The Protectors® Podcast

The Protectors® Podcast

Welcome to The Protectors® Podcast, where the valor meets the storyteller. Hosted by Jason Piccolo, a seasoned veteran and retired special agent, this series is a must-listen for anyone intrigued by the courage and tales of those who pledge to protect us. Beyond the front-line stories of bravery and dedication, this podcast goes a step further, weaving in the perspectives of those who bolster and narrate the protector's journey—featuring a remarkable lineup including New York Times Best Sellers and acclaimed Hollywood actors. The Protectors® Podcast offers a diverse array of voices, from those who wear the uniform to the authors and entertainers who amplify their stories. It's a unique blend that highlights not only the raw realities faced by our protectors but also how their sacrifices inspire the narratives we cherish in literature and film. Each episode is a testament to the interconnected worlds of service and support, bringing listeners an unmatched depth of insight. By tuning in to The Protectors® Podcast, you're not just listening to a podcast—you're stepping into a powerful community that stretches from the battlefields to the bookshelves and the silver screen. Whether you're seeking thrilling accounts of valor, insights into the creative process, or simply inspiring conversations, this podcast has something for you. Listen now to celebrate and understand the entire ecosystem that upholds our guardians and their stories. Join us in this auditory salute to the heroes and their champions alike. Dr. Jason Piccolo is a retired federal agent, former U.S. Army Infantry Captain (Iraq 2006), and author. Past Guests Include:- Jack Carr- Brad Taylor- Sean Patrick Flanery - Andrews & Wilson- Mark Greaney- Stephen Hunter- Remi Adeleke - Florent Groberg - Clint Emerson - Travis Mills

Episodes

April 9, 2024 55 mins

Strap in for a raw and revealing episode as I sit alongside Tim, a battle-hardened ex-Marine and MARSOC operator. Together, we peel back the layers of transitioning from a life of discipline and service to the civilian world, a journey riddled with challenges. Tim's personal narrative sheds light on the identity crises that can follow military discharge.

We navigate the turbulent waters of mental health, discussing th...

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Tune in to hear how this veteran Marine, with seven deployments under his belt, channeled the camaraderie and team spirit of the Corps into a civilian career that not only matches but elevates his passion for guiding others. Isaac's transition is a masterclass in strategic planning, showcasing the foresight needed to move from combat boots to corporate boardrooms and, eventually, into the empowering world of entrepreneurship.<...

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Unlock the secrets behind crafting the perfect firearm for a fictional hero as we sit down with renowned thriller authors Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson. Their alliance with Wilson Combat isn't just about the nuts and bolts of gunsmithing; it's a dynamic fusion of storytelling and precision engineering.  This collaboration showcases the extraordinary lengths to which these authors go to ensure their characters' tools ...

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Gene O'Neill joined the show to talk about his battle with cancer from responding to 9/11. The narrative of any life can change in the span of a heartbeat, yet it's the strength we draw from those around us that can chart the course ahead. Gene's visceral recount of the day his world shifted—believing a battle with kidney stones was at hand, only to face the grim reality of cancer—underscores the fragility of our wel...

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Ever wondered how the precision of MIL reticles over MOA could affect your rifle game? Or, what about those 'outlaw' shooting matches you've heard about—are they really as gear-friendly as they say? Callie, our favorite sharpshooter, is back to unravel these mysteries and more. Join us as we dissect two-gun competitions, the peculiarities of transitioning between reticle types, and the curious world where the IDPA an...

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Mark joins us for an explosive conversation where we blast through the world of shooting sports with the zeal of true enthusiasts. We're not just talking about our favorite firearms, like the trusty Glock 19 or the sleek allure of SIGs; we're taking you behind the scenes of an electrifying Nashville run-and-gun event that partners authors with real-life operators. Expect to be right on target with insights into the perish...

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Ever wondered what it's like to navigate the high-stakes world of private military contracting? Our latest guest, Morgan, pulls back the curtain on this adrenaline-filled industry, recounting his time with firms like Blackwater in the tumultuous early 2000s Iraq. Morgan gives us the unvarnished truth about the personal cost of a job where the line between soldier and civilian is blurred, including the financial temptations tha...

