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A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. More at: http://richroll.com


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John Lewis + John Salley Are Black In America

“You’re not going to be liked by everybody but if someone’s going to hate you – let them hate you for doing the right thing.”John LewisToday I reconnect with my friends John Salley & John Lewis to discuss the black experience, race in America, food injustice, and where we go from here.A legit living legend,John Salleyis the first basketball player in history to win four NBA championships with three different teams -- the Pistons, Bulls & Lakers -- in three different decades. Since retiring in 2000, John has been a consistent media presence across television, radio, film and new media -- appearing on countless programs as a host, commentator and creator.A long-time vegan, Salley is also a passionate animal rights and healthy nutrition advocate (which we discussed inRRP 180). In addition, he’s an absolutely relentless entrepreneur, involved in a myriad of enterprises from vegan wine to cannabis. John's latest venture isCafe Organix,a new plant-based restaurant he launched to help eradicate the food deserts that plague the Black and Brown communities of San Bernardino, California.A prominent, ultra-positive voice in the vegan movement,John Lewis-- akaThe Badass Vegan-- is a public speaker, personal trainer, and entrepreneur who can now add filmmaker to the resume. In partnership with mutual friend Keegan Kuhn (RRP91,176,278,&397), the co-director behindCowspiracy, What The Health, and Running For Good,John is inching towards completion ofThey’re Trying To Kill Us--a powerful upcoming documentary that examines the impact of food & health injustice on disenfranchised African American communities (a subject I first explored with John inRRP 260).Busting traditional vegan stereotypes with a unique ability positively impact a wide diversity of people, John's story and broad smile has appeared on multiple television shows and in such publications asMuscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Thrive, Origin, Maxim,and evenSports Illustrated.Today we break bread. Black Lives Matter. Police misconduct. The pernicious nature of systemic racism. How religious institutions embed white supremacy.We also discussthe importance of black leadership and entrepreneurship. And we close with thoughts on food injustice -- how our broken food system negatively and disproportionately impacts communities of color.But most of all, this is a conversation about what is necessary to make things right. What black and brown communities need from white allies. And the ways in which we can grow, change, and do better -- together.Note:Check out the recently released and incredibly compelling trailer forThey're Trying To Kill Us.Then visit the film'sIndiegogo campaignto learn how you can support the film.Language Advisory:This one is packed with expletives, so pop on the earbuds if you got kiddos in the backseat.Finally, I suspect this will be an uncomfortable conversation for some; maybe for many. I invite you to listen or watch with an open mind and heart.Notwithstanding, these guys are a total blast. I love them both. I'm grateful for their friendship -- and their honesty.The visually inclined can watch our conversation onYouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.Strap in.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsTen Thousand:The World’s Most Durable Training Shorts. Built for Your Needs. Designed for Performance. Every order gets FREE shipping, FREE exchanges and FREE returns.Save 20% OFF your first purchaseattenthousand.ccwithpromo code “RICHROLL”.Squarespace:The easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store for you and your ideas.Save 10%at checkout when you visitsquarespace.com/richrolland use thediscount code RICHROLLat checkout.Whoop:The world’s most powerful fitness tracker. Get smarter about how you sleep, recover, and train, so you can unlock your best self. Go toWHOOP.comand use thepromo code “Richroll”at

106 MIN5 d ago
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John Lewis + John Salley Are Black In America

ROLL ON: Owning Your Story

“Truth matters now more than ever. If we can’t agree upon what is and is not true, how do we move forward as a society?”Rich RollWelcome to the second installment ofour newly-minted 'ask me anything' themed series,'Roll On:' --a twist on my usual format in which I share my thoughts on select topics and answer audience questions.Serving up co-host duties is Adam Skolnick, an activist and veteran journalist perhaps best known as David Goggins'Can't Hurt Meco-author. Adam has written about adventure sports, environmental issues and civil rights for outlets such asThe New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, Men’s Healthand many others; and he is the author ofOne Breath,which chronicles the life and death of Nick Mevoli, America's greatest freediver.Today's conversation begins with a few thoughts on the current protests and a review of recent podcast feedback.We also discuss the intersectionality of food insecurity and social justice. And we examine the importance of healing our food des...

