In 1981 Alvin Schwartz published a book that would forever change the face of children’s literature. Scary Stories to tell in the dark is one of the books most beloved by children and beguiled by adults for its visceral tales and nightmarish illustrations.We had a chance to interview the producer of an upcoming documentary about this hallowed literature and its author.
Promos: None this episode because of technical difficulties.
Death is a finality that the living can only hope to comprehend, but for some the idea they may already be dead is a harsh reality that scares those who care for them and intrigues those treating them for this strange affliction. Cotard’s Delusion, on this episode of What If!
What if you believed that your friends and loved ones were imposters? Josh and and I discuss what causes Capgras Delusion, its history, and examples of cases as well as how we might handle this malady if we faced it.
So find a quiet and secret spot to listen to this episode as we attempt inform you before our imposters get back and subvert the podcast…
To make up for not having an episode last week, Jbats invited his kids onto the show to talk about how things might be if humans developed super powers. Sit back and listen to us chatter on about superheroes and the brain!
Reversing the process aging has always been a driving force in the advancement of technology, and one of the leading ideas towards immortality is the concept of moving our mind to a digital state. Can uploading our mind to a computer give us the ability to live indefinitely, or is the human brain so complex that we can never teach computers to read, interpret, and copy our ‘selves’ to digital storage?
We have a fun/interesting one for you this episode guys. The sprawling and surprisingly deep lore of the classic video game series, Mega Man. It’s a subject near and dear to Jbats’ heart, one which a lot of people would agree needed exploring. We use that lens to explore the idea of what would happen if robots became self-aware and the ethical worries that might evoke. So get cozy, diagnostics on this new model are gonna take some time to learn how hard it is to be human…
When Death comes to claim most of us, the setting is usually envisioned as a peaceful one, though possibly wrought with feelings of sadness, loss or regret from those around during that time… but what if you could choose the time and method of your demise? We’re talking about how we wanna shed our mortal coils this episode, as well as some famous folk who might’ve called it correctly, so grab a drink, and get comfy as we discuss.
Ever have one of those periods of time where you can’t get anything done because of your job? This has been one of those times for us here at the What If Podcast. Our job is physically demanding a lot of the time, and with the weather as it’s been, it’s doubly so. We apologize for not having an episode on schedule, and we aren’t trying to make an excuse, but in the real world, work comes before play. We’d love to be able to do this podcast full-time, but right now that isn’t happening so we need to have something to cover bills and late-night-post-recording-fast-food excursions. We’ll be back in a bit with a full episode for ya. Stay tuned!
You may know him as Lazlo Hollyfield in Real Genius, Det. Tony Montoya in Running Scared, Ronnie Wingate in Get Shorty, Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite, or Casey in the Taken franchise and more recently as Dr. Roberts on Dream Corp, LLC. on Adult Swim; the greeat Jon Gries has been a consummate ‘that guy’ character actor on the big and small screen for nearly 40 years. We had the fantastic opportunity to talk with him about his role in Real Genius, specifically what his thoughts were if the lasers in the movie were real.