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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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Has Cancel Culture Gone Too Far? Plus: Training Principles, Favorite Gear, Listener Questions & More

“We have to foster a culture that is conducive to people learning and growing in the public sphere.”Rich RollWelcome to another edition ofRoll On—my bi-weekly deep dive into (semi) current events, topics of audience interest, and of course answers to your questions.Once again 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,andMen’s Health.He is also the author ofOne Breath,which chronicles the life and death of America's greatest freediver, and is currently hard at work on a novel.Some of the many topics explored in today's conversation include:An update on ultrarunner Tommy Rivs' battle with lymphoma;Endurance training first principles;Why building a Zone 2 base is critical;DHS failures & overreach;Cancel culture: the Harper's Letter & Bari Weiss;Gear review show & tell; andWins of the week: Kai Lenny & Valarie AllmanIn addition we answer the following listener questions:How to live with an angry & abusive alcoholic?The paralyzing perils of self-help addictionDaily habits to thriveWhat changes should be made to public education?Is it worth writing and sharing your story?How to effectively work with your spouse or partnerThank you to Jake from Kansas City, Jackson from Wyoming, Adam from Alberta, Canada, Jeremy in Sant Michael, Minnesota, and Henry in Los Angeles for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on ourFacebook Page,or better yet leave a voicemail at(424) 235-4626.The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.Enjoy!Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsROKA 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. Tosave 20%on a new pair of killer sunglasses or prescription eyewear, visitroka.com/richroll.Express VPN:ExpressVPN defeats content restrictions and censorship to deliver unlimited access to video, music, social media, and more, from anywhere in the world. Express VPN is the VPN service rated #1 by TechRadar and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Protect your online activity today and find out how you can get3 months FREEatexpressvpn.com/richroll.Navitas Organics:Great people. Great products. Great planetary mission. A win for all. Only the highest-quality and most powerful plants, berries, roots, nuts and seeds the earth has to offer. Visitnavitasorganics.com/richrolland you can get for30% offyour entire order of organic superfoods when you use thepromo 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 the discountcode RICHROLLat checkout.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect With Adam:Website|Instagram|TwitterAdam's Books:Can't Hurt Me|One BreathTommy Rivs:Instagram|GoFundMe|Run With Rivs|RageOn AuctionGoFundMe:Support the Navajo NationRunners World:The Running Community Rallies Around Tommy Rivers Puzey During His HospitalizationWashington Post:DHS complies intelligence reports on journalists who published leaked documentsUSA Today:Chaos at U.S. airports as new coronavirus screening beginsNo More Deaths, No Más Muertes:Military style raid: border patrol detains 30+ people receiving care at humanitarian aid stationHarper's Bazaar:A Letter on Justice and Open DebateThe Atlantic:A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speec

150 MIN3 d ago
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Has Cancel Culture Gone Too Far? Plus: Training Principles, Favorite Gear, Listener Questions & More

Mirna Valerio: Shattering Stereotypes, Redefining Running & Confronting Racism in The Outdoors

“When you don’t acknowledge that racism actually exists--that my experience may be different from yours because I’m black and you are white--then you are absolutely perpetuating racism.”Mirna ValerioWhen you hear the words “professional runner” what image pops into your head?Most likely it's some version of a skinny white male in tiny shorts.Let’s just say Mirna Valerio is here to smash that stereotype — and completely redefine what it means to be an accomplished endurance athlete.She's not White. She's not a dude. And she isn't skinny.She is a total badass of her own design.Back for a long-awaited sequel to RRP #340, Mirna is back to drop truth bombs left and right on all things body inclusion, identity, and diversity in the outdoors.For those new to Mirna, aka the force of nature affectionately known as The Mirnavator, she is one of the most inspirational athletes I have ever met — a true ambassador of sport on a mission to empower humans of all shapes, sizes, colors and genders to proudly embrace their bodies, expand their horizons, and own their personal truth.Today’s conversation picks up where we last left off, spanning her evolution into a full-time sponsored running professional to her work as as a diversity and inclusion educator.We talk about identity, and the way in which we see ourselves as the lens through which we interpret the world.We discuss the difference between body inclusion versus body positivity and acceptance.We talk about everyday racism in the outdoor world and industry--and the work required to assess and overcome our own internalized unconscious beliefs.And it's about defining your values and embodying them in your actions--day in and day out.Mirna’s joyful self-acceptance is both real and rare. It’s authentic and bold. And it's as infectious as it is inclusive. She is totally unapologetic, far from sheepish, and 100% herself.The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple PodcastsandSpotify.I must confess: after almost 130 days in relative quarantine, melancholy has crept up on me. But there is something about Mirna’s gleeful demeanor that cheered me up.I think she will cheer you up as well. Enjoy!Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsOn Running: Born in the Swiss Alps, On Running is the world’s fastest-growing running brand. From their patented cushioning system to their gorgeous minimal design aesthetic, shoes & gear that performs and looks great too. Go to on-running.com/richroll to unlock the voucher, and pick your favorite shoe or apparel piece and run in it for a 30-day risk-free trial,no questions asked.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 checkout tosave 15% offWHOOP.Outerknown:Founded by pro-surfer Kelly Slater, Outerknown creates high quality, sustainably produced, and great looking men’s and women’s clothes, ethically manufactured in the world’s cleanest solar-powered factory. When you’re ready to amp up your wardrobe with awesome sustainable duds, go toouterknown.comand enter mycode RichRoll at checkout to get 25% off your full-price order.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".SHOW NOTESCheck out Mirna's book: A Beautiful Work In ProgressBackground, Context & ReferenceConnect with Mirna: Website | Facebook | Twitter|InstagramMirna's Online Class: Introduction to Identity, Social Justice, and Antiracism for the White CommunityVIDEO:REI Presents: The Mirnavator|REIRunner's World: How to Be an Ally to the Black Running CommunityGood Morning America: Ultra-athlete gears up for 100-mile raceNational Geographic: This Ultramarathon Runner is Redefining What an Athlete Looks LikeCNN

