Kevin Allison: The State, RISK!, and Terrible Jobs

Kevin Allison has one of the most successful live storytelling series and podcasts out there, RISK!, which encourages participants to tell raw, unfiltered stories. He also became famous in his early 20’s after starring in The State, a hit sketch comedy series on MTV. But between MTV’s The State and the podcast, RISK! Kevin garnered more than a decade of bad luck and bad jobs. What did he learn? Check out our web extras.

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Michael Finkel: Not all those who wander are lost

“I mean if you want to talk about failure I don't think there's any bigger failure in all of journalism.” - Michael Finkel (on getting fired from The New York Times)

Our interview with Michael is about his latest book but also covers Michael’s own career, a career that He described as being shaped like an hour glass: success; failure and then recovery. Michael also discussed his latest book, The Stranger in The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. The book is an engaging story about a tragically unique man but it is also a meditation on nature, learning to be alone, and how modern life is changing us.

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Rudy Garcia-Tolson: No Legs & No Limits

At five years old, Rudy Garcia-Tolson's parents gave him a choice: he could have a double amputation at the knee and walk with prosthetics or not and be wheelchair-bound. For Rudy, this was a slam dunk decision. Now at age 30, he is a five-time Paralympic medalist, the first ever double amputee Ironman, and mentor to other physically challenged kids. This week he talks growing pains, getting into sports, and how he's helping the next generation of physically challenged athletes.

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Beri Smither: American Model

By the time Beri Smither was in her 20’s, she had the world by the tail. She started modeling when she was 17. “I met the right people, we clicked, it was off to the races from there, ” mused Beri. Here, she reflects on the pitfalls of early fame, aging, modeling and (yes) failure.

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Strauss Zelnick: Meditation & Grand Theft Auto

Strauss Zelnick is the man behind many blockbusters, everything from Grand Theft Auto to Dirty Dancing. Find out what Zelnick was like before he was a media mogul.

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William Wegman: Aging, Art and Baseball

What does William Wegman know about failure? Wegman's staged photos and videos of his dogs have made him him an icon in the art world. The truth is, everyone has experienced failure, all you have to do is ask.

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