Episode Number: 1171
Episode Guest: Nick Yarris
Original Airdate: September 11, 2018
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Guest Bio: Nick Yarris is a writer and professional speaker who spent 22 years on death row after being wrongly convicted of murder. His books The Fear of 13: Countdown to Execution as well as The Kindness Approach are available now.
Topics Discussed: He talks about what led him to be locked up on death row for 22 years; he was raped and beaten nearly to death as a child; he escaped from prison in 1985; he stole a guy’s wallet and fled to Florida before turning himself in; he was subjected to brutal abuse in prison; he has aphasia from being beaten so brutally; wanting to change his life, be a nice person, and help others while in prison; he learned about DNA testing in 1988; he met a woman when he was in prison; he was in prison with one of the murderers who the character Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs was based on; he contracted hepatitis C while in prison; he requested to finally be executed on the day that he learned he would be found innocent; he talks about some of the awful things that happened to him in prison; he believes that good will overcome evil despite what has happened to him; he went to England, met a woman, and had a daughter who later died from SIDS; he was ripped off by people who wanted to make a movie about his life; returning from England and living in Oregon; he can’t visit Canada because he was on death row; feeling hopeless; talk about the night he was arrested; he was high on meth and driving a stolen car; fighting a police officer who pulled him over; the officer lied about what happened, leading him to get locked up for attempted murder; his confession in prison; the trial; he told the judge who sentenced him to “go to hell”; he had to remain silent while in prison; realizing he had to change as a person and begin to love himself; teaching himself to overcome aphasia; neuroplasticity; his mom made him promise to be a nice, friendly person; he now believes in life so much that he won’t kill himself; feeling like something bad was going to happen to his daughter, then learning that she broke her elbow; he sees things in his dreams that come to fruition in real life; Nick asks Joe how he learned to believe in himself; Joe talks about his family life, not feeling worthwhile, and wanting to prove himself through art and martial arts; Joe does what he likes, tries to be a good person, and doesn’t care what people think; his positive influence on other people; now he wants to help young students take their education seriously; he wants to make an impact with his words; (1:00:00) social media has hurt his life; he feels like people don’t want him to succeed; talk about how social media is bad and can impact your life negatively; why are some women interested in men on death row; he has someone in his life who was stalking him; The Big Lebowski movie; Hell or High Water movie; The Fear of 13 movie; he went to dinner with Chris Pine and met Harvey Weinstein; a movie about his life called Conviction is in production; social media posts are magnets for hate; humans aren’t meant to communicate online; inspiration is one of the greatest things you can give a person; he tells a story about Muhammad Ali; he did a podcast with Laila Ali; Joe worked his first 15 shows for the UFC for free; love, gratitude, and inspiration is important and can change the world; Nick only wants to be a guest on Joe’s podcast, but Joe thinks Nick should do many podcasts and get his word out to people; Nick thinks he’s failed at things, Joe gives him words of encouragement; Nick talks about going to Germany and meeting some Lebanese refugees; Nick talks about some of the other speeches he’s given; talk about learning to speak and read; The Man Who Would Be King book; bitterness; love; honesty; the longing for community; everyone needs hope; Death Row Stories TV show; Walter Ogrod; The Trials of Walter Ogrod book; he was homeless two years ago; he talks about his daughters; he spent 8,057 days in solitary confinement; perspective; he learned how to speak from watching Bruce Springsteen’s Oscar acceptance speech video; Nick talks about giving speeches; he’s not a life coach, but he speaks about life; more talk about giving speeches; he wrote his Monsters and Madmen book in three days; The Fear of 13 book; The Kindness Aproach book; My Journey Through Her Eyes book; why he doesn’t want to write anymore; his love is speaking and he wants more gigs; why he wants to be involved in the educational field; the people he knows in the MMA community were excited that he was going to meet Joe.
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