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RockneCAST is a podcast by Rockne Cole focusing on the power of the liberal arts so that you can live an awesome life in mind, body, and spirit! In this podcast, I share what I have learned, what I am reading, and interview people in the liberal arts world who have aligned their passion with their p… read more

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James Clear - Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results (Episode #57, 29 Sept. 2021)

September 29th, 2021


In this episode, we explore the work of James Clear's excellent book, Atomic Habits - Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results.  This book has had a huge …

The Tree of Life Proverb via Dr. Henry Cloud (Episode #56, 28 Sept. 2021)

September 28th, 2021


My sister, Susie, introduced me to the work of Dr. Henry Cloud, the most awesome and wise Christian psychologist.  He consults, writes, teaches, and …

My review of the movie "Free Guy" (Episode #55, 24 Sept. 2021)

September 24th, 2021


Just went to Free Guy, the the sci-fi comedy starring Ryan Reynolds.   Loved it!  This is my review of the movie and why should go!

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Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (Exuberant Stoicism) (Episode #54, 23 Sept. 2021)

September 23rd, 2021


In this episode, we explore Shetty's take on separating our emotions from ourselves, or what monks call detachment.  The simple shift from being an …

Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (Seeds and Weeds) (Episode #53, 22 Sept. 2021)

September 22nd, 2021


In this second to last episode on Jay Shetty's book "Think Like a Monk", we consider the tiny seeds and weeds that we create in our life through our day to day acts and choices.  Seeds create happiness, abundance, and …

Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (Mud and Lotus) (Episode #52, 21 Sept. 2021)

September 21st, 2021


In this episode, through the lens of Jay Shetty's book, "Think Like a Monk", we'll explore the beautiful things that can emerge from muddy waters of …

Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (Morning T.I.M.E.) (Episode #51, 20 Sept. 2021)

September 20th, 2021


In this episode, we cover Jay Shetty's approach to mornings as a monk: T.I.M.E.  Thankfulness.  Insight.  Meditation.  Exercise.  I also cover my …

Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (Stress - Key to Happiness and Growth) (Episode #50, 17 Sept. 2021)

September 17th, 2021


Whoa, this one was a fun one to do.  Jay Shetty's book, Think Like a Monk, is so full of insight.  This episode covers his chapter on Fear and its …

Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (The Impure Mirror of the Mind) (Episode #49, 16 Sept. 2021)

September 16th, 2021


In this episode, we cover ceto darpana marjanam, the impure mirror of the mind.  

Do you really know you are, or are you living out someone else's version of you?  

This a topic that seems so obvious on its face.  Of …

Think Like a Monk - Jay Shetty (Discover Your Dharma) (Episode #48, 15 Sept. 2021)

September 16th, 2021


For the next several podcasts, I am going to do a series of short casts on the book "Think Like a Monk" by Jay Shetty.  This an awesome book by a former Hindu monk, Jay Shetty, who spent three years as a monk at an …

Intermittent Fasting - The Fountain of Youth (Episode #47, 10 Sept. 2021)

September 10th, 2021


In this episode, I discuss the work of Dr. Mark Mattson and Rafael De Cobo, who published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in December 26, 2019.  Dr. Mattson works at John Hopkins University and The New …

Professor Richard G. Cole - Reflections on a Career at Luther College from 1964-2005 (Episode #46, 5 Sept. 2021)

September 6th, 2021


I was recently in Rochester, Minnesota hanging out with my dad, Richard G. Cole.  My mom was getting her eyes checked at the Mayo Clinic, and while …

The Habits of Weston Noble (Episode #45, 19 June 2021)

June 19th, 2021


In this episode, I talk about the habits that made Weston Noble such an awesome choir director and inspiration to so many people.   Weston served as …

Fasting and the D-Day Invasion: Did a Big Breakfast Nearly Cost the Allies Victory? (Episode #44, 8 June 2021)

June 9th, 2021


We recently celebrated the 77th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, paving the way for the defeat of Facism and liberating Germany for subsequent Euro Hipsters.  

