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The Kensington Corner
39 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
Tune in to this weeks new episode with Elite Meet Founder, Navy Seal, and social media guru John Allen. Have some laughs, get some insight, and please, share & support- Enjoy!John AllenInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/johnballen416/?hl=enJoin Our Patreon- https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncorner Thomas Angel-Host.https://www.instagram.com/thomas_angel21 Jeffrey Thompson-Hosthttps://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.thompson Corey Williams-Associate Producer/Sound Engineerhttps://www.instagram.com/coreyjohn_williams Josh Elliot-Media Production Specialist https://www.instagram.com/curdnerd2/Sam Swidensky- Chief Technology Officerhttps://www.instagram.com/samswidensky/Support the show (https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncorner )
42 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
13 Bar Performance
Tom talks with 13 Bar Performance founder, Shelton Stevens, about the company, its proven influences & results, and how 13 Bar offers a variety or programs that can help one reach their goals. Of course an episode wouldn't be complete without some general life and vet talk, but overall another great episode and we can't thank Shelton enough. Support the show (https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncorner )
35 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
Frontier Coffee Company
Green Beret medic and Frontier Coffee's own Nate Dressel join's the show to discuss everything from his unique coffee company, to some special forces selection advice & insight. As a stand up soldier, entrepreneur, and family man, The Kensington Corner is proud to partnered with Nate and Frontier Coffee, as we hope you all enjoy this episode and his fresh ground coffee as much as we do. Support the show (https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncorner )
116 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
HC Palmer-War Poet
HC has been a mentor of mine for a while now. We are friends, war veterans and we love to shoot the shit like any two guys do. We have varying opinions on much but we love each other deeply. He’s a good man, with a good heart and has lived long enough now to have his opinion heard and valued. It’s truly important we’re having these discussions about the history of war and war literature. Hope you enjoy this information and make sure you check out our Patreon and HC’s book of poems.HC Palmerhttps://www.amazon.com/Feet-Messenger-H-C-Palmer/dp/1943491100/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=hc+palmer&qid=1582917419&sr=8-1Join Our Patreon- https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncornerThomas Angel-Host.https://www.instagram.com/thomas_angel21Jeffrey Thompson-Hosthttps://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.thompsonCorey Williams-Associate Producer/Sound Engineerhttps://www.instagram.com/coreyjohn_williamsJosh Elliot-Media Production Specialisthttps://www.instagram.com/curdnerd2/Sam Swidensky- Chief Technology Officerhttps://www.instagram.com/samswidensky/
83 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Jeremiah "Black Beard" Wilber
Jeremiah is a retired Green Beret, serving within two different groups during his twenty years of service, an endurance athlete, crossfit coach and marijuana advocate. We were connected through a SOF meme site, which in itself is pretty ironic considering we spend this whole episode on a raw run of meme-ing everyone. Jeremiah is currently raising money for a race called The Grand Traverse in which all proceeds are going to the Green Beret Foundation. I don’t really have a ton to say about this episode except go listen. It’s that good, it’s raw, funny, and most of all it’s important that we hear this stories because of how unique these guys are.Jeremiah “Blackbeard” Wilberhttps://www.instagram.com/jeremiah_blackbeard/https://fundraise.greenberetfoundation.org/campaign/grand-traverse-fundraiser-benefiting-green-beret-foundation/c252548Join Our Patreon- https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncornerThomas Angel-Host.https://www.instagram.com/thomas_angel21Jeffrey Thompson-Hosthttps://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.thompsonCorey Williams-Associate Producer/Sound Engineerhttps://www.instagram.com/coreyjohn_williamsJosh Elliot-Media Production Specialisthttps://www.instagram.com/curdnerd2/Sam Swidensky- Chief Technology Officerhttps://www.instagram.com/samswidensky/
45 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
The Green Beret Foundation
