Photograph copyright 2010, Johnck Media.

 Photograph copyright 2010, Johnck Media.

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.


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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.


WWI #30: The Apocalypse Show! Where, when and how will it happen???

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.

Take a listen and share your thoughts on Facebook, or Twitter,


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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WWI #26 Tonight’s guest is amateur ethnobotanist Joe Hollis of Mountain Gardens Herbs

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.


WWI #25: *LIVE* Savanna & Moses join me to talk about the future. Self driving cars, home made drugs, 3D printing, VR and much more!

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!


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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???

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   Cherie Lassiter

   Cherie Lassiter

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."


Dr. Savanna Steele

Dr. Savanna Steele

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!

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Kris Millington

Kris Millington

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."

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Paul Adams

Paul Adams

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.

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John Taylor

John Taylor

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."


Kris Ford-Newell

Kris Ford-Newell

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.

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