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Step inside the clandestine world of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations with a seasoned ex-agent who unveils a landscape where civilian and military sleuths unravel crimes from serious offenses to counterintelligence mysteries. This episode promises an unprecedented look at the merging of different expertises, from cyber whizzes to former special ops warriors, all united under the OSI's banner.

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Trevor Coult joined the show to talk about a tone of topics. We discuss the challenges of maintaining integrity in the complex realm of content creation and the YouTube landscape, riddled with restrictions and a partner program that leaves much to be desired, prompts us to examine the broader disconnect within social media moderation, including the looming shadow of AI oversight. 

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Jody's story is a testament to the power of evolution, as she details the psychological nuances in marksmanship and her pioneering Maki Method, a tool designed to perfect shooter form and amplify their abilities.

raining—one shot at a time.

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Jo Standing joined the show to talk about mental health and wellness for servicemembers.  

When we hang up our uniforms for the last time, the battle often doesn't end there; it simply changes fronts. This episode peels back the curtain on the silent war many veterans face during their transition from military to civilian life. 

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As the sun set on a Philadelphia skyline back in '66, a young Patrick Boyle took his first steps toward a career that would span decades in law enforcement. Our conversation with the seasoned detective unfolds like a gripping novel, from the archaic seven-week academy training to the modern-day sophistication of police work. Boyle's vivid recounting of the past allows us to appreciate the evolution of crime-fighting and t...

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Join the thrill ride as Brad Taylor, the maestro of military fiction, returns to discuss his latest page-turner, "Dead Man's Hand."  Picture the world's geopolitical chessboard as a backdrop for our deep dive into the mechanics of military thrillers.  From the war in Ukraine to Russia's enigmatic Dead Hand system, we explore the challenges and risks of writing stories that intersect with real-world events. ...

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Embarking on the podcasting voyage might seem like uncharted waters, but with the right compass, anyone's voice can find its harbor. 

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When you pick up the phone and dial a number from a thriller novel, you don't expect an answer. Yet, bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz defies expectations with his Orphan X series, where the protagonist's number is very much active, bridging the gap between our world and Evan Smoak's high-stakes adventures. In a riveting discussion with Gregg, we uncover the intricate details that make his stories pulse with authentic...

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Teen Gooding joined the show to talk about Trauma Informed Policing and Female Officer Survival School. 

We explore Teena's journey from the front lines of law enforcement to her unyielding advocacy for trauma-informed policing, a critical area of training that's often overlooked. 

The harsh reality is that our officers aren't always equipped with the necessary tools to effectively handle victims of...

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From the battlefield to the speaking stage, Travis Mills is here to share his inspiring story of resilience and recovery.  of resilience with Travis Mills.  Co-host BC Sanders. 

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12 Warrior Principles to Reclaim and Recalibrate Your Life
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New York Times bestselling author and retired US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, who has nearly a decade of experience coaching others...

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Ryan Steck and Byrdie Bell joined the show to talk about the Alex Hawke series.  Listen in as they pull back the curtain and reveal the creative process behind the upcoming book, Monarch. Their collaboration is a remarkable testament to the power of trust.

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Eric Kramer of Kramer Custom Knives joined the show to talk all things knives, serving in the Coast Guard, and his upcoming line of knives.  

Eric takes us through his journey to becoming a professional knife maker. He shares his  approach to each unique piece, emphasizing that knife making is a blend of craftsmanship and functionality. We tackle how he balances work and passion, and manage his workload efficiently. This e...

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What happens when a combat-wounded veteran meets a seasoned investigative reporter? A 16-year journey of resilience, transformation, and an inspiring book is born. Welcome to our gripping conversation with Greg Gadson and Terese Crutcher-Marin, authors of 'Waypoints'. There's a tale to tell here, a tale of Greg's heroic journey to overcome a debilitating injury. Their story, which began at Walter Reed Army Medic...

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