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 [email protected]. And at the end of each show I’ll be answering the question “Is This Normal?”

Ilana Levine

My guest this week is Ilana Levine, a veteran of the Broadway stage, film and television. Ilana talks about her

Sherry Lansing

My guest today is Sherry Lansing, who is the subject of the new book “Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the

Chris Pan

This week I have the pleasure of speaking with Chris Pan. Throughout his like, Chris suffered from depression. Despite that,

Michael Smerconish

I am honored and excited to welcome the host of his own CNN show and radio show host and columnist

Ron Fournier

 My guest today is Ron Fournier, who has written a book that is now out in paperback called Loved That

Jo Piazza

My guest today is Jo Piazza, author of the new book “How To Be Married.” She’s an award-winning journalist who

David Leite

My guest today is David Leite, the founder of the James Beard award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, and he’s the author

David Osmond

This week we are visited by entertainment royalty, as David Osmond of the legendary Osmond family, joins me in study. David

Chuck Nice

My guest today is Chuck Nice. He is a well-known comedian, a radio personality, he has a really fun podcast

Stacey Griffith

Stacey Griffith is a Founding Senior Master Instructor at SoulCycle. She has been leading sold out indoor cycling classes in

Jen Widerstrom

My guest today is Jen Widerstrom, star and trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”. She is also the author of

Luke Davies

This week I am exited to welcome screenwriter Luke Davies to “The Power of Different.” Luke Davies has just been

Supermodel Emme

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

Howard Bloom

This week I am excited to welcome author Howard Bloom to the podcast. Howard is one of the quintessential thinkers

Sheryl O’Loughlin

Sheryl O’Loughlin is a serial entrepreneur. She has served as the CEO of Clif Bar, where she led the concept

“Is this normal?”

This week we get a call from a father who is concerned about his son’s anit-social tendencies. The boy recently

Dan Fogler

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

“Is this normal?”

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

“Is this normal?”

Happy New Year! I’m excited to have you onboard for an exciting 2017. And while most of us have declared

“Is this normal?”

On this Holiday edition of Is This Normal, we hear from Steve — who finds himself worried about his increased

“Is this normal?”

A listener who is NOT filled with joy this holiday season because her family is visiting her for Christmas wonders

Liz Pryor

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

“Is this normal?”

“I don’t like my food to touch another food on my plate, is this normal?”

Deborah Roberts

Deborah Roberts is a television journalist for ABC News and before that, NBC News. She’s been highly successful in her

Adam Braun

Adam Braun is the founder of pencils of promise and Mission U, he explains how earlier struggles shaped his ability

“Is this normal?”

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

Arthur Lubow

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


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

“Is this normal?”

I’m a 35 year old father of two. I’ve tried to bring this up to my wife in the past

Dr. Drew Pinsky

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

“Is this normal?”

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

Samantha Ettus

“Samantha Ettus is a renowned work/life balance expert, a sought after speaker, a Harvard MBA and host of a nationally

“Is this normal?”

Scott Stossel, editor in chief of “The Atlantic” is back to join me in answering a mom whose child is

Scott Stossel

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

Robert Szczerba

CEO of X Tech Ventures, he’s a rocket scientist who is now using technology for social good, helping people with

“Is this normal?”

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

Amy Newmark

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

“Is this normal?”

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

Ian Kerner

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

Siggy Flicker

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

Steve Silberman

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

“Is This Normal?”

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

Dov Seidman

Dov Seidman

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

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