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WWI #78 Hans Fex recounts a harrowing adventure scaling Dracula’s Castle in the middle of the night!
Hans Fex is a successful entrepreneur and the creator of the fascinating Mini-Museum (www.minimuseum.com). What is a mini-museum? In a nutshell, it is a collection of rare and interesting artifacts, sliced and diced into tiny specimens and sealed in a small epoxy display case. If you're a history buff or fascinated by artifacts, this item is right up your alley. I own one myself and love to watch my friends and family gaze at the collection of specimens which included a small piece of Appollo 11, coal from the Titanic and soil from Dracula's Castle!
Hans was featured on episode #44 last year to tell the background story of the Mini-Museum. During that interview, I realized how great a storyteller he is and invited him back to recount a particular adventure about scaling the mountain where Dracula's castle is located. Without giving too much away, it involved jetlag, delirium, wolves, bears, torrential rains and narrowly escaping a fall to his death! Hans tells a hell of a tale and is a great friend of the WWI Podcast. I hope he accepts an open invite to share more of his stories from around the world.
Music in this episode is from the Album Waterstories by stacxk and is licensed under a Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
So, did the ghost hunt and follow-on discussion persuade me that there are indeed ghosts among us? You'll have to listen to find out. In this companion episode to WWI#76 I pick John Mathis' and Vincent Genna's brains about the paranormal world. We review some of the events of the night and discuss personal stories with the unexplained.
On October 16, 2017, I invited paranormal investigator John Mathis and renowned psychic Vincent Genna to explore the possible sources of unexplained events taking place at Revival 1869, a craft cocktail bar located at the center of Clayton, NC. As a self-proclaimed skeptic-at-heart, I wanted a chance to see these events through the eyes of true believers and approach the investigation with an open mind about the possibility that some things exist beyond our five senses. The Wait What If Podcast is about bringing people together to discuss the mysteries of existence, the complexities of society and to learn about the world through a diverse set of beliefs. This evening was the epitome of that mission. Mr. Vincent and Mr. Mathis did a fantastic job in opening my mind to the possibility that there is much more to our world than we can see.
Today's guest (who wishes to remain anonymous) travels the world via twitter polls. He puts up three destinations and lets folks tell him where to go. He shares some great adventures and a little about his previous life as a professional poker player. We delve into the usual mysteries of our human experience and he had a lot of interesting takes on life.
Follow his adventures on Twitter: @awayward_ and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awayward1/
This is the final installment of my First Amendment series where I interviewed a number of guests (liberal and conservative) who share the common passion of "freedom" from oppression via de facto censorship.
From his patreon site:
As many of you are aware YouTube has been getting quite strict around what they consider "sensitive" content and as a result I have decided to start a Patreon.
I make videos focusing on the social injustices and racial hypocrisy we are forced to deal with today.
Daniel Duerst is the creator of "Duerst the Wuerst" YouTube channel. He describes himself as "I am a center left, liberalish guy who goes around filming political protests, live bands, and other crazy, random, weird occurrences."
We live in a strange era where the average person with a cell phone can become a citizen journalist just by the act of live streaming political events. This is great in that we can watch events unfold in real time without the bias so often interjected by the big media companies. It can also be dangerous for this new breed of journalists if they find themselves on the wrong side of the political spectrum than those they are filming.
My interview with Daniel is the third in a series of four interviews with individuals who have used social media outlets to the advantage of exposing unreported political events. Their "live" broadcasts of events as they unfold expose, unflinching, the reality of modern violent activism.
WWI #72: Were the moon landings a big conspiracy? How about 9/11? Spoiler alert - they weren’t but today’s guest will try and convince me otherwise!
So this is a bit outside my normal episode but I thought it would be fun. We got into a back and forth on twitter over the veracity of NASA's claims out going to the moon. I dropped some 5th-grade science and think I won the debate. Take a listen and let me know who you think won!
Based in LA is a media company focused on comedy, culture and politics. Their modis operandi is to counter the predominantly leftist culture of Hollywood and offer an alternate but equally valid view of politics, society and culture. Based in LA captures their audiences attention by embedding themselves within the often chaotic scenes of contemporary activism. We've seen the state of political discourse decay into violent stifling of opinion resulting in stark polarization of political ideologies culminating in literal knee jerk reactions to dissent. Especially in groups labeling themselves as either "antifa" (anti-fascist) or white nationalist.
My interview with Jeffrey and Tim is the second in a series of four interviews with individuals who have used social media outlets to the advantage of exposing unreported political events. Their "live" broadcasts of events as they unfold expose, unflinching, the reality of modern violent activism.
