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The Mad Scientist Podcast

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The Mad Scientist Podcast is a comedy show about the history and philosophy of science and pseudoscience. Hosted by Chris and Marie, join our intrepid hosts as they talk about all the weird stuff your science textbook left out. Because sometimes, the best way to learn how to think like a scientist i… read more

207 Episodes | 2016 - 2023

Mad Scientist Interlude: Still Alive

October 4th, 2023


This is a quick update on the podcast and things going on in our lives! We are coming back this week with the continuation of our series on the science of death (and undeath). Love all of you who listen to us, and who …

Science Denial with Gale Sinatra and Barbara Hofer

May 18th, 2023


How do individuals decide whether to accept human causes of climate change, vaccinate their children against childhood diseases, or practice social distancing during a pandemic? Democracies depend on educated citizens …

Death Part 1: Light Opener

April 2nd, 2023


This episode Chris and Marie discuss the last thing you'll ever do: die. What does it mean to die? We seem to think it is pretty simple to say …

Thinking is Power!

March 8th, 2023


Welcome to season 7! We are so lucky to be joined by Melanie Trecek-King, one of the best up and coming skeptics in the business. She leads Thinking …

Mr. Musk's Wild Ride

January 14th, 2023


It's bonus episode time of the season! This time, we are chatting about the world of social media, and if it is evil or not. It is.

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November 30th, 2022


Join Chris and Marie as they discuss the movie Nope, what its themes and ideas are, and how it is a satire of all things paranormal

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Mad Blurry Hysteria: Dead Aliens Love Kesha

November 15th, 2022


Bonus episode with Brent from Hysteria 51 and Flora from Blurry Photos!

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Mad Scientist Promo

November 1st, 2022


Come get weird with us!

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Irish Famine Part 4: Death

October 25th, 2022


This episode we end our series on the Irish Famine. It is a shocking time of cruelty, put upon the starving people by a government that would rather …

Bonus: Nuclear Weirdness with Laura Krantz

October 14th, 2022


This bonus episode we are joined by Laura Krantz, host of the Wild Thing podcast. The show covers topics such as Bigfoot, Aliens, and this season Nuclear disasters! Check out the show here:

Irish Famine Part 3: Disaster

October 4th, 2022


This episode we dig into the early years of the famine, from the time of the first loss of a potato to the end of the Peel government. This begins a long series of disasters, some naturally occurring, and others created …

Irish Famine Part 2: The Great Hunger

September 20th, 2022


What made the government response to the Irish famine so ineffective? What were the social and economic issues which made the blight lead to such significantly worse outcomes for the Irish than other countries in …

The Irish Famine Part 1: That's Capitalism

September 7th, 2022


This episode we dig deep into the philosophical underpinnings of the Great Irish Famine, and begin to look at some of the causes of this catastrophe. Guess what, it's capitalism and the destructive effects of an …

Tulpas Part 3: Summoning a Friend

August 17th, 2022


In this episode we delve deep into the history and theory behind tulpamancy, the crafting and creation of Tulpas. It's going to get pretty weird and …

Tulpas part 2: Brains versus People

July 31st, 2022


This episode, join Chris and Marie as they discuss another form of thought form, that created by the consciousness of it's own body! We get into projecting the astral body, how to get into astral projection yourself, …

Tulpas Part 1

July 19th, 2022


This episode we dig into the wide, weird world of Tulpamancy or the creation of a Tulpa. A tulpa is an imaginary friend gone amuck, with it's own …

UAP Congressional Hearings

July 7th, 2022


This episode join Chris and Marie as they discuss the latest congressional hearings on UAP, or Unidentified Ariel Phenomena! It's been a month, so are aliens real yet? Did congress vote to turn Skinwalker Ranch into a …

Denver International Airport Part 3: Finally, an Airport

April 22nd, 2022


On this episode we join Chris and Marie as they expose the illuminati lizards who run one of the least enjoyable forms of public transportation: airplanes.

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Denver International Airport Part 2: Conspiracies are for Losers

March 8th, 2022


This episode, we dig deep into the reasons behind flourishing conspiracy theories so that we can better understand the wackiness surrounding this airport. Are conspiracy theories growing faster than in previous years? …

Denver International Airport Part 1: Oddly Specific Horse Anatomy

February 24th, 2022


Listen we don't have much time, but the airport is secretly a base for the Illuminati Lizard people and they are trying to turn us into Sheeple, man.

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Should Science Tell us What To Do?

February 2nd, 2022


Should the world of science have any bearing on the world of morality? Does a scientific fact imply a moral obligation? Should the way something "is" …

Hometown Horrors Part 2: Home on the Range

October 25th, 2021


This episode join Chris and Marie as we delve into some of the local legends around Riverdale Road, America's most haunted stretch of roadside. From the gates of hell to a ghost Camaro, this road has everything but …

Hometown Horrors - Traction Park

October 5th, 2021


This series we focus on the urban legends and real horror of growing up! Episode one focuses on amusement parks, and in particular the most dangerous …

Advertising Part 2: Moving to the Woods

September 21st, 2021


This episode we dig into the philosophy behind advertising. Frankly, we should all just move to the woods.

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Advertising Part 1: Big Oil Company Cares

August 30th, 2021


This episode we dive into the complicated world of advertising. Is advertising a good thing for society? What does advertising mean for us as individuals? Can you be authentic, and is authenticity what is lacking from …

An Interview with Brian Dunning of Skeptoid

August 8th, 2021


This episode we are joined by Brian Dunning of Skeptoid, a skeptical multimedia empire!

