The Tim Ferriss Show (general)

Mike Shinoda is best known as the rapper, principal songwriter, keyboardist, rhythm guitarist and one of the two vocalists of Linkin Park, which has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy Awards in the process.

Mike has collaborated with everyone from Jay-Z to Depeche Mode, and he's also the lead rapper in his side project Fort Minor, which I'm a huge fan of.

As if that's not enough, he's also provided artwork, production and mixing for all the projects that I just mentioned. The man is a beast... but did he start out that way? The answers might surprise you.

This episode covers how he got started, advice for beginning musicians (or creatives/artists of any type), navigating "entertainment" and Hollywood, daily rituals, how he writes songs, how he and his band rehearse, and much more.



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Dan Carlin is the host of my favorite podcast, Hardcore History.

But... what?! History?! I know. I thought the same thing. How could a history podcast have a cult following?

And yet it did. During research for launching The Tim Ferriss Show, I asked many of the top dogs on the iTunes charts: what is your favorite podcast? Almost without exception, the answer came back: Hardcore History.

Since then, I've become friends with Dan (and more obsessed with his show), and this episode explores all the questions I've been dying to ask him, whether related to his early experiments, his "radio" voice, creativity, building podcasts, and much more.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it.



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Let me know what you think on Twitter! @tferriss

Pura vida,


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James Altucher is an American hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. He has founded or cofounded more than 20 companies, including Reset Inc. and StockPickr. 17 have failed, 3 have made up all the difference. He has published 11 books.

Join us in this meandering conversation about just about everything. There are some gems to be found.



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This is a short "inbetween-isode" of <10 minutes in length.  Please find all episodes and more at  Let me know what you think on Twitter: @tferriss



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Joe De Sena is the co-founder of The Death Race, Spartan Race (1M+ competitors), and more.  Among other things, he has personally completed the famously grueling Iditarod dogsledding FOOT.  What about the Badwater Ultramarathon, Vermont 100, and Lake Placid Ironman?  He did all of those in ONE WEEK.  The man is a maniac, but he's also strategic and tactical.  This episode covers his story, as well as his approaches to grit, endurance, and building empires.

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Neil Strauss has written 7 New York Times bestsellers, including The Game. He's also been an editor at Rolling Stone and a staff writer for The New York Times.

In this episode, we discuss life, his creative process, writing, and generally answer the questions: How do you create amazing work? How to you overcome writer's block and other pitfalls? What are Neil's favorite books and movies? How do you edit your work to go from terrible to award-winning? How did Neil become a master interviewer, and how does he do it? What's next?

Show notes and links can be found at

Neil is a close friend, and this is one of my favorite conversations we've had together. Enjoy!

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Sam Harris is a neuroscience Ph.D. and the author of the bestselling books, The End of FaithThe Moral LandscapeFree Will, and LyingThe End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction.

In this episode, we explore the science of lying, "spirituality" or spiritual experiences, religion, meditation, and more.  It's really a discussion of the human experience, and how to optimize it without harming others.

Sam's writing has been published in more than 15 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York TimesTimeScientific AmericanNatureNewsweekRolling Stone, and many other journals

Show notes and links can be found at


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This is a short audio essay "inbetween-isode" of <15 minutes -- enjoy!  Let me know what you think: @tferriss

Pura vida,


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My guest this episode is Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick, Ph.D., who works with Dr. Bruce Ames, the 23rd most-cited scientist across ALL fields between 1973 and 1984 (!).

Dr. Patrick also conducts clinical trials, performed aging research at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and did graduate research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she focused on cancer, mitochondrial metabolism, and apoptosis.

Whether you want to extend life, buy a stem-cell "insurance policy," or guard against cancer and premature death, she will have a surprise insight for you.

Find her on Twitter at @foundmyfitness.



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