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The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong's conversations with an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell. Guests, which hail from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and beyond, have included Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Evert and the Avett Brothers. The Forward often touches on the theme, or concept, from which the podcast’s name is drawn—pressing onward in the face of adversity or challenge, and seizing the opportunity to continually grow from experience. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and perspective.

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The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong's conversations with an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell. Guests, which hail from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and beyond, have included Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Evert and the Avett Brothers. The Forward often touches on the theme, or concept, from which the podcast’s name is drawn—pressing onward in the face of adversity or challenge, and seizing the opportunity to continually grow from experience. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and perspective.

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Never Lost Faith In You Lance

By Sleepykidzen - Aug 13 2019
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Keep it up Lance. Keep pushing Forward

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By agravez - Jul 30 2019
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Podcast is amazing and Lance is still the baddest MF in cycling. Period.

iTunes Ratings

1535 Ratings
Average Ratings
1178
197
36
32
92

Never Lost Faith In You Lance

By Sleepykidzen - Aug 13 2019
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Keep it up Lance. Keep pushing Forward

Yeah!

By agravez - Jul 30 2019
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Podcast is amazing and Lance is still the baddest MF in cycling. Period.

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The Forward

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The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong's conversations with an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell. Guests, which hail from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and beyond, have included Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Evert and the Avett Brothers. The Forward often touches on the theme, or concept, from which the podcast’s name is drawn—pressing onward in the face of adversity or challenge, and seizing the opportunity to continually grow from experience. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and perspective.

Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell is best know for his work as an author including five New York Times Best Sellers: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1996 and is also the host of one of the most popular podcasts: Revisionist History. Malcolm sat down with Lance in New York for an engaging discussion on a variety of topics including: the order of triathlon events, sports nutrition, the use of power meters in cycling, Edward Snowden, and much more.

Oct 10 2016

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Mia Khalifa

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Mia Khalifa is a former adult film actress. A brief stint in the porn industry led her to be named to the ISIS hit list. She joined Lance in Austin to discuss her experience in the adult film world, a conversation she has never shared publicly. She also talked about the stigma around the industry and how the label has followed her. They discuss her passion for sports, her cooking show and challenges of trying to date.

Feb 26 2018

1hr 3mins

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George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, & Dylan Casey

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George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Dylan Casey are former professional cyclists who raced for various professional teams during their cycling careers. All three went on to great successes in their post cycling careers. The guys got together with Lance for an epic 24 hour mountain bike ride in the Sonoran Desert known as 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. All four guys sat down in the trailer pre-race for a quick catchup.

Feb 21 2017

1hr 21mins

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Brett Favre

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NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre is this week’s guest on The Forward Podcast. Lance and The Gunslinger sat down after they completed their ride at the annual Bo Bikes Bama event in Auburn, Alabama. They talked about Brett’s new found passion for endurance events, his hall of fame career and the issues of brain injuries in the NFL. The interview took place at the home of former Auburn football Coach Pat Dye. Dye pulled up a chair and talk about his own successful coaching career, what he learned from Bear Bryant and how the game has changed. 

May 07 2017

1hr 26mins

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Bo Jackson

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Bo Jackson is a retired professional football and baseball player. He is one of a select few athletes to be named an All-Star in two major sports, and the only one to do so in baseball and football. Bo is regarded by many as the greatest athlete of all time. He stopped by Lance’s to talk: football, baseball, parenting and his most embarrassing moment as an athlete.

Dec 12 2016

1hr 31mins

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Ryan Holiday

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Ryan Holiday is a best selling author who has written: "Trust Me I'm Lying", "Ego is the Enemy" and his latest "Perennial Seller." Lance caught up with Ryan in Austin to talk: marketing a book, stoicism, speaking to sports teams, the Gawker fallout and their shared passion for Iron Maiden.

Jul 24 2017

1hr 15mins

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Tim Kennedy

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Tim Kennedy is a Special Forces sniper, Green Beret and former MMA fighter. Tim and Lance did a workout at the Onnit Academy and then taped an episode in The Forward studio. They talked about gun control, school shootings and Tim's role as a sniper as he sets off for his 13th deployment.

Mar 21 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rickie Fowler

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PGA pro golfer Rickie Fowler is currently ranked among the top ten in the world. The California native stopped by The Forward studio to discuss the current state of golf, pursuing his first major win, influence on the youth of golf and his US Olympic experience.

May 01 2017

1hr 9mins

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Bill Burr

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Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and podcaster from Canton, Massachusetts. He is best known for his Monday Morning Podcast and his role on the hit American Television series “Breaking Bad.” Burr recently launched his critically acclaimed animated series on Netflix entitled “F is for Family.” Bill stopped by Lance’s hotel room on a trip to Los Angeles to catch up about: sports, comedians performing in arenas, flying helicopters and much more.

Nov 28 2016

1hr 13mins

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He has garnered much notoriety for his appearances on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the late night circuit and more. Neil stopped by Lance’s to talk: the new generation’s take on science, the future of NASA, science in schools and much more.

Jan 30 2017

1hr 10mins

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Tim League

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CEO and Founder of The Alamo Drafthouse Tim League stopped by for the inaugural podcast. 

Jun 17 2016

1hr 6mins

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Bode Miller

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Lance sat down with American World Cup ski racer and six-time Olympic medallist Bode Miller in Aspen to talk about Miller's decorated alpine skiing career and more. Their candid conversation touched on everything from Miller’s unconventional upbringing, to what it feels like to fly down a mountain at 100 miles per hour, to the mental game of higher-risk sports like skiing and cycling. Miller, now a father of four, also talks about his passion for horse racing, and shares what’s next, following his formal retirement from ski racing.

Jan 08 2018

1hr 7mins

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The Avett Brothers

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Scott and Seth Avett are founding members of the Avett Brothers. Formed in North Carolina the San Francisco Chronicle describes the band with "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles the raw energy of the Ramones.”

Lance recently caught up with the brothers during a visit to North Carolina. They shared their memories of Chris Cornell, playing with Willie Nelson and backing Bob Dylan at the Grammy’s. The brothers also discussed May It Last, the Judd Apatow directed documentary which was recently acquired by HBO.

Jun 11 2017

57mins

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Rickey Gates

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Rickey Gates is an ultra runner hailing from Colorado. He just completed a self supported trans America run over 5 months. He and Lance caught up in Aspen to discuss why he chose to run across the country, his time living in Antartica, working with the 10th Mountain Huts and the explosion of trail running.

Aug 28 2017

54mins

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2017 TDF Preview

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Lance Armstrong shares his perspective on the 2017 Tour de France co-hosted by longtime Austin radio personality JB Hager. Stages airs about an hour after each stage finish, from July 1-23 at StagesPodcast.com. The first episode is the preview show.

Jun 30 2017

48mins

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Luke Bryan

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Luke Bryan is an American Country musician and songwriter. Bryan has currently sold over 7 million albums and over 27 million singles worldwide. Luke met up with Lance in Austin, Texas to talk: writing songs for artists, performing in Houston after the flood, raising a family, performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and more.

Sep 26 2017

44mins

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Bryan Fogel - Part 1

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Bryan Fogel joins Lance to discuss his Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, Icarus. They discuss Bryan’s original vision of the film and how that changed. Bryan goes into detail about he got to know former Russian anti doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov. They review the doping program that Bryan was on to compete at the Haute Route. Part one concludes with Bryan elaborating on how Russia was able to circumvent the testing process during the Sochi Olympic Games. 

Jan 29 2018

46mins

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Seal

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Seal is a four time grammy award winning British singer-songwriter. To date he has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and is best known for his single “Kiss from a Rose” that originally appeared on the Batman Forever soundtrack in 1995. A chance encounter on a bike path with Lance in Aspen led to this week’s episode of The Forward where Lance and Seal cover a wide variety of topics including: fitness, touring, childhood, missed opportunities and more.

Aug 15 2016

1hr 52mins

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Chris Evert

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One of the most successful tennis players of all time, Chris Evert, stopped by for Episode 6 of The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong. Chris won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 3 doubles titles during her career and now serves as a tennis analyst for ESPN. Lance and Chris cover topics such as: life after sports, tennis, family, and much more.

