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The Protectors brings true-life stories from Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders; our Nation’s “Protectors” AND those that support them. Protectors are those that run toward danger, the ones that put their lives on the line to keep us safe; here and abroad. Listen in as they tell their stories; from their beginnings to their inspirations. The Protectors podcast is hosted by Dr. Jason Piccolo. Jason is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (U.S. Army Infantry Captain) with service as an enlisted member in the 1990’s. Jason served over 20 years in federal law enforcement. Jason is an active volunteer with veteran hiring and mentorship organizations.

The Protectors Dr. Jason Piccolo

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The Protectors brings true-life stories from Law Enforcement, Military, and First Responders; our Nation’s “Protectors” AND those that support them. Protectors are those that run toward danger, the ones that put their lives on the line to keep us safe; here and abroad. Listen in as they tell their stories; from their beginnings to their inspirations. The Protectors podcast is hosted by Dr. Jason Piccolo. Jason is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (U.S. Army Infantry Captain) with service as an enlisted member in the 1990’s. Jason served over 20 years in federal law enforcement. Jason is an active volunteer with veteran hiring and mentorship organizations.

    Season 3 |Claudia King | Survivor | Host of the Strong Enough Podcast | (Episode 67)

    Season 3 |Claudia King | Survivor | Host of the Strong Enough Podcast | (Episode 67)

    Claudia King joined The Protectors to talk about podcasting, relationships, and a ton of other topics.  Claudia talks about her own personal experience with domestic violence.  Thank you, Claudia, for being open about your life.  Claudia hosts the up-and-coming podcast called STRONG ENOUGH PODCAST streaming now on all major platforms.  
    About STONG ENOUGH:  Let's talk relationships: the good, the bad, and all the ugly that we'd rather avoid. From healthy relationships to red flags to what to do about that toxic family member, we'll dive in and discuss. Every one of us is Strong Enough to put ourselves first and find the happiness and healthiness we deserve.
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    • 19 min
    Season 3 | McKenna Geer | Athlete | Paralympian | Road to Tokyo | (Episode 66)

    Season 3 | McKenna Geer | Athlete | Paralympian | Road to Tokyo | (Episode 66)

    McKenna Geer stopped by The Protectors to talk about her journey to the Paralympic games not only this summer, but Rio 2016.  We also talk about what the day in the life of an athlete is like, shooting sports, the incredible accuracy needed to hit the target (like splitting hairs!!), and a ton more.  

    About McKenna: She is an American Paralympic sports shooter. She became the first female sports shooter to win a medal in shooting at the 2016 Summer Paralympics and also won two medals in the 2019 Parapan American Games.

    From the Team Site: The International Paralympic Committee named Geeer one of the “Top 10 Para-Athletes You Should Like Before 2016” noting “expect her to be huge come Rio 2016.” That’s tall billing, but Dahl takes it in stride, saying that it reassures her she’s on the right track. In 2014, she moved to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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    • 18 min
    Season 3 | Paul Letersky | Author | Former Special Agent | (Episode 65)

    Season 3 | Paul Letersky | Author | Former Special Agent | (Episode 65)

    Paul Letersky joined The Protectors to talk about his book THE DIRECTOR: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover.  We also go into what a day in the life of J. Edgar Hoover was like.  
    The Book: Since Hoover’s death half a century ago, millions of words have been written about the man and hundreds of hours of TV dramas. But until now, there has been virtually no account from someone who, for a period of years, spent hours with the Director on a daily basis.
    Paul Letersky began working for Director Hoover in 1965 and had a front-row seat to the comings-and-goings of Hoover’s personal office at the height of one of the most turbulent decades since the Civil War.  The Director showcases the dedication of history’s longest serving FBI director, including:
    -      The animosity felt by Hoover towards Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the comments made by Hoover on first hearing of Dr. King’s shooting from Letersky.
    -      A deeply personal look at Hoover’s longtime assistant Helen Gandy, the highest paid woman at the DOJ in the 1970’s and considered to be Hoover’s most trusted confidant.
    -      The effectiveness of the FBI’s "COINTELPRO" programs—black bag projects from 1956-1971 aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, sowing discord and discrediting American organizations.  
    -      How "COINTELPRO" targeted groups as disparate as the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Panther Party, as well as civil rights leaders like Dr. King and influential public anti-war figures like John Lennon.
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    • 17 min
    Season 3 | Fred Burton | NYT Best-Selling Author | LIVE Discussion | (Episode 64)

