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Baker Street with Thom Pollard

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I'm Thom Pollard, a filmmaker, adventurer and mountaineer. My journeys have taken me around the globe, from Easter Island to the summit of Mount Everest. In my travels I've developed an awareness of the nature of people, what makes them tick and the steps that it takes to realize happiness, no matter what the circumstances. I believe that positive people make a real difference in this world. On Baker Street with Thom Pollard I investigate the amazing things that happen to people who live out their convictions, when they pursue their core passion. Join me for #storiesthatinspire

I'm Thom Pollard, a filmmaker, adventurer and mountaineer. My journeys have taken me around the globe, from Easter Island to the summit of Mount Everest. In my travels I've developed an awareness of the nature of people, what makes them tick and the steps that it takes to realize happiness, no matter what the circumstances. I believe that positive people make a real difference in this world. On Baker Street with Thom Pollard I investigate the amazing things that happen to people who live out their convictions, when they pursue their core passion. Join me for #storiesthatinspire

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United States

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I'm Thom Pollard, a filmmaker, adventurer and mountaineer. My journeys have taken me around the globe, from Easter Island to the summit of Mount Everest. In my travels I've developed an awareness of the nature of people, what makes them tick and the steps that it takes to realize happiness, no matter what the circumstances. I believe that positive people make a real difference in this world. On Baker Street with Thom Pollard I investigate the amazing things that happen to people who live out their convictions, when they pursue their core passion. Join me for #storiesthatinspire

Language:

English

Contact:

603-733-6184


Episodes

S2 Episode 11 - The Day Everest Broke, an Interview with NY Times Best Selling Author and Pro Climber Mark Synnott

6/24/2020
The 2019 expedition to solve the mystery of who climbed Everest first changed many lives, is now the subject of a new film called LOST ON EVEREST, is the cover article in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine and is the subject of a book by NY Times Best Selling author and professional climber Mark Synnott. The Third Pole will be released in the spring of 2021. One of the chapters of Synnott's book is called The Day Everest Broke, and describes in heartbreaking detail the story of...

Duration:01:19:04

S2 Episode 10 - Bob Marley's War

6/12/2020
This episode begins with the sounds of Barred owls calling in the New Hampshire night, as I muse about my sudden illness on Mount Everest in 2019. The wisdom of the owls is apt for Episode 10 as we recall the words of wise men from our past, including Albert Einstein, Halie Salassie and Bob Marley. On the question of racial discrimination, Haile Salassie in a speech said to those who will learn, this further lesson: "That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another...

Duration:00:22:35

S2 Episode 9 - We are Leaning Toward Totalitarianism, the Death of George Floyd

6/5/2020
I'm done standing idly by. I watched live as the president stood in front of St. John's Church in Washington, DC this week, after calling for a violent dissemination of a peaceful protest. That he was holding in his hand a brand new, obviously never opened Bible was a show of sheer sanctimony, to say the least. Worse so, it was another of a thousand tiny lies we've witnessed since the inauguration of DJT to deceive the American public. We are slipping toward totalitarianism at the hands of a...

Duration:00:16:29

S2 Episode 8 - 46 Years & Counting as Willie Nelson's harmonica player, Mickey Raphael

5/26/2020
(THESE NOTES WILL BE UPDATED) Mickey Raphael was given his first harmonica by an uncle who said if you can play Oh, Suzanna I'll give you the harmonica. Mickey would go on to play a whole lot more than that, having been Willie Nelson's harmonica player for over 46 years. He's played with the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Chris Stapleton, Tom Morello, Paul Simon, Snoop Dogg, Engelbert Humperdinck, Leon Bridges, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Duane Eddy, Vince Gill, Emmylou...

Duration:00:33:50

S2 Episode 7 - The Mystery of the Fate of Mallory & Irvine on Mount Everest and a Discussion with Everest Historian Jochen Hemmleb

5/15/2020
On June 8, 1924, two British mountaineers by the name of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine were seen at an altitude of over 28,000 feet 'headed toward the top' of Mount Everest by team member Noel Odell. At the time it was the highest any person had ever climbed before. After a few minutes, clouds obscured Odell's view of them and they disappeared, never to be seen again. 29 years later, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay successfully summited Mount Everest, on May 29, 1953. While they...

