Consultant on films such as Castaway and TV series such as Survivorman, David Halladay is an unsung hero. Essentially unknown to the general public he is a legend in the world of survival skills. Not content to stick with the more simple subjects of fire starting and flint bladed knife making, David uses every outdoor skill oriented opportunity to fall right back into the world of philosophy and spiritual connectedness to nature.
There are those TV journalists that get the story and deliver the interview. And then there are those who are artist in their own right and compel you to follow them because of their work, not necessarily because of the artist they might be interviewing. Enter Laurie Brown. With a smooth demeanor, eloquent style of speech and silky voice her insightful work will always take the listener to places they never knew they always wanted to go. We discover why she does what she does so well.
Fred VanVleet is an NBA champion who recently signed a four-year contract with the Toronto Raptors worth $85 million. But before becoming a key player for the Raps, VanVleet was overlooked and underestimated at every single stage of his basketball career. This week, we tell his amazing story. From being rejected by all 30 teams in the NBA draft to becoming the highest-paid undrafted player of all time.
Celebrated as one of history’s greatest rock producer/engineers, after establishing none other than Guns and Roses by producing their first five albums, Mike shares his life’s history and his seemingly singular obsession with how music is made and recorded. Sitting along side Mike in his backyard in Woodland Hills California the camaraderie styled relationship between Les and Mike is palpable.
Long before Survivorman and the plethora of books available on the subjects of survival, Mors was at the zeitgeist of presenting these skills to the public and to kids in an accessible way through his writings and teachings. Inspired by Huey, Duey and Luey from Disney, Mors set the bar for outdoor skills instruction in this, his last ever interview before passing in Dec 2019.
Taraji P. Henson is an Academy Award-nominated actress, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hidden Figures as well as her iconic role as Cookie Lyon in the hit television show Empire. But before taking Hollywood by storm, Henson was rejected from acting school and rejected for parts, making $10 an hour as a receptionist between auditions. Join us this week as we tell Henson’s incredible story. From being labelled as “too urban” to earning the most Best Actress awards in BET history.
Raised by a loving Christian mother while hanging with a small group of outliers focused on punk rock, all the while adorned with satanic symbolism expressed through personal fashion, George shares the driving forces behind his productive and hugely successful career as a music interviewer.
Les addresses over 500 people at the Alberta Bushcraft Symposium. He was asked to elaborate on the differences between survival, bushcraft and primitive earth skills, but also to set the stage for what everyone was calling the ‘elephant in the room’: survival TV.
In a feisty and sometimes angry mood, David Suzuki shares with Les his frustration on getting the public and the politicians to understand what is at stake environmentally. Sitting in David’s backyard alongside the NW Pacific coastline, Les probes David for understanding on how to move forward.
The poet, the singer-songwriter, the philosopher, the artist, Bruce Cockburn is a Canadian legend. Yet he broke past international borders to continue as one of the most respected creators in the world. Les and Bruce sit down at Les’ house and talk songwriting, the impact of Bruce’s music and his spiritual motivation.