Iranian Satanic Panic: Salman Rushdie, The Assassin And The Fatwa

The history of knife wielding assassins, from medieval times to Salman Rushdie's attack.

Aug. 20, 2022

We're talking about the attempted killing of Salman Rushdie by Hadi Matar, a New Jersey man obsessed with the Ayatollah Khomeini's Fatwa issued to encourage Rushdie's assassination back in the 1980s after the publication of Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses. This is a preview of a premium episode, please ...


The Staircase 2.0: The Unusual Circumstances of Ivana Trump’s Death And Her Golf Course Burial

On July 14, 45’s first wife was found at the bottom of the stairs, unconscious and unresponsive in her Manhattan home.

Aug. 17, 2022

On July 20 her body was laid to rest at Donald Trump’s Bedminster Golf Club in what some described as a “pauper’s grave”, not far from the first hole. If you like our content, please become a patron to get our premium episodes, as well as our public episodes ad-free. Mother of Ivan ...


The Merchant of Death: Who is Viktor Bout?

A translator and spy turned international arms dealer, Viktor Bout is to be part of a proposed prisoner swap between the US and Russia for the return of Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

Aug. 10, 2022

Griner was found guilty on drug smuggling charges by a Russian court, and convicted to 9 years in a penal colony after 1 milligram of cannabis oil, prescribed by her American doctor, was found in her vaping pen in her luggage in Moscow. The charges are obviously a political play by Putin in response to Ukraine sanctions. If you like ou ...


The Queen's Mother In Law: Princess Alice and Her Incredible Life Story

Born congenitally deaf and wrongly regarded as “slow” on account of her disability,  Princess Alice of Battenberg chose a life of service to the poor and marginalized.

Aug. 3, 2022

Despite the many tragedies in her life she volunteered to help the wounded in WW1 and WW2, she almost got arrested by the Gestapo for saving Jewish families during the Holocaust, became a nun, was sterilized by Sigmund Freud after erroneously being diagnosed as a schizophrenic and died poor, after selling all her jewelry and possession ...


Russian Roulette

We're talking about Russian Roulette, and other dangerous film stunts.

July 31, 2022

In this episode we're re-watching the Deer Hunter, the first film made about the Vietnam War after it ended, which featured scenes of POWs (and paid participants in back-alley gambling houses) playing what we know as "Russian Roulette", in which two participants shoot a revolver at their own heads with a bullet randomly placed into one ...


Putin’s Private Life: The Wife, The Children, and The Girlfriends

All about the secretive private life of Vladimir Putin: his wives, girlfriends, children, and how they fit into his empire.

July 27, 2022

If you like our content, please become a patron to get our premium episodes and our public episodes ad free! In this episode we put together the puzzle that is Putin’s private life. We discuss his first marriage with Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya (ex Putina), their honeymoon i ...


World’s Most Dubious Painting: Is Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi a Fake?

The Saudi Crown Prince might have bought a fake Leonardo.

July 20, 2022

Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting in the world, has a fascinating yet murky history: is it worth $450 million? Its initial price tag was 49 British pounds and we are debating whether it is an original Leonardo or one of many similar but less valuable paintings created in the 16th century. If you like our content please ...


A Modern Coronation: Operation Golden Orb

What should we expect from the coronation of future King Charles III?

July 17, 2022

In 1937, the 11 year old Princess Elizabeth had watched her father, King George VI crowned in the elaborate ceremony and 16 years later on 2 June 1953, her own official coronation was to take place. Now, Prince Charles will become King the moment Her Majesty passes away. And William will be watching his father’s coronation. Prince Char ...


Operation London Bridge: What Happens When The Queen Dies?

The detailed secret plan of what happens on D-Day: the day Queen Elizabeth II passes.

July 13, 2022

The Queen herself was actively involved the planning of her own funerial ceremonies. Buckingham Palace prefers to use code names for all royal deaths. The last time a British monarch died 70 years ago, the demise of George VI was communicated in code to Buckingham Palace, to prevent switchboard operators from finding out. The code was ...


The Science of Zombies

Are zombies real? Technically... yes, actually.

July 10, 2022

We're talking about the etymology of the zombie in this one. This is a preview of a premium episode, please become a patron if you like our content and want more premium content like this! You will get our two bonus episodes every month, plus our public episodes ad-free. While th ...