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Join us each week as we research the weird, new, fascinating, and insane. Join us on an internet goose chase.

    Episode 95: Dig

    Episode 95: Dig

    This week we're talking about a bitter rivalry between two bands you probably haven't heard of: The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. West Coast bands with big sound and big egos, they became fast friends before devolving into something else. We take you through the bitter tit-fot-tat which may or may not have been exaggerated for publicity. 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 94: Secure, Contain, Protect

    Episode 94: Secure, Contain, Protect

    This week we're joined by our guest Matt to talk about the legendary SCP Foundation. A group writing exercise that started on the internet in 2007, the SCP foundation is a work of science fiction that documents the presence, threat, and containment procedures for objects, entities, artifacts, and even mere concepts that threaten humanity. It's a wonderfully dense and structured world of fiction created by writers the world over, and Matt helps walk us through the history, the elements, the community, and even the mysterious lore around the origins of the foundation. 

    • 2 hr 42 min
    Episode 93: Marion Stokes, the Ultimate Archivist

    Episode 93: Marion Stokes, the Ultimate Archivist

    This week we're talking about Marion Stokes. Ever heard of her? If you have, 10 points for you, you were paying more attention than we were. Marion was an activist, a television presenter, an intellectual, and a collector and archivist of lots of things. We don't want to spoil this one, but her greatest accomplishment would span 33 years and produced a prolific collection you won't believe. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 92: The Mad Monk

    Episode 92: The Mad Monk

    This week we're talking about someone who you've probably heard a bit about: Grigory Rasputin. Known as the Mad Monk, and major influencer to the Romanov family, Rasputin will forever be enshrined in a certain amount of mystery. That's by design, too: He certainly made deliberate attempts to generate a certain amount of mystique, and lots of stories persist about him to this day. We sort over the many legends of Rasputin to try to get to the most likely truths about this mysterious man from the reaches of faraway Siberia. 

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 91: Crypto Killed the Radio Star

    Episode 91: Crypto Killed the Radio Star

    This week we're talking about number stations. If you watched LOST while it was on the air, you might recognize the idea: radio stations around the world which seem to do little more than spit out a series of numbers every now and then, read by a human voice or sometimes just tones. People have speculated lots about what they're for and what they do. We talk about the stations, as well as some concepts of cryptography that make this old school tech very appealing for information secrecy. 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 90: The Turtleneck Does Not Make the CEO

    Episode 90: The Turtleneck Does Not Make the CEO

    This week we have our special guest Drewbie back for another episode! We're talking about Theranos, a company once worth billions of dollars that is now worth precisely zero. In the world that Theranos envisioned, blood drawing would be easier than ever, requiring just a few drops of blood, and democratizing healthcare. All of this is the brainchild of Elizabeth Holmes, the company's visionary CEO. Or was she? The operation took a little more than a decade to go from inception to collapse. Tonight we're talking about why. 

    • 2 hr 5 min

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