Kyle Hester joined me to talk about how modern technology has created a golden age for indie film makers. He has (from what I countd on IMDB) more than 20 acting credits to his name and is appearing in the up comming indie film Zombie with a Shotgun! He is great resource for the process of crowd funding films and if you're an aspiring film-maker then your chances of landing on the big screen are better today than ever! We cat about the film-making process; acting; and guaging success.
You can follow Kyle Hester over at twitter @kyledhester
Get updates for Zombie with a Shotgun here: @ZOMBIEWASHOTGUN
Dr. David Perrodin is an expert in School Security, Crisis Preparedness & Response, Connectedness & Intruder Education. He has a book coming out this fall about the miraculous rescue of 500,000 people from lower Manhattan during the 9/11 terror attacks. He joins the show to discuss how and why we react to certain crisis. How can we prepare for a disaster when no two are alike? Does preparation for a disaster consequently hinder response? We also delve into mob mentality, the rise of Antifa violence and the absurdity of "safe spaces" on college campuses.
Have you ever heard Joe Rogan talk about the "baby bird" incident? Do you have a strong stomach? If the answer is no, then maybe skip searching for it on Youtube. (Don't worry, no animals were harmed!)
Pat Philbin (@PatfrmMoonachie) was a regular guy from Moonachie, NJ who found himself thrust into a semi-famous figure when he became a recurring guest on the infamous Opie and Anthony Show. He has hung out with comedy greats and toured with the Opie and Anthony Comedy Festival.
Pat was kind enough to join me for a quick discussion about his wild ride almost a decade ago!
Vincent Vitale joins us from Austin, TX as part of Aspire Food Group which produces Aketta, edible crickets. They raise food-grade crickets on a commercial scale, and actively work to normalize the consumption of insects in the western world. Additionally, they commercially farm palm weevil larvae and run a program which empowers peri-rural farmers to raise palm weevils in Ghana.
I sample a few crickets while Savanna and I discuss the possible future of food in a world where resources are becoming limited.
WWI #66 RACHEL G GREENBERG UNEXPECTEDLY LOST HER HUSBAND THEN DISCOVERED INDUCED AFTER DEATH COMMUNICATION
Rachel Greenberg hopes to help others who are suffering from grief through her organization Connections of Hope. I invited her on to discuss the almost universal feeling of grief after we humans lose a loved one. However, her story takes a strange turn in the form of Induced After Death Communication; a psychological treatment for post traumatic stress which results in unexpected encounters with deceased individuals. Her story is fascinating and told from an individual who was a staunch skeptic and atheist before the encounter.
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a somewhat controversial subject in a culture of capitalistic competition but if you've been paying attention to technology and the presence of automation, you should realize that human labor will soon be antiquated and jobs across the spectrum of trades will be lost. How will you provide for your family when artificial intelligent machines force you into retirement? If you don't believe this is a reality, then you'll need to get out from under that rock and face reality!
WWI #64 RILEY ANDERSON IS BACK TO DISCUSS LIFE, AYAHUASCA AND A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
Riley Anderson was working in the Canadian oil industry earning good money but, like many others, did feel he was living a purposeful life. He sought help through an ancient shamanic Ayahuasca ritual which dramatically changed his outlook on life and led him to his true path. Riley returns to WWI to discuss in more depth about the physical versus metaphysical effects of the active drug DMT. We also wax philosophically about the origins of DMT and what purpose it serves here on Earth. Was it programmed into DNA as the calling card of our creator or is it merely a chemical that stimulates our brain into meaningless psychedelic hallucinations? Riley is a knowledgeable guy and lots of fun to talk to. Strap on your thinking caps and prepare for a journey to other dimensions!
*The Wait What If Podcast does not promote or condone use of illegal drugs. Riley's experiences were anecdotal and experimentation with illegal substances can lead to seriously injury or death.
Archaeologist Nigel Hetherington is co-founder and owner of Past Preservers a media consulting firm which places experts in archaeology in front of the cameras for documentaries, TV series and new reports. Nigel is an expert in Egyptology and we discuss the current state of tourism in a post-revolutionary Egypt. We discuss the the difficult and often controversial task of maintaining these sites for future generations. And lastly, he sets me straight on my "pseudo-archaeological" knowledge of the origins of the Sphinx and the Pyramids
WWI #62: Why are humans fat?; Kevin tries to understand what the “Flat Earthers” are thinking; Savanna goes off the grid
I took a break from interviews to catch up with Savanna Steele. First we discuss what in the hell could flat Earth people are thinking! I mean seriously, how can anyone think the Earth is flat??? I watched a few "documentaries" on YouTude and never once felt compelled to believe this horse shit! Savanna tries to reconnect with her ancestors by treking through the Carolina wilderness. And finally, I go on one of my medical rants on why we are getting fatter and fatter. It's really not our fault, so stop taking it so personally!
