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The What If? Podcast

Spencer Wirth-Davis & Ryan Kopperud


We ask strange, hilarious, paranormal, tough, and mysterious questions — then laugh our way to the best answers we can muster. Join us for the ride.

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Ep. #2 - What If Dolphins Could Skydive? [Animal Intelligence]

1:08:58 | Jan 7th, 2017

With guests Eric Mayson and Chance York, we discuss animal intelligence through a variety of stories, from skydiving dolphins, to painting elephants, to talking birds, and militarized monkeys. Ryan advocates book-burning, Spencer reads the autobiogra...Show More

Ep. #121 - What If Aliens Flew Over Phoenix? (Phoenix Lights)

1:09:26 | Mar 6th

One of the most famous UFO sightings in the history of the United States happened on March 13th, 1999 in Phoenix, Arizona. It's been one of the cases at the forefront of contemporary UFO conversations ever since. A number of bright lights, resembling...Show More

Ep. #120 - What If Giants Are Real? (Giant of Castelnau, Hugh Newman)

1:05:33 | Feb 27th

Many mammals and species around the world have giant ancestors. From Megalodon to Titanoboa, sharks and snakes had ancestors that were double or triple their size... so then couldn't the same be true for humans? This week on The What If? Podcast, we ...Show More

Ep. #119 - What If We Started A Fake Band?

1:07:11 | Feb 20th

WE ARE GOING TO BE SOOOOO FAMOUS! This week, we're cooking up a highly questionable plan to game the system and launch our music careers. We also discuss a Bulgarian playlist maker that used 1,200 Spotify accounts to generate more than $1,000,000 in ...Show More

Ep. #118 - What If We Went To The Grammys? (O’Hare UFO Incident, Celebrity Cryptids)

1:01:01 | Feb 14th

Spencer survived LA. Ryan survived Minnesota. And we’re back this week to talk about a whole lot of stuff for catchin’ up on. MAINLY: What if we went to the Grammys? What if Jose Canseco abducts us? What if Cardi B is a cryptid? What if Post Malone i...Show More

Ep. #117 - What If Nikola Tesla Was A Genius Mad Scientist?

1:07:45 | Feb 6th

Conspiracies, inventions, futuristic visions, alien communication - it's as if legendary inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla was designed in a lab to be a topic on The What If? Podcast. This week we dive into the life and times of Tesla, and tell the...Show More

Ep. #116 - What If Chupacabras Have Sharp Fangs And A Humanlike Fist?

1:01:36 | Jan 30th

In the mid '90s reports of a strange creature killing livestock and sucking their blood travelled across Puerto Rico. Animals would be found dead in the morning, with three puncture wounds in their chest, and no blood in their bodies. Then came the s...Show More

Ep. #115 - What If Kids Are Creepy?

1:08:28 | Jan 23rd

When we asked for listener feedback on the creepy things their kids have said or done, we didn't imagine we'd get the strong response we did. And when we checked the internet, we didn't know just how common this phenomenon is. This week, we're talkin...Show More

Ep. #114 - What If There's A Worldwide Glitter Conspiracy?

56:38 | Jan 16th

Guys, Ryan continues to have the worst dang luck. For the latest entry in the series of unfortunate events that has become his life story, he's sick and has no voice, so we can't record the sweet new episode we had planned for this week.  We'll be ba...Show More

Ep. #113 - What If Black Eyed Kids Are Real?

1:03:03 | Jan 9th

In 1998, Brian Bethel put forth unto the internet a story of the utmost strange. A visit to his vehicle in a parking lot late one night that included strange, awkward children that possessed all black eyes, demanding entrance to his car. This set off...Show More

Ep. #112 - What If You Could See Into The Past? - The Chronovisor, Vatican Secret Archives

59:56 | Dec 19th, 2018

In the mid-60's, an Italian priest and scientist is supposed to have invented one of the greatest and most mind-blowing devices in history. The Chronovisor. A cabinet decked out with tubes, levers, wires, and antennas, the Chronovisor supposedly let ...Show More

Ep. #111 - What If The Vatican Archives Are Full Of Secrets?

1:03:05 | Dec 12th, 2018

The Vatican Secret Archives, located in Vatican City, contain a wide variety of catholic documents dating back to the 8th century. Because access to the archives is highly regulated, people have speculated they contain all sorts of mysterious items a...Show More

Ep. #110 - What If You Lived In Isolation? - Pt. 3 - Lykov Family, Old Believers

1:09:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

We travel deep into Siberia this week, for our final installment in our three-part series on isolation. Under religious persecution, from the Communist Party in Russia, the Lykov family, from a sect of what was called the Old Believers, decided to re...Show More

Ep. #109 - What If You Lived In Isolation? Pt. 2 - HI-SEAS

59:23 | Nov 28th, 2018

Boy oh boy, when we said we had a part two coming, we didn't know it'd be all this. But here we are, back again to talk about the strangeness of isolation. When it comes to living in isolation, the concept takes takes a few different forms. This week...Show More

Ep. #108 - What If You Lived In Isolation? Part 1 - The Sentinelese, Jarawa

1:08:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

Even with the globalized world we live in, there are an estimated over 100 uncontacted tribes of people, living with minimal interruption from the outside world. Some, with histories going back as far as the Stone Age. Today, on The What If? Podcast,...Show More

Ep. #107 - What If Oumuamua Is An Alien Probe?

