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Dr. Phil Says People Never Stop Surprising Him
Dr. Phil McGrawsays that some of his guests still surprise him even after 2000+ episodes of his #1 daytime talk showThe Dr. Phil Show.He recalls how losing a football game in junior high school inspired him to go into psychology,what it was like to go into practice with his father,and why he eventually decided to go from getting into the minds of his patientsto getting into the minds of juries as a trial consultant. He explains how that put him into contact with Oprah Winfrey,how he convinced her to move her entire TV operation to Amarillo, Texas for 3 months during the famous mad cow beef trial,and why he was initially hesitant when Oprah first invited him to come on her show.He discusses his belief that problems are complexbut solutions are often fairly simple, but he also says don’t be fooled by the magic of televisionand his easy going manner. He says hours of research and peer reviewby America’s top doctors go into every single episode of The Dr. Phil Show. He shares a little relationship advice from his 42 years of marriage,how his wife Robin is the "Dr Phil to Dr Phil" who always keeps him in check,and why Robin still sits in the audience of every taping of his show. Then Dr Phil discusses how his new podcast Phil in the Blanksis a welcome chance to interview interesting people without the pressure of having to solve their problems,why he desperately wants to get O.J. Simpson on the show,and why he's planning to enterthe popular true crime genre for his next project. Plus why he never volunteers advice to his friends,what he would say if he was mediating the government shutdown negotiations,and he weighs in on the prospect of an Oprah for President campaign in 2020. Subscribe to Dr. Phil's new podcast Phil in the Blanks on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify, and visit www.drphilintheblanks.comfor more information and upcoming guests. The Dr. Phil Show airs weekdays and you can go to www.drphil.comto find your local listings. Follow Phil McGraw on Twitter at @DrPhil. Today's episode is sponsored by Flatiron School. Subscribe to Kickass News on Apple Podcasts,visit our website at www.kickassnews.com,and follow us on twitter at @KickassNewsPod.
Dr. Steven Pinker Says Good News Is a Hard Sell
A year ago, Dr.Steven Pinker's book Enlightenment Now made headlines for giving hard data that proved that the world is safer, happier, and freer than ever, but he was surprised by how many people just don't want to believe good news! Today Dr. Pinkerreturns to the podcast to review the metrics of societal progress that continue to show that the world just keeps getting better, but he alsodiscusses two areas that give him cause for concern. Steven Pinker ponderswhether the immigration debate might actually be a positive turning point as polls show that Americans are rejecting alternative facts and alarmism. He reveals how genetics may play a part in our political preferencesand explores how linguistics can make for more productive political discussions. Dr. Pinker recalls growing up during the turbulent 60’s in Montrealand how he went from a teenage anarchistto a leading proponent of science, reason, humanism, and progress. Plus we discuss his ongoing fight against political correctness,why we need to stop giving words too much power, and why he says those baby boomers who say millenials are a generation of snowflakeshave no one but themselves. Order his latest book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold. Keep up with him on Twitter at @sapinker or at www.stevenpinker.com. Today's podcast was sponsored byBlinkist. Subscribe to Kickass News on Apple Podcasts,visit our website at www.kickassnews.com,and follow us on twitter at @KickassNewsPod.
Howie Mandel's Audience Is His Muse
Howie Mandel talks about making his first comedy special in 20 years, his childhood growing up in Toronto,and how the show Candid Camerainspired him to pull an elaborate prankthat got him expelled form high school.He shares how "winging it" the first time he want on stageturned into his signature improvisational style, andhow he still finds much of his comedic inspiration from interacting with his audience. He recalls opening for Diana Ross in Vegas,his very first TONIGHT SHOW appearance,how the HBO YOUNG COMEDIANS SPECIAL changed his life,and the time when a sitcom audition led to his getting cast inthe serious TV medical drama SAINT ELSEWHERE. Howie reveals why he originally turned down the offer to host DEAL OR NO DEALand the anxiety he gets whenever he sees contestants making bad decisions on the show. He opens up about his struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder,and how he went from fearing that it might be a career killerto using his fame to raise awareness of mental healt...
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