Duration:00:57:24

S2 Episode 6 - A New Perspective Gained Through Trauma, the Ritual of Maté and an Interview with Photographer Oscar Manguy of Finland

5/7/2020
When we encounter tragedy or a traumatic event in life, it often times opens up a portal through which we can gain a new perspective of life. We actually learn through the experience and can become more wise in the process. In today's episode I interview photographer, adventurer and wilderness educator Oscar Manguy. We caught up with him at his home in a remote location in Finland, talked to him about his life in the outdoors, photography, and of the ritual of drinking Maté,is a traditional...

Duration:00:35:59

S2 Episode 5 -From Bullied Kid to 3x World Record Holder, Interview with Adventurer Mike Reid

4/29/2020
Ever look out the window at work or in school and wish you were out there doing something big, living out your dreams? That is what this episode is about. We meet a man who used to do that. Then decided that enough was enough. Adventurer and three time Guinness Book of World Record holder Mike Reid says you don’t have to be gifted or talented. You don’t need anything given to you. If you refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer, anyone can achieve their dreams. As a child Mike was bullied. He...

Duration:00:42:35

S2 Episode 4 - The Meaning of Life is Coffee, an Interview with Coffee Roaster Austin Orth

4/23/2020
During this time, when the world seems to be going insane, we can lose our minds or keep our act together, or PROSPER! I don’t know about you, but when this stuff happens and we look at the super macro of it, click a few down on the pull down tabs of life, I like what is happening. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the devastation it’s having on life and millions of people and businesses in the world. But, beyond this, I feel like I’ve never been busier in taking advantage of this time. In Episode...

Duration:00:29:44

S2 Episode 3 - Heroes of the Quarantine Culture with David Brancaccio of Marketplace Morning Report and Peter Dunn of Topdrawer Corp

4/14/2020
This one is about the heroes...well, two at least. Both of them would say PHOOEY, I'm no hero... So, let's just say it’s about how people are getting by. Specifically, it's about the small business owners, faced with the gut wrenching decisions they have to make when faced with going out of business, laying off employees...survival. This Heroes of the Quarantine Culture on Baker Street with Thom Pollard welcomes two incredible individuals on the front line of the economy. Peter Dunn is...

Duration:00:48:03

S2 Episode 2 - Dragon Tongue: In the Time of COVID-19, Master Craftsman Tom Thiel and his Student in the Creation of Beauty/Rev Freakchild

4/7/2020
There is a romance to uncertain times. In the undulations and valleys that we experience in life we are given an opportunity to learn new ways to do things. Much like the relationship between a master and his student, experiences offer us an opportunity to see things from a different angle. This episode isnt about making guitars, per se, but about making a dream come true….about finding a muse and following it to completion. We'll be talking with Tom Thiel, an entrepreneur who spent his...

Duration:00:33:27

S2 Episode 1 - The Bodhisattva Blues with Bluesman Reverend Freakchild/drugs, sobriety, Buddhism, meditation & the Grateful Dead

3/31/2020
YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, PEOPLE: Today on Baker Street with Thom Pollard I welcome the ever talented bluesman and Buddhist practitioner Reverend Freakchild. We'll talk about everything under the sun, as well as listen cuts off his new album called The Bodhisattva Blues. His insight and music will cover everything from the blues to drugs, to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Grateful Dead, to Buddhist philosophy from the Buddha himself to Naropa University, where the Reverend is studying for a...

Duration:01:06:58

Episode 30 - Survival Guide To the Madness of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Beyond: an interview with Jungian Psychologist Nathan Schwartz-Salant

2/11/2020
If you think this episode is making a statement about my personal political preferences with this photo you're HIGHLY mistaken. Like me, if you're actually breathing, you know that the collective consciousness of the US political landscape is deeply divided. What's the old saying? War is not healthy for children and other living things? How does the current political divisiveness affect you? Does it raise your heart rate when you hear the detritus of political squabbling blurt out of your tv...

Duration:00:38:41

Episode 29 - Feel Good Story of the Week/Smiley Tejeda's Make-A-Wish Weight Room/Leaving a Legacy

1/28/2020
In Episode 18 we got to meet Nathanael Smiley Tejeda, who gave up his Make-a-Wish grant to help his now former high school build a new weight room. That was back in August of 2019. This past December the weight room was finally unveiled. I called Smiley at his college in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he is starting his second semester of freshman year at Springfield College. Smiley talks about being in remission from Hodgkin Lymphoma, how exciting it was to unveil the new weight room and...

