Never in history has life-altering information been so widely available as it is today and yet the youth flock to decrepit institutions which force on the student a rigid and often ineffective educational curriculum. Freedom lies on the other side self education and your own self education begins with the content you consume. On this podcast we curate a collection of unique minds and perspectives to share what they know in order to provide you with a morsel of Knowledge Without College.
Chrisman Frank is the co-founder and CEO of Synthesis School. His project is like the "Ender's game" for education, where they scale the best ideas from Ad Astra, a school that one of his co-founders and friends built with Elon Musk, for his kids, to get a better and more interactive education, focusing on problem solving and finding better and more innovative ways of teaching kids. We talk about this subject, about education in general and what this new idea can offer to people versus the more traditional schooling systems, especially during home schooling and the pandemic. This was an amazing, very open and relaxed conversation, and a great way to start off 2021. Enjoy!
Dr. Gary Laderman is Goodrich C. White professor and chair of the religion department at Emory University, as well as the author of books like "Don't Think About Death: A Memoir on Mortality", and "Sacred Matters: Celebrity Worship, Sexual Ecstasies, the Living Dead, and Other Signs of Religious Life in the United States". He has also co-edited two encyclopedias. Dr. Laderman has been interviewed on various topics in American religious cultures, ranging from death and funerals to horror films and psychedelics, in a variety of media, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers, several radio and TV shows. He is continuing to research, write, and teach on the sacred in American life generally, and is currently working on a book project exploring religion and drugs, a subject we talk about in detail during this conversation. Enjoy!
Brian Muraresku graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a degree in Latin, Greek and Sanskrit, as an alumnus of Georgetown Law and a member of the New York Bar, he has been practicing law internationally for fifteen years. In 2016, Muraresku became the founding executive director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. Their work has been featured on CNN and ESPN, as well as The Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the New York Times Best Selling author of "The Immortality Key: the Secret History of the Religion with No Name" book, which we talk about in detail during this interview. Enjoy!
Jennifer Shahade is a two-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion and has the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. She is also a speaker, host, author and PokerStars Ambassador, as well as the Program Director at US Chess Women. Jennifer is passionate about female empowerment and creative work around the games she loves most. She is the author of "Chess Bitch" and "Play Like a Girl", books that aim to bring more females into the game. Jennifer is also a commentator and streamer on Twitch at twitch.tv/jenshahade. She hosts the US Chess Championships, the Grand Chess Tour and the award winning "Ladies Knight" and "The GRID" podcasts. Her second podcast won the Global Poker Award for the best poker podcast in the World in 2020! Enjoy!
Xander Smith is a digital, 3D artist and concept designer. He currently works as the Lead Artist at Aliza Technologies. He has worked on a number of amazing projects, including: American Horror Story, Aquaman, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Star Wars: The Mandalorian. We talked about his career, his company Aliza Technologies and how it came to be, as well as their most interesting concept which is combining Deep Learning with 3D Design, making surreal 3D models, and some general subjects on this matter like virtual reality, deep fakes, and more. A very friendly and open conversation, one that we will surely repeat in the future. Enjoy!
Lev Osipovich Alburt is a chess Grandmaster, writer and coach. He is a former three-time U.S. chess champion, three-time Ukrainian champion and former European team champion, as well as one of the most sought-after chess teachers in the world. Lev did not prefer the communist system and came over from Russia to the U.S. in 1979, at a time when it was extremely dangerous to do so. Once in the U.S., he reunited with his old teacher, I.M. Roman Pelts, who had smuggled out the secret lesson plans that had produced Soviet world-dominance in chess for three decades. The two got to work, and very quickly, Lev began to publish what was to become the best-selling and highly praised Comprehensive Chess Course. In 2004, he was awarded the title of FIDE Senior Trainer. In New York City, where he lives, several Wall Street figures and other prominent people have taken chess classes from him, including Carl Icahn, Stephen Friedman, Doug Hirsch, Eliot Spitzer and Ted Field. He is still teaching today, online as well. Enjoy!
Stephon Alexander is an award-winning theoretical cosmologist, professor of physics at Brown University and the president of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). He is also a science advisor for Disney, and author of "The Jazz Of Physics", known for blending the worlds of theoretical physics and jazz music. Dr. Alexander was also born in Trinidad, but moved to the United States when he was eight. We talk about his interest for physics and science in general, how that came to be, and how his revolutionary idea of blending music and science together, and creating an unexpected link between those elements, has changed the views of many on how physics is perceived. We also talk exclusively about his upcoming book, called "Fear Of A Black Universe". Enjoy!
Maurice Ashley is an international chess grandmaster, chess commentator and analyst. Through his love for chess, he not only made history as the first African-American Grandmaster in the game, but he has managed to translate his love to other similar activities, as a three-time national championship coach, author, ESPN commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor and motivational speaker. Travelling the world as an ardent spokesperson of the many character building effects of chess, Maurice consults with universities, schools, chess clubs, executives and celebrities on how chess principles and strategies can be applied to improve business practices and assist with personal growth. We talk about his passion for the game, the wisdom and knowledge that he found within, and why it is so important to educate younger generations and make them think about their future, instead of just their present. Enjoy!
