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Where Can We Find Genius? with Eric Weiner

EPISODE #21

Our guest today is Eric Weiner. He is a former correspondent for NPR and the bestselling author of Geography of Bliss. We talk with him about his second book, Geography of Genius. This is where I could write about his great travel writing, philosophical thoughts, and humor, but I prefer to equate reading one of his book to an experience. Imagine you see a large painting that is askew. You walk by this painting everyday, but upon noticing that it is out of kilter you also notice that you’ve never seen the painting. And the painting is in your house. It’s not that it wasn’t there before, you just never stopped to see it. Weiner’s writing is fun and thought provoking. To learn more about him, you can visit ericweinerbooks.com.

Weiner also has writing workshops coming up this fall, one is in Arizona and another in Nepal.

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What We Can Learn with Barbara Oakley

EPISODE #12

 

You’ve probably heard businessmen or women touting what has become an adage: invest in your strengths. They mean well, and in some cases they're right, but when you’re dealing with who you want to become, it’s hard to find universal truths.  

Barbara Oakley, the author of Mindshift, offers a fresh perspective. She shares stories about people who buckled down and pursued what for them seemed like long shots, if their pasts were any indication of what they could be good at. We talk with Barbara about learning, grit, and the challenges people face when changing careers.  And, in case you’re wondering, Barbara knows a lot about learning. She is the co-creator of the wildly popular Coursera Course Learning How to Learn. The course is the largest MOOC (which stands for “Massive Open Online Course”). It has totaled over two million enrollments. 

 
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