How I Built This Podcast - Top Episodes
This is an article being brought to you by the courtesy of a special guest collaborator Nick “Biggie” Grimaldi. Biggie is a former colleague and someone I admire both professionally and personally.
Biggie is one of the most respected and accomplished talent managers in heavy metal and punk rock while being active in multiple entrepreneurial pursuits. He is a co-owner of Good Fight Entertainment, where he personally manages Circa Survive, Between The Buried and Me, Every Time I Die, and more.
Speak Your Shame
I first became consciously aware of shame when I was undertaking psychotherapy.
Prior to this discussion with my therapist, I had always known the word shame and had a cursory understanding of the emotion, but never quite possessed the self-awareness to grasp the burden it could impose upon our lives.
When initially discussing shame with my therapist she told me about Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor, and suggested I become familiar with her TED Talk on shame. It is one of the most viewed TED Talks ever and upon viewing the video I immediately felt why it resonates so deeply with people.
In her talk, Dr. Brown openly describes her own personal entanglement with shame and details how it can manifest within us. She also implores each and every one of us to live a more daring and vulnerable life. Read More
The Joe Rogan Experience With Guest Kyle Kingsbury
I have a limited interest in MMA. I have respect for the fighters and I have certainly been entertained when I have spent any time watching it, but it does not maintain my interest like pro football does, which borderlines on a slight obsession for me.
When I came across Kyle Kingsbury’s first appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast I almost passed over it, based on Kyle being a retired MMA fighter, however, I reminded myself to never judge any Joe Rogan guest by their profession or interest. Joe’s shows are free to flow anywhere and the topics of the conversations are never constrained by the callings of his guests.
This was particularly the case with Kyle Kingsbury’s initial appearance on the show. They covered a variety of topics like dietary strategy, peak performance, and fulfillment in life. I was intrigued the entire time they talked and finished watching the whole episode. Read More
WorkLife With Adam Grant
Examining Workplace Cultures
WorkLife is a new podcast offering from TED, the folks behind the global phenomenon known as the TED Talks.
WorkLife is hosted by organizational psychologist Adam Grant and by trade, he has worked with the biggest brands and heavy hitter organizations across the world to help counsel them on their workplace cultures.
Adam is adept at observing what exactly makes a workplace environment tick and is able to identify some of the pitfalls and traps that a workplace can also be susceptible too. As Grant himself succinctly states on the podcast “he studies how to make work not suck”.
In WorkLife, Adam takes his knowledge base and experience and visits a diverse group of workplace cultures from varying industries. The mission is to bring these examples of pioneering and proficient cultures out to the masses. Read More
Hysteria Podcast From Crooked Media
What Is Hysteria?
Hysteria is defined in the dictionary as “exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially amongst a group of people”. Given this textbook definition, Hysteria is also the perfect choice of name for a brand new podcast offering from Crooked Media.
Hysteria, the podcast, is hosted by Erin Ryan and co-hosted by rotating sets of women in respective bi-coastal groupings. They are comedians, filmmakers, advocates and more and they tackle today’s most pressing issues for women in a raucous yet highly-informed manner. Read More
I am a huge fan of Sword and Scale and obviously if I am listening to the premium “Plus” episodes, I am a paying and supportive listener. They may have built a bridge too far for me to travel, though, in the episode "Plus 29 - The Cannibal Cop".
I ultimately could never stray from what I believe to be the preeminent show in all of the true crime genre, so I will instead take to this article below and air my concerns with the hopes of stirring a healthy and constructive debate amongst my fellow and rabid true crime enthusiast brethren. - Tim Rodgers
Sword and Scale
"Plus 29 - The Cannibal Cop”
What constitutes a thought crime? Not having the correct political point of view? Voting for the wrong party? What about a social media post or tweet?
What is the difference between an unpopular opinion and a vulgar opinion? Is it something that is simply offensive or does it need to rival a flat out hate crime? Who decides which is what and where do we draw lines? Read More
The Habitat Podcast
Life On Mars?
Mars, also known as the Red Planet, has always created a certain level of interest and intrigue amongst the general public. Could there be signs of life out there? Will we someday, as a human race, step foot on planet Mars like we did the moon?
Beyond the curiosities of the general public, NASA has been keenly interested in Mars and has studied the great planet for a while now, having first launched robotics onto Mars decades ago to begin gathering data.
We know that the atmosphere of Mars would be lethal for humans to breathe in naturally. We know that the terrain is rocky, akin to a rough desert terrain. We know that temperatures can be unbearably cold. All these stated deterrents aside, NASA is indeed preparing to one day have a human presence on Mars.
Be it grand curiosity, or a last ditch failsafe against humanity’s tragic trashing of our own earth, the training and studies for Mars cohabitation are getting more comprehensive. Now, we in the general public have a first class ticket for a voyeuristic view into one such study. Read More
The Science Of Happiness Podcast
A Growing Discontent
Happiness is an elusive and at times perplexing emotion. Babies seem to be born into a natural state of bliss, pure happiness, but over time life experience tends to dampen this joy. We then spend much of our adulthood desperately seeking to recapture what was once an innate emotional state.
