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What happens when you mix the production values of This American Life with the pacing of The Daily Show and a healthy dose of self-improvement?

Where There’s Smoke is a weekly podcast that explores self-development through the filter of current events, sports, and pop culture. We surf the zeitgeist through an array of audio clips, quotes, concepts, and conversations.

In the spirit of The Daily Show and This American Life, we throw everything into an audio centrifuge that separates “what” from “why”. You walk away with insights and actionable solutions to improve your business, relationships, and almost any area of your life.

Where There’s Smoke uses a wide variety of soundbites and you might find yourself wondering, “Where have I heard that before?” Well, we’ve got you covered…

For SHOW NOTES visit wheretheressmokenotes.tumblr.com 

Here you will find a “Clip List”: the full collection of source material for each soundbite in the episode. Additionally there are links to our guests, and anything else referenced in the show (Articles, websites, etc).

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Nick and I have been known to get a wild hair from time to time, and at least 31.5% of our wild hairs return high entertainment value.

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Our vision for Where There’s Smoke is to build a community of listeners who contribute and converse both about and with the show.

Want to share how you felt about an episode? Do you have a question? Maybe there’s a story in the zeitgeist you think would interest us. Perhaps you have a request for a topic, or a challenge you’d like us to address. Or there is someone you think would make an awesome guest.

Whatever it is… we want to hear from you! (You never know, your audio might even make it into the show!)

Leave us a voice message by clicking on the orange ‘Start Recording’ button below.

And if you don’t feel like leaving a voicemail…you can email us at connect@wheretheressmoke.co

AND, you can find us on social media. Check out the links under our bios.

Meet the Team

Where There’s Smoke is a labor of love from two avid podcast listeners – half a country away – who wanted to combine their love of narrative, NPR-style shows with the self-development podcasts that are popular online. While it’s a long story that started months ago and includes Nick squatting at Brett’s place, the end hasn’t been written yet. (Corny, but true!) They’re excited to share Where’s There’s Smoke with the world and they hope that you reach out to them in the near future.



Writer & Host

Brett’s journey to Where There’s Smoke has been as adventurous as the show itself. He has launched two multi-million dollar businesses, studied with some of the world’s leading self development teachers, visited 40 countries, released an album, starred in a stage musical, got married, escaped from Alcatraz, became a father, and he currently trains and coaches professionals at Fortune 1000 companies globally.

With Where There’s Smoke, Brett feels like he might finally be living up to the honor bestowed on him by his high school graduating class – “Most likely to replace Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.” Brett is originally from Toronto, Canada, and currently lives in San Francisco.

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Producer & Editor

Nick runs Podcast Monster, a full-service audio production company that produces podcasts, audiobooks, and other content for businesses and individuals. He’s also taught music, played in a military band, and done a fair amount of writing on music education.

After more than half a lifetime of This American Life pouring into his ears, he’s convinced it’s transferred to his very core. This means you can listen to his other podcast, One Degree of Separation, and/or ::cough,cough:: hire him for ::cough:: your own audio work.

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