97 MIN1 w ago
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ROLL ON: Owning Your Story

Knox Robinson on The Divided States of America

“This is our chance...to think beyond what the mainstream media is telling us.”Knox RobinsonAgainst the backdrop of a global pandemic has emerged the most powerful civil rights movement of our lifetime -- an irrefutably historic moment that will indelibly shape the economic, political, and social fabric of our country for decades to come.To help us untangle the rhetoric behind our country's supercharged division, todayKnox Robinsonjoins the podcast.Returning for his second appearance on the show (RRP #394rests among my all time favorite episodes), Knox is a writer, athlete, national caliber runner, eponymous curator of running culture, and an astute student of black history, art, literature, music and poetry. Formally commencing under the tutelage Poet Laureate Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University, Knox's education has continued throughout the many chapters of his life. As a spoken word artist and music manager. As editor-in-chief ofFadermagazine. And more recently as co-founder and captain ofBlack Roses NYC--a diverse collective of running enthusiasts who routinely gather to hammer out intervals across Brooklyn & downtown Manhattan.Put plainly, urban culture is Knox's lifeblood.One of the most interesting and multi-faceted humans I have ever met, today Knox shares an important perspective on America's crossroads.This is an investigation into the culture shifts caused by the pandemic and protests alike.It's a conversation about the intersection of sport, politics and civil rights. Black American representation in athletics. And where we go from here.It's also about virtue signaling. Performative allyship. And why readingWhite Fragilitysimply isn’t enough.But more than anything, this is a conversation about the power and poetics of running. Running as metaphor. Running as an act of rebellion — and the disturbing symbolism behind Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.I left this exchange better for having had it.The visually inclined can watch our conversation onYouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.This is a special conversation. I'm better for having had it. I hope you will be similarly impacted.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsJaybird:Pioneering audio for the active, Jaybird makes the most advanced and durable headphones I have ever tried. Their true wireless Vista earbuds (my favorite) are not only waterproof and sweatproof with industry-leading battery life, but they also meet U.S. military rugged compliance standards. When you’re ready to expand the horizon of your active audio experience, visitJaybirdSport.comand use thepromo code RICHROLL20 to get 20% off Jaybird Vista.Athletic Greens:75 whole food sourced ingredients designed to optimize 5 key areas of health, Athletic Greens is the delicious daily habit that sets you up for a healthy future. I take the packets everywhere I go. So invest in your health without compromise! Go to:athleticgreens.com/richrolland claim your special offer today:20 FREE travel packs valued at $79with your first purchase.ROKA Eyewear:Cutting edge eyewear & apparel built for top performance. Ultralight construction. Arms-Up Design. Official USAT Partner. If you’re active like me and wear prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, ROKA combines the no-slip performance you’ve been waiting for with fashionable design.To save 20%on a new pair of killer sunglasses or prescription eyewear, visitroka.com/richroll.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect with Knox:InstagramBlack Roses NYC:Website|Instagram|TwitterBook:The AfricanGame* by Knox RobinsonRunner's World:How to Be an Ally to the Black Running CommunityGear Patrol:Inside the Black Roses: NYC’s Fastest and Most Elusive Run ClubBilly Yang Films:MONTANA | The Window SeatYouTube:Run Wild | Knox Robinson| JaybirdYouTube

133 MIN1 w ago
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Knox Robinson on The Divided States of America

This Is America: Byron Davis & Phil Allen, Jr.

