Episode 73 - The Conspiracy behind Kathryn S. Olmsted

October 30, 2015

What is it with the U.S. government and the seemingly endless well of conspiratorial goods it trades in? In this episode Matthew talks with Kathryn S. Olmsted, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of California, Davis, about a century of American politics and the various conspiracy theories advanced by both the government and pejoratively-named "conspiracy theorists". Meanwhile, Josh turns out to have built a robot.

Music: Propaganda by the Silent Partner.

Episode 72 - The Podcast’s the Thing

October 23, 2015

Who was Shakespeare? Why was Shakespeare? What was Shakespeare? Of all the questions in the world, these three have vexed certain "alternative" historians who claim that we do not know the true history of the Shakespearean canon. Josh and Matthew, full of sound and fury yet signifying nothing, delve into the authorship controversy before engaging in an epic conspiracy catch-up. It's hey nonny no, prithy nuncle!

Music: Boom Boom Boom Boom (LSDJ Remix) by RoccoW

Episode 71 - The Curious Case of the Virtues and Vices of Charles Pigden

October 16, 2015
Charles Pigden, of the University of Otago, is a leading light in the Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories; he even wrote the introduction to Matthew's book, "The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories". In this episode Matthew interviews Charles about a recent piece in which he takes Quassim Cassam, Adrian Vermuele and Cass Sunstein to task for portraying conspiracy theorists for suffering from a variety of epistemic vices. Why not sit back and relax as Charles and Matthew discuss both vices and virtues of the mind for the better part of just over an hour? 

Music: Killed by history by Mastermind XS

Episode 70 - Emissions

October 9, 2015

Thinking of buying a car and prize fuel efficiency over environmental friendliness? Want a car which lies to you about what's happening under the hood? Well, you've come to the right place. The used car salespersons of the conspiracy theory world, Josh and Matthew, will sell you on the new "Volkswagen Scandal", a motor like no other.

Music: Johnny Diesel by Pony Pack

Episode 69 - Ooer, with Joe Uscinski

October 1, 2015
Episode 69, the most euphemistic of all episodes. And so, what better way to celebrate than start a sentence with a conjunction? Not just that, but also have a nice, old sexy chat with Joe Uscinski from the Political Science department at the University of Miami! It's a party, and we're all wearing pants!

Also, it's fairly clear that Josh and Matthew don't really know the definition of sexy...

Music: 69 by the Easton-Ellises