The Big Party: A Wedding Blogger’s Take ~ FWIW Episode 10

February 5, 2016

There's something about weddings... In the multicultural society that we inhabit here in North America they are one of the few life events along with birthdays and funerals that most of us take part in regardless of creed or religious background. It's a topic of much conversation and speculation, especially among women! On this episode I'm joined by Olivia; co-founder of, a wedding blog. As we dissect the big day we dive into the world of etiquette, the way new media is changing the occasion, and much more. I also put questions to her from FWIW listeners which yield some interesting opinions as well as advice on how to handle everything from invites to bridezillas.

Recorded on January 20th, 2016

Music: Intro: Hazardous - Light

Headbanging: A Doctor & Fan on Concussions in Pro Football ~ FWIW Episode 9

January 20, 2016

It would appear American Football has a problem...and it's playing out in the public domain. Medical research is starting to suggest that concussions suffered as a result of playing the game can have severe, even lethal consequences. Players are speaking out ex-NFL Receiver Randle El, who publicly stated that if he could go back in time, he wouldn't choose to play that game on account of his health issues which he connects to his football career. What are we to make of all this? To help shed light on the past, present, and future of this issue, I'm joined by my brother - an anesthesiologist and big NFL (Bucs) fan. Take a listen to his $0.02 on the matter with a special focus on the recent hit film 'Concussion' and its protagonist, Dr. Bennet Omalu and his discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in former NFL players. Oh, and find out who he predicts will win the Super Bowl this year!

Recorded on January 17th, 2016.

Music: Intro: Hazardous - Light

Dr. Jan Padzik on Twitter: @JPadzik


Fast Food Market: Hip Hop & Its Intricacies ~ FWIW Episode 8

December 19, 2015

Growing up in the 90s and 2000s it was quite common for kids of all backgrounds to listen to rap or hip-hop, some taking to the genre to the point of striking out on their own and creating music. That’s how my guest got started: first working with others and now going solo as well as taking part in other aspects of the industry such as ghost writing. His name is Cody and goes by Lotus. He’s put out a lot of music and continues to create new sounds. In addition to his story, you’ll hear his take on the game, whether having his own young family has changed his take on the messages in hip hop, the ever simmering issues of race and gender in the hip hop universe, and more. *NSFW language warning* Hide yo kids...

Lotus' music can be found here:

Recorded on December 9th, 2015. 
Music: Intro: Hazardous - Light 
Lotus - Rodeo Drive
Lotus - Say What's Real

Never in ‘Cruise’: On Recruiting, Flying, and DJ’ing ~ FWIW Episode 7

December 8, 2015
Sebastian Pavlovec might as well be the most interesting man in the world...between the various jobs he's held, his passion for flying, and part time DJ gigs, it's hard to keep up with him! On this episode I take you through his story, we explore the world of professional recruiting (his current job), check out some of his music, hear what it was like to work as a pilot for Frank O'Dea, the co-founder of Second Cup, and more...

Recorded on December 1st, 2015. 

Intro: Hazardous - Light

N.B. I've changed the sequence of episodes...this is now episode 7. Please disregard me saying it's episode 9...more on this in the next episode!

North American by birth, European by Choice ~ FWIW Episode 6

December 2, 2015

What is it like to be an expat? What's the hardest part? How does European culture compare to North America's? Maybe you've considered it...moving to another country; especially one where a foreign language is spoken. Maybe you've wondered how it worked out for others. It's definitely something that's come up in my life, even if I never did take the plunge. On this episode I talk to someone who's succeeded at it. From Canada to the Czech Republic, the UK, and Germany, my friend Murray took off and isn't looking back. Seems like he's having a good time...even if he can't quite get his hands on enough peanut butter.

Recorded on November 19th, 2015. 

Music: Hazardous - Light

Just One Schmuck in Florida ~ FWIW Episode 5

November 13, 2015
I'm joined by Ivan Peña; father of twin 5 year old girls, musician, marketer, and avid podcast listener. We sit back, and in a spirit of gratitude ponder the task of raising children (especially girls), the awesomeness of women, the importance of family, Ivan's musical projects, media/technology vis-a-vis parenting, and much more. 
You can find Ivan's music at and
Recorded on Veterans/Remembrance Day, 2015.
Music: Hazardous - Light (Intro), Rise of Saturn - Nah Son (Parts 1 and 2) 

3 Canadian Voters Walk Into a Bar ~ FWIW Episode 4

October 15, 2015

Far from a joke, I convene a panel of 3 millennial Canadians all voting for different parties in the October 19th, 2015 federal election. The environment, strategic voting, foreign policy, marijuana, Evil Harper, beards, and much more are all fair game as these participants in the democratic process go at it...the Canadian way. 

Daniel, a first time voter, voting Liberal
Sid, voting Conservative
Paul, undecided between the NDP and Green Party
Recorded October 24th, 2015
Music: Hazardous - Light

Alternate Lifestyle: Spitballing with a Believer in Parallel Universes ~ FWIW Episode 3

October 10, 2015
Stone cold sober, I converse with a friend who subscribes to the theory(ies) of a multiverse...every choice we make resulting a new branch of an infinite set of universes parallel to the one in which we consciously exist. Is there really another me out there somewhere, living a life in which I DIDN'T do that stupid thing last week?
Our convo was most definitely NOT very scientific, while the theories certainly are. To do them justice, check out some of these sources:
Recorded October 7th, 2015
Music: Hazardous - Light

Was Jesus a Communist & Other Geopolitical Musings ~ FWIW Episode 2

September 28, 2015

As Pope Francis wraps up his historic visit to the United States and the migrant crisis continues in Europe, I pick the brain of my 'facebook friend', Sid; a history buff and geopolitical currents events junkie. Fun is had by all as we cover everything from religion to Canadian identity,the Clash of Civilizations theory, India's changing cultural landscape, Russia under Vladimir Putin, and more. Bet you won't come away indifferent! Recorded September 25th, 2015.


5 Beer Brunch: A Convo with a TIFF Superfan ~ FWIW Episode 1

September 11, 2015

As the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival begins, I'm joined by Petula, a devoted attendee to hear stories from years past, learn about what it takes to catch over 30 movies in 10 days, and find out why little old ladies have it all figured out...

Check out Petula's podcast at and follow her on Twitter and Instagram for funtastic updates throughout the festival at and 

Recorded on September 9th, 2015.