The All Things Risk Podcast

The All Things Risk Podcast
The All Things Risk podcast explores the themes of risk, uncertainty, randomness and resilience as applied to sports, the arts, current affairs and just about any other domain. We feature long-form conversations with interesting, authentic guests who speak honestly and openly, and have loads of fascinating stories, tips and tools.

141 - Dr. Todd Boyd - The Notorious PhD on Race, Sport and Popular Culture
Jul 24 • 53 min
Dr. Todd Boyd - The Notorious PhD on Race, Sport and Popular Culture
140: Jamie Woodhouse - On Sentientism, Science, and A Bit of Blade Runner
Jul 10 • 60 min
Jamie Woodhouse - On Sentientism, Science, and A Bit of Blade Runner
139: John Perkins - Fear, Change, and Touching the Jaguar
Jun 24 • 61 min
John Perkins - Fear, Change, and Touching the Jaguar of Fear
138: Covid19 Update III with Daniel Wagner
Jun 12 • 55 min
Covid19 Update III with Daniel Wagner
137: Patrick McKeown - On Breath, Resilience and the Oxygen Advantage
Jun 8 • 70 min
Patrick McKeown - On Breath, Resilience and the Oxygen Advantage
136: Dr. Jason Selk: How to Train Mental Toughness
May 31 • 33 min
Dr. Jason Selk - How to Train Mental Toughness
135: Mike Clark: Uncertainty and Mental Performance
May 20 • 71 min
Mike Clark: Uncertainty and Mental Performance
134: Julian Cattaneo - Reflections on an Immigrant Experience
May 7 • 81 min
Julian Cattaneo - Reflections on an Immigrant Experience
133: Chris Sparks - Poker, Mental Training and Performance
Apr 23 • 73 min
Chris Sparks - Poker, Mental Training and Performance
132: Covid19 Update II with Daniel Wagner
Apr 21 • 60 min
Covid19 Update II with Daniel Wagner
131: Georgie Nightingall - How to Have Deep, Meaningful Conversations
Apr 13 • 65 min
Self-isolation can be difficult. If you read any of the advice about how to best deal with isolation – which comes from astronauts, submariners and others – you will come across some of the same bits of advice. These include maintaining a routine and…
130: “All Things Human Risk” - A Special Cross-cast With Christian Hunt
Apr 1 • 64 min
For just about all of us, our lives currently feel disrupted, and frozen – and there is significant uncertainty as to when that will end. There is a way of helping to turn that on its head however – and that is by trying different things. This being a…
129: Covid-19 Special with Daniel Wagner
Mar 24 • 62 min
What could we expect over the coming weeks and months of the coronavirus outbreak in terms of geopolitics and the global economy.? Daniel Wagner joins me to discuss.
128: Dr. Richard Harris - Inside the Thai Cave Rescue
Mar 13 • 57 min
While the world is currently gripped by the Coronavirus, there was a time when the world’s foremost news story was something completely different – and more positive. In 2018, the world’s foremost international news story was something that made us all…
127: Alec Torelli - Risk in High Stakes Poker and Beyond
Feb 24 • 82 min
It goes without saying that if you spent 14 years as a professional high-stakes poker player, you will have learned a thing or two about decision-making under uncertainty and pressure. Meet Alec Torelli, our latest guest on the podcast.
126: Gleb Tsipursky - Never Go With Your Gut
Feb 4 • 90 min
Gleb Tsipursky - Never Go With Your Gut
125: Frans Johansson - How Diversity Drives Innovation
Jan 19 • 69 min
Frans Johansson - How Diversity Drives Innovation
124: Daniel Wagner - The America-China Divide
Jan 5 • 67 min
Daniel Wagner returns to the podcast to discuss his latest book, The America-China Divide: The Race to Control the World
123: The “Best of” 2019 Part Two of Two
Jan 2 • 79 min
This is part 2 of our “best of” 2019
122 - The “Best of” 2019, Part One
Dec 31, 2019 • 66 min
This is part one of our annual “best of” the year episode for 2019.
