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Best Episodes of Jocko Podcast

By September 2, 2023December 14th, 2023No Comments
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I’ve listened to all 400+ episodes of the Jocko Podcast with former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink, and while it’s a bit tough to pick just a few of the top Jocko podcasts, I’m going to give it a try.  Here are the best Jocko podcast episodes to give you a good sampling of what this podcast is all about.

221: The Unimaginable Path of Jonny Kim. SEAL Combat Medic, Doctor, Astronaut

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In this episode, Jocko and Echo Charles have a conversation with Jonny Kim, a Navy SEAL combat medic, doctor, and astronaut. Yes, you read that right. The episode commences with Jocko reading out a letter of recommendation that he had written himself for Jonny Kim when he was applying to Harvard Medical School. 

Jocko had also written a similar letter for Kim’s acceptance into NASA. It’s truly amazing to see how much Jonny has accomplished in his life, which started off in a very painful way during his childhood.

180: Covert Lessons Learned From “Across The Fence” in Vietnam, with John Stryker Meyer

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John Stryker Meyer is a remarkable storyteller who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces from 1966 to 1971 and became a successful published author. In this episode of the Jocko Podcast, the conversation revolves around Meyer’s experiences as a Vietnam War veteran and the valuable lessons he has learned throughout his life. This enlightening discussion provides invaluable insight into a pivotal time in American history and is not to be missed.

241: There Will Be Pain. Life is Rough. Lessons From Being Shot 27 Times. “Perfectly Wounded” with Mike Day

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Another podcast with a fellow SEAL, Mike Day. Being shot 27 times during a battle with insurgents makes for quite the story. 

219: Auschwitz. You Had To Have Guts To Survive. With Rose Schindler. Two Who Survived

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As time progresses, tales of the Holocaust are gradually receding from media coverage, public discourse, and even firsthand accounts of the survivors. In this episode, as in many before, Willink delves into excerpts from a guest’s book, analyzing significant passages. “Two Who Survived” by Ruth Schindler chronicles the distinct yet intertwined experiences of both her and her husband as Auschwitz Holocaust survivors.

21: Tim Kennedy, Police Self Defense & Use of Force, Women in Special Forces, UFC, Chaos

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Tim Kennedy, a retired American MMA fighter and Green Beret, joins Jocko’s podcast to discuss his dual roles as a soldier and fighter. After 9/11, he found himself amid a surge of enlistees, eager to serve his country. Coming from a policing background, Tim highlights the distinctions between police and military training, emphasizing the need for improvements in the former. Together, they delve into topics like the nuances between Green Berets and Navy SEALS, women in Special Forces, coping with the harsh realities of warfare, and the UFC.

31: Vietnam Vet Navy SEAL Roger Hayden – War Stories

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While there aren’t books or Hollywood movies chronicling Roger Hayden’s life, he has profoundly influenced the Navy SEALs’ culture, values, and mindset. Despite his soft-spoken and humble demeanor, Hayden is a true national gem. He shares captivating stories from his Vietnam service days with Jocko.