Amy Emerson is the Chief Executive Officer at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit organization. As the Chief Executive Officer, Amy has led the growth and development of this new subsidiary and is responsible for overall global regulatory strategy and implementation of research programs with a focus on the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy program within MAPS PBC. In this conversation we talk about her journey, and how she became one of leaders of MAPS's mission, about her past, her present and future. Tune in to hear more about the association, and how you can contribute to their amazing work. Enjoy!
Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open, collaborative network of farmers, engineers, architects and supporters, whose main goal is the eventual manufacturing of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) including the 50 most important industrial machines, which would take to build a small civilization with modern comforts. Marcin talks about founding the company and materializing his idea of complete off-grid living. In this very interesting Episode, we talk about open-sourcing, off-grid housing solutions, solar and nuclear power, and go into scientific details of how and why you should think about switching to independent energy production. Enjoy!
Joel Salatin is the most famous farmer in America. Joel, owner of "Polyface Farm" in Swoope, Virginia, where he advocates the philosophy of farming, while emphasizing healthy grass on which animals can thrive in a symbiotic cycle of feeding, is also a lecturer and author with his latest book "Beyond Labels: A Doctor and a Farmer Conquer Food Confusion One Bite at a Time" just being published. He is also a very well known public speaker, and calls himself a 'Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer'. We debated orthodoxy versus heresy, talked about the pandemic and the repercussions of it on modern day urban living, and more in this incredible Episode of KWC Podcast. Enjoy!
Raghunath Cappo is a musician, vocalist and member of the punk/hardcore band called Youth of Today, which championed the principles of clean living, vegetarian diet, and self-control, as well as one of the creators of Revelation Records, his own indie record label. After this, his path took him on a spiritual quest, as he became a monk while learning the philosophy of yoga and how to practice and teach it. We talk about all of this and more in this incredible interview, including conversations about the educational system and outside schooling, his own podcast and how that came to be, and how we take the 'personal' out of spiritual beings, and beings in general. Enjoy!
John Lee Dumas is the founder & host of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast with over 2000 episodes recorded! Here he interviews inspiring entrepreneurs who can help all of you succeed on your entrepreneurial journey! He started his entrepreneurial career in 2012 and until 2019 has generated over $16 Million in revenue through his podcasts, while becoming widely regarded as one of the best viral entrepreneur podcasters in the United States. In this quick, rapid-fire interview we talk about his beginnings, discuss the entrepreneurial world today, and answer all of those questions that lead every future entrepreneur into doubt. Enjoy!
Marcus Whitney is the CEO and founder of Health: Further, a strategic advisory firm working with leading healthcare organizations, as well as the founding partner of Jumpstart Health Investors, the most active venture capital firm in America focused on innovative healthcare companies. In his entrepreneurial career, he has founded two innovative companies in the healthcare space, exited a tech marketing company, and co-owns Nashville’s new Major League Soccer team. In his new the book "Create and Orchestrate: The Path to Claiming Your Creative Power from an Unlikely Entrepreneur", he demystifies much of what keeps people from pursuing entrepreneurship and explains why it’s the only vocation that allows you to control your time by using your creativity. Enjoy!
Sol Brah is physical spiritualist, nature enthusiast and aesthetic curator. I have to say that I first noticed Sol Brah by following his very interesting Twitter account, and discovering many cool stories and posts about physical health, wellness and mental health. We do talk about the overpowering influence of Social Media, Internet and spending too much time using phones in this Episode, but nevertheless this is still the easiest way of connecting with each other. Connect with us by listening to this Episode, and learning many new things as I did. Enjoy!
Joshua Lisec is the founder of The Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith LLC, Ohio’s first Certified Professional Ghostwriter, a multiple time #1 International Bestselling Ghostwriter, a Forbes Contributor ghostwriter, a TEDx speaker, a leading authority on author voice authenticity, and a two-time published novelist. Since 2011, he has ghostwritten forty books. In this episode we talk about ghostwriting in general, how Joshua successfully runs his company using software, data based models, numeric analysis, great marketing and most importantly his incredible writing talents to make his dream come true. Enjoy!
Ben Wolff is the Chairman and CEO of the leading global robotics company, Sarcos Robotics. Wolff previously served on the board of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Sarcos Robotics is revolutionizing the future of work across the private and public sectors through its advanced line of robotic products that augment, rather than replace, humans. By combining the intelligence, instinct, and judgment of humans with the strength, endurance, and precision of machines, the result is a workforce that is not only safer but significantly more productive. We talk about their technology, it's practical application in our everyday lives, as well as in the military and other industries, and what it could bring for us in the near- and distant future. Enjoy!
