The "Shawn Ryan Show" is hosted by Shawn Ryan, former U.S. Navy SEAL, CIA Contractor, and Founder of Vigilance Elite. We tell REAL stories about REAL people from all walks of life. We discuss the ups and downs, wins and losses, successes and struggles, the good and bad in a respectful but candid way with our guest. We're better than entertainment, we're the REAL thing. Please enjoy the show.
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. THE BEST - Man I swear this is the best podcast I listen to, and I listen to quite a few. I’ve heard every episode and some more than once. The length of these might be intimidating for those who have never listened to longer podcasts but I promise you the amount of depth to the conversations that take place is just absolutely amazing! Shawn, thank you for your service and thank you for doing what you do now I absolutely love it!
2. Shawn - thank you for saying what others are afraid to say openly - There’s a lot of people that see things the way you do. While I don’t agree with everything you advocate, I respect your opinion. Civil discourse is sorely missing in todays society. Your last couple of podcasts have really resonated with me, especially the one with Tim Parlatore. I just retired out of a long LE career and feel I had more to contribute but had to get out for family and self-preservation. I don’t feel I left the job better than I found it and it bothers me. Sounds like the military is having similar issues. God bless
3. Amazing - I love this dude, he sure has grew on me and become my go to podcast. He combats this liberal movement going on and doesn’t give a dang who he offends along the way. You can tell he’s for freedom completely. America needs the Shawn Ryan Show to expose these politicians and big tech companies trying to silence our rights. We need the stories of our service members fighting at the highest level to be told and is something he provides for them. Much love Shawn, keep getting after it!!
4. No frills, no hype, just real conversations! - Shawn asks real questions, hard questions, goes deep when the conversation calls for more depth. You can feel the authenticity between him and each guest. I appreciate him bringing new topics to light…sept , mushrooms, bin Laden, cia black ops, etc. From a guy who likes to kill the time while doing construction for a living, I’m excited for every show. I always know it’s gunna be a good day when a new episode pops. Thanks for providing content that’s relevant and down to earth.
5. Much respect to Shawn Ryan for his service to this country! - What a great service to the men/women who have served this country. My utmost respect to each and every service member who have served this nation. I love the show and being able to hear the actual stories of the experiences of these American warriors! Once again, thanks to all who have served and whom are serving today!
6. Honest, real and amazing - Every American should listen to this show and pay attention to the raw and unedited stories of our warfighter heros. I’ve not found one show that didn’t make me even more proud to be an American. I just retired after years in LE, of which I spent kicking in doors stateside against drug dealers on SWAT and as a narc. It makes me proud to have a better inside look into what our soldiers have endured to keep us safe outside of our country’s borders and to know that there are men, and woman, as passionate about keeping our citizens safe as I have been. A heartfelt thank you…to all of you. Thanks Shawn, and Katie, for an amazing show.
7. One of the best podcast I’ve ever listen to! - I have been bing listening to this podcast! I just found out about this podcast a few weeks ago and my addiction was born. You have to listen to it to understand because I have no words great enough to describe the guests life stories hero sounds too small. For every person who has served our country, you are appreciated and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
8. Amazing podcast! - I love your show! It has given me a whole other love and level of appreciation for our service men and woman and this country. Most people just have no clue what % of people have gone through, willingly and unwillingly to protect our freedom at the sake of their own. Keep doing what you’re doing. Much respect brother.
9. Outstanding Podcast - As I said before, SRS is in the top podcasts out there. Share with everyone you know! I highly recommend Shawn’s podcast—it’s in my top podcasts I listen to. The Erik Prince interview was absolutely fascinating and a must listen IMO. Then there’s the Ed Calderon, Eddie Ghallager, and Nick Lavery episodes that are equally epic. So much great content—thanks and keep it going Shawn!
10. Awesome!!! - The content is poignant and relevant for all walks of life. I’m not a veteran but I am former LE and Mr. Ryan’s interviews and subject matter should be heard by all. It’s especially imperative that civilians like myself learn the lessons brought home by high caliber individuals such as the interviewees and Mr. Ryan.
11. Best show I’ve found - Excellent source for information and facts about our hero warfighters. Shawn does an outstanding job giving these guys a platform to speak about their experiences, good and bad, giving everyone a chance to see the true side of what it takes to have the freedoms we all enjoy. I would like to say thank you to all that have served to protect our country and for the many sacrifices that you have made to keep this country free
12. The Shawn Ryan show is top tier - This gentleman has been an inspiration from each one of his guests to his format I’ve been listening from the beginning and let me tell you all the veterans and team guys drove me to change my life and be more prepared I’m a convicted felon and cannot own a fire arm nor can I serve my country which I regret but just hearing these guys stories has made me deeply appreciate our soldiers and sympathize with them thank you Shawn for everything you’ve done and do.
13. Unbelievable riveting edge of the seat show! - Powerful, powerful, powerful show! It’s unbelievable to finally see that many veterans struggle with transitioning like me. The show has helped put things in perspective in a way I struggled to before. As Joe Rogan once said short traditional news shows with minute long segments cannot possibly tell a story properly. The Shawn Ryan Show doesn’t seem to have a timetable instead he’ll take as long as necessary to properly tell a story. Shawn goes into extreme detail and directly talking to the people who were there. Credit must also be given to the guests who graciously relive some pain-staking times. Thank you for providing such an important service to everyone!
14. Relevant & Real - When I first discovered Shawn, I anticipated a “ this is what it was like when I was deployed” type of script. Man, was I wrong! Not only does Shawn do credit for the veteran community, he also provides listeners with a opportunity to learn about the other side of the coin that our nation’s heroes deal with on the home front. But that’s not all! Shawn also delivers on other important issues, financial markets, socio-political issues, and the unexplained! SUBSCRIBE TODAY!
Macrodosing: Arian Foster and PFT Commenter explore conspiracies, conundrums, and the dark corners of the deep web. Turn on. Tune in. Drop out. You can find every episode of this show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or YouTube. Prime Members can listen ad-free on Amazon Music. For more, visit barstool.link/macrodosing
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. Silk Road episode. - Great input. People who are in the know get their drugs from organic chemists. And EVERYONE should buy a test kit when dabbling in drugs especially powders. Bunk police is a great site and group that make said test kits to test a lot of recreational drugs. DONT DO DRUGS UNLESS YOU TEST THEM!!!
2. Let the group cook - Billy PLEASE stop clumsily derailing the good conversations on the day’s topic just so you can get back to your Wikipedia regurgitations and/or non sequitur future blog ideas. Appreciate the “research” but we listen to the pod to hear actual discussions. Also “ethicacy” is not a word, Arian
3. Dogs-Arian - I generally agree with Arians take on dogs. It is a little weird that we love our dogs so much while eating and even feeding dogs with other animals. BUT, dogs are unique!! They came to us in the evolutionary process. Cows, horses, chickens, etc. we chose to domesticate them. Dogs are the only animal who chose to be domesticated. They would smell our ancestors meat cooking over the fire and come over. That is why dogs evolved to be useful for us (herding, hunting, etc), or cute to us. Not hating on Arian though. Just pointing out the difference between dogs and other animals.
4. Big T - Big T, I hope you read this and realize how much of an arrogant person you are. You are the worst part about this show and every time you speak it makes me feel exponentially dumber. Please leave the pod or else this won’t last long. Only reason you guys are successful is because of PFT, the rest of you are along for the ride. Enjoy.
5. Great Listen PFT is the GOAT - PFT has done an amazing job of cultivating average American viewpoints on a podcast. Big T: Thinks he’s smart because he can poke hole in far left idiots, but completely blinded by religion and southern upbringing. Arian: Thinks he’s smart because he made money. Flexes because he has time to watch YouTube videos and has a shallow knowledge of a lot. Billy: Represents the youth, changing his mind every time he reads a new article. PFT: Actually intelligent enough to know he doesn’t know the answer.
6. Very good, until Big T talks, and i’m from TN - my friends and I just get sad that dudes like Big T rep our state. Guy has the worst takes, has some major angry incel energy. People come to shows like this to avoid Clay travis wannabes. Other than him, one of my favorite pods, but it’s losing me fast. Get him off!
7. Spreading false info - I’m not a Duggar fan, but listening to this podcast for the first time and they’re talking about the Duggars and are so wrong! None of them have married any Bates, the girls have not left the religion, all but two of the girls are very close with their family, and only Josh has been convicted of a crime - not two other brothers. This is really poor reporting. I’m not into the Duggar show but I’m also not into hearing false information being spewed on a podcast like it’s fact.
8. Let Donny and Billy cook - As annoying as Billy can be at times I appreciate his enthusiasm. I loved the episode with him and Donny being able to dive deep into some of the ancient civilization stuff. I think Billy brings a lot of value in terms of the topics to the show. Without him it can devolve into a round table of “so how was your week” and other random stuff. Also need Donny on full time.
