372 episodes

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

Behind the Bastards iHeartRadio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 954 Ratings

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

    Part One: Synanon: The Drug Rehab Program That Built Its Own Army

    Part One: Synanon: The Drug Rehab Program That Built Its Own Army

    Robert is joined by Paul F. Tompkins to discuss Synanon.

    FOOTNOTES:

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/08/cult-spawned-tough-love-teen-industry/ 

    https://www.thefix.com/content/evan-ebel-murder-colorado-police-chief-paradise-cove8162?page=all 

    https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/synanon-cult/ 

    http://www.paulmorantz.com/cult/the-history-of-synanon-and-charles-dederich/

    https://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/48/pendle.php 


    https://www.thefix.com/content/aa-cults-synanon-legacy0009?page=all
    https://pointshistory.com/2019/11/26/stories-of-synanon-part-one/d 

    https://vinepair.com/spirits-101/history-of-distilling/ 

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YLJZVYD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o03?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Chapters Six, Seven, & Eight

    Chapters Six, Seven, & Eight

    This week's chapters from Robert's fiction podcast, "After the Revolution."
    Podcast Feed: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-after-the-revolution-82966686/
    Book Website: https://atrbook.com/
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Part Two: The Ballad of Bill Gates

    Part Two: The Ballad of Bill Gates

    Robert is joined again by Andrew Ti to continue to discuss Bill Gates.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Introducing: Q Clearance Season 2

    Introducing: Q Clearance Season 2

    When an angry crowd of MAGA supporters were seen storming the Capitol Building on January 6th, the whole world was suddenly forced to reckon with the power of the QAnon conspiracy theory. 
    Quickly though, after Trump lost the election, the QAnon reporting was dropped from the news cycle. Many presumed that QAnon was finished. After all, Q himself has vanished, none of their predictions came true, and Trump is out. Surely they’d lose steam? Sadly, no. 
    QAnon has gone underground and the adherents are becoming more hardcore than ever. Something very disturbing is brewing in the world of Q, so join us for season two of Q Clearance as we document the wild evolution of QAnon without its leader. 
    Episode one lands June 8th. 
    Listen and subscribe to Q Clearance on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts!
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 3 min
    Part One: The Ballad of Bill Gates

    Part One: The Ballad of Bill Gates

    Robert is joined by Andrew Ti to discuss Bill Gates.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Chapters Three, Four, & Five

    Chapters Three, Four, & Five

    This week's chapters from Robert's fiction podcast, "After the Revolution."

    Podcast Feed: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-after-the-revolution-82966686/
    Book Website: https://atrbook.com/
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
954 Ratings

954 Ratings

Truman Coyote ,

Probably my favorite podcast right now and ever, but needs more focus

Robert is a great researcher and presenter, but with the amount of content he has to get through, it gets annoying when he’s slowed down by unsubstantial commentary from either one of his guests or Sophie, and the couple times he’s had great guests on, it seems like the show struggles to make proper use of them. I don’t think having more informed guests will make the show less entertaining given that a lot of the comedy is contained within the insane history, and dumbing it down just seems like unnecessary horseplay. This show deserves to be smart.

Ryan-y ,

Must listen

I could listen to Robert Evans just shout the word ‘HITLER!’. Which is fortunate because that’s how 42% of the episodes are introduced. Don’t worry though, the famously poor introductions are more than made up for by the meticulously researched articles laced with sighs of despair from guests and Sophie’s infectious laugh

emmblah ,

You should listen to this in the woods.

This is my favourite podcast. I think whether you will like it depends on who you are!
It’s extremely well researched and informative, the host cites his sources constantly. But it’s also fairly personal and usually recorded with friends, partly to offset the heavy subject matter which he spends a lot of his time immersed in.
It took me some time to get used to the tone and understand Evans’ perspective and humour but it was well worth it.
If like a lot of recent reviewers you expect the professionalism in this journalist’s work to be matched by his podcast hosting, you need to find another podcast!

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by iHeartRadio