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The Happiness Quotient

Thom Dharma Pollard hosts inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire with guests and drawing from his own adventures around the world. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

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My Buddy Lost 8 Fingers and I Got to the Summit - Stephen Venables' Insane Bivouac at 8,600 Meters on Mount Everest
Stephen Venables became the first British mountaineer to climb Mount Everest without the use of supplementary oxygen in 1988, establishing a new route on the Kangshung Face with Ed Webster, Robert Anderson and Paul Teare. THIS EPISODE IS ON YOUTUBE IN VIDEO FORM AT:https://youtu.be/9bocQEfDriIEverest and Beyond - TEDxOxford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiz3en5JLcYPlease visit our sponsor Musa Masala - Expert Advice On Safe, Healthy & Culturally Aware Mountain Travel at: https://musamasala.com/Support the show
20:54 12/21/22
The Studio Mama and Her Musical Cookbook - Rebecca Wood
Rebecca Wood was the chef, trusted keeper, and diviner at Zac Brown’s renowned Southern Ground Nashville studio for nearly a decade. While she was intimately familiar with the ghosts and secrets of the converted church that housed the studio, her passion was cooking for the musicians recording there, curating choice down-home meals and menus from family recipes. The heart of The Studio Mama Cookbook is a collection of these menus, each created for an artist who worked at the studio. It’s a combo plate of music, food, people, and stories. More about Rebecca and how to get her awesome Studio Mama cookbook:https://www.heartsinthemix.com/Support the show
23:25 10/28/22
Too Many People - Manaslu and Why It's So Dangerous
Just what is Manaslu and why are so many people flocking to it? Thom dives in with thoughts on the death of professional skier Hilaree Nelson on her attempted ski descent, as well as the commercialization of the mountain and just how the game has been changed since drone footage captured 'the real' summit in 2021.LINK TO YOUTUBE VERSION:https://youtu.be/EIPCyKi5zEoSupport the show
12:56 10/17/22
Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star? Get Yer Camera! Jay Blakesberg and His Rock & Roll Photography Career
Jay Blakesberg, one of THE US’s most accomplished live music and pop culture photographer’s has released another self published book called RETRO BLAKESBERG: Volume One: The Film Archives (SEE THE LINK IN THE SHOW NOTES)....the book features highlights spanning the years from the 70’s into the early 2000’s when film was king, before the digital age, when a photographer WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER - from the first photograph he ever sold for $15 thru tours with Phish, Led Zeppelin, Rolling StonesTons of Grateful Dead - enough so that he’s made a couple booksGreen Day,  The Flaming Lips,  Snoop Dog, PrimusIf you want to purchase a copy of Jay’s amazing book or to have a look at his other published books and photo gallery, find him on Instagram at @JayBlakesberg and @RetroBlakesberg, or on his website at https://www.rockoutbooks.com/Support the show
47:15 8/26/22
Climb Your Everest - The Most Uplifting and Affirming Message For Every Day of Your Life
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06:14 8/5/22
Is Everest Dying? Fighter Jets Over the Summit? - A Conversation with Everest Chronicler, Podcaster and Mountaineer Alan Arnette
Thom Pollard sat down with Everest Chronicler Alan Arnette to talk about all things Everest. In this first of a several part episode with Alan, we talk about all the current state of affairs on Everest, and what the future looks like for Everest. Is climate change changing the game on 8,000 meter peaks?Visit Thom's YouTube channel for this conversation with Alan Arnette as well as a bunch of other Everest-related material:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEk3e_XGyNnqwK2ZlxH7fEAAlan Arnette's website: https://www.alanarnette.com/Alan's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlanArnetteClimbs origins explainedSupport the show
35:28 7/21/22
Our World's Languages Are Dying! Wade Davis, National Geographic Explorer in Residence
Taken from Wade Davis' 20 March 2004 talk at the 100th Annual Banquet of The Explorers Club at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York CIty. Wade Davis' website:https://daviswade.com/Support the show
16:44 7/12/22
Are You Authentic? A Life Hack Episode
