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There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 10.1K Ratings

There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.

    It Could Happen Here Weekly 18

    It Could Happen Here Weekly 18

    All of this week's episodes of It Could Happen Here put together in one large file.

    Join us on 2/17 for a live digital experience of Behind the Bastards (plus Q&A) featuring Robert Evans, Propaganda, & Sophie Lichterman. If you can't make it, the show will be available for replay until 2/24!
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    • 2 hr 33 min
    The Man Who Built A Gun To Shoot Space

    The Man Who Built A Gun To Shoot Space

    Robert is joined by Karl Kasarda to discuss gun designer, Gerald Bull.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Hiram Maxim, Inventor of the Machine-Gun and Curling Iron

    Hiram Maxim, Inventor of the Machine-Gun and Curling Iron

    Robert is joined by Karl Kasarda to discuss Hiram Maxim.
    FOOTNOTES:

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160317-the-man-who-tried-to-make-a-supergun-for-saddam-hussein

    https://archive.fo/nruk

    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Gerald_Bull

    https://bartonchronicle.com/exhibit-brings-gerald-bull-back-light/

    https://www.nytimes.com/1990/08/26/magazine/the-man-behind-iraq-s-supergun.html

    https://opac.navalmarinearchive.com/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=15167

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1991/02/10/the-guns-of-saddam/e31bbb3a-52c3-4f29-bc47-cca57a80b6db/

    https://headstuff.org/culture/history/hiram-maxim-engineer-death/

    https://www.americanheritage.com/hiram-maxim#2

    https://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/26/science/100-years-of-maxim-s-killing-machine.html

    http://www.lamptech.co.uk/Documents/People%20-%20Maxim%20HS.htm

    https://www.americanrifleman.org/content/america-s-first-hiram-maxim-s-heavy-machine-gun/

    https://www.uh.edu/engines/epi694.htm

    https://rar.rutgers.edu/whatever-happens-we-have-got-the-maxim-and-they-have-not-the-conspicuous-absence-of-machine-guns-in-british-imperialist-imagery-by-ramey-mize/

    https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t8sb3zd8j&view=1up&seq=42&skin=2021


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    It Could Happen Here Weekly 17

    It Could Happen Here Weekly 17

    All of this week's episodes of It Could Happen Here put together in one large file.

    Join us on 2/17 for a live digital experience of Behind the Bastards (plus Q&A) featuring Robert Evans, Propaganda, & Sophie Lichterman. If you can't make it, the show will be available for replay until 2/24!
    Tickets: https://www.momenthouse.com/behindthebastards
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 3 hr
    Part Two: The Judge Rotenberg Center

    Part Two: The Judge Rotenberg Center

    Robert is joined again by Aidan Bonacci to continue to discuss The Judge Rotenberg Center.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Part One: The Judge Rotenberg Center

    Part One: The Judge Rotenberg Center

    Today Robert and Aidan Bonacci talk about a school that makes tons of money abusing kids with autism. 

    https://autisticadvocacy.org/actioncenter/issues/school/climate/jrc/

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/16/health/judge-rotenberg-center-appeals-court-ruling/index.html

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-judge-rotenberg-center-uses-electric-shocks-on-students-now-a-court-says-thats-totally-fine?ref=scroll

    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/decades-long-fight-over-electric-shock-treatment-led-fda-ban-n1265546

    https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna22347088

    https://edsource.org/2015/state-suspends-certification-tobinworld-matthew-israel-aversive-therapy/85342

    https://autistichoya.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/doctor-hurt-by-ric-kahn-1985-text-transcription-by-lydia-brown-20131.pdf

    https://www.bostonmagazine.com/2008/06/17/the-shocking-truth/


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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
10.1K Ratings

10.1K Ratings

brandonl46 ,

It would be my favorite if not for Sofiya

Robert is great and overall extremely intelligent, funny, and well informed. But OH MY GOD, Sofiya is awful. Not funny in any way, never adds an interesting point, and just overall makes the show worse with every word she speaks. Please Robert, get her off of this show as she literally ruins it. Every time she speaks I actually get mad.

crushedvelvetdreams ,

Want to love

Love episodes with good guests (thank you for introducing me to Jamie Loftus!) but omg Sofiya’s latest episodes have been hard to get through. The interruptions to make a not-particularly interesting point or joke are so frustrating. Dude chill out!

modellcocktail ,

Entertaining, well written, and educational

Thanks for all the hours of enjoyment! My only issue: there no second episode of this years non-bastard holiday special. Seems weird, maybe it just didn’t post to iTunes.

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