Weird World

Fordlândia
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
121

Fordlândia

Brazil
Business
Colonialism
South America
USA
Jan 5, 2021
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20
minutes

In the 1920s the boss of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, attempted to build a huge rubber plantation in the Amazon jungle.

It didn't quite go to plan...

Superstitions
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
106

Superstitions

Religion
The Catholic Church
Romans
Conspiracy theories
Nov 13, 2020
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20
minutes

From black cats to Friday the 13th, superstitions exist in cultures all over the world.

Where do they come from? Why do so many people believe them? And is there any evidence to suggest that they are actually true?

Survivalism
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
104

Survivalism

USA
Pandemic
The Cold War
Conspiracy theories
Eccentric people
Nov 6, 2020
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19
minutes

It's the belief that the world is unstable and unpredictable, and that we should all be prepared for what happens when catastrophe strikes.

Learn about where this idea came from, what survivalists do, and why the USA is the world's survivalist capital.

Death Around The World
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
97

Death Around The World

Death
Technology
The Victorian Era
Asia
Weird history
Oct 13, 2020
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18
minutes

It's the one inevitability in life, but it remains one of life's biggest unknowns.

In this morbid episode we discuss what happens when we die, how different cultures celebrate death, and what the future of death might look like.

Cryptozoology | The Hunt for Mystery Animals
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
94

Cryptozoology | The Hunt for Mystery Animals

Animals
Conspiracy theories
Eccentric people
Natural world
Environment
Oct 2, 2020
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16
minutes

You've heard of zoology, but you might not have heard about its pseudoscience cousin, cryptozoology, the subculture that attempts to prove the existence of mysterious animals from folklore and popular culture.

The Illuminati
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
87

The Illuminati

Conspiracy theories
The Enlightenment
Philosophy
Politics
The Internet
Sep 8, 2020
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19
minutes

Is it really the most powerful secret society is the world?

Does it really control everything we do?

Or is it a conspiracy theory that has only a small basis in truth?

It's time for the true story of The Illuminati.

1MDB & The Missing Malaysian Billions
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
80

1MDB & The Missing Malaysian Billions

Crime
True crime
Business
Corruption
The Middle East
Aug 14, 2020
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21
minutes

It's one of the biggest financial frauds in history, and involves bankers, politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

It's time to find out what happened to the missing Malaysian billions.

Modern Day Pirates
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
78

Modern Day Pirates

Pirates
Africa
Corruption
Crime
Economics
Aug 7, 2020
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18
minutes

The pirates of the 21st century don't have parrots and swords, but night-vision goggles and AK47s.

Discover why pirates have re-emerged, how they work, and what the effect of piracy is on the areas in which they operate.

The Camorra | Naples' Secret Society
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
75

The Camorra | Naples' Secret Society

Italy
Crime
The Mafia
Drugs
Jul 28, 2020
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21
minutes

It's one of Italy's oldest and largest criminal organisations, and its story is inextricably linked to the city of Naples.

In today's episode we tell the story of the Camorra: how it got to where it is today, how one of the biggest bosses was found hiding in an old lady's house, and why the new generation may not be as smart as the last.

Five Unorthodox Inventions
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
67

Five Unorthodox Inventions

Alcohol
Weird history
Food & drink
Technology
Entrepreneurship
Jun 30, 2020
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17
minutes

You probably know about the invention of the light bulb, the telephone, and the aeroplane.

But do you know anything about the weird history of brandy, the microwave oven, viagra, velcro, or the stethoscope?

It's time to tell the unorthodox stories of how these five inventions were discovered.

Turkmenistan
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
56

Turkmenistan

Central Asia
Russia
The Cold War
May 22, 2020
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18
minutes

It's one of the most isolated countries in the world, ruled by an authoritarian leader with a passion for horses and Guinness World Records.

It's time to find out about the weird and wonderful country of Turkmenistan.

The Guinness World Records
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
52

The Guinness World Records

Central Asia
Weird history
Entrepreneurship
Corruption
May 8, 2020
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17
minutes

It's a collection of the biggest, fastest, and weirdest things in the world.

But how much do you really know about The Guinness World Records?

Today we look at the story behind the book, and discover how an argument about a bird turned into one of the best selling books in the world.

Conspiracy Theories
Bonus | Member-only episode
Episode
21

Conspiracy Theories

Disneyland
US politics
Propaganda
Donald Trump
Jan 28, 2020
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14
minutes

Today we are taking a look at conspiracy theories.

Why people believe them, why they can be so seductive, and the damage that they can do.

We'll also take a look at three of the wackiest ones out there - from why people believe Disney made Frozen to why people think the dinosaurs built the pyramids.

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