1:11:17 | Nov 14th, 2018

On October 19th of 2017, an interstellar object was observed in our solar system for the very first time. Observed through Hawaiian telescopes, scientists named it Oumuamua. What has followed, is a curious exploration into what, in fact, this interst...Show More

Ep. #106 - What If An Entire City Disappeared? - Qinling Village, Angikuni Lake Inuits

55:35 | Nov 6th, 2018

Well gang. Sometimes one person goes missing. But apparently, sometimes a lot of people go missing at the same time too. It's a weird one this week (ain't it always?), as we explore the truth (or maybe the lack thereof) of when a whole buncha stuff g...Show More

Ep. #105 - What If Poltergeists & Ghosts Are Real? - Enfield Poltergeist, York Treasure's House

1:18:49 | Oct 31st, 2018

Happy Halloween, you beautiful weirdos! It's a spooky night for spooky frights, so we're diving deep into more topics of the season. And that means ghost, poltergeists, levitations, hauntings, and enough tricks and treats to take you right through pu...Show More

Ep. #104 - What If You Disappeared? Pt. 6 - National Parks, Stacey Ann Arras, David Paulides

1:16:36 | Oct 24th, 2018

Look, we'd stop doin' episodes about this if y'all stopped goin' missin'. But here we are. On part six, and people of this ding-dang universe keep bein' hard to find. This week we dive deep into the disappearance phenomenon, as it relates specificall...Show More

Ep. #103 - What If Vampires Are Real? - Dracula, Spooktober

1:06:04 | Oct 17th, 2018

Y'all, Halloween is right around the corner. And that means we're diving deep into a seasonal classic - Vampires. Where in the heck are they from? How in the heck do you kill one? What in the heck are modern day vampires doin' tryin' ta eat each othe...Show More

Ep. #102 - What If You Faked Your Own Death? - Tupac Shakur

1:17:44 | Oct 9th, 2018

On September 7, 1996 Tupac Shakur was shot four times after leaving a boxing match in Las Vegas. He died six days later. The murder has never been solved, spurring speculation that Tupac may have faked his own death to escape death threats, legal iss...Show More

Ep. #101 - What If We Called Bear?

43:40 | Oct 2nd, 2018

We're taking a much needed week off after 100 straight episodes, but in the meantime, we've decided to share our all-time favorite Patreon episode with y'all. We called Bear, he answered, and he had some WILD stories to tell.  If you enjoyed this epi...Show More

Ep. #100 - What If World War II Brought The UFOs? - Foo Fighters, Ghost Rockets

1:07:49 | Sep 26th, 2018

In 1944, US fighter pilots stationed in France started seeing strange lights during night flights. Out the windows of their planes, orange and red fiery lights would organize, dip, dive, and follow their planes, to the point the pilots were, "scared ...Show More

Ep. #99 - What if the FBI Seized An Observatory? - Sunspot Observatory, Sacramento Peak Closing

1:14:18 | Sep 19th, 2018

Holy bananas gang, we been at it for 99 times. 99 episodes of beer on the wall? 99 problems but a ghost ain't one? Free 99??? Yep, it's The What If? Podcast, and this week, we're talking current events with the closure of the Sunspot Observatory in N...Show More

Ep. #98 - What If There Were Faces In Your Floor? - The Bélmez Faces

1:04:15 | Sep 12th, 2018

In August of 1971 in Spain, the Pereira family started noticing a strange phenomenon on the floor of their kitchen. What started as stains in concrete evolved into what appeared to be illustrated faces of people. What follows is the mystery of today'...Show More

Ep. #97 - What If You Never Came Home? Pt. 2 - The Dyatlov Pass Incident

1:26:38 | Sep 5th, 2018

In 1959, nine ski hikers and friends entered the Ural mountains, and never came home. What followed was a months long investigation with little conclusion, as to what happened to the group of hikers. Skiers. Skikers? Hiers? Through some "unknown com...Show More

Ep. #96 - What If Secret Space Programs Exist?

1:04:36 | Aug 29th, 2018

Since 1958, the government has been secretly exploring the possibility of colonizing the moon. On this week's episode, we dive deep into the concept of secret space programs. How did they start, where did they go, do they still exist, and what are th...Show More

Ep. #95 - What If You Got Away With It? - Part 2 - Alter Family, de Koenig Heist

1:02:37 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In 1985 in Tucson, Arizona, two people walked into an art museum, cut a painting worth more than $100 million out of it's frame, and walked out. The Willem de Kooning piece was missing for over 30 years before it was recovered in an estate sale of a ...Show More

Ep. #94 - What If There Are Portals In Sedona? - Bradshaw Ranch

1:17:39 | Aug 14th, 2018

Interdimensional portals, UFOs, invisible creatures, alien abductions, and pregnant bigfoot - you can (allegedly) find it all at Bradshaw Ranch. We spend some time with Linda Bradshaw and Tom Dongo's book Merging Dimensions, and try and figure out wh...Show More

Ep. #93 - What If You Had Sex With An Alien? - David Huggins, Love and Saucers

1:00:42 | Aug 7th, 2018

Welp, here we are. A new high? A new low? A new pie? A new dough? YOU DECIDE, KIDS. But this week, we're talking about David Huggins, who claims to have lost his virginity to an alien named Crescent when he was 17. He's now in his 70s, living in New ...Show More

