Sat, 31 May 2014
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.
NFH & The PT Crew
Wed, 14 May 2014
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.