We discuss the UFO rogues gallery, …

Crystal Magic - Minerals, Marie!

July 20th, 2021


In this episode, get all bedazzled in gems with us as we delve into the history and theory behind crystal magic. What the heck is a crystal? How are …

Disclosure 2021 Part 2 - Paranormal Ethics

July 11th, 2021


What are the ethics of belief? Do you have a right to the truth? Does the public have an obligation to provide you with the truth, and to stop the spread of misinformation? When does a belief become dangerous? Or are …

Disclosure 2021 - Waiting for Godot

June 23rd, 2021


We talkin UAP UAP UAP. Is this finally Disclosure?

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An interview with Dan Kozuh

June 3rd, 2021


This episode we are joined by Dan Kozuh, creator and host of The Extra Mundane with Max Ward. This podcast has interviews with your favorite legendary creatures like Bigfoot, alien investigators, and all kinds of other …

Time Travel part 5: Are we there yet?

May 18th, 2021


The shocking conclusion to our time travel series is here! CAN WE TRAVEL BACK IN TIME? Find out on this episode!

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Time Travel Part 4 - Feeling Bad about our Accomplishments

April 15th, 2021


On this episode we finally do away with the idea of the luminiferous aether, and get to the biggest name in all of Science, Albert Einstein. What does Relativity mean, in the context of the aether, electromagnetism, and …

Time Travel Part 3 - Big Old Mirrors

March 27th, 2021


On this episode we discuss the history of the speed of light! It involves a lot of mirrors. So if you've got a mirror phobia just a heads up.

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Conspiracy Culture with Sally Best

March 17th, 2021


This episode we are joined by science journalist Sally Best to talk conspiracy culture! Find her podcast here:

Time Travel Part 2 - High Voltage

February 24th, 2021


Don't you want to know how we keep starting fires?

On this episode join Chris and Marie as they take you through a whirlwind tour of electromagnetism, balls falling on trains, and the weirdness of inertial frames of …

Astrobiology with Professor Abel Méndez

February 13th, 2021


Join us this episode as we talk Astrobiology, Exoplanets, and the hunt for alien life with Professor Abel Méndez. Professor Abel Méndez is a …

Time Travel Part 1: The Illusion

February 2nd, 2021


This episode we talk about the philosophy and math behind the concept of time. What IS time? How do we measure it? How did that idea develop? And how will that lay the groundwork for time travel?

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The Structure of Scientific Theories

January 19th, 2021


What makes a theory "scientific"? How can we differentiate science versus pseudoscience, or belief? Is scientific content different in kind than other types of thought? On this episode, we discuss these questions to …

Conspiracy Theory in America with Michael Isikoff

January 5th, 2021


On this episode Chris and Marie are joined by Michael Isikoff, Chief investigative journalist for Yahoo News and host of the podcasts Conspiracyland …

Djinn with Rabia Chaudry

November 16th, 2020


This episode we are joined by attorney, author, podcast host, and overall badass Rabia Chaudry to talk the mythology of the Djinn. You may know Rabia …

Doppelganger- Don't make fun of my night terrors

October 31st, 2020


This episode join us as we discuss Chris's greatest fear: Dopplegangers!

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Carter Part 4 - Not Without my Mummy

October 31st, 2020


Join us for the exciting conclusion of the saga of King Tut!

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Carter Part 3 - King Butt

October 22nd, 2020


Despite Marie's protests, this episode is called King Butt. HOWARD CARTER PART 3 - On this episode of our intrepid journey, Howard Carter finally finds the tomb of King Tut, the boy king, which they promptly go …

An Interview with Brian Regal

September 24th, 2020


This episode we are joined by Brian Regal, PhD to discuss his skepticism work, conspiracy theories, and weird archeology!

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The Life and Times of Howard Carter Volume 2

September 13th, 2020


In this episode we dig into the life of Howard Carter during his time in Egypt. This is the early deep cuts, not the mainstream stuff he did when he turned pop. King Tut is fine but real fans dig Ahmenhotep I.

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The Carter

August 28th, 2020


This episode we talk about an archeologist who DOESN'T destroy evidence and mess up an ancient site.

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Radio Astronomy with Dr. Yvette Cendes

August 22nd, 2020


This episode we are joined by Dr. Yvette Cendes, a postdoctoral Radio Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She is also a force in the world of science communication, with articles, podcast …

Morbid Curiosity

August 11th, 2020


This episode we are joined by Coltan Scrivner to talk about his work on Morbid Curiosity!

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Stranger than Fiction with Mike Damante

July 27th, 2020


This episode Chris speaks with Mike Damante, author of Punk Rock and UFOs: Stranger Than Fiction. Follow Mike on Twitter here:

Covid-19 Part 3: What do you mean Part 3?

July 12th, 2020


This episode we say the final word on Covid-19.

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The Church of Eenot 2

June 29th, 2020


This episode we finish our series on the Church of Eenot!