The Green Beret Foundation has been a key element in why we do what we do here at The Kensington Corner. Foundations who truly help those in need, this time though the foundation hits pretty close to home. I have wanted to be a green beret for years, obsessed over it. I listened to stories, watched movies, read books and talked to almost any special forces team member I could. When we started looking at the angle the podcast was going, it was a no brainer to get GBF on for an episode.Insert Brent Cooper, the executive director of the Green Beret Foundation and someone I now consider a friend. After a few years of feeling themselves out and going through some internal issues they brought Brent on last year. The turn around has been amazing, GBF has partnered with a ton of companies and one of my personal favorites GoRuck for a lot of good just not in the special operations community but for veterans over all. Over all though, they have one important task at hand The Green Beret Foundation serves the Army’s Special Forces, our nation’s most elite soldiers. We believe Green Berets are our nation’s greatest assets. Every day, we honor our commitment to Green Berets past and present, as well as their families, by connecting them with the right resources to prosper and thrive. Because when these soldiers meet powerful opportunities, our nation’s most elite soldiers become our nation’s best leaders.We truly hope you enjoy today’s conversation, it’s a conversation that hits close to him and reminds all of us that there’s still war going on, still people to take care of, and we still have Green Berets and their families who need our love and support. Cheers!The Green Beret Foundationhttps://greenberetfoundation.org/Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/greenberetfoundationJoin Our Patreon- https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncornerThomas Angel-Host.https://www.facebook.com/tommyangel21https://www.instagram.com/thomas_angel21· Jeffrey Thompson-Hosthttps://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.thompson·Corey Williams-Sound Engineer/Social Media Managerhttps://www.instagram.com/coreyjohn_williamsJonathon Steele-Cinematographyhttps://www.instagram.com/jon_steele19Rachel Griffard-Photographer/Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/rachelgriffard.photohttps://www.instagram.com/rachelgriffard.photo
49 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Jeff Nichols is a former Navy Seal, founder of Performance First, an exercise physiologist who has been in this field for over 20 years. Overall he’s just a pretty badass individual. He specializes in helping the fitness journeys of countless armed forces, law enforcement and firemen crews across the world. I was led to Jeff this past year while deciding it was time for me to come out of my military retirement and attend SFAS for the Army. Jeff’s program are well renown within the SOF community and I decided to give one a try. (his hypertrophy program is an absolute beast.)This led me to wanting to bring Jeff on the podcast, I honestly wasn’t even sure he’d be down to come on but I cannot express how cool of an individual this guy truly is. We had an amazing conversation, not just about fitness but overall life. His mantra, his way of life, presence of being with leave you almost awestruck. My co-host Jeff and I come from a science back ground and listening to Jeff Nichols speak on the mind/body dualistic approach and his overall mastery of bio-mechanics will blow you away. I truly hope everyone enjoys this episode and pulls something from it. We had an amazing time having Jeff on and really hope he comes back on again in the future. Cheers everyone
38 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
As I sought out my journey to become a Green Beret I started to reach out and connect with like minded individuals. My quest brought me to a man named Zack Hughes who I quickly connected with. Zack was recently injured in Afghanistan and was medically discharged from the military with a devastating injury in which we go into detail on in this episode. What fascinated me about this guy was his ability to adapt and overcome, he quickly goes from being this bad ass Green Beret to a civilian walking with a cane. Did this stop him? Hold him back? Curve his enthusiasm for life? Not one fucking bit. Zack took life by the horns, in the most Texas kind of way and decided to start a new journey, quickly amassing thirty thousand followers on Instagram in his new role as a social media persona helping out veterans, especially those in the special operations community. Jeff and I were humbled and honored to have Zack on and hope you all enjoy this episode. Cheers!
60 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
The Headstrong Project
When I first got out of the military I wasn’t sure quite where to go or what to do, I had a plan and I executed it but it wasn’t like it was easy. Waking up one day and the last decade of your life doesn’t really matter anymore. The combat is gone, leading soldiers has vanished, I slept past 5 AM with no feeling of anxiety. I smoked a little weed. I still had an overall feeling of what the hell am I doing? “I'm free, I’m a human again” I exclaimed! Why did I still feel trapped? Why did I feel depressed, isolated, nervous of the future and the present and well the past. I would later on see a therapist, two years too late actually.This started my journey on helping veterans get help, but how do I do that? I started a podcast to reach thousands of people, I made attempts to check on friends from service. I started to connect with projects like Headstrong, Green Beret Foundation, Veterans Community Project, etc. This, I felt was my calling. To get the word out.We sat down with Matt McCoy from the Headstrong Project/Get Headstrong to talk about veteran mental health, the process that they take to help veterans and Matt’s own personal journey with mental health. Hope you enjoy! Cheers!
