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The Nik Hawks Show
62 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Ep 76: Dr. Anne Andrews & Brain Chemistry
Principle Investigator at the Anne Andrews Research Group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Psychiatry is the study and treatment of mental illness, emotional disturbance, and abnormal behavior Leads research on anxiety & depression Trying to understand how neurotransmitters are used in chemical communication by coming up with new sensors to measure what’s going on. [Eavesdropping on Neurochemical Signaling in Vivo] Focus on serotonin system & how serotonin transporters influence behavior.
98 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Ep 75: Shannon Jay, Abalone Diver & Cat Rescuer
From abalone hunter to national park service law enforcement to viral video cat rescuing star, Shannon Jay is the kind of guy you just love to sit down and listen to. A fantastic story teller, he is one of my favorite people to catch up with. In the podcast he talks about hunting giant red abalone on the Lost Coast, what he learned in 31 years of law enforcement (and some of the most important things he teaches) and his world famous (literally) cat rescuing stories from the burn zones of 3 major wildfires. Shannon Jay is a gem of a human, enjoy the show! Links: The Ab King, Eric Stockwell: https://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2018/11/12/just-fishing-with-great-whites-no-big-video Blink, by Malcom Gladwell. https://www.amazon.com/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without/dp/0316010669 The Carr Fire Tornado https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1XkAsWGu60 The rescue of Mama Cat with Douglas Thron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIV1VYX1Rc8 Kimberly Freeman at lostcatfinder.com
66 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
Ep 74: Stanford Graham, A Fast Runner
Stan Graham sticks out in any crowd. At 6'5" with a shock of white hair, he's a physical presence. He can also move that mass pretty quickly. In October of 2019 he's aiming for a world record for the 50 and over crowd. We talked about running a bit in the show, but went more deeply into his beliefs, how he got into running, and why he started Elements meals. A rad human with a story worth sharing. Enjoy!
74 minutes | Aug 14, 2019
Ep 73: Scott Mann, Green Beret & Storyteller
Scott Mann shares his journey from revenge-driven Green Beret "putting scalps on the barn" in Afghanistan to creative storyteller helping guide other veterans through the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life. Scott takes us through his career including why he turned down a military command opportunity 3 times: "I joined to be a Green Beret, not a Colonel". He tells us about his journey out of the military, how despite all his planning and outside stability he still started to flame out. Scott walks us through how Bo Eason, a former NFL player turned actor, helped guide him through to his next journey. Scott is a powerful speaker and a good human; I would have been stoked to have had his leadership when I was in the military. More on Scott at: http://www.rooftopleadership.com/ http://www.theheroesjourney.org/
31 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
Ep 72: Currents of the Earth, 1st draft
Been working on this piece of writing for a while, thought I'd share one of the first drafts with you. As you'll hear, this comes from my experiences riding earth energy, would love to get your feedback on it. Rock on! For more info go to nikhawks.com -NFH
93 minutes | May 31, 2019
Ep 71: Eric Bostrom, Motorcycles & Health
After a chance meeting while coaching young athletes I stayed in touch with Eric Bostrom for two reasons. First, he had a clean energy. I know that sounds pretty damn woo-woo, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve just learned to trust my gut more when it comes to meeting people. Eric was soft spoken but from the moment I met him there was an obvious intensity to him. That leads to the second reason: He was a champion motorcycle racer. You don't get to be a champion by being unfocused, and God knows I love the folks who can dial in focus to the white hot intensity of a thousand burning suns. Getting on a motorcycle (for me) represents the fastest way to transition from the normal humdrum of life into an experience that puts you at mortal peril. One minute you’re straddling an inert piece of metal and plastic in front of your house, the next you’re in traffic, whipping along at speeds humans just weren’t meant to attain, surrounded by heavy and fast beasts that basically don’t notice or care whether you exist. Bloody dangerous, and open to anyone crazy enough to swing a leg over and twist the throttle. Racing motorcycles is a few steps further, and something I’ve always thought far too dangerous for me. Eric is one of those guys who raced at a bunch of levels, who chased victory hard for years because that’s how he paid the bills, and who squeaked through the injury cycle of professional motorsports and out the other side with a combination of skill and luck. On that far side of competition he created a solution for the neck and back pain that had come from the crashing, dings, and dents that are a part of hurtling through space with basically no protection. At the end of the show we talk about the Backmate, which we use at the Paleo Treats office. Not only does the thing work and provide relief, it stands as a shining example of how to ROCK a Kickstarter campaign. You’ll notice some common themes with Eric and Brian Enos. Competition forces you to get better. The more skilled you become, the better you are at listening to your environment. You don’t need to try harder to go faster, you need to think better. Enjoy the convo, and for all the show notes & links, sign up at the Deep Diver level at nikhawks.com Cheers, NFH
72 minutes | May 27, 2019
Ep 70: Brian Enos, Master of Awareness
What does it take to shoot a pistol faster than pretty much anyone else in the world? Mastery over awareness and attention. Whether you're a pistol wizard or a paraglider pilot, this show goes deep into how to improve at anything you do. Brian Enos is a well known pistol shooter who quit competing after 20 years of winning at all levels. He built a website with one of the most trafficked forums on the web for competitive pistol shooters and ran that for 17 years, then stopped cold turkey to focus solely on his own ability to pay attention to the moment and be aware and connected. This is a rad dive into what it's like to truly pay attention. Enjoy!
