Mike Drop

By Mike Ritland

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 Jul 17, 2018


The Mike Drop podcast is hosted by former Navy SEAL, Mike Ritland. It is a not so politically correct discussion of wide ranging topics that span from government, politics and war to health and fitness, from guns and survival skills to food and nutrition with music, BBQ and a touch of everything else in between. This is THE platform that is completely raw, totally unfiltered and in your face, while still intellectually sound with good intuitive dialogue between A-holes that know what they’re talking about.

Episode Date
020 Mario Romero

What would have happened if Neil deGrasse Tyson went into special operations? Well, you’d get what we have on this episode where I sit down with Mario Romero- former Navy SEAL turned Columbia grad and now NASA employee. We talk about his career in the teams and what the transition to math geek/pathway to becoming an astronaut looks like. 

Dec 05, 2018
019 Jack Carr

What do you get when you take a SEAL from enlisted to officer, leading men on the battlefield fighting the war on terror to a first time thrilling fiction author with a story based on his knowledge of the government and special operations? Jack Carr is what, ladies and gentleman. Had a blast sitting down with him and catching up after 20 years on this episode talking about how his time fighting overseas shaped and influenced his brilliant writing career off the battlefield.


Nov 16, 2018
018 Johnny Walker

15 years ago, if I had been face to face with this man, there’s a high probability we would have been trying to kill each other. The fact that we are sitting here now the way we are as brothers truly highlights how amazing this nation really is. This episode I sit down with Iraqi interpreter to U.S. Special Operations forces “Johnny Walker”.  We talk about his story growing up In Iraq and how he became so heavily involved helping SEALs and other SOF units until ultimately coming here and becoming a U.S. citizen. The insight and perspective gained in this episode is something all Americans should take advantage of.

Nov 09, 2018
017 Dr. James Mitchell
Have you ever wondered what the inside scoop is on waterboarding and breaking the worlds most dangerous terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? Well, you’re in luck. This episode I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. James Mitchell, the man and patriot behind the interrogation of Al Qaeda leadership in shadowy CIA black sites, as well as the implementation of the enhanced interrogation techniques immediately after 9/11 to thwart future attacks. This one is real eye opener and in classic Mike Drop fashion does not disappoint.


Nov 02, 2018
016 David Rutherford

It’s Mr. positivity on this episode folks, Dave Rutherford joins me to talk about all things motivation and a lot of good life lessons. There’s no shortage of meaningful and deep conversation in this one, and journey that Dave has undertaken is truly inspiring. Settle in and enjoy, this one showcases many good rules to live by!


Oct 26, 2018
015 Mike Ritland Q & A Part II

A two part Question and Answer with yours truly. I tried to answer all your questions. This is not a dog specific podcast. However, one common question I received was how to deal with dog loss which I felt would be appropriate to answer on this one.  Almost everything I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way. I hope answering these things for you, will help you out. From leadership, entrepreneurship, hazing, life in the SEAL teams, political topics and much more this two part Q&A is jam packed.

Oct 05, 2018
015 Mike Ritland Q & A Part I

A two part Question and Answer with yours truly. I tried to answer all your questions. This is not a dog specific podcast. However, one common question I received was how to deal with dog loss which I felt would be appropriate to answer on this one.  Almost everything I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way. I hope answering these things for you, will help you out. From leadership, entrepreneurship, hazing, life in the SEAL teams, political topics and much more this two part Q&A is jam packed.

