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The Chopra Brothers
Six-year-old Deepak Chopra and three-year-old Sanjiv Chopra outside their home in Pune, India in 1952.
May 24th, 2013
10:56 PM ET

The Chopra Brothers

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Once upon a time (and this is a true story even though it begins "once upon a time") there was a physician in India who had amazing ears.

His name was Krishan Chopra. He was a cardiologist with the Indian Army.

His ears were so sensitive that, through his stethoscope, he could hear and time the milliseconds between parts of a heartbeat that, today, doctors must use an EKG to measure.

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The Tao of Jen Lancaster
Blogger and author Jen Lancaster spent a year trying to raise her living standards to Martha Stewart-levels.
May 17th, 2013
01:53 PM ET

The Tao of Jen Lancaster

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Dear Fellow Parents who are worried about what college their children will get into and, after those children graduate from college, what will become of them in their professional and personal lives.

Please – before your next bout of worrying – listen to the story of Jen Lancaster.

Jen Lancaster does not have a roadmap for you to follow. And it’s not the path you probably have in mind for your children.

Because what parent would ever design a roadmap for their child that includes 11 years to complete an undergraduate degree? That’s how long it took Jen Lancaster to get her degree from Purdue University. FULL POST

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Seduced by Mary
Producer David Davis, actress Mary Tyler Moore, producer Allan Burns, fan Joe Rainone and producer James L. Brooks gather for a photo in 1971.
May 10th, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Seduced by Mary

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – Once a success, always a success.

You know who said that?

Nobody.

At least nobody I know of.

Often when we see a great success, whether it’s an individual like Steve Jobs, or a product like – oh man, I better get off this Apple bandwagon. Let me think of another iconic brand.

Mary!

The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

When you think of how hooked America became on The Mary Tyler Moore Show – through its initial run in the 1970s and many years of reruns, it’s easy to imagine the successful backstory.

The incredibly likable Mary Tyler Moore pitches her show to CBS executives.

They can’t resist this new, refreshing storyline that’s just a little ahead of the curve on America’s evolving attitudes towards the role of women in society. A 30-year-old divorcee seeks to start life over in the big city, to seek career satisfaction and, if it comes, true love. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s unfamiliar.

That was the problem.

You know how it is. Some leaders have a hard time saying yes to something they’ve never quite seen before. The unfamiliar is where the greatest opportunity lies. But it’s risky.

So here is the initial response from executives who listened to the pitch, as reported by our guest on this CNN Profiles, journalist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.

[1:12] “We want you to listen to some research from this guy who does our research for us and he said that people do not want to watch television about divorced people; Jews; people from New York; or people with mustaches."

Audiences loved Mary when she was Laura Petrie married to comedy writer Rob Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show. But a single lady – who could leave a man to strike out on her own personally and professionally?

Risky for Mary Richards – the spirited young woman applying for job with TV news manager Lou Grant. Too risky for the real life executives. They resisted Mary’s charms at first.

Her story was too unfamiliar.

But, as Tom Waits sings, in one of his greatest songs of seduction, “we all begin as strangers.”

Wait until you hear what our guest found out about why executives resisted Mary.

Focus groups too. So much resistance.

So how did Mary make it after all?

That story – of overcoming adversity to create something original – is the story Jennifer Keishan Armstrong has brought to life in her brand new book, “Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. And you can only hear it if you click the play icon at the top of this blog.

Yes, we all begin as strangers.

But if we just give a new relationship a chance – give it enough time – then we may come to realize, in the words of Tom Waits, “we really aren’t strangers any more.”

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Bergdorf Goodman's fashion gatekeeper
Exterior view of Bergdorf Goodman from the documentary, "SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF'S"
May 3rd, 2013
12:28 PM ET

Bergdorf Goodman's fashion gatekeeper

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – I have just spoken to one of the most influential women in the fashion world.

I tried to unlock the mystery of how she decides which designers should make the cut.

“If my covet radar goes up, most likely it will go up with other people.”

What an original expression of self-confidence. Trust your "covet radar."

It’s more complex than that, as you’ll hear. But that quote gives us a little window into Linda Fargo.

Fargo is the head of women’s fashion at the fashion mecca, Bergdorf Goodman, 5th Avenue in New York.

She is featured in the new film “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman” – which is sort of an ode to a place where fashion lovers worship. FULL POST

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CNN Profiles: Faith in the messenger
Elie Wiesel claps as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Holocaust Museum April 23, 2012 in Washington, DC.
April 29th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Faith in the messenger

Hosted by Michael Schulder

Follow Michael at: www.wavemaker.me

Editor's Note: Today marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It was Elie Wiesel’s idea to make this an institution of learning rather than a simple memorial. Michael Schulder, host of the CNN Profiles, sat down with Professor Wiesel to talk about a range of issues, including how a sense of humor survives in so many survivors. This story, though, is about faith.

Listen to the full interview in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) – “They called him Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname.”

This is the opening line of the most widely read memoir of the Holocaust, "Night," by Elie Wiesel.

I had the opportunity to ask Professor Wiesel about Moishe the Beadle the other day when we sat down for an in-depth CNN Profile, which you can listen to here. FULL POST

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