Inside the Kushner family with Vicky Ward

As we begin to fully understand all the ins and outs of the current administration, a big question is – who really are Jared and Ivanka Kushner? Who are the people behind the façade? Acclaimed author and investigative journalist Vicky Ward draws back the curtain and gives us some insight into Kushner, Inc., which happens to be the title of her NYTimes bestselling  book.

We find out how Jared and Ivanka’s fathers informed so much of their lives, and how Jared’s father thought his family was just like the Kennedy’s.  We’ll also understand why Jared bears so much animosity towards Chris Christie, and what his 3-point plan was to rehabilitate the family name and reputation.

Plus – Vicky tells us how dependent Ivanka is on her father’s approval and how Jared and Ivanka have an authenticity problem.

We didn’t have near enough time to ask everything we wanted, but here’s our chat with Vicky that will be leaving you wanting to know more about Kushner, Inc.

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Vicky Ward is a New York Times bestselling author, investigative reporter, and magazine columnist.

Currently, she is the editor at large of HuffPost and HuffPost’s long-form magazine, Highline, as well as at Town & Country magazine. Previously, she was a contributor to Esquire and contributing editor to Vanity Fair for eleven years where her articles covered politics, finance, art, and culture.

She was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair for eleven years where her articles covered a wide array of subject matter: politics, finance, art and culture and society. Among other things she wrote about Hewlett PackardMorgan StanleyBruce Wassersteina failed coup in AfricaKate MiddletonValerie Plamecounterterrorist czar Dick ClarkeBrooke AstorVeronica Hearstthe Guggenheimthe GettyPhillips de Pury LuxembourgSt Barths, VivendiJeffrey EpsteinWashington Internsthe Fairfield Greenwich hedge fund and Bernie Madoff.

She has also been a columnist for the London Evening Standard and has contributed to, among others, The Financial Times, the New York TimesThe London Times and Sunday TimesThe Daily Telegraph, the UK Spectator MagazineBritish VogueUS Harpers Bazaar and Porter.

She is a graduate of Cambridge University in the UK, where aged 24 she was awarded runner-up for the Catherine Pakenham award, Britain’s most prestigious prize for longform writing by women under the age of 25.

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We Say #Never Again: Parkland Teachers

When I was offered the opportunity to talk with two of the teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who had been on campus during the horrendous shooting on February 14th of this year, I jumped at the chance. There was so much to ask about. Not only what went through their heads at the time, but also what they saw in the kids that day, and in the days after.  Many of these kids came out of it with a mission and purpose, and the energy and determination to see it through.

Melissa Falkowski (journalism) and Eric Garner (broadcast) asked many of their students to write about that day, about how they felt, and what they wanted to accomplish. It’s now in book form, edited by Falkowski and Garner, and titled “WE SAY #NEVERAGAIN,”  Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists.”

The day of the interview was the day after another mass shooting – this time in California at the Borderline Bar and Grill. You can imagine how raw Falkowski and Garner felt when we spoke. We talked about why they asked the students to write these essays, what the kids learned about journalism from the event and its aftermath, and how they see things in these kids that the rest of the world can’t begin to understand.

In December, the Parkland’s March For Our Lives activists were chosen as finalists for the 2018 TIME Magazine Person of the Year. Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner give us a little insight into why. The book WE SAY #NEVER AGAIN will give you a lot more.

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Former Navy Seal Jocko Willink Talks About the Dichotomy of Leadership

 

Several years ago we took on the concept of Extreme Ownership with Navy Seal co-authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  We learned that if you’re in charge – you better own it!

Now these two leadership experts and co-founders of Echelon Front  have a new book out called The Dichotomy of Leadership – and maybe because some people took their original advice to the EXTREME!!

We talk with Jocko Willink— former Commander of Seal Team 3 – Task Unit Bruiser (which, by the way, was the most highly decorated US Special Ops unit of the Iraq War), about this dichotomy.  What can we learn about balance – and why it’s important.

Plus – when it’s time to fire someone… how to know when to back off… and why humility is so important.

Thanks for listening!

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