Gray Winsler is a YouTuber who is known for his defense of the first amendment and his insightful critique of American politics. His unique story starts with his unconventional education which began after he left school 2 weeks into the eighth grade. A few years later, his parents had to drive him to his first college classes because he was too young for a driver's license. Gray is the creator of several viral videos based on his insightful commentary on Donald Trump's unlikely bid for the presidency and the culture which made it happen. He's a smart guy and has a great future ahead of him!
I was honored to have a chance to record an episode of the WWI Podcast with the legendary Dr. Christopher Ryan. You may recognize his name from his many appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience, his successful podcast Tangentially Speaking, his TED talks, or perhaps his best selling book Sex at Dawn. His biography is as wild as his adventuresome life.
Papa Frank came for a visit, so why not sit down and hit record! We talk about rights of passage, growing older and discuss what it is like to be "dead" for 2 hours during open heart surgery!
I had a virus and was laying on the couch fighting a fever and decided to record a solo show. Topics include CNN Leaks, NASA's big announcement, and I think the Nyquil caused me to black out a bit, so there might be more? Take a listen and find out!
I love waxing philosophical about what our lives will be like in the near (very near) future. "How near" you ask? Ray Kurzweil believes we'll have microscopic robots in our brains in 13 years. Too far fetched? He's got an 86% accuracy rate in predicting future technology and the number goes higher if you consider sometimes he is just a few years off.
Topics discussed: Genetically modified babies; Robot love; Would art made by a computer still be art without the human emotion put into it? A a bunch of other tangents. Plus, I tell a few funny stories about terrible awkward moments with patients.
John Taylor, creator of Twisted Podcast and true crime author joins Savanna and me to wax philosophical about the nature of coincidences; the validity of so called psychic detectives; his experience with Mike and Maleah using the Ouija Board and how tough is the job for the Secret Service under the current administration. We also look into the prospect of future law enforcement with predictive policing (think Minority Report without the people floating in pools).
On this second of Futurism Friday, we spend the first 2/3rds of show show ignoring the topic of futurism and instead talk about my battle with death! (spoiler - I won). Then Savanna discusses the mainstreaming of AI in 2017 with IBM's Watson acting as personal accountant.
According to his website Alchemist's Heir, author John Mathis is a research clinician, a small business owner, a public speaker, an author and a website designer. On the other hand / brain, he is a near death survivor, an Usui Reiki Master, a practitioner of astral projection, and paranormal investigator.
John joins us tonight to talk about his experiences in the metaphysical. We managed to just uncover the tip of the iceberg with his experiences and knowledge of the metaphysical and will be having him back on the show soon!
This is the first ever WWI Futurism Friday, a series of short episodes where we will discuss mind blowing advancements in science, medicine, life extension, artificial intelligence and much more. This week we discuss Peter Diamandis' theory that humans will evolve rapidly (decades v millenniums) into new species with technology aided augmentation of our physiology. In other words, we will bypass classical evolution and force adaptations and become something other than human? Plus, if we upload the sum of our experiences into a machine, is it still you or just a copy?
We also discuss the future of medicine and how it will soon be easy to closely monitor subtle changes in our body's physiology and be able to more accurately predict disease processes. We may not be able to cure being old (yet) but we will be able to live disease free!
I hope you enjoy the new series. Stay tuned for next weeks WWI episode on Near Death Experiences. I will be interviewing a man who allegedly left his body in the ICU while suffering a massive infection that was shutting his organs down and pushing him close to death.
This show was originally meant to be live of FB and we ran into yet another snag. Stay tuned for future video episodes which will most likely be on demand via YouTube.
This was a fun show! We made predicitions for 2017 in technology, science and celebrity deaths. Savanna royally screws up the advert at the start of the show (which I had to leave in) and Mike royally screws up a celebrity prediction - so, all in all it was probably the best show to date!
Thank you SO much for listening and making 2016 so successful. I'm planning on adding much much more content for 2017 and looking forward to your imput!
This is an episode recorded earlier this summer and put on hold to be released during the busy holiday season! It's a long episode but that is because we had such a deep interesting discussion, I couldn't decide what to cut out and what to keep in - so I kept pretty much everything!
