Have you ever noticed that many of the people most famous in history for having been extraordinary artists, musicians, writers, scientists, leaders, inventors were also uniquely different? Have you wondered why so many struggled with mental illness, dyslexia or some other unusual deficit? A significant percentage of today’s extraordinary individuals are quietly also todays sufferers. There is a connection between talent, ability, creativity and minds that are wired differently and that is what we will explore on “The Power of different” podcast. I’ll be bringing you their stories as well as experts in brain sciences who will help shed light on this phenomenon. Email us with your questions and show suggestions at thepowerofdifferent@gmail.com. And at the end of each show I’ll be answering the question “Is This Normal?”


Dan Fogler

Date: January 16,2017

Tony award winning actor for 25th annual SPELLING BEE. Uncle Marvin on the Goldbergs,JACOB from Fantastic Beasts. Writer, Director, fellow podcaster.


“Is this normal?”

Date: January 09,2017

Chad from New York calls in and talks about his depression that's setting in now that the holidays are over.


“Is this normal?”

Date: January 02,2017

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.


“Is this normal?”

Date: December 26,2016

On this Holiday edition of Is This Normal, we hear from Steve -- who finds himself worried about his increased alcohol intake over the holidays. He says he's drinking on a daily basis and worries, Is This Normal?


“Is this normal?”

Date: December 22,2016

A listener who is NOT filled with joy this holiday season because her family is visiting her for Christmas wonders if the dread she's feeling is normal.


Liz Pryor

Date: December 19,2016

Liz Pryor, a Good morning America parenting expert and author, who kept a dark secret since the age of 16.


“Is this normal?”

Date: December 15,2016

"I don't like my food to touch another food on my plate, is this normal?"


Deborah Roberts

Date: December 12,2016

Deborah Roberts is a television journalist for ABC News and before that, NBC News. She's been highly successful in her journalist career and I first met her while she host of Lifetime Live for Lifetime Network. She is also a delightful person and has a recent book out about parenting, co-written by her husband Al Roker called "Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom for Modern Times"


Adam Braun

Date: December 05,2016

Adam Braun is the founder of pencils of promise and Mission U, he explains how earlier struggles shaped his ability to help others on a big scale.


“Is this normal?”

Date: December 01,2016

A woman finds she’s sleeping and eating too much, feeling sad a lot, and wonders “is this normal?"


Arthur Lubow

Date: November 28,2016

The author of Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer on how her struggle with depression and feeling an outsider informed her art



Date: November 21,2016

Toure, TV host and journalist, discusses how being a minority student and a storyteller came together to inform being a writer.


“Is this normal?”

Date: November 17,2016

I’m a 35 year old father of two. I’ve tried to bring this up to my wife in the past but have ben too scared. My question is, is it normal for a married man to masturbate daily?


Dr. Drew Pinsky

Date: November 14,2016

Dr. Drew is a nationally known television host and renowned Internist specializing in addiction but who has struggled with his own anxiety.


“Is this normal?”

Date: November 10,2016

Mom keeps losing her temper with her child. Samantha Ettus and I answer, is this normal?


Samantha Ettus

Date: November 07,2016

"Samantha Ettus is a renowned work/life balance expert, a sought after speaker, a Harvard MBA and host of a nationally syndicated call-in radio show. Sam’s fifth book is The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction.”


“Is this normal?”

Date: November 03,2016

Scott Stossel, editor in chief of “The Atlantic” is back to join me in answering a mom whose child is scared of and avoiding dogs at all costs.


Scott Stossel

Date: October 31,2016

Editor in Chief of The Atlantic discusses his lifelong struggle with severe anxiety and how it also helped him achieve in his career


“Is this normal?”

Date: October 27,2016

"My child seems obsessed about playing with one toy, is this normal?"


Robert Szczerba

Date: October 24,2016

CEO of X Tech Ventures, he's a rocket scientist who is now using technology for social good, helping people with mental health issues, a career change born out of the painful diagnosis of his baby boy with autism. He is a columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post.


“Is this normal?”

Date: October 20,2016

I feel like my spouse doesn't make me happy anymore. We've been married for 13 years. Is this normal?


Amy Newmark

Date: October 17,2016

Amy Newmark discusses how overcoming multiple early illnesses when a child helped her find “Chicken Soup for the Soul”


“Is this normal?”

Date: October 13,2016

Ian Kerner & Dr. Saltz answer a question from someone wanting more sex in their marriage


Ian Kerner

Date: October 10,2016

Sex therapist & author of “She Comes First” who launched his career because he personally struggled with premature ejaculation


“Is This Normal?”

Date: October 06,2016

A woman  asks about loving but not being “in love” with her husband


Siggy Flicker

Date: October 03,2016

Real Housewives of NJ star reveals the struggles of her growing up  that led to her stardom


“Is this normal?”

Date: September 29,2016

A mom asks about her 5 year old having trouble making friends


Steve Silberman

Date: September 25,2016

Steve Silberman, Author of Neurotribes, discusses the strengths inherent in the autistic brain


“Is This Normal?”

Date: September 22,2016

"Is This Normal?" with guest Dov Seidman, a parent asks about their late reading child

Dov Seidman

Dov Seidman

Date: September 19,2016

Dov Seidman CEO of LRN shares his story of school failure and dyslexia to Harvard law school and success

Stacy London

Stacy London

Date: September 11,2016

Style & Fashion Consultant Stacy London on how struggles led to dramatic successes.


The Power of Different

Date: September 07,2016

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