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Ordinary People Change the World with Brad Meltzer

interviews Jan 15, 2024


What makes a real hero? From Amelia Earhart, to Abraham Lincoln, to Jane Goodall, there are some names we all know – and with good reason. When today’s guest, author Brad Meltzer, became a father, his writing career took a turn. In a world of TikTok stars and YouTube influencers, he wanted a book series for children that set apart the character of true heroes, from those who are out for fame. Join us as we step inside the creative process of how Brad begins to write a children’s book, the collaboration with gifted illustrator, Christopher Eliopoulos, and how they choose the heroes they will bring to life next.

Special thanks to our guest, Brad Meltzer, for joining us today. 

Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux  


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About the Guest:

Brad Meltzer is the Emmy-nominated, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lightning Rod and twelve other bestselling thrillers. He also writes non-fiction books like The Nazi Conspiracy, and the Ordinary People Change the World kids book series, which inspired the TV show on PBS KIDS, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction, Advice, Children’s Books, and even comic books, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. Brad is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and is responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag with his show, Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. The Hollywood Reporter put him on their list of the 25 Most Powerful Authors.

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