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Life, Experienced

Life, Experienced

By Ethan D. Smith
Life, Experienced is a podcast that showcases the unique life experiences of its guests. Hosted and produced by Ethan D. Smith, each episode features an interview with a person who has a unique or interesting story to tell.

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Some music used in this podcast is composed by Lee Rosevere and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
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Counseling with Substance
A substance use counselor recounts what led him to choose counseling as a career and how he uses his experiences to help students on a college campus.  This episode is brought to you by the new children's book, "Mr. Gilmore's Glasses." Purchase a copy today on Amazon:
June 19, 2019
Chairing the School Board
The chairwoman of a local school board discusses what inspired her to run for the seat and describes the board's role in local education- especially as it relates to the budget.  
May 01, 2019
Bullet Holes and Basketball, Part 2
Continuing from last week's episode, Duro Bjegovic recounts his experiences playing Division I NCAA basketball, returning to Europe to play, and how the playing environments differ across the world.  If you'd like to read more about Duro's experiences rebuilding his parents' home in Croatia, visit his blog at  If you want to see some of Duro's basketball highlights, check out this compilation video on YouTube: 
April 24, 2019
Bullet Holes and Basketball, Part 1
A basketball player recounts his experiences from the Croatian War for Independence and how his life's journey allowed him to pursue basketball as a career.  For more information, read Duro Bjegovic's blog at
April 17, 2019
Weathering the Storm Blog
A newspaper copy editor and columnist shares his thoughts on blogging about the weather, going on storm chasing expeditions, and the importance of local journalism.   Visit Kevin Myatt's blog at the Roanoke Times: Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinMyattWx
April 10, 2019
It Pays to Listen
Founder and CEO of Podcoin, David Cook, talks about launching a social media website with his siblings while he was in high school and his motivations for creating a new way to listen to podcasts.  Listen to Life, Experienced on Podcoin to start earning while you listen! Search "Podcoin" on the App Store or Google Play and use invite code LIFEEXP to get 300 Podcoin just for signing up! 
April 03, 2019
Interviewing the Interviewer
A forensic interviewer shares her journey through a career of social work.  Listen to Life, Experienced on Podcoin to start earning while you listen! Search "Podcoin" on the App Store or Google Play and use invite code LIFEEXP to get 300 Podcoin just for signing up! 
March 20, 2019
Playing the Career Field, Part 2
Continuing from last week, Kevin and Robyn Jones share about their life after Kevin's NFL career, starting their company, Joba Design, and the steps they've taken for success. 
March 13, 2019
Playing the Career Field, Part 1
Kevin and Robyn Jones of Joba Design Group discuss how they met, Robyn's run for Virginia Tech class president, and what it was like managing Kevin's career as an NFL running back.  New: Listen to Life, Experienced on Podcoin and get rewarded! Download the app and search for "Life, Experienced" today!
March 06, 2019
The Councilwoman Curator
The director of a small-town theater describes her experiences curating films and live events as well as her time as a town council member.  New: Listen to Life, Experienced on Podcoin and get rewarded! Download the app and search for "Life, Experienced" today! 
February 27, 2019
Reduce, Reuse, and Realty
A young boy's dream of being a garbage man comes true, but only after he becomes a realtor. 
February 20, 2019
What Makes the Bluegrass Blue, Part 2
Continuing from last week, Daniel and Carolyn Routh of Nu-Blu discuss musician turnover, recording original material, and collaborating with Rhonda Vincent and "Soul Man" Sam Moore on their 2014 album, "All the Way." 
February 13, 2019
What Makes the Bluegrass Blue, Part 1
Husband and wife bluegrass artists recount how they became musicians, why they chose bluegrass, and what it's like to be on the road as a full-time job.  Additional music in this episode used with permission of Nu-Blu Bluegrass Artists.  Visit Nu-Blu online!
February 06, 2019
A business owner recounts how failures in farming and being fired from a retail job led him to found a real estate and construction company.
November 28, 2018
A former police officer recounts how becoming a mother led to her becoming an accidental entrepreneur.
November 21, 2018
A Bengali graduate student recounts how hearing Western music for the first time inspired him to learn guitar and how attending a university protest led to a first date.
November 14, 2018
A graduate student discusses growing up in Iran, why he chose the United States for his graduate education, and his thoughts on Executive Order 13780 (a.k.a. the Travel Ban).
November 07, 2018
Halloween Special
In this Halloween bonus episode, Lieutenant Alex Kriegel (Episodes 6 & 7) returns to share a haunting experience. Music in this episode by Loyalty Freak. Get $20 off your first delivery of EveryPlate.
October 31, 2018
Retire, Part 2
I continue my interview with Professor Preston Durrill, learning more about his approach to teaching, his experiences as a graduate student, and of course, his childhood gambling habit. Get $20 off your first delivery of EveryPlate!
October 24, 2018
Retire, Part 1
A professor recounts how his own educational experiences more than 50 years ago motivate his approach to teaching in a college environment.
October 17, 2018
A career veterinarian recounts her experiences during 30 years of animal care.
October 10, 2018
Former small-town bookstore owners discuss life before and after
October 03, 2018
Submerge, Part 2
Continued from last week, Lieutenant Alex Kriegel of the US Navy recounts some of the more humorous stories during his time as a submariner.
September 26, 2018
Submerge, Part 1
A Navy lieutenant recounts his experiences underway on a fast-attack submarine.
September 19, 2018
A general manager of a small business recounts how she went from stay-at-home mom to CEO.
September 12, 2018
A pastor recalls his experience starting a graphic design business from his college dorm room.
September 05, 2018
A graduate student describes his experiences as a dungeon master and a professional swashbuckler. In addition to tracks by Lee Rosevere, this podcast features the track, “Pirate Bay” by THANASIS G. Used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. More information here:
August 29, 2018
A chemical engineer recounts moving across the United States at least seven times during his childhood.
August 22, 2018
A graduate student on the brink of his first major exam encounters an unexpected health issue.
August 15, 2018