Stuff They Don't Want You To Know

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Reviews: 44

Robin Williams
 May 6, 2021
Great show. An effective cure for ignorance.


 Mar 22, 2021

shamar.
 Mar 11, 2021
Great show, lesten to u guys whiile working. it makrs the day go by. keep it up

Donald Trump
 Feb 13, 2021
Idiots with degrees, what a waste of your time. Although ads are great! The real conspiracy is "where is the entertainment"?

VPaz
 Feb 2, 2021
They try to stay so open minded about possible conspiracy, but then immediately hate on American anything. How can you talk conspiracy when you're always just against one side no matter what?

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From UFOs to psychic powers and government conspiracies, history is riddled with unexplained events. You can turn back now or learn the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know ... an audio podcast from iHeartRadio.

Episode Date
Listener Mail: NCIC Security Problems, TikTok Cults, and Stories of Haunted Objects
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How easy is it to use the National Crime Information Center for nefarious ends? Is the musician Blueface running a reality show, or a TikTok cult -- and what's the deal with TikTok, cults and online radicalization anyhow? How many people feel they've encountered a real-life haunted object? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 13, 2021
Remote Viewing Session: May 22, 1984
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What if future explorers never have to physically travel anywhere? It's an odd question, but according to proponents of remote viewing, government-paid psychics were doing this as early as 1984 -- and breaking the known laws of time and space in the process. In today's episode, the guys re-enact one of the CIA's most ambitious (and strangest) classified experiments: Using ESP as a new method of exploration. Tune in to learn more in this 3D episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 12, 2021
CLASSIC: Could robots really run the world?
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Is it possible that one day all the world's decisions will be made by AI? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 11, 2021
Strange News: The Rise of Ghost Guns and Mysterious Death of Aviva Okeson-Haberman
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Should people be allowed to order, print and assemble guns at home? The rise of so-called ghost guns has resulted in a glut of firearms with no serial numbers -- and the people buying them don't need background checks, either. Over in Kansas City, the death of a young, enterprising journalist leads the guys to discuss the possible causes of the tragedy, while also exploring the overall rise in violence against journalists. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 10, 2021
Introducing Camp Hell: Anneewakee
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Hey, STDWYK friends! Since you love true crime podcasts, we think you'll also enjoy this brand new iHeartRadio podcast, Camp Hell: Anneewakee. Check out the trailer and see for yourself! The Anneewakee Treatment Center for Emotionally Disturbed Youth operated in Douglasville, Georgia for over 25 years. Purportedly, it was a place that parents could send their troubled kids for help. But in reality, it was a breeding ground for abuse. This is the story of Anneewakee, as never told before. Listen and subscribe to Camp Hell: Anneewakee on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 08, 2021
Haunted Houses: What's Going on at the Emily Morgan Hotel?
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Most people associate San Antonio, Texas with the Alamo -- yet ghost hunters look across the street, where the structure currently known as the Emily Morgan Hotel has stood since the 1920s. This building, often called the "third most haunted hotel in the world", is home to numerous reports of unusual events. In today's episode, Ben, Matt and Noel explore the strange story of the Emily Morgan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 07, 2021
Listener Mail: White House IP Addresses, Abandoned Soldiers in Vietnam, and the Mysteries of Parasomnia
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Multiple dormant White House IP addresses went active moments before Donald Trump left office. A listener details the strange behavior of his daughter while she sleeps, prompting a conversation about the mysteries of parasomnia. A Conspiracy Realist asks for more information about the rumors that the US purposely abandoned soldiers in Vietnam... and, if so, where those people may be today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 06, 2021
What was Operation Outside the Box?
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As the guys continue exploring the strange, silent war over who gets to own nuclear weapons, they stumble across the little known story of Operation Outside the Box. When the Israeli military learned its regional rival Syria might be building a nuclear facility, they felt they had only one course of action -- and they were certain that, whatever the consequences, they must do anything in their power to prevent Syria from getting the bomb. Tune in to learn more about this real-life conspiracy, as well as the active cover-up that ensued for the better part of a decade. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 05, 2021
CLASSIC: Can people purposefully collapse the stock market?
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Is it possible that someone has been playing both sides of the financial fence, seeking to destabilize markets for their own purposes? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 04, 2021
Strange News: The Love Has Won Cult, TikTok Troubles and a Scandal at the Post Office
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Could a relatively obscure US Cult (led by someone calling themselves Mother Love) be the next Heaven's Gate? A new lawsuit alleges TikTok is exploiting children's privacy. Over in the UK, investigators have finally solved the ongoing case of what appeared to be widespread corruption -- and, in doing so, have redeemed the reputations of numerous former employees. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 03, 2021
What is the Jersey Devil?
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According to the legend, the Jersey Devil was born to a Quaker named Mother Leeds in 1735 -- a hideous, deformed thing with wings, hooves and horns, it let out a blood-curdling scream after being born, and flew out the chimney and into the woods. For centuries since then, people in the area have reported sightings of the Devil, making it one of North America's most popular cryptids. But what is it, exactly? Could there be a grain of truth to all the wild campfire stories? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 30, 2021
Listener Mail: Ibogaine and Addiction, Bill Gates and COVID Conspiracies
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A listener details their experience with the controversial, powerful psychoactive substance known as ibogaine. The guys explore the ins and outs of the recent conspiracy theories surrounding Bill Gates, vaccination and COVID-19. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 29, 2021
The Nuclear Black Market: AQ Khan and the Smiling Buddha
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As World War II drew to a close, nations across the planet scrambled to take stock, to recover, to rebuild and survive. But the looming spectre of nuclear technology continued to grow -- the US went against allies and enemies alike to keep its military edge. So how did countries traditionally considered enemies of the US gain nuclear technology? In many cases, the conspiracy goes down to a single man: AQ Khan. Terrified by what India's Smiling Buddha test might mean for the future of Pakistan, he worked furiously to get Pakistan the bomb -- and eventually began selling his expertise to the highest bidder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 28, 2021
CLASSIC: Fire in the Sky: Tunguska
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What triggered the massive explosion over Tunguska in 1908? Join Matt, Ben, and special guest Joe McCormick as they take a closer look at one of the most mysterious catastrophes in history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 27, 2021
Strange News: Prince Philip Loved UFOS -- and What's Going On in Myanmar?
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It turns out the late Prince Philip was a huge UFO buff. The guys explore the deeply troubling, worsening situation in Myanmar following the recent military coup -- a coup that has already cost more than 600 lives, with no end in sight. All this and more in this week's strange news. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 26, 2021
Nevada's Corporate Innovation Zones: When You Job Becomes Your Government
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Nevada is currently considering new legislation that will allow businesses to create their own increasingly autonomous communities. Fans of the idea paint it as an innovative, new way to get jobs and tax dollars to Nevada. Opponents worry it creates a corporate government, giving private businesses control of things a local government would usually do -- like run the fire department, conduct elections and more. So what exactly is an "innovation zone"? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 23, 2021
Listener Mail: A White House Press Imposter, The Sinister Side of Childhood Games, and Hypnotherapy
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Did a child just successfully impersonate a White House reporter? Can hypnotherapy treat certain skin conditions through the power of the mind alone? Just how many childhood games and cartoons seem sinister, when you look back on them as an adult? What's in an Mmhmm? All this and more in this week's Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 22, 2021
Project SUNSHINE
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The US experienced a massive economic boom in the years following the close of World War II. The country managed to avoid the destruction that laid waste to parts of Asia and Europe -- and it was also in possession of nuclear technology. As many Americans (but far from all) saw their quality of life increase, experts and military officials alike scrambled to maintain their strategic nuclear edge: To understand as much as possible about the effects and consequences of the deadly new thing they'd created. One result of this desperation? Project SUNSHINE. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 21, 2021
CLASSIC: The Jesuits: Fact and Fiction
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The ascendance of Pope Francis in 2013 led to a revival of Jesuit conspiracy theories. But why? Who are the Jesuits, exactly? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 20, 2021
Strange News: Disaster in Iran, Clearview AI, and the Cargo Cult of Prince Philip
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Clearview AI is back in the news with more reports of its facial recognition software being used for dodgy ends. An attack on an Iranian nuclear facility prompts international observers to ask about the timing of the operation as the US signals interest in returning to the nuclear deal. A small island community in the Pacific struggles to understand what they should do next in the wake of Prince Philips' death -- after all, they literally worshipped the man as a God. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 19, 2021
The Dark Side of Rehab
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Millions of people in the US struggle with substance abuse issues every single year -- experts work around the clock to help folks with substance abuse issues and other addictions to break free of these dangerous, sometime fatal cycles. And this means rehabilitation, or rehab, is a big business. Like many other large industries, rehab also has a dark side -- a series of disturbing conspiracies that continue, largely unabated, in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 16, 2021
Listener Mail: The Military Infiltrated Sports, Cary Grant did Acid, Weirdness Continues in Canada
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A listener from Canada assures the guys sinister weirdness continues up north. A voicemail dives into actor Cary Grant's experiences with LSD. Banks calls to ask about how the US military infiltrated the world of professional sports. All this and more in this week's Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 15, 2021
India's Massive Farm Protests, Part 2
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As the protests over India's Farm Bills continues, multiple groups argue there's a conspiracy afoot. Many protestors believe the government is selling them out to corporations. Members of the media claim the protests are a cover for a separatist movement -- or that foreign intelligence agencies are riling up the crowds as a way of destabilizing India. Tune in as Ben and Matt separate the conspiratorial fact from fiction in the second part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 14, 2021
CLASSIC: Can you really be anonymous online?
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In this classic episode, our friends at TechStuff join us for a closer look at the tricky business of staying anonymous on the internet, as well as the facts about the NSA's surveillance program. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 13, 2021
Strange News: The Race for the Arctic, National Debt and a Cocaine Submarine
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Investigations reveal a recently deceased, wealthy businessman had a double life as a drug dealer with an interest in submarines. What exactly is the national debt? Over in the Arctic, Russia alarms international observers with its growing military presence — and a terrifying, mysterious new nuclear torpedo. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 12, 2021
India's Massive Farm Protests, Part 1
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For several months, India has been in the grip of massive farm protests as millions gather to demonstrate against a series of controversial reforms collectively known as the Farm Bills. These bills, in theory, are meant to address problems with India's current agricultural system -- but a large percentage of India's farmers fear these new laws will only make their lives more difficult. Some even believe the Farm Bills are part of a conspiracy to sacrifice the livelihood of farmers for the profits of large businesses. On the other side of the protest line, members of the domestic media believe the protests themselves are a conspiracy designed to further the aims of separatist groups with ulterior motives. So which, if any, of these conspiracies are true? Tune in and learn more in the first part of this two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 09, 2021
Listener Mail: GameStop Squeeze as an Inside Job, Astrology and Prediction, the Questionable Fate of the Tasmanian Tiger
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Over in Australia, Paul asks whether the Tasmanian Tiger, officially extinct in the 1930s, could survive in the dense, isolated bushland of Tasmania. Agent L wonders whether the GameStop short squeeze was an inside job. Stephanie asks about the study of astrology. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 08, 2021
Can an Object be Haunted?
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According to the authors of horror stories, haunting isn't just for houses. In countless works of fiction, all sorts of objects can become to a spirit -- and, over the centuries, countless people have sworn they encountered a haunted object in real life. Today's episode asks whether an object can be haunted... and the ultimate answer may not be what you expect. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 07, 2021
CLASSIC: Are people really murdering scientists?
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From Iran to London, it seems that being a scientist has become an increasingly dangerous occupation. Learn why in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 06, 2021
Strange News: Czech Billionaire Dies in Helicopter Crash, UFO Produces No Sonic Boom, A Darkness From Space is Eating Nearby Stars
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The wealthiest man in the Czech Republic just died in an Alaskan helicopter crash. Declassified files reveal a UFO appeared to break the sound barrier without creating a sonic boom. Scientists have confirmed that, just 153 light-years away, an unknown ...thing appears to be eating stars. No one knows what it could be -- and no one's sure what this means for planet Earth. One thing's for sure: You can learn all this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 05, 2021
Boxing and Crime: The Kinahan Saga
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It's a match for the ages: Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, boxing heavyweight champions in their own right, will soon vie for the title of the world's undisputed boxing champion. Irish native and current Dubai resident Daniel Kinahan has a life-long love of boxing -- and, according to Irish authorities, he is the heir to a criminal empire stretching from Dublin to Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and beyond. Recently, Fury set off a firestorm of speculation when he thanked Kinahan for brokering the fight. In today's episode, Ben and Matt dive into the world of Irish organized crime, the sport, science and art of boxing, all to ask: Is there Something They Don't Want You To Know? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 02, 2021
Listener Mail: UK Royalty and Mental Health, the Gulf Breeze Six, the Survivors of Romania's Cold War Orphanages
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The Lean Bean Vegan Machine writes in about Oprah Winfrey's recent interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Buddy asks about the bizarre story of the Gulf Breeze Six. Tom calls in for more information about survivors of Romania's notorious orphanage system under the reign of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. All this and more -- including Project 100,000 -- in this week's Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 01, 2021
What the Heck is an NFT?
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A new player has entered the strange, often confusing world of Bitcoin -- the non-fungible token, or NFT. This digital token, which can be virtually anything, is technically unique. It's a one-of-a-kind thing existing in an entirely intangible state. Numerous artists, musicians and celebrities have sold NFTs for thousands of dollars, but critics allege this may be anything from a fad to an outright avenue for criminal enterprise. So what exactly is the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know about NFTs? Is this a digital revolution, or another case of The Emperor's New Clothes? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 31, 2021
CLASSIC: Gabon's Ancient Nuclear Reactor(s)
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File this under "stranger than fiction": In more than a dozen sites across Gabon, scientists have found evidence of ancient nuclear reactors. How ancient? Try two billion years. But how did this happen? Why? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 30, 2021
Strange News: Deep Time, a Mice Plague and COVID Squatting
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15 volunteers spend 40 days locked deep in a French cave, away from all light and time in a bizarre experiment. A plague of mice swarms across Australia. Over in the US, some new homeowners were baffled to learn the man who sold them the house refuses to leave -- and the authorities apparently can't make him. All this and more in this week's strange news. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 29, 2021
The Episode Where We Ruin Sunscreen
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Since ancient times, human beings have known the sun can be dangerous. Too much exposure to its rays can burn and prematurely age the skin. In fact, the concept of sunscreen may be a non-human invention, as various types of animals coat themselves in protective layers of mud to stave off the at-times brutal effects of heat and sunshine. Fast forward to the modern era -- sunscreen is a huge industry, and people across the planet use it on a daily basis. The science seems sound. Unlike some skin care products, sunscreen actually works... however, it appears sunscreen may also have a dark side. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 26, 2021
Listener Mail: Gut Tests, Personal Surveillance and Knighstscope
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A listener asks about the amazing, terrifying future of gut biome tests. Another audience member reveals first-hand knowledge of just how closely Siri listens to you, and a fellow Conspiracy Realist asks about the future of automated law enforcement. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 25, 2021
Davos & The Great Reset, Part II
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In the second part of this two-part episode, Ben, Matt and Noel explore the Great Reset. While it's sometimes called a conspiracy theory, the allegations and speculation circling the WEF and Davos are more like a mix of multiple, at-times contradictory ideas. Listen in to learn more about the criticisms, concerns, and bizarre accusations around Davos and the Great Reset. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 24, 2021
CLASSIC: A Ghost Story
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After an overwhelming wave of emails and messages from listeners, Matt and Ben finally present, in full, the the ghost story from their very first listener mail episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 23, 2021
Strange News: Cheer Mom Makes Deep Fakes, North Korea Ghosts the US, Texas Rangers Promise to Stop Hypnotizing People
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A Cheer Mom creates deep fake photos in a revenge scheme targeting her daughter's rivals. The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) ghosts the US, refusing the new President's attempts to contact them. Over in the US, the Texas Rangers promise to stop hypnotizing people -- in other news, Texas law enforcement has been hypnotizing people for about 40 years. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 22, 2021
Davos & The Great Reset, Part I
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In June of 2020 the World Economic Forum held its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The city was on lockdown as the world's most powerful people met to discuss something called "The Great Reset" -- the idea of rebuilding society and the global economy in the wake of COVID-19. In the first part of this two-part series, the guys explore the origins of the WEF. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 19, 2021
Listener Mail: Murders in Canada, MKULTRA and the Unabomber, Organized Crime and Boxing
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A caller reports possible cover-ups of murders in Canada. A listener asks about the rumoured relationship between MKULTRA and the Unabomber. A fellow Conspiracy Realist sets the guys on a journey into the world of Irish organized crime and boxing. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 18, 2021
The Devil and The Rain: The Case of Don Decker
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Here's the story: When Don Decker went on furlough to attend his abusive Grandfather's funeral, he experienced something extraordinary -- water fell upward from the floor of his hosts' home, he levitated, recoiled from religious symbols. Multiple witnesses and investigators, some professional, appear to agree there exists a man inxeplicably able to summon rain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 17, 2021
CLASSIC: Banned Books of the Bible
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Although most people might assume that the Bible has always existed in its present state, that answer couldn't be any further from the truth. Tune in to this classic episode to learn more about how the bible has changed over time -- including what got added in, taken out and why Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 16, 2021
Strange News: China's COVID Testing, Online Magic and the Sigil Engine, a Swarm of Icelandic Earthquakes
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Has the Chinese government been forcing officials from foreign countries to take an unexpectedly invasive anal swab COVID test? Can you really build magic, reality-shifting sigils online? Why on Earth is Iceland experiencing so many earthquakes? All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 15, 2021
What is the Golden Dawn?