115 MIN6 d ago
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Mirna Valerio: Shattering Stereotypes, Redefining Running & Confronting Racism in The Outdoors

Confronting the Climate Crisis with Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

“It's up to us to create a system that cancels the apocalypse and protects humanity and all life.”Margaret Klein Salamon, PhDIn the words of today's guest, "we are in a moment of acute collective suffering."I couldn't agree more.From our nation’s current civil rights struggles to a metastasizing global pandemic, the pain is real, exacerbated by acurrent political system that seems hardwired to exacerbate problems, yet rather inept at actually solving them.Fomenting a collective sense of existential dread is the dark beast of climate change, an accelerating background hum that can leave even the most optimistic among us feeling powerless. Because we are not nearing the edge of a cliff. We have already flung ourselves off.Hitting the brakes isn't enough. We need to jam the engine into reverse.We need an immediate call to action. We need a 'Manhattan Project' scale approach to reckon with the objective truth of our dire predicament.Margaret Klein Salamon, PhDis here to guide us.A Ha...

94 MIN1 w ago
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Confronting the Climate Crisis with Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

Roll On: Creation Over Consumption

“Big goals areachieved by tiny wins daily.”Rich RollWelcome to another edition ofRoll On—my bi-weekly deep dive into (semi) current events, topics of audience interest, and of course answers to your questions.Serving up hype-man 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,and Men’sHealth.He is the author ofOne Breath,which chronicles the life and death of America's greatest freediver, and is currently hard at work on a novel.Today's conversation begins with a quick update on my forthcoming bookVoicing Changeand the subscription offering we are currently building.We then pivot to ruminations on goal setting based upon my personal experience and that of my many past guests.We talk about the latest coverage of the coronavirus, spikes across the country, the mask-authoritarianism debate, and the current constitutional crisis occurring in Portland.We honor the legacy of John Lewis, exploring his history and many accomplishments, including his pivotal role in the civil rights movement.We shoutout my friends Utkarsh Ambudkar and Darin Olien and their respective Netflix offerings:We Are Freestyle Love SupremeandDown to Earth--both mandatory quarantine viewing. We discuss the KFC-Beyond Chicken collaboration debut. And we send some love to legendary ultra runner Tommy Rivs — a beloved athlete and friend currently in the ICU (now in a coma since recording) suffering from undiagnosed COVID-like symptoms and severe respiratory distress. If you're able, please consider a donation to Tommy'sGoFundMeto ameliorate medical expenses. A little goes a long way.And finally, we switch gears to answer a few questions submitted by audience members on ourFacebook Group pageand voicemail.How can we best ration our time between consumption and creation?What can we do to abate feelings of powerlessness and fatalism about the future of humanity and the planet?How do you maintain sanity while both working and being a parent and part-time teacher during this unique time in history? AndHow do you ease into running?The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube.And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.Thank you to Patrick Dean, Bel Rumi, Joe from Pittsburgh, Bill Lawrence and Julie from Minnesota for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on ourFacebook Page,or better yet leave a voicemail at(424) 235-4626.I'm digging this new format. I hope you find it equal parts entertaining and informative.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsPublic Goods:One version of every essential in one place. Healthy, high quality, sustainable and affordable home goods, personal care products, and premium pantry staples. Everything is ethically sourced and free of harmful additives. The folks at Public Goods are generously giving listeners of the show$15 to spendon their first purchase — just go topublicgoods.com/RICHROLLor use codeRICHROLLat checkout.Blinkist:Unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed non-fiction books from self-help, to business, health, and history—all for one low price. Join me and 12 million others gleaning from the best and brightest. Try BlinkistFREE for 7 daysAND save25% offyour new subscription atblinkist.com/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 thediscountcode RICHROLLat checkout.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect With Adam:Website|Instagram|TwitterAdam's Books:Can't Hurt Me|One BreathSierra:The CAFO Industry's Impact

114 MIN2 w ago
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Roll On: Creation Over Consumption

How to Change Your Brain With Dr. Andrew Huberman (+ Utkarsh!)

