The Wait What If Podcast

Interviews with authors, philosophers, and thinkers about life now and in the future. Visit for more!

Maryam Henein has been dubbed "the Erin Brockovich of the Bee Word." She is an investigative journalist, activist, functional medicine coach, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. She directed the documentary Vanishing of the Bees narrated by Ellen Page.
Maryam is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker. On this episode, she discusses the benefits she gained by use of CBD oil (non-psychoactive oil from cannabis and hemp) and how non-traditional medical approaches (diet, supplements, meditation) have put her chronic illnesses into remission.  We also discuss the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder in which unsustainable agricultural practices have decimated the honey bee population.
Ms. Henein was an absolute pleasure to have on the show and I learned a lot from our talk! Check her out on twitter (@MaryamHenein) or visit her site


Make sure you visit! I've launched the Civil Primate Blog and Civil Primate Store where I write about all the health topics, supplements, ketosis, paleo etc. I also put links to my favorite paleo inspired fitness equipment, supplements and (BONUS) my beard care recommendations too!
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Director Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger Faster, Prescription Thugs, Trophy Kids) joins me today to chat nutrition, creativity in film-making and his upcoming film Leaf of Faith (to be released this May) which is about Kratom, an all natural plant leaf which enthusiasts claim carries a host of benefits to include opiate addiction recovery, pain relief, and anxiety reduction. 

Chris is a very talented film-maker and I encourage you to check out his films! 

As always, check out my site for updates, bios, links, and reviews of products I talk about on the show.

Thanks for listening! 



John Mathis has been on the show a number of times and each episode he brings something completely different. This week he tells us about his work with IBM in the advancements of Artificial Intelligence in medical technology, specifically the role of Watson, IBM's trademark AI. We also dip our toes into the usual WWI topics of health and optimal nutrition. 

You can visit John's site at and learn about everything from Reiki healing to his near-death experience that changed his life. 

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Dr. Ken Berry is the author of “Lies My Doctor Told Me”. He wrote the book after trying to lose weight following the conventional method - low-fat, high carb, more exercise. Convention failed, as it does for the majority of those who try it but Dr. Berry didn't give up! He discovered Robb Wolf’s “The Paleo Solution” and Mark Sisson’s “The Primal Blueprint” and not only enjoyed amazing success but changed his entire paradigm!
Globally, health and wellness are at a tipping point. We are quickly approaching an era where 50% of our friends and family will be diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and 75% with metabolic syndrome. To say this would be catastrophic would be an understatement.
Luckily, more and more folks are understanding that the Standard American Diet is to blame. To add insult to injury, the recommendation of eating low-fat, low-calorie and increased exercise may have been wrong!
I highly recommend reading The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung and Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes as jumping off points for learning about the obesity epidemic and how it can be eradicated.  

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 PoliticsPolitical 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.  

Follow me on Twitter: @Joeuscinski or on Facebook: Joseph E Uscinski


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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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 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 with questions, comments, critiques or if you want to be on the show.

Merry Christmas! -ks


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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Hans Fex is a successful entrepreneur and the creator of the fascinating Mini-Museum ( 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.


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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And of course, come visit Revival 1869 in the heart of Down Town Clayton, NC for delicious craft cocktail!  




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