Ep. #92 - What If You Saw A Ghost? - Bell Witch, Ghost Stories, Poltergeists

1:02:49 | Aug 1st, 2018

The ghosts in the machine are gonna be the ghosts in your ears this week, as we do our first deep dive episode into the concept of ghosts. Our very special guest this week has a new album dropping soon with our very own Spencer Wirth-Davis very soon....Show More

Ep. #91 - What If You Found An Out Of Place Artifact? Part 2 - Nazca Lines, Antikythera Mechanism

1:01:05 | Jul 25th, 2018

There are simply far too many out of place artifacts in human history for us to do only one episode on the subject. This week we're back for part two of the strange and fascinating topic of things that seem as though they shouldn't be where - and whe...Show More

Ep. #90 - What If You Found An Out Of Place Artifact? Part 1 - Quimbaya Artifacts, Baghdad Battery, Saqqara Bird

1:01:01 | Jul 18th, 2018

Our human understanding of history dictates general timelines for what certain civilizations knew, and when they likely knew it. But that history is based on written and illustrated records, along with the things we've uncovered in archaeological dis...Show More

Ep. #89 - What If You Were Abducted By Aliens? - Part 2 (Travis Walton)

1:07:33 | Jul 10th, 2018

There's too dang many alien abduction stories in this world for us to only dedicate one episode to it. That's why we're back to talk about martian communication and alien abduction again to tell the stories of folks who say they've been taken up into...Show More

Ep. #88 - What If You Were Abducted By Aliens? - Part 1 (Abduction Phenomenon, John E. Mack)

1:12:27 | Jul 4th, 2018

For decades, people have gone on record with a surprising level of consistency, telling stories of their experience being abducted by aliens. Bright lights, paralysis, transportation, experimentation, and a whole lot more. But we do avoid saying the ...Show More

Ep. #87 - What If You Made A Black Hole In Your Basement? - CERN, Large Hadron Collder

1:08:00 | Jun 26th, 2018

Conspiracies abound from the past decade, swirling around a laboratory in Geneva that houses the world's largest machine - the Large Hadron Collider, brought to all of us by the folks at CERN. Are they summoning demons? Are they opening portals to an...Show More

Ep. #86 - What If A City Was Lost? - El Dorado

1:01:49 | Jun 20th, 2018

In northeastern South America, rumors, myths, and legends of a city made of gold have survived for hundreds of years. Golden chickens, golden corn, golden roads, golden lakes—the vast catalog of stories of wild riches to be found all point back to El...Show More

Ep. #85 - What If A Cult Nuked the Australian Desert?

1:11:41 | Jun 13th, 2018

Look guys, cults are bad. HECK. We can all agree. But sometimes they do stuff that's just crazy for us to tell the story of anyway. In 1993, a Japanese cult that had spread throughout the world, may have just done something as crazy as nuking the Aus...Show More

Ep. #84 - What If You Saw A Dogman?

59:48 | Jun 6th, 2018

Dogmen, pup people, canine compadres, labrador lads, mutt mates... On today's episode, we're talking about the legend of the Dogman, a tall, mysterious creature said to have features of a dog, wolf, man, or bear. We share some stories of the Michigan...Show More

Ep. #83 - What If Mount Shasta Is the Strangest Place On Earth? Pt. 2

1:02:33 | May 29th, 2018

Things get even weirder in part two of our series on Mount Shasta. Lemurians are crossing land bridges and building beautiful crystal cities inside the mountain, Leprechauns are giving people coal, and Yaktavians are building giant bells to keep us a...Show More

Ep. #82 - What If Mount Shasta Is the Strangest Place On Earth? Pt. 1

1:04:07 | May 23rd, 2018

The fifth highest mountain peak in California has a history unlike any other mountain peak in the world. Dating back to the mid-1800s, residents, explorers, and visitors alike have wild stories that range from aliens and UFO sightings, to Bigfootses ...Show More

Ep. #81 - What If Your Foot Fell Off? - Canadian Feet

57:10 | May 16th, 2018

Since 2007, 14 (or 16, or 19 depending on who you ask) human feet have washed ashore along the Salish Sea. They're usually found inside a men's running shoe, sometimes with a leg bone attached. People have suggested serial killers, airplane crashes, ...Show More

Ep. #80 - What If We Went To The Mile High Mystery Conference?

58:31 | May 9th, 2018

For this week's episode, we took a field trip to Green Mountain Falls, Colorado for the Mile High Mystery Conference. Dan Whalen and Chance York join us to recap presentations from David Paulides and Linda Moulton Howe.  Join us on Patreon and get an...Show More

Ep. #79 - What If Plants Can Talk?

1:08:13 | May 2nd, 2018

We've always been big proponents of things in this world being a bit stranger than they appear. On this episode of The What If? Podcast, things are no different. Vegetables might not just make you smart. They might actually *be* smart. Today, we're t...Show More

Ep. #78 - What If You Rode a Pipe Bomb to Jupiter? - Lead Masks Case

1:14:20 | Apr 25th, 2018

In 1966 on a hill in Rio De Janeiro, two men wearing lead masks were found dead under a whole big bucket of mysterious circumstances. Ingestible capsules, UFO sightings over the hill they were discovered on, strange written instructions, wet towels, ...Show More

Ep. #77 - What If Art Bell Was A Legend?