“Ignorance is the beginning of enlightenment.”Byron DavisMass demonstrations continue to spread across the nation — and now, the world — for the 20th day and counting.For many, this has been a wake-up call. An uncomfortable reckoning with the vast extent to which misuse of power, police abuse, and racism (both overt and covert) are baked into the very fabric of our nation.But for black people, African Americans and people of color, that pain, violence, and fear is an everyday reality.On a personal note, I’m determined to better understanding this unfortunate dynamic. The history that led to it. The systemic nature of it. The institutions that perpetuate it. And the solutions required for its long-overdue undoing.Part of that commitment is sharing an increased diversity voices.Towards that end, today I reconnect with my friendByron Davis, alongsidePastor Phil Allen, Jr.An O.G. podcast guest dating back to early 2013 (RRP #14), Byron is a former USA Swimming National Team member, American Record holder, UCLA All-American, and Ironman who holds the distinction of falling just three-tenths of a second shy of becoming the first African-American to make the USA Olympic Men's Swimming Team. A role model for thousands of young athletes, the obstacles Byron faced and overcame on his path to success is inspiring. With a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, Byron is now a sought after speaker and consultant -- a special human with a penchant for helping others unleash their inner potential.Phil is a pastor, teacher, poet, and the filmmaker behindOpen Wounds, a powerful documentary that delves into the reality of intergenerational trauma through the story of his grandfather’s murder and the police’s subsequent refusal to investigate it (now available on Vimeo on demand). He is also the founding pastor ofOwn Your Faith Ministriesin Santa Clarita, California and a second-year Ph.D. student at Fuller Theological Seminary studying Christian ethics and theology and culture, with a focus on Dr. King’s Theology and ethics, as well as the intersection of race theory and theology.Today Byron and Phil share their perspective on the protests. The BLM movement as a whole. And its potential to catalyze significant structural change.Bluntly put, this is an important conversation about what it means to be black in America.It’s about the economic history of slavery in the United States.It’s about the extent to which racism is perpetuated systemically — by way of policy, law, economics, politics & generations of socialization.It’s about the ways in which white supremacy is embedded into the bedrock of our institutions — from religious and political to educational and judicial.And it’s about confronting the pernicious manner in which racism lives, breathes, and persists — often completely unconsciously — within ourselves.This country has arrived at a critical crossroads. A choice to implode or heal. The higher path demands responsibility. The awakening requires we examine history from a different perspective. It demands we define our personal and national values. And it dictates that we align those values with action. To dismantle what is broken. To rebuild our institutions. To reframe our relationships -- and ourselves.Note:Regrettably, I was remiss in not exploring Phil's work as a spoken word artist during the conversation. I encourage you check out his performances onYouTube,starting with‘Colorblind But Not Colorless’— which I found particularly powerful. And while you're at it, read his most recent blog post,This Is America: Baptized in Whiteness.Final Note:I highly recommend (especially for those experiencing resistance to this conversation) watching13thon Netflix, a documentary analysis of the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom — and a master class in contextualizing the systemic aspect of racism.I’m grateful to Byron & Phil for their openness, patience & vulnerability. For sharing their perspective on ra

127 MIN2 w ago
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This Is America: Byron Davis & Phil Allen, Jr.

Roll On: America's Overdue (R)Evolution

“Right now we have a choice — stay silent or participate in historic, positive change.”Rich RollIt feels wrong to talk about anything other than this current historic moment.So let's address it, head on.The first in what I anticipate will be an ongoing series of ask-me-anything themed episodes we're calling 'Roll On:', I'm joined today by Adam Skolnick to discuss all things Black Lives Matter.Best known as the co-author of David Goggins' juggernaut memoir,Can't Hurt Me,Adam is an activist and veteran adventure journalist who has traveled the world writing forThe New York Times, Playboy, Outside, ESPN, BBC, Men’s Health,and many other prominent publications. You may recall his outstanding reporting on Colin O'Brady's historic solo Antarctica traverse in 2018 forThe New York Times.And long-time listeners will fondly remember his 2016 appearance on the podcast (RRP #218), in which we discussedOne Breath—his poetic biography of Nicholas Mevoli, America’s greatest freediver.Shiftin...

92 MIN3 w ago
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Roll On: America's Overdue (R)Evolution

Doug Evans On Food Inequality, The Power of Sprouts & Lessons Learned from Failure

“Most people are living to eat. I am eating to live.”Doug EvansA recurring themeof this show is deconstructing peak performance. Over the years, I've shared the success equations of. Olympic champions, entrepreneurs, actors, artists and spiritual masters -- all roadmaps to better guide our collective trajectories.But failure is the crucible for wisdom. And the litmus test of character.What happens when you give every ounce of yourself to a creation, only to see it crumble?Destruction can be our greatest teacher. How we move forward tells us who we are.After an epic public defeat,Doug Evanswas confronted with this challenge. Not only did he survive, he emerged better for it.A serial health food entrepreneur, you may recall Doug asthe Silicon Valley, juice-slinging mogul behind Juicero -- -- the infamous and futuristic wifi-connected, cold-press juicer start-up that raised $120 million from technology’s most high-powered VC’s beforefamously imploding in 2017.What you may not know ...

