What podcasts are you listening to?

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Recently started binging on a bunch of shows via the podcast medium and they're super interesting and fun to listen to. It's nice to listen to insightful conversations or interesting stories vs listening to music every now and then. Currently I've been listening to:

JRE (Joe Rogan Experience), pretty well known show, which talks about a whole range of topics
Timesuck with Dan Cummins, which talks about conspiracy theories, mysteries, bizarre events, etc.
Scared to Death Podcast, which talks about paranormal/horror history and allegedly true accounts. Fun for the Halloween season, haha.

What podcasts are you listening to? Figured we can start a thread and share the ones we like!
 
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I love Joe Rogans podcast, think it might be the best thing to happen to mainstream media of all time. He gets literally the brightest and most interesting minds on earth and gets them to talk uninterrupted for hours. I've learned so much from his shows. So lucky that the most popular show on earth has a host who is politically open to both ideas of the isle, an advocate for Psychedelics and also pushing for UFO disclosure! He's not even a good interviewer, hes just found the perfect format to let quality come through.

This recent JRE I listened to on breathing is very good and well worth a listen. Will change how you think about breathing

 
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I feel like the format allows all people to say what they think is true, and being so open-minded can be a bad thing, since there are some charismatic lunatics out there...and people will believe them.

Also, a lot of the podcasts just seem like a platform for people to promote their books, just as the Late Night TV shows are for actors promoting their movies and shows. It sometimes gets in the way of a good interview or a conversation.

That said, I've listened to a couple of JRE shows and he's not that bad. Allows his guests to speak and seems interested in what they have to say. Particularly, I've watched a couple of his interviews, and I liked the ones with Chris Harris (from Top Gear now), David Goggins, Jocko Willink and Jordan Peterson.

My main two podcasts are the Jocko Podcast, with Jocko Willink and Echo Charles. He has other guests on, most of the times, but sometimes he doesn't. Usually focused on the military, though sometimes derails from that. Seems like a clear-minded individual and as objective as one might be. Has some good advice regarding leadership. His miniseries "The Unravelling", about the war in Iraq, is a really great, contextual analysis of it. Ends with 2 episodes called "What’s Your Story?", really worth a listen.

Best episode: The one about Unit 731. Horrible, horrible stuff.

The other is Art of Manliness, from the website with the same name and its owner, Brett McKay. Overall just an amazing guy, I've learned so much from him. Don't get fooled by the corny title, his posts there are much deeper than "open doors, shave with a straight razor" statements. He is a history buff, which I love, and also has great people on there - though it's a lot of book-promoting stuff most of the time. Still, some of the episodes are definitely worth a listen. Can't remember which ones, though.
 
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I love Joe Rogans podcast, think it might be the best thing to happen to mainstream media of all time. He gets literally the brightest and most interesting minds on earth and gets them to talk uninterrupted for hours. I've learned so much from his shows. So lucky that the most popular show on earth has a host who is politically open to both ideas of the isle, an advocate for Psychedelics and also pushing for UFO disclosure! He's not even a good interviewer, hes just found the perfect format to let quality come through.

This recent JRE I listened to on breathing is very good and well worth a listen. Will change how you think about breathing


I live in America and drove across the country listening to a lot of JRE, haha. Definitely made the trip bearable. He isn't the best interviewer, but he does have a candid and chill way of talking to people, while respecting their opinion yet giving his. Some of the my faves are with David Goggins (a badass ultramarathon runner and Navy SEAL), Graham Hancock (Archaeologist, Egyptologist, and psychedelic researcher with Ayahuasca and shamanism), Bob Lazar (UFO Reverse Engineering), and with Mike Tyson, who is running a cannabis farm now (lol). Lots of good stuff, putting the James Nestor episode on my watchlist.
 

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I feel like the format allows all people to say what they think is true, and being so open-minded can be a bad thing, since there are some charismatic lunatics out there...and people will believe them.

Also, a lot of the podcasts just seem like a platform for people to promote their books, just as the Late Night TV shows are for actors promoting their movies and shows. It sometimes gets in the way of a good interview or a conversation.

That said, I've listened to a couple of JRE shows and he's not that bad. Allows his guests to speak and seems interested in what they have to say. Particularly, I've watched a couple of his interviews, and I liked the ones with Chris Harris (from Top Gear now), David Goggins, Jocko Willink and Jordan Peterson.

My main two podcasts are the Jocko Podcast, with Jocko Willink and Echo Charles. He has other guests on, most of the times, but sometimes he doesn't. Usually focused on the military, though sometimes derails from that. Seems like a clear-minded individual and as objective as one might be. Has some good advice regarding leadership. His miniseries "The Unravelling", about the war in Iraq, is a really great, contextual analysis of it. Ends with 2 episodes called "What’s Your Story?", really worth a listen.

Best episode: The one about Unit 731. Horrible, horrible stuff.

The other is Art of Manliness, from the website with the same name and its owner, Brett McKay. Overall just an amazing guy, I've learned so much from him. Don't get fooled by the corny title, his posts there are much deeper than "open doors, shave with a straight razor" statements. He is a history buff, which I love, and also has great people on there - though it's a lot of book-promoting stuff most of the time. Still, some of the episodes are definitely worth a listen. Can't remember which ones, though.
I get what you mean regarding the first part of your comment, but in the end, it is just their perspective. I often just take what's useful or relatable, then discard the rest. If it's not for me at this time, it's on to the next one.

But David Mother Effin' Goggins!! That man is the ultimate motivator. I participated in a live workout on Instagram he hosted of just purely calisthenics and it annihilated me, lol. What's crazy is that he moves like a robot: the form is always perfect, but he never wavers or tires out. The only difference that happens is that his shirt gets more sweaty, but that man is a machine.

