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38 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
Atlantis: Lost City or Exaggerated Legend?
Thousands of years ago the advanced city of Atlantis sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Or did it? Often heralded as a conspiracy theory or mystery, in this episode we’re going 10,000 leagues under the sea to work out the truth of Atlantis.If you enjoy this episode be sure to let us know on Instagram – we are @storyhotlinepodcast
33 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Ask someone to name a conspiracy theory and MOST LIKELY they’ll say the Illuminati. But guess what?! It’s more fact than fiction! In this episode we dive into the surprising origins of the exclusive club that (allegedly) rules the world. Plus we dial in a special guest who has a DIRECT CONNECTION to the Illuminati’s rivals… the Free Masons. Get out your US dollar bills (you’ll see why) and get ready to have your minds blown. Use these time stamps to jump ahead if you just can’t wait (or want to relisten to parts)Chapter 1: The Illuminati Exists! (3min15sec)Chapter 2: The Free Masons (11min50sec)Chapter 3: The Eye of Providence (23min45sec)
65 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
Who Shot Tupac?
At the height of his career, Tupac Shakur was only 25 when he was murdered in a Vegas drive-by shooting. And, in the 25 years since his death, people have been left reeling, questioning who, what why... and if he could secretly still be alive on a beach somewhere? We're diving into it all in this episode.Use these chapter markers if you want to jump aheadChapter One: Who is Tupac? (4min34secs)Chapter Two: His Death (15min22sec)Chapter Three: The Suspects (27min32sec)Chapter Four: The Conspiracy... Is He Still Alive? (53min36sec)Chapter Five: Tupac's Legacy (61min56sec)
52 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama, oooo I wanna take you… well, not to the Bermuda Triangle because that’s where hundreds of people have vanished without a trace.In this episode we’re delving headfirst into the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle… who, what, why and HOW has this 500,000 sqm space of sea cemented itself as one of the eeriest areas of our world? Use the following timestamps if you want to jump ahead. But beware, who knows what’s in store when delving into the Triangle…Timestamps —Prelude: (8min53sec)Chapter 1: The USS Cyclops, a Mystery or a Mutiny (10min20sec)Chapter 2: The Disappearance of Flight 19 (15min16sec)Chapter 3: A Survivor's Story (28min35sec)Chapter 4: What's the Dealio? (39min35sec)
65 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
Seven Ancient Wonders of the World
Hop in the time machine baby, we're taking a trip to take a gander at the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. What mysteries will they all contain? Time will tell... (almost 4,000 years of time, to be exact).In this episode we cover what the wonders actually are, why they're so special and who came up with the list. All before diving into a mystery around each and every wonder. Buckle in, there's a lot to explore! Use the time codes below to skip ahead or revisit your favourite parts.2,584 BC: Great Pyramid of Giza (11min55secs)600 BC: Hanging Gardens of Babylon (21min07sec)550 BC: Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (26min53sec)425 BC: Statue of Zeus at Olympia (32min12sec)351 BC: Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (40min46sec)292 BC: Colossus of Rhodes (47min42sec)280 BC: Lighthouse of Alexandria (54min36sec)
45 minutes | May 16, 2021
The Loch Ness Monster
You've heard her name, you heard stories of her appearance... but is Nessie really real? In this episode we're diving into a tale of Jurassic proportions... it's all about the Loch Ness Monster, baby! Plus it's two mysteries for the price of one as we tackle both a questionable photograph and scientific explanation. So settle in as we take you to the Scottish highlands.Use these time stamps to drive ahead if you just can't bear the suspense!Mystery 1 — The Surgeon's Photograph (5min58sec)Chapter 1: Are you seeing what I'm seeing? (9min48sec)Chapter 2: Well I'll be damned, the creature really exists (11min43sec)Chapter 3: This is some Nessie business (21min22sec)Chapter 4: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it was a hoax (27min17sec)Mystery 2 — What Science Doesn't Know (32min40sec)Chapter 1: The scientist's discovery (35min55sec)Chapter 2: So what did they find? (38min05sec)
60 minutes | May 2, 2021
The Lizard People Conspiracy Theory
You know that dead look in the eyes people in power have?.... Is that because they're not people but actually lizard overlords feeding off your negative emotions? According to a rising group of people, YES that's exactly why! In this episode we delve into one of the most delusional, *ahem*, popular conspiracy theorists about the state of power in out world, and all roads lead back to reptiles... it's lizard people, baby! Use these timestamps to slither ahead if you dareChapter 1: The Egg Hatches (3min13sec) Chapter 2: Catching the Icke (16min3sec) Chapter 3: The Bloodline Runs Cold (34min10sec)Chapter 4: Registering a Reptile (45min52sec)
