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Lessons from 50,000 Interviews: Larry King and Cal Fussman

Cal Fussman (@calfussman) is a New York Times bestselling author and a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine, where he is best known for being a primary writer of the “What I’ve Learned” feature. He has transformed oral history into an art form, conducting probing interviews with a long list of icons who’ve shaped the last 50 years of world history.

Larry King (@kingsthings) has been dubbed “The most remarkable talk show host on TV, ever” by TV Guide and “Master of the mic” by Time Magazine. Larry’s been described as the Muhammad Ali of the broadcast interview, and he’s been inducted into five of the nation’s leading broadcasting halls of fame. He’s the recipient of the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism, an Emmy, the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, ten CableACE awards — the list goes on. Enjoy!


Show Notes

  • Two legendary interviewers enter. [04:37]
  • From Brooklyn to Miami: How Larry got involved in broadcasting. [06:18]
  • Why Larry’s last name was changed from Zeiger to King. [12:36]
  • Thanks to stage fright, Larry’s first time behind the mic was almost his last. [14:21]
  • The secret of Larry’s business. [15:18]
  • The real reason for Larry’s career longevity. [18:45]
  • What scared Cal the most about going from writing to podcasting. [20:20]
  • An Al Pacino story about confidence; a Marlon Brando story about ad-libbing (and wine). [21:51]
  • Larry on being in the moment. [25:43]
  • Cal’s favorite Larry King story. [27:10]
  • When Larry took emergency broadcasting to a whole new level. [31:55]
  • Even with relaxed standards, Larry still won’t curse on the air. [36:05]
  • Is curiosity ingrained, or is it something that can be taught? Larry’s rules for making curiosity work for him. [37:40]
  • Contrary to popular opinion, there are dumb questions. Here’s how Larry avoids asking them. [41:18]
  • Can Larry’s methods be used by people in other fields? [43:08]
  • What does communication lose when eye contact is no longer part of the equation? [43:58]
  • How would Larry have interviewed Hitler with curiosity rather than judgment? [44:51]
  • The power of control in questions. [48:49]
  • Is the podcast the modern inheritor of the traditional long-form interview? [51:48]
  • What does Larry consider his “bible?” [52:58]
  • Larry’s lifelong broadcasting motto. [55:30]
  • Does Larry have advice for young people who want to learn to ask better questions? How can someone become a better listener? [56:25]
  • What’s Larry’s secret for getting a sincere response from people? [59:24]
  • How you ask a question is often more important than what you’re asking. [1:00:37]
  • What would Larry’s billboard say? [1:02:20]
  • Books that have had an impact on Larry, what he’s reading now, and the book he’s gifted most. [1:02:52]
  • “The ‘why?’ person fears death.” [1:05:05]
  • Larry prefers paper tickets he can hold in his hand — whether they’re for ballparks or airplanes. [1:07:27]
  • What advice would Larry give to a college senior about to enter the real world? [1:09:04]
  • What has Larry learned from his failures? [1:10:25]
  • Bad advice Larry hears often? [1:14:07]
  • The most worthwhile investment in time, money, or energy that Larry has made. [1:18:03]
  • If Larry finds he’s lost focus, what does he do to regain it? [1:19:32]
  • How do Larry and Cal’s bucket lists differ? [1:21:13]
  • Cal has a bucket list request for Larry. [1:24:40]

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“Sorry, I forgot to tell you that I am nearing the last steps of this cancer,”.

We haven’t seen each other or spoken in nearly 10 years. She sent me a message on FaceBook just a few hours before remembering to tell me this. “You around later?”

Let’s do coffee on the beach.

I hold grudges. 10 years ago I got annoyed about something that now seems really unimportant. So we stopped talking.

When the message popped up I thought, why not? I needed to apologise to her.

She came over. He had once done some work together when I was at my first job. We used to hang out with each other most days of the week. Around 2006 was when I last saw her.

“Wait, what!”

It was three years ago where they had spotted something. They removed it, but last year, it had spread to everywhere else in my body with almost no time to live.

I wanted to say I am sorry to hear that but all that came out my mouth was, you look perfectly healthy. Just as I remember her.

Every 2 months, I visit Helsinki for this medical trial but thank you, it’s good to know I look good on my way out. However, eventually, this treatment develops resistance at some point. I’m at 9 months now.

And then, it’s a death sentence. She laughed which felt like she was telling a, on the border joke.

There was, now, nothing, that I knew about her life. A tainted guilt settled within me for holding this grudge for a decade.

I’m happier now than ever. I finally realised that my relationships are so important and for me, as every day passes, it is more and more becoming the most important thing in the world.

I had always liked being around you. But there is always days when I am around people I don’t particularly get on with. Yet, I am surprised I am still alive. I puck my lips and taught myself to constructively tell them what I think.

At any moment in the day I am exactly where I want to be and with those, I want to be around and constructively stick to my values.

It’s a good think you still care about teaching others. I said.

So am I! Because of this, I am always happy, every day I know that I will be doing exactly the things I want to do.

