Insights: podcasts

Listen to a range of one on one long form podcasts, a discussion with 5-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other in-depth radio pieces.


Mark Pollock (Returns) – Irishman Abroad


Mark and Jarlath discuss turning challenges into opportunities informed by Stoic philosophy, exploring performance potential through flow states and collaborating to solve complex problems by building trust.

You can hear the full conversation as Mark returns to the Irishman Abroad Podcast here:

And, to learn more about all the Irishman Abroad podcasts go to Jarlath’s website.


Using Adversity, Struggle & Pain To Achieve The Impossible

Flow Research Collective Radio with Rian Doris: Mark discusses using adversity, struggle and pain to inform his approach to achieving the impossible in this peak performance podcast. As Mark says: “Realists manage to run acceptance and hope in parallel.”

You can hear the full Using Adversity, Struggle & Pain To Achieve The Impossible: Flow research Collective Podcast here:


In the Pink Podcast with Natalie Pinkham

Sky TV presenter and Formula One pit lane reporter, Natalie Pinkham, interviewed Mark about how he has learned to build resilience and collaborate with others for her In The Pink podcast.
You can hear the full In The Pink podcast here:

Monocle 24 – Lewis Hamilton

Through Mark’s role as a UBS Global Visionary he linked up with 5 time F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and discussed ideas around the competitor’s mindset, risking failure in pursuit of success and how to stay resilient in the face of challenges.

You can hear the full interview on the UBS Bulletin on Monocle Radio here:


UBS On-Air

Andrew Little and Daniel Cassidy from UBS On-Air podcast talk to Mark about how he is exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide to cure paralysis in our lifetime. In particular they focus on the importance of storytelling in building meaningful relationships with scientists, technologists, investors and foundations.

You can hear the full UBS On Air podcast here:


Real Health podcast with Karl Henry

On the Real Health podcast with Karl Henry, Mark explains how he applies Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea that ‘he who has a why to live can bear with almost any how’. Mark says: “If you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, then you can put up with the tough stuff. It sits over everything to do with my life really”.

You can hear the full Real Health podcast here:

The Bulletin with UBS on Monocle

Mark joined Tom Edwards from Monocle on The Bulletin as part of his role as a UBS Global Visionary. In this 15 minute programme they discuss how Mark has built resilience and collaborated with others to go beyond blindness and raced to the South Pole in 1998. They talk more about Mark’s latest and arguably greatest expedition: to cure paralysis in our lifetime.

You can hear The full Bulletin with UBS on Monocle here:


An Irishman Abroad – Episode 211

During a conversation with Jarlath Regan on An Irishman Abroad, Mark talks about the extreme measures that he took to feel normal once again having become blind (12:00) to the wonderful tale of love and commitment between himself and his fiancée (30:00). From his outlining of the fascinating work that he does as a leading test pilot for robotic leg systems in the search for a cure for paralysis (51:00) to his experiences of being excluded for being in a wheelchair (47:00), this conversation is a sobering insight into what is possible with the right attitude.

You can hear the full Irishman Abroad podcast here:


Turning Points on Pantisocracy

Host Miss Panti Bliss opens the show in her parlour, welcoming guests and offers a personal observation on life as she sees it. In this episode, Mark joins the show along with: human rights lawyer Simone George (Mark’s partner), scientist Dr Niamh Shaw, comedian Jarlath Regan and composer Michael Gallen

You can hear the full Turning Points podcast On Pantisocracy here:



Exploring the space between skeleton and skin

As part of his ongoing research using trans-cutaneous spinal stimulation, Mark stood independently. The moment was captured in an award-winning radio documentary featured on Newstalk’s Futureproof.

You can hear the full Exploring the space between skeleton and skin show Here:

I first met Mark while competing against him in the North Pole Marathon and was struck by his incredible spirit. To take on endurance challenges in places like The Poles, Himalaya and Gobi Desert requires great courage and mental strength. The fact that Mark completes these adventures after losing the use of his eyes and now his legs makes him truly remarkable.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes


Mark was a speaker at National Geographic’s Extreme Explorers dinner in Davos in January 2016. His personal story and insights were incredibly powerful, and clearly had a profound impact on everyone in the room. He embodies the spirit, resilience and determination that are the hallmarks of what it means to be an explorer.

Editor in Chief

National Geographic Magazine

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