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CHARLES DUHIGG is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and the author of The Power of Habit, which spent over three years on New York Times bestseller lists. His second book, Smarter Faster Better, was also a New York Times bestseller. His latest book, Supercommunicators, is out now. Charles currently writes for The New Yorker magazine. Intro music “B…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit chrisryan.substack.com “Jordi” has one of the most unusual life stories I’ve ever come across — built around a man’s very pure, very unusual love. We talk about being a child of mixed cultures (Spanish and Basque, in his case). What makes someone a “parent” and what constitutes “a family…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit chrisryan.substack.com Wes Atkinson grew up kinda wild and largely unsupervised in a very remote part of Colorado. Nature was his sanctuary. As an adult, Wes ran a thriving outfitting business where he guided hunters all over the world. But then a quiet voice suggested it might be time t…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit chrisryan.substack.com A few of the issues I discuss in this one: Snoring and sleep apnea. Is doubt an expression of humility? Are all emotions, at base, an expression of love? Is deepfake porn an invasion of privacy or a protection of privacy? My picks for the NFL playoffs. Music: “Brig…
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Teacher, seeker, musician, traveler, visionary, professor, husband, father, scholar…. Lama Thupten is all these and more. I was lucky enough to hang out with him a bit recently here in Crestone, where he was visiting the Yeshe Khorlo retreat center. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonu…
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Nick has spent a good chunk of his adult life on an island off the coast of Antarctica at McMurdo Station. He’s a cool guy who is living an extraordinary life in a humble, low-key way. I’m really glad to have met him and, with any luck, we’ll be neighbors before too long! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscriber…
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Kyle Thiermann first made headlines as a teenager when he released a YouTube video detailing how Bank of America was one of the largest financiers of dirty energy worldwide. This video garnered international media attention, landed him on the stage at TEDx, and caused people to move significant sums of money out of B of A and into local banks aroun…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit chrisryan.substack.com American Beauty, Love Has Won, Down By Law, Stranger Than Paradise, and The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. Intro music “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range. “Narrative Song,” from Lowland Tribes of Ecuador, recorded by David Blair Stiffler; “Harlem 2 …
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit chrisryan.substack.com You know this guy. Big wave surfer, environmental activist, co-creator of the Motherfucker Awards, world traveler, standup comic, beet taco pusher, driveway squatter and as close to a son as I’ll ever get … the one and only Kyle Barrett Thiermann. This is the first…
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Matt Evers and Pete Van Horn both moved to Crestone in pursuit of freedom, independence, and community. If those concepts strike you as being in opposition to each other, you may learn something important in this conversation. We talk about the challenges and joys of building your own house, what DIY DOESN’T mean, the tension between being self-rel…
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This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit chrisryan.substack.com I talk about some fascinating documentaries I’ve seen lately: * Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (Amazon Prime) * 28 Up (Amazon Prime) * Love Has Won (HBO/Max) How/when/why do our “gods” become our human sacrifices? When does a potential mass murderer qualify as a…
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