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The PodGOATs

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The history of everything. A funny and informative walk through some of the most interesting topics in history. These guys are hysterical.

222 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Sinatra: He Did It His Way

March 7th, 2021

26:47

Frank Sinatra pioneered the singing heartthrob, and then he was yesterday's news. World War II made him a star, and his career waned in its wake, until he reinvented himself. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk Sinatra.

Inheritance: You Don't Always Get What You Want

March 3rd, 2021

17:08

People wait a lifetime for their inheritance, some only to be sadly disappointed. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some unusual inheritances. …

Competitions: When Sports Were Deadly

February 28th, 2021

15:33

We all love competitions. Some of us are way too much into competitions, but we're nothing like they used to be. Time was when you competed to the death. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of …

Assassinations: The Hits from Yesteryear

February 24th, 2021

22:34

You're familiar with the high-profile assassinations. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some unusual hits that you may not have heard of, or at …

Natural Disasters Part 2: Volcanoes The Changed History

February 21st, 2021

14:54

Phil and Campbell Valentine have talked about natural disasters before. This time they focus on some of the worst volcanoes in history. One of these …

PodGOATs Radio: The Week in Review in History

February 17th, 2021

45:38

Phil and Campbell Valentine do a separate show just for radio called PodGOATs Radio. It's the week in review in history. Should it become its own …

Dinosaurs: When They Were Kings of the Earth

February 14th, 2021

22:54

There are a lot of misconceptions about dinosaurs. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of those, as well as some fascinating facts about dinosaurs, and the theories into what may have happened to them all.

Jackie O: A Life of Glamour and Tragedy

February 10th, 2021

20:56

She was considered the most sophisticated woman on the planet. Wife of a president. Fluent in several languages. Impeccably mannered. But what was she really like? Phil and Campbell Valentine take a look at the life of …

What Ever Happened To…Part 02: Child Stars

February 7th, 2021

22:00

We don't want to spoil this one for you. Phil and Campbell Valentine give each other hints as to the identity of someone who used to be famous, and the other has to guess who it is. You can play along at home.

Lockdown 02: Phil in Quarantine

February 3rd, 2021

16:28

OK, so here we go again. First time it was Campbell who had been exposed to COVID. Now it's Phil, so Phil has to lockdown. That means another …

Con Artists: Some of History's Best

January 31st, 2021

21:08

We hate it when it happens to us, but we all love a story of a good con. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the very best con artists down through history, and what ended up happening to them.

Time Part 02: Is Time Travel Really Possible?

January 27th, 2021

14:54

Phil and Campbell Valentine revisit the concept of time. The PodGOATs explore whether or not time travel is really possible. Also, is time real? Is it actually another dimension? All of that and more on Time Part 2.

Murder: Depravity

January 24th, 2021

14:15

There have been some depraved killers throughout history. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about three different cases of depravity, but these three cases all have something in common. They all got off virtually scot …

Treasures Part 03: From a Priceless manuscript to Lost Gold

January 20th, 2021

17:22

There's something about a lost treasure that captures our imagination. Phil and Campbell Valentine tell the tales of lost gold, discovered historic …

Head-scratchers: Things You Thought Couldn't Possibly Be True

January 17th, 2021

15:01

Get ready to have your mind blown. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some facts that just can't possibly be true, but yet they are. Some …

Sayings:The Origin of Expressions We Use

January 13th, 2021

18:10

Sayings. Idioms. We use them all the time to express ourselves, but where do they come from? Campbell quizes Phil in this sort of game show version of The PodGOATs. And they don't beat around the bush.

Misconceptions Part 02: More Things You Thought Were True but Aren't

January 10th, 2021

13:38

Did you ever find out that something you thought you knew just wasn't true? There are a lot of common misconceptions out there. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about more you always thought were true, but it turns out …

Ponderables: Questions That Have Stumped the Ages

January 6th, 2021

18:56

Are there some things that are just unknowable? Well, Phil and Campbell Valentine take a crack at some. Why do we sleep? What is consciousness? Will we ever achieve immortality? These questions and more on Ponderables.

Best of 2020: Highlights from The PodGOATs

January 3rd, 2021

23:51

A lot happened in 2020, and the PodGOATs podcast was no different. Phil and Campbell Valentine covered a lot of interesting topics over the year. This episode highlights some of the best moments and some of the funniest.

Twain: American Humorist

December 30th, 2020

22:06

Mark Twain has few equals in American literature. His humor and his writings still hold up today. Twain's path to fame, however, was a circuitous …

Butterfly Effect: How Small Events Change the World

December 27th, 2020

18:45

What is the Butterfly Effect? Did you ever see 'It's a Wonderful Life'? If George Bailey hadn't been born, so many other lives would've been …

Star Wars: How it All Came to Be

December 23rd, 2020

26:45

One of the first blockbusters was a movie that almost never got off the ground. It was plagued by delays and cost overruns. And it was George Lucas' wife who actually saved it. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk Star Wars.

Bond: James Bond

December 20th, 2020

29:50

It's one of the most successful film franchises of all time, but it started off as a series of novels that are still being written today. Ian Fleming …

Ali: I Am The Greatest

December 16th, 2020

24:30

He claimed to be the greatest, and he backed it up. Most publications rank him as the best heavyweight boxer of all time. He was not without controversy. In fact, he thrived on it. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at …

Declassified Part 02: From Nukes on NC to Military-grade ESP

December 13th, 2020

21:25

Phil and Campbell Valentine crack open the government files and tell you what's been hidden from you for decades. Everything from a nuke that was …

'80s: Big Hair, Bad Clothes, and MTV

December 9th, 2020

24:22

Our look at the decades continues with big hair, techno pop, and people with more money than sense. MTV, Miami Vice, and the personal computer. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the so-called 'decade of greed.'

