46 episodes

Journalist, author and filmmaker Crash Barry podcasts from the foothills of western Maine. Season One features Devils and Dirtbags, his on-going true crime investigation of the criminal priests and bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. Season Two, aka Tough Island, is his comparatively light-hearted but still gritty tales of living and working on a remote Maine island when he was a much younger man. Season Three includes in-depth looks at Disinfomaniacs, along with interviews, conversations and independent journalism focused on the intersection of culture and politics.

The Crash Program Crash Barry

    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 41 Ratings

Journalist, author and filmmaker Crash Barry podcasts from the foothills of western Maine. Season One features Devils and Dirtbags, his on-going true crime investigation of the criminal priests and bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. Season Two, aka Tough Island, is his comparatively light-hearted but still gritty tales of living and working on a remote Maine island when he was a much younger man. Season Three includes in-depth looks at Disinfomaniacs, along with interviews, conversations and independent journalism focused on the intersection of culture and politics.

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 14, No Hugs for Chuds, Part 2

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 14, No Hugs for Chuds, Part 2

    Things are getting weird out there. in these days leading to the 2024 election, in Maine and across the country, hard right extremists are trying to destroy democracy. In this episode, we discuss strategies on how to fight the fash, starting with a conversation with author Mira Ptacin about the philosophical concept of “the paradox of tolerance” and how we should not tolerate intolerance. Then we speak to antifascist researcher Kate Ross about her work exposing chuds who try to hide behind masks and fake name.  And we talk to investigative journalist Claire Goforth about her NAZI-LAND series for The Daily Dot, during which she travels to Maine, Idaho, Virginia before returning back to her Jacksonville stomping grounds to report on chud efforts to set up communities based upon hate.  
    You can read "No Hugs for Chuds, Part One" via The Crash Report on substack here which goes into great detail on the newly identified second-in-command of the Blood Tribe, a 23-year-old pagan, hitler-worshoping incel with an appetite for fisticuffs who goes by the name Nate Higgers.
    Mira's website: miramptacin.com
    Kate's twitter: https://twitter.com/kate_ross_/
    Claire's series on the chuds. https://www.dailydot.com/naziland/
     

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Disinfomaniacs Episode 13: The Pre-Obituary of Eliot Cutler

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 13: The Pre-Obituary of Eliot Cutler

    CONTENT WARNING: In this episode of Disinfomaniacs, Crash and Andy discuss Maine millionaire and wannabe gov Eliot Cutler and his arrest and jail sentence for possessing child sex abuse material. Then Crash explains how a flawed assessment protocol was used in court to mitigate Cutler’s punishment. Also, they look at the treatment center for rich folk with “problematic sexual behavior” where Cutler was “treated” and assessed with the same flawed test. And Crash reveals the Harvard “prank” on Natalie Wood that gained Cutler his first taste of fame and admittance to the Harvard Lampoon. To watch a short film of the Natalie Wood- Cutler incident and to read THE PRE-  OBITUARY OF ELIOT CUTLER sign up for The Crash Report, a new substack newsletter about Maine politics, far-right extremism, chuds, Christian-Nationalism, bad priests, drunk Coasties and homesteading at thecrashreport.substack.com. 

    • 59 min
    Disinfomaniacs Episode 12: Maine lawmaker’s fishy tale about rogue wave capsizing lobster boat & his rescue by God and angels

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 12: Maine lawmaker’s fishy tale about rogue wave capsizing lobster boat & his rescue by God and angels

    Crash takes a deep dive on why the fishy tale by GOP leader of the Maine House of Representatives of a rogue wave, angels and God is scientifically impossible. Also, Crash discusses the sternman's serious injuries due to Billy Bob Faulkingham acting like a fool while taking pics of breaking waves for social media. And how the media, his fellow politicians and his MAGA base swallowed Faulkingham's sea story, hook, line and sinker. Soundbites from WABI, WMTW, WGME, Newscenter 6 and clips from interview on WVOM-FM.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Disinfomaniacs Episode 11: vice-chair of Moms for Liberty Maine chapter allegedly groomed, with drugs & violence, an underage teenager he impregnated.

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 11: vice-chair of Moms for Liberty Maine chapter allegedly groomed, with drugs & violence, an underage teenager he impregnated.

    CW: This episode deals with allegations of sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence, grooming and discusses of heroin addiction. Listener be warned. You'll hear Justin Whynot, the vice-chair of the local Moms for Liberty chapter (and candidate for school board) tell the RSU 14 (Windham and Raymond, Maine) school board on 11/1/2023 that he'd been falsely accused of bad things by his daughter's maternal grandmother and that the allegations were being used against him as a political attack. We speak to the mother making the allegations that, about 20 years ago, the Moms for Liberty-endorsed candidate (then 20) had physically abused and introduced her then-14 year old daughter to sex, drugs and pregnancy, which all contributed to her now 36-year-old daughter's existence as a person with a drug addiction living on the streets of Portland, Maine.

    • 34 min
    Disinfomaniacs Episode 10: Good News, Bad News and Really Sad News

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 10: Good News, Bad News and Really Sad News

    In this episode we cover Hammer-the-chud-cult leader's recent decision about his land in Springfield, Maine and Shawn McB (the creepy dude from Trans-Panic in Maine, Parts 1 and 2) and his run for town council in Hampden Maine. But most importantly, we discuss the Lewiston Massacre, the mass shooting in Maine's second largest city last week. Andy O'Brien explains what was happening on the ground  in L/A and Nathan Bernard reports on the on-line coverage and instant disinfo surrounding the tragedy. 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Disinfomaniacs Episode 9: (Trans-Panic in Maine, Part 3)

    Disinfomaniacs Episode 9: (Trans-Panic in Maine, Part 3)

    CW: Lots of bad language and anti-LGBTQ rantings by a lunatic. NSFW or for kids.  In this episode, we show a real life example of the trickle down impact of the hateful rhetoric being spewed by right-wing media influencers. Crash interviews a gun-toting Trump-loving homeowner in western Maine with the odd hobby of painting graphic and disturbing violent threats on the exterior of his ranch house for all the neighborhood kids to read.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

thenorwegianprince ,

Really enjoy the variety here

Disinfomaniacs in particular is a great window in Maine politics, something we don’t often get from our own news media.

Timothypjr ,

Eye opening and compelling

It’s a rough subject told by a guy in it. I’ll admit that I love Barry’s work, and this no exception.

dudfjcdyiff ,

Masterful

A difficult topic--devastatingly tragic situations investigated thoroughly, and presented eloquently in real and direct language. Barry never forgets the humanity of the victims. In fact, he is telling the story FOR the victims...

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