The Tragedy Academy


March 27, 2023

From Detainment to Domination: The Incredible Story of Surviving 14 D…

From Detainment to Domination: The Incredible Story of Surviving 14 Days in Beijing prison In this episode, we chat with Chancellor Jackson, an author, coach, and entrepreneur who shares his harrowing experience of being arre...

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March 20, 2023

The Power of Self-discovery, Authenticity, and Parenting a child with…

In this insightful interview, we chat with Sasha Rogers, a fitness counselor, coach, and mother of an autistic child, about self-discovery, the power of authenticity, and her experiences parenting a child with autism. Sasha shares her journey of overcoming personal …

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March 13, 2023

Inside the Magic Mushroom with Special Guest Rev. Gabriel Castillo

Inside the Magic Mushroom with Rev. Gabriel Castillo Introduction: In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, hosts Jay Hicks and Gary DeFranco sit down with Gabriel Castillo, a spiritual teacher and facilitator of plant...

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March 6, 2023

"Finding Hope in Tragedy" with Audrey Hope

Finding Hope in Tragedy with Audrey Hope In this episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast, hosts Jay Hicks and Gary DeFranco sit down with Audrey Hope, a healer and addiction specialist with over 20 years of experience. Togethe...

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Feb. 27, 2023

Exploring Mentalism, Martial Arts, and Self-Discovery with Jon Pritch…

Get ready for a journey of self-discovery, inspiration, and enlightenment 💡 on the latest episode of The Tragedy Academy Podcast! 🎧 Hosts Jay Hicks and Gary DeFranco are joined by special guest Jon Pritchard, a professional mentalist, Wing Chun Kung …

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Feb. 20, 2023

"From Raves to Riches: How Jon Grauman Went from Promoting Raves to S…

From Raves to Riches: How Jon Grauman Went from Promoting Raves to Selling Luxury Real Estate" In this episode 🎙️ of the Tragedy Academy podcast 🎧, listeners are treated to an inspiring conversation with Jon Grauman 🎤, a former rave …

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Feb. 13, 2023

Harmonizing Through Hard Times: Alissa Musto Shares Her Story

In this episode of The Tragedy Academy, Jay and Gary sit down with Alissa Musto to discuss her life experiences and how she has overcome adversity with candor and humor. 💬 A child of musicians, she could read music before …

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Feb. 6, 2023

The Path to Overcoming Tragedy: Lessons from Joe Legolvan

In this episode, we have Joe Legolvan, a father, multimillionaire real estate investor with over 100 doors, owner of four businesses, and a mindset and life transformation coach specializing in depression recovery, goal creation, and personal achievement. He is also …

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Jan. 30, 2023

Susan Gold "Wake Up Little Susie" Trauma through a child's eyes.

Welcome to episode 78 of the Tragedy Academy, where we explore the stories of those who have overcome great struggles and come out on top. This week, Jay sits down with Susan Gold, a woman who has turned her own …

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Jan. 23, 2023

Anthony Hyland - "Clout"

In this episode of The Tragedy Academy podcast, host Jay Hicks interviews Anthony Hyland, the focus of the new docu-series "Clout." The series details Hyland's personal struggle to clear his name after false allegations of sexual assault were made against …

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Jan. 17, 2023

Detention Episode: Professional Fighter Pearl Gonzalez - "The Slappen…

In this special nighttime detention episode of the Tragedy Academy Podcast, host Jay and co-host Gary welcome special guest Pearl Gonzalez, a professional boxer and MMA fighter known for her power in combat sports. Pearl is a...

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Jan. 16, 2023

Marina Hernandez "Chicana Pride"

In this episode of The Tragedy Academy, Jay, Gary, and guest Marina Hernandez have a thought-provoking and insightful conversation about cultural identity and the challenges and celebrations that come with it. Marina, a Chicana business owner and photographer in East …

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Jan. 9, 2023

Jay - The Origin Story

Join Jay & Gary on the latest episode of The Tragedy Academy podcast as they explore the journey of finding authenticity and starting a successful podcast. In this candid conversation, Jay reflects on his past as a self-cente...

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Jan. 2, 2023

Detention - What does a bear do in a locker room for five days?

Summary On this week's "Detention" episode, Jay & Gary, our favorite delinquents, have brought up some seriously "heavy-hitting" topics. They were supposed to have Jay as a guest. Instead, things turned unexpected when Gary t...

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Dec. 26, 2022

Amrit Singh "Don't be an @$$hole"

Living the life we want requires walking on a rocky path. But with different tools, religion, and spirituality, we can make it through and attain an enjoyable life. Tune in as Amrit Singh discusses how he reaches his goal of …

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Dec. 19, 2022

Ann Hince - Tap Into Your Trauma

When we, as humans, experience emotional trauma, we tend to “choose” to forget about it. We tell ourselves that happiness is a choice. So, when we are upset, we ignore the pain that comes with the trauma. Join Ann Hince, …

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Dec. 12, 2022

Brandon Puffer - "Extra Innings"

Meeting and exceeding goals requires effort and perseverance. Obstacles and setbacks are unavoidable, and what counts most is the seriousness with which you resolve to overcome such failures. Listen here as Brandon Puffer sha...

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Dec. 5, 2022

Birgitta Visser - The Fear Response

We are limited from achieving our highest potential by the fears we have developed due to our past experiences. We're not supposed to judge, and we're not supposed to judge our experiences; instead, we should take what we've ...

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Nov. 28, 2022

Dr. Victor Manzo - Decoding the Matrix

There is an energy that pulls humanity back over time. It is the thing that prevents people from fully realizing their potential, accepting who they are, and achieving their aspirations. Join Business and Spiritual Mindset Coach, 3x Author, Podcaster, and …

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Nov. 21, 2022

Sarah Donna - Like a cold Mcdonald's Sprite

Summary This episode is about kicking back and discussing random things as friends do. Our OG guest this week is episode 4 alumni Sarah Donna, five-time Miss Michigan, circus trapeze artist, actress, influencer, model, and gr...

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Nov. 14, 2022

Deborah Driggs - A Healing Path

Everyone, at some point in life, will be brought down to their knees because of pain and suffering, no matter how much they endure it. But it’s not the end; that moment can be the time for your life to …

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Nov. 7, 2022

Dr Margit Muller - NLP & Falconry

Obtaining a healthy mentality is challenging as people must fight their fears and trauma, dive deep into their minds to be aware of it and slowly begin to process it. Tune in as Dr. Margit Muller discusses how one can …

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Oct. 31, 2022

Juni Bucher "Tata Cancer"

The journey after cancer, or any disease, is one to be reckoned with, and it is not simple and takes time, patience, and strong support from your loved ones. Tune in as Juni Bucher discusses how she managed life during …

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Oct. 17, 2022

Kelvin Gastelum

Did you know that MMA is all about deception? How do fighters observe their opponents? Discover the Ultimate Fighter secrets, tips, experience, and various stories. Kelvin Gastelum is a well-known professional in mixed martial arts. He won The Ultimate Fighter …

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