Football Icon “Mean” Joe Greene joins Adam for this week's episode of Take a Knee. Adam opens the show asking Joe about his upbringing playing sports in Elgin, Texas. Then Adam talks about Joe’s contribution to the Steelers' legendary Steel Curtain, and how good their team was winning 4 Super Bowls in 6 years. After that, Joe talks to Adam about his absent father father growing up and the one time they met up in his adult life. Before they wrap, Adam asks Joe about his upcoming book Mean Joe Greene: Built by Football.
Writer, Director, and Producer Eli Steele of new the documentary I Am or How Jack Became Black joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Eli about his background growing up with an African American father and a Jewish mother. This leads to a longer conversation on the credibility of white privilege and how prevalent it is in todays societies around the country. After that, Adam and Eli continue to talk about identity politics and how race continues to be a dividing issue not only in society but also in business. Before they wrap the guys try to figure out an alternative approach to reporting racism in the media.
Master motorcyclist and documentary maker Peter Starr joins Adam in studio to talk racing four versus two wheels. First, they discuss Peter's early life in Coventry in the 1940's during WWII. Born in the home of Triumph, Peter began working for the company by the age of 18 and ignited his passion for the motorcycle. Adam and Peter start chatting about Peter's racing history which led him to Daytona, Florida in 1965. Unfortunately he didn't end up racing, but Peter would then be hired to host a top 40 radio show in Jacksonville. They continue to talk about Peter's long history with motorcycle's and how that led him to documentary filmmaking.
Adam is joined today by Dr. Dean Sicking, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Vice President of Product Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adam chats with him about his long career in safety inventions and innovations including the implementation of the SAFER barrier in NASCAR. They then discuss Dr. Sicking's investigation into the Dale Earnhardt Sr. crash and what safeguards were avoided by the driver that lead to his death. Dr. Dean then talks advancements in helmet technology that could prevent further head trauma in the NFL. Adam then asks about what we can do about our roads, bridges and infrastructure in this country and specifically this city which steers them toward a discussion about how much better our lives are going to be with the invention of autonomous vehicles.
Digital Marketing expert Gord Hotchkiss joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Gord about the impact of social media on today's society. Then the guys discuss how technology is impacting adolescents and how their attitudes towards adults are shifting. After that, Adam discusses how commercials are a good indicator of where societies are and how they’re changing. Before they wrap, Adams asks Gord about the future of marketing.
HoneyCo Homes founder and CEO Zach Watson joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Zach open the show talking about the cultural shift occurring in today's younger generation. Then Adam asks Zach about his company that makes customized homes for the elderly with advanced technology to monitor and ensure their well being. After that, Adam and Zach discuss the cost of keeping the elderly healthy, particularly toward the very end of their lives. Before they wrap, Adam and Zach talk about the importance of the elderly and what they bring to society.
Ryan Michler is a husband, father, Iraqi Combat Veteran, and the Founder of Order of Man. Growing up without a permanent father figure, Ryan was left to learn how to be a man on his own and with the help of a few strong men in his life. Adam and Ryan discuss all that and more in this week’s episode of Take A Knee.
Entrepreneur Richard Garriott joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Richard opens the show talking about the video games he’s developed over the years. Then Adam asks Richard about the times he lived on the International Space Station for 2 weeks, as well as when he went 3 miles deep into the ocean on a submarine. After that, Adams asks Richard his opinions on the future of clean energy and which form of it will be most effective at the lowest cost. Before they wrap, the guys talk about Richards book Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark, which also leads to a longer conversation on how to improve curiosity and education in children.
Co-Founder of Popularium and former COO of Sphero Rob Maigret sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Rob about his love of Porches, as well as Rob's design of the Star Wars Force Awakens drone BB-8. Then the guys talk about how drastically money and finances have changed over the past few decades and how that's necessitated change in product design and packaging. Before they wrap, Adam and Rob discuss the emotional connections associated with TV shows, advertisement, and products today.
Former Krave Jerky CEO Jon Sebastiani returns for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Jon about his new ready made and healthy soup business Zupa. Then Adam talks to Jon about the rapid success and eventual sale of Krave Jerky to Hershey. Adam talks about the misconception of a “hot breakfast” as a wholesome healthy meal, and how that applies to a changing food industry. Then they talk about Jon’s history coming from a wine family and how it led him to a life in business. They close the show talking about how people fear change, even though it often leads to something better.
Retired US Navy Seal John “Jocko” Willink joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Jocko about his numerous accolades while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan over the years. Then Adam and John talk in-depth about the past, present, and future of the Middle East conflict and what America’s involvement should be in that region going forward. After that, John talks about what true leadership really means and the skills required to achieve it. Before they wrap, they discuss the pussification of our future generation of young adults, as well as going out and making a future for yourself rather than sitting around and waiting for it to happen.
Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Patrick about the recent presidential election outcome. This leads to a conversation about Patrick's new documentary 'Rigged'. Then Adam asks Patrick about his upbringing and getting mentored by Warren Buffet. Later, Adam and Patrick talk about how raising taxes on corporations incentivizes them to move to other states or even countries. Before they wrap, Adam asks Patrick if he will continue to make documentaries.
Entrepreneur and co-founder/CEO of Reality Mogul Jilliene Helman joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee and they explore her quick rise from working in her family’s property management business to working for Union Bank before departing to start Reality Mogul. Adam and Jilliene explore the quick path that has led Jilliene to her current position and nomination to Forbes’ very respected ’30 Under 30’ list and how her views on business have help shape the culture of Reality Mogul.
Ewan McGregor joins Adam for This Weeks episode of Take A Knee to talk about his new documentary Bug: Life and Times of the Peoples Car, available now on Chassymedia.com. Adam opens the show asking Ewan about an incredible motorcycle ride he did in which he and a friend traveled east from London to New York. Then Adam and Ewan talk about how fun the Volkswagen bugs have always been throughout the years, as well as his interest in acting from an early age. After that, Adam brings in the Producer Tory Alonzo and Director Damon Risatu of Bug to talk more in-depth about their documentary and how they got connected with Ewan. Before they wrap, Adam asks Ewan about some of his upcoming projects.