“Behavior first. Thoughts, feelings and perceptions follow.”Andrew HubermanYou can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Past the ripe age of 25, we are fully cooked; calcified in our ways. So dispense with the idea of learning a new language, skill, or thought pattern—it’s just not happening.But what if that idea is simply false?What if I told you that you actually have the power to change your brain and reprogram your perception, irrespective of age?This is the life’s work of today’s guest,Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.A neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Andrew specializes in neuroplasticity--the brain's ability to reorganize and repair itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. He is the recipient ofthe McKnight Foundation Neuroscience Scholar Award, a Biomedical Scholar Award from the Pew Charitable Trusts and in 2017 Andrew received the ARVO Cogan Award for making major contributions to the fields of vision science and efforts to regenerate the visual system and cure blindness. In addition, his work in the Huberman Lab at Stanford has been featured on the pages ofScience,Discover,Scientific American,Time, and theNew York Times, not to mention countless peer-reviewed journals.First and foremost, this is a conversation about what it really takes to shift our thought patterns.A master class on all things neuroplasticity, Dr. Huberman walks us through the brain's inherent ability to modify itself based on experience and how we can advantageously leverage this process--through focus, mindfulness and restorative sleep--to not only learn new skills but also improve all essential aspects of well-being.We cover his research in self-motivation, and how we can hijack our dopamine systems and optimize stress to move forward in difficult situations.We discuss the inner workings of our nervous systems and how we can use our physical bodies—our diaphragms and visual systems—to access and optimize certain states of mind.And we also explore Dr. Huberman’s personal transformation. How he transcended family dysfunction and his days as a punk rock skater truant. And the most unlikely path he blazed to becoming the celebrated scientist he is today.But more than anything, this is a conversation about how to better self-regulate ourselves as animals.We are experiencing a cultural devolution in which society has becomebiochemically addicted to entrenched, all-or-nothing thinking and myopic perceptions of life. Simply put, emotions cloud our judgment. This discourse is a vital effort to better understand the powerful role cognitive bias and hormones like dopamine and adrenaline play in affirming our world views—and shutting us down to the opinions and experiences of others.Andrew teaches us that to shift the way that you function, changing your behavior is the first step.I just see it as the science backing my favorite mantra --mood follows action.The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube.And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.The Appetizer:People seemed to enjoy my previous brief check-in segments with Mishka Shubaly and Nadia Bolz-Weber so I thought I’d do it again. Today’s main course warm-up comes courtesy of my friendUtkarsh Ambudkar,the linguistically dexterous musician, actor and rapper longtime listeners will recall fromRRP #373.The occasion is the release ofWe Are Freestyle Love Supreme--a must see documentary that chronicles a tribe of über-talented artists--including UTK and one Lin-Manuel Miranda--from humble beginnings to Broadway superstardom.I love this film. Check it immediately on Hulu(and no, this is not a sponsored thing).Final Note:If you're enjoying my bi-weekly 'ask me anything' themed-episodes and have a question you'd like answered on air you can drop it on ourFacebook Group pageorleave us a voicemail.Our brand-spanking-new 'Roll On' phone line is live at424-235-4626. Hit us up

166 MIN2 w ago
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How to Change Your Brain With Dr. Andrew Huberman (+ Utkarsh!)

How to Survive a Pandemic: Michael Greger, MD

“If you’re ever going to start exercising, get your sleep schedule right, reduce stress or start eating healthy--now is the time to do it.”Michael Greger, MDA powerful primer onall matters pandemic pertinent, todayMichael Greger, M.D., FACLMreturns for his fourth appearance on the podcast to answer all your coronavirus queries and more.A graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University School of Medicine as well as a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is the nutrition science wizard behindNutritionFacts.org— the world’s most authoritative, non-profit, science-based public service destination for all things nutrition, health and disease prevention.His massively popular books, includingHow Not to Die,How Not To Diet,and their cookbook analogues, all became instantNew York TimesBest Sellers and crowned Dr. Greger a media darling, his excitable face popping up everywhere fromThe Dr. Oz ShowtoThe Colbert Report.Less well known is the fact that, prior to his focus on nutrition, Dr. Greger had an entire career as an internationally-recognized expert on public health. A specialist in emerging infectious diseases, he's been sounding the pandemic alarm for over a decade.Back then, nobody was listening. Now they are. To wit, Dr. Greger's latest release,How To Survive A Pandemic,now available in audiobook and kindle with a paperback version hitting the shelves August 18, forms the basis of today's conversation.Today's exchange is hyper focused on the public and political health disaster that is the novel coronavirus. The even more deadly impending H7N9 bird flu. And the common thread between these and other zoonotic diseases:humanity's broken relationship with animals.In general terms, I seize the opportunity to ask Dr. Greger his expert opinion on all my (and perhaps your) lingering questions about what exactly is happening. Where it started. Where it's going. How we prevent future pandemics. And how we survive this one. In specific terms, we explore:What is the difference between COVID-19 and a typical flu?How exactly is it being transmitted?Why do some fall gravely ill while others experience only mild symptoms?What is herd immunity and what is it going to take to get there?How do we make sure our immune response is intact and healthy?What is the effectiveness of Vitamin D and Zinc supplementation?Why are there so many tests, which one should I take and when should I consider getting tested?Should I be disinfecting everything (like my groceries)?How dangerous are airplanes?How important is hand washing?What exactly is the utility of masks and does it matter what kind of mask I wear? andWhat are the most effective things we should focus on for prevention?And perhaps the most fundamental question of all,how can we stop the emergence of pandemics in the first place?The answer begins with the dismantling of our industrialized factory farming infrastructure.Not only are America’s factory farms vile for the animals and the workers that slaughter them, but they are essentially breeding grounds for future pandemics. This is a call for the eradication of these systems--a moral imperative if we want to preserve not only our environment but the long-term viability of our species.This is an important, alarming, and downright terrifying moment of truth. So pay attention.The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube.And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.If you're new to the show and interested in exploring Dr. Greger's work in nutrition, jump back toRRP #7,#199, and#522.Final Note:If you're enjoying my bi-weekly 'ask me anything' themed-episodes and have a question you'd like answered on air you can drop it on ourFacebook Group pageorleave us a voicemail.Our brand-spanking new 'Roll On' phone line is live at424-235-4626. Hit us up!It’s scary out there folks, but Dr. G, ever the enthusiastic optimist, remainshopeful. That gives me hop

