The Power of Different with Dr. Gail Saltz

A look inside the minds of today's high achievers as well as historic icons who not only overcame "different" but THRIVED because of it. The show will answer your calls and questions about whether something you, or someone you know, is doing something, or feeling something that you wonder, "Is This Normal?" Hosted by New York City-based psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Gail Saltz.
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Apr 24, 2017

My guest today is Ron Fournier, who has written a book that is now out in paperback called "Loved That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About Parent's Expectations. He is a well-known writer, presidential journalist, and this book is a bit of a departure directly related to accepting his son's autism diagnosis. 

Ron Fournier is Publisher and editor of Crain's Detroit Business, formerly the Senior Political Columnist for National Journal. He began his family and career in Arkansas, covering then Governor Bill Clinton before moving to Washington in 1993, where he covered politics and the presidency during the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. Fournier is a four-time winner of the prestigious White House Correspondents' Association Merriman Smith Memorial Award.

Apr 20, 2017

On this edition of "Is This Normal," we field a question from a happily married man who says, despite his unwavering love for his wife, he occasionally wants to sleep in a different bed. To help me answer this question today is Jo Piazza, the author of "How To Be Married." Our answers may surprise you!

Apr 17, 2017

My guest today is Jo Piazza, author of the new book "How To Be Married." She's an award-winning journalist who has written non-fiction, fiction, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Magazine. "How To Be Married" took Jo years to write, and is extremely relevant to today. You can learn more about her at

Apr 10, 2017

Author David Leite is back with me for this edition of "Is This Normal?," to help me field an email from a mother who is concerned about her child's over anxious behaviors. Leite himself was diagnosed bipolar and suffered from severe anxiety as a child. 

Leite is the founder of the James Beard award-winning website Leite's Culinaria, and he's the author of the cookbook "The New Portuguese Table." His new book, "Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression."

Apr 3, 2017

My guest today is David Leite, the founder of the James Beard award-winning website Leite's Culinaria, and he's the author of the cookbook "The New Portuguese Table." He often contributes to NPR's "The Splendid Table." His new book, "Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression," due out April 11th. On this inspirational conversation, David shares his struggles with fear, a self-diagnosing himself with bipolar disorder, and his ability to thrive in the face of such setbacks.

Mar 27, 2017

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. 

Mar 20, 2017

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. 

Mar 16, 2017

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. 

Mar 13, 2017

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.

Mar 6, 2017

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."

Mar 2, 2017

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."

Feb 27, 2017

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.

Feb 23, 2017

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


Feb 20, 2017

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. 

Feb 16, 2017

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.

Feb 13, 2017

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. 


Feb 9, 2017
This week I field a call from Jenny, who writes, "I'm married and I haven't lost any of the baby weight following the birth of my second child. I'm 20-pounds over where I was when I got pregnant, and making matters worse, my husband has no desire to have sex with me. Is this normal?"
Fortunately, I have curvy Supermodel EMME here in studio with me to answer this all-too-common question. 


Feb 2, 2017

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.

Feb 2, 2017

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.

Jan 30, 2017

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."

Jan 26, 2017

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.

Jan 23, 2017

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.

Jan 19, 2017

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. 

Jan 16, 2017

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."

Jan 9, 2017

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.

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