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In the late 19th century, several friends and Freemasons embarked on a strange endeavor -- creating their own secret society for the purpose of studying magic. While the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn may sound bizarre and obscure today, its existence had a profound impact on later, similar groups and systems. But what exactly was it? Perhaps more importantly -- did any of this magic work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 12, 2021
Listener Mail: The Minerva Research Initiative, India's Farming Protests, and the Hazards of Commercial Gene Mapping
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A caller asks about the true motivations of the Minerva Research Initiative. A listener living in India provides their perspective on a possible information war at play in India's ongoing farmer protests. A Conspiracy Realist asks whether they should be concerned about what happens to their genetic info after they submit it to a commercial gene mapping company. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 11, 2021
What is the Military-entertainment Complex?
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Eisenhower warned the public about the rise of the military-industrial complex back in his 1961 farewell address, and over the decades the public has become increasingly aware of the potential for corruption in the close relationship between the military and the private defense industry. But have you heard of the military-entertainment complex? It's the reason you see the US military in so many action films, and the reason Uncle Sam bankrolls video games. In this episode, the guys dive into the surprisingly close links between Hollywood and the Pentagon, exploring just how this relationship evolved -- and why it continues in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 10, 2021
CLASSIC: Nazis, Lost Civilizations and Ancient Man: The Ahnenerbe
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Did Nazis really have a department for paranormal investigations? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 09, 2021
The "State" of Hawaii: Union or Occupation?
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Today the far-flung Pacific archipelago of Hawaii remains the newest, most distant state in the United States. But not so long ago, it was an independent country all its own, with an ancient culture, community, and monarchy. In today's episode, Super Producer Codename: Doc Holliday and special guest Dana Schwartz dive into the disturbing story of a vast conspiracy, exploring how plantation owners and the US government orchestrated an overthrow of the native kingdom, annexing Hawaii and transforming it into the 50th US state -- a series of events that to some, including members of both the UN and the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement, constitute an illegal occupation to this day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 08, 2021
Who killed John Parsons Wheeler?
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John Parsons Wheeler III -- Jack to his friends -- was a mover and shaker in the Defense industry. Over the course of his career he worked with three different Presidential administrations, and also built a reputation for his tireless charity work. So how can we explain the strange series of events that led to his untimely death, his body discovered in a landfill? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 05, 2021
Listener Mail: Wolves of Idaho, Cartels and Meth, Why You Should Be Aware of Private Intelligence Agencies
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A listener relates a strange story about wolves in Idaho. Has US meth been outsourced to cartels, exploiting Native communities? A Conspiracy Realist asks to learn more about the role of non-governmental, 'private' intelligence firms. All this and more in this week's Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 04, 2021
Power, Water and Texas: What happened?
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When an unprecedented series of winter storms left millions of people throughout Texas struggling to survive without electricity or clean water, local authorities scrambled to get the lights back on--and to find a scapegoat. What exactly happened? What is it about Texas in particular that made the state so vulnerable to this weather, and what happens next? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 03, 2021
CLASSIC: The Future of Drones
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Will your future online purchases, delivery food and more be delivered by drones? Will law enforcement fly them continuously over your city, town or neighborhood? Tune in to learn more about the possible future of drones in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 02, 2021
Strange News: Massive Protests in India, Hidden Messages in Art, and Airplane Engines Falling From the Sky
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Massive protests continue across India as farmers fear the government has betrayed them in the service of large corporations. It appears Edvard Munch hid a secret message on the canvas of his iconic painting, 'The Scream.' And it seems multiple airplane engines are failing mid-flight, prompting authorities to raise concern about possible future accidents. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 01, 2021
Ancient Flying Machines
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Tales of ancient, advanced technologies have flourished in the last few decades. Is it possible that the stories of flying gods and machines contained in the Vedas — texts written in India over 3000 years ago — are based on real, now lost technological advancements? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 26, 2021
Listener Mail: Ancient Mercury, Flu or COVID, Why the Marshall Islands Matter
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In this week's Listener Mail, Ben and Matt explore the mystery of ancient liquid mercury in burial sites across the planet. A listener asks about influenza, Covid and cover-ups. The guys share messages from your fellow Conspiracy Realists about the long-term, often unexplored, consequences of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 25, 2021
Contaminants in Baby Food
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From formula to pureed carrots, baby food is a massive -- and necessary -- industry. Each year millions upon millions of families search for the best, most nutritious food to feed their children, and there's no shortage of advice from experts and parents alike. However, it appears there's a secret to this industry: Numerous baby food products contain ingredients parents can't see on the label, including contaminants like mercury, lead, arsenic and more. How long has this been occurring? What did the manufacturers know, and when? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 24, 2021
CLASSIC: What are you actually eating?
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Whether you're sipping a soda, grabbing some fast food or eating ready-made snacks from the local grocery store, chances are that you're ingesting a number of "barely-food" chemicals used to preserve color, taste or texture. But what are these, exactly? Are they dangerous? Tune in to learn more in this week's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 23, 2021
Strange News: The Pentagon May Have Experimented with UFO Wreckage, The Skelecaster Hoax, and the Collapse of the Texas Power Grid
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Did the Pentagon just admit it's been secretly experimenting with wreckage from UFOs for decades? Did a Florida man really build an electric guitar from his uncle's skeleton? What exactly caused the collapse of the Texas power grid, and why were so many people left without power or clean water? All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 22, 2021
What's Going On with the Falun Gong?
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The movement known as Falun Dafa or Falun Gong began in China in the 1990s, and today people across the planet consider themselves practitioners. Adherents claim this combination of meditation, breathing exercises, mindfulness and moral philosophy is a path to enlightenment -- but the government of China disagrees. For decades Chinese authorities have considered Falun Gong a dangerous, subversive element. Since 1999 the government has made concerted efforts to suppress this spiritual practice -- but why? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 19, 2021
Listener Mail: Parler and Social Media, Mattress Firm Update, the (Potentially Terrifying) Future of Augmented Reality
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A caller asks the gang to explore more of the larger dilemmas posed by social media censorship. A listener writes in to shed more light on the ongoing Mattress Firm enigma. An email about more augmented reality games inspires the gang to speculate about the increasing role of AR outside of gaming -- what happens when it becomes part of everyday life? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 18, 2021
What is Adrenochrome?
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Adrenochrome-- it's a real substance, and one sold openly online to labs with the proper paperwork. It's also mentioned in numerous works of literature, from Huxley's "The Doors of Perception" to Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and more. But what exactly is it? Why do people believe it's a sinister, evil drug used by hopelessly addicted elites in the worlds of finance, politics and entertainment? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 17, 2021
CLASSIC: When the Police Become Your Army
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No, not the band featuring Sting. What if the actual, local law enforcement in the your neck of the global woods started using military-grade weaponry, patrolling the streets with the same door-to-door tactics used in occupied countries? According to some concerned advocates, this is a worldwide trend -- and it shows no signs of slowing. Listen to this classic episode to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 16, 2021
Strange News: Hacking into Your Water, Naked Mole Rat Accents and the Cop who Hired a Hitman
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The small town of Oldsmar, Florida barely escapes disaster when a hacker remotely compromises the system, creating dangerous levels of chemicals in the drinking water -- implying potential for other disasters like this in the future. Scientists prove naked mole rats have accents. Officer Valerie Cincinelli stands accused of hiring a hitman to murder her ex-husband, as well as a teenage girl. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 15, 2021
The Philadelphia Experiment
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Here's the story: In October of 1943, hundreds of people watched a top secret experiment go horribly wrong. The US Navy, attempting to create a kind of invisibility cloak for ships, accidentally transported the USS Eldridge through time and space, with disastrous consequences for the crew. It's a thrilling tale, but how much of it is true? Tune in as the guys explore the origin of this bizarre legend (and bust some myths about cream cheese along the way). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 12, 2021
Listener Mail: Radioactive Brine, Australia's Stolen Generation, and an Inside Scoop on Fracking
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Why are there billboards warning about radioactive brine in parts of the US? What exactly is Australia's Stolen Generation? What's the insider scoop on the fracking industry and earthquakes? All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 11, 2021
Mystery, Mayhem and Nukes: The Story of the Marshall Islands
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The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a relatively tiny, remote place -- it's about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, with nothing but ocean on the horizon. And, for decades, this nation has been home to a terrifying secret. As the world entered the atomic age, the United States realized it needed a place to test its new weaponry, and to store the waste these nuclear experiments left behind. Tune in to learn more about US nuclear experiments in the Marshall Islands, and how the consequences of this conspiracy remain in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 10, 2021
CLASSIC: Was Thomas Henry Moray the Next Nikola Tesla?
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You've probably heard about Nikola Tesla, but what about Thomas Henry Moray? Join Ben and Matt to learn why some people believe this little-known electrical engineer may have discovered a revolutionary zero-point energy device in this week's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 09, 2021
Strange News: The Myanmar Coup, Solving the Mystery of Dyatlov Pass and Saying Goodbye to Adobe Flash
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The military of Myanmar institutes a coup (and later internet blackout). Scientists believe they may have finally solved the mystery of Dyatlov Pass -- and their argument is pretty convincing! More and more organizations realize they need to be prepared for the end of Adobe Flash. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 08, 2021
What is the Latitude Society?
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For many, the story began with the receipt of a mysterious card, which led them to a nondescript address in San Francisco. From there, new members of the Latitude Society found themselves living through a complex, enigmatic adventure in a secret society somewhere between a philosophical group, a city-wide theme park and a real-life conspiracy. But what exactly is The Latitude Society? What are its real origins, and where are the members today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2021
Listener Mail: How to Talk About QAnon, The Mattress Store Conspiracy, Private Contractors and the Military
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One listener explains ways to communicate about QAnon with relatives and friends. Another writes in to explore the difference between private contractors and US soldiers. And someone finally asks a question that's bugged the guys for years: Why are there so many Mattress Firms? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 04, 2021
Reddit vs. Wall Street: Peasants invade the casino?
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How did a handful of otherwise unremarkable stocks become some of the most closely watched things on Wall Street? In today's episode, the guys explore the strange series of events that led to massive price fluctuations in GameStop and more. The media portrayed this as the 'little guys' -- amateur traders -- banding together to take revenge on heartless hedge funds. But how much of this is true? What's the real conspiracy, exactly? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 03, 2021
CLASSIC: The World Beneath Our Feet
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From hidden catacombs to wild rumors about a hollow earth, the world is full of subterranean stories. But which are total bunk, and which have the ring of truth? Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt in this week's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 02, 2021
Strange News: Has someone stolen the Ark of the Covenant? Chinese COVID-19 Conspiracies and Mexico Exonerates Corrupt Military Official
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Locals near an Ethiopian church claim encroaching rebels aren't just waging a war agains the government--they've come to steal the legendary Ark of the Covenant, which has allegedly rested in this spot for more than 3,000 years. Members of the Chinese government have doubled down on their own brand of COVID conspiracy theories, accusing the US of creating the virus. International observers are in an uproar as Mexico exonerates a former high-level government official accused of multiple counts of massive smuggling offenses. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 01, 2021
Ireland's Vanishing Triangle
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Inspired by a listener mail, the guys explore an enduring, disturbing mystery from across the Atlantic: Between 1993 and the late 1990s, multiple women disappeared in an 80-mile area outside Dublin, which came to be known as the "Vanishing Triangle." But what led to these disappearances? Could one or more of them be connected? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2021
Listener Mail: Parler and Cambridge Analytica, A Spectre in the Bed, and Berlin's Horrific Experimental Child Placement Program
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Was Parler a long con funded by the same people responsible for Cambridge Analytica? A listener shares her disquieting story of an inexplicable encounter with a spectre. Over in Germany, the nation's public is in an outcry over revelations regarding a long-running program intentionally placing children in the care of known sexual abusers. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 28, 2021
The Open Skies Treaty
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On November 22, 2020, the United States withdrew from the Treaty on Open Skies. This treaty, signed in 1992, allows 34 member countries to perform unarmed aerial observations over foreign soil. Imagery captured is shared with the member countries. The U.S. cited Russia's activities with regards to the treaty as their reason for withdrawing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 27, 2021
CLASSIC: Alternative History and You
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Why do some people believe the Middle Ages never happened? Can we really trust our calendars? Do current world powers have a compelling interest in suppressing our knowledge of the past? Listen in and learn more with Matt and Ben in this week's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 26, 2021
Strange News: Putin's Secret Hideout, Nebraska and Ethanol, Buying the Lizzie Borden House
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While detained by Russian authorities, opposition leader Alexei Navalny released a bombshell report on a secret, opulent compound allegedly owned in secret by Vladimir Putin. The Lizzie Borden house is officially for sale (as an AirBnB). And Mead, Nebraska struggles with largely unacknowledged, widespread contamination from a local ethanol plant. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 25, 2021
Psychedelics, Machine Elves and Kesha
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In this interview, award-winning musical phenomenon Kesha joins the guys on a wide-ranging exploration of everything from UFO disclosure to deep-dive studies of the human brain on psychedelics, allegations of paranormal activity, her new podcast "Kesha and the Creepies" and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2021
Listener Mail: A 14-Minute Death, the Online Alt-right Pipeline, the Terror of Issei Sagawa
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David recounts how he died for 14 minutes, only to return with an astonishing new outlook on life. Lucas asks about the true story of the notorious, unrepentant and unimprisoned cannibal, necrophile and murderer Issei Sagawa. Amy asks about the proposed recruitment/radicalization pipeline from gaming to social media. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 21, 2021
Secrets of Livestock Industry, Part II: The Animals and the Bug
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In the second part of this series, the gang dives into another aspect of the global livestock industry: the lives of the animals and humans involved. Learn more about the hidden reality of life for livestock--and how it could eventually impact the entire world, giving rise to superbugs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 21, 2021
CLASSIC: Can human beings create disaster?
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It sounds like the plot of a James Bond film: Some shadowy supervillain holds the world for ransom while threatening to destroy civilization with an earthquake, floods or volcanic eruptions. But some believe that humanity has more control over Earth's than ever before. Why? Could someone really create a natural disaster -- and use it as a weapon? Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 19, 2021
Strange News: COVID-19 Relief and UFOs, Armed Forces and the Inauguration
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The COVID-19 relief bill contains some surprising-- and possibly groundbreaking -- new directives for UFO disclosure, along with a 180-day timeline that has UFOlogists across the planet freaking out. The guys examine the warnings and speculation regarding the possibility of more violence as the date of the Presidential inauguration approaches. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 18, 2021
Child Soldiers: A Hidden Horror
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War is an ugly, abhorrent thing--and it's been with humanity since the dawn of our species. While the practice itself is chock-full of conspiracy, corruption and horror, one aspect of war is often ignored: the practice of forcing children to participate. In today's episode, the guys dive into the disturbing stories of children forced into conflict--how the children are taken, how they are indoctrinated, and what happens afterward. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2021
Listener Mail: UN Abuse Scandal, Mushrooms as Medicine, Getting Kidnapped by the CIA
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An anonymous caller asks for more details on the infamous UN and Oxfam sexual abuse scandal. A listener describes their transformative experience using psychedelics as medicine. Another caller shares an Orwellian story of being kidnapped to work for the CIA. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 14, 2021
Strange News: Julian Assange, Tensions in Iran, Dippin' Dots and COVID
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The UK has ruled against extraditing Julian Assange to the US--not because they disagree with the merits of the accusations, but because they feel Assange has no reasonable guarantee of safety if sent to a US prison (paging Mr. Epstein). The technology used to keep novelty ice cream Dippin' Dots fresh could soon be used to store the Pfizer COVID vaccine. International tensions rise as Iran plans to further enrich nuclear material and a divided US seems unable to project a coherent policy message abroad. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 12, 2021
The Attack on DC, Part II: The Aftermath -- an End or a Beginning?
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On January 6th, 2021, the Capitol of the United States was attacked in an effort to disrupt the process of certifying the recent Presidential election. As authorities eventually received reinforcements, observers across the country and around the world drew stark contrasts between the way police treated the group invading the Capitol and the way they treated earlier protestors in 2020. In the aftermath of the events, observers, journalists, politicians and citizens alike raised questions about the 25th Amendment, the role of the current President--and to what degree this was planned in advance. Perhaps the biggest question on the world's mind is this: What happens next? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 11, 2021
The Attack on DC, Part I: Breaching the Gates
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On January 6th, 2021, the Capitol of the United States was attacked in an effort to disrupt the process of certifying the recent Presidential election. As chaos mounted, Congress was evacuated and insurrectionists, self-identified 'revolutionaries' roamed freely through the building for hours after overwhelming the woefully understaffed authorities on the scene. Footage and images from the day appear to show some authorities assisting with the breach. Bombs were found at the local RNC and DNC offices. In the first part of this two-part episode, the guys explore the timeline of events--along with the evidence that everyone (except, apparently, local law enforcement) knew a storm was brewing well in advance. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2021
Listener Mail: Randonauts, Reality, Magic and the Transmundane
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A Conspiracy Realist arrives to defend Cyberpunk 2077. A caller's shoutout to Randonautica inspires Matt and Ben to delve into the nature of reality, intention, entropy and quantum physics. A mysterious letter from a practicing Discordian Magician sends the gang into a rabbithole of philosophy and phenomenology. All this and more in today's dizzying Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 07, 2021
The Disturbing Origins of Generally Good Things
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It's often said there's a great crime at the heart of every great fortune, but what about institutions, inventions and other noble pursuits? In today's episode, Ben and Matt take a closer look at the deeply disturbing origins of some of the world's most lauded endeavors, from the world of medicine to environmentalism, academia and more. Get an up-close look at the skeletons in the closets of these generally good things. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2021
CLASSIC: How could aliens contact us?