52 minutes | Dec 8, 2019
Expanding Veterans Community Project
Jason Kander is a lawyer, politician, New York Times best selling author and an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran but now as he sits and tries to help his new passion expand into new territory he’s finally at peace and in the right position. He served as the Secretary of State of Missouri and while running for office as mayor of Kansas City received helped for PTSD and Depression. It was at this time his entire life changed. He became an advocate for mental health and stepped away from the spotlight. While away he linked up with an organization rightly titled Veterans Community Project. Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community per their website. I’ve had the honor of meeting several of the founders and their great guys. On this episode we sit down with Jason and talk about his new role with expanding into new territory with VCP and how his past has shaped and formed his thought process now while highlighting exactly what he went through with PTSD and Depression. It’s a lighthearted conversation but on a very serious topic that I believe all three of us speaking on this episode believe passionately in.Hope you enjoy it! Cheers!
98 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
Suicide Prevention…it’s something we all know, something still seemingly not worth discussing yet we all post about it once a year for a month and then never heard about it again for another 11 months. We sat down with Dr. Stephanie Davis to discuss her role at the Eastern Kansas VA as Director of Suicide Awareness and Prevention. This is not just a military or veteran issue even though rates of suicide are significantly higher, especially in the male population. Why though? What is so terrifying about the struggle of life? Life is about suffering but in ways that make it worth while. How do we help? How can we help? Is there an actual way to prevent these tragedies?I’ve had 4 deployments myself, I struggled when I came back. I personally hurt, especially when I got out of the military. I had nothing to fill that void, to make it better, to complete my life. I was lost. I also considered suicide, in my thoughts I said well, death would be better than the struggle of living an unhappy life. I had everything, money, a very beautiful girlfriend, on track to be a doctor and hopefully going back into become a Green Beret but I was not happy. I needed help, I needed treatment.I live my life now to help those who struggle, who need that help. We genuinely hope this episode helps you and you reach out…to anyone, to Dr. Davis, myself, Jeffrey, anyone.
101 minutes | Sep 2, 2019
Bourbon and I
Mike Loewe is a Veteran living here in Lawrence, Kansas that just so happens to know more about bourbon than anyone else I’ve ever met in my life. When we were first pitching ideas for the podcast, men’s health, vintage styling and grooming and bourbon were the first three ideas pitched. You could say this episode was a match made in heaven for us. A friendly veteran, meets other veterans, brings free whiskey and bourbon and we chat. Life does not get better than this.This strayed a little different than our normal chat but it truly is a general conversation among friends. I would say I learned more this episode than a lot of the previous others just because I was incredibly ignorant on bourbon. I love an old fashioned but the process, the different kinds, the multitude of distilleries I had never heard of…Mike knew.I truly hope everyone enjoys this episode, we had fun, we let loose and we did a fun episode. You get to see another side of our personalities in this one.
66 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
The Beard Mechanic
Douglas Spradlin is a mechanic…not your typical one though. Douglas is a master groomsmen who owns Standard Grooming and Supply, but not in just a “hey this dude cuts hair and trims beards really well” kind of way, but in a way that makes you leave his studio feeling confident, refreshed and anew. He takes his craft incredibly serious and with all the barbers I’ve been to in my name, he tops them all, even though he’ll tell you he isn’t technically a barber. In this episode we discuss a ton of different things, from male grooming, politics, the state of food in America and a ton of other human factors in today’s landscape. From light heartened jokes to more serious topics, the vibe of this conversation was different from some of other episodes.We hope you enjoy it and as always let us know what you think! Douglas SpradlinInstagram- @thebeardmechanic Website- https://standardgroomingsupply.com/Join Our Patreon- https://www.pateron.com/thekensingtoncornerThomas Angel-Host.https://www.facebook.com/tommyangel21https://www.instagram.com/thomas_angel21/ · Jeffrey Thompson-Hosthttps://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.thompson.374 · Jonathon Steele-Cinematography https://www.instagram.com/jon_steele19/Rachel Griffard-Photographer/Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/rachelgriffard.photo/https://www.instagram.com/rachelgriffard.photo/ · Corey Williams-Sound Engineer https://www.instagram.com/coreyjohn_williams/
68 minutes | Jul 13, 2019
Go With The Float
Sensory deprivation is something I’ve always been quite interested in. I, myself, am a fan boy of holistic medicine, self care and anything that involves creating a better world for optimal health in human beings. Stephen, our guest today is the owner of Go With The Float in Easthampton, MA. We share ideas on what we think our lives really mean, what we’re meant to do as humans and how overall we can better ourselves as a human race. I think the conversations we’re having on this subject are important and I truly do not believe enough people across the land are having these discussions. We’re merely apes, who have evolved to speak and do things, we’re still very primal. We still have very primal feelings, stubbornness and ignorance are among those feelings and traits. My quest in life has been to shed these innate traits no matter how difficult, to reach a level of comfort and consciousness that will result in a life time of happiness. I am obviously still on this journey and who knows, may be my entire life.Meeting people like Stephen gives me hope, he has a vision, a radical opinion and a heart full of love. I enjoyed this conversation and I truly hope you do as well. Cheers!