Jul 26 2016

1hr 13mins

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Ben Gibbard

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Benjamin Gibbard is an American singer, songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie. He is also one half of the electronica duo the Postal Service. Ben met up with Lance before playing the Velorama at the Colorado Cycling Classic to talk: his music career, his legal activity with the United States Postal Service and trading in alcohol for running trail ultras.

Aug 21 2017

1hr 16mins

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Governor John Hickenlooper

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John Hickenlooper Jr. is an American politician, scientist, and businessman who was the 42nd governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. He is currently running for President of the United States. John and Lance talk about his up bringing, his background in geology, music and owning the first brew pub in Colorado.

Jul 22 2019

1hr 6mins

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Heather B. Armstrong

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Heather B. Armstrong was what they called a mommy blogger before that became a thing. That turned into influencer marketing and she could not take it anymore. She found herself in a deep depression that had her contemplating taking her own life. She tried a clinical trial at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, where she was put in a chemically induced coma for 15 minutes at a time for 10 sessions. She writes about it in her new book titled, The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live.

Jun 06 2019

46mins

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Roger Pielke Jr.

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Roger Pielke Jr. is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include Environmental Science, Innovation and Politics as well as Governance of Sports Organizations. He sat down with Lance in Austin to talk about the Caster Semenya case. Caster was recently ruled ineligible to run unless she takes medication to reduce her testosterone levels. Pielke was a witness in the case. Lance and Roger wrap up the show discussing doping in sport. 

May 20 2019

1hr 9mins

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Sammy Hagar

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With over 40 years in the music business, Sammy Hagar doesn't really need an introduction. The Red Rocker dropped by the Austin studio to talk music, tequila, fame and giving back. He is out on the road touring with his band The Circle. http://www.redrocker.com/home

May 06 2019

1hr 20mins

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Katy Sherratt//Shawn Livingston

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Back on My Feet is a national organization operating in 12 major cities across the US. The organization combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. CEO Katy Sherratt joins Lance to talk about their mission and how they get homeless folks into running. They are joined by Shawn Livingston to talk about his success with the program. A veteran who was facing serious jail time got himself clean and did the BOMF program. He is now running ultra marathons. 

Feb 25 2019

1hr 1min

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Ryan Hall

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Ryan Hall is a retired long distance runner who also holds the US record for the Half Marathon. He dropped in on his book tour in Austin to talk about the transition from running to power lifting, running a sub one hour half marathon and why he and his wife Sara decided to adopt 4 girls from Ethiopia. His book Run The Mile You're In. Pre order link:http://bit.ly/THEFORWARDRYANHALL

Feb 06 2019

1hr 4mins

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Charles Barkley

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NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is on The Forward with Lance Armstrong. Taped from Scottsdale, AZ. Sir Charles opens up about going through his own adversity and what he learned. The pair talk about their relationship with Tiger Woods and Charles' fondness for gambling. Barkley talks about who's the real #1 from Auburn. Him or Bo Jackson. Charles also discusses how a spitting incident on a fan changed his entire outlook on life. 

Jan 24 2019

1hr 39mins

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Alex Honnold

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Alex Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He recently sat with Lance in his Las Vegas home to discuss his entry into the sport, the inherent risks with free soloing and the documentary Free Solo. The film chronicles his free solo scale unsupported and without ropes up the famous El Capitan, the 3,000 vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.

Jan 07 2019

1hr 27mins

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Chris Shiflett

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Musician Chris Shiflett is this weeks guest on The Forward. When he is not on out tour playing guitar with The Foo Fighters you can find Chris playing his solo material that focuses on country music. He is also the host of the Americana podcast Walking the Floor. He joined Lance the morning of his solo show in Austin to talk Merle Haggard, the sport of boxing, growing up in Santa Barbara and life in a huge band. Chris also played two songs of his latest solo release West Coast Town

Dec 03 2018

57mins

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Paul Cauthen

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“I’m a singer not a preacher, but these songs are my sermon,” says Paul Cauthen, this weeks guest on The Forward. The East Texas native joined Lance to talk about being a working musician, life lessons from his Paw Paw, picking yourself up and becoming a survivor. Paul also plays two songs including a new track from his upcoming record.  