9. A must listen!! - A very entertaining podcast that not only makes you crack up hysterically but also challenges you to think beyond your comfort zone. I love the diverse personalities and beliefs each on air host brings to the show. It definitely adds to the amazing, thought provoking banter that this podcast is known for. One of the few shows that has great topics and guests that you don’t find on cookie cutter podcasts. PFT and Arian hold down the show as it’s fearless leaders but don’t slip on the uniqueness of the other personalities that make this show great. Big T, Billy, Mad Dog and Avery are more than capable of picking up the slack when the two big dogs are not available. If you love to laugh, think and have your mind blown, then Macrodosing should definitely be in your podcast rotation!
10. Can’t believe you turned black magic (children shame) into half an episode - It’s clear now no one on this podcast was popular in school if no one except on the spectrum billy played the childrens game black magic I hope that was good acting at being mind controlled, of course arian is at the childrens table with a coloring book and crayons most of the time or lately valorant. Oft you have tremendous responsibility. Good topics and conversations let’s not waste hours on preschool level regularly
11. Love the pod but… - It would be very nice if we could get some episodes without Billy. The false information and just pathetic attempt at pronunciation should give him a suspension. The way he hyperventilates every time he thinks something is funny is not enjoyable for any listener and takes away from the quality of content Arian, PFT, Big T, Mad Dog, and Avery put out twice a week. He’s lucky Dave isn’t in the office because if he was aware of the performances he’s been giving this last year he’d have to go find a new job?
12. Long time listener... - Big time fan but every since Billy was suspended this pod has been off...Seems to get more and more negative every show which is so sad because this pod was something I’d listen to to cheer me up or get my thru the dreadful day at the office. The dynamic between everyone is weird and seems everyone is walking on eggshells to not piss one another off. Imma still listen but idkkkk man. Still giving stars cuz I’m not a hater just giving constructive criticism.
13. Really wanted to like this… - Long time PMT listener that wanted to get a lil extra Billy and PFT in my life. Attempted to listen to - episodes, and I am yet to make it through . Just wanted a low stress, funny adventure through conspiracy theories and interesting topics, but I continually find myself annoyed by Arian Foster. I typically don’t mind listening to people with opposing viewpoints, but I find that he is exceedingly grating on my nerves and takes me out of the mindset I want to be in while experiencing this podcast.
Hosts John and Hank Green (authors and YouTubers) offer both humorous and heartfelt advice about life’s big and small questions. They bring their personal passions to each episode by sharing the week’s news from Mars (the planet) and AFC Wimbledon (the fourth-tier English football club).
Release date: 2023-02-20
1. This Podcast Is The Best - I’m pretty sure I started seeing Diet Dr Pepper ads on my feeds because of how much John talks about Diet Dr Pepper. Definitely worth the listen!! Listening to John’s ads makes me miss the Anthropocene reviewed so much-I listen to my favorite episodes and chapters on repeat
2. Dear Hank and John- stars - I have listened to every episode at least twice and it never gets old. I find Dear Hank and John to be a go to when I need to level my mood. I can randomly select an episode to listen to and I am never disappointed. The Brothers Green keep things light but know when to give great advice on deeper issues. If you listen to this pod you will have fun, learn something and you might become a fan of a fourth tier English football club. / totally recommend. stars
3. An Absolutely Remarkable Podcast - I’ve been listening to DH&J since I was in middle school, and I never grow tired of the pod. I feel like I’ve grown up with Hank and John and have a plethora of inside jokes and weird knowledge saved up from them (like how sneezing isn’t normal, this is a very important fact!). Thank you Green brothers for having such an impact on my life
4. Maximum Productivity - I literally think my house would never get cleaned without this podcast. It’s so interesting, thoughtful, and silly that it’s the only thing that can distract me from my hatred of daily care tasks. I’ve been a fan of Hank and John for a decade now but hadn’t gotten hooked on the podcast until COVID sparked my love of podcasts
5. The Green Spectacular - John and Hank Green have always been great people to listen to, whether it be their books or their Crash Course videos. When I found out they had a comedic podcast, I was instantly hooked. They always find ways to keep people engaged, whether that be Hank’s eye-roll dad jokes or John’s Level One Emergencies. The “sponsors” of the videos always give me a good laugh and even though I am not really a soccer/football fanatic, I am always rooting for AFC Wimbledon. Thank you John and Hank for Always Being Awesome. Pumpkins and Penguins, gladdis
6. My favorite podcast - I can always count on Dear Hank and John to make mundane tasks interesting and funny. I have always appreciated their work, and every time I see or hear something new from them, it makes me so happy. John and Hank Green are truly two of the best people on the internet in my opinion, and I love recommending and mentioning this podcast at every chance I can. Thank you both for doing this show and everything else on Complexly, y'all have helped in making life even more wonderful.
7. Saving Lives - I can easily say Dear Hank & John came into my life right when I needed it. Right when I was on the brink of my scariest depressive episode. Their witty and welcoming commentary on knowledge and the world reminds you there is good in the world even when we are uncertain. They give me hope that my relationship with my sibling can grow into something better. They have been there when I couldn’t be alone. Dear John & Hank, thank you, thank you, thank you.
8. Out of touch white rich men - They frequently talk about products and brands that are inaccessible to most listeners. This is what listening to two wealthy white men with a platform who are trying to sound “relatable” is like. They talk about topics like acquiring wealth and power but they never acknowledge their roles in these systems or how to take steps to dismantle them. They don’t model how to be humble or down to earth. Instead they frequently sound like white saviors trying to build a maternal health center with an org aligned with the Gates foundation. To work with the Gates foundation is ironic bc that foundation plays a big role in making global health inaccessible by prioritizing intellectual property and monopolies over people
9. Amazing Podcast Except - I think you should definitely check out this podcast, its amazing and one of the best ones I’ve listened to. My one exception is that they don’t really post very consistently, and what I mean by that is that they may have a month where they post pretty much every week, but then there will be another month where they basically just don’t post at all and it can be really annoying when you like the podcast as much as I do.
10. Texas - Hank, things to like about texas: we have all biomes and those biomes change constantly, San Antonio Mexican food, the Stock Show and Rodeo (anywhere, any size), all aesthetically cowboy things (boots, chaps, hats, ect), the cultures (German, Czech, Mexican, Latin American, ect.), small towns (and their charm), Buc-ee’s , Slovacek’s, HEB, the variety of food in downtown Houston (but not the traffic there, and not Tex Mex food), A&M or UT (not both, pick A&M), the real wacky history (and that we got away with being a country for like years, like how did we not get attacked and squashed), and the accent (“Howdy Y’all”). That’s just off the top of my head Hank. Also I love this podcast and I love the dynamic of you and Catherine and hearing about your lives and experiences. /, you get a / when you acknowledge that there are cool things about Texas. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
Explore the unknown with us. Conspiracy Theories, Aliens, Paranormal, Demons, Occult, Bigfoot, Reptilians, Cryptozoology, Conspiracies, Supernatural, UFOs. We seek the truth & provide the most interesting, thought-provoking questions & conspiracies. Dedicated to seeking the truth & waking the masses. https://www.TheoriesoftheThirdKind.com
Release date: 2023-02-23
1. Fishy - It is extremely irritating that theres independent, well researched, passionate individuals who have made amazing podcasts. The creators focused on and researched the same topics this show does. To no avail however. !! Why? Well, due to limited funds, unwarranted censorship, deliberate supression from podcast hosting apps/networks/servers and meddling , the hard working truth-tellers dont stand a chance. It doesn't matter that this podcast is not /th as informative, researched or based. Because this podcast is financed by a group that has an incentive to keep the truth coralled. This show is what we call “controlled opposition “ OR “limited hangout” . Just Kidding NSA!! , you’re programming is fine. Please dont have your goons SWAT me!!
2. Great set ups and professional but funny - Aaron and Dan are hilarious but serious about every topic they address… Too bad we cant all live burn a bleezy together … I bet dans eyes get extra low jk love you guys . Waiting for the bledso alien family encounter episode as well as an episode on scripted war propaganda like the pulling down statue of Sadem Husain in Iraq- staged
3. My new favorite podcast! - What’s up guys!? Firstly I would like to say thank you for putting out such awesome content! I am a pro wrestling enthusiast (WrestlingWithRonzilla on IG and TikTok) - and work long hours at a manufacturing company. I used to listen to hours or hours of pro wrestling podcasts. That is until I found you guys. Such awesome topics, conversations, and personalities. Also - no obnoxious ads and schilling. Stars like a Mr. Perfect match. Peace! (Wrestling with)Ronzilla
4. Best theories podcast!! - Hi Aaron and Dan! I want to start by saying how much I enjoy listening to you both. I love the friendship you two have and I love the energy you guys bring to the podcast. By the way, I love all the jokes. Overall, your podcast has pretty good ratings, but I was curious to see what the star reviews had to say. I did have a good laugh reading what people have to complain about but regardless, people are always going to have something negative to say. Regardless of your political stance, I appreciate you both for your character. Anyway, I love this podcast so much that I became a Patreon member and IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT! You guys are the only people I’m willing to pay for Patreon. FOR LISTENERS: If you like this podcast and your NOT a Patreon member, you need to become one asap! Love you and proud of you both!