121: Lloyd Figgins - A Row Across the Atlantic Ocean
Dec 17, 2019 • 71 min
This conversation with Lloyd Figgins about his 2012 row across the Atlantic Ocean from Morrocco to Barbados embodies the ethos of the All Things Risk podcast - embrace uncertainty. It is at once inspiring and also filled with practical examples applicable…
120: Allison Schrager - Risk in Brothels, Big Wave Surfing, the Paparazzi and more
Dec 7, 2019 • 59 min
What can we learn about risk from how services are priced at legal brothels? What does systemic risk have to do with the paparazzi? How are big wave surfers a bit like actuaries? What does fraud tell about how people mis-calculate probabilities? Meet…
119: Daniel Wagner - Checking in on the State of the World
Nov 24, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, we check in on the state of the world, particularly with regard to geopolitics. Country risk expert Daniel Wagner returns to the show.
118: StJohn Deakins - It’s Time for CitizenMe
Nov 12, 2019 • 76 min
It’s time for us to take back control of our digital identities. It’s time to make the internet work as originally planned. It’s time for “CitizenMe”. Meet StJohn Deakins in our latest episode.
117: Paul-Olivier Dehaye - Lifting the Lid on Cambridge Analytica / Facebook, Helping Us Take Control of Our Digital Identities
Oct 29, 2019 • 81 min
Paul-Olivier Dehay helped lift the lid on the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook scandal. He joins us to discuss how we can take control of our digital identities
Inbetweenisode 18: Open Plan Offices Suck - And What to do If You Have to Work in One
Oct 21, 2019 • 10 min
Open plan offices suck - and this has now been confirmed by evidence. In this short In-betweenisode, I offer some thoughts on how to do great work and make quality decisions in spite of the constraints open plan offices generate.
116: Alex Sidorenko - Get Risk Aware
Oct 10, 2019 • 67 min
It’s a great time to get “risk aware”. Meet Alex Sidorenko.
115: Christian Hunt - How to Understand Human Risk
Sep 15, 2019 • 87 min
How to Understand “Human Risk”
114: Tikiri Herath - Rebel Divas, Writing, Books and how to Risk Manage the Hell Out of Your Fears
Sep 4, 2019 • 79 min
This is a conversation about uncertainty and decision-making - for certain – but it’s also one about culture, travel, books, writing, the way women are treated, justice, and career transitions. And it’s also a super fun one. Meet award-winning author…
113: Jeremy Gilley - Can We Have Peace One Day?
Aug 11, 2019 • 59 min
Can humanity ever live in peace? Is this realistic or even possible? Meet Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day.
112: Nicole Davis - An Olympian Mindset to Uncertainty
Jul 21, 2019 • 69 min
How do you train your mind? How do you mentally approach uncertainty and deal with setbacks? How would an elite Olympian do this? Meet Nicole Davis
111: Alastair Humphreys - Alastair’s Midsummer Morning
Jun 30, 2019 • 71 min
Adventure is about getting outside of your comfort zone and Alastair Humphreys is all about that. Last year, with no musical training he learned a few basic tunes on the violin and busked his way across Spain, following in the footsteps of Laurie Lee’s…
110: Nancy Roberts - Diversity and Data, Because It’s 2019!
Jun 10, 2019 • 73 min
Today we talk about diversity, inclusion and equality, particularly in the workplace. This is one of those topics that is important, but polarising. Our insights aren’t really data-based, and that’s crazy because it’s 2019. Nancy Roberts aims to fix that.
109 : Alex Hutchinson - Endure: the Elastic Limits of Human Performance
May 19, 2019 • 72 min
What are the limits to human performance? This episode is all about that. It’s not an easy question to answer. As you’ll hear, those limits are elastic – and they are about the body and the mind. Meet Alex Hutchinson.
108: Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere - How to Develop an Adventurous Mindset
Apr 28, 2019 • 79 min
One of the types of people we love to have on the All Things Risk podcast are adventurers. Adventures capture so much about risk and uncertainty and they are a microcosm of what we face and deal with in our broader lives. Meet Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere.
