The Duke
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I’m John Freaking Waye.

It’s an image a lot of us have been chasing our entire lives.  We’ve been chasing it because we believe we should. What if we we’re wrong? What if the thing we think we want isn’t actually what we need at all . What if John Wayne and his famous walk are the wrong target? What if John Wayne isn’t it?  But if he’s not what is? What got us here?  Why John Wayne in the first place?  Who made John Wayne it?  To answer these questions, you have to ask an even bigger question. What is about generations of men that automatically give him respect? Why did making John Wayne it, work? In this episode, Ben investigates what happened with John Wayne and what needs to happen now.


Ben Derrick
Hanoi
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Knowing who you are even when others try to take it from you.

Many stories came out of the war in Vietnam. A lot of them were gut-wrenching and even more were heroic. War places men in the middle of the unimaginable. This man's unimaginable lasted for over 5 years. And afterward, he was never the same. We can all agree that life throws as many curveballs as it does pitches right down the middle. What we do, the actions we take and the ones we avoid, when we find ourselves in one of these situations can tell us a great deal about what we're made of. There’s an art to not forgetting who we are, and this man perfected it. In this episode, Chase and Ben take the deep dive into the life of Senator John McCain.

Ben Derrick
The Horse Guru
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There’s a way a man goes about doing things.

If there’s one thing Tom Brown taught us, it’s that your approach matters. How you go about doing something just may make the difference between success and failure. Taking the time to learn the proper way to interact with something more powerful than you, faster than you, and prone to run is essential. In fact, mastering a skill like this is a life-long deal. No shortcuts here. It’s not that much different that life, really. A mutual respect for the power of the obstacle is the key to a desired outcome. It’s the way to gain control over the thing we were built to control. For men, it’s crucial for us to settle into our role, to hop in the corral and face what’s ours to train up. Looking to live as a more settled man? Spend a few minutes with Tom Brown. You just may learn something.

Ben Derrick
Interview with Justin Adkisson
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There’s more to a man than his physical needs.

It isn’t one date, one action, that sets the course of the life of a man. Sure, there are some things we decide that have a more lasting impact than others. But, as Justin reminds Hangar Men in this episode, it the accumulation of all the actions that take us where we are, where we end up. Justin gets to work by jumping out of planes. He wears a uniform the larger percentage of men won’t earn. He’s joined an elite brotherhood, and then lost many of those same brothers in the throes of combat. And, in his adult life, has been in places long enough to forget who he is. But today, Justin knows who he is - a son of the King. And because of this, he’s helping other men remember who they are. This week’s episode is something pretty incredible. You owe it to yourself to give it a spin.

Ben Derrick
The Man from Snowy River
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It was one long summer with one great movie.

Why do men turn other men’s actions into legends? How does a man live with the kind of courage that inspires timeless poetry? Admitting that the love story was lost on him at his young age, Mauricio spends this episode recounting the events that led to the poem, and movie, The Man from Snowy River. As a young boy, he watched and rewatched this one scene of courage. He would say, in fact, it made a big impression on him. One, it seems, that will always be a part of who he is. There's a lot of men out there that feel like their life is just in a free fall, lacking any sort of control over their situations. Maybe you've been there. Maybe you are there. Maybe you feel like life has a hold of you, instead of you having a hold of it. It's time to change that, gentlemen.

Ben Derrick
Get Back on the Horse
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It all started with Ben watching a Western.

Ok, another Western on Netflix. Common opinion is that Godless was marketed incorrectly, but nonetheless, it’s one of the strongest father/son stories available on the platform. In the series, there’s this one scene where a boy learns to ride a horse. While watching it, Ben started to make some connections with his own story. We’ve had quite a few conversations about Godless on Netflix around the Hangar. So many that it launched us into our first series on the Hangar Podcast. In episode one, we took those conversations public. Enjoy.

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Luke Campbell
We're Not Dead
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About the episode

No, this isn't a drill. Find a safe location and listen to this bad boy. It's time for an update.

Ben Derrick
The Hangar [Before Seasons]: The Victim Mentality
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About the episode

There is no arguing that people fall victim to the actions of others. In fact, we at the Hangar believe that all men are victims to one degree or another. Being a victim comes with emotional distress no matter the source. We don’t deny that at the Hangar, in fact we acknowledge the existence of emotional trauma in all men due to their victimization. What we are calling men to, is the refusal to remain victims.

Luke Campbell
The Hangar [Before Seasons]: Embrace the Suck
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About the episode

Fact is, the only reason Jesus’ promise is so great is because of how many reasons there are to be depressed and worn down from the suck of life. It’s time to stop walking around with the pacifier in your mouth singing Disney songs about how great life is and acknowledge the fact that the world is a screwed up place and, as a result, the majority of the time you walk the planet will be difficult.

Luke Campbell