In this episode, Benjamin chats with 3 time Republican Georgia State Senator, Burt Jones. From the University of Georgia football team to the state government, Burt opens up about what it takes to win an election, run a business, and raise a family in today’s world. He also reveals exactly what it’s like to disagree with other members of the state Senate, and how we can all work together to make the world a better place. Oh—and he’s met President Trump many times. Wanna know what that was like…? Listen to the end. I think you’ll be surprised.
In this episode, Benjamin chats with King of Pops founder Nick Carse about life, risks, and how to create unexpected moments of happiness in the lives of people around you. In a classic deep dive, Nick talks about how he went from analyzing risk to taking risks: hint, it has something to do with the famous Harry Hand Case. He also discusses how he and the team at King of Pops have created a Farm to Pop model by extending what it means to create small batch pops are made with love in the South. If you’re stuck at your job, but have a dream of changing the world, you need to listen to this interview. Maybe you’ll learn the difference between a “decision” and a “choice”.
In this rare interview, Benjamin discusses the meaning of life with one of the world’s leading theatre and voice practitioners, Catherine Fitzmaurice. Together they discuss the dynamic nature of life, the beauty of death, and everything that happens in between. Catherine goes on to reveal that she is not afraid of something that tends to haunt us all, the importance of rethinking traditions, and how to make the world your peer. Throughout, there are laughs, deep breaths, and lots of truth. You do not have to be a theatre-goer to relate to her experience and the wisdom she’s derived from it.
In this episode, Benjamin sits down with speaker, author, and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist, Mike Foster. From the very start of the episode, Mike re-frames our relationship to the difficult moments in life, and teaches us how to embrace and integrate our life journey no matter the circumstances. In fact, he will take you on a journey to discover how the very things you believe are holding you back, are the very things that give you an unfair advantage.
Your story matters, and in this episode, Mike will show you why.
James Kinney is back! It's a Christmas miracle! In this podcast, James puts forward the idea that wellness is the cornerstone of a happy and successful life, but how does perception concerning who we are, and what we want to be relate to maintaining that sense of wellness? Ben sits down with James Kinney once more, and the two dive into the importance of social currency, aligning the feedback that we get from others with our own self-perception, and what James Kinney plans to do when he runs for president in 2020.
Jeff Fink has struggled with depression since he was a teenager. His battle for emotional health and functionality took him through endless medications, therapy, and finally hospitalization. However, it wasn’t until he met Earl that his life finally began to turn around. Earl has been a life long friend and an incredible support as Jeff has pushed forward. He’s also a dog. Today Ben and Jeff sit down to discuss mental health, and the incredible impact that animals can have on our well being.
Whether its addiction, or overcoming our psychological trauma, recovery is a long and lonely road to walk. Former marine Billy Vaughn has done his best to ensure that the people who come to his organization have as much support as he can give. When he sits down to chat with Ben, the two talk about redemption and healing and how to come to terms with the individuals that some might think are too far gone.
To be or not to be ... awkward. If that is not the question, it is certainly the risk we run when we scrap tired scripts, initiate novel directions, and otherwise forsake the familiar for the imaginable. We might say that awkward is the price we pay for insisting that there must be more. Michael Verde insists that when it comes to communicating with people with dementia that there is more—much more than we currently accept is possible—and that if we were less afraid of awkward millions of people would not die of excruciating loneliness. The organization he founded, Memory Bridge, leads people from around the world across what he calls the Valley of Awkward to new forms of intimacy with people we seem determined to cure but less so to touch, or to be touched by: people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Meeting people who disturb us, he says, with or without dementia, is to come face to face with what disturbs us about the human condition itself, including our own humanity. Benjamin joins Michael in a conversation about the awkward in the Valley and the more on the other side.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the time to reflect on gratitude is here. But that's where a lot of people stop. Today Ben discusses the cycle of gratitude and how if your gratitude does not turn into giving, you're stuck in the condition of receiving from others, while not giving back to those around you.
With age comes wisdom, and if you’re lucky, grace. Though if you’re too caught up in the pace of the everyday, it’s easy to forget that we’re only where we are today because we’ve stood on the shoulders of past giants to achieve new heights in the present. Adelyn Price has been able to see the progression of the last century. Join Benjamin and Adelyn as they discuss progress, the past, and where things are taking us tomorrow.
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.