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Charles Cunningham, MP, State Trooper, and Retired FBI Agent: Part 1

Fri, 07/15/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad welcomes Charles Cunningham who is a former military policeman in the Air Force, a local police officer, PA State Trooper, and a retired FBI Agent. He shares the amazing case of David James Lindsey, a bemedalled former Marine, Army NCO, and war hero, who ends up becoming a cocaine dealer in upstate New York. 


Charles got hold of a ledger for David's crimes and this led him down a rabbit hole of racketeering, murders, possession of firearms and silencers, and drug trafficking. They go to trial. David takes a PTSD defense and had one of the most qualified psychiatrists declare that David has one of the worst PTSD cases he has ever seen.


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Ret. Maj. Fred Galvin, Marine Recon and Author of 'A Few Bad Men'

Fri, 07/08/2022 - 15:00

On this podcast, Rad welcomes Maj. Fred Galvin who served as commanding officer of the first unit that MARSOC deployed to combat in Afghanistan. He is the author of A Few Bad Men and he shares the chilling story of being ambushed by a car bomb and being framed for war crimes they did not commit.

He recounts how they were unwanted guests to their command and the underlying selfish philosophies of his commanders. The media storm that followed the attack got them booted out of Afghanistan and even back home, despite being exonerated by the court of inquiry, they were publicly shamed for supposedly getting away with murder. Fred is fighting back and letting the people know how the military is abusing its power and letting others take the fall for their mistakes.


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Green Beret Horseman Mark Nutsch and Bestselling Author Jim DeFelice

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad welcomes Mark Nutsch and Jim DeFelice. Mark served as a Green Beret and led one of the first Special Forces teams into Afghanistan after 9/11. Mark was trained in unconventional warfare, from using foreign weapons to adapting to riding on horseback. He recalls an amazing scene of their local allies on horseback charging against columns of Taliban tanks and leading his team through the harshest conditions just to survive.

Jim is the author or co-author of sixteen New York Times bestselling books, including American Sniper, Everyman a Hero, and Swords of Lightning which he co-wrote with Mark. He shares some of the tales he learned from Mark, notably the fascinating mix of civil war-era and high-tech warfare that transpired during Mark's mission. He is a winner of the Army Historical Foundation Award for his writing and lives in the Hudson Valley.

The story of Mark and the 12 horsemen of ODA 595 is dramatized in the Hollywood movie 12 Strong.


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Brad Thor, Author of Rising Tiger and Former DHS Red Cell Unit Member

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad welcomes back Brad Thor, former member of the Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Unit and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 21 books, including his latest thriller called Rising Tiger. Brad discusses how in-depth he went to get every detail right, from getting the military ranks of the Indian armed forces accurately to depicting the horrific medieval skirmish between the Indians and Chinese in 2020 which served as the opening to the book. Brad explores the geopolitical tension between the two nations and also shares interesting tidbits on cross-referencing characters from other authors' books, learning how to fashion an IED out of garbage, and why a 9mm is the preferred gun in an actual gunfight.

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The SOFREP Author's Interview With Brandon Webb and John David Mann with Special Guest Brad Thor, Moderator Sean Spoonts.

Sat, 06/18/2022 - 15:00

On this special episode, SOFREP's Editor-in-Chief Sean Spoonts features Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, former member of the Department of Homeland Security's Analytic Red Cell Unit, and sought-after keynote speaker on future terrorist threats. They are joined by Brandon Webb, SOFREP's publisher, former Navy SEAL sniper, and himself an author of a dozen books, as well as John David Mann, co-author of over 30 books including Brandon's memoirs. 

Brad shares his creative process, from experiencing as many of his settings as he can to never using an outline to keep the magic of storytelling alive. John then updates on Finn's saga that started in Steel Fear and how the mystery around him will take readers to Iceland next. They comment on the geopolitics of the US, China, Russia, and India and share funny anecdotes on Cold Fear's cover photo. Finally, they give tips to aspiring writers about reading what you love and writing as an intentional decision. 

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Cameron Hanes, Backcountry Bowhunter and Author of Endure

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 15:00

On this podcast, Rad features Cameron Hanes, endurance athlete, backcountry bowhunter, owner of Keep Hammering, and author of the bestselling book Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering.