121 MIN3 w ago
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How to Survive a Pandemic: Michael Greger, MD

Roll On: Finding Purpose

“Your life immediately becomes more meaningful when you are of service to others.”Rich RollWelcome to the third installment of Roll On—my bi-weekly deep dive into (semi) current events, topics of audience interest, and of course answers to your questions.Serving up co-host duties is Adam Skolnick, an activist and veteran journalist is perhaps best known as David Goggins' Can't Hurt Me co-author. Adam has written about adventure sports, environmental issues and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, Men’s Health and many others; and he is the author of One Breath,which chronicles the life and death of Nick Mevoli, America's greatest freediver.Today's conversation begins with a few exciting announcements: an update on a new book I'm close to completing and a premium subscription offering I am currently contemplating.We then pivot to ruminations on a few noteworthy current events. Adam and I share thoughts on everything from writer’s block and cancel culture to the conspiratorial bent that is shifting the character of certain swaths of the wellness community.We talk Kanye, including my experience attending his Sunday Service.We explore the manner in which people become manipulated by the vicissitudes of the YouTube algorithm—and why we should all be on high alert when it comes to the quality of our media diet.And we each share a few tidbits of good news.We then switch gears to answer a handful of questions submitted by audience members on our Facebook Group page:How do you find purpose?What are the secrets to maintaining goals?How can we be more mindful?What is the nature of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias?The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple PodcastsandSpotify.Finally, I would love your feedback to help inform my thinking on a premium subscription offering (don't worry the podcast will always be free). Let me know your thoughts in the survey pinned to the top of our Facebook Group Page, where you can also submit questions for future episodes. We're also going to create a voicemail for future questions to be read on air.I'm having fun with this new format. I hope you find it equal parts entertaining and informative.In the words of Guru Singh, right now more than ever we all need less emotion and more devotion.I challenge you to embody this.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsROKA 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.Navitas Organics:Great people. Great products. Great planetary mission. A win for all. Only the highest-quality and most powerful plants, berries, roots, nuts and seeds the earth has to offer. Visitnavitasorganics.com/richrolland you can get for30% offyour entire order of organic superfoods when you use thepromo 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.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect With Adam: Website | Instagram | TwitterBook: Can't Hurt MeBook: One BreathSierra: The CAFO Industry's Impact on the Environment and Public HealthThe Beet: Doug Evans on The Health Benefits of SproutingNew York Times: Rabbit HoleNetflix: Queer EyeJoe Rogan: Bernie SandersBrené Brown: Twitter PostNew York Times: With Flights Banned, Son Sails Solo Across Atlantic to Reach Father, 90New York Time

115 MINJUL 9
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Roll On: Finding Purpose

Kevin Smith & Harley Quinn Smith Dare To Enter The 'Vegan Abattoir'

E“Seeing what human compassion could do to an animal gave me a new awareness that I had never understood before, that human actions directly affect the animals that we coexist with.”Harley Quinn SmithOver the last several episodes, I’ve endeavored to shoulder healthy and thoughtful conversations about what matters most right now — the pandemic, racial injustice, systemic racism, police brutality and food injustice.Today we shift from that somber gear for an interlude of reprieve.Enter entertainment’s ultimate plant-based father-daughter duo:Kevin SmithandHarleyQuinn Smith.For the few unfamiliar among us, Kevinis an indie film making legend, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author and early podcast pioneer — a voice I credit as a huge influence on my personal career behind a microphone.In 1994, Kevin burst into prominence with his hyper low-budget comedyClerks, a film he wrote, directed, co-produced, and filmed in the convenience store where he worked. Premiering at Sundance, it was fêted with the festival’s highest award before going on to become an indie cult classic.In addition to countless appearances in both movies and television, Kevin has created a litany of films, affectionately and collectively referred to by his many rabid fans as theView Askewiverse,a nod to Kevin’s production shingle, View Askew Productions.Returning to his roots (did he ever leave?), Kevin toured his latest film,Jay and Silent Bob Reboot(featuring names like Chris Hemsworth and Ben Affleck) to roadshow box office success, promoting it with pre-pandemic live events in over 60 cities across North America.An iconic and beloved character amongst indie film fans and comic book nerds, Kevin has always been immediately recognizable and famous for his hockey jerseys, backward hat and well, his weight.But in February of 2018, Kevin had a near-fatal heart attack.A lifestyle change was needed. Desperately. Enter Harley.An actress, animal rights activist and bass player for the bubblegum punk band, The Tenth, Harley suggested —some might saycoerced—Kevin to adopt her plant-based ways. Kevin obliged. In short, he dropped 50 pounds and kept the weight off. His blood work normalized. And the rest is history.Together they recently launchedVegan Abattoir—a daddy daughter podcast affair thatprovides plant-based answers to the vegan-curious questions they get from a meat-eating and dairy-drinking audience. Dare you enter? If so you can catch yours truly inepisode 2.Picking up where I left off with Kevin in last year’s barnburner 2.5 hour Vulcan mind meld (RRP #433), Today’s discussion centers primarily on veganism and animal rights. What led Harley to adopt this lifestyle, the way it has transformed her life, and that of her Dad.It’s about the many projects these two have up their sleeve, from restaurants to non-profits, to upcoming films.It’s a peek into the life of a Hollywood family, and the complicated dynamics of the movie biz and stardom — including a touching remembrance of Stan Lee and the story behind Harley landing a Manson girl part in Quentin Tarantino’sOnce Upon A Time In Hollywood.The gleeful banter between Harley and Kevin is infectious. And while this conversation is light, I promise there is much to be gleaned — especially if you are new to the vegan world or perhaps contemplating a more-plant based approach to your plate and life.I’ve interviewed a lot of people. Few are as skilled as Kevin in the art of conversation. And Harley just made it all so much better.Enjoy!Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsAthletic 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

98 MINJUL 6
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Kevin Smith & Harley Quinn Smith Dare To Enter The 'Vegan Abattoir'

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 MINJUN 29
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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...

