Programmed to Chill is a show about business, crime, parapolitics, and esoterica, hosted by @JimmyFalunGong
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20 - Krupp Steel pt. 3, Fritz Krupp or, the Jeffrey Epstein of the Second Reich
Today's all about Fritz Krupp, though we spend some time talking about Alfred, his crumbling marriage, Fritz' insane wedding, Fritz' place in the Krupp concern as chief of intelligence, comparing and contrasting Alfred's and Fritz' different approaches to management, new developments in steel and weapons production, and then a very, very interesting topic: older generations of international arms dealers. Specifically the British and Vickers man, Sir Basil Zaharoff vs. the German and Krupp man, Friedrich Wilhelm von Bülow (yes, that Bülow family), covering a detour through their accomplishments and battles with each other. They Fritz Krupp gets canceled for holding banquets with minstrel shows, and then we talk about how he's the the Jeffrey Epstein of the Second Reich. Trust me, this one's worth listening to.
Bonus Episode 02 - We Live in the House that Jack Built: Alan Moore and His Works, feat. Dr. Pig Bodine
Today I'm joined by Dr. Pig Bodine (@pussy___teeth) to discuss all things Alan Moore (mostly everything except Watchmen and V for Vendetta), and especially From Hell. We bounce all over the place, as you might imagine, but that's in the spirit of Alan Moore. We ask if Moore is Princess Dianapilled, LaRouchepilled, and zero in on Moore's obsession with intelligence agencies and magick. We talk "op or not" and tried to come to a greater understanding of why we practice art and history.
19 - Krupp Steel pt. 2, Alfred Krupp, or, the Cannon King
This week, I start by comparing and contrasting Krupp's labor practices to Amazon's, and then I discuss bronze vs. steel cannons. From there, we get to talk about Alfred's unhappy marriage, truly bad but somehow not the worst marriage in this family. Also, a discussion of Krupp's houses, from the Garden House to Villa Hügel, which is such an insane building. I talk about the arms trade in the 19th century, and the Franco-Prussian war. There's some delightful hypochondria, and Krupp's relationship to US railroads and US Steel.
18 - Krupp Steel pt. 1, Friedrich Carl and Alfred Krupp, or, Primitive Accumulation
We're about to take a long voyage into German steel production through the lens of Krupp Steel, from 1587 into the 1960s. You're going to learn so much about German heavy industry, but I promise it's not boring. It's all about Essen, Germany, and this episode is about the start of the Krupp family, the way they made their early fortune, their actions in the Napoleonic era, and the race to figure out how to make cast steel. We meet Friedrich Carl, who almost ruins the family forge, and his son Alfred Krupp, who figures out how to make cast steel. There's industrial espionage, Austrian bribery, and even the revolutions of 1848.
17 - Spyclopedia #2, Louis Mortimer Bloomfield, or, Murder Inc. 2
Today we get real weird. We're talking about how British Security Coordination + industrialists and moneyed interests formed World Commerce Corporation, with some very interesting people on its board of directors. Then we discuss WCC's official, stated goals, and the more occulted purpose it played in reindustrializing Germany. And since I can't help myself, we get the first introduction of the Bormann organization. Then, WCC morphed into Permindex, and we introduce Major Bloomfield, William Stephenson's successor. We talk about who was on the Permindex board, what they got up to, and why we know so much about it (de Gaulle). The JFK assassination is involved. Then we focus in on Major Bloomfield, who probably glows more than anyone I've ever covered, including the Dulles brothers. Then, we discuss sources for longer than normal given the spooky topic, including an extended discussion of the Torbitt Document.
16 - Spyclopedia #1, William Stephenson pt. 5, or, Stephenson’s Bastards
Today, we talk about Diamonds are Forever, Stephenson's relationship with US news media, the curious cases of Walter Winchell and Drew Pearson, counterintelligence in general, Igor Gouzenko's defection, and we evaluate the performance of British Security Coordination overall. Then we run through BSC's alumni; there are some very, very interesting people included in that list. Ian Fleming, Dorothy Maclean, Ivan T. Sanderson, David Ogilvy, Betty Thorpe, Sgt. Pepper, and we finally discuss H. Montgomery Hyde as a source. Functionally the last William Stephenson episode, though he will appear in next week's episode too.