The End For Me Has Arrived
I am a lifelong diehard Howard Stern fanatic and I am no longer compelled to tune into his show. Howard has earned my eternal gratitude for a 20+ year run of unparalleled entertainment, but that run has definitively ended for me.
Some changes in my consumption of entertainment coupled with some disappointing moments in the evolution of Howard's show have both lent to my current disinterest.
I am formally declaring the end of my listenership while also extending a heartfelt thanks to Howard and his staff. They colored my mornings in a manner that can never be replicated by any other personality or entertainment crew again. Read More
The Power Of Meditation
Inroads To The Mainstream
Meditation, or the general practice of mindfulness, seems to be slowly making inroads into the collective consciousness of the mainstream.
Just about anywhere you turn these days you seem to run into an article, podcast discussion, or some sort of social site mention about the benefits of meditation.
I understand the desire of those who practice meditation to want to share with the world the benefits they have been experiencing, but in the past, I have found myself a little hesitant to bring up the subject amongst my peers.
Something about voluntarily sharing that I meditate felt like bragging and maybe even coming off as slightly pompous, so I have kept my practice close to my heart until recently.
I can no longer hold back, though, from sharing the many benefits that meditation has brought into my life. Read More
Butter In Your Coffee
Ketogenic Powerhouse Or Fad?
Have you blended grass-fed butter and coconut oil in your coffee yet? Known as Bulletproof coffee, it is rapidly growing beyond an underground beverage of choice for CrossFit athletes and ketogenic diet devotees.
The caffeinated concoction was created by Dave Asprey, founder, and CEO of The Bulletproof brand. There are purported wellness benefits to be gained by consuming buttered coffee, a beverage that is now being touted by others than just Dave and the growing legions of Bulletproof diehards.
The sharp increase of visibility along with the claims of wellness benefits are starting to give Bulletproof coffee the feel of being just another health craze fad. Read More
The School Of Greatness Podcast
Lewis Howes is the founder and host of The School Of Greatness podcast. He is an entrepreneur, author, and former professional football player from the Arena League.
If you even just passively dabble in consuming content related to personal-development or entrepreneurship, then you will be familiar with many of the guests that Lewis has assembled throughout his impressive catalog of episodes.
From Tony Robbins to Eric Thomas to Dr. Brene Brown, Lewis lines up the heavy hitters of their respective fields for a long-form format of conversation that is always as informative as it is entertaining. Read More
A Stitcher Original Series Podcast
I would imagine that most people could relate to feeling some sort of sense that there is something better for them out there in the world.
At one time or another, most have probably felt the pull of an opportunity offering the promise of a purpose and an upgraded lifestyle if they just remained focused on the goal with positive intentions.
If cultivated in the right manner, these desires could be used to harness action towards a worthwhile pursuit in life. If left unchecked, these yearnings could be preyed upon and taken advantage of without the slightest hint of impropriety ever being revealed in the offering until it was too late and the damage was done.
The Dream is a brand new podcast offering hosted by award winning journalist Jane Marie that takes a hard, investigative look at multi-level marketing, a model of selling and distributing products peer to peer with a tiered sales recruiting component being the fulcrum of the entire operation. Read More
ESPN Fantasy Focus Football Podcast
Premium Fantasy Football Analysis
I doubt this piece will ever reach Matthew Berry, Field Yates, or anyone else connected to the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast. Should it ever somehow, though, I hope they can sense that the overarching tone of this article is one of love.
If any frustration or constructive criticism is pouring out of me and onto my computer screen as I type away, it is fully stemming from a place of genuine care and appreciation as well.
I think the team on the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast do an incredible job at bringing compelling, informative, and insider worthy content to their audience show after show, week after week, for basically the entire calendar year. Read More
Words Matter Podcast
A Stalled Political System
Politics in the United States is beyond a hot mess and it has been for years. The car crash analogy is a fitting one: As painful and sad as the wreckage all appears to be I just can not turn away from looking.
On one hand, I am completely fatigued by the incessant churning of the 24-hour political news cycle while on the other hand I am routinely drawn into getting a daily fix of stories and analysis.
I will put this out there right up front, I am left-leaning, but I suspect like the majority of Americans I gravitate towards the middle.
While I am fully supportive of the social freedoms the Democrats espouse, I am disheartened by their lack of vision and incapability of voicing a cohesive message. In the face of our mounting federal debt, I am intrigued by fiscally conservative principles touted by traditional Republicans, but where are the supportive actions and policies? Bush exploded the debt while in office and the trickle down theory is a joke in practice with wealth disparity raging out of control. Read More
The Wonder Of Our Bodies
Our bodies, their functionality, and their intricate design are truly something to marvel at. Our bodies can also, unfortunately, veer off into dysfunctional physiological behavior, firing off discomforting or even bizarre outbreaks of symptoms at times.
Oftentimes, many of us ignore rashes, bumps, or other more alarming signals from our bodies in hopes that whatever the heck is causing the current malfunctioning will simply go away.
When we do finally find the time or get up the necessary courage to go see a doctor, we are often treated to a 5-minute crash course visit with an overworked and seemingly uninterested healthcare provider who quickly grabs for a prescription pad prior to even having an in-depth or probative conversation with us. Read More
This is a podcast feature from our contributor Tim Rodgers. Tim is a voracious consumer of podcast content with a keen interest in history, society, and investigative shows. Please do comment with your reaction to this piece at the bottom of the post.
Common Sense With Dan Carlin
Common Sense #318 - For Whom the Bell Trolls
I know I am late to the party with a commentary on a political podcast episode that was released a couple of months ago, but every breath that Dan Carlin uttered on his Common Sense podcast Show #318 is still very relevant and will be so the foreseeable future.
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