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Cults Part 1: The Church of Eenot

June 14th, 2020


On the beginning of our series on the psychology of cults, join Chris and Marie as we discuss a little known but growing group known as the Church of …

Addicted to Flatworms: an Interview with Dr. One Pagan

May 12th, 2020


This episode we are joined by fellow Mad Scientist One Pagan, whose research into Flatworms as animal models is some of the coolest worm related info …

Robotics with Dr. Jacqueline Kory-Westlund

April 29th, 2020


This episode we talk Robotics with Dr. Jacqueline M. Kory-Westlund, who works on social robotics. Come hear about the uncanny world of robots as care givers and helpers, as well as our discussion of the upcoming not so …

Squids and Skype a Scientist

April 21st, 2020


This episode we are joined by Dr. Sarah McAnulty, Executive Director of Skype a Scientist and squid biologist. We chat about cool squid facts, …

Pseudoarcheology with Professor David S. Anderson

April 17th, 2020


This episode join Chris as he chats with Professor David S. Anderson about pseudoarcheology, Mesoamerican cultures, and the wonderful world of …

COVID-19 Part 2

April 9th, 2020


This episode we are joined by Jake, our sound guy and genetic engineer who knows way more about the world of viruses than we could ever hope to learn!

High Strangeness in the Borrego Triangle

March 27th, 2020


This episode we are joined by Dave Flora (host of Blurry Photos) and Derek Hayes (Monsters Among Us) to hear about their upcoming documentary on the Borrego Triangle, "Shadows in the Desert". Support their documentary …

You Aren't That Kind of Doctor

March 16th, 2020


Join us this episode as we talk a bit about COVID-19 and a lot about the social implications of such a disease.

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The Experiences of Kyle Part 2

March 10th, 2020


Join us for the exciting conclusion of the experiences of Kyle!

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The Experiences of Kyle Part 1

February 22nd, 2020


This episode join Chris and Marie as they hear from NK Kranda, an experiencer researcher and her colleague Kyle. Kyle is a normal man from the …

Treasure Hunters 4 - I'm Not a Schleimann Man I'm a Demon Man

February 8th, 2020


In the epic conclusion of the fall of Troy, join a rich guy as he digs deep to find that the real treasures are the artifacts you discard along the way.

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4.5 - Treasure Hunters Part 3 - Feelin' Schleimann

February 1st, 2020


This episode we discuss one of the most infamous and controversial figures in the Archeological Sciences, Heinrich Schleimann. In some ways he helped …

4.4 - SETI and Science with Seth Shostak

January 24th, 2020


This episode we chat with Dr. Seth Shostak! Dr. Shostak is an astronomer, author, podcast host, and senior astronomer for the SETI Institute. We chat about science, space studies, and the hunt for extraterrestrial life.

4.3 - Spooky Archeology with Dr. Jeb Card

January 17th, 2020


This episode join us as we chat with Dr. Jeb Card, spooky archeologist and podcaster!

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4.2 - Treasure Hunters 2: Destroyer of Troy

January 11th, 2020


In this episode we talk about Troy, the myth, the city, and the easily destroyed archeological dig site.

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4.1 - Treasure Hunters 1

January 3rd, 2020


Why do we hunt for lost treasure, ancient civilizations, and buried knowledge? Do we have a right to the things we find, or do they belong to the people's from which the items came? Join us for the start of our series …

Bigelow 6: Bad Acronyms

December 23rd, 2019


The finale of the Bigelow series sees the group shift to government work, with NIDS sort of becoming BAASS which sort of runs AAWSAP which kind of becomes AATIP. And BAASS is working with MUFON with the STAR team and …

Conspiracy Culture and Aliens with Mick West

December 10th, 2019


This episode join Chris as he chats with Mick West about conspiracies, aliens theories, and the challenges inherent in using science to combat misinformation. Mick is the founder of Metabunk and Contrail Science, and is …

Bigelow Part 5: Weirdly Successful Space Tycoon

November 30th, 2019


This episode Chris and Marie pick apart the transition from NIDS to Bigelow Aerospace, and the creation of the program known today as AATIP. How did …

Punk Rock and UFOs with Mike Damante

November 17th, 2019


This episode we hear from UFO researcher and all around good dude Mike Damante! Mike is the author of the blog "Punk Rock and UFOs", as well as the books "Punk Rock and UFOs: True Believers" and others. In this episode …

An Interview with Sarah Scoles

November 11th, 2019


This episode Chris interviews Sarah Scoles, science journalist for Wired who has been looking into the UFO subculture.

Bigelow Part 4: Dogs with Jobs

November 1st, 2019


Join us on this episode as we continue our series on Bob Bigelow. This episode we dig into the NIDS team, what did they accomplish, what is their general function like, and how did NIDS end. Happy Halloween!!

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An Interview with MJ Banias

October 28th, 2019


This episode we are joined by author, teacher, and cat dad MJ Banias to talk about the UFO subculture!

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Halloween Spooktacular: An Interview with John E. L. Tenney

October 24th, 2019


This episode we talk to John E. L. Tenney of about his time in the paranormal field, the occult, the UFOlogical, and …

Bigelow Part 3: Justice League of Sorta Science

October 14th, 2019


On this episode, join Chris and Marie as they continue their series on Robert Bigelow, from the early 90s to the founding of NIDS. Who was on the …

Bigelow Part 2: Titan of Science

September 30th, 2019


This episode join us as we delve into the history of the most important name in the paranormal you've never heard of, Robert Bigelow. How did he meet Harry Reid? When did he get interested in UFOs? What's with the …

Bigelow Part 1: History of UFOs with Our Strange Skies

September 25th, 2019


This episode join Chris and special guest Rob Kristofferson from the Our Strange Skies Podcast, as we discuss the general trends of UFO History! How did cases change over time? When did the militarization of the field …

Silent Spring 2: I Don't Get No Respect

September 9th, 2019


This episode join Chris and Marie as they talk about the life of Rachel Carson, a fascinating scientist who changed our relationship with nature, but who has in many ways been forgotten to modern history. One of the …

Chernobyl Disaster

August 29th, 2019


Join Chris and special co-host Gabe this episode as we talk about the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear energy generally, and all sorts of other radioactive bits of information!

