The Drunken Taoist

The Drunken Taoist is a bi-monthly podcast that is hosted by Italian American author and college professor Daniele Bolelli. The podcast was started in 2012 after Bolleli’s appearance on a number of other popular podcasts, such as The Joe Rogan Experiance and Skepticality. One of the monthly episodes features discussions and interviews with one or more guests. The other includes rants, history tidbits, and verbal tai-chi with co-host Rich Evirs. The podcast covers a wide variety of subject matter including religion, politics, sex, martial arts, philosophy, history, current events, family and much more. Basically the show covers whatever makes life intense, passionate, and worth living.

“Fuck pain, fuck heartbreak, I’m still in love with life.”- Daniele Bolelli

What I Like About The Podcast:

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  • Having grown up in Italy, Daniele has a unique view on North American culture which is refreshing to hear

  • Daniele has a very healthy attitude towards life and is very candid about his experiences with fatherhood, teaching, and loss.

  • It’s nice to hear the opinions of a couple of “Average Joe’s” on subjects such as life and current events

  • You frequently learn about obscure little stories from history that are both interesting and entertaining

  • True to it’s name, the stance taken on by the podcast on most issues is often nuanced and tend to be more towards the middle

  • The podcast really encourages balance in all aspects of life

  • Explores taboo subject matter such as sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

  • Bolelli’s Italian accent is fun to listen to

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Things That Aren’t So Great About The Show:

  • Rich Evirs may be the most annoying co-host on the face of the planet

  • The interview episodes of the podcast can be very underwhelming at times

  • The two of them spend a lot of time reminiscing about the “good old days” and tend to shit all over millennial’s

  • Both hosts are busy individuals and sometimes record a bunch of podcasts all at once, as a result some of the podcasts can be dated by the time they are released

  • Audio quality is not always the greatest

A Little About The Host:

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian American author, university professor, and martial artist based in southern California. Bolelli holds M.A’s in both American Indian Studies and History and he did his postdoctoral research in history at Cardiff University. As a professor, he has taught a wide variety of courses including native american history, Taoist philosophy, ancient roman studies, world religions, and the philosophy of martial arts. He has written several books on the topics of martial arts (On The Warriors Path), Religion ( Create Your Own Religion: A How To Book With Instructions & 50 Things Your Not Supposed to Know: Religion), as well as an autobiographical tail called Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting. Daniele has trained in several different styles of martial arts and has both coached and fought professionally in MMA. Bolelli has appeared as a guest on numerous popular podcast and was also included in SPIKE T.V’s documentary I Am Bruce Lee. Also hosts the popular history podcast Hardcore History.

Top 5 Recommended Episodes:

  1. E1- Duncan Trussel: Vampire Hunter

  2. E23- Dan Carlin: The Man Who Can Make History Fun

  3. E35- Tait Flecher, Nothing But Heart

  4. E59- My Friend Mike V on Climbing Out of Hell

  5. E79- Ryan Holiday on Stoicism and Character Building

3.5 out of 5 Golden Frogs