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?”

Ilana Levine

Date: May 29,2017

My guest this week is Ilana Levine, a veteran of the Broadway stage, film and television. Ilana talks about her childhood, the choice to become an actor, raising a family in New York City, and anxiety. Her podcast "Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine," features candid conversations with today's biggest celebrities.

“Is This Normal?” – Extreme Nail Biting

Date: May 25,2017

When is a habit a concern? This week on "Is This Normal," I field a question from a woman who worries about her excessive nail biting.

Sherry Lansing

Date: May 22,2017

My guest today is Sherry Lansing, who is the subject of the new book "Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker," written by Stephen Galloway. Sherry Lansing is a groundbreaker in her field, becoming the first female to ever helm a Hollywood Studio. In this in-depth conversation, we learn how the death of her father at a young age shaped Sherry's life. She also discusses the rewarding experience of going to therapy had on her life.

“Is This Normal?” – Managing Those Down Times

Date: May 18,2017

I'm excited to change things up a little for today's edition of Is This Normal? Instead of answering a specific question, I decided to ask my guest Chris Pan for some advice on how we can best manage those times in our lives when things aren't going our way, and when we are just feeling down. Chris Pan is a serial entrepreneur who has suffered from depression. He is the founder and steward of MyIntent.org.

Chris Pan

Date: May 15,2017

This week I have the pleasure of speaking with Chris Pan. Throughout his like, Chris suffered from depression. Despite that, he is a Harvard business school grad who worked for Facebook in its early days and is responsible for building its audience. He also had career stops at McKinsey and Pepsi. But when another bout of depression kicked in, he wanted to do something more (and meaningful) with his life, so he started MyIntent: What's your word to foster more meaningful conversation through the power of intention. Everyone from Kanye and Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Ellen, and every other celebrity is wearing his bracelet and setting their intentions.

“Is This Normal?” – Son’s ACTing Out

Date: May 11,2017

This week, Is This Normal takes a question from a mother and father whose teenage son has decided to become an actor. His decision has his parent's asking how do they deal with it and, is this normal? Joining me to tackle this subject is CNN and talk-radio host Michael Smerconish

Michael Smerconish

Date: May 08,2017

I am honored and excited to welcome the host of his own CNN show and radio show host and columnist Michael Smerconish here with me today. I am really delighted to have Michael because I have joined him multiple times on his CNN show where he's asking me questions about something psychological happening in the news but today, I get to ask him questions about path. We discuss his mission, his past as a Republican supporter, becoming independent, and an icy drive from Philadelphia to New York City which catapulted him to his CNN program.

“Is This Normal?” – Tween Son Seems To Have No Friends

Date: May 01,2017

This week we received an email from a woman who is concerned that her 12-year-old son has no friends to play with after school and on the weekends. Here to help me answer this mother's question is Ron Fournier, author of "Love That Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips, and My Son Taught Me About a Parent's Expectations." Ron's own son is on the autism spectrum.

Ron Fournier

Date: April 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.

“Is This Normal?” – Loving Husband Wants Different Beds

Date: April 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!

Jo Piazza

Date: April 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 http://www.jopiazza.com/

“Is This Normal?” – Anxious Child, with Guest David Leite

Date: April 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."

David Leite

Date: April 03,2017

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," is due out April 11th. On this inspirational conversation, David shares his struggles with fear, self-diagnosing himself with bipolar disorder, and his ability to thrive in the face of such setbacks.

“Is this normal?” – Devastated Mother

Date: March 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.

David Osmond

Date: March 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.

“Is this normal?” – Sexually Bored Husband

Date: March 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.

Chuck Nice

Date: March 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.

Dr. Gail Saltz Previews Her New Book

Date: March 06,2017

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."

“Is This Normal?” – Yo-Yo Lifestyle

Date: March 02,2017

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."

Stacey Griffith

Date: February 27,2017

Stacey Griffith is a Founding Senior Master Instructor at SoulCycle. She has been leading sold out indoor cycling classes in New York and Los Angeles since 1996. Arthur of “Two Turns From Zero ."

“Is This Normal?” – Obsessed With One Body Part

Date: February 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 www.teamjennifer.com

Jen Widerstrom

Date: February 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.

“Is This Normal?” – Daughter’s Weight Concerns

Date: February 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.

Luke Davies

Date: February 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.

Supermodel Emme

Date: February 06,2017

Today I talk with supermodel Emme, an American plus-size model, social reformer and body image advocate.

“Is This Normal?” – Parenting And President Trump

Date: February 03,2017

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.

Howard Bloom

Date: January 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."

“Is this normal?” – Sleepless over President Trump

Date: January 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.

Sheryl O’Loughlin

Date: January 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. Author of KILLING IT: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

“Is this normal?”

Date: January 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 this.

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 onhow 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

Introducing my new Podcast series