Oct 04, 2018
014 Debbie Lee

This episode is especially meaningful for me. 11 September is a hard day for our country, but is compounded by the loss of Glen and Ty at Benghazi on the same date as well as Jason Freiwald on the 12th in ‘08. I wanted to bring our first Gold star parent and female guest to help rationalize loss on this painful anniversary. Debbie Lee, the mother of Marc Lee who was the first Navy SEAL killed in action in Iraq joins me in a very touching and emotional tribute to her sons sacrifice and what it means to this nation. We discuss her and her sons childhood, the nature of the mission that took her sons life, her subsequent trips to the area it happened in and how she has ultimately turned her grief into helping scores of veterans and their families with her amazing charity “America’s Mighty Warriors”



Sep 11, 2018
013 Jeff Gonzales

What’s not intense about U.S. special operations battling it out with cartels? From executing counter narc tactics in central and South America, fighting in Panama and then turning it into one of the most successful shooting, consulting and training schools - this episode we sit down with former Navy SEAL and Trident concepts owner Jeff Gonzales to talk about all that and some serious fitness training as well. Packed episode as always and in true Mike Drop fashion. 

Aug 31, 2018
Team Dog 003

In this Team Dog episode of Mike Drop, I sit down with Eric and Ted from Working Dog Radio to discuss experiences in K9 training and deployment in law enforcement as well as some risqué undercover sting stories from Eric that you won’t want to miss!! 

Aug 15, 2018
012 Health & Fitness

Morning routine. I ask each Mike Drop guest what their morning routine is, and it’s spawned many listeners asking about mine. I’ve tried just about everything I’ve come across over the years with diets and exercise plans, many of which have been a bit off the wall or relatively extreme. In this episode I talk about not only my full morning routine, but the rest of the day during normal work days in terms of nutrition, exercise, sleep and recovery. 

Jul 27, 2018
011 Jeremy Mahugh

This episode is a powerful one that will surely hit home. I sit down with Jeremy Mahugh, fellow SEAL and co-founder of Deliver Fund, an anti human trafficking organization. Deliver Fund is a non-profit that utilizes special operations members’ specific skill sets and operational experience to help support law enforcement in combating the human trafficking trade here in the U.S. In true Mike Drop fashion we go deep into the underbelly of how and why this problem exists and how we can all join the fight to help defeat it.

Jul 20, 2018
010 Andy Stumpf

Post Independence Day Patriot rant...this episodes guest has pushed the boundaries of human performance in wingsuit flying and smashed world records in doing so, is a decorated combat veteran Navy SEAL and all around Patriot. Andy Stumpf and I talk about his experiences that have gotten him to where he is today, and also answer a lot of your questions regarding hot bed political and societal issues relevant in our country today. There’s no shortage of perspective and solutions in this episode.


Jul 05, 2018
009 Bryan Black

This episode I sit down with Bryan Black @Bryanpblack owner and founder of ITS tactical (Imminent Threat Solutions. We cover a veritable smorgasbord of info in relation to home and personal security, fieldcraft and survival gear, and overall how to make yourself better prepared for a host of predicaments. Lots of good how-to and useful tips in this episode coupled with a number of gear reviews of different products out there.



Jun 29, 2018
Team Dog 002

In this Team Dog Podcast episode I talk about my training philosophies and I take a Q & A from the audience.

If you would like a better relationship with your dog, are having any training issues, join the Team Dog Training Community and train your dog from the comfort of your home with me!


Jun 21, 2018
008 Mitch and Kyle

Double dose of inspiration - in this episode I talk with Mitch Aguiar and Kyle Maynard together. I talk with Mitch about his childhood influences and what brought him into the SEAL teams, the mindset motivation he possesses and what drives his inner savage as well as his transition from professional warfighter to professional MMA fighter. Kyle gave me incredible insight about what growing up struggling with the physical challenges he faced taught him, how big of a role his family played in shaping who he is today, and the incredible feats he’s accomplished while continuing to push himself even further and inspiring others across the globe.

We circle the wagons at the end to discuss the amazing motivational work they’re doing together to help others with amputations and other physical challenges; pushing them to stay positive and strong in the face of adversity. Truly inspiring stories from two great men.



