Conversations with guests including FBI Director Jim Comey, hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio, Congressman Jim Himes, and many others including a Chinese lawyer who survived the Cultural Revolution, a Cuban jazz genius, and a Russian doctor who was on the Covid front lines all sharing the life lessons they didn’t learn in school.Hosted by investor and author Paul Podolsky, author of Raising a Thief and the Things I Didn't Learn in School substack essays. More on paulpodolsky.com.
Heidi Seaborn - Poet Lost and Found
Heidi is a poet and author of An Insomniac’s Slumber Party. She discovered her talent early in life, embarked on a multi-decade business career, and then re-emerged into a writing life years later.
Marina Klimova on Ukraine, Kidnapping and Trauma
Marina is my wife. She grew up in the Soviet Union and has family both in Russia in Ukraine. Kidnapped twice, she is an expert on trauma and a licensed marriage and family therapist. A special mother's day episode. This episode was produced by Dave Manahan.
David Linden, Neuroscientist, on Facing Death
David Linden is a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins, author of Unique, The Compass of Pleasure and The Accidental Mind. He is also facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. This episode was produced by Dave Manahan.
Jay Newman - Investor, Author of Undermoney
Jay Newman is a lawyer, investor, expert in emerging market debt and the author of Undermoney, a novel that takes a reader inside a fictionalized world drawn from the rarified one he himself occupied for many years.
Amy Butcher - Memoirist
Amy Butcher is the author of Mothertrucker and Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder and a writing teacher at Ohio Wesleyan University. This episode was produced by Dave Manahan.
Yuhua Wang - From Tiananmen to Harvard
Yuhua is a husband, father, associate professor of government at Harvard and an expert in Chinese politics. He grew up in Beijing, came to the US for graduate school and is now a scholar and prolific author. He has studied deeply how the Chinese dynastic tradition works, both the rises and the declines. This episode was produced by Dave Manahan.
Great Guests, Great Interviews
Love this podcast! The interviews are well done - I’m wondering the questions moments before they’re asked and the interviews always end up going in directions that lead to interesting, well researched places. Highly recommend.
Beautiful and diverse range of life experiences and wisdom in this podcast
Paul does a great job capturing the essence of his interviewee and pulling out the richness of their story . Each person brings a unique life experience and perspective. Also his book , Raising a Thief, is fantastic
Eileen is a funny and inspiring woman. Paul does a great job on bringing out her fascinating story. An engaging listen for all ages.