107: Anna Glover and Bryan Huneycutt - Uncertainty and Risk in Live Performances
Apr 14, 2019 • 86 min
What’s interesting about live theatre and the performing arts is that many of these shows are pushing boundaries and trying new things – and that means risk and uncertainty. Which of course means an open door for some amazing insights. That is exactly…
106: Usman and Adeela Omar - Curiosity, Culture, Travel and TriPakistan
Apr 7, 2019 • 89 min
This is an episode about adventure, sport, entrepreneurship, culture, and one that reminds us that the world is an amazing place, particularly when cultures collide and we bring a sense of wonder and curiosity to those interactions. My guests are Usman…
105: Sam Wilkin - History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall
Mar 31, 2019 • 66 min
Today, we have a big picture conversation about populism – that thing that seems to be taking over the world, whether we are talking about Donald Trump, Brexit, Bolsonaro in Brazil or Duterte in the Philippines. But, what is populism? Why do people vote…
104: Ed Dowding - It’s Time (for our Democracies and Institutions) to Get With the Times
Mar 15, 2019 • 94 min
Our democratic institutions have not kept pace with technological and societal change - and we are suffering as a result. Against this backdrop, this latest episode is in incredibly timely. Our guest is Ed Dowding. Ed is a social entrepreneur who has…
103: Nadia Finer - Little Voice, Big Business, and a Bit of Boxing
Mar 3, 2019 • 63 min
Have you ever hid behind anything – perhaps something that held you back? Are you still hiding behind something – is it paralysing you? I want you to meet Nadia Finer.
102: Daniel Wagner - China Vision
Feb 18, 2019 • 65 min
We are in China’s Century. What does that mean for the world’s society, politics, and society? Why does the Chinese government act the way it does? What are some of the counter-vailing forces to al this? Daniel Wagner, author of the new book “China…
101: Luke Tyburski - Chasing Extreme
Feb 3, 2019 • 92 min
Luke Tyburski is an ultra-endurance athlete and adventurer. He also opens up about his battles with depression in a raw and inspiring conversation about mental health, purpose, and facing uncertainty.
Inbetweenisode 17: Uncertainty, Overcoming Challenges and a 46 km Run
Jan 28, 2019 • 5 min
Some thoughts on uncertainty and that special moment when you know you will meet and overcome a tough challenge. That, and my upcoming 46 km run, The46in219.
100: Hilary Gallo: Hack Your Fear
Jan 20, 2019 • 77 min
Hilary Gallo: Hack Your Fear
99 - The “Best of” 2018
Jan 6, 2019 • 90 min
This is our now 3rd annual “best of” episode – some of my and your favourite clips from the podcast over the past year.
98: Daniel Wagner - The Big Risk Picture in 2018 and 2019
Dec 29, 2018 • 68 min
Our final episode of 2018 is a look back at how some of the year’s “big picture” played out and a look ahead at 2019 in geopolitics, technology, the economy and society. My guest is country risk expert, author and commentator Daniel Wagner,
Ep 97: Oliver Bullough - Moneyland - How to Take the World Back from Kleptocrats
Dec 23, 2018 • 62 min
Today we visit a place called “Moneyland”. Moneyland is a virtual place but it is very real - it is the third richest “country” in the world. My guest is award-winning journalist Oliver Bullough who talks about his latest book “Moneyland: How Kleptocrats…
96: Chris Solarz - Running, Ultra Endurance and Mindset
Dec 9, 2018 • 86 min
What is involved in setting ultra endurance world records whilst having a family and a demanding career? It’s mindset. Meet ultra endurance athlete Chris Solarz.
95: Gary Alejano - Values and Risk-Taking in Public Life
Nov 18, 2018 • 83 min
This one is a conversation about personal risk-taking, “skin in the game”, democracy, values, geopolitics and much more. It is a conversation that resonates based on what is happening across much of the world and has lessons for us all. My guest is…
94: Deepak Shukla: Rap, Tax, Life, Love, Entrepreneurship and Facing Fears
Nov 10, 2018 • 88 min
This one is about quite a few things, but if I had to define it with one word, it would be fear, and what happens when we take on our fears in the face of uncertainty. Meet Deepak Shukla.
93: Lloyd Figgins - Travel Survival to Push Boundaries
Oct 21, 2018 • 67 min
We can and should explore this amazing world and all that it has to offer. However, we need to travel safely and intelligently. Lloyd Figgins is our latest guest and he explains.
