The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong gives the audience a rare and revealing listen into Armstrong's conversations with an eclectic range of personalities—some well-known, others simply with intriguing stories to tell. Guests, which hail from the worlds of politics, entertainment, art, business, sport and beyond, have included Malcolm Gladwell, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Chris Evert and the Avett Brothers. The Forward often touches on the theme, or concept, from which the podcast’s name is drawn—pressing onward in the face of adversity or challenge, and seizing the opportunity to continually grow from experience. Above all, The Forward Podcast is a personal, honest, engaging and always entertaining dialogue that leaves the listener with new insights and perspective.
John Hickenlooper Jr. is an American politician, scientist, and businessman who was the 42nd governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. He is currently running for President of the United States. John and Lance talk about his up bringing, his background in geology, music and owning the first brew pub in Colorado.
Heather B. Armstrong was what they called a mommy blogger before that became a thing. That turned into influencer marketing and she could not take it anymore. She found herself in a deep depression that had her contemplating taking her own life. She tried a clinical trial at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, where she was put in a chemically induced coma for 15 minutes at a time for 10 sessions. She writes about it in her new book titled, The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live.
Roger Pielke Jr. is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include Environmental Science, Innovation and Politics as well as Governance of Sports Organizations. He sat down with Lance in Austin to talk about the Caster Semenya case. Caster was recently ruled ineligible to run unless she takes medication to reduce her testosterone levels. Pielke was a witness in the case. Lance and Roger wrap up the show discussing doping in sport.
With over 40 years in the music business, Sammy Hagar doesn't really need an introduction. The Red Rocker dropped by the Austin studio to talk music, tequila, fame and giving back. He is out on the road touring with his band The Circle. http://www.redrocker.com/home
Back on My Feet is a national organization operating in 12 major cities across the US. The organization combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. CEO Katy Sherratt joins Lance to talk about their mission and how they get homeless folks into running. They are joined by Shawn Livingston to talk about his success with the program. A veteran who was facing serious jail time got himself clean and did the BOMF program. He is now running ultra marathons.
Ryan Hall is a retired long distance runner who also holds the US record for the Half Marathon. He dropped in on his book tour in Austin to talk about the transition from running to power lifting, running a sub one hour half marathon and why he and his wife Sara decided to adopt 4 girls from Ethiopia. His book Run The Mile You're In. Pre order link:http://bit.ly/THEFORWARDRYANHALL
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is on The Forward with Lance Armstrong. Taped from Scottsdale, AZ. Sir Charles opens up about going through his own adversity and what he learned. The pair talk about their relationship with Tiger Woods and Charles' fondness for gambling. Barkley talks about who's the real #1 from Auburn. Him or Bo Jackson. Charles also discusses how a spitting incident on a fan changed his entire outlook on life.
Alex Honnold is a professional adventure rock climber whose audacious free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. He recently sat with Lance in his Las Vegas home to discuss his entry into the sport, the inherent risks with free soloing and the documentary Free Solo. The film chronicles his free solo scale unsupported and without ropes up the famous El Capitan, the 3,000 vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.
Musician Chris Shiflett is this weeks guest on The Forward. When he is not on out tour playing guitar with The Foo Fighters you can find Chris playing his solo material that focuses on country music. He is also the host of the Americana podcast Walking the Floor. He joined Lance the morning of his solo show in Austin to talk Merle Haggard, the sport of boxing, growing up in Santa Barbara and life in a huge band. Chris also played two songs of his latest solo release West Coast Town.
“I’m a singer not a preacher, but these songs are my sermon,” says Paul Cauthen, this weeks guest on The Forward. The East Texas native joined Lance to talk about being a working musician, life lessons from his Paw Paw, picking yourself up and becoming a survivor. Paul also plays two songs including a new track from his upcoming record.
Ed Ruscha is one of America's most treasured contemporary artists. Raised in Oklahoma, Ed and Lance discussed his desire to head west to California in the mid 50's, the support of his parents early on and his process for creating his paintings and photographs. An exhibit of Ed's works are on display at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin through early January.
John Furner is the CEO of Sam's Club. He started at Walmart as a 19-year-old intern and has worked his way to the most senior position. He was in Austin to talk about riding the TEXAS HŪNDRED, his passion for cycling and Guns N' Roses. John also shared his mother's cancer experience.
Michael Shermer is the founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine and columnist for Scientific American. Shermer was in Austin to talk with Lance about his new book Heavens on Earth The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia. Their conversation covers a variety of topics including the purpose of this life, cancer, suffering and the Race Across America.
Tim Kennedy is a Special Forces sniper, Green Beret and former MMA fighter. Tim and Lance did a workout at the Onnit Academy and then taped an episode in The Forward studio. They talked about gun control, school shootings and Tim's role as a sniper as he sets off for his 13th deployment.