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Could alien life forms really contact human beings? How would they do it? Is it possible that other humans could intercept the message -- and keep it secret? Listen to this classic episode to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2021
Strange News: The Nashville Explosion and Super Gonorrhea
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Authorities continue to investigate a massive explosion that took Nashville, TN temporarily off the grid on Christmas Day. Experts warn that the pandemic has played a role in the rise of a powerful STI often referred to as "super gonorrhea." Join Ben and Matt for all this and more in the first Strange News of 2021. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 04, 2021
Introducing: Cadaver Gals
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Cadaver Gals is a weekly podcast hosted by three fun and flirty friends, who discuss all the bizarre ways people have died throughout history to cope with their own mortality! Listen and subscribe to Cadaver Gals on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 02, 2021
CLASSIC: It's Our Lucky Day, With Archer's Dr. Krieger
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Would you clone yourself to make your own personal organ farm? What are the odds that aliens or cryptids might actually exist? Join the guys as they hang out with Lucky Yates, the prolific actor and voice of Dr. Krieger of FX's Archer, to explore everything from the frightening future of biotechnology to the (alleged) resurrection of the dodo and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2021
Listener Mail: Vaccines and the Military, Microwave Energy and How to Teach Intuition
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A conspiracy realist from the military reveals a harrowing story about mysterious medical conditions, and circumstances that may mean he can never receive a vaccine again. A listener asks just how much energy we're inundated with on an average day. The gang explores the US government's bizarre research into hunches, vibes and intuition. All this and more in the final listener mail of 2020. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 31, 2020
Secrets of the Livestock Industry, Part I: Why is meat so cheap?
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The global livestock industry employs millions of people in one way or another -- meat is a big business, and business is booming. In communities across the planet meat is often seen as a status symbol, a way to impress friends and announce one's own success -- but how much should meat actually cost? Critics argue every piece of meat, from a fast-food burger to high-end steak and everything in between, is actually riddled with hidden costs that will eventually be paid by everyone, whether or not they personally eat meat. Join Ben and Matt to learn more secrets of the livestock industry in part one of this series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2020
CLASSIC: What is the Octopus?
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It sounds like something out of a paranoid political thriller - one journalist stumbles across a vast international conspiracy involving the world's most important leaders and corporations. But could it be true? What is the Octopus, and what happened to Danny Casolaro? Join Ben and Matt for more in this week's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 29, 2020
Strange News: The Al Jazeera Hack, the Future of Aging and the Wide, Weird World of Gaming
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Dozens of journalists working for Al Jazeera were hacked in an unprecedented cyber-attack. Emerging studies indicate there may, one day, be a way to not only prevent age-related cognitive decline -- but to reverse the effects of aging entirely. Ben, Matt, and Doc Holliday explore the weird, wide world of gaming. All this and more in the gang's last Strange News of 2020. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 28, 2020
STDWYTK Presents: How May I Help You?
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Dec 25, 2020
Listener Mail: A Photo of a UFO, a Zodiac Cipher and a Nazi Conspiracy to Tune Music
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What's the most likely explanation for the recently-revealed photos of pilots encountering UFOs? What can investigators learn from the recent decryption of the Zodiac cipher? Keith from Chicago asks whether Nazis conspired to change our understanding of music. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 24, 2020
The Port Chicago Disaster
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On July 17, 1944, over 300 people died in a massive explosion. These weren't soldiers fighting overseas -- they were sailors and civilians near the pier, where hurried loading operations inevitably went wrong. To this day, no one knows what triggered the explosion -- but, in a terrible way, this was only the beginning of the story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2020
CLASSIC: The Future of Death
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Will someone alive today live forever? Can science create real-life zombies? Are there any real examples of the 'walking dead' around today? Tune in to learn more in this week's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 22, 2020
Strange News: Counterfeit COVID Vaccines, Coups Happen All The Time, and Everyone Just Got Hacked
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There's a growing industry dedicated to forging proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. Another attempted coup goes widely unreported in the west -- and it's part of a larger pattern. Hackers -- Ben thinks Russian in origin -- just successfully cracked into multiple systems across the planet, including agencies of the US government. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 21, 2020
The Ghislaine Maxwell Update: Who killed Robert Maxwell?
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Ghislaine Maxwell, long time associate of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, is currently incarcerated, charged with helping recruit, groom and abuse minors as young as 14 as part of a sex-trafficking ring allegedly operated by Epstein. Observers around the world have voiced concerns that, one way or another, Maxwell might never see a day in court. Part of this fear comes from the fact that Epstein died while in prison -- but there's another thread here, as well: Years earlier, Ghislaine Maxwell's father Robert Maxwell also passed away under mysterious circumstances. Could these deaths be related? If so, what does this mean for the future of Ghislaine Maxwell? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2020
Listener Mail: Microwave Weapons, the Vanishing Triangle and Kazakhstan's (possibly) Illuminati-inspired Capital
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New reports confirm the mysterious symptoms exhibited by State department employees in Cuba were not psychosomatic, but something else entirely. A caller from Ireland sets the guys on the tragic, unsolved case of the Vanishing Triangle. An anonymous email prompts an exploration of Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan -- why does the capital seem riddled with bizarre occult symbols? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 17, 2020
What happened to Rebecca Coriam?
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At just 24 years old, Rebecca Coriam had her whole life ahead of her. Her love of physical fitness and knack for teaching made her perfectly suited for her job in Youth Activities aboard the Disney Wonder, an enormous, high-class cruise ship. On March 22nd, 2011, Coriam vanished from the vessel. The distraught parents and friends of Rebecca puzzled over the cruise line's official explanation -- that a rogue wave had swept her overboard. Almost a decade later, the mystery remains: What happened to Rebecca Coriam? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2020
CLASSIC: Were there really 'lost races' of man?
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We've all heard about Neanderthals -- but what else was out there? Join Ben and Matt as they take a closer look at the facts behind the folklore, digging deeper to see if there's any grain of truth to the legends of giants, gnomes and more in this Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2020
Strange News: Monuments, Surveillance and Secret UFO Contracts
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More monuments continue to appear across the planet -- and there may finally be an answer to the mystery. US law enforcement in communities throughout the country may soon use footage from home security cameras as a tool to fight crime (opponents worry this may spell trouble for privacy). And the former head of Israel's space program claims aliens are real, have made contact with us, and signed an agreement to keep their presence a secret. All this and more in this week's strange news. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 14, 2020
Secrets of the Founding Fathers, Part II
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It's true that the founders of the United States all too often failed to live up to the values they espoused in the Constitution and other related documents -- but it appears they were up to even stranger things. In the second episode of this two-part series, the guys delve deeper into some of the strangest, most obscure alleged secrets of the founding fathers, including one terrifying story that is absolutely true. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2020
Listener Mail: Weather Modification, the Denver Airport and a Bizarre Leap through Time
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A meteorologist writes in to break down the (very real) science of cloud seeding, as well as chiming in on Ben's dream of lightning achieving sentience. A listener provides updates on the bizarre art of the Denver airport. In a moment straight out of the Twilight Zone, a man finds himself slipping through time. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 10, 2020
Secrets of the Founding Fathers, Part I
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Today, the Founding Fathers of the United States are some of the most well-known figures in the country's history. They're memorialized in monuments, museums, currency, holidays -- the list goes on. For more than a century they were deified, held up as paragons of statecraft. Yet the way they've been portrayed in textbooks often skips over details that ran counter to the shining image sold to generations of school children. You see, the Founding Fathers had secrets... so many, in fact, that we had to make this a two-part episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2020
CLASSIC: Is taxation legal?
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Every year tax activists of one sort or another try to avoid paying federal or state levies -- but why? The answers get... pretty weird. Join Ben and Matt as they dive into the strange world of tax conspiracies in this week's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 08, 2020
Strange News: The Amazon Protests, the Disappearing Monument and (Another) Murdered Iranian Nuclear Scientist
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The monument in Utah that went viral has disappeared - and a copycat monument has surfaced in Romania. Amazon workers in 15 different companies coordinated a massive protest during Black Friday. Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was recently assassinated as tensions continue to rise in the Middle East... and observers make troubling speculations about the timing. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 07, 2020
The Wide World of Food Conspiracies, Part II
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Food is one of the few things that unites the human species -- so it's no surprise the world of food is chock-full of conspiracies. In today's episode, the guys return to the world of conspiracy and cuisine, fielding some of the strangest, most disturbing urban legends and rumors about everything from fast food to livestock and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2020
Listener Mail: Occult Rocket Science and the Mystery of the Lake Vostok Squid Monster
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What exactly was renowned rocket scientist Jack Parsons getting up to in his free time... and how did he know Aleister Crowley? Whatever happened to those Russian scientists rumored to have discovered a super-intelligent, squid-like cryptid in Antarctica's subglacial Lake Vostok? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 03, 2020
Putin's Strange New Law
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The Russian government may soon pass an unusual law giving any former Russian president legal immunity -- not only from any crimes committed while in office, but for any acts before or after their presidency, as well. This lifetime immunity proposal has international spectators scratching their heads in confusion... and diving into conspiracy. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2020
CLASSIC: The Great Game
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Over 200 years ago the British and Russian empires waged a largely silent war across Eurasia, vying for influence, power and access to resources. In what became known as "The Great Game" British and Russian forces would ultimately leave indelible marks on the face of the modern world. And, according to some, The Great Game never ended. Join Ben and Matt for more in this week's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 01, 2020
Strange News: The Future of Cannibalism, Green Slime in Canada, and a Mysterious Monument in Utah
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Would you eat a steak grown from your own cells? The question may become increasingly plausible in the next few years. What's the story with the bizarre green slime flowing beneath Toronto? And who on (or off) Earth created that mysterious monument in Utah? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 30, 2020
Did the prison industry push gangster rap?
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What makes a genre of music successful? Ideally, the art connects on a personal level with the audience, speaking truth to power, tapping into a universal experience.... but what if that isn't always the case? In 2012, an email from someone claiming to be a former music industry executive alleged that gangster rap was not an organic success. Instead, they claimed, the success of this genre was the result of a secret, high-level meeting in 1991, between members of the music industry's elite and representatives of the private prison industry. Making this music successful, they argued, would ensure the prison system became even more profitable for investors. It's a profoundly disturbing idea -- but could it be true? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2020
Listener Mail: Standardized Testing, the Terrifying Tale of Georgia Tann, and the Amazing Minds of Corvids
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An anonymous caller shares their story about learning how to learn. A voicemail inspires the guys to explore the terrifying career of Georgia Tann, and they explore bizarre, first hand stories of mysteriously intelligent crows. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 26, 2020
What on Earth is happening to Britney Spears?
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World famous pop icon Britney Spears has sold millions of records, performed countless times, and regardless of whether you care for her music, you've certainly heard her hits. She also has an enormous, fiercely loyal fanbase that's convinced something is amiss, behind the scenes. You see, for years, Spears has been the subject of a legal conservatorship -- this arrangement, which the singer has described as voluntary multiple times, means Spears must have approval from several people for any financial decisions she wishes to make. In short, she does not control the financial side of her music empire. Some fans allege the singer sends coded messages to them via Instagram, asking for help. Others argue this conspiracy theory, as well-intentioned as it may be, will only make things worse for one of the world's most famous living musicians. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2020
CLASSIC: Neuromarketing: Science or Science Fiction?
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Neuromarketers claim that their techniques provide new and profound insights for consumers buying everything from soda to new cars. But can they really interpret data in a way that allows them to nudge a user's subconscious mind? And, if so, what does this mean for the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 24, 2020
Strange News: Laser-guided Lightning, Election Fraud, and Putin Wants to Give Himself Lifetime Immunity?
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Humans may soon be able to control lightning, pointing it at targets. Voter fraud (but not the vote you're thinking of). Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving himself lifetime legal immunity from, well... anything. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 23, 2020
The 1969 Berkshire UFO Incidents: What actually happened?
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Nov 20, 2020
Listener Mail: Veterans Targeted, Bitcoin Billionaires
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US veterans find themselves unfairly targeted as they pursue post-combat careers. Questions remain regarding one of the world's largest Bitcoin wallets. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 19, 2020
Foreign Investment and the Housing Crisis
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In cities across Canada, the US and other parts of the world, the cost of living continues to rise -- and housing becomes increasingly unaffordable. Rental rates outpace inflation. Owning a home becomes virtually impossible for millions. Economists have debated the usual causes of this crisis for years... but it appears there's a variable many people haven't considered, something a little stranger than domestic supply and demand. Investors from across the planet are pouring money into real estate, not for a home, but as a safe haven for storing cash. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2020
CLASSIC: Deep Underground Military Bases
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Is the world really littered with underground military bases? How many are active today? Is it possible to find them on your own? Join Ben and Matt as they dive deep (underground) in today's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 17, 2020
Strange News: Immortal Worms Invade Virginia, Cruise Lines Begin to Reopen
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Some cruise lines begin to reopen. In Virginia, locals were astonished to find a bizarre, potentially immortal creature invading -- the infamous (and alien-like) Hammerhead Worm. Tune in for more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 16, 2020
Operação Prato: Brazil's Bizarre UFO Investigation
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From 1977 to 1978 the Brazilian Air Force investigated a series of alleged UFO sightings, with multiple witnesses, in and around a city called Colares, located in northern Brazil. The official investigation closed without concluding anything unusual was afoot -- but that may actually be where the real story begins. Tune in to learn more about the strange claims, the oddly specific commonalities between witness accounts... and the mysterious events that haunted the investigators, inspiring them to continue their own investigation after the official operation was shut down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2020
Listener Mail: A Mysterious Curse, Conversion Therapy, and the Murder of the Notorious B.I.G.
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A caller shares a strange story of a possible curse. The guys explore the dark side of so-called conversion therapy. And a voicemail inspires the gang to finally begin exploring the controversial, conspiratorial death of the Hip Hop legend, the Notorious B.I.G. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 12, 2020
QAnon and Conflict Journalism, with Jake Hanrahan
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In this episode, the guys sit down with seasoned conflict journalist Jake Hanrahan to hear his first-hand accounts of covering stories all too often ignored or misrepresented in the west -- as well learning more about his work exploring QAnon in his newest podcast, Q Clearance. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2020
CLASSIC: Cults (You’ve Never Heard Of)
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What's the difference between a cult and a religion? What are some of history's strangest cults? Are there any secret cults in the modern day? In this week's classic episode, Ben and Matt are (accidentally) prescient. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 10, 2020
Strange News: How To Drop Your Own Charges, The Oreo Doomsday Vault, and City-wide Exorcisms
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Confronted with multiple criminal charges, one New Hampshire woman came up with an innovative -- and bizarre -- plan: she impersonated a prosecutor and dropped the charges against herself. Nabisco has reportedly planned to create their own Oreo doomsday vault. In several cities across the US, Archbishops have performed city-wide exorcisms. All this and more in this week's strange news segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 09, 2020
Why does the US let Saudi fugitives flee the country?
