Bill Simmons of 'The Ringer' joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee and the guys have a long form conversation exploring the trajectory of Bill's career after getting out of college in Boston and landing a journalism job and how that translated to his meteoric rise as a sports and comedy writer.
Comedian Vir Das joins Adam for this week's episode of TAK to talk about his path from a childhood spent in India and Nigeria to doing comedy in English for both Indian and American audiences and how the experiences are similar and dissimilar at the same time
Human Rights advocate and Co-Founder of Vanguard Africa Jeffrey Smith joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Jeff about his organization Vanguard Africa that helps promote democracy in struggling countries within Africa. Then Jeffrey talks about the most effective way money should be spent in Africa to help lift up struggling countries. After that, Adam asks Jeffrey about the current state of South Africa and how it relates to some of the other countries in the region. Before they wrap, Adam wonders what it would be like if all aid was pulled from Africa and they were left to figure it out for themselves.
Host of The Amazing Race and director of the Tour de France documentary Le Ride Phil Keoghan joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Phil about the history behind the Tour de France and how its changed over the years. Then the guys discuss the importance of having grit, determination, and resilience in your life if you want to make a success of yourself. After that, Adam asks Phil about his new documentary and the journey he took to make it both physically and mentally. Before they wrap, Phil talks about the notion that it’s better to be effective than it is to be right when dealing with other peoples short comings.
CEO and Co-Founder of Hello Tech Richard Wolpert joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Richard about some of the previous companies he started before getting into Hello Tech. Then Richard talks to Adam about his time working for Steve Jobs and what it was like working for Disney after not hearing great things about the company throughout the years. Before they wrap, the guys discuss the use of data and analytics in companies today and how effective they are.
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.