75 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
Living Dogs and Dead Lions
When I first got out of the military, I was bitter. I had spent half of my twenties overseas in wars I cared nothing about, past my first deployment. I wasn’t unpatriotic, I just understood the real reasons we were there and saw the differences, both good and bad, that we we’re making. !5 months have passed since my exit and I’m finally happy again. I finally feel proud of my service. I got out my old challenge coins, am framing my dress blues and have even added some military stuff around my loft. When I met HC Palmer I would say he felt similar to me, proud of his service but distrusting of some of the things we were asked to do or witness. HC introduced me to John Musgrave and David Hann, all three Vietnam vets with something to say. Jeff being prior service as well, we figured we’d get everyone together on the podcast and discuss a few things.We fell on the topic of Memorial Day and what it truly means. We discuss how far we’ve distanced ourselves from what we should be “celebrating”. We should be mourning, we should be commemorating the loss of the brave souls who died for us to continue to be the greatest nation on this planet. Even with all our political turmoil, we are free. If you’re not a veteran, this episode is definitely for you. It will bring you inside our minds and thoughts and will hopefully allow you to get a realization on what this “holiday” means for us. We need to bring back the real Memorial Day, not this bbq and lake bullshit. There’s more we talk about in this episode obviously, and I hope you enjoy it. Happy Independence Day everyone!
71 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir. This is the definition of Alchemy, and I believe that in the town of Lawrence, KS, at the wonderful coffee shop and bake house Alchemy that they have found that universal elixir. We’ve been all around the world and have had coffee in different countries, continents, from small town Kansas to Rome, yet none capture our heart nearly as much as Alchemy. Owner and operator Ben Farmer or as he’ll be known this episode, The Alchemist, is a vibrant, upbeat, no holds bar kind of guy. We’ve known each other for a while now and have always managed to have great conversations, we’re similar in stature and have tattoos that look closely related as well. So, naturally there was some cosmic draw for us to make this episode happen right? Ben turned a small coffee shop at the end of Massachusetts street into a brand new, sprawling bake house right in the heart of Mass. The aesthetics alone are enough to make you come back, the beautiful wood floors, huge wooden bar, Machu Picchu huge and ever present on the wall towering over you as a peaceful reminder that all is well. Ben runs the shop with his beautiful and elegant wife Joni who’s Instagram prowess is second to none (the baked goods aren’t bad either!) It would be a tragedy not to mention her as she’s just as important if not more important than anyone to how well this bake house runs. There’s no question why they’ve won Best in Lawrence four years in a row and Ben is one of the best baristas in town….definitely the number one Alchemist in town. So grab a cup of coffee, or come down to Alchemy and get a cappuccino and Mind Haze IPA (my favorite combo), relax and enjoy this adventure. Cheers!Join Our Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/ThekensingtoncornerFollow Ben, Joni and Alchemy Coffee and Bakehouse https://www.instagram.com/alchemycoffeeks/https://www.facebook.com/alchemycoffeeKShttp://www.alchemyks.com/Thomas Angel-Host.https://www.facebook.com/tommyangel21https://www.instagram.com/thomas_angel21/ · Jeffrey Thompson-Hosthttps://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.thompson.374 · Jonathon Steele-Cinematography https://www.instagram.com/jon_steele19/ · Corey Williams-Sound Engineer https://www.instagram.com/coreyjohn_williams/
114 minutes | Jun 15, 2019
Conversations from a Loft