1:25:35 | Apr 18th, 2018

We wish a strange and beautiful and peaceful rest, to the legend Art Bell. The beloved host of Coast to Coast, Dreamland, and Midnight in the Desert passed away this past week. As a man who blazed the trail for weird audio folks like us, it's only ri...Show More

Ep. #76 - What If You Found A Big Old Pile Of Rocks? - Megaliths

1:38:14 | Apr 11th, 2018

Big, old, often carved, piles of rocks - or as they're more professionally known: Lincoln Logs. Just kidding. They're megaliths. And they're pretty dang wild when you dig into 'em. On today's episode of The What If? Podcast we travel the globe and th...Show More

Ep. #75 - What If We Found Area 51?

49:40 | Apr 4th, 2018

We took a trip to Area 51 over the weekend, and things got a little weird. We drove up to the front gate, saw some strange contrails and a white bus with blacked out windows, and heard an unidentified hum.  Join us on patreon and get an extra episode...Show More

Ep. #74 - What If You Found The Loch Ness Monster?

1:07:49 | Mar 27th, 2018

Ryan finally bought his ticket to Denver, and Dan's here to celebrate! Dan shares his ghost story, Ryan and Spencer haunt people in their dreams, and we try to figure out what's up with lake monsters.  Join us on Patreon and get an extra episode ever...Show More

Ep. #73 - What If Your Pasta Was Creepy?

1:07:55 | Mar 21st, 2018

Lydia Liza's here to talk about creepy internet mysteries. First we cover the bizarre voicemail that @strayedaway received, warning of a dangerous, non-human presence. Then, we get into the Dear David saga, in which cartoonist Adam Ellis was (maybe) ...Show More

Ep. #72 - What If You Saw A UFO? - To The Stars Academy, The Belgian Wave

1:22:02 | Mar 13th, 2018

On today's episode, we review the new "go fast" video released by Tom DeLonge's To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science. We then get into the Broad Haven UFO sighting and the Welsh Triangle UFO flap of the late 1970s. Finally, Ryan walks us through ...Show More

Ep. #71 - What If A Video Game Could Kill You? - Polybius

1:12:05 | Mar 7th, 2018

This week, we recount the legend of a video game, allegedly created by the government, that controlled minds, caused seizures, and maybe even killed people. We know - it’s gonna get weird. But when do we not, eh? Hold onto your butts, gang. We’re tal...Show More

Ep. #70 - What If You Were Reincarnated? - Past Lives, Reincarnation

1:09:48 | Feb 28th, 2018

Do people live, die, and then live again? We’re talking reincarnation on this episode of The What If? Podcast. We tell stories of children who claim to have past lives, American women who believe they were previously Irish citizens, and professors wh...Show More

Ep. #69 - What If You Disappeared? Pt. 5 - Australian Disappearances

1:11:22 | Feb 21st, 2018

Weird stuff is happening in Australia dudes. We're talking about the disappearance of Frederick Valentich, an Australian pilot who was probably abducted by a UFO, and the Kaz II, a yacht whose whole crew disappeared without a trace. Ghost Yachts!

Ep. #68 - What If You Disappeared? Pt. 4 [The Tromp Family]

1:18:54 | Feb 14th, 2018

In August of 2016, a family of five left their home in a rush, leaving behind their credit cards, identification, and cell phones. They claimed they were being stalked by someone who wanted to rob and kill them. Over the next six days, the family exp...Show More

Ep. #67 - What If You Were A Medical Mystery?

1:07:20 | Feb 7th, 2018

Today, we're sharing four stories of humans who defy medical explanation. Tarrare ate live cats, snakes, lizards and puppies, and swallowed an eel whole without chewing. Wim Hof climbed Mount Everest wearing only goggles and a pair of shorts. Oliver ...Show More

Ep. #66 - What If You Heard Something Strange?

1:11:45 | Jan 31st, 2018

We're talking about mysterious sounds, including the hum, sky trumpets, the bloop, and the world's loneliest whale. We also debut a new way to open the show, plan a podcast field trip, and pitch a new kids show.  Support us on Patreon and get an extr...Show More

Ep. #65 - What If Cattle Got Mutilated? (Cattle Mutilations)

1:10:43 | Jan 24th, 2018

So guys, turns out they do. Hold onto your butts. No seriously, hold onto your butts, 'cause they comin' for that cow bum. Cattle mutilations are a strange phenomenon that's been happening since the 1970's, where mostly cows, but animals of all kinds...Show More

Ep. #64 - What If You Weren't Alone? - Third Man Factor

1:26:46 | Jan 17th, 2018

On today's episode, we're talking about the third man factor. Some people, when faced with life-threatening situations, sense the presence of another person. This presence offers words of encouragement, support, and guidance, and has led some people ...Show More

Ep. #63 - What If We Can't Leave? (Space Junk, The Kessler Effect)

1:11:32 | Jan 10th, 2018

We're talking about space junk and the Kessler Effect, which suggests that space debris might create more space debris through a series of collisions. Don Kessler, for whom the Kessler effect is named, suggested that there might eventually be enough ...Show More

Ep. #62 - What If You Found A Rip In Time?

1:03:06 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Contacting 2109 - ?  Sims is here and we're talking about Ken Webster's book The Vertical Plane. In 1984, Ken Webster came into contact with a man named Lukas from the 1500s, and an extremely cryptic, possibly from the future, possibly extraterrestr...Show More

Ep. #61 - What If We Played The Wikipedia Game?

1:02:07 | Dec 27th, 2017

It's that time of the year where we play the What In The F&%K Was That? Wikipedia game. Spencer asks some questions about unusual topics and Ryan tries to think of the word "Omakase".  Hot Topics: Your Podcast Sucks I'd Rather Set My Ears On Fire, Mi...Show More

Ep. #60 - What If Your Government Knew About UFOs?

1:17:10 | Dec 20th, 2017

We're talking about the recent news that the U.S. government ran a secret, black budget program to research unidentified aerial phenomenon from 2007–2012. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program was headed by Luis Elizondo, who is now wor...Show More

Ep. #59 - What If You Got Hacked?

1:18:41 | Dec 13th, 2017

We're talking about hacking. Ryan runs down the history of hacking, starting with model trains and long distance calling. Spencer talks about Gary McKinnon and how he stole pictures of UFOs from NASA. We also play the What In The F%$K Was That!? Wiki...Show More

Ep. #58 - What If You Visited Area 51?

1:13:07 | Dec 6th, 2017

Area 51 has inspired more speculation and conspiracy theories than probably any other place on Earth. Today, we're trying to figure out what's really going on in there, and how many aliens live inside. Ryan runs through some of the history of the sit...Show More

Ep. #57 - What If You Found A Pyramid?

1:10:17 | Nov 29th, 2017

Spencer and Ryan are talking about pyramids. Egyptian pyramids, Sudanese pyramids, Chinese pyramids, even underground pyramids. Who made 'em? What's in 'em? How many aliens were involved? As usual, many questions are asked, and few are answered.   Ho...Show More

Ep. #56 - What If You Visited Antarctica?

1:12:25 | Nov 22nd, 2017

We're back from our world travels and we're talking about Antarctica. It's real strange down there dudes. Antarctica is larger than the continental United States, it's never been warmer than 58 degrees, there aren't any time zones, and there's just o...Show More

Ep. #54 - What If You Joined A Secret Society? Pt. 1 - [Illuminati, Bilderberg Group]

1:04:06 | Nov 8th, 2017

To listen to this week's episode, you have to know the secret handshake, the secret codeword, and engage in your first Stone Cutters initiation - that's right - we're talking secret societies today on The What If? Podcast. Strange rituals and the his...Show More

Ep. #53 - What If You Saw A UFO? [Ariel Phenomenon, Randall Nickerson Interview]

1:01:21 | Nov 1st, 2017

On today's episode, we're talking to Randall Nickerson, director of the upcoming feature-length documentary, Ariel Phenomenon. The film tells the story of 60+ elementary school students who, in 1994 in Ruwa Zimbabwe, saw a UFO land near their school....Show More

Ep. #52 - What If "Stranger Things" Really Happened? Pt. 2 - [MK Ultra]

1:04:52 | Oct 27th, 2017

Part two of our series on the myths, legends, and stories that influenced Netflix's hit show Stranger Things. MK Ultra is referenced in Stranger Things season 1, and it is implied that Eleven’s superpowers are the result of MK Ultra experiments on he...Show More

Ep. #51 - What If "Stranger Things" Really Happened? Pt. 1 [The Montauk Project]

1:01:22 | Oct 25th, 2017

Part one of a special two-part series on the myths, legends, and true(?) stories that inspired Stranger Things. We're focusing on The Montauk Project, an alleged secret government program that carried out human experiments in an underground base on L...Show More

Ep. #50 - What If There Are Artificial Moon Structures?

1:11:21 | Oct 18th, 2017

It's our 50th episode! Today, we're talking structures on the moon, the spaceship moon hypothesis, and weird obelisks on Mars. Ryan runs through some of the better-known moon structures and Spencer describes how the moon is probably a hollow egg full...Show More

Ep. #49 - What If You Could Time Travel?

1:16:09 | Oct 11th, 2017

These days, the concept of time travel is ubiquitous, but it hasn’t always been. The first reference to a time machine wasn’t until 1895 when H.G. Wells published The Time Machine. Spencer runs through a brief history of time travel, Ryan thinks alie...Show More

Ep. #48 - What If You Saw A Thunderbird? (Thunderbird Myth, Giant Birds)

1:13:56 | Oct 4th, 2017

Folks, don't be scared, this show did not turn into Car Talk -   talking the myth and the legend... SHOUTOUT TO THUNDERBIIIIIIRDS! Yep, today's episode is all about famed and mysterious reports of big birds with the homies Dwynell Roland and DJ Fundo...Show More

Ep. #47 - What If You Disappeared? Pt. 3 [The Death Valley Germans]

1:16:11 | Sep 27th, 2017

We're wrapping up our three-part series on mysterious disappearances and missing people. Adrian Gorder's in the house for a deep dive into the case of the Death Valley Germans. On October 21, 1996 a park ranger in Death Valley National Park found an ...Show More

Ep. #46 - What If You Disappeared? Pt. 2 [David Paulides, Missing 411]

1:09:40 | Sep 20th, 2017

Y'all couldn't get enough of the disappearance stories brought to light by David Paulides and his Missing 411 work. So friends, today, we dive back into the vast web of strange tales surrounding people who go missing under mysterious circumstances. W...Show More