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On August 19th, 2016 Saudi national and college student Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah was charged with first degree manslaughter for fatally hitting a 15 year old girl named Fallon Smart with his car in Portland, Oregon. Two weeks before his trial, he disappeared from the United States. Today, federal agents suspect he escaped with the help of the Saudi Arabian government -- and it seems he's not the only one. In fact, over the years, it seems dozens of Saudi nationals accused of various crimes in the US and Canada have illegally escaped prosecution, and will likely never see jail time or justice. And the US government hasn't done much to address this ongoing pattern of conspiracy. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2020
Listener Mail: Narconon and Scientology, Getting Kicked out of the Freemasons, and the Disappearance of Rebecca Coriam
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Critics allege the rehabilitative program known as Narconon is a front for Scientology. Masons chime in to confirm that yes, you can get kicked out of the Masons. The disappearance of former cruise line worker Rebecca Coriam remains unsolved to this day. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 05, 2020
Natural Disaster and Revolution
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The history of human civilization is, in many ways, a history of conflict. Empires rise and fall, countries come and go, and humanity soldiers on. Yet multiple investigations have found a troubling correlation -- it seems not all revolutions are the result of social instability or external rivals. In fact, the natural world itself may be one of history's most powerful (and dangerous) revolutionaries. Listen in to learn more about natural disaster and revolution -- and what this may mean for a world where natural disasters continue to increase. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 04, 2020
CLASSIC: The Pineal Gland Conspiracies
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Could the pineal gland really have some sort of spiritual significance? What does it do, exactly, and why do so many people believe there's some sort of conspiracy to alter its function? Tune in as Ben and Matt explore the fact and fiction surrounding the pineal gland. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 03, 2020
Strange News: COVID-19 Study, Ex-President of Burundi Gets Prison Time for Murdering Another President, and Female Mutant Crayfish are Taking Over the World (mainly Antwerp)
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Former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya received a life sentence in court for the murder of another former President: Melchior Ndadaye. A recent study confirms the issues discussed in the previous COVID series, showing worldwide trends regarding fears and misconceptions about infection. A bizarre invasive species of mutated, clonal, entirely female crayfish have been expanding across Europe -- one graveyard in Antwerp claims they've already lost the battle to this creature that sounds like something straight out of a comic book. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 02, 2020
White Supremacy Infiltrates the Military
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The world's most powerful has numerous policies regarding equality -- but how do the policies on paper translate to action? In today's episode, the gang dives into the all-too-often unexplored, ongoing conspiracy taking place within the US Armed Forces: Supremacists and separatists are infiltrating the military, often with the active goal of later using their training and expertise to wage war against the very nation they were sworn to protect. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2020
Listener Mail: Dangers of the Troubled Teen Industry, How the Sun can Destroy Modern Civilization, and Massive Protests in Nigeria
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Multiple listeners reach out to share their experiences in the 'troubled teen' industry. The guys explore the fascinating -- and terrifying -- possibility of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Ongoing massive protests in Nigeria prompt a conversation about whether lasting reform is possible. All this and more in this week's edition of Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 29, 2020
When We Become Our Phones
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It's bizarre to think that -- not too long ago -- the idea of having something as powerful as a smart phone in your pocket would seem like something out of Star Trek. But now these handy devices go with us throughout most of our lives. A steady stream of feel-good chemicals from social media, dangerously convenient ways of buying things through apps, health and location tracking and more. And every piece of data is, somehow, tracked. While it's no secret that companies use information like this for targeted advertising, the true potential of this data aggregation, and the true danger this aggregation poses for society, has only recently come to light. Join the guys to learn more about what happens in a world where you become your phone. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 28, 2020
CLASSIC: Exorcisms: An Introduction
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You're probably familiar with the horror film version of exorcisms: a righteous priest reciting holy verses as a demon-possessed person writhes and exhibits unholy powers. But what are exorcisms, really? How do they function across cultures? Is there any proof that they're real? Join Ben and Matt to find out in this week's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 27, 2020
Strange News: A Fake Spy Almost Made Billions, an MC is Arrested for Fraud, the Water Wars Begin
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Multiple high-level government officials believed Garrison Courtney was a CIA officer offering them fat cat contracts -- by the time the FBI caught up with him, he was on the verge of getting billions -- and getting full immunity, as well. Rapper Nuke Bizzle was arrested on multiple counts of identity fraud... after explicitly bragging about his crimes in a music video. On the border of Mexico and the US, a small group of farmers may have just provided the spark to the world's next water war. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 26, 2020
Inside Scientology with Mike Rinder, Part II: The Future of the Church
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How many members does the Church of Scientology actually have? What are they doing in Clearwater, Florida? Perhaps most importantly, what is the future of Scientology? Join the guys as they continue their interview with Mike Rinder, creator and cohost of Scientology: Fair Game, in the second part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2020
Listener Mail: The Library of Alexandria, Cursed Objects from Pompeii, and How Your Voice gets Hacked
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What actually happened to the Great Library of Alexandria, and how would the world be different if it hadn't disappeared? What made an anonymous tourist return pilfered objects to Pompeii? How are con artists, corporations and governments hacking your voice? All this and more in this week's Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 22, 2020
Inside Scientology with Mike Rinder, Part I: An Origin Story
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Founded in 1953 by L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology describes itself as a religion that puts its adherents on a path toward complete and certain understanding of one's true spiritual nature. In the first part of this two-part series, the guys are joined by Mike Rinder, a former senior official of the Church and cohost of Scientology: Fair Game, for a first-hand, inside look at the organization. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 21, 2020
CLASSIC: Ghosts 101
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Stories of ghosts predate written history, and cultures around the world believe in one form of spirit or another. But why? If there's no currently accepted scientific proof that ghosts exists, then what are millions of people around the world claiming to see? Join Ben, Matt, and Noel as they explore ghosts and the afterlife in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 20, 2020
Strange News: Drones and Shotguns, Paris Hilton and the Troubled Teen Industry, Harry Reid Doubles Down on UFOs
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The UK goes public with plans to mount firearms on drones. Paris Hilton provides insight on the dangers of the 'troubled teen' industry. Retired US Senator Harry Reid doubles down on UFOs, arguing that Uncle Sam has some information the US government does not want you to know. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 19, 2020
The Dark Side of the Fashion Industry, Part II: Pollution and Extinction
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Everyone loves looking sharp - and saving money in the process. But what if there's a hidden cost to all this fast fashion and these trendy cosmetics? In the second part of this series, the guys return to the underbelly of the worldwide fashion and cosmetic industries, exploring how the global production process affects wildlife and spreads pollution -- and what these companies don't want you to know about the ultimate price of that next piece of clothing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2020
Listener Mail: Lyme Disease Conspiracies, Hazards of the Foster System, the Bible and the Bronze Age
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Could Lyme disease be man-made? What insights can the Bible give us about the mysteries of the Bronze Age? Just how problematic is the foster care industry? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 15, 2020
The Mystery of the Kensington Runestone
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Could a mysterious slab of stone near Kensington, Minnesota hold the key to a forgotten piece of ancient history? According to the true believers, this stone, discovered in the late 1800s, proves that Vikings made it deep into the interior of North America in the 1300s -- only to disappear soon afterward, leaving no trace but a grisly story carved in runes upon the stone. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 14, 2020
CLASSIC: Could a solar flare destroy civilization?
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What would you do if you woke up one day and found yourself in a world without electricity, cellphones or the internet? It sounds like the plot of a science fiction film, but if a powerful enough solar flare hits Earth's magnetosphere this could become a frightening reality. Join Matt and Ben as they explore the likelihood of a solar apocalypse in today's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 13, 2020
Strange News: The US President Has COVID-19
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Recently the US -- and the world at large -- learned that the President of the United States tested positive for COVID-19. As reporters and the public scrambled for more information, conspiracy theories proliferated like wildfire. In this week's Strange News segment, Ben, Matt and Noel explore the questions about the official timeline, other infections in the White House, and how world governments might react. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 12, 2020
The Hidden History of Assassins, Part II: The Modern Day
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Almost a thousand years after the reign of the original Order of Assassins, you might think assassination tactics would be universally illegal -- however, that's not the case. Assassination is a valuable tool for both corporations and nations alike. It's also a big business, a web of conspiracies with an at-times global reach, evolving in step with the world's latest technological innovations. Listen in to learn more about assassination in the modern day in the second part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 09, 2020
Listener Mail: A Mysterious Website, LEGO Bricks in the Ocean, and Warnings From Anonymous Plastics Scientists
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The guys dive into a bizarre website that may be an art project, the ramblings of a lunatic, or something more sinister. For years, LEGO bricks have been washing up along the coast of the UK. Multiple scientists, asking to remain anonymous, write in with disturbing details on the problem of micro- and nanoplastics. The good news? The guys were right about the problem. The bad news? The guys didn't know just how right they were. All this and more in this week's installment of Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 08, 2020
The Hidden History of Assassins, Part I: An Origin Story
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What's the difference between an assassination and a garden-variety murder? Where does the term 'assassin' actually come from, and how did an obscure sect founded almost one thousand years ago fundamentally change the course of history as we know it? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more in the first part of this special two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 07, 2020
CLASSIC: Soviet Psychotronics
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It's true - the Soviet government really did have its own parapsychological research program. And, unlike MKULTRA and other US operations, the Soviet version continued until 2003, when it officially ended. Tune in to learn more with Ben and Matt in today's Classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 06, 2020
Strange News: Building Material on Mars, Sharks and COVID-19, Crows Wage Unending War on Owls
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Have scientists discovered a new building material for future Martian colonies? Why might a vaccine for COVID-19 lead to the deaths of thousands of deep-sea sharks? Is it true that crows can think about thinking (and are they really in an unending, existential war with owls)? All this and more in today's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 05, 2020
The Mystery of the Bronze Age Collapse
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Sometime between between c. 1250 - c. 1150 BCE, civilization as we knew it simply... collapsed. Once-thriving empires fell one after another. Trade routes disintegrated. Literacy plummeted. Mysterious raiders from the sea pillaged city after city. In less than a century, the known world became a distant dream. So what exactly happened? Perhaps more disturbingly, what can the Bronze Age collapse tell us about the modern day? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 02, 2020
Listener Mail: Ergotism, Social Media and More
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Could the contagious schoolyard panics in Malaysia be caused by ergot poisoning or some other environmental contaminant? Join Ben and Noel as they dive into this question and more, exploring some of their favorite listener comments in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 01, 2020
The Reality of Reality TV
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Love it or hate it, there's no denying that reality TV -- also known as unscripted television -- is a titan of the entertainment industry. In fact, if you have cable and turn on your TV right now, you'll probably find a reality show of some sort playing on multiple channels. Most people know this sort of programming isn't as 'real' as it may purport to be... but what made this stuff so successful? Perhaps most importantly: Why do some of its critics allege this content is worse than tacky? Why do some people think it's dangerous? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 30, 2020
CLASSIC: Serial Killer Cults
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Serial killers are insane, prone to exaggeration and delusion, and often inveterate liars. Amid some of their wilder claims, several notable serial killers, such as David Berkowitz and Henry Lee Lucas, have stated that they were killing on the orders of a cult. Is there any way it could be true? Join Ben and Matt as they dive into the twisted stories of the Hand of Death, Four Pi and other alleged serial killer cults. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 29, 2020
Strange News: Revelations from Venus, the FinCEN Leaks, and Facebook Whistleblowers
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What exactly did scientists find in the atmosphere of Venus? A former Facebook employee claims the company actively ignored widespread political manipulation, and recently leaked documents highlight serious financial crimes by multiple international banks. All this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 28, 2020
Corruption, Conspiracy and Champions: Crime in the NBA
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The world of professional sports is a multi-billion dollar industry -- and even the most ardent fans may not know what actually happens away from the bright lights and cheering crowds. Join Ben and special guest, journalist Tim Livingston, the creator of Whistleblower, as they dive into the strange, twisting tale of one of the NBA's biggest conspiracies -- a gambling scandal that rocked the industry and, disturbingly, may have repercussions that continue throughout the sport in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 25, 2020
Listener Mail: ICE and Hysterectomy, Eternal Blue, the End of the World on YouTube
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As recent allegations of forced hysterectomies surface in the US, Ben alleges genocide. An anonymous caller asks Matt for more information about Eternal Blue. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 24, 2020
Plastics, Microplastics and Conspiracy
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Look around -- how many objects in your immediate vicinity contain plastic? This malleable, durable material has become ubiquitous -- you can find in the depths of the oceans, at the summits of the highest mountains. And, if you're like most people, plastic will be here long after you're gone. Historically, manufacturers have claimed plastic pollution can be solved by recycling... but what if there's something they don't want you to know? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 23, 2020
CLASSIC: Cicadas, Ciphers and Codes: The Weird World of Cryptography
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For much of recorded history, humans beings have been trying to devise unbreakable codes (and break the codes of their rivals). But is there any truly unbreakable code? And what exactly is Cicada 3301? Join Ben and Matt as they decipher cryptography in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 22, 2020
Strange News: Orcas Attack, AI Writes Op-eds, and Portland Bans All Facial Recognition
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A pod of Orcas is attacking ships. An 'artificial intelligence' writes an op-ed. Portland, Oregon, bans facial recognition. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 21, 2020
Auras
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For millennia, people in civilizations across the planet have claimed to perceive intangible energy emanating from people, animals, plants -- and even inanimate objects. And, in recent centuries, scientists and mystics alike have sought to explain this phenomenon. As you might imagine, not everyone agrees on what an aura could be -- or whether it exists -- in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 18, 2020
Listener Mail: Reiki, Cruise Ships and Iron Mountain
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What is life like for the actual staff of a cruise ship? Could Reiki function as physical healing? What exactly is Iron Mountain? All this and more in this week's edition of listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 17, 2020
The Flordelis Cult
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Flordelis dos Santos de Souza is a politician and cultural icon in Brazil. For a time, she and her husband Anderson Do Carmo were an evangelical power couple - along with their more than 50 adopted and biological children. In June of 2019, Anderson was murdered. The family said it was a robbery gone wrong. The investigators disagree. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 16, 2020
CLASSIC: Operation Snow White
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What was the most widespread infiltration of the US government? According to some sources, it came from within. Tune in to learn more about the story of Operation Snow White -- and why the Church of Scientology and the US government still don't agree on what actually happened. Join Ben and Matt for this startling -- and bizarre -- classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 15, 2020
Strange News: Wildfires, Mysterious Mail Dumps, and How Plants Reveal the Dead
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A 'gender reveal' party in California has created a massive wildfire. Someone dumped loads of mail in the parking lot of a beauty salon. Science reveals how plants grow differently around corpses -- and how this may help us learn more about humanity's grisly past. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 14, 2020
The Screaming Girls of Malaysia
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Up until July of 2018, 17-year-old Siti Nurannisaa was like many other kids finishing up their last year of high school - she was stressed out by exams, not sleeping well, and looking forward to getting the school year over with. However, her life took a sudden, unexpected turn when a sharp tap on her shoulder sent her into a strange, nightmarish series of visions from which she could not escape. Her nearby classmates watched as she fell to the ground, screaming uncontrollably -- and, moments later, they heard other children screaming throughout the school. Whatever happened to Sita appeared to be contagious ... and this was not the first case of what some authorities would later describe as "mass possession." Join Ben, Matt and Noel as the explore the bizarre case of "The Screaming Girls of Malaysia." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 11, 2020
Listener Mail: Dreams, the Bridgend Suicides, Deaths at Fort Hood, and a Ghost in Gibraltar
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Do ghosts wander the tunnels of Gibraltar? Why are so many families (Ben's included) convinced they receive mysterious omens of the future in their dreams? Multiple listeners respond to the episode on the deaths at Deepcut, raising question about the deaths at Fort Hood, Texas, as well as the suicide epidemic in Bridgend, Wales. All this and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 10, 2020
The Mind vs. Matter: Feats of the Mystics
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How much power does the mind wield over physical matter? Could certain human beings, through the force of focused thought alone, walk on fire, lay on nails, and survive being buried alive for days at a time? Listen in to learn more about the fact, fiction and controversy surrounding the famous feats of the mystics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 09, 2020
CLASSIC: The Placebo Effect
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The placebo effect is pretty freaky when you think about it: just believing that a harmless substance is a medicine can really produce measurable benefits. It sounds crazy, but the placebo effect is real, and its implications continue to fascinate scientists. So why does it appear to be getting stronger? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 08, 2020
Strange News: The COVID-19 Ghost Ship Tour, an X-files spinoff, and Georgia's Massive Human Trafficking Ring
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An enterprising UK resident has found a new way to profit from the pandemic -- taking people on tours of the nearly-abandoned 'ghost ships' floating off the coast as the cruise industry struggles to survive the disastrous economic effects of COVID-19. The X-Files universe may soon have a new, animated spin-off. Investigations continue as US Marshals bust an enormous, insidious child trafficking ring in Georgia. Tune in for all this and more in this week's Strange News segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 07, 2020
Poltergeists: Fact and Fiction
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In the world of spirits and apparitions, the poltergeist is a unique type of ghost -- one known for its alleged ability to move physical objects (often in violent, unpredictable ways), to target and torment specific human beings and, perhaps strangest of all, to suddenly, one day, disappear. While not everyone uses the name 'poltergeist,' legends of these and similar creatures occur in numerous civilizations throughout history. Some stories are proven hoaxes. But others, the true believers argue, are more difficult to explain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 04, 2020
Listener Mail: #freebritney, Surviving the Derecho, and Spontaneous Human Combustion
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Is pop superstar Britney Spears really being held hostage? What is it like to witness a derecho firsthand, and live to tell the tale? Can human beings really, without warning, burst into a ball of mysterious, fatal flames? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this week's listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 03, 2020
What is "Laying On Hands"?
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In the ancient days, when medicine and spirituality were inseparable, people often used rituals and invocations to elicit help from divine sources. This practice continues today, through a number of techniques collectively known as faith healing. But what is it, exactly? How does it work? Could mere physical touch from the right person heal otherwise incurable medical conditions? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they dive into fact and fiction of faith healing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 02, 2020
CLASSIC: The Mystery of Coral Castle
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After being jilted a day before his wedding and narrowly surviving tuberculosis, Latvian immigrant Edward Leedskalnin spent almost 30 years building Coral Castle out of huge blocks of stone. But how did he make it, and why wouldn't he allow anyone to watch him at work? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the mystery of Coral Castle in today's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 01, 2020
Strange News: Gaming and Death, Facebook has Censorship Problem, and North Korea's Leader May Be in a Coma
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A tragic homicide seems linked to online gaming. Facebook continues to be under fire for its long-running, previously established issues with censorship, or lack thereof. In North Korea, new reports claim that Kim Jong Un has been in a coma for some time -- and that all of his recent appearances are pretaped or faked (Ben also remains unable to enter the country). All this and more in this week's edition of Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 31, 2020
Have dreams really predicted the future? Part II
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Could human dreams really, in some way, predict the future? At first, it sounds like the stuff of science fiction... but the real-life answer may not be as clear-cut as the plot of a sci-fi blockbuster. Instead, it turns out that probability, bias and, perhaps, the bleeding edge of physics may all play a role in the strange phenomenon known as precognitive dreams. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they search for a scientific take on precognition in the second part of this two-part series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 28, 2020
Listener Mail: The Secret Gibraltar Base, The Spread of COVID-19 and the Chris Cornell Conspiracy
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What if Chris Cornell -- and Chester Bennington -- were actually murdered? How much do we really know about the early spread of COVID-19 in the US? And what's going on with that long-lost British base buried in the Rock of Gibraltar? All this and more in this week's edition of Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 27, 2020
Have dreams really predicted the future? Part I
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Dreams are one of the most mysterious aspects of human existence, and we still don't fully understand the strange phenomenon known as dreaming. For thousands of years, human beings have taken action in the waking world based on information they encounter in a dream -- and, every so often, people have felt their dreams aren't just reminding them of the past or recontextualizing the present. Instead, in virtually every culture and in every era of recorded history, people have claimed their dreams also, sometimes, tell them about the future. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the science of dreams, and the conspiracies our own brains may hatch against us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 26, 2020
CLASSIC: Can we really lose civilizations?
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From Atlantis to Ciudad Blanca, Troy and Shangri-La, history is full of legends about lost civilizations. But how does humanity lose an entire city, empire or society? Are any of the stories of lost cities true? Tune in to learn more in this week's classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 26, 2020
Strange News: Derechos Ravage the US, the Okinawan Sleeping Epidemic, and Someone May Have Solved the Mystery of 'CROATOAN.'
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A brutal derecho has caused somewhere around 4 billion dollars' worth of damage in Iowa. In Okinawa, multiple residents appears to fall sound asleep in active roadways -- and experts don't seem to know why. In the US, author Scott Dawson claims to have finally, conclusively solved the long-standing mystery of an entire colony that, according to most accounts, simply disappeared. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 24, 2020
When did humans reach the Americas?
