Paleo Treats Podcast
Episode 26, Brooks Kubik part II

Brooks Kubik is one of the most prolific writers in the Iron Game and he brings an absolute wealth of experience to the table. 

In this episode we talk about the mind game, when to train with (and without) partners, the importance of working out in a dingy facility, and he adds one more aspect to the Big Four of performance to make it the Big Five: Deep, focused concentration.

Listen in if you love lifting heavy and the mediation of exercise.

Enjoy! 

Direct download: episode-26-brooks-kubik-II.mp3
Category:weightlifting -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

Originally introduced to Brooks Kubik through his book, "Dinosaur Training", his work has had a huge impact on how I train.

Brooks is a fan of pure strength along with what you might (if you were a CrossFitter) call "ultra heavy metcon."  Heavy sandbags, barrels, car pushing, farmer's walks, and as many odd lifts as you can imagine make up Brooks' routines.

He's a 5 time National Champion in sub-masters bench press, so he's definitely not some armchair writer; this guy lives it.

On top of all that, he's got a mind like a steel trap, and to sit back and listen to him talk about the history and connections found throughout the Iron Game is to enjoy a master at work.

From Alan Calvert to Harry Paschall and from Thomas Inch up to Peary Rader, Brooks has studied and can elaborate on all the connections found throughout the marvelous sport known as the Iron Game.

While most of this may be well outside your area of expertise, I think you'll enjoy the passion, enthusiasm, and commitment that comes through in every word.

Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-25-brooks-kubik.mp3
Category:weightlifting -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Episode 24, Kevin Stacy & The Station Foundation

Have you wondered what happens to all the Navy SEALs who don't get out and write books?  

Of course, there are a whole slew of Special Operators who are consummate quiet professionals, but it turns out that keeping it all in has its own set of problems.  Luckily, there are a few groups out there dedicated to doing the actual work (not just raising the money) to help out the Few.

In this podcast we speak with Kevin Stacy, former Army officer and 160th flier who has developed a program aimed specifically at helping the Spec Ops community post-combat.

Kevin talks about what he's doing with The Station Foundation, how it's different than other programs, and how you can help (if you're so inclined.)  

Enjoy!

Direct download: episode24-kevin-stacy-station-foundatioin.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Episode 23: The Bee Girl

Sarah Red-Laird from beegirl.org joins us in an attempt to drill some very basic bee information into our heads.  We talk about everything from the slowly receding threat of colony collapse disorder to beekeeping in the UK to a brief dive into the intricacies of the US subsidy system.  It's brief, calm down.  Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-23-bee-girl.mp3
Category:bees -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Episode 22: Pete Scobell & Traumatic Brain Injury

Pete Scobell, a Navy SEAL, talks about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and how it affects him along with the latest treatments.

Direct download: episode-22-pete-scobell.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT

Steve Underwood is the Fire Management Officer out at Mesa Verde National Park and a 26 year veteran of fighting forest fires. He is also one of the most well read folks you’ll ever meet.

In this podcast we talk about many different famous wildfires, from Mann Gulch in ’49 to Yellowstone in ’88 to the 2006 Tripod fire and the 1994 Storm King fire.

Steve covers everything from how fires operated before Europeans arrived in America to how a fire crew is organized to how much a wild land firefighter will carry when heading into the fight.

He’s also got some interesting insight into what makes women such tough and effective firefighters, why fighting fires is so interesting, and the the difference between “natural” and “wild” fires.

This is a fascinating look into a subject that not many folks take the time to know about. Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-21-steve-underwood.mp3
Category:fire fighting -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Episode 20: Billy Waugh, Special Forces & CIA soldier

When Robert Young Pelton suggests you look somebody up for an interview, we think it’s a pretty good idea to follow up on that, which is how this episode with Billy Waugh came to be. Having not heard much about Waugh before RYP mentioned him, I was stoked upon reading his book Hunting the Jackal to have him agree to be on the podcast; damn, this is a good gig!

Billy is now in his mid-eighties but still going strong, with a tack-sharp memory going back over 50 years of unconventional soldiering. First as an Army Special Forces (Green Beret) in Vietnam, then working for the Agency around the world (although mostly in the “10/10 zone”, 10 degrees north or south of the equator) Billy has taken part in some incredible pieces of history, including hunting Carlos the Jackal (successfully) and going eye to eye with Osama Bin Laden during the early ’90s in Khartoum.

Listen in for Billy’s one word piece of advice on how to do great things in the world no matter where you go or who you work with.

Enjoy!

NFH & The PT Crew

Direct download: episode-20-billy-waugh.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

Episode 19: Robert Young Pelton on Southern Sudan

I signed up a while ago for the RYP newsletter, so when it dropped into my box on Monday I wasn't surprised. It was a quick note from the man himself about a recent piece he'd done for VICE on South Sudan.

I asked if he wanted to come pimp the piece on the PTPC and I got slightly more than I asked for.

This is without a doubt the most fact filled and deep podcast we've done.

You probably have a personal narrative of Africa in general that goes something like this: hot, shit hole, large animals, poor, dangerous, needs help.

If that's what you think, stand by to have your ideas turned on their head. It took about 90 minutes for Robert to walk Steve & I through what's going on there, and we still only scratched the surface.

For more on any of this stuff, you can find Robert here or on Facebook.

To read the article on VICE go here, and for Robert's super beefy rippingly effective knives, take a look here.

Direct download: episode-19-robert-young-pelton-II.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

Episode 18: Phil Zimmerman, Cryptographer Extraordinaire

Phil Zimmerman is one of the world's experts on cryptography, which is the study and application of ensuring that no one but you and the person you're talking to can understand what you're saying.

In 1991 Phil invented the way that we secure email communications (PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy) and has been awarded damn near everything you can be noticed for in the digital encryption world, including being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, named top 50 tech visionaries of the last 50 years, top 10 innovator in e-business, one of the 50 most influential people on the internet; the list goes on.

In this episode Phil talks about how he got into encryption (he was a peace activist), the weaknesses of email, and the current state of both cryptography and cryptanalytics, including commenting on the Snowden revelations.

He also talks about why we (I'm assuming you're like me and a pretty regular person) need encryption as normal citizens. I don't have anything to hide, do you? You might re-think the way you conduct communications after this.

Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-18-phil-zimmerman.mp3
Category:cryptography -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

Episode 17: Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson, author of a number of books on military and more specifically ancient Greek military history as well as farming from the agrarian hoplite perspective, joins us for this episode of the Paleo Treats podcast.

Having been inspired to grow grapes from The Land Was Everything: Letters from an American Farmer to learn Attic Greek after reading Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom, and think just a bit more about military history when exposed to the ideas in The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq by this guy, it was an honor to have him on the show.

We cover everything from farming to soldiering to the Anabasis, public education, the delta smelt and whether or not the unemployed should be allowed to log downed timber. If you'd like to read more of his work or just learn what makes him tick, check out Victor Davis Hanson here.

Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-17-victor-davis-hanson.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT