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28 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Durant. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Durant, often where they are interviewed.

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28 of The Best Podcast Episodes for John Durant. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about John Durant, often where they are interviewed.

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John DuRant Jr - Renaissance Fair Veteran... Maryland to Ireland & Beyond

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John DuRant Jr, son of John DuRant (the Troubadour), grew up playing guitar and saxophone.  He describes his musical upbringing, performing Jazz with Howard Burns and performing in Ireland, plus recording his wonderful CD 'Elevation Road'.

Jul 20 2020 · 1hr 14mins
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John DuRant 'The Troubadour'

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John DuRant 'The Troubadour' discusses his musical beginnings as a 1960's Folk musician and how he became a 25-year veteran of the Maryland Renaissance Fair, a television host and his role in the movie Gettysburg.

Apr 08 2020 · 1hr 8mins

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33: John Durant – Founder at Wild Ventures, Author of the Paleo Manifesto

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John Durant an author and investor. He's the founder of Wild Ventures and NYT bestselling author of Spartan Fit and the Paleo Manifesto. He's also on my short list of people I'm petitioning to tweet more. I stopped by on my way through LA to talk about his story, the evolution from writer to investor and his first exit (Primal Nutrition - one of John's early investments just sold to Kraft Foods for $200M - congrats John & Mark!). We also talk his fund's unique angle on investing as well as his heuristics for evaluating potential investment opportunities.

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Jan 15 2019 · 1hr 6mins
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Eddie takes the Bingle Bus down to Thrive Market Headquarters to talk to the author of NYT Bestselling author John Durant. They discuss John's VC business, the carnivore diet and Harvard's admission policy (for some weird reason.) Video ersion is available on the WODcast Youtube Channel.

Nov 02 2018 · 1hr 40mins

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John Durant On Public Understanding of Science

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Although some listeners may be new to thinking about science communication, it's not at all a new field. Our latest podcast guest, Dr. John Durant, puts current science engagement practices in its historical context. John has been involved in science communication science the 1980's and is an expert in formulating and measuring best practices for science communication as Director of the MIT Museum in Boston. He has led the charge on many science engagement practices, including founding the International Science Festival Alliance and being the founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed publication, "Public Understand of Science". Check out our show links at www.publichealthunited.org and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at PHUpodcast.
Jan 25 2018 · 53mins
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Ep 268 - Paleo Politics: Talking Symbols With The Caveman John Durant

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Humans have always been a strongly symbolic species. We painted on the walls of caves. Pharaohs, Kings and Emperors created symbols of their power like crowns and thrones. Religions have fought over religious symbols. Nations have fought over national symbols. Today, we are no different. We are in a massive war over symbols: Confederate statues, Google and much more. The real question is what do we do about all this? Well, while the rest of the world continues to argue about symbols Bryan "The Emperor" Callen, John "The Caveman" Durant and Hunter "Toto" Maats just keep wandering around the elephant and trying to understand why other humans see the world the way they do.

Aug 27 2017 · 1hr 4mins
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John Durant: Biohack Your Health with Paleo - Ep. 158

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The Paleo Connection to Our Primal Health

"I don't see Paleo as an end point. I see it as the starting point on a launch pad. It's the beginning of something that works for a lot of people; especially for people who have digestive autoimmune conditions, people who have poorly explained conditions of any kind, or those who find it difficult to lose weight. If you reach a certain point in which you're happy with your health, you enjoy foods like dairy, you can digest it and it's a part of your life, then go enjoy it." - John Durant

On this week's episode of the Open Sky Fitness Podcast, we had author of New York Times Bestselling books, The Paleo Manifesto and Spartan Fit! (with Joe De Sana, CEO and Co - Founder of the Spartan Race), and Founder of Wild Ventures, John Durant join us.

John, who calls himself a Professional Caveman, became interested in learning about our connection to our ancestors way back in high school. Throughout high school and college, he studied evolution psychology and even wrote about it in his senior thesis.