Jack Murphy is an author, Podcast host, a Twitter professional as well as the founder of the "Liminal Order", an exclusive men’s organization whose mission is to change our culture by changing ourselves. We talk about this organisation, how it came to be and how it grew over the past couple of years. We also elaborate on some interesting terms, like: healthy information, information militia, continuous media division, and more. While speaking about self-improvement and charity goals that Jack has in plan in the future, we wrap up this short, but very interesting episode of our "weekly open and relaxed conversation". Be sure to follow him on Twitter, and check out his personal website to find out more about everything mentioned in this Episode. Enjoy!
Dr. Patrick Moore is the founding member and former President and Director of Greenpeace International. He is an environmental and climate expert, focusing on rational environmentalism. Dr. Moore is also an author, as his book "Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout" is another one we highly recommend reading. We talk about climate change, plastic pollution, nuclear energy and more, as Dr. Moore debunks the theories of what exactly and in what manner pollutes our seas and oceans, and what radical changes to the industry will (not) bring to the environment. Of course, the impact of the coronavirus on the environment is another subject of this conversation. It's been an honor, and a privilege to do our "weekly open and relaxed conversation" with Mr. Moore, as I'm sure you will enjoy this one very much. Stay safe. Enjoy!
John McAfee comes back to our Podcast, this time joined by his wonderful wife Janice, as they help us make our first ever two-guest Episode. You have already met John and been fascinated by his open mindedness, illustrative, colorful and extremely precise expressions and stories. This is why today, we catch up on what happened in the World since our last conversation, and there is so much to mention. We talk about politics, the 2020 elections and how the health crisis will affect them, the coronavirus pandemic and how it has- and will influence everything around us for years to come as Janice and John, a 74 year old, give us their opinion on how countries around the World have (miss)behaved on this matter. A big thank you to the McAfee's for this incredibly interview, and we wish you all to stay safe. Enjoy!
Zoltan Istvan is an American transhumanist, journalist, entrepreneur and futurist. He is running as a Libertarian to become the next Vice President of the United States of America. Zoltan is a tech-guru, best-selling author and a popular media figure discussing science and technology in general, everywhere he appears. Today, we discuss the current situation regarding the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the crisis that has been going on for weeks. We also talk about the influence that better decision making, better tech solutions, and better investing would have made, about UBI and much more. This is our second interview with Zoltan, so feel free to check out the first one and definitely support his campaign, on his website and everywhere else. Enjoy!
Peter J. Dominick is an American stand-up comedian, public speaker, news commentator and podcast host. He appeared on "The Colbert Report" with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, as the warm-up act for "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, CNBC's "Mad Money" and the opening act for comedian Artie Lange. Pete was the host of a daily 3-hour live radio show on SiriusXM, called "Stand Up with Pete Dominick" for almost 12 years. The show welcomed 3-4 expert guests on a broad range of issues and ideas, and cultivated a following of similarly curious and passionate people who wanted to learn, laugh and grow together, talking about parenting, politics, health care, sustainable living, etc. Nowadays, look for his podcast called "StandUP! with Pete Dominick" available on Apple Podcasts, we absolutely love it. Enjoy!
John McAfee is a legendary computer programmer and businessman, one of the biggest cyber security experts of our time. He founded the software company McAfee Associates in 1987, which created "McAfee", the first commercial antivirus software. The business now produces a range of enterprise security software, and has become world-famous. John has a big following on Social Media, as he is a political activist, running for president in the 2020 elections with his own campaign, promoting blockchain and cryptocurrencies. We talk about this in particular, and more, in this short but very colorful and valuable, unique interview, full of wise words and advice for the young entrepreneurs out there. Enjoy!
David Allen is a productivity consultant and legendary expert in the field of human productivity. He is the author of "Getting Things Done", a time management guide, and a few other books on the same subject. His work is very easy to read and to follow, but this is not your everyday, afternoon-book-to-read piece. It's full of simple methods which you can learn and practice, and see the results very soon. He is the creator of the David Allen Company, whose presenters regularly give one-day public seminars on the methodology. Allen himself occasionally gives lectures or sessions. I've had an amazing time talking to him, I recommend you taking notes because this one is really helpful. Enjoy!
Robert Brill is an entrepreneur, the Founder and CEO of BrillMedia.co, a “hyperlocal” advertising agency that was ranked #155 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately held companies in USA. Robert is a L.A. native, and as a 16-year advertising executive he has developed his personal brand by creating effective business models through programmatic media for owners to use. He has also grown his brand by becoming a recent addition to "Inc. Masters" network, an official member of the "Forbes Los Angeles Business Council", and host of the "LABusiness" Podcast. Enjoy!
Louie Psihoyos started his career dropping out of college and working as a photographer for National Geographic, only to move to Fortune Magazine, and interview many incredible individuals and true VIP's of the modern society. He later started a non-profit organization called the Oceanic Preservation Society, which we talk about in detail during this Episode. We talked about one of the most awarded documentaries of all time called "The Cove" which Louie directed, "Racing Extinction" and one of his most recent works called "The Game Changers" which is still running on Netflix right now. This is one of our most detailed and colorful interviews yet, and I am sure that you will take a lot from it. Enjoy!
