Ace and motivational speaker Cheryl Hunter sit down today to talk about getting "unstuck" in life. Cheryl recounts her harrowing abusive experience in Europe for Adam and explains how that led her down a path to helping others escape mental captivity. Cheryl and Adam then move into the topic of rewiring your brain and the most efficient methods to employ. Cheryl explains the notion of combatting your survival brain as a way to progress in life and why that is the greatest impediment to a successful rewiring and personal growth.
On today's show Adam sits down with comedian and author Ms. Pat to talk about the journey from a life of drugs and hardship to a life of stand-up comedy. Ms. Pat tells Adam her life story starting out in the bluff of Atlanta. They chat about growing up and being forced to steal as well as having children before the age of 13. Adam and Ms. Pat talk about the notion of race and how it plays into everyday life. Then Adam asks Ms. Pat about the beginning of her stand-up career and what pushed her away from selling drugs to stand up comedy.
On today's Take A Knee, Ace chats with NFL Hall of Fame voter and New York Daily News columnist Gary Myers. His new book My First Coach covers the topic of quarterbacks and their fathers and the two get going first on Phill Simms. The Super Bowl MVP has never opened up about his troubled childhood until speaking with Gary. Contrast that with Tom Brady and his father Sr. who would gold together every Saturday morning. They also discuss Gary's unique position as one of the 48 voters on NFL Hall of Fame inductees.
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.