Baker Street with Thom Pollard

May 26 2020 4 34 mins

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 come to develop an awareness of the nature of people, what makes them tick and the steps that it takes to achieve happiness, no matter what the circumstances. I believe that positive people make a difference. Have you ever wondered why true happiness exudes from some people while others are steeped in loss and depression? When we begin to live and speak our inner truth it is only natural to walk our path with discernment and passion. Happiness will walk hand in hand. On Baker Street with Thom Pollard we explore the real meaning of existence, how to unlock simple truths that keep most of the seven billion inhabitants of this planet in ignorance. We'll meet special guests and influencers who have made their intentions a reality. I'll also share many of my incredible adventures that I share in my public presentations. Stop in and pull up a chair! Make yourself comfortable. Timely topics and issues include adventure, religion, the environment, music, sports, success stories in business, politics and life.



S2 Episode 8 - 46 Years & Counting as Willie Nelson's harmonica player, Mickey Raphael
May 26 2020 • 33 min
Born in Dallas, TX to a musical family, Mickey Raphael knew he wanted to become a professional musician and now has played as Willie Nelson's harmonica player for 46 years.


S2 Episode 7 - The Mystery of the Fate of Mallory & Irvine on Mount Everest and a Discussion with Everest Historian Jochen Hemmleb
May 15 2020 • 57 min
Everest historian and author Jochen Hemmleb discusses and unravels the great mystery surrounding the fate of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine on Mount Everest in 1924.


S2 Episode 6 - A New Perspective Gained Through Trauma, the Ritual of Maté and an Interview with Photographer Oscar Manguy of Finland
May 07 2020 • 35 min
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...



S2 Episode 5 -From Bullied Kid to 3x World Record Holder, Interview with Adventurer Mike Reid
Apr 29 2020 • 43 min
Mike Reid had a traumatic childhood and was bullied in school and went on to become an exceptional adventurer who now holds three world records.


S2 Episode 4 - The Meaning of Life is Coffee, an Interview with Coffee Roaster Austin Orth
Apr 23 2020 • 29 min
As economies collapse we compare refer to Viktor Frankl's book Man's Search For Meaning, and speak with New Hampshire coffee roaster Austin Orth about his business during COVID-19.


S2 Episode 3 - Heroes of the Quarantine Culture with David Brancaccio of Marketplace Morning Report and Peter Dunn of Topdrawer Corp
Apr 14 2020 • 48 min
Interviews about the Heroes of the Quarantine Culture with Peter Dunn, President of Topdrawer and David Brancaccio, Host and Executive Producer of Marketplace Morning Report


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
Apr 07 2020 • 33 min
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...


S2 Episode 1 - The Bodhisattva Blues with Bluesman Reverend Freakchild/drugs, sobriety, Buddhism, meditation & the Grateful Dead
Mar 31 2020 • 66 min
An interview with Buddhist philosopher and bluesman Reverend Freakchild, where we interview him about his new album The Bodhisattva Blues.


Episode 30 - Survival Guide To the Madness of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Beyond: an interview with Jungian Psychologist Nathan Schwartz-Salant
Feb 11 2020 • 38 min
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...


Episode 29 - Feel Good Story of the Week/Smiley Tejeda's Make-A-Wish Weight Room/Leaving a Legacy
Jan 28 2020 • 20 min
Fulfillment of a Make-A-Wish sometimes comes in the form of an altruistic gift to another, as in the case of Nathanael Smiley Tejeda of New Hampshire.


Episode 28 BONUS Episode - Australian Bushfires and the Inspiring "Aussie Bushfire Gear Giveaway"/Fundraiser to Help the Valiant Effort/Scott Salmon
Jan 16 2020 • 34 min
The Australian continent is being ravaged by bushfires, resulting in the loss of 1 billion animals and an inspiring fundraising effort is hoping to bring aid to the people and organizations now fighting the fires.


Episode 27 - Helping Heroes Find Their Way Home/Military Suicide/an Inspiring Interview with Ray Gilmore
Jan 14 2020 • 37 min
Our guest Ray Gilmore is a military veteran who is proof that there is help for military veterans contemplating suicide and he has devoted his life to doing just that.


Episode 26 - Australia, Aboriginal Didgeridoo, Rod McCurdy, Pacific Dreams & Giving Back
Dec 20 2019 • 50 min
A recent sojourn to Australia unearthed encounteres with Aboriginal musicians and extraordinary explorer Rod MCurdy



Episode 25 - I Am Donald Trump, and #MeToo Movement, an Interview with Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Jungian Analyst
Nov 19 2019 • 42 min
Dr. Nathan Schwartz-Salant, prominent Jungian analyst, helps demystify the world of Donald Trump, offering up solutions for people angered by his presidency.


Episode 24 - PART 2: Interview with Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter, Her Story of Hope and Inspiration
Oct 22 2019 • 24 min
Irene Butter miraculaously survived the Holocaust and now has written a powerful memoir called Shores Beond Shores.


Episode 24 - PART 1: Interview with Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter, Her Story of Hope and Inspiration
Oct 22 2019 • 34 min
Irene Butter miraculaously survived the Holocaust and now has written a powerful memoir called Shores Beond Shores.


