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Episode 95 - MLMania!

Squaring the Strange

Release Date: 06/27/2019

Episode 101 - Vaccines with Dr. Hans House and Academic Snake Oil with Kenny Biddle show art Episode 101 - Vaccines with Dr. Hans House and Academic Snake Oil with Kenny Biddle

Squaring the Strange

First up, Dr. Hans House schools us on infectious diseases, especially some little-known facets of ebola, measles and the flu. He explains public health efforts and how we can do our part to save lives. Then we chat with Kenny Biddle about his recent investigations into diploma mills and paranormal credential fakery. Ben shares a personal experience, which goes down some unexpected paths as he tells us the surprising discoveries he made while researching a college professor's background some years ago.

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Episode 100 - Episode 100 - "Alienstock" and Numerology

Squaring the Strange

It's our 100th episode! We begin with a discussion of "Alienstock," the planned alien-themed music festival being imposed upon Rachel, NV, in the coming weeks. Then for our main topic we look at numerology and the mystical-seeming quality of numbers from a few different angles involving Pythagoras, power chords, and ocean waves, as well as the arbitrary decoder-ring version of fortune-telling that is numerology today and how its applied to everything from client names to historical dates to the Bible. 

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Episode 99 - Movie Curses with Erik Kristopher Myers show art Episode 99 - Movie Curses with Erik Kristopher Myers

Squaring the Strange

Join us for a deep dive into some popular movies of the past few decades and their associated curses . . . some that are due to genuinely tragic or strangely coincidental circumstances, others that have been a bit cultivated by those wishing to market the movie or just tell a good yarn years after its release. Filmmaker and friend of the show Erik Kristopher Myers joins Ben and Celestia to look at several horror films and a couple of superhero movies that have been rumored to have curses attached to them.

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Bonus Mini-Not-So-Mini-Episode! show art Bonus Mini-Not-So-Mini-Episode!

Squaring the Strange

This started off as a little bonus mini-episode (in between episodes 98 and 99) where we have a little roundtable about some frustrating patterns of thought we have spotted on social media and other types of public discourse; some have actual fallacy names, some don't necessarily have a label. Lo and behold, once we got chatting it turned into a regular length episode. Just a bit less formal. Hope you enjoy. 

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Episode 98 - Talking Bigfoot Conferences and the Skookum Cast with Matt Crowley show art Episode 98 - Talking Bigfoot Conferences and the Skookum Cast with Matt Crowley

Squaring the Strange

Ben and special guest Matt Crowley reminisce about their first encounter, at a Bigfoot conference in Idaho about a dozen years ago. We look at some cultural aspects of Bigfootery, and Matt walks us through his "I can't unsee this" moment involving the Skookum cast, which has been touted as the best piece of Bigfoot evidence since the Patterson-Gimlin film.

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Episode 97 - The Dancing Coffins of Chase Vault show art Episode 97 - The Dancing Coffins of Chase Vault

Squaring the Strange

This episode is a walk-through of Ben's investigation into the facts, theories, and folklore of a mysterious burial vault on Barbados. Due to strange natural phenomenon, ghosts, or a curse, the dead are said to not be able to rest within its walls. In the 1800s, stories emerged of the vaults contents being strewn about, inexplicably, while it was sealed. There's a lot to unpack, and Ben takes us through explanations, supposed eye-witness accounts, and folkloric roots.

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Episode 96 - Organ Theft Tales show art Episode 96 - Organ Theft Tales

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Richard Saunders of The Skeptic Zone joins us to discuss organ theft tales! The notion of waking up one day missing a kidney has been a pernicious and persistent rumor; and notions of rich Westerners kidnapping children from developing countries to harvest their body parts still fuels xenophobic fear. Ben brings his folklore knowledge and we discuss some pop culture and news stories about the topic. We also look at medical limitations, and we examine how these theft legends differ from organ trafficking.

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Episode 95 - MLMania! show art Episode 95 - MLMania!

Squaring the Strange

Ben and Celestia are joined by the SciBabe, Yvette d'Entremont, to discuss the scourge of MLMs (Multilevel Marketing) companies. These organizations, some of the bordering on pyramid schemes, have a long and storied history in America. Many target women, often seeming like a good option to stay-at-home mothers eager for income and independence. But the math doesn't tell such an optimistic story, nor does the trail of shamed failed distributors, online rants, and FTC prosecutions.

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Episode 94 - Psychic Hot Takes on the Holly Bobo Case show art Episode 94 - Psychic Hot Takes on the Holly Bobo Case

Squaring the Strange

We begin with Ben's breakdown of the just-released documents that show FBI involvement with Bigfoot. Then Celestia examines an "uncanny" drawing of a child that didn't exist yet. Our main topic is a deep dive into Ben's real-time analysis of psychic predictions about the Holly Bobo murder. An assortment of predictions followed predictable social scripts and serve as a good example of the vast stream-of-consciousness non-information generated whenever a widely publicized crime is unsolved. 

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Episode 94 - Psychic Hot Takes on the Holly Bobo Case show art Episode 94 - Psychic Hot Takes on the Holly Bobo Case

Squaring the Strange

We begin with Ben's breakdown of the just-released documents that show FBI involvement with Bigfoot. Then Celestia examines an "uncanny" drawing of a child that didn't exist yet. Our main topic is a deep dive into Ben's real-time analysis of psychic predictions about the Holly Bobo murder. An assortment of predictions followed predictable social scripts and serve as a good example of the vast stream-of-consciousness non-information generated whenever a widely publicized crime is unsolved. 

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Ben and Celestia are joined by the SciBabe, Yvette d'Entremont, to discuss the scourge of MLMs (Multilevel Marketing) companies. These organizations, some of the bordering on pyramid schemes, have a long and storied history in America. Many target women, often seeming like a good option to stay-at-home mothers eager for income and independence. But the math doesn't tell such an optimistic story, nor does the trail of shamed failed distributors, online rants, and FTC prosecutions.