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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 - Welcome to Satan's daycare

Nov. 15, 2022

You asked for it, you got it. The 80s Satanic Panic--especially related to supposedly abusive daycares, was a direct antecedent to the Qanon child abuse/sacrifice mania. So we dive into the whole icky story. Joining us is in…

New! Qanon: How we got here - How the blood libel mutated into the Satanic Panic

Nov. 1, 2022

Last stop before our full, multi-part discussion of the Satanic Panic of the 80s and early 90s. This stop is back in the depths of antisemitism, the miasma from which so many conspiracies arise. Learn how the unsolved murder…

New! Qanon: How we got here - Just a smidgeon of human sacrifice

Oct. 18, 2022

Out with the old, in with the new. In this case, no more Birchers of fluoride--we've moved on to other Q-related topics. This time, we're taking a long windup to get to the Satanic Panic period of the 80s and early 90s in th…

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…