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Daniele Bolelli (@daniele_bolelli) is many things. His podcast History on Fire has captured audiences with episodes that range from Teddy Roosevelt to Caravaggio to Crazy Horse. He has written many books on topics from religion to martial arts. And don’t miss his Drunken Taoist Podcast for some awesome interviews.

One of the things that has always fascinated me about Daniele is the seeming contradictions in his life. He is a college professor and serious academic, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is both irreverent and disciplined and his content that is entertaining and informative.

Daniele was generous enough to read my book back in the day and give me a blurb. And he is such a down to earth guy who is always ready with a kind word.

In this episode, Daniele talks about growing up in Italy and what he learned from his literary parents. And how he moved to the United States to study Native American history at UCLA. And how he trained in martial arts such as karate, jiu jitsu, and boxing. And what he’s learned from the godfather of history podcasting, Dan Carlin.

It was such a good conversation and I hope you enjoy it!

Check out Daniele’s books:


On the Warrior’s Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology


Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting


Create Your Own Religion: A How-To Book without Instructions


50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know: Religion

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