22 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
Ep 69: Lessons From A Failed Business
66 minutes | Apr 3, 2019
Ep 68: Jeff Shapiro & Falconry
This is classic podcast material: A dive into a fascinating topic that you wouldn't normally hear about. Jeff Shapiro is a well known climber, base jumper, wingsuit pilot, hang glider, and paraglider but for this show we focused on his passion for falconry. Jeff is a Master falconer and has been working with raptors since becoming an Apprentice 2000. We talk about how you get birds, how to train them, and about some of the peak experiences he's had hunting with falcons and one that he still hopes to have. Enjoy the show!
55 minutes | Mar 20, 2019
Ep 67: Insomnia Researcher Max de Zambotti
This episode with Massimiliano (Max) de Zambotti came about when I found his paper on comparing the Oura ring against the gold standard of sleep assessment, polysomnography. Being the curious type, I clicked his name on the Pubmed link and found a whole list of papers he's worked on. As it turns out, he studies insomnia up at SRI and is deeply and narrowly focused on understanding mechanisms of insomnia. We cover wearable sleep tech and how accurate it is, where it's accurate vs where it ain't, and then dove into his work, from adolescent insomnia to menopausal insomnia. If you missed some of the big words, or the list of what behaviors have the biggest effect on sleep (hint: It's not the top secret cold water keto rainbow cure), or you just want to remember what Max's favorite strategies for sleep are without having to take notes every 7 seconds, sign up at the Deep Diver level on my Patreon feed. Finally, before we hung up the phone I asked him if there is any technology he sees coming down the pipe. I'll put that bonus episode (just under 9 minutes long and covering 2 wild pieces of tech he's excited about) on Patreon for my Patrons only. Thank you for your support!
31 minutes | Mar 8, 2019
Ep 66: Opportunity of a Lifetime
This one covers one of my favorite stories, Ralph A. telling us about the opportunity of a lifetime. Enjoy the wanderings, for how often to lift weights on a maintenance plan to the latest hobby and books I'm reading. I finish off with a reading of the Letter to Jake. Yaww! Head over to https://www.patreon.com/nikhawks and support the show, thank you!
33 minutes | Feb 18, 2019
Ep 65: Nik-i-sode
Random thoughts, recent news, and books I'm reading. Capacity for luck, creating a long term high, towels vs toilet paper and what happens when you're not prepared for the best day ever. Let's do this!
25 minutes | Jan 2, 2019
Ep 64: Nik-i-sode
These are all the thoughts for the podcast gathered since mid-way through November, from wild ideas about waves and tides to the idea of 1st vs 3rd world consequences and finishes up with what books & movies I'm recommending. Enjoy!
