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The Paranoid Strain Fearful Jesuit

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 103 Ratings

The podcast that explains why so many people believe ridiculous conspiracy theories.
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    New! Qanon: How we got here - The Fed the Bitcoin Bros, and the Goldbugs

    New! Qanon: How we got here - The Fed the Bitcoin Bros, and the Goldbugs

    Episode 3! We hope you like hearing Federal reserve conspiracy theories debunked, because boy, that's what you're getting this time. Thrill to the history of monetary policy. Experience the chills of arguing with bitcoin enthusiasts on Twitter! Seriously, though, our interviewee is great, and we think this is a really rare opportunity to learn some super-interesting stuff about the way the most complex and hidden parts of our economic system works. We hope you agree. Next time, a bunch of Really Crazy Shit. See you soon
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    • 36 min
    New! Qanon: How we got here - Part 2: Q and the Jekyll Island Conspiracy

    New! Qanon: How we got here - Part 2: Q and the Jekyll Island Conspiracy

    Second episode! Which means the introduction to this series literally took up an entire episode. Does that mean we're getting better or worse? Hard to say. This time, we're taking on the conspiracist view of what actually transpired on Jekyll Island back in 1910. Was it a conspiracy? Yes! Did mainstream historians already know that? Yes. What does it have to do with Qanon? We're more than happy to show you. Hope you enjoy it--see you next time.
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    • 34 min
    New! Qanon: How we got here - Part 1 - Introductions

    New! Qanon: How we got here - Part 1 - Introductions

    We're back, bay-bee! For the next umpty-bajillion episodes, we're going to take a new angle to look at Qanon. Why, when we've already done Qanon several times? Because we believe the Qanon conspiracy is...in a sense "eating" other conspiracy theories. Because we think it's metastasizing into the one uber-conspiracy theory that rules our current moment in time. But more than that, we want to know how it got here, by tracing the historical and cultural threads that fed into the Q morass. And most of all, we want to see what real problems Qanon conspiracies are obscuring. It's gonna be a helluva ride. Buckle up.
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    • 36 min
    Archive: JFK Part 7

    Archive: JFK Part 7

    We did it! We reached the end of the marathon. In this one, we chat through the Zapruder film, and its cultural impact. But the most important thing about this episode is it marks the end of the new-content dry spell. We're putting out a brand new episode next time, and we can't wait to share it with you.
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    • 28 min
    Archive: JFK Part 6

    Archive: JFK Part 6

    PENULTIMATE! It does not, as a young Jesuit believed, mean "better than ultimate". It means "the one before the last one." Which is what we have here. Some more discussions of the impact of JFK conspiracizing prior to the final wrap-up. We've finished the first episode of Year 5--like, totally finished, can't wait for you to hear it. Soon, my Strainiacs. In the meantime, enjoy.
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    • 30 min
    Archive: JFK Part 5

    Archive: JFK Part 5

    This time, we focus not on Oliver Stone, but rather the real guy whom his movie portrayed as a fearless, untouchable campaigner for the truth--former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Our analysis of the man's career and crusade to prove a JFK conspiracy is rather less sympathetic. Enjoy the episode, and we'll see you with the next part in a week.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

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Putting the con in conspiracy, these historians of American disinformation unknowingly strive to help me understand my dad! Better and much cheaper than therapy!

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By FAR the best podcast on the topic. Well researched, well executed, informative and FUNNY too.

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