Break It Down: Top 10 Interesting Episodes

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Creation Date July 31st, 2018
Updated Date Updated May 7th, 2020
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  1. Host of Matt's new favorite podcast "After On" Rob Reid, joins to discuss his new Sci-Fi book of the same name and themes including: augmented reality, consciousness, government privacy, artificial intelligence, Fermi paradox, synthetic biology, and belief and terrorism. Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comFacebookAfter On Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  2. Josh Zepps is an Australian media personality, political satirist, actor, and TV show host. He and Matt discuss the importance of context and heart behind offensive words, topics off limits to people of majority race or gender, and how shutting down conversation by those people doesn't equal progress. They also articulate how both journalism and science are incomplete processes. Links & LIVEThat's It: with promo code DOWN for 10% off Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  3. August Burns Red's guitarist JB Brubaker joins today to discuss his process switching from mic'd amps to DI for live shows, share tour stories, and the frustrations of traveling with a rig. Matt also plays a clip of a solo JB wrote on an Emery album and get into arranging, style, and tablature. Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comEmery shows: emerymusic.comJB's Instagram: @jbburnsredCasper: with promo code mentioned in episode Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  4. After reading some of Alison DeNisco Rayome's articles in TechRepublic, I wanted to have her on and talk more about where cyber security is right now, and see where it's going in the future. What are some best practices to keep yourself secure, and how are companies taking advantage of AR/VR?Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comFacebookEmery Tour: emerymusic.comRockabilia: code PCJABBERJAWTechRepublic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  5. A good friend connected me with Alex Linebrink, who is the CEO of PassageX, a secondary ticketing venue that utilizes blockchain technology to promote industry accountability and transparency. It's exciting to hear about other uses of the system and get a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of what can be done in the future with such a powerful tool as blockchain.Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comFacebookEmery Tour: emerymusic.comRockabilia: code PCJABBERJAWPassageX Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  6. Being a band guy on the road, gear heads tend to find each other. For me, Matt Hoopes of Relient K is always on the top of my list for guys I like to talk about pedals with. Now he's creating his own pedals, so we go in-depth about the technical aspects of what distortion is and the components inside pedals.Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comFacebookEmery Tour: emerymusic.comRockabilia: code PCJABBERJAW1981 Inventions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  7. Tim McTauge, Underoath's guitarist joins for a conversation about their inner-band dynamics and how it applied to the songwriting process and production, specifically with their new album "Erase Me."   Links & Sponsors: Facebook Emery Tour: Rockabilia: code PCJABBERJAW Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  8. Steven Southwick is a professor at Yale University of Psychiatry, PTSD, and Resilience. He is also the author of "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges," which I was eager to talk with him about, since we seems to share similar philosophies on the power of the mind effecting the body.Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comFacebookEmery Tour: emerymusic.comRockabilia: code PCJABBERJAW Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  9. Hunger Games actress, Angel Giuffria, was born missing half of her arm, but has embraced the life of a "cyborg" using augmenting prosthetics to enhance her life. We go in depth about the mechanics of and customization of her arm. She's also heavily involved in the transhumanism movement, and interested in how humanity is progressing to a higher level of human-machine integration.   Links & Sponsors: Facebook Rockabilia: code PCJABBERJAW Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  10. Johann Hari is a best-selling author and has given a most-viewed TED talk on addiction. His latest book, "The Lost Connections" has been hit with some controversy as it explores deeper causes and alternative treatments to depression beyond anti-depressants.  Links & Sponsors:breakitdownpod.comFacebookAway: code DOWN Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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