Ep. #45 - What If You Had An Invisible Boat? [Philadelphia Experiment, 'Not Alone Podcast' Crossover]

1:02:59 | Sep 13th, 2017

Today on The What If? Podcast, you'll hear our first ever crossover episode, with the dope dudes from the Not Alone Podcast! Today we're talking about The Philadelphia Experiment, an alleged military exercise in 1943 that made a US Navy Destroyer lit...Show More

Ep. #44 - What If You Disappeared From The Flannan Isles Lighthouse? [Eilean Mor, Flannan Islands Lighthouse]

1:16:36 | Sep 6th, 2017

What's scarier than three men disappearing without a trace, at the same time, in a lighthouse, on an island, in the middle of the North Atlantic Sea? As we discover, this week on The What If? Podcast: not much. In today's episode we delve deep into t...Show More

Ep. #43 – What If You Bought Skinwalker Ranch? [Part 2]

1:03:00 | Sep 1st, 2017

In part two of our series on Skinwalker Ranch, we take a look at the National Institute of Discovery Science's investigation and some possible explanations for all the bizarre happenings.  Hot Topics: Robert Bigelow, The Hunt for the Skinwalker, Bul...Show More

Ep. #42 - What If You Bought Skinwalker Ranch? [Part 1]

1:07:48 | Aug 30th, 2017

We feel like we tell you guys things are about to get weird every week. Well this week, we're getting weirder than... Maybe we've ever gotten. On this episode of The What If? Podcast, we dive into the strange tale of Skinwalker Ranch. A 500 acre plot...Show More

Ep. #41 - What If Bigfoot is Real? [Sasquatch, Cryptozoology]

1:30:24 | Aug 23rd, 2017

We take our very first step into the world of cryptozoology on The What If? Podcast, with one of our wildest episodes yet. Yep, that's right folks: Bigfoot. Or if you like, Sasquatch, Yetis, Skunk Apes, Gigantopithecus - whatever folklore term meets ...Show More

Ep. #40 - What If You Could Predict The Future? [Nostradamus, Baba Vanga, Ray Kurzweil]

1:21:25 | Aug 16th, 2017

Crystal balls, ominous prophecies, and scientific predictions abound in this week's episode of The What If? Podcast. We're joined by the superhomie Conrad Schoenleber, as we talk about predicting the future, in all the ways that we as humans try to f...Show More

Ep. #39 - What If You Were In Two Places At Once? - [Astral Projection, Doppelgängers, Consciousness]

1:26:46 | Aug 9th, 2017

Have you ever felt like you left your body? Even for a moment? Seen an identical look-alike of yourself, somewhere out in the real world? Have you ever willed yourself free from your form, and traveled through space? Well, we haven't either - at leas...Show More

Ep. #38 - What If You Couldn't Remember? [The Invisible Gorilla, Kent Cochrane, BK Doe]

1:38:08 | Aug 2nd, 2017

We journey back into the mind this week, and back into human memory. Last week's episode was all about remembering, but this week we flip the question on its head, and tell stories about people who forget. What is amnesia, and what happens to the peo...Show More

Ep. #37 - What If You Couldn't Forget? [Hyperthymesia, Savants, Jill Price]

1:27:10 | Jul 26th, 2017

Our memories don't always work the way we wish they did. But most often, it's because we can't remember things. But what if your memory worked very differently than that? What if instead of being unable to remember - you were unable to forget? On thi...Show More

Ep. #36 - What If You Never Came Home? - "The American Dyatlov Pass" [The Yuba Incident]

1:47:50 | Jul 19th, 2017

Dim the lights and strap in for a doozy, folks. This week Spencer and Ryan recount the strange and terrifying mystery of The Yuba Incident, sometimes referred to as: The American Dyatlov Pass. In Northern California in 1978, five friends left a baske...Show More

Ep. #35 - What If Humans Kept Evolving? - Human Evolution

1:12:34 | Jul 12th, 2017

The guys are talking human evolution, futurism, and breakaway civilizations. Ryan breaks down several types of human evolution. Spencer ponders evolution in space and thinks the gray aliens might be a new species of humans. They also pitch a new drun...Show More

Ep. #34 - What If You Found Something Strange? [Toynbee Tiles, Box of Crazy]

1:35:59 | Jul 5th, 2017

The guys are talking about finding weird stuff. Spencer’s breaking down the Toynbee Tiles, and Ryan’s talking about the box of crazy. Sharks are also mentioned. Hot Topics: Box of Crazy, Toynbee Tiles, Arnold Toynbee, Sevy Verna, Sharks Eating Sharks...Show More

Ep. #33 - What If We Mapped The Oceans?

