Education of a Wannabe Talk Show Host.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 29, 2008
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Over the last six years, I’ve been interviewing folks for elephant—Dr. Deepak Chopra, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Paul Hawken, Ken Wilber, Alice Walker… The first time I interviewed someone, I felt great…until I pressed ‘record.’ Then, suddenly…though I was surrounded by kind folks…I could barely breathe. It was hard to be present, I was so nervous. Over the years, I got used to that.

Then, three years back, I took elephant’s interviews into the public sphere—enough folks were asking if they could come hear whatever amazing person I was lucky enough to have sitting in my living room for an interview. And one year ago, we started a regular weekly talk show, that’s since moved to the historic Boulder Theater.

But, in public, the interviews changed in tone. Less intimate, more fun…and because, at first, we had small crowds, it was helpful if I could be fun, and funny. Which, as evidenced by the comments at some of the early shows, I failed miserably at. Still, our crowds grew, as did the stature of our guests…so something was going right.

Still, there’s nothing like putting yerself on the chopping block, again and again, for folks to either appreciate (rare) or complain about (rare steak). My parent’s teacher, Chögyam Trungpa, always loved it when we were put on the spot, when we were awkward and naked and vulnerable and unsure and our egos went >pop<. For that reason—and so that we might someday get a mainstream talk show that can get the good word out to the millions of folks for whom the notion of ‘the mindful life’ is little more than visions of hemp, granola and birkenstocks…I’ll continue to do my best, and/or worst. 


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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