Phil Sampson joins us to discuss how Neuro Linguistic Programming changed his life. What is NLP? There is much debate as to whether it represents a true scientific exploration of cognition or whether it is a new age cult of cognitive behavioral therapy. Either way, Phil is an interesting guy with an interesting take on life and fitness and we go way back to our days of Brizilian Jui Jitsui training so it was an absolute pleasure to have him on.
This episode was recorded live from Mike and Maleah's bar Revival 1869 with Savanna Steele and show regular John Taylor (twistedpodcast.com/truecrimewriting.com). The bar room is in the midst of reconstruction in downtown Clayton, NC. It was discovered that the building was once the home of an old funeral parlor and perhaps the site of a murder in the previous century. Ever the skeptic, I figured we could record live from the location in the hopes that we would receive messages from the other side. No such luck. Although, after we packed up and left John, Mike and Maleah stayed and tried to make contact via Ouija board. We'll discuss their discoveries in a future episode.
We had a fun conversation about the possible origin of human consciousness and where it goes after we die. We also delve into the world of dreams and debate whether or not they are nonsensical drivel or the visual representation of cosmic messaging from other dimensions. Also, discussed: beenieweenies; denser; and nerve stimulation.
WWI #49: Fan of a Movie Franchise? The Story of Alec Peters, the Man Who Raised Over $1 Mil to Make His Own Star Trek Movie!
Carlos Pedraza is a journalist, writer and independent film maker uses his investigative skills coupled with his love of Star Trek to bring us the story of Axanar. Axanar is the brain child of a man named Alec Peters. According to Carlos's website axamonitor.com:
'Peters is a serial entrepreneur and winner of Ernst & Young’s 2004 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and is a former collegiate volleyball coach. In 2013, Peters portrayed Garth of Izar in the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages and was to reprise the role in the planned feature-length Axanar, which he co-wrote and was set to produce, though he decided to re-cast the role with a younger, to-be-named actor. Peters wrote the original story for Axanar 25 years ago and decided to produce it as a feature film after his experience with Star Trek: New Voyages."
Unfortunately for Peters, the success of his crowdfunding campaign and the growing visibility of his production brought obvious scrutiny from Paramount/CBS officials who filed suit. This set the stage for an ongoing legal battle between both parties.
Fan films alone are an interesting topic. Carlos calls his time working on various Star Trek fan films projects as his "film school." Actors, writers, directors spend hours of their time and money creating mini-storylines or off-shoots of their favorite series and characters. Most of the time, the big studios look the other way as there is no competition and no financial reward for the projects. What happens when these films get too big? Listen to find out!
WWI #48 Author/Artificial Intelligence Expert Calum Chase calls the show to discuss the oft ignored economic aspect of AI technology
Calum Chase is the author of The Economic Singularity: Artifical Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism and Surviving AI: The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence. He joined the show to discuss another aspect of the rise of automated technology besides the peril of the human race and that is the peril of the human social structure. What will humans do when all the jobs become automated? Will the Earth become a utopia where robots perform daily tasks ans humans live lives of leisure or will millions of jobs be suddenly lost and only the few will have money for basic goods? These are difficult question to answer and we were lucky to have Mr. Chase join us on today's show.
Savanna and I talk about "super humans" or regular humans who seem to know how to tap into "super" abillities. Wim Hof comes to mind and we talk about how he discovered his ability to activate his immune system and to raise his core temperature all from breathing techniques. Mike Stojic shows up a bit late from celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday with his friend. This will be the first part of a two part series
John Taylor, our very own expert in everything crime comes in for our Halloween episode to discuss America's creepiest serial killers. We start off with everyone's favorite killer clown, John Wayne Gacy. I figured since clowns are en vogue we'd have a good talk. We also discuss the strange case of HH Holmes. the builder of what was known as the "Murder Castle." And then, in Wait What If fashion, we end the show with a discussion of are ghosts real, time travel, the Fermi Paradox, free will and whatever else completely unrelated to the topic!
John Taylor has become a crucial member of the WWI Podcast team and we hope to hear more of him in up coming shows. Check out his books on Amazon and be sure to listen to his own podcast over at TwistedPodcast.com!
#45 LIVE from the epicenter of destruction! Well, the outskirts of destruction from Hurricane Matthew
Savanna and I are working on a TOP SECRET project and after, we turned on the mics and recorded a mini-show in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. I lost water for a weekend and all hell ensued. You think you're prepared but then you're broadsided with your inability to flush your toilette! Water came back on and all was well (except for my fence which took a direct hit from a falling beech tree). It's okay though... I LOVE using the chainsaw and was looking for an excuse to tear through some wood. Take a listen and next week (yup... 7 days from now) I'll release my Halloween Specials! That's "specials" meaning there will be multiple shows. I really love this season!