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Silent Spring Episode 1: The Age of Pesticides

August 10th, 2019


In this episode join Chris and Marie as they talk about the beginning of the age of pesticides, and the eventual rise of Rachel Carson and the modern environmentalist movement. 

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Cats and the Uncanny Valley

July 31st, 2019


Did you feel a sinking pit of despair and horror in your stomach upon watching the Cats trailer? Then you've experienced the uncanny valley!

Ever wonder why Rebel Wilson always has to play the character who gets tossed …

Weird Rains

July 23rd, 2019


Have you ever wondered what it means to rain cats and dogs? How about raining blood, if you're more into fishnets and heavy metal? Well have we got an episode for you!

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Cash Landrum with special guest Jennifer Taylor

July 16th, 2019


This episode join Chris and Vanished: Emilia Earhart's own Jennifer Taylor as they discuss the Cash Landrum UFO Case!

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Alien Con and the Happiest Place on Earth

July 7th, 2019


This episode join Chris and Marie as they recap their recent travel experiences, including Alien Con and Marie's trip to the happiest Star Warsiest place on Earth!

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Chris and Rob talk Alien News

June 26th, 2019


On this episode join Chris and special guest co-host Rob from the wonderful Our Strange Skies podcast to learn about the latest goings on in UFO …

Bonus: A Million Beers 4

June 16th, 2019


A Million Beeeers

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Bonus: A Million Beers 3

June 16th, 2019


A million beeers

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Amelia Earhart: Hide and Seek Champion

June 12th, 2019


This episode we are joined by Jennifer Taylor, lawyer and co-host of Vanished, Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson! We talk about Amelia's legacy, the story, and other interesting bits!!

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UFOs and Weirdness with Zuger!

June 6th, 2019


This episode we are joined by Chris George Zuger to discuss aliens, his UFO Sightings, and all kinds of weird stuff! 

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Bonus: Million Beers 3 Game of Woes

May 28th, 2019


Yo it's a game of thrones recap cause we are basic

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Chupacabra: This time, it's Personal

May 27th, 2019


Chupacabra is a dog with mange. 

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Bonus: A Million Beers 2

May 9th, 2019


"Insert Polka Music"

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Unabomber Part 4: Getting Even

May 3rd, 2019


On this episode we finish out the Unabomber series, talking about the hunt for Ted, the linguistic forensics that went into his conviction, and his undoing through manifesto!

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Bonus: A Million Beers Minisode 1

April 23rd, 2019


A Million Beers minisode 1! If you can tell me where the episodes photo has been taken you win a sticker!

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Unabomber Part 3: Alone in the Woods with all his Friends

April 10th, 2019


This episode Ted goes from genius at Math to never taking a Bath. And this time we mean it.

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Zero Point Energy with A Dash of Science

March 25th, 2019


This week we are joined by Chris from the "A Dash of Science" podcast to discuss his work as a NASA engineer, trying to get into space, and zero point energy! Find his amazing show at

Unabomber Part 2: Hell of a Time at Harvard

March 16th, 2019


Did Harvard make the Unabomber? Can you take apart a personality, then put it back together? Why did people in the 50s love amphetamines so much? Find out on this week's episode!

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Unabomber Part 1: Oddly Good at Chemistry

March 2nd, 2019


On this episode, dig deep into one of the most fascinating and infamous mathematicians of all time: Ted Kaczynski also known as the Unabomber. What …

Listener Questions

January 17th, 2019


This episode, join Chris and Marie as they answer some listener questions before going on a short 1 month hiatus! Then we will be back with a big …

Element 115: Lazarium

December 27th, 2018


Bob Lazar is back in the news, at least on the alien blogosphere. Chris is pretty annoyed about it, and what it suggests about our nation's chemistry classes. Some say he is an alien truth whistleblower, who is being …

Facebook and Censorship

December 21st, 2018


This episode we review the year 2018 for the show and us personally, and get into a discussion about Facebook, censorship, and the role that fringe …

Tahoe Tessie

December 6th, 2018


Lake Tahoe is a pretty odd place. Super deep, super beautiful, and super full of weird stuff. Come find out what waits in the depths on this weeks …

TTSA Part 2: Thunk Tank

November 26th, 2018


TTSA released their SEC filing a few weeks ago. What did it say? How's it looking? Find out on this week's episode!

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To The Stars Academy: Meta Madness

November 19th, 2018


Just what would we do with a piece of an alien ship? Should mega corporations have a hand in what technology we get from downed UFOs? Is Blink 182 …

Halloween Bonus: The Raven

October 31st, 2018

Happy Halloween! Thank you for another amazing year. We can't wait to bring more spooky stories to you in the coming season!

