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Big Questions with Cal Fussman

Feb 11, 2020

Gary Smith has been called the best magazine writer to ever live – in part because he’s won more National Magazine Awards than anyone else. Gary also gave an award-winning toast at Cal’s wedding. Little did Cal know back then that after Gary retired from Sports Illustrated, he’d take his magnificent interviewing...


Feb 4, 2020

A decade ago, Scott Budnick was a producer on the highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever, The Hangover. Now, he’s an executive producer of Just Mercy, which is about as serious as a movie can get. It’s the true story of an African-American Harvard Law School graduate, Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to...


Jan 28, 2020

Cal looks back on what he learned from the NBA legend over several conversations before Kobe’s unfortunate passing. Then replays the talk he had with Kobe that got this podcast off the ground back in 2017. It’s an unusual look at how curiosity and storytelling shaped the NBA legend. Also, an example of how...


Jan 21, 2020

The Japanese guru and best-selling author shows Cal how to unclutter his life – from determining which items to discard and which ones to keep . . . all the way down to the proper way to fold socks. Cal learns to focus on removing anything in his life that doesn’t spark joy. And this podcast will do the same for...


Jan 14, 2020

The professor gives Cal a tour of the sacred space at UCLA where the first Internet message was sent in 1969. There’s no better tour guide. Leonard was there when it happened. The computer scientist talks about the development of the Internet in a way that humanizes it for Cal. He also touches on subjects like the...