The front page of the Internet--also known as Reddit--is making noise. Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the site's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities, collaborating with Reddit's 330 million users and over 140 thousand communities to find all kinds of jaw-dropping narratives. A collaboration between WBUR and Reddit.
Endless Dread: An Uninvited House Guest And A Fake Doctor
Ben and Amory swap terrifying tales from Reddit, featuring an uninvited house guest and a doctor with an unusual fetish. Happy Halloween!
This past Spring, Endless Thread released a series called “Madness: The Secret Mission for Mind Control and the People Who Paid the Price.” If you missed it, you should go back and listen!
A new series from CBC Podcasts, "Brainwashed," offers fresh perspective on the same topic: a powerful doctor who conducted disturbing, CIA-funded mind-control experiments on patients at a prestigious psychiatric hospital in Montreal.
We recently talked to the host of "Brainwashed," Michelle Shepherd, for this bonus episode. We wanted to compare notes with another reporter who has gone deep on this story and swap takeaways.
Things Are Bad
With increasing political divide and heightened civil unrest in the United States, many fear that it will culminate in a second civil war. We explore the likelihood of that scenario and hear from someone who thinks America is already in the midst of collapse.
Endless Dread: Backrooms And Ghostly Photos
In the spirit of Halloween, the Endless Thread team shares spooky stories from Reddit, including the origins of a classic horror movie SFX, the creepy world of r/backrooms, and the mystery surrounding three photos found on someone’s phone.
Randi-Lynn thought she was going on a relaxing family vacation to the mountains. Just a few days later, she was hiding in a bathroom and frantically posting on Reddit, asking for help. The headline of her post? "I think I was brought on a girls trip to be brainwashed."
For nearly two years, a Redditor named Jitarth Jadeja got deep into QAnon, the Far Right conspiracy theory founded on the idea that President Trump is secretly waging war against a satanic cabal of pedophiles who control the world. “I was kind of an addict… All I could talk about was Q,” Jitarth says. But then, all of a sudden he had a (re)awakening: “That was the moment that I realized it was all garbage.”
In this episode, we trace Jitarth’s journey into and, ultimately, out of, QAnon.
QAnon originated as a fringe online conspiracy theory born in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Since then, it has grown in influence and keeps creeping further into mainstream consciousness. It’s come up in recent White House press briefings and there are current congressional candidates promoting QAnon messages. Q followers have also been linked to murders, armed stand-offs, and kidnappings.
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Do your research
Just listened to Girls Trip but had to stop not even half way through as I couldn’t stand to listen to another minute of condescending closed mindedness of a very real issue. Qanon is not the only group that believes these things to be true about what’s happening to children. Many celebrities have come out and stated these things to be true as well as many other organizations, truth seekers, etc. There is in fact plenty of proof but for those who only watch/believe MSM you will never take the time to open your eyes and think for yourself. Child sex trafficking/satanic cult rituals is very much a thing and has been going on for years. It is irresponsible to downplay such a horrific issue happening in our world.
Pushing the Antifa Narrative
I really, really enjoyed this podcast. I have listened to most of the episodes released by you guys. But it only took one episode to ruin it for me. You guys are pushing this “Orange Man Bad,”/“BLM and Antifa Good!!!” agenda. I’m not morally bankrupt, nor do I choose either Party to support, but I am not going to sit back and agree with
thugs looting and burning our cities and killing innocent people because “the racists made me do it.” I don’t want a civil war, and really don’t think we’ll have one. The true enemy are these roving gangs of “mostly peaceful” murderers destroying anything in their path and spreading their “Kill Whitey” “Melanin is Compassion” B.S. The only division I see is the one being created by these racist BLM hate-mongers. And if you guys wanna roll with that narrative—go ahead. But your gonna lose plenty of listeners.