By Benjamin Mathes
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Open and honest, this weekly podcast is aimed at amplifying stories of what it means to be human and genuinely heard. It features host Benjamin Mathes, Urban Confessional Founder and speaker, who is joined by new guests each episode to explore issues and current events intersecting with the topic of listening and being heard.
||CleanThe Return is in the Turn with Cody Kearsley | 208||Join Benjamin as he chats with actor and theatre artist, Cody Kearsley. Currently starring as Moose Mason on Netflix's Riverdale, Cody opens up about his sobriety, his questions about life and spirituality, and what it means to be an...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIt Is Not Over Yet with Jose Lopez | Episode 207||After suffering a near death experience in 2018, actor and stunt-man, Jose Lopez sits down with Benjamin to discuss what it really means to be alive. His insights on life, death, and leaving a legacy will inspire you and make you think. In...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Artful Way with Daniel Sharman | Episode 206||In this episode, Benjamin sits down with actor Daniel Sharman to discuss life, giving, and what it means to be an artist in a modern time. From Teen Wolf, Fear the Walking Dead, The Immortals, The Originals, and the upcoming Netflix...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHarnessing Hollywood with Ivan Orlic | Episode 205||Improv Comedy, Metaphysics, and film production. Nothing is off limits in this episode as Benjamin chats with Hollywood producer, scientist, and published author, Ivan Orlic. The episodes begins with an invaluable lesson on how to approach famous...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Team Captain, to State Senator: Leading at all levels with Burt Jones | Episode 204||In this episode, Benjamin chats with 3 time Republican Georgia State Senator, Burt Jones. From the University of Georgia football team to the state government, Burt opens up about what it takes to win an election, run a business, and raise a...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating Smiles with the King of Pops with Nick Carse | Episode 203||In this episode, Benjamin chats with King of Pops founder Nick Carse about life, risks, and how to create unexpected moments of happiness in the lives of people around you. In a classic deep dive, Nick talks about how he went from analyzing risk to...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLife Is Alive With Catherine Fitzmaurice | Episode 202||In this rare interview, Benjamin discusses the meaning of life with one of the world’s leading theatre and voice practitioners, Catherine Fitzmaurice. Together they discuss the dynamic nature of life, the beauty of death, and everything that happens..||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving a Life Beloved with Mike Foster | Episode 201||In this episode, Benjamin sits down with speaker, author, and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist, Mike Foster. From the very start of the episode, Mike re-frames our relationship to the difficult moments in life, and teaches us how to...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Trailer||Season 2 is coming on April 10th! Check out the new guests, the new interviews, and all the new insight in just ONE WEEK!||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStriving for Wellness with James Kinney | Episode 137||James Kinney is back! It's a Christmas miracle! In this podcast, James puts forward the idea that wellness is the cornerstone of a happy and successful life, but how does perception concerning who we are, and what we want to be relate to maintaining...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMind's Best Friend with Jeff Fink | Episode 136||Jeff Fink has struggled with depression since he was a teenager. His battle for emotional health and functionality took him through endless medications, therapy, and finally hospitalization. However, it wasn’t until he met Earl that his life finally..||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo Far Gone with Billy Vaughan | Episode 135||Whether its addiction, or overcoming our psychological trauma, recovery is a long and lonely road to walk. Former marine Billy Vaughan has done his best to ensure that the people who come to his organization have as much support as he can give. When...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEmbracing the Awkward with Michael Verde | Episode 134||We’ve all been in at least one awkward situation. Most of us think that those situations are relegated to bad small talk or a slight miscommunication between two people. However, sometimes awkward situations are more related to a deeper...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cycle of Gratitude | Episode 133||With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the time to reflect on gratitude is here. But that’s where a lot of people stop. Today Ben discusses the cycle of gratitude and how if your gratitude does not turn into giving, you’re stuck in the...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanListening to the Giants with Adelyn Price | Episode 132||With age comes wisdom, and if you’re lucky, grace. Though if you’re too caught up in the pace of the everyday, it’s easy to forget that we’re only where we are today because we’ve stood on the shoulders of past giants to achieve new heights...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Core of Life with Brad Davidson | Episode 131||It’s no revelation that people are very concerned with appearances. There’s no industry that capitalizes on this concern more than the fitness industry. Brad Davidson is a fitness instructor who knows what it’s like to chase the preconceived...||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClearing the Air with Adam Asher | Episode 130||First impressions are everything. But when Adam Asher hands someone a business card he’s either met with immediate kinship or eye-rolling disdain. Adam is a conservative talk radio producer, but as much as we would like to assume things about...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis is Your Brain on Purpose with Dr. Earl Henslin | Episode 129||Dr. Earl Henslin has written 10 books and put thousands of hours into his practice of improving the mental and emotional well-being of his patients, but he’s perfectly happy to attest that most of the ideas he implements in therapy aren’t what he...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlexing your Empathy with Edwin Rutsch | Episode 128||What is it that separates empathy and action? For some, it’s easier to remain focused on ourselves than it is to clue in to what’s going on with the folks around us. For others, we’re worried that by empathizing with others, we might somehow...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Life UnWritten with Harrison Scott Key | Episode 127||If scars are stories, Harrison Scott Key has more than enough to fill the books that he writes. Growing up in the south, he’s taken his share of licks and has come through each harrowing event with another funny story to tell. He contemplates life...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThoughts on Vegas with Benjamin Mathes | Episode 126||For a city that was built on a foundation of distraction, in the aftermath of evil, Las Vegas is awake. The locals waited in line for eight hours to give blood. The city has started funds and efforts to house the families of the fallen who seek to...||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeadership In the Eye of the Hurricane with Kendra Kinnison | Episode 125||We only know how strong we are when being strong is our only choice. Kendra Kinnison has survived Hurricanes. Her most recent brush with tumultuous storms happened when Hurricane Harvey ripped through southern Texas. However, she finds her calling in...||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Reality of Reality TV with Matt Sprouse | Episode 124||They say to stick to what you know, and it seems like we do the same thing when it comes to what entertains us. We want the next big idea, while at the same time, we have a soft spot for the stories and formulas we’ve come to know and love. It’s...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHarnessing the Creative Economy with Benjamin Mathes | Episode 123||How do we release our need for control? It’s all too often that the hectic whims of the world seem to subject us to circumstances that we’d rather not be in. But usually, the most painful parts of those situations come from worrying about things...||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing Through Art with Damilola Apotieri | Episode 122||It’s possible to feel alone even when we’re surrounded by people, but one of the best ways to reach out and make a connection is by using art. When it seems society is spinning out of control, art can be used as a platform to pull us back...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFeeding on Feedback with Thomas Knox | Episode 121||Whenever we reach out, we open ourselves up to feedback. It can be positive or negative, but the concept of feedback alone can be daunting enough to some that it shuts down our willingness to communicate. Thomas Knox is the creator of Date While You...||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurning Tragedy into Triumph, discussing Charlottesville with Pearce Godwin | Episode 120||In the wake of tragic events its easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of anger and confusion that almost assuredly follows. After the events of Charlottesville, it feels like tension has reached an all time high. In this episode, Ben sits down with...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStanding by Our Principals by Challenging Our Perspective with Let. Gen. Jerry Boykin | Episode 119||Whether we agree with them or not, there are certain people who have done so much, and seen so much, that their perspective gives a palpable credence to their stories and beliefs. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin is one of those people. He has served his...||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBleeding for the Right Reasons with Linda Mathes | Episode 118||True courage is found when we prioritize the needs of others over the needs of ourselves. When that happens, it can inspire us to do the profound and daring. For Linda Mathes, it’s pushed her into the spotlight of leadership. She serves as the CEO...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning About Life from Death with Helena Walsh | Episode 117||It’s tough to speak of suffering. Helena Walsh is a renowned voice coach that’s worked with actors, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking a greater understanding of person to person communication. But one subject that often gives all of us pause is...||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeading through Service with Kyle Selig |Episode 116||When Kyle Selig became involved in theater, it was because he wanted to reach out to the other people around him. As Kyle and Benjamin sit down to chat, they dive in to the purpose of theater as well as the responsibilities actors have to...||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMastery and the Beginner’s Mind with Anderson Silva | Episode 115||Widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC, Anderson Silva is no stranger to success. However, when he sits down to talk with Benjamin, the two dive into how moments of failure can be used to drive us to greater heights...||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKeeping the Conversation Going with Joslyn DeFreece | Episode 114||In the last 30 years, our discussions over gender and sexual identity have radically transformed. But even with all the progress that's been made, the dialogue can be awkward, difficult, and taxing despite the need for the discourse to...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFree Listening at the Silverlake Farmers Market | Ep. 113||In this episode of the Heard Podcast, Ben packs up his computer and his microphone and hits up the nearby Silverlake Farmers Market to listen to anyone who has anything to say. Join Ben as he gets to know a harpist, a homeless man, and a lover of...||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurning Ideas into Elephants with Cathey Armillas | Ep. 112||Cathey Armillas is a person who specializes in ideas. She spreads them, she cultivates them, and in her work, she regularly helps people get ready to present them at TED talks. Join Ben and Cathey as they discuss how we can harness...||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEnjoying Your Insignificance with Ben Mathes Sr. | Ep. 111||With Father’s Day still fresh on our minds, Benjamin sits down to catch up with his dad on the happenings in his life. He opens up about being, “On the verge of insignificance.” Listen in, as the two of them discuss what it’s like to be a...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Side of Taboo with Tasha Reign||When we stop to listen, we not only allow ourselves to be vulnerable to viewpoints we’ve never heard before, but we also engage in topics that are tempting to be close-minded about. In this episode, Benjamin meets up with adult film actress Tasha...||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOur Pursuit of Greatness with Pete and Matthew Gardner | Ep. 109||Benjamin sits down with actor Pete Gardner, and his son Matthew Gardner, to discuss what it means to balance being a success in our careers, in our family responsibilities, and with every other title that we claim to be! Together, Ben, Pete, and...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSparking Our Curiosity with Ethan Sawyer | Ep. 108||Ethan Sawyer, better known as College Essay Guy, is a master of questions. When Benjamin sits down with him to chat, the two quickly dig in to the power of curiosity and how our inquisitive nature can ignite passions in all areas of life. Join in on...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFostering Community while Finding the Individual with Ana Lorena Sanchez | Ep. 107||Benjamin invites actress Ana Lorena Sanchez to converse about what it means to have a tribe of people that encourages us on our journey through life. Together, Ana and Ben examine how the communities that we find can shape us and our perspective we...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPushing the Boundaries with Stuart Rogers | Ep. 106||Benjamin is joined by actor, director, and teacher Stuart Rogers as they discuss the importance of tradition and what it means to challenge the norms of today. Together, Ben and Stuart examine what exactly can happen when we challenge the authority of..||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Harmony of Stress and Passion with Andrew Heringer | Ep. 105||Benjamin sits down to chat with singer, songwriter and former member of Milo Greene, Andrew Heringer to examine how it feels to juggle our stress with our dreams and aspirations. Together, Ben and Andrew explore how our past and relationships can...||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEmbracing Foolishness with Mitch Lewis | Ep. 104||This week Benjamin meets with Mitch Lewis – artist, optimistic cynic, and one-third of viral video comedian-provocateurs The Kloons. Exploring what it means to be a good person in 2017, Mitch and Ben dig into ego, ambition, sketch comedy, the roller..||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHumanizing the Post-Millennial Experience with Price Willoch | Ep. 103||Benjamin meets with his 18-year-old cousin Price Willoch to riff on all things high school—prom, track meets, Instagram and six packs (abs). A direct line into what it means to be a post-millennial human, Price shares his individual take on locker...||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing Human in Business, Music & Politics with James N. Kinney | Ep. 102||Benjamin meets with entrepreneur, management consultant and musician James N. Kinney to explore what it means to be authentically engaged in all areas of life.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMoving Through Chaos with Chris Wilson | Ep. 101||Benjamin chats with drummer Chris Wilson, previously of pop / punk band Good Charlotte, who shares what it means to live life’s highs and lows.||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Pensive, Introspective and Important
Everyone needs to be heard and host Benjamin Mathes offers his guests a platform to unashamedly share what they want to voice while listening and dialoguing with complete empathy. The interviews are raw, real and electrifying -centering around what it means to be alive. Mathes treats each person interviewed as a treasure, sorting through the highs and lows of ones life to squeeze out the essence of what really lies within ones soul. There is a lot of gold here and I can't wait to listen to the stories shared through Heard.
Really good podcast! I was pleasantly surprised by how deep and revealing the conversation got. Benjamin leads a profound interview with his humor, sensitivity, and ability to connect at every turn with his guest. I can’t wait for the next episode!
Can't get enough!
Loved everything about this podcast and Ben's company, Urban Confessional.
The dialogue with Chris was honest and so real at times I felt like I was right in the room with them.
Cannot wait for more episodes to come!