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EPISODE 17 | Project Blue Beam - Abandon Hope All Ye Who Research Here What do you get for the conspiracy theorist who has everything? How about a conspiracy theory that has everything? Project Blue Beam has it all - a bleak techo-apocalypse that culminates in the enslavement of most of humanity by demons pretending to be god and/or aliens, with th…
 
In this episode I talk to Derek DeWitt about conspiracy theories from JFK's assasination and the Tuskegee experiments to QAnon, UFOs and the New World Order. What attracts people to these theories? Are they dangerous? We also share the conspiracy theories that we DO believe in. Guest Plugs Conspiracy Clearinghouse Podcast Podbean - https://conspira…
 
We’ve caused a turning point in the Earth’s natural history. Everybody Now is a podcast about what it means to be human on the threshold of a global climate emergency, in a time of systemic injustice and runaway pandemics. Scientists, activists, farmers, poets, and theologians talk bravely and frankly about how our biosphere is changing, about grie…
 
In this episode I talk with Hannah Stainer about mental health myths, stigmas, how to talk about it, and her work on the Psykhe podcast. We would all benefit from talking more about mental health and well-being so let's get into it! Guest Plugs Psykhe Podcast - https://www.psykhe.co.uk/ Show Notes Psykhe (Greek Goddess) - https://www.theoi.com/Oura…
 
Episode 16 | Studies & Signals: Insights into the Conspiracy Mindset - Because Reasons 4 Guest: John Poston, Theatrical Artist & Writer We talk about the origins of some clichés about conspiracy folks, as well as some actual scientific studies about the mindset. We also deftly use Star Trek as a metaphor for the brain. And some questionnaires you c…
 
Episode 15 | October Surprise: Fact or Fiction? - The World Is Weird 3 Host: Derek DeWitt Is it commonplace for a big event that sways things to happen in presidential election years in the U.S? Maybe. We'll look at the 18 "October Surprises" in US presidential electoral history, encountering smear attempts, false charges, false claims, outright li…
 
In this episode I talk with Reverend Kyndall Rothaus about becoming a female pastor in Texas, trusting women, dealing with misogyny, micro-aggressions, and rape culture. This is part two of my conversation with Kyndall. If you missed the previous episode please go back and listen! Guest Plugs Kyndall’s Website - http://kyndallraerothaus.com/ Nevert…
 
In this episode I talk with Reverend Kyndall Rothaus about becoming a female pastor in Texas, trusting women, dealing with misogyny, micro-aggressions, and rape culture. This is a two part episode. So stay tuned for the second part soon! Guest Plugs Kyndall’s Website - http://kyndallraerothaus.com/ Nevertheless She Preached - https://www.neverthele…
 
Episode 14 | Conspiracy Thinking in Eastern Europe - Because Reasons 3 Guest: Mark Baker, Journalist & Travel Writer The cultural and social impact of conspiracy thinking will differ depending on where it's happening. You have to take into account a country's particular history to gain some understanding as to why people in that place react the way…
 
In this episode I talk with Allyson Robinson about ways that role playing games can help us learn how to be more vulnerable, empathetic, and compassionate. Can DnD really save us? How can we create spaces for these games that help us grow and have fun? Guest Plugs Allyson on Twitter - https://twitter.com/allysonrobinson Salty Sweet Games - https://…
 
Episode 13 | Mass Hysteria & Shared Delusions - The World Is Weird 2 Host: Derek DeWitt Mass hysteria, collective delusions or just people freaking out - whatever you call it, you can't deny that history is filled with reports of people losing it en masse. We'll look at nuns that bite and meow, fainting and twitching schoolchildren, uncontrollable …
 
In this episode I talk to Alexandra Eidens, the founder of Big Life Journal, about her work to help parents and kids develop a growth mindset. Guest Plugs Big Life Journal - https://biglifejournal.com/ Big Life Kids Podcast - https://biglifejournal.com/pages/podcast Course for Parents coming soon! Show Notes Growth Mindset - https://www.mindsetwork…
 