In today’s day and age, we have never been more at risk of limiting our own happiness due to the lifestyles and manners in which we live. Cell phones, a widening disconnection from nature, lack of movement, and an ever-growing dissatisfaction with careers are all key detractors within current society that have pushed happiness far off the map for many. For some, experiencing recurring happiness is nothing more than a wishful fantasy.
What if happiness could be cultivated and achieved by undertaking simple routines and practices that were scientifically backed? That is the crux of an entertaining and informative new podcast, aptly titled The Science Of Happiness. Read More
The Kennedy Name
The Kennedy name is one of the most iconic and storied family names in all of American history. Just hearing the name stirs images of patriotism, unrivaled leadership in the face of global crisis, and compassion for all American citizens across the socioeconomic divide.
Just as quickly, though, thoughts of the Kennedy name can turn to the more tragic and darker side of the family as well. Unparalleled suffering from the loss of young lives, rumors of womanizing and excessive alcohol consumption, and of course two assassinations, both within a decades time, that forever changed the soul of America. Read More
Ear Hustle The Podcast
Your Invitation To Prison
Ear Hustle is prison slang for eavesdropping. Ear Hustle is also the slick name of a groundbreaking podcast that is co-produced and co-hosted by inmates Antwan Williams and Earlonne Woods deep within the constricted walls of San Quentin prison.
This groundbreaking show is an invitation for an intimate encounter with a world that is often dramatized and documented on television and in movies but perhaps remains misunderstood.
Ear Hustle has come to life as part of the Radiotopia podcast network and through a partnership with co-producer and co-host Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist who volunteers at the prison. Read More
Murder On The Space Coast
When disclaimers are announced at the onset of a show warning the viewer or listener that the proceeding material could be unsuitable for sensitive audiences I quite often pay little attention to the forewarning.
Never has a disclaimer been more fitting and never should anyone have to heed these words with such caution as when entering the dark, disturbing, yet highly captivating world of Murder On The Space Coast. Read More
The Adam Carolla Show
My Introduction To Podcasts
I got my first Android phone in the summer of 2008 but did not make immediate use of all the newfound technology that was now within my hands reach. During my work days, I would leave my sterile office environment promptly at 1:00 pm like clockwork but still opted to grab my sporty AM/FM radio with the armband for joggers and tried to get in as many steps as the 45-minute break would allow.
I would listen to any non-commercial content that my AM tuner could pick up like NPR, sports talk, political discussions, and yes, even some weird guy broadcasting from the public radio tower a few miles away.
The walking and the thirst for something entertaining to listen to both served as reprieves from the mundane nature of the 9-5 grind. That was until I lost my job due to the looming financial meltdown… Read More
Pull Up With CJ McCollum
Our Limited Access to Athletes
Athletes mainly communicate to the masses through the press. They often stand in their locker room or in front of a podium answering questions and offering sound bites, typically in a mundane manner and often relying on cliches to get by.
Athletes tend to be guarded and consciously strive to not offend teammates or coaches, alienate fans, or jeopardize sponsorships. Our access to athletes outside of their arena of play tends to remain of a highly-limited and sanitized nature.
While social media gave the promise of direct connection with personas and stars, it is often through a limited number of characters or even worse, it is scripted and pushed out by a management or public relations firm.
The Promising Medium Of Podcasts
Now enter podcasts, a medium that is long-form and unfettered by default, allowing for a type of extended glimpse into the world of athletes seldom enjoyed by fans up to this point in the history of sports.
Pull Up with CJ McCollum is such a podcast, offering access to the thoughts and expressions of one of the NBA’s bright, young stars, who also happens to have a degree in journalism. Read More
The Bulletproof Brand
Bulletproof is a food and supplement company geared towards peak performance. It was founded by their CEO Dave Asprey.
The linchpin of the Bulletproof brand is their signature Bulletproof coffee, which Dave is credited with creating. Bulletproof coffee is a nutritionally dense, high-powered, blended coffee beverage with grass-fed butter and Bulletproof Brain Octane supplying a host of healthy fats to fuel the body and brain for hours on end.
Beyond their signature coffee concoction, Dave and the Bulletproof brand have a rather mighty podcast show as well.
The Bulletproof Radio Podcast
Dave, being a trailblazing CEO himself, attracts thought leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and industries to share tips and hacks to help people find more energy, happiness, and fulfillment out of life.
I myself have been informed and inspired by the Bulletproof Radio podcast. There have been numerous episodes that have directly transformed my approach towards eating, the ways in which I tend to my mental health, and the manners in which I seek fulfillment through my work. Read More
How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, author and he is also the sharp and seasoned host of his own podcast, How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black. Folks expecting Michael’s dry wit and heady brand of humor will be pleased for sure, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the How To Be Amazing podcast is ultimately a show about exploring the creative process and finding true fulfillment in life.
Michael Ian Black is disarming with his guests, builds great rapport, and asks all the right questions to unearth real gems of wisdom during his interviews. He gets beyond the superficial in order to uncover the building blocks of success, the inevitable pains of failure, and most importantly the persistence it takes to truly become amazing at anything. Read More