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Special operations military news and straight talk with the guys in the community. Hosted by former military operators. As seen ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts government category.

    Neuroscientist, Serial Entrepreneur, and Author

    Neuroscientist, Serial Entrepreneur, and Author

    In this week's podcast episode, SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with Dr. David Eagleman a neuroscientist and serial entrepreneur who tries to help people suffering from tinnitus.
    It is estimated that one billion people around the world suffer from tinnitus. The condition is especially widespread in the military and veteran community. As Steve says, be it from a gunshot or an artillery barrage tinnitus is a reality in the military. The condition can be excruciating for some and even lead to suicide.
    Dr. Eagleman wants to combat this, so he created Neosensory with technology that he spun out of his lab.
    Neosensory addresses tinnitus and hearing loss with the help of a bracelet. The bracelet stimulates your sound and touch in order to retrain your brain to listen to the damaged and lost sound frequencies. You wear the bracelet for a period of two months. The results it provides are long-lasting and it reduces tinnitus by 30 percent.
    Dr. Eagleman says that what made him undertake his research was the question of whether information can be fed into our brains via unusual channels, i.e. sensory substitution. After all, as Dr. Eagleman explains tinnitus is ultimately a condition of the brain, not the ear.
    You can find more about the technology at Neosensory.com.
    Neosensory has kindly provided a one-week-long discount for veterans on its Neosensory Duo for Tinnitus. You can claim it just by applying the coupon code "HONOR."
    Join us for another SOFREP Radio episode in which we discuss a very important issue for the military community.
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    • 33 min
    Mike Durant, 'Black Hawk Down' Pilot, Former Night Stalker, and US Senate Candidate

    Mike Durant, 'Black Hawk Down' Pilot, Former Night Stalker, and US Senate Candidate

    On this week's podcast SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri interviews Mike Durant.
    Mike was famously in Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu. During the operation, his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by Somali militias. The event was featured in the Black Hawk Down book and movie.
    Mike spent 22 years in the military, the majority of them as a Night Stalker of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He is now running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.
    Mike Durant talks about what led him to join the military, and his first experience flying in a helicopter. After going to flight school, Mike managed to get the only Black Hawk slot. At first, flying the new and iconic bird with all its gadgets and gizmos was as if flying a space shuttle.
    Mike also talks about Somalia and recounts the events of that fateful day and the heroic actions of Delta Force members Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart. Yet, he highlights that Operation Gothic Serpent was a tactical success but a political failure.
    Steve and Mike then switch to politics. Mike tells us why he decided to run for office: and from Afghanistan to vaccine mandates and career politicians who have no real-life experience there are plenty of reasons to do so.
    As Mike says, the only way to know if you can make a difference is by getting in the fight.
    You can find out more about Mike Duran's candidacy at https://mikedurant.com/.
    Join us for another episode of SOFREP Radio with Steve Balestrieri!
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    • 48 min
    Taylor Grieten, Documentarist and Former Aviation Rescue Swimmer

    Taylor Grieten, Documentarist and Former Aviation Rescue Swimmer

    In this week's podcast SOFREP Editor-in-Chief Sean Spoonts talks with Taylor Grieten a former Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) swimmer and creator of Hell or High Seas. 
    Hell or High Seas is a documentary that depicts the journey of Taylor Grieten and writer Stephen O'Shea as they sail around Cape Horn, which, as Sean points out, is the most perilous sea route in the world. But at the same time, Hell or High Seas is also a journey of recovery and healing from PTSD.
    Sean was also a Navy SAR swimmer, so he and Taylor recount stories from SAR selection and the hardships candidates have to endure to graduate.
    The SAR community is a very small one. Whenever a SAR swimmer is lost his loss affects the whole community. This isn't easy as Sean and Taylor highlight.
    PTSD is a plague. Taylor, through Hell or High Seas, shows that PTSD can be beaten.
    But the journey, literally and figuratively, was a hard one. Taylor and Stephen endured a multitude of dangers from pirates to storms. Yet, their perseverance and courage allowed them to overcome. Now, Taylor wants to inspire other veterans and military members to do so.
    Taylor also serves the veteran community through his American Odysseus Sailing Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that provides relief to veterans through sailing training and expeditions.
    You can find out more about the documentary as well as rent or buy it at https://www.hellorhighseas.com/.
    Tune in for another memorable and touching SOFREP Radio episode.
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    • 58 min
    John Pomfret, Award-Winning Journalist and Author, and Fred Hart US Army Officer

    John Pomfret, Award-Winning Journalist and Author, and Fred Hart US Army Officer

    In this week's episode SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with John Pomfret and Fred Hart about how Polish spies saved Operation Desert Storm.
    John is an award-winning journalist and author. Among other publications, he has worked for the Associated Press and Washington Post eventually becoming the editor of the Post's weekend opinion section. He has written and worked extensively on China. His latest book is the upcoming From Warsaw with Love: Polish Spies, the CIA, and the Forging of an Unlikely Alliance. The book tells the unlikely story of how Poland saved Operation Desert Storm and the first Gulf War. 
    As the U.S. was planning Operation Desert Storm, six American officers became trapped in Iraq. If the intelligence they carried were captured by the Iraqis the upcoming operation could be doomed. To rescue the officers the CIA turned to Poland, famous for its excellent spies.
    Fred Hart was one of the six trapped U.S. officers and he recounts to Steve the exciting events that led to their escape.
     