Dr. Bren Phillips is an engineer, currently working as a research scientist and professor at MIT, and a known expert in fluid- and thermal dynamics. Prior to joining the MIT research staff he worked at the "Alden Research Laboratory", on various thermal hydraulic projects, including working with nuclear plants on their resolution to GSI-191. Prior to working at Alden he was a post-doctoral associate in the MIT "NSE" department, working on advanced diagnostic "boiling heat transfer" experiments. He was also involved in "Project Prometheus", an idea that NASA had, to develop nuclear-powered systems for long-duration space missions. We talk about this in particular, as well as why nuclear energy production isn't so popular nowadays, and why it should be in the near future. Enjoy!
Miles Neale is a contemplative psychotherapist, international speaker and author of "Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human". With more than twenty years integrating the mind science and meditative practices of Tibetan Buddhism with psychotherapy, trauma research and neuroscience, Miles is a forerunner in the emerging field of contemplative psychotherapy, and leads pilgrimages around the Buddhist world. This was a very relaxing, spiritual and open minded conversation, which had the purpose of not only bringing me and all of you closer to the Sacred Wisdoms of this world, but to also enlighten a piece of you, and restore faith in general. Enjoy!
Brett Jones is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from High Point University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). With over twenty years of experience, Brett is now the Director of Education at StrongFirst, as well as an author at their official website and blog. We talk about training in general, about rest as the single most abused training variable, and of course about kettlebell training, as I am looking to implement this in my training routine as soon as possible, and possibly come back with the results. Enjoy!
Alex J. O'Connor is a very smart, young YouTuber, a writer and a Podcast host. His channel called the 'CosmicSkeptic' is "a place where you can find various discussions of philosophical topics ranging from the crucially important to the trivially interesting". He is an advocate of free speech in general, an atheist and a vegan as well. We talk about the last two in depth during this Episode, as Alex explains how, when and why he started caring for the lives of animals, eating animals as an underestimated global issue, as well as if the world can survive without eating animals at all. We also talk about how he became an atheist, and everything that the therm exactly means. If you are interested in hearing more, please follow Alex and his work. Definitely check out his YouTube channel first and foremost, and his personal website as well. Enjoy!
Akshay Nanavati is a US Marine veteran, he is a speaker as well as an adventurer, entrepreneur and author. His book called "Fearvana" (Fear + Nirvana) has received a lot of great endorsements from people like: the Dalai Lama, Seth Godin, Jack Canfield. He has risen above some really difficult and traumatizing life experiences, which he mentions during this Episode, that really make him a great writer to go to, if searching for life-health books to read like this one. The sales of his book support a lot of charity organizations, so we highly recommend you check it out immediately. We also spoke about spending time in the dark, and how that reflects on your mindset. A great experience for me, and hopefully for all of you. Enjoy!
Michael Short is originally from Boston, and works currently as the Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, with more than 15 years of research experience in the field of nuclear materials, microstructural characterization, and alloy development. As an expert in the fields of micro-/nano scale characterization, multi physics modeling & simulation, Michael answers all of my questions regarding nuclear in general. We talk about the real and fake dangers of nuclear energy, it's relation to solar, how complicated it is to start a company in this industry nowadays, why the government hasn't shown much interest in this field, and much more. Thank you Michael for your time, this has been a great experience, and to everyone who is interested in this field as much as I am, be sure to check out MIT's online 'MOOC' crash courses on nuclear science FOR FREE, because knowledge is for everyone and is meant to be free. Enjoy!
Paul Selig was born in New York City, where he attended the "New York University". After this, he received his master’s degree from "Yale University". A spiritual experience in 1987 left him clairvoyant, and after that Paul presents himself as a medium for channeling, a psychic, energy healer, teacher and author. He is the author of five channeled books including his newest "Beyond the Known: Realization" completely audio transcribed from his channeling sessions, with almost no editing at all! Paul is considered one of the foremost contributors to the field of channeled literature working today. He organizes these channeled workshops internationally all year long, and records live streaming sessions once a week, as well. A great, fun individual, very open about his work and even with my skepticism, I had an amazing time talking to him. Enjoy!
Scott Adams is probably best known for creating "Dilbert", an awesome series of cartoon strips. He has an amazing, extremely informative, self-titled periscope, where he operates as our fellow colleague and podcast host sometimes even twice a day. Here you can hear and feel his vast experience regarding hypnosis and persuasion, as well as have a nice cup of coffee! His books are probably the "crown jewels" of his work, with all of them being part of my all time favorite books, including "Win Bigly", and "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life", as well as his newest book which we talk about in detail during this Episode, called "Loserthink". Thank you to Scott, it's been a pleasure to have him and to promote ALL of his work. Enjoy!