Hans was down and out after a layoff from his dream job at Think Geek forced him to sink or swim. He was lucky enough to have a tight knit group of friends and colleagues who inspired him to complete a life long dream of creating the Mini Museum. The idea first came to him as a little boy when he watched his father encase an artifact into an epoxy capsule to preserve it. 40 years later, with the help of the crowd funding giants Kick Starter, his vision became a reality. The project was grandiose and took him to the corners of the world to collect interesting bits of history, modern and ancient. Hans was kind enough to share his story with us and I hope you enjoy!
You can visit his site (and pick up a mini museum yourself) at www.minimuseum.com
The quintessential Bar-stool Philosopher Dan Molen joins "The Doctor" Savanna Steele and myself for a discussion about what makes certain drugs, specifically natural ones, legal/illegal. Kevin drops his knowledge of syzurp, lean and the underground hip-hop drug scene.
We also eventually get into the main topic of the day: HACKERS! Not the cheesy 90s movie but the movement of individuals who can gain unprecedented access to our lives as we become more and more enmeshed in the cloud. We discuss the good, the bad and the impact on our lives.
Ron is a fellow PA and has been a friend of the family for many years. One day we discovered he had a secret former life in pro football that brought him face to face with NFL legends like Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Coach Tom Landry. Injuries (and a few hundredths of a seconds in speed) landed him in NFL limbo so he did what any of us would do and became a cult B-Horror movie star!
Ron's story proves the point that everyone has a good story to tell, you just have to know how to ask. This was a fun show to record and Ron is a great story teller. I hope you enjoy!
This week we dive into the world of crime and punishment by examining everyone's favorite true crime, “Making a Murderer”, with former NY prosecuting attorney Frank Constantine and former law enforcement officer/author John Taylor. This show was very interesting to record and it was interesting to learn about how a lawyer would approach this infamous crime. We ask Mr. Constantine the burning questions we all have for lawyers; How do they defend criminals with good conscience? How do you defend a person you don't believe? John Taylor is a great guest and hosts his own podcast over at www.twistedpodcast.com. His books can be found at Amazon.
WWI #40: Mike and Savanna return for the good ‘ol days of back porch waxing philosophical about Bitcoin, futurism, life and happiness.
August 11, 2016
Paul Rudd said it best, “When life deals you lemons, f#ck the lemons and bail!” Savanna went remote and interviewed a Bitcoin expert and emailed me the files so I could incorporate them into a live broadcast. It was planned so well and executed to perfection and the show was going to be cool and informative... Well, none of that worked out so we ended up just “winging” it! This is how all the shows used to be back in the good 'ol days and part of me wants to get back to this format. Good for some laughs (bad for my liver).
Mike returns for some whiskey and philosophizing. Savanna takes us to school about the future of our economy with virtual money. I wish we did more of these shows because their fun and unintentionally funny!
This was a really fun episode to record with rising star Pete Van Dyk creator and host of Live from the Dutch Hall Podcast. Pete was in a mid-life slump. He turned 40 and the only thing he was gaining was inches to his waistline and dissatisfaction with his professional career. So, what does everyone do whilst in a mid-life crisis? Quit your job and start a podcasting/stand-up comedy career. We talk about the pitfalls and successes of starting a podcast, the brutal world of comedy and what it takes to balance life with the horribly addicting hobby of vomiting your thoughts out for the rest of the world to hear. If your interested in getting into podcasting, this episode is a must listen. Pete's success has led him to obtaining a personal bartender, a house band and a cult following among introverted recluses located in the Canadian tundra. I tried to bleep out all the cursing but it got too time consuming! Warning explicit language!
James Barrat is a writer, director and producer of documentary films. He is also author of the nonfiction book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. Time Magazine named him one of the 5 smartest people who believe AI could bring on the apocalypse and his book was named on of the 8 definitive tech books of 2013 by Huffington Post.
Mr. Barrat joined me for a frank discussion on how real the negative impacts of AI will be on the future of humanity. He states that the development of this technology should be the most important conversation of the current era and yet we rarely hear of it beyond the novelty of self-driving cars, personal digital assistants (Siri, Echo) and simplified online personal shopping. However, bringing an intelligence online which is smarter than humans drops us down a rung on the hierarchy of life and may lead to our eventual demise... in unpleasant ways
So if you've listened to the show over the past few months you know I had a midlife crisis and decided to deadlift 400 pounds by the time I turned 40 in December. It turned out to be a stupid decision because instead of dealifting 400 pounds, I ended up spending hours laying on the floor with a hurt back. In researching rehab programs, I discovered GMB Fitness after seeing a lot of chatter about them on twitter. Their focus is on mindfulness, listening to your body and exploring movements through various work flows. The first paragraph on their website caught my attention the most:
“Lately, the word “fitness” has been perverted to mean shaming yourself into doing things you hate to impress people you don’t like with a body that looks good but is too beat-up and tired to do anything fun.”