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Did human beings first reach the continents we call North and South America by traversing a land bride across what's now known as the Bering Strait? That's been the most prominent theory about early human migration, and it's the one many children learn about in school -- but what if there's more to the story? Join the guys as they dive into the story of early human migration... as well as new evidence that may revolutionize every thing we thought we knew about humanity's journey to the Americas. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 21, 2020
Listener Mail: Canadian UFOs, Fake Identities and Morphic Resonance
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Did a UFO really crash in Jackfish, Canada? What is 'morphic resonance,' and does psilocybin enhance it? Join the guys as they explore these questions -- as well as hear the first-hand, verified account of a person that successfully lived under a fake identity -- in this week's segment of Listener Mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 20, 2020
What happened to Madeleine McCann?
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In 2007, just days before her 4th birthday, Madeleine McCann disappeared from her parent's vacation apartment in Portugal, launching an international search involving thousands of members of law enforcement. People from around the globe wondered what exactly had happened to the child, who seemed, for all intents and purposes, to have vanished. In the absence of clear information, speculation thrived and theories abounded, some more plausible than others. Tune in as Ben, Matt and Noel dive into the case of Madeleine McCann -- and how it may have finally been solved this year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 19, 2020
CLASSIC: The "Real" Conspiracies
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The guys get a lot of questions, and one that crops up often is this: "Do you ever run into real conspiracies (rather than theories)?" Well, they're finally going to answer it. Tune in to hear the guys explain which conspiracy theories seem the most plausible, which former theories have been proven true and more in this classic episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 18, 2020
Strange News: Magic Mushrooms, a Loch Ness and DNA Detective Work
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Canada has officially ruled that terminal patients may legally use psilocybin. Over in Scotland, another alleged photograph of the Loch Ness Monster raises eyebrows -- and sets internet sleuths on the case. In California, DNA databases may have cracked Orange County's oldest cold case of homicide. Tune in for all this and more in this week's installment of Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 17, 2020
Could Sea Monsters/Serpents Still Exist?
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Since before the dawn of recorded history, humans have been haunted by rumors of monsters beneath the waves -- and, as time wore on, it seemed at least some of those legends were based in truth. Today's question: could any sea serpents, leviathans or other cryptids remain alive in the modern day? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 14, 2020
Listener Mail: 5G, COVID-19 as Bioweapon, Standardized Testing as the Genuine Conspiracy
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Does a viral infection spread through radio towers? Was COVID-19 somehow designed as the world's most cartoonishly ineffective bioweapon? What are 'standardized' tests actually measuring, and why should we care? Tune in for all this and more in this week's edition of listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 13, 2020
The Nunavut Ping
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Officially formed in 1999, Nunavut is the newest and most northerly territory of Canada. This sparsely-populated region is home unique wildlife, ancient culture and, it seems, a mystery. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they unravel the strange story of a bizarre, unexplained sound emerging from the seafloor -- it's allegedly terrified migratory animals, baffled local hunters, and inspired the Canadian government to launch an official investigation (which led to more questions than answers). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 12, 2020
CLASSIC: The Illuminati
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Is there really an ancient, shadowy secret society running the world? If so, what's their endgame - and why hasn't anyone conclusively proven their existence? Join Ben and Matt as they look back on their Illuminati series in this classic episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 11, 2020
Strange News: A Crashed Plane, A Drug Smuggling Feline and Strange Seeds from China
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Authorities find a mysterious plane in Papua New Guinea -- one that may have crashed due to the sheer weight of the cocaine onboard. A cat has been busted smuggling drugs into a prison in south Asia, only to escape shortly afterward. And what's with all these people getting bizarre seeds from China in the mail? Join Ben, Matt and Noel for this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 10, 2020
Did Milwaukee Police Protect a Child Abuse Ring?
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Earlier this year, two children went missing in Milwaukee. Despite the pleas of their parents and loved ones, the local police did not treat these children as "critically missing," meaning they issued no Amber Alert. Desperate for answers, family members took matters into their own hands, tracing one of the missing children's phones to a duplex in town. Amid ongoing, unrelated protests, more and more citizens of Milwaukee began to believe the authorities were actively preventing a full investigation of the house in question. So what actually happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 07, 2020
Listener Mail: Martial Law, Karen Silkwood and Mind-controlling Parasites
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Could the United States impose nationwide martial law? What is a Silkwood Shower? Do humans play host to mind-controlling parasites? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore these questions and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 06, 2020
What is 'Antifa?'
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If you've been watching the news, you've probably heard journalists and pundits throwing around the word "antifa," often in relation to protests. The phrase, a portmanteau of "anti-fascist," has been used to describe multiple groups and individuals. It's become the subject of several conspiracy theories as well - but what exactly is "antifa"? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 05, 2020
CLASSIC: Did Nazis really make UFOs?
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After the fall of the Nazi regime, the dirty secrets of WWII-era Germany slowly came to public light. Amid the horrors of the Holocaust and bizarre proof of some official's occult aspirations, researchers discovered a wealth of groundbreaking research on aircraft and rocketry. But how far did the Nazis get? Did they really invent aircraft that could explain the old stories about UFOs? Join Ben and Matt as they delve into the secrets of Nazi aircraft research in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 04, 2020
Strange News: The Pentagon and Aliens, Psuedocide Foiled by Typo, Man in Prosthetic Mask Robs Casino
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Law enforcement finally catches up with a mysterious grifter using CIA-level prosthetic mask technology. A man attempts to fake his death and forgets to run spellcheck. Uncle Sam gets increasingly weird about UFOs, yet again changing the offical story about government-supported research in unidentified aerial phenomena. Join Ben, Matt and Noel for their round up of Strange News -- and the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know -- in this weekly segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 03, 2020
The Dark Side of the Fashion Industry, Part 1: The Dark Side of the Loom
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If you're like the vast majority of people, you wear clothes. Clothing is one of the oldest pieces of human technology, and these days it's also a multi-billion dollar industry. People across the planet use clothing and fashion as a means of expression, a way to make a living, and a way to communicate. But, like any other industry of the size, the fashion industry also has a dark side (several, in fact). Tune in as the guys explore the at-times disturbing origin story of so many clothes we wear -- and why the source of the hottest fashions can often be the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 31, 2020
Listener Mail: July 30th
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Who was the mysterious Ronald Hadley Stark? Just how closely can companies and the government monitor commercial (and, eventually, civilian) vehicles? How do forced disappearances actually work -- and how common are they in reality? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore these questions and more in Stuff They Don't Want You To Know's weekly listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 30, 2020
What really sank the Kursk?
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More than 500 feet long and carrying missiles the size of small planes, the giant, nuclear-powered Kursk submarine was an apex predator of the high seas. At least, that is, until it was destroyed in one of the most catastrophic peacetime submarine accidents in history. The entire crew was lost and, decades later, some still believe this 'accident' was no accident at all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 29, 2020
CLASSIC: The Deceptive Brain
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It's no secret that strong emotions can influence our thought processes, but just how much of a difference can they actually make? Can you trust your own brain? Don't be so sure. Join Ben and Matt as they explore the bizarre, at times deceptive, side of neuroscience in this episode of classic Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 28, 2020
Strange News: a Swarm of Ants, Masks in 1918 and a Mysterious Attempt to Murder a Judge
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As swarms of flying ants overtake the UK, radar in multiple cities is overwhelmed, mistaking the waves of flying insects for rain. Anti-mask sentiment is not unique to 2020. In New Jersey, an assassin posing as a FedEx driver shot the husband and son of Jude Esther Salas -- in a case that only grows stranger the further down the rabbit hole you go. Tune in for this weekly round up of some of the world's weirdest news -- and the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 27, 2020
The True Cost of Gasoline
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For most of modern history, the world has run on oil. In the US and abroad, the price of gasoline is often the subject of intense concern, and prices at the pump vary widely. The difference of a few dollars per gallon can incite widespread unrest. But there's a question rarely asked: How much should gas actually cost? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore the numerous factors, forces, institutions and conspiracies wrapped up in this question -- and why the true cost of gas is all too often Something They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 24, 2020
Listener Mail: July 23rd
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What's the deal with those secret train stations rumored to exist beneath various cities? Could the upcoming US election be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic? Do gas manufacturers intentionally mix in additives to limit the shelf life of petrol? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore these questions and more in the first installment of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know's new listener mail segment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 23, 2020
The Hidden History of Africville
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If you're not from Nova Scotia, you may have never heard of Africville -- it was a small community in Halifax. The larger government of Halifax seemed content to pretend Africville simply didn't exist. After the infamous Halifx Explosion of the early 1900s, the government changed their tactic, and aggressively conspired to erase Africville from history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 22, 2020
CLASSIC: Edward Bernays: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of
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Nowadays, Edward Bernays remains a relatively obscure historical figure. His legacy, however, is thriving around the globe, and his techniques are found in everything from the food we eat to the things we believe. But who was this man? How did he get his start, and how does his work affect you today? Join Ben and Matt for this classic episode on the man who made bacon a breakfast food, tied smoking to the suffrage movement, and even used advertising to convince Americans to support a coup. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 21, 2020
Strange News: From North Korea to TikTok and the Hazy Limits of the Mind
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Why is Kim Jong Un's sister getting special permission to watch DVDs of US holiday celebrations? Why do so many countries want to ban TikTok? How did a woman win the lottery based entirely on a vision from her dreams? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they introduce the new Strange News segment, a once-a-week round up of some of the weirdest news -- and the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 20, 2020
Who Controls The Narrative? An Interview With Waiting On Reparations
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In a world of ubiquitous information, protests, activism and propaganda exist in the digital world as much as the physical. The war for control of a given narrative is waged as much online as it is on the street. So how do we as individuals understand the discrepancy between the stories presented between various factions of the media? Join the guys as they sit down with Linqua Franqa and Dope Knife, hosts of iHeart's new podcast Waiting on Reparations to learn more about activism in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 17, 2020
A Cosmic Murder Mystery: The Star That Simply Vanished
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How can a star disappear? Recently, an enterprising group of astronomers and astrophysicists found themselves transformed into full-on space detectives when a cursory observation of a luminous blue variable star located in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy revealed the star had simply... vanished. This is, according to what our species understands, impossible. Something this big should leave some sort of trace. So what happened? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they explore the ongoing cosmic conundrum, exploring the story of this galactic noir mystery -- and, ultimately, attempting to learn what led to its untimely disappearance. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 15, 2020
The Deepcut Suicides
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Located in Surrey, the Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut (more often known as the Deepcut Barracks) was once the headquarters of the British Army's Royal Logistic Corp. On paper, Deepcut seemed to be a successful military installation -- yet it had a dark side. Young trainees were routinely bullied and abused, with little high-level oversight. A series of controversial trainee deaths between 1995 and 2002 were all ruled suicides, and, despite complaints and calls for investigation from grieving family members, forensic experts and more, this remains the official conclusion of the UK government today. Almost a decade since the last documented death, questions remain. Does the British Army have something to hide? Tune in to learn more of the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know about the Deepcut Four. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 10, 2020
Is Sonar Killing Marine Animals?
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Ships across the planet rely on sonar to safely navigate the world's oceans. This fascinating technology has revolutionized everything from maritime research to international trade and war -- but, somewhere along the way, experts realized sonar might have a hidden price. Listen in to learn more about sonar's effects on marine animals -- and why, for decades, it was the stuff the world's militaries didn't want you to know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 08, 2020
The Missionary, with Rajiv Golla
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When a young missionary named Renee Bach left her life in the US to start a malnutrition program in rural Uganda, she was one of thousands of like-minded people hoping to make the world a better place. But as her work in Uganda continued, rumors and speculation grew... and people began blaming Bach for the deaths of patients. So what exactly happened? Join the guys as they interview journalist Rajiv Golla, cohost of the new podcast, The Missionary. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 03, 2020
How Rigging Elections Works: Mexico, 1988
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While democracy isn't always predictable, one thing's for sure -- no matter who wins an election, for any party, in any country, some part of the population will claim the game is rigged. That's what happened in Mexico in 1988, when Carlos Salinas de Gortari became president in a hotly-disputed election. For years rumors circulated about the illegal actions that led to this outcome, an opposition parties often accused Gortari's party of rigging the vote. And, in 2004, another person stepped forward to confirm the election was rigged. This wasn't a fringe journalist, either -- it was former President of Mexico Miguel de la Madrid, Gortari's predecessor, who had worked to ensure his chosen candidate 'won' the vote. Tune in to learn more about this strange story ... and what makes it so important today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 01, 2020
Russia and the US Civil Rights Movement
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The US civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s sparked nationwide protests, marches and action, resulting in fundamental changes for a nation that had long touted democracy and equality abroad while oppressing vast swathes of its own citizens at home. It remains one of the most significant times in recent history, but there's another twist to the story -- half a world away, the USSR joined the movement... though its intentions for dong so were anything but altruistic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 26, 2020
What is Project Blue Beam?
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It seems the nearly 8 billion people living on Earth can't seem to agree on anything, much less cooperate to achieve a goal. But what if there was some way to unite them, to push the millions of different communities on the planet toward working together? One of the proposed answers is something called 'Project Blue Beam' -- the idea that, if you can't find a messiah, you can use technology to make one. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 24, 2020
Forgotten: Women of Juarez, with Oz Woloshyn
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Juarez, located just over the US-Mexico border, has an ongoing crisis that hasn't made the news: hundreds of women have gone missing, and many of the ones who disappear are later found dead, their wrists often bound, with strange symbols carved on their bodies. Journalists Monica Ortiz Uribe and Oz Woloshyn dive deep into this tragic mystery in their podcast Forgotten: Women of Juarez, searching for answers to the femicides that were all too often ignored by law enforcement. What did they find? Join the guys as they interview Oz Woloshyn about the ongoing investigation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 19, 2020
Tatum Salt Dome: Nuclear Explosions on U.S. Soil
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Most people have heard of Three Mile Island — but what about the multiple other nuclear events on US soil? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the strange, largely untold story of the Tatum Salt Dome. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 17, 2020
Indigenous Tribes, COVID & PPE
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, long-standing inequalities have exacerbated the crisis in historically neglected US communities. In today's episode, Ben, Matt and Noel explore the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the native US community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 12, 2020
The Lost City of Ubar: The True Story of "The Atlantis of the Sands"
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You've probably heard of the Atlantis before, but have you heard the legends of another lost city, somewhere out in the endless sands of the Arabian Peninsula's Rub' al Khali (or "Empty Quarter")? Tales of this city, known as Ubar or Iram of the Pillars, surface in countries throughout the region. The city is even mentioned in the Quran. And, like Atlantis, over the centuries numerous people have tried to find it -- but there's one important difference between Iram and Atlantis... it appears someone actually found Iram. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 10, 2020
The Rise of the Agent Provocateur
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Protests against systemic injustice and police brutality are sweeping the United States and the world at large. In the US, protesting isn't just a tactic -- it is a right, explicitly described in the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Protests can be powerful tools to push for change, but other forces, from corporations to militias, intelligence agencies and more also seek to use the power of protest against itself. Listen in to learn more about the history -- and future -- of the agent provocateur. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 05, 2020
Stratospheric Aerosol Injections: Saving the World with Chemtrails?
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Typically, when you hear someone bring up the concept of chemtrails, it's either to dismiss the idea as a conspiracy theory or to claim there's something dangerous up there in the sky -- something the mainstream doesn't want you to know about. But a growing group of experts think something like chemtrails might just be the key to literally saving life on Earth. Tune in and learn more about stratospheric aerosol injections. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 03, 2020
The Santa Susana Field Experiment Coverup
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Most US residents are vaguely familiar with the nuclear disaster known as Three Mile Island -- but that's only one of several similar stories. Join the guys as they explore the strange events of July 1959, when the Santa Susana Field Laboratory partially melted down -- and the government conspired to cover it up. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 29, 2020
The 2001 Anthrax Letter Attacks: Who was actually responsible?
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Mere days after the horrific events of 9/11, someone began sending letters laced with anthrax spores to senators and the offices of major media outfits -- by the time the attacks ended, seventeen people were seriously injured, and five victims had died. Today the FBI maintains the case has been solved: scientist Bruce Edwards Ivins, acting alone, was responsible. Ivins died of an overdose in an apparent suicide before any possible trial, and today, numerous people familiar with the case believe the official story doesn't add up. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 27, 2020
Whatever happened to Julian Assange?
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A few years back, Julian Assange was a household name in the West. The founder and face of Wikileaks, one of the world's most well-known destinations for leaks of classified information, Assange was hailed as a hero by some and a villain by others. And, whether you think he's a soldier in the war for transparency or some sort of super-villain, there's no denying that many people in power wanted him neutralized by any means possible. In our last episode, we left Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he'd been living, and fighting extradition charges, for several years. Then he seemed to disappear from the headlines. So what happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 22, 2020
Wells Fargo's Imaginary Customers
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Wells Fargo is one of the most popular retail banks in the United States, and its gigantic customer base uses it for everything from savings accounts to loans and more. However, a few years bank the bank came under fire for perpetuating a conspiracy all its own -- more and more customers found they had multiple accounts and lines of credit opened without their consent, and further investigation found that was just the beginning of the problem. Tune in to learn more about this real-life banking conspiracy, how it was discovered and the consequences (or lack thereof). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 20, 2020
Operation Infektion: Russia's AIDS Conspiracy
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HIV and AIDS, the syndrome the infection causes, have become the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Over the decades people have proposed the infection was purposely designed to kill certain segments of the public, or that it was a lab experiment gone wrong, or that it didn't exist at all. For a time these theories enjoyed massive popularity in the US and abroad... but there was another conspiracy at play, one that most people weren't aware of: tune in to learn more about Russia's Operation Infektion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 15, 2020
At What Price Safety: The Conundrum of Clearview AI
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As governments work to fight COVID-19 and industries struggle to survive, more and more people are concerned society will never actually return to normal. World leaders have been disappearing (and reappearing). Millions are unemployed. Governments and tech companies are rolling out vast surveillance schemes that would make a supervillain blush. And, around the world, people are wondering -- did we start fighting this too late? Are we opening too soon? Tune in to learn more in part four of this continuing series on the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 13, 2020
COVID IV: Too Soon or Too Late?
