Mon, 27 July 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."
Tune in and absorb the lessons of a well read, brave, and deeply thoughtful journalist. Enjoy the show!
Fri, 15 May 2015
"I never thought I would look forward to getting an email again."
Dave is a news junkie and the author of daily email newsletter NextDraft, which he describes as a "modern day news column". He organizes the newsletter into the 10 most fascinating news items of the day, works on it for 3-4 hours in the morning and blasts it out around 1 pm PST. Dave is famous for having 75 tabs open at any one time as he scours the net for news every day.
"I lock in pretty hard and open up my laptop, not moving a ton other than getting coffee or water for about 3 or 4 hours."
The NextDraft perspective comes from being very well read along with being both curious and horrified by humanity, as well as offering varying perspectives on any given story. If you're looking for a daily wrap up of the most day's most fascinating stories, NextDraft is a fantastic place to start.
The real power of NextDraft comes from Dave's personality; when you read it every day it feels like Dave wrote the email just for you and not for the 75,000 email subscribers on his list plus the 120,000 NextDraft app users. Among those users are counted some of the most powerful and plugged in journalists out there, making NextDraft not just a "repeater station" but much more of a high signal to noise operation than you'd normally find.
"What NextDraft does is slow the news down and deliver news from a perspective you can learn to trust."
Having always wanted to be part of the news business and the media industry, Dave says NextDraft is a joy to write and that shows in every word he types in.
In this interview, Dave talks about the genesis of one of the most popular email newsletters on the net, how much feedback he gets, and what he's proudest of.
Not only is this podcast well worth a listen, this is an email newsletter worth signing up for.
Nik & the PT Crew
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Sun, 9 March 2014
This time around we turn from mountains and physical adventure to speak with one of San Diego's finest minds, Lambert Ninteman III.
Lambert isn't just another pretty face, this guy can speak fluent Chinese and French, can reel off the dates of damn near every important event in human history prior to 1980, is a tea master, and in his spare time is getting his MBA and acting as the captain of the SDSU X Prize team going after Qualcomm's Tricorder X prize. This is a competition among the finest minds of our day to develop an iPhone sized device that will tell you anything you want to know about your physical systems from heart rate to cancerous growth detection just by waving it in front of your chest. Or something like that.
Lambert is much more than a brilliant mind, he speaks with feeling on the need for a common set of ethics outside of faith, on how he went from boy to man, and what it means to be a childhood cancer survivor.