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Rob Konrad: Conversations

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Engaging and captivating conversations with extraordinary people from all over the world. People that couldn’t be more diverse from each other – but have in common that they make an incredible impact on this world, in their own unique way. 

Whether it’s people that shape the future of our planet through science, thinking, and taking action; whether it’s people that inspire others by overcoming their very own hurdles, traumas and demons; or whether it’s people that inspire others to do good for themselves and others:

In each of my conversations, I try to uncover as much of their story in order to see things through their eyes. I delve into stories that can inspire, touch, but also provoke you. I ask the questions you wish you could ask, and with time, attention and candor try to learn all about their motivation and what got them to where they are today – their successes, but also setbacks and challenges, to get the full story.

Each conversation is full of lessons to be learned, from all over the world; a source of inspiration, motivation, innovation, courage and change. 

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In the early 1990s Dr. Rick Strassman, was granted approval to conduct research with one of the strongest hallucinogens, DMT. At the time he was the first scientist in over 2 decades allowed to test the effects of psychedelic drugs on live subjects, and his results were groundbreaking and led him to call DMT the “Spirit Molecule”.But after he completed his research he still felt that a major question had been left unanswered: Could the vivid hallucinogenic experiences caused by DMT possibly be more than just hallucinations? Rick started to notice that many of his subjects had strikingly similar experiences, regardless of the life experience, culture, or religious background of the person taking the drug.These experiences are often described as “more real than real”; they’re different to what people experience on other psychedelic drugs.Could it be that DMT doesn’t simply TRICK our brain into dreaming up another reality - but is actually the key to “tuning” our brains in to another reality? Rick was compelled to ask if DMT, in fact, enabled us to see aspects of reality beyond the horizon of what we can usually perceive?Determined to join the dots, Rick ventured into researching the similarities between DMT experiences and the prophetic states described by people throughout history - and particularly in the Hebrew Bible.In this fascinating conversation, Rob and Rick deep-dive into the results of his research, discuss the validity of his underlying assumptions, and go on a journey that explores the boundaries of our understanding of the human brain and spirituality.Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/012-rick-strassman
There are ordinary teenagers... and then there's Laura, who at 13 years of age, ventured to become the youngest person to ever sail the planet - alone, without support boats or checkpoints along her way.What followed was a lengthy legal battle that included Duch authorities, wiretaps, her parents losing custody over Laura and much more... but after a lot of media coverage and public outcry from people including Richard Branson, a Dutch court finally decided in her favor, and the record-breaking attempt finally began on 21 August 2010.Laura successfully completed the solo circumnavigation in a 12.4-meter (40 ft) two-masted ketch called “Guppy”, arriving in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, 518 days later at the age of 16.She’s the author of the book “One Girl One Trip” and subject of the documentary “Maiden Trip”. She now is a motivational speaker and professional captain.Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/011-laura-dekker
Dr Aubrey de Grey doesn’t just believe that ageing, and the suffering that comes with it, can be slowed down - he believes it can be undone altogether.What’s more, he thinks we are merely a few years away from making the scientific breakthroughs that will enable the medical field to put an end to death related to ageing - for good.His independently funded non-profit, the SENS Foundation, is at the forefront of radical research that combines the problem solving approaches of technology with geriatric medicine.In this conversation he talks to Rob about his refusal to age gracefully, the biases of modern science, and why he won’t waste his time thinking about whether or not God exists. Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/010-aubrey-de-grey
Growing up, John Sevier Austin knew he was different from other kids. But what he didn’t know was that he had an incredible gift. One day John accidentally played a vinyl record backwards, and discovered not only that he quite liked listening to music backwards, but that he also found it pretty easy to sing along. This was the beginning of his long journey to becoming “Backwords Dude”, a YouTube sensation famous for being able to speak backwards - which is not the same as just spelling backwards - perfectly. In this episode of Rob Konrad: Conversations, John tells Rob all about this journey and all the personal and social struggles it involved, and how an astonishingly late diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome helped him to overcome feelings of worthlessness and loneliness.Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/009-john-austin/