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As governments work to fight COVID-19 and industries struggle to survive, more and more people are concerned society will never actually return to normal. World leaders have been disappearing (and reappearing). Millions are unemployed. Governments and tech companies are rolling out vast surveillance schemes that would make a supervillain blush. And, around the world, people are wondering -- did we start fighting this too late? Are we opening too soon? Tune in to learn more in part four of this continuing series on the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 08, 2020
Forced Assimilation of Native People
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For centuries the U.S. government conspired to persecute, attack and marginalize the native population. When open warfare became too expensive, some factions of the government proposed a different approach -- what if, they wondered, we erase native culture? This inspired a massive industry of forced assimilation. Thousands of children were forced into boarding schools where they were taught to act more 'European' while being abused, exploited and placed into forced labor. Tune in to learn more about the conspiracy of forced assimilation, and how its long-reaching consequences affect the country in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 06, 2020
What Happened to Emanuela Orlandi?
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On June 22nd, 1983, 15-year-old Vatican City resident Emanuela Orlandi disappeared after attending a music lesson. Over the decades, numerous people claimed to have seen Orlandi, or reached out with leads on her fate. Yet even now, the case remains unsolved. Join the guys as they explore the facts of the case, the wide-ranging possibilities, the allegations of conspiracy, crime and cover-ups, ultimately asking: What happened to Emanuela Orlandi? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 01, 2020
Betty and Barney Hill: The UFO Case that Changed Everything, with Toby Ball
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In September of 1961, on an empty country road in rural New Hampshire, Barney and Betty Hill experienced the most profound, bizarre night of their lives in what would become the first widely-publicized account of an alien abduction in US history -- the case that would go on to influence hundreds, if not thousands, of abduction cases to follow. But what exactly happened that September night? Join the guys as they sit down with author Toby Ball, host of the Strange Arrivals podcast, to explore the facts, the claims, and the questions that remain unanswered in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 29, 2020
Your News Agency or the CIA: The Story of Operation Mockingbird
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Propaganda has always been a powerful tool, and humanity's recent technological innovations have only amplified its reach. Long-standing laws in the US were meant to prevent US propaganda for foreign audiences from reaching the domestic population, but over time those laws have been eroded... and, as it turns out, Uncle Sam was secretly pushing propaganda on the people for years beforehand. Tune in to learn more about Operation Mockingbird. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 24, 2020
The Secret World of Chefs, with Richard Blais and Hugh Acheson
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As anyone who's worked in a kitchen or the hospitality industry can readily attest, there's an entirely different world behind the doors of every kitchen, a world that most diners and restaurant patrons never see. Join the guys as they sit down with world famous chefs Hugh Acheson and Richard Blais to learn more about what really happens behind the scenes in restaurants and cooking shows, as well as how the industry has been been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 22, 2020
Big Brother Wants To Get Inside Your Car
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It's no secret that modern automobiles are incredibly convenient. They're almost like rolling computers, chock-full of GPS capabilities, infotainment systems, back-up cameras, security systems connected to the cloud and so on. But there's a potential dark side to all this convenience, and some observers are becoming increasingly concerned about what corporations and governments may do with this technology over the long term. Are we entering a world where Big Brother can brick your car the same way some tech companies can brick your gadgets? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 17, 2020
COVID III: The Bill Comes Due
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Weeks into the global pandemic, countries across the planet are trying to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Governments are taking extreme actions, businesses are going bust and conspiracy theories are proliferating. Today's question: What if some of those theories are true? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 15, 2020
The Dark Story of K-Pop
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Korean pop music, or K-pop, originated in South Korea but has become a powerful, global phenomenon. This multi-billion dollar industry manufacturers scores of pitch-perfect idols and groups, performers who become lead trendsetters in the world of fashion, dance, music and more. Yet there's a dark side to this fame, and a peek behind the curtain reveals a brutal, dangerous world of cut-throat competition, financial corruption and abuse. Tune in to learn about the dark side of K-Pop. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 10, 2020
Chemtrails Were Real -- At Least in the UK
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Whether you consider yourself a true conspiracy theorist or a diehard skeptic, you've definitely heard of chemtrails. True believers are certain that, unlike the contrails made by aircraft, chemtrails are insidious chemicals dispersions meant to poison unsuspecting, innocent civilians across the planet. The concept of chemtrails has been more or less dismissed by scientists and the mainstream media, but it turns out that, in at least one country, something like chemtrails was very much a reality. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 08, 2020
Bug Out Bag 101
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If you were cut off from everything for 72 hours, what would you need to survive? If you found yourself in the middle of nowhere -- or if you needed to leave a dangerous place -- what would you carry with you? In this episode, your fellow Conspiracy Realists explore the essentials of the Bug Out Bag. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 03, 2020
Coronavirus Update: The Rise of Pandemic and Conspiracy
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Tune in for this much-needed update on the continually evolving state of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which we explore the new revelations about the spread of the infection, the various ways world governments have responded to the outbreak and, of course, some of the conspiracy theories proliferating across the globe as terrified people search for answers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 01, 2020
Unsolved: The Monster with 21 Faces
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In the 1980s, a mysterious organization terrorized candy companies in Japan - then disappeared. What was the Monster with 21 Faces, and what happened to it? Are any members alive today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: Is there a serial killer on the U.S. border?
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It's no secret that the border between the United States and Mexico has been the subject of recent, intensely divisive debate. There have been numerous reports (some more reliable than others) detailing the rise or decline of crime along the border -- after all, chaotic times create opportunities for crime -- but one story slipped through the cracks. It appears that there was an active serial killer on the US border, and he worked for Uncle Sam. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: The Mystery of North Sentinel Island
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India controls numerous islands in the Indian Ocean, and they have a strange set of rules for North Sentinel Islands -- a tiny, remote place most people wouldn't visit anyway. You see, the Indian government maintains a 'zone of exclusion' surrounding the island, with no ships, helicopters or people allowed within miles of the shore. Ordinarily one might assume this is a secret military base or the site of an environmental disaster -- but the real answer is even stranger. Tune into to learn more about the mystery of North Sentinel Island. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: The Hidden Tomb of Genghis Khan
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Genghis Khan was one of the world's most successful conquerors, and his empire left an indelible mark across Eurasia. Yet upon his death his body was spirited away to an unmarked grave, and everyone associated with the burial -- so far as we know -- was put to death in an effort to keep the location secret. So what exactly happened to Genghis Khan? Could it be possible that someone actually knows where it is, and has somehow kept the location hidden for almost 800 years? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: Did the US abandon soldiers in the Vietnam War?
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At the close of the Paris Peace Accords, the US and Vietnam agreed to return any POWs to their home country -- however, for decades after the close of the conflict, people in country reported seeing missing American soldiers, sometimes held by foreign officials, sometimes on their own in the jungle. So what happened to the hundreds of missing soldiers in the Vietnam War... and how much did the US government actually know about it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: Did Teresita Basa avenge her own death?
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Months after the murder of Teresita Basa, her former coworker began falling into trances, a voice identifying itself as Teresita issuing from her mouth. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, these statements turned out to be true, leading to the conviction of 32 year-old Allen Showers. But what's the real story? Was this justice beyond the grave or beyond the law? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: Who Built The Georgia Guidestones?
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After years of listener requests, Ben, Matt and Noel are finally exploring the mysterious story of the legendary Georgia Guidestones. Who built this monument, and why? Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: Is someone using sonic weapons in Cuba?
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Recently employees at the US Embassy in Cuba reported a strange and disquieting phenomenon. They complained of vertigo, nausea, hearing loss and more accompanied by a strange hum and whine that followed them into their homes. The State Department refused to comment on the cause of these symptoms even as they shipped employees back home to the States. However, some anonymous government officials stated that the employees fell victim to an unorthodox, top-secret, sound-based weapon. Could it be true? You can turn back now, or learn The Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: What happened to Elisa Lam?
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In 2013, Canadian college student Elisa Lam disappeared while on a solo trip through California. For weeks law enforcement was at a loss to explain the disappearance -- until, that is, a maintenance worker at the Cecil Hotel discovered her body in a water tank. And with that, what should have been the end of a tragic tale instead became the prologue to a mystery that, according to many, remains unsolved in the present day: What happened to Elisa Lam? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Unsolved: The Mysterious Lake City Quiet Pills
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Did a group of private assassins use a series of sleazy websites as fronts for their base of operations? Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they delve into the mysterious story of Lake City Quiet Pills. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2020
Why is the Navy worried about releasing the secret UFO Files?
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After years of rumors, recent releases have confirmed the US government knew much more about UFOs than they'd originally let on. And, despite the recent waves of revelations and classifications, Uncle Sam is still refusing to release everything. When pressed on the issue, the government stated that disclosing certain files would pose "an extraordinarily grave threat to national security" -- so what exactly is on these files? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 27, 2020
The True Story of the Ancient Chinese Giants
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Like many other regions of the world, China has its own folklore about ancient, humanoid giants. In most cases, these legends have a mundane cause -- a misidentified fossil, for example, or a translation error. However, this case appears to be unique, because it turns out the giants have been found... it just depends on what you mean when you call someone a 'giant.' Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 25, 2020
Is there enough for everyone?
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While the human species is inarguably successful (for now), hundreds of millions of people struggle under daily threats of starvation, physical danger, lack of shelter and disease. And, perhaps more troubling, the numbers indicate it's possible to feed and shelter virtually every single person on the planet -- or is it? Is there enough for everyone, and, if so, why isn't humanity transforming this potential into a reality? Join the guys as they explore the answers to this question, along with its disturbing implications. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2020
The UFO over Montreal
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In the foggy, early evening of November 7th, 1990, two people at a Montreal hotel noticed something bizarre in the sky. Soon, multiple people in the hotel had gathered on a rooftop terrace to observe a genuine UFO -- and, soon after that, people across the city began reporting the object (if it was an object). In the almost three decades after this sighting, numerous witnesses, experts, fringe researchers and skeptics have attempted to explain exactly what was hovering over the sky for hours that evening. Join the guys as they delve into the case. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 18, 2020
Slaves to the Sun: Solar Activity and Mass Excitability
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We all know weather can affect a person's mood, but just how far does it go? Could the activity of the sun be driving widespread human conflicts throughout history? That's the theory Alexander Tchijevsky stumbled across when he found wars across the planet seem to coincide with solar cycles — meaning we may be little more than slaves to the sun. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 13, 2020
The Surprisingly Unboring Story of Farm Subsidies
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Make no mistake -- being a farmer is hard work. Farming outfits often have to carry a huge amount of risk from one season to the next, and any number of things may ruin their prospects, from unexpected weather, market volatility and so on. To mitigate these dangers, world governments often provide funding, or subsidies, to agribusiness in order to lower risk and increase chances of farmers staying in business. In the US, these subsidies are a multi-billion dollar industry... but where does all that money actually go? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 11, 2020
Who killed the Jennings 8?
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Located in Jefferson Davis Parish, the town of Jennings, Louisiana wasn't a particularly well-known place -- in fact, many people in the US would probably have lived their entire lives without ever hearing of the town until a few years ago. You see, Jennings had a secret, a dark criminal underbelly that seethed just below the surface. Over the course of several years, multiple women were murdered under mysterious circumstances, inspiring journalists and federal investigators alike to dive into the increasingly strange connections between each homicide. And today the question remains: What happened to the Jennings 8? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 06, 2020
Citizenship and the Census
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Every ten years, the United States conducts the census, a crucial survey of the country’s population meant to help Uncle Sam figure out how to plan infrastructure and distribute funding over the coming decade. In recent years, people have argued for and against including a question about citizenship on the census for any number of reasons ... including accusations of conspiracy. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 04, 2020
Coronavirus: COVID-19, Conjectures and Conspiracies
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While many people weren't familiar with the term "coronavirus" until a few months or weeks ago, we've all had one of these in the past - this term describes any number of RNA viruses capable of infecting animals and humans alike, from SARS to the common cold. However, a newly emerged, novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 may well be one of the most dangerous coronaviruses the world has ever seen. Tune in as the guys explore the evolution of what some experts believe may become the world's newest pandemic, separating fact from fiction and asking why so many people are convinced there's a coronavirus conspiracy afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 28, 2020
What is 'Skunkworks'?
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For almost 80 years, Lockheed Martin has been working hand in hand with the US government to create cutting-edge, classified tech and craft, working in secret to build some of the world's most iconic spy planes. Nowadays, the so-called "Skunk Works" are more open about their projects ... or are they? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 26, 2020
Colorado's Mystery Drones
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In December of 2019 the Denver Post began reporting a strange pattern over the night sky of northeast Colorado. Around 7pm each night, at least 17 drones -- large ones -- emerged from somewhere and flew over the region in what appeared to be a search pattern, disappearing between 9:30 and 10pm. No one, from federal agencies on down, seemed to know where these drones were coming from, who controlled them, or what they were doing up in the sky. If, that is, they existed at all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 21, 2020
The Return of Listener Mail
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Have you written to the guys on Facebook or Twitter? Sent an email, or called 1-833-STDWYTK? Then tune in as they answer your questions and more on air in the latest listener mail edition of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 19, 2020
Murder in Oregon, with Phil Stanford
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How far would you go for justice? Join the guys as they interview award-winning investigative journalist Phil Stanford about the strange, twisting tale behind his podcast, Murder In Oregon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 14, 2020
Why do some people think cannabis can cure cancer?
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With a growing number of Western countries decriminalizing or outright legalizing cannabis, the controversial plant seems set to become an acceptable alternative to some preexisting treatments for appetite loss, chronic pain and more. Yet some supporters of medicinal marijuana products argue the chemicals in this plant can do much more than just make someone hungry or ease their pain -- marijuana, they argue, may actually cure cancer, and this is something the established pharmaceutical industry doesn't want you to know. So how do these claims hold up? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 12, 2020
The Mad Future with Chris Cogswell
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Is there any truth to the stories of mysterious, unidentified alloys, secretly held in some hidden bunker straight out of the Indiana Jones films? How far along has our species actually come with nanotechnology, and could a government really suppress space-age tech, hiding it from the masses? Join the guys as they sit down with chemical engineer Christopher Cogswell, host of the Mad Scientist Podcast, to dive into the science behind these claims and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 07, 2020
Why don't nations trust NGOs?
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On paper, non-governmental organizations often sound like something everyone can get behind: these institutions are often dedicated to addressing some of the most dangerous, long-running problems on the planet. It may be surprising, then, to learn that a growing number of nations are taking increasingly aggressive actions to ban NGOs, especially foreign ones. Supporters of NGOs argue these nations are attempting to fight progress in hopes of saving their own corrupt regimes -- but the opponents inside these countries claim many of those do-gooder NGOs are more sinister than they'd have you believe: instead of saving the world, critics argue, these institutions are foreign-owned fronts for everything from illegal activities of intelligence agencies to acts of industrial espionage, forced regime change and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2020
A World Without Cash
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The last time you bought something, did you use a card, cash or something else? If you automatically thought "who uses cash nowadays", you're far from alone. More and more people are eschewing physical currency for digital dollars, and this move seems largely supported by big banks as well some countries. Proponents argue a cashless society has no shortage of benefits for everyone involved, but critics suspect there are more than a few dangerous possibilities at play -- and something sinister may be afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 31, 2020
The Wide World of Food Conspiracies
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Whether rich or poor, young or old, everyone on the planet has to eat. Government institutions monitor the safety, cleanliness and consistency of our favorite foods, but as with any global industry, there are more than a few skeletons in the collective closet of the food and beverage business. Join Ben and Matt as they dive down the gastronomic rabbit hole of food conspiracies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2020
The Smiley Face Murder Conspiracy
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Could a group of serial murderers be kidnapping, drugging and drowning young men across the United States? Scores of young male college students have been found dead in what law enforcement calls accidental drownings -- but a team of retired detectives believe there's something more sinister at work. Join the guys as they dive into the strange, twisting story of the Smiley Face Murders -- the fact, the fiction, the controversy and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 24, 2020
Is the Dead Sea copper scroll an ancient treasure map?
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Odds are you've heard of the Dead Sea scrolls -- when the first of these ancient texts were discovered in the 1940s, the scrolls revolutionized our understanding of the past, and, in some cases, gave historians and archaeologists more questions than answers. One scroll, discovered in 1952, remains unique in the collection. It doesn't contain religious information, and it doesn't recount earlier stories from the region. Instead, this scroll (the only one written on copper) appears to be a treasure guide. So what happened to the gold, silver and artifacts catalogued on the scroll? Were these caches discovered thousands of years ago... or are these hidden treasures still somewhere out there today, waiting to be discovered? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2020
What is 'Qanon'?
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What if the stories and narratives you hear in the average mainstream media reporting aren't the entire truth? What if there's something else going on, a secret war between a shadowy cabal and a small group of brave, outnumbered good guys fighting back against their insidious plans for world domination? This is, according to QAnon proponents, a true story. Join Ben, Matt and Noel as they dive into the origins of this uber-theory, the fact and fiction surrounding it, as well as the implications involved. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 17, 2020
The Story of Atlantis
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The legendary civilization of Atlantis was first mentioned in the works of Plato, in dialogues that claimed to recount information from translations of ancient Egyptian texts. And people have been searching for this city ever since. So what was Atlantis, exactly? A metaphor, a work of fiction ... or a real, physical place? Join the guys as they explore the fact and fiction of the ancient legend of Atlantis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2020
Radio Rental, with Payne Lindsey
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Have you ever experienced something bizarre -- some unexplainable coincidence, chilling interaction or even a run in with what some might call the supernatural? If so, then you may have the next story for Radio Rental. In this episode, the guys interview Payne Lindsey, creator of Up and Vanished, Atlanta Monster and more, about the inspiration behind his newest podcast, Radio Rental. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 10, 2020
What really happened to the 'Lost Colony' of Roanoke?