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The Psychology of Conspiracy: An Interview with Dr. Caleb Lack

October 30th, 2018


This episode join Chris as he interviews Dr. Caleb Lack on Illuminati conspiracy theory, satanic ritual abuse, and critical thinking.

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Modern Day Satanic Panic and Illuminism

October 29th, 2018


This episode join Chris and Marie as they delve into the terrifying yet often comical world of the modern day satanic panic. What do the Illuminati, Pizza, and Jimmy Page have in common? Evidently Satan uses them for …

Demonology Part 4: Exorcism and other Supplications

October 22nd, 2018


On this episode join Chris and Desdymona as they talk about the history and practice of exorcism!

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Interview with the High Priest and Priestess of the Church of Satan

October 16th, 2018


On this episode, Chris and Marie sit down for a chat with High Priest Peter Gilmore and High Priestess Peggy Nadramia of the Church of Satan to discuss philosophy, their beliefs, and the satanic panics of the past and …

Demonology Part 3: The Devil in Art and Folklore

October 8th, 2018


This episode we trace the devil from Dante's Inferno to the modern day. Does he look more like Bowie or Swinton? Find out on this week's episode!

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Demonology Part 2: Devil Organizational Structure

September 29th, 2018


On this episode we delve into the darker side of the celestial hierarchy: Demons! Where do they come from, what are their myths and legends, and what are our picks for letters A through D?! Find out on this weeks …

Demonology Part 1: Christian Angelic Hierarchy

September 28th, 2018


This episode we talk about Angels, this time with even more extra eyes!

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Economic Collapse Part 3: Pirate Gold

September 18th, 2018


What should you do during an economic collapse? Will one happen? Just how does the economy sort of operate today? Find out in this weeks episode!

Economic Collapse Part 2: Serf School

September 15th, 2018


What is economics? How did it began, and how has it changed over time? What is Marie's favorite punk rock band being overtaken by popular culture? …

Alex Jones Off the Air: Performance Artist

September 3rd, 2018


And another bonus! This episode Chris and Marie talk Alex Jones, his media empire, and his removal from many social media sites. What is his history, how does it relate to other conspiracy theorists, and what are the …

Bonus: Weird Fresno with Mike Banti

September 3rd, 2018


In this bonus we interview Mike Banti of about the nightcrawlers!

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Economic Collapse Part 1: Burst Ya Bubble

September 3rd, 2018


Could the econonmy collapse? How did the last bubble burst? What even is a market bubble? Find out on this week's episode!

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Cats: Illegally Smol

August 26th, 2018


This episode, join Chris and Marie as they discuss alien big cats, our big little cats, and other signs of cat related paranormal problems. Oh yea, best episode ever.

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Nightcrawlers: Fresno Pants Man

August 19th, 2018


This episode Chris and Marie are joined by two of our favorite people, Sam from the Not Alone podcast and Rob from the Our Strange Skies podcast, to discuss the Fresno Nightcrawlers! What are they, why are they, and why …

Alien Odyssey Part 4: End of an Error

August 5th, 2018


On the shocking conclusion of the Alien Odyssey saga John and Phyllis meet more aliens, attend more crushed velvet events, and deal with the FBI for good. How does it end? You'll find out on this episode!

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Bonus episode: She's in Control and Poltergeists

July 31st, 2018


A bonus episode to tide you over for the exciting conclusion of the Alien Odyssey! This week it's an interview with paranormal fan and noted Goth DJ …

Alien Odyssey Part 3: Ducking the FBI

July 22nd, 2018


In this episode the Meloney's tell the US government of an imminent threat, then promptly leave New Hampshire. Many more aliens are encountered. Things get weird.

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Alien Odyssey Part 2: John M. Mologna said like Bologna

July 9th, 2018


Technically his name is pronounced "Mel-ah-nee" and not "Mel-oh-nee" but we can all agree Mologna is the best of all possible spellings. On this …

The Claremont Alien Case: Aliens in the Outfield

July 2nd, 2018


The story of John Meloney, NICAP and MUFON investigator for the state of NH from the earliest days of UFOlogy has been largely forgotten. Maybe this is because of his ties to the intelligence services, or because of his …

Sexism in Science: Not Cool

June 17th, 2018


We return this week with an episode on sexism and gender issues within science, power dynamics in graduate school, and an interview with reporter …

Marijuana Myths 2: Our Eyes are just Dry

June 6th, 2018


The final episode in our series on some of the myths of Marijuana! Is it bad for you? Can it cure cancer? Does it even stop pain? Find out on this week's episode!

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Bonus episode: Semi Intellectual Musings

June 2nd, 2018


This episode Chris talks anthropology and sociology with the hosts of one of our favorite podcasts, the Semi Intellectual Musings podcast! Go check …

Marijuana Myths Part 1: Let's Get Weird

May 27th, 2018


Continuing our series on episodes that start with the letter M, Chris and Marie introduce Marijuana myths, both those that say its amazingly healthy and those that say its the devil's lettuce. Where did these myths …

Military Industrial Complex Part 3: Police!

May 13th, 2018


Listen in as Chris and Marie talk to a listener and police officer about police militarization, the use of force, and how it relates to real military …

Military Industrial Complex Part 2: Don't Get your DNA Tested

May 6th, 2018


Is your DNA a piece of your private information? What if you upload it online for free? Could George Orwell have predicted such ridiculous lack of …

Military Industrial Complex Part 1: Science and War

April 29th, 2018


Is there a military industrial complex that we should be afraid of? How does the science of war get going, and can the government control it? Are …

Haunted Paintings: Uncle Martin's Scary Landscape

April 22nd, 2018


Can a painting be haunted? What is it about art that makes it so viable for this sort of scary story? Did WE find a haunted painting? Find out on this weeks episode!

