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We’re all looking to live smarter in a world that won't slow down. So take a deep breath, and listen to Airplane Mode. Each week, host Clay Skipper interviews the most thoughtful people we know—business geniuses, writers, fashion designers, comedians, pro athletes, artists, and beyond—and steals their secrets to creativity, success, surviving tech, and staying sane. Brought to you by GQ.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

We’re all looking to live smarter in a world that won't slow down. So take a deep breath, and listen to Airplane Mode. Each week, host Clay Skipper interviews the most thoughtful people we know—business geniuses, writers, fashion designers, comedians, pro athletes, artists, and beyond—and steals their secrets to creativity, success, surviving tech, and staying sane. Brought to you by GQ.

    Introducing In Vogue: The 1990s

    Introducing In Vogue: The 1990s

    The story of a pivotal decade, In VOGUE: The 1990s is a new audio docuseries that revisits the pivotal moments in 90’s culture through the lens of fashion. From slip dresses with army boots to colorful tracksuits and minimal pantsuits, Vogue experts and star guests highlight the stories in fashion history that reflected this new era of connectivity. 
    Presented by Anna Wintour and hosted by Hamish Bowles, this fashion podcast examines how the 90s sparked a cultural fusion that continues to shape our world today — and why no one is exempt from fashion.
    Listen to In Vogue: The 1990s
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    Superstar Whisperer Steve Stoute on Making it Big and the Power of "Outrageous" Work Ethic [Ep. 20]

    Superstar Whisperer Steve Stoute on Making it Big and the Power of "Outrageous" Work Ethic [Ep. 20]

    What do Beyonce, Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Iovine, and Jack Dorsey all have in common? They've all worked their asses off (duh)—and they’re all connected to Steve Stoute. As a longtime advertising and music executive (and a recently appointed consultant to the New York Knicks), Stoute made a name for himself by working creatively alongside some of the biggest names in sports, music, and business. Here, he addresses the recent Spike Lee-New York Knicks controversy, tells stories from decades spent working with the highly successful, and talks about the powerful self-belief that comes from relentless hustle. 

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    • 33 min
    How to Bet on Yourself with Shea Serrano, Teacher Turned Best-Selling Author [Ep. 19]

    How to Bet on Yourself with Shea Serrano, Teacher Turned Best-Selling Author [Ep. 19]

    Shea Serrano became a writer when, as a teacher in need of some extra money, he did a Google search for jobs you can do from home. “I didn't have any journalism experience. I didn't know anybody. All I had was the computer and the internet, and I figured that shit out,” says Serrano, who's now a staff writer at The Ringer. Along the way, he wrote three New York Times bestsellers and has established himself as a perennial Twitter all-star (where, when he’s not firing off extremely funny tweets, he’s leveraging his 330K followers to do things like raise $134,000 dollars for Hurricane Harvey victims). In other words, in a world where careers and work are unpredictable and self-doubt is inescapable, Shea Serrano has some lessons on how to bet on yourself—and win big. 
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    • 45 min
    Confidence Lessons from a Stand-Up Comic with Joel Kim Booster [Ep. 18]

    Confidence Lessons from a Stand-Up Comic with Joel Kim Booster [Ep. 18]

    According to comedian Joel Kim Booster, a stand-up audience "can smell the blood in the water if you're not confident." Even though, at 31, Joel has been performing jokes for nearly a decade, he says he's only felt confident for part of that time. On this episode, he unpacks how he got comfortable being in front of a crowd, what comedy and humor have done for his confidence offstage, and why, of all the places he performs, cruise ships are the most nerve-wracking.

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    The Tool that Helps High Performance Athletes Unlock Mastery and Confidence [Ep. 17]

    The Tool that Helps High Performance Athletes Unlock Mastery and Confidence [Ep. 17]

    Michael Gervais is a sports psychologist who works with athletes in “high stakes or consequential environments.” The experience with his clients—which range from the Seattle Seahawks (who he helped win a Super Bowl in 2014) to skydiver Felix Baumgartner (who he helped free fall from 130,000 feet as part of the Red Bull Stratos project in 2012)—has shown him that there's one skill that proves more important to success than any other: the ability to respond constructively to the present moment. As proven by his clients' achievements, in Dr. Gervais's hands, fostering presence isn't some B.S. New Age hack. It's the key to increasing mental strength and resiliency, managing your inner world against outside stress, and finding your way to a more confident and capable you.

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    The "Queen of Pain" and Ultra Endurance Athlete Rebecca Rusch on the Power of Pessimism [Ep. 16]

    The "Queen of Pain" and Ultra Endurance Athlete Rebecca Rusch on the Power of Pessimism [Ep. 16]

    With a legendary resume that includes everything from rock climbing to whitewater rafting to marathon mountain biking, Rebecca Rusch isn't just an ultra endurance icon—she has also been dubbed adventure sports' "Queen of Pain." (At 38, she won the first 24-hour bike race she entered, and has since gone on to complete the Ho Chi Minh Trail and part of the Iditarod Trail on a bike.) And yet she's always doubted her abilities and felt like she has more to learn—and cites that sense of self-doubt as the source of her success. Here, she talks the power in pessimism, why good enough is better than perfect, and the lessons pain has taught her. 

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Kipster1999 ,

Exceptional

I liked this podcast from the get go, but the first season felt a lot like a book promotion preview session.

Season 2 takes the insightful conversations and puts more meaning behind them while leaving out the part that made it feel like a capitalist money grab.

This most recent episode with Barry Michaels is absolutely wow. I appreciate Clay’s transparency immensely. He not only knows the questions to ask but is adaptable and clearly a very engaged listener. There is hardly any backtracking as he understands the concepts thoroughly and that makes for a super succinct and valuable podcast.

Give this man all of the podcast awards.

WashingtonDC33 ,

Insightful conversations

This is a very good podcast. The guests are interesting people (most of whom I didn’t know about before) and have a lot of useful insights to share. Clay is a great interviewer...he is prepared, has interesting questions, goes with the flow of the conversation, and draws the guests into great discussion. I can’t wait for more episodes!

Daniel Halmarson ,

Great concept!

I would recommend Airplane Mode to listeners that want a podcast focused on mental health and well-being in an informal, less “preachy” manner. Clay Skipper acts as a serviceable host, but I feel he has an opportunity to establish himself as the voice of the podcast. I highly recommend the BJ Miller episode to anyone looking for perspective on life & the inevitability of death.

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