Jun 05, 2018
007 Memorial Day

I’m releasing a special Memorial Day Mike Drop episode. This episode means quite a lot to me for a number of reasons. I ask that everyone take a moment to listen, share with a friend and also with your children. I talk about my service, growing up in the SEAL teams, the importance of the next generation being able to carry on the true meaning of Memorial Day, and I also talk about something in this podcast that I have never publicly talked about before. Only a handful of friends know this, but I felt it was important to share with people as to fully grasp what Memorial Day means to me and how people shouldn’t take their freedom for granted.

Take a moment this weekend and on Memorial Day to honor all the men, women, K9’s who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Until Valhalla gentlemen-

Glen Doherty

Ty Woods

Jason Freiwald

Dave Scott

Tom Retzer

Extortion 17

May 27, 2018
006 David Andrews

This episode, I welcome Super Bowl LI champion, staunch advocate for the Warrior Dog Foundation and current starting center for the New England Patriots David Andrews. We talk about what it takes to make it in the NFL, his relationship with warrior dogs, overcoming loss and hardship, performance-enhancing drugs and of course the controversy behind the anthem kneeling. Great stories and insight into the most elite level of America’s most popular sport. 



May 11, 2018
005 Clark Impastato

This episode, I welcome a former SEAL training classmate who I’ve not seen in over a decade, Clark Impastato. He has run the full gambit of Navy SEAL, overseas security contractor, and undercover cop with Phoenix PD. We delve into the journey that many of us veterans face when getting out of the military and trying find our way with our unique set of skills. There’s no shortage of jokes and ridiculousness with us catching up after all this time. 


You can follow Clark on Instagram - @frogman2155



Apr 27, 2018
Team Dog 001

This is the kick off to my first Mike Drop Team Dog Podcast episode. In this episode I talk about philosophies behind my training and I take a Q & A from the audience.


Apr 16, 2018
004 Chief Beck (Kristin Beck)

After a 20 year career in the SEAL teams conducting 13 deployments and spanning the globe, Chief Beck came out as the first openly transgender SEAL. We have an incredibly candid talk about the many political and societally-charged issues surrounding our nation in regards to this topic.

In true Mike Drop fashion, I ask a number of tough questions that many in our society have and debate a wide swath of viewpoints that seem to divide many of our citizens. There are a number of perspectives that Chief Beck has that will surprise you — and rest assured you won’t hear a talk like this on mainstream media outlets.



Apr 09, 2018
003 Jay Dobyns

After being an All Pac-10 wide receiver and not making the cut at the NFL combine, Jay Dobyns was on a new mission. That mission was a dangerous one of busting criminals as an undercover agent with the ATF. With a lightning-fast learning curve of being shot on his first operation, he spent the next 20+ years infiltrating all manner of criminal enterprises — including the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club.

In this episode I go deep into the psyche of what it takes to become one of the most highly-decorated undercover agents in ATF history, dissecting Jay's New York Times bestseller “No Angel” chronicling his dangerous journey inside the Hells Angels.

No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels




Mar 26, 2018
002 Nick “The Reaper” Irving

Hear firsthand the gripping account of what it’s like to end 33 lives in 4 months with a sniper rifle in Afghanistan. Nick “The Reaper” Irving joins us to talk about his experiences as an Army Ranger sniper in the global war on terror.

Being the first black sniper in 3rd Ranger battalion's history, we also delve into the tense race relations in this country and how our similar backgrounds can be a means to move forward working together as a nation.

Check out Nick's books:

The Reaper

Way of the Reaper

Reaper: Ghost Target: A Sniper Novel





Mar 09, 2018
001 Clint Emerson

From being raised in Saudi Arabia to being hazed in the SEAL teams and ultimately becoming one of the most accomplished spies this country has ever had the pleasure of employing — we welcome New York Times bestselling author of 100 Deadly Skills, world-class secret squirrel and patriot Clint Emerson.

In this podcast, we learn a number of useful, life-saving skills to deal with today’s real world threats and get to know what it’s like to be a real life Jason Bourne!



Feb 26, 2018
Introducing the Mike Drop Podcast!

An intro to my new podcast Mike Drop. I will be releasing twice a month episodes.

Feb 10, 2018