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Miracle on the Hudson (Captain Sully)
How do you say thank you to the man who saved your life? On this day 14 years ago, Flight 1549 crash-landed in the Hudson River. Captain Sully was in the pilot’s seat, and Ric Elias was in Seat 1D.
In this special episode, Ric and Captain Sully reflect on their experiences of the “Hudson Miracle” from both sides, and how it’s changed both of their lives forever.
As a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and an airline pilot for 30 years, Capt. Sullenberger has always been passionate about safety, leadership, risk management, and crisis management. Given a greater voice after his historic, successful Hudson River landing in 2009, he has felt a deep obligation to use his voice for good. He most recently directed his efforts towards safety in global air travel, serving as the U.S. Ambassador and representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations Specialized Agency.
But for many years, Capt. Sullenberger has been vocal about safety not just in the aviation and medical fields, but across all industries. He has testified before congressional committees many times and lent his expertise to shaping safety legislation. And he speaks in defense of democracy and American values.
In 2009, with more than 20,000 hours of flight time, Capt. Sullenberger – along with his First Officer Jeff Skiles - safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency landing in the Hudson River, in what has become known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” In terms of total combined years of flying since they had become pilots, Capt. Sullenberger and First Officer Skiles had 75 years’ experience at that time. And in terms of total years of just airline flying experience, they had a combined 50 years, so they were an extraordinarily experienced crew.
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Adding To The Woodpile (Erskine Bowles)26:06Today's guest is Erskine Bowles - a visionary leader who's driven transformative change in both the public and private sectors over the course of an incredible career that's spanned more than 50 years and dozens of impactful roles.You might know him as the former White House Chief of Staff (during the Clinton Administration), OR as the former President of the University of North Carolina system (from 2005-2010). Or you might know of his notable career in investment banking and private equity - founding two successful firms and later serving as a board member for companies like Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and others.In this episode, get to know who Erskine is behind his public profile - what led him to such a wide-ranging career, how life in public service impacted his family, and how he's continuing to make a difference now. This is 3 Things, with Erskine Bowles.
100 Years Young (Marshall Rauch)21:03In this episode we welcome back Marshall Rauch, one of Ric's closest friends - who just turned 100 years old. If you're a subscriber of 3 Things, you may remember Marshall as "The Jewish Santa Claus" - or the man who started a new business at 93 years old. If you haven't listened to that episode from 2018 about living a longer and happier life, you should definitely go back and listen. It's one of our most downloaded episodes of all time. In this episode, Marshall shares more about what it's been like to watch the world change over 100 years, what he's learned about love, loss, and gratitude - and how he STILL maintains his famous mindset of always planning for the future. This is 3 Things, with Marshall Rauch.
Coaching Commitment (Bob McKillop)31:57Today's guest is Bob McKillop - the legendary head coach of the Davidson College men's basketball team.Coach McKillop devoted more than 3 decades of his career to the Wildcats - with more than 600 wins and 10 NCAA tournament appearances. In that time, he coached both of his sons (who were standout players) and 57 students who went on to play professionally - including two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry. McKillop stepped down from the role last year, and his son Matt took over as Head Coach.In this episode, Coach McKillop discusses what loyalty means to him, how to build a winning team culture, and what separates good players from the great ones.This is 3 Things, with Coach Bob McKillop.
Presenting: The Drive w/ Peter Attia (pt 2)28:58Listen to Ric on the other side of the interview! Ric was recently a guest on "The Drive" with Dr. Peter Attia, where he discussed his approach to living intentionally, valuing time, prioritizing relationships, and more keys to living a rich life.This episode is a shortened version of Peter and Ric's full conversation. To hear it in full, head over to The Peter Attia Drive wherever you get podcasts, or visit https://peterattiamd.com/ for more great content about living longer, happier, and healthier.
Competitive Character (Brad Stevens)30:39Today's guest is Brad Stevens - the current President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics and one of the most transformational leaders in the NBA. He's built a reputation for staying impossibly calm on the sidelines - even in the most dramatic competitions - and for bringing superstar performances out of players who otherwise may have stayed under the radar.In this episode, Brad shares his views on when to take big risks, what separates good competitors from great ones, and what it means to be a good teammate in all aspects of life.
Optimism Is Not Naive (Simon Sinek, Live at RV)32:42Today’s episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Red Ventures, where Ric and our guest Simon Sinek discussed how optimism is different from general positivity, and how an infinite mindset can unlock opportunity and happiness… even when chaos strikes.
The Science of Sleep (Dr. Matthew Walker)01:25:48This episode is all about SLEEP - featuring one of the world's top experts, Dr. Matthew Walker. In this episode, Ric and Matt discuss his groundbreaking research, which covers why we sleep, what happens to us when we sleep, what happens when we dream, and how sleep impacts our concentration, our memory, our immune system, and more. His current focus is on the possible link between not getting enough sleep and likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.