On this edition of "Is This Normal?," we field a question from a mother who just received some devastating news, her 8-year-old son was just diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her fear is that she is not strong enough to mount this lifelong fight. Fortunately, singer David Osmond is here to help me field this question. David is the nephew of Donnie and Marie Osmond, and both David and his father Alan have MS.
This week we are visited by entertainment royalty, as David Osmond of the legendary Osmond family, joins me in study. David has toured the world as a singer, having performed for years along side his father Alan, and famous aunt and uncle, Donnie and Marie Osmond -- he even performed on Broadway. David Osmond is currently the host of the syndicated TV show "Wonderama," a revival of the ground-breaking children's variety program which aired from 1955 to 1983. But what you might not know about David is that both he and his father have multiple sclerosis (MS). In this inspirational conversation, David opens up about being one of eight brothers, growing up in show business, his struggles with MS, and the importance of gratitude.
Today we field a call from Stuart, who says after 10 years of marriage, he's become extremely bored in the bedroom. Here to help us field this question is comedian Chuck Nice.
My guest today is Chuck Nice. He is a well-known comedian, a radio personality, he has a really fun podcast called "Nice Advice" -- which I've done with him. And you may know him from "StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson." When this episode was recorded, we were also doing Facebook Live, so as a treat, we have live questions for Chuck and myself answered in the show.
I am beyond excited to announce my latest book "The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius," arrives this week. I've been working on it for several years now, and in-fact, this podcast was born out of the conversations I was having with many of today's thought leaders. On this episode, I talk about the factors that led me to write this book, highlight some of the people featured, and share what I hope my readers learn from "The Power of Different."
This week we get a call from Jean, who says her desire to eat healthy and exercise comes on goes like the tide. Some days she's stern and on a healthy path, only finding herself willing to abandon the healthy lifestyle a weeks later. Fortunately, CrossFit star and trainer Stacey Griffith is with us to help answer Jean's question. Stacy is the author of "Two Turns from Zero: Pushing to Higher Fitness Goals--Converting Them to Life Strength."
Just over 10 years ago, my guest Stacey Griffith was doing drugs and living a small life. Today, she is a senior master instructor at SoulCycle and has authored the book "Two Turns from Zero: Pushing to Higher Fitness Goals--Converting Them to Life Strength." This is one powerful story of overcoming ones demons to become an inspirational success. Today, it's nearly impossible to get a free bike at one of Stacey's SoulCycle classes.
This week I field a call from a woman who is obsessed with the size of just one body part, her thighs. Fortunately, trainer to the stars Jennifer Widerstrom is here with me in studio to chime in on whether or not being fixated on one part of your body is normal. Jennifer is a trainer on The Biggest Loser and the author of "Diet Right for your Body Type." Her website is www.teamjennifer.com
My guest today is Jen Widerstrom, star and trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser". She is also the author of "Diet Right for your Personality Type". During this in-depth conversation, we discuss the need for patience, the need to step outside the blueprint and the importance of playing to your strengths.
Today I answer an email from a mom who is concerned about her 15-year-old daughter's weight gain and lethargy. In-studio with me today is Emme, America's first curvy supermodel. She has made body acceptance on of her life's main concerns.
This week I am exited to welcome screenwriter Luke Davies to "The Power of Different." Luke Davies has just been nominated for an Oscar for writing the film "Lion," which stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara. Davies is from Australia, and in this candid interview, we learn how his own struggle with drug abuse set up his successes today. Davies has won many awards for his poems, essays, and books.
"Lion" is in theaters now.
My guest this week is Emme, who rose to fame as America's first ever curvy supermodel. During this insightful conversation, we learn all about Emme's passion to combat fat shaming and to shed light on body acceptance. Emme is the co-author of "Chicken Soup for The Soul: Curvy and Confident." She also hosts her own podcast called EmmeStyle.
This week we get a timely call from a mother with political concerns. Elana has come to a cross-roads when it comes to President Trump. On one hand, she herself has no respect for the current president, but she also knows the importance of teaching her kids to respect their elders and the office he now holds.
This week I am excited to welcome author Howard Bloom to the podcast. Howard is one of the quintessential thinkers in America today. He is imaginative, thought-provoking, and prolific -- covering topics from space travel, politics, pop music, and our minds. This is one episode you do not want to miss. Howard's books include "The Mohammad Code," "How I Accidentally Started The Sixties," "Global Brain," "The God Problem," "The Genius of the Beast," and "The Lucifer Principle." He is also the host of the podcast "Howard Bloom Saves the Universe."
This week we get a call from Michael, a gay man living in San Francisco, who finds himself losing sleep over all the changes President Trump is implementing.
Sheryl O’Loughlin is a serial entrepreneur. She has served as the CEO of Clif Bar, where she led the concept development and introduction of Luna bars. She then went on to co-found and serve as CEO of Plum Organics. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Sheryl is currently CEO of REBB.
This week we get a call from a father who is concerned about his son's anit-social tendencies. The boy recently lost his mother, and now the dad is considering homeschooling his son to help with his anxiety.
We are back with the Dan Fogler, the star of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the latest film from the mind of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. In this in-depth conversation, we learn all about Dan's first flirtation with acting, and how the drug of making people laugh fueled his passion to become an actor. Dan Fogler won the Best Actor in A Musical for his work in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
Dr. Gail Saltz is back with another "Is This Normal?" question. This time, Chad from New York calls in and talks about his depression that's setting in now that the holidays are over.
Dr. Saltz returns next Monday with a new show.
Happy New Year! I'm excited to have you onboard for an exciting 2017. And while most of us have declared our resolutions, Rebecca has not. In an email, Rebecca tells us she's worried that, unlike her friends and family, she does not have a new year's goal.