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Crazy stories, roasting, and witty banter are the hallmarks of the camaraderie that defines the military experience. Come join us in the Smoke Pit where we keep this tradition alive.
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The Smoke Pit Daniel Sharp

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 357 Ratings

Crazy stories, roasting, and witty banter are the hallmarks of the camaraderie that defines the military experience. Come join us in the Smoke Pit where we keep this tradition alive.
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    Kris Paronto: Coffee Beans to Benghazi

    Kris Paronto: Coffee Beans to Benghazi

    Today we are joined by Kris Paronto. The author and former Ranger discusses some of his extensive career, and what has changed since Benghazi.
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    • 30 min
    Hunting Bombs in Afghanistan

    Hunting Bombs in Afghanistan

    Dan talks about the current situation in Afghanistan. Then the boys are joined by Caleb, an EOD technician, who blew things up for Dan on deployment.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Good Guy With a Gun

    Good Guy With a Gun

    Today we are joined by veteran peace officer, Kevin Willis to talk about the mindset of a police officer responding to a shooting. As well as, the mindset a concealed weapon carrier should have to mitigate any potential conflict with responding uniformed officers, after the incident. With a focus on reducing the chances of an officer accidentally shooting a "good guy with a gun" who was just defending themself from a criminal.
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    • 46 min
    Vets Shaping the Future: with Anna Paulina Luna

    Vets Shaping the Future: with Anna Paulina Luna

    Joining us today is Anna Paulina Luna, USAF veteran and host of the Luna Talks with Anna Paulina podcast. Follow her at @realannapaulina
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    • 53 min
    Shoot for Gold: Amber English

    Shoot for Gold: Amber English

    Today we are joined by Olympic Gold Medalist, and World Record holder, Amber English. She talks us through her process, and how she overcomes her nerves in competition. We also talk to Dylan Lassiter, the new Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Pop Smoke Media.
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    • 23 min
    Don't Start a War- Part 2

    Don't Start a War- Part 2

    Part 2 of the interview with Chief Grant Khanbalinov (Ret). Grant stops by the smoke pit with an amazing story. He ran all of the Navy's social media accounts, and was able to usher in a new era of mental health awareness for the nautical service. The conversation ran long, so enjoy part 2 of this insightful interview!
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

CarolineTC ,

One of the best

Recently started listening and this started out as a pretty good little show and it just got better. The guests are great and they talk about real issues. These are guys you’d want in your section. Just want less sponsors and more episodes!

Coressel ,

Helped as much as it hurt my sides from laughing.

Getting out of the military and transitioning to civilian life is weird. Only vets know how it goes and the crazy thoughts and feelings we have. This podcast verbalized it for me, and the first couple of seasons hooked me. I love the take on mental health, following through with VA, how life after service is and a lot more. The way they give back to the community and represent the community is admirable. So tons to laugh at, plenty to cry at, but this is an amazing podcast and can help a ton too!!

jil seuhfvkiasu rgv ,

Fine wine

The podcast has matured since season one. The topics are well researched and presented in a great format. Yet, Ait still maintains the dark humor that initially hooked us. Well done lads, cheers.

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