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The podcast that explains why so many people believe ridiculous conspiracy theories.
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    New: Secret Societies I, Part 18 - The Freemasons 4

    New: Secret Societies I, Part 18 - The Freemasons 4

    Here's where the Masons story runs smack into 'MURICA! From the founding fathers' relationship to the Craft, to the very strange interplay between Mormonism (the most American religion of faiths) and Freemasons, and finally to the sad, yet inspiring story of how Black Freemasons carved their own unique version of the brotherhood out in the face of implacable white opposition, it's amazing the degree to which the nation and the secret society have impacted each other. Just...you know, not the way the conspiracists think they have. Enjoy, and we'll talk to you again soon.
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    • 38 min
    New: Secret Societies I, Part 17 - The Freemasons 3

    New: Secret Societies I, Part 17 - The Freemasons 3

    As you can probably tell by our episode art, this here is the episode where we find out why the Freemasons caused the French Revolution. Or rather, we find out why, just after the revolution, a whole lot of people began to think that. It's the first big, implausible conspiracy that was attached to the masons, and upon which a broader, still more ridiculous conspiracy scaffold would eventually be built.
    We're going to go ahead and assume all of you already bought a copy of Professor Dickie's book or audiobook, since it's amazing in both formats. If you didn't, then hurry up and fix that, and we promise not to tell on you.

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    • 30 min
    New: Secret Societies I, Part 16 - The Freemasons 2

    New: Secret Societies I, Part 16 - The Freemasons 2

    In this second part of our dive into the world's most successful secret society, we go deep into the early history of the Freemasons, as well as the pageantry behind their initiation ceremonies. Plus, we BLOW THE LID off of all the most super-secret secrets this secret society protects. Which turns out to be "not much". But that's an interesting story, too. Hope you enjoy it--see you in a couple of weeks.
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    • 33 min
    New: Secret Societies I, Part 15 - The Freemasons 1

    New: Secret Societies I, Part 15 - The Freemasons 1

    So we've finally reached a secret society that surely every listener to this show has already heard of, the Freemasons. To be totally honest here, we approached this topic more out of a sense of duty than out of genuine excitement. It seemed, when we were planning this series out, that the Masons were going to be one of those groups that, yes, has been around for a long time, and yes is nebulously worked into the fever dreams of many conspiracists, but that weren't all that interesting once you started digging around in their genuine history. Boy, were we wrong. And the person who pointed out exactly how wrong we were is one Professor John Dickie, the author of the incredible book The Craft, and a gentleman who was kind enough to share with us his time and expertise in an interview we'll be excerpting throughout the next five-plus episodes. We hope you, like us, are surprised at the fascinating and intricate history of this group, and we can't wait to share with you the rest of what we've learned. Oh, and seriously--buy a copy of Professor Dickie's book or audiobook. You won't regret it.


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    • 33 min
    New: Secret Societies I, Part 14 - The Rosicrucians and Foucault's Pendulum

    New: Secret Societies I, Part 14 - The Rosicrucians and Foucault's Pendulum

    We're fourteen goddamned episodes into this seemingly never-ending cavalcade of secret society information, and there are, at minimum, seven or eight episodes to go. We'd apologize for how long this series is getting, but we're not going to, because it continues to be just a goldmine of interesting information, and we won't rest until we've shared it all with you. Today, we wrap up the Rosicrucians, and take the opportunity to spoil the plot of perhaps the greatest conspiracy novel ever written. Why tie these two things together? Because they're both centered around conspiracies that were imagined into existence. Confused? Don't be! Just listen. Talk to you in a couple of weeks, when the topic will be...The Freemasons.
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    • 40 min
    New: Secret Societies I, Part 13 - The Rosicrucians 2

    New: Secret Societies I, Part 13 - The Rosicrucians 2

    More stories of the best darned secret society that didn't technically exist,! We return to the weird and wonderful world of the Rosicrucians this time, with stories of those who tried in vain to join the ephemeral brotherhood, and a number of folks who had to insist to their contemporaries that they weren't part of this group that nobody had ever seen in the first place. And a conspiracy theory involving the Rosies and the Bard. Oh, and we see the return of an old friend. A quick impactful visit, if you will. You'll know it when you hear it. We're busily producing our fantastic shows about the Freemasons right now, and look forward to sharing those with you in the near future. See you in a couple of weeks.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

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The real truth seekers

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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Diffuse dis/misinformation for malleable mouth-breathers.

A stumbling, hackneyed attempt at “truth” for those incapable of independent thought. If you haven’t had your fill of ‘mass media’ propaganda, jump into this low-iq collective full of duplicitous rhetoric and spooky buzzwords!
Turn off the static and illuminate YOURSELF. ;)

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