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Goose Chase Podcast
72 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
Episode 124: The Spy Who Wasn’t
We're back. Sorry for the absence. We missed you. We're talking today about Wayne Simmons, a regular talking head on Fox News and in other media outlets who cited his decades as a deep cover CIA operative to lend credence and gravitas to his opinions in the wake of 9/11. But something didn't add up about him to many, and the unraveling of his narrative makes for a deeply disturbing cautionary tale in exactly how high up bullshit can climb. Thanks for listening.
58 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Episode 123: Aliums?
We're back on the subject of UFOs, UAPs, or whatever the heck you wanna call them. Soon, the deadline for a full report on what the government knows about unidentified flying objects is approaching. We talk about them, about our previous discussion of the To The Stars Academy, and what to make of the increasing evidence that something we don't understand might be flying around out there, and may have been for some time.
79 minutes | May 16, 2021
Episode 122: The Nine Wolves Within
This week we're talking about personality tests! There are many different ways people analyze their personalities or search for personalized information and advice, from the less scientific (horoscopes and the like) to a more data-driven approach (the Myers-Briggs). We look at several different systems that people use to break down their personality types and to try and learn about themselves.
102 minutes | May 2, 2021
Episode 121: Go Funge Yourself
This week we're talking about NFTs, the latest crypto-blockchain-thingy that's got everyone swept up into a frenzy. What is an NFT? Well, it's kind of like a limited edition thing, like a trading card, that lives on the blockchain of a cryptocurrency. What it is to different people is more complicated. It's a collectible, an investment, or trying to own a piece of history. It's an attempt to create scarcity around things that traditionally on the internet are infinitely replicable. We're not nuts about the idea, for reasons we'll get into. Take a dive into the blockchain with us.
56 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Episode 120: The Wackest Wack
This week we're talking about a notable art feud, all started around the creation of the blackest black paint ever. Devised by Anish Kapoor, vantablack is the legendary darker-than-dark paint that sparked anger and controversy when he declared sole ownership and rights to use it. This spawned anger, commentary, and a pretty hilarious troll in response, as well as great and meaningful discussion about the nature of art and who it truly belongs to.
63 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Episode 119: Spilling the Tea on Celestial Seasonings
When you think of your beloved sleepytime tea, probably the last thing you think of is bizarre utopian cults. Boy, do we have a story for you. With incidental connections to the Kellogg family who we've talked about in the past, Celestial Seasonings has an odd history that they don't particularly like to talk about with the cult of Urantia, a belief centered around a racist lens on the world and a multi-planet, multi-universe scheme that sees humans on the path to an intergalactic paradise. This is somehow connected to tea.
110 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Episode 118: Time Travel Shenanigans
This week we're talking about a "documentary" which is available online which purports to tell the story of a real life time traveler. "Confessions of a Time Traveler: The Man From 3036" is on Amazon Prime, and you could watch it right now. It's hard to tell exactly how seriously it wants you to take it, and we had a bunch of feelings about it. But the Nostradamus Brothers, as the producers call themselves, have made a few films and we question where the line between entertainment and misinformation lies.
85 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Episode 117: The Republic of Molossia
This week, we're talking about The Republic of Molossia, a micronation in Nevada that has been in the works for 40 years. Its co-founder and current leader, His Excellency President Grand Admiral Colonel Doctor Kevin Baugh, founded the nation with a friend at a young age and it has been through a turbulent series of wars, coups, takeovers and re-establishments, but Molossia still stands. A nation of 30 humans and 4 dogs, they have their own army, navy, currency, principalities, and more. This fantastic nation is a true delight to learn about. Someday we may even visit, if we're so lucky.
76 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
Episode 116: Roy Sullivan, the Electric Man
This week, in this new year of 2021 where everyone's hoping for a bit of good luck, we're hoping you'll appreciate that your luck could not be worse than Roy Sullivan. The Guinness world record holder for most recorded lightning strikes (seven! or eight, depending on which ones you count), Roy Sullivan's story is a reminder of how improbably bad your luck can get. We felt sorry for Roy, but you can't help but laugh at the absurdity of what happened to him, recorded and with evidence from official records from the Shenandoah National Forest where he worked. Spare a thought for Roy Sullivan. May your 2021 be excellent, with no lightning strikes.
61 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
Episode 115: The Secret Life of Flordelis
This week we're talking about something that we're surprised we hadn't heard about. It's a disturbing story of the true life behind the glamorous and beloved front of Flordelis De Souza, a Brazilian entertainer and politician that doesn't seem to have cracked the front page here in America. She was seen as the equivalent of the Mother Theresa in Rio de Janeiro, but the truth may be much darker and more sinister.