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Has Cancel Culture Gone Too Far? Plus: Training Principles, Favorite Gear, Listener Questions & More

“We have to foster a culture that is conducive to people learning and growing in the public sphere.”Rich RollWelcome to another edition ofRoll On—my bi-weekly deep dive into (semi) current events, topics of audience interest, and of course answers to your questions.Once again 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,andMen’s Health.He is also the author ofOne Breath,which chronicles the life and death of America's greatest freediver, and is currently hard at work on a novel.Some of the many topics explored in today's conversation include:An update on ultrarunner Tommy Rivs' battle with lymphoma;Endurance training first principles;Why building a Zone 2 base is critical;DHS failures & overreach;Cancel culture: the Harper's Letter & Bari Weiss;Gear review show & tell; andWins of the week: Kai Lenny & Valarie AllmanIn addition we answer the following listener questions:How to live with an angry & abusive alcoholic?The paralyzing perils of self-help addictionDaily habits to thriveWhat changes should be made to public education?Is it worth writing and sharing your story?How to effectively work with your spouse or partnerThank you to Jake from Kansas City, Jackson from Wyoming, Adam from Alberta, Canada, Jeremy in Sant Michael, Minnesota, and Henry in Los Angeles for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on ourFacebook Page,or better yet leave a voicemail at(424) 235-4626.The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.Enjoy!Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsROKA 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. Tosave 20%on a new pair of killer sunglasses or prescription eyewear, visitroka.com/richroll.Express VPN:ExpressVPN defeats content restrictions and censorship to deliver unlimited access to video, music, social media, and more, from anywhere in the world. Express VPN is the VPN service rated #1 by TechRadar and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Protect your online activity today and find out how you can get3 months FREEatexpressvpn.com/richroll.Navitas Organics:Great people. Great products. Great planetary mission. A win for all. Only the highest-quality and most powerful plants, berries, roots, nuts and seeds the earth has to offer. Visitnavitasorganics.com/richrolland you can get for30% offyour entire order of organic superfoods when you use thepromo 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 the discountcode RICHROLLat checkout.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect With Adam:Website|Instagram|TwitterAdam's Books:Can't Hurt Me|One BreathTommy Rivs:Instagram|GoFundMe|Run With Rivs|RageOn AuctionGoFundMe:Support the Navajo NationRunners World:The Running Community Rallies Around Tommy Rivers Puzey During His HospitalizationWashington Post:DHS complies intelligence reports on journalists who published leaked documentsUSA Today:Chaos at U.S. airports as new coronavirus screening beginsNo More Deaths, No Más Muertes:Military style raid: border patrol detains 30+ people receiving care at humanitarian aid stationHarper's Bazaar:A Letter on Justice and Open DebateThe Atlantic:A Deeply Provincial View of Free Speec

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Has Cancel Culture Gone Too Far? Plus: Training Principles, Favorite Gear, Listener Questions & More

Mirna Valerio: Shattering Stereotypes, Redefining Running & Confronting Racism in The Outdoors

“When you don’t acknowledge that racism actually exists--that my experience may be different from yours because I’m black and you are white--then you are absolutely perpetuating racism.”Mirna ValerioWhen you hear the words “professional runner” what image pops into your head?Most likely it's some version of a skinny white male in tiny shorts.Let’s just say Mirna Valerio is here to smash that stereotype — and completely redefine what it means to be an accomplished endurance athlete.She's not White. She's not a dude. And she isn't skinny.She is a total badass of her own design.Back for a long-awaited sequel to RRP #340, Mirna is back to drop truth bombs left and right on all things body inclusion, identity, and diversity in the outdoors.For those new to Mirna, aka the force of nature affectionately known as The Mirnavator, she is one of the most inspirational athletes I have ever met — a true ambassador of sport on a mission to empower humans of all shapes, sizes, colors and genders to proudly embrace their bodies, expand their horizons, and own their personal truth.Today’s conversation picks up where we last left off, spanning her evolution into a full-time sponsored running professional to her work as as a diversity and inclusion educator.We talk about identity, and the way in which we see ourselves as the lens through which we interpret the world.We discuss the difference between body inclusion versus body positivity and acceptance.We talk about everyday racism in the outdoor world and industry--and the work required to assess and overcome our own internalized unconscious beliefs.And it's about defining your values and embodying them in your actions--day in and day out.Mirna’s joyful self-acceptance is both real and rare. It’s authentic and bold. And it's as infectious as it is inclusive. She is totally unapologetic, far from sheepish, and 100% herself.The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple PodcastsandSpotify.I must confess: after almost 130 days in relative quarantine, melancholy has crept up on me. But there is something about Mirna’s gleeful demeanor that cheered me up.I think she will cheer you up as well. Enjoy!Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsOn Running: Born in the Swiss Alps, On Running is the world’s fastest-growing running brand. From their patented cushioning system to their gorgeous minimal design aesthetic, shoes & gear that performs and looks great too. Go to on-running.com/richroll to unlock the voucher, and pick your favorite shoe or apparel piece and run in it for a 30-day risk-free trial,no questions asked.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 checkout tosave 15% offWHOOP.Outerknown:Founded by pro-surfer Kelly Slater, Outerknown creates high quality, sustainably produced, and great looking men’s and women’s clothes, ethically manufactured in the world’s cleanest solar-powered factory. When you’re ready to amp up your wardrobe with awesome sustainable duds, go toouterknown.comand enter mycode RichRoll at checkout to get 25% off your full-price order.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity url's and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".SHOW NOTESCheck out Mirna's book: A Beautiful Work In ProgressBackground, Context & ReferenceConnect with Mirna: Website | Facebook | Twitter|InstagramMirna's Online Class: Introduction to Identity, Social Justice, and Antiracism for the White CommunityVIDEO:REI Presents: The Mirnavator|REIRunner's World: How to Be an Ally to the Black Running CommunityGood Morning America: Ultra-athlete gears up for 100-mile raceNational Geographic: This Ultramarathon Runner is Redefining What an Athlete Looks LikeCNN