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It's one of the most enduring enigmas in American history -- how did an entire colony disappear from Roanoke island? Join the guys as they explore the facts, fiction and speculation surrounding the mysterious fate of the colonists, the clues they may have left behind and the search that continues in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2020
Is Samuel Little America's Most Prolific Serial Killer?
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Born in 1940, Samuel Little was known in multiple states as a drifter, petty criminal and man occasionally capable of violence. Like many people living on the fringe of society, he seemed to slip through the fingers of justice despite numerous arrests. Yet intrepid investigators and improvements in DNA testing eventually proved Little was more than an itinerant drug addict and shoplifter -- according to the FBI, he is the most prolific serial killer in US history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 03, 2020
The Afghanistan Papers
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The United States invaded Afghanistan on October 7th, 2001 and remains embroiled in the conflict almost two decades later, making this the longest war in US history. Leaders from both of the dominant political parties continually argued that this was a winnable war, proposing new strategies, more troops, and more surges. Yet documents obtained by The Washington Post show that the long-running internal conversations painted a different -- and vastly more disturbing -- picture. Tune in to learn more about the Afghanistan Papers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2020
What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?
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In his day, American labor union leader James "Jimmy" Riddle Hoffa was one of the most well-known figures in the US. On July 30th, 1975, Hoffa disappeared. He has not been seen, living or dead, since that day. In the decades following his death numerous investigators have tried (and failed) to figure out what exactly happened to this infamous American icon. So what actually happened to Jimmy Hoffa? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 27, 2019
STDWYTK Presents: See You Next Time
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In 1933, a composer named Rezső Seress created one of the world's most infamous tunes -- a melancholy, mysterious piece known as 'Gloomy Sunday.' Over the following decades, this song became notorious for the sinister effects it had on anyone who listened to the song in full. Join the guys for a special end-of-the-year episode as they explore the story of the original recording -- where it came from, who wrote it, and, most disturbingly, why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 25, 2019
Dark Water: Corporations, Corruption and Pollution with Rob Bilott
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When corporate defense lawyer Rob Bilott first learned about Wilbur Tennant's dying livestock, the frustrated West Virginian farmer was at his wits' end. He'd sought help from numerous local authorities to no avail, but he was certain DuPont was poisoning his livestock, as well as the surrounding area. Bilott's investigation led him down the rabbithole, deep into a web of contamination, chemical pollution and corporate cover-ups. Join the guys as they speak with Mr. Bilott to learn more about his first-hand experience bringing this mighty company to justice. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 20, 2019
The Far-out World of Deep Fakes
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For centuries, it was often understood that "seeing was believing" -- while people might embellish a story, and write whatever falsehoods they wished, visually witnessing an event was solid proof of what actually happened in any given situation. Yet this no longer holds true in the modern age. Photographs have been faked since, well, the invention of photography, and video followed shortly thereafter. However, new technology is enabling the creation of fake video with an unprecedented level of sophistication and believability. So what happens when we can no longer believe our own eyes? How will the world react to the rise of the Deep Fake? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2019
What really happened to Amelia Earhart?
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Amelia Earhart was a living legend -- this high-flying aviation pioneer garnered international acclaim and accolades for her daring flights across the planet. On July 2nd, 1937, midway through a flight around the world, Earhart's plane disappeared. Although she was declared legally dead on January 5th, 1939, theories about the true story of her disappearance linger in the public consciousness today. So what really happened to Amelia Earhart? Why do some people believe she didn't actually die on that fateful flight? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 13, 2019
What are Black Sites?
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In the United States, people accused of crimes are entitled to certain well-known protections under the law. And, in the international sphere, global agreements theoretically guarantee certain rights to prisoners of war. However, in the wake of 9/11 elements of the US government felt these protections were preventing them from obtaining justice. They needed locations off the books. Places where the normal rules didn't apply -- places that, officially speaking, did not exist. Tune in to learn more about the rise of black sites. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2019
Conspiracies and Movies with Chuck Bryant
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Did someone really hang themselves on camera in the Wizard of Oz? Did Stanley Kubrick hide a secret message in Eyes Wide Shut? It's no secret that the world of film is fraught with conspiracy -- both on and off the screen. But do any of these strange rumors and urban myths hold any sand? Join the guys with their special guest and long-time friend, Charles W. "Chuck" Bryant, cohost of Stuff You Should Know and creator of the Movie Crush podcast, as they separate fact from fiction in the world of conspiracies and film. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 06, 2019
Can weather make you 'crazy'?
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For thousands of years, people have been convinced that the weather and the position of the moon can wreak profound havoc on human behavior. This belief continues in the modern day, with numerous law enforcement officers, medical professionals and more swearing people act strangely during the full moon. Additionally, science shows certain environmental factors, such as an extended lack of sunlight, can spark measurable changes in mood. So what's the truth here? Can the weather really make people go crazy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2019
The Wide World of Shipping Conspiracies
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Look around you as you listen to today's episode -- how far did these objects travel to meet you here? In centuries past, the average person would be surrounded by local objects. Today, the most mundane of possessions may have traveled more than halfway across the world to become your fabrics, your electronic components, your favorite snacks. Make no mistake: The world as we know it will collapse if our species stops shipping things across the planet. Global trade is dangerously close to a religion -- literally every nation has a set of laws applying to the passage of goods. So why are these laws so easily broken? Why do the same nations and conglomerates touting 'rule of law' seem to obey another set of rules? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 29, 2019
The Insider's Guide to the Other Side
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Have you ever felt you've encountered something beyond this mortal veil -- a spirit, a presence, something else? Would you consider yourself a psychic? Join the guys as they interview Julie Rieger and Brenda Villa, hosts of Insider's Guide To The Other Side, about their experiences in the world of psychics, their own personal journeys, advice for would-be psychics and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2019
Closed Cities: Secret Towns Kept Off Your Maps
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The majority of human beings currently live in urban areas -- and this trend seems set to continue. According to the most recent estimates, two-thirds of humanity will live in urban areas by 2050. However, not all cities are created equally. In fact, countries throughout the world are home to cities that, in one sense or another, do not officially exist. So what exactly are these secret, closed cities. What goes on there? Why are these areas hotbeds of the stuff they don't want you to know? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 22, 2019
STDWYTK Live: Real-life Covens
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We’re all familiar with the spooky, stereotypical witch depicted in film, fiction and folklore – a creepy crone with a pointy hat, riding a broom through the sky and cackling at the moon, often accompanied by her animal sidekick. But how accurate are these depictions? Were there ever really any covens, any infernal Black Masses and secret rituals dedicated to the powers of darkness? Join Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know as the guys explore fact, fiction and controversy around the real-life stories of witches and covens. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein, Part III: The Suicide Debate
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In the months following the death of Jeffrey Epstein, numerous people have raised concerns regarding the official cause of the disgraced financier's death, pointing to various irregularities surrounding the prison where he died, as well as raising questions regarding the official autopsy. Join the guys as they look into the debate over Jeffrey Epstein's death, and why some experts still reject the official narrative: Epstein, they argue, did not take his own life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 15, 2019
Cryptids You've Never Heard Of
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Everyone's heard of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster -- but what about the hundreds of other cryptids rumored to exist around the world? Join the guys as they delve into the stories of cryptids you may have never heard of. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2019
The Return of Listener Mail
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Have you written to the gang lately? If so, tune in -- you might be on the air. Join the guys as they dip into the conspiratorial mailbag, sharing your fellow listeners' strangest stories, important updates, follow-ups to existing stories and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 08, 2019
Conspiracy and the Cure: People Who Believe They’ve Cured Cancer
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Each year, millions of people across the planet grapple with some form of cancer. Doctors work around the clock to create better treatments methods, early diagnosis techniques and more, but for many people these innovations will sadly come too late. With so many lives on the line, it’s no surprise that multiple, unrelated individuals have claimed that they possess the cure for cancer — and that powerful forces are conspiring to keep this cure hidden from the masses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2019
The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
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On March 8th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished during a routine flight from Kuala Lumpaur to Beijing. While public -- and, later, private -- entities from across the region searched for signs of the craft, no one was able to figure out what exactly happened. Join the guys as they delve into a mystery that remains largely unsolved three years later -- the disappearance of MH370, and why some people claim there's a conspiracy afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 01, 2019
The Bizarre Clown Panic of 2016
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It began in August -- five photographs of what appeared to be a sinister figure dressed as a clown loitering in a Green Bay, Wisconsin parking lot went viral. Eight days later, a local filmmaker admitted this was just an attempt to garner PR for an upcoming indie film... but the clowns kept coming. In the space of just a few months numerous people around the world reported being attacked or stalked by clowns. So what exactly was going on? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2019
The Tongue Can't Taste Itself, with Dan Harmon
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Was there a conspiracy to assassinate JFK? Is this universe real, or merely a simulation? How far would you go to be included in an elite, shadowy cabal? In this episode, the guys join special guest Dan Harmon, creator of Community, Rick and Morty and more, to explore these questions and more in what may well be described as their strangest episode yet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 25, 2019
The Nazi Gold Conspiracy
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Toward the end of World War II, German forces realized they were in an unsustainable situation, on the losing side of a war rapidly drawing to a close. In an effort to prop up their wartime economy, the Nazi party stole and fenced tons of gold and other valuables -- and, depending on who you ask, some of that gold remains hidden away and forgotten in the modern day. Join the guys as they delve into the abiding rumors of hidden nazi treasure, as well as the Nazi banking conspiracies that may still be at work in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2019
The True True Detective
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Nic Pizzolatto's "True Detective" series was one of the most highly-rated shows of 2014. The gritty, Southern Gothic-meets-Hardboiled Crime tale follows two deeply flawed detectives as their investigation into a ritualistic murder leads them into an intergenerational cult, a deadly conspiracy extending throughout Louisiana and beyond. Pizzolatto cited numerous sources of inspiration for this disturbing story -- but could "True Detective" be based on a genuine, real-life cult? Join the guys as they unravel the actual conspiracy -- the real Louisiana-based cult -- that may have inspired True Detective. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 18, 2019
Smart Devices and Surveillance
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If you're like more than 90% of Americans, you own a cellphone of some kind -- and it's no wonder. Like tablets or smart speakers, these handy devices are incredibly convenient, providing a universe's worth of knowledge at your fingertips... at a price. What exactly do your smart devices know about you, and where is all that information going? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2019
What is Gang Stalking?
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Have you ever felt as if somebody was watching, following or even stalking you? If so, you're not alone. Most people have, at some time or another, had an experience like this -- and, tragically, many people are physically stalked every year. Yet there's a strange twist to the tale: More and more people are claiming they're being stalked by a group of people -- a gang. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 11, 2019
The Overstock Conspiracy
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Like Amazon, eBay or multitudes of others, overstock.com is a company that allows consumers to buy goods online, often at a deep discount. The CEO, Patrick M. Byrne, resigned in August of 2019 -- and not for the usual reasons executives resign. The company wasn't closing down, and Byrne wasn't retiring to spend time with his family. So what happened? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the strange story of Patrick Byrne, the FBI, spies, honeypots and (allegedly) the Deep State. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 09, 2019
ODESSA: The Secret Nazi Escape Route
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As World War II drew to a close, multiple Nazi officials saw the writing on the wall: Germany would lose the war, and members of the Nazi party would have to answer for their crimes -- if, that is, they were caught. In a desperate bid to avoid justice, various factions of the SS and other Nazi officials created secret international escape routes called ratlines. Just how big was the operation? Tune in to learn more about the mysterious organization called ODESSA, and why it remains a subject of intrigue and controversy in the modern day. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 04, 2019
Secret Rooms, Secret Societies and an Unexpected Guest
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When the guys get together to trace the story of secret societies, they aren't expecting a surprise guest to crash their podcast, revealing first-hand experience with some the most elite, secretive organizations in the United States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 02, 2019
Psilocybin: Fact, Fiction and Future with Robert Lamb
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Evidence indicates human beings have been using psychedelics since ancient times, and a recent paradigm shift has launched a new renaissance in psychedelic research. Over the years psychedelics (and psilocybin specifically) have been the subject of both extremely positive and severely negative claims -- so what's the truth? In this episode, special guest Robert Lamb, host of Stuff To Blow Your Mind and Invention, joins the guys to explore the fact, fiction and future of psychedelics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 27, 2019
Animals At War: Fact vs. Fiction
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Whether as beasts of burden, scouts, sentries or attack dogs, animals have been conscripted into human conflict since the dawn of recorded history. This practice hasn't changed in the modern day -- it's only evolved. Join the guys as they delve deep into some of modern history's strangest rumored (and confirmed) tales of animals in warfare, from would-be weaponized bats to tales of cyborg sharks, surveillance birds and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 25, 2019
The Life and Times of David Koch
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When philanthropist, business magnate and political activist David Koch passed away, the media scrambled to address his legacy - but what is that legacy, exactly? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the life of David Koch, and the bizarre, insidious ways the political engine he helped create still welds enormous influence on the U.S. after his demise. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 20, 2019
The World's Biggest Heists
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Everyone loves a good heist film -- but how accurate are they? Join Ben and Matt as they delve into the stories of modern history's biggest heists, actual criminal conspiracies carried out across the world to steal millions of dollars' worth of loot. Who got caught? Who got shot? Perhaps most importantly... who got away free, and where might they be living today? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 18, 2019
Can memories be erased?
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It sounds like a quandary straight out of science fiction -- given the opportunity, would you erase your own painful or traumatic memories? Join Ben and Matt as they separate science fiction from science fact (along with the fuzzy border in between), delving into the murky mechanics of memory, the treacherous way our brains handle recollections, and the profound implications posed by living in a world where memories can be artificially created, monetized, or erased. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 13, 2019
The Rise of the Chimera
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From ancient stories of shapeshifters to works of fiction like "The Island of Dr. Moreau", humanity has always been fascinating with the line between people and non-human animals -- but modern technology may finally allow us to create real-life chimeras. In fact, it already has. The only question here is how far scientists have actually gone in this regard (and whether that's something they don't want us to know). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 11, 2019
Church Burning, Metal, and Scandinavian ‘Satanists’
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In the 1990s international media was captivated by a bizarre epidemic of church arsons in Norway, often attributing these crimes to so-called Satanic groups and individuals in Norway's black metal scene. This was wrapped up in the larger phenomenon of "Satanic Panic", a widespread fear that shadowy, devil-worshipping cabals secretly control human civilization. So is there any truth to the story? Tune in as the guys explore the true story of the infamous Scandinavian church burnings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 06, 2019
What's Happening In Hong Kong?
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Since the late 1990s the former British colony of Hong Kong has existed in a tense, liminal state with mainland China. The region is governed by the "one country, two systems" policy, yet a recently-proposed extradition bill has triggered massive, ongoing protests as the citizens of the region fear their rights will increasingly erode under the thumb of the PRC. Both pro-autonomy and pro-Beijing forces are convinced a conspiracy is afoot -- so which, if any, of their conspiracy theories are true? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 04, 2019
Religious Syncretism: The Ultimate Conspiracy?
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Religions are as old as humanity, and predate the written word. They've also been home to a great many secrets -- in fact, some religions have been predicated on secrecy, and others are amalgamations of two preexisting belief systems. Join the guys as they explore the strange rise of religions, the ways in which they have melded over time and, ultimately, ask whether there are any real secret religions active in the world today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 30, 2019
What are the Phoenix lights?
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On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona and Mexico reported seeing bizarre lights in the evening sky -- today, more than two decades later, the Phoenix Lights are still considered to be one of the most significant UFO sightings in recent history. But what exactly were they? What really happened that night in March? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 28, 2019
Contras, Cocaine and the CIA: The True Story of Barry Seal
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Across the course of his strange and checkered career, pilot and smuggler Barry Seal was called many things: An informant, a criminal, an asset for America's alphabet soup of intelligence agencies and more. He met an ignoble end in February of 1986, when he was fatally shot outside the Salvation Army facility where he'd been ordered to work in court-mandated public service. However, it turns out the official explanation of his death hasn't convinced everyone -- to this day, journalists, theorists and more continue to ask: Who really killed Barry Seal? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 23, 2019
Pop Music, Black Magic and Murder: The Mona Fandey Case
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Born Nur Maznah Binti Ismail in Kangar, Perlis, the musician Mona Fandey achieved national success with her song Ku Nyanyikan Lagu Ini in 1987 -- yet her career seemed destined to slowly fade away, with Mona and her husband living out their lives in comfortable obscurity. Until, that is, in 1993, when Mona Fandey became the prime suspect in a gruesome murder that led many people to believe she'd secretly been an evil bomoh, practicing the art of dark sorcery for decades before finally being brought to justice. So what's the truth? Was Fandey mentally ill? Was she framed? Or was there something more sinister and sorcerous afoot? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 21, 2019
The Death of Jeffrey Epstein
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Earlier this year the guys traced the rise of the enigmatic financier and child abuser Jeffrey Epstein, discovering a quagmire of crime, corruption and cover-ups implicating some of the world’s most powerful individuals. It seemed Epstein’s connections effectively placed him above the law - at least, that is, until renewed public scrutiny and criminal investigations found Epstein arrested once again and, this time, placed in a real prison. Many speculated Epstein would never go to trial. On August 10th, he was found dead in what the media described as an “apparent suicide”. So what happened?  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 16, 2019
Should Facebook have its own currency?
