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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! 

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Nik Hawks

Nov 13, 2018

Thanks for the push, Jamie A!  This one's for you.  For the rest of ya...

I had a rad guest lined up who got themselves in a spot of trouble stealing deer stands in Utah.  Suffice to say there's more to the story than has been generally reported, but since he's gotten death threats I figured adding information to the...

Oct 2, 2018

Charlie is my kind of adventurer.  Father, husband, pilot, sailor, and general fixer of anything broken, Charlie's been a mentor and example to me for a long time.  Listen in to hear how a regular guy has lived the life you probably dream about.  More at

Sep 26, 2018

This is a short spoken word piece, less than 5 minutes.  It came to me the other day in my truck and I recorded the initial effort.  Over the following few days I wrote it all down, refined it, pruned it, made it closer to what I was hoping it would be.

It ended up (as of 26Sep2018) in this format.



Sep 20, 2018

As you've noticed if you've followed along lately I've seen the stats: I get twice as many downloads for solo shows as I do for interview.
It's been 6 episodes since I did a solo show so I've got a bunch of notes from driving around that we have to catch up on; here they are!
As always, the Nik Hawks Notes are...

Jan 15, 2018

I’ve been driving around lately listening to all my usual podcasts and going off on my quests down various seams of curiosity and thought I’d share some of my convos with myself, with you.

This is the first solo-cast I’ve done, let me know if you’d like to hear more or if you’d rather get back to...