Humanity is on an astronomical trajectory and according to aerospace professional and popular science communicator Kellie Gerardi, that future doesn’t rest solely on the shoulders of rocket scientists. Gerardi’s non-traditional path in the space industry shows us that humanity’s next giant leap will require the contributions of artists, engineers, and everyone in between.

Kellie Gerardi calls in to talk about her new book Not Necessarily Rocket Science, and gives us a few fascinating sneak peaks inside, including her experiences training for Mars, joining the Explorers Club, and being right in the middle of the exciting next steps for the space industry.

It is fascinating stuff for anyone interested in the space industry.

Buy the Book: Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner's Guide to Life in the Space Age

Rebecca Simon calls in to chat about her very exciting upcoming book, Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever.

If you have any interest in pirates, and why wouldn't you, this is a fascinating conversation. We talk about some of the myths and even more interesting truths about pirates in general as well as some of the more famous names including Captain Kidd, Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny and the animatronic crew of Disney's famous ride. 

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Why We Love Pirates on

Rosalie Gilbert calls in from Australia to chat about her new book, The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women.

The intimate lives of medieval women were complex, to say the least. They loved and lost, hoped and schemed, were lifted up and cast down. They were hopeful and lovelorn. Some had it forced upon them, others made aphrodisiacs and dressed for success. Some were chaste and some were lusty.

Rosalie chats with us about the food, the clothes, the rules, and the general ins and outs of sex during medieval times. Its a small peak at a very revealing book.

Buy the Book:
The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women - Amazon

Andrew Maynard is our first ever return guest, as he calls in to chat about his upcoming book Future Rising: A Journey from the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow.


Dr. Maynard, who is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, provides a highly original perspective on our relationship with the future. Humanity has gained the ability not only to imagine the future, but to design and engineer it. And yet, we so often struggle to come to terms with what this means and the responsibility that comes with this ability.

How do we build this future responsibly? How do we learn from the past? How do we give everyone a voice in the conversation? Will we ever get a working lightsaber? This are just a few of the questions we cover.

Find the Book:

Future Rising on

Andrew's Previous Book:

Films From The Future

Dr. Frank Faranda talks about his new book The Fear Paradox: How Our Obsession with Feeling Secure Imprisons Our Minds and Shapes Our Lives.

For years, Dr. Frank Faranda studied a state of fearfulness in his patients―an evolutionary state that relentlessly drove them toward avoidance, alienation, hypercriticism, hyper-control, and eventually, depression and anxiety. He began to wonder what they were afraid of, and how embedded these fears might be in contemporary society. This book aims to break us free from what he found.

Buy the book:
The Fear Paradox - On Amazon


Dr Craig April, founder of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management, sits down with us to chat about his new book The Anxiety Getaway: How to Outsmart Your Brain's False Fear Messages and Claim Your Calm Using CBT Techniques.

With anxiety ramping up as we all deal with the current crisis, Dr. April's book couldn't come at a better time. He discusses the scientific approach he uses to help people stop feeling like victims to anxiety and equip themselves to break the patterns and get away.

Buy The Book: 

The Anxiety Getaway - Amazon


Steve Silverman creator and host of the long running podcast/blog Useless Information, called in from quarantine to chat about his upcoming book: The Flip Side of History: Fascinating True Stories that Time Has Long Forgotten.

Steve is a collector of amazing true stories and shares three of his longtime favourites. Including one about an actual WWII plan to attach bombs to bats, and one about a man who took more than 30 attempts to murder.

Buy the book on Amazon:
Flip Side of History

Check out Steve's Blog and Podcast:



Eric Martin calls in from quarantine to talk about his upcoming book Your Leadership Moment: Democratizing Leadership in an Age of Authoritarianism.

Eric has brought leadership development to hundreds of thousands of people in 146 countries. We talk about leadership in everything from business meetings to stand-up comedy. Eric walks us through adaptive leadership, and identifying your moments, and provides some very interesting stories of leadership in action.

Buy The Book:

Amazon Store

Eric on YouTube:

Eric Martin

Adaptive Change Advisors:
ACA Website


MK Mueller sits down for a timely chat about her book 8 To Great: How to Take Charge of Your Life and Make Positive Changes Using an 8-Step Breakthrough Process. Since her book first published MK's practical message has spread across the US and the world, including being adapted for high-school curricula.

MK's message is all about letting go of the past and building hope for the future. She walks readers though a series of steps that are easy to understand and easy to connect with even for people who are not normally the key self-help audience.

Buy The Book:

Amazon Store

MK's Website:

8 to Great Website

Listen to the podcast:
Positive Powercast


J.J. Johnson calls in to chat about Dino Dana: Dino Field Guide, which is the upcoming book from the team that brought you the Dino Dana TV series, and the soon to be released Dino Dana movie. It's a a very cool compendium of dinosaur info.

There are not many topics more interesting than Dinosaurs, and J.J. shares some behind the scenes info about the book, the show, and some of the things he's learned about the largest and coolest animals to ever walk the planet.

Order the Book:

Dana Dino: Dino Field Guide

Check out the Show:
Dino Dana on Amazon Prime

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