You might be here looking for something about Mount Everest. You might hate this episode. But, you might like it.  For the YouTube version of this episode:https://youtu.be/dIfmhdKNcTQJoin this channel to get access to perks and to become part of the community:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEk3e_XGyNnqwK2ZlxH7fEA/joinSupport the show
13:05 6/17/22
Filming Lhakpa Sherpa's Historic 10th Ascent of Everest by a Woman - Matt Irving, Director of Photography
Matt Irving is a professional director of photography. In May 2022 he filmed the historic tenth ascent of Everest by a woman, Lhakpa Sherpa. His views and insight of seeing Everest from an observant eye is refreshing. Matt Irving's Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/irving_matt...Support the show
29:24 5/26/22
It's Our Burden To Bear - Ukrainian Journalist Igor Nalyvaiko on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
News from Ukraine - Watch. Know. Decide. Breaking news from Ukraine. News observation. Important information.Twitter: @u24_newsTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@u24_newsWeb: https://u24.ua/For more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show
35:05 5/19/22
Sanctity of Space - A Conversation with Filmmakers/Professional Climbers Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson
Sanctity Of Space - A film about the alchemy of landscape and people amidst the mountains of Alaska A conversation with co-directors Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson about the decade long journey of creating the film, from concept to completionUS Theaters starting May 6th - Showtimes and Updates:https://greenwichentertainment.com/film/the-sanctity-of-space/Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sanctityofspace/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sanctityofspaceFor podcast episode of this conversation on The Happiness Quotient:Support the show
34:02 5/11/22
What Is China Hiding? - Jochen Hemmleb, Everest Historian on Everest Sightings of Mallory & Irvine and Maurice Wilson
Jochen Hemmleb follows up on recent video with Mark Synnott about reports that the body of Sandy Irvine had been discovered, possibly removed (video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glMT08zmAP0 ). Jochen has written extensively on this topic and is as knowledgeable as any person in the world about the Mystery of Mallory & Irvine. He has personally interviewed many key players from the Chinese expeditions that report having seen the bodies. Jochen Hemmleb's website: https://www.jochenhemmleb.com/english/mundi/index.phpMark Synnott's Salon article about the camera and Sandy Irvine:https://www.salon.com/2022/04/08/the-third-pole-mount-everest-mark-synnott-mystery-china/The Happiness Quotient podcast: https://thehappinessquotient.buzzsprout.com/Thom's Patreon for exclusive content:https://www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientSupport the show
26:01 5/5/22
Modern-Day Darwin, Bruce Means Discovers Five New Species in Guyana, The Last Tepui
The ultimate Earth Day observation:  following is a conversation with a modern day Charles Darwin, biologist, herpetologist, Adjunct Professor of Biological Science at Florida State University Dr. Bruce Means. We discuss a March 2021 expedition in which Means and writer/climber Mark Synnott traveled to a virtual Shangri-la in the deep, mysterious and ever dangerous jungles of Guyana to study an unclimbed tapui, where new species were discovered. American climber Alex Honnold is featured in the National Geographic film and article, both released in April 2022.This is the Happiness Quotient. Please subscribe wherever you are listening or watching Support the show
39:08 4/22/22
Mystery Solved? The Body Of Sandy Irvine and the Kodak Camera Have Been Discovered, Mark Synnott Interview
Following is a conversation with professional climber, author and historian Mark Synnott, whose book THE THIRD POLE: MYSTERY OBSESSION AND DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST has just been released in paperback edition. The greatest mystery in all of mountaineering and possibly the most debated and discussed in current times just got thicker. The Mount Everest mystery deepens: Was there an international cover-up of a dead climber's ascent?https://www.salon.com/2022/04/08/the-third-pole-mount-everest-mark-synnott-mystery-china/Mark Synnott's website and portal to purchase The Third Pole: Mystery, Obsession, and Death on Mount Everest:https://www.marksynnott.com/Support the show