I no longer worry about my future, but only in the present moment. I don’t care about any potential achievement. I no longer feel bad for missing little goals. I actually haven’t been shopping in almost a year, to make me feel better emotionally, I don’t need to. I am so happy.

We took the coffee to go sit on the stones, under the sun, on the beach. She told me how cancer worked. She described the frustration and stress she endured through each stage of cancer. Each individual who had helped her through it.

Although I have lost second branch family members to cancer, I really didn’t know any of this.

We would converse for hours but now, I didn’t know what to say. She was joking around and laughing. She seemed the happiest I have seen her. Do you say sorry?

When sat quietly, do you think about worries, anxieties or old conversations you have had?

Not in the last 2 year.

I live a life where I do things I have personally decided for myself. I was really anxious at first because I had so little time and so much to do. There was no way I couple of years was going to be enough. I was uncertain of what I wanted first.

This uncertainty made me anxiety attacks. I used to find all the worries for my, what would be for 50/60 year of living in one or two months of this treatment. When the treatment becomes immune to cancer, I know I am going to die. I cannot out run it. So I stopped worrying about uncertain aspects of my life and the feeling of anxiety stopped with it.

She became quite for long pause. I looked to tears in her eyes. It didn’t exist. She smiled.

I wish I had messaged you 10 years sooner. It’s funny as it may have been this anxiety which had stopped me. I would have liked to get to know you better.


When we used to be at work, I could listen to her for hours of her culture, beliefs and values. Her home, her family, her religion. It gave her a unique outlook on life.

World problems and issues we disagreed on. I think that time, we were debating a father’s responsibilities. She always challenged me mentally and pushed my ability to think.

At 17, I was immature. She also was almost, always, right. She was right then.

I made good friends through having an informative conversation about Judaism, which I learnt from her. I wonder what else I could have learnt from her in the past 10 years.

Especially in today’s world, learning of values and outlook of life from someone of a different culture has never been more important. Social or professional life. We still have so much more to learn with everyone we encounter.

There are things I regret in life because I was uncertain of the outcome.

Since then, I told someone what was on my mind without any expectation, I know I would have regretted if I hadn’t.

The very same evening, we hosted an event with the aim of bringing different values of different culture together.

I know I will regret it if I don't do it again.

But we are at now. I am not going to be anxious about the uncertain repercussions of my two decisions above. Instead, I am going to be here in the moment, concentrate on her as she reads this post before she presses publish.

When I was in 13, I was obsessed with a late night TV show on channel 4, it was a very sexualised game show. Would pretend to be sleep, but watch the program, fascinated by the stories. Next morning at 7am alarm, I’d realise I had slept 4/5 hours. I had learned something. Not a single thing.


I said ‘yes’ knowing that I’m giving up on many dreams

I am 27 now, at the age of 22, I wish I had never said ‘yes’ to starting a business, to be honest. Here’s the results of my first business:

My partners (old high school friend) no longer speak to me and I lost all the money I made from that business. Over the past 5 years, I have actually MADE, hardly any money.

I still have a dream, but I gave up on this dreams of becoming a pilot. Turning down the opportunity of starting as an apprentice from the bottom up. Thanks to Flight Deck Friends. They put in a lot of hours to help me. Then I turned around and left to do my own business.

I gave up on dreams of studying as I had no time to sleep. I stopped sleeping from 2004 – 2016, put on weight and possibly now have brain damage.

After reading “The Tao of Seneca”, I practiced poverty. Most times as I had no other choice. I learned how to live with fear and hate. Sometimes I still let anxiety and stress get better of me. I wish I hadn’t said ‘yes’ to it.

It’s hard to realise all the dreams you had through your teens be demolished in your mid 20’s.


I said ‘yes’ to be around douches

I wish I never learned and started learning about new up and coming technology or global social-impact. Been running a charity since I was 19. I have nothing really to show for it. I learned a lot about business at the grass-root level in 9 developing countries.

But I also gave up on doing what I was good at. I was good at hunting hidden hotspots in industry trends. I discovered my first 100 innovative companies in the globe straight after college, no one else took notice of them. Then I stopped. One of them raised 750 million last year.

But I moved away. I read on technology and social impact at every chance. 300 books and 100s of academic and industry research papers later, I started networking with other managers in field, now me and the co-founder produce academic research papers.

I really considered myself as a ‘young expert’ in this two entire fields &....

..... You know what… emerging technology based and many social impact business is mostly BS and a scam. Everyone’s product/service is going to change the world so they can sell it a month later launch at the valuation of several billion with just a shell for show. I really am starting to loathe almost everyone in this industry.

Whereas when I finally brought back the passion for hunting global trends for people again, in 2016, I started being around people I liked again. It gave my body the motivation to wake up in the morning again.

I shouldn’t have been struggling to get out of bed in my mid-20’s. I wish I had said, ‘no’ to moving away from what I love 3 years earlier.


I said yes to time wasters

I really wanted to be on radio.