Ryan was a cool interview and we had a good discussion on what it means to get fit today and what our motivations are for hitting the gym. We talk about stripping away the equipment and getting back to the bare essentials in our bare feet.
This week, the AMAZING story of wounded Navy veteran Nico Maroulis who literally went from wheelchair to the top of the world. Her personal drive and determination to physically push through injuries is an inspiration to anyone facing hardship. In this episode we discuss the hallmark injuries of the War on Terror, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and the complicated process of recovery. We discuss her experiences riding a hand cycle across the continental US and her trip to Nepal to climb Mt. Lobuche (situated next to Everest). She was featured in the documentary High Ground and Two Shining Seas. She is a founding member of Summit IDG, an organization which provides motivation and training to veterans and first responders injured on duty to regain peak performance and reach personal summits of achievement. We had a GREAT discussion and this is one of my favorite episodes! Hope you enjoy!
Live Memorial Day Episode: (I will post the audio version in an upcoming episode)
Mr. Mark Garrison, a Warrant Officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War and author of "Guts N' Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam" shares his thoughts on the meaning of Memorial Day and the relationship veterans have with the holiday. We can't get together for a discussion without delving into the meaning of life, quantum physics, and existentialism. Check out my first interview with him here: http://bit.ly/wwi_28
Tom Bell is a student archaeologist who volunteered with his girlfriend to work at a site called Star Carr in England. He happened to see a small stone about the size and shape of a guitar pick and on further examination, he uncovered a 12,000 year old piece of art... the oldest of it's kind! Who owned it? What were the people like? We have a good talk about the science of archaeology and wax philosophical about time and what our short lives mean in the vastness of human existence.
John Taylor is an all around great interview. His knowledge on crime and the criminal justice system is second to none. He has written two books on the subject: Isolated Incident: Investigating the Death of Nancy Cooper and Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating the death of JonBenet Ramsey
John returns for his second visit to the show to discuss Netflix's successful true crime series Making a Murderer and HBO's series The Jinx. He also shares his knowledge of DNA evidence and how it may not be as cut and dry as it seems. We had a lot of laughs making this show and it is easily one of my favorite shows of the year! I'm planning on having John again real soon!
WWI #33: Author, Martial Artist, Snow Border and Psychonaut Matt Belair joins me to discuss some of his less than ordinary adventures.
May 6, 2016
Matt is an interesting guy who sees the world through kaleidoscope lenses. He shirked the ordinary to pursue a life of enlightenment and service to his fellow man. He's a life long student of zen meditation and martial arts. He joined me for a discussion about studying Kung Fu with Shaolin Monks in China, meditating with zen masters in Nepal and coming awfully close to his demise while trekking the base camp of Everest. He coaches athletes on visualization and meditation and is the author of Zen Athlete: The Secrets to Achieving Your Highest Potential.
WWI #32: Bonus Show: I experimented with some video so I had random question night to gin up some soundbite! Here’s the schizophrenic results!!
April 23, 2016
Originally this episode was put together on short notice to experiment with adding a video aspect to the show. I got some booze and pulled out some random questions just to see what type of interesting soundbites I could get out of the crew. This was one of the hardest episodes to edit because it was all over the place! I had to perform some editing magic to make it somewhat coherent! All in all, I think it came out good and it made for some interesting conversation. Take a listen! And check out my new videos on YouTube!
WWI #31: Riley Anderson @Nature_Freq takes us through his Ayahuasca Journey and how it changed his life.
April 10, 2016
Riley Anderson was working in the Canadian oil industry earning good money but was lacking something intangible in life. He was seeing a therapist and battling depressive symptoms until he underwent an ancient transformative ritual called Ayahuasca. Riley graciously takes us with him on his journey to the other side and back and shares how the ritual changed his life and set him on a journey of helping others.
March 26, 2016
Moses and Savanna come over to discuss their thoughts on how the world may someday end. Will we go out with a whimper or with a bang? Or will we even see it happen in our lifetime? Society is obsessed with the apocalypse for many reasons. First and foremost, it's a great evolutionary fear. We are put on this earth for perpetuation of the species and this means self-preservation at all costs. The apocalypse threatens to take this all away and Hollywood knows this sells tickets to blockbusters.