5. Great podcast - They do the research and put it all together fantastically I’ve been listening to the podcast for about a month now I listened to allot of them back to back while at work or during my hour drive to and from .. it’s been allot of laughs and the montauk chair is awesome I’m still in the earlier episodes but I’ll be caught up soon Bigfoot
6. Love this podcast - Some people take their podcast too seriously but I love that this one is so casual. I feel apart of the conversation with these guys, it feels like I’m listening in on a wild conversation with my friends after a fatty and sometimes they take the words right out of my mouth :,) sometimes some of their ideas are a lil crackpot theory-Ish but that’s part of what I love! They get my mind going and I try to imagine scenarios in which their craziest ideas could work. Definitely a great podcast to listen to if you’re a weirdo pothead love these guys!
7. Ears rejoicing at the sound of your podcast!! - Gotta love the hosts from old to new y’all are amazing keep up the hard work I’m in season now listening to the dulce base episode that one is so riveting describing the different entities that are down there but anyway keep up the hard work and keep being amazing my ears rejoice at the sound of your podcast!!! Special request I’d like to hear more about your personal theories on Banning the CIA
8. Obsessed - Sorry for the weird review name I don’t know how to change it. My nickname is Zee. I absolutely love your podcast. I love how thought provoking and intriguing it is. I love how you all don’t include your personal political views: it’s like a breath of fresh air. There’s verrrrryyyy minimal dead air or awkward pauses. I love how you bleep out F words and content isn’t that vulgar, but funny enough for a woman to enjoy. The chemistry between the various friendships on the show is so wholesome and feels like I could be friends with you all. Everyone’s personality is so vital to the show and just adds to the quality. I think you all are so much fun and I wish you the most success with the show. Special request: Can you do another episode about machine elves? My friend tripped and he encountered these hierarchical beings that kept asking for me (I’ve never tripped before) and said I was their greatest work. I’m so curious about them and want to trip, but I’m just scared what I’ll see. Thank you!!
9. The best of the best - I can’t help but love this type of material, and after looking and listening around for a podcast that can properly dive into this type of stuff, I can forsure say that this one is the best. The hosts, tone, pace, structure, and material are all fantastic. I’ll add too - don’t apologize for going into backstories! I personally find it fascinating and feel it adds a dimension that other podcasts don’t, such as with the Betty & Barney Hill episode or the Time Traveling one. Keep it up!
10. Excellent! - I listen to this when I do my morning routine.It’s very entertaining,and full of knowledge.Everyday stuff that we never think about.I actually give all the theories and information on various subjects,and topics.There is also a good chunk of history we were never taught in school.I can’t say enough good about this show, it’s just a great way to start off my morning or anytime of the day ,for that matter.Great show guys!!!
11. New listener - I stumbled upon your podcast and I’m listening out of order. I really enjoy the content and I’m listening to the pyramids episode and I’m sorry I just cannot stand the females voice. It’s really hard to follow along when she speaks other than that I wish you guys would talk a little bit more in depth when you’re talking about your Thursday series, but I’ll keep listening
12. Bigfoot - Love the show! The structure is what does it for me. Sometimes I wish y’all would let that rabbit run during the facts section, but I understand, and appreciate, the importance of keeping fact and speculation separate. I deliver for a big company, and have spent every day for the past weeks binging your show. The shows with only Dan and Aaron feel like they flow the smoothest, jokes and all. Dan has a great personality and I enjoy hearing it come out between facts and findings. Aaron is brilliant and obviously genuinely cares about the show and it’s content. I will miss Anna (Annie?) but I think this was a good stepping stone for her on her path. She has a wonderful mind. She will be missed- tangents and all. Anyways, lower the volume on your ads and you’ve got a perfect show. Much love from Texas
13. Dope - I love you guys, love ur vibe, and content. I like you and Cult of Conspiracy, But i like you better bc you are more professional, articulate, and you respect ppl. The CoC like to bash transgender and gay ppl a lot. See my child is trans, ik for a fact now this is real. He was this way before he knew what it even meant. But I digress, you guys are smart enough to not alienate ur audience, and great topics to boot. Also i found something last night. Turns out the Wright brothers were not the first to fly, someone did it two years earlier and it was reported around the world but was then covered up. Check it out
14. Great info! - I love how much research these guys put into every topic. They provide the research info then go into multiple theories regarding the info so you can decide what you think is possible & research further. They also deliver the material in a pleasant manner which can’t be said for all podcasts. They cover everything I want to know about what’s going on in the world that isn’t covered by mainstream media. Highly recommend /. Great work guys!
15. Baseless theories and accusations - Tried this out because I thought the Simpson’s one was fun. Stumbled across Pizzagate and realized what garbage nonsense this podcast is. They’re making assumptions based on words and yet years later there has literally been no proof any of these garbage conspiracies are true. Law enforcement found. Nothing but these sherlocks are cracking the case? Good grief, people are dumb. Just some morons peddling conservative talking points that Qanon loving idiots gobble up. Use your brain and flip the switch. I also love how they say they “aren’t political” but have at least three podcasts slandering major Democratic leaders . Why don’t you look into the Trump family if you’re so bipartisan. Hard eye roll.
16. Binge worthy - I stumbled on this podcast a little over a month ago and let me tell you I was hooked since the first episode. I listen to or a day and now I have to wait a whole week for the next one. I listen to it mostly when I’m cooking and when a family member passes by they stop to listen too. Highly recommend
The Gray Area with host Sean Illing is a philosophical take on culture, politics, and everything in between. We don’t pretend to have the answers, but we do offer a space for real dialogue. Resist certainty, embrace ambiguity, and get some cool takes on a very hot world. Formerly the Vox Conversations podcast. New episodes drop every Monday and Thursday.
Release date: 2023-03-02
1. So happy to highlight the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary culture - Philosophy is not something separate from day-to-day culture. It reflects and is part of that culture. The questions of what does it mean to live a “good,” or “virtuous” life (what what, if anything, is the difference) are always with us, but not always foregrounded. Thanks to Sean and the Gray Area Team for doing that for us. I, for one, am always questioning, and I’m grateful for the good company.
2. Less complaints and more constructive talks? - It might be due to the self-claimed pessimism of the host, although many interesting subjects have been covered, lots of them are imbued with an almost juvenile flavor of cynicism (there are occasionally gems though). As someone who genuinely embraces progressive ideals and is pained by of myriad of man-made problems, the amount of complaints/blames the host dwells on, however lightly, makes me cringe sometimes. I can’t think of another podcast, true crime about injustice included, that brings down my mood as often as this one. I wish more time was spent on constructive thinking on potential solutions, or even just broadening the perspective a bit. It often doesn’t feel like being in a gray area but a limbo.
3. Taking Nietzsche Seriously - I never understood Nietzsche until this podcast. Listened to it times and slowed down Matt’s responses so I could really hear him clearly. I sent it to my yr old granddaughter and we have enjoyed a true bonding over the contrasts between aristocratic radicals, democratic socialists, and the far right’s embrace of fascism. Excellent.
4. Gray Matter: thoughtful, yet disappointingly reformist. - Sean is obviously a thoughtful reporter and the show has solid production value. This, ultimately, does not make up for its police-apologist assertions highlighted in recent episodes. When discussing the blue wall of silence, Sean, referring to an archived interview of Derecka Purnell , states “she said the goal [of abolitionism] was to eradicate violence from society.” He posited that this is incongruent with his “first principle objection” that society will always have violence. All of this seems reasonable if it was not founded on a mischaracterization of Purnell’s overarching claims and, importantly, her literal words. Purnell actually stated that abolitionists are “also trying to figure out how to prevent violence.” Both the examination and prevention of state-based violence and crime production are, indeed, abolitionist principles. In order to address the latter, Purnell encouraged concerted efforts towards analysis and restructuring how society is organized to address the root causes of violence. She then introduces what genuine, robust accountability may entail, which, by definition, acknowledges that some amount of wrongs will continue to be done in society. So, suggesting that abolitionism - a heterogenous project and politic - is fundamentally flawed due to a mischaracterization is pretty malign. Just wanted to clarify for the record. The above critique is only beefing in good faith, though, as I do think the show is thoughtful and of value.
5. Gives a platform to intellectually lazy narratives - I’ve heard some good episodes but the February edition on police abolition cancels out the good ones. The guest’s narrative was essentially “let’s create utopia and there will be no need for police.” Left unsaid is the alternative vision exists nowhere. The host asked softball questions and didn’t really contest anything the guest was claiming.
6. Every episode encompasses a great conversation. - This has become my favorite podcast. I don’t remember how I stumbled across this one, but I find it’s the one I look forward to the most. The host is really good at giving his guest space to explain their views on the topic, and injecting enough questions to clarify their points, as opposed to the argumentative and combative approach I generally experience listening to similar programs.
