True to form, Byrnes is refreshingly real, rowdy, hilarious, insightful and inspiring during a revealing conversation between two “kindred spirits” that touches on everything from the NFL debate over the national anthem to who will win the World Series. Byrnes, who retired from pro ball in 2010, also talks about taking on various endurance challenges, from the Ironman to the infamous 100-mile Western States Endurance Run.
For the first time Lance took the Forward Podcast on the road in front of a live audience. Lance interviewed 3 investigative journalists at this years Texas Tribune Festival. Pamela Colloff of ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, Michael Hall of Texas Monthly and Tony Plohetski of the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV talked with Lance for an hour about their experiences and stories of wrongful convictions. All three journalists have written extensively about high profile cases in Texas. They discuss the challenges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, initial botched handling of cases and life after exoneration.
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.
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.
Clarence Greenwood AKA Citizen Cope is a songwriter, producer and performer. In between dates at the Belly Up, in Aspen, Cope dropped in to talk with Lance. They both talked about their experiences of growing up without a father present and the impact of how they parent. Cope's experience with the Turn Around Arts program in DC. And closing with a couple of live songs.
Charif Souki is an Egyptian-born American businessman who co-founded and was CEO of Cheniere Energy, an oil and gas company specializing in liquefied natural gas. In 2013 he was the highest-paid chief executive officer in the United States. Charif and Lance caught up to talk: moving forward, being fired from the company he founded, supporting Hillary Clinton, and more.
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.
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.
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.