28 episodes

Real Ones is a weekly podcast with Jon Bernthal that gives the microphone to some of the most interesting, authentic people living on the front lines of the big issues of our time. From cops to gang members, soldiers and doctors, activists and first responders, you’re going to hear from people who aren’t pushing any agenda other than honest, open dialogue. What transpires is informative, funny, and at times heartbreaking – delivered by people you’ll feel an immediate connection to.

Real Ones with Jon Bernthal Jon Bernthal

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 428 Ratings

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Real Ones is a weekly podcast with Jon Bernthal that gives the microphone to some of the most interesting, authentic people living on the front lines of the big issues of our time. From cops to gang members, soldiers and doctors, activists and first responders, you’re going to hear from people who aren’t pushing any agenda other than honest, open dialogue. What transpires is informative, funny, and at times heartbreaking – delivered by people you’ll feel an immediate connection to.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Inmates at Calipatria Brett May & Alex Zapien discuss being an LWOP (life without the possibility of parole)

    Inmates at Calipatria Brett May & Alex Zapien discuss being an LWOP (life without the possibility of parole)

    Brett May and Alex Zapien are serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) at Calipatria State Prison – a maximum security facility in the remote California Desert, 40 miles from the Mexican border.
    We had a unique opportunity to go inside Calipatria to discuss their early lives, the horrible mistakes they made, and their search for redemption during 20 years of incarceration – including the leadership roles they have taken in driving peace inside the prison as well as new programs like Words Uncaged, which has brought art and media to inmates’ lives.
    This is part 1 of a series inside of America's prisons.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Lena Dunham, artist

    Lena Dunham, artist

    Lena Dunham is an American writer, director, actress, and producer. She is known as the creator, writer, and star of the HBO television series GIRLS. Lena and Jon worked together on her recently released film SHARP STICK.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Baratunde Thurston & Gareth Schweitzer

    Baratunde Thurston & Gareth Schweitzer

    Baratunde Thurston is an author, activist, and comedian.  Gareth Schweitzer is one of my oldest and closest friends who has been a successful journalist and entrepreneur.  We get into our childhood experience in DC, policing, race and the workplace.

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    • 55 min
    Shia LeBeouf

    Shia LeBeouf

    If you or anyone you know has been a victim of or have committed acts of domestic violence, please consider reaching out to the following organizations or consulting the following resources:

    The National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/

    The National Coalition against Domestic Violence: https://ncadv.org/

    The National Center on Domestic & Sexual Violence: http://www.ncdsv.org/

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    • 2 hr 2 min
    Shreveport legend Sebastian "Bamm Bamm" Richardson & producer Sean Allen

    Shreveport legend Sebastian "Bamm Bamm" Richardson & producer Sean Allen

    Bamm is one of the most beloved, feared, and respected people in the history of Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up in The Bottoms, a once legendary and vibrant neighborhood known for music, wild celebration, and tragic violence. The Bottoms was ultimately wiped off the face of the earth by the federal government. Bamm and the rest of the notorious Bottoms Boyz gang were sent to decades in prison.  Bamm was recently released from the Super Max in Florence, Colorado where he spent over 30 years with prison mates such as El Chapo and Larry Hoover.

    Sean Allen is an entrepreneur and in 2022 he partnered with Bamm Bamm to create a community organization entitled BXBZ to provide programs to promote change amongst the youth.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sarah Wayne Callies, actor

    Sarah Wayne Callies, actor

    Sarah and Jon met on the set of The Walking Dead and have remained close friends ever since. They both sat down to discuss their time working together. You can follow Sarah on Instagram at -- https://www.instagram.com/sarahwaynecallies/

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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

MonicaBlairWilson ,

Outstanding

I absolutely love this podcast! I learn so much every time I listen and the depth of the conversations are wonderful. I highly recommend listening!

Car Advisor ,

I cried so what

Man, the episode with Shia was outstanding! His vulnerability and authenticity was inspiring. Who doesn’t deserve forgiveness? We all do. Shia does and it sounds like he found it. Beautiful episode man. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dgtgitc ,

Absolutely astounding

Maybe it’s my father issues, but man when I man is honest and emotional I absolutely lose it.

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