91 minutes | Dec 21, 2018
Ep 63: Roy Harris
This show with Roy Harris skips most of his (DEEP!) martial arts history and jumps into two things he's passionate about and equally stoked on: Teaching and Human Movement. Roy has the kind of resume you might build if you were writing a character for Hollywood that needed to be able to fight anybody, anywhere, with anything, but never needed to. He's known for his Jiu Jitsu courses, so we jump way into how he came up with his teaching style, what he thinks is important with teachers and students, and (of course) we can't avoid his love for Filipino Martial Arts. If you're looking to up your teaching game, or if you just want to hear about one more path to excellence, this show'll get you a little further down that road. Enjoy! NFH
19 minutes | Nov 12, 2018
Ep 62: Nik-i-sode, America, Veteran's Day, Billionaires, Climbing Excellence
Thanks for the push, Jamie A! This one's for you. For the rest of ya... I had a rad guest lined up who got themselves in a spot of trouble stealing deer stands in Utah. Suffice to say there's more to the story than has been generally reported, but since he's gotten death threats I figured adding information to the internet about him probably wasn't going to help him & his family. So that one's gone. In the meantime I've gotten some good feedback from listeners, including to do a lot more of these Nik-i-sodes. If you have any questions that you'd like to hear me answer, please post 'em up here or shoot me an email and I'll get them answered. Cheers, NFH
67 minutes | Oct 1, 2018
Ep 61: Charlie Groves
Charlie is my kind of adventurer. Father, husband, pilot, sailor, and general fixer of anything broken, Charlie's been a mentor and example to me for a long time. Listen in to hear how a regular guy has lived the life you probably dream about. More at nikhawks.com
5 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
To Be Curious
This is a short spoken word piece, less than 5 minutes. It came to me the other day in my truck and I recorded the initial effort. Over the following few days I wrote it all down, refined it, pruned it, made it closer to what I was hoping it would be. It ended up (as of 26Sep2018) in this format. Enjoy! -NFH
32 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Ep 60: Nik-i-sode
As you've noticed if you've followed along lately I've seen the stats: I get twice as many downloads for solo shows as I do for interview. It's been 6 episodes since I did a solo show so I've got a bunch of notes from driving around that we have to catch up on; here they are! As always, the Nik Hawks Notes are available for you Deep Divers. For the rest of ya, listen up and write it all down. :) Go to nikhawks.com if you want to contribute, and thanks in advance! This episode covers public speaking, ignorance, the 50 burpees a day challenge, being special, victory, self confidence, a good way to validate when you know what you're doing, bringing up curious children, the savage sitter idea, cryptocurrency tax advice, and the books I'm reading: -Deep Work -Building a Straw Bale House, The Red Feather Construction Method -The Secrets of Champions (yes, you can get it cheaper than Amazon sells it for, this link just turns you on to the right book) -The Invention of Nature (an excellent birthday present from Mom!)
122 minutes | Sep 14, 2018
Ep 59: Barb & Doug from Orphan Espresso
In this episode I interview Barb & Doug Garrott, owners of Orphan Espresso. B & D first attracted my interest when I went down the coffee rabbithole and discovered the importance of grinding coffee to A) the correct size and B) making sure ALL the grinds were the same size, and not having some large, some small. Their Pharos has become a part of my morning coffee ritual, in large part because of the feel of the thing; it's like having a factory in your hand! We talk about how they came into making hand grinders for coffee, what they did before that (I'll give you a hint: At one point they sold an Army dogsled on eBay, and on another job they were outbid for first crack at buying a theodolite), and the joyous peculiarities of their life, from not having anyone available to come out and fix their roof to why Doug was approached by many beautiful young women on their first trip to Taiwan. Enjoy the show!
53 minutes | Aug 5, 2018
Ep 58: Randy Leavitt
There are some folks out there who are a little scary in their pursuit of excellence; they have an intensity about them that is damn near palpable. Randy Leavitt is one of those people. Randy is known as a climber, one of America's best. With just a little bit of Googling you'll see just how good he is, but this podcast ain't about climbing, it's about the pursuit of excellence. When I first heard about Randy it was from Greg Crouch, another guest on the Paleo Treats podcast. I had told Greg I was looking for more pursuers of excellence and Greg recommended Randy. When I asked why, Greg simply said, "Four decades of world class performance." Well, that just piqued my interest. In this show we skip past a bunch of Randy's climbing history (well covered on episode 18 of Chris Kalous' podcast, The Enormocast) and go deeper into the pursuit of excellence. Randy talks about what made climbing his first love, how got into and out of BASE jumping (went off El Capitan in 1980!), when he found kite surfing and why he waited a couple of years before he actually started doing it. Randy attributes a lot of his results to being a "delayed gratification-ist", something that most of us, including myself, need to work on developing. We got into his passion for flying and some of the surprising things he had to learn as a pilot that he feels all climbers should know, along with why he stuck with motor planes and didn't get into sailplanes. Of course I had to butt in and start yapping about paragliding, but I'd like to think I kept it to a minimum. I took a couple of questions for this show from listeners, so you'll get to hear a bit about the Jumbo Love story, what goes through Randy's head when he's stepping into a true challenge, and of a clarification of his comparison between the best day climbing and the best day surfing. Enjoy the show!
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