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What It Takes

Revealing, intimate conversations with visionaries and leaders in the arts, science, technology, public service, sports and business. These engaging personal stories are drawn from interviews with the American Academy of Achievement, and offer insights you’ll want to apply to your own life.


Episodes 103

General David Petraeus: The Perils of Victory 2019-06-03   Suzanne Farrell: Ballerina of the Century 2019-05-20   A. Scott Berg: Chronicler of The American Century 2019-05-06   Jimmy Carter: From Plains to the Presidency 2019-04-22   Peter Gabriel: Genesis of a Rock Star 2019-04-08   Brendan Sullivan: Standing Up to Power 2019-03-25   Susan Butcher: Call of the Wild 2019-03-11   Frances Arnold: A Nobel Vision 2019-02-25   Michael Caine: An Accent on Life 2019-02-11   John Updike: Dreams from My Mother 2019-01-28   Chuck Yeager: The Right Stuff 2019-01-14   Johnny Mathis: Timeless Voice of Romance 2018-12-31   Stephen Sondheim: Maestro of Broadway 2018-12-17   Rita Dove and W.S. Merwin: A Gift for Language 2018-12-03   Sir Edmund Hillary and Reinhold Messner: King of the Mountain 2018-11-19   Lord Martin Rees: The Future of Humanity 2018-11-05   Leymah Gbowee: A Call from God 2018-10-22   Lynsey Addario: Portraits of Love and War 2018-10-08   Norman Schwarzkopf: Duty, Honor, Country 2018-09-24   Peyton Manning and Herschel Walker: Preparing to Win 2018-09-09   Bernie Taupin: Lyrical Inspiration 2018-08-27   Khaled Hosseini, Scott Turow and Charles Krauthammer: Second Lives 2018-08-13   Beverly and Dereck Joubert: Spirit of the Wild 2018-07-30   Anthony Fauci: From Aristotle to AIDS 2018-07-16   Jessye Norman: Living My Life in Song 2018-07-02   John Banville: Literary Confessions 2018-06-18   Julie Andrews: An Angel on My Shoulder 2018-06-04   Andrew Weil: The Healing Power of Nature 2018-05-21   Kazuo Ishiguro: Lyrical Tales of Emotion 2018-05-07   1 Demis Hassabis: A.I. Mastermind 2018-04-23   1 Wallace Stegner and N. Scott Momaday: Chroniclers of the American West 2018-04-11   2 Steve Schwarzman: King of Wall Street 2018-03-26   1 Bartlett Sher: A Reason to Sing 2018-03-12   1 Jeremy Irons: Thespian and Provocateur 2018-02-26   1 Dorothy Hamill and Scott Hamilton: The Price of Gold 2018-02-12   2 Sue Grafton: The Alphabet Ends at Y 2018-01-29   1 Maya Lin: The Art of Remembrance 2018-01-15   1 Edward Teller: Destroyer of Worlds 2018-01-01   1 Anthony M. Kennedy: Principles of Freedom 2017-12-18   1 Jimmy Page: Guitar Hero 2017-12-04   1 Itzhak Perlman: The Gift of Music 2017-11-20   1 Ernest J. Gaines: Letters of My Ancestors 2017-11-06   1 Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter: Jazz Invention 2017-10-23   2 Leon Panetta: Decisive Action 2017-10-09   1 James Earl Jones: The Voice of Triumph 2017-09-25   1 General Colin Powell: My American Journey 2017-09-11   1 Barbra Streisand and Pat Conroy: The Way We Were 2017-08-28   2 Jeff Bezos: Regret Minimization 2017-08-14   1 Louise GlĂĽck: Revenge Against Circumstance 2017-07-31   1 Naomi Judd: Dream Chaser 2017-07-17   1 Rosa Parks and Judge Frank Johnson: Standing Up for Freedom 2017-07-03   2 Robert Langer: Edison of Medicine 2017-06-19   1 Sally Ride and Eileen Collins: Wonder Women 2017-06-05   2 Frank McCourt: Teacher Man 2017-05-22   1 Leslie Wexner: Victoria's Other Secret 2017-05-08   1 Nora Ephron: Unstoppable Wit 2017-04-24   1 Bill Russell: Giant of a Man 2017-04-10   1 Sonia Sotomayor: Power of Words 2017-03-27   1 Sally Field: Embracing Fear 2017-03-13   1 Reid Hoffman: Silicon Valley Grandmaster 2017-02-27   1 August Wilson and Lloyd Richards: The Voice of Genius 2017-02-13   2 Chuck Jones: The Fine Art of Laughter 2017-01-30   1 Dr. Jane Goodall: A Dedicated Pursuit 2017-01-16   1 Maya Angelou, Part 2: In the Spirit of Martin 2017-01-02   1 Maya Angelou: Righteousness and Love 2016-12-19   1 Albie Sachs: Freedom Fighter 2016-12-05   1 Thomas Keller: Recipe for Success 2016-11-21   1 Doris Kearns Goodwin: Presidential Ambitions 2016-11-07   1 Frank O. Gehry: Building the Inspiring Space 2016-10-24   1 John Irving: A Literary Life 2016-10-10   1 Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Justice For All 2016-09-26   1 Wynton Marsalis: Philosopher King of Jazz 2016-09-12   1 Steven Rosenberg: Finding a Cure for Cancer 2016-08-29   1 Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush: The Freedom to Lead 2016-08-15   2 Sir Roger Bannister: The Mile of the Century 2016-08-01   1 Elie Wiesel: A Light in the Darkness 2016-07-18   1 Carole King and Hal David: More Than Beautiful 2016-07-04   2 Olivia de Havilland: The Last Belle of Cinema 2016-06-20   1 Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski: Images of the Imagination 2016-06-06   2 Quincy Jones: The Music Man 2016-05-23   1 Ray Dalio: Maestro of the Markets 2016-05-09   1 Barry Scheck: The Innocence Project 2016-04-25   1 Carol Burnett: Laughter and Reflection 2016-04-11   1 Coach John Wooden: Character for Life 2016-03-28   1 Steve Jobs and Tony Fadell: Inventing the Future 2016-03-14   2 Sidney Poitier: Trailblazing Screen Legend 2016-02-27   1 Lauryn Hill: Family, Faith & Hip-Hop 2016-02-15   1 Andrew Young: My Life, My Destiny 2016-02-01   1 Coretta Scott King: The Courage to Dream 2016-01-18   1 Lee Berger: In the Footsteps of Eve 2016-01-04   1 Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The Power of Faith 2015-12-21   1 George Lucas: The Force Will Be With You 2015-12-07   1 William McRaven: A Life of Service 2015-11-23   1 James Michener: Master Storyteller 2015-11-09   1 Mike (Coach K) Krzyzewski: Inspiring Greatness 2015-10-26   1 B.B. King: King of the Blues 2015-10-12   1 Benazir Bhutto: Paying the Ultimate Price 2015-09-28   1 Jonas Salk: Vanquisher of Polio 2015-09-21   1 Oprah Winfrey, Part 2: A Vision for Success 2015-09-07   1 Oprah Winfrey: The Queen of Talk… and Determination 2015-08-31   1 Willie Mays: For the Love of the Game 2015-08-24   1 Johnny Cash: True To His Own Voice 2015-08-17   1 This is.... What It Takes 2015-08-03