The Paranoid Strain
Stupid Land: Don't Cross The Streams
Guys, I’m not gonna lie. Some stuff went down in this one. Yes, it’s once again a Stupid Land episode. And yes, that once again means you won’t find a single reliable fact in it. But this one…this one was different. it was an experience so intense that at the end, I felt like I needed a Silkwood shower. It went to new, different, and horrifying places. What makes this episode different from all other episodes? I…can’t tell you. I mean, there are legal implications. The proper authorities have asked me not to comment about an active investigation. But perhaps you can figure out what happened by listening to the recording I managed to smuggle out… And Frances…I’m sorry. Attributions: “The Water and the well” by Nihilore: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nihilore/Broken_Parts/Nihilore_-_Broken_Parts_-_04_The_Water_and_the_Well “Artifice” by Nihilore: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Nihilore/Truth_and_Justification/Nihilore_-_Truth_and_Justification_-_10_Artifice “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf: https://archive.org/details/78_la-vie-en-rose_edith-piaf-louiguy-luypaerts_gbia0011638b All sound effects: https://freesound.org/ (read more at TheParanoidStrain.com)
New! Qanon: How we got here - The Antichrist and Qanon
Season 5, Ep. 19
When we started this series, who thought we would be doing a multi-episode detour into the Book of Revelation? Certainly not your fearful host. But the more we got into this topic, the more we realized that end-times fanaticism, which defines not just the decade of the 90s, but also certainly Q's whole "the storm is coming" thing, deserved a thoroughgoing review. So that's this week's episode, and into the week after's. Then, we'll probably get around to talking about the Xfiles. Talk to you soon.
New! Qanon: How we got here - The Book of Revelation, and why the world isn't ending
Season 5, Ep. 18
Yeah, there's still a little sex-trafficking teaser at the beginning of this one, but it also inaugurates our next topic. That is--how did the apocalyptic year-2000 obsessions of the 90s seed the ground for the eschatological focus of the Qanon cult? Over a few episodes, we plan to answer that question, and in the process, we plan to revisit some of the best cultural touchstones of our youth. Yes, I'm basically talking about the X-files. But that show as great! Anyway, we're definitely on the downward slope of this series, and we hope you enjoy the ride. See you in a couple of weeks.
New! Qanon: How we got here - How conspiracy-driven panics ruin lives
Season 5, Ep. 17
We said last episode was our final Satanic Panic episode, and we meant it! At least, mostly--we still have to wrap up the surprising and awful story of how our interviewee, Justin Sledge, found himself caught up in a late-breaking satanic panic as a 1990s teenager. Plus--Debbie Nathan helps us see what forest we're missing for the sex trafficking panic trees. That makes more sense after you listen. See you in a couple of weeks, when we actually, really get to a totally new topic. Seriously. I promise.