Art Acevedo is the current police chief of Houston, Texas. Before his time in Houston he served as the police chief of Austin, Texas. He was the first Hispanic to the lead the Austin Police Department in its history. Born in Cuba, Acevedo was 4 years old when he migrated to the United States with his family in 1968. He grew up in California and earned his Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Public Administration from the University of La Verne in California. Acevedo began his career in law enforcement as field patrol officer in East Los Angeles with the California Highway Patrol in 1986. Chief Acevedo stopped by Lance’s to catch up on everything from the state of policing in America, body cameras and the highs and lows of being a police chief.
Lance recaps 2016 including: the podcast, New Zealand and more. He also gives a little preview of 2017 including: continuing the fight against cancer, what’s in store for the podcast, and what WEDU means. Thanks for tuning in this year get ready for a new episode coming next week.
Rahm Emanuel is an American politician and current Mayor of Chicago, Illinois. In 1993, he joined the Clinton administration, where he served as the assistant to the president for political affairs and as the senior advisor to the president for policy and strategy. From 2003 to 2009 he served in the U.S. House of Representatives where he was the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2005 to 2007 and the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, from 2007 to 2009. After the 2008 presidential election, President Barack Obama appointed Emanuel to serve as White House chief of staff. Rahm stopped by Lance’s to talk politics, family, fitness and more.
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.
Becky Hammon is a current coach for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA and former professional basketball player with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars in the WNBA. She is the first woman to coach in the NBA and was the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs summer league team. Becky met up with Lance at the Spurs practice facility to talk: coaching, Gregg Popovich, being an American playing for Russia in the Olympics and more.
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.
Chase Rice is an American country music singer/songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina. His career thus far has spanned: country music, a stint in the pit crew for NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, a spot on the reality TV series “Survivor” and playing college football at the University of North Carolina. Chase is best know for his music career that he began by co-writing “Cruise” with multi-platinum recording group Florida Georgia Line. The song went on to sell over 7 million copies in the United States and became the highest selling digital country song of all time. Chase stopped by Lance’s to talk: touring, working in a NASCAR pit crew, writing a hit song and much more.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Russian-American entrepreneur, investor, author, public speaker and social media personality. He got his start by transforming his father’s liquor store into Wine Library and grew the business from $1 million per year to $50 million per year. He founded Vayner Media, the new age ad agency, who currently has over 750 employees and a plethora of high profile clientele. Gary stopped by Lance’s to talk: Snapchat, the future of Twitter, his hatred of Michael Jordan, owning the New York Jets and much more.
Mack Brown is a former college football coach at the University of Texas, North Carolina, Tulane, and Appalachian State. He finished his coaching career at Texas with 1 National Championship, 2 Big 12 Championships, and the 2005 Paul “Bear” Bryant award as the college football coach of the year. Mack stopped by Lance’s to catch up on: Football, commentating for ESPN, Matthew McConaughey, charitable work and much more.
Michael Morton was a grocery store manager who was wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder in 1986. He served 25 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2011. Michael sat down with Lance to discuss his story including: prison, revenge, forgiveness, and what he’s doing now.
Ricky Williams is a former NFL running back who played for the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens during his time in the league. He was a Heisman Trophy winning All American while at the University of Texas where he broke the NCAA Career rushing yards record. He is an outspoken advocate for marijuana, a yoga instructor, a vegan and is currently finishing up his psychology degree at the University of Texas. Ricky sat down with Lance to talk about topics including: injuries in the NFL, drug use by athletes, parenting, being an individual and much more.
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.
Senator Wendy Davis is a Democratic politician from Fort Worth, Texas best known for her 2013 eleven-hour-long filibuster to block a Senate bill which included restrictive abortion regulations. The filibuster garnered Senator Davis national notoriety which she propelled into her 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Senator Davis stopped by Lance’s to catch up on a variety of things including: growing up in Texas, her new women’s equality organization: Deeds Not Words, the 2016 United States Presidential Election and much more.
Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter from Green Hill, Alabama. A former member of the Drive-By Truckers, and now a successful solo act, Jason Isbell is widely renowned as one of the greatest songwriters of the current day. Jason took some time out to chat with Lance while on his solo tour stop in New Braunfels, Texas. While there, Jason catches us up on many things including: growing up playing music, getting sober, Merle Haggard, and much more.
Ben Foster is a critically acclaimed actor best know for his roles in: Alpha Dog, Lone Survivor, and 3:10 to Yuma. Foster also played the role of Lance Armstrong in the recent film: The Program. Ben took a break from filming his new movie Hostiles in New Mexico to sit down with Lance and talk: acting, cycling, Lance, and much more.
Nate Boyer is a United States Army Special Forces Green Beret and former collegiate and professional football player. Nate has recently come into the news for his open letter to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He stopped by Lance’s house in Austin to catch up on many things including: Kaepernick, his time in the Army, his current production in Hollywood, and more.
Bob Arum is the founder and CEO of Top Rank Boxing, a boxing promotion company in Las Vegas. Throughout his storied career, this 84 year old has promoted some of boxing’s most historic fights and famous fighters including: Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez, and more. Bob stopped by Lance’s house in Aspen to talk Muhammad Ali, Don King, a possible Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch and much more.
Chris Kluwe punted in the National Football League for eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders. Kluwe is best known as an advocate for social issues, including same sex marriage and gay rights. Chris and Lance got together in Aspen to discuss: music, doping in sports, gaming and much more.
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.
Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter from Hobbs, New Mexico best known for co-writing the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Award for "Best Song," and Grammy Award for "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture theme song for “The Weary Kind” from the film “Crazy Heart.” Ryan stopped by in Aspen to talk with Lance and even play a couple songs including an amazing Guy Clark cover.
T.J. Juskiewicz is the Director of one the largest annual bike rides in the world: RAGBBRAI. RAGBRAI, is the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and is an annual event that travels west to east across the state of Iowa. The event has morphed into a cultural phenomenon that attracts riders from all across the world with it’s laid back vibe and party-like atmosphere. Lance and T.J. caught up at the race and shared some great stories from the past.
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.
Tim Commerford is best known as the bass player for the Grammy Award winning rock band Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Future User, and WAKRAT. He is also an avid cyclist and Tattoo aficionado. On Lance’s recent trip to Malibu, he stopped by Timmy C's house for a quick catch up on Episode 5 of The Forward Podcast.
Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff stopped by in Aspen for Episode 4 of The Forward Podcast. Thomas offers an insider look at a variety of topics including: the NFL Draft, Deflategate, becoming a GM, and more.
Lance sat down with longtime friend and multiple Grammy Award winning musician Ben Harper at Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver during a recent tour stop with The Innocent Criminals. Their conversation offers rare, fly-on-the-green room-wall insights on everything from Ben’s musical roots and inspirations to adventures in parenting teenagers to learning how to skateboard (like a badass) after 40.