Episode 03 | Misinformation & Pattern Recognition - Because Reasons 1 Host: Derek DeWitt Why are conspiracy theories so popular with so many? This series of shorter episodes will look at different factors that may be responsible for conspiracy theories taking root in the public consciousness and how they spread with modern communications tools. Alo…
 
Episode 12 | True Fictions - Because Reasons 2 Guest: John Poston, Theatrical Artist and Writer So, just who are these "conspiracy theorists" anyway? I talk with John Poston about conspiracy thinking, true believers and debunkers, how humans create identity through narratives, tribal signalling, Homo Ludens and, of course, the JFK assassination. SE…
 
In part two of my conversation with Mary Beth Kendrick we talk about changing our minds, post-partum depression, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and visualizing other people's pain. Show Notes Reply All #149 30-50 Feral Hogs - https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/n8hw3d Support the Podcast - https://www.patreon.com/wdtatpodcast Leave us a voicemail! h…
 
Episode 11 | Conspirasaurus Rex - Dino-Mite Theories About the Dinosaurs Host: Derek DeWitt What happened to the dinosaurs? Did a meteor wipe them out? Was it volcanoes? Maybe their eggs just sucked. Or they farted themselves to death. Or they never existed at all. Or maybe they never died. Or maaaybe they helped build the pyramids. SECTIONS 01:38 …
 
Show Notes Reply All #149 30-50 Feral Hogs - https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/n8hw3d Support the Podcast - https://www.patreon.com/wdtatpodcast Leave us a voicemail! https://www.speakpipe.com/wdtatpodcast Email your feedback to wdtatpodcast@gmail.com Follow us: Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/wdtatpodcast Instagram - https://www.instagram…
 
Episode 10 | Fright Delays - Denver Airport Is the Nexus of Evil Host: Derek DeWitt It's big, it's unusual and gets folks to thinking. Denver International Airport is more than just the hub for airlines - it's a magnet for just about every conspiracy theory you can think of. SECTIONS 01:46 - That's a Big DEN 04:12 - I Don't Know If It's Art, and I …
 
Guest Plugs Monica Bourgeau - https://monicabourgeau.com/ The Change Code Book - https://thechangecode.net/ The Change Code - http://facebook.com/groups/thechangecode 7 ways to change the world huffington post -https://www.huffpost.com/entry/7-ways-you-can-change-the_b_5962672 Show Notes Episode 029: Spiral Dynamics with Steve Mcdonald Part 1 - htt…
 
Episode 09 | Now You See It, Now You Don't - Finland Doesn't Exist Host: Derek DeWitt There are some things you just know are true. Like that Finland exists. But it doesn't. Neither does Australia. And New Zealand's looking kind of iffy as well. In fact, there are many things that you think are real, but aren't. Like birds. They aren't real either.…
 
Episode 08 | Time Cube - Four Is the Loneliest Number Host: Derek DeWitt The world is a cube, time is a cube, you are a cube - everything's a cube. That's what Gene Ray, an electrician from Florida said. And he should know, since he was "the wisest man on Earth" and "wiser than God". This is the strange and occasionally disturbing story of one of t…
 
Part 2 of my conversation with my friend Musiki Glover about race, racism, using the word lynching, and her experience growing up as a black woman. Just a heads up since I know there are listeners who listen with their kids, there are a couple expletives dropped in the conversation. Not a lot, but kids notice everything! Important Links SURJ is a n…
 
In this episode I talk to my friend Musiki Glover about race, racism, using the word lynching, and her experience growing up as a black woman. Just a heads up since I know there are listeners who listen with their kids, there are a couple expletives dropped in the conversation. Not a lot, but kids notice everything! Important Links SURJ is a nation…
 
Episode 07 | The Lucifer Project(s) - Big Scary in Sky! Host: Derek DeWitt Space might not be such a final frontier after all. Is the Vatican secretly in league with aliens? Or demons pretending to be aliens? Was Jesus an extraterrestrial? Is NASA trying to create a second sun in our solar system? These questions and more must be examined. And when…
 
