Episode 69Elliot T. Panek

Elliot Panek studies the uses and effects of digital media from sociological and psychological perspectives. He is the author of Understanding Reddit, and has published research in top-tier academic journals on the social dynamics of online communities, social media and narcissism, texting while driving, media addiction, and media use and political polarization. His research has been covered by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune,, and The North Korea Times. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, where he leads the Alabama Reddit Research Group, mentors Ph.D. and undergraduate students, and teaches courses on social media, communication research methods, content creation, and film history.

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Episode 68 - Filip Kovacevic 

Filip Kovacevic is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Politics and International Studies. As a Montenegrin author, social justice activist, and geopolitical analyst, Prof. Kovacevic has lectured and taught across Europe, the Balkans, the former USSR, and the U.S., including two years at Smolny College, the first liberal arts college in Russia, operating under the auspices of St. Petersburg State University.  Kovacevic is a board member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE).

Prof. Kovacevic specializes in Russian and Eurasian intelligence history and spy fiction and his current research includes the publications of Soviet and Russian intelligence authors and historians. He is also involved in the analytic study and translation of documents from the KGB archives.

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Episode 66/67 - Matt Williams

Hello all. What can I say about me? Well, I'm a space/astronomy journalist and a science communicator. And I also enjoy reading and writing hard science fiction. It's not just because of my day job, it's also something I've been enthused about since I was young. 

Over the years, I have written many short stories and three full-length novels, all which take place within the same fictional universe. In addition, I have written over a thousand articles for a number of publications on the subjects of science, technology, astronomy, history, cosmology, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

They have been featured in publications like Business Insider,, Real Clear Science, Science Alert!, Futurism, and Knowridge Science Report.

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Episode 65 - Alexey Kovalyov

Aside from a very brief and failed stint as a bartender, Alexey Kovalev has never worked outside journalism, starting as a novice reporter on the metro beat at a now defunct local daily in Moscow and progressing through the ranks to the editor in chief of one of Russia's most popular news websites. In 2015 he founded an independent propaganda-busting and investigative journalism website called The Noodle Remover - a play on a popular Russian expression "to put noodles on someone's ears," meaning to lie.

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Episode 64 - Professor John A. Bargh

Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and Professor of Management, Ph.D., 1981, University of Michigan; John A. Bargh is a social psychologist currently working at Yale University. Here he has formed the Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation (ACME) Laboratory. Bargh's work focuses on automaticity and unconscious processing as a method to better understand social behavior, as well as philosophical topics such as free will. Much of Bargh's work investigates whether behaviors thought to be under volitional control may result from automatic interpretations of and reactions to external stimuli, such as words.

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Episode 63 - Professor Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr.

I am an Assistant Professor of African American History in the Department of History at Furman University. My research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the military from 1850 through the 1930s. My research reveals that African American veterans and their families' military experience were much more fraught. Economic and social instability introduced by military service resonated for years and even generations after soldiers left the battlefield. I have published articles in edited volumes and academic journals, in and outside of the United States. My manuscript, The Families' Civil War, is under contract with The University of Georgia Press in the UnCivil Wars Series. The study highlights how racism, within and outside of military service, impacted the bodies, economies, family structures, and social spaces of African Americans long after the war ended.

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Episode 62 - Professor Jonathan Rosen

I am an Assistant Professor at New Jersey City University. Prior to this, I worked as a research scientist at The Gordon Institute at Florida International University. I also worked as a Research Professor at the Universidad del Mar in Oaxaca, Mexico from August 2013 until October 2015. I have a Master of Arts from Columbia University and received my Ph.D. from the University of Miami in 2012. I have published 18 books on drug trafficking, organized crime, gangs, and security-related issues. In addition, I have published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles in both English and Spanish in Deviant Behavior, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Contexto Internacional, Revista Reflexiones, and various other journals. 

Moreover, I have served as a country conditions expert in more than 75 cases in immigration court. The cases involved individuals from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia.

