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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: Secret Societies I, Part 15 - The Freemasons 1

Oct. 13, 2021

So we've finally reached a secret society that surely every listener to this show has already heard of, the Freemasons. To be totally honest here, we approached this topic more out of a sense of duty than out of genuine exci…

New: Secret Societies I, Part 14 - The Rosicrucians and Foucault's Pendulum

Sept. 28, 2021

We're fourteen goddamned episodes into this seemingly never-ending cavalcade of secret society information, and there are, at minimum, seven or eight episodes to go. We'd apologize for how long this series is getting, but we…

New: Secret Societies I, Part 13 - The Rosicrucians 2

Sept. 15, 2021

More stories of the best darned secret society that didn't technically exist,! We return to the weird and wonderful world of the Rosicrucians this time, with stories of those who tried in vain to join the ephemeral brotherho…

New: Secret Societies I, Part 12 - The Rosicrucians

Sept. 1, 2021

If you, like Mike Schmidt, believed that our final statement at the end of last episode meant we were done with Secret Societies...well, I guess you had understandable reasons for thinking that. But it's not true. That just …

New: Secret Societies I, Part 11 - Priory of Sion and Rennes-le-Chateau

Aug. 11, 2021

And here we are--about to hear the final revelations of the misleading nonsense, con jobs, and pranks that eventually led to the edifice of bullshit that is The Da Vinci Code. We pick up with the story of Pierre Plantard (th…

New: Secret Societies I, Part 10 - Holy Blood, Holy Grail 2

July 27, 2021

Another fortnight, another episode about silly men and their silly book. Once again, we're discussing the work of Messrs. Lincoln, Baigent,and Leigh, who apparently never met a historical counterfactual they didn't immediate…