Show Notes Paul Tillich - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Tillich John Shelby Spong - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Shelby_Spong End of Faith by Sam Harris - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29501.The_End_of_Faith Skepticism - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skepticism Atheism - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism Agnosticism - https://e…
 
Episode 06 | The Tuskegee Study - The World is Weird 1 Host: Derek DeWitt The tale of a 40-year clinical study with overtones of both race and class, shows just what some people are willing to do once they have otherized their fellow humans. If they're willing to do that, the reasoning goes, what else might they be willing to do? This builds distru…
 
This is part two of my conversation with Steve Mcdonald about Spiral Dynamics. In this episode we make the leap from Tier 1 to Tier 2 and talk about what the heck that means. If you haven’t listened to part 1 yet, you might want to listen to it first since we are picking up where we left off last week. Guest Plugs Future Sense Podcast - http://futu…
 
Episode 05 | 44 for 44 - The Obama Conspiracies (Thanks, Obama!) Host: Derek DeWitt The 44th US President sure had a lot of theories about him. Was he really a cocaine-fueled, murdering, gay, inter-dimensional, Satanic, Mars-visiting lizard who could control the weather? Every leader of a country, or anyone that much in the public eye, is sure to e…
 
Guest Plugs Future Sense Podcast - http://futuresense.it Steve McDonald - https://www.eman8.net/ AADII Change Agency - https://www.aadii.org/ Switzerland Talk 2018 - https://youtu.be/Iz6RNJPUUak Show Notes Image of spiral dynamics model - https://wdtatpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/91c6d332d65002af9474600f6c8207cf-scaled.jpg Clare Graves - …
 
Episode 04 | Saddam's Stargate and Taskforce 20 Host: Derek DeWitt The United States went into Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein from using and/or developing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). They meant chemical and biological weapons, but what if the WMDs were something else? What if Hussein had found ancient alien technology that allowed him to commu…
 
Episode 02 | A Cavalcade of COVID-19 Crackpottery Host: Derek DeWitt The year 2020 has started off being defined by the global spread of the COVID-19 human coronavirus, but it's not just the illness that spreading - misinformation, disinformation, misconceptions and outright lies are also on a worldwide tour aided and abetted by social media. We'll…
 
Episode 01 | Glass Onion - The Beatles Conspiracies Host: Derek DeWitt The Beatles made more of an impact than perhaps any other band in history. Their highly engineered later albums, use of backmasking and decidedly quirky senses of humor seem to leave trails of breadcrumbs for people to follow into deeper, hidden truths about them. You may have h…
 
In this episode I talk to Suzannah Gonzales of The News Literacy Project about why there's so much misinformation, what w can do about it, and how her organization can help! Guest Plugs The News Literacy Project - https://newslit.org/ Checkology FREE to parents and teachers during pandemic - https://newslit.org/educators/checkology/ Informable App …
 
Well, when I recorded this interview with my friend Sharyl we lived in a very different world. We weren’t thinking about global pandemics, social distancing, or using zoom quite as much as we are now. Many of us are sheltering in place and facing restrictions to help slow the spread of this new virus. We are, well at least I am, at times anxious an…
 
In part 2 of my conversation with Carl McColman we talk about technology’s effect on us, why we are afraid of silence, and what it can contribute to better conversations. On his podcast Encountering silence they always take a 30 second pause of silence in the middle of the episode. I’ve also done that in these two episodes as a way for us to practi…
 
In this episode I talk to Carl McColman about technology’s effect on us, why we are afraid of silence, and what it can contribute to better conversations. This will be a two part conversation that we will finish next week. On his podcast Encountering silence they always take a 30 second pause of silence in the middle of the episode. I’ve also done …
 
In this episode I talk with Paul Kirst about his work with Better Angels to teach and promote dialogue across the red and blue divide. We also discuss civil wars both past and future and what they might teach us. Show Notes Better Angels Workshops - https://www.better-angels.org/ It Could Happen Here with Robert Evans - https://www.iheart.com/podca…
 