1:11:58 | Jun 28th, 2017

Holy shit the oceans are weird! What's down there? Colossal squids? Buried cities? Alien Octopods? James Cameron? Who knows?! OUR PATREON PAGE The guys are talking about mapping the oceans, and how little we really know about them. Turns out that who...Show More

Ep. #32 - What If We Interviewed Big Mike? [UFOs, Alien Abduction]

1:23:48 | Jun 23rd, 2017

The guys sit down with Mike Knox to talk about his UFO and alien encounters. He shares several stories about tracking UFOs on radar over Lake Superior, gray aliens healing his separated achilles tendon, and being abducted from his hunting property in...Show More

Ep. #31 - What If You Saw A UFO? [Part 2]

1:34:17 | Jun 21st, 2017

The guys wrap up their conversation about UFOs. The Ariel Zimbabwe incident, UFOs and nuclear weapons, Chilean Air Force UFOs, 15-foot tall praying mantises, and beautiful, blond-haired space tutors are all discussed.   Hot Topics: How is Ancient Ali...Show More

Ep. #30 - What If You Saw A UFO? [Part 1]

1:14:49 | Jun 14th, 2017

Spencer and Ryan are discussing UFOs and aliens. They break down their recent trip to a MUFON meeting, Big Mike’s story, and some of the better-known UFO sightings. Hot Topics: The Battle of Los Angeles, Betty and Barney Hill, UFOs, Aliens, MUFON, Bi...Show More

Ep. #29 - What If You Lived Forever? [Life Extension, Ray Kurzweil]

1:23:35 | Jun 6th, 2017

Max is in the house to talk radical life extension. We break down Ray Kurzweil’s three bridges to eternal life, the social and economic effects of living longer, and a bunch of other stuff. Hot Topics: Elysium, Ray Kurzweil, Palo Alto Prize, Bruno Wa...Show More

Ep. #28 - What If The World Ends? - Part 2 [Doomsday Preppers]

1:13:34 | May 31st, 2017

The guys are preparing for the worst in part two of their conversation about the end of the world. Taxidermied raccoons prepared to explode, secret government underground lairs, and Y2K are discussed.  Hot Topics: Jimmy's Cats, Doomsday Preppers, Y2K...Show More

Ep. #27 - What If You Could Record Your Dreams?

1:12:54 | May 24th, 2017

Sean Anonymous, Eric Mayson, and Chance York join the party to talk about dreams. The guys are discussing precognitive dreams, dream recording, lucid dreaming, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Recorded live at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis, 5/1...Show More

Ep. #26 - What If The World Ends? - Part 1 [Apocalypse Scenarios]

1:17:23 | May 17th, 2017

The dudes are talking about the end times! Spencer thinks solar flares and GPS failure will be our undoing, Ryan thinks it might be runaway nanobots, or maybe ebola. Part two is coming next week and will cover fun ways to prepare for the imminent apo...Show More

Ep. #25 - What If You Were Visited By The Men In Black?

1:34:21 | May 10th, 2017

The dudes are talking about the Men In Black - not the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones kind, but the witness-intimidating, lipstick-wearing, maybe-from-outer space kind. They discuss the story of Indrid Cold and Woodrow Derenberger’s trip to the plane...Show More

Ep. #24 - What If You Disappeared? [David Paulides, Missing 411]

1:26:07 | May 3rd, 2017

The dudes are talking about people who have mysteriously vanished. They try and get to the bottom of the Missing 411 series by David Paulides. Is it bigfoot? Aliens? dimensional portals? They also have a Bruno Watch 2017 update, the tale of Robot Gra...Show More

Ep. #23 - What If The TSA Isn't The Answer?

1:18:08 | Apr 26th, 2017

We're back with our second live episode! Eric Mayson and Chance York join us to talk about the TSA. Mayson tells a story about flying without an ID, Chance shares some insights from Malik, Spencer needs help with his pants, and Ryan shows us the TSA'...Show More

Ep. #22 - What If It's All Connected? [Coincidence, Synchronicity]

1:22:08 | Apr 19th, 2017

Chance York is here to talk about coincidence and synchronicity. We start out with Carl Jung's groundbreaking work, Synchronicity. Spencer describes the curse of Amir Temur, the 14th century conquerer who possibly cursed Joseph Stalin, and The Wreck ...Show More

Ep. #21 - What If You Found Buried Treasure?

1:11:03 | Apr 12th, 2017

We’re on the hunt for buried treasure! Ryan’s on the trail of the golden owls, and Spencer’s going on about The Secret, a fantasy book about Fairies who buried twelve gems across the United States. We also cover Bruno Borges, the Brazilian alien enth...Show More

Ep. #20 - What If Miss Cleo Worked For The CIA? [Remote Viewing]

1:10:48 | Apr 5th, 2017

We haven’t been cancelled yet! Mayson’s here and we’re talking about remote viewing. We break down Major Edward Dame’s book Tell Me What You See, Ryan tells us about Project Stargate, we read through a declassified CIA document about remote viewing M...Show More

Ep. #19 - What If Ideas Belonged To Everyone? [Intellectual Property]

1:20:37 | Mar 29th, 2017

P.O.S and Eric Mayson join us for our very first live episode. Ryan asks "holy shit does someone own this"?, Spencer talks about Humanzees, Stef thinks money is to blame, and Mayson claims not to own oxygen.    Hot Topics: Chumans, Intellectual Prope...Show More

Ep. #18 - What If Aliens Went To Art School? [Crop Circles]

1:21:51 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Crump’s in the house to talk crop circles. Ryan gives some history of the phenomenon, Spencer thinks Carl Sagan might be an ancient alien enthusiast, and Crump schools us on Mayan clocks. Hot Topics: Bring Back Kazaa, Dr. Horace Knows Everything, The...Show More

Ep. #17 - What If You Died? - Part 2 [Near-Death Experiences]

1:20:38 | Mar 15th, 2017

Spencer and Ryan continue their conversation about near-death experiences, delving into some possible scientific explanations. They discuss Dr. Michael Wirth-Davis' story from last episode, Ryan tells us about the god helmet, and Spencer gets off on ...Show More

