26 episodes

A deep dive podcast by Gem & Jolie. The subtle art of pointless immersion in a new, strange topic every other Friday and True Crime Tuesdays on alternating weeks. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ireadathing/support

I Read a Thing Co-hosts: Gem & Jolie

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

A deep dive podcast by Gem & Jolie. The subtle art of pointless immersion in a new, strange topic every other Friday and True Crime Tuesdays on alternating weeks. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ireadathing/support

    Chairman Mao's SUPER-FUN (& Mandatory) Party! (Pt. 1)

    Chairman Mao's SUPER-FUN (& Mandatory) Party! (Pt. 1)

    Chairman Mao Zedong is a case study in good intentions going straight to hell when power and narcissism combine. In yet another episode of "This Old Narcissist", we look at the rise of the Communist Party in the People's Republic of China and how sparrows are clearly the harbingers of all bad luck so we should destroy them.

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    Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dark Patterns: Stealing Babies & Tracking Locations

    Dark Patterns: Stealing Babies & Tracking Locations

    Have you ever wondered why Terms of Service tend to be long-winded and confusing or who decided it was a good idea to insult users by suggesting they don't like being informed if they decline updates on a news site? Join us on an infuriating deep dive into the deceptive stupidity running every single website you frequent and why we are under surveillance even when we think we've opted out of tracking.

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    Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Andrew Wakefield, MMR Research & The Magic of Marketing

    Andrew Wakefield, MMR Research & The Magic of Marketing

    What do you get when you combine the aggression of rugby, an insatiable lust for money, and a story-hungry media? Well, you get the !RETRACTED! Lancet study that launched a thousand anti-vax campaigns. Join us on a deep dive into the murky waters of fraudulent medical science and solid investigative journalism into the man once hailed by his own Head of Medicine as a "wanker and a fraud", Andrew Wakefield!

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    Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.


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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Lloyd L. Gaines

    Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Lloyd L. Gaines

    Lloyd L. Gaines had already made national headlines at the age of 28 when he, with the help of the NAACP (National Association for the advancement of Colored People), triumphed in a landmark civil rights case against the University of Missouri where the Supreme Court ordered U of M's Law School to admit him despite their strict segregation policies. During the course of the multiple trials leading to the Supreme Court ruling, Lloyd attended various rallies and speaking engagements at the behest of the NAACP. He was exhausted from the constant publicity tours, speaking engagements, and lack of privacy that had become the norm in such civil rights cases and he just wanted to be, as he put it, "a plain, ordinary man whose name no one recognized". When leaving the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house in southside Chicago that Sunday evening, March 19, 1939, he told a housekeeper that he was going out to buy stamps and would return soon.  He was never seen again.

    We'll explore this famous missing persons case in this episode of I Read a Thing's True Crime Tuesday. Let's dive in.

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    • 40 min
    Renee Bach: Saving & Killing Needy Children

    Renee Bach: Saving & Killing Needy Children

    No medical training? NO PROBLEM. All you need to treat sick, malnourished, and dying children is a stethoscope and a dream (and a direct order from God.) In this deep-dive, we will explore the troubling world of white savior missionaries, more Mister (well, Ms.) Doctors, and how to get away with medically treating children when you are a homeschooled kid with no college education.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    High Cries for Weird Times

    High Cries for Weird Times

    Take a break from your ennui to listen to topics that make us cry when we're high...on life, obviously. This uplifting and totally wholesome episode isn't exactly a deep dive but we're getting into plastics, recycling, singularities, and multiverses. It's all meaningless, let's cry together...lol.

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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

mr.magic ,

Like NPR hosts caught on a hot mic

These hosts have amazing chemistry. Their irreverent asides often illuminate their topics with personal observations that are revelatory and affecting when not totally hilarious. I love it!

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Funny and interesting

Funny an interesting

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Love these girls!

These girls are so easy to listen to I look forward to it every week!

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