A.J. Jacobs is an American journalist, author, and lecturer best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments. This genre is often called "immersion journalism", or "stunt journalism". He transferred his experiences into several books, like "Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey" and "It's All Relative" explaining his experiments in detail. He works as an editor for "Esquire" and has worked for the "Antioch Daily Ledger" and "Entertainment Weekly". We talk about his books, his connections with other well-known authors and producers, his new potential Podcast and share some interesting thoughts about the after-life. Hear this and much more in this (long awaited) episode! Enjoy!
Brandon Straka is a famous hairstylist and actor, former liberal activist and the founder of the #WalkAway campaign. We first met on this trash pickup event, which was organized by him in Los Angeles. His campaign is a social media campaign that launched ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections, and targeted those who decided to abandon the Democratic party at the time, for various reasons. We dive into his personality, his career, campaign, motives for political engagements and much more in this short but very interesting Podcast experience. Enjoy!
Róbert Vass is a very successful, young man who specializes in international relations, and is the founder and president of GLOBSEC - a Slovakia based, think tank. For those of you who are not familiar with this subject, a think tank is an institute which performs research and advocacy, concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. Róbert tells us more about what GLOBSEC is all about, as we dive into subjects concerning the regulation of modern technologies, sustainability, educational costs in Europe and in America, and much more. Enjoy!
Stephen Thomas King is a travelling author (not to be mistaken for Stephen King the writer of "IT"), who has a very unique and interesting story to share with us. Stephen sold his belongings, bought a bus, converted it into a living space and started travelling with only one idea in mind and that is to write. He is currently writing his books on the subject of "The 7 Dares" which is a concept he created, and gives us a very thorough, objective and detailed explanation of what life is all about. Today he interviews ME and not vice versa as usual, so if you are interested in finding out more, not only about him and his life, but also about mine, give this Episode a listen. Enjoy!
Zuby is a very successful, up-and-coming hip hop artist from the UK, who achieved major success during the past year, in many of his different careers. As a Computer Science undergraduate at Oxford University, Zuby declined 'the normal job' and started rapping! Within months he self-released his debut album 'Commercial Underground', slowly building up a fan base and achieving major success afterwards. He toured the UK during the past year, and released his book called "Strong Advice: Zuby's Guide to Fitness for Everybody". We absolutely recommend checking out his new Podcast, called "Real Talk with Zuby" as well. Enjoy!
Jesse La Flair is one of the most recognized professional parkour and free running athletes in the world. Besides his incredible and unique career in action sports, which is accompanied by a signature shoe model, he is a very well known YouTube and Internet personality, with over 1 Million followers combined. His career as a Hollywood stuntman and TV personality, appearing for instance in the latest "X Men" movies as a stunt double for "Nightcrawler", has shaped him into a very bold and talented filmmaker and screen artist, as he has produced and released his own documentary, fully independent, and of great quality. This and much more in the latest Episode. Enjoy!
In this episode I interview Douglas Hanson! Douglas is an architect, and owner of "Hanson LA", an architectural company which has been a part of some really interesting, and monumental projects not only here in Los Angeles, but in Europe (the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao) as well. Douglas has worked for over three decades both with globally recognized architecture firms and independently. He has extensive experience in all phases of design, from research through construction, with cultural, commercial, and residential projects of all scales and magnitudes, and appreciates art of all sorts. Enjoy!
Ramin Nazer is a very creative and successful young entrepreneur. He is a very talented artist, animator and illustrator. On top of that, he writes and creates short books that reflect simple, but amazing and unusual stories in a fun and different way, his way. He hosts the "Rainbow Brainskull Hour Podcast", which is truly a reflection of everything that he does and represents, and I highly recommend you check it out. I had an amazing time, and so will you. Enjoy!
Jennifer Barbosa is a young, intelligent woman, with a background in acting, modelling and movie production, currently running for Congress against Adam Schiff in his district in California, as an independent candidate. We talk about her campaign and how she decided to engage this career, and discuss her opinions and some hypothetical solutions for problems facing Californians and Americans right now especially in the district, and a lot more. I really enjoyed this week's 'open and relaxed' conversation with Jennifer, and am curious to see what she does in the near future, following up in a couple of months. Enjoy!
Mick West is a science writer, skeptical investigator and former video game programmer. He is the creator of ContrailScience.com and Metabunk.org, where he investigates and debunks interesting conspiracy theories. He is also a Podcast Host, and an author, who has a book called "Escaping the Rabbit hole - How to debunk Conspiracy Theories using Facts, Logic and Respect". I had an awesome time doing our weekly 'open and relaxed' conversation with Mick, as KWC Podcast seems almost like the perfect place for him, and his stories. Enjoy!