Cameron shares his passion for bowhunting and the hard work and intentionality needed to become the ultimate predator. He discusses the deep respect he has for the animals and reminds us that the food we eat comes at the sacrifice of another living being. He comments on the food wastage issue that in the U.S. and how this goes against the values of true hunters who live aligned with nature. Cameron also gives his insights on the almost beautiful death by a perfect arrow shot versus the violence of a gunshot.


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Connor "The Controller" Matthews, USAF Combat Controller, MMA Featherweight

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Connor "The Controller" Matthews, former Air Force combat controller and current MMA featherweight holding a 5-0 professional record. He shares the high-risk job of combat controllers, including performing HALO and HAHO jumps, and the need to be a strong runner and swimmer to survive this role. 

Connor talks about the highly technical role of air traffic controllers and how to secure airfields. Being a lifelong athlete, Connor made a natural transition into MMA after life in the military. He shares his background in martial arts and his confidence in making it big in the UFC.   


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Mike Lamonica, USAF CMSgt and Bronze Star Medalist

Fri, 06/03/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Mike Lamonica, Chief Master Sergeant who retired as Chief Enlisted Manager for the 720th Special Tactics Group at the Air Force and current Vice President of Architecture and Engineering for Optiv. 


Mike recalls his missions as a combat controller and the extreme danger of his job and talks about the significance of the rock in building character and teamwork during the pipeline. Mike and Rad go through the jargon of combat controllers as they have a unique language.


Mike shares some advice for aspiring combat controllers. He also tells the story of his Bronze Medal and how the Combat Control Association takes care of their specific needs as veterans. 


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Jesse Gould, Army Ranger and Founder of the Heroic Hearts Project

Fri, 05/20/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Jesse Gould, founder of the Heroic Hearts Project, Army Ranger veteran, and psychedelic therapy advocate. Jesse talks about the modalities of psychedelic treatment, its benefits for neurogenesis, and how it can bring controlled chaos to your mind to reset it. 


Jesse talks about his deployments to Afghanistan and his realization that he was drinking way too much. And, more than that, he started observing his mental state take a turn for the worse.


He shares his discovery of ayahuasca as an alternative treatment. Seeing how none of his efforts as of yet were worth preserving, he decided to go down to Peru to seek a shaman. Jesse details the ceremony, how entering into a psychedelic state brings forth repressed traumas, and the unique way ayahuasca reframes trauma to break the cycle of PTSD.


However, not anyone should just jump in and try ayahuasca. There is preparation needed, both mentally and emotionally, as ayahuasca heightens your senses but your brain interprets the stimuli differently. Therefore, Jesse stresses that being in a safe space is paramount for psychedelic treatment.


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Dr. Martin Polanco, Founder of The Mission Within & Michael Higgs, Veteran, SEAL Master

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews The Mission Within Founder Dr. Martin Polanco and Director of Operations Michael Higgs, who was also Command Master Chief of a SEAL team and a 30-year veteran. Cognitive damage is the reality for many veterans and psychedelic treatment is a stigmatized solution to regaining what had been lost in battle. 


Dr. Polanco discusses how psychedelic treatment heals post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and mild traumatic brain injury, while Michael talks about life before and after a single treatment session. They share how ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT are used alongside music and the guidance of a coach and other medical professionals.


Psychedelic treatment is holistic and emphasizes the therapeutic effects of exercise, meditation, eating healthily, and proper sleep. They also talk about the benefits of microdosing and the need to change the narrative on the true healing potential of psychedelics.


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Ricardo Perez, Former Army Sniper, Scientist, and Author

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Ricardo Perez, former US Army sniper, author of Born To Fail: Embrace Hardship To Forge Your Warrior Spirit, and current research scientist at the University of Washington Department of Virology. He shares his deployment in Kandahar, from carrying around a 50-cal sniper rifle to documenting everything he could through writing.


This became the basis for his book as well as his story of growing up and his journey to become a scientist after life in the army. Ricardo shares that he struggled with depression after his deployment. He recalls the difficulty of finding jobs even as a college graduate and how a strong mindset overcame it. 