51 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Flat Earth Theory
Everyone knows the earth is round, right? Wrong! There's a growing movement that believes that we're not living on a spinning orb, but a flat disc with a.... well, you're just going to have to listen to find out the rest. We get stuck into the origins of the Flat Earth theory, and put on our scientist hats to explain exactly why this conspiracy theory is so bonkers.If you want to spin the globe to jump ahead, use these timestamps:Chapter 1: We know the earth is round because (6min30sec)Chapter 2: Sphere Shmere (12min55sec) Chapter 3: You can't handle the truth! (38min55sec)
57 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
It's 1959 in the Russian mountains, temperatures are below -25º celsius and nine hikers haven't returned from their expedition. Fearing the worst, the government is called in to form a search party. What they find marks the start of a 60 year mystery... what really happened to Dyatlov's expedition in the Ural mountains? This story has icy twists and turns, peculiar details and even mention of a Yeti thrown in for good measure 🥶 So sit back, brew yourself a cuppa, and brace yourself for a journey. And, of course, once you've finished be sure to let us know what you think... Are you convinced Russia's ~official~ explanation? We are waiting for your Insta DM @StoryHotlinePodcastIf you feel like taking the short route, skip ahead using the below timestamps Chapter One: The Hikers Set Out (3m10sec)Chapter Two: A Strange Disappearance (16m12sec)Chapter Three: Explaining the Unexplainable (28m00sec)Chapter Four: Looking at it With 2020 Vision (46m24sec)
59 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Scientology Part 2: Disappearance of The High Priestess... Where is Shelly Miscavige?
In August 2007, Shelly Miscavige was last seen in public while heavily escorted. It's been 14 years and she hasn't been seen or heard from since (allegedly lol). What happened to the woman once so powerful she was dubbed the 'First Lady of Scientology'? In a church full of mysteries, Shelly's disappearance may be the most puzzling. What happened? Where is she? Is she even alive? Rather than getting dizzy thinking of the possibilities, we're dissecting all of them in this episode. Plus, we cover the backstory of David Miscavige — Shelly's husband and leader of the Church of Scientology since L Ron Hubbard's death. Holding the secrets about the church and Shelly's whereabouts is David... what isn't he telling us? If you can't stand the antici.........pation, skip ahead using these chapter time stamps. Chapter 1: L. Ron Hubbard's Last Days (4m52s)Chapter 2: What kind of person is David Miscavige? (17m37s)Chapter 3: When Shelly met David (25m36s)Chapter 4: A Miscavige marriage (36m15s)Chapter 5: Just like that… she’s gone (42m05s)Chapter 6: Leah Remini is on the case (45m46s)P.S. Remember to follow us on insta, duh! We are @StoryHotlinePodcast
53 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
Birds Aren't Real – The Story Behind Tik Tok's Favourite Conspiracy Theory
In the 1960s the US government carried out the mass extermination of every bird in North America and replaced them with surveillance drones... or so the Birds Aren't Real movement would have you believe. In this episode we're diving into this conspiracy theory that found its wings on Tik Tok. This whacky story has ties to Trump, the Vietnam war and even JFK's ham sandwich? (Not a euphemism.) It's bonkers, but in the best way possible. Follow us on instagram (@StoryHotlinePodcast) to let us know what you think... do birds work for the bourgeoisie or is it all bullshit? Here are our timestamps if you want to fly ahead... Chapter 1: Death to birds (2m41sec)Chapter 2: The movement today (24m40sec)Chapter 3: Beneath the feathers (34m29sec)
62 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Scientology Part 1: Operation Snow White – A Criminal Conspiracy of the Highest Order
Remember that time the Church of Scientology infiltrated the FBI and IRS to steal classified documents?... No? Well, have we got the story for you! In our first episode of season two we're delving into the criminal conspiracy that was Operation Snow White. Just like the fairytale there's twists, turns, hidden agendas and seven dwarves. Wait, no, that last one can't be right... but there are two tall men who remind us a bit too much of Grumpy and Dopey. This story really has to be heard to be believed. Use the time stamps below to jump ahead if you dare, and remember to let us know what you think on Instagram – we are @StoryHotlinePodcast Chapter 1: What is Scientology (7m22sec)Chapter 2: Operation Snow White (24m34sec)Chapter 3: What went wrong (44m42sec)
46 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
A Christmas Carol & Santa Around the World – Holiday Bonus Episode