147 MIN3 w ago
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Doug Evans On Food Inequality, The Power of Sprouts & Lessons Learned from Failure

Become An Idea Machine With James Altucher: Create, Experiment & Adapt

“If you don’t give yourself permission to create a new world, chances are nobody else will.”James AltucherThe dystopia is here.Chaos, confusion, fear and anger. Horrific racism. Generations of pain fueling rioting and violence. Death and illness. Faltering systems and leadership failures. Market crashes and jobs lost.Communities are divided. Home lives are disrupted. Meanwhile, cities all across America are literally on fire.How we can right the ship? Deal with these cataclysmic shifts? And move forward productively?We can crash and burn. Or we can adapt -- a remaking of society that begins with personal reinvention.James Altucheris a virtuoso of this process.A prodigious intellect and abundantly talented polymath, James is a comic, chess master, entrepreneur, investor and prolific writer with over twenty books to his name, including the Wall Street Journal bestsellerChoose Yourself.He's also a fellow podcaster and an unconventional thinker with an idiosyncratic lens on pretty mu...

121 MINJUN 1
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Become An Idea Machine With James Altucher: Create, Experiment & Adapt

How Not To Diet With Michael Greger, MD

“I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. It’s never too late to start exercising and never too late to start eating healthier.”Michael Greger, MDWhen it comes to reliable nutrition information, the internet is a warn-torn, metastasizing mushroom cloud of toxic half-truths and misinformation.How do we sort through the tribal wars? How do we separate fact from fiction?Let's start with seeking out the experts. And the best, most objective science available.This is the life’s work of today’s guest and my friend, Dr. Michael Greger.Long time listeners are well acquainted with Dr. Greger, one of my very first guests back in 2012 (RRP #007). But it's been almost five years since his second appearance in 2015 (RRP #199). So let's put matters to rights.A graduate of Cornell and Tufts University School of Medicine as well as a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a nutrition science wizard who with a library of s...

106 MINMAY 28
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Remembering David Clark

“Ultimately, the truth comes from within. It's not something we find from the outside and bring into our lives. It's something that was always there that we just discover.”David ClarkOn May 21, 2020, the world lost a treasure.A beloved, 2-time RRP alumni,David Clarkwas one of the most courageous, resilient and authentic human beings I've ever met. A force for positive change. A model of service. The epitome of transformation, embodied. A loyal friend to many. And a man blessed with a preternatural gift for igniting the best in everyone he touched.Succumbing after complications incident to a herniated disc surgery, a chapter ends far too soon. But the story behind this accomplished ultra-endurance athlete, bestselling author, and father of three is a legend that will continue to be told -- and will never be forgotten.Today we honor the life and legacy of Dave Clark.Dave's steel was forged from hardship -- periodic homelessness and a poverty both financial and educational. Adulthood...

151 MINMAY 25
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Good Grief: Guru Singh On Death & Loss

“I think what people find in tragic challenges is a part of themselves they didn’t know existed.A new character arises in the midst of grief.”Guru SinghWelcome back to another edition ofGuru Multiverse — the latest in my ongoing series of spiritual deep dives withGuru Singh, my treasured friend and favorite wizard of all things mystical.For those newer to the show, imagine a modern-day Gandalf who rocks like Hendrix while dropping pearls of wisdom that beautifully fuse Eastern mysticism with Western pragmatism.Acelebrated third-generation Sikh yogi, master spiritual teacher, author, andfamily man, for the past 40 years Guru Singh has been studying and teachingKundalini Yoga. He is the author of several books, a powerful lecturer, andbehind-the-scenes guide to many a luminary, including Fortune 500 CEOs, athletes, and artists.A peer of rock legends like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, Guru Singh is also a talented musician who began his recording career on Warner Bros’ Repri...

