The Arik Korman Show

The Arik Korman Show

  • China, like you've Never Heard Before

    Apr 16, 2014 | 23 min
    Did you know that China recruited African-American jazz men to perform in Shanghai, saved thousands of Jewish lives from the Nazis and attempted to save 100,000 more Jewish lives by establishing a permanent resettlement zone for Jews next to Burma? Award-winning author Nicole Mones tells these amazing stories in her new historical novel, "Night in Shanghai."
  • YOU have power to become a Great Leader

    Apr 03, 2014 | 18 min
    Simon Sinek has the second most viewed TED talk of all time and is the author of the bestselling business book "Start With Why." Simon's latest book is "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" and he came to speak at Town Hall Seattle. Simon shares how each of us can lead a happier, more fulfilled work life.
  • Spies are Everywhere... Thank Goodness

    Mar 28, 2014 | 15 min
    H. Keith Melton is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC and the author of several nonfiction spy books. Keith visited Seattle to launch the SPY: The Secret World of Espionage exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. Keith talks about modern spy tools, how and where spies are used... and whether James Bond could do his job in real life.
  • Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran

    Mar 26, 2014 | 17 min
    Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd unknowingly walked across the Iranian border, were accused of espionage and thrown into solitary confinement. Their compelling memoir is "A Sliver of Light" and they speak tonight at Town Hall Seattle. Shane, Josh and Sarah describe their ordeal, dispell myths about solitary confinement in America and offer advice for international travelers.
  • Questions are More Valuable than Answers

    Mar 19, 2014 | 17 min
    Internationally acclaimed writer Warren Berger explains how questions play into today's rapidly-changing economy and why children should never lose their curiosity. Warren Berger's new book is "A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas" and he speaks at Town Hall Seattle tonight.
  • You are Likely Part Neanderthal

    Mar 04, 2014 | 10 min
    Dr. Svante Paabo, one of the greatest biologists of our time, says modern humans mixed with Neanderthals and other hominid species much more than previously thought. Dr. Paabo's latest book is "Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes." Dr. Paabo talks about where we came from and where we are (hopefully) headed as a species. Fascinating.
  • World's Biggest Show Odysseo By Cavalia

    Feb 28, 2014 | 4 min
    Odysseo by Cavalia, the world's biggest touring show, is an amazing spectacle featuring 66 horses, 52 acrobats, a 125-foot big top covering the area of two football fields and 110 semi trucks. Learn more from Marc-Olivier Leprohon, the artistic and equestrian operations director. Odysseo by Cavalia runs through March 16. Don't miss it!
  • Venus in Fur and Gender Dynamics

    Feb 14, 2014 | 17 min
    Up and coming actress Gillian Williams stars in "Venus in Fur," a comedy about dominance and submission now playing at the Seattle Repertory Theater through March 9. Gillian talks about pushing boundaries, how much skin actresses should show and how portraying a strong, uninhibited character can impact your life offstage.
  • Suspended Animation is Real

    Feb 05, 2014 | 16 min
    Mark Roth, a research scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, can induce suspended animation in mice and much larger animals. Are humans next? And can suspended animation techniques slow or stop the aging process?
  • Big Data as a lens on Human Culture

    Jan 24, 2014 | 19 min
    Scientist Erez Aiden is the co-author of "Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture." Along with Jean-Baptiste Michel, he created the Ngram Viewer ( that crunches words contained within the 30 million+ volumes of Google Books to look for social and historical trends. Yes, this is mind candy!
  • Speaking to a Chimpanzee in Project Nim

    Jan 14, 2014 | 17 min
    Ever wonder what it would be like to converse with another species? Bob Ingersoll, the hero of "Man On Wire" Director James Marsh's excellent documentary "Project Nim," spent several years with chimpanzee Nim Chimsky. The experience altered Bob's life forever.
  • Director Joseph Kahn on movies for Teens

    Dec 11, 2013 | 23 min
    Cutting edge music video director Joseph Kahn talks about his latest film "Detention" and the lack of movies for teens. Joseph made iconic videos such as "Toxic" by Britney Spears, "Elevation" by U2, "Without Me" by Eminem and many more.
  • Being in the same room as the Dalai Lama

    Nov 27, 2013 | 25 min
    When the Dalai Lama visited Seattle, he shared unmatched wisdom and perspective. You'll also hear from the amazing Archbishop Desmond Tutu and David Rosen, the coolest rabbi I have ever heard.
  • "We Live in Public" with Ondi Timoner

    Nov 14, 2013 | 15 min
    Gutsy filmmaker Ondi Timoner tackles the phenomenon of sharing all aspects of our lives in her documentary "We Live in Public," which focuses on Josh Harris, the Internet pioneer you've never heard of. How much of our life SHOULD be kept private?
  • Professional Tennis Up Close & Personal

    Nov 08, 2013 | 13 min
    The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California is the best tennis tournament in country because you have incredible access to the top players in the world. I had the opportunity to interview Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
  • Davis Guggenheim, "Waiting for Superman"

    Oct 31, 2013 | 16 min
    Documentary Director Davis Guggenheim, best known for "An Inconvenient Truth" and "It Might Get Loud," shares his perspective on how to reform education in America. Check out for more info.
  • Arik Korman interviews Sloane Crosley

    Oct 25, 2013 | 14 min
    Sloane Crosley is one of the hottest writers in the country. Her first book, a brilliant collection of essays and personal stories called "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," became a New York Times Bestseller and was optioned for an HBO series. Her first novel, "The Clasp," is set for release in 2015.
  • Brain Guru John Medina on Kids Today

