 25 min
    Ken Burns, Filmmaker, Returns

    Ken Burns, Filmmaker, Returns

    Filmmaker Ken Burns returns to "That Made All the Difference" to reflect on the past few months, and talk about why he believes that society has an opportunity to turn this 'completely unique moment' in history into meaningful and positive change.

    • 17 min
    Lisa Ludwinski, Head Baker and Owner of Sister Pie, Returns

    Lisa Ludwinski, Head Baker and Owner of Sister Pie, Returns

    Lisa comes back to “That Made All the Difference” to share how necessity transformed her neighborhood bakery into an essential hub for community support – and why sourdough makes her dance

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Ncgreen ,

Absolutely incredible.

This is one of the best podcasts I have ever listened to. It gives me hope for the future, and it celebrates people who are working hard to make this world a better place. Thank you!

Estie Agus ,

Fabulous

One of the best podcast series I have ever heard

Bushnotifications ,

Robert Frost would be disappointed

In all honesty, I have not listened to the podcast (hence why I am still giving it a 3-star review), but am consistently disappointed by hearing the name, which is clearly based on the famous Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken”.

The poem is constantly misinterpreted, and this podcast’s title is another example...

The point of confusion is part of the last stanza: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference”. People commonly take on the simplistic interpretation of this piece to mean “the decision I made has made all of the difference as I took the less common path.

However, earlier in the poem, Frost clearly explains that “as for the act of passing there had worn them really about the same”, meaning that the paths were really equal.

There are plenty of places to read about this common misinterpretation online, but basically, Frost was not basic and was not trying to push the common mantra of “blaze your own trail”. The poem is really about the fact that he made a decision that was, at the time, inconsequential. It is a commentary on our proclivity for retrospectively misattributing importance to the commonplace decisions we make in our lives.

In reality, frosts decision between the two roads WAS inconsequential—much unlike the decisions of entrepreneurs and CEOs to persevere in the face of adversity or to leave a comfortable job for a harder, but more rewarding path—and thus is actually the opposite message of what the title of this show is meant to evoke.

Not unique, but somewhat disappointing as it simplifies a great work to the point of being unrecognizable.

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