29:06 4/19/22
All That Glitters Is Not Gold & Reflections of a Car Deal
Lessons come in all sorts of packages. And, a beautiful, poignant poem from a recently found journal of my late brother's. For the YouTube version of this episode:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AABp82bfR7gFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show
20:41 4/5/22
Ukraine: Fighting the War From Behind the Front Lines - A Voice From Ukraine
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND COMMENT AND SHARERecorded on 26 March 2022Iryna Kabluchko is a journalist from Ukraine.Full Episode on YouTube The Happiness Quotient at:https://youtu.be/2-dVs0wGVg4 To help the effort please visit Come Back Alive and donate:https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/backandaliveTwitter:https://twitter.com/BackAndAliveSupport the show
33:32 3/28/22
Ukraine: Battling Disinformation In the Fight for Existence - A Voice From Ukraine 25 March 2022
PLEASE SHARE SO THAT OTHERS MAY HEAR Subscribe, leave a review and a rating.Igor Nalyvaiko is a journalist from Ukraine, and currently in hiding he is helping to battle disinformation with contacts around the globe.To help the effort please visit Come Back Alive and donate:https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/backandaliveTwitter:https://twitter.com/BackAndAliveSupport the show
38:17 3/25/22
Quit Taking Things So Personally - Reflections on the Greatest Mystery in All of Adventure
A muse on the 91st anniversary of my father's birth, 18 March. And reflections on how the Mystery of Mallory and Irvine's fate has taken a personal tone. Thanks to Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show
21:04 3/21/22
Laura Dekker, at Age 16 Became Youngest Ever to Solo Circumnavigate the Globe
Can you imagine achieving at the age of 16 what other dream their entire lives of doing and even then never take the first step toward embarking on the journey of their dreams?Our remarkable guest today knew from a very early age that she wanted to sail around the world, alone...in her own boat. It appeared as if everyone in her sphere were conspiring against her, to dash her dreams….well, I should say that her parents were very supportive, and encouraged her to put her thoughts into action. In fact, she was born in New Zealand, during a seven month sailing trip by her parents, spent the first five years of her life on at sea...was given her first boat at age six, a small dingy made for children…  She named her boat Guppy, all her boats have been named GuppyHer name is Laura Dekker. She’ll be 26 on September 20th….she has a Dutch, German and New Zealand citizenship...truly a citizen of the world. At age 14, with a solo trip to England …..and back - departing from her home in the Netherlandsunder her belt and months, even years of experience alone aboard a ship….she announced her intentions to circumnavigate the globe, solo.Now, you know when you were a kid and you had this amazing idea and someone told you how dumb it was and somehow you agreed and gave up that dream, and suddenly the years go by and you wonder why the hell you ever listened to the doubeters in the first place?Well, Laura had many doubters, in fact the government f the Netherlands got involved, the Child Welfare Office objected, a family court judgment was obtained that placed Dekker in shared parental custody with the Council for Child Care who intended to stop her departure.Dutch naval law said a person under 16 wasn’t allowed to captain a boat over seven meters long…. the Dutch court ended supervision of Dekker, and decided it was "up to the girl's parents to decide whether she can make the trip."[34] Dekker reported that she would depart "within two weeks".[35]Laura later commented about the authorities in an interview, saying "They thought it was dangerous. Well, everywhere is dangerous. They don't sail and they don't know what boats are, and they are scared of them."   14 years old!Well, she made, at the age of 16 became the youngest person ever to solo circumnavigate the globe….it took her two years, threw her into the international spotlight, she was awarded prestigious sailing awards, and everyone it would seem wanted a piece of her. When I caught up with her this summer and Laura Dekker agreed to this interview I wanted to ask her about her true calling….her now...and not trap her into telling the story of sailing around the world alone yet another time….there are dozens and dozens of videos