7. Such a thoughtful Show - Not sure why it took me so long to find Sean Illing, but it’s nice to have a voice, and a Southern voice so full of curiosity and kindness and intelligence. I listen to a number of podcasts with lots of different interviewing styles and I’m constantly surprised by Sean’s knowledge and eagerness to hear what his guests know. He’s a rare bird who talks to an amazing array of thinkers and doers. And that’s what I like about this show in particular is it so often seems like someone just striving to know how to live better in the World. Good stuff.
8. Informative Optimism - This podcast is the most wonderful blend of social/political/economic/philosophical topics. Sean has been adept at steering these conversations and pushing for clarification in the places it’s needed most. Even the fill in hosts are fantastic. The guests have been stellar and some of the topics covered have actually made me pause to think and reflect on my own previously established views. Thank you Sean & the rest of The Gray Area team - you help me feel not just more informed, but genuinely more optimistic about the world and where we’re headed. And that’s no small feat!
9. Boys and Men - Great review of what teachers see all the time. The name for the skills that boys are missing are executive functioning skills/ planning, organization, time management, task initiation etc....things I teach in my students with "emotional disturbance " but if you watch any th grade boy... they all need it! Anyway I wanted to share knowledge of this particular episode. New to the podcast and happy to add it to my repertoire!
10. Keep it up! - Im a subscriber from the Vox Conversations days, and for a while I kept this podcast in my feed without really listening to it, but I have to comment because the topics recently have been amazing—fascinating, big picture but relevant, and very compelling. And thank you Sean for getting personal with Dr. Mate without backing away or shame spiraling!
11. Brian Muraresku - I love Sean Illing’s interview style and this episode harkens back to his phenomenal Future Perfect work. I’m so glad Brian popped onto my radar through this feed. I can’t wait to read his book. Thank you Vox! Sean - I’ve loved you a long time as my first review suggests. Your interview with Gabor Mate is one of your best. Huge thanks from one struggling (but learning) parent to another.
12. Gregory Burns - A brilliant episode that really helped illuminate the limits of our understanding of consciousness, while showing what we can understand and thereby thereby gain the ability to choose how to conceive of ourselves. Loved it when Mr. Burns said something along the lines of “enabling us to tell better stories about ourselves.”
13. The Inevitable: Dispatches on the right to die - This episode on the thorny, difficult issues on decisions about one’s own death is sensitive, thorough, and helpful. As the daughter of a loving mother who died of Alzheimer’s after many years spent with no memory of yesterday or tomorrow, I know that I do not want to live like that. But most states that allow residents to choose to end their life require that the person be mentally competent when they make that decision. I would like to know more about that aspect of my right to die, while I still have the cognitive abilities to make that decision for my future self. I will start with this book. Thank you .
14. great show, but. . . - Sean, I have been listening to your interviews for some time and have become a true fan, so I was happy to see you get your own show. My only complaint is that your theme music is pretty awful. It doesn’t do you justice. It’s super bland. Maybe you just haven’t found the right tune yet—keep searching.
15. A good, thought-provoking show with one predictable flaw… - So far I’ve enjoyed this podcast. Sean facilitates each conversation well and the guests have been engaging and topically wide-ranging. The premise of the show (as I understand it) - that philosophy is anything but esoteric, that it effects our lives in important and immediate ways everyday - is spot on. There’s only one problem: While the guests so far have discussed diverse topics based on varied secondary worldviews, the underlying philosophy that is common to all of them is secular humanism. Some have been optimistic humanists, some pessimistic; some have been agnostic, some atheist, some maybe even “religious”; but what they all seem to have in common is fundamental presuppositions that: ) serious belief in a personal, immanent, knowable God is antiquated and unproductive, and ) human reason (or imagination) must be the beginning and end of all truth/meaning. This narrow consideration results in the naïveté and incoherence that many of the guests so far have exhibited. Most secular Westerners today believe that the majority of religious people are either fanatic, afraid, angry, or dumb. For the majority of human history, the men and women who have shaped philosophy, culture, politics, etc., have at least been open to the possibility that a real, personal God exists, and that the assertions of a religion might be objectively true and useful. I’m biased, but I’d love to see an intelligent, compassionate Christian philosopher - someone in the intellectual heritage of Cornelius Van Til or Alvin Plantinga - come on and discuss the possibility of faith in the objective truth of Christianity in the (post-)modern world. I’ll continue to listen to this podcast, but I suspect that, as is often the case with narrowly secular projects like this, conversation about the “big questions” of philosophy will eventually become redundant, predictable, and unsatisfying.
16. Hannah Arendt episode - Sean Illing’s interview with Prof. Lyndsey Stonebridge on Hannah Arendt, posted on April , , is worth giving Conversations -stars regardless of any other episode. This interview is a lucid introduction to ideas that are essential now. Thank you so much. I will listen a second time and take notes and send it to friends as well.
17. A death with dignity is a life with dignity - As a cancer survivor (three times), a stroke survivor, a suicide researcher, and mental health clinician of years, I was thrilled to hear a nuanced, engaging, and existential exploration of death, the meanings of dignity, and the American culture of death denialism. While I don’t share Sean’s concerns about “slippery slopes,” I appreciate his desire to offer a counterbalance to a “death by demand” ethos.
18. Invitation to Reflective Thinking - The Gray Area is an outstanding Vox philosopher series. Sean and the team offer an outstanding invitation to reflective thinking that seems to move public philosophy forward in the service of helping listeners make sense of the world around us. Well done Sean and Vox
19. Thoughtful and intelligent - I just listened to your podcast on religion in America, and found it very interesting. This is the nd one I’ve listened to, the first being the one with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Also very interesting. Your comments about what religion is and it’s purpose among humans is insightful and something I realized a long time ago. Religion has always been about power. Belief is another thing entirely, and speaks to a deeply human need, or perhaps needs. And I agree that the trend is to distance from organised religion, but I’m not sure the heavy emphasis on the “refusal” to identify with a religion or religious category ( like “Christian”) is accurate. You make it sound like an angry choice, which is not necessarily the case. Personally, I simply don’t need to be told what to believe. I’m quite capable of figuring that out for myself. Ditto for how to live my life, and the value of other beings, human and otherwise. I also don’t like being manipulated, and religion does that in spades. For me, the choice is more positive, to explore various ideas, and work with the ones that resonate with me. And my claimed identity as “spiritual but not religious” is quite literal. I particularly like the Dalai Lama’s statement, “My religion is kindness.” There was a great deal more to your ideas than I have addressed here, but it was all good. Thank you for a refreshingly intelligent discussion.
20. Simplistic, elitist just-so stories - Interesting topics…but I keep finding myself disappointed with the host. The episodes often involve compelling guests, many whom are interviewed about thought provoking books they recently wrote on various topics…but then the host spins their otherwise thoughtful conclusions into elitist just-so stories that reduce complex social phenomena to the stupidity/delusions of one’s political opponents. January th, for instance? A politics driven by delusions and coded racial resentments. That isn’t totally false…but there is obviously a lot more going on here than delusional people presumably less intelligent than the host or his listeners. To get at that unexplained thing, at that more interesting question, we need to ask questions about context. How is Facebook involved? What is it like for people to pay taxes? What is ‘the state’ for conservative believers of the Great Lie? How do revolutions in the media (Star Wars, the Hunger Games, etc) shape how these people understand themselves and what they are doing? We need to ask and ask and ask until we understand how WE would behave as these people did, given the same information, in the same context, under the same circumstances. Concluding—as he so often does—that there is something wrong with those people, some mistake they made that WE wouldn’t make, something about them that makes them inferior to US is just intellectual laziness; it demonstrates a preference for sloppy, progressive identity affirming just-so stories rather than genuine empathy or a real curiosity about what the world looks like from someone else’s shoes. I think this show would be a lot more interesting if the host was more humble and willing to take on the work in his questions and interviews of understanding contexts in ways that don’t reduce them to the misguided mistakes of wrong, inferior Others.
Beginner friendly if listened to in order! For anyone interested in an educational podcast about philosophy where you don't need to be a graduate-level philosopher to understand it. In chronological order, the thinkers and ideas that forged the world we live in are broken down and explained.
Release date: 2023-02-02
1. This is hands down my favorite podcast. - Stephan West’s Philosophize This! is a great podcast to listen to whether you’re a newbie to philosophy or not. Every episode (and I’ve listened to all of them) is relevant and thought provoking. Stephan West is really good at making what are usually difficult philosophical topics understandable, easy to follow, and enjoyable.
I am supremely grateful for this show. The vibes are great, the content worthwhile and informative. My day is made brighter every time I see a new episode. Thank you Stephan West!
2. Extraordinary from episode - A brilliantly conceived and easy to listen to approach to philosophy from the earliest history of humans. Constantly worth revisiting episodes to see what Stephen has to say on an idea, or a philosopher. Having sampled many other philosophy shows, I find them to be anywhere from useless, to meh, to downright irritating. This is Stephen West’s calling, and with the assistance of this podcast, I continue to learn how to open my mind, set aside personal biases (which Stephen does VERY well for the good of the show), and think through various ideas and concepts in a way I never imagined I would. It’s like waking up for the first time.