Mike came over last night with a nice bottle of whiskey to talk about his recent trip to the Dominican Republic with Rotary International se we went out on the back porch and hit "record". He shares his experiences fixing one room/dirt floor homes in some of the most impoverished areas of the island nation. This of course leads us to discuss the stark differences in ideas of wealth and poverty between the 1st and 3rd worlds. Why do some of the oldest know civilizations in the world look like the setting of an apocalyptic movie? Why is the United States, a relatively new nation in the vast scheme of things, so well established with solid infrastructure and wealth (remember wealth is comparatively different for each society). We also go off on our usual tangents of working out (is crossfit good or bad), whiskey, cigars in the Dominican, the status of Mike's new bar here in Clayton, NC, and we even delve into Genghis Khan!
I hope you enjoyed this off-the-cuff live feel episode... in other words, I didn't feel like editing ; )
Mr. Mark Garrison, a Warrant Officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War and author of "Guts N' Gunships: What it was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam" shares some of his experiences with us in today's show. Running out of college money during the mid-1960s meant he had little choice but to sign up for the Army before the Army came and got him anyways. He refused to run for the border and wanted to somewhat control his destiny, therefore he volunteered under the promise that he would become a pilot. As the sleeve of his book explains:
"Straight from college, to the US Army, to command pilot of a four ton gunship with a four man crew in Vietnam. From college chess games to a game of life and death. It was surreal to say the least. In this book I pour my heart out and bare my soul to tell you what that was like, from basic to Vietnam and back."
I hope you enjoy this show. It was an honor to have Mr. Garrison as a part of the WWIPodcast experience.
February 19, 2016
Savanna, Moses and myself talk about the way technology is battling the Zika virus and should we be concerned. We also delve into the controversial world of designer babies life extension via freezing our brains. And of course there are a lot of tangents we go off on. We had a good time with this podcast! I hope you enjoy!
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February 4, 2016
*Note* I've inserted hyperlinks to define various terms and concepts we discuss in this episode.
Mike and I had a telephone conversation with Joe Hollis of mountaingardensherbs.com. Joe is an amateur ethnobotanist who lives on 4 acres of land in Western North Carolina and caters his Joe came of age during the Vietnam War. He spent the later part of the 1960s living in Borneo with the Peace Corp. His experiences with the river people brought him to seek peace and oneness with Gaia (mother earth). He felt that a major force of destruction, war, turmoil and suffering was due to an imbalance with civilization and Gaia. As such, he took up "refuge" in his Mountain Garden in NC back in 1973 and has been cultivating his Paradise Garden ever since.
This is the first episode in a series of interviews with folks who came of age in the turbulent 1960's. Stay Tuned to the next episode in this particular series when I interview Vietnam helicopter Pilot Mark "Pigpen" Garrison.
January 22, 2016
This is our first LIVE Periscope unedited show (which saves me lots of time in the editing room). We got together tonight to talk about everything future tech from trees that filter CO2, plants that are hard wired to the net and cars that drive themselves. We had a lot of fun with this episode! Oh, and our new *explicit* tag means I don't need that damn "beep" button. Savanna (@savysteele) christens the show with it's first F-bomb! Well done ; )
WWI #24 Happy New Year! Let’s talk about TIME; what it means; is it real or a man made construct; why it rules over everything.
Forrest Fischer and Moses Mitzner join todays discussion of TIME. Time ticks by slowly, second after second, minute after minute, hour after hour... you get the idea. It's a slow trickle that if left un-checked can pass faster than you's imagine possible. Time is often taken for granted and yet the present is only a very small percentage of our lives. The majority has already happened or will happen.
And of course, thanks to our filled whiskey tumblers, we find ourselves on tangents completely unrelated ; ) So crack open a drink, pull up a bar-stool and lets philosophize!
WWI #23 The way of the gun. What is the truth about gun violence? Is it a gun problem, a crime problem, a nutty people problem?
I invited Kris Millington and Mike Stojic on to talk about the crazy violent world we live in. Are we truly living in a world plagued by an epidemic of gun violence or are we living in a world which is more aware of such events. Statistically, we live in the safest era of human existence but if you listen to the various talking heads, you’d believe there is violence on every street corner. We try to keep a dark topic light and approach some ideas in a practical manner. Of course we don’t solve anything but we have some fun trying. So crack open some booze, pull up a barstool and lets philosophize!
WWI #22 Mike and Kevin head over to the Rhine Research Center to have their psychic abilities tested.
