Paleo Treats Podcast
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

Episode 16: Lambert Ninteman III, Polymath

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.

Enjoy!

Direct download: episode-16-lambert-ninteman.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Episode 15: Doug Chabot, Mountain Climber & Non-profit True Believer

This time around we turn back to the mountain men and talk with Doug Chabot, an avalanche specialist, mountain guide, climber, and co-founder of the non-profit Iqra Fund.

Doug talks about how he went from being a New Jersey boy with no wilderness skills to a respected climber with several first ascents and notable climbs in the Karakorum, Hindu Kush, and Pamir mountains. He also tells the story of Chris’ (the problem solver) daring leap off the side of a cliff in Yosemite after pulling off a base jumper’s body, and talks about why it’s so damn important (and easy) to help little girls in Pakistan gain access to education.

When he’s not being a boring old mountain climber, Doug works at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center as the Director/Avalanche Specialist in Bozeman Montana.

Direct download: episode-15-doug-chabot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

Episode 14: Jamie Little, ESPN reporter & fierce competitor

Perhaps best known for her work with ESPN on the X-Games and in NASCAR, Jamie Little tells the classic American story of starting out as a wild child, working hard and getting a few breaks to become one of the most well known names in motorsports reporting.

Direct download: episode-14-jamie-little.mp3
Category:racing -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

Episode 13: Gregory Crouch, climber & author

A damnably interesting fellow, Gregory Crouch is a climber & author who has traveled from Patagonia to Persia in search of first ascents, hard ascents, easy ascents, and everything else that goes with climbing in heavy weather.

Crouch has written excellent books, in this podcast we talk about Enduring Patagonia, China's Wings, Right Mate Let's Get On With It and others.

Greg is a superb storyteller, and from the story of how his birth precipitated a major change in English politics to the latest adventures climbing in Iran he offers the perspective of a live well lived.

Direct download: episode-13-gregory-crouch.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT

Episode 11: Mike Ritland, Navy SEAL dog trainer

So you probably eat Paleo, but does your dog? It should! Listen in as Mike Ritland talks about how he trains dogs for everybody from the Navy SEALs to high net worth individuals, and how feeding affects everything from daily performance to how many healthy puppies will be produced in a litter. Mike is an absolute wealth of knowledge on dogs and if you have *any* kind of interest at all in (wo)man's best friend, take the time to go through and enjoy one of the world's best trainers talk "dog"!

Direct download: episode-11-mike-ritland.mp3
Category:military -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Episode 12: Robert Young Pelton

Robert Young Pelton, author of "The World's Most Dangerous Places", shares his thoughts on the benefits of getting fired, running Route Irish in Iraq, being kidnapped by Columbians, and offers up a great perspective on livin' the dream.

"Basically I'm famous for still being alive". Journalist, photographer, and all around adventurer, Robert offers that rare perspective of a man who has followed his dreams no matter what (once he turned 40.)

Starting out as a poor kid and then being a lumberjack, blaster, advertiser and then launching into the corporate world, Pelton decided when he was 40 that making money and driving a Rolls Royce wasn't the be all end all of life, so he took off to some of the world's shit holes and decided to live.

Enjoy the show with a modern day truth seeker!

Direct download: episode-12---robert-young-pelton.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT