History on Fire

History on Fire is a history podcast that is hosted by university professor and author Daniele Bolelli. It is primarily a story driven podcast that explores epic tales that have taken place throughout human history. From the Italian peninsula to the American mid-west Bolelli explores a wide variety of topics that you may have missed in history class. Following in the footsteps of the god-father of podcasting, Dan Carlin (Hardcore History), Daniele takes us on a journey to a place where history and epic collide. Whether you like history or not, if you care about bravery, wisdom, passion, larger than life characters, and some of the most emotionally intense moments in human experience this is the podcast for you. The podcast made it onto the iTunes list of Best Podcasts of 2015.


Things I Like About The Podcast:

  • Each episode is meticulously researched and it is apparent that Daniele has a strong understanding of the topic being discussed

  • The podcast explores the more human elements of history which gives the show a unique flavor

  • Daniele is a great storyteller and a professor of history so you know that he has a passion for it, he does a good job at painting a mental picture of whatever is being discussed

  • The podcast explores some of the more obscure tales from history and there is a lot of diversity among the topics selected, it’s not just about old white dudes doing stuff

  • Daniele is very good at recommending other history podcasts that you should be listening to


Things That Aren’t So Great About The Podcast:

  • Some of the topics that do get chosen are a little on the dry side

  • I feel like some of the episodes could be longer and sometimes feel rushed

  • Some of the older series require you to pay for them, they are not all free

  • Some of the episode are for the truest of history buffs among us and are not “easy listening”

  • The Italian accent can be problematic at times

  • The intro’s and the outro’s of the show can be rather long

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 philosophy podcast The Drunken Taoist.

Top 5 Recommended Series:

  1. E1-2 The Slave Wars

  2. E4-5 The 10 000

  3. E32-33 On Good and Evil: The Parallel Stories of My Lai and Sand Creek

  4. E38 Monster in the Darkness

  5. E39-42 Joan of Arc

    4 out of 5 Golden Frogs

The Aubrey Marcus Podcast

The Aubrey Marcus Podcast is a conversation based podcast that is hosted by the self-proclaimed warrior poet Aubrey Marcus. The podcast strives to answer questions such as, How do we find our purpose in life? How do we wake up each day and be who we are truly meant to be? How do we have a few more laughs along the way and make being a human a little better? The Aubrey Marcus Podcast tries to answer these questions, and many more, by inviting the brightest minds in athletics, business, science, relationships, and spirituality to be guests on the show. With over 10 million downloads on iTunes alone, this motivational destination has fostered honest conversation and has helped millions along the way.


What I Like About The Podcast:

  • If you need a healthy dose of positivity or motivation to do the thing, this is a good podcast to listen to

  • Aubrey Marcus seems like he genuinely wants to help people get their shit together

  • Aubrey is a true psychonaught and is open and honest about his experiances

  • The only ads that are run on the podcast are for Aubrey’s own company Onnit

  • Some of the episodes are extremely profound and have resonated with me personally on a deep level

  • Very willing to explore the topics of alternative lifestyles in regards to sex, relationships, and health

  • Very unique guests from the psychedelic community and the “counter culture” make appearances on the show

  • Aubrey is a strong advocate for the legalization of psychedelics and supports organizations such as MAPS who are working towards that

Things That Aren’t So Great About the Podcast:

  • Aubrey can let his ego get in the way while he is interviewing people

  • The podcast can be very Bro-y at times an the bro science can get a little annoying

  • Aubrey tries to be funny sometimes and he really shouldn’t because hes not that funny and it derails the conversation

  • Guests are all very unique and interesting but they all tend to hold very similar opinions

  • The conversation often drifts towards psychedelics no matter who the guest is and what they may be discussing, Aubrey sees them as the end all be all medicine

  • Aubrey isn’t the best interviewer and tends to talk over and interrupt his guests

A Little About The Host:

Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy that he calls total human optimization. He works with top professional athletes around the world and has optimized millions of lives across the globe. Aubrey regularly provides commentary for media outlets such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Doctors, as well as a feature in Men’s Health. He is the founder and designer of the life-coaching course Go For Your Win which is dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Aubrey is very passionate about raising awareness about psychedelic medicines and is very candid about his experiences with them. He champions organizations such as MAPS and the Heffter Institute as a result of his life changing experiences with psychedelics. He is also an author with the release of his first book Own the Day, Own Your Life.

Top Recommended Episodes:

  1. #45- The Most Addictive Drug in the World: Flow w/ Steven Kotler

  2. #76- Ego is the Enemy w/ Ryan Holiday

  3. #117- Transformation, Tribe, and Preparing for Challenging Times w/ Jamie Wheal

  4. #138- The Cure is Near w/ Rick Doblin

  5. #161- Music, Muse, and Medicine w/ Glitch Mobs Justin Boreta

4 out of 5 Golden Frogs

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour

Previously known as The Lavender Hour, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour has over 250 episodes to it's name and is hosted by american stand-up comedian Duncan Trussell. Each episode Duncan is joined by a special guest and they explore a diverse range of topics including art, society, politics, religion, culture and much more. The candid nature of the podcasts host combined with the fact that absolutely no topic is off limits produces entertaining, unique, and sometimes enlightening conversations. This is primarily a comedy podcast so the listener should be prepared for random bouts of ridiculousness that are spotted in between the serious conversation. You will laugh, you may cry, but you will definitely be exposed to a new and interesting idea or viewpoint.


Things I Like About The Podcast:

  • Some of the episodes are down right hilarious and will have you laughing from start to finish.

  • It explores subject matter that tends to be more on the spiritual side of the spectrum.

  • It explores the philosophy of many different religions in an un-biased way.

  • The introduction to each episode is unique, bold, and can be very enlightening.

  • The ads are done in a fun way.

  • Duncan invites guests onto his show that a lot of other podcasts may over look.

  • No subject is off limits.

  • Duncan has a unique way of looking at life which pushes his guests into areas of conversation that are interesting and unique.

  • Duncan is extremely humble and does not let his ego get in the way of conversations.


Things That Aren't So Great About The Podcast:

  • The comedy style of this podcast is very mature, extremely ridiculous and random, and tends to be on the dirtier side of the spectrum, which may not be for everyone.

  • Some of the introductions can be a bit much and can go on for far to long.

  • A lot of ranting and raving tends to happen and it can be hard to distinguish what is fact and what is fiction.

  • Duncan, more often then not, will try and go for the laugh which can take away from the seriousness of the conversation sometimes.

  • The podcast is not recorded in a studio so there can be a lot of background noise.

  • Some of the guests can be a little over the top

  • Can lean pretty hard towards the "Woo-Woo" mystical side of things

A Little About The Host:

Duncan Trussell is an american stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He has written for shows that have appeared on various television networks including Showtime, HBO, and Comedy Central. Duncan has appeared on TV shows shuch as Curb your Enthusiasm and MadTV as well as doing voice over work for animated TV series such as Adventure Time and HBO's animated series Animals. Duncan has been very candid about his struggles with depression and is a very big advocate for the use of psychedelics as a healing tool for mental health. He is also a strong advocate for having some sort of spiritual practice in ones life. He subscribes to the teachings of Ram Dass and his guru Neem Karoli Baba. Duncan is a proud member of the burning man community.

Top 5 Recommended Guests:

  1. Dan Harmon

  2. Jack Kornfield

  3. Chris Ryan

  4. Daniele Bolelli

  5. Pendelton Ward

4 out of 5 Golden Frogs