    Oct 17, 2013 | 36 min
    University of Washington Molecular Biologist John Medina, author of "Brain Rules" and "Brain Rules for Baby" is one of the most captivating people on the planet. You'll want to hear what he has to say about challenges facing the next generation in the workplace and at home. Check out for more!
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet's Maria Chapman

    Sep 13, 2013 | 12 min
    Ballet goddess Maria Chapman has been a principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2009 and rocks the house whenever she's onstage. She also co-founded and chairs Second Stage, which helps dancers find new careers after they retire from performing. Maria talks about a dancer's lifecycle and teaches me how to jump!
  • The Amazing Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Aug 27, 2013 | 5 min
    Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his indie film "50/50," a secret behind success in acting and in life, and his HitRECord project (
  • Lily Verlaine, Queen of Burlesque

    Aug 21, 2013 | 20 min
    Lily Verlaine is one of the most captivating people you will ever meet. Lily is a classically trained ballet dancer turned burlesque artist. She has shared a stage with such talent as Dita Von Teese, Julie Atlas Muz, Dirty Martini, and author Andrei Codresceau. Look for her work around Seattle and at
  • Arik Korman interviews Gary Oldman

    Aug 20, 2013 | 11 min
    Acting legend Gary Oldman shares how he played lead character George Smiley in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," along with advice on how to encourage imagination in children and how I can become a better bass player.
  • Sex & Death w/Opera Singer Ani Maldjian

    Aug 19, 2013 | 45 min
    As the Seattle Opera's world-famous "Ring" cycle continues, I thought you might appreciate a glimpse inside the life of up-and-coming young soprano Ani Maldjian. Learn how today's opera, rock and Hollywood have so much in common.
  • Arik Korman interviews Melissa Etheridge

    Aug 16, 2013 | 15 min
    Singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge talks about speaking up, her battle with cancer, parenting in a non-traditional household and the joys of following your dreams. Melissa is an inspiration.
  • Matthew Lewis, a.k.a. Neville Longbottom

    Aug 15, 2013 | 8 min
    Actor Matthew Lewis played Neville Longbottom in all 8 Harry Potter films, starting when he was 11 and wrapping up at age 21. Matthew talks about life as a childhood star and how he handles worldwide fame
  • Seattle Storm Superstar Sue Bird

    Aug 14, 2013 | 14 min
    Seattle basketball goddess Sue Bird talks about life in the WNBA, playing overseas, why she got an Israeli passport and how she stays fit both physically and mentally. Sue Birds rocks.
  • Arik Korman interviews Dennis Haysbert

    Aug 13, 2013 | 15 min
    Actor Dennis Haysbert is the face of Allstate Insurance and is known for playing President David Palmer on "24," Pedro Cerrano in the "Major League" films and Sgt. Major Jonas Blaine in "The Unit." I hope you enjoy our discussion about life choices, race issues (and aliens!) as much as I did
  • Brain Cancer Rock Star Doctor Jim Olson

    Aug 12, 2013 | 8 min
    Dr. Jim Olson at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has performed wonders in his field. Learn how the venom of the deadly Deathstalker scorpion in Israel can light up tumors like a Christmas tree. And check out Project Violet at
  • Donald Johanson, the man who found Lucy

    Aug 09, 2013 | 17 min
    The discovery of Lucy changed the way we look at our human origins. Brilliant paleo-anthropologist Donald Johanson talks about where we came from as a species... and where we're going.
  • Arik Korman interviews The Tiger Mom

    Aug 08, 2013 | 22 min
    Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua is the author of the controversial parenting memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." She says she is widely misunderstood - her book is an apology, not a "how to."
  • Arik Korman interviews Emile Hirsch

    Aug 07, 2013 | 14 min
    Actor Emile Hirsch from "Into the Wild," "Speed Racer," "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "Savages"talks about travels in Africa and working with legendary "Exorcist" director William Friedkin in the film "Killer Joe"
  • Arik Korman interviews The Bloggess

    Aug 06, 2013 | 18 min
    Hilarious and fearless Internet sensation Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. The Bloggess (, came to Seattle to promote her first book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened"
  • Meet the First Female Thunderbirds Pilot

    Aug 05, 2013 | 27 min
    Since we missed the Blue Angels at Seafair this year, I thought you might enjoy Major Nichole Malachowski, the first female Thunderbirds pilot. This former elite USAF Air Demonstration Squadron F-16 pilot rocks.
  • Arik Korman interviews Carrie Fisher

    Aug 02, 2013 | 22 min
    Hollywood and Sci Fi icon Carrie Fisher talks about her unusual upbringing, issues with addiction and the definition of "normal"
  • Arik Korman interviews Jared Diamond

    Aug 01, 2013 | 23 min
    "Guns, Germs and Steel" and "Collapse" author Jared Diamond recently spoke at Town Hall Seattle to promote his new book, "The World Until Yesterday," recommended by Bill Gates as part of his summer reading list
  • Arik's Wikileaks interview w/Alex Gibney

    Jul 31, 2013 | 10 min
    Filmmaker Alex Gibney made "We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" about founder Julian Assange and State Department document leaker Bradley Manning, who was found guilty on most charges, but not aiding the enemy.
  • Arik Korman interviews Dr. Brian Greene

    Jul 30, 2013 | 10 min
    Columbia University Professor and Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene is one of the greatest minds in the world. He visited Seattle for the Pacific Science Center's 2013 Science Festival. Dr. Greene discusses M Theory, our place in the Universe and more

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