Current President and Executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute Yaron Brook joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Yaron about growing up in Israel before moving to the US and becoming a citizen. Then Yaron talks about his new book 'Equal is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality'. This leads to a long conversation on personal responsibility, hard work, taxes and the government's role in our daily lives. Before they wrap, Adam and Yaron share their ideas on the free market and minimum wage.
Adam and Stephan open the show discussing the philosophy in Stephan’s book, the 5 Hour Work Day, and how Stephan developed his philosophy. Stephan then explains a couple of his successful businesses, including his paddle board company that appeared on Shark Tank. The discussion turns to the current work-life paradigm in the United States, how it started, and how it compares to other industrialized nations. Next they talk some of the misconceptions of improving productivity, and how some employees are able to stand out amongst the others. They take a look at how these principles apply to different industries. They close the show talking about how time is unquestionably are most valuable resource.
APR Energy CEO John Campion sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking John about his upbringing in Ireland as well as his emigration to the US with only 26 dollars in his pocket. Then John shares some stories of him working with Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones as a roadie before starting his power supply company for major events like the Olympics. This leads Adam to ask John about where the future of energy is heading, and which type of energy is most effective. Before they wrap, John talks about his extensive car collection with Adam.
Ten Thirty One productions Founder and CEO Melissa Carbone joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Melissa opens the show talking about starting her company, as well as how her passion for horror and diligent research led her to choosing Halloween Horror as an industry. Then Melissa talks about the different kinds of immerse horror attractions that her company creates, produces, and owns. After that, Adam and Melissa talk about how important it is knowing your main demographics when running a business. Before they wrap, Adam and Melissa talk about the motivation that comes from the fear of failing.
Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Sebastian open the show talking about his new book Tribe, which leads to a discussion on the need for humans to find meaning in life by feeling needed. After that, Sebastian talks about his time making a documentary while being embedded within an American platoon in the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan. Before they wrap, Sebastian talks about living as a vagrant for a period of his life.
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Sophia about her upbringing and her life as an anarchist when she was younger. After that, Sophia talks about her early jobs in life before starting her incredibly successful fashion brand. Then Adam asks Sophia about her home life with her husband. Before they wrap, Adam and Sophia talk about the positive effects of being able to take criticism.
Founding member of the band Korn, Brian "Head" Welch sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Brian open the show talking about their history together, which includes a hilarious bit from The Man Show. After that, Brian talks about his addiction to drugs and alcohol while trying to raise his young daughter with his also drug addicted wife. This leads him to discuss how he found his faith by becoming a born again Christian. before they wrap, Brian talks about re joining the band in 2012 and his current status playing in the band.
Randy and Adam open the show talking about how a sport like wrestling shapes your character. Adam then asks about Randy's parents and they talk about how those relationships influenced him as a person. They talk a bit about his 6 years in the army, and picking up wrestling again, then eventually going to the Olympic Wrestling Trials, which led to his collegiate wrestling career at Oklahoma State. He talks about how he learned from some of his wrestling losses and used that later in his MMA career. They then dive in to his complicated relationship with Dana White. They close the show discussing how Randy has used what he has learned in his combat career and applying it to his acting career.
Sportscaster Dan Patrick joins Adam for this week's Take A Knee as they explore Dan's storied career both as a longtime anchor of SportsCenter as well as his life beyond ESPN and his current hit show 'The Dan Patrick Show' on DirecTV's Audience Network as well as radio stations across the country.
NerdWallet's James Zhang joins Adam for today's episode of Take a Knee and the guys discuss the work NerdWallet is doing to try and educate people about their finances as well as James' upbringing as an immigrant in America after his parents moved him from China at age 2.
Writer Brian Koppelman joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Brian about his new highly successful TV show Billions, which just finished airing it's first season on Showtime. After that, Adam and Brian talk about the importance of punctuality, especially in terms of how you are perceived. Then Adam talks about the idea of getting used to working for free if you want to be successful in life. Before they wrap, Adam and Brian talk about "the process" that's required in everything from writing to running.
John Popper sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking about John's new book 'Suck & Blow', as well as a nice little testimonial to Adam. Then Adam asks John about his life growing up and bouncing around to different cities and schools. After that, John talks about his musical influences growing up and the many different styles of music in which the harmonica can be used successfully. Before they wrap, Adam and John talk about hidden talents within people that can be brought out by being challenged.
Grandex founder and CEO Madison Wickham sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Madison open the show discussing the negative stigma sometimes attached to businessmen. Then Madison talks about his parents and growing up in Austin after the family moved there on a whim. After that, Adam inquires as to where Madison got his strong work ethic. Before they wrap, Adam and Madison discuss the impact of technology and the internet in relation to societal discussions both today and in the future.
Graham Rahal joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Graham about his father and legendary racer Bobby Graham. This leads Graham to talk about his family life growing up with 3 siblings. For the remainder of the show Adam and Graham talk about everything cars and racing.