3. Important podcast - Title important sounds little over the top but this is truly the most consolidated and digestible source of philosophy I have ever come across. This is important because these podcasts demonstrate various modes of thinking that honestly every person should at least be aware of. Centuries of philosophy compiled into bite size samples. Even if people choose not to subscribe to or use philosophy in their life, all people should have the opportunity to be exposed to these ideas. This podcast is a wonderfully delightful and easy way to do that. Thanks for the excellent podcast!
4. SR - My college age son introduced me to the Phosophize This! podcast. I started off a bit skeptical but quickly found the material to be even handed, detailed and filled with modern context. It is clearly not the typical approach of “philosophy is so high and mighty you can’t understand it”. Great job and I look forward to more episodes.
5. Amazing guy, Fantastic show! - Greetings from Iran!
I practically stumbled upon your podcast by chance and instantly became a fan. Your humble and down-to-earth manner, precise info, and easy-to-follow script have combined to create a fantastic podcast. I wish you all the best. Thank you for philosophize this!
6. Ten Minutes until my Popcorn Chicken is Ready - So—
I’ve been a listener of this show for YEARS. I’ve moved cities, changed jobs, changed relationships, and Stephen (plus the long list of thinkers he features on the show) are like reliable friends who helped me through many crossroads in life. The Creation of Meaning series definitely helped me rebuild my life during the pandemic. If you’re new, you have a lot of catching up to do, but it’s worth it. Give what you can, chums! This is a podcast gem.
7. How I love this podcast - Let me count the ways:
Stephen West is an incredible speaker, conveyer of complex ideas, and delivers arcane philosophies with humor and insightful musings. I absolutely can’t get enough of this podcast. I’ve been listening for years and have recommended it to almost everyone I know. West is the teacher I never had in college, and I continue to marvel at how he does these episodes so seamlessly, and so well. Absolutely brilliant. I want to thank him for enriching my life.
8. West Star - This podcast changed my entire life. It was the ripple I needed. It created a need/drive to figure out why things are, which has led to my own self discovery and MONUMENTAL change. I am a better human. I am mentally awake. I am no longer on auto pilot. I am happier. Thank you for your contribution.
9. Excellent content, well presented - I so enjoy this podcast series. Today was yet another wonderful presentation. It was on Bruno Latour, someone I’d heard lecture several times—probably in mid s. It was a delight to revisit some of his thinking & hear it discussed again. He has a couple of recent books and he was interviewed on a France Culture podcast earlier this year. Please do another episode or two? —thank you!
10. / - A true gem of a podcast…
It is so refreshing to have a podcast acting as source of knowledge driven by someone with a pure love of philosophy and the nature of learning in general. I’ve been listening for nearly a year now, and it has been such a nice go-to for additional insight on the theories I’ve been learning as an undergrad studying philosophy. This guy really does his research and put his heart into these podcasts for nothing more than the enrichment of his listeners lives. In an era of perpetual commodification, I can’t emphasize enough how important people like him are and how much meaning this podcast has brought my life! An inspiration to all, highly recommend.
11. Great stuff - Super late to the party. Just recently discovered this podcast and it almost immediately became top on my listening priorities. Coming from a musician that says a lot. Love the content and the way is presented. No need to describe every aspect of it, just all around good pace, vocab, and background info when felt needed.
12. A - It took a long time to find a podcast that was everything it was supposed to be. This podcast has to be, for me, the best podcast I’ve listened too. I love that there is no long, unrelated to the material intro. Stephen West shows masterful understanding and delivery of the work and really brings these Philosophers to life. I hope to be helping contribute through patreon soon, because I don’t want there to ever be a final episode and not having the ads to add extra time to the episodes has been really nice. Thank you, again, Mr. West for making the decision to start this podcast.
13. Excellent content - full stop. - Starting from the very first episode to the very latest, this podcast is genuinely sincere in it’s delivery of philosophical concepts in a way that is plainly spoken and devoid of unnecessary pedantry. It has served as a great starting point for my own learning and exploring content that can be very difficult to comprehend. I highly recommend this podcast, I have listened to every episode, in order, over this last summer on car trips, while doing chores around the house, and sometimes just sitting still and listening on my sofa. I’ve gone on to read a couple of books discussed in the podcast, and I always am eagerly awaiting the next installment!
14. Unusually entertaining and deeply insightful - Love this podcast. It’s both entertaining and deeply insightful. Each episode is like a four course meal of philosophical thought distilled down into a power bar of easy to digest podcast goodness. If you want to understand the different schools of thought that influence our culture don’t miss this simple yet brilliant podcast.
The Art of Manliness Podcast aims to deepen and improve every area of a man's life, from fitness and philosophy, to relationships and productivity. Engaging and edifying interviews with some of the world's most interesting doers and thinkers drop the fluff and filler to glean guests' very best, potentially life-changing, insights.
Release date: 2023-03-01
1. Life Changing Episodes - I’ve been listening since early and have learned so much over the years. All the podcasts have been entertaining, and I’ve been introduced to a veritable library of authors and great subjects. Almost all of my personal improvements had their starts in AoM podcasts and articles. My nutrition, mindset, habits and fitness (thanks Brett, Erwan and MovNat!) are all better and sourced directly from AoM. Thanks, keep it coming and “get action.”
2. Great show! - I have had the privilege of listening to The Art of Manliness starting from about / till now. Great speakers and great growth in mind, body and spirit has resulted from my listens. Brett has a great business/mission. What a dream job it would be to help impact the world in this way. Stay manly.
3. Interesting and inspiring - Brett covers such a wide range of topics and all are interesting. Every episode is either entertaining and interesting or offers a great self-improvement matieral. He is a terrific interviewer and offers a ton of follow-up content along side each show. I can’t tell you how many great books I’ve found and how many things I’ve learned while on my commute or doing the dishes. Cannot reccommend this show enough!
4. Longtime listener - and I’m a woman - So grateful to Brett McKay for the variety of guests he brings on the podcast. I’ve discovered authors and books that are hidden gems, found a coach and made lasting changes in my life. I am NOT a part of the target audience - so some of the episodes aren’t relevant to me. But the vast majority of the content is. I find myself reaching for AoM over other more well-known podcasts for the quality of content, Brett’s thoughtful questions and the space he gives his guest.
Huge Thank You from a long time listener. Highly highly recommend.
5. Great series over a variety of topics for men - I resolved a while ago to stop listening to music on the commute to work and replace it with something more formal. AoM does not disappoint and have been a fan of the site for years and the podcast more than delivers. Have taken many good lessons from AoM and look forward to every podcast. Thanks for everything you do Brett
6. The Life We’re Looking For - Profound talk. One of the most impactful and insightful podcasts I have ever heard. I have shared it with several friends and family members. I am listening to the book, and I find myself playing with the ideas he raises and exploring how to live this way. I thoroughly enjoy The Art of Manliness, and this is one of the best episodes. Thank you!
7. Consistently good - Been listening to this program for years now and the content is exceptional. Bret Hosts with great questions for his guests and keeps the conversation interesting even when the guest is not. Most of the guest are authors of recent books. I find most of the shows are on topics that interest me. Check it out.
8. Diverse, thought provoking and down right entertaining - Anytime people ask me “What Podcast do you listen to?” I always respond “The Art of Manliness”. The AOM Podcast provides a diverse range of content to the different sectors of a man’s life aiding in personal development whether that’s fitness, finance, historical knowledge, relationships, mental and spiritual. I’m continually amazed at how prepared Brett is for each of his guests and he always asks great questions. It amazes me how consistent he stays week in and week out to find these diverse topics to discuss and how fast he’s able to read the authors books. Some of my personal favorites in recent past have been : Building a Second Brain, : Men Without Chests, : What’s the Most Sustainable Diet, : Two Halves of the Warrior’s Life, : The Epic Exploits of Kit Carson and : The Rise of Secular Religion and the New Puritanism. Check out AOM podcast for some awesome content that’s bound to make a you a better man.
9. Fantastic Resource - I’ve been listening to AOM for several years and continue to find it as one of the most valuable resources for men on the internet. Brett does a great job interviewing his guests, always respectful and engaging, and doesn’t talk over guests. Aside from the podcast, the Sunday Fireside posts (articles) are my favorite aspect of AOM. They are always thoughtfully written, often on a subject or perspective I may not have thought much about. If you haven’t checked out the show, I strongly recommend it.
10. My Map Into Manhood - I started reading the AoM when I was in high school and it has been a regular read or listen ever since. I have looked to the content put forth by AoM to be a resource in my transition into adult manhood. Going from a young man preparing for college to now a husband and father who is established in his career, AoM has been there every step of the way with guidance to navigate life as a true gentleman should. I could write an essay on the numerous ways Brett and Kate McKay’s work has impacted me and helped me grow but rather I recommend you listen to the show and dive into the content on the website yourself, because it will change your life for the better. There is no better resource, free or purchased, rooted in truth, and wholistic in its approach than AoM.
