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143: Megan Morrone — Tech Guru, Mother, Whole Life Challenger

By June 25, 2018Podcasts
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imageThis was a really special conversation for me. I have been a HUGE fan of Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone for many years. Leo has had a radio show called “The Tech Guy” (who is Leo) on KFI in Los Angeles on Saturdays for almost 20 years that I’ve listened to on and off since it’s inception. And I’ve known Megan as his counterpoint on TWiT TV (This Week in Tech). When I saw via Twitter that Megan was reviewing our WLC App on TWiT TV, I almost fell over! By the way – the review is as fantastic as it is hilarious – you can watch it here.

After watching the review, I started up a conversation with Megan on Twitter – when she asked me if she could come on the podcast to talk about tech, health, and fitness!  Of course, I said yes… and the rest, as they say, is history.

IMG_0001 (1)More about Megan:  Megan Morrone is a technology journalist hosting video shows covering tech news, longform interviews, and tips for normal people trying to make their way in a world where tech can be as confusing as it is ubiquitous. She is also a freelance writer, wife, and mom to three children and one dog (who reads and responds to her email for her and helps her attain inbox-zero!)

Since 2015 Megan has been hosting and producing shows on TWiT (This Week in Tech), Leo Laporte’s technology network. She currently hosts iOS Today (a show about how to use your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV) and Tech News Weekly (a show that keeps you up-to-date on all the tech news that matters.) She co-hosts Know How (a maker show), Triangulation (a longform interview show), ActionShot3and The New Screen Savers (a tech variety show). She also covers live tech events and product announcements.

She can be found at,, and @meganmorrone on most forms of social media, even the ones her kids use.

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Episode Notes – #143: Megan Morrone

  • Andy has been a HUGE fan of Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone from Twit TV and The Tech Guy for years. Coincidental surprise that she discovered the Whole Life Challenge, played in the Spring Challenge and did a review of our app with Leo
  • How Megan’s set up her life to be both a dominant force in the male-dominated tech world with her partner, Leo Laporte, and a full-time mom of 3 kids + husband.
  • Parenting with technology – how to navigate those uncharted waters
  • On starting the Whole Life Challenge with her best friend from college and how it served as a connection point for her relationship and connecting with her friend’s friends.
  • The reason the WLC works for Megan – financial leverage and connection / accountability with the people on her team.
  • Megan suggests creating a WLC Alexa skill – a WLC flash briefing. A health, fitness, well-being tip of the day or week.
  • Megan’s useful gadgets for navigating the WLC
  • Apps to help with mindfulness and meditation
  • Thoughts about bringing your family and kids into the Whole Life Challenge with you.
  • Figuring out what foods work for you and work against you through glucose testing.
  • Different forms of fasting, and do they work?
  • Brain training and apps
  • Megan’s non-negotiables – Bullet Journaling, reading fiction before bed, reading the New Yorker

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.