Behind the Scenes of Wealth and Prominence

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Radiolab is an innovative show that focuses on the discussions of scientific topics and philosophical ideas. The program achieves its goal of stimulating the audience’s imagination by exploring ground-breaking theories derived from the roots of history. The podcast “Secrets to Success” alters the public’s perception that innate ability alone will inevitably lead to success through commentary, special audio effects, and words from a special guest. Malcolm Gladwell, a renowned writer, draws up on the histories of successful people and makes references to real-life scenarios to illustrate that luck, passion, and love are the bases of making an individual exceptional. He and Robert Krulwich debate whether or not exceptional talent and success are fully explained by god-given gifts. Together, they draw out the differences between a genius and an individual who is merely passionate about something.

Aside from the “entrée” of the show, Jad Abumrad and Malcolm Gladwell host Radiolab and provide insightful commentary behind the topics under discussion. The podcast jumps from a conversation between Abumrad and Krulwich to the debate and back to their conversation. The conversation prior to the debate serves as an introduction to the topic of the podcast. Krulwich puts forth the focus by asking, “How do you explain people with really unusual, exceptional talents?” This rhetorical question allows the audience to consider their own thoughts and opinions while leading up to plausible answers that are articulated in the arguments made by the main debaters, Gladwell and Krulwich. The podcast conveys its main message through the conclusion deduced by the hosts of the show: “You need some talent, and you need certainly a little bit of good luck, ...

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...o. Gladwell sums up his speech by leaving the audience with a final thought to ponder: If love is absent, it is impossible to be a genius.

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