Introducing Habitual Hero

 
Pedro Robinson

My oldest son, Pedro, has just started a new podcast, “Habitual Hero.” Here’s why:

Like a lot of young Americans, Pedro has had it up to here with the victim narrative. Although Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and others are doing a good job of refuting that narrative, Pedro believes there’s still something missing. Stories. Examples. Narratives about ordinary people who have lived their lives heroically, making courage and hard work a daily habit.

“Habitual Hero” will tell such stories. In a couple of episodes, for instance, Pedro interviews athletes. One was just drafted by the NFL. The other represents one of the most accomplished Olympians in history. In another episode, Pedro talks with a young man recovering from a heroin addiction—displaying the same reserves of strength and determination as the athletes. Two more episodes deal with refugees from Communism, one from the Soviet Union, the other from Cuba. Each came to this country with nothing, then built a life for themselves. In still other episodes, Pedro talks with an English professor who has spent a lifetime pondering heroes, from Joseph in the Old Testament to St. Paul in the New.

Pedro is onto something, I think. (Yes, I know. I’m partial. But still.) If you have a moment, give “Habitual Hero” a try. And feel free to leave any suggestions or criticisms in the comments section of the first episode here. Pedro is new to this. He’ll appreciate hearing from you.

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There are 15 comments.

  1. Percival Thatcher

    I’m looking forward to this. Excelsior, Pedro!

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    • July 22, 2019, at 7:55 PM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    Does he always have just one more question?

    I’ll have to listen to this.

    • #2
    • July 22, 2019, at 9:01 PM PDT
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  3. Oblomov Member


    Peter Robinson
    : Two more episodes deal with refugees from Communism, one from the Soviet Union, the other from Cuba.

    Just saw this podcast in my Ricochet Superfeed and my jaw fell into my lap in utter disbelief when I saw the name Dmitry Lipkin, who is the refugee from Communism interviewed in the first episode. 

    As it happens, I know Dmitry. I met him on the train leaving the Soviet Union in February of 1978. His family and mine left Ukraine on the same night, traveling in adjoining compartments. He and I are the same age. I remember he had a pair of red boxing gloves and talked incessantly about Muhammad Ali. Our families became quite close over the following months through the shared trials and tribulations of emigration in Vienna and Rome. We stayed in touch when we arrived in the U.S. – the Lipkins in Newburgh, NY, and my family in Allentown, PA, visiting each other a few times during the first few years. Later the families drifted apart.

    I remember Dmitry’s dad, Boris, whom he talks about with obvious adoration, vividly. He was youthful, completely sweet-natured and radiated optimism and positive energy like a furnace. Incredible good luck accompanied him at every turn. Years later when I was at Stanford Law I had dinner with Boris in Palo Alto and later shared a cigar with him at his home. His is a storybook American immigrant success story.

    Small world, you might say. Or, you might say, what rarified circles we people of Ricochet travel in.

    P.S. Congratulations on Pedro! He is clearly a very impressive young man. Apples, trees, etc., etc.

    P.P.S. I wrote about my recollections of that evening when we left the Soviet Union right here: https://ricochet.com/583448/archives/mother-russia-says-goodbye/

     

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    • July 22, 2019, at 9:42 PM PDT
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  4. Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson Post author

    Oblomov (View Comment):


    Peter Robinson
    : Two more episodes deal with refugees from Communism, one from the Soviet Union, the other from Cuba.

    Just saw this podcast in my Ricochet Superfeed and my jaw fell into my lap in utter disbelief when I saw the name Dmitry Lipkin, who is the refugee from Communism interviewed in the first episode.

    As it happens, I know Dmitry.

    Oblomov, this is just astonishing–and really very moving. And thank you for your own account of leaving Russia. Fascinating.

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    • July 22, 2019, at 10:43 PM PDT
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  5. Vance Richards Member

    Great premise, I will have to give it a listen.

    And as a side note, I see he went with a sweater for his profile picture. At least it is worn properly, not just tied over his shoulders.

    • #5
    • July 23, 2019, at 5:59 AM PDT
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  6. Fourth The Sixth Listener

     Peter, it sounds like you should interview Oblomov. 

    • #6
    • July 23, 2019, at 6:09 AM PDT
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  7. Old Bathos Member

    Not sure exactly how but I’m pretty sure this is a sexist and racist undertaking. In fact, I am feeling triggered and emotionally challenged as I type this.

    • #7
    • July 23, 2019, at 7:29 AM PDT
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  8. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Peter Robinson:Pedro Robinson

    Pedro is onto something, I think.

    Just have all the folks here on Ricochet bombard Pedro and Peter with possible heroic interview subjects from around the county, if not around the world.

    That should keep him busy.

    My mother is helping a local insurance company to start honoring some local heroes from our small town. I think the first one died shortly afterwards. Not quite like Chris Kraft dying two days after the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but still…

    • #8
    • July 23, 2019, at 7:34 AM PDT
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  9. colleenb Member

    Just listened and enjoyed the podcast very much. Agree that we need more interviews of heroes – especially the ‘everyday’ ones that ignored by MSM. Congrats on raising a fine son – and in Silicon Valley where the temptations to go along and keep up with all the money must be, well, very tempting.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 8:06 AM PDT
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  10. Right Wing Teamster Lawyer Thatcher

    Good luck Pedro. Look forward to listening. I am sure the acorn did not fall far from the tree.

     

    I am disappointed that you chose a photograph without a sweater knotted casually about your neck.

    • #10
    • July 23, 2019, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  11. Oblomov Member

    Badger (View Comment):

    Peter, it sounds like you should interview Oblomov.

    Trust me, nobody wants to hear that.

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    • July 23, 2019, at 11:58 AM PDT
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  12. Full Size Tabby Member

    Oblomov (View Comment):

    Badger (View Comment):

    Peter, it sounds like you should interview Oblomov.

    Trust me, nobody wants to hear that.

    I do!

    Oblomov (View Comment):
    Years later when I was at Stanford Law

    Penniless refugee to Stanford Law? That’s a journey to talk about!

    I also think the younger generation should hear more about why your parents (@oblomov ‘s and Mr. Lipkin’s) chose to leave everything behind. I have always found fascinating the even more extreme stories of those who left the Soviet Union without permission (i.e., got on a train ostensibly to go on holiday having chosen a train route that passes through another country, and just stepped off the train in the other country; they couldn’t tell anyone at home what they were doing, and they had nothing but the clothes for “holiday”). People like your parents took some extreme measures to leave the Soviet Union. Things in the Soviet Union must have been pretty bad to prompt them to do that. People should hear why your parents took such extreme measures. 

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    • July 23, 2019, at 3:01 PM PDT
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  13. Oblomov Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I also think the younger generation should hear more about why your parents (@oblomov ‘s and Mr. Lipkin’s) chose to leave everything behind.

    I wrote something about that a few years ago here: https://ricochet.com/232011/archives/falling-in-love-with-america/

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    • July 24, 2019, at 2:42 AM PDT
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  14. Jules PA Member

    I just tried to add Habitual Hero to my listening feed on Player FM platform. It doesn’t show up. 😭

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    • August 4, 2019, at 8:12 AM PDT
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  15. Jules PA Member

    Also not appearing in Ricochet Superfeed? 😭

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    • August 4, 2019, at 8:13 AM PDT
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