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Who is to blame for history's greatest tragedies? The Plague. The sinking of The Titanic. The break-up of the Beatles. Writer/Comedian Rebecca Delgado-Smith, along with a special guest, scrutinizes history’s greatest disasters to figure out what w...


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  • 240. THE DEATH OF KURT COBAIN: WHO IS TO BLAME?

    54:52
    Who’s to blame for the Death of Kurt Cobain?This week, The Alarmist (Rebecca Delgado Smith) keeps things in-house with Producer Clayton Early and Fact Checker Chris Smith to discuss the life, death and legacy of Kurt Cobain. The anti-pop star who forever transformed the music landscape, whose life was cut short at the young age of 27. What were the factors that contributed to his death by suicide. Did the pressure of fame result in a debilitating sense of shame and humiliation? Did chronic pain lead to an unsustainable relationship with drugs and self medication? And why is there so much conspiracy circulating around the circumstances of his death to this day? Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe    

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  • The Aftermath: The 1931 China Floods

    38:32
    New Guest Expert! On this week’s Aftermath, Rebecca revisits the devastating 1931 Central China Floods with history professor Dr. Zhigou Ye. In her work, Dr. Ye touches on the transformation of China from an agricultural empire into a modernized society and the hazards that came along with that rush to industrialization. Especially when those efforts encounter a once in a lifetime environmental disaster. Afterward, Patreon subscribers can see if the initial verdict holds up in the post interview breakdown with Rebecca and Producer Clayton Early. Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe   
  • 239. THE 1931 CENTRAL CHINA FLOODS: WHO IS TO BLAME?

    59:30
    Who’s to blame for the 1931 Central China Floods?This week, The Alarmist (Rebecca Delgado Smith) welcomes friend and Amaro maker David Bly to discuss the devastating 1931 floods along the Yangtze River in China and the catastrophic loss of life that followed. There’s only so much we can do when Mother Nature slaps us with a deluge of unprecedented weather events, but could better flood control measures have saved more lives? Perhaps the political turmoil at the time contributed to the poor relief efforts. Or was a lack of maintenance to blame? Fact Checker Chris Smith and Producer Clayton Early join the conversation. Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe  
  • The Aftermath: My Best Friend's Wedding

    24:19
    New Guest Expert! On this week’s Aftermath, Rebecca speaks with relationship therapist and Love Talk Live podcast host Jaime Bronstein about the complicated relationship dynamics playing out in the popular rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding. Jaime reflects on marriage pacts, dating culture shifts, effective communication and reminds us that it’s always a good idea to be in touch with your own feelings while navigating a meaningful relationship. Afterward, Patreon subscribers can get Fact Checker Chris Smith’s hot take and see if Producer Clayton Early has any new feelings about the film. Not on Patreon? Click below and join us!Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe   
  • 238. MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING: WHO IS TO BLAME?

    01:04:08
    Who’s to blame for My Best Friend’s Wedding? This week, The Alarmist (Rebecca Delgado Smith) welcomes the host of That's A Gay Ass Podcast Eric Williams to discuss the highly chaotic sabotage and shenanigans in the 1997 rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding starring America’s sweetheart herself, Julia Roberts. Is the societal pressure to marry young to blame? Perhaps Jules and Michael aren’t the “Best Friends” they thought they were. Or maybe they all just needed some good old fashioned therapy. Producer Clayton Early and Associate Producer Krystal Dinsberg join the conversation. Happy Valentine's Day Alarmy!Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe  
  • The Aftermath: The Flu Pandemic of 1918

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    New Guest Expert! On this week’s Aftermath, Rebecca speaks with author and NYTimes health journalist Gina Kolata about the devastating 1918 flu pandemic and its lasting legacy. Gina draws parallels from our recent experience with Covid-19 and reminds us that viruses truly never go away, people often just choose to forget about them. Afterward, Patreon subscribers can listen as Rebecca and Producer Clayton Early revisit the board and decide if anything Gina mentioned altered the verdict. Not on Patreon? Click below and join us!Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe   
  • 237. THE FLU PANDEMIC OF 1918: WHO IS TO BLAME?

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    Who’s to blame for the Spanish Flu?This week, The Alarmist (Rebecca Delgado Smith) welcomes Actor Avital Ash to the show to discuss the catastrophically devastating flu pandemic which wreaked unprecedented havoc throughout the world from 1918-1920. What conditions were in place at the time that allowed for such a widespread outbreak? Could the war effort be to blame? Were poor living conditions a contributing factor? And why is it even called the Spanish Flu to begin with? Fact Checker Chris Smith and Producer Clayton Early join this hauntingly familiar conversation.Join our Patreon!We have merch!Join our Discord!Tell us who you think is to blame at http://thealarmistpodcast.comEmail us at thealarmistpodcast@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram @thealarmistpodcastFollow us on Twitter @alarmistThe