Villains Part 01: From Con Men to Naked Warriors

December 6th, 2020

25:10

To counter our series on Heroes, we decided to give the Villains equal time, although they certainly don't deserve it. In Part 1 Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about a con man, a serial killer, and a guy who went into …

Heroes Part 01: Before Rosa Parks to the real Alvin C. York

December 2nd, 2020

22:26

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some you may have heard of, and some you probably haven't in this first part of their salute to real heroes.

Cults Part 02: Mind Control and Sex

November 29th, 2020

16:11

As much as we know about cults and people still get sucked in. Phil and Campbell Valentine revisit this fascinating topic with another look at more …

Devil: The One We Know, and the One We Don't

November 25th, 2020

21:26

The Devil has been around almost as long as our awareness of God. Almost every culture has a counterweight to good, and that is evil, and evil is …

God: Our History of Understanding

November 22nd, 2020

24:03

It's hard to do a history of God, but The PodGOATs can do a history of our understanding and worship of God. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore man's first awareness of God, and how God has permeated all segments of …

Tesla: The Man Who Invented the 20th Century

November 18th, 2020

27:03

The name Tesla is probably better known as a car company rather than one of the most brilliant inventors in history. We owe much of our modern …

Legends: The Holy Grail

November 15th, 2020

19:18

Is there a bigger legend than the Holy Grail? Well, the Grail itself is real. It's the legend that's grown up around it that needs exploring. Is it a …

Rome Part 03: Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

November 11th, 2020

36:36

Julius Caesar is dead, and so is the Roman Republic. Now comes a full-blown empire which spreads far and wide. Phil and Campbell Valentine wrap up …

Rome Part 02: Julius Caesar

November 8th, 2020

35:35

Julius Caesar was so important to the Roman Empire that he deserves his own episode. Not that he was a particularly nice guy, but that he was so …

Rome Part 01: The Makings of an Empire

November 4th, 2020

31:39

Few cultures have had an impact on us more than ancient Rome, but how much do we really know about it? After this two-part series, you'll know all …

Ever Wondered-Part 02: Vinyl records, gray hair, and zebra stripes

November 1st, 2020

23:18

Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about things you've always wondered about. How do vinyl records actually work? Why does hair turn gray? Why do some people have birthmarks? All these questions and more are answered on …

Marilyn: Legend of a Shooting Star

October 28th, 2020

34:06

She's probably the most recognized sex symbol in history, but she was actually much deeper than her image suggested. Phil and Campbell Valentine …

Disappearances Part 03: From Mexico to the Matrix

October 25th, 2020

19:23

A housewife with two kids disappears into thin air. A businesswoman disappears...into the Matrix? And an inventor—and his invention—go missing. Phil and Campbell Valentine have some very strange vanishings in Part 3 of …

Marriage: The History of Matrimony

October 21st, 2020

19:42

It's an institution almost as old as humans. It takes on many different forms in many different cultures. It has evolved over time, and it wasn't …

Vampires: The Blood-sucking Truth

October 18th, 2020

17:51

Dracula was the first vampire, right? Not hardly. Vampires have been around for thousands of years. The lore has evolved over time, but are they …

Aztec: The Rise and Fall

October 14th, 2020

20:19

This mysterious civilization only lasted about 200 years. In that short span they were responsible for myriad inventions and innovations. They were barbaric yet advanced. What happened to the Aztecs? Phil and Campbell …

Lockdown: Campbell in Quarantine

October 11th, 2020

22:50

Even The PodGOATs are not immune from the coronavirus. Campbell got exposed, and he had to quarantine. So we present a best of PodGOATs Radio, some of the funnier moments from their radio show.

Werewolves: The History of the Legend

October 7th, 2020

21:15

Werewolves are fiction, right? Right? Is it possible for people to turn into wolves? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the fascinating history of …

Moon: How Much Do You Really Know About It?

October 4th, 2020

18:01

Do you really know how important our moon is? And is it really a moon at all? Scientists now believe it was actually a part of Earth for a brief moment in time. Phil and Campbell Valentine explain in this episode of the …

Ninjas: The Mystery and the History

September 30th, 2020

18:55

What do we really know about ninjas? Probably just what we've seen in the movies. There's much more to the story than the way Hollywood portrays …

Legends: Atlantis

September 27th, 2020

19:11

Perhaps the mother of all legends, Atlantis was this mythical civilization mentioned by Plato over 300 years before the birth of Christ. But was it actually real? Phil and Campbell Valentine go in search of the lost …

Popes: The Good, the Bad, and the Fallible

September 23rd, 2020

23:11

There are over a billion Catholics in the world, and the Pope is the leader of the Catholic Church. Some have been fantastic, others have been …

Cats: The History of the Mysterious Feline

September 20th, 2020

18:42

We couldn't do an episode on dogs without following up with cats. These elusive and mysterious creatures were once treated as gods. Some still treat …

Da Vinci: Painter, Sculptor, Scientist, Inventor

September 16th, 2020

22:04

There may have been people with higher IQs, but there has never been someone who excelled in so many different areas like Leonardo da Vinci. From …

Ever Wondered? Part 01: Things You've Always Wondered About

September 13th, 2020

18:52

Ever wondered how fireflies light up? Ever wonder why Americans drive on the right side of the road? Ever wondered why the sky is blue? Wonder no more as Phil and Campbell Valentine answer some of the questions we've …

Dogs: From Wolves to Man's Best Friend

September 9th, 2020

21:24

Dog is man's best friend, but how did they go from wolves to poodles? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of the canine, and how …

Sumer: The First Civilization

September 6th, 2020

20:54

Sumer was the very first organized human civilization. It was located in what is now modern-day Iraq. How important is Sumer? It was the civilization that gave us mathematics, irrigation, and the wheel. Phil and …

Conspiracies Part 3: From the Lost Middle Ages to Lost Cosmonauts

September 2nd, 2020

23:44

Some say the Middle Ages never existed. Some say Queen Elizabeth was actually not a queen at all. Some say FDR was tipped off about the attack on Pearl Harbor, but allowed it to happen anyway. Phil and Campbell …

Einstein: Celebrity Genius

August 30th, 2020

19:35

The name Einstein is synonymous with genius. How smart was he? Some of his theories are still debated today. He left an indelible mark on science. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the interesting life of one of the …

Rock & Roll: How it All Got Started

August 26th, 2020

23:22

Obviously the entire history of rock & roll is too much for one episode. Instead, Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the origins of rock & …

Future Part 02: What Does the Next Decade Hold?