115 MIN6 d ago
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Mirna Valerio: Shattering Stereotypes, Redefining Running & Confronting Racism in The Outdoors

Confronting the Climate Crisis with Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

“It's up to us to create a system that cancels the apocalypse and protects humanity and all life.”Margaret Klein Salamon, PhDIn the words of today's guest, "we are in a moment of acute collective suffering."I couldn't agree more.From our nation’s current civil rights struggles to a metastasizing global pandemic, the pain is real, exacerbated by acurrent political system that seems hardwired to exacerbate problems, yet rather inept at actually solving them.Fomenting a collective sense of existential dread is the dark beast of climate change, an accelerating background hum that can leave even the most optimistic among us feeling powerless. Because we are not nearing the edge of a cliff. We have already flung ourselves off.Hitting the brakes isn't enough. We need to jam the engine into reverse.We need an immediate call to action. We need a 'Manhattan Project' scale approach to reckon with the objective truth of our dire predicament.Margaret Klein Salamon, PhDis here to guide us.A Ha...

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Confronting the Climate Crisis with Margaret Klein Salamon, PhD

Roll On: Creation Over Consumption

“Big goals areachieved by tiny wins daily.”Rich RollWelcome to another edition ofRoll On—my bi-weekly deep dive into (semi) current events, topics of audience interest, and of course answers to your questions.Serving up hype-man 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,and Men’sHealth.He is the author ofOne Breath,which chronicles the life and death of America's greatest freediver, and is currently hard at work on a novel.Today's conversation begins with a quick update on my forthcoming bookVoicing Changeand the subscription offering we are currently building.We then pivot to ruminations on goal setting based upon my personal experience and that of my many past guests.We talk about the latest coverage of the coronavirus, spikes across the country, the mask-authoritarianism debate, and the current constitutional crisis occurring in Portland.We honor the legacy of John Lewis, exploring his history and many accomplishments, including his pivotal role in the civil rights movement.We shoutout my friends Utkarsh Ambudkar and Darin Olien and their respective Netflix offerings:We Are Freestyle Love SupremeandDown to Earth--both mandatory quarantine viewing. We discuss the KFC-Beyond Chicken collaboration debut. And we send some love to legendary ultra runner Tommy Rivs — a beloved athlete and friend currently in the ICU (now in a coma since recording) suffering from undiagnosed COVID-like symptoms and severe respiratory distress. If you're able, please consider a donation to Tommy'sGoFundMeto ameliorate medical expenses. A little goes a long way.And finally, we switch gears to answer a few questions submitted by audience members on ourFacebook Group pageand voicemail.How can we best ration our time between consumption and creation?What can we do to abate feelings of powerlessness and fatalism about the future of humanity and the planet?How do you maintain sanity while both working and being a parent and part-time teacher during this unique time in history? AndHow do you ease into running?The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube.And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.Thank you to Patrick Dean, Bel Rumi, Joe from Pittsburgh, Bill Lawrence and Julie from Minnesota for your questions. If you want your query discussed, drop it on ourFacebook Page,or better yet leave a voicemail at(424) 235-4626.I'm digging this new format. I hope you find it equal parts entertaining and informative.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsPublic Goods:One version of every essential in one place. Healthy, high quality, sustainable and affordable home goods, personal care products, and premium pantry staples. Everything is ethically sourced and free of harmful additives. The folks at Public Goods are generously giving listeners of the show$15 to spendon their first purchase — just go topublicgoods.com/RICHROLLor use codeRICHROLLat checkout.Blinkist:Unlimited access to read or listen to a massive library of condensed non-fiction books from self-help, to business, health, and history—all for one low price. Join me and 12 million others gleaning from the best and brightest. Try BlinkistFREE for 7 daysAND save25% offyour new subscription atblinkist.com/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 thediscountcode RICHROLLat checkout.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes,visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect With Adam:Website|Instagram|TwitterAdam's Books:Can't Hurt Me|One BreathSierra:The CAFO Industry's Impact

114 MIN2 w ago
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Roll On: Creation Over Consumption

How to Change Your Brain With Dr. Andrew Huberman (+ Utkarsh!)

