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What It Takes is a podcast featuring intimate, revealing conversations with towering figures in almost every field: music, science, sports, politics, film, technology, literature, the military and social justice. These rare interviews have been recorded over the past 25 years by The Academy of Achievement. They offer the life stories and reflections of people who have had a huge impact on the world, and insights you can apply to your own life.

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A highlight from Best of - James Michener: Master Storyteller

A highlight from Best of - James Michener: Master Storyteller

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A highlight from Robert Ballard: Modern-Day Captain Nemo

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A highlight from Best of - Sir Roger Bannister: The Mile of the Century

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A highlight from Best of - Sir Roger Bannister: The Mile of the Century

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A highlight from Twyla Tharp and Justin Peck: High Priests of Creative Movement

A highlight from Twyla Tharp and Justin Peck: High Priests of Creative Movement

A highlight from Twyla Tharp and Justin Peck: High Priests of Creative Movement

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A highlight from Best of - Mike (Coach K) Krzyzewski: Inspiring Greatness

A highlight from Best of - Mike (Coach K) Krzyzewski: Inspiring Greatness

A highlight from Best of - Mike (Coach K) Krzyzewski: Inspiring Greatness

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A highlight from Richard Leakey and Donald Johanson: The Quest for Humankind

A highlight from Richard Leakey and Donald Johanson: The Quest for Humankind

A highlight from Richard Leakey and Donald Johanson: The Quest for Humankind

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A highlight from Best of - Bill Russell: Giant of a Man

A highlight from Best of - Bill Russell: Giant of a Man

A highlight from Best of - Bill Russell: Giant of a Man

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A highlight from Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis: The Magic of Film

A highlight from Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis: The Magic of Film

A highlight from Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis: The Magic of Film

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A highlight from Best Of - Willie Mays: For the Love of the Game

A highlight from Best Of - Willie Mays: For the Love of the Game

A highlight from Best Of - Willie Mays: For the Love of the Game

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A highlight from Carol Guzy: Visual Storyteller

A highlight from Carol Guzy: Visual Storyteller

A highlight from Carol Guzy: Visual Storyteller

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A highlight from Sal Khan: The World's Teacher

A highlight from Sal Khan: The World's Teacher

A highlight from Sal Khan: The World's Teacher

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John Mather, Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess: Masters of the Universe

John Mather, Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess: Masters of the Universe

John Mather, Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess: Masters of the Universe

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Audra McDonald: Trusting Your Own Power

Audra McDonald: Trusting Your Own Power

Audra McDonald: Trusting Your Own Power

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Best of - August Wilson and Lloyd Richards: The Voice of Genius

Best of - August Wilson and Lloyd Richards: The Voice of Genius

Best of - August Wilson and Lloyd Richards: The Voice of Genius

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Larry King: The King of Talk

Larry King: The King of Talk

Larry King: The King of Talk

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Best of - Hank Aaron: Field of Dreams

Best of - Hank Aaron: Field of Dreams

Best of - Hank Aaron: Field of Dreams

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Neil Sheehan and David Halberstam: Truth Seekers

Neil Sheehan and David Halberstam: Truth Seekers

Neil Sheehan and David Halberstam: Truth Seekers

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Best of - Benazir Bhutto: Paying the Ultimate Price

Best of - Benazir Bhutto: Paying the Ultimate Price

Best of - Benazir Bhutto: Paying the Ultimate Price

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Trevor Nunn: A Love Letter to Theater

Trevor Nunn: A Love Letter to Theater

Trevor Nunn: A Love Letter to Theater

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Judy Collins: Amazing Grace

Judy Collins: Amazing Grace

Judy Collins: Amazing Grace

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Shelby Foote, Arthur Golden and Carol Shields: Literary Pursuits

Shelby Foote, Arthur Golden and Carol Shields: Literary Pursuits

Shelby Foote, Arthur Golden and Carol Shields: Literary Pursuits

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