11. Simply the best - I love this podcast. Brett is a fantastic interviewer and has curated a fascinating and far reaching list of subjects that surely anyone would be hard pressed not find several of interest. Many podcasts are informative and quite a few provide great nuggets on ways that can lead to self improvement. The only difficulty I have with it is that there is so much amazing content that I want to listed to them all, which can get in the way of more fully putting them into action…of course that’s all self inflicted and my goal for
12. So many good interviews and books - I really enjoy the show and how it introduces me to books and authors I would not otherwise learn about from my other media sources. I appreciate the range of topics and how he find people who elevate the conversation (especially on topics of health, exercise, self-morality). It is a wonderful change from other traditional sources.
13. Very engaging - Brett gets me thinking about things I wouldn’t as a course of my normal day. This podcasts offers support for men who want to be pillars of foundation for their marriage, families, church, community and country. Brett, please attempt to reduce the number of times you use the word “like”.
14. One of the Best - I've been listening to the Art of Manliness for years now and it is defintely one of my top listens. Useful and interesting topics covered in a non-biased manner (a true breath of fresh air amongst so much rhetoric and opinion out there). I have shared multiple episodes with friends and family - and not just men! Keep up the great work, Brett!
15. Quality, Entertaining, and Useful - The AoM podcast checks the boxes for making a great podcast. Depending on the mood that I’m in, I can almost always find an episode to fit what I need. If I’m feeling inquisitive, there are plenty of episodes to quench that thirst for knowledge; if I’m looking to simply be entertained, there are wonderful episodes to fit that bill; if I am looking for specific information on a certain topic from leadership to relationships to being good at doing “manly” things, I can satisfy those needs too. Don’t be turned off by the name - Brett does a wonderful job of not being toxically masculine. Be sure to also check out his website for wonderful information that he and his wife Kate have assembled over the past decade plus now!
16. A long time favorite - I’ve seen podcasts come and go over the years but this is the most consistent in terms of production quality and usefulness. It does a great job of balancing intellectual and aspirational content, with pragmatic advice. The integration of the podcast with other media on the site are also top notch, it’s a great content ecosystem. I wish it existed sooner, and I hope it continues into the future. Thanks!
17. Great content, well-produced. - As an avid podcast listener on multiple topics and formats, AOM is the one podcast I consistently return to. Brett is an outstanding interviewer and I love the breadth and depth of the episodes. I also like the fact that the episodes aren’t overly lengthy—usually less than minutes. I am truly grateful for the learning and personal development I have experienced from this podcast. Keep up the great work!
18. One of my favorites - When Brett started, he was obviously not a professional producer of audio. This has improved dramatically over now more than podcasts. The topics vary from ones of great interest to me to others of only glancing interest. But, sometimes I cannot evaluate how much I might learn until I listen. It is now one of my favorite subscriptions and a definite addition to the web site. Updated: Now with well over podcasts and new intro music, which is a great improvement just in how it comes over the speakers, Brett is even more of an every day listen. Topics vary, and so does my level of interest. But, Brett always gets you a take-away that makes the listen worthwhile.
19. Excellent leadership podcast - The topics Bret covers really touch on the core of leadership - both leadership of self and others. There’s no other podcast that’s taught me more about self-awareness and being a person than AoM’d podcast. And Brett is an incredible interviewer - he asked excellent and thoughtful questions to help get his speaker to share the deepest insights from his work. You can tell he’s such a great guy with so much passion for living life and curiosity for the world around him. I just wish he lived in Brooklyn so we could be friends. This podcast deserves to be part of your weekly diet of listening.
20. My Favorite Podcast! - I have been listening to the Art of Manliness podcast for years. It’s really the only podcast that I listen to consistently. Brett does a great job of choosing authors and subject matter experts to bring on the podcast and he draws out meaningful information on men’s topics. The Art of Manliness site covers men’s style, strength, skills, and social aspects and goes back the roots of philosophy to help guide men of today. Thanks AoM!
21. Excellent interviews with interesting people - Brett Mckay is an excellent interviewer. Gets the most out of his guests, who are likely engaged on a long interview circuit. The Art of Manliness has an interesting origin story, and Brett and his wife Kate deserve a lot of credit for what they have built. This podcast is one of the only sources of entertainment I consume that is consistently uplifting. I’m grateful to have found it. I wrote a review for this years ago and now I’m updating it now with new text. The five star rating has never changed.
22. AOM review - I have enjoyed the AOM podcasts for about five years. They are an excellent way to use my frequent commute times to consider one of the many interesting topics the show features. The episodes are invariably informative and interesting and I look forward to future episodes. As for critique, there are two areas where the shows occasionally disappoint. The first is Brett’s reliance on “faux simile”. He can resort to “like” as frequently as the most accomplished Valley Girl. At times to distraction. The second is the excessive courtesy he often grants guests. Frequently claims are made with no, or specious, support. Fleshing out this missing support, or requiring explanation of its absence would make the shows even better. This doesn’t have to devolve to overt confrontation, but holding “experts” accountable for their claims is an important role for the host of educational programming. Keep up the good work. I look forward to future shows.
23. Not just for men - I started listening at the beginning of the pandemic and have enjoyed the variety of the AOM podcast has had in these few years. I have even gone through the archives and found some treasures there. As a man, the subjects they touch on are very much of interest to me, yet I’ve been able to share some of these with my wife for her benefit. Thanks and keep up the good work on here and your website.
Conversations with Coleman is home to honest conversations with leading intellectuals on polarised issues in the realm of race, politics and culture in the West.
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. Good Palestinian Israeli conflict discussion that’s missing Arab perspective - Overall good podcast on Palestinian Israeli conflict. Would be nice to have a podcast from the perspective of the Arabs not just Israeli side. dr. Benny Morris often softens the actions of Israel when trying to paint a picture of the history of the conflict. An Arab historian on the conflict would have been appropriate to counter claims that were necessarily wrong but watered down perhaps.
2. New/No thank you - I am new and just recently listening to a bunch of these, but definitely need to cut ties after listening to the trans and women’s rights episode. The host is lovely, very intelligent, great ideas, great conversationalist, and really a very good interviewer. But most of his views on trans people made me physically ill, I’m curious how many trans friends he has. But I guess he can’t be a total expert on every topic he does an episode on. And there was sooo much they just didn’t understand/respect about the queer community, even the meaning of the word ! I guess it’s just a moral difference.
3. Recent essay - I loved your recent essay on color blindness. I am more of an objective viewed person working in the Imaging field with CT and MRI technology so quite literally I am blind to color of skin because everyone on the inside is shades of gray when looking at most of our imaging. The literal interpretation of being color blind is always the response I hear when having discussions, even with people so intelligent to be in the medical field - which is sad. It closes the door for discourse pointedly in your face and sometimes opens the door for criticism against you as if you are the problem. It hurts my heart many times and has occasionally lost me potential friendships, and to include my relationship with my parents who were so adamant for equality and color blindness as I was raised. I hope to utilize your “warm hearted” example to not only explain my heart in the matter more clearly, but to keep the discussion focused where I believe there is way more common ground than what would be assumed by the opposing argument. Keep up the good work on this. Much loved.
4. Finally - There’s finally a research and information podcast by someone who genuinely wants all the info. I absolutely love these analysis on interesting, entertaining, philosophical topics. Can’t say enough great things, I’m excited to being subscribing and supporting more of this amazing individual.
5. Amazing interviewer - I’m constantly impressed with Coleman Hughes' ability to direct a conversation with astute, surprising, perfectly timed insights. Just listened to the episode with Briahna Gray, who describes herself at one point as “a vapid MSNBC host” (more aptly than I think she realizes). This interview is a staggering feat of patience and prudence by Hughes. Gray emits a torrent of very dubious arguments with little sense of how weak her ideas really are. Meanwhile, Hughes carefully selects threads to pull in a way that moves things forward and draws out key differences without falling into familiar, stale political battles. (Battles I’m certain Coleman would win if he chose to go that route.) Bravo.
6. New listener on the fence - I’ve listened to a couple episodes, and I’m a little on the fence. On the one hand, sometimes you mildly confront a questionable statement by a guest. But on the other hand, the guest’s answer is often accepted without pushback. I’ll keep listening to see where you’re headed, but I wonder what would happen if you allowed yourself to question more assertively. Confrontation helps us shape our thoughts, especially when people feel too certain about complicated issues. Wishing you the best!
7. Disappointing - I love both quilette and Coleman, generally. But the flippant dismissal of the US constitution was more consistent with the breezy hubris of the progressive left, and not what I typically expect from the usually smart, self aware folks on this show. The a and the constitution are not based on some fundamentalist writ from god. They’re based on the frailty of human nature. If such towering intellectuals are convinced that the constitution no longer serves us in this case era, so be it. Make the change. Draw on your best argument, and amend the constitution. There IS a process. Insulting the founders, their work, and the folks who respect both is both arrogant and suggests a lack of serious consideration. Coleman, and ms Lehman, I expect better.
8. Thoughtful and sincere - I am so glad I found this show. I am a mental health professional who deals with these politicized issues on a person-to-person level every day, and I’m struggling to stay supportive while also sensible and balanced. Coleman is both forward-thinking and restrained, and I appreciate all the insight I receive. It helps me to help others. Keep up the good work.