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John Lewis + John Salley Are Black In America

“You’re not going to be liked by everybody but if someone’s going to hate you – let them hate you for doing the right thing.”John LewisToday I reconnect with my friends John Salley & John Lewis to discuss the black experience, race in America, food injustice, and where we go from here.A legit living legend,John Salleyis the first basketball player in history to win four NBA championships with three different teams -- the Pistons, Bulls & Lakers -- in three different decades. Since retiring in 2000, John has been a consistent media presence across television, radio, film and new media -- appearing on countless programs as a host, commentator and creator.A long-time vegan, Salley is also a passionate animal rights and healthy nutrition advocate (which we discussed inRRP 180). In addition, he’s an absolutely relentless entrepreneur, involved in a myriad of enterprises from vegan wine to cannabis. John's latest venture isCafe Organix,a new plant-based restaurant he launched to help eradicate the food deserts that plague the Black and Brown communities of San Bernardino, California.A prominent, ultra-positive voice in the vegan movement,John Lewis-- akaThe Badass Vegan-- is a public speaker, personal trainer, and entrepreneur who can now add filmmaker to the resume. In partnership with mutual friend Keegan Kuhn (RRP91,176,278,&397), the co-director behindCowspiracy, What The Health, and Running For Good,John is inching towards completion ofThey’re Trying To Kill Us--a powerful upcoming documentary that examines the impact of food & health injustice on disenfranchised African American communities (a subject I first explored with John inRRP 260).Busting traditional vegan stereotypes with a unique ability positively impact a wide diversity of people, John's story and broad smile has appeared on multiple television shows and in such publications asMuscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Thrive, Origin, Maxim,and evenSports Illustrated.Today we break bread. Black Lives Matter. Police misconduct. The pernicious nature of systemic racism. How religious institutions embed white supremacy.We also discussthe importance of black leadership and entrepreneurship. And we close with thoughts on food injustice -- how our broken food system negatively and disproportionately impacts communities of color.But most of all, this is a conversation about what is necessary to make things right. What black and brown communities need from white allies. And the ways in which we can grow, change, and do better -- together.Note:Check out the recently released and incredibly compelling trailer forThey're Trying To Kill Us.Then visit the film'sIndiegogo campaignto learn how you can support the film.Language Advisory:This one is packed with expletives, so pop on the earbuds if you got kiddos in the backseat.Finally, I suspect this will be an uncomfortable conversation for some; maybe for many. I invite you to listen or watch with an open mind and heart.Notwithstanding, these guys are a total blast. I love them both. I'm grateful for their friendship -- and their honesty.The visually inclined can watch our conversation onYouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.Strap in.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsTen Thousand:The World’s Most Durable Training Shorts. Built for Your Needs. Designed for Performance. Every order gets FREE shipping, FREE exchanges and FREE returns.Save 20% OFF your first purchaseattenthousand.ccwithpromo code “RICHROLL”.Squarespace:The easiest way to create a beautiful website, blog, or online store for you and your ideas.Save 10%at checkout when you visitsquarespace.com/richrolland use thediscount code RICHROLLat checkout.Whoop:The world’s most powerful fitness tracker. Get smarter about how you sleep, recover, and train, so you can unlock your best self. Go toWHOOP.comand use thepromo code “Richroll”at

106 MIN5 d ago
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John Lewis + John Salley Are Black In America

ROLL ON: Owning Your Story

“Truth matters now more than ever. If we can’t agree upon what is and is not true, how do we move forward as a society?”Rich RollWelcome to the second installment ofour newly-minted 'ask me anything' themed series,'Roll On:' --a twist on my usual format in which I share my thoughts on select topics and answer audience questions.Serving up co-host duties is Adam Skolnick, an activist and veteran journalist perhaps best known as David Goggins'Can't Hurt Meco-author. Adam has written about adventure sports, environmental issues and civil rights for outlets such asThe New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, Men’s Healthand many others; and he is the author ofOne Breath,which chronicles the life and death of Nick Mevoli, America's greatest freediver.Today's conversation begins with a few thoughts on the current protests and a review of recent podcast feedback.We also discuss the intersectionality of food insecurity and social justice. And we examine the importance of healing our food des...