    Join us for a gripping episode of SOFREP Radio with John Pomfret and Fred Hart and discover the unknown story that determined Operation Desert Storm.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jay Collins, Special Forces Veteran and Candidate for Congress

    Jay Collins, Special Forces Veteran and Candidate for Congress

    On this week's podcast episode SOFREP senior editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri along with SOFREP Editor-in-Chief Sean Spoonts talk with Jay Collins. Jay is a Special Forces combat medic veteran and Republican candidate for Congress with Florida's 14th Congressional District.
    Jay Collins spent two decades as a Green Beret and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In the fight, he lost his leg. Nevertheless, he recovered, returned to active duty, and tremendously served in the Green Berets for nearly six more years.
    Jay's Special Forces Selection was unique. He was part of the infamous Ice Storm Class of November 2002, one of the very rare occasions when SERE school had to be shut down.
    The experience of Selection imparted Jay with the valuable lesson of leaving things better than how you found them.
    In sharing tales of Special Forces classes with Jay, Steve recounts a hilarious story of Green Berets pretending to be NASA candidates. After all, everything can happen in Selection.
    Jay also shares the awesome story of how he performed surgery on his own arm during deployment.
    Since Jay is running for Congress, the conversation also turns to politics. Jay usefully reminds the audience that what unites us is less than what separates us. America will only be strong and healthy through unity. That is, after all, the American way.
    As Jay says, it's not about the red nor the blue; it's about the red, white, and blue.
    You can find more about Jay Collins's campaign at https://www.jaycollinsforcongress.com/.
     
    Join us for another exciting episode of SOFREP Radio with Steve Balestrieri and Sean Spoonts!
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    George Hand 'Geo', Author, Former Delta Force Member, and Dear Friend

    George Hand 'Geo', Author, Former Delta Force Member, and Dear Friend

    On this week's special podcast SOFREP Senior Editor and SOFREP Radio host Steve Balestrieri talks with George Hand IV, better known as "Geo" among his many readers and fans.
    Geo was a member of 1st and 7th Special Forces Groups before joining the tip of the American military's spear, the Delta Force. Geo stayed in the Unit until his retirement from the Army.
    His civilian career has taken him to many places from working for the Department of Energy in the Nevada Desert to tracking down human traffickers to writing for such sites as SOFREP, WE ARE THE MIGHTY, Sandboxx, and contributing expert commentary to Business Insider.
    From traversing Morocco on camelback to visiting Auschwitz to training SEALs on breaching techniques the interview is filled with exciting details of Geo's military and civilian life.
    Steve and Geo also talk about Geo's book Brothers of the Cloth. The book is a collection of short stories from Geo's days in the Unit. The stories focus on and memorialize Geo's brothers in Delta Force making Brothers of the Cloth perhaps the definitive account of life in Delta Force. The book is elevated by Geo's inimitable writing style, which accentuates both the lighthearted and the more poignant moments of the stories.
    You can visit Geo's website at https://georgehand.org/.
    Join us for a very special episode with a dear friend. Thank you, Geo!
     
    Editor's Note: We would like to apologize to our listeners as, due to a production issue, small sections of the interview have an echo. But don't worry! You'll be able to hear Geo loud and clear throughout!
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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LeadFrontLines ,

Great show, great content!

I appreciate the entire SOFREP team bringing forward relevant topics with real conversation. These are stories that people need to hear told by Veterans who have been on the front lines. #leadershipfromthefrontlines

donniebaker420 ,

Good podcast

I really enjoy the guests you have but it always sounds like they’re on the phone and not in person. Just seems like it would be better and better sound quality if they did it in person. Also you guys kind of discuss irrelevant topics for what seems to be an absurdly long time so I have to skip forward until I hear the guests voice then rewind to find the beginning of their interview. Chose to listen to an episode because I admire the guest and wanted to hear it and the episode was only a hour long but you guys talked about your personal lives and other topics for 31 minutes, not here to hear about your take on girls being able to join the Boy Scouts for a half hour. Other than poor audio quality and the pre guest discussions, it’s a decent podcast.

BertMack ,

Dumpster Fire

This place has become a dumpster fire supporting the lefts agenda to bring communism into our country. I’m done.

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