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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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(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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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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(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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April 21st, 2013
11:17 AM ET

CNN Profiles: On Earth Day, look for the helpers

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) - There’s an old quote from Mister Rogers that has been circulating on Facebook since the Boston Marathon bombings.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news” Fred Rogers wrote in his book on parenting, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

That idea – look for the helpers – is a thread that ties together so many disparate stories.

It’s an uplifting perspective changer on the news that is breaking in Boston on this Friday before Earth Day. FULL POST

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CNN Profiles: What moves Clive Davis?
Clive Davis with singer Janis Joplin, who Davis signed after seeing her performance at the Monterey Pop music festival in 1967.
April 12th, 2013
06:59 AM ET

CNN Profiles: What moves Clive Davis?

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) - Which of the following musicians does not belong with the others?

Janis Joplin. Bob Dylan. Whitney Houston. Barry Manilow.

Carlos Santana. The Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Alicia Keys, Patti Smith, Notorious B.I.G.

Answer: they all belong together. They have been together - under the same umbrella - because of the man featured in this edition of CNN Profiles.

Clive Davis is that man.

Nobody would ever have pegged a young Clive Davis as destined for a career in the music industry. FULL POST

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CNN Profiles: Introducing Ted Turner
April 1st, 2013
04:43 PM ET

CNN Profiles: Introducing Ted Turner

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) - You wouldn't think Ted Turner needs an introduction. Especially to a CNN audience. But he does.

Despite Ted Turner’s fame and wealth and impact, we know so little about him.

Until now, for example, we've never seen the heartbreaking letter his father sent him when Ted was studying at Brown:

“My dear son, I am appalled, even horrified, that you have adopted Classics as a major. As a matter of fact, I almost puked on the way home today. I think you are rapidly becoming a jackass, and the sooner you get out of that filthy atmosphere, the better it will suit me…”

Soon after that letter, Turner’s father forced him to withdraw from Brown.

Ted came home to help run his father’s advertising billboard business.

Ted did not want to leave Brown.

And he did not want to leave home for a string of boarding schools when he was only 4 years old. His father made him.

When Ted was just 24, his father committed suicide.

How could a boy, so rejected, suffering such a loss, find the inner strength to accomplish what he has accomplished?

Turner, the Classics lover, gave us a window on where he finds his inspiration. It’s from an epic poem called “Horatius at the Bridge.” [Hear Ted recite part of the poem at 9:00 in]

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