Five years ago, shortly after giving birth to her son, Mason, Shanti Hodges put him in a baby carrier and went for a hike. This was the beginning of "Hike it, Baby"... Today Hike It Baby serves over 250 000 families and has over 300 branches around the world!It is a worldwide outdoors community that connects families through hiking, and empowers new parents to pursue adventure with their newborns strapped to them. In this episode of Rob Konrad: Conversations, Rob and Shanti talk about the profound impact Hike It Baby has had on families all around the world, and how Shanti grew the organization, in only five years, to a non-profit that has hundreds of thousands of community members across the United States, Europe, and Australasia. Shanti shares about the unexpected challenges of explosive growth, society’s problem with “inside culture”, and the many benefits of dirt.Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/008-shanti-hodges/
“How do you become a pickpocket?” Bob Arno, a Swedish-born American entertainer, author, and criminologist gets asked this a lot. And if you had the chance to ask him yourself, in person, he would have your wallet long before you had your answer (you would get it back though). Recounting his journey from a career on stage as a comedic magician to using his expertise to help Europol crack down on crime syndicates, the “Pickpocket King” tells Rob Konrad everything he’s learned about the psychology of thieving. In this episode, Bob shares fascinating insights into the mindsets of thieves and victims, different varieties of street crime around the world, and how to spot – and get along with – street criminals. Plus, you’ll hear about a special wallet he’s had stolen and returned over 150 times, and a house visit to a genuine Mafioso.       “The best criminals… are fabulous social engineers” – Bob ArnoListen to the episode - and join the conversation NOW!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/007-bob-arno/
The first time Jamie Pool died, he was wearing a suit. That suit turned out to be the difference between his cardiac arrest going unnoticed by passers-by, and him getting medical help that would save his life. Jamie suffers from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an often undetectable, but fairly widespread, genetic disease that causes unpredictable cardiac arrests. Today Jamie copes with his illness through the use of a subcutaneous device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) - essentially a defibrillator machine that is permanently attached to his heart. But over the last decade, Jamie experienced dying nine times - four of which happened on consecutive Thursdays! In this episode of Rob Konrad: Conversations, Jamie talks to Rob about near-death experiences, his thoughts on the afterlife, coincidences that feel supernatural, and having astonishingly good luck. He tells Rob what it feels like to die, and how he finds meaning in life without religious belief, and without being able to plan a future with any certainty. Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/006-jamie-poole/
When Jessica Cox was born without both arms, her parents didn’t grieve. In fact, her father has never shed a single tear over his daughter’s life-altering disability. Instead, Jessica’s parents challenged her to be great.And that’s exactly what she did. Jessica is the world’s first, and only, licensed pilot without arms who flies unmodified airplanes with her feet.She is a motivational speaker who has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to overcome their own challenges and to find positivity and strength through their struggles.In addition to all that, she is a Taekwondo black belt, has received a personal blessing from the Pope, a scuba diver and a parachuter.In this uplifting episode of “Rob Konrad: Conversations”, Jessica tells Rob all about how she came to see her physical limitations as an opportunity to bring hope to others. You’ll discover how she cultivates fearlessness and uses her T.H.I.N.K principle to tackle seemingly impossible challenges. She’ll also answer a burning question many people are dying to ask her: if she could choose to have arms, would she want them?Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/005-jessica-cox/ 
As one of the earliest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champions, former King of Pancrase and Thai Boxer, Bas Rutten has faced some pretty tough opponents.But none challenged him as much as his personal struggles, from chronic illness and bullying as a kid, to beating an opioid addiction, to strange happenings in his family home.In this episode Bas tells Rob Konrad a rollicking tale of learning to swing through trees, standing up to bullies, knocking many people out, coming out tops at a high school reunion, being a grandfather, and finding his way back to his faith.And he also happens to have some inspiring life advice to share....Watch the video of our conversation, get the show notes and full transcript here:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/004-bas-rutten/
On the first day of high school, Mirna Valerio went to hockey practice - and suffered. She was larger than the other players, and a lot less fit. Her coach, instead of telling her she was no good, encouraged her to keep going - and that’s why today Mirna is an ultramarathoner, speaker, author, and the 2018 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.The name of Mirna’s first blog, “Fat Girl Running”, describes exactly who she is - a body-positive larger woman who lives to run (and when she can’t do that anymore, surf). In this episode of Rob Konrad: Conversations, Mirna tells Rob about the challenges she’s overcome to become a professional runner, the bullying she’s endured because of her body type, and the gratitude and compassion she’s discovered through changing her life and living her dream.And - she believes that anyone can do the same, without so much as jogging around the block.For the video interview of the conversation, show notes, full transcripts, links to Mirna's books, and more, visit:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/003-mirna-valerio/
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