August 23rd, 2020

22:28

The first one was so popular it demanded a part 2. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some predictions made back in the 1960s of what life would …

Egypt:

August 19th, 2020

22:07

Egypt just may be the greatest civilizations of all time. Ancient Egypt literally spanned almost 3,000 years. Thirty centuries of pharaohs, innovation, inventions, and, of course, the pyramids. From King Menes to …

Murder: In Room 1046

August 16th, 2020

18:57

Campbell Valentine tells the tale of a bizarre murder in Kansas City at the President Hotel in the 1930s. A mysterious man checks in under an assumed name then ends up brutally murdered in the hotel. What exactly …

Diana: Princess of Wales

August 12th, 2020

27:33

She captured the heart of the world. Her tragic marriage was only surpassed by her tragic death. No one will forget that shy, pretty girl who was plucked from obscurity to become the most famous woman on Earth. Phil and …

Intoxication: The History of High

August 9th, 2020

21:55

Everything has a history, and so does intoxication. Some intoxicants were happened upon purely by accident, but intoxicants have both destroyed societies and helped us toast others. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk the …

World War I: A History of the Great War

August 5th, 2020

25:52

The Great War, the Big One, the war to end all wars. World War I was so horrific people thought it could never happen again. Oh, how wrong they were. …

Detectives: The History of the Detective Genre

August 2nd, 2020

17:39

Detective movies and TV shows have become a stereotype, but like every stereotype there's a morsel of truth. Where did the detective we know and love come from? Phil and Campbell Valentine are on the case.

What Ever Happened To...Part 01: Steve from Blue's Clues, Vanilla Ice, Rick Astley, and more

July 29th, 2020

20:23

What ever happened to Steve from Blue's Clues, or Vanilla Ice, or Nick Cage, or Rick Astley, or Danny Bonaduce from the Partridge Family? Wonder no more. Your answers await inside this episode.

Declassified: Now It Can Be Told

July 26th, 2020

22:04

There are so many secrets kept by governments. Some have to do with national defense. Some are just plain embarrassing. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some intriguing state secrets that have finally been …

Law: Some of the Wackiest Defenses in History

July 22nd, 2020

20:37

Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most outrageous defense claims ever in the history of law. Everything from the evil twin to the …

Psychology Part 02: Strange Disorders That Will Blow Your Mind

July 19th, 2020

19:11

Have you ever heard of a psychological disorder that only allows you to remember the last 90 minutes? How about one where you think your wife is a …

Twistory Part 3: History with a Twist

July 15th, 2020

23:57

Oh, the twistory continues. Phil and Campbell Valentine are back with more twists on history, including the Battle of Los Angeles and the real story behind the suicide of Ernest Hemingway. Get ready for some twisted …

Oddities: Some of the Most Unusual People in History

July 12th, 2020

18:07

They used to call them freaks, but that's a little insensitive. These are folks down through history who were amazingly different. The bearded lady …

Mad Rulers: The Most Harebrained Highnesses in History

July 8th, 2020

28:32

Yeah, yeah, we know all about Hitler and Mao. What about these kooky rulers that were more nuts than dangerous? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk …

Paris: From the City of Swamps to the City of Light

July 5th, 2020

22:06

The city of lights, the city of love. Paris hasn't always been the city of fashion and culture. It once was the city of swamps, believe it or not. …

Work: Why We Do It, and How's It's Changed

July 1st, 2020

20:00

Why do we work? Some are asking themselves that question right now, but work, like everything else, has a history. How we work and why is all …

Science: The History of Weird Science

June 28th, 2020

20:07

Everything has a history, including science. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the origins of science, and how far we've come over the years. From early experiments to a real-life Frankenstein's monster.

Firsts: The Things We Take for Granted

June 24th, 2020

18:04

Somebody had to be first. So many of the things we take for granted were quite innovative. Everything from the first city to the first watch to …

Poe: The Mysterious Life of an American Original

June 21st, 2020

23:12

Edgar Allan Poe is one of America's best known writers. He's also one of the most misunderstood. A lot of that comes from an obituary written by an arch rival. Phil and Campbell Valentine explain as they explore the …

Scams: The Biggest Con Men in History

June 17th, 2020

19:44

Scams date back at least to the ancient Greeks. Ever heard the saying beware of Greeks bearing gifts? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the biggest scams in history, from the Trojan Horse to Ponzi to Madoff.

Genetics: The Little Things That Make Us Different

June 7th, 2020

21:55

Our genetic makeup is mostly the same. It's the little differences that we all notice. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how we've evolved …

Secret Societies: The Most Secretive in History

June 3rd, 2020

25:42

We are fascinated with secret societies. The more secretive, the more we have to know. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where these groups …

Universe: Is it Really Infinite?

May 31st, 2020

21:37

How vast is the universe? Humans have been speculating for centuries. Phil and Campbell Valentine put it in perspective, and share some amazing …

Survival Part 02: The Harrowing Tales of Staying Alive

May 27th, 2020

22:31

To what lengths will people go to survive? You will not believe some of the true stories Phil and Campbell Valentine share about people who overcame all odds just for Survival. Part 2.

