About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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A Philosophical View

The world is moving faster and is seemingly more interconnected than at any time in human history. And yet, we seem more isolated than ever; more likely to stare at a screen rather than connect quietly, personally. My hope, in my own small way, is to change that. I've been lucky enough to work all over the world, in some of the strangest, most unusual, dangerous and ridiculous places.  Not bad for a kid who grew up in a trailer park. But as I've said, come along. It promises to be . . . well, I am not even sure yet. Maybe that's the best part.  Wherever I go, join me.


Editorial - My New Friend. I Swear We are Brothers.  

An incredible Day 2 teaching trial advocacy to Ugandan lawyers in Gulu. One of my colleagues, Jude Ogik, is an extraordinary Ugandan lawyer and teacher. He was just assigned 21 death penalty cases in the High Court. Contemplate the pressure and the capability it takes to do this. It's amazing.  Frankly the work that he did with former child soldiers with the LRA is nothing short of mindblowing.

I'm learning more than any of the students here and I'm one of the teachers. Incredible.


The Ed Schultz Show- Wednesday, March 23rd - Jack Talks ISIS Terrorism Plot


[Russian Television International] December 1st - Jack Talks ISIL and U.S. Efforts


Editorial - Getting Ready to Go to South Sudan

Well, here we go. So what is the point of life? To me, it is about doing good work and trying to leave this place a little better than when you started if you can. But in end, it is all about the journey. Up next, Ethiopia and South Sudan


[The Jack Rice Show] Archive: Working in Darfur.


[The Jack Rice Show] November 11th: Jack Interviews U.S. Army Recon Sniper Ryan Schmidt

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Ryan Schmidt.

Ryan Schmidt is the real deal.  Imposing figure?  Hell yes.  But he is far more than that.  Ryan is a retired Sergeant and U.S. Army recon sniper. He served in Afghanistan (2004-2005) and Iraq (2006-2007), and experienced combat injuries, being medivaced out of both countries. Ryan has physical injuries, as well as chronic and severe PTSD. Ryan also served as a Corrections Officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.


 His struggles with PTSD lead him to a life of violent crimes and the outlaw biker world. Ryan is currently the founder of Consummate Warrior LLC. He is a consultant on Veteran’s Mental Health issues, a WRAP facilitator, Peer Support Specialist, Veteran Scholar and Fellow with Minnesota Humanities Center. He is a public speaker and advocate for Veteran’s issues relating to mental health and the criminal justice system.

Click here to listen to Jack's interview with Ryan Schmidt.