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I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show. 

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions. 

This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together! 

If you want to support this show, please visit my Patreon feed at nikhawks.com

Thanks for listening!

Nik Hawks

Jul 27, 2015

Charlie Glass is an American journalist who has covered some of the most fascinating and horrific stories of our time. 

While you might not think a journalist has any connection to Paleo, these story tellers are vital to one of what we believe are the 7 Pillars of Paleo, and that's Community.  Without someone to tell our stories we remain individuals only aware of those we know personally; people like Charlie allow us to know and come to understand other communities living in wildly different worlds.

He is one of very few Western journalists to have been kidnapped AND escaped from terrorist hands, and while he doesn't tell the story in this podcast (it's been extensively covered elsewhere), you understand while listening to him the immense power that his practical and analytical mind brings to bear on any problem, from escaping confinement to tracking down the essence of a story.

Charlie has that most basic requirement of journalism, "a curiosity to find things out", and as you listen to this podcast you begin to understand what it takes to delve deep into a story, suss out and untangle the various threads, and then package it in a form that most of the rest of us can understand.

His journalist odyssey began under the tutelage of Peter Jennings, and he covered the Arab-Israeli war while working out of Beirut throughout the 1970s.  Charlie's experiences portray a man with a finger on the pulse of Arab unrest.

He interviewed the hostage crew of TWA 847 in Beirut Airport in 1986, exposed Saddam Hussein's secret biological weapons program in '88, covered the Kurdish rebellion in Iraq in '91, the '03 invasion of Iraq, and has worked for over 30 years to find and deliver the stories that follow all the tangled and connected threads of complex situations.

Charlie credits some of his fascination with journalism to his time working at The Observer (the world's oldest Sunday paper), where he says "to walk into that newsroom was to walk in to the University of Life." 

If you'd like to know more about Charlie, check out his website here or follow him on Twitter.

Tune in and absorb the lessons of a well read, brave, and deeply thoughtful journalist.  Enjoy the show!

Cheers,

Nik