Episode 23 - Don't Tell a Lie, Your Life Depends On It
Oct 02 2019 • 24 min
In order to follow the path of our core spirit we must live in truth, and never tell a lie, this is crucial to our destiny.


Episode 22 - All The World's a Stage - Officiating the Wedding of Two Deeply In Love
Sep 17 2019 • 16 min
When we accept challenge it awakens neurons in our body and we literally grow in wisdom as a human being, therefore all the world is a stage.


Episode 21 - Become a Master of The Fire Pit: Tortilla Fire Pit (there's nothing serious in this one!)
Sep 04 2019 • 9 min
How to make a fire pit with tortilla chips


Episode 20 - Commercialization of Everest, Discovery of George Mallory, plus The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Aug 27 2019 • 24 min
Have we ruined the spirit of adventure by over-commercilaizing Mount Everest?


Episode 19 - A Spirit Saved My Life in an Avalanche, Stories That Inspire
Aug 20 2019 • 24 min
Caught in an avalanche in the Alaska Range, a climber is saved when a spirit appears as if out of nowhere to save his life.


Episode 18 - Stories That Inspire: He Gave His Make-a-Wish Gift Away So Others Could Benefit - Nathanael "Smiley" Tejeda
Aug 13 2019 • 24 min
Nathanael Smiley Tejeda, a high school football player from New Hampshire, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and took his positivity to the limit to conquer the cancer and inspire everyone.


Episode 17 - Why You Should Never Say You’re Sorry, "isms' Require Judgment
Aug 06 2019 • 14 min
Religions succeed by keeping their followers in fear and why we should never say I'm sorry, because forgiveness doesn't exist in the light.



Episode 16 - Is There Life After Life? A Friend's Final Words
Jul 30 2019 • 28 min
When that day finally arrives… Yes, you know what I’m talking about, death…what words will you need to share with those closest to you? Will the life that you’ve lived be sufficient enough? Or, are there secrets inside that you must share before it’s...


Episode 15 - Grateful for the Grateful Dead, Running For His Life by Tim Gillis
Jul 23 2019 • 19 min
Tim Gillis shares a beautiful story about his father's undrying love for family, and showing gratitude for the love of the Grateful Dead


Episode 14 - Hallucinogens v Meditation, Ubuntu, Oneness and Musa Musala
Jul 16 2019 • 27 min
What is the most effective way to self realization, hallucinogens or meditation.


Episode 13 - My Mysterious Friendship with a Shaman
Jul 09 2019 • 23 min
Thom's life was forever changed when he encountered a shaman named Swayu, a learned Teacher of the Light, a la do Juan Matus and Carlos Casteneda.


Episode 12 - How I helped Paul Butterfield get inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame and Mount Everest
Jul 02 2019 • 53 min
How I helped get Paul Butterfield into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the insanity of Mount Everest rolled into one awesome episode


Episode 11 - Thee Most Badass Guitar Shop on the Planet, discernment and realizing our dreams
Jun 25 2019 • 56 min
We visit the coolest guitar shop on the planet and meet the man behind it, and peruse his amazing guitars.


Episode 10 - Conquering Mount Everest with Tourette Syndrome, finding a mentor- remarkable interview with Frank Campanaro
Jun 18 2019 • 91 min
Tourette Syndrome is a curse to many, but our guest turned his curse into a gift by rising to the top of the world, literally and figuratively.


Episode 9 - How to Be a Fighter Pilot and how one fighter pilot gives back to the community
Jun 11 2019 • 38 min
The qualities of a fighter pilot are the same that make one successful in other areas of life.


Episode 8 - A simple exercise in Overcoming the Insurmountable
May 21 2019 • 33 min
Practice this simple exercise to overcome the obstacles that keep us from achieving the insurmountable.


Episode 7 - The answer to "Why do we exist?" has been right in front of our face
May 07 2019 • 33 min
If you want to live in ignorance, this isn't for you...but, if you want the answer to "Why do we exist?", click play now.



Episode 6 - Judgment and the subconscious, how we just have to go for it and say F it
Apr 23 2019 • 22 min
When we live in fear we live imprisoned in a prison of our own making, when we come from a place of love we are set free.


Episode 5 - Distractions, Living in the now and Human Horse Balance Healing Foundation
Apr 16 2019 • 33 min
A special episode of healing humans with horses from abused or neglected pasts and a horse whisperer dedicating her life to the cause.


Episode 4 - Legacy of and interview with Sir Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest and thoughts on NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Christchurch, NZ
Apr 09 2019 • 26 min
A first ever before heard interview with legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary where he discusses his legacy of giving and gratitude.


Episode 3 - Training for Everest on Mount Washington and my mentor Bradford Washburn
Apr 02 2019 • 30 min
Training for my fourth Mount Everest expedition brings me to revisit the knowledge of my mentor, Bradford Washburn..


Episode 2 - Dream Heart/Noah Rivers
Mar 26 2019 • 27 min
Following our musical course creates collateral damage, but leads to life's greatest masterpieces. Meet 20-year old luthier Noah Rivers.


Why We Exist Mount Everest and a Special Guest
Mar 19 2019 • 12 min
Witnessing 16 people killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest forces one to consider the true meaning of life.


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