In this episode I talk to Erin Payseur Oeth about how to get beyond the binary in our discussions, being co-creators of the communities where we live, and we reveal the hidden truth that... the government is us! Guest Plugs What is Public Deliberation? By Erin Payseur Oeth - https://www.naspa.org/blog/what-is-public-deliberation-an-introduction Bay…
 
In this episode I talk to Pastor Erica Lea Simka about LGBTQ identities and terminology, practice introducing myself with my pronouns, get corrected more than once, and we almost have an altar call when she tells me about the antidote to call out culture. Show Notes Resources for Allies - https://www.glaad.org/resources/ally/14 Transgender FAQ - ht…
 
In this episode I talk to Michael Evans about empathy, what it is and how it works. We also talk about our feelings, why dads are the MOST emotional, and develop our new brand… the Baptist Buddha! Guest Plug Empathy & Podcast - http://www.empathyand.com/ Show Notes Ten Percent Happier Podcast: Kryptonite for the Inner Critic, Kristin Neff, PhD - ht…
 
Lucas talks with sex therapist Julie Jeske about how to talk about sex, why it's so difficult, and what the BDSM kink community can teach all of us about how to improve our relationships! Guest Plugs Julie Jeske - http://juliejeske.com Swoon Podcast - https://www.therapyden.com/blog/swoon Show Notes Therapy Den - http://therapyden.com The Guide to …
 
Lucas talks to immigration lawyer Anali Looper about why people migrate to other countries, myths about immigration, and we get down and dirty with the nitty-gritty details of the immigration system. Guest Plug American Gateways - http://www.americangateways.org/ Show Notes Southern Poverty Law Center Teaching Tolerance Curriculum - https://www.tol…
 
In this episode I talk to Tommy Estlund about his podcast the Curiosity Hour, how we know when to block or unfriend someone, and why we don’t want to be like Marty McFly. Guest Plugs The Curiosity Hour Podcast - http://thecuriosityhourpodcast.com Tommy Estlund on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thomas.estlund Show Notes: Sea lioning - https://e…
 
Lucas talks to Pam Larrichia about unschooling, awkward conversations about parenting, and ways we can work on connecting more with our kids and each other. Show Notes Living Joyfully with Unschooling - https://livingjoyfully.ca/ Exploring Unschooling Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/exploring-unschooling/id1074379805 Find Local Unsc…
 
In this episode I talk with Geoff Holsclaw about why Facebook arguments are like heroin, understanding the ways our brains work, and when we should have enemies. Guest Plugs Geoff Holsclaw - http://geoffreyholsclaw.net The God With Us Podcast - http://geoffreyholsclaw.net/the-god-with-us-podcast/ Does God Really Like Me? By Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw- …
 
Just a couple notes before this episode. This episode talks about addiction and recovery. We don’t dwell a lot on trauma, but we do mention some of the painful things that are often connected to it such as suicide and sexual assault. They are only briefly mentioned as examples of trauma, but I wanted to let you know that ahead of time in case those…
 
Lucas talks to Matthias Roberts about his new book Beyond Shame. Lucas also confesses that Matthias is his style guru and he has been stealing his haircut for years! Guest Plugs Matthias Roberts - https://matthiasroberts.com Pre-Order and email receipt to beyondshamebook@gmail.com for bonus content and access to a course with Linda Cline and Matthi…
 
In this episode I talk to C. Christopher Smith about what he has learned from over a decade of intentional conversations in his church, different ways to make our conversations better, and I solve the mystery of his first initial. Guest Plugs C. Christopher Smith - http://c-christopher-smith.com How the Body of Christ Talks by C. Christopher Smith …
 
Lucas talks to author Tim Otto about being gay in Christian community, what we're afraid of, and finding love in all kinds of places! Guest Plugs Oriented to Faith by Tim Otto - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22812306-oriented-to-faith Show Notes Church of the Sojourners - https://churchofthesojourners.org/ Christian Intentional Community Hand…
 
Lucas talks to Justin Tapp about lessons we have learned living in other countries, assumptions we bring to dialogue, and the line between having convictions and keeping an open mind! Show Notes: God The Economist by M. Douglas Meeks - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/601496.God_the_Economist Strengths Finder - https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.…
 
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