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Guy Raz is an acclaimed radio and podcast personality and creator of the popular podcasts “How I Built This,” and “TED Radio Hour,” which have found a consistent home on the top charts. “How I Built This” is a podcast about the greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the move- ments they built. Guy is also the creator of NPR's first-ever podcast for kids, “Wow in the World” as well as Spotify’s “The Rewind” and Luminary’s “Wisdom From The Top.” His shows are heard by more than 19 million people each month around the world. “How I Built This” and “TED Radio Hour” have been named top podcasts by Apple Podcasts, and Inc. Magazine has called “How I Built This” “the best podcast to take on the New Year.”
Guy Raz is the co-creator of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. He is the host and editorial director of How I Built This, and served in that same capacity for the TED Radio Hour until March of 2020. Both shows are heard by more than 19 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR's first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World, which quickly became the #1 children’s podcast.
How I Built This is a podcast about the greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best-known companies and brands. In 2016, it was named one of the top ten podcasts of the year by iTunes, and Inc. Magazine called it “the best podcast to take on the New Year.”
Wow in the World is a show about science, wonder, discovery and the amazing things happening in our world. It’s for kids ages 5-10 and marks NPR’s first-ever foray into children’s programming. The Guard- ian called it “a kids podcast with plenty for parents, too!”
In October of 2018, Raz debuted as the host of a fourth podcast, the Spotify original series The Rewind with Guy Raz. The Rewind takes listeners inside the minds of today’s biggest music stars, including David Guetta, Kelly Clarkson, and Shawn Mendes. The acclaimed host unpacks what they love, what they fear, and the ways fame forever transformed their lives.
In April of 2019, Luminary launched a new podcast hosted by Raz, Wisdom From The Top, which brings listeners into conversations with the leaders helming today‘s most powerful corporations and organi- zations, offering direct access to the secrets, mistakes, regrets, and wins that define modern leadership.
In 2017, Raz became the first person in the history of podcasting to have three shows in the top 20 on the Apple Podcast charts.
Previously, Raz was weekend host of NPR News’ signature afternoon newsmagazine All Things Consid- ered. During his tenure, he transformed the sound and format of the program, introducing the now-sig- nature “cover story” and creating the popular “Three-Minute Fiction” writing contest.
Raz joined NPR in 1997 as an intern for All Things Considered and has worked virtually every job in the newsroom from temporary production assistant to breaking news anchor. His first job was the assistant to NPR’s legendary news analyst Daniel Schorr.
In 2000, at the age of 25, Raz was made NPR’s Berlin bureau chief where he covered Eastern Europe and the Balkans. During his six years abroad, Raz covered everything from wars and conflict zones to sports and entertainment. He reported from more than 40 countries on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia, and the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Raz also served as NPR’s bureau chief in London, and between 2004-2006 he left NPR to work in television as CNN’s Jerusalem correspondent. During this time, Raz chronicled everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. In 2006, Raz returned to NPR to serve as defense corre- spondent where he covered the Pentagon and the US military.
For his reporting from Iraq, Raz was awarded both the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Daniel Schorr Journalism prize. His reporting has contributed to two duPont awards and one Peabody award- ed to NPR. He’s been a finalist for the Livingston Award four times. He’s won the National Headliner Award and an NABJ award, in addition to many others. In 2008, he spent a year as a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University, where he studied classical history.
As a host and correspondent, Raz has interviewed and profiled more than 6,000 people including Christopher Hitchens, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres, General David Petraeus, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Eminem, Taylor Swift, and many, many others.
Raz has anchored live coverage on some of the biggest stories in recent years, including the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Newtown School Shootings, and the 2012 presidential election.
He has also served as a Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University, a Shapiro fellow at George Washington University, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown.
Most importantly, Guy is a father. He’s performed in DC children’s theater as the narrator in Cat in the Hat. He helped design the local playground in his neighborhood. And Guy was also known as the “Cokie Roberts for the 4-8-year-old crowd” as the news analyst for the Breakfast Blast Newscast on Kids Place Live on SiriusXM radio. His work on the Breakfast Blast Newscast was named “Best Children’s Radio Program” of 2016 by the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs.
Guy is also an avid cyclist who commutes to work on his bike year-round. From early April to late September, you can find him at Nationals Park watching baseball.
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Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture.
Great ideas often come from a simple spark: A soccer player on the New Zealand national team notices all the unused wool his country produces and figures out a way to turn them into shoes (Allbirds). A former Buddhist monk decides the very best way to spread his mindfulness teachings is by launching an app (Headspace). A sandwich cart vendor finds a way to reuse leftover pita bread and turns it into a multimillion-dollar business (Stacy’s Pita Chips).
Award-winning interviewer and podcast creator Guy Raz has interviewed more than 350 highly successful entrepreneurs to uncover amazing true stories like these. In How I Built This, he shares tips for every entrepreneur’s journey: from the early days of formulating your idea, to raising money and recruiting employees, to fending off competitors, to finally paying yourself a real salary. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trailblazing entrepreneurs made their own dreams a reality.
Based on their #1 kids podcast, Wow in the World, hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz take readers on a hilarious, fact-filled, and highly illustrated journey through the animal kingdom!
Feathers, fins, fur, feet—the animal kingdom is made up of nearly 9 million known species! From flying fish to flightless birds, each living creature has a unique role to play in the life of planet Earth. In this book, Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the mega-popular kids’ podcast Wow in the World, will take you on a fact-filled adventure to explore the funniest and most fascinating animals known to humankind.
- Build your own insect!
- Play hide and seek, chameleon-style!
- Look for six signs you might be a fish!
- And much, much more!
Featuring hilarious illustrations and filled with facts, jokes, photos, and quizzes, this book is a call to the wild kids of the world. Join us as we venture onto land and into the sky and sea to discover the WOW of Earth’s creatures, both big and small.
Based on their #1 kids podcast, Wow in the World, hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz take readers on a hilarious, fact-filled, and highly illustrated journey through the human body—covering everything from our toes to our tongues to our brains and our lungs!
WHY in the world do I have a belly button?
And WHAT in the world does it do?
WHEN in the world will my nose stop growing?
And HOW in the world does my pee keep flowing?
The human body is a fascinating piece of machinery. It's full of mystery, and wonder, and WOW. And it turns out, every single human on the planet has one! Join Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the mega-popular Wow in the World podcast, as they take you on a fact-filled adventure from your toes and your tongues to your brain and your lungs.
Featuring hilarious illustrations and filled with facts, jokes, photos, quizzes, and Wow-To experiments, The How and Wow of the Human Body has everything you need to better understand your own walking, talking, barfing, breathing, pooping body of WOW!
From the creators of the #1 kids podcast Wow in the World comes an interactive, science-based activity book based on their daily game show, Two Whats?! and a Wow!
Choose between three unbelievable science statements to identify the true wow fact from the fallacies—and then learn the why and how behind the wow! But that’s not all! After each round, tackle a STEAM-based challenge using a few household items and a lot of creativity. And discover even more science fun in the sidebars, which are filled with brain-bursting facts and figures.
Packed with Wow in the World’s signature, family-friendly humor and fascinating science facts, the Two Whats?! and a Wow! Think & Tinker Playbook will provide hours of learning, laughs, and wows.