In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt so infuriated the robber barons and business elite with his progressive socialist plans, they plotted to overthrow the government and install a fascist dictatorship. Sound far-fetched? Oh honey, is this episode gonna blow your mind. Our guest AJ Salas has an encyclopedic knowledge of American history and a HOT TAKE on FDR’s presidency, and he’s here to change how you think of the Great Depression. Sure, we get pretty silly in this episode. But if you listen closely, you just might learn all the stuff you missed in AP History because your teacher was not as smart or cool as AJ.
In case you need another reason to hate Thanksgiving, we’ve got an episode that pertains to a whole bunch of Puritan f*ckery. Our guest is writer, actor, and podcaster Erica Bardin, and she’s got some pretty crazy ideas about how we got into this whole mess of sexual harassment and workplace inequality in the first place. So crazy… they just might be true. Erica suspects that it all goes back to the trial of Anne Hutchinson, the religious trailblazer, born leader, and extremely dope lady. We talk about theology, rude dudes, Erica’s cats, Anne’s zillion kids, how extremely wack sexism is, and many other things.
The conspiracy theory surrounding the Philadelphia Experiment is the stuff of nightmares. Believers argue that in 1943, in an attempt to speed up the arms race in World War II, the US Navy successfully caused the USS Eldridge to become invisible, teleport, and travel in time - which resulted in the horrifying deaths of several crew members. But also, that probably didn’t happen. Or did it?!? Nah. Maybe? Let our illustrious guest, comedian and actor and writer and genius Johnny Meeks, explain. Oh, and also please enjoy hearing about Johnny’s childhood trauma, the definition of a UFO-logist, the nature of invention, and the surprising political leanings of both your host and your guest.
Everyone knows Mother Teresa. Her name is synonymous with goodness and charity and lepers. But there are darker secrets lurking behind the myth and the sainthood. And if you follow the money, you might start to suspect that something is amiss, just like our guest returning fan favorite Jessica McClintock does. In fact, it may be possible that Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (aka Saint Teresa) had ties to both the USSR and the US government, and that her purpose was never just to serve the poor. This episode has it all - horrible mispronunciations of names, wicked cronies, shady Vatican dealings, tons of history and research, a fight about celebrity spies, EVERYTHING!