    Season 3 | Fred Burton | NYT Best-Selling Author | LIVE Discussion | (Episode 64)

    Fred Burton, New-York Times Best-Selling Author and former counterterrorism agent, joined a special episode of The Protectors Book Club.  We were joined by Brian Andrews (co-author of the Tier One Series) and B.C. Sanders a detective on the east coast.  

    From Fred's site:  Fred Burton is a former police officer,  special agent and New York Times best-selling author.  He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.
    His best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent,  Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America.
    Burton also consults with Fortune 500 companies on security developments and how to keep their personnel and business safe as the Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence.  He served on the board of the Center for Mass Violence Response Studies and is an active member of the Greater Austin Crime Commission.   
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    • 57 min
    Season 3 | Weekly Live | Discussing Simulation Theory | With Special Guests | (Episode 63)

    Season 3 | Weekly Live | Discussing Simulation Theory | With Special Guests | (Episode 63)

    Simulation Theory?  What the heck is that.  Listening to Joe Rogan and Elon Musk talk about it sounds like the theory that we are living in a simulation, has been around a while.  We had a fun chat about it.  Listen to me, Carla, Austin, and Rob talk about it. 
    Do you believe in SIMULATION THEORY?
    “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will eventually be indistinguishable from reality,” Musk said before concluding, “We’re most likely in a simulation.”
     
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    • 35 min
    Season 3 | Marc Cameron | NYT Best-Selling Author | Former U.S. Marshal | (Episode 62)

    Season 3 | Marc Cameron | NYT Best-Selling Author | Former U.S. Marshal | (Episode 62)

    Marc Cameron joined The Protectors to talk about his new book BONE RATTLE, his time as a U.S. Marshal, his time in Alaska, character development, and a ton of other topics. 
    MARC:  A retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Marc Cameron spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement. His assignments have taken him from Alaska to Manhattan, Canada to Mexico and dozens of points in between. He holds a second degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracker.
    BONE RATTLE:  In the icy heart of Alaska, a series of gruesome murders leads Deputy US Marshal Arliss Cutter into a firestorm of searing corruption, clashing cultures, and bone-chilling fear…
    In Juneau, a young Native archeologist is sent to protect the ancient burial sites uncovered by an Alaskan gold mining company. He never returns. In Anchorage, a female torso—minus head, hands, and feet—is washed ashore near a jogging trail by the airport. It is not the first. At Alaska’s Fugitive Task Force, Arliss Cutter and deputy Lola Teariki are pulled from their duties and sent to a federal court in Juneau. Instead of tracking dangerous fugitives, Cutter and Lola will be keeping track of sequestered jurors in a high-profile trial. The case involves a massive drug conspiracy with ties to a mining company, a lobbyist, and two state senators. When a prosecuting attorney is murdered—and a reporter viciously attacked—Cutter realizes they’re dealing with something much bigger, and darker, than a simple drug trial. The truth lies deep within the ancient sites and precious mines of this isolated land—and inside the cold hearts of those would kill to hide its secrets…
    What’s buried in Alaska stays in Alaska.
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    • 24 min

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Proud to call Jason a friend.

We recently had Jason on our show and his resume is nothing short of incredible. America needs more Patriots like this. I highly recommend anything this guy does.

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Variety of guests. Lots of interesting subjects. Keep it up.

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Outstanding Podcast

What a Great Podcast! Well put together and all the guest are either first responders or those who support first responders. Me being a first responder, I appreciate what Jason is doing and I look forward to every episode. You won’t be disappointed in this podcast!

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