Baker Street with Thom Pollard

Baker Street with Thom Pollard
I’m Thom Pollard, a filmmaker, mountaineer and inspirational speaker. My journeys have taken me around the globe, from Easter Island to the top of Mount Everest and everywhere in between. I’m fascinated with the nature of people and the human conditio

S2 Episode 16 - Genesis of an Entertainer, Interview with the Incredible Barry Katz: Comedian, Filmmaker, Talent Manager and Podcaster
Aug 6 • 72 min
Barry Katz came from humble roots in western Massachusetts to create a huge Hollywood career as a rep who helped launch the careers of Dave Chappelle and Tracy Morgan, with an inspiring story of risk, tragedy and optimism, nicest guy in the business of…
S2 Episode 15 - The Highpointers, Climbing the Highest Point in all 50 States with The Bargo Brothers
Jul 29 • 28 min
Branndon and Greg Bargo are on a quest to climb the 50 highest points in the states of the United States and have unveiled a television program to highlight their fascinating show called The Highpointers.
S2 Episode 14 - Attacked by a ‘Friend” on Social Media, Making the World a Better Place
Jul 24 • 12 min
Given pause to think upon learning the news of my college roommate very close to death and being attacked on social media by someone I considered a friend, the whole world is going crazy!
S2 Episode 13 - Sanity Found Through Discernment amidst Demagoguery & Unmarked Vans
Jul 22 • 20 min
The comet NEOWISE reminded me of how a malevolent human being abruptly changed my world view for the better and how we can find hope amidst demagoguery.
S2 Episode 12 - Ripples in a Pond, Rising from the Ashes of Tragedy & the Trey Whitfield School
Jul 8 • 65 min
Out of the tragedy of the death of their son, a former NFL player and his wife create a school that has transformed the lives of thousands in the most violent neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.
S2 Episode 11 - The Day Everest Broke, an Interview with NY Times Best Selling Author and Pro Climber Mark Synnott
Jun 24 • 79 min
NY Times Best Selling author Mark Synnott sits down to talk about The Day Everest Broke with Everest veteran Thom Pollard, in an episode that will change everything you ever thought you knew about Mount Everest.
S2 Episode 10 - Bob Marley’s War
Jun 12 • 22 min
We are steeped in racial and economic disparity, the chasm between each widens and in so doing we become inspired by the words of Einstein, Bob Marley and Halie Salassie, and keep ourselves centered in non-judgment.
S2 Episode 9 - We are Leaning Toward Totalitarianism, the Death of George Floyd
Jun 5 • 16 min
Our president grabs at power and brings our democracy in danger of becoming a totalitarian state, with protests over the death of George Floyd.
S2 Episode 8 - 46 Years & Counting as Willie Nelson’s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael
May 26 • 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 • 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 7 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 7 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 1, 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 3, 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 6, 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 9, 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 - Tragedy and Lessons of Mount Everest and How I helped Paul Butterfield get inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame
Jul 2, 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 - Reporting From a Windy Tent on Mount Everest: 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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.