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Life, Experienced

29 EpisodesProduced by Ethan D. SmithWebsite

Life, Experienced is a podcast that showcases the unique life experiences of its guests. Hosted and produced by Ethan D. Smith, each episode features an interview with a person who has a unique or interesting story to tell. For more information, visit https://lifeexperienced.orgSome music used in th… read more

29 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Counseling with Substance

June 19th, 2019

26:07

A substance use counselor recounts what led him to choose counseling as a career and how he uses his experiences to help students on a college …

Chairing the School Board

May 1st, 2019

29:43

The chairwoman of a local school board discusses what inspired her to run for the seat and describes the board's role in local education- especially …

Bullet Holes and Basketball, Part 2

April 24th, 2019

20:34

Continuing from last week's episode, Duro Bjegovic recounts his experiences playing Division I NCAA basketball, returning to Europe to play, and how the playing environments differ across the world. 

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Bullet Holes and Basketball, Part 1

April 17th, 2019

21:29

A basketball player recounts his experiences from the Croatian War for Independence and how his life's journey allowed him to pursue basketball as a …

Weathering the Storm Blog

April 10th, 2019

27:35

A newspaper copy editor and columnist shares his thoughts on blogging about the weather, going on storm chasing expeditions, and the importance of …

It Pays to Listen

April 3rd, 2019

25:38

Founder and CEO of Podcoin, David Cook, talks about launching a social media website with his siblings while he was in high school and his …

Interviewing the Interviewer

March 20th, 2019

21:47

A forensic interviewer shares her journey through a career of social work. 


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Playing the Career Field, Part 2

March 13th, 2019

21:26

Continuing from last week, Kevin and Robyn Jones share about their life after Kevin's NFL career, starting their company, Joba Design, and the steps they've taken for success. 

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Playing the Career Field, Part 1

March 6th, 2019

23:48

Kevin and Robyn Jones of Joba Design Group discuss how they met, Robyn's run for Virginia Tech class president, and what it was like managing Kevin's career as an NFL running back. 


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The Councilwoman Curator

February 27th, 2019

24:00

The director of a small-town theater describes her experiences curating films and live events as well as her time as a town council member. 


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Reduce, Reuse, and Realty

February 20th, 2019

23:20

A young boy's dream of being a garbage man comes true, but only after he becomes a realtor. 

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What Makes the Bluegrass Blue, Part 2

February 13th, 2019

26:26

Continuing from last week, Daniel and Carolyn Routh of Nu-Blu discuss musician turnover, recording original material, and collaborating with Rhonda …

What Makes the Bluegrass Blue, Part 1

February 6th, 2019

23:43

Husband and wife bluegrass artists recount how they became musicians, why they chose bluegrass, and what it's like to be on the road as a full-time …

Build

November 28th, 2018

25:21

A business owner recounts how failures in farming and being fired from a retail job led him to found a real estate and construction company.

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Sparkle

November 21st, 2018

26:26

A former police officer recounts how becoming a mother led to her becoming an accidental entrepreneur.

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Meet

November 14th, 2018

24:56

A Bengali graduate student recounts how hearing Western music for the first time inspired him to learn guitar and how attending a university protest led to a first date.

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Travel

November 7th, 2018

25:24

A graduate student discusses growing up in Iran, why he chose the United States for his graduate education, and his thoughts on Executive Order 13780 (a.k.a. the Travel Ban).

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Halloween Special

October 31st, 2018

10:50

In this Halloween bonus episode, Lieutenant Alex Kriegel (Episodes 6 & 7) returns to share a haunting experience.

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Retire, Part 2

October 24th, 2018

24:12

I continue my interview with Professor Preston Durrill, learning more about his approach to teaching, his experiences as a graduate student, and of course, his childhood gambling habit.

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Retire, Part 1

October 17th, 2018

22:04

A professor recounts how his own educational experiences more than 50 years ago motivate his approach to teaching in a college environment.

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Practice

October 10th, 2018

17:55

A career veterinarian recounts her experiences during 30 years of animal care.

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Transition

October 3rd, 2018

27:26

Former small-town bookstore owners discuss life before and after Amazon.com.

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Submerge, Part 2

September 26th, 2018

21:04

Continued from last week, Lieutenant Alex Kriegel of the US Navy recounts some of the more humorous stories during his time as a submariner.

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Submerge, Part 1

September 19th, 2018

23:50

A Navy lieutenant recounts his experiences underway on a fast-attack submarine.

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Lead

September 12th, 2018

26:51

A general manager of a small business recounts how she went from stay-at-home mom to CEO.

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Design

September 5th, 2018

23:24

A pastor recalls his experience starting a graphic design business from his college dorm room.

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Roleplay

August 29th, 2018

25:16

A graduate student describes his experiences as a dungeon master and a professional swashbuckler.

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Move

August 22nd, 2018

18:44

A chemical engineer recounts moving across the United States at least seven times during his childhood.

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Collapse

August 15th, 2018

15:17

A graduate student on the brink of his first major exam encounters an unexpected health issue.

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