Ep. #16 - What If You Died? - Part 1 [Near-Death Experiences]

1:22:47 | Mar 8th, 2017

The dudes are talking about near-death experiences. Spencer and Ryan discuss the work of Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Bruce Greyson, and Dr. Michael Sabom. Dr. Michael Wirth-Davis joins the show to share his personal near-death experience.  Hot Topics: Nea...Show More

Ep. #15 - What If Google Knew Your DNA? [Genomics]

1:12:38 | Mar 1st, 2017

Max Selim is back to talk about genomics and the privacy of our genetic data. Max gives us the quick history of genomics and the Human Genome Project, Spencer thinks aliens have been manipulating our DNA for thousand of years, and Ryan has a 23 and M...Show More

Ep. #14 - What If It Really Went Down in the DMs? [Cryptography]

1:23:18 | Feb 22nd, 2017

The guys are talking about espionage in the social media age. Spencer talks about numbers stations and their 21st century counterparts, Ryan breaks down Cicada 3301 and maybe starts a chocolate factory.  Hot Topics: Numbers stations, Cicada 3301, Web...Show More

Ep. #13 - What If There Was A Demon Inside Of You? [Possession and Exorcism]

1:15:20 | Feb 15th, 2017

Mayson's back to discuss demonic possession. Spencer tells a story about being possessed by the grinning man, Mayson shares a list of the best and worst demons to be possessed by, and Ryan plays Devil's advocate.  Hot Topics: Demons, Possession, Mala...Show More

Ep. #12 - What If Earth Is A Living Organism? [Gaia Hypothesis]

1:00:01 | Feb 8th, 2017

Sam McCullough shows up to talk about the Gaia hypothesis. Sam thinks James Lovelock might have just been a weirdo, Spencer suggests we’re doing our civil duty by keeping the planet warm until the reptilians get back, and Ryan really wants to throw t...Show More

Ep. #11 - What If We Communicated With Aliens? [SETI]

1:03:47 | Feb 1st, 2017

Max Selim returns to ask what if we could talk to E.T.? Ryan offers some immediate practical recommendations for humanity, Spencer thinks we should send dick pics to the Greys, and Max tells us about the golden record.    Hot Topics: Bob Lazar, To Se...Show More

Ep. #10 - What If Sinbad Was A Genie? [The Mandela Effect]

31:31 | Jan 30th, 2017

Lydia and Josiah are back to discuss the Mandela Effect. Lydia teaches us about confabulation, Josiah suggests we're living in a multiverse, Ryan thinks he invented roller skates, and Spencer isn't buying it.  Hot Topics: 2,000 Pretzel Diet, The High...Show More

Ep. #9 - What If Karma Is Real?

1:08:09 | Jan 25th, 2017

Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski join us to talk about karma. Spencer tells a story about reincarnation, Lydia talks about death by hot air balloon, Ryan thinks Earth might have cancer, and Josiah shows up to talk about goat sacrifice.  Hot Topics: Fel...Show More

Ep. #8 - What If Public Education Was Really For The Public?

35:01 | Jan 20th, 2017

Spencer and Crump talk public education. Who does it serve, why are things the way they are, and how can we make it better? Crump raises some questions about special education and the origins of public schools, Spencer wonders about the school to pri...Show More

Ep. #7 - What If Art Had No Value?

55:38 | Jan 18th, 2017

Peter Gjovik joins us as we try to define what art is and how we value it. We take a deep dive into the work of Henry Darger and outsider art. Spencer thinks chicken wings might be art, Ryan gets creeped out by illustrations of dead kids, and Peter p...Show More

Ep. #6 - What If It Really Happened? [Paranormal Mysteries]

1:23:09 | Jan 7th, 2017

Serial guest Eric Mayson joins us for a dark and candle-lit trip through the spooky and scary. We wonder what happens if the unreal actually becomes real. Join us on a paranormal dive into the mind, as we talk about ghost stories, alien abductions, a...Show More

Ep. #5 - What If You Joined A Cult? [Scientology, Raelians, Jim Jones]

1:18:57 | Jan 7th, 2017

Robert Crump joins us to discuss the ins and outs of cults around the world and  what it looks like to join one. From Scientology to Raeliens, the strangeness abounds. Ryan talks government infiltration, Spencer is pumped about cults that spread love...Show More

Ep. #4 - What If You Got Attacked By A Bear?

1:11:40 | Jan 7th, 2017

Friend of the show and guest Eric Mayson comes back aboard the What If? train for a ride through the wilderness as we discuss the unlikely but terrifying subject of bear attacks. Ryan sees the worst picture in the world, Spencer reads tweets from a b...Show More

Ep. #3 - What If We’re Living In A Simulation? [Simulation Theory]

1:00:01 | Jan 7th, 2017

With guest Max Selim, we discuss the merits of whether we’re living a lie - a.k.a. - simulation theory. Is all this just zeroes and ones? Is everything we see simulated by a computer? And if so, how many billions of these are there? Which one are we ...Show More

Ep. #1 - What If You Got Away With It? [Heists]

1:02:42 | Jan 7th, 2017

Today, we tell three tales of people who did unlikely, illegal, and incredible things - and never got caught. From D.B. Cooper, to The Max Headroom Incident, to one of the only successful Las Vegas casino robberies in history - Ryan is geeked about A...Show More