Suzanne Ciani is a revolutionary musician and sound creator of the past, as well as the present, one I was very honored to host on this Podcast. Her incredible career as a sound designer, composer and producer, playing the 'Buchla' and specializing in quadraphonic sound, earned her nicknames like "Diva of the Diode" and "America's first female synth hero". Her résumé is rich with appearances on Television (The David Letterman Show), Radio and live in Theaters, Stadiums and all over the World, doing what she does in a unique and perfect way. I recommend listening carefully to her voice, taking notes, and researching at the same time, if you are able to. Enjoy!
Mark Frauenfelder is a maker, an editor, writer, illustrator, and public speaker. He was the founding editor at Wired.com, his collaborative weblog Boing Boing, as well as the Make Magazine. His work was discovered by Billy Idol, who consulted Frauenfelder for his Cyberpunk album. He is also an author of 7 books, and currently works at the Institute for the Future as a Research Director. I had an amazing time talking to Mark, our time together absolutely flew by, as we were talking about creating, making and manufacturing, the Internet, Social Media and his creations. Enjoy!
Bill Cords is an engineer by profession, but comes on today as a Level II Wim Hof Method Instructor, and a North American representative of his. He talks about Wim himself, what this method of his represents, how he got involved and why he became an instructor. For those who are not familiar with the Method, we highly recommend reading books (which you can find on our Book Club) or checking out other sources first, such as the documentary "The Iceman". Enjoy!
Patrick Ryan is (still) one of the smartest and most profound individuals, that I have talked to on this Podcast. We pick up exactly where we left off, talking about AI technology, robots starting religions, advanced intelligence and its roots, the predictive quality of modern laws, and much more. He shares his thoughts, as a military robotics expert, on how and where we should begin to influence the evolution of AI and where we need to be right now, in order to understand it. Another great one, to be remembered for a long time. Enjoy!
Cory Allen is an author, Podcast host, meditation teacher and audio engineer from Austin, Texas. His Podcast "The Astral Hustle" is full of materials and conversations, similar to the one that is presented to you here. He is not only a very nice person, with an incredibly relaxing voice, but a creative and influential individual, who represents an "open book" about mind peacefulness, mindfulness and meditation, writing, thinking, cognitive sciences, etc. Give this a listen, and research his Podcast "The Astral Hustle" for more. Enjoy!
Jason Jean is the founder of Tattered Beans, a really successful coffee company which gives back to US veterans. He’s an Air Force veteran himself, who recently learned he has cancer. He’d been an entrepreneur for 20+ years, earned and lost millions, gaining the most of his entrepreneurial skills through real world experience, and after his diagnosis he wanted to focus on leaving a legacy and helping those who are willing to protect our freedom. An awesome person, and one of our all-time favorite guests. Enjoy!
Eric Santos is the business owner of a company called Benchmark Intelligence, he is the "word hustler", and author of the self-published book called "Shoot Your Shot". The book is about dating in general, and the pros and cons of the modern society using online dating services, as the main source for finding potential partners. Eric talks about the process of publishing your own book, how best to do it and how to print and sell the book online. Although handing out great advice, Eric states that his company is his main focus now, which he also presents in detail. Enjoy!
Mark Bell is a World- and American record holding Power lifter, Fitness and Weightlifting expert, Podcast Host and the Creator of the "Slingshot", as the ultimate bench press accessory tool. He has an amazing career and life story, which is highlighted by consistency, effort, and focus, which he embodies perfectly. He suffered injuries which would leave most of us incapable of continuing normal life, but remained dedicated to his goals. His newest career as a Podcast Host is just a crown to his success, as he opens up about everything on ours. Enjoy!
Jay Campbell is the Amazon Best Selling author of three change making books in the optimization health care space, and the author of the 2018 #1 overall Men's Health book: "The Testosterone Optimization Therapy Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Living a Fully Optimized Life". Jay is a master at manipulating and tweaking the human endocrine system to optimize performance and health, which we talk about in this Episode quite a lot. He is also an entrepreneur, and a colleague of mine as he hosts the "TOT Revolution Podcast", which we highly recommend! All KWC fans can get a free copy of Jay's new book, as mentioned in this Episode, by contacting his team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Patrick Ryan is an incredible individual, he works in IT, is an author and a military robotics expert. Patrick has one of the most wealthiest minds in terms of life experience and general knowledge, regarding everyone and everything. This is one of the longest and most interesting conversations we have ever made for KWC Podcast, as Patrick spoke not only about technology, but also about psychology, evolution, literature and religion. Enjoy!
Wim Ouboter is a Swiss entrepreneur, inventor, former banker, and owner of a company called “Micro-mobility” which specializes in innovative and unconventional means of transportation, for people of all ages. He also invented the popular "Razor" scooter from the 1990's, which we talk about in this Podcast as he shares his ideas of what modern transportation should look like. His company has a new product of very high potential, an electric small car(vehicle) called the "Microlino", which has been modeled from the original 1960's BMW Isetta. Wim gifted us his inspiration, opened up about experiences as a entrepreneur, inventor and marketing expert, and shared some great advice for young entrepreneurs out there. Enjoy!
