45 minutes | Nov 20th 2019

Seriously Entertaining - Failing Up

SpeakEasy’s fourth episode features storytellers dealing with the most fortuitous kind of failure, charting paths of those who’ve succeeded despite the odds, the ones who’ve tried and failed and yet try again. Theoretical cosmologist and professor of physics and astronomy Janna Levin shares the story of Joe Weber and his firm belief in the power of gravitational waves. Novelist and Whiting Award–recipient Mitchell S. Jackson talks about the decade of perseverance it took to produce his first novel. And political analyst and CNN anchor John Avlon talks about the Peter Principle through history and how failing up is really the story of our country.

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