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March 25, 2022

Complete Secret Societies - Part 4

Masons, Illuminati, Wrapup, and Bonus Material

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March 24, 2022

Complete Secret Societies - Part 3

Rosicrucians through a lot of the Masons

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March 23, 2022

Complete Secret Societies - Part 2

Cathars through most of Rosicrucians

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March 22, 2022

Complete Secret Societies - Part 1

Eleusynian Mysteries through Cathars

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March 15, 2022

New: Secret Societies I, Part 21 - The Illuminati 2

You're not gonna believe this--but this is actually the final episode of the secret societies series. I know . Which means that next week, as promised, and almost a year to the day from when we started this thing, we …

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March 2, 2022

New: Secret Societies I, Part 21 - The Illuminati 1

Off-schedule, but on-topic, we bring you the first of two Illuminati episodes to wrap up this epic series. This one's the story of the actual, real-life 18th-century group whose brief but influential existence led them, throu...

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Dec. 22, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 20 - The Freemasons 6

We've reached the end of the Masons section, which means we're covering the sad story of the masons versus the various fascisms that dominated the pre WWII period. The tale is super-interesting, but isn't quite what the freem...

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Dec. 7, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 19 - The Freemasons 5

Here we have perhaps our favorite of this Masons series, covering everything from the supposed coverup of the masonic murder of Mozart (alliteration!) to a Catholic-sponsored expose of Masonic evil that includes a ghostly, pi...

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Nov. 24, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 18 - The Freemasons 4

Here's where the Masons story runs smack into 'MURICA! From the founding fathers' relationship to the Craft, to the very strange interplay between Mormonism (the most American religion of faiths) and Freemasons, and finally t...

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Nov. 10, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 17 - The Freemasons 3

As you can probably tell by our episode art, this here is the episode where we find out why the Freemasons caused the French Revolution. Or rather, we find out why, just after the revolution, a whole lot of people …

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Oct. 27, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 16 - The Freemasons 2

In this second part of our dive into the world's most successful secret society, we go deep into the early history of the Freemasons, as well as the pageantry behind their initiation ceremonies. Plus, we BLOW THE LID off of …

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Oct. 13, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 15 - The Freemasons 1

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 …

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Sept. 28, 2021

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

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'...

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Sept. 15, 2021

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

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 brotherhoo...

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Sept. 1, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 12 - The Rosicrucians

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 e...

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Aug. 11, 2021

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

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 …

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July 27, 2021

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

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 immediately embrace. This t...

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July 14, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 9 - Holy Blood, Holy Grail 1

Episode 9 of the Secret Societies series, but also the second episode in our sub-series about the strange origins of the conspiracy theories that ended up powering Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Now, though, we actually move past that book …

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June 30, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 8 - The Da Vinci Code

YAY! We've reached Jesuit's favorite part of this series--a sort of 4-part sub-series of inter-connected conspiracy theories that build on each other to trace a tale that we think is honestly one of the most interesting subjects we've ev...

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June 15, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 7 - Cathars 2

I know that most of you woke up this morning and had that same thought you do every time you open your eyes. "How am I going to face the day without a podcast about a medieval French heresy, its …

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June 2, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 6 - Templars and Cathars

Yes, many of you, including notably the 40 Year Old Boy, Mike Schmidt, noticed that I made a typo in the numbering of the show last time. Regardless, we're back on track now, delivering the properly numbered 6th episode of …

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May 18, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 4 - Knights Templar 3

And so we...nearly(?) come to the end of our coverage of the Knights Templar. I mean, there's a little bit that carries over to the next episode, but hardly any. And by the way, we know this one ends at …

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May 4, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 4 - Knights Templar 2

And so we move on to the fourth installment of our Secret Societies series, where we get to the heart of the historical story of the rise and fall of the Knights Templar. Thrill to tales of papal interrogation! Hiss …

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April 21, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 3 - Crusades and the Knights Templar

Day late, but definitely no dollars short, we bring you the beginning of our in-depth analyses of historical secret societies with one of the most interesting and legendary of them all--the Knights Templar. Before we fill you in on these …

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April 6, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 2 - Temple of Solomon and Other Ancient…

When the new episode train starts runnin', you know you best get out of the way. And so we barrel down the tracks to episode 2, which is still technically part of the introduction to this monster of a topic, …

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March 23, 2021

New: Secret Societies I, Part 1 - Introduction and the Eleusinian Mys…

Holy shit, we're BACK, BAYBEE! This is the first of a projected we-have-no-real-idea-how-many shows we're doing on Secret Societies. All we do know is that from now until we wrap up the Illuminati, it's all new content for a long …

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