9. Best voice on social justice issues - I’m so tired of hearing stupidity from both sides of the social justice debate. So refreshing to hear an intelligent and nuanced take. Yes he does come down pretty firmly on the ‘anti’ side but as someone who places myself pretty firmly to the left of him on the spectrum I can still appreciate a fundamentally well thought out and principled position like Coleman’s. More people should be listening to him.
10. I don’t always agree with him but he tries to find truth - There are many places Coleman and I would disagree, but I get the sense from listening to him over the years now that he is humble about what he knows, in that he knows that he can be wrong just like all of us, and just like all of us need to be doing, he clearly teaches the idea of listening first and speaking second.
11. Coleman gives me hope - Coleman is wise beyond his years. He resists the bandwagons and factions that tempt most of us at that age and that have captured his generation. His recent episode with Yascha Mounk is brilliant. As political parties and academic discourse gets pulled to the fringes, heterodox thinkers like Coleman may be the last hope for an enlightened path forward
12. Thoughtful! - One of the most even minded, levelheaded podcasts…and continually informative. Coleman Hughes looks at.all sides of an issue and thoughtfully turns it over so that the listener can come to his/her own conclusion. He is always on an even keel and listens well to those that he hosts on his show. He questions them without arguing. A rare talent indeed. With his genuine curiosity to get to an understanding, one can appreciate this show immensely in this time of hyperbole!
13. Refreshing - Coleman Hughes is one of the clearest and most interesting thinkers to come into the philosophical landscape in recent years. The breadth of topics and guests knows no bounds and spans the political left and right. If you don’t want to live in an ideological bubble, give his podcast a listen. Can’t recommend him enough!
14. A Sign of Things to Come. I hope… - The consummate intellectual whose unquenchable thirst for understanding not only provides safe harbor for all points of view, but permits him to engage, explore and most importantly challenge his guests. Thank you for reminding us all of the worth in human discourse. I’ve recommended you to many friends. Keep doing what you do.
15. Thoughtful and thought-provoking - honestly this is one of my favorite podcasts… Coleman is open-minded, curious, smart and unafraid to ask big questions. Good variety of guests and topics… You get the feeling that he wants to grow and learn for its own sake and bring you along on the journey instead of having some agenda… I appreciate his work.
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Release date: 2023-01-24
1. البودكاست جمييييل جدا - انا ابدا ما اسمع بودكاست بس من بعد هذا البودكاست تغيرت وجهة نظري عن البودكاست شكراااا صدق الله يسعدك اضعاف اللي تسعدنا فيه من كلامك وتحفيزك وكأنك حرفيا تتكلم عن ايش قاعد يصير بحياتنا اتمنى تكمل ولا توقف ابدا
2. - سمعت حلقتين من هالبودكاست وكلها بالصدفه بفترات جدا صعبه علي هو نت علي الكلمات هذي كثير الله يجعلها بميزان كاتبها وقائلها ىكل قائم عليها ج زيتم خير ا لكن اتمنى من كل قلبي نسخة بدون موسيقى فضلا منكم لان في نسبة من المستمعين يبغوا يستمتعوا بدونها دمتم سالمين
3. اقرب بودكاست لقلبي - شكرا لك صديقي على كلماتك طبعا بكل مرة ارجع واعيد الحلقات لتأثيرها الكبير والعميق بروحي اتمنى ترجع تنزل حلقاات جديدة بأقرب وقت .. كل الحب والاحترام لك صديقنا ثامر
4. - شكرا جدا على هذا البدوكاست الجميل الي معاملته معاملة مواسات بالنسبه لي حقيقه استمتع في كل كلمه قلتها واستشعرتها وحسيت فيها هذا البودكاست بالنسبه لي حاليا مثل النسمه اللطيفه الدافئه مرت في هذي الفتره الصعبه
Exploding your mind into bits and pieces to show you that the world is NOT what you thought it was!
Release date: 2023-03-01
1. open up that brown eye bro! “It’s hard to follow along” truest thing ever said about this podcast - So now, Jonathan thinks he’s a watcher/God who works for Odin, and he “chose” to become human so that he can save the world through his podcast with an audience of people? My god, put the drugs down! Jacob is by far the dimmest light on the tree, but he sincerely believes he’s an intellectual. It’s laughable, seriously, grow up, contribute to society, and put this terrible show to bed. PS, nobody cares about your story, Jake. Your tease is irrelevant. Did Jacob really just refer to Google as “JEWgle”?!?! Holy moly, already knew you two were simps, but also antisemitic simps? Unbelievable, you should be banned. Also, is every guest on your show a drug addict or what? Hey Jacob, South Korea’s average household income is $,, far from our $,. What are you smoking? You are clueless, quit speaking if you have no clue what you’re talking about! “Especially you, Julia , I just love all the, and all your knowledge of the, and all the stuff that you uh know.” Great job, Johnny.
2. When you ditch Brooke you’ll get stars again - I do not like Brooke. I don’t even like the name now because of this woman. Go listen so Bryan Callen and Brendan Schaub via TFATK, great pod. Sam Tripoli and Bryan in Conspiracy Social Club is dope too. Brooke is the worst and her Q-Anon talk is awful. She is pretty dumb.
3. - - Please just stop! - A few months ago, I ran across you guys and devoured your content. I’ve been very close to supporting you guys. However, the last few casts have been too much. The Q stuff is ridiculous (and I’m a far right conservative), and your teleportation guest is just not believable and was not an engaging guest. Oh! I hope that the show turns around. If not, I’m out of here.
4. andrew tate “throwing up the illuminati sign” - i love your podcast but i was sorta disappointed that johnathan doesnt know that that sign andrew throws up is a hand mudra. Its the yoni mudra, and its used to quiet the mind and promote inner peace. I agree about all the ties with conspiracies but not every little thing is illuminati related.
5. Transphobic trash - I listened to one episode of this, and wish I never had! Clearly, the hosts have been called out on their transphobia in the past as they began the Balenciaga episode, saying how people claim they’re trans phobic, but they really value and preach acceptance. well, apparently, they’re totally delusional because the next words out of their mouthes was to call a trans person a “creature” and mock their appearance. They then go on to imply that trans people and those who dress in drag should not be allowed to work for the government…who cares about the person’s education or level of expertise, if they present themselves in a way these guys don’t understand then that person should be denied a job! Wow….. people really think this mind set is accepting? I’m speechless at the hatred they spewed.
6. Love the show! - You are by far my favorite podcast out there! I love how y’all can have differing opinions and views and still produce such a great show. My only thing I don’t like… is that you guys aren’t full time on the podcast cuz I can’t get enough. I can’t wait until you are! Jacob, can’t wait for you to release yours! Also can’t wait to hear your story you guys mention from time to time. Stay awesome!
7. Love it!! - I find it amazing that most ( if not all) of the negative comments are from Hillary/Biden supporters who think we should just believe everything they tell us. I personally loved the show. I get tired of hearing hollywood’s side of everything, refreshing to hear a podcast from the other side.
8. I love your show. It’s honest and raw - I’ve noticed that the people who leave negative comments are all referring to their political views. These people preaching tolerance need to look up the actual definition of bigot. It’s strong intolerance to different views and beliefs. And who would look at the title of the show and expect mainstream, politically correct babble to begin with? DUH
9. Hilariously bad - Stoners sitting around with no facts (either about “the official narrative” or even their own theories). The / episode starts with them unsure of how many planes there were and saying they were hijacker’s from the WEST coast and then flew for an hour before they crashed! If you’re going to question something, at least know the FACTS of what you’re questioning.They are basing everything on half remembered ideas they’ve seen online. They are so self righteous that they are the ones with open minds seeking the truth while everyone else is a NPC. Yet they simply buy in to every random theory they hear bc it makes them feel good to think they are enlightened and have some kind of vast wisdom allowing them to peak beyond the curtain and see things as they “really” are. It’s hilarious and pretty pathetic. Sad that people who are so high on their own supply get off on feeling so superior when my god are they stupid. There are other very good, well researched and entertaining pods about the same topics and theories from hosts who actually have intriguing arguments that they can actually articulate without sounding like a stereotype of a paranoid stoner loser. It’s so disorganized and full of bunk connections that it may as well be a disinformation campaign to make all theorists seem utterly ridiculous and not worth believing. Anyway, stars
10. Changed my life - Well, my third eye is officially opened. This show has some wild stuff and really changed my entire view on everything. I had an average distrust in the government before but now it’s shot through the roof. If you don’t like to be opened up to all things possible then ignore this show and move on or it will change your life. I hope these guys keep it up cause everything so far has been great. I think an episode on the Mormons would be very interesting.
Does your family think your crazy? So does mine. Join Me, your Host Mystic Mark two or more episodes a week as we discuss out of the box concepts with people who take the road less traveled. From Bizarre Events, Conspiracy, Mystery, Intrigue, Spirituality, Paranormal, Supernatural, Alternative, Ancient, Lost to Forbidden Knowledge Ancient Wisdom and so much more! Not exactly dinner table conversation, Right? ...Join us on The My Family Thinks I’m Crazy Podcast every week where these topics and...
