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The Paranoid Strain

The Paranoid Strain

The podcast that explains why so many people believe ridiculous conspiracy theories.

Recent Episodes

New! Qanon: How we got here - Dedicated, conscious agents of the anti-Communist conspiracy

Sept. 20, 2022

We're finishing up our Bircher talk here, with our discussion of the group's great crusades to keep people from having more rights, because apparently expanding civil, women's, or gay rights played right into the commies' ha…

New! Qanon: How we got here - Old ladies in tennis shoes derail the Deep State

Sept. 8, 2022

We find ourselves falling deeper into the history of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch's baby, and the anti-communist organization that seemed so fringey in the mid-20th century, yet seems so clearly a prologue to Qanon t…

New! Qanon: How we got here - The Candyman versus the Commies

Aug. 23, 2022

As the title suggests, this is the moment where we hand off the story from contemporary Russia to the USA's number one Cold Warrior, a former candy magnate who founded the most successful and influential anti-Communist movem…

New! Qanon: How we got here - The plot to DESTROY Russia. (Not really)

Aug. 9, 2022

Our second full part on the topic of Putin's Russia, we cover more of that fun-loving gaggle of nationalist extremist conspiracy theorists who run that place these days, and with the help of our intrepid guide, Professor Yab…

New! Qanon: How we got here - Russia collapses into conspiracy

July 27, 2022

Having finished our dissection of Fed conspiracies, we now move on to consider how the other great world power of the 20th Century ended up becoming a dysfunctional autocracy overwhelmed by conspiracies. We learn what makes …

New! Qanon: How we got here - JP Morgan Sinks the Titanic

July 12, 2022

(Plus, satanic giants found the Federal Reserve)