and interviews on YouTube and beyond….and she has a book...Fast forward 10 years from her remarkable accomplishment and now Laura has devoted her life to inspiring children and youth with her LAURA DEKKER WORLD SAILING FOUNDATION. Aboard her new ship, also called the GuppYa 21 meter, 53 ton Scorpio 72 (stay tuned in this interview for the fate of the Guppy that she sailed around the world), The foundation provides programs for young people to develop life skills like team work, self confidence, responsibility, creativity, and leadership. The challenge of expeditions in foreign lands and long distance sailing aboard the foundation’s training vessel provide a uniquely powerful and extremely effective environment for the personal development of children and teeSupport the show
30:09 9/16/21
Dr. Peter Hackett - Think You Have What It Takes To Climb Everest? A Conversation with the Doctor of the Death Zone
Do you think you have what it takes to climb Mount Everest? Did you ever think about what it might be like,  and if you did it, would you kill a bunch of brain cells and come home…..different? Or, maybe not at all….?  Fact is, today’s guest feels that a person of moderate physical capacity could take on The Big E given the right conditions, with the use of bottled oxygen.... He also says to climb Everest it really helps to have been born with what he calls The Stupid Gene...the quality of being able to suffer for long periods of time, even willingly, in order to achieve a goal.Today’s guest on The Happiness Quotient is Dr. Peter Hackett….he LITERALLY wrote the book on altitude sickness….it’s called Mountain Sickness: Prevention, Recognition and Treatment (American Alpine Club Climber's Guide).Peter is no ordinary doctor...he’s a mountaineer. He climbed Everest in 1981 as a member and doctor on the American Medical Expedition...when he summited he was the 111th person ever to summit….it was well before the first guided expedition changed the game on the Mother Goddess of Mountains. It was also before more than one team was allowed on the same route….I first met Peter in 2000, we were working on a documentary for PBS Nova called Deadly Ascent, a film endeavoring  to solve the mystery of high-altitude deaths on one of the most dangerous mountains on Earth: Denali.   I was the high altitude cinematographer and Peter was the doctor, the main character. We were there to chronicle the season, ready to capture on film daring mountain rescues and emergency medical evacuations….In 2007 Peter found the Institute for Altitude Medicine in conjunction with the Telluride Medical Center and the University of Colorado to provide clinical care and consultation, conduct research and develop educational programs to optimize health as well treat medical issues affecting people who either live at, or travel to, high altitudes. Fast forward to 2019….I was on Mount Everest, filming Lost on Everest for National Geographic and Disney….while at 21,000 feet, the evening before leaving for our tam’s final summit bid….I began to show some signs of an altitude induced TIA….a trans ischemic attack, or a minor stroke. The symptoms were minor, numbing of the face.... More than 7,000 miles away Dr. Peter Hackett was summoned via Mark Synnott’s text messages. Peter was at a medical conference at the time...and he consulted with other physicians about my condition...many texts went back and forth. Basically he said this: 50-percent chance it’s really nothing, a migraine thing that will disappear and have no impact on me at altitude. The flip side is that if it IS a TIA and it re-appears on my summit bid….I die. He and the doctors suggested I remove myself from the summit team. That afternoon I was in Base Camp. Maybe I don’t have as much of that Stupid Gene as I used to….So, do you have what it takes to climb Everest? What happens up there when someone climbs into the DEath Zone?  A few facts:Let’s take the 2019 season, the season I was there on the Chinese side, as an example There were 11 deaths….eight of those deaths are basically unexplained, the cause of death listed as either altitude sickness (3 of the climbers) or exhaustion during descent,...listed for six of them….and of those 11 deaths, six of those were climbers in their 50’s or 60’s, where the possibility of dying at altitude increases. What is going on at altitude and how is the body responding to the extremes of the death zone?Here’s my conversation with Peter Hackett, Doctor of the Death Zone… We spoke in May of 2021, at the end of the climbing season on Everest, during thatSupport the show
