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Just the Right Book Podcast: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

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Why do certain moments influence us so strongly? In this Just the Right Book podcast episode, Roxanne Coady sits down with Dan Heath, who works closely with Chip Heath, his brother. They discuss their latest novel, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. Dan explains how the novel talks on subjects of those moments that bring special meaning to our lives and the importance of creating more special times like this. The Heath brothers worked on this latest collaboration to talk about the many aspects of our lives where The Power of Moments apply, from business and marriage, to education, healthcare, and hospitality. Dan shares a few of the stories from the book including one of his favorites about a Los Angeles hotel called…

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Robert Ripley, the buck-toothed, socially awkward cartoonist who dazzled Americans

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by Denise Kiernan In the past, my friend Neal Thompson has illuminated the lives of astronauts, moonshiners, race car rivers and high school football players. Now he turns his considerable research and storytelling talents to the life of Robert Ripley, the buck-toothed, socially awkward cartoonist who dazzled Americans with his compulsive need to seek out the world’s greatest oddities. I had the opportunity to ask Neal about his latest book, “A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert ‘Believe It or Not!’ Ripley.” Here’s what he had to say. —Denise Kiernan, author of “The Girls of Atomic City.”   This is one of those topics I love–something I’ve heard about for years but realized I know little about.…

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