This week Adam chats with Dr. Robert Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist at UCSF, about the methods that the biggest industries use to hack our minds. Adam and Robert chat first about where the family dinner has gone and why we are seeking pleasure at every turn in our lives. Adam and Dr. Lustig then chat the origins of Coca Cola and how caffeine and sugar aren't too different to the original ingredients. Dr. Robert warns us that it is not just the food industry that is trying to hack our minds, politics and tech are doing it too. Adam and Dr. Robert then chat about the 4 things that can help get your mind back to how it used to work.
Adam welcomes in his Adam Carolla Show co-host Gina Grad for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Gina dive deep into Gina's history moving to LA and working in retail and various other jobs before getting an opportunity to run an overnight board-op job in local LA radio. As the show progresses they explore the entire trajectory of Gina's career and how she got to where she is now including the mantra she learned from former Take A Knee guest Teresa Strasser, 'Comb Your Hair & Leave The House'.
Kevin and Adam dive deep into their upcoming, The 10 Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful People, and why being recovering fuck ups qualify them as the perfect authors for the book. Adam then chats about the last hurdle that he has to overcome, a lack of sleep. Kevin and Adam then chat about the two things that could get you a long ways toward success, shooting for early and early morning alone time, be it jogging or reading the Times. Kevin then covers autobibliotherapy - reading as much as you can to better yourself - and how that has helped him grow during the peak of his success. Kevin also runs down several books that he has read to assist in his quest for self perfection including 'Man's Search For Meaning' by Victor Frankl, Rick Hanson's 'Buddha's Brain', 'The Body Keeps The Score' by Bessel van der Kolk, 'King, Warrior, Magician, Lover' by Robert L. Morre and 'Mating in Captivity' by Esther Perel.
Alan Alda join's Adam for this week's Take a Knee and they kick off the episode by chatting about the tenants of improv being the foundational elements of effective communication. They then discuss what it means to listen and how leaving yourself open to change is key in interacting with people in everyday life. Alan then talks about how his time hosting Scientific American Frontiers and his time at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science formed his desire to write his new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face. Adam asks Alan about his days on M*A*S*H and his work with Woody Allen and they close the episode chatting about Alan's mother's mental illness as well as mastering gardening.
Former Adam Carolla Show co-host and news girl Teresa Strasser joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Teresa about her wild upbringing and home life. This leads to a conversation on what success really means and the best motivator to getting there. After that, Adam talks about the importance of being genuine in whatever you’re doing and not outsource for your own material. Before they wrap, Adam and Teresa discuss their biggest fear of disappointing others, and how to turn that fear to your advantage.
"The Brink of Midnight" creator and host John Brenkus joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking John about his love for science and applying it to all aspects of various sports. Then the guys talk about Johns new podcast "The Brink of Midnight" which is all about significant moments in life that cause you to change your course. After that, Adam and John discuss the importance of making opportunities for yourself rather than waiting around for them to fall into your lap. Before they wrap, the guys talk about the correlation between fear and motivation.
Bill Simmons of 'The Ringer' joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee and the guys have a long form conversation exploring the trajectory of Bill's career after getting out of college in Boston and landing a journalism job and how that translated to his meteoric rise as a sports and comedy writer.