Episodes
Why did the US practice prohibition? Do current prohibition policies really protect the public, or are they meant to do something else entirely? Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 08/03/21
A breakthrough in the case of the Atlanta Child Murders may lead to further revelations. The US Government clarifies that recent billionaires in space are not officially astronauts. A study in the UK may indicate long-term cognitive consequences for those who've contracted COVID. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 08/02/21
Is money a form of free speech? This question has plagued US politics for decades, prompting frenzied debates about the role of big business and private wealth in the process -- or industry -- of writing laws. In the second part of this two-part series, the guys dive into recent lobbying scandals, controversial court rulings, and the often disturbing reality of just how many laws end up being written by businesses and lobbyists, instead of elected officials. Learn more about your ad-choices...
Published 07/30/21
Why did the US government have a secret group of scientists known as the Jasons? Why would someone hide Blackhawk helicopters in an abandoned Walmart? What exactly are Melungeons? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/29/21
In the US, voters elect officials to represent their concerns in local communities as well as in Washington. These officials, in theory, work to advance the causes of their constituents, whether they're representing individuals, groups of individuals, or businesses and special interests. But there's another, unelected group fighting to represent a given special interest: lobbyists. In part one of this two part episode, the gang explores the history of lobbying, how it became controversial --...
Published 07/28/21
It's often said money can't buy happiness -- but what exactly can it do? Could it change the way you think? ...could it make you a bad person? Listen in to this classic episode to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/27/21
Documentarian Morgan Neville stirs controversy with the decision to use computer-generated audio. In India, locals raise objections over Uttar Pradesh's proposed bill to lower population growth. A massive leak implicates Israeli tech company NSO Group in troubling cases of state-level surveillance (and possibly assassinations) via their hacking software, Pegasus. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/26/21
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for some of the most profound breakthroughs in the history of space exploration. Since NASA's creation in 1958, the organization has been touted as an explicitly civilian organization. Yet there's more to the story -- the history of space exploration, as it turns out, is literally the Stuff They Don't Want You To Know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/23/21
What exactly were those blobs of gunk that fell in Oakville, Washington in 1994? Does the streaming platform Twitch have a dark side? Is Bosnia really home to an ancient set of gargantuan pyramids with bizarre physical properties? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/22/21
The concept of religion predates civilization and the written word -- from its earliest days, the human species looked to religion to explain the ineffable. Religion has been the inspiration for some of humanity's noblest acts (and the rationalization for some of its most horrific crimes). Some have been enormously successful, spreading across the globe... but what happened to the rest? How many religions have been forgotten, or purposely destroyed? Learn more about your ad-choices at...
Published 07/21/21
Are psychic powers actually possible? Join Ben and Matt as they investigate the truth about clairvoyance in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/20/21
Who ordered the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse? What does one billion sea animals being cooked alive by a heat wave in Western North America mean for the future of humanity? Why are Indian medical professionals conspiring to swindle people with fake vaccines? All this and more (including Ben's obsession with radioactive Fukushima boar-pig hybrids) in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/19/21
Hi, STDWYK fans! We know you value great podcasts and think you'll also enjoy Murder in Illinois - a brand-new true-crime podcast from iHeartMedia and hosted by Lauren Bright Pacheco. Show description: In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day he maintains no memory of what occurred that tragic day 14 years ago. Murder in Illinois follows the complicated circumstances that led to Vaughn’s...
Published 07/18/21
John McAfee lived a life of extremes, from working as a tech entrepreneur to becoming an international fugitive, Presidential candidate and more. As time went on, he became increasingly paranoid, certain that powerful forces were out to get him. And on June 23rd, he was found dead in a Spanish jail cell. The authorities concluded he committed suicide. Numerous people disagree with this conclusion -- including John McAfee himself, who warned people numerous times that he would never take his...
Published 07/16/21
An Exxon lobbyist is caught on camera explaining the villainous logic he used to move members of Congress toward his company's side. Ray Gricar and Jerry Sandusky produce an endless, disturbing rabbit hole. A mysterious murder remains unsolved in Oregon. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/15/21
Born in 1933, Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins Jr was a prolific serial killer and rapist in South Carolina. Authorities still aren't sure how many people he may have murdered. In this episode, the guys join Jeff Keating, the host of Pee Wee Gaskins Was Not My Friend, to learn more about the this murderer's early life, his crimes, and how he eventually got caught. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/14/21
Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome tech expert Jonathan Strickland for the second part of their series on the Sony hacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/13/21
Companies are increasingly interested in infiltrating your dreams, science proves magic mushrooms physically repair parts of the brain, and a cryptocurrency scandal rocks the world of gaming. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/12/21
After years of rumors, recent releases have confirmed the US government knew much more about UFOs than they'd originally let on. And, despite the recent waves of revelations and classifications, Uncle Sam is still refusing to release everything. When pressed on the issue, the government stated that disclosing certain files would pose "an extraordinarily grave threat to national security" -- so what exactly is on these files? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at...
Published 07/10/21
Flying saucers are perhaps the most iconic genre of UFO -- since the 1940s they've become the mainstay vehicles for extraterrestrials in all sorts of fictional stories. But, according to declassified files, the US Government was intensely interested in building some flying saucers of its own. So far did they get? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/10/21
UFO researchers, also known as ufologists, make frequent appearances in pop culture, and many are professional, full-time experts in their field. But how exactly does one become a ufologist? Join the guys as they dive into this question, searching for the most (and least) credible paths to becoming a genuine ufologist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/10/21
Over the course of his career with NASA, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin changed the course of human history. From his groundbreaking work with EVA techniques to his walk on the moon with Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin has seen and done astonishing things. In 2018, news outlets claimed Buzz Aldrin had one more astonishing achievement under his belt, an event kept secret until the modern day: Apparently, he had seen a UFO in space.  Learn more about your ad-choices at...
Published 07/10/21
Is there really a secret hotspot of paranormal and UFO activity just southeast of Ballard, Utah? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the fact (and fiction) surrounding the bizarre Sherman Ranch. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/10/21
On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona and Mexico reported seeing bizarre lights in the evening sky -- today, more than two decades later, the Phoenix Lights are still considered to be one of the most significant UFO sightings in recent history. But what exactly were they? What really happened that night in March? Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/10/21
In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than half a century later. So what really happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Published 07/10/21