In-betweenisode 16: Decide Like a Human Being
Oct 19, 2018 • 8 min
Some thoughts on how to make decisions “like a human being”.
92: David Quammen - The Tangled Tree
Oct 2, 2018 • 76 min
What do we really know about life on this planet? Renowned science and nature writer David Quammen joins us to talk about his latest book, “The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life on Earth”. This was mind-blowing, with far-reaching implications.
91: Daniel Wagner and Keith Furst - AI Supremacy
Sep 11, 2018 • 80 min
Daniel Wagner and Keith Furst join the podcast to talk about the subject of their new book entitle “AI Supremacy - Winning in the Era of Machine Learning”. This is a conversation that we need to have. Daniel and Keith make AI understandable to all and we…
90: Annie Duke - Thinking in Bets
Sep 3, 2018 • 90 min
Poker, not chess, is a game that mimics life. That’s because it is all about making decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Our latest episode features former poker pro and 2004 World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke talking about the importance of…
89: Dan Davies - Lying for Money
Aug 19, 2018 • 73 min
Fraud follows a simple logic. That logic is based on trust. Former Bank of England economist and author of “Lying for Money” Dan Davies discusses why and how larger-than-life frauds occur. If you want to learn how to prevent fraud, listen to this. and if…
88: Michael MidKnight - Creativity and Design in Careers and Beyond
Aug 7, 2018 • 94 min
Today, it’s all about creativity, design, marketing and careers. That, and authenticity, a now over-used word. Meet Michael MidKnight - a guy who is even cooler than his name!
87: Chuck Garcia - Communicating and Mountain Climbing
Jul 24, 2018 • 71 min
Today, it’s all about mountaineering and communicating, because these two things are so inextricably linked and have so many parallels to our careers and lives. Don’t see the connection? You will after listening to our conversation with Chuck Garcia.
Inbetweenisode 15: What Am I Reading?
Jul 21, 2018 • 13 min
Here’s a summary of books I’ve read and recommend, those I am reading, and those I am about to read.
86: Ken Bensinger - “Red Card”, FIFA, and the Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game
Jul 1, 2018 • 74 min
Football, the so-called ‘beautiful game”, has an ugly side: corruption. Award-winning investigative journalist Ken Bensinger joins us to talk about his new book “Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports”.
85: Matthew Del Negro - Perseverance and “10,000 Nos”
Jun 19, 2018 • 72 min
If you were to read through the list of Matthew’s television credits, it reads like a list of some of the most acclaimed and popular shows in American, and world, TV history - The Sopranos, The West Wing, CSI: Miami amongst others. And most recently the…
84: Stephanie Harris - How Death Expands Us
Jun 5, 2018 • 68 min
We are often not taught some valuable life skills. One of these is how to deal with grief - which could come from a death but also a variety of other sources. Stephanie Harris joins us to talk about how death and grief expand us.
83: Keith Furst - From Philosophy to Finance, and a lot in between
May 21, 2018 • 80 min
In this episode, we broaden out the conversation on finance, the global economy, technology and how all of that is changing us - and we have the perfect guest for this. Meet Keith Furst.
82: Justin Recla - Navigating the Cryptocurrency Wild West
May 15, 2018 • 72 min
The world of cryptocurrencies resembles the cantina scene from Star Wars: you might find the best fighter pilot in the galaxy, but you are more than likely to run into one of the many unsavoury characters in the joint. How do you distinguish a real…
81: Adam Connors - Rediscover the Lost Art of Networking
Apr 29, 2018 • 83 min
Adam Connors joins me in this episode to talk about the power of a strong network. From a risk and uncertainty perspective, a strong network provides one with the ability to pivot quickly in the event of an unexpected setback, as well as the ability to…
80: Howard Bareham - Entrepreneurism, Advertising, the Media, and a Packet of Polos
Apr 20, 2018 • 107 min
How do you convert years of experience into something completely new? Howard Bareham, long-time media and advertising expert is on that journey. We talk risk-taking, advertising, entrepreneurism, and much more.
