Influencers

My name is Jon Levy, and I am a human behavioral scientist. The fundamental element that defines the quality of our lives are the people we surround ourselves with, and the conversations we have with them. Every episode of Influencers, we meet two inspiring and influential people who are shaping our culture and changing their industry. Together we will discover what lead to their success, and how you can impact yours. But there is a catch. The second interview is anonymous. And if you can figure out who it is before we reveal it in the following podcast, you can win a coveted invitation to the Influencers Salon. The winner will have an opportunity to spend an evening meeting the most important tastemakers and thought leaders in our culture. Now, prepare to be Influenced.

00:29:01 2018-07-02
The big rise of independent cinema occurred right in the 80s era. The 90s was when things shifted, and there were uncertain transitions happening. The studio still dominated every conversation about movies and the future of the film industry, but it was ...
00:35:41 2018-06-18
From Apollo 13 to Avatar, Hugo, The Jungle Book, and the iconic Titanic, Rob Legato has worked on some of the biggest and most memorable movies of all time either as visual effects supervisor, second unit director, and second unit director of photography...
00:31:17 2018-06-04
A new species of bird was discovered in Hawaii in 1978, only to get extinct ten years ago. Year after year, the list of endangered animal species is getting longer, and that is why Director of Conservation Genetics at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Cons...
00:25:58 2018-05-21
Almost everybody is a gamer under a certain age in some respect. Elements of gaming are now part of our everyday life and it is now a pervasive as part of our culture. Mike Sepso, Co-Founder of Major League Gaming and Senior Vice President at Activision ...
00:40:08 2018-05-07
Helen Maroulis is the 2016 Olympic Champion in Women’s Wrestling. Not only that, she’s the first woman in US history to win a gold medal. Helen has been wrestling for nineteen years and says it’s such a cool experience and everyone has been sup...
00:31:25 2018-04-23
They say our blood is the red river of life. Many of us may not know it but our blood vessel is a 60,000-mile system of channels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in our body. It’s connected to our immune system, our healthy gut bacteria,...
00:31:25 2018-04-09
Reese Jones’ incredible mind has always been concerned about inventing and applying technology to solve problems. He is one of the Associate Founders of Singularity University which defines problems as something that positively affects a billion people...
00:26:55 2018-03-26
Being Deputy Editor of Newsweek, Ross Schneiderman constantly feels the pressure and responsibility of putting out real news. Other than working in Newsweek, Ross also worked as a journalist in Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and ESPN Magazine. ...
00:29:55 2018-03-19
Being a social media influencer is more than just getting in front of a camera and doing fun videos. It’s a combination of things, like knowing your demographic and creating a piece, telling a story that keeps people captivated, and the proper executio...
00:37:13 2018-03-12
Mike Koenigs has cracked the code to publishing success, public speaking and producing your own products. In the process he created hundreds of best sellers, discover is proven method.
00:27:57 2018-03-05
Dr. Dean Ornish has dedicated his life to improving our health and wellness. With years of research, publications, and health programs, he has discovered several clear rules on how to stay healthy.
00:31:47 2018-02-23
Entertainment is a harrowing industry full of ups and downs, but how does someone go from Law to being on one of the most respected shows in comedy. Hear the incredible story of The Daily Show’s Ronnie Chieng.
00:37:40 2018-02-19
Zak Penn is the mind behind some of the most popular screen plays of the past decade and a half, from creating the story of Marvel’s Avengers to shaping the X-Men cinematic universe. Now he tackles one of the most ambitious films of our time, Ready...
00:29:35 2018-02-12
Dr. Patch Adams may have solved many of the critical problems in the medical industry, but if people don’t notice, these insights may be lost and countless will go without care.
00:35:09 2018-02-05
Kevin Kelly is one of the great tech thinkers of our time. He was the founding executive editor of Wired and the author of the hit book The Inevitable. Whatever the future holds, he may be able to tell us.
00:28:13 2018-01-29
Mike Farah is at the helm of one of the most important companies in comedy. Some of the most famous comedians in the world have graced their content, but in a world where the playing field is changing constantly how do you continue to grow your company? ...
00:27:41 2018-01-22
Rita Soronen and her team at the Dave Thomas Foundation, have dedicated thier lives to helping orphans find safe and loving families. The impact of thier research and work, have helped countless families come together.
00:29:34 2018-01-15
During improvisation or spontaneous creativity, the brain enters a state of being completely intertwined with the activity, be it painting landscapes, playing jazz or freestyle rapping. This is called the Flow state, a unique pattern of how the brain wor...
00:31:28 2018-01-08
Katie Ford left the helm of Ford Models, one of the global premire modeling agencies, to presue something that would have a profound impact to countless people world wide, the end of human trafficking.
00:29:59 2018-01-01
Robert Picardo has played many iconic characters over the years from his time in theater to his role as the ship’s doctor in Star Trek Voyager. But what may be most exciting is what lies ahead.
00:28:52 2017-12-25
Everyone says they want to be a travel writer, exploring the world seeking out new cultures and running a nomadic business but Matt Kepnes is one of the few people who have actually been able to do it. Discover his approach to living life on the road, an...
00:36:16 2017-12-18
Konstantin and his colleague accomplished something that only a handful of people in the history of man have done. They reshaped our solar system. Using advanced math and predictive modeling, they discovered planet 9. A yet unseen member of our solar sys...
00:24:34 2017-12-11
Years ago, while Dr. Bassem Youssef was waiting in Egypt for his US work visa, he posted a video to YouTube imitating the comedic satire of John Stewart. This video launched an unexpected career as the most famous comedian and television personality in t...
00:31:37 2017-12-04
Seanne Winslow is a master of bringing people together around a common goal, so it should be no surprise that not only did she produce The International Block Buster, The Lego Movie, but she created one of the most extraordinary communities of AAA creati...
00:33:52 2017-11-27
Roy Wood Jr. is a nationally recognized comedian and correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. But his entire career was created for a single outrageous gamble, hear the wild stories and incredible journey of this master of laughs.
00:35:19 2017-11-20
Welcome to Influencers! Eric Schurenberg has made a career of telling the stories of the greatest Entrepreneurs and companies in the world. What he has learned could change the direction of your business.
00:32:17 2017-11-13
Dr. Nicole Prause has made a career of doing high quality peer reviewed research on human sexuality and its impact on our lives. Join us as she shares the incredible inaccuracies, half-truths, and blatant lies that have perpetuated through the ages. I gu...
00:34:38 2017-11-06
Welcome to Influencers! Serial entrepreneur Dennis Crowley built some of the most social technology ever made for phones. His design approach and creative processes has earned him the title of Mayor countless times. Discover the most important lessons he...
00:36:13 2017-10-30
Welcome to Influencers! For a decade, Ace of Base ruled the billboards, not only racking up top 10 global hits but setting the Guinness World Record for most popular first album ever released. But like most success stories their rise to fame was filled w...
00:29:19 2017-10-23
Welcome to Influencers! Alex Mullen, 2-time World Memory Champion, was a mild-mannered student but after picking up a book on memory tricks he challenged himself to become superhuman and develop the greatest memory of any living person. Surprisingly, thi...
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