OMG WAKE UP, SANTA'S BEEN! Well by 'Santa' we mean Tina and Ella, by 'been' we mean have released a super duper special bonus episode.As our Christmas present to YOU we wanted to share some festive stories. Tina retells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ella shares names for Santa Claus around the world. Whether you're listening while the turkey cooks or in a post-feast stupor, we hope this episode gets you in the festive spirit.Sending holiday love to one and all (no matter what you celebrate), much love from your favourite Ho Ho Hos. xxxP.S. Follow us on Instagram @StoryHotlinePodcast
145 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
Season One Wrap Up: Endings and New Beginnings
To celebrate an incredible debut season, we're revisiting all of our stories, baby! In this super-special-bumper episode, we cover new developments (like what the hell is happening with Britney Spears), funnies relevant to the stories (like 100 tampons in space), answer your questions (what's it even like making a podcast?) and much, much more.Whether you've listened to previous episodes or not, we know you're going to love this chonker of a wrap-up. We recap old stories as we go, so you'll always be in the know. But! If you want to skip to specific sections we've got you... use the below timestamps as a guide for what you want to listen to.00:04:55 Episode 1 The Death of Vine – We chat about how Tik Tok has boomed this year and Instagram's creation of Reels.00:13:54 Episode 2 Apollo 13 – We chat about why this ep seems to be everyone's favourite. Plus, why NASA sent 100 tampons into space.00:21:48 Episode 3 Pirate Ching Shih – We chat about why this is a sleeper hit, plus Sam tells us the truth about pirates and everything we got wrong.00:32:31 Episode 4 Yoko Ono – We chat about run-ins with Paul McCartney and Abbey Road, plus Yoko's amazing life.00:41:17 Episode 5 Fall of the Berlin Wall – We chat about why Ella was sweating so much telling this story.00:44:56 Episode 6 Ruth Bader Ginsburg – We chat about the implications of RBG's passing, and the state of the Supreme Court.01:06:06 Episode 7 #FreeBritney Explained – We chat about new developments in Britney Spear's conservatorship.01:15:44 Episode 8 Cathy Freeman – We chat about why Sam was so damn impressed with this episode.01:23:17 Episode 9 The Irish Troubles – We chat about how Grandma Joan is a certified star.01:29:34 Episode 10 The Salem Witch Trials – We chat about modern-day witches.01:33:37 Episode 11 OnlyFans and Bella Thorne – We chat about how so many more celebs are jumping on the platform and how they snub sex workers.01:44:41 Episode 12 Bonfire Night – We chat about what Bonfire Night was like this year during lockdown.01:47:25 Episode 13 British Gang Culture and the Peaky Blinders – We chat about what people from Birmingham think of the TV show.01:49:53 Episode 14 The Brixton Uprising – We chat about how this is particularly relevant to Steve McQueen's new anthology series, Small Axe.01:53:43 We answer your questions! Plus we reveal the theme for Season Two.This mammoth episode was edited by Samuel J Mitchell, who were are thrilled that you can hear from on this episode!Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @StoryHotlinePodcast to DM us your thoughts on our new season theme. And finally, the biggest thank you for listening and supporting our show. We love you lots and lots and lots and lots. Love, Tina and Ella. xxx
65 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
The Brixton Uprising
In 1981 a riot broke out in South London between police and the locals – most of them black people who had been maligned for years at the hands of police and systematic racism. These clashes were so monumental that they were dubbed The Brixton Uprising. But what caused the events? How did locals respond and what was the aftermath? In this episode we jump headfirst into this huge part of British history. Riots get a bad rap (people crying about broken property), and we think it's time instead to direct that energy at the reason for the riots – hello, people are being denied human rights. Here are some additional resourcesThe Windrush Scandal is still a major issue with black and brown people left uncertain about their future in the UK. Sign this petition to stop all charter flight deportations to Jamaica and other Commonwealth countries. #Jamaica50The Battle for Brixton documentary on YouTube – this is where the clips in the episode are fromArticle on BlackPast.org – a site dedicated to documenting the worldwide experiences of black peopleThe Black Cultural Archives – this gallery/exhibition space/cultural centre on Windrush square was created in response to many of the events mentioned in the episode. It strives to create positive representation of black people in media and cultureNatives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire – bestselling book by AkalaWhy I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race – bestselling book by Reni Eddo-LodgeWe would like to acknowledge our vast privilege as two non-black people learning about this rather than experiencing it. We are committed to listening, learning and taking action to be actively anti-racist.
