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009. The "Backwords Dude" - An Autist With A Unique Talent: John Austin

Season 1, Ep. 9

Growing up, John Sevier Austin knew he was different from other kids. 


But what he didn’t know was that he had an incredible gift. 


One day John accidentally played a vinyl record backwards, and discovered not only that he quite liked listening to music backwards, but that he also found it pretty easy to sing along. 


This was the beginning of his long journey to becoming “Backwords Dude”, a YouTube sensation famous for being able to speak backwards - which is not the same as just spelling backwards - perfectly. 


In this episode of Rob Konrad: Conversations, John tells Rob all about this journey and all the personal and social struggles it involved, and how an astonishingly late diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome helped him to overcome feelings of worthlessness and loneliness.


Listen to the episode - and join the conversation now!


Watch the video of the conversation, read the show notes and the full transcript here:


https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/009-john-austin/

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015. He Was Almost A School Shooter: Aaron Stark

Season 1, Ep. 15
After years of physical and mental abuse in a chaotic and violent home, being bullied at the almost 40 schools he went to in his youth (due to the constant relocations of his drug-addicted parents), and battles with depression and self-harm, Aaron Stark reached a point where he could no longer take it.He decided to get a gun and do the unspeakable -take revenge on a world that seemingly had forgotten him.Luckily, before the unspeakable could happen, Aaron was saved by simple acts of kindness - by a colleague who understood that Aaron needed emotional help and support more than anything else.Aaron left his abusive home, got his life back on track, and how he shares his story of hope and transformation with the world.His TEDx talk, "I almost was a school shooter", has been watched over 8 Million times, he is now a mental health and anti-gun activist, husband and proud father of 4.In this deeply personal and emotional conversation we talk about bullying, what goes on in the mind of someone willing to take his life and those of others along with him, what we can do to prevent school shootings in the future- and much more….Join the conversation now!For a video of our conversation, more background info about Aaron, show notes, a full transcript of our conversation and links to your favorite podcast players to listen to the episode on the go, visit:https://www.robkonrad.com/podcast/conversations/015-aaron-stark