Every time a conversation I would have with someone from a radio station, they would call, I would drop everything. Every single time, I would say ‘yes’ and at the most so far, have travelled 357 miles for three minutes.

Sitting there next to the presenter, I’d stare at their notes and polite “Hello, how are you?” and then just before we were live, they would say “I like your name, how do we pronounce it?”

Every time I went, each three minute visit was about anywhere between 4-8 hours process leaving my house. So many hours wasted because I was too polite, may be stupid as well to reject this offer.

“Thank you, it can be hard finding different topics for our shows”, as this particular gentleman told me, I was thinking, I am a filler buster. I never did a radio show again. I have cut my friend circle to 4 people. 4 people I spend as much time as I can with.

It’s hard to acknowledge at this age that, in life, not everything or everyone you love will actually ever be beneficial to you. EVER.


5/25 rule.

I started taking Computing & IT and Mathematics a few weeks ago. I really wanted to learn, I am testing the ground.

But then I thought of the 25 things I wanted to do in my life. The rule that Warren Buffett talks about and James Altucher have elaborated on.

What are the top 25 things you want to do in life? Having a week off in hiding from everyone, believe it or not, is IN my top 25. I love isolation

I took my list of 25, took the top 5 tore away the 20 below it and threw it away in the bin.

The reason behind this? As they both put it: “Because you love those 20. But it’s BECAUSE you love them that they will always distract from the top 5 that you SUPER love.”

I super love my family & friends. Traveling. Studying. My old weight of 11 stones. And the remaining businesses that I’m still involved in.

My top 5. It’s not much and that’s all I want. So I said “no” to the other 20. I am sure this will change in the next 3 months or 6 months. Or maybe I will scrap the top 5 after testing and make a new list.


I am learning something about myself. I said ‘yes’ to too many things. The yes’s includes:

Writing a book I didn’t want to write. I was soo complimented to be asked so I took half of the year out of my life.

Being in a relationship when I was really younger. It took me 4 years and scars all over me to finally say “no” to her.

Buying things I don’t need. All the time. I rarely used them again. Giving away 95% of everything I own.

Being part of a start up once because of pure greed and money. The business failed and the feud ended after years.

Too many networking events. I met amazing people however, a handful have ever kept in touch.


I really appreciate every moment I have, I am still surprised I am still breathing. I am surprised I passed 26 into 27. So this is why it really bugs me to know of the many hours which I will never get back.

Saying ‘no’ to things when your heart is not in it adds many, many hours to your life. They add up to days, months and years.

I don’t read the newspaper. I try to avoid social media. I don’t spend time with toxic people. I don’t have life insurance. I’m not fan of weddings unless it’s family or close, close, close friend. I don’t really speak at many events or conferences. Over the years I said yes to buying many things.

List could go on and on, I wasted the moments where I could have been with someone or somewhere I love.


I have no regrets. Because every 'yes' was a lesson. The lesson taught me to say 'no' to all the things bad for me.

‘No’ is how you whittle down and sculpt yourself into a work of art today, I can proudly say I am in a small circle of experts in a niech market. Every ‘yes’ was a mistaken step forward. I have learned. I know exactly what I want today, comfortably be in my zone feeling confused on what will happen tomorrow and yet be very confident going on to become 28.

I said no to someone who always calls me when they want something and then disappear again. Instead, I wanted to write on the subject which consumed my thought last night.

What's your 5 that keeps your want to have many more hours in your life?

Happy new year! It's just turned 2018, and at 00:01. Am I at the fireworks, no! I have had a week and a half off, for the first time in 4/5 years.

I want to be alone. AND focus on what has mattered to me the most in 2017. That is my passion for writing and how I write in 3 drafts.


  1. Paraphrased: First, I edit for me.
    (What do I like?)
  2. Second, I edit for my fans.
    (What would be most enjoyable and helpful to my fans?)
  3. Third, I edit for my haters.
    (What would my detractors try and pick apart, discredit, or make fun of?)

Neil elaborates on the last: “I always use Eminem as an example. You can’t really criticize Eminem, because [in his songs] he impersonates the critics and then answers them. . . . There’s nothing that people have said about him that [isn’t] already answered or accomplished in some self-aware way.

So, I really want to answer the critics—their questions, their critiques—in a way that is still fun and entertaining.


That’s the idea of ‘hater-proofing’ it.”

“Hater-proofing” can take many forms, whether making fun of yourself (“I know this is laughably contradictory, but . . .”) or bringing up a likely criticism and addressing it head-on (e.g., “Some people might understandably say . . . [criticism].”).

Seneca does a fantastic job of the latter in The Moral Letters of Lucilius, and Scott Adams (page 261) used a similar technique in his novel God’s Debris.

“Writer’s block does not actually exist. . . . Writer’s block is almost like the equivalent of impotence. It’s performance pressure you put on yourself that keeps you from doing something you naturally should be able to do.”


[I picked this piece of info up originally from Tim Ferriss podcast with Neil Strauss:]

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