Books Part 02: From Lord of the Rings to Dr. Suess

May 24th, 2020

19:23

Phil and Campbell Valentine revisit the Books theme with a look at Lord of the Rings, the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and some interesting facts about …

'70s: Disco, Watergate, and the Blockbuster Movies

May 20th, 2020

25:00

The PodGOATs take on another decade. This time it's the '70s, a time of Watergate, disco, and the decade when rock and roll grew up. Phil and …

Coincidences Part 02: Strange and Inexplicable Occurrences

May 17th, 2020

21:24

The second part in the Coincidences series, Phil and Campbell Valentine look at some of the most bizarre coincidences in history from a murder attempt that succeeded years later to the final resting place of a Canadian …

Mysteries Part 3: More Unsolved Mysteries from the Past

May 13th, 2020

24:48

The PodGOATs continue their series of Mysteries with some unsolved cases including the disappearance of a lighthouse crew, a dancing plague, and a …

Reality: What is it Really?

May 10th, 2020

22:23

What exactly is reality? Sounds like a strange question until you really dig deep into the answer. Phil and Campbell Valentine do just that, and find that reality may not be exactly what you think it is.

Franklin: A Biography

May 6th, 2020

24:16

Ben Franklin is one of the most colorful figures in American history. He's also one of the most important. From his inventions to his writings to his …

Scientology: Religion or Cult?

May 3rd, 2020

21:11

What exactly is Scientology? Where did it come from? Is it a religion or a cult? Phil and Campbell Valentine delve into this murky world and provide …

Heartthrobs: The Biggest in History

April 29th, 2020

25:31

Who are the biggest heartthrobs of all time? And who was the first? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of heartthrobdom, and some of the hottest stars of all time.

Communication: How We Came to Message One Another

April 26th, 2020

20:52

Ever thought about how we communicate? It's not just by speech. There's body language, sign language, even smoke signals. And animals communicate too. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of communication.

Children: Famous Kids in History

April 22nd, 2020

22:17

We've all been children. Some are easier than others. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of raising kids, and some of the more famous children down through history.

Tokyo: Success from the Ashes

April 19th, 2020

21:01

The PodGOATs world tour of cities continues. This time we're off to one of the most densely-populated cities on the planet. Tokyo totally remade …

Houses: The Biggest, the Smallest, and the Strangest

April 15th, 2020

22:56

Houses are something most of us have in common. Most are pretty ordinary. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most unusual houses in …

Archaeology: The True-Life Indiana Joneses

April 12th, 2020

23:52

Most of us think of Indiana Jones when we think of archaeology. There are some real-life Indys out there, and their discoveries top anything in …

Dreams: Why We Dream and Some That Came True

April 8th, 2020

20:23

We all dream, but what do they mean? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about why we dream, and some actual dreams that became reality and went on to change the world.

Doomsday-Part 2: Eight Ways the World Could End

April 5th, 2020

25:55

'Doomsday' was the PodGOATs' very first episode. Now Phil and Campbell Valentine return to explore all sorts of ways the world could end. With their …

Singers: The Greatest of All Time

April 1st, 2020

28:38

We love people who can sing. Those who can do it really well become big stars. And some who can't also become big stars. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the greatest singers in history.

Churchill:A Biography

March 29th, 2020

24:30

Few historical figures are as interesting as Winston Churchill. This unlikely curmugeon became a wartime hero during World War II. His steady hand and unwavering opposition to Hitler saved England and may have saved the …

Gamechangers: Sports

March 25th, 2020

21:24

From football to basketball to track and field to boxing, there have been a lot of events that defined sports. Phil and Campbell Valentine pick their biggest gamechangers in sports.

Actors: The History of Thespians

March 22nd, 2020

25:05

Acting is an old profession, but maybe not as old as you think. And actors weren't always held in such high esteem. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk …

Vegas: The City the Mob Built

March 18th, 2020

25:24

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Not hardly. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of Las Vegas, a city that really never sleeps. The mob, the money, the merriment, the murder.

Crime: Sometimes It Does Pay

March 15th, 2020

24:30

Some of us seem to be hardwired for crime. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of some of the most devious criminal minds and some who were just plain stupid.

Humans: How We Emerged to Rule the Planet

March 11th, 2020

22:02

We're only human, but where did we come from? Some of the answers may surprise you. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of the human race and how we all got where we are.

Entrepreneurs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ones Who Didn't Quite Make It

March 8th, 2020

20:50

Entrepreneurs are what make capitalism work. People who take risks to create something new. It's where we get all the innovation. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the more famous ones. And infamous ones …

Personality: What Makes Us All Different

March 4th, 2020

22:33

There are so many types of personalities, and there are so many things that go into developing one's personality. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how personalities actually change over time, and how smelling our …

Death: Famous People and the Way They Left This Earth

March 1st, 2020

21:35

It's something we'll all face sooner or later. Some come through it more gracefully than others. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some notable …

Power: The History of Man's Urge to Control

February 26th, 2020

20:20

Men—and some women—have craved power for centuries. And many are willing to do anything to get it. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history …

War: The History and How Warfare Has Changed

February 23rd, 2020

24:20

We've always been at war. Why is that? Phil and Campbell Valentine take a deep dive into war. Why we fight, how warfare has changed, and the chance that humans will ever stop fighting each other.

Transportation: The History of Gettin' Around

February 19th, 2020

25:14

Humans are restless. We like to go places. We like to explore. We need transportation. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of …

Magazines: Periodicals That Defined the Decades

February 16th, 2020

22:10

Once you start thinking about it there are tons of magazines. Not all of them have been successful. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of …

Heists: Some of the Most Daring in History

February 12th, 2020

20:54

It's bad but we seem to glorify master thieves. Steal the purse out of my car and you're garbage. Steal a priceless diamond and you're the coolest …

Ghosts Part 2: Tales That Will Give You Chills

February 9th, 2020

22:11

What's up with our fascination with ghosts? For some reason we just can't get enough of them. Thus part 2 of this subject. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk mysterious ghost ships and more cabin ghost stories.