36:35 8/25/21
Shrink Wrap for Crap: Diana Yousef CEO and Founder of change:WATER Labs
It never ceases to amaze me in the way people are brought into your life - today’s guest I discovered when I began researching the garbage and human waste problem on Mount Everest and the KHUMBU region of Nepal - In Episode #90 and in a recent streaming event about the garbage and human waste problem on Everest I discussed how Everest has been referred to as the HIGHEST GARBAGE DUMP ON THE PLANET.   Among the many guests on the program I spoke with entrepreneur and businesswoman Diana Yousef of CHANGE WATER Labs, a new company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts working to help the human waste problems affecting much of the world’s population. Consider this: HALF OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION has no running water or flush toilets. Change Water Labs has developed an incredible toilet called the I-Throne, which removes the water content from human waste…change:WATER Labs a low-cost, compact, waterless toilet for non-sewered households and communities.CHANGE WATER Labs’ Mission To Develop & Deploy Safer, Smarter, More Dignified Sanitation. Globally, 3 billion people lack safe toilet access, and 1Bn defecate openly. Chronic under-investment into sanitation infrastructure means people in many poor and vulnerable communities live with their sewage. With no toilets or pipes, there is no way to flush.I spoke with founder and  CEO  Diana Yousef about their work, and posited if it might be a viable option on Mount Everest….If you’d like to learn more about Diana Yousef and the I-Throne, visit https://www.change-water.com/Please share this episode with anyone THAT MIGHT FIND THESE WORDS INSPIRING or helpful or educational.I RELY ON THE KINDNESS OF MY LISTENERS ----YOU ------TO SHARE and to Subscribe to The Happiness Quotient on Apple Podcasts Please CLICK SOME STARS AND LEAVE A REVIEW.=====================I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comSupport the show
39:26 8/2/21
Mount Everest is a Mess! An Investigation Into The Garbage and Human Waste Problem on Everest (PS, It's Getting Fixed)
I recently hosted a live streaming event for the Musa Masala organization, who in their multiple capacities of forwarding safe and ethical mountain travel are raising money for the Wongchu Memorial Hospital….a good cause indeed. Our event talked about the garbage and human waste problem on Everest and the KHUMBU region - if you look for episode #87 of this podcast you’ll remember my interview with Peter Hillary about the current situation on Everest….he gives us a good picture of the Khumbu region but not so much of a good picture on the mountain, Everest, itself. Many of you have I’m sure heard has been referred to as the HIGHEST GARBAGE DUMP ON THE PLANET.   It’s shocking image for someone who has not visited there to conjure up the idea of Everest, the unknown frontier, the far reaches of our planet, being tarnished by overuse and carelessness at the hands of those who come there seeking adventure and, let’s face, ego gratification. In this episode I’m going to share some short segments of interviews taken from the show itself…...which will link in the show notes if you would like to watch it on YouTubeIMPORTANT LINKSDonate to Musa Masala:https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/musam... Shop with Us to support our ongoing work: https://musamasala.com/the-musa-store/Visit the GoFundMe Page in honor of our friend, Gary McLean. All funds raised will go to the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital and the Musa Masala Nursing Scholorship Program, projects Gary was actively involved in. Contribute here:https://gofund.me/3017e2cdGUESTS:Peter Hillary:     http://peterhillary.comDavid Liaño Gonzalez - 7-time submitter of Mount Everest     http://www.davidliano.comYangji Doma Sherpa - of the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee     https://www.spcc.org.npDamian Benegas - Benga's Brothers Expedtions     https://benegasbrothers.comDan Mazur - Summit Climb owner and board of the Everest Biogas Project     https://www.mteverestbiogasproject.orgDiana Yousef - founder and CEO of change:Water Labs     http://www.change-water.com==========I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coacSupport the show
45:11 7/23/21
Chris Carter LIVE From the Continental Divide Trail and the Adventures of Jim and Tim (His Feet!)