I recently watched a documentary called "Normandy: …

My Experience with Side Effects of Intermittent Fasting (Episode #43, 3 June 2021)

June 4th, 2021


As many of you know, I have been fasting for about a year.  I've lost 60 pounds, feel great, off high blood pressure pills, and the Type II diabetes track, but there are some side effects and critiques.  I'll go over …

The 300 Club: My Mistakes to Get There and How I Left It (Episode #42, 19 May 2021)

May 20th, 2021


Coming up on my one year anniversary of making the decision to leave the 300 pound club, a club that took nearly 20 years to get into and one year to get out of.  I'm now down to 245 and feel great! Proud of it and love …

US Grant's Last Gift (Episode #41, 18 May 2021)

May 19th, 2021


in this episode, I cover the last year of US Grant's life.  To me, his last year was one of the heroic chapters in his inspiring life.   Faced with terminal throat cancer, and financially destitute, Grant spent his his …

Bruce Lee Finale - Enter the Dragon (Episode #40, 10 May 2021)

May 11th, 2021


We conclude our multi-part series on one of the greatest actors, philosophers, fighters, and doers of the 20th Century, Bruce Lee.  He was all of …

Bruce Lee and My Grandpa Martin Cole - A Consuming Fire (Episode #39, 9 May 2021)

May 9th, 2021


In this episode, I discuss the inaugural speech, The Difference, that my Grandpa Cole gave in 1963 as President of Texan Lutheran College (now Texas …

Bruce Lee and Weston Noble - Lighting Your Inner Fire (Episode #38, 8 May 2021)

May 8th, 2021


We're continuing our series of podcasts on the philosophy of Bruce Lee through the book Be Water, My Friend - The Teachings of Bruce Lee by his daughter Shannon Lee.  Whoa I love this book!  This is podcast is a …

Soul Brothers Bruce Lee and Musonius Rufus - Growth through Voluntary Discomfort (Episode #37, 7 May 2021)

May 7th, 2021


We continue our mutual journey on the life and teachings of Bruce and Shannon Lee.  I am incredibly inspired by the gift that Shannon has provided through her mediations on the life and teachings of Bruce Lee.  Shannon …

Bruce and Shannon Lee on the Parable of the Empty Cup (Episode #36, 6 May 2021)

May 6th, 2021


In this first in our series on the Teachings of Bruce Lee, we explore the seemingly obvious concept of the virtue of keeping an open mind through the Parable of the Empty Cup.  Whoa, Shannon and Bruce have such an …

Be Awesome, My Friend - The Teachings of Bruce and Shannon Lee (Episode #35, 5 May 2021)

May 5th, 2021


I just read an awesome book, Be Water, My Friend, The Teachings of Bruce Lee by his daughter Shannon Lee.   This book is now on my essential reading list along with Walden by Henry David Thoreau and Meditations by …

Mary Elizabeth Williams: A Life in Opera from Philadelphia to Milan (Episode #34, 30 Apr. 2021)

April 30th, 2021


Whoa... This was probably one of my best podcasts so far.  I interviewed one of the most delightful, balanced, and wise people that I personally …

John Thomas - Urban Planning in Iowa City and Beyond (Episode #33, 24 Apr. 2021)

April 24th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Iowa City Councilor John Thomas.  We discuss a recent proposal to convert Market and Jefferson Streets from one way to two ways, and also, discuss some larger urban planning trends in the …

Brad Lund - Luther College and the Future of the Liberal Arts (Episode #32, 12 Apr. 2021)

April 13th, 2021


My friend Brad Lund and I have a conversation about the past, present, and future of liberal arts.  Brad and I graduated in the 90's from Luther …

Robert Waller at 50 - Living and Daily Practice of the Liberal Arts (Episode #31, 3 Apr. 2021)

April 3rd, 2021


In this episode, I discuss the awesomeness of Iowan Robert Waller through his essay, "The Turning of 50", an essay in this non-fiction book, "One Good Road is Enough."  He released One Road in 1989, just three years …

Dr. Josh White - Co-Founder of Community Health Initiative in Haiti (Episode #30, 27 Mar. 2021)

March 27th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Dr. Josh White, co-founder of the Community Health Initiative along with Dr. Chris Buresh.  They met at the University …

Lynn Begay and Ozzie Winger - The Incredible Story of Coach, an Athlete, and Opportunity in Decorah (Episode #29, 12 Mar. 2021)

March 12th, 2021


Incredibly grateful that Lynn Begay took time to join me for an interview about his inspiring life story.   In the late 1980s, Lynn and his family …

Cory Grimm - A Year of Transformation and Renewal in Haiti (Episode #28, 9 Mar. 2021)

March 9th, 2021


In this episode, I interview my brother in law Cory Grimm about his year of transformation in Haiti.  We discuss the sun, the sounds, water, Haitian …

The Billingsleas in Singapore (Episode #27, 2 Mar. 2021)

March 3rd, 2021


In this episode, I interview my friends Stacy and Kevin Billingslea about their transition from Missoula, Montana to international education in …

Levy Lee Simon on Haitian Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture (Episode #26, 16 Feb. 2021)

February 16th, 2021


I had a ton of fun on this episode.  I interviewed award winning playwright Levy Lee Simon.  Currently, an actor and playwright in Los Angeles, California, Simon received his MFA from the University of Iowa Theater …

Heading to the Boundary Waters with Jason Z (Episode #25, 9 Feb. 2021)

February 10th, 2021


In this episode, I interview Jason Zabokrtsky, a friend of mine as well as a fellow Luther College and University of Iowa College of Law graduate.   

Grant and Sherman: A Moment of Friendship that Saved the Union (Episode #24, 31 Jan. 2021)

February 1st, 2021


In this cast, I discuss a touching moment of support between William T. Sherman and Ulysses Grant that ultimately saved the Union.  It occurred in …

One Way to Two Way Street Conversions: A Boring, but Important Topic (Episode #23, 31 Jan. 2021)

January 31st, 2021


Here, I talk about a seemingly boring topic, converting a one way street to a two way street.  The Iowa City staff recently pulled a capital …

American Betrayal and the Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877 (Episode #22, 17 Jan. 2021)

January 17th, 2021


One of saddest moments of American History is the Hayes-Tilden Compromise of 1877.  In that Compromise, Southern Democrats agreed to accept Rutherford Hayes as President in exchange for Republicans agreeing to withdraw …

A Stoic Response to Recent Events in Washington, D.C. (Episode #21, 7 Jan. 2021)

January 8th, 2021


My thoughts on using Stoicism to get through these turbulent times.  

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Instead of Resolutions, Consider Adopting Micro-Keystone Habits in 2021 (Episode #20, 5 Jan. 2021)

January 6th, 2021


In this episode, I am discussing two great habit books Atomic Habits by James Clear, and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.    

Resolutions are …

My Experience Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Through Intermittent Fasting (Episode #19, 4 Jan. 2021)

January 4th, 2021


With this episode, I am getting personal.  In  his book ""The Diabetes Code," Dr. Jason Fung made some significant claims regarding reversing Type 2 diabetes through intermittent fasting.  Did his prediction come …

Grandpa Earl and Grandma Ethel Will Help You Get to a 16 Hour Fast (Episode #18, 10 Dec. 2020)

December 10th, 2020


Grandpa Earl and Grandma Ethel all used to do 12 and 13 hour daily fasts, which is better than snacking throughout the day and night, but to get some of the true benefits of intermittent fasting, you need to get to 16 …

My First Thanksgiving Holiday Post-Intermittent Fasting: Did it Suck? (Episode #17, 1 Dec. 2020)

December 2nd, 2020


In this episode, I cover my first Thanksgiving since I started intermittent fasting. How did I do? Did I gain or lose weight? Did Thanksgiving suck …

Musonius Rufus - On the Virtues and Rewards of Voluntary Discomfort (Episode #16, 30 Nov. 2020)

December 1st, 2020


Musonius Rufus is one of the Big Four rock star Stoic philosophers along with Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca.  Yet, he is probably the least known of these four Stoics.   Musonius definitely deserves a place …

