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Thom Dharma Pollard hosts inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire with guests and drawing from his own adventures around the world. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

The Happiness Quotient Thom Pollard

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

Thom Dharma Pollard hosts inspirational, intimate and unfiltered Stories That Inspire with guests and drawing from his own adventures around the world. The Happiness Quotient: connected, engaged, passionate people who inspire us.

    My Buddy Lost 8 Fingers and I Got to the Summit - Stephen Venables' Insane Bivouac at 8,600 Meters on Mount Everest

    My Buddy Lost 8 Fingers and I Got to the Summit - Stephen Venables' Insane Bivouac at 8,600 Meters on Mount Everest

    Stephen Venables became the first British mountaineer to climb Mount Everest without the use of supplementary oxygen in 1988, establishing a new route on the Kangshung Face with Ed Webster, Robert Anderson and Paul Teare. 

    THIS EPISODE IS ON YOUTUBE IN VIDEO FORM AT:
    https://youtu.be/9bocQEfDriI

    Everest and Beyond - TEDxOxford: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiz3en5JLcY

    Please visit our sponsor Musa Masala - Expert Advice On Safe, Healthy & Culturally Aware Mountain Travel at: 
    https://musamasala.com/
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    The Studio Mama and Her Musical Cookbook - Rebecca Wood

    The Studio Mama and Her Musical Cookbook - Rebecca Wood

    Rebecca Wood was the chef, trusted keeper, and diviner at Zac Brown’s renowned Southern Ground Nashville studio for nearly a decade. While she was intimately familiar with the ghosts and secrets of the converted church that housed the studio, her passion was cooking for the musicians recording there, curating choice down-home meals and menus from family recipes. The heart of The Studio Mama Cookbook is a collection of these menus, each created for an artist who worked
     at the studio. It’s a combo plate of music, food, people, and stories. 

    More about Rebecca and how to get her awesome Studio Mama cookbook:
    https://www.heartsinthemix.com/
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    Too Many People - Manaslu and Why It's So Dangerous

    Too Many People - Manaslu and Why It's So Dangerous

    Just what is Manaslu and why are so many people flocking to it? Thom dives in with thoughts on the death of professional skier Hilaree Nelson on her attempted ski descent, as well as the commercialization of the mountain and just how the game has been changed since drone footage captured 'the real' summit in 2021.

    LINK TO YOUTUBE VERSION:
    https://youtu.be/EIPCyKi5zEo


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    Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star? Get Yer Camera! Jay Blakesberg and His Rock & Roll Photography Career

    Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star? Get Yer Camera! Jay Blakesberg and His Rock & Roll Photography Career

    Jay Blakesberg, one of THE US’s most accomplished live music and pop culture photographer’s has released another self published book called RETRO BLAKESBERG: Volume One: The Film Archives (SEE THE LINK IN THE SHOW NOTES)....the book features highlights spanning the years from the 70’s into the early 2000’s when film was king, before the digital age, when a photographer WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER - from the first photograph he ever sold for $15 thru tours with Phish, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones
    Tons of Grateful Dead - enough so that he’s made a couple books
    Green Day,  The Flaming Lips,  Snoop Dog, Primus
    If you want to purchase a copy of Jay’s amazing book or to have a look at his other published books and photo gallery, find him on Instagram at @JayBlakesberg and @RetroBlakesberg, or on his website at https://www.rockoutbooks.com/


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    Climb Your Everest - The Most Uplifting and Affirming Message For Every Day of Your Life

    Climb Your Everest - The Most Uplifting and Affirming Message For Every Day of Your Life

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    Is Everest Dying? Fighter Jets Over the Summit? - A Conversation with Everest Chronicler, Podcaster and Mountaineer Alan Arnette

    Is Everest Dying? Fighter Jets Over the Summit? - A Conversation with Everest Chronicler, Podcaster and Mountaineer Alan Arnette

    Thom Pollard sat down with Everest Chronicler Alan Arnette to talk about all things Everest. In this first of a several part episode with Alan, we talk about all the current state of affairs on Everest, and what the future looks like for Everest. Is climate change changing the game on 8,000 meter peaks?

    Visit Thom's YouTube channel for this conversation with Alan Arnette as well as a bunch of other Everest-related material:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEk3e_XGyNnqwK2ZlxH7fEA

    Alan Arnette's website: https://www.alanarnette.com/
    Alan's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlanArnetteClimbs 

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Rosewood Heart ,

Just What I Needed

As an armchair explorer and spiritual adventurer I am really happy someone shared this podcast with me. Thom is an awesome interviewer and also tells amazing stories about Mount Everest and his many wild adventures around the world. He’s also a learned person, sage like is a better way to put it. Have a listen and ‘be inspired’.

Samantha Q. ,

Spiritual and inspiring.

So many good things to say about the HQ. The explorers part, climbing, on the ocean, looking for both inside and outside recognition and learning.
The music is fabulous, great blues and awesome players.
The spiritual side offers such great insight, it’s a package of entertainment that resonates with me, that’s for Sure. Art, adventure and keeping the soul fed.

Bianchi in Jackson ,

Fascinating and engaging

What a fantastic podcast! Thanks Thom for your insights and for bringing such a great mix of guests to your show. The theme song is awesome too!

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