79: Srdja Popovic - How to Topple a Dictator
Apr 1, 2018 • 67 min
Democracy appears to be in retreat around the globe. How can dictators, and entrenched interests, with their access to vast resources and use of force, be toppled? Meet Srdja Popovic. We talk non-violent resistance and much more in this fascinating…
78: Oscar Scafidi - Kayaking the Kwanza
Mar 26, 2018 • 81 min
Adventure is about much more than excitement and novelty. It is also about facing challenges and solving problems. This is an episode about exactly that. In 2016, Oscar Scafidi and Alfy Weston became the first people to kayak the full length of the Kwanza…
77: Kyrre Lien - Understanding the “Internet Warriors”
Mar 18, 2018 • 73 min
Have you ever scrolled through the comments section of an article or a Twitter thread and wondered – “where do these ‘trolls’ come from?” Meet Kyrre Lien.
76: Gleb Tsipursky - How to Seek Truth
Mar 4, 2018 • 85 min
How do we deal with a “post truth” world? How can we engage each others in a civil manner to collectively uncover the truth about the world in which we live? Gleb Tsipursky joins me in the latest episode of the podcast.
75: Paula McGuire - Adventures in Anxiety, and a Big, Mad Swim Around Britain
Feb 25, 2018 • 68 min
Imagine that you suffer from social anxiety that is so acute that you struggle to answer the phone, open the door to your home if someone knocks, or to go outside. Now imagine that in spite of this, you’ve become an adventurer, a speaker and writer - and…
74: Nathan Freier - How Warfare is Changing, and Why the US is “At Its Own Peril”
Feb 17, 2018 • 87 min
Military strategy and warfare are changing. The world is characterised by “gray zone” competition - not quite war, not quite peace. Nathan Freier explains.
73: Joshua Phillip - China, Tongs, Triads and Geopolitics
Feb 4, 2018 • 109 min
Today, we talk China and its complex relationship with The United States and the West. My guest is Joshua Phillip, an award-winning journalist at the Epoch Times.
72: Ji-Hyun Park and Michael Glendinning - Inside, and Escape From, North Korea
Jan 21, 2018 • 97 min
Today we hear about life inside North Korea, and about two harrowing escapes from the ‘Hermit Kingdom.” Let’s go inside North Korea with Michael Glendinning and Ji-Hyun Park.
71: Gary Noesner - Hostage Negotiations, and Why Listening is More Important Than You Realise
Jan 14, 2018 • 68 min
How often do you get to listen to an hour’s worth of wisdom from the from the FBI’s former chief hostage negotiator? Well, today we get that chance. Meet Gary Noesner.
70 - “The Best” of 2017
Jan 1, 2018 • 142 min
This is our second annual “best of” episode which is a compilation of what I and some of you have considered to be your favourite excerpts from our episodes in the past year.
69: Daniel Wagner - A Look Back at the Big Picture in 2017 and Forward to 2018
Dec 26, 2017 • 63 min
Today, we look back at “big picture” events of 2017 and forward to risks that may not be on people’s radar for 2018 with 4-time guest of the podcast Daniel Wagner.
68: The Extremes of Animal and Human Physiology
Dec 17, 2017 • 37 min
What can we learn about animal and human physiology at the extremes? I speak to three leading scientists about marine animals, birds and humans - including the quest to break the 2 hour marathon barrier.
67: Eldor Arbel - Security From the Inside Out
Dec 3, 2017 • 104 min
How does Israel’s approach to public security differ from that of the USA and Western Europe? What can we learn? Today, we explore public security, terrorism, body language, mindset and more. Meet our latest guest Eldor Arbel.
66: Monika Sattler - Adventure Cycling and Listening to Your Heart
Nov 26, 2017 • 80 min
Today, we talk cycling, making decisions and taking risks with Monika Sattler. Monika is an adventure cyclist, writer and vlogger.
65 : Mark Hannaford - Medicine and More at the Extremes
Nov 13, 2017 • 68 min
Our latest episode is about the beauty and value of extremes. Extremes are fascinating. We face uncertainty at extremes, and we learn and discover at extremes. Mark Hannaford is all about that.