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Black Salve: Don't Put It on Your Face

April 15th, 2018


What is Black Salve? Why shouldn't you put it on your face? Is there an easier way to treat cancer, as opposed to going to the doctor and getting …

Name of the Year 2018: Mega Panda

April 8th, 2018


In this bonus episode Chris and Dr. Lucas Landherr (aka Dante Shepherd) go through the 2018 name of the year bracket and apply their own metrics to find the number one name.

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Tree Communication: Not about Pot

April 8th, 2018


Do trees talk? How are they able to fight off predators? Do plants have rights? Find out on this week's episode!

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The Color Blue: Middle Ages Mayhem

April 2nd, 2018


This week, we discuss the color Blue, its history, and its majesty. Did it exist before the Middle Ages? Or was everyone colorblind before then? Just …

Neutron Stars and Dragons Eggs

April 1st, 2018


This episode we take a bold new direction for the shows format!

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Time Travel: Misunderstanding Math

March 24th, 2018


How could time travel work? Do you need to shave to be a crononaut? What's up with spacetime, and what is time dilation? Find out in this weeks …

Water Fluoridation: Or, how I learned to love the Gay Frogs

March 17th, 2018


Dang it, Marie, they are TURNING THE FROGS GAY. Join us this episode as we discuss water fluoridation, why to do it, and conspiracy theories in general!

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History of Surgery Part 3: Body Snatchin'

March 10th, 2018


This week we finish up our series on the history of surgery! How did we develop aseptic technique? What were the particulars of stealing bodies? How …

History of Surgery Part 2: The Civil War and Good Hygiene

March 3rd, 2018


How did the US deal with the horrors of the Civil War without the advances in surgery found in Europe at the time? What sort of tools did Civil War …

Bonus Episode: Interview with 2 BadA** Witches!

February 24th, 2018


Bonus interview with two awesome listeners of the show! Check out their take on modern day witchcraft, how they practice, and what they want the public to know!

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History of Surgery Part 1: Be-Heading

February 17th, 2018


Why do we call it a be-heading if be-wedding means to become wedded to someone? What sort of surgeries have Marie and Chris had? What is the earliest …

Winchester Mystery House

February 9th, 2018


Why did the Winchester Mystery house never stop construction? What is Marie's favorite movie? Why should one not build without the input of an …

Magical Clothing Part 2: Sinful Nips

February 1st, 2018


Why are nipples so sinful? Whats the deal with fig leaves as clothing? And why is Marie a much more well read co-host than Chris? Find out on this …

Magical Clothing: Mr. Fancy Pants

January 24th, 2018


You ever wish you had a pair of magic pants? An enchanted cummerbund? Well have we ever got a series for you! This episode we talk about the history and ideas of magical clothing, from the veneration of saintly …


January 20th, 2018


This episode join Chris and Marie as they talk about Chris's appointment as Director of Research for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network!

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Season Opener with The Dirty Bits Podcast

January 11th, 2018


Want to hear some hilarious scientific stories, salacious details about your favorite physicist, and read about one of the most well known urology …

58: Roundtable 16: Mad Pleasing Terrors of Science!

December 7th, 2017


This episode we are joined by the Host of Pleasing Terrors, one of the best podcasts around, to talk about the connection between Ghosts and Water, why Mike spent an evening locked in a haunted jail, Marie's fight or …

57: Episode 33: High Fructose Corn Syrup

December 2nd, 2017


Is High Fructose bad for you? What the hell is a fructose? How do we make it? And is it making us fat and cancerous? Find out on this weeks episode!

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56: Episode 32: Nanotechnology

November 23rd, 2017


After all that turkey and stuffing, lets settle around the old podcast playing device and learn about Nanotechnology with Chris and TJ from Pints and …

55: Roundtable 15: The Prisoner

November 15th, 2017


The Prisoner is one of the most important science fiction shows of all time, and in this Roundtable we talk all about the show, its importance to science fiction, and its philosophical overtones. We also give a shoutout …

54: Mad Blurry Halloween Photos!

October 31st, 2017


This episode we are joined by Flora from Blurry Photos, one of our favorite podcasts, to talk about our greatest fears! And containing music by Amazing Transparent Man!

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October 30th, 2017


Contributing Podcasts:


Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children

The Murder Road Trip Podcast

Evil Podcast

The Trail Went Cold

Encrypted Podcast

36 Times

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Halloween Memories

October 30th, 2017


Why did little Chris Cogswell smell like shaving cream on Halloween? Should you open up your kids candy to check for razor blades? What are our …

49: Episode 30: Teaching Science with Dr. Lucas Landherr!

October 12th, 2017


This week we talk to Dr. Lucas Landherr, aka Dante Shepherd from Surviving the World

We discuss teaching …

48: BONUS With Pints and Puzzles 2

October 6th, 2017


Chris and TJ sit down for another bonus episode, talking about things you shouldn't google at work while working on a podcast, alien abductions, and …

The Hill Abduction Part 2: What Happened?

