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"The Commute" Podcast

A weekly podcast focusing on interesting jobs and the interesting people doing them. A sprinkle of humor and a smatter of IQ - Dr. Steve brings the inside scoop on "How does it work?"

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Final Episode! Psychologist, Steve Olivas

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4 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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Female Competitive Bodybuilder, Ashley Petty

Female Competitive Bodybuilder, Ashley Petty by Steve Olivas


12 Dec 2016

Rank #2

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SWAT team member, Lou Hayes, Jr.

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8 May 2017

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Curator, Brookfield Zoo (Chicago), Tim Snyder

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5 Jun 2017

Rank #4

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WNBA Star/ESPN Analyst, Rebecca Lobo

THE REBECCA LOBO INCIDENT IS OVER! One year after the snafu that defined a podcast, Rebecca Lobo returns to the show for the second recording of her first appearance (???). We talk about the WNBA, her career at ESPN, debunk rumors that she was holding a grudge against me, and finish by talking about how she and her husband first met (GREAT story!). A guest and a tale worth listening to - tune in and hear it all!


6 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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"Night Ranger" Keyboardist, Eric Levy

Fans of the hair metal genre shouldn't miss this episode -- but fans of music in general will also want to listen to the amazing story and friendly nature of Night Ranger keyboardist, Eric Levy. His tale of success following YEARS of paying dues will inspire and entertain! A great guy in one of my favorite bands of all time.


15 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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9-1-1 Operator, Chrystal Dougherty

911 dispatcher and operator, Chrystal Dougherty joins the show to tell us the truth behind the folks who man the phones for first responders. The good and the bad, the mechanics, and the ways they cope with a difficult job. A fantastic guest and a MUST listen!


12 Nov 2018

Rank #7

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"Disney on Ice" Skater, Forrest McKinnon

"Disney on Ice" Skater, Forrest McKinnon by Steve Olivas


12 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Houston Homicide Detective, Fil Waters

After being a Homicide Detective for over 20 years in the Houston Police Department, Fil Waters takes time out of his day to visit with us about what used to be called "interrogation techniques", but now is a systematized interview that he teaches police forces around the country to join with and gain the trust of those involved with major crimes. Learn and be fascinated by his stories and details!


15 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Breast Reconstruction Expert, Dr. Britt Lee

Dr. Britt Lee joins the show to talk about being the managing editor of a major medical journal - but we end up talking about breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Reconstructive Microsurgery is in and of itself fascinating, but the reconstructive process for women is even MORE interesting! Listen along and discover - there is a whole other world of genius people, and the way they make our lives better!


18 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Cirque du Soleil Acrobat, Marissa King

Olympic Gymnast,. NCAA Champion Gymnast, and current Cirque du Soleil Acrobat, Marissa King, steps onto the bus and shares with us a little bit of her world. And not just the mechanics of her life and her job, but also takes us into her mind as she flies 12 meters (almost four stories) in the air doing her performance! Not for the faint-hearted, this is an incredible episode!


10 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Sports Illustrated Columnist, Steve Rushin

The second half of the two-week husband-wife team is here - Rebecca Lobo's hubby, Steve Rushin! Steve has been a columnist for Sports Illustrated for over 30 years, and discusses his climb to the top of the sports columnist game, his marriage to a person more famous than him, his books, his life, and the complexities of being a father and husband - this is a fun, interactive, and really awesome episode!


13 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Novelist & Sleep Doctor, Sandra Block

Novelist & Sleep Doctor, Sandra Block by Steve Olivas


16 Oct 2016

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Level 4 Max Security Prison Guard, Marty Smith

Level 4 Max Security Prison Guard, Marty Smith by Steve Olivas


10 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Former Navy SEAL and CIA Officer, Frumentarius

We go deep into the world of secrets and military might, as former Navy SEAL and then CIA Officer, Frumentarius, joins the show to talk about both jobs! As much as he can, we discuss the training and life of a SEAL -- and then the application, training, and object of a CIA Officer. Unbelievable information, as the world of world peace, politics, and spying takes to the show!


20 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Commercial Airline Pilot, Bob Bailey

Commercial Airline Pilot, Bob Bailey by Steve Olivas


27 Mar 2017

Rank #16

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Rock Star & Chainsaw Artist, Cherie Currie

From the 1970s supergroup, The Runaways; to a Hollywood actress; to one of the top Chainsaw Sculptors in the world, Cherie Currie steps onto the bus to talk about her remarkable life. She has been to the top, the bottom, and every point in between as she has found her way into almost every medium of art and artistry. An intense interview with a truly remarkable guest!


3 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Professional Escort, Natalia Smith

Another fascinating guest - a professional escort! And not only that -- one who has a husband, family, and two college degrees! Enter the world of the comfort workers, as she discusses how her job works both with the clients, but also how it gets handled within her marriage. An episode I don't think you're going to expect!


18 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Comedy Writer, James Breakwell

My friend and podcast co-host, James Breakwell, sits down for the first time in over two years to discuss his professional life behind the scenes. How he manages his social media accounts, deals with publishing and book deals, handles advertisements on his sites, and his plans for the future. A guy who has monetized social media without the benefit of YouTube, a fascinating self-made career!


1 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Rock Star (Great White), Mark Kendall

One of the founding fathers of the hair metal/glam metal/rock through the 80s movement, Mark Kendall, steps onto "The Commute" tour bus! He brings his A game as he talks about the road to making it big, some insights into Great White as a band, and the pitfalls of excess (alcoholism and subsequent sobriety). The journey he's taken is told -- and all for YOU the fans! Soak it in -- this is a good one!


23 Mar 2020

Rank #20