Living by Our Ancestral History

"We don't really understand how well adapted we are to certain habitats until we leave them. Until we change it, screw it up, and lose something. Some of the lessons that we have learned about our habitat have come from going into very novel ones." - John Durant

After years of research, study, and experiments of both humans and animals like the gorilla, John shares the importance of living a Paleo lifestyle to the best of our ability and how our ancestral connects to our:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Poor dieting decisions
  • Hormones
  • Personal habitat and lifestyle

Plus, John goes into detail about how Wild Ventures is helping various health and wellness related start-ups get the investment they need to grow. Current companies include:

  • Greatist
  • Thrive Market
  • Primal Kitchen
  • Kettle & Fire

At the beginning of the show, Devon and I also go over what the 7 Primal Movements are and why we should be incorporating them into our weekly workouts.


Building an Optimal Habitat and Life

"How do I build a life for myself where it doesn't require discipline to be healthy? It's just something that flows natural from who I am and who I interact with. You basically get to create your own world." - John Durant

To change our lifestyles, we need to have willpower, but very few people actually have that. When we want to make changes in our live, what disciplinary action can we take to change something in our habitat? It could be anything from changing the lights for better sleep or getting rid of extra junk food lying around the house.

To create the life you want, make sure it includes the people that you want to be part of your habitat. Look for a community of people who want to grow and thrive as well. Join a gym or spend time with friends who also want to live healthy lives and improve their own habitats.

"We do the best that we can with the lives that we have today and the budgets that we follow." - John Durant on how we can make what changes we can to live a healthier lifestyle.


How to Hack Your Habitat: Living By Design, Not By Default (John Durant)



Biohacking Our Internal Computers

People are different and therefore one diet, exercise plan, or way of living is not a fit for everyone.

We can actually biohack ourselves and do experiments to see what works and doesn't work for our individual bodies from nutrition to fitness. We all have different preferences, likes, dislikes, budgets and ways of living so it's normal that we're all doing different things to change our environment and get healthy in our own way.

Going all the way back to our ancestors, our bodies are programmed the same way to send us signals in accordance to our environment. Depending on what we're eating or how much we're exercising, our bran and body use the ancestral software we've been programmed with to carry and send different messages.

For example, for women who are constantly dieting or over exercising, the body believes that there's either a famine or a migration going on. When this happens, it's common that women won't have their period or they don't have enough resources to become pregnant because the the body is unable to provide enough resources for the support and growth of the baby.


The Benefits of Primal Movement

When we're babies up until 2-3 years old, these primal movements come so easy to us. Then, we're stuck in desks at school or work for the rest of our lives.

For optimal joint and body health, try to put these 7 primal movements into your daily workouts, if not a weekly basis when you're doing your workout program. If any of these movements do cause you to feel pain, it's either because you're doing them wrong or it's been so long since you've done them that your body just doesn't know how to do them anymore. These shouldn't cause you pain and you should be able to do them all.

As you do these movements such as the lunge, you don't need to put a lot of pressure on your knees. If something is hurting, you should meet with a trainer or physical therapist so they can help you heal what's wrong with your body.

The 7 Primal Movements
  1. Push
  2. Turn over or twist your spine throughout the body in a traverse movement
  3. Crawl
  4. Pull
  5. Hinge
  6. Squat
  7. Lunge


About John Durant

John Durant is an author, entrepreneur, venture investor, and professional caveman.

John is author of The Paleo Manifesto and co-author of Spartan Fit! with Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan Race (July 2016). He has been featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, interviewed on The Colbert Report and NPR Morning Edition, and has been rated one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.

John is also the founder of Wild Ventures, an angel syndicate specializing in consumer health products & technology. He advises Thrive Market, Exo, AOBiome, Greatist, Brilliant Bicycles, Hu Kitchen, and Power Supply.

John studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard under Steven Pinker before moving to New York City and becoming a “professional caveman”: mimicking a hunter-gatherer diet, running barefoot through Central Park, experimenting with intermittent fasting, and doing polar bear swims in the Atlantic. Previously, he spent three and a half years at an ad tech startup after a stint in management consulting.


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What You'll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

3:50  Recap on last week's episode OSF 157- Milk: Why Do We Even Need It?

4:15  About today's guest, John Durant, on the Paleo diet, religious rituals, and more

4:45  Grow with our online health and wellness community: OSF Facebook Podcast group!

5:10  Check out the Mind Pump podcast this week with Rob as their guest!

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8:45  The 7 Primal Movements explained by Rob and Devon

22:00  The benefits of the 7 Primal Movements in your regular workout

25:00  Introduction to today's guest: John Durant

26:50  Why John decided to learn more about the Paleo lifestyle for academic reasons

30:00  Why chronic health conditions even exist with other species such as animals in zoos.

35:20  Why we're reducing our diets down to the constituent basics like a protein bar. What health effects gorillas in zoos experienced based on their diets.

39:00  Why we're being so misinformed by the mass media about health, fitness, and nutrition.

42:30  Hormones and weight gain

45:00  Changing our lifestyles to live healthier lives and the mistakes we've made along the way.

49:35  How we can create an optimal, healthy habitat for ourselves

51:40  How to avoid health mistakes like going for fast food over cooking dinner

54:00  The rise and fall of the Paleothic Age - Our ancestors' health

58:45  What was the spectrum for good teeth health for our ancestors'? What changed for us?

1:04:20  How we can answer any health question through The Paleo Manifesto? What can we learn from our ancestors?

1:08:00  How we can understand our bodies like a computer

1:11:50  Why we should avoid dogmatic approaches to health

1:15:40  About John's latest project with Wild Ventures and the companies he supports.

1:22:00 The benefits of bone broth

1:26:00  How big food chains are taking the nourishment out of the foods they sell like soup and broth companies.

1:28:40  How voting with your wallet and buying from healthy food companies and startups is making a huge difference.

1:34:25  Closing comments with Rob and Devon

1:36:50 Open Sky Fitness Closing




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Jul 25 2017 · 1hr 37mins
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AMP #102 John Durant on How to Start a Business

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Best selling author John Durant is the founder of Wild Ventures, an influencer based venture capital firm involved in some of the hottest CPG brands in the food, health and biohacking world. We sit down and rap about how to effectively start a business, raise capital, and avoid the perils that come with entrepreneurship.
Jun 08 2017 · 1hr
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97: John Durant — The Past Leads the Way Forward

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This week’s Whole Life Challenge podcast guest is John Durant. John is the author of The Paleo Manifesto and co-author of Spartan Fit! by Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan Race (July 2016). He is also the founder of Wild Ventures, an angel syndicate focused on consumer health products & technology. He advises Thrive Market, Exo, AOBiome, Greatist, Brilliant Bicycles, Hu Kitchen, and Power Supply.

John studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard under Steven Pinker before moving to New York City and becoming a "professional caveman": mimicking a hunter-gatherer diet, running barefoot through Central Park, experimenting with intermittent fasting, and doing polar bear swims in the Atlantic. He has been featured in the New York Times and The New Yorker, interviewed on The Colbert Report and NPR Morning Edition, and has been rated one of The 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness. Prior to becoming a professional caveman, he spent three and a half years at an ad tech startup after a stint in management consulting.

[Note: For the complete set of show notes, links, and contact info, head to https://www.wholelifechallenge.com/podcast]

Jun 03 2017 · 1hr 23mins
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66: Vote with Your Dollars to Make (Real) Change with John Durant

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One of the trickiest things I do as a health blogger is decide which companies and products to use for my family and to recommend to others. I take this responsibility seriously, so I know I’m in good company when I spend time with my friend John Durant, one of the 100 Most Influential People …
Feb 13 2017 · 52mins