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Pro Football Player & Author Steve Wright | How to Play in The NFL
Steve Wright, a playful and innately curious soul, enjoyed an eleven-year professional football career with the Cowboys, Colts, and Raiders, yet these years did not define him. Driven by his entrepreneurial instincts, he created an innovative misting company, Cloudburst, that cooled professional sports, the US military, NASA, and the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
Forever a lover of adventure, Steve joined the cast of Survivor for thirty-one days of starvation, where he embraced the jungle of Nicaragua and emerged more passionate about life. His journey of continuous growth includes an unparalleled passion for physical and mental fitness, which he practices and shares with his community in Malibu, California.
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171. "The Wolf of Wall Street" Ex-Wife Nadine Macaluso Discusses Trauma Bonding27:40As a 22-year-old, Nadine never could have understood what she was committing to when marrying Jordan Belfort, the fraudulent stockbroker infamously known as "The Wolf of Wall Street."Their eight-year marriage began as a fairytale, filled with romantic dinners, expensive gifts, and lavish parties. But once they were bonded, Jordan’s ‘mask’ began to slip, and acts of infidelity, narcissistic abuse, insatiable greed, and uncontrollable drug addiction became Nadine’s living nightmare. Nadine naively believed that their connection was real and that her love could save him, so she remained trauma-bonded until the pain of their relationship became too much to bear. It would be decades before she realized her story resembled thousands of other women’s relational experiences.At 30, Nadine packed up her kids and her curtains and left Jordan, relocating to Los Angeles, California.She began a transformative process of intensive therapy and deep self-reflection, which required facing her pain, admitting and owning her mistakes, and reconnecting with the authentic self she’d lost due to Jordan’s abuse. Through her healing, a passion for helping others was born. She returned to school at 39 to become a psychotherapist and, ten years later, graduated with a PhD in Counseling and Somatic Psychology.Dr. Nae’s private practice quickly flooded with women recounting an all-too-familiar story of abuse with a pathological partner.Her goal of helping people develop healthy relationships took on a life of its own as she realized that trauma bonds were increasingly prevalent and destroying the lives of hundreds of women. Nadine embarked on a twelve-year journey of learning about domestic violence. She combined her academic background with her experience and that of her patients, eventually leading her to become an industry expert in narcissistic abuse, trauma bonds, and complex PTSD.
170. Wade Williamson | True Story About A Self Defense Murder Case54:29A South Carolina man who told 911 dispatchers that he shot his friend in self-defense has now been charged with murder. Local media reported that Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies said this week they have charged 34-year-old Wade David Williamson III with murder, a week after a shooting at his home near Summerville.Thirty-five-year-old Liam Owen Vernon of Summerville was shot three times on April 8 at Williamson’s home. Williamson is also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime. It was not known if he has an attorney yet. Williamson told dispatchers that he and Vernon had been getting along all night until Vernon hit him in the jaw. Williamson said Vernon continued to hit him, so he shot him. Five years later, the case was dropped.
169. Yogi Bryan | It's Just F*cking Meditation34:46Who said meditation has to be so severe? Yogi Bryan has spent years honing his craft and cutting the crap to make meditation accessible for everyone, even when you think you don’t have the time or patience to meditate.Whether you can’t sit still or stop your mind from wandering, Yogi Bryan will help you achieve mental clarity so you can manifest your wildest dreams. In as little as five minutes a day, you can establish a practice that not only relieves stress and calms anxiety but has also proven to boost your physical health. Once you have the basics down, you can discover the power of breath patterns, postures, affirmations, mantras, and more to unlock your self-confidence and higher calling.With the support of Yogi Bryan, meditation has never been more approachable or accessible to work into your daily routine. If you’ve ever felt like meditation wasn’t for you—or if you’ve always wanted to try it but have been too intimidated—buckle up, buttercup. Your journey starts here.
168. Shaman Rhonda McCrimmon | Learn Ancient Healing Wisdom of Celtic Shamanism39:38Rhonda McCrimmon is a shamanic teacher who brings the ancient wisdom of Celtic shamanism to life. This spiritual tradition dates back to pre-Christian times in northern Europe and emphasizes the importance of balancing the body's three energy centers or "cauldrons" to achieve physical, spiritual, and emotional health.The three cauldrons are the Cauldron of Warming, the Cauldron of Motion, and the Cauldron of Wisdom. Rhonda McCrimmon takes readers on a journey to activate, nurture, and maintain each cauldron's unique potential.The Cauldron of Warming is the source of our inner knowledge and can be depleted by past traumas, leaving us anxious and fearful. Rhonda teaches you how to replenish this cauldron and restore inner peace and security.The Cauldron of Motion represents our capacity to love and nurture. It is on its side at birth and fills as we experience deep grief or joy. Rhonda shows you how to balance this cauldron, establish healthy boundaries, and protect yourself from emotional drain.The Cauldron of Wisdom is the source of a profound connection with nature. It is upside down at birth, but once righted, it can provide one of the most sublime gifts of Celtic spirituality. Rhonda guides you on how to activate this cauldron and receive this gift.With self-reflections and other exercises, Rhonda McCrimmon helps readers activate and balance their inner cauldrons, dispel fear by tapping into innate wisdom, work through past traumas, foster love, nurture emotional resilience, and manifest their creative potential through rituals and meditations.The book also explores the tradition of Celtic fire festivals and the sacred practice of saining. Rhonda invites readers of all ancestral roots to explore this ancient wisdom and begin their journey down the shaman's path.
