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You're gonna rot - but that doesn't have to be a bummer! Prepare for the inevitable with Max and Dorian as they explore the history and culture of death and decomposition.

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You're gonna rot - but that doesn't have to be a bummer! Prepare for the inevitable with Max and Dorian as they explore the history and culture of death and decomposition.

Twitter & Insta: @predeadboys

    Cremation

    Cremation

    Max and Dorian come clambering back from break to discuss CREMATION, the act of burning dead bodies! Cremation has essentially become end-of-life option number 2 in America today, but the practice has deep and worldwide historical roots.

    Learn about the roughly 40,000-year-old remains of the earliest known cremation, how open-air funeral pyres are used around the world today, the environmental impact of different cremation techniques, and the communities fighting for global awareness that there is more than one option for your funeral. By contrast, listen as Max oppresses Dorian by limiting his options. Very rude!

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kyla Rice - Cadaver Dog Trainer

    Kyla Rice - Cadaver Dog Trainer

    We've got an EXTRA SPECIAL episode for ya - an interview with Human Remains Detection Dog trainer & handler Kyla Rice, and her German Shepherd Emrick! Kyla gives us the lowdown on why she got into this field, how to train and maintain a working dog, and how HRD dogs (a.k.a. cadaver dogs) can help criminal investigations.

    • 46 min
    Death in Space

    Death in Space

    Whether or not there's life beyond our planet, there's plenty of death! Max and Dorian discuss these accounts, as well as what happens to bodies in vaccuum, the long list of animals sent into space, and a new method for burying bodies on Mars.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ghosts

    Ghosts

    In Spooky Seasons past, the boys have taken on vampires, zombies, and frankensteins. This year, their crosshairs are set on the scammy world of spirits! Retrace the history of ghosts from religious concepts to physical beings, explore the origins of the first-ever haunted house, and expose the misdeeds of the scumbag who tried to weigh the human soul.

    Is it scary? Nah. Is it SEXY? Oh baby, just wait til our last story.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    BONUS: Evil Dead

    BONUS: Evil Dead

    HAPPY SPOOKY SEASON! Here’s an UNLOCKED BONUS EPISODE. To get access to MORE bonus episodes like this and lotsa extra goodies, support us on Patreon! Patreon.com/PreDeadBoys

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    Before there was a cabin-in-the-woods movie trope, an inventive young filmmaker and his friends made their first feature-length movie on a shoestring budget. The result remains one of the most influential and enduring horror films of all time.




    In this episode, Max and Dorian crack open the book on:
     - the history and making of Evil Dead
     - how Evil Dead is, in some ways, the most accurate depiction of Lovecraftian horror on film
     - the tension between violence and comedy in entertainment
     - a brief breakdown of the other movies, shows, and games in the franchise




    Content warning: we briefly discuss (but not in detail) and critique a sexual assault scene in the film.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Politics & Death

    Politics & Death

    Oh, you think the current leaders of the world are old and decrepit? YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET. In this episode, Max and Dorian plunge into the wacky world of countries ruled by dead people!

    But first, the boys discuss the history of city coroners... including the most scandalous ad campaign in coroner history.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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