Nov 19 2018

1hr 2mins

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Ed Ruscha

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Ed Ruscha is one of America's most treasured contemporary artists. Raised in Oklahoma, Ed and Lance discussed his desire to head west to California in the mid 50's, the support of his parents early on and his process for creating his paintings and photographs. An exhibit of Ed's works are on display at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin through early January. 

Nov 06 2018

44mins

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John Furner

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John Furner is the CEO of Sam's Club. He started at Walmart as a 19-year-old intern and has worked his way to the most senior position. He was in Austin to talk about riding the TEXAS HŪNDRED, his passion for cycling and Guns N' Roses. John also shared his mother's cancer experience. 

May 04 2018

1hr 1min

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Michael Shermer

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Michael Shermer is the founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine and columnist for Scientific American. Shermer was in Austin to talk with Lance about his new book Heavens on Earth The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia. Their conversation covers a variety of topics including the purpose of this life, cancer, suffering and the Race Across America. 

Mar 28 2018

1hr 24mins

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Tim Kennedy

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Tim Kennedy is a Special Forces sniper, Green Beret and former MMA fighter. Tim and Lance did a workout at the Onnit Academy and then taped an episode in The Forward studio. They talked about gun control, school shootings and Tim's role as a sniper as he sets off for his 13th deployment.

Mar 21 2018

1hr 7mins

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Tom Torkelson

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Tom Torkelson is the Founder of the Idea Public Schools. IDEA was founded to combat educational deficiencies they saw in their students in order to focus on college readiness. Lance and Tom toured one of the Austin schools and then sat to discuss the origins of the school and their 100% success rate of getting kids to college.  

Mar 05 2018

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Mia Khalifa

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Mia Khalifa is a former adult film actress. A brief stint in the porn industry led her to be named to the ISIS hit list. She joined Lance in Austin to discuss her experience in the adult film world, a conversation she has never shared publicly. She also talked about the stigma around the industry and how the label has followed her. They discuss her passion for sports, her cooking show and challenges of trying to date.

Feb 26 2018

1hr 3mins

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The Last Mile

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Earlier this year Lance was offered an opportunity to tour the San Quentin Prison and speak to the inmates currently enrolled in The Last Mile program. TLM teaches current inmates the job of coding with the hopes of earning employment in the tech world up their release. After his tour Lance talked with Chris Redlitz, the founder or TLM, about how he created the program and his initial hesitation to accept the invite. Lance also talked with Kenyatta Leal and Chris Schumacher about their experience in TLM. They discuss how they learned to code, job prospects upon release and starting relationships post incarnation. Lance also made a commitment to return to San Quentin to run the prison marathon. For more information on TLM visit https://thelastmile.org/

Feb 20 2018

1hr 13mins

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Vanessa Grigoriadis

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Vanessa Grigoriadis is a writer for The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the author of various books including: Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus. Vanessa caught up with Lance on various topics including her new book, consent, and more.

Feb 12 2018

1hr 25mins

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Perry Farrell

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Perry Farrell is a singer-songwriter who is a founding member of Jane's Addiction. Perry founded Lollapalooza in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band. Perry was in Aspen over the holiday break and sat down with Lance after a performance at the Belly Up. They talked about Perry’s visit to the 2004 Tour de France, his vision for what a music festival should look like and his latest ambitious project called Kind Heaven. 

Feb 05 2018

55mins

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Bryan Fogel - Part 2

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Part two of the Bryan Fogel interview starts with Bryan discussing China’s ability to skate the doping controversy in Beijing.  The two also discuss how much WADA is really doing in the doping battle in particular with the handling of Grigory and Russia. Lance and Bryan discuss the odd circumstances around the deaths to some of the key folks involved in the Russian lab. They close the conversation talking about living in fear of what has been produced by this film. 

Jan 30 2018

42mins

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