97 MIN1 w ago
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ROLL ON: Owning Your Story

Knox Robinson on The Divided States of America

“This is our chance...to think beyond what the mainstream media is telling us.”Knox RobinsonAgainst the backdrop of a global pandemic has emerged the most powerful civil rights movement of our lifetime -- an irrefutably historic moment that will indelibly shape the economic, political, and social fabric of our country for decades to come.To help us untangle the rhetoric behind our country's supercharged division, todayKnox Robinsonjoins the podcast.Returning for his second appearance on the show (RRP #394rests among my all time favorite episodes), Knox is a writer, athlete, national caliber runner, eponymous curator of running culture, and an astute student of black history, art, literature, music and poetry. Formally commencing under the tutelage Poet Laureate Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University, Knox's education has continued throughout the many chapters of his life. As a spoken word artist and music manager. As editor-in-chief ofFadermagazine. And more recently as co-founder and captain ofBlack Roses NYC--a diverse collective of running enthusiasts who routinely gather to hammer out intervals across Brooklyn & downtown Manhattan.Put plainly, urban culture is Knox's lifeblood.One of the most interesting and multi-faceted humans I have ever met, today Knox shares an important perspective on America's crossroads.This is an investigation into the culture shifts caused by the pandemic and protests alike.It's a conversation about the intersection of sport, politics and civil rights. Black American representation in athletics. And where we go from here.It's also about virtue signaling. Performative allyship. And why readingWhite Fragilitysimply isn’t enough.But more than anything, this is a conversation about the power and poetics of running. Running as metaphor. Running as an act of rebellion — and the disturbing symbolism behind Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.I left this exchange better for having had it.The visually inclined can watch our conversation onYouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.This is a special conversation. I'm better for having had it. I hope you will be similarly impacted.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsJaybird:Pioneering audio for the active, Jaybird makes the most advanced and durable headphones I have ever tried. Their true wireless Vista earbuds (my favorite) are not only waterproof and sweatproof with industry-leading battery life, but they also meet U.S. military rugged compliance standards. When you’re ready to expand the horizon of your active audio experience, visitJaybirdSport.comand use thepromo code RICHROLL20 to get 20% off Jaybird Vista.Athletic Greens:75 whole food sourced ingredients designed to optimize 5 key areas of health, Athletic Greens is the delicious daily habit that sets you up for a healthy future. I take the packets everywhere I go. So invest in your health without compromise! Go to:athleticgreens.com/richrolland claim your special offer today:20 FREE travel packs valued at $79with your first purchase.ROKA Eyewear:Cutting edge eyewear & apparel built for top performance. Ultralight construction. Arms-Up Design. Official USAT Partner. If you’re active like me and wear prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, ROKA combines the no-slip performance you’ve been waiting for with fashionable design.To save 20%on a new pair of killer sunglasses or prescription eyewear, visitroka.com/richroll.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect with Knox:InstagramBlack Roses NYC:Website|Instagram|TwitterBook:The AfricanGame* by Knox RobinsonRunner's World:How to Be an Ally to the Black Running CommunityGear Patrol:Inside the Black Roses: NYC’s Fastest and Most Elusive Run ClubBilly Yang Films:MONTANA | The Window SeatYouTube:Run Wild | Knox Robinson| JaybirdYouTube

133 MIN1 w ago
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Knox Robinson on The Divided States of America

This Is America: Byron Davis & Phil Allen, Jr.