Urban Legends Part 2: Cryptozoology and Whatever That Means

February 5th, 2020

27:19

This Urban Legends episode focuses on animals. At least that's what people say these things are. Nobody's for certain. But Phil and Campbell Valentine also talk about an animal that used to be as mysterious as Bigfoot.

Internet: Where Would We Be Without It?

February 2nd, 2020

25:06

Talk about something we take for granted, the Internet is omnipresent. When it goes down we're in a panic. What in the world did we do before we had it? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where the Internet came …

Assassins: The History of Hitmen

January 29th, 2020

21:24

What is it with us and assassins? If they're killing people we deem to be the bad guys then they're the greatest thing ever. Generally, however, assassins are some nasty people. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about …

Royalty: Our Fascination with Monarchs

January 26th, 2020

23:35

Throughout history we have had rulers and the ruled. What makes someone want to lord over others? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the good and …

Books: The History of Written Stories

January 22nd, 2020

22:35

We love books. They inform us. They entertain us. They take us to far away places we can only dream of visiting. Books have a rich history, and Phil and Campbell Valentine explore where books came from and how they …

Vacations: The Evolution of the Getaway

January 19th, 2020

22:43

Studies show that taking some time off away from work is good for you, but where and when did vacations begin. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of vacations and some of their own more memorable ones.

Fairy Tales: The Grimm Truth

January 15th, 2020

20:40

Once upon a time there were two podcasters talking about fairy tales. What they revealed was that not all fairy tales live happily ever after. Some were actually very dark. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the …

Prophecies: History's Most Incredible Prognosticators

January 12th, 2020

25:48

Prophecies aren't just found in the Bible. People have been making predictions since the beginning of time, some with uncanny accuracy. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at history's most incredible prophecies.

Comedy: The History of Hilarity

January 8th, 2020

25:37

We love to laugh. Doctors even tell us it's good for us. Like everything, comedy has a history. And that history has changed over the years. Phil and …

Beauty: The Ever-changing History of Attractiveness

January 5th, 2020

22:06

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How true that is. Collectively we as a society decide beauty norms and they're different from culture …

Hoaxes: The Biggest Hoodwinks and Bamboozles in History

January 1st, 2020

24:07

Just how gullible is the public? As is turns out, pretty darn gullible. Hucksters have taken advantage of our naiveté by concocting some elaborate …

100th Episode Special: A Look Back Over the Past Year

December 31st, 2019

22:32

Phil and Campbell Valentine reach the milestone of 100 episodes. They look back over the past year at some of their more humorous moments.

Space: Are We Alone?

December 29th, 2019

25:03

Space has always captured our imagination. Especially Campbell's. He and Phil talk about what we know is out there and what we fear might be out there as the Valentines explore the final frontier.

Disappearances-Part 2: More Inexplicable Vanishings

December 25th, 2019

25:28

People just go inexplicably missing. These cases confound authorities and capture our imagination. Some ended up being solved, others never do. Phil …

Magic: The History of Illusion

December 22nd, 2019

21:28

We're all fascinated with magic. More nefarious men and women have used the public's ignorance of magic to their own advantage. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of magic and why we're still so fascinated.

'60s: Bond, Beads, Bongs, and Beatles

December 18th, 2019

21:56

What a decade. Turbulent, tragic, turning point, and a lot of other T-words. Beatles, JFK, MLK, RFK, flower power, turn on, drop out, Vietnam, Civil …

Animals: The Wacky, the Wild, the Deadly

December 15th, 2019

21:23

Who doesn't love animals? Well, before you answer that, there were once animals that roamed the earth that were terrifying. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the cuddliest and some of the deadliest animals …

Christmas: The History of This Magical Season

December 11th, 2019

23:19

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Do you know where some of its most cherished traditions come from? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk …

Toys: The Magic, the Fun, the History

December 8th, 2019

20:11

Toys have a history, and it's a rich one full of fun and joy. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of toys as well as some of their …

Language: The History of Why We Talk Like We Do

December 4th, 2019

22:56

We take for granted how we communicate, but language is essential to our lives. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of language, specifically English, and why we use phrases like mumbo jumbo and OK. The …

Natural Disasters: A History of Nature's Awesomeness

December 1st, 2019

25:41

Of all the scary things, nature can be the scariest of all. From earthquakes to hurricanes to fires, according to some sources, the awesome power of nature destroys more lives than wars. Phil and Campbell Valentine …

Thanksgiving: The Origin and the Traditions

November 27th, 2019

24:02

We all love the holiday, but do we really know our origin history? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where Thanksgiving comes from, when it …

Misconceptions: Things You Always Thought Were True but Aren't

November 24th, 2019

23:03

We hear things our entire lives that we just take for granted. A lot of it, as it turns out, is just not true. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some common misconceptions that you've probably never even questioned.

Coincidences: Bizarre but True Twists of Fate

November 20th, 2019

22:24

When things happen by chance we take notice. What are the odds? we always ask. What are the odds indeed. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at crazy coincidences that will blow your mind.

London: The History of The Old Smoke

November 17th, 2019

22:15

The PodGOATs world tour resumes with a favorite destination: London. The city dates back to Roman times. It had a major facelift by the French about a thousand years ago. And those people didn't always talk that way.