Never heard of Jocko but upon further research he's a badass in his own right, too. I got The Unit 731 episode in queue and the Art of Manliness in my playlist.

Thanks for the recommendations! (y)
 
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He isn't the best interviewer, but he does have a candid and chill way of talking to people, while respecting their opinion yet giving his

Exactly. His interviewing skills have a lot to be desired for. Often he is bad at getting the most out of his guest, not asking any good questions or derailing the convo with some real stupid stuff about twitter or apes. Elon Musk interviews were completely wasted in this regard. But still, there are also countless other times when the discusion is just unbelievable and far beyond the realm of mainstream and mid-stream media. Love the Hancock/Carlson ones. Paul Stamets episodes also so amazing (the mitocologist). The UFO ones are the best ha!
 
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I get what you mean regarding the first part of your comment, but in the end, it is just their perspective. I often just take what's useful or relatable, then discard the rest. If it's not for me at this time, it's on to the next one.

But David Mother Effin' Goggins!! That man is the ultimate motivator. I participated in a live workout on Instagram he hosted of just purely calisthenics and it annihilated me, lol. What's crazy is that he moves like a robot: the form is always perfect, but he never wavers or tires out. The only difference that happens is that his shirt gets more sweaty, but that man is a machine.

Never heard of Jocko but upon further research he's a badass in his own right, too. I got The Unit 731 episode in queue and the Art of Manliness in my playlist.

Thanks for the recommendations! (y)

Glad I could be of help!

Jocko looks like a badass (and he is), but his mind is more useful in other ways for me, especially regarding leadership and "tactics" in the workplace. I skip the motivation part, but he sure lives it. Be careful with that Unit 731 stuff, it's absolutely the lowest point in modern humanity, and the way he reads and narrates it just adds to that. Something I'll never forget.

With AoM it's more dependent on what you prefer out of topics, but history, stoicism, Teddy Roosevelt, something practical and philosophical always works for me. I recently listened to Roman Honor (74, with Carlin Barton) and loved it! Also the one about the fall of the Roman Republic (can't remember if it was 254 or 346). Testosterone (336) was very useful, situational awareness (438), diet and nutrition (233), Ancient Greeks and Romans on manliness (299), The Spartan Regime (461), being uncomfortable (640), real-life James Bond (225), Building Your Band of Brothers (274) were some from my more recent history that I really liked. Still have a ton to listen to. I prefer his articles but the podcast is still pretty damn great.

Have you read Goggins' book? My god, very dark stuff in there. His stories are really hard to believe. But he's really living the life now, I mean you can check and see if he's done a 240-mile ultramarathon and what his time was, plus he's just a modest guy, I don't think he would do that just to brag or sell something. Really does take an incredible human being to achieve what he does.

I also love hearing podcasts with Clint Emerson. Former SEAL/spook, he's so fun to listen to. Loved all his books.
 
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Glad I could be of help!

Jocko looks like a badass (and he is), but his mind is more useful in other ways for me, especially regarding leadership and "tactics" in the workplace. I skip the motivation part, but he sure lives it. Be careful with that Unit 731 stuff, it's absolutely the lowest point in modern humanity, and the way he reads and narrates it just adds to that. Something I'll never forget.

With AoM it's more dependent on what you prefer out of topics, but history, stoicism, Teddy Roosevelt, something practical and philosophical always works for me. I recently listened to Roman Honor (74, with Carlin Barton) and loved it! Also the one about the fall of the Roman Republic (can't remember if it was 254 or 346). Testosterone (336) was very useful, situational awareness (438), diet and nutrition (233), Ancient Greeks and Romans on manliness (299), The Spartan Regime (461), being uncomfortable (640), real-life James Bond (225), Building Your Band of Brothers (274) were some from my more recent history that I really liked. Still have a ton to listen to. I prefer his articles but the podcast is still pretty damn great.

Have you read Goggins' book? My god, very dark stuff in there. His stories are really hard to believe. But he's really living the life now, I mean you can check and see if he's done a 240-mile ultramarathon and what his time was, plus he's just a modest guy, I don't think he would do that just to brag or sell something. Really does take an incredible human being to achieve what he does.

I also love hearing podcasts with Clint Emerson. Former SEAL/spook, he's so fun to listen to. Loved all his books.
I'll be listening to Unit 731 on my run today, so I should listen to a good chunk of it (probably an hour to an hour and a 1/2), and then finish the rest on my later runs. I've always been creeped out yet fascinated about those kinds of topics. Did a quick research on Wikipedia, so I already know it's going to be really heavy and fucked up...

Thanks for the episode numbers from AoM, 438 and 640 seem the most interesting for me, but honestly they all sound good!

And as for "Can't Hurt Me," I have it on audiobook but I haven't finished it. His story is really hard to swallow, dealing with an abusive father, racism, and living in poverty, but I really like how he presents everything as it is, without any filter or mercy on himself. It's really inspiring and it shows that if you have the unwavering mindset, you can rise above. I follow him on Instagram and he posted that he finished 2nd in the Moab 240 ultramarathon, but what's crazy is that he only finished 2nd because during he hurt his ankle and had to continually stop and get help from his personal trainer!

Haven't heard of Clint Emerson, but he sounds like along the lines of Jocko and Goggins, so I'm sure he's awesome to listen to.
 

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Haven't heard of Clint Emerson, but he sounds like along the lines of Jocko and Goggins, so I'm sure he's awesome to listen to.

Nope, he's really not. He's just a charismatic sociopath, as he himself says, and doesn't do the motivation BS. Just shares some useful skills and funny stories, nothing more than that, which I appreciate, seeing where he actually comes from.
 
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