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Episode 61 - Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. 

He has published eleven books, including the international bestseller "Big Data", "Learning with Big Data",  and the awards-winning "Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age" with Princeton University Press. He is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the economics and governance of information.

In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He has chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy in the New Economy and in 2014 he received a World Technology Award in the law category for his work.

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Episode 60 - Catherine Baab-Muguira

Catherine is a writer and journalist who has contributed to, among others, Slate, Quartz, CNBC and NBC News. She is a frequent podcast and radio guest, with appearances on shows like NPR and Lifehacker's Upgrade. 

Catherine grew up in South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia, a middle child in a big Catholic family. Catherine majored in English at the University of South Carolina, and did an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Now, she live in Richmond with my husband and son. 

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Episode 59 - Tim Tate

Tim Tate is best-selling author, multiple award-winning documentary film-maker and investigative journalist. In a career spanning almost four decades, Tim has published sixteen non-fiction books, made more than 80 documentary films for all British and several international networks, and written for national and regional newspapers.

Three of his books have become best-sellers. His films have been honored by Amnesty International, The Royal Television Society, UNESCO, The Association for International Broadcasting, the New York festivals, the US National Academy of Cable Broadcasting and the International Documentary Association. 

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Episode 58 - Toby Harnden

Toby Harnden is an accomplished author and editor. He has just released his book "First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11." A former foreign correspondent, he reported from 33 countries while based in London, Belfast, Jerusalem, Baghdad, and Washington DC for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times of London. He was imprisoned in Zimbabwe and faced prosecution in Northern Ireland for his work, A dual U.S. and British citizen and former Royal Navy officer, he lives in McLean, Virginia.

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Episode 57 - Dr. Ryan Martin

Dr. Ryan Martin researches and writes on healthy and unhealthy expressions of anger. His book, Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change, explores why people become angry, some of the common consequences of anger, and how people can use their anger in productive ways. Ryan's website, All the Rage, offers practical anger management tips based on cutting-edge research. He also hosts co-hosts the popular psychology podcast, Psychology and Stuff. He was trained as a counseling psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi where he first started studying anger after earning his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR's Invisibilia podcast, BBC Radio's Digital Human,, and elsewhere.

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Episode 56 - Simon Anholt

Over the last twenty years, Simon Anholt has advised the Presidents, Prime Ministers, monarchs and governments of nearly sixty countries, cities and regions, helping them to engage more productively and imaginatively with the international community.

Simon has written six books about countries, their images and their role in the world.

His talk Which country does the most good for the world? is the all-time most viewed TED Talk on Governance, with over 12 million views. It was also ranked as the 4th ​"most inspiring" talk ever by TED viewers.

He is commonly cited for his best-known research project; the Good Country Index.

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Episode 55 - Dr. Cyrus R. K. Patell

Author of "Lucasfilm: Filmmaking, Philosophy, and the Star Wars Universe"

Cyrus R. K. Patell is a Professor of Literature at NYUAD and Professor of English at NYU in New York. He began his scholarly career as a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century US literature and culture, but his recent scholarship and teaching has centered on the theory and practice of cosmopolitanism, on late-20th century US emergent literatures, and onGlobal Shakespeare. Patell received his AB, AM, and PhD in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. 

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Episode 54 - Dr. Ashley Frawley

Dr. Ashley Frawler is a Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Sociology, and Social Policy. 

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Episode 53 - Professor David Nutt

David Nutt is currently the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences. He has published over 400 original research papers, a similar number of reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs along with 27 books. In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine included him in the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist.

David is currently Chair of Drug Science (formally the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and President of the European Brain Council.  

Previously he has been a member and then Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD - 1998-2009), a member of the HEFCE/NHS Senior Lecturer Selection Panel and of the MRC Neuroscience Board. He was the clinical scientific lead on the 2004/5 UK Government Foresight initiative "Brain science, addiction and drugs" that provided a 25-year vision for this area of science and public policy.

