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Have you ever wondered, "How did they do that?" Well, I have too! I'm Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Dying To Ask is the podcast that gets me off a TV news set and into candid conversations with authors, entrepreneurs and influencers I've been dying to talk to. So, brace yourself for a verbal gut check about what it takes to go from idea to reality. And who knows, maybe along the way we'll get some answers to the questions that you've been dying to ask.
 
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You could call the 2020 Tokyo Olympics the ultimate date for Robyn Stevens and Nick Christie. They are one of a handful of real-life couples competing at the Tokyo Olympics. But, it almost didn't happen. Both Robyn and Nick won their respective USA Olympic Race Walking Trials in June. Robyn made the Olympic Team instantly. But Nick found himself ra…
 
"We never saw it coming." That's what Roxanne Mefford said about her son Bryce Mefford making his first Olympic team. Roxanne Mefford has been the head coach at Glen Oaks Swim Club for 35 years. She's coached thousands of kids. Only one has made it to an Olympics and it's her son. But Roxanne and her family won't be in Tokyo to cheer Bryce on in th…
 
If I asked you to name one Olympic or national team doctor, you could probably only name one and it's Larry Nassar. You know his name because of the sex abuse scandal that was revealed shortly after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Larry Nassar is the former face of the medical staff at USA Gymnastics who was accused of rampant sexual abuse masked as medical…
 
"Get a new phone now." That was the advice from the Tokyo Olympic Committee for Olympic coaches like Mike Sayers. Sayers is responsible for Team USA's cyclists at the 2020 Olympics. It's the third time he's held the Olympic coaching gig. But, it's the first time an Olympic organizer suggested a major tech upgrade to handle the six tracking apps nee…
 
Over the last 20 years, I've covered the last 10 Olympics alongside my partner, Mike "Domi" Domalaog. Then came the pandemic and the end to one of the greatest streaks in TV news. Domi and I aren't going to be in Tokyo during the games. Instead, we'll be tracking Northern California athletes from home. And, that got us thinking: How can we bring ou…
 
The streak had to end sometime, but it took a global pandemic to do it. Mike "Domi" Domalaog and I have had the privilege of covering the last 10 Olympics together. That's 20 years of planes, trains and automobiles and lots of adventures and passport stamps. This year, like a lot of Olympic journalists, we've had to re-imagine how we cover Olympic …
 
When we last checked in with Team Wesley for the Dying to Ask podcast, August and Anthony were waiting on a wildcard berth to wrestle at the Tokyo Olympics. (episode here) The Wesleys are a father-son wrestling duo who hoped to represent the small island nation of Cabo Verde. August Wesley is an American wrestler and coach. He's coached high school…
 
Want to live like an Olympian? There's a book for that. Dr. Naresh Rao is an osteopathic physician, the team doctor and COVID-19 liaison officer for the U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo Team. He's also the author of "Step Up Your Game: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health." The book is the culmi…
 
The boys on the boat are heading to Tokyo. The U.S. men's rowing team will kick off competition on the same day as the Opening Ceremony, July 23. The guys have called Oakland, California, home for the last few years. They're based out of the Cal Berkeley boathouse on the Oakland Estuary where athletes credit straight, flat water for getting them in…
 
Hey, Disney: I have your next Olympic-themed movie. It's "Cool Runnings" meets "Miracle on Ice." A 49-year-old American father and his 23-year-old son represent an island nation few have heard of at an Olympics delayed by a worldwide pandemic. #yourewelcome I love this podcast episode. August Wesley is an American wrestler and coach. He's coached h…
 
There's no crying in baseball. But, the truth is a lot of tears were shed when the Olympics dropped baseball and softball from its sports lineup after the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Each host city has the opportunity to add sports to their Olympic schedule. Japan loves baseball. So, baseball and softball are back for the first time in 13 years. Tha…
 
"Absolutely not." Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin can't make it any clearer that she has zero intention of coming out of retirement for another shot at Olympic glory. Franklin was only 17 when she became an Olympic darling at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She won four golds and a bronze in swimming. But, back spasms became challen…
 
Hannah Roberts could become the youngest U.S. Olympic cycling medalist since 1912 this summer at the Tokyo Olympics. At 19, she'd also be the first woman in her teens to win an Olympic cycling medal. Roberts is used to doing big things at a young age. She's a two-time world champion in BMX freestyle. The sport is making its Olympic debut this summe…
 
You probably don't know Yin Rani by name. But, I'll bet she's made you reach for a glass of milk. Rani is the creative genius behind this year's Got Milk Olympic ad campaign. Got Milk? That's the question that launched one of the most iconic ad campaigns in the 1990s. Rani gave Got Milk a modern makeover in time for the Tokyo Olympics. The year del…
 
The king of the backstroke has no intention of relinquishing his crown at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ryan Murphy is one of the biggest names in swimming. He's been breaking pool records since he was 5 years old. He made his Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. He swept the backstroke events and won a third gold medal in the 4 x 100m…
 
Chances are you took a lot of walks during the pandemic. But, we'll bet you didn't walk with the same purpose Nick Christie and Robyn Stevens did. They're America's top race walkers and they're speeding toward spots to represent Team USA this summer at the Tokyo Olympics. They're also a couple in real life and they've spent virtually every minute o…
 
