When Kyle Selig became involved in theater, it was because he wanted to reach out to the other people around him. As Kyle and Benjamin sit down to chat, they dive in to the purpose of theater as well as the responsibilities actors have to vulnerability and responding to the needs and struggles of society. Join in and watch the line blur, as the lessons and wisdom of the stage become applicable to all of us.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC, Anderson Silva is no stranger to success. However when he sits down with Benjamin, the two dive into how moments of failure can be used to drive us to greater heights and deeper passions. For Anderson, that means venturing into a profession he’s never attempted before and figuring out how to build himself up to achieve his dream: Inspiring others to chase their own.
In the last 30 years, our discussions over gender and sexual identity have radically transformed. But even with all the progress that's been made, the dialogue can be awkward, difficult, and taxing despite the need for the discourse to occur. Joslyn DeFreece sits down with Ben to discuss what it's like to keep the conversation going and to remain optimistic, even when it feels like its going nowhere.
In this episode of the Heard Podcast, Ben packs up his computer and his microphone and hits up the nearby Silverlake Farmers Market to listen to anyone who has anything to say. Join Ben as he gets to know a harpist, a homeless man, and a lover of watermelon drinks while discussing everything from philosophy to musical theory to shooting your cremated ashes into space.
Cathey Armillas is a person who specializes in ideas. She spreads them, she cultivates them, and in her work, she regularly helps people get ready to present them at TED talks. Join Ben and Cathey as they discuss how we can harness something that starts as an idea, and turn it into something that can change the world.
With Father’s Day still fresh on our minds, Benjamin sits down to catch up with his dad on the happenings in his life. He opens up about being, “On the verge of insignificance.” Listen in, as the two of them discuss what it’s like to be a father, and what it’s like embracing a new phase of life when it’s time to watch those you’ve passed the torch on to carry on your cause.
When we stop to listen, we not only allow ourselves to be vulnerable to viewpoints we’ve never heard before, but we also engage in topics that are tempting to be close-minded about. In this episode, Benjamin meets up with adult film actress Tasha Reign to chat about sex, love, spirituality, as well as the lesser known details of the pornographic industry.
Benjamin sits down with actor Pete Gardner, and his son Matthew Gardner, to discuss what it means to balance being a success in our careers, in our family responsibilities, and with every other title that we claim to be! Together, Ben, Pete, and Matthew discuss how to seek well-rounded excellence without neglecting other interests in life. Join us, as we dive into what it means to chase a three dimensional greatness.
Ethan Sawyer, better known as College Essay Guy, is a master of questions. When Benjamin sits down with him to chat, the two quickly dig in to the power of curiosity and how our inquisitive nature can ignite passions in all areas of life. Join in on the conversation, as Ethan opens up to what it means to listen unconditionally.
Benjamin invites actress Ana Lorena Sanchez to converse about what it means to have a tribe of people that encourages us on our journey through life. Together, Ana and Ben examine how the communities that we find can shape us and our perspective we take with us into the world. Listen in, and open up to the possibilities made possible by the people we choose to rally behind and for.
HEARD gets to the root of what it means to be alive and human in this world, today.
Open and honest, the weekly podcast is aimed at amplifying stories of what it means to be human and genuinely heard. It features host Benjamin Mathes, Urban Confessional founder and speaker, who is joined by new guests each episode to explore issues and current events intersecting with the topic of listening and being heard. The series is produced and edited by Thomas Yungerberg.