For Ricardo, his family remains his primary motivation to achieve his dreams. The proceeds of his book go into the production of his audiobook which features controversial conversations during the Afghanistan war.


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Author Kevin Maurer and WW2 Pilot John 'Lucky' Luckadoo

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Kevin Maurer and Lucky Luckadoo. Kevin is an award-winning journalist and author of critically-acclaimed books, including No Easy Day, the inside story of the Bin Laden raid. John "Lucky" Luckadoo also joins today's show to share his experiences during WW2 and how he collaborated with Kevin to tell his story.

He shares how he was stationed in England and the virtually unheard-of feat of surviving 25 bombing runs in broad daylight without fighter escort. Lucky shares that they didn’t talk about the war, they just lived it. 

He comments on the nature of war and how there is nothing to be learned in it. There are no victors, only victims. He says that finding the will to get in the cockpit again and again was a horrific responsibility, but he did it as it was his duty.


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Congressman Michael Waltz, Colonel, Green Beret, and Author

Fri, 04/22/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida's 6th congressional district. He is a current Green Beret who also serves as a Colonel in the National Guard. He is the author of a couple of books including Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan.

Rep. Waltz shares that one time he jumped out of a plane only to realize his reserve chutes were undone. He also talks about his upcoming children's book Dawn of the Brave. He comments on the waning sense of duty of Americans and taking the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan.

On immigration, Rep. Waltz also stresses the need for a managed system. There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and cartels make hundreds of millions per week due to smuggling and human trafficking. Lastly, Rep. Waltz also warns against the CCP and how they are undermining the US.


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Episode 594: Lee Stuckey, Former Major in the Marines, Founder and President of AHERO and Operation Phoenix

Fri, 04/15/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Lee Stuckey, a former major in the Marines, and Founder and President of AHERO and Operation Phoenix. Lee tells the story of his three combat deployments to Iraq, the trauma that he kept under wraps, and his brush with death.  

Now focused on healing, Lee shares how his farm has grown and the evolving programs AHERO has for its veteran community. He talks about AHERO's events which connect veterans to the experts who can help them heal, whether it's for anger management or addiction.

Music for a Hero has been particularly healing and Kevin Adair also comes on the show to perform and bring awareness to their advocacy. Lee further shares the work they do with Operation Phoenix and advises veterans that healing is possible and it’s best done with a community.


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Zachary Armstrong, Navy Officer and Mike Peyton, Navy SEAL

Fri, 04/08/2022 - 15:00

On this podcast, Rad interviews Zachary Armstrong, a Navy officer turned motivational speaker and advocate for military members suffering from substance abuse disorder, and Michael Peyton, a former Navy SEAL who is now a leader of top-performing teams, developer, and trainer of elite human performance, and change agent solving complex challenges. Both guests had a long battle with addiction and today share how they overcame this challenge with the help of the community and healthy alternatives.

Zach is a coach for The Phoenix—a community focused on providing support to those recovering from substance abuse through sober activities and events. He gets vulnerable with his struggle with alcohol and, as a high-functioning alcoholic, was able to hide his substance abuse struggle for years. Based on his experiences in both military and civilian rehab communities, he is driven to ensure the military re-thinks how their substance abuse programs are run. 

Zach and Mike hope to create an effective rehab program catered to the needs of the military community that focuses on providing alternative methods to recovery.

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True War Stories Podcast Producer Dan Benamor and Camouflaged Sisters Founder Lila Holley

Fri, 04/01/2022 - 15:00

On this week’s podcast, Rad interviews Dan Benamor and Lila Holley. Dan is the Head of Podcasts at Voyage Media, and has shepherded 7 podcast series to release, including the hit true crime podcast Borderline and the military podcast True War Stories: Mission Report. Lila is an Army veteran, author of 9 books, and founder of Camouflaged Sisters.

Dan shares stories of people he featured in his podcast, from survival after getting shot down in Vietnam to blocking war memories. Lila also talks about the amazing work of healing through storytelling that she does with Camouflaged Sisters, as well as her work as an intelligence officer in the Army.

Finally, they discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine, Putin's aggression and ambition, and the devastating impact of the conflict on civilians and soldiers on both sides. 


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