Joshua Keith "Josh” Ostrander is an American singer-songwriter and producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is best known under his musical alias: Mondo Cozmo. Mondo met up with Lance to talk: writing songs, supporting yourself while making music, and even playing a couple songs including his single: “Shine."
Emmanuel Acho is a former college and NFL linebacker. He currently works in television as a football analyst. He dropped in to The Forward studio to talk: paying NCAA athletes, the business of football, the helmet technology in contact sports. He also discusses his family work in Nigeria and his experience in getting cut by NFL teams at interesting times.
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.
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.
Troy Aikman is a Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl Titles. He is currently half of the lead broadcast team for NFL on Fox. Lance talks with Troy about concussions and health in sports, playing in the social network age and what it takes to prepare to do television analysis.
Jonny Craig is a Canadian-American singer and songwriter best known as the frontman for Slaves, Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa. Jonny’s 17 year career has contained much controversy including his struggle with heroin and drug addiction, being kicked off the Warped Tour, kicked out of multiple bands, and much more. Jonny, now in his 3rd sober month after a recent time in rehab, sat down with Lance to discuss addiction, touring, tattoos and much more.
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright and professor from Baltimore, Maryland. Her latest project Notes from The Field takes a look at personal accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. They talked about what it takes to inhabit multiple people in one performance, her experience “being” Lance in a production, and an analysis by Lance of where he is in his life.
FK Day is a co-founder of the SRAM Corporation, a bicycle component manufacturer based in Chicago. After a trip to Sri Lanka following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami FK and his wife Leah were inspired to help via a bicycle distribution system. They founded World Bicycle Relief. WBR is a comprehensive bicycle distribution program to aid poverty relief in developing countries around the world. To date WBR has donated over 300,000 bicycles. FK was in Aspen with Lance to discuss their old history together at SRAM, World Bicycle Relief and how people can help.
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.
Anne Hed cofounded HED cycling with her late husband Steve. Their focus is to bring a rider the best possible, most reliable, fastest and most well-rounded cycling products. Lance stopped into the HED headquarters in Minnesota to catch up with Anne. They talked about her decision to continue on with the business after Steve’s passing a few years ago. They discussed being one of Lance’s first sponsors as a teenager, patterning on a new bike and memories of Steve.
Dave McGillivray is the founder of DMSE. He has served as the Race Director of the Boston Marathon since the 1980’s. He has run the Boston race every year since 1973. Many of those runs start after his official duties as Director end for the day. Dave and Lance caught up in Boston to talk about his career in endurance events, his personal health scare, running a sub 2 hour marathon and how the Boston bombing impacted his duties and family.
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.
Liz Lambert is a hotelier in Austin TX. After finishing law school she left her career as a lawyer to pursue a dream of owning the Hotel San Jose. She has taken her vision and attention to hospitality and grown the Bunkhouse Group brand around the country. Liz dropped in to talk about the hotel industry, getting out to travel and how the Foo Fighters recorded a record at one of her hotels.
Lyle Lovett is a country singer-songwriter from Klein, Texas. He has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. Lance stopped by Lyle’s to talk: getting started in music, the importance of Nashville, writing and touring with Guy Clark and Joe Ely, and even playing a couple songs during the interview.
Eduardo Garcia is a chef by trade but also the definition of perseverance. A life long outdoorsman Garcia's life changed after being electrocuted. Fighting back from his accident he was dealt the news that he also had testicular cancer. He stopped by to discuss his documentary “Charged," his food brand Montana Mex and his passion for the outdoors.
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.
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.
Darden Smith is a singer songwriter who resides in Austin, TX. Smith has made music for over 30 years and just released his 15th album titled, Everything.
Smith’s career evolved in unexpected directions when he began to explore the creative potential in what he calls “writing songs with people that don’t write songs.” Collaborations with homeless youth to HIV affected villagers in South Africa led to the founding of his latest project Songwriting with:Soldiers, a program that brings professional songwriters together with wounded veterans to write songs about combat and the return home. Smith opens up about how much he gets out of these retreats and talks through a recent session. Smith also performs a song written with a soldier as well as a track of his new record.
Rip Esselstyn is a health activist, plant based diet supporter, former firefighter and triathlete. He is widely known for writing the books: The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef With Meat and for appearing in the 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives. Rip stopped by the Forward Podcast studio to talk: the health benefits of plant based diets, being hired by Whole Foods, and his new book The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet: Eat Plants, Lose Weight, Save Your Health.
Timothy Showalter is the first guest in the Forward Podcast new studio. The leader of Strand of Oaks talked about being fearless versus reckless, working as a school teacher and what he learned opening up for the likes of My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell. Tim also broke in the new studio by playing three songs including a cover of Used Cars by Bruce Springsteen.
Eddie Wilson is the owner of Threadgill’s restaurant and founder of the legendary music venue: The Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. During it existence, the Armadillo held such legendary acts as ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Zappa, Van Morrison and helped give birth to Austin’s music renaissance. Eddie hosted Lance at the restaurant where they caught up on everything from: owning a music venue, Willie Nelson, hosting music royalty, starting an advertising agency at a music venue and much more.
Michael Franti is an American Rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. He is the creator and lead vocalist of his current independent project, Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. Michael stopped by to catch up with Lance and talk: reconnecting with family, his non profit: "Do it For Love, " and opening for the likes of U2 and the Foo Fighters.
Jimmie Johnson is a California born professional stock car racing driver and seven-time champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. His seven wins tie him with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most Cup Series championships of all time. In 2006 Jimmie and his wife Chandra started the Jimmie Johnson Foundation dedicated to helping children, families, and communities in need. Jimmie and Lance caught up on: getting started in racing, how racing has changed with the digital age, fielding fan questions, and more.
Simon Illa is an American music writer/producer/vocal arranger from Paris, Illinois. He was voted by Blender Magazine as Philadelphia’s Hottest producer in 2008. As a child, Simon was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta otherwise known as “Brittle Bone Disease.” He stopped by Jesse Itzler’s house to catch up with Lance on O.I., breaking into the music industry, inspiring people and more.
Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur, author, endurance athlete, former rapper, and one of the owners of the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. Jesse co-founded Marquis Jet and is a partner in Zico Coconut Water. Lance stopped by Jesse’s house in Atlanta to talk: hip-hop dinners, being an NBA owner, living with a Navy Seal, and more.