“Behavior first. Thoughts, feelings and perceptions follow.”Andrew HubermanYou can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Past the ripe age of 25, we are fully cooked; calcified in our ways. So dispense with the idea of learning a new language, skill, or thought pattern—it’s just not happening.But what if that idea is simply false?What if I told you that you actually have the power to change your brain and reprogram your perception, irrespective of age?This is the life’s work of today’s guest,Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.A neuroscientist and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Andrew specializes in neuroplasticity--the brain's ability to reorganize and repair itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. He is the recipient ofthe McKnight Foundation Neuroscience Scholar Award, a Biomedical Scholar Award from the Pew Charitable Trusts and in 2017 Andrew received the ARVO Cogan Award for making major contributions to the fields of vision science and efforts to regenerate the visual system and cure blindness. In addition, his work in the Huberman Lab at Stanford has been featured on the pages ofScience,Discover,Scientific American,Time, and theNew York Times, not to mention countless peer-reviewed journals.First and foremost, this is a conversation about what it really takes to shift our thought patterns.A master class on all things neuroplasticity, Dr. Huberman walks us through the brain's inherent ability to modify itself based on experience and how we can advantageously leverage this process--through focus, mindfulness and restorative sleep--to not only learn new skills but also improve all essential aspects of well-being.We cover his research in self-motivation, and how we can hijack our dopamine systems and optimize stress to move forward in difficult situations.We discuss the inner workings of our nervous systems and how we can use our physical bodies—our diaphragms and visual systems—to access and optimize certain states of mind.And we also explore Dr. Huberman’s personal transformation. How he transcended family dysfunction and his days as a punk rock skater truant. And the most unlikely path he blazed to becoming the celebrated scientist he is today.But more than anything, this is a conversation about how to better self-regulate ourselves as animals.We are experiencing a cultural devolution in which society has becomebiochemically addicted to entrenched, all-or-nothing thinking and myopic perceptions of life. Simply put, emotions cloud our judgment. This discourse is a vital effort to better understand the powerful role cognitive bias and hormones like dopamine and adrenaline play in affirming our world views—and shutting us down to the opinions and experiences of others.Andrew teaches us that to shift the way that you function, changing your behavior is the first step.I just see it as the science backing my favorite mantra --mood follows action.The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube.And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.The Appetizer:People seemed to enjoy my previous brief check-in segments with Mishka Shubaly and Nadia Bolz-Weber so I thought I’d do it again. Today’s main course warm-up comes courtesy of my friendUtkarsh Ambudkar,the linguistically dexterous musician, actor and rapper longtime listeners will recall fromRRP #373.The occasion is the release ofWe Are Freestyle Love Supreme--a must see documentary that chronicles a tribe of über-talented artists--including UTK and one Lin-Manuel Miranda--from humble beginnings to Broadway superstardom.I love this film. Check it immediately on Hulu(and no, this is not a sponsored thing).Final Note:If you're enjoying my bi-weekly 'ask me anything' themed-episodes and have a question you'd like answered on air you can drop it on ourFacebook Group pageorleave us a voicemail.Our brand-spanking-new 'Roll On' phone line is live at424-235-4626. Hit us up

166 MIN2 w ago
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How to Change Your Brain With Dr. Andrew Huberman (+ Utkarsh!)

How to Survive a Pandemic: Michael Greger, MD

“If you’re ever going to start exercising, get your sleep schedule right, reduce stress or start eating healthy--now is the time to do it.”Michael Greger, MDA powerful primer onall matters pandemic pertinent, todayMichael Greger, M.D., FACLMreturns for his fourth appearance on the podcast to answer all your coronavirus queries and more.A graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University School of Medicine as well as a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is the nutrition science wizard behindNutritionFacts.org— the world’s most authoritative, non-profit, science-based public service destination for all things nutrition, health and disease prevention.His massively popular books, includingHow Not to Die,How Not To Diet,and their cookbook analogues, all became instantNew York TimesBest Sellers and crowned Dr. Greger a media darling, his excitable face popping up everywhere fromThe Dr. Oz ShowtoThe Colbert Report.Less well known is the fact that, prior to his focus on nutrition, Dr. Greger had an entire career as an internationally-recognized expert on public health. A specialist in emerging infectious diseases, he's been sounding the pandemic alarm for over a decade.Back then, nobody was listening. Now they are. To wit, Dr. Greger's latest release,How To Survive A Pandemic,now available in audiobook and kindle with a paperback version hitting the shelves August 18, forms the basis of today's conversation.Today's exchange is hyper focused on the public and political health disaster that is the novel coronavirus. The even more deadly impending H7N9 bird flu. And the common thread between these and other zoonotic diseases:humanity's broken relationship with animals.In general terms, I seize the opportunity to ask Dr. Greger his expert opinion on all my (and perhaps your) lingering questions about what exactly is happening. Where it started. Where it's going. How we prevent future pandemics. And how we survive this one. In specific terms, we explore:What is the difference between COVID-19 and a typical flu?How exactly is it being transmitted?Why do some fall gravely ill while others experience only mild symptoms?What is herd immunity and what is it going to take to get there?How do we make sure our immune response is intact and healthy?What is the effectiveness of Vitamin D and Zinc supplementation?Why are there so many tests, which one should I take and when should I consider getting tested?Should I be disinfecting everything (like my groceries)?How dangerous are airplanes?How important is hand washing?What exactly is the utility of masks and does it matter what kind of mask I wear? andWhat are the most effective things we should focus on for prevention?And perhaps the most fundamental question of all,how can we stop the emergence of pandemics in the first place?The answer begins with the dismantling of our industrialized factory farming infrastructure.Not only are America’s factory farms vile for the animals and the workers that slaughter them, but they are essentially breeding grounds for future pandemics. This is a call for the eradication of these systems--a moral imperative if we want to preserve not only our environment but the long-term viability of our species.This is an important, alarming, and downright terrifying moment of truth. So pay attention.The visually inclined can watch it all go down onYouTube.And as always, the audio version streams wild and free onApple PodcastsandSpotify.If you're new to the show and interested in exploring Dr. Greger's work in nutrition, jump back toRRP #7,#199, and#522.Final Note:If you're enjoying my bi-weekly 'ask me anything' themed-episodes and have a question you'd like answered on air you can drop it on ourFacebook Group pageorleave us a voicemail.Our brand-spanking new 'Roll On' phone line is live at424-235-4626. Hit us up!It’s scary out there folks, but Dr. G, ever the enthusiastic optimist, remainshopeful. That gives me hop

