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The Paranoid Strain

27 EpisodesProduced by Fearful JesuitWebsite

The podcast that explains why so many people believe ridiculous conspiracy theories.

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Not really an episode: FORMAT CHANGE!

July 28th, 2020


As noted above, this isn't a real episode, but it is a real announcement. You're gonna start hearing this show every two weeks. Or sometimes, if we're feeling frisky, every week. But don't count on that second thing. …

Quick Hit: Recap

June 30th, 2020


Hey--remember, like, five or six months ago, when we told you the next episode would be a recap? And that we'd go over all the stuff that had …

Quick HIt: Coronavirus Conspiracies 2, The Phlegm and the Fury

May 12th, 2020


Yeah, I know. This wasn't the episode we promised last time. But coronavirus is, in addition to being a real asshole of a disease, also the gift that …

Quick Hit: Coronavirus Conspiracies

March 18th, 2020


Whaaaaaa? A new episode? But it's been just a few weeks? 

That's right, Strainiacs. We're back in the saddle, albeit an indoor, socially distancing, "shelter in place" kind of saddle, to spread some facts and debunk …

Reality is an Illusion? Part 2, Philip K Dick

February 25th, 2020


Sorry about the delay, but we’re very pleased to present you, via our brand new podcast feed (which should, from your perspective, be completely …

Reality is an Illusion? Part 1

December 10th, 2019


We came, we saw, we conquered, and we rendered it all into an mp3 file. Welcome back to the Paranoid Strain. This is the first of a two-part series that is not, technically, about conspiracy theories per se. We see this …


October 9th, 2019


Welcome back. We hope you enjoyed the silliness of our previous, Moon landing episode, because unfortunately, this topic is deadly serious.  Yes, unfortunately, in spite of the almost unbelievable number of lives that …

The Moon Landing(s)

August 13th, 2019


That’s one small episode for a Jesuit…one giant leap for a podcast feed. Howdy, and welcome to oneathem fun, lighthearted episodes of Ye Olde Paranoid Strain. This one covers the silly, silly idea that we didn’t land on …

Assassinations (JFK Edition)

June 4th, 2019


Hi. Miss us? The Chads say “Hi”–they weren’t with you last month because…you know, actually, I have no idea why. They were raving something about the …

Assassinations (non-JFK edition)

April 9th, 2019


My, my, my. Have two months flown by already? Where does the time go? Thanks for all of your concern–I safely escaped from the clutches of the Chads, though at the loss of significant dignity (and sanity). And to …

Stupid Land: Don't Cross The Streams

March 20th, 2019


Guys, I’m not gonna lie. Some stuff went down in this one. Yes, it’s once again a Stupid Land episode. And yes, that once again means you won’t find a single reliable fact in it. But this one…this one was different. it …

Quick Hit: Alex Jones and the Denver Airport

February 12th, 2019


Hey there, Strainiacs. Today, we bring you another of our Quick Hit episodes. Yes, that means the return of the Quick Hit guy. PARANOID STRAIN! QUICK HIT!!!!! Yeah. We missed him, too. It’s also a weird sort of hybrid. …

Stupid Land: Church of Latter-Day Flat

January 9th, 2019


Ok. Nobody panic. It’s happening again. But we’ve been through this before, haven’t we? We understand that sometimes terrible things happen. Wars. Plagues. Disasters. Stupid Land. Yes, they’re back. And it appears …

Flat Earth

December 4th, 2018


Welcome back to your home away from home, the Paranoid Strain. This time, we squash flat earth beliefs…well, flat, I suppose. Stupid English language.  We both know that flat earthers are all over the place these days. …

Stupid Land: Q-level Clarence

November 14th, 2018


Wait–we’re doing this again? Many have approached me, deep concern on their eager faces. “Why, Fearful?” they plead. “Why do you let them do such …

9/11 Truthers: Part 2

October 2nd, 2018


Back in record time, we’re here to provide closure for our 9/11 story. Last time we touched on this national tragedy and its discontents, we dealt with stuff that, while fundamentally incorrect, was at least based on …

Qanon: Quick Hit

September 11th, 2018


I know what you’re thinking. This was supposed to be 9/11 Part 2. And don’t worry–it’s still coming. But this super-stupid Qanon thing was just …

Stupid Land: Bush Can't Melt Steel Beams

August 8th, 2018


A brand-new, steaming heap of whatever it is that the Chads do is now here for your delectation.  Following through on our lifelong, three-month …

9/11 Truthers: Part 1

July 3rd, 2018


Just in time for the 4th of July, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. This time, we’re bringing you the story of 9/11, and the …

Introducing: Stupid Land

June 11th, 2018


I can already hear you: “It’s been two months. Where’s the new episode of our favorite anti-conspiracy theory podcast?” What? We’re not your favorite? You’ve been seeing other anti-conspiracy theory podcasts? …

False Flags and Alex Jones

April 3rd, 2018


Call it Easter, call it April Fool’s…either way, we’ve got one helluva present for you. It’s the seventh episode of the Paranoid Strain. This time, …

Chemtrails and HAARP

February 6th, 2018


Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a plane spraying evil, toxic, murderous chemtrails! Nope. It’s the Paranoid Strain. Howdy! Having rested up after our three-part exploration of the right-wing …

Sovereign Citizens to Wesley Snipes

December 5th, 2017


Hey there, strangers. We’re publishing our fifth episode. And on time, no less. This is our fifth episode, and the third of our series on the history …

From the Posse to the Sovereigns

October 4th, 2017


Hey there, loyal listener. First, we’d like to apologize. This show is coming to you several weeks after we had originally intended. We plan to make …

The Posse Comitatus

July 7th, 2017


Welcome to the inevitable third episode of The Paranoid Strain. “Well. Took you long enough.” That’s what I hear you thinking. Yes, it’s been a couple of months since our last episode. And for the moment, that’s about …

The Protocols

April 30th, 2017


The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: Interview with Professor John Efron Hello and welcome to the second episode of The Paranoid Strain, your …

Welcome to the Paranoid Strain

January 1st, 2017


An Introduction: Interviewee–Lane Greene Hello and welcome to the inaugural episode of The Paranoid Strain, your skeptical guide to conspiracy theories. For our first foray, we’re going to try to stake out the ground …

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