Away - One of the Best Netflix Series I Have Seen (Episode #15, 24 Nov. 2020) Nov 23 • 10:30

November 25th, 2020


Away is far and away one of the best series I have seen on Netflix.  Staring Hilary Swank, it's a science fiction series about the first crewed expedition to Mars in the near future.  In this episode, I describe why it …

On Using Stoicism to Cheerfully Clean the Bathroom (Episode #14, 23 Nov. 2020)

November 24th, 2020


In this second episode on Stoicism, Rockne explores the art of Stoic joy via the philosophers Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, and Marcus Aurelius.    He …

Exuberant Stoicism: Applying the Trichotomy of Control to Time (Episode #13, 10 Nov. 2020)

November 10th, 2020


In this Episode, Rockne discusses the insights of the Roman philosopher Epictetus and his lessons on the trichotomy of control over our most valuable …

Intermittent Fasting: It is Free!! (Episode #12, Nov. 5, 2020)

November 5th, 2020


In this Episode, Rockne discusses how amazing it is that intermittent fasting is completely free, especially considering the huge health benefits.  It does not require classes and actually saves time.  If you really …

Intermittent Fasting and Hunger: It Is Not as Hard as You Think (Episode #11, 27 Oct. 2020)

October 27th, 2020


In Episode 11, Rockne describes his experience with hunger and intermittent fasting.  It's not nearly as hard as you think.   It's not will power or how much you eat.  It's all in the timing.   Lose the weight and get …

U.S. Grant - An Exploration of my Man Crush (Episode #10, 21 Oct 2020)

October 21st, 2020


In Episode #10, Rockne explores in depth his man crush on Ulysses S. Grant through the lens of his leadership qualities.  

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Intermittent Fasting: My Experience and Results (Episode #9, 2 Oct 2020)

October 3rd, 2020


Episode #9 is about the power of intermittent fasting. This is a special installment in a series of Life Hack insights from Rockne Cole. (2 Oct 2020)

The Power of Habits (Episode #8, 8 Aug 2020)

August 8th, 2020


Rockne explores the surprisingly powerful role that habits play on our daily lives through the lens of two best sellers Power of Habit by Charles …

Adventures in Duluth and Gooseberry Falls (Episode #7, 14 Jul 2020)

July 14th, 2020


Join Rockne and Nora on their trip to Duluth and to Gooseberry Falls along the North Shore of Lake Superior. This Cast will inspire you to take a …

Nelson Mandela: Peacemaker (Episode #6, 25 Jun 2020)

June 25th, 2020


This podcast will explore Nelson Mandela's use of truth, reconciliation and forgiveness to transform one of the most tragic nations into one of the …

"To Tame The Savageness of Man" - Robert F. Kennedy (Episode #5, 19 May 2020)

May 19th, 2020


In this episode, Rockne discusses the moving speech delivered by Robert F Kennedy Jr. to a crowd moments after learning of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

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The Struggle and Promise of Iowa’s Small and Mid-Sized Cities (Episode #4, 21 Apr 2020)

April 21st, 2020


In this episode, Rockne is joined by Greg Johnson for a discussion about how small towns in Iowa can survive, and thrive. (Episode #4, 21 Apr 2020)

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Moby Dick (Episode #3, 18 Apr 2020)

April 18th, 2020


In this episode, Rockne discusses Moby Dick by Herman Melville, sharing how it has been one of the great texts that have impacted his life. (Episode #3, 18 Apr 2020)

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How can Democrats win over rural voters? (Episode #2, 14 Apr 2020)

April 14th, 2020


In this episode, Rockne discusses some of what’s missing from the  Democrat message and what needs to be done to regain rural voters. (Episode #2, 14 Apr 2020)

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What’s Next for Progressives After Bernie? (Episode #1, 10 Apr 2020)

April 10th, 2020


In Episode #1, Rockne is joined by Greg Johnson in a discussion about the future of progressive politics. (Episode #1, 10 Apr 2020)

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