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Try: The Podcast
41 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
13. Try building wells in Africa
Well Constructed is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing drinking water to as many people as possible. They currently partner with local communities and contractors to build wells and establish well maintenance programs in the Upper East Region of Ghana. I had the pleasure to sit down with four Well Constructed members, three of whom were dialing in from Africa to tell their story. I hope you feel as inspired as I did, and be sure to visit their website, make a donation, or follow Well Constructed on Facebook.
63 minutes | Jan 21, 2019
12 - Try understanding human communication, relationships & taking risks with Sage B. Hobbs
Sage B. Hobbs has been interested in human relationships and communication since she was a little girl. Now, as an author, speaker, coach, mom, podcast host, “retired” school counselor, & philanthropist, she’s focused on helping people redefine how they live, love, and lead. Please check out Sage’s podcast, Naked Conversations (including her episode with my wife Natasha), as well as her book Naked Communication: Courageously Create the Relationships You Really Want.
31 minutes | Jan 14, 2019
11 - Try playing with Weezer
When I started the podcast I hadn’t planned on doing an episode all about Weezer, but a handful of folks were interested in the story of how I got to play with and record with the band, and it’s one worth telling! Hope you enjoy listening to me chat with my good friend (and musician) Kevin Punzalan, as we recall how our Weezer recordings took place a decade ago. For reference, here is an NBC interview that is referenced, Good People song ‘overstarting’ (from a band Kev and I were in), and also the full SNL sketch that aired six weeks ago with Matt Damon and Leslie Jones.
48 minutes | Jan 7, 2019
10 - Try starting a new kind of gym
My friend & trainer Josh Ruchwarger has a pretty unique background. Despite facing challenges across his health and family life, Josh has thrived, and is now working to open a new kind of gym. Called Beyond Bold Fitness, Josh is committed to creating a more holistic and inclusive fitness experience. In the interview you’ll hear Josh reference the book Better Than Steroids from Dr. Willey, as well as a handful of other philosophies regarding health and well being. Hear his thoughts on personal health and feel free to submit any questions to email@example.com and I’ll be sure Josh receives your note!
29 minutes | Dec 31, 2018
9 - Try beating cancer and helping others
When I hopped into a Lyft car at the end of a long offsite for work, I didn’t expect to meet someone so inspirational. Eric has faced major health challenges, including cancer, and had recently adopted a puppy named Jocelyn to serve as a support animal of sorts. Despite any hardship, Eric remains focused on his own recovery as well as helping others. I hope you enjoy his positive attitude, humorous stories and words of wisdom as we close out 2018 (maybe one day I’ll hear him sing Living on a Prayer in a karaoke bar). Thanks all!
37 minutes | Dec 26, 2018
8 - Try understanding what makes a podcast great
Join me as I chat with my good friend Mike, as we explore what makes for a great podcast, and what some of the best practices are. You’ll hear from punk rock band NOFX (I reference their song Thank God for Mondays). Bonus content from our kids as they play pool, foosball, and video games at the Google office in Boulder. Finally, we end with a quick discussion about a business Mike and I are trying to get off the ground in 2019.
40 minutes | Dec 17, 2018
7 - Try recording a 4 and 7-year-old
My kids find hearing their voice back over a recording is fun, so I interviewed my 7-year-old, and then my 4-year-old. This is pure silliness and there really is no point, although they did create a new holiday regarding flatulent plants (which apparently is a thing - I checked). So that’s something, I guess?
55 minutes | Dec 10, 2018
6 - Try Making a Map
Join me on a mountain top in Gopal Shah’s custom built home on this episode of Try: The Podcast as we hear about the history and future of map building. As product lead for Google Earth, building out the map of the future is top of mind for Gopal, and it was interesting to discuss the impact augmented reality could have on the map of the future. Gopal recently gave a TEDx talk in Boulder, has a dog named Decker, and we decided you would enjoy hearing the song Godzilla by Blue Öyster Cult. Listen and find out why!
28 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
5 - Try Immigrating from Armenia
Traveling from one country to another is a great experience but immigrating is another story. On today's episode, I talked to a Lyft driver who's from Armenia who immigrated to the US during the heat of the Cold War. We talked about their way of life in Armenia compared to the US and much other stuff. Today, his was a different country and according to him, if you want to experience great hospitality, travel to Armenia.
37 minutes | Nov 23, 2018
4 - Try to buy a used Tesla
The first time you sit in a Tesla you’re pretty much sold. That said, if you have a sizeable family (I have 3 boys), you’re more likely to purchase a minivan or SUV. Hear my story of purchasing a 7 passenger used Tesla for way less than you might think, from blues great Kenny Wayne Shepherd (I reference his hit Blue on Black as well as this guitar solo). Lastly, I’m hoping to connect used Tesla sellers with buyers, so hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe we can make some connections!
29 minutes | Nov 23, 2018
3 - Try to make and intro-outro
Knowing the truly great podcasts have musical intro’s and outro’s, so I sat down at my piano to attempt to record something. Whatever could go wrong did go wrong (Murphey’s Law), ha! After dealing with customer support issues, my kid’s toy that makes the noise (full Denis Leary album here), I finally created a very mediocre intro/outro. Fortunately, this prompted me to find Julius (our sound engineer), who knew a guy who knew a guy, & the podcast got a much needed upgrade from a quality perspective!
35 minutes | Nov 23, 2018
2 - Try to be happy
Over the years I’ve found myself returning to a few resources when it comes to happiness. The first is a TEDx talk by Shawn Achor, the second is this video by Mister Money Mustache, third would be music (I reference Brother Ali’s song Forest Whitaker, and lastly my family and friends (you’ll hear from my Grandma Edna). Hopefully, you smile and feel free to send this to a friend who may be feeling down in the dumps.
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