West Point alumnus and former active duty Army platoon leader Jordan Garrett joins Adam on this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Jordan discuss his familial military history before getting into his time at West Point and his eventual deployment to Iraq where his West Point graduating class lost the most graduates since the Vietnam War. They also discuss the state of soldiers returning home and how the United States Government is treating their Veterans.
Air Force Captain and 3-time Super Bowl champion Chad Hennings joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Chad about character, where it's going with todays youth and how to instill it into people. Then, Adam asks Chad about his time flying A-10 Warthogs in the US Air Force before entering the NFL. Adam and Chad talk about nature vs nurture, and how a more nature driven influence will better impact someone's character growing up. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the lack of government initiative in attempting to fix broken families vs broadly blaming the system as a whole.
Actor, Writer & Producer Jay Duplass joins Adam on this week’s Take A Knee to talk about his life trying to make it in Hollywood including the process of making his most recent project ‘Manson Family Vacation’ which Jay produced and stars in. The guys also talk about the general state of the entertainment industry and what it takes to have prolonged success given the fickle nature of the business and critics who may not understand what it is you’re trying to do.
5-time US presidential president candidate Ralph Nader joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Ralph about his upbringing in Connecticut working in textile mills and his father's restaurant. This leads into a conversation about how Ralph got into politics and law by attending town hall meetings and referendums. After that, Adams talks to Ralph about his early start in politics and the effect he had on the automotive industry, particularly in regards to their safety standards. As the show wraps up the pair discuss the impending Presidential election and current state of American politics.
Vinnie Tortorich joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Vinnie about healthy eating and fitness. Then Adam asks Vinnie about his upbringing in Louisiana playing football and selling fireworks. After that they talk about the inherent reward in working hard to get what you want vs being handed things in life.
Eric Stonestreet joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Eric about his upbringing on a farm in Kansas. Then Adam talks to Eric about where he got his strong work ethic from. After that, Eric talks about his desire to be a clown growing up and getting rejected from Ringing Brother's Clown College twice. Then they talk about how to be happy in life by figuring out exactly what you want to do and not being to beholden to one type of work. Before they wrap, Eric talks about getting cast for Modern Family and working on the show.
Adam is joined this week by movie reviewer and former host of ‘At The Movies’ Richard Roeper for a discussion about breaking into show business and how Richard went from a low level employee at a Chicago newspaper to the nationally respected film critic he is today. Adam and Richard talk extensively about the importance of working for free and having passion for whatever it is you want to eventually get paid for long before the money comes. The pair also discuss how even those who are lucky enough to make it in their dream field are often confronted with the industry changing in dramatic ways, but those who have the hustle and drive to succeed with figure out a way to adapt and thrive in the new environment.
Writer, Director, and Producer Randall Wallace joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam starts the show off by asking Randall about his upbringing. Then Randall talks about moving out to LA and becoming a writer. This leads into a conversation on his movie Braveheart, as well as his relationship with Mel Gibson. After that, Randall talks about his Scottish heritage and the backstory of him getting into the William Wallace story. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the importance of exposing your kids to quality art even if it may not be deemed as socially acceptable for their age.
Luther Campbell joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking about Luther's upbringing in Miami. This leads into a conversation on work experience and government handouts. Then they talk about the importance of family dynamics as it pertains to child development. Before they wrap, Adam and Luther talk about the importance of unpaid internships in discovering what one wants to do with their life.
Felicia Day joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Felicia about her homeschooling throughout her childhood which leads into a discussion on Felicia's college experience on a full ride violin scholarship. Felicia talks about her decision to move out to LA and taking improv classes. Then Adam and Felicia talk about how to success with only hard work and powering through your insecurities when wanting to create something in an industry you love. Before they wrap, Adam talks about taking and acting on advice from others.
'Marketplace' host Kai Ryssdal joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam starts the show off talking to Kai about growing up and figuring out what you want to do. Then Tai gets into joining the Navy and flying recon spy planes before working in the US Foreign Service. After that, Kai talks about getting into radio and what led up to his being the host of one of the most successful radio news shows. Before they wrap, Adam and Kai discuss the time people waste thinking about projects they've already finished.
Krave Jerky inventor Jon Sebastiani joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Jon start off the show talking about being put to work at a young age. Then Adam talks to Jon about his jerky company Krave and how it got to be such a huge success so quickly. This leads into a discussion on the company's recent sale to Hershey, and what Jon plans to do with his compensation. After that, Adam and Jon talk about how to create, grow, and maintain a successful business. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the importance of knowing how to reinvent yourself.
Michelle Beadle joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Michelle about how she got into being a sports reporter. This leads into a conversation about not being to beholden to a career you've set upon yourself at an earlier age. Later, Adam talks about the importance of doing something, even if you think you're wasting your time, simply for the sake of the experience. Michelle talks about her time working for ESPN and her show Sports Nation. Before they wrap, Adam and Michelle talk about using past experiences and applying them to your current situation
Tai Lopez joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam starts off the showing talking to Tai about how he got his entrepreneurial start before Tai gets into his background growing up in California without a father figure. Adam and Tai talk about the importance of taking the advice of those who have made it in the business you are trying to break into. Tai talks about how to motivate yourself and the inspirational youtube video he made that's garnered over 500 million views. Before they wrap, Adam and Tai talk about the importance of delayed gratification.
The Stoned Pelican himself Mike August joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take a Knee. After taking Adam on a trip through his childhood as the son of a college football coach, Mike turns to his own high school and college football career, telling Adam how he believes that discipline in sports relates to success in all aspects of life. Mike talks about his incredible reading comprehension skills and how they helped him in getting his law degree before moving out to California to see what a Law degree is worth, and eventually finding the industry itself to be unsatisfying. After leaving law for the entertainment industry, August talks about starting over once again in New York this time working for Jon Stewart. Before they wrap, Adam talks about how people tend to bullshit themselves.