October 6th, 2017


This week is the final chapter in the Hill Abduction story. Just what happened to the Hill's that night? What does science make of the physical …

46: Roundtable 13: An answer for Tess and Weather Machines!

September 28th, 2017


Why do we hallucinate when we are running on little to no sleep? Can the government control the weather? How about taking in a little teaser for our …

Betty and Barney Hill Part 1: Bad Dreams

September 21st, 2017


This week we discuss the very first abduction case, that of Betty and Barney Hill. The hill couple claimed under hypnosis to have been abducted by …

44: The Lowe Down episode 2: A Boat Load of Boat Lowe!

September 12th, 2017


What happened to our intrepid Lowes this week? Does yelling at something while hunting it ever make it easier to catch? Will drumming at aliens with glow sticks make them appear, or just keep humans away? Can a Boat be …

43: Episode 27: Vampires and other gross Blood Suckers!

September 6th, 2017


What has made the Vampire such a consistent part of our monster lore throughout the centuries? What kind of explanations are there for the physical evidence of corpses rising from the dead to suck blood, like blood on …

42: Roundtable 12: The Secret of Thermodynamics and Star Wars

August 31st, 2017


Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? How about the law of attraction? The laws of thermodynamics? Just what the hell is the deal with Star Mars, Marie? Find out in this weeks roundtable!

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41: Episode 26: Mental Health Myths Part 2

August 25th, 2017


How do we study mental health in the world of biology? How do we treat these things now, and what are the limitations of our current methods? Find …

40: Bonus Episode 2: Total Eclipse of the Heart

August 20th, 2017


The solar eclipse is here! We talk to one of the members of IGOR (the Important Group of Researchers) Justin Ramberger about graduate school, the …

39: Roundtable 11: THE LOWE DOWNE

August 15th, 2017


Just what is Rob Lowe up to in a haunted castle? Are blinking lights a good indication of paranormal activity? Are there community college courses in …

38: BONUS EPISODE: Time Traveling Space Soviets with The Eastern Border

August 6th, 2017


Greetings comrades! This is definitely Chris and not Kristaps here, telling you to please listen to this episode on how the glorious Soviet Space Fleet crushed our enemies to conquer the future. Also I am somehow typing …

37: Rumor Flies Crossover: Forensic Myths

August 2nd, 2017


This episode the Mad Scientist Podcast is joined by one of our favorite podcasts and fellow Dark Myth members Rumor Flies! We take on forensic myths including lie detector tests, blood splatter analysis, DNA analysis, …

36: Episode 25: Mental Health Myths Episode 1

July 20th, 2017


This episode Chris sits down with one of the hosts of the excellent "Is This Adulting?" Podcast, Steven Pappas, to talk about mental health myths and …

35: Roundtable 10: Double the Squid, Double the Suction

July 13th, 2017


GIANT SQUID AGAIN! This time featuring Marie! And announcing the winners of the Be a Mad Scientist Contest Round 1!

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34: Episode 24: THE KRAKEN!

July 6th, 2017


RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Or at least release some interesting science and history about the Kraken! Where did this legend come from, how do our stories about giant squid measure up to real specimen, and what the heck is a …

33: Roundtable 9: Cannibalism!

July 2nd, 2017


Have you ever wondered why we seem to love cannibals when their on TV? How did historical cases of cannibalism happen, and what are some common themes found in this gruesome favorite of Halloween stories? Find out on …

32: Episode 23: Shadow People!

June 21st, 2017


What is a shadow person? Is it a new phenomena, or does it go back into history? What sort of biological processes could be at work here, or is there …

31: Roundtable 8: THE OCHO

June 11th, 2017


This episode, join Chris and Marie as they discuss haunted or cursed objects throughout history! Is there such a thing as a haunted book? Can a song drive you to the pits of despair? Can a reproduction of a haunted …

30: Episode 22: An Interview with Rob Kristoffersen

June 11th, 2017


Check out this special interview episode with Rob Kristoffersen, who has had a lifetime of weird paranormal experiences! From gnomes at night to ghosts inhabiting a car, Rob has seen quite a number of heavy hitters in …

29: Episode 21: Climate Change Denial

May 31st, 2017


Why do people deny that climate change is happening? What is the history of this conspiracy theory, and how does it relate to real science? How do we measure temperature with tree rings and ice cores? Whats the deal …

28: Roundtable 7: Monsters, Monsters, Monsters!

May 25th, 2017


In this episode join Chris and Marie on a journal through chemtrails, the Jersey Devil, the Gloucester Sea Monster, and the upcoming Bunny Apocalypse!

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27: Episode 20: Climate Change

May 16th, 2017


How does climate change happen? Is global warming real, or are we heading for a new ice age? What the hell is a Fourier Law? Why does my Grandma seem to all of a sudden have some serious opinions about infrared …

26: Roundtable 6: Kessel Runs, Science Marches, and Average Americans

May 10th, 2017


Who is the average American? What the heck is a Kessel run, and how can a measure of distance also be a measure of time? What’s the science march all about? Find out in this weeks Roundtable!

