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With guests that range from icons to outliers, host Matt D’Elia talks to anyone who can help him understand things that confuse him, make him laugh, or just plain trouble him. If you ever look out at the world and think “what the hell is happening?” then this podcast is for you.

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With guests that range from icons to outliers, host Matt D’Elia talks to anyone who can help him understand things that confuse him, make him laugh, or just plain trouble him. If you ever look out at the world and think “what the hell is happening?” then this podcast is for you.

    Quarantine USA! (Pt. 4 — Sunday Evening / Monday Morning Edition)

    Quarantine USA! (Pt. 4 — Sunday Evening / Monday Morning Edition)

    In the fourth installment of this podcast’s ongoing (and possibly never-ending) ‘Quarantine USA!’ series, Matt breaks down and discusses various aspects of the pandemic-induced madness currently on display in the world, including but not limited to: some Christian groups’ insistence on attending church services despite endless warnings not to do so, televangelist Kenneth Copeland’s Sunday sermon in which he claims to ‘destroy COVID-19’, social media posts from wildly out-of-touch famous people (from David Geffen to Kendall Jenner, who Matt mistakenly calls ‘Kyle Jackson’), how our desire for control during times of crisis can lead us to do and say very stupid things, the problem with propagating seemingly prescient predictions from the past, America’s particular strain of ‘eat-the-rich’ sentiment— and much more. Later in the episode, Matt answers more Twitter questions! It’s fun even though everything happening in the world is very depressing! Weeeeeeeeee!

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    Quarantine USA! (Pt. 3)

    Quarantine USA! (Pt. 3)

    Most of us are still in self-isolation. F**k! And it’s not going to end soon. Also f**k! In today’s episode Matt discusses this hard truth and a few others as well, including but not limited to— the darkness on display in Madonna’s tone-deaf COVID-19 bathtub rant, the early signs of our collective lockdown-induced mind-losing, the unbelievably bad advice some politicians and pundits are putting out into the world about how to fend off coronavirus, and why dumb people almost always stay dumb forever. Then Matt goes on to answer questions from Twitter, which are mostly about coronavirus— but there is one question that leads to Matt telling a story that involves his father becoming furious with him and his brother ratting him out.

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    Quarantine USA! (Pt. 2)

    Quarantine USA! (Pt. 2)

    In quarantine just like most of his fellow Americans due to the present pandemic, Matt discusses various important coronavirus-related topics, including but not limited to— the hubristic terribleness on display in the ‘Imagine’ cover that went viral (by Gal Gadot & Famous Friends), Sarah Palin’s appearance on ‘The Masked Singer’ (and how in retrospect it was a clear sign of the coming apocalypse), the hidden insidiousness of thinking that ‘everything happens for a reason’ (even pandemics), the only viable solution to the economic hardship we are all experiencing, why it’s best not to make predictions about what the future holds— and how, for many in this time of strange crisis, working from home is changing the meaning of both ‘work’ and ‘home’.

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    Quarantine USA!

    Quarantine USA!

    Matt goes solo this week to discuss the one thing that’s on everyone’s mind at the moment— the goddamn coronavirus pandemic. He covers a lot, including but not limited to: the conflicting updates we’re constantly getting about the virus, the difficulty some of us have with being alone during this stressful time, the dumbshit morons who are still going to the beach despite the present pandemic, the complete a******s who have been hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and the awful kid who breathed on Matt’s shopping cart at the supermarket. But most importantly, he gives us the simple advice we all need to get through these quarantine days peacefully, in one piece, and without panicking. Listen now. You have nothing else to do anyway.

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    Bart Ehrman | Heaven & Hell

    Bart Ehrman | Heaven & Hell

    World-renowned New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman is one of Matt’s actual real-life heroes— and somehow that isn’t even his greatest achievement. Bart has written over 30 books, including 6 New York Times Bestsellers, many of which focus on the origins of Christianity, how and why it spread so far and wide, and what Bart calls ‘the historical Jesus’— as in Jesus Christ the man, not Jesus Christ the messiah. Listen as Matt asks Bart everything he’s ever wanted to ask him — from what Jesus was really like, to why people of the time were so ready to adopt the ideas that early Christians were spreading — and Bart takes Matt on an in-depth tour of his upcoming book, ‘Heaven & Hell: A History Of The Afterlife’, which chronicles our collective ideas of heaven and hell, from their infancy (well before the time of Jesus) all the way up to today. Seriously, go on and hit ‘Play’— this one’s f*****g biblical, man.

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    Keith Cooper | The Stars Are Like A Mirror

    Keith Cooper | The Stars Are Like A Mirror

    Everyone loves to think about aliens, and Matt is no exception. But when it comes to actually KNOWING anything about them— well, no one actually knows s**t. So to discuss the possibility of their existence and our search for extraterrestrial life, Matt wanted to talk to an actual expert on the matter— not the guy from ‘Ancient Aliens’ or some other wingnut like him. Enter: science journalist Keith Cooper, editor of ‘Astronomy Now’ and writer of the new book ‘The Contact Paradox: Challenging Our Assumptions In The Search For Extraterrestrial Life’. Listen as Matt and Keith discuss the vastness of space, why it’s so hard to wrap our minds around that vastness, why humans are so fascinated by the cosmos in the first place, the present state of mankind’s search for extraterrestrial life (‘SETI’), what the future of that search might look like, how we should plan on encountering an alien life form if that should ever come to pass, why people insist they’ve encountered aliens when they definitely have not encountered aliens— and ultimately why, when we look at the stars, we are really just looking at ourselves. Also, Matt tells the story of his very first anxiety attack, which was triggered by staring up at the night sky and wondering what the f**k else is out there... if anything.

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Customer Reviews

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Once I listened to 1st episode, I was hooked.

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Matt is the best unbiased listener

If you genuinely want to understand the unique viewpoints of controversial, misunderstood, or just plain cool AF guests, look no further - Matt gives plenty of space for his guests to share their stories and beliefs. Matt is so genuinely unbiased it’s almost hilarious, but respectable as hell. Even the most closed-minded listener might find themselves questioning their own rigid beliefs and having a chuckle along the way.

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Super interesting, diverse guests and somehow know exactly what’s going on without knowing what the heck is going on. Keep at errrrr

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