#113 Understanding Swells - Mark SponslerThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Mark Sponsler's website Stormsurf.com has been the one and only surf forecast source for all variations of the Mavericks surf contest. It has also provided forecast consultation for the the IMAX film "Wild California", Dan Rather's "48 Hours", Ted Koppel's "Nightline", programming from FOX and numerous other TV productions that focus on big wave surfing and forecasting. Mark was the lead surf forecaster for the Hollywood movie "Chasing Mavericks."
Mark Sponsler graduated from Rollins College in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration. He's managed software projects for Rockwell International, Lockheed-Martin, Kaiser Permantente and consulted for Spherion.
Music: Sleep North America, This Storm Will Go For A Long Time.
#112 Convergence - A Short StoryThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
#111 Investigative Journalist - Abby MartinThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, an investigative news program on the satellite network teleSUR and YouTube. She was formerly the host of Breaking the Set on the Russian network RT America, working from the Washington, D.C. bureau. Before hosting her own show, she had worked for two years as a correspondent for RT America.
Martin is also an artist and activist, and helped found the citizen journalism website Media Roots. She serves on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored. Martin appeared in the documentary film Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News and co-directed 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.
#109 Chris Ryan & Jim FadimanThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Dr. Jim Fadiman is considered America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use. In 1974 he co-founded the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and has since continued to explore potential medical and creative uses of psychedelic drugs. In his most recent book, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys (2011), he provides insight into safe and correct uses of psychedelic drugs. The book was inspired by his unique knowledge of psychedelic experiences and his desire to explain beneficial uses of those substances. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in Social Relations in 1960, and his M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University in Psychology in 1962 and 1965, respectively.
Chris Ryan and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think.
A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.
Even before co-authoring the New York Times best-seller, Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships (translated into 15 languages), with his partner-in-crime (and wife), Cacilda Jethá, MD, Chris was on a wild ride. After receiving a BA in English and American literature in 1984 he spent the next two decades traveling around the world, pausing in unexpected places to work at decidedly odd jobs (e.g., gutting salmon in Alaska, teaching English to prostitutes in Bangkok and self-defense to land-reform activists in Mexico, managing commercial real-estate in New York’s Diamond District, helping Spanish physicians publish their research). In his mid-30s, Chris decided to pursue doctoral studies in Psychology.
Drawing upon his multi-cultural experience, Chris' research focused on distinguishing the human from the cultural, first by focusing on shamanism and ethnobotony—studying how various societies interact with altered states of consciousness and the sacred plants that provoke them—and later, by looking at similarly diverse cultural perspectives on sexuality. His doctoral dissertation was a multi-disciplinary investigation of prehistoric human sexual behavior, guided by the world-renowned psychologist, Stanley Krippner, at Saybrook Graduate School, in San Francisco, CA.
Chris is finishing a new book for Simon and Schuster tentatively called Civilized to Death: Why Everything's Amazing but Nobody's Happy, due out in 2017—and he puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking, featuring conversations with interesting people, ranging from famous comics to bank robbers to drug smugglers to porn stars to authors to plasma physicists.
#108 Blue Mind - Dr. Wallace "J" NicholsThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols - called “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine, “a visionary" by Outside Magazine and a "water warrior" by AQUATICS International - is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot).
#107 Onnit - Kyle KingsburyThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Kyle Kingsbury is a retired American professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2006-2014, Kingsbury also formerly competed for King of the Cage and was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. He is now the Director of Human Optimization at Onnit.
#106 NASA Polymath Scientist - Dr. Bruce DamerThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Correction: It was Tim Leary, not Mckenna who was interviewed by Surfer Magazine. Sorry I misspoke in the interview. -Kyle
Dr. Bruce Damer is a polymath scientist, designer, author, and general explorer of liminal realms. He has worked for over a decade in simulation and design of space missions for NASA, develops biochemical models for the origin of life at UC Santa Cruz and collects vintage computers and their history in his DigiBarn computer museum. He has a practice exploring beyond the edges of consciousness to bring back stuff that is meaningful for humanity and the Gaian prerogative.
#105 Transworld Surf Editor - Chris CoteThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Chris Cote is a “professional action sports personality.” He got his start as a competitive surfer and skateboarder before he was the editor of Transworld Surf Magazine. Today, Chris is a commentator for the World Surf League, host of the Vans Park Series, editor of Encinitas Magazine, and the host of the Monday M.A.S.S, his own podcast.
#104 Nat Geo Photographer & Elk Hunting Guide - Ben & Jesse HortonThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Ben Horton has based his career on being able to go places that other people either cannot, or don’t want to go. From thousands of feet underwater to the most remote regions in the arctic, Ben’s passion is to use photography as a means to inspire people to take stewardship of the planet. Ben started his career with National Geographic by telling the story of the sharks of Cocos Island. He traced the illegal fishing industry from Costa Rica to China, and as a result of his work helped to increase the park boundaries and protection of two of Costa Rica’s national parks. He was awarded the National Geographic Society’s first ever Young Explorer Grant for his work, and he has since moved on to receive a number of other National Geographic grants, assignments, and recently stared in a documentary for National Geographic featuring his work in Thailand. Ben is based in southern California, where he works primarily on adventure campaigns.
Jesse Horton is a sculptor, submarine pilot, elk / big game guide, hunt for food, spearfish, mountain rescue member, surfer, mountain biker, and climber.
#103 Abalone Scientist - Taylor WhiteThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Taylor White is a UC Santa Cruz graduate researcher studying the population dynamics of pinto abalone in Southeast Alaska. She works closely with the Sitka Sound Science Center and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
#102 10X Paddleboard World Champ - Jamie MitchellThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
#101 On A Hunt With Justin LeeThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Justin Lee (@BigIsleBoy24) is a professional bowhunter and spearfisherman from the Big Island of Hawaii.
#100 Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii - Kahi PacarroThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Kahi Pacarro is the Executive Director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. The organization is run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers. They inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups. They also coordinate educational programs, team building corporate cleanups, waste diversion services, public awareness campaigns and help others run their own beach cleanups.
#99 Tantric Sex Techniques - Aaron AlexanderThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Aaron Alexander (@AlignPodcast) is the host of Align Podcast. He is a rolfer and movement coach as well as an explorer in tantric sex realm.
#98 Nat Geo & Former Vice Correspondent - Ryan DuffyThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Ryan Duffy is a journalist and correspondent best known for his work with Vice Media, including accompanying Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters on a visit to North Korea in 2013. In October 2015, as part of a slate of 12 new shows, The Huffington Post launched the docuseries Now What with Ryan Duffy. He currently hosts NatGeo's show, Explorer.
#97 Triathlete/Big Wave Surfer - Clint KimminsThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Clint Kimmons (@ClintKimmons) is a professional triathlete and big wave surfer from Australia.
#96 Moms & Threesomes - Albee LayerThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Albee Layer ( live.fast.die.old ) is a professional surfer from Maui, Hawaii.
#95 Mr. Smooth - Rob MachadoThe Kyle Thiermann Show add
Rob Machado is not just one of the world’s greatest surfers, he’s also one of the sport’s most recognizable characters -- a living icon who continues to expand the definition of what professional surfing is all about. Known for his zen-like flow both on land and in the water, Machado was consistently seeded at the top of the rankings as a competitor on the ASP World Tour. With 12 career WCT victories, Machado was ranked among the top ten surfers for eleven straight years and was inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame in 2000 and re-inducted in 2006 and SIMA Waterman of the Year in 2011.