Tom Torkelson is the Founder of the Idea Public Schools. IDEA was founded to combat educational deficiencies they saw in their students in order to focus on college readiness. Lance and Tom toured one of the Austin schools and then sat to discuss the origins of the school and their 100% success rate of getting kids to college.
Mia Khalifa is a former adult film actress. A brief stint in the porn industry led her to be named to the ISIS hit list. She joined Lance in Austin to discuss her experience in the adult film world, a conversation she has never shared publicly. She also talked about the stigma around the industry and how the label has followed her. They discuss her passion for sports, her cooking show and challenges of trying to date.
Earlier this year Lance was offered an opportunity to tour the San Quentin Prison and speak to the inmates currently enrolled in The Last Mile program. TLM teaches current inmates the job of coding with the hopes of earning employment in the tech world up their release. After his tour Lance talked with Chris Redlitz, the founder or TLM, about how he created the program and his initial hesitation to accept the invite. Lance also talked with Kenyatta Leal and Chris Schumacher about their experience in TLM. They discuss how they learned to code, job prospects upon release and starting relationships post incarnation. Lance also made a commitment to return to San Quentin to run the prison marathon. For more information on TLM visit https://thelastmile.org/
Vanessa Grigoriadis is a writer for The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the author of various books including: Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus. Vanessa caught up with Lance on various topics including her new book, consent, and more.
Perry Farrell is a singer-songwriter who is a founding member of Jane's Addiction. Perry founded Lollapalooza in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band. Perry was in Aspen over the holiday break and sat down with Lance after a performance at the Belly Up. They talked about Perry’s visit to the 2004 Tour de France, his vision for what a music festival should look like and his latest ambitious project called Kind Heaven.
Part two of the Bryan Fogel interview starts with Bryan discussing China’s ability to skate the doping controversy in Beijing. The two also discuss how much WADA is really doing in the doping battle in particular with the handling of Grigory and Russia. Lance and Bryan discuss the odd circumstances around the deaths to some of the key folks involved in the Russian lab. They close the conversation talking about living in fear of what has been produced by this film.
Bryan Fogel joins Lance to discuss his Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, Icarus. They discuss Bryan’s original vision of the film and how that changed. Bryan goes into detail about he got to know former Russian anti doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov. They review the doping program that Bryan was on to compete at the Haute Route. Part one concludes with Bryan elaborating on how Russia was able to circumvent the testing process during the Sochi Olympic Games.
Heidi Zuckerman is the CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Musuem. Heidi joined Lance to talk about giving opportunities to all for access to the Arts. They also talk about the decision to continue their relationship with Lance in light of controversy. Heidi also discuses her new book, Conversations with Artists, and the challenges of opening a new art museum.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a recently retired NASCAR driver from Kannapolis, NC. He sat down with Lance over the holidays in Aspen to talk about his move from the car to the NBC studio and his introduction into cycling and riding bikes. Dale also discussed the changes in the NASCAR scoring system, his memories of his Dad and his somewhat controversial go to sandwich.
Lance sat down with American World Cup ski racer and six-time Olympic medallist Bode Miller in Aspen to talk about Miller's decorated alpine skiing career and more. Their candid conversation touched on everything from Miller’s unconventional upbringing, to what it feels like to fly down a mountain at 100 miles per hour, to the mental game of higher-risk sports like skiing and cycling. Miller, now a father of four, also talks about his passion for horse racing, and shares what’s next, following his formal retirement from ski racing.
Nate Bargatze is a touring comedian from Tennessee. Nate dropped by the studio this past weekend before 6 shows at Capitol City Comedy Club in Austin. He talked about his process for writing and working through jokes, his misery being a Vanderbilt sports fan and perceptions about what it is to be a clean comic. Nate is featured in the new Netflix special The Standups and has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He also talked about working with his Dad who is a magician and whether or not his wife finds him funny.
Dakota Meyer is a United States Marine Corp veteran. In 2009 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Ganjgal. He is the first living Marine in 38 years to be honored. Dakota and Lance discussed the battle at length, dealing with PTSD, having a beer with the President and his Own The Dash brand.
Noah Kagan is an entrepreneur and founder of appsumo and sumo.com. He was the 30th employee at Facebook and went on to work at Mint before founding his own companies. Noah and Lance caught up from the Forward Studios to talk about dealing with getting fired from a company, picking a coach and trying to improve a new skill each year and how to effectively manage your time every day.
Joe Nick Patoski is an author and journalist who has covered Texas and Texas music for 40 years. Joe Nick and Lance spent an hour talking about writing books with and about Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Selena and the Dallas Cowboys.