121 MIN3 w ago
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How to Survive a Pandemic: Michael Greger, MD

Roll On: Finding Purpose

“Your life immediately becomes more meaningful when you are of service to others.”Rich RollWelcome to the third installment of Roll On—my bi-weekly deep dive into (semi) current events, topics of audience interest, and of course answers to your questions.Serving up co-host duties is Adam Skolnick, an activist and veteran journalist is perhaps best known as David Goggins' Can't Hurt Me co-author. Adam has written about adventure sports, environmental issues and civil rights for outlets such as The New York Times, Outside, ESPN, BBC, Men’s Health and many others; and he is the author of One Breath,which chronicles the life and death of Nick Mevoli, America's greatest freediver.Today's conversation begins with a few exciting announcements: an update on a new book I'm close to completing and a premium subscription offering I am currently contemplating.We then pivot to ruminations on a few noteworthy current events. Adam and I share thoughts on everything from writer’s block and cancel culture to the conspiratorial bent that is shifting the character of certain swaths of the wellness community.We talk Kanye, including my experience attending his Sunday Service.We explore the manner in which people become manipulated by the vicissitudes of the YouTube algorithm—and why we should all be on high alert when it comes to the quality of our media diet.And we each share a few tidbits of good news.We then switch gears to answer a handful of questions submitted by audience members on our Facebook Group page:How do you find purpose?What are the secrets to maintaining goals?How can we be more mindful?What is the nature of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias?The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple PodcastsandSpotify.Finally, I would love your feedback to help inform my thinking on a premium subscription offering (don't worry the podcast will always be free). Let me know your thoughts in the survey pinned to the top of our Facebook Group Page, where you can also submit questions for future episodes. We're also going to create a voicemail for future questions to be read on air.I'm having fun with this new format. I hope you find it equal parts entertaining and informative.In the words of Guru Singh, right now more than ever we all need less emotion and more devotion.I challenge you to embody this.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsROKA 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.Navitas Organics:Great people. Great products. Great planetary mission. A win for all. Only the highest-quality and most powerful plants, berries, roots, nuts and seeds the earth has to offer. Visitnavitasorganics.com/richrolland you can get for30% offyour entire order of organic superfoods when you use thepromo 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.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect With Adam: Website | Instagram | TwitterBook: Can't Hurt MeBook: One BreathSierra: The CAFO Industry's Impact on the Environment and Public HealthThe Beet: Doug Evans on The Health Benefits of SproutingNew York Times: Rabbit HoleNetflix: Queer EyeJoe Rogan: Bernie SandersBrené Brown: Twitter PostNew York Times: With Flights Banned, Son Sails Solo Across Atlantic to Reach Father, 90New York Time

115 MINJUL 9
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Kevin Smith & Harley Quinn Smith Dare To Enter The 'Vegan Abattoir'

E“Seeing what human compassion could do to an animal gave me a new awareness that I had never understood before, that human actions directly affect the animals that we coexist with.”Harley Quinn SmithOver the last several episodes, I’ve endeavored to shoulder healthy and thoughtful conversations about what matters most right now — the pandemic, racial injustice, systemic racism, police brutality and food injustice.Today we shift from that somber gear for an interlude of reprieve.Enter entertainment’s ultimate plant-based father-daughter duo:Kevin SmithandHarleyQuinn Smith.For the few unfamiliar among us, Kevinis an indie film making legend, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author and early podcast pioneer — a voice I credit as a huge influence on my personal career behind a microphone.In 1994, Kevin burst into prominence with his hyper low-budget comedyClerks, a film he wrote, directed, co-produced, and filmed in the convenience store where he worked. Premiering at Sundance, it was fêted with the festival’s highest award before going on to become an indie cult classic.In addition to countless appearances in both movies and television, Kevin has created a litany of films, affectionately and collectively referred to by his many rabid fans as theView Askewiverse,a nod to Kevin’s production shingle, View Askew Productions.Returning to his roots (did he ever leave?), Kevin toured his latest film,Jay and Silent Bob Reboot(featuring names like Chris Hemsworth and Ben Affleck) to roadshow box office success, promoting it with pre-pandemic live events in over 60 cities across North America.An iconic and beloved character amongst indie film fans and comic book nerds, Kevin has always been immediately recognizable and famous for his hockey jerseys, backward hat and well, his weight.But in February of 2018, Kevin had a near-fatal heart attack.A lifestyle change was needed. Desperately. Enter Harley.An actress, animal rights activist and bass player for the bubblegum punk band, The Tenth, Harley suggested —some might saycoerced—Kevin to adopt her plant-based ways. Kevin obliged. In short, he dropped 50 pounds and kept the weight off. His blood work normalized. And the rest is history.Together they recently launchedVegan Abattoir—a daddy daughter podcast affair thatprovides plant-based answers to the vegan-curious questions they get from a meat-eating and dairy-drinking audience. Dare you enter? If so you can catch yours truly inepisode 2.Picking up where I left off with Kevin in last year’s barnburner 2.5 hour Vulcan mind meld (RRP #433), Today’s discussion centers primarily on veganism and animal rights. What led Harley to adopt this lifestyle, the way it has transformed her life, and that of her Dad.It’s about the many projects these two have up their sleeve, from restaurants to non-profits, to upcoming films.It’s a peek into the life of a Hollywood family, and the complicated dynamics of the movie biz and stardom — including a touching remembrance of Stan Lee and the story behind Harley landing a Manson girl part in Quentin Tarantino’sOnce Upon A Time In Hollywood.The gleeful banter between Harley and Kevin is infectious. And while this conversation is light, I promise there is much to be gleaned — especially if you are new to the vegan world or perhaps contemplating a more-plant based approach to your plate and life.I’ve interviewed a lot of people. Few are as skilled as Kevin in the art of conversation. And Harley just made it all so much better.Enjoy!Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts|YouTube|Spotify|Stitcher|Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsAthletic 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

98 MINJUL 6
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Kevin Smith & Harley Quinn Smith Dare To Enter The 'Vegan Abattoir'

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

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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...

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