61 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
British Gang Culture and the Peaky Blinders
A blindingly handsome gang of boys from the 1890s trying to get control of Birmingham... have we peaky-ed your interest? This episode is all about the REAL people the show Peaky Blinders is based on. Whether you're a Thomas Shelby stan like Tina, or a Sam Neil novice like Ella, you're sure to LOVE this episode. We cover the history of gangs in England, how these groups operated, and most importantly the similarities and differences between the TV show and the real Peaky Blinders. See pictures of the boys and gals (real and fictional!) over on our Instagram – @StoryHotlinePodcast plusssssss give us a review on Apple Podcasts for us to give you an shoutout in an upcoming episode.P.S. There's a teeny tiny technical difficulty in the middle of the episode which is why you might hear an audio change. It only lasts about 5minutes before going back to that crisp spicy audio you know and love.
50 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Every fifth of November, people across the UK light fireworks, create bonfires and burn effigies of a 400-year-old man. But why???Well, brew a cup of coffee, plug us into your ears and we'll tell you! It all revolves around an assassination attempt, religious persecution and a King that was supposed to see both sides of the argument. Whether you know about bonfire night or not, you're sure to love this episode! We even discuss why there are so many celebrations this time of year (we're looking at you, Halloween). Follow us on Instagram for moreeeeeee (and slide into our DMs with your thoughts on the ep). We are @StoryHotlinePodcast
74 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
OnlyFans and Bella Thorne
Let's talk about online sex work, baby!!! Why did a former Disney star turn to a multi-million dollar website to sell semi-naked photos of herself? And what impact did it have on sex workers who rely on the platform to make money?For this episode we call in the wonderful sex worker Jessica, who gives us the full low-down on everything we need to know. Our gal Jess has been selling erotic content online for 5 years and is in the top 13% of earners on OnlyFans. As well as telling the tale of Bella Thorne, she also shares her own experience working in this often maligned industry.If you enjoyed listening be sure to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Plus! Follow us on Instagram to see more spicy content and send any other questions you have for Jessica so that we can get her on the pod again. We are @storyhotlinepodcastThis episode was produced by Tina Victoria Afshar and Ella Mumby, full editing and audio work by Samuel J Mitchell (thank you Sammy!!!!).
44 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
The Salem Witch Trials
Double, double toil and trouble it's a SPOOKY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL from our Covid bubble 🧙♀️Delve into the darkness of The Salem Witch Trials with us as we learn how history is scarier than our imagination. You'll be SPOOKED when you hear about the cake eaten to ward of witches, how the accused tried to defend themselves and the barbaric Book of Satan. If that isn't enough, you'll be haunted by the PLOT TWIST revealing the real reason for the mayhem in Salem.Muah ha haaa happy halloween from Spooky Hotline 👻 Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see some photos of our favourite fictional witches and moooOoOoooOoore! We are @storyhotlinepodcastPssstttt it's out 10th episode and we wanted to say an extra thank you to our coven for your energy and incantations! Listen 'til the end for a couple of shoutouts, and if you want a compliment in a future episode be sure to review us on Apple Podcasts.
39 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
The Irish Troubles
*Bring bring*... the Hotline has a caller! Grandma Joan is on the line to tell us all about The Irish Troubles and her experience growing up in Belfast. We learn how the English tried (and kind of successfully) used religion to drive a wedge between the Irish population during a time of civil unrest. We ALSO learn how Grandma crossed the Irish boarder to get her favourite dessert, and how she faked nylon stockings during wartime. Phroawh it's a bumper episode!If you enjoy listening please send us a message on Instagram so we can show Grandma what a radio star she is!!!!! www.instagram.com/storyhotlinepodcast/
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