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Religion, ritual, ideology, nationalism, identity... Human beings are meaning-seeking creatures, and history is the tale of the many ways our remarkable species has sought to orient itself in the world. From Zionist zealots and radical Islam to human sacrifice and aboriginal mythology, The MartyrMade Podcast will jump into the transcendent dreams and dark nightmares we've conjured in our search for significance.

The Martyrmade Podcast Darryl Cooper

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Religion, ritual, ideology, nationalism, identity... Human beings are meaning-seeking creatures, and history is the tale of the many ways our remarkable species has sought to orient itself in the world. From Zionist zealots and radical Islam to human sacrifice and aboriginal mythology, The MartyrMade Podcast will jump into the transcendent dreams and dark nightmares we've conjured in our search for significance.

    #14 - God's Socialist, pt. 4: Sex, Drugs & Revolution

    #14 - God's Socialist, pt. 4: Sex, Drugs & Revolution

    This episode discusses the beginning of Peoples’ Temple’s slide into radicalism after Jim Jones leads his people to California. We also talk about the development of 1960s radical political movements, and Jonestown conspiracy theories.







    I had to record this episode in a hotel bathroom while on travel for work. The audio quality has some issues at various points, and I will probably try to redo the whole thing at some point in the future. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.

    #13 – God’s Socialist, pt. 3: Head North, Then Turn Left

    #13 – God’s Socialist, pt. 3: Head North, Then Turn Left

    In this episode I trace the trajectory of the civil rights movement through the 1960s, and the gradual shift in emphasis and leadership from the stoic southern marchers following Martin Luther King, Jr to the militant Black Power soldiers of the northern ghettos.

    • 4 hr 2 min
    #12 - God's Socialist, pt. 2: What Child Is This?

    #12 - God's Socialist, pt. 2: What Child Is This?

    This is part 2 of a podcast series on Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple movement. An eccentric loner as a child, Jim Jones finds purpose in the fight for racial and economic justice.

    • 3 hr 18 min
    #11 - God's Socialist: Prologue

    #11 - God's Socialist: Prologue

    This is the first episode of a series exploring Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. This episode is only a prologue, a few stories and ideas to serve as a backdrop for everything to come. The next episode will be along in the next few weeks, and every few weeks after that until we figure out why over 900 people committed suicide in a South American jungle in 1978.

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    #10 - Anything That Moves - The My Lai Massacre (w/History on Fire)

    #10 - Anything That Moves - The My Lai Massacre (w/History on Fire)

    This is part 2 of a series I’ve been working on with Daniele Bolelli. In part 1, he covered the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre carried out by the US Army. I was working on my next major series when Daniele asked me to do a companion episode on My Lai, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. From his description:



    “Because I felt like I was ordered to do it, and it seemed like that, at the time I felt like I was doing the right thing.” —Private First Class Paul Meadlo explaining his role in the My Lai Massacre.

    “How do you shoot babies?” Meadlo was then asked. His reply… “I don’t know. It’s just one of them things.”

    “I felt then and I still do that I acted as I was directed, and I carried out the order that I was given and I do not feel wrong in doing so.” — Lieutenant William Calley Jr. addressing his own leadership during the action.

    “Every Day/ On our fellow man we prey/ Dog eat Dog/ To Get by/ Hope you like my genocide” — The Offspring

    “Hello darkness, my old friend…” — Simon and Garfunkel

    “I believe now it is but the commencement of war with this tribe, which must result in their extermination.” — Major Jacob Downing

    “Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians! … I have come to kill Indians, and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s heaven to kill Indians. … Kill and scalp all, big and little; nits make lice.” — Quote attributed to Colonel John Chivington

    “They were so honorable and so strong, but I felt like they were alone and sometimes when you want to do the right thing, the people that want to do the right thing suffer… even today.” —Lorraine Waters about Silas Soule and Joseph Cramer

    “It was hard to see little children on their knees… having their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized.” — Silas Soule

    I’m not going to lie. This is one of the darkest episodes of History on Fire. But there are reasons for this journey into the heart of darkness. The stories of Sand Creek and My Lai offer an opportunity to explore human agency, the choices separating good and evil, and how some individuals can choose to become sources of light even in the most horrible circumstances. In part B, I hand the microphone to my friend and master podcaster Darryl Cooper (from The Martyrmade Podcast.) Darryl explores the context of the Cold War in order to come to terms with what happened at My Lai, in Vietnam, in 1968. Horror abounds, but if you are looking for heroes in the midst of the horror, you can do a lot worse than hear about the story of Hugh Thompson.



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    • 2 hr 21 min
    #9 – Sacrifice & Oppression at the Dawn of Tyranny

    #9 – Sacrifice & Oppression at the Dawn of Tyranny

    “Mexica ‘beliefs’ have been discussed confidently enough, but academics being natural theologians, usually at an unnaturally abstract pitch. My interest is not in belief at this formal level, but in sensibility: the emotional, moral, and aesthetic nexus through which thought comes to be expressed in action, and so made public, visible, and accessible to our observation.”

    -Inga Clenninden | Aztecs: An Interpretation

    Human sacrifice is not a human universal. The institution emerges at a specific stage of human sociopolitical development, and recedes when the transition is complete. Rarely found among nomadic hunter-gatherers, ritual homicide is also nearly absent in archaic civilizations (except for a few residual instances such as royal burials). But human beings didn’t make the leap from nomadic foragers to pyramid builders overnight. Nestled between was a transitional stage, when newly-settled people faced the monumental task of ditching the ancient kinship system, sacrificing their freedom to kings, and reorganizing themselves into the first states. This fraught transition was imposed by violence, as primitive egalitarianism was replaced by class oppression, and human sacrifice was employed to define social boundaries and to stave off panic with brutal acts of self-assertion. Kings gloried in their total freedom, the less fortunate were terrorized into submission, and the gods looked on with dripping fangs and growling stomachs.

    If you would like to donate to help put some kibble in my bowl, you can do it at Patreon, or PayPal (email: martyrmade at gmail.com). Thank you to those of you who have donated, I really don’t know what to say other than that. Thank you.

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    • 2 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

stew1231 ,

Epic

This podcast is awesome. Along with Dan Carlin, this is one of the best. The knowledge and depth is remarkable, so glad I found it.

A:31 ,

EPIC HISTORY PODCAST

Easily one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to, top 3 favorite only behind hardcore history and Sam Harris’s waking up. The way Daryl is able to juxtapose such dark/brutal subject material with our peaceful, modern world as we know it is nothing short of a super power. He’ll get your mind working and thinking about things from angles u wouldn’t usually consider, its always the best kind of listening/thinking Could not love this podcast any more!!!!!!!!!

Jmoor20 ,

Amazing and captivating

Thank you Darryl I love you.

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