Today we welcome back our inspiring and intrepid Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hiker and filmmaker, CHRIS CARTER, who I caught up with on a LIVE Instagram session on July 9, 2021….where he was camping in Jackson, Montana….(population of about 111)….The first time I spoke with Chris was in Episode 67 to talk about his beautiful and moving documentary about his Pacific Crest Trail through hike called TO MEASURE A MILE…At that time Chris was in the nascent stages of planning a double thru hike of the Continental Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail, a journey of six months, give or take….and that is what he is doing now.He is on the second half of the Continental Divide trail and today when I spoke with him he was getting ready to pack up and head back out for another 30+ mile day give or take….INSANE!TODAYS EPISODE IS a slightly edited version of an INSTAGRAM LIVE CONVERSATION CHRIS AND I HAD, You can find on my Instagram page here:https://www.instagram.com/thom.dharma.pollard/===Chris' magnificent film To Measure A Mile can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX4gjMlGSHE&t=52sChris Carter on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/chriscarter146/I'd like to thank Oliver and Chris Wood, Jano Ricks and The Wood Brothers management, as well as their publicist Kevin Calabro for granting us the rights to use HAPPINESS JONES for our theme music. We are deeply honored. Find The Wood Brothers at: https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5AFor more about Thom Dharma Pollard, about personal coaching or his inspirational presentations, virtual or in person, look for him at eyesopenproductions.comTo join his mailing list for A Course In Happiness, email him at thom.dharma.pollard@gmail.comREADING LIST:Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayedhttps://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htmWanderlust: A History of Walkingby Rebecca Solnithttps://www.amazon.com/Wanderlust-History-Walking-Rebecca-Solnit/dp/0140286012Support the show
46:16 7/9/21
Art Crime Professor Erin Thompson on Smashing Statues, Guantanamo and Michelangelo (the World's Greatest Art Forger?)
Episode #88 on The Happiness Quotient: America’s only full-time professor of art crime.  Erin Thompson studies a variety of relations between art and crime, including the looting of antiquities, museum theft, art made by detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and the legalities and ethics of digital reproductions of cultural heritage. Erin Thompson has discussed these topics for the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the Freakonomics podcast, among many others...and coming up next on The Happiness QuotientSHE IS AN author, speaker, art crime professor at the john jay college at the City University of New York….If you enjoy this episode or any episode of The Happiness Quotient, please subscribe  wherever you may be listening, leave a rating and a review, which are so important to a podcast’s success. And, if you know someone who is interested in art, or art crime, be sure to personally share this episode with them….ERIN THOMPSON can be found at https://www.artcrimeprof.com/Her twitter handle is @artcrimeprof Erin's art show from the prisoners of Guantanamo can be found at https://www.artfromguantanamo.com/Her upcoming book is Smashing Statues: The Rise and Fall of America's Public Monuments  that will be by WW Norton =========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.Support the show
49:27 7/2/21
Peter Hillary, Son of Sir Edmund - What's Wrong With Everest
Today, a special guest, Peter Hillary, son of the first man to ever climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary,…..Peter himself has climbed Everest twice. In addition to being an accomplished mountaineer Peter is a speaker, and he raises funds for Himalayan Foundations around the world....  Together with his sister Sarah Hillary, they manage the intellectual property of the Ed Hillary estate. I can almost guarantee you know someone named after his dad...During a recent conversation, Peter and  I talked about the environment of Everest, the current state of Nepal and the Khumbu region, the garbage and growing human waste problem….how COVID has devastated Nepal, and what is being done about it. For more info on Peter, how to give to the Himalayan foundations, or to inquire about a speaking engagement by Peter, visithttps://www.peterhillary.com/And, on June 30th there will be a Facebook live event hosted by Musa Masala, to benefit the Wongchu Memorial Hospital….Links to the event are in the show notes or you can visithttps://musamasala.com/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.Support the show
33:02 6/25/21
Renan Ozturk, Modern Day Renaissance Man on Everest, Creativity and Nutrition, an Instagram LIVE Event