“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”— ULYSSES S. GRANTFor a few years now I’ve been watching Scott’s journey, I raved to friends and peers about Barbell Logic and Online Great Books. I laughed aloud at the witty memes posted on OGB Instagram, biding time till I one day was in the position to release my own podcast and thus hopefully (and now thankfully) engage in dialogue with this group. I’ve followed Scott’s personal account, often tuning into his Instagram live feeds to hear a brilliant response to a question about power lifting or literature or in general, about helping life.Self admittedly when I first started dreaming up The Kensington Corner I often used Scott and his ventures and peers as motivation. Brett, who runs the Art of Manliness is how i found my way to Scott, The Strenuous Life and Online Great Books have been a beacon for young men wanting to better themselves across the nation.When I moved to Kansas I knew this group of merry men were mere hours away so I hoped they would some how find their way to my page one day. Scott answered the call (Even though it was an Instagram DM lol) but never the less, he answered. He was helpful, genuine and actually wanted to talk.Thus begins the journey of our conversation from a loft, him in Oklahoma, Jeff and I in Kansas. Our shows are typically one hour, this turned into a roller coaster of a ride and led into 2, which could have easily turned to four. We talked about literature, favorite books, the society of today and many other topics. I truly hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. I am forever grateful for Scott for this opportunity and look forward to our next conversation, friend.Join Our Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/ThekensingtoncornerFollow Scott, Barbell Logic and Online Great Books-https://www.instagram.com/scott_silverstrength/https://www.instagram.com/barbell_logic/https://www.instagram.com/onlinegreatbooks/
60 minutes | May 29, 2019
“To wait for the external world to change before you alleviate your stress is a fool’s errand.”— AUBREY MARCUSOptimal Wellness…what does it even mean? Well if you ask today’s guest Bill Keating owner of the Optimal Wellness and Cryospa he would give you a host of different definitions. So guess what? That’s what we did.Cryotherapy has been around for a few years now and is just now becoming “main stream”. Hot and cold shock proteins are all the talk of the fitness world thanks to Joe Rogan and others who are just now catching on. I’ve been doing cryotherapy for about sixish years now I would estimate. (When I lived in Alaska I got it for free…just walked outside). It’s the shit…it helps with my moodiness, helps me recover, helps when I’m injured and oh yeah helps form those cold shock proteins I just mentioned.Tune in and hear Bill hit us with some knowledge as we cover a variety of different topics. Cheers!Join our Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/ThekensingtoncornerVisit Optimal Wellness and Cryospa- https://www.optimalwellnesscryospa.com/https://www.instagram.com/optimalwellnesscryospa/https://www.facebook.com/optimalwellnesscryospa/
53 minutes | May 29, 2019
Don't Freak Out
“ You are not patient enough. Your lack of patience is killing you and your need of things is killing you.”— GARY VAYNERCHUKYou’re in your early 20’s, you don’t have it figured out, every one is getting married, having kids, but not you…you’re stuck right? WRONG.Take it from two thirty some year olds starting our lives over at our age, in college, new career path. Repeat after me, it will all be okay. Life is about the experience, about the learning curves, about evolving and changing and being the best version of yourself.Who cares if you don’t have it figured out? We definitely do not and we’re here to guide you through it. Buckle up, it’s time to get your patience on in this journey of life. Cheers friends!Join our Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/Thekensingtoncorner
64 minutes | May 29, 2019
The Science of Strength
“The more knowledge you have, the more you’re free to rely on your instincts.”— ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGERToday’s guest is the head strength coach of the Athletic Strength Institute, Chris Dellasega. He’s also a strength coach for the USA men’s cycling team. We let him take the handlebars and steer in this conversation as we talk about the science behind building better athletes, the hardships of owning a small business and the trials and tribulations of being the underdog and trying to succeed.This conversation is lighthearted but takes some serious tone as we talk about nutrition in today’s America, fad diets, personal trainers who have no idea what they’re doing and how the weight lifting industry has shaped Chris’ business model.Cheers!Join our Patreon-https://www.patreon.com/ThekensingtoncornerContact Chris over at the Athletic Strength Institute for Online Consulting- https://athleticsi.com/https://www.instagram.com/athleticsi/https://www.facebook.com/athleticsi/
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