Shaun Leverett is a Certified Personal Trainer, widely recognized for his expertise in functional training, Muay Thai, and his commitment to developing and implementing innovative fitness training sessions. He achieved this, by working in the Fitness Industry for over 25 years, among others as the "Health and Fitness" editor of both "Inglewood Today" and "Crenshaw Today" Magazines.
But no, today's episode is not about his career. Shaun has an amazing story to tell, giving us an insight into his rough upbringing, talking about all the experiences he had growing up in his neighborhood, and how he rose above all that. Enjoy!
Lance Stander has been in the automobile industry for over 37 years. He opened Hillbank Motor Corp located in Costa Mesa, California in 1999 after years in South Africa where he worked with his father. In 2005 Lance purchased Superformance and he is the worldwide distributor for all Superformance built cars. This is an American automotive company which has been designing, building and marketing sports cars, performance components and full car replicas, for the past 20 years. Lance's energy and enthusiasm are amazing, and it doesn't matter if you are a car person or not, he has something in store for everybody. Enjoy!
Dr. Emery N. Brown is a statistician, anesthesiologist and neuroscientist. He is the "Warren M. Zapol" Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, as well as a practicing anesthesiologist. At MIT he is the "Edward Hood Taplin" Professor of Medical Engineering and Professor of Computational Neuroscience, as well as the Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and the Director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. Brown is also the first African American and first anesthesiologist to be elected to all three National Academies. Needless to say that Dr. Emery is one of the smartest individuals we've ever had on our Podcast, and a true hero of our time who works every day to make this world a better place for all of us. It was an honor talking to him about anesthesiology and neuroscience, I recommend you to sit back, take notes and listen carefully. Enjoy!
Joe Quirk is a very well-known and respected American writer (author), novelist, as well as an Ambassador for the non-profit organisation called the Seasteading Institute. He opens up his mind as we talk about this Project in detail, and his experiences with education in general, and how those helped shape the character he represents today. Joe made this one of the most beautiful KWC conversations we've ever recorded, and we recommend not only listening to his words but also reading them, in his newest book "Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick, and Liberate Humanity from Politicians". Enjoy!
P.S. This and other books, can be found on our website under the new page called: Book Club. Check it out!
Mike Spadier is an expert in marketing, who owns a company called "Heart of the Sun", where he also works at right now. He started his journey while working at Onnit.com with Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan as a marketing agent, creator and manager, in two previous occasions. We talk about the process of dropping out of College and taking a gap year, as Mike shares his experience, as well as his previous jobs and interactions with marketing, branding in general and other very useful related ideas. Enjoy!
William von Hippel is a scientist and professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a very open-minded, eloquent and educated individual, having received his Doctors degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan. Today, he is an evolutionary psychologist and author of the book "The Social Leap", which I recommend and which we talk about during the Podcast. His work has been featured in "The New York Times", "USA Today", "The Australian" and many other. I had a great time talking about all subjects that peaked my interest from his field of research, in a classic KWC, one hour-long Podcast. Enjoy!
Trace Rucarean is another colleague of mine who is employed by (my former company) Sungrade Solar, and probably has the most fun job in our company (his words). He is very successful, open-minded and a one-man show in terms of everything digital that happens in our company. We had a great time talking about Cryptocurrencies, young people working in the present time, and automation of everything around us, especially job-related. Enjoy!
Vineet Verma is a very successful and charismatic person, originally from India but currently working here in California as a screenwriter, producer, editor, 2D and 3D animator. His projects include work with Stella Artois, Glamour Magazine, GQ Magazine, Yahoo, Christian Louboutin, Nine West and he has written and directed the TV Series "Stitch" starring Michael Wright and Harry Lennix. He was very fun to talk to, and has a love for storytelling which he demonstrates during our interview many times. Enjoy!
Scooter Downey is a very interesting, young, up-and-coming film director and writer, who is known for his work in "It's in the Blood" (2012), "Elixir" (2015) - writer and "Hoaxed" (2019) - director. "Hoaxed" is a newly released documentary, which he co-directed with Jon du Toit, with the help of famous Mike Cernovich as Producer. It is easily one of the best documentaries I have seen in a really long time, which left a very hard impression after watching. Listen to us talk about the film, religion, and his young career and education, and of course watch it yourself. Enjoy!
Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost Bitcoin and open Blockchain experts. It was really an honor and privilege, to do our weekly "open and relaxed" conversation with him. We talk about Bitcoin in particular, it "not dying" and having more and more involvement in our society and life's everyday activities. He is a true professional and a real expert in his field, someone we can all take notes from, delivering one of the longest and most electrifying KWC Podcast dialogues so far. Enjoy!
Kupah James is a very talented and successful young individual, working primarily as a Celebrity DJ, with some his previous experiences involving events organised by the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Childrens Museum, AOL, Google, Expedia and even former president Bill Clinton. He also operates as a very well-known Dance/Fitness instructor and model, achieving the same level of success. You had the opportunity to meet Kupah in Season 11 (2015) of The Bachelorette TV show, where he appeared as a contestant. A true source of positive energy, inspiration, and a great person to have a conversation with. Enjoy!