167. Author Morgan Lerette | Blackwater Iraq: Guns, Girls, and Greed32:41Experience the world of private contractors conducting high-threat missions for a nascent Iraqi government in the hopes of rebuilding after the fall of Saddam Hussein. With limited support, the men of Blackwater protected US diplomats as the country descended into sectarian violence. It was a hazardous mission complete with rockets, mortars, improvised explosive devices, and not knowing who or where the enemy was.Morgan Lerette’s irreverently honest memoir shows the good and bad of injecting private armies into active combat zones in the name of diplomacy and digs deep into the bonds of brotherhood created by war. With gut-wrenching tragedy, dark humor, and parties that make Animal House seem like a Disney film, this memoir offers a firsthand perspective on how men act and react in war.Lerette, a private contractor employed by the notorious Blackwater in the early days of the Iraq War, pulls no punches in calling out the incompetence of both the US military and the Department of State during the collapse of Iraq. You can decide if the insertion of private contractors in Iraq assisted or detracted from the war effort and if the costs in blood and treasure were worth the carnage.
166. Comedian Stefanie Wilder-Taylor | How to Stop Drinking Alcohol43:53Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is an author, standup comedian, TV personality, writing teacher, and co-host of the popular podcasts For Crying Out Loud, Rose Pricks, and Bored A.F. She created and hosted two seasons of the late-night comedy parenting show Parental Discretion with Stefanie Wilder-Taylor for NickMom on Nickelodeon. Stefanie has written six books for Simon & Schuster, starting with the irreverent best-seller Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom. She followed up with Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside; It’s Not Me, It’s You: Subjective Recollections of a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman; I’m a Big Deal: And Other Delusions of Adequacy; Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can’t Back Up with Fact, and her most recent, Drunk-ish: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving Alcohol, set for release in January 2024.Stefanie has made appearances on several popular TV shows, such as Oprah, GMA, 20/20, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, Fox and Friends, HLN, CNN, Dr. Drew, and Katie Couric. She has also been featured in The New York Times, People Magazine, US Weekly, and Parenting Magazine. Although she is busy, she manages to make time for everything. Stefanie resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Additionally, she has a penchant for Botox, which is quite expensive.
165. Journalist Lauren Brill's Guide to Strength & Compassion30:29Lauren Brill is a seven-time Emmy-nominated and AP-award-winning journalist. As a television broadcaster, I was a sports anchor and reporter for the ABC affiliate in Cleveland, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, and MSG Varsity in the New York metropolitan area. Also, I have written features for several nationally known outlets, including NBA.com, WNBA.com, NikeWomen.com, ESPN’s Girl Mag, and womensprosoccer.com. In 2019, I combined my writer and television journalist skills to create The Unsealed. I ghostwrite all the featured letters, provide commentaries, and host a weekly interactive show called Unsealed Conversations. People Magazine, ESPN, ABC, The New York Post, and E! Online are among the outlets that have acknowledged The Unsealed’s work.In our first year, The Unsealed reached more than a quarter-million people in 182 countries.At Columbia University, I majored in sociology, focusing my studies on the impact of sports on society. The Unsealed is a platform where we help people write and exchange inspirational open letters that reveal strength and encourage compassion. Our mission is to use diverse voices and experiences to empower and unite people.My career as a sports journalist, working for ABC (Cleveland), CBS (Buffalo), MSG Varsity (New York), and NBA.com, led me to create The Unsealed. Enlightened and inspired by the athletes I covered in 2017, before the #MeToo movement, I mustered up the courage to share what was once my darkest secret. I wrote an open letter to sexual assault survivors detailing my personal experience with sexual violence. My letter went viral around the country.Sharing my story made me feel unstoppable. So much so that I started The Unsealed to provide a space where people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds can be heard and supported while motivating and educating others.Our letters come from many people, including high-profile athletes, entertainers who have overcome tremendous adversity, and parents who want to improve the world for the next generation.As a member of The Unsealed, you can enter our writing contests. You can share your stories, connect with PenPals, and ask our members for advice. You can engage in our discussions on our weekly live interactive show, Unsealed Conversations. Also, as a member, you receive access to exclusive content while supporting our goal of catalyzing social change.We may experience the world differently, but our letters unseal the humanity that connects us all.
164. Tonya Spanglo & Chef Rich Eaton | Discover the Secrets to Weight Loss Surgery37:02Tonya Spanglo, a 45-year-old woman from Oklahoma, lost an impressive 230 pounds after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in December 2019. She has gained popularity on TikTok with over 1.2 million followers, where she shares her weight loss journey and recipes that helped her transform her body. She recently revealed tips for enjoying holidays without compromising your weight loss progress. Chef Rich Eaton is a highly experienced chef and food safety instructor who has been in the industry for over 45 years. Despite his expertise, Rich faced a significant challenge in his life. He was morbidly obese and at risk of serious health issues. The scale in his doctor's office could barely handle his weight of 575 lbs. However, Rich's story is one of incredible transformation and resilience.Rich's lifelong struggle with weight was a result of using food as a coping mechanism. It was his way of dealing with feelings of insecurity, depression, and a sense of not belonging. Having moved around a lot, he often felt unwanted and unloved, leaving a void that food seemed to fill.
163. Jason M. Palamara: Journey of a Homicide Detective29:33Jason M. Palamara is a retired New York City Police Department Cold Case Homicide Detective who has served for over twenty years in forensic and criminal investigations. He is also a U.S. Navy Veteran who served in Operation Noble Anvil (NATO Operation Allied Force) aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Jason is a John C. Maxwell certified life coach, teacher, speaker, and trainer. He has served as a peer support counselor with the NYPD and currently volunteers as a crisis intervention counselor with the Long Island Crisis Center. As the director of Veteran & First Responder engagement for Forge VFR, his mission is to connect with and serve his fellow First Responder and Veteran communities, ensuring that they always have access to the care they need. Jason is also working on a book titled "Living Blue," which focuses on police wellness and resilience, with Barbara Rubel.