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Mystic Mark is a Legend - The amount of value I get from this pod is unreal. Diversity of guests has something for all seekers. When you’re family thinks your crazy it’s great knowing a community of misfits exists. Mark is a great host who has always been on point but it is amazing to see his evolution from the start of this pod to its current form. Fantastic interviewer fantastic insights. Listen listen. And check out his writings.
2. Great Show! - I was looking for a conspiracy show to listen to and this was the first one that popped up. I’ve been listening for a few months now and mark is great interviewer and has great guests on that provide deep knowledge. This show has opened doors to other interesting pods, thank you for keeping it up!
3. My absolute FAVORITE podcast - I don’t normally write reviews but I feel very compelled to leave on for My Family Thinks I’m Crazy. There’s so much food for thought in this podcast, whether you agree or disagree it’s a great listen. Mark seems truly honored to have his guests on his show and sounds very humble speaking with them even though he’s very well educated himself. I love how long the episodes are, with virtually no ads.. so refreshing. I stumbled upon this podcast a few months ago. I’m bummed I didn’t find it sooner, but so greatful to have it in my life now. I’d really love to thank Mark for how much time and dedication he puts into each episode. From intro to outro, absolutely wonderful! And always “Enjoy the moment, wherever you are in the now!!!” LOVE IT!!
4. Soothing curious open minded dude leads us to awakening - I loooove listening to Mystic Mark! I have learned sooo dang much, been lead to a ton of amazing podcasters and people with valuable information. I’m so lucky to have stumbled across My Family Thinks I’m Crazy podcast. Give it a try, keep an open mind and join Mark in the now!!! You will not regret it (:
5. Mystic Mark bringing heat! - With such an array of guests touching on everything from cryptids to esoteric symbols all around us Mark always comes with great questions and exemplary content. Dig through the archives and I guarantee you will find subjects that you resonate with and learn things you never knew! Respect Mark P.S…more Ari Asulin pleeeeeeeease
6. Marks amazing growth - Not sure what changed w/ show or when show changed. Marks getting pretty arrogant. You get a sense sometimes Mark thinks he's smarter/cooler than his guests. Reminds me of a high school kid who has been experimenting with chemicals for a few months and now thinks hes an expert.
7. My favorite podcast - Everything this guy asks and for the most part says is so well thought out and executed great. Even a lot of the guest are surprised at how good the questions are. Not any mundane interviews here, every episode It seems like mark and the guest just get in that flo. Love the show
8. Just A (Maybe) Small Ask - I have only listened to two episodes. there is a secret sauce there that I wasn’t expecting. My only ask is (and maybe it’s a big ask. idk I don’t know anything about running a podcast) when there is a book mentioned or referenced put it in the notes so I don’t have to replay it?
9. Glad I found this podcast - I just ran across this podcast about a month ago and have been digging in every since. The topics have such variety that I haven’t got bored and the guest are top notch. I can’t wait to see what’s coming in the future. BTW my family probably thinks I’m crazy as well.
10. Best podcast around - Seriously incredible. I literally only listen to you. Your genuineness and light is helping this world wake up. One small critique: we’re all trying to become our own sovereign beings, but some guests on the show seem to pick and choose who this does or doesn’t apply to. For example, your last guest mentioned men should make all decisions in each individual household. I’ve listened to you enough to know when you agree or disagree, and you disagreed but let it slide. Next time, check him (like you wanted to). I’m a man, and so this really really irritated me. Otherwise, thank you for being you .% of the time!
11. Synchronistic sauce! - Discovered Mark through the Tin Foil Hat podcast and decided to listen to a MFTIC episode one day. Been listening steady for over the past year now and continue to look forward to new episodes each week. What I like most about this show is the focus on the beautiful, magical world we live in, the focus on the indigenous people who lived in America and what history of it is still left to discover. It’s not easy having conversations on topics when you have to speculate more than lean on facts, but when you do, you do a phenomenal job with trying to look at all viewpoints of possibilities without persuasion of your opinion. I’ve learned a lot through your show with your knowledge and the guests you have on. Keep up the great work and God Bless!
Take a deep dive into the collected recordings of Alan Watts with Alan’s son, Mark Watts. Being in the Way is a podcast series that explores the Alan Watts Archive’s 100-hour tape collection - including recordings not heard in 40 years. We will meet some of the people being influenced by the works of Alan Watts today and learn a little of the history behind how these remarkable recordings were made. Mark and his guests offer reflections on Alan’s ideas— ideas that were radically inno...
Release date: 2022-12-26
1. A Great Sage - I have a couple of Alan‘s books, but it is so much better hearing him speak, I think. He communicates such deep and profound concepts with a sense of humor. His ability to synthesize wisdom from several different spiritual traditions, so fluently, is one of a kind. All the episodes demand repeat listens.
2. Grateful! - The great audio quality makes Alan’s voice somehow more beautiful. Thank you for sharing these recordings. I began listening to Alan Watts as a teen in the early ’s around the same time I learned about Taoism through The Tao of Pooh :) but at the time I didn’t know who I was even hearing tbh I just knew it felt right and felt comfortable. I’ve stayed a Taoist, by doing nothing and always changing. Tuning into yourself and the natural rhythm of the universe is the only way to live. Listening to these episodes will change your mind, for the better.
3. Life Changer!!! - About weeks ago I found your father on YouTube. Chopped up copycat videos were tolerable for a little while but at least it gets the message out. The most important thing is that Allan has really changed my life! I have uncoupled from the freight trains and I’m able to embrace all aspects of life serenely in a state of oneness. And most importantly to be like an actor in a Timelapse scene who stands calmly and unaffected while everything moves around them in a blur and to have that state of mind towards my internal thoughts etc. “there are no bad thoughts only wrong ways to act upon them.” So imagine the joy I have in finding this podcast hosted by you! Thanks to you, your team and your dad!
4. Namaste Mark - Thank you for doing this. It is so much appreciated. So glad you came out with a new episode. I am worried you may not be feeling it. The episodes seem to come out at random intervals and they are pretty sparse. If you aren’t feeling it I would like you to know that Alan Watts, though I’ve never met him, has been a fundamental part of myself becoming a better person for many years now. What I have learned from his talks has been a life changer for me. I still continue to learn from him even after I’ve heard a talk enough to memorize it. You are an awesome person Mark to do this podcast. I’m sure Alan Watts has changed others lives as he has mine. With you sharing this you will be helping to change the lives of future persons also. Please keep it up. And know that we all appreciate you very much.
5. Thanks to Mark Watts - I have read Alan Watts since the early ’s, and enjoy these recordings as complementary to the books. Alan’s perspectives seem relevant even in , and I find myself telling others “you won’t believe what Alan Watts said in !” Reflections on a society caught up in delusions, anger, greed and lust for power. His comments predated the internet, but sitting in front of the TV eating TV dinners back then, has evolved into sitting in front of a smart phone, or streaming service / TV, endlessly watching contentious “news”, fantasies, “reality shows” or social media. Thank you Mark.
6. Favorite podcast to date - Thank you for sharing your fathers work with us who enjoy his thoughts. I’ve been reading books and watching videos of his work but this podcast makes it so easy to tune in on my drive to work with a simple press of a button on each new episode. I look forward to the many uploads to come. :)
7. Much Needed Timeless Wisdom - I’ve listened to scores of hours of Alan Watts’ talks, and the wisdom he imparts and the playful spirit in which he does so keeps his talks fresh, delightful, and meaningful. He distilled the essence of Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, and even Gnostic thought in a way that makes these philosophies palatable and digestible to the western mind. Thanks to his son Mark for keeping his father’s legacy alive and for starting this podcast.
8. Most astonishing minds of the th century - Few would argue that Alan’s lectures were one of the most precious gifts from any human designed to raise our consciousness to meet the future. My life has been profoundly evolved by this one man. PS please lose the background noise/music during his words. It is so disturbing.
9. Thank you! Alan Watts prepared us for life! - I’m so grateful for your podcast especially during the Pandemic. The loneliness and isolation have been overwhelming, but meditation and mindfulness practices have been critical to my life. Alan Watts’s works are so accessible to those of us who thirst for self-discovery and search for wisdom of returning to the Present. Please continue to add to this collection!
10. Alan Watts on Be Here Now Network! Woohoo!!! - I’ve listen to nearly every Alan Watts podcast I can find. It’s wonderful that there is now an official one and it’s on my favorite podcast network for spiritual, mythological, and religious stuff. Ram Dass and Alan Watts are immortal wisdom embodied and their voices preserved for all of us is a blessing.
11. the best teams up with the best - Ever since the pandemic began last year, I was looking for something to relieve my nerves and calm me down, which was a challenge. I was introduced to Ram Dass first and then Alan Watts. Now two worlds will become one!? Yea, I already know this podcast is going to be amazing to listen to. Thank you guys for making this happen. You just made a lot of souls and spirits very very happy.