91 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
Episode 114: Inside the World of Gangstalking
This week we're talking about gangstalking. If you haven't heard of it before, you're not alone, but it's a bit on the fringe, and it's a concerning concept. People who believe they're victims of gangstalking feel harassed and threatened by seemingly everyone -- at home, in the store, at work -- and they see themselves as the targets of a coordinated campaign of trouble. And when they find each other online to discuss this phenomenon, there can be real consequences. This episode exists not to target or demonize people who see themselves as victims of gangstalking, but as an expression of concern for them and as a look into the ways in which the internet can exacerbate problems rather than make them better.
58 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Episode 113: Welcome to Helltown
This week we're talking about the spoopy abandoned town known as "Helltown" Ohio. A small part of a larger surrounding town, it's been abandoned for about 40 years. It was roped off and inaccessible, and spawned several legends about what happened that made the town close up. We talk about the rumors and lore, as well as the truth of what really happened in this small plot south of Cleveland in Summit County.
151 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Episode 112: The Spoopy Halloween Episode!
This week, we're celebrating the month of spooptober with special guest Kerstyn, talking about something truly terrifying. An ancient and evil force, which neither man nor god could contain. The torturer of untold billions of souls, it knows no country and is unbound as it sweeps the globe in search of those to twist into its hideous grasp. Grab your blankets and tuck into your couches as we discuss our spookiest subject yet!
109 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Episode 111: The Meat Computer
This week, we're kicking off Spooptober with an episode about our amazing, weird, creepy brains. The brain is a long-lasting mystery and spoop symbol. Mad scientists with brains in jars or putting them in monsters' heads hasn't helped. But today we're talking about the odd ways the brain works, the ways in which it breaks, and some of the amazing things you can do with a brain (or can't, as it may turn out).
149 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Episode 110: The Lesser Known Story of Ted Kaczynski
This week, we're talking about Ted Kaczynski. But not necessarily the Ted Kaczynzki story you know. Our special guest Kerstyn is here to talk with us about some of the more formative experiences that may have contributed to his development that are a lesser known part of the story, as well as breaking down some of the elements of his well-known manifesto. The nature of meaningful work, the changing nature of our society and technology, and both physical and mental isolation are core themes to his story and we find them worth exploring.
103 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Episode 109: Of Emperors and Pimps
This week, we're talking about a few people who are local legends. The kind of people who are interesting, eccentric, or just radiate personality. We're talking about Cleveland's own "Superpimp" a fixture of the club scene, as well as the late 19th century self-appointed "Emperor of the United States" and the two dogs associated with him. This episode is a trek into what happens when people decide to just go with something, without cynicism. It's kinda nice.
111 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
Episode 108: Ha ha ha, I'm a Real Human!
This week we're talking about predictive text AI models, specifically the new kid on the block: GPT-3. Most of us are familiar with chat bots: smarter child, Tay, and others that have been accessible for humans to interact with. Historically, they haven't been all that convincing, but all of that is beginning to change. While still not necessarily fully human, the capabilities inherent in the latest predictive text models are astounding, and spell out a future where humans are not the only (or best) writers around.
147 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
Episode 107: A Nightmare at Sarah Lawrence
Disclaimer up front: This is a very sad, disturbing, and explicit episode. It all starts in 2010, when Sarah Lawrence student Talia Ray informs her dorm mates that her dad is getting out of prison and will be coming to stay with them. In the dorm. It would be the first instance in a decade-long campaign of manipulation, abuse, and tragedy. Lawrence Ray was introduced to his daughter's friends as a truth teller, a hero, and a great man. But their lives together would develop into an entirely different story. This is a painful story, but we think it's an important one, and with much appreciation and credit to Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh, who are heavily to credit for justice being sought in this case.
101 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
Episode 106: Ain't Nothing but a G Thang
This week we're talking about 5G, the latest wave in cellular evolution that is bound to make it to your phone within a few years. Every time there's a new "G" there's some kind of fear and paranoia around it, and 5G is already feared in this particularly uncertain time. We talk about what 5G is, what the conspiracy theories are, and also what you should really be paying attention to as the cellular wave of the future is being built city to city and country to country.
178 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Episode 105: Phreak Out!
This week we're talking about some cryptography, hacking, and the crazy days where the phone company in the US was practically a god. We're joined by our most excellent guest and friend Kerstyn, who set out to answer the question: Does it ever really happen where those crazy scofflaw hackers are so good they get recruited by the feds? The answer to that ended up being hard to pin down, but we took a nice meandering goose walk instead, learning about the women that led cryptographic efforts in WWII, the "world's most famous hacker" Kevin Mitnick, and the weird and wild days of phone phreaking.
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