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Episode 52 - Jack Rhysider

Jack Rhysider is the host and creator of The Darknet Diaries podcast. It's a documentary-type podcast based around true stories from the dark side of the internet. 

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Episode 51 - King Williams

King Williams is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, podcast host and author based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Episode 50 - Dr. Norman Rosenthal

Norman E. Rosenthal is a world-renowned psychiatrist, public speaker, and best-selling author who is known for his innovative research and inspirational writings.

His first major research contribution was to describe and name Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and to develop light therapy as a treatment for this novel condition. SAD - and its milder variant, the Winter Blues - are now known to affect millions of people worldwide, many of whom have benefited from the light therapy that Dr. Rosenthal pioneered.

Dr. Rosenthal is a highly cited researcher who has written over 200 scholarly articles, and authored or co-authored eight popular books. 

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Episode 49 - Jacob Moth

Jacob Moth is the creator and founder of The Magic Garden. He has participated in many high-profile seminars and learned extensively from his two teachers; Jørgen Lumbye and Klaus Gormzen (each has an MSc in Psychology). Now, Jacob wants to use the power of psychedelics to help heal the mind and allow people to overcome their own psychological issues and traumas.

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Episode 48 - Andy McGrillen

Host of the consistently ranked top 50 science podcast on Spotify; "That UFO Podcast." Andy has a passion for understanding UFOs and created his own show dedicated to that cause. Now, he sits down and talks with the most influencial people when it comes to UFOs.

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Episode 46/47 -Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

As a researcher, I work with the Data, Algorithms and Policy team at LIRNEasia, a think tank working across the Global South; I also co-founded and help run Watchdog Sri Lanka, a factchecker.

As a writer, my work has been nominated for the Nebula Award, published on ForeignPolicy and Slate, and appeared on Amazon bestseller lists.  

When not doing these things, I argue with the cat and tinker with OSUN, a series of AI+human experiments in creativity.

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Episode 45 - Dr. Mia Bloom

Dr. Mia Bloom is a Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. Author of several books, Bloom is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities. Bloom is the editor for Stanford University Press' new series on terrorism and political violence. She is regularly featured as an expert contributor on CNN, CNN International, MSNBC and Fox News for terrorism and national security issues. Bloom is a member of the UN terrorism research network (UNCTED) and a member of the radicalization expert advisory board for the Anti- Defamation League (ADL). Bloom holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

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Episode 44 - Sean Williams

Sean Williams is a reporter for a number of newspapers including The Guardian, BBC, The Economist, and many more. When recording this episode he had just recently returned from his trip to Ethiopia. He was on the ground talking with the people of the country to understand waht is going on with this still very young war between Tigray and Ethiopia. 

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Episode 43 - Dr. Miriam Diamond

Dr. Diamond is an Astroparticle Physicist whose primary research is focused on searching for low-mass dark matter. Her experiments take place two kilometers underground at one of the world's premiere astroparticle physics facilities: SNOLAB. In 2020 she won the Polanyi Prize in Physics due to her new insights into dark matter and the nature of the universe.

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Episode 42 - Matthew Kerns

Matthew Kerns spent years researching, writing, rewriting, and editing his book; Texas Jack: America's First Cowboy Star. 

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Episode 41 - Dr. Daria Kuss

Dr. Daria Kuss is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, and Associate Professor in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She has published prolifically in peer-reviewed journals and books, and her publications include over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, three authored books, and over 60 international conference presentations.

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Episode 39/40 - Erika Engelhaupt

Author of Gory Details: Adventures from the Dark Side of Science, and prior writer for National Geographic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and NPR answers it all and more. 

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Episode 38 - Eileen Ormsby

Eileen Ormsby, journalist and author of 8 books covering the dark web. 

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Episode 37 - Jesse Korman

Photographer, film producer, lead singer, and more, Jesse Korman is in the process of a very promising career.