“Ignorance is the beginning of enlightenment.”Byron DavisMass demonstrations continue to spread across the nation — and now, the world — for the 20th day and counting.For many, this has been a wake-up call. An uncomfortable reckoning with the vast extent to which misuse of power, police abuse, and racism (both overt and covert) are baked into the very fabric of our nation.But for black people, African Americans and people of color, that pain, violence, and fear is an everyday reality.On a personal note, I’m determined to better understanding this unfortunate dynamic. The history that led to it. The systemic nature of it. The institutions that perpetuate it. And the solutions required for its long-overdue undoing.Part of that commitment is sharing an increased diversity voices.Towards that end, today I reconnect with my friendByron Davis, alongsidePastor Phil Allen, Jr.An O.G. podcast guest dating back to early 2013 (RRP #14), Byron is a former USA Swimming National Team member, American Record holder, UCLA All-American, and Ironman who holds the distinction of falling just three-tenths of a second shy of becoming the first African-American to make the USA Olympic Men's Swimming Team. A role model for thousands of young athletes, the obstacles Byron faced and overcame on his path to success is inspiring. With a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, Byron is now a sought after speaker and consultant -- a special human with a penchant for helping others unleash their inner potential.Phil is a pastor, teacher, poet, and the filmmaker behindOpen Wounds, a powerful documentary that delves into the reality of intergenerational trauma through the story of his grandfather’s murder and the police’s subsequent refusal to investigate it (now available on Vimeo on demand). He is also the founding pastor ofOwn Your Faith Ministriesin Santa Clarita, California and a second-year Ph.D. student at Fuller Theological Seminary studying Christian ethics and theology and culture, with a focus on Dr. King’s Theology and ethics, as well as the intersection of race theory and theology.Today Byron and Phil share their perspective on the protests. The BLM movement as a whole. And its potential to catalyze significant structural change.Bluntly put, this is an important conversation about what it means to be black in America.It’s about the economic history of slavery in the United States.It’s about the extent to which racism is perpetuated systemically — by way of policy, law, economics, politics & generations of socialization.It’s about the ways in which white supremacy is embedded into the bedrock of our institutions — from religious and political to educational and judicial.And it’s about confronting the pernicious manner in which racism lives, breathes, and persists — often completely unconsciously — within ourselves.This country has arrived at a critical crossroads. A choice to implode or heal. The higher path demands responsibility. The awakening requires we examine history from a different perspective. It demands we define our personal and national values. And it dictates that we align those values with action. To dismantle what is broken. To rebuild our institutions. To reframe our relationships -- and ourselves.Note:Regrettably, I was remiss in not exploring Phil's work as a spoken word artist during the conversation. I encourage you check out his performances onYouTube,starting with‘Colorblind But Not Colorless’— which I found particularly powerful. And while you're at it, read his most recent blog post,This Is America: Baptized in Whiteness.Final Note:I highly recommend (especially for those experiencing resistance to this conversation) watching13thon Netflix, a documentary analysis of the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom — and a master class in contextualizing the systemic aspect of racism.I’m grateful to Byron & Phil for their openness, patience & vulnerability. For sharing their perspective on ra

127 MIN2 w ago
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This Is America: Byron Davis & Phil Allen, Jr.

Roll On: America's Overdue (R)Evolution

“Right now we have a choice — stay silent or participate in historic, positive change.”Rich RollIt feels wrong to talk about anything other than this current historic moment.So let's address it, head on.The first in what I anticipate will be an ongoing series of ask-me-anything themed episodes we're calling 'Roll On:', I'm joined today by Adam Skolnick to discuss all things Black Lives Matter.Best known as the co-author of David Goggins' juggernaut memoir,Can't Hurt Me,Adam is an activist and veteran adventure journalist who has traveled the world writing forThe New York Times, Playboy, Outside, ESPN, BBC, Men’s Health,and many other prominent publications. You may recall his outstanding reporting on Colin O'Brady's historic solo Antarctica traverse in 2018 forThe New York Times.And long-time listeners will fondly remember his 2016 appearance on the podcast (RRP #218), in which we discussedOne Breath—his poetic biography of Nicholas Mevoli, America’s greatest freediver.Shiftin...

92 MIN3 w ago
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Roll On: America's Overdue (R)Evolution

Doug Evans On Food Inequality, The Power of Sprouts & Lessons Learned from Failure

“Most people are living to eat. I am eating to live.”Doug EvansA recurring themeof this show is deconstructing peak performance. Over the years, I've shared the success equations of. Olympic champions, entrepreneurs, actors, artists and spiritual masters -- all roadmaps to better guide our collective trajectories.But failure is the crucible for wisdom. And the litmus test of character.What happens when you give every ounce of yourself to a creation, only to see it crumble?Destruction can be our greatest teacher. How we move forward tells us who we are.After an epic public defeat,Doug Evanswas confronted with this challenge. Not only did he survive, he emerged better for it.A serial health food entrepreneur, you may recall Doug asthe Silicon Valley, juice-slinging mogul behind Juicero -- -- the infamous and futuristic wifi-connected, cold-press juicer start-up that raised $120 million from technology’s most high-powered VC’s beforefamously imploding in 2017.What you may not know ...