Five new sports will debut at this summer's Tokyo Olympics. Skateboarding is one of them, and Maurio McCoy wants to bring home gold for Team USA. Skateboarding features two events: park and street. Park competitions take place in a bowl and emphasize athlete flow and tricks. Street competitions feature a course that creates real-world obstacles lik…
 
Making a third Olympic team isn't easy. Add in a pandemic and a yearlong Olympic delay and it creates challenges for Olympians like Kim Conley. Conley represented Team USA in distance running at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The UC Davis grad and New Balance-sponsored athlete was on track to qualify for her third Ol…
 
Ariel Torres is a real-life Karate Kid and Team USA's best chance at a medal in karate at this summer's Tokyo Olympics. Karate joins judo and taekwondo as the third martial art to enter the Olympic lineup after Japan named it one of five sports debuting at this summer's games. Torres started karate at the age of 6 at the suggestion of a pediatricia…
 
Delayed. Delayed. I never thought it was possible to delay an Olympic Games. It turns out it is very possible to put the world's biggest sporting event on hold. It turns out you can press pause on a lot of life when there is a pandemic. But now, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (in 2021) seems to be on track to actually happen this summer. In this season of…
 
Read anything good lately? The answer is always yes when you ask independent bookstore owner Tina Ferguson. Tina started her independent bookstore, Face In A Book, nearly 10 years ago. Nothing prepared Tina and other bookstore owners for the challenges of selling books in a pandemic. But, books were definitely essential for a lot of us over the las…
 
I'm good at a lot of things. I'm great at one thing: My morning routine. After doing morning news for more than 20 years, I am an expert in finding ways to streamline getting out the door. A good morning ritual can be a time saver. It can be a sanity saver. And, it can lessen stress in unusual ways by boosting productivity and raising your self-est…
 
Zibby Owens is on her way to becoming one of the most important people in publishing. The publishing world is starting to view her in the same way it views Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. And she was named New York City's top "book-fluencer." (Yes, that's a thing.) Zibby's "Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books" podcast is a play on the fact that…
 
Have you seen "Operation Varsity Blues" on Netflix yet? It's one of the network's most-streamed shows these days and it's full of Sacramento connections. It's shocked viewers for two reasons. One, it's still hard to believe Aunt Becky did what she did. Two, it's truly sad to find out how much stress high school kids face trying to get into the coll…
 
Episode 100 of the Dying to Ask podcast begins with a question: How do you want to spend your time post-pandemic? Many people say the silver lining of quarantine-life has been extra time spent with family. But will we still spend this much together time once lockdowns and masks are a memory? Maybe it's time to take a self-inventory. That means taki…
 
Be honest. How happy are you? Americans are the least happy they've been in almost 50 years, according to a recent University of Chicago poll. There's a lot to be unhappy about these days between an uncertain economy and a lingering pandemic. But, being unhappy can lead to being unhealthy. That's why Dr. Joan Neehall says it's time for a happiness …
 
Can you "positive think" your way to a more enjoyable life? Yes, you can. (See how positive I was?) Meaghan Murphy is the author of "Your Fully Charged Life." Her new book is a roadmap to flipping the switch on negativity. Meaghan is a positivity pro now. But, she wasn't always so optimistic. Her nickname was Grumpy as a kid due to her perpetual ne…
 
It's time to get ready for life post-pandemic. Seriously, it's going to end. Someday. And, it's time to start preparing ourselves, both physically and emotionally, for life on the other side. Dr. John Whyte, the chief medical officer for WebMD, says transitioning to a maskless world where you can actually hug your friends may not be as easy as you …
 
How are your relationships doing after a year of living through a pandemic? If you've broken up with a friend or romantic partner, you're not alone. Maybe it's time to start looking at relationships the way you might look at a house for sale. Holly Parker is our guest this week. She's one of the top-selling real estate agents in New York City. The …
 
I purposely didn't do a "goals" episode in January. I mean, 2020 was hard enough without the pressure of resolutions. But then, I started thinking maybe goal setting is EXACTLY what we need, despite the pandemic. The utter loss of structure from commutes, distance learning and working from home has left a lot of people struggling to find motivation…
 
Are you thriving or surviving? Most of us are the latter these days as we near the one-year anniversary of the term "social distance." Maybe we all need to schedule more fun into our calendars? Really, schedule the fun. Plan your happy. That's been Carmen Micsa's secret for 20 years. Carmen is a successful real estate agent, mom of two and burgeoni…
 
How do influencers make money? I scroll Instagram and am borderline obsessed with knowing how girls posing with purses are paying their bills. Spoiler alert. Most aren't paying the bills. In this episode, we're getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the world of influencers with @nycfitfam, aka Jamie Hess. Jamie worked for nearly two decades in t…
 
The countdown clock to the Olympic do-over is going. In six months, Tokyo will host the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics. It's the first time an Olympics has been rescheduled and it's created worries, frustrations and challenges for athletes, fans and media. In this episode, Fitz catches up with two-time Olympian and gold medalist Maggie Steffens. Magg…
 