Bad Girls: Evil Women in History

November 13th, 2019

24:11

You thought guys could be wicked. Wow! Check out these evil women. They put some of the bad guys to shame. Phil and Campbell delve into the histories …

Serial Killers: The Scariest Dudes on the Planet

November 10th, 2019

23:00

Not much of anything is as creepy as a serial killer. Turns out they have a lot of traits in common. Looks like we'd see them coming. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most notorious serial killers in …

Technology: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

November 6th, 2019

20:41

We love it. We hate it. It makes our lives so much easier. It makes them so much more complicated. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk tech. Where we've come from, where we're going. And the frightening prospects that may …

Mistakes: Historical Blunders and Billion-dollar Bloopers

November 3rd, 2019

21:38

Mistakes are supposed to be bad and some are. Phil and Campbell talk about some of the biggest blunders in history. But some mistakes turn out great. The GOATs also explore everyday things we take for granted that were …

'50s: The Last Decade of Innocence

October 30th, 2019

27:06

Few decades are as pivotal as the 1950s. It's almost like the last decade of innocence before America grew up. So much changed in the '50s in …

Music Part 2: From Mozart to Manilow

October 27th, 2019

22:52

There's so much Phil and Campbell Valentine didn't cover in Music Part 1. Like who's the best singer of all time? They also get into some of the classic composers like Mozart and Beethoven. And some of the greatest …

Small Towns: What Makes Them So Special

October 23rd, 2019

24:39

Small towns just make you feel good. Life is simpler and, we like to think, more wholesome. And a surprising number of presidents and celebrities are …

Mysteries Part 2: Unsolved Cases from Around the Globe

October 20th, 2019

21:44

We all love a good mystery. These are some great ones. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some unsolved mysteries. Some have baffled …

Halloween: The History

October 16th, 2019

25:29

Halloween just may be the most popular holiday. Where'd it come from? Why do we celebrate it? Why all the crazy costumes? Phil and Campbell Valentine …

Movies Part 2: Interesting Movie Trivia and Scary Movies

October 13th, 2019

23:18

They covered the history of movies in Part 1. Now Phil and Campbell Valentine delve into specific genres, like horror movies. Why do we love to be scared? Also, sometimes things get lost in the translation when …

Witches: Separating Truth from Fiction

October 9th, 2019

21:20

We think of witches around Halloween, but that's just hype. Witches have been around for centuries. But are they real? Well, that depends on what 'witch' means. Phil and Campbell Valentine dispel some of the myths and …

Luck: Is There Really Such a Thing?

October 6th, 2019

25:29

We say we don't believe in luck, but we've all hoped, prayed, or asked for it before. Is luck real? Phil and Campbell Valentine look at how luck has …

Ghosts: Do You Believe?

October 2nd, 2019

22:23

Do you believe in ghosts? Hauntings go back to earliest recorded history. There are harmless ghosts and then there are ghosts that get downright …

Pirates: They Were Far Worse Than We Thought

September 29th, 2019

23:45

Pirates are some of the most dastardly people who ever roamed the seven seas, yet we're fascinated with them. We even glorify them. Phil and Campbell Valentine look into the true history of pirates.

Celebrities: Why We Can't Get Enough

September 25th, 2019

23:19

We love 'em. Sometimes the more dastardly they are the more we're obsessed. What makes someone famous? And where did this all start. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the odd world of celebrities.

New York: The History of the Big Apple

September 22nd, 2019

25:18

New York is the city that never sleeps, but it does nap on occasion. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how a sleepy little Dutch village became the financial center of the world. Packed with excitement, …

Jailbreaks: The Most Daring in History

September 18th, 2019

21:19

It's rare, but criminals do manage to break out of jail. The odd thing is oftentimes we cheer them on! Phil and Campbell Valentine take a look at some of the most daring and exciting jailbreaks in history.

Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Stupid

September 15th, 2019

23:10

Social media have become a large part of our lives. How did all this start? And where is it going? Phil and Campbell Valentine take a deep dive into our screen addiction, for better or worse.

Evil: The Stories Behind Some of History's Most Vile People

September 11th, 2019

22:57

We all know evil when we see it, but what makes people evil? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the dark side of human nature and what made some of the most evil people in history tick.

Radio: The History and Phil's Funny Radio War Stories

September 8th, 2019

26:56

Radio is one of those things we sort of take for granted, but when it first hit it was the biggest thing since sliced bread. (Actually, radio's older …

Aliens Part 2: Is There Evidence Here on Earth?

September 4th, 2019

26:41

How plausible is it that we've been visited by extraterrestrials? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the evidence out there and the probability that we're not alone in the universe. And a scientist who …

Thieves: Why We Admire the Really Good Ones

September 1st, 2019

28:51

Of all the criminals out there for some reason we're fascinated with the thief. No, we actually celebrate thieves. Good ones, that is. From jewel thieves to art thieves, Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the art of …

Urban Legends: Some Are Actually True!

August 28th, 2019

27:18

We've all heard the urban legends. Some are told as fact but are complete fabrications. Others are too crazy to be true but are. Phil and Campbell …

Explorers: Our Insatiable Appetite for New Worlds

August 25th, 2019

29:22

What is it about humans and exploring? We're curious by nature which has led to some daring expeditions. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the more interesting explorers, and explorations that continue to …

Money: How It Came to Be and Where It's Going

August 21st, 2019

28:00

Money makes the world go around, but where did it come from and how did it start? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore everything from the first coin and paper money to cryptocurrency.

Doctors: The History of the Real and the Fictional

August 18th, 2019

26:12

Doctors command a lot of respect. When did all that start? Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the origins of medicine as well as some famous TV doctors and one cocky surgeon who managed to kill not only his patient but …

Conspiracies Part 2: From Royal Vampires to Jeffrey Epstein

August 14th, 2019

28:30

There are conspiracies. The intriguing part is figuring out which ones are real and which ones require a tinfoil hat. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore more conspiracies from Jeffrey Epstein to the Denver airport …

Television: Our Fascination with the Boob Tube

August 11th, 2019

27:04

Television may be the single most influential invention ever. We get our information and entertainment from it. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk …

Oceans: What Really Lies Beneath the Surface?

August 7th, 2019

27:32

The oceans of Earth are as mysterious as space. We've yet to discover even a fraction of them. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about what we know about oceans and what might lie beneath the surface.

Traditions: Where Do They Come From?