Juan Agustin Marquez is a four-time Emmy awarded filmmaker, best known for his documentaries 100,000, The Last Colony and his national music TV show: Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla. Juan's continued commitment to the arts, entertainment and education has earned him a spot as one of today's top Latino filmmakers, and we were very honored to have him on the show. Enjoy!
Seamus McNally is an award-winning director and acting coach for film and television in New York City, he also serves actors at the top of their field in delivering some of their most convincing, nuanced work, often with very little time to prepare (Orange is the New Black, Vinyl, Alex Haley’s Roots and more). He is currently working at another acting school and directing a fascinating documentary about a tragic miscarriage of justice within the Spanish legal system. Enjoy!
P.S. The oversea connection gave us a hard time in terms of audio quality, so we're sorry about that.
Mike Schmitz is a fellow colleague of mine who co-hosts two Podcasts at the moment, one being Bookworm with Joe Buhlig and The Free Agents with David Sparks. He is an author as well, his book "Thou Shalt Hustle" is an excellent example of what content he focuses on as a producer and reader. Definitely one of the best conversations we've had on KWC lately. Enjoy!
Zain Jan is first and foremost, my friend, and one of the first guest speakers to be featured on the KWC Podcast. A lot has happened in the past 12 months since he was on the show. We are focusing on communication in general, and how important it is for the success of everything, and everyone around us. Hope you agree. Enjoy!
Andy Galpin has a Masters degree in Human Movement Sciences, and Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics. A professor of Kinesiology at the Center for Sport Performance at CSU, he is also the founder and director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Lab. In addition, he is the co-author of UNPLUGGED with Brian Mackenzie and Phil White, and co-hosts the Body of Knowledge podcast. Enjoy!
Nathan Ogden is a very special individual, introduced to us through our mutual friend and former guest Devin Thorpe. Nathan truly represents perseverance. He has a unique life story to share with us, battling through the toughest of injuries and surviving, emerging as an author and a real hero of our time. Enjoy!
Christopher Stare is the last one in our series of guests from the Libertarian party, he is a candidate for the California State Assembly representing District 51, running in the General elections on November 6.. He has a PhD in Cognition and Neural Systems from the University of Arizona, and has done research on the biological bases of learning, memory, and sleep. Enjoy!
Mimi Robson is a Civil Engineer, with the majority of her projects revolving around repairing and reinforcing commercial buildings, that have been damaged by earthquakes, fire, wind and severe weather. She is also the Chairman of the Libertarian Party and was running as a candidate for the 70th District State Assembly. Enjoy!
Devin Thorpe really is deeply optimistic, he is an author, educator and speaker, who calls himself a "Champion of Social Good". His experience as an investment banker, CFO, treasurer and mortgage broker earned him a keynote speech at the United Nations. His books on using money for good, personal finance, crowdfunding and corporate social responsibility were read over 1 million times, while his YouTube channel has over 1000 videos. Enjoy!
Zoltan Istvan is a Libertarian futurist, journalist, transhumanist and a political activist. He was a reporter and writer for the National Geographic Channel, Wired, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, his writings and ideas have appeared on Yahoo News, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Beast and other media sites. He was a candidate in the 2018 California gubernatorial elections, and the US Presidential elections of 2016, as a member of the Libertarian Party. A great man, and a great mind. Enjoy! P.S. I recommend reading his book "The Transhumanist Wager".
Johnny Beehner has made his network television debut as one of the last comedians to appear on the “Late Show“ with David Letterman. He has made numerous appearances on FOX’s “Laughs” television show, on AXS tv’s “Gotham Comedy Live,” and on XM/Sirius Satellite radio. A father of two (soon three), he really is an awesome guy. You will definitely see me at his next show in LA. Enjoy!
Nick Jovicic is a very interesting and successful young man. He has lived on 3 continents, studies machine engineering and has worked in the automotive industry. He has some great start-up ideas and cool engineering facts to share. Enjoy! P.S. We are sorry about the audio issues that we had with this one, hope you still enjoy it and this will be taken care of in the future.
Aaron Katz is a legendary solar entrepreneur, who has founded 3 solar companies and is currently the CEO of (my former company) Sungrade Solar. With 9 years of experience in the turbulent residential solar industry Aaron has unique insight that is valuable for entrepreneurs at any stage of their career. Enjoy!
Zain Jan, a colleague and friend of mine, who was recently featured in the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, has achieved remarkable success for his young age. I ask him about his college experience and what it took to get him to where he is today. Enjoy!
Andrew Zambetti is currently the senior sales manager of (my former company) Sungrade Solar overseeing the development of 4 sales offices and 65 salespeople around California. I start my professional interviewing career by asking him about his unique college experience. Enjoy!