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Doug Evans On Food Inequality, The Power of Sprouts & Lessons Learned from Failure

Become An Idea Machine With James Altucher: Create, Experiment & Adapt

“If you don’t give yourself permission to create a new world, chances are nobody else will.”James AltucherThe dystopia is here.Chaos, confusion, fear and anger. Horrific racism. Generations of pain fueling rioting and violence. Death and illness. Faltering systems and leadership failures. Market crashes and jobs lost.Communities are divided. Home lives are disrupted. Meanwhile, cities all across America are literally on fire.How we can right the ship? Deal with these cataclysmic shifts? And move forward productively?We can crash and burn. Or we can adapt -- a remaking of society that begins with personal reinvention.James Altucheris a virtuoso of this process.A prodigious intellect and abundantly talented polymath, James is a comic, chess master, entrepreneur, investor and prolific writer with over twenty books to his name, including the Wall Street Journal bestsellerChoose Yourself.He's also a fellow podcaster and an unconventional thinker with an idiosyncratic lens on pretty mu...

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Become An Idea Machine With James Altucher: Create, Experiment & Adapt

How Not To Diet With Michael Greger, MD

“I continue to be amazed by our bodies’ ability for self-repair. It’s never too late to start exercising and never too late to start eating healthier.”Michael Greger, MDWhen it comes to reliable nutrition information, the internet is a warn-torn, metastasizing mushroom cloud of toxic half-truths and misinformation.How do we sort through the tribal wars? How do we separate fact from fiction?Let's start with seeking out the experts. And the best, most objective science available.This is the life’s work of today’s guest and my friend, Dr. Michael Greger.Long time listeners are well acquainted with Dr. Greger, one of my very first guests back in 2012 (RRP #007). But it's been almost five years since his second appearance in 2015 (RRP #199). So let's put matters to rights.A graduate of Cornell and Tufts University School of Medicine as well as a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is a nutrition science wizard who with a library of s...

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How Not To Diet With Michael Greger, MD

Remembering David Clark

“Ultimately, the truth comes from within. It's not something we find from the outside and bring into our lives. It's something that was always there that we just discover.”David ClarkOn May 21, 2020, the world lost a treasure.A beloved, 2-time RRP alumni,David Clarkwas one of the most courageous, resilient and authentic human beings I've ever met. A force for positive change. A model of service. The epitome of transformation, embodied. A loyal friend to many. And a man blessed with a preternatural gift for igniting the best in everyone he touched.Succumbing after complications incident to a herniated disc surgery, a chapter ends far too soon. But the story behind this accomplished ultra-endurance athlete, bestselling author, and father of three is a legend that will continue to be told -- and will never be forgotten.Today we honor the life and legacy of Dave Clark.Dave's steel was forged from hardship -- periodic homelessness and a poverty both financial and educational. Adulthood...

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Remembering David Clark

Good Grief: Guru Singh On Death & Loss

“I think what people find in tragic challenges is a part of themselves they didn’t know existed.A new character arises in the midst of grief.”Guru SinghWelcome back to another edition ofGuru Multiverse — the latest in my ongoing series of spiritual deep dives withGuru Singh, my treasured friend and favorite wizard of all things mystical.For those newer to the show, imagine a modern-day Gandalf who rocks like Hendrix while dropping pearls of wisdom that beautifully fuse Eastern mysticism with Western pragmatism.Acelebrated third-generation Sikh yogi, master spiritual teacher, author, andfamily man, for the past 40 years Guru Singh has been studying and teachingKundalini Yoga. He is the author of several books, a powerful lecturer, andbehind-the-scenes guide to many a luminary, including Fortune 500 CEOs, athletes, and artists.A peer of rock legends like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, Guru Singh is also a talented musician who began his recording career on Warner Bros’ Repri...

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Good Grief: Guru Singh On Death & Loss

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