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Episode 36 - Byard Duncan

Byard Duncan is an engagement reporter and producer for Reveal News.

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Episode 35 - Edi Obiakpani

Edi Obiakpani has a Ph.D. in Chinese and History, has lived in China for 7 years, and hosts the podcast dedicated to China called Sinobabble. 

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Episode 34 - David Weiss

David Weiss is the host of The Flat Earth Podcast and is one of the leading advocates for the flat earth theory. 

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Episode 33 - Alberto Daniel Hill

The notorious first hacker sent to prison in Uruguay, Alberto Daniel Hill. 

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Episode 32 - Dr. Adi Jaffe

Dr. Adi Jaffe is mental health, addiction, and stigma professional who wants to change how we treat addiction. and treats addiction. Dr. Jaffe makes the point that people truly need to practice moderation and seeking help for mental health issues.

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Episode 31 - Professor Robert Buzzanco and Scott Parkin 

Professor Robert Buzzanco (Bob) is a self-proclaimed Socialist. He commonly writes/talks about the Vietnam War era and radical social movements among other related things. 

Scott Parkin is a self-proclaimed Anarchist who has been a coordinator and organizer in hundreds of justice movements. Fun fact, as a result, he's been arrested roughly 15 times! 

Together they host the "Green and Red Podcast".

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Episode 30 - Alexis Goldsmith

Alexis Goldsmith is the National Organizing Director for Beyond Plastic. Beyond Plastic was founded by Judith Enck; a Regional EPA Administrator under President Obama. It's a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating single-use plastic and changing the way we use plastic entirely.

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Episode 29 - Helen Redmond

Helen Redmond co-created "Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone." She is a journalist at Filter, who has written numerous articles on drugs, addiction, and harm reduction.

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Episode 28 - Slavic Livins

Slavic Livins appreciates the technicalities of music. He's a Sound Engineer, Mixer, Master, Producer, and Composer whos worked with many artists such as G Herbo, Chief Keef, Jeremih, and John Legend.

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Episode 27 - Ken Lewis

Ken Lewis is a top-tier Producer, Mixer, Writer, and Engineer, among other things, with the "weirdest resume in the music industry". He has contributed to 19 Grammys and 103 Gold/Platinum records. During this process, he's worked with everyone from Eminem, to Taylor Swift, to BTS, to Kanye West, to Beyonce.

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Episode 26 - Martyn Clark

Martyn Clark has been an advising board member for some of the largest corporations in the world (EY for example) and is the author of the book "Love Incorporated".

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Episode 25 - Hasan Oswald

Hasan Oswald quit his teaching job, bought a camera, and went to one of Americas most dangerous cities to make this award-winning documentary about love and the opioid epidemic.

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Episode 24 - Thomas Tanner

Thomas Tanner is a very talented digital artist who specializes in the dungeons and dragons universe.

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Episode 23 - Dr. Juan Bartolomei

Dr. Juan Bartolomei is a spine neurosurgeon at Yale, and in 2013 he was named one of "US News and World Report's Top Doctors". Dr. Bartolomei has a passion for what he does and believes surgery should be a last resort and not a first option.

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Episode 22 - Don Grant

Don Grant is a professional voice actor whose work has even appeared in Super Bowl commercials. He also does the intro and outro for the way podcast so be sure to check out his podcast! 

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Episode 21 - Christina Hoag

Christina Hoag has a long history in the world of Journalism. While traveling the world, she found herself living in Venezuela and was lucky enough to become one of the few journalists present during the 2002 Venezuelan coup. 

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Episode 20 - Danny Gold

Danny Gold is a Correspondent, Producer, Director, and Writer. He has worked with The Guardian, New York Times, BBC, PBS, Netflix, and others. In this episode, he addressed the gang MS-13. His background knowledge on the topic comes from directing documentaries and writing numerous articles on the gang. 

