Jan 19th, 2018 by waitwhatif
Conspiracy theories often conjure up the image of shadowy characters running the show behind the curtain. Cross the system and the system will take you out. This idea makes for a great John Grisham novel but rarely represents reality. My guest tonight is an expert of conspiracy theories and how they become a part of our culture. Do conspiracy theories expose nefarious plots to undermine the system or simply a way to address political shortcomings and help quell the feeling of ineptitude?
Joseph E. Uscinski received his bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, his Master’s from University of New Hampshire, and his Doctorate from University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Critical Review among other scholarly outlets. His first book, The People’s News: Media, Politics, and the Demands of Capitalism (New York University Press, 2014) addresses how audience demands drive news content. His second book, American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford University Press, 2014) coauthored with Joseph Parent, examines why people believe in conspiracy theories.
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Dec 29th, 2017 by waitwhatif
Jason Seib is the creator of the AltShift Diet, the author of The Paleo Coach and Body Beliefs and the co-host of the AltShift Podcast. He is also the founder and co-owner of AltShift Fitness and Fat Loss located in the Portland, Oregon area.
I would describe Jason as an expert in the psychology of weight loss and fitness, a subject that is as complex as the weight problem we face in America. From his site:
"Jason speaks on the subject of fat loss regularly, delivering his Sustainable Fat Loss Seminar around the US. Jason’s passion is guiding normal people to extraordinary levels of health and fitness. Marrying his extensive knowledge of fitness and nutrition with his love of psychology, he has built his career by helping thousands of people change their perspective and find a healthy, sustainable path to their goals."
Jason was a great guest and taught me a lot about the psychology of why fitness programs fail and the challenge to self-esteem women face every day. It was an honor to have him on the show and I hope to have him back on in the future.
Episode 81 marks the newest season of the WWI Podcast and I have some great interviews lined up. Episodes in the new year will include the return of Riley Anderson to discuss his recent work with ayahuasca; John Mathis who is working with IBMs AI Watson; Dr. Ken Berry who dared question conventional medicine; Joseph Uscinski who will explain the psychology of conspiracy theories. We also have another planned ghost hunt and philosopher Paul Adams will be in studio to discuss the origins of human morals.
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Dec 15th, 2017 by waitwhatif
Well, we had so much fun with the Live Ghost Hunt from Revival 1869 on Halloween that I figured why not return to this fine establishment to celebrate Christmas the best way - making merry with friends and spirits! On this episode, Mike and Maleah introduced us to their professional bartenders and we are schooled about the intricacies of craft cocktail mixing.
This was a live Facebook event (see video) and handling the sound, video, and interviews as a one-man show was a challenge. The audio is a bit off compared to my typical episodes (I had 5 different audio sources I had to pull from).
We will return with a new line up of very interesting guests starting in the new year. I will be focusing on integrating the website www.waitwhatif.com to the show with product reviews (nootropics, books, unorthodox fitness gear etc..) links, blog posts and more.
Thank you for checking out the show. As always shoot me an email at email@example.com with questions, comments, critiques or if you want to be on the show.
Merry Christmas! -ks
Dec 2nd, 2017 by waitwhatif
Sean Hayes, professional skateboarder, author, and world traveler. He joins us to talk about unconventional ways of dealing with depression through experiencing life fully through all that it throws at us. We delve into philosophy, ayahuasca, morals and death. This was a great show and truly back to the roots about what the WWI Podcast is all about. I think you'll really enjoy the show.
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Watch the LIVE Christmas show on December 11th at 8:30 over at facebook.com/wwipodcast or at www.waitwhatif.com
Nov 17th, 2017 by waitwhatif
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.
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Music in this episode is from the Album Waterstories by stacxk and is licensed under a Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Oct 31st, 2017 by waitwhatif
So, did the ghost hunt and follow-on discussion persuade me that there are indeed ghosts amongst 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.
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You can reach Vincent Genna @ www.vincentgenna.com and John Mathis at www.johnmathis.me
And of course, come visit Revival 1869 in the heart of Down Town Clayton, NC for delicious craft cocktail! www.revival1869.com
Oct 27th, 2017 by waitwhatif
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.
Vincent Genna - www.VincentGenna.com
John Mathis - www.JohnMathis.me
Revival 1869 Bar - www.Revival1869.com
Oct 14th, 2017 by waitwhatif
Hey, we're broadcasting the annual HALLOWEEN LIVE EPISODE this MONDAY 10/16 (that's two days from now) from Mike and Maleah's bar Revival 1869! We're investigating unexplained events with some paranormal experts. The show starts at 9pm. I'll tweet out the link from @wwipodcast and post the feed to the WWI FaceBook page (www.facebook.com/wwipodcast) The video will be on demand, so check it out if you can!
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/
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Sep 30th, 2017 by waitwhatif
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. As of right now I focus as much time as possible into creating new content and keeping you updated with current events also I would like to branch into live streaming debates between controversial individuals with opposing viewpoints.
I love the idea of independent content creation and this is the opportunity I have been looking for to begin a new journey into full time self employment.
I am overwhelmingly grateful for all the support I have been getting so far and I Thank You all so much for engaging with me as well as each other.
Hope you enjoy the episode.
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Sep 16th, 2017 by waitwhatif
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.
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