"Right now is a lot." That one sentence sums up life for all of us these days. Dr. Christine Koh, a brain scientist turned lifestyle expert turned influencer, tweeted that gem recently. It was so good and so dead-on that I reached out immediately to pick her brain about how to calm the overwhelming feelings so many of us are dealing with in 2021. C…
 
It's my first solo episode of the season. And, in this show, I'm talking about a phone call I got from a friend that changed my outlook on everything. COVID fatigue is legit. A University of Colorado study found 4 in 10 Americans are stressed and/or anxious. Only 4 in 10? This past year has been, well, a lot. In a lot of ways. In ALL the ways. Livi…
 
Words matter. Now more than ever. Use a word out of context or a word that is no longer politically correct and you can hurt someone or, in extreme cases, lose your job. Silicon Valley entrepreneur May Habib is the CEO of Writer. Writer is AI software designed to take the words out of your mouth. Writer's artificial intelligence highlights question…
 
If you don't laugh, you'll cry. How many times have you said that in 2020? Comedian Kerri Pomarolli is known as "Hollywood's favorite good girl." She's a devout Christian and known as a clean comedian. Translation: She doesn't swear in her act and you can play her stuff with your kids in the room. Kerri earns a living acting, doing standup and givi…
 
Grit: defined as courage and resolve. That definition should have a picture of Nancy Grace next to it. She is a legal commentator, former prosecutor and TV icon. She was the biggest name on HLN for 12 years. Some 4.5 million people watched her coverage of the Casey Anthony trial in 2011. And, she's been parodied on "Saturday Night Live." You know y…
 
How's your creativity these days? A lot of us are finding it tough to focus and tap into the creative parts of our brain. 2020 is a creativity killer for a lot of us. But, it doesn't have to be that way. Author KJ Dell'Antonia is having one of her best years yet as a writer despite the pandemic. KJ is a host of the popular writing podcast, #AmWriti…
 
How's your motivation these days? What if I told you there are four words that can make an instant difference in how you see your personal and professional challenges? They're four words Olympian Kendall Wesenberg uses in training and competing as a skeleton athlete. And she was relying on the technique when she joined us while quarantining at the …
 
What's your personal brand? A personal brand is the modern-day equivalent to a calling card or an elevator pitch. And, if you can't answer the question in a few words, you're selling yourself and your professional and personal possibilities short. Vince Thompson is the CEO of MELT, a sports marketing company. MELT is one of the largest independent …
 
Season 6 of the "Dying to Ask" podcast is all about how to live a bigger and better life despite the challenges of 2020. Struggling to be creative? Lost your motivation? Need to reinvent yourself personally or professionally? These are conversations that will inspire, motivate and entertain while teaching life hacks and skills to make listeners fee…
 
Did you do the quarantine clean? Millions of Americans got obsessed with organizing when quarantine started. Flash forward five months and we're embarking on a whole new organizational challenge. How do you turn your home into a functioning classroom for kids doing distance learning? Professional organizer Kim Salisbury of Home Method Co. is back o…
 
What's more important? Being really smart or being really hard working? Shaan Patel will likely say the latter. One test changed Shaan's life. That test was the SAT and he got a perfect score. Shaan is in the .02% of people who've gotten a perfect score on the test. How'd he do it? He cracked the code. Is he a genius? Shaan says no. He's just a guy…
 
I've had this week circled on the calendar for the last year. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be starting this week. Instead, athletes and the rest of us are dealing with a pandemic, the repercussions of which we won't fully grasp for a long time. But, in the "now," Olympic hopefuls are reflecting on what would have been if COVID-19 hadn't proven to…
 
"So what will it be like going back to television as a senior citizen?" That's the question a reporter asked TV news legend (and KCRA alum) Joan Lunden that launched her latest book. The book is called "Why Did I Come Into This Room: A Candid Conversation about Aging." It's a frank and funny look at what it means to grow older as a woman. And it's …
 
You likely don't know her by name. But her footprint is all over Olympic Track & Field. Jacqueline Hansen is a pioneer in the field of Olympic women’s distance running. She set two marathon records. She won the Boston Marathon in 1973. And she was the president of the International Runners Committee. It was in that position that Jacqueline led the …
 
What's your superpower? Adrienne Bankert's superpower is kindness. She says it fuels everything in her life from personal relationships to her rise as a network news correspondent. Adrienne, or AB as I call her, is also a former colleague, a good friend and someone I've watched grow with kindness for the last 15 years. Her new book is called "Your …
 
Nothing has changed modern manners quicker than coronavirus. Pre-COVID-19, mastering modern etiquette could help you advance in your career. Post-coronavirus, mastering the nuances of interacting with your colleagues (especially on Zoom) and being a team player might save your job. Diane Gottsman is a modern etiquette expert who runs the Protocol S…
 
Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. That's been the case for all of us since stay-at home-orders went into effect. Working from home isn't easy. But, one profession seems more suited for it than others: writers. Novelist Sarah Jio has worked from home for years. She's a former freelance journalist who wrote for publications like Glamour magazi…
 
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