Greetings to you all - this is a special edition of the HQ. In April I had the honor of doing an Instagram Live event with my old friend Renan Ozturk to talk about Everest, creativity, filmmaking and, yup, nutrition in the mountains. I mean, we’re talking to a guy who used to sustain on candy bars and Ramen and coffee at altitude.The event was hosted by one of our 2019 Sandy Irvine Search Expedition sponsors, Good To-Go foods, the ultimate in dehydrated backpacking food.THANK YOU TO THE WOOD BROTHERS FOR THE USE OF THEIR SONG HAPPINESS JONES FOR OUR THEME SONG HERE ON THE HQIf you like this episode or any of th e HQ please click subscribe on Apple Podcasts and give me a rating and a review….For more on Renan check out, his artwork is out of this world, as is his photography and filmmaking, modern day Renaissance manhttps://www.renanozturk.com/ More on Good To-Go https://goodto-go.com Real Food. Real Adventure. The most delicious meals, using clean ingredients, to be enjoyed wherever your adventures take you. Just Add Water - Vegan Options - Gluten Free - Handmade Made in Maine=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.Support the show
41:09 6/18/21
John Branch, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and His New Book, Sidecountry: Tales of Death and Life From the Back Roads of Sports
TODAY I HAVE A GUEST OF UNIMAGINABLE INSIGHT AND TALENT WITH US, THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST REPORTER, JOHN BRANCH OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TO TALK ABOUT HIS NEW BOOKSidecountry: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of SportsIn 2017 I received a request  from today’s guest, whom I’d never met before, but as you’ll find out in the interview, I was well familiar with his work, John Branch, a NY Times sports reporter  -  not your traditional sports, but rock climbing, skiing, mountaineering….or alligator hunting and wingsuit flying...that kind of sports.As it turns out, sometimes his stories begin, for him, when someone is killed in pursuit of some lofty goal, whether climbing Everest, or skiing deep into the backcountry, or sidecountry, as it’s referred to….When John first contacted me he was heading to India to spend time with the families of four Indian climbers who were part of an Everest expedition in 2016 -- three men died and a woman survived. Of the three who died, one body was recovered in 2016. The other two bodies were still on Everest, and John was doing a feature on the effort to try to find and recover those bodies, an effort that involved the Indian municipalities, a large sum of money had been raised. John had learned that I’d directly encountered these climbers on my summit day….and he wanted to ask about what I saw, or remembered, from those encounters…..John’s story was called DELIVERANCE FROM 27,000 FEET...an incredible feature which you can find online.JOHN’S NEW BOOK INCLUDES THIS INCREDIBLE AND POIGNANT, OFTEN PAINFUL BUT SYMPATHETIC STORY…SIDECOUNTRY: Tales of Death and Life from the Back Roads of SportsSidecountry gathers the best of Branch’s work, featuring 20 of his favorites from the more than 2,000 pieces he has published in the paper.Sidecountry features such classic Branch pieces, including “Snow Fall,” about downhill skiers caught in an avalanche in Washington state, and “Dawn Wall,” about rock climbers trying to scale Yosemite’s famed El Capitan. In other articles, Branch introduces people whose dedication and decency transcend their sporting lives, including a revered football coach rebuilding his tornado-devastated town in Iowa and a girls’ basketball team in Tennessee that plays on despite never winning a game. The book culminates with his moving personal pieces, including “Children of the Cube,” about the surprising drama of Rubik’s Cube competitions as seen through the eyes of Branch’s own sports-hating son, and “The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey,” about a mother killed in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting whose daughter happens to play on Branch’s daughter’s soccer team.John Branch has been hailed for writing “American portraiture at its best” (Susan Orlean) and for covering sports “the way Lyle Lovett writes country music―a fresh turn on a time-honored pleasure” (Nicholas Dawidoff). Sidecountry is the work of a master reporter at the top of his game.Here is my JUNE 9TH, 2021 INTERVIEW WITH PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER BUFFALO FOR LIFE, TALKING ABOUT HIS THIRD BOOKTo buy Sidecountry:https://wwnorton.com/books/9781324006695For John's work in the New York Times:https://www.nytimes.com/by/john-branch=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:Support the show
38:39 6/15/21
Oliver Wood Always Smilin' - New Solo Album Release and Music Extravaganza
