Awesome Podcast Episodes That Stunned Me

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Creation Date August 17th, 2018
Updated Date Updated February 24th, 2021
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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.
  1. 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?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  2. 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.        See for privacy and opt-out information.
  3. 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?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  4. 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
  5. 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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