Turk Pipkin is an author, actor and director from Texas. Along with his wife Christy they founded The Nobelity Project. The Project started after they interviewed 9 Nobel Laureates about topics such as hunger, climate change and energy. Turk talked about opening on the road for Rodney Dangerfield, building a library in a Kenan water tank and his Book of the Every Other Month Club.
Phil Keoghan has been the host of The Amazing Race television show since 2001. The New Zealand native recently completed the documentary, Le Ride. The film follows Phil and his friend Ben as they try to recreate the 1928 Tour de France route on original bicycles from the same year. Phil joined Lance for a screening of the film in Austin and taped an episode of The Forward. They discussed the difficulty of riding the route, Phil’s discovery of cycling while living in Antigua and his passion for making lists. Le Ride is screening globally on November 9th. Details can be found at http://philkeoghanleride.com/
Roy Spence is a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame and a founding partner of GSD&M. Roy dropped into The Forward studio to talk about getting the Southwest Airlines business which lead to a relationship with Sam Walton and Walmart. Spence also talked about the future of advertising and the ability to change. They finished up their discussion talking about Roy’s desire to continue to walk across the country and The Promised Land Project.
Larissa Connors is a professional mountain bike racer and the recent winner of the Leadville 100. In her “spare” time she is a full time math teacher in California. Larissa was in Aspen for the WEDU FIFTY and sat down with Lance to talk riding bikes and juggling a full time job. She may be the happiest guest we have had on The Forward. She also went out and won the women’s field in the FIFTY the day after the interview and returned to California that night to teach school on Monday morning.
If you’re at all familiar with MLB star outfielder Eric Byrnes, whether it’s from his 11-year pro career or his analyst role for MLB Tonight, you know the word “animated” merely scratches the surface when describing this balls-to-the-wall (literally) personality. 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.
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.
Tanya Streeter is a British-Caymanian-American best known as a world champion free diver. Tanya was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame in March 2000 and for a time held the overall "no limits" freediving record (greater than the men's record) with a depth of 525 feet (160 m) that is still the women's world record. Tanya stopped by Lance’s to talk: the sport of free driving, "A Plastic Ocean” the documentary and overcoming physical and mental barriers.
George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and Dylan Casey are former professional cyclists who raced for various professional teams during their cycling careers. All three went on to great successes in their post cycling careers. The guys got together with Lance for an epic 24 hour mountain bike ride in the Sonoran Desert known as 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. All four guys sat down in the trailer pre-race for a quick catchup.
Chris Bell is an American director best known for his critically acclaimed documentaries “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” and “Trophy Kids.” Chris stopped by Lance’s to talk: making documentaries, the prescription drug problem in America and overcoming addiction.
John Paul DeJoria is a billionaire businessman and philanthropist best known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products and The Patrón Spirits Company. Over the years, he has founded and/or funded numerous for-profit and nonprofit entities. John Paul sat down with Lance to talk: politics, being homeless, the story of Patrón, philanthropic efforts and more.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. He has garnered much notoriety for his appearances on The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the late night circuit and more. Neil stopped by Lance’s to talk: the new generation’s take on science, the future of NASA, science in schools and much more.
Shep Gordon is an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent and producer. He is best known as the manager of Alice Cooper as well as other celebrities and musicians including: Anne Murray, Blondie, Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. Gordon is credited with being one of the originators of the celebrity chef movement. He is featured in the documentary directed by Mike Myers entitled: Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Lance caught up with Shep at his home in Hawaii to talk: how he got into the management business, the Mike Myers documentary, the Dali Lama and more.
Bob Schneider is a Michigan born, Austin based musician and former lead-singer of Ugly Americans. He has released over a dozen albums during his career. He sat down with Lance in Austin to play a few songs and talk: surviving a plane crash, growing up overseas, overcoming addiction and more.
Bob Parsons is an American entrepreneur best known as the founder of GoDaddy, a publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. With more than 61 million domain names under management, it is the world's largest ICANN-accredited registrar. He is a former United State Marine who was wounded on duty during the Vietnam War. Bob and Lance met up in Hawaii and talked about building a new business, serving in the military, getting into the golf business and more.
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.
Kenny Dichter is a serial entrepreneur who is the current CEO of Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company. In the past he has founded many companies including: Alphabet City Sports Records, Marquis Jets, and Tequila Avión. Kenny stopped by Lance’s to catch up on: business, running the New York Marathon, starting a tequila company, 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.
David Granger is best known for his work as editor-in-chief at the magazine Esquire from 1997-2016. During his time there, he led the publication to digital success in a time where most magazines saw heavy declines in readership. David stopped by Lance’s to talk: what’s next for him, his methodology as an editor, golfing with Donald Trump and 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.
Author, history professor, fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy, and History commentator for CNN: Doug Brinkley stopped by to chat with Lance on topics ranging from Bob Dylan to Donald Trump.