Donny O'Malley is an actor, writer and of course is the creator of Veterans Entertainment Television - an online streaming service by veterans for veterans. He is the founder of Irreverent Warriors an organization bringing veterans together for silkies hikes with 22 kilos of gear for 22 kilometers in an effort to curb veteran suicide. Donny joins me today to talk about the disconnect between real veterans and service members and the public's perception. Does this disconnect lead to veteran suicide? What can we do to help drop this number down and how is humor, laughter, and camaraderie the best medicine we know!
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Chad Jukes joins me today to talk about his time during and after his service in the US Army. Chad joined the Army reserves during college with a plan to play the trumpet in the Army Band. A few years and several combat deployments later he found himself missing a leg thanks to an IED encounter in Northern Iraq. Hear Chad's inspiring story of overcoming a devastating physical injury and ultimately reaching the pinnacle of terra firma Earth - Mount Everest.
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Dan Maillard is a former Marine who joined the service straight out of High School. He served as Marine One Crew Chief on the VH60N at HMX-1. For all those who don't know - that's the president's helicopter and the crew chief is responsible to keep it flying. He then transitioned from the Marine Corps to the Secret Service Uniform Division as a Police Office, worked with the FBI on Counterterrorism. Dan comes on to the show today to talk about Irreverent Warriors, an organization whose mission is to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide. They organize "Silkies Hikes" where veterans wear their trademark training "short-shorts" while carrying 22-kilogram packs and hiking for 22 kilometers. It's a tremendously successful organization and I will be participating on June 15th's Silkies Hike in Fayetteville, NC.
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So, if you've been a fan of the show for any amount of time, you probably noticed that the most recent episodes have been a little different from the "classic" episode format. I'm aware of this and have been trying to figure out the future of the program. I was on the verge of discontinuing the podcast altogether! Luckily, I made a trip to Bourbiz, a veteran entrepreneur networking group and I found my answer. It is good news and the WWI Podcast isn't going anywhere! There will be some changes but they will only improve my content and make for better programming! Thanks for listening and please head over to for everything WWI!



I start the show explaining my epiphany on the deal with AOC. I could figure her out for the longest time and then it hit me: she's an adult teenager!

This transitions into the Assault Weapons Ban 2019 and why I personally own firearms. What is the meaning of carrying a weapon? What are your odds of actually needing one? Could the real problem be swimming pools?

Finally, with all the talk about your odds of dying via guns, I delve into the odds of dying in any given year and how some people face certain death boldly.

Grim topics, I know but they make for interesting discussion. 



It's January and that means we're ready for our predictions of what's to come! Will America enter a civil war? Will iPhones become implanted in our brains? Will Savanna Steele finally name her upcoming podcast? Is John a human lie detector? Plus much much more. 

Fun episode!

AS always check out John Taylor's for one of America's premier true crime podcasts!

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Ten years ago Tom Naughton was filming a series about his struggle with weight loss when he came upon a popular film called "Supersize Me". Morgan Spurlock's famous war against the Golden Arches took the world by storm but its underlying premise didn't sit well with Tom so he decided to make a movie testing his hypothesis. Could nutritional recommendations we've been fed over the past 50 years be totally wrong?! 

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“The biggest problems of tomorrow will not be a lack of jobs but a shortage of humans to take advantage of all of the opportunities technology will offer.” – Byron Reese
I opened the show with Freddie Mercury's intro to Hammer to Fall from back in 1986 at Live Aid. I used did this because AI (artificial intelligence) is beginning to dip its toes into art and it is doing a pretty good job at it. But I ask: can a non-human create art? Is art only an expression of the human experience? I would argue - maybe? There are already AIs out there writing, composing and creating original content. We know where this is going, just by looking at where it has gone. We started out a few years ago with bland computer animated cartoons and now take the Movie Moana (I have a little girl... so yes, I've watched Moana a few times)and simply look at the quality of the images in that movie. They are lifelike. You can't tell that it is an environment completely created from 1s and 0s. So if we can expect the exponential growth of tech to continue, where will be we in 50 years? 25 years? 10 years? Will the next Ansel Adams need to traverse dangerous terrain to capture a beautiful landscape or will AI simply create it? Is art simply how something makes you feel or is it the experience of the artist? Who knows, but these are the questions we'll have to ask ourselves very soon. 
Today's guest is Byron Reese - an entrepreneur, a futurist, a Ted Talks alum, and author of The 4th Age - a great book about the dawning of what Byron deems the 4th age of human development - one of the best that was sent to me and I get a lot of books from guests. SO I highly recommend checking it out. Byron is a rare optimist when it comes to advancements in AI and it was refreshing to hear his take on the coming age of our robot overlords!
We chat about the meaning of consciousness, the Fermi paradox and the future of the human species. It was a deep and fun talk with a brilliant guest. 

Tonight I had speaker/author Joel Hawbaker to discuss leadership. What is it? Can leaders be taught or are they forged through austerity? Do we have a crisis in leadership in the modern world? What kind of leaders will millennials make? Does the current state of the world produce good leaders?

For more on Joel's books visit his site or visit his Amazon page.

Joel is a fascinating guy and we had a great episode together! Hope you enjoy!

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Every Thanksgiving my newsfeed is inundated with stories of how the meaning of Thanksgiving is oppression, colonialism and genocide. I refuse to adopt this revisionist view and choose instead to understand history as a contextual and subjective social science. Furthermore, the modern worldview of Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for blessings (agnostically speaking) we've received through the year is honorable and should be embraced. 

Thanks for listening! Happy Thanksgiving!

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