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  • ANA CORRALES: Hi, everyone.

  • Welcome to Talks at Google.

  • I'm Ana Corrales, the COO of Devices and Services.

  • I just wanted to mention that if you have questions,

  • we definitely want to capture those in the live chat.

  • That will be on your right.

  • And also, if you ask questions, we're

  • going to be giving you a copy of Guy Raz's new book, which

  • is super exciting.

  • So definitely an extra incentive for you

  • guys to think of great questions.

  • It's really my honor to introduce

  • today's guest, Guy Raz.

  • Many of you probably hear him every day,

  • because he has about 14 million people who

  • listen to him a month.

  • I'm one of those people.

  • And definitely, we want to welcome him into Google.

  • So let's bring up Guy.

  • And then I will do his formal introduction.

  • GUY RAZ: Hello.

  • ANA CORRALES: Thank you so much for joining us at Google.

  • It's really a pleasure to have you here.

  • Let's introduce you a little bit.

  • I know there's so much to talk about.

  • Let's start with the fact that you're a native Californian.

  • So we love you for that already.

  • And you are also the host and editorial director of NPR.

  • You have three shows.

  • I think you're one of the few people who have three very

  • popular shows in the top 20.

  • So, another one of your big accomplishments.

  • One of them is the "TED Radio Hour,"

  • which I believe is one of the fastest growing podcasts

  • in NPR, so congratulations.

  • The second one is "How I Built This,"

  • and that's the basis of your book

  • that we'll be discussing today that just released last week,

  • I think on September 15.

  • So congratulations on that for you.

  • And then, you have one that's near and dear

  • to my heart, which is "Wow in the World," which

  • is the first ever podcast for kids.

  • I think adults could get a lot out of that, too.

  • In addition to that, before you did all these podcasts,

  • you've had this incredible career that started very early.

  • And I think you were also a [INAUDIBLE] fellow at Harvard,

  • which was super impressive.

  • And I think you have so many awards,

  • I don't think I can go through all of them.

  • But I can definitely say that you

  • had your work in Iraq contributed

  • to many very prestigious awards for you and also for NPR.

  • Your work has contributed to the Peabody Award.

  • So now you're an author.

  • So if that wasn't enough, you're adding author to your resume.

  • And like I said, you've just written "How I Built This,"

  • and that came out last week.

  • So that's really what we're hoping

  • to discuss with you today.

  • On a personal basis, you're married.

  • You have two kids.

  • And from what I hear, you really love baseball, too.

  • So we can obviously wave that in.

  • So, really welcome to Google, Guy,

  • and thank you for joining us today.

  • GUY RAZ: Thank you for having me.

  • I think if I was watching that introduction, I would say, God,

  • I really hate that person.

  • They just sound like an overachiever.

  • And I would say that is the Facebook version of my life,

  • right?

  • The highlight reel.

  • And of course, it sounds very impressive,

  • but there are lots of very difficult, challenging,

  • catastrophic moments of failure throughout the--

  • ANA CORRALES: In between.

  • GUY RAZ: --throughout those times,

  • and but I'm very fortunate to have had an interesting career

  • and to be able to tell stories and to do "How I Built This."

  • And by the way, great news is that last year,

  • at the end of last year, I stepped down

  • from "TED Radio Hour."

  • And now, the show has a new, incredible host,

  • named Manoush Zomorodi.

  • So you should still check out the show.

  • It's still a great show.

  • And thank you for welcoming me.

  • ANA CORRALES: No, that was a good one for sure.

  • No, thank you.

  • Just one comment-- I would say I really sympathize with the fact

  • people see your career in LinkedIn or in your bio

  • or in Wikipedia, and they just assume that there was never

  • a tear, never a sweat, never a dire moment,

  • and that couldn't be further from the truth.

  • I think every successful person has always had that.

  • GUY RAZ: There were anti-depressants.

  • There were moments on the floor lying, crying with anxiety.

  • Yes, all those things.

  • ANA CORRALES: [INAUDIBLE] crying for sure.

  • All right, let's start because I want to get through.

  • We have so many questions that people submitted.

  • And we hope to get even more through this talk.

  • So the first one is, let's start with the pandemic.

  • It's such an important part of what's happening in the world

  • right now.

  • You have such a wide perspective.

  • I would love to hear what, for you, was

  • really surprising, both professionally and personally

  • through this pandemic.

  • GUY RAZ: I think I've been surprised at human resilience.

  • I mean, we've seen stories and we've read stories about--

  • certainly in this country, because it's easy.

  • It's been easy to live in the United States

  • for the last 50 years for most of us.

  • And we've read stories of people living in London

  • during the Blitz and people withstanding

  • hardship during wartime.

  • And of course, I wouldn't compare

  • this to living in London during the Blitz

  • or during wartime conditions.

  • But it's not that far off, in some ways.

  • And I think that what's been pretty remarkable to me

  • is to see how resilient Americans can be.

  • I think it's-- and people around the world.

  • I think it's been a really challenging time.

  • And we have adapted.

  • It's not ideal.

  • I think most of us wish that we didn't have to work from home

  • and that we could see our friends

  • and our loved ones and our colleagues.

  • And but at the same time, I think

  • that we have managed as best as possible.

  • And so, that's been pretty great.

  • It's been a silver lining during an otherwise challenging

  • and often bleak time.

  • ANA CORRALES: Yeah.

  • OK, you are now--

  • you've been a journalist your whole career.

  • You're always interviewing people.

  • Now you're getting interviewed.

  • You're writing a book.

  • How does it feel to be on the other side?

  • Would love to hear that.

  • And then, also, you're launching a book in the pandemic.

  • So how has that experience been for you so far?

  • GUY RAZ: Yeah, I love talking to people.

  • I love pulling stories out of people.

  • I love triggering memories.

  • That's what I do.

  • That's why I get out of bed in the morning, because I love

  • hearing other people's stories, because I

  • think that's how we learn about the world

  • and how we learn about ourselves.

  • And we see ourselves in the stories of others.

  • And what I try to do with the people I interview

  • is to humanize them.

  • The people that we venerate and might--

  • I don't know-- sort of put on a pedestal

  • and think of as heroes are actually ordinary people who

  • have their own anxieties and challenges

  • and dealt with their own crises and struggles.

  • In my case, I mean, it's true that I

  • have spent most of my time asking the questions.

  • And now, the tables have turned.

  • And it's incredibly heartwarming and gratifying

  • to hear that people are interested in me.

  • Because I just think of myself as--

  • we all have our own self-image.

  • Why would somebody be interested in me?

  • But it's really nice to see that people

  • are interested in me and in the book and in the shows that I do

  • and in the content that I create.

  • And it's also a chance for me to connect

  • with the people who are moved or touched or affected or inspired