Duration:00:20:32

Episode 28 BONUS Episode - Australian Bushfires and the Inspiring "Aussie Bushfire Gear Giveaway"/Fundraiser to Help the Valiant Effort/Scott Salmon

1/16/2020
This is a special BONUS EPISODE of Baker Street: THE BUSHFIRES CURRENTLY RAVAGING AUSTRALIA ARE NOT ONLY OUT OF CONTROL IN ALMOST EVERY AUSTRALIAN STATE BUT THEY ARE COMPLETELY UNPRECEDENTED, AND OF A MAGNITUDE THATS NEVER BEEN EXPERIENCED. This tragic loss of life, property and infrastructure has been declared a national state of disaster. In this Bonus Episode I interview Scott Salmon, owner of Nautilus Effects Systems based in Canberra Australia. (ABN 605 277 208 29). Scott's business...

Duration:00:34:31

Episode 27 - Helping Heroes Find Their Way Home/Military Suicide/an Inspiring Interview with Ray Gilmore

1/14/2020
For anyone concerned about suicide, contact the National Crisis Line. 800-273-8255 (TALK) This is a crisis line for EVERYONE Veterans Press 1 - for expedited service, specifically for veterans EPISODE 27: Today’s topic cuts close to the bone. If you’ve listened to Episode 23, called Don’t Tell a Lie, Your Life Depends on It, I talk about the suicide of my brother, my best friend, a beautiful, kind soul that broke so many hearts. In Episode 27 we’re talking about suicide. Why does it...

Duration:00:37:45

Episode 26 - Australia, Aboriginal Didgeridoo, Rod McCurdy, Pacific Dreams & Giving Back

12/20/2019
This episode is a n instant classic, exploring not only the beauty of Australia but the inner journey of discovery and enlightenment with my good friend and fan of this podcast, Rod McCurdy. This episode summarizes exactly why Baker Street with Thom Pollard exists in the first place. A recent sojourn to Australia unearthed a serendipitous encounter with Aboriginal musician George Dow, who masterfully demonstrated his didgeridoo. We discuss the hunter versus farmer hypothesis, first written...

Duration:00:50:55

Episode 25 - I Am Donald Trump, and #MeToo Movement, an Interview with Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Jungian Analyst

11/19/2019
The one thing people can agree upon is that Donald Trump has become a central figure in today's divisive cultural climate. Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant, a prominent Jungian analyst, offers a clear and balanced explanation of how the phenomenon known as Donald Trump has emerged and taken hold. His first book, Narcissism and Character Transformation: The Psychology of Narcissistic Character Disorders, published by Inner City Books in 1982, is a classic in the Jungian field. He is the author of...

Duration:00:42:08

Episode 24 - PART 2: Interview with Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter, Her Story of Hope and Inspiration

10/22/2019
Episode 24 - THIS IS PART TWO OF A TWO PART EPISODE. This powerful story that will surely leave an imprint upon you. We’ll be talking with Irene Butter, who survived the Holocaust with her family. For decades Irene didn’t breathe a word about it. She wrote a book called Shores Beyond Shores, from Holocaust to Hope, My True Story. My friends John Bidwell and Kris Holloway (husband and wife) co-wrote this book with Irene by conducting hours upon hours of Skype interviews together. What...

Duration:00:24:25

Episode 24 - PART 1: Interview with Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter, Her Story of Hope and Inspiration

10/22/2019
Episode 24 - THIS IS PART ONE OF A TWO PART EPISODE. THIS is a very powerful story that will surely leave an imprint upon you. We’ll be talking with Irene Butter, who survived the Holocaust with her family. For decades Irene didn’t breathe a word about it. She wrote a book called Shores Beyond Shores, from Holocaust to Hope, my true story…. My friends John Bidwell and wife Kris Holloway co-wrote this book with Irene by conducting hours upon hours of Skype interviews together. What resulted...

Duration:00:34:03

Episode 23 - Don't Tell a Lie, Your Life Depends On It

10/1/2019
When we act in accordance to the central spirit of our being we become off kilter, and millions upon millions live their entire lives…. In this world there is so much suffering to overcome, and we have much to keep attuned to. However, for every person who dies never having followed the central spirit of their being the world ends up a lesser place. Buddha said that Life is Suffering. Yet, in our acceptance of that we can transcend that suffering and experience joy. It comes in letting go...

Duration:00:24:50