Strange Country Ep. 175: Orgone Energy
Release Date: 01/07/2021
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Get out your cloudbuster and strap into your orgone accumulator because it's time to talk about the sexual electricity that courses through the sky. Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich discovered this energy after studying specimens of milk steak under a microscope. Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly talk about Reich's claims that orgone could cure cancer and bone spurs and how it was snapped up by members of the Beat Generation so they could, well, beat off.
Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands
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