August 4th, 2019

26:06

Traditions bind us together. Many are old. Some old traditions are actually relatively new. We just think they're old. Phil and Campbell Valentine …

Twistory Part 2: History with a Twist

July 31st, 2019

25:05

An old favorite is back for Part 2. More fascinating stories you've probably never heard. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of history's …

Fads: What Were We Thinking?

July 28th, 2019

26:47

Fads come and go. Few ever last. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some historic fads and some hilarious ones from each of their generations.

Fear: Phobias, Nightmares, and Why We're Scared

July 24th, 2019

25:04

No matter how brave you are everybody fears something. There's practically a 'phobia' for everything. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about why we fear and some of the more common phobias and some of the more unusual …

Superheroes: From Superman and Beyond

July 21st, 2019

22:51

We've always had heroes, in real life and in fiction, but the superhero grew out of the Great Depression. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the …

Treasures Part 2: From Religious Relics to El Dorado

July 17th, 2019

28:32

Phil and Campbell Valentine revisit a subject that sets the imagination on fire. Treasures. There's more to treasures than gold. They also discuss …

Fashion: The History of Why We Wear What We Wear

July 14th, 2019

27:38

First came clothes, then came fashion. Why do we wear clothes? And where did fashion come from. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the origins of fashion and some of the more bizarre tastes down through history. 

Disappearances: From the Freaky to the Faked

July 10th, 2019

26:42

Thousands of people disappear every year, many without a trace. Some are the work of foul play. Some are accidents. Many are on purpose. Phil and …

Sitcoms: How They Started and How They've Evolved

July 7th, 2019

29:31

Sitcoms have been around almost since the invention of television. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how they came to be and some groundbreaking sitcoms in TV history.

Rivalries: History's Greatest Competitions

July 3rd, 2019

27:49

It's competition that makes us better. With rivalries it's sometimes competition that makes us deader. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the greatest rivalries in history from business to sports to families …

Lies: Why We Just Can't Stop

June 30th, 2019

21:30

It may be the original sin. We've been lying since the very beginning, but why? And are we the only animals that lie? Phil and Campbell explore the interesting world of lying and turn up some surprising facts.

Cars: Why We Love 'em and How They Changed the World

June 26th, 2019

26:58

America is still in love with the automobile. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of cars and how they've changed everything from how we get from Point A to Point B to dating.

Birth Order: Does it Really Matter?

June 23rd, 2019

26:54

A lot is made about your personality and your birth order. Is it true? Phil Valentine and Campbell Valentine explore the theories and apply them to …

Cooking: How it Shapes Cultures Around the World

June 19th, 2019

21:47

Whether or not you like to cook, we all love to eat. Cooking is what separates us from the animals. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the origins of cooking, how it's transformed societies, and how it defines a …

Disney: The Magic, the Mystery, the History

June 16th, 2019

24:29

We all have memories made by Disney. After two failed starts, Walt and Roy Disney created a company that is as much a part of American culture as …

Psychology: Are we all crazy?

June 12th, 2019

27:56

Are we all nuts? Probably. Take a look at the myriad psychological disorders and it's likely we all have a few. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk …

Sports: The History of Our Obsession

June 9th, 2019

25:16

We love sports. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the origins of some of the most popular sports in the world, as well as some crazy sports that …

Inventions: The Wonderful and the Wacky

June 5th, 2019

24:44

Inventions have made our lives more convenient. Many have even saved lives. But some are just plain wacky. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some inventions that have transformed our lives, and others that were …

Games: What They Are and Why We Love 'em

June 2nd, 2019

27:50

Games are different from a challenge or a competition. Humans love a good game. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about why we love 'em as well as some of the more interesting games throughout history.

Authors: Those We Love, Those We Hate

May 29th, 2019

27:42

The GOATs talk about their favorite authors and their least favorite authors. They also tell some 'little known facts' about some famous writers. And a bonus cabin ghost story in this episode.

Pranks: The Greatest Practical Jokes

May 26th, 2019

27:05

Who doesn't love a good prank? Well, unless you're the one being pranked. Phil and Campbell Valentine recall some of the best ones from their personal experiences as well as epic pranks that deserve to be in the …

Scandals: Seedy, Tawdry, and Irresistible

May 22nd, 2019

27:09

Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most famous scandals of all time. Everything from Watergate to O.J. to the Kennedys. They also explore why we can't get enough of scandals.

Art: What Makes Art Art

May 19th, 2019

30:08

What is art, really? Phil and Campbell explore what constitutes art. Everything from the Mona Lisa to Andy Warhol. They also talk about some wild …

Presidents: Odd and Hilarious Stories About the Commanders-in-chief

May 15th, 2019

28:26

Few things are more interesting than the office of the presidency of the United States. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the office and some of the interesting stories of those who occupied it.

Mothers: Fond and Funny Memories From Our Childhoods

May 12th, 2019

24:38

Mothers are so special. Phil and Campbell talk about growing up, getting into trouble, and motherly advice they remember most. 

Gamechangers: People in History Who Changed the World

May 8th, 2019

25:11

Phil and Campbell offer up their top 3 people in history who changed the world. These are people who altered the trajectory of the future for good or bad. 

Pets: The History and the Hysterical Stories

May 5th, 2019

27:26

We've had pets for thousands of years. Why do we love our pets like we do? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of pet ownership as well as some hysterical stories of their own pets.

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Cults: The History of the Creepy and the Bizarre

May 1st, 2019

26:28

What's the difference between a religion and a cult? Where does the word 'cult' come from. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of …

Love: The History and the Mystery

April 28th, 2019

28:25

Love is the most powerful thing on Earth. It has pitted nations against one another and inspired a billion songs. But what exactly is it? Phil and …

Religion: Even Atheists Can't Resist Talking About It

April 24th, 2019

30:17

Everybody has an opinion. Phil and Campbell give theirs. Why are humans drawn to religion? What makes a legitimate religion? Are people starting to shun organized religion? A fascinating and sometimes humorous …

High School: How It's Changed and How It's Stayed the Same

April 21st, 2019

25:59

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. High School. For some it was an awkward time of coming of age. For others it was the pinnacle of …

Names: Why We Have 'em and Why We Need 'em

April 17th, 2019

29:17

Why do we have names? Did you know we're not the only animals to give each other names? And last names are relatively new in some parts of the world. Phil & Campbell Valentine talk about all that and more.

