The Arik Korman Show

The Arik Korman Show

I am on a journey to learn from superhumans - people who have done remarkable things, or have remarkable ideas to share - so that I can be the best dad I can for my son, AJ.

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April 30, 2021 26 min
Ren?e Felice Smith, who plays Nell Jones on CBS's NCIS: Los Angeles, and Chris Gabriel, a composer for film, television, and theatre, share how their dog Hugo changed their lives, how we can talk to our kids about choosing the more difficult path, and how they handled their own impossible thing - making a living in show business. Their new children’s picture book, illustrated by Sydney Hanson, is Hugo and The Impossible Thing.
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Marc Randolph, co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, discusses whether there are more opportunities now than there were in 1998 when Netflix was founded, what the future of television could look like, and what separates the great entrepreneurs from the rest. Marc has a new podcast called That Will Never Work, available on Apple, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts.
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Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, talks about how we can all learn to think like a doctor to evaluate our level of COVID risk, how to take care of our emotional health, and what we should say to our kids during this time. Dr. Ashton’s new book is The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era.
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Shankar Vedantam, host of the Hidden Brain podcast and public radio show, discusses how we can bring our country together in these divisive times, why it's good to think our children are exceptional, and why we need to feel like our lives have meaning. His new book is Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain.
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Vanity Fair writer Rebecca Sacks talks about the importance of looking at people as individuals instead of representing a larger group, what we should say to our kids about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and how Rebecca navigated the power dynamics in Israel and Palestine as a person who is Jewish. Her debut novel is City of a Thousand Gates.
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February 19, 2021 29 min
Louis Chude-Sokei, editor in chief of the Black Scholar and director of the African American Studies program at Boston University, talks about how we can navigate our sense of belonging and identity, whether there could have been an alternative to colonialism in Africa, and what it's like having an icon for a father. Professor Chude-Sokei’s new book is Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir.
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Amber Ruffin, writer and cast member on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, and her big sister Lacey Lamar, who works in healthcare and human services, talk about how to help us check our racial bias, how to help our kids navigate racial injustice, and what it was like when they left their parents' home and went out into the world. Amber and Lacey’s new book is You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Rac...
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Simon Winchester, bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists, talks about how we can mitigate historic conflicts over land, how we could talk to our kids about the American Dream of owning a home, and whether the concept of land ownership is beneficial for humanity as a whole. Simon’s latest book is Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.
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Fantastic up-and-coming writer Mateo Askaripour talks about how to sell a vision for an anti-racist future, what the difference is between cult and culture, and how to navigate the "game" of startups, sales, and white dominant society. Mateo's debut novel is Black Buck.
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World-renowned nature writer Robert Macfarlane shares why certain places have a strong energy or vibe about them, how to talk to our kids about haunted places, and what it's like to stand face to face with a nuclear bomb. Robert’s latest book, co-created with Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards, is Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places.
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Sabaa Tahir, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the An Ember in the Ashes series, discusses how to talk to our kids about good and evil in a nuanced way, how to help our kids deal with ambiguity in life, and why our books, movies, and TV shows need to be more diverse. Sabaa’s fourth and final book in the An Ember in the Ashes quartet is A Sky Beyond the Storm.
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Sophia Lillis, known for her roles in the It movies and Netflix’s original series I Am Not Okay With This, talks about how the COVID pandemic has impacted her, how she recommends that parents stay connected to kids during the teen years, and how she chooses her acting projects. Sophia’s latest film is Uncle Frank, now available exclusively on Amazon Prime.
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November 16, 2020 27 min
Bruce Tulgan, an internationally-recognized expert on best practices of effective management, generational change, and young people in the workplace, talks about when to say yes and when to say no, why a service mindset is the most ambitious thing we can have, and why we shouldn't always try to be friends with our co-workers. Bruce’s latest book is The Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and ...
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Artist and writer Stanley Donwood, who has created all the artwork for the rock band Radiohead since 1994, talks about how we can prevent humanity from destroying the world, how much we should tell our kids about the harsh realities of life, and how art and music could evolve in the time of COVID. Stanley’s latest book is Bad Island.
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World-renowned nature writer Robert Macfarlane talks about how to teach our children (and ourselves) to love nature when screen time is competing for our attention, how we can recharge during this crazy time of COVID, and why it's important to know the names of animals and plants. Robert’s latest book, co-created with master illustrator Jackie Morris, is The Lost Spells.
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Mychal Denzel Smith, author of the New York Times bestseller Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, talks about whether it is better to have racism out in the open, whether times today are more dangerous than before, and what we can do if there isn't a peaceful transfer of power after the November election. Mychal’s latest book is Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream.
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Longtime BuzzFeed culture journalist Anne Helen Petersen talks about how precariousness has become normal - especially during COVID, how we got to this current state of burnout, and why working all the time is not a good thing. Her latest book is Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.
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Shane O’Mara, professor of experimental brain research at Trinity College Dublin, talks about how walking upright has benefited human survival over the generations, how to encourage our kids to leave their screens and go for a walk, and what happens to us if we don't exercise, especially during the pandemic. Professor O’Mara’s new book is In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration.
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Katherine Sharp Landdeck, a Guggenheim Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and history professor, talks about how to teach our kids about World War II, shares some personal flying stories, and explores how this time of COVID-19 will fit into history. Professor Landdeck's new book is The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II.
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Eric Swalwell, one of only three members of Congress who serves on both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, talks about how the impeachment of President Trump could impact the 2020 election, how we can heal as a nation, and why he decided to proceed with the impeachment even though he knew the Senate would acquit. Congressman Swalwell's new book is Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Follow him on T...
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