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Episode 19 - Ruben de Theije

Ruben de Theije is a journalist who recently finished his award-winning book A Stroy to Tell. In this story, he followed men protagonist who talked about the struggles and 'life or death' situations they faced over this illness. 

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Episode 18 - Vicki Lau

Vicki Lau is an expert in "Visual Effects" (VFX). She specializes in compositing and has developed many other software skills used in many films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman, The Walking Dead, and more. On top of this, Ms. Lau has a history of working on Virtual Reality (VR) and even performed a Ted Talk on the topic. 

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Episode 17 - Toby Muse

Toby Muse is a journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, BBC, and The Guardian among others.

From 2000-2017 he lived in Colombia to dive down and write a book called Kilo: Inside the Cocaine Cartel. This book dives into everything he found while following the path a Kilo of Cocaine takes.

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Episode 16 - Adam Godwin

Adam Godwin has studied philosophy and psychology for over fifteen years and his academic focus has been phenomenology, metaphysics, ontology, existentialism and clinical psychology.

Episode 15 - Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a longtime journalist who covers fandom, film, and television. She has written for The Daily Dot and has recently started her fast-growing Behind the Seams channel on youtube. Gavia has a lot of in-depth knowledge of costume design in film and television. 

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Episode 14 - Anderson Silver

Anderson Silver just released the third book of his Stoicism for a Better Life Series. When it comes to the fundamentals of Stoicism, its relation to Determinism as well as its overall impact, Silver is the perfect candidate to inform those interested.

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Episode 13 - Jack F.

Jack F. is in the top 9% of the United States Chess Federation league. He's been playing for a long time and has a strong understanding of chess.

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Episode 12 - Tessie Castillo & Lyle May

With her co-authors, Tessie Castillo published the book Crimson Letters: Voices From Death Row. A story compiled of writings from prisoners on death row. One of her co-authors is Lyle May who has been facing death row for 21 years now; since the age of 19. Lyle called in from death row for this episode.

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Episode 11 - Kaitlyn Bailey

Kaitlyn Bailey is an advocate for sex work decriminalization. Once a sex worker herself she is now the director of communications for a national advocacy organization, host of the oldest profession podcast, and has written numerous articles for newspapers such as Vice. 

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Episode 10 - Adam Plant

Adam Plant is an ugly artist. Founder of Easy Sleez and head of over 25+ other artists, Adam found his nitch creating what he calls "ugly art". 

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Episode 9 - Max Mills & Charles Mills

Max Mills is a liberal who has written numerous political journals in the past and Charles Mills is a conservative who has written political journals for names like Sean Hannity. 

Episode 8 -Thomas Derr

Thomas Derr in the process of writing a thesis on the history of video games; the history between the sexes to be more specific. 

Episode 7 - Ben Kitchings

Ben Kitchings has a master's degree and has spent a lot of time studying the Spanish flu and COVID-19. He is also the host of his top 100 documentary podcast "The History Voyager".

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Episode 6 - Beth a.k.a. Hemp Huntress

Beth is a pro-hemp advocate and farmer based in Oregon. She is also the owner of the "Hemp Huntress" brand.

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Episode 5 - Joshua Shea

Joshua Shea is an established author and TEDx speaker where he goes around to talk about his experiences and knowledge on porn addiction. Joshua's knowledge comes from research and strong real life experiences.

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Episode 4 - Jessica Leichtweisz and Aidan Almond

Jessica Leichtweisz and Aidan Almond have written a book about the stories they have seen surrounding autism. Jessica has been helping children facing autism for 20+ years now, and Aidan- who is autistic himself- has begun to do the same. 

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Episode 3 - Ruslan

Ruslan is a bartender in Kazan', Russia. He has spent his life as a citizen in Russia.

Episode 2 - Giuseppe

Giuseppe is well informed on the topic of drugs through education, research, and experience. On top of studying towards his degree, he has taken just about every drug possible that you can name. 

Episode 1 - Ethan

He is a political science major pursuing a degree. He spends his time researching and understanding all things political