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25: Episode 19: An Interview with Mark Rogers

May 1st, 2017


Have you seen those amazing instagram photos of pieces of art depicting aliens walking around with pioneer Americans? Chances are those were pieces of work by Mark Rogers, a really amazing artist who is creating pieces …

24: Episode 18: Flat Earth Theory

April 9th, 2017


Does the Flat Earth theory hold any water? How does it relate to a sort of flat river in Norfolk? How about a donut shaped Earth? Just how do we know …

23: Roundtable 5: Mr. Charles Utkins

April 2nd, 2017


This episode we’re getting serious about a psychic cat. Mr. Charles Utkins is no joke, and was sold for something like $80,000 to a Siberian witch. …

22: Episode 17: An Interview with Mick West

March 25th, 2017


This week I’m very proud to say that I got to have a sit down interview with Mick West, founder of,, and overall debunker extraordinaire. We talk about how we got his start debunking, …

21: Roundtable 4: Dr. Strange, Time Crystals, and Significant Flooding

March 21st, 2017


How much water is there on the Earth? What’s a Time Crystal? Is there a bomber floating in the bottom of a river in Pittsburgh? Find out on this week’s episode!

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20: Special Episode: Mad Science Mixer with Pints and Puzzles

March 12th, 2017


As a thank you to our fans, Pints and Puzzles and I are releasing this extra episode. This features us discussing how we got started in podcasting, our histories with the paranormal, and our top 5 favorite weird topics. 

19: Episode 16: Morgellons

March 10th, 2017


What is the disease that people online seem to think is causing them to grow hairs out of their skin? How do diseases relate to memes, and what is the science behind Morgellons? Is there any proof to this disease, and …

18: Roundtable 3: Oak Island, Clean Coal, and Bobcats

March 3rd, 2017


Could Marie’s friend fight a Bobcat? What’s the deal with Oak Island? Is Clean Coal really a thing? Find out in this weeks Roundtable!

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17: Roundtable 2: First folio and other weird stuff

February 19th, 2017


Is the first folio real, or is that just a Nicholas Cage style movie thing? Find out on this weeks episode!

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16: Episode 15: TV Doctors and Magical Berries

February 15th, 2017


What is up with magical fruits and stuff, that supposedly cure everything you can possibly become sick with? Why do people believe this stuff, is there any science behind some of it, and who thought a thing called Noni …

15: Mad Scientist Roundtable 1: Science Today, Metal Hydrogen, and Bigfoot

January 31st, 2017


This is the very first in a new series of content from the Mad Scientist Podcast, featuring Marie Mayhew as co-host! These episodes will be much less formal, and more open to wide ranging discussions, than the more …

14: Episode 14: The Science Machine

January 18th, 2017


What does a scientist do every day? How does one become a scientist? How does science happen? Find out in this weeks episode, kicking off the multi …

13: Episode 13: Crap My Mom Believes

December 30th, 2016


Happy Holidays! What kinds of weird stuff does the Mad Scientist hear around the dinner table? Find out on this weeks episode!

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12: Episode 12: Alchemy

December 12th, 2016


What is Alchemy, what did the ancient Alchemists believe, and how does Alchemy still mess with our world today? Find out this week on the Mad Scientist Podcast!

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11: Episode 11: If Understanding Quantum Makes you a Wizard, then consider me David Blaine!

November 27th, 2016


Quantum mechanics has become the go to scientific like argument for paranormal stuff. But what is quantum mechanics? How does it work, and how did it develop? And what are the sorts of arguments that people use to try …

10: Episode 10: MAD SCIENCE

October 26th, 2016


What is the history of actually “mad scientists”, as opposed to a grad students that puts out a podcast? Where do we draw the line between a moral and immoral scientific test or question, and what about todays …

9: Episode 9: The Only cure for Zombie Fatigue Syndrome is more Brains

October 9th, 2016


Zombies are such a big horror movie staple now that I’ve almost grown to resent them. Can’t they leave us alone for a few minutes, while we look for …

8: Episode 8: Poltergeists!

September 22nd, 2016


Poltergeists have been around for as long as humans have been telling stories, but what sort of science is there to back them up? How do noisy ghosts …

7: Episode 7: The Missing Men of Boston

September 4th, 2016


Could someone go missing in todays day and age? What are the chances of going missing, and how true to life are TV shows and books where people just …

6: Episode 6: Attack of the 50 foot Radioactive Monsters!

August 17th, 2016


What is the deal with all the movies, TV shows, and video games showing nuclear war or radioactive waste creating giant monsters, super heroes, or …

5: Episode 5: Spontaneous Human Combustion

August 4th, 2016


Spontaneous human combustion is one of the weirdest historical cases of the paranormal out there, and cases continue to occur into the modern era. Bodies are found which have seemed to have been consumed by flame, …

4: Episode 4: The Language of the Paranormal

July 15th, 2016


Why do people expect that paranormal entities will be able to communicate with us? Can a pet psychic really tell if my cat hates me? How would a …

3: Episode 3: The One Without a Name

June 10th, 2016


What is science? What is natural? Does natural mean good? Can paranormal claims be considered scientific? Answers to these questions (well, sort of answers) in this episode!

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2: Episode 2: Pyramids, Ipso Facto, Aliens

May 22nd, 2016


Why are we absolutely obsessed with triangles and pyramids when it comes to the paranormal? Is there any reason to think that pyramids could generate …

1: Episode 1: Does the Paranormal have a place in the Modern World?

May 17th, 2016


Welcome to the very first Mad Scientist Podcast episode! Does the Paranormal have a place in the modern world? Or are paranormal ideas simply leftovers of our not so distance past? Find out on this weeks episode!

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