Alcohol: The History of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

April 14th, 2019

30:16

Whether you're a drinker or not, alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. Phil and Campbell explore the storied history of …

Advertising: You Will Not Believe What's in This Episode!

April 10th, 2019

33:19

Advertising is all around us. We like to think we're not susceptible, but everybody has their weakness. Phil and Campbell talk about the ingenious ways advertisers exploit that weakness on this episode of The PodGOATs.

Superstition: Our Obsession with Good and Bad Luck

April 7th, 2019

38:42

Are you superstitious? Do you own a rabbit's foot or throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder when you spill it? Do you have any idea why? Wonder no …

Aliens: Are We Alone?

April 3rd, 2019

34:29

Are we alone? Do we have any way of knowing? Should we care? Phil & Campbell explore the prospects of life on other planets and what we would do …

Doppelgängers: Hilarious Stories of People Who Look Alike

March 31st, 2019

36:34

Do you have a twin somewhere in the world? Phil and Campbell talk about uncanny likenesses between two totally unrelated people. And funny and interesting stories of how doppelgängers take advantage of the situation.

Beatles: Why We're Still Obsessed

March 27th, 2019

36:17

It's been decades since their breakup, yet we're still obsessed with the Beatles. Why? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the phenomenon known as Beatlemania.

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Movies: The PodGOATs Give Their Top 3

March 24th, 2019

34:09

Most everyone loves movies. Phil & Campbell offer up their top 3 favorite movies and a discussion in general about what movies have meant to us.

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Storytelling: An Art as Old as Time

March 20th, 2019

35:56

When did storytelling start? It has a rather useful function and is uniquely human. Phil and Campbell explore the history of storytelling and how it …

Dating: The History and Rituals of Courtship

March 17th, 2019

31:28

Phil and Campbell talk about the history of dating, how it began, and how it's evolved. They also talk about their own experiences in dating and how …

Treasures: From the Ark of the Covenant to Oak Island

March 13th, 2019

34:01

We've been obsessed with treasures since almost the dawn of man. Stories of lost shipwrecks and buried gold tickle our imaginations. How much …

Time: What Is It and Why Are We Obsessed With It?

March 10th, 2019

34:17

We don't give much thought to it, but what exactly is time? And why are we so obsessed with it? The PodGOATs tackle this timely subject.

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Twistory: History with a Twist

March 6th, 2019

26:44

The PodGOATs talk about history with a twist. A Polish soldier that struck fear in the hearts of the enemy. The twist on how WWI was started. Julius …

Fatherhood: Part 2

March 3rd, 2019

28:59

Phil and Campbell continue their talk about growing up, getting into trouble, and fatherly advice they remember most. This is Part 2 of a two-part series.

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Fatherhood: Part 1

February 27th, 2019

32:59

Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about growing up, getting into trouble, and fatherly advice they remember most. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.

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Mobsters: Where They Came From and Who They Are

February 24th, 2019

32:36

The mafia hasn't been in America all that long, relatively speaking. Where did they come from and how did they get here? The GOATs explore those questions and talk about mobsters in general and how prevalent the mob is …

Future: We can't predict the future...or can we?

February 20th, 2019

36:51

We're fascinated with the future. We read horoscopes, consult psychics, even read the tea leaves. But do we really want to know? And will AI one day …

Survival: Amazing (and Funny) Stories of Stayin' Alive

February 18th, 2019

33:53

Amazing stories of survival from people who were determined to live. Phil & Campbell tell unbelievable and sometimes humorous tales of survival. PLUS: Another ghost story from the haunted cabin.

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Attraction: The Science and Secrets of the World's Greatest Pick-up Artists

February 13th, 2019

34:20

What makes us attracted to other people? Believe it or not, there's a science to it. The GOATs talk about the science behind attraction and some of the people who've cracked the code.

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Mysteries: History's Greatest Puzzles Explained

February 10th, 2019

34:20

The Egyptian pyramids, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Jack the Ripper. The GOATs talk about some of history's biggest mysteries. Campbell also tells a …

Music: Why We Love It

February 6th, 2019

36:25

Music is an integral part of our lives, but why? The GOATs look at why we're nuts about music.

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Gamechangers: Events in History That Changed the World

January 28th, 2019

35:55

Phil and Campbell give their top 3 events that changed the world. These are historic events that altered the trajectory of the future. Gamechangers, if you will.

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Conspiracies: Power, Corruption, and World-dominating Lizard People

January 27th, 2019

36:23

The nefarious world of conspiracy theories. Are they true? Are they actually contrived by the conspirators to throw everyone off? Phil and Campbell Valentine offer their opinions. PLUS: Another bonus ghost story from …

Tribes: How Social Media has Turned Us Into Loners

January 27th, 2019

32:47

How man came to form tribes and how our getting away from that basic instinct is having negative effects on us. The GOATs also discuss a unique anechoic sound chamber and a remote island still untouched by modern humans.

Spies: Real and Fictional and Why We Love 'em

January 27th, 2019

33:25

The PodGOATs talk about spies—both real and fictional—as well as real spy operations gone wrong. Phil also does his impersonation of Sean Connery as James Bond.

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Doomsday: Preparing for Armageddon in the Funniest Way Possible

January 24th, 2019

33:25

What happens if the electrical grid goes down? Phil and Campbell Valentine look at some of the scenarios the experts say might happen if we're hit …

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