This episode has a transcript for hearing impaired.COVID19 wasn’t all bad. A ton of musicians and recording artists invested themselves in projects that they wouldn’t normally have been able to do if they were on tour. On Tour is where the Wood Bros find themselves for much of the year, at least pre-covid.Back in September of 2020 I talked with Oliver where he was at his home in Nashville, The Wood Brothers tour had been effectively shut down and, I learned later, that in addition to trying out some new songs and jamming with friends, he was making standard breakfast and "dad spaggetti"  for the wife and kids.The things you remember to ask someone after the call is done...In this episode I play selections from the album and intersperse them throughout the conversation.Here’s my June 8, 2021 conversation with Oliver Wood from Charleston S C where he is on a tour stop with the Wood Bros….to talk about his newly released album ALWAYS SMILIN’Songs from Always Smilin' in this episode:Climbing High Mountains (Trying To Get Home)Face of ReasonGet The BluesKindnessMolassesFine LineFor more information on The Wood Brothers visit:https://www.thewoodbros.com/For tour dates and album info, plus a kick ass bio on Oliver, visit:https://www.oliverwoodmusic.com/=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show
39:24 6/9/21
Jamie McGuinness, On Being a Sherpa and the David Sharp Story on Everest
Episode #83 is an amazing story of Mount Everest with six time summiter and the climber leader of our 2019 expedition to search for the body of Sandy Irvine, New Zealand's Jamie McGuinness. The original intent of my interview with Jamie was to talk about the expedition of ours in 2019, which has since become a National Geographic film called Lost on Everest and is the subject of a book by NY times bestselling author Mark Synnott called THE THIRD POLE, MYSTERY OBSESSION AND DEATH ON MOUNT EVEREST….which we did talk about.However, in starting our interview I asked Jamie about what it was like working as a sherpa on expeditions back in the day. The Sherpa are incredibly strong, almost super human, adapted over centuries of living at high altitude to be stronger and faster at altitude...and Jamie joined their ranks….THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING. In explaining this, Jamie began telling me about the story of David Sharp, the English mountaineer who died near the summit of Mount Everest in 2006. His death caused controversy and debate because he was passed by a number of other climbers heading to and returning from the summit as he was dying, although a number of others tried to help him. Jamie knew David very well, and tells a full breakdown of one of the most tragic stories in recent history on Everest. In that story he also shares about the story of Lincoln Hall, an Australian climber, who during that same year that David Sharp lost his life, he was reported to have died….then, miraculously, survived. Jamie was on the front line of that story. He shares about it all here, on The Happiness Quotient.Here’s my May 2nd, 2021 conversation with one of the strongest climbers from New Zealand since Sir Edmund Hillary….=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show
51:50 6/2/21
Dream Time: Aboriginal Musician Is Ambassador for Culture and Music of His People
The didgeridoo, the long wooden musical instrument dating back 10,000 years or more, are commonly and rightfully associated with the aboriginal culture.Today I’m going to introduce you to an ambassador of the Aboriginal culture, a fascinating man with a deep and learned understanding of his culture and also of the didgeridoo and the art and dance that goes with it.  I first met didgeridoo musician George Dow at Sydney Bay, Australia, at the Circular Quay. My Friend Rod McCurdy and I were about to board a ferry to see some features of the Sydney area, when from about 100 yards away I spotted my George seated with his back against a fence, the Sydney Opera House across a span of water behind him, in his traditional aboriginal garb, sparsely dressed with clay powder turning his skin almost white. In front of him sat a 4 foot long didgeridoo.To donate to George and his music and art his PayPal account is  bee.sailor84@gmail.com The link to the popular video of George can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdD84wFwZ4&t=8s=========For more information about Thom Dharma Pollard:http://eyesopenproductions.com/For a free downloadable copy of A Course In Happiness:www.patreon.com/thehappinessquotientOur theme song, Happiness Jones, appears courtesy of The Wood Brothers.For more information about The Wood Brothers:https://www.thewoodbros.com/The Wood Brothers on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTvWKQovDZlLceuct1EEMMQHappiness Jones video can be seen here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIoiVWwF5ASupport the show
29:09 5/19/21