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Love it or hate it, Facebook is one of the world's most popular social media platforms. Over a relatively short span of time, the company has exploded into numerous areas of human interaction (and created no small amount of controversy along the way). In May of 2009, Facebook experimented with a virtual currency concept called Facebook Credits. It didn't last long, but there may be a new scheme on the horizon. Join the guys as they explore the fact, fiction and conspiracy surrounding the Facebook Libra, the proposed virtual currency that -- according to critics -- could allow this social media platform to function like a central bank. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 14, 2019
Uncle Sam Opens The Gateway: The Monroe Institute
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From the late 1970s to the 1980s, the US Government paid for intelligence officers to undergo weeklong training sessions at a remote place called the Monroe Institute. Training sessions themselves aren't particularly abnormal -- but these officers weren't learning new languages, the latest news about satellites and so on. Instead, the Institute was using hypnosis to teach them astral projection, ESP and clairvoyance. The news went public via a declassified CIA document released in 1984, but questions remain: Was this all a waste of money? Or was there something else to the story? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 09, 2019
Insomniac, with Scott Benjamin
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As police officers, researchers and other professionals can attest, delving into the darkness can take an unexpected — and heavy — toll. In today’s episode, the guys sit down with returning guest Scott Benjamin to learn more about his journey through the world of true crime, the unanticipated consequences of staring into the abyss of human depravity and more in his new podcast Monster Presents: Insomniac. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 07, 2019
Marm Mandelbaum, the Queen of Thieves
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How did a young, struggling German immigrant build one of the country's most successful criminal empires? In this live episode, the guys join with Holly Frey, cohost of the award-winning podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class, to explore the life, times and reign of America's first mob boss, Marm Mandelbaum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Aug 02, 2019
Henry Kissinger: America's Darth Vader
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Henry Kissinger has worn many hats over the course of his long life. To some, his geopolitical career is a study in the ruthless, brilliant application of realpolitik. To others, he is a war criminal responsible for massive waves of death in multiple countries across the globe. Join the guys as they delve into the strange, at times disturbing career of Henry Kissinger -- including the Stuff He Doesn't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 31, 2019
Have any celebrities been secretly replaced?
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Did the real Paul McCartney die in a car accident, only to be replaced by a doppelgänger? What about the similar stories surrounding Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, Saddam Hussein and more? Join the guys as they explore the facts, fiction and plausibility of celebrity body doubles, replacements and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 26, 2019
Dystopia, Denial and the Future of Climate Change with Amy Westervelt
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What does the science say about climate change? Why do some people seem dead-set against the idea that human beings are driving rises in temperature, pollution rates and so on? Join the guys as they sit down with award-winning journalist Amy Westervelt, creator and host of the podcast Drilled, to explore the rise of climate change denialism -- and the identities of the people and industries funding it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 24, 2019
Project Horizon: The Secret US Moon Base
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There have always been conspiracy theories about secret structures on the lunar surface, and in modern decades numerous fringe researchers have alleged that various governments have already built some sort of permanent structure on the moon. It sounds pretty out there, but could there be a grain of truth to the stories? Tune in to learn more about Project Horizon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 19, 2019
The Windover Bog Bodies
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In 1982, in Titusville, Florida, construction worker Steve Vandejagt happened across a skull amid the muck and debris of the job site. And this was only the beginning of the mystery. Steve had accidentally uncovered one of the oldest gravesites in the United States, proof of an ancient, mysterious culture that existed more than 7,000 years ago. Join the guys as they dive into the story of the Windover Bog Bodies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 17, 2019
Eye Tracking and Advertising
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Ads are ubiquitous on the internet, and even if you use an ad blocker or two, you're bound to see a few things slip through. Luckily, those ads don't really give advertisers any new information about you unless you interact with them... right? Not so fast. Eye tracking technology can glean an enormous amount about your attention, as well as your reactions to a given image or piece of language, just by watching how you watch, gaze or glance at an ad. So how much can they learn, exactly? Does eye tracking allow companies to, in some sense, read your thoughts? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 12, 2019
The Red Market: Is China Executing People To Harvest Their Organs?
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Until the day we're able to manufacture affordable, reliable organs from scratch, organ transplants will remain the only hope for millions of sick and dying people across the planet. For this reason, organs have been a big business for decades -- and not all aspects of the business are legal. For years rumors have been brewing about the organ trade in China. Why is the waiting time for a transplant so low? Where are all these organs actually coming from? The answer may terrify you. Strap in as the guys dive into the stuff China doesn't want you to know about the organ trade. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 10, 2019
Project 1794: A Real-life Flying Saucer
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Flying saucers are perhaps the most iconic genre of UFO -- since the 1940s they've become the mainstay vehicles for extraterrestrials in all sorts of fictional stories. But, according to declassified files, the US Government was intensely interested in building some flying saucers of its own. So far did they get? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 05, 2019
Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction
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Through the process of vaccination, millions of people have avoided serious (at times fatal) medical conditions, but opposition to the practice began almost immediately after vaccinations became widespread. And in the modern day the anti-vaccination movement has seemed to gain more ground than before -- so what's going on here? Join the guys as they dive into the history of vaccination, the claims of the anti-vaxx movement and why some people insist there's a conspiracy afoot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 03, 2019
The 9 Angles: Does Satan have a 'military'?
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While the vast majority of people identifying as Satanists don’t buy into the idea of a nefarious, evil entity opposed to the forces of good, there are a few genuine theistic Satanists out there. Join the guys as they explore the strange story of the organization known as “The Nine Angles”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 28, 2019
Conspiracy and Controversy: An Interview with David Icke
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David Icke is one of the most well-known, controversial people in the world of conspiracy theories. In this episode, the guys speak with Mr. Icke for a first-hand look at everything from his former career to his beliefs on the nature of reality, the accusations of his critics and more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 26, 2019
The Camp Minden Conspiracy
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In October of 2012 a huge explosion rocked Camp Minden, a little-known government compound located in Louisiana. The explosion shattered windows 4 miles away. A 7,000-foot mushroom cloud contaminated the area and eyewitnesses understandably wondered whether they'd been the victims of a nuclear detonation. So what exactly did happen? Tune in to learn more about the conspiracy afoot at Camp Minden.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 21, 2019
Did John Astor steal Captain Kidd's treasure?
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German immigrant John Jacob Astor was the first multimillionaire in the United States, and his descendants would go on to play prominent roles in the country's history -- but how exactly did he get this enormous fortune? According to the official story, he started off in the fur trade and later expanded into real estate. Yet for more than a century people rumors about the real origin of Astor's wealth have been floating around the fringes of conversation -- what if he wasn't a legitimate businessman in the beginning, but instead engaged in less savory endeavors? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 19, 2019
Is there really a hidden pyramid in Alaska?
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When most people think of pyramids, we imagine the pyramids of Egypt -- but they're by no means the only example of this ancient architecture. In this episode, the guys explore more stories of strange, lesser known pyramids, concentrating on the increasingly bizarre claims of pyramids hidden in the planet's northern climes, from Alaska to Antarctica. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 14, 2019
Messages From The Deep: The Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts
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For years, fast radio bursts have mystified astronomers across the planet. These millisecond-long blips of intense, unexplained radio signals pop up all over the sky, temporarily outshining radio pulsars despite being perhaps a million times farther away. Before 2013, many astrophysicists doubted that they even existed. Now their existence is undeniable — but what exactly are they? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 12, 2019
Hacking, Housefires and Hidden Tunnels: The Strange, Tragic Tale of the Beckwitt Tunnels
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The local authorities only discovered the elaborate series of tunnels under Danbury Road when the house above them was burning down. When brilliant and disturbed former hacker Daniel Beckwitt felt the collapse of civilization was imminent, he decided to make a plan, building a series of secret underground tunnels beneath his home in Maryland. As the construction continued, he employed various people to help dig out the structure, living beneath the ground for days at a time. Join the guys to learn more about this strange story about hackers, doomsday prepping, nuclear war, hidden tunnels, fire and what may arguably be murder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 07, 2019
Enough About Us: June 2019
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Have you given the guys a call lately? If so, tune in: You just might be on the air. Join the gang as they respond to some of your fellow listeners' most intriguing -- and in some cases, strangest -- calls. Want to be part of the next one? Just give us a ring at 1-833-STDWYTK. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 05, 2019
Can the President employ family members?
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On paper, the US government is a meritocracy. This means that, unlike older monarchical systems of government, state and federal positions are earned on the basis of individual talent, experience and skill, rather than being awarded as an entitlement due to a person's parentage. However, in practice, this doesn't always seem to be the case. Nepotism makes the world go 'round, and it seems even top US officials aren't immune to the siren call of unearned favoritism. While numerous critics have disparaged the practice, Presidents from the 1800s to the modern day tried (with varying success) to install their family members in positions of power -- and some people still wonder whether this is actually legal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 31, 2019
Shugborough Inscription Cipher
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Located in Staffordshire, England, the Shepherd's Monument is a bas-relief recreation of Nicolas Poussin's painting “Shepherds of Arcadia”. However, the sculpture has several key differences -- one of which has baffled historians, experts and others for centuries: What's that mysterious inscription? What on Earth could it mean? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 29, 2019
The Eternal Shadow: Serial Killers Throughout Ancient History
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While serial killers may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, the human species hasn't changed as much as we all might like to think. Join the guys as they dive into the mysterious, grisly stories of proven and suspected serial killers from ancient civilizations across the planet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 24, 2019
The Death of Diana: Accident or Conspiracy?
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When Princess Diana died as a result of a horrendous car crash in Paris, the United Kingdom was shaken to the core. As more details emerged, some people became convinced that Diana's death was not an accident. Why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 22, 2019
Does Russia have a new Rasputin?
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If you live in the global west, odds are you haven't heard of Aleksandr Dugin. The author of "Foundations of Geopolitics" doesn't have a global profile, and he holds no official position in the Russian government. However, despite his lack of official government credentials, western officials are increasingly worried that this author may be at the helm of Russia's global chess game, from the annexation of Crimea to proven interference in election systems and more. So who is the mysterious Aleksandr Dugin -- a quack? A genius? Listen in to learn why some believe he may be a new Rasputin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 17, 2019
Escaping NXIVM, with Jon Bryant
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For most of its history, outsiders saw Keith Raniere's NXIVM as a multi-level marketing and self-help company -- a little eccentric, sure, but overall a harmless hobby for those involved. This all changed when allegations of sexual abuse, financial manipulation and cult-like practices emerged, exposing a conspiracy encompassing everyone from everyday civilians to A-list actors. So what was it like inside NXIVM, before the group's inner workings were exposed? Join the guys as they sit down with musician Jon Bryant to talk about his first-hand experience with this organization, as well as how surviving the ordeal informs his art and philosophy today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 15, 2019
Julian Assange: The Update
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Over the years, people have described Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as everything from a hero to a villain -- and, in recent years, a captive. From 2012 to April of 2019, Assange lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy of London, unable to leave the grounds for fear of instant arrest and possible extradition to the United States. This April he was removed from the embassy. So what happened? More importantly, what happens next? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 10, 2019
Locked Up and Lost: Healthcare in the Prison System
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While the United States is home to some of the world's most advanced medical technology, it's no secret that it has a terrible healthcare system -- millions of people are one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy or death if they cannot pay the insurance companies controlling their access to life-saving treatments, medicines and therapy. Yet the US also has the world's highest incarceration rate, with over 700 people out of every 100,000 currently serving time -- what happens when they get sick? Tune in to learn the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know about healthcare in prison. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 08, 2019
Canada's Roswell: The Shag Harbor Incident
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In 1967 the tiny fishing community of Shag Harbor became ground zero for one of the most infamous UFO sightings in Canadian history. More than 50 years later, people still haven't forgotten the bizarre series of lights they saw that October night... but what exactly were they? Listen in to learn more about the mysterious event known as Canada's Roswell. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 03, 2019
The Ticketmaster Racket
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Ticketmaster was founded in 1976, and since that time it's grown to be one of the most powerful forces in the industry -- whether you've gone to symphonies, concerts or plays, odds are you've run into Ticketmaster while trying to get your seats for the show. Yet numerous people allege that this company wields enormous, dangerous influence over artist, venues and fans alike. Tune in to learn more about the rise of Ticketmaster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 01, 2019
Is April the US government's blood sacrifice season?
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Whenever you tune into the news nowadays, it seems like there's yet another tragic disaster on the airwaves. And, over recent years, some fringe researchers have been arguing that disaster has a season -- not some part of the year wherein disasters are naturally more likely to occur, but a time of the year when certain forces are purposefully creating tragedies. Listen in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 26, 2019
Was the 7th Floor Group a real 'Shadow Government'?
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During the hectic news cycle of 2015, numerous stories popped up in headlines, only to disappear as soon as another event (or scandal) came to light. One story in particular remains enigmatic in the modern day: During the investigation into the Clinton email scandal, an FBI report found that "There was a powerful group of very high-ranking State [Department] officials that some referred to as 'The 7th Floor Group' or 'The Shadow Government.'" What exactly did this mean? Was there really a shadow government operating in Washington? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 24, 2019
MKULTRA 201: The Conspiracies
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Earlier, the guys explored the fact, fiction and speculation surrounding MKULTRA programs, during which the Central Intelligence Agency financed and directed multiple illegal experiments on US citizens. The program was officially disbanded before it became public knowledge, but thousands of people aren't buying the official story -- instead, they say, insidious operations continued throughout the country. Where do these claims come from? Is there any proof? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 19, 2019
MKULTRA 101: The Basics
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The rumors spread for decades: Somewhere in the US, our own government was conducting dangerous, heinous and illegal experiments on citizens from all walks of life. This conspiratorial tale seemed set to remain little more than an urban legend -- until, that is, intrepid reporters and members of Congress managed to expose MKULTRA, the insidious series of experiments run by the Central Intelligence Agency with almost no oversight. In the decades since the revelation, MKULTRA has been featured in countless works of fiction, documentaries and more. But what exactly was it? Join the guys as they separate the MKULTRA fact from fiction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 17, 2019
The Legend of Cocaine Island, with Theo Love
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It sounds like a darkly comic tale worthy of Vonnegut -- Rodney Hyden, a down-on-his-luck Florida businessman, hears a modern urban legend from Julian, the local town hippy: Years back, the story goes, Julian was living the simple life in Puerto Rico when a huge parcel of cocaine washed ashore. Not being sure what to do, Julian buried the drugs and more or less let them be. As the 2008 crash put Rodney in dire financial straits, he began assembling a team to retrieve the cocaine in a mission that was a combination of a heist, a search for buried treasure, and an international drug deal. Join the guys as they sit down with director Theo Love for a peek behind the curtain of this strange, true story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 12, 2019
The Race to the Arctic: Who will control the poles?
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Across the span of modern human history, the Arctic has been a desolate, dangerous wasteland of freezing ice, inaccessible waters and more than a bit of myth. Yet as the ice recedes, countries and corporations around the globe are already gearing up to take possession of the region's future trade routes -- and billions of dollars' worth of previously untouchable resources. The pieces are already on the chessboard, with multiple groups accusing each other of cover-ups and deceptive tactics. One questions looms larger and larger with each passing season: Who will control the Arctic? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 10, 2019
Who's Infiltrating Protests?
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Love them or hate them, protests are as American as apple pie. Each year thousands of people exercise their right to free speech and assembly, often to publicly denounce a policy, project or phenomenon. This is entirely legal, so long as the protestors have the right permits and things don't turn violent. However, many veteran protestors will tell you there's more going on behind the scenes. Most protestors, they argue, don't want things to devolve into physical conflict. However, those people wearing facemasks, throwing bricks and antagonizing the police aren't part of the actual gathering... instead, they're agents of something much more sinister. Tune in to learn more about how protests get infiltrated and compromised. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 05, 2019
Who Killed Artemus Ogletree?
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On January 2, 1935, a man checked into room 1046 at the Hotel President in Kansas City. He gave his name as Roland T. Owen, and listed his a home address in Los Angeles. Later, he was found brutally beaten, exhibiting signs of torture. He passed away shortly thereafter... and there the mystery begins. Roland, you see, was a fake name used by one Artemus Ogletree, from Birmingham, Alabama. Join the guys as they unravel the strange, twisting story of Artemus Ogletree's murder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 03, 2019
How did North America's largest city disappear? The Mysterious Collapse of Cahokia
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Four centuries before Columbus reached the western hemisphere, Cahokia was a prosperous pre-American city with a population similar to London’s. In fact, it was probably the largest North American city north of Mexico at that time. While Cahokia was a major population centre around AD1050, by 1350 it was largely abandoned by its people – and, even today, no one is sure why. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 29, 2019
Power, Politics, Corruption and Prayer: What is 'The Family'?
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Washington, D.C. is home to numerous organizations and institutions created to broker deals and funnel power from one place (or policy) to another. Many of these organizations operate more or less openly, while others pride themselves on their discretion and ability to stay out of the public eye. The Family is one of the latter -- a secretive group founded in 1935 as a religiously-motivated movement to bring its interpretation of Christianity to the halls of Congress and beyond. But what exactly is the Family? More importantly, what exactly are they up to? Join the guys as they peer behind the curtain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 27, 2019
Orang Minyak: Mythical Monster or Monstrous Cover-up?
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In Malay folklore, the Orang Minyak is an supernaturally agile, humanoid creature coated in an oily, slippery substance. It is primarily known for abducting young women at night. There are other, similar creatures in folkloric beliefs across the planet -- boogeymen meant to warn children against disobeying their parents or social mores. But something about the Orang Minyak is different: Since the 1950s, it's been a prime suspect in numerous assaults and attempted crimes, with authorities and bystanders both claiming there was something supernatural about these crimes.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 22, 2019
What will humanity be like in 1,000 years?
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If you met a person from the year 1019, they would be, in many ways, much like you. But what if you met a person from 3019? How different will human beings be one thousand years from today? Will humanity as we understand still be around? Join the guys with special guests John Goforth and Brent Hand, hosts of Hysteria 51, as they explore the strange twists and turns the future may hold for our species... assuming, of course, that we survive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2019
The death of Panama Papers journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
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