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Podcast #510: The Greatest Battle of the Korean War

The Korean War is often overlooked by Americans. But this forgotten war played a big role in shaping the world order in the second half of the 20th century. What’s more, one of the most heroic and harrowing military operations in U.S. history took place deep in the snowy and bitterly cold mountains of North Korea, creating a legendary group of fighters who became known as the “Frozen Chosin.”  My guest today has written a book that captures this event in military history. His name is Hampton ...
Tags: Manly Knowledge, Military History, Podcast


Podcast #508: Break Out of Your Cage and Stop Being a Human Zoo Animal

The human body is capable of doing a wide variety of movements, in a variety of environments. But my guest today argues that most modern people only do a few movements each day, commonly find themselves stuck in sterile surroundings, and that these confinements are sapping our physical and psychological health. His name is Erwan Le Corre and he’s the founder of the MovNat physical fitness system and the author of the book The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom. T...
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Podcast #506: How to Improve Your Speaking Voice

When it comes to your personal presentation, there’s one aspect that often gets overlooked: your voice.  Your voice is a big part of what makes you, you, and what makes you likable and influential. Yet you probably don’t think too much about it.  Not to mention, my guest today argues, you’re likely not even using your true voice thanks to bad habits you’ve picked up throughout your life.  His name is Roger Love, he’s a voice coach who’s worked with some of the world’s most famous singers and ...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Tony Robbins, Roger, Stanley McChrystal, Brilliant Earth, Roger Love, Moon Zappa, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Voice Nature


Podcast #504: How an Olympic Marathoner Trains, Eats, Recovers, and Stays Mentally Strong

The marathon race is one of sport’s most physically demanding events. To not just complete a marathon to but to compete in the race at its highest levels takes an incredible amount of dedication to training, recovery, diet, and mindset. My guest today gives us a firsthand look at what that kind of dedication and strategy look like. His name is Jared Ward, and he placed 6th in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and 8th in this year’s Boston Marathon. But Jared is more than just a runner — ...
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Podcast #485: Why Visiting Dark Places Is Good for the Soul

When you go on vacation, you probably travel to places that help you feel good, relax, and have fun. My guest today likes to visit places where great human suffering and tragedy has occurred. His name is Thomas Cook. He’s a writer of crime fiction, but in his latest book, Even Darkness Sings, he takes readers with him on the real family trips he’s taken to see humanity’s darkest places, including Auschwitz, Verdun, and Hiroshima. We begin our conversation discussing how Thomas and his wife go...
Tags: Grief, Podcast, Life, Thomas Cook, Fiji, Hiroshima, Thomas, Tom, A Man's Life, Brilliant Earth, Verdun France, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Auschwitz Verdun, Auschwitz Alcazar, Toledo Jose Moscardo Ituarte


Podcast #478: Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness, Health, and Longevity

Having a positive mindset comes with an unbelievable number of benefits, from better physical and mental health, to improved relationships and performance at work. If you’ve got a more negative bent, you’re really missing out on a lot.  Fortunately, my guest says it’s possible to shift into a more positive gear. Her name is Dr. Catherine Sanderson and she’s a professor of psychology at Amherst College. In her latest book, The Positive Shift, she highlights scores of studies that show how a po...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Catherine, Personal Development, Amherst College, A Man's Life, Brilliant Earth, Facebook Listen, Catherine Sanderson, Catherine Catherine, BrilliantEarth, Mastering Mindset to Improve Happiness Health


Podcast #477: The History and Future of America’s Special Forces

When people talk about military special forces, the Navy SEALs are often the first to come to mind. But there are several special forces in the military that have a storied history and play a fundamental role in America’s military defense. My guest today is the only person to have been allowed to audit and write about the training programs of the respective special forces units of every branch of the military. His name is Dick Couch. He’s a retired US Navy SEAL and the author of several books...
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Podcast #476: Are Modern People the Most Exhausted in History?

People often complain about being tired and burnt out these days from work and family responsibilities. We think it’s because of the way technology has sped up the pace of life, and the way we’re always “on,” and figure we’re living in the most exhausting age in history. But are we really? My guest today argues that, no, people have been complaining about being tired since at least antiquity. Her name is Anna Schaffner and she’s written a book called Exhaustion: A History, which traces the fa...
Tags: Wellness, Podcast, Sleep, Life, Depression, Anxiety, Dante, Freud, Health & Sports, Brilliant Earth, BrilliantEarth, Podcast Sponsors Brilliant Earth, Anna Schaffner


Podcast #475: How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever

If you’re like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve likely made it a goal to lose some weight this year. But if you’re also like a lot of men listening to this podcast, you’ve made that goal before, maybe even succeeded with it, but have had to make it again because you gained all the weight back. My guest today argues that losing weight is actually pretty easy. The real trick is keeping it off. His name is Layne Norton. He’s a professional bodybuilder, powerlifter, and doctor of nu...
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Podcast #469: How Valley Forge Turned the Tide of the Revolutionary War

Eighteen months after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Continental Army was on the ropes and the American Revolution was on the verge of being snuffed out. Battered, demoralized, and half-naked, 12,000 American troops marched into a small, poorly supplied encampment in British-occupied Pennsylvania to hunker down for the winter. They called the encampment Valley Forge. Despite the terrible conditions and circumstances there, something happened at Valley Forge that would change ...
Tags: Podcast, Washington, Life, Pennsylvania, Bob, Start, George Washington, Valley, Sarah Vowell, Somewhat United States, Continental Army, Valley Forge, Brilliant Earth, Tom Clavin, Military History, Bob Drury


Podcast #466: What It’s Like to Become a Widower

You probably know a widower. Your dad, a brother, an uncle, a friend. And there’s a chance — God forbid — that you might be a widower one day. Despite the prevalence of widowers in our society, they’re an oft overlooked demographic. But studies show that they’re at increased risk of depression, suicide, and health issues compared to widows. How can men who lose a spouse manage the transition to being single again and what can loved ones do to help widowers? My guest today has dedicated his li...
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Podcast #457: Leadership Lessons From the Pastor of One of America’s Most Innovative Churches

I grew up in Edmond, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. When I was teenager back in the 90s, I started hearing about some church being run out of a garage. Didn’t give it much thought then. Fast forward more than twenty years later, and Life.Church now has over 30 campuses across 10 states, and is often ranked as the largest church in America. Today on the show I talk to the guy who started this thing in a garage, and has stood at the helm of its tremendous growth, to glean his insights on leader...
Tags: Podcast, Leadership, Life, America, Craig, Eisenhower, Paul Graham, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Life Church, Andy Stanley, Brilliant Earth, Craig Groeschel, BrilliantEarth, Life Church We, Craig Craig Groeschel


Podcast #456: Myths About Kids and Sports

Youth sports in America is a 15 billion dollar industry. A lot of that money is going towards special coaching and training and participation in elite travel teams. Parents spend an enormous amount of money and time on their kids’ involvement in sports, hoping the investment will pay off in accolades, college scholarships, and even the chance to play professionally. But my guests today argue that all that special coaching you’re spending money on probably isn’t doing much to turn your kid into...
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