Awesome Podcast Episodes That Stunned Me

A curated episode list by
joshmorel
Creation Date August 17th, 2018
Updated Date Updated July 3rd, 2019
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These podcast episodes surprised me in some way to the extent that I needed to share. Take a listen and wait for your "wow" moment.
Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.
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joshmorel

What shocked me more than anything was how utterly engaged I remained during truly long form 5-part podcast episode lasting over 15 hours. The reading of Captain Charlie May's letter home on the day of his death was something that will be hard to forget. I'd call this art.
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joshmorel

The escapades of this renaissance genius were truly shocking. Caravaggio represents the truest definition of a lowlife. Bonkers that his work now takes in more than $100 million.
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The Deadly Dancing Plague of 1518
Unexplained Mysteries
From July to September 1518, the citizens of Strasbourg took to the streets to dance. And dance. And dance. A strange phenomenon took over and led people to dance to their deaths. But what caused this strange plague? And why did it suddenly stop? 
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joshmorel

The theory presented to explain this bizarre outbreak would have been hard to believe if it wasn't for the empathetic examination of life for 16th century European peasants.
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Episode #66- Who Was the Mother of the Occult? (Part I)
Our Fake History
There are few stranger figures from the 19th century than Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Her absolutely unbelievable life story has puzzled biographers since the 1800s. Nevertheless, her occult spiritual philosophy would end up being remarkably influential. Was Helena Blavatsky truly a modern sage gifted with improbable spiritual powers? Or, was she just another 19th century huckster duping the naive? Tune in and find out how Tartar Shamans, ghost boxes, and a magician who pretends to be Chinese all play a role in the story.      
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joshmorel

The story of Helena Blavatsky was truly bizarre. Also strange is her many influences on modern culture - yoga in the west, new age, Dr. Strange and the myth of Aryan race supremacy. Both Hitler and Gandhi admired her. That's pretty weird.
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Jonestown Massacre
Conspiracy Theories
At the command of Jim Jones, more than 900 followers of The Peoples Temple drank a beverage laced with cyanide in an act that Jones labeled “revolutionary suicide”. Jones himself was found dead from a shot to the head. But the details of this mass suicide doesn't quite line up. Was this truly a mass suicide, or was it a mass murder? And did Jim Jones fake his own death? 
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joshmorel

Although I already knew this story well, the stunning finale to this tragedy definitely got to me. The analysis of related conspiracy theories gives this 2-parter even more depth.
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Thomas Midgley (Entry 786.ZC0508)
Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John Roderick
In which the world's worst chemist gives everyone lead poisoning, and then puts a hole in the ozone layer as an encore. Certificate #25185 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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joshmorel

What shocked me was how much damage this guy did in his earnest endeavors in industrial chemistry.
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5.19- The Army of the Andes
Revolutions
José de San Martín gets zonked on opium and marches through the Andes. 
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joshmorel

A 19th century revolutionary army, including a women close to giving birth, marches through the Andes. Not only do they survive but they beat the royalists.
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“Revenge Assassin” - Shi Jianqiao
Female Criminals
Shi Jianqiao was a notorious Chinese assassin who avenged her father’s death by executing the warlord responsible. Was she a devoted daughter fulfilling her duty after her father’s unjust murder? Or was she an outlaw vigilante who deserved to be punished for her crime? 
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joshmorel

This is an amazing revenge tale set amid the clash of old Chinese traditions and the modern state. What surprised me most was that I've never heard of this before.
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