64: Caspar Craven - Sailing Around the World With A Family
Oct 30, 2017 • 88 min
Meet Caspar Craven. Caspar is an entrepreneur and an adventurer. He challenges conventional thinking. He has run and sold companies, competed in round-the-world yacht races and (here’s the family point), he sailed around the world for two years with his…
63: Perry Marshall - Randomness and Evolution 2.0
Oct 17, 2017 • 65 min
I talk to Perry Marshall about his book “Evolution 2.0” - which aims to look at evolution in a way that is different to what advocates of Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism believe. Perry’s insights are fascinating and thought provoking.
62: Tonya Recla - Play, Fear, and Super Powers
Oct 9, 2017 • 68 min
This is an episode about play, fear, power, and in fact “super powers”. My guest is Tonya Recla. Tonya is a former US counter-intelligence agent.
61: Tim Davies - Decision-Making and Performance on Fighter Jets
Sep 25, 2017 • 91 min
What is involved in decision-making and risk-taking in the cockpit of the world’s fastest fighter jets? My guest Tim Davies is here to explain and to provide lessons that are applicable far and wide.
60: Linda Swindling - Negotiation and Why You Should “Ask Outrageously”
Sep 10, 2017 • 74 min
Stepping outside one’s comfort zone is a critical element of effective risk-taking. This is true for many pursuits, from physical challenges, career decisions through to personal relationships. It is also a crucial component in negotiation.
59: Cathy O’Dowd - Decision-making and Risk on the World’s Highest Mountains
Sep 3, 2017 • 80 min
This week, we talk mountains. My guest is Cathy O’Dowd. Cathy is an adventurer, speaker and author. She was the first woman to have summited Mount Everest from both the North and South sides.
58 - Benjamin Chandelier - Conquering the Haute Route
Aug 17, 2017 • 50 min
The 7-day Haute Route Alps cycling event takes on the most famous and difficult Alpine climbs like the Alpe d”Huez, the Col d’Izoard, the Col du Glandon, the Col de la Madeleine, and others. It involves cycling 900km and climbing 20,000+ metres. Haute…
57: Daniel Wagner - Understanding “Virtual Terror”
Aug 13, 2017 • 60 min
It may sound trite, but when The Economist this week talked about the end of the internal combustion engine this week, and we hear stories about ransomware, the hacking of Game of Thrones, or cyberwarfare, we truly are experiencing the dawn of a new age.…
56: Laura Dal Farra - On Culture, Change, Martial Arts and Authenticity
Aug 7, 2017 • 86 min
Laura Dal Farra makes her return to the show. Laura was my guest on episode 3. She is a writer, entrepreneur and martial artist. If you haven’t yet done so, you can listen to her journey spending three and a half years learning Muay Thai in Thailand in…
55: Ilan and Guy Ferdman - Why You Should Face Your Fears
Jul 31, 2017 • 72 min
Why is it important to sometimes (in fact, more often than you might think) use fear as a mechanism for facing uncertainty? Why and how might there be merit to letting the things you want “come to you”? What do we get wrong about the concept of the ego?…
54: Michele Battle-Fisher: Transhumanism is Coming, Are We Ready?
Jul 16, 2017 • 83 min
Transhumanism is coming, are we ready?
53: Alex Sidorenko - Making Great Decisions “With Risks in Mind”
Jul 9, 2017 • 91 min
Thinking Counter-intuitively to Make Great Decisions with “Risks in Mind”
Inbetweenisode 14 - The Power of “Maybe”
Jul 4, 2017 • 11 min
The Power of “Maybe”
52: Jacki Hill-Murphy - Recreating Journeys of Extraordinary Adventuresses
Jun 25, 2017 • 80 min
Recreating Journeys of Extraordinary Women Explorers
51: John Perkins - From Economic Hit Man to Life Economy Champion
Jun 18, 2017 • 61 min
From Economic Hit Man to Life Economy Champion
50: Ru Wikmann - Purpose, Fitness, Philosophy, and Mindfulness
May 29, 2017 • 88 min
Purpose, Fitness, Philosophy, and Mindfulness
49: Nancy Hartwell - Understanding and Combating Human Trafficking
May 21, 2017 • 79 min
Understanding and Combating Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
48: Kathy Gruver - Health, Stress and Resilience
May 15, 2017 • 52 min
Health, Stress, Balance and Resilience
Ep 47: Charles Cassidy - Evidence-Based Wisdom
Apr 26, 2017 • 100 min
Evidence-Based Wisdom