This week we record outside the studio as Mike and I head to Durham, NC to visit the Rhine Research Center and submit to a barrage of tests to determine if we have psychic abilities such as pre-cognition, mind reading, and psychokinesis! The Rhine's mission: "The Rhine Research Center explores the frontiers of consciousness and exceptional human experiences in the context of unusual and unexplained phenomena. The Rhine’s mission is to advance the science of parapsychology, to provide education and resources for the public, and to foster a community for individuals with personal and professional interest in PSI."
We had a lot of fun and even tried to bend spoons with the power of our minds. Did we succeed? Listen to find out!
Episode #21: Savanna Steele had so much fun last month that she returned to the show to talk about a whole host of topics. We discuss Elon Musk's cool new hyperloop which is currently being constructed. Are jet packs a good idea? Will future humans be nothing more than avatars? Will we be a bunch of brains in jars living out our existence in eternal bliss? What does the future hold for DNA editing? And most importantly, why don't astronauts have a holiday???
Stay tuned for the next episode when Mike and I head over to the Rhine Research Center to have our psychic abilities tested! I predict that I fail miserably!!!
Episode #20: WWI #20 HALLOWEEN EDITION! Can Cara and Bobbi convince Kevin that ghosts are real or will he be a stick in the mud???
Cara and Bobbi try and convince me that ghosts are real. I share some stories about growing up in "scary" New England with a superstitious family and how being locked in the basement of a supposed haunted house may have pushed me to the side of the skeptics. Then Cara and Bobbi share personal stories of their ghostly encounters! Can they convince me that there are visitors from the other side or will I continue to be a party pooper???
Episode #19; Psychic/Medium Cherie Lassiter comes in to discuss her life as a psychic and to perform some readings in studio.
What better way for a skeptic to bring on Halloween than to bring on a psychic medium! I interview Ms. Lassiter to try and better understand what it is that psychics do and how they do it. Will she convert me to a believer? Probably not ; ) Was she interesting... absolutely!
From her website "Cherie is an internationally known and respected clairvoyant psychic medium based in Raleigh, NC. Cherie gives spiritually based psychic guidance, helping to empower you in finding your highest and best path along with your own intuitive gifts. She covers every aspect of your soul's journey past, present and future."
Episode #18 Tonight we talk to futurist Dr. Savanna Steele to discuss some of the possibilities that the next few decades will have in store for us.
Dr. Steele is a graduate of Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. She is a clinical researcher who has lived in the NC Triangle area for 15 years. She is the founder of The Triangle Futurists a meet-up "think tank" that meets to discuss and ponder the future!
Episode #17 Kris Millington, President of Maxim Enterprise, Inc, makers of classic toys shares his barstool philosophy on life, death and a little bit in between.
Kris is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He is the President of Maxim Enterprise, Inc., a multinational toy company which "makes all of the classic toys you grew up with, at a quality that makes sure you can pass these toys on from generation to generation."
Episode #16 Free Will; Philosopher Paul Adams joins us to discuss the concept of Free Will. Are we really free to make decisions in our lives or are we predestined?
Paul retired from the Air Force and successfully completed graduate studies in philosophy of religion at Denver Seminary. He has worked in the IT industry, taught full-time as adjunct professor of philosophy and religious studies, developed and conducted multiple small group leadership seminars, served on the board of a non-profit dedicated to the sustainability of some of the world’s greatest landscapes and cultural sites, and served briefly as a pastor. He holds memberships in the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the Evangelical Theological Society.
WWI #15; A Conversation with True Crime Author John W. Taylor: Murders and the Psychopaths/Sociopaths who Commit Them
Tonight we sit down with a very special guest John W. Taylor. As a former Secret Service Agent, entrepreneur and expert in finance, he brings a unique perspective to the investigation of crimes, particularly murder. Per his website, truecrimewriting.com, Mr. Taylor "writes in the true crime genre and has written articles on the death of Marilyn Monroe, JFK, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. John is the author of Umbrella of Suspicion: Investigating the Death of JonBenet Ramsey and Isolated Incident: Investigating the Death of Nancy Cooper published in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is the executive producer and host of the podcast Twisted-Unraveling the Intricacies of True Crime. John currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina."
WWI #13; A conversation with a self professed paranormal investigator.
Kris is a former Deputy Sheriff and Senior Court Officer. She attempts to use some of her investigative expertise in analyzing evidence during paranormal investigations. Kris has been interested in the paranormal ever since the age of ten when she had her first paranormal experience. Years later, as a teen, she witnessed two full bodied apparitions in the turn of the century (1900) home where she lived. Since then she has been extremely devoted to the paranormal by reading material related to the subject, experimenting, participating in investigations with family, friends and other paranormal groups. Kris has investigated various historical cemeteries and historical sites within the U.S as well as historical homes, private residences and businesses.