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What if the government actually did cover something up in Roswell? What if yetis exist and are just really shy? What if super-intelligent lizards are wearing human skin suits, influencing international affairs and recording podcasts? Conspiracy theories are cool because they appeal to our evolved logical human brains and our stupid mammal idiot brains. So join comedian and skeptic Katelyn Hempstead as her brilliant friends try to convince her of these and many other conspiracy theories.
 
You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles company that turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear. Each week, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why.
 
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The King of Stuff talks novelist Gigi Levangie, the author of The Starter Wife (which became a TV miniseries), Maneater (which became a TV miniseries), and her latest novel Been There, Married That. She also wrote the screenplay for the movie Stepmom, with Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Jon and Gigi discuss our culture’s conformist impulse, the …
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the community of Bunker celebrated its centennial history. Founded by Sylvanus J. Bunker in 1907, the small community paid tribute to its founders and its history with a weekend commemoration in June of 2007. Under the slogan, “Come Home to Bunker,” there was the traditional opening ceremony, a parade, beauty pag…
 
The King of Stuff rants about the latest news, from immigration fails to filibuster flops, and neo-racist drips to leadership tips. This episode has it all! And instead of adding a tune to the vaunted King of Stuff Spotify playlist, Jon pimps the brilliant BBC comedy “Toast of London” helmed by supergenius Matt Berry. Join the conversation and comm…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that Ms. Christine Brewer appeared on the stage of Shryock Auditorium in Carbondale as a featured artist in the Southern Illinois Music Festival of 2008. For Ms. Brewer this was very much a homecoming. Born and raised in Grand Tower, Illinois, Ms. Brewer graduated from Shawnee Community High School near Wolf Lake, Ill…
 
The King of Stuff talks with Lacy Cooper about the ongoing border crisis. Lacy was the border security section chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. She served 15 years as both a county and federal prosecutor targeting violent offenders, gang members, cartels, and terrorists. She is now Of Counsel with the law firm of Sc…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the city of Ironton, Missouri installed a series of historical markers to identify Civil War sites in the community. Of all the important historic sites in the Arcadia Valley, one that has great significance is where Ulysses S. Grant, on August 8, 1861, received notice of his promotion to the rank of brigadier ge…
 
If you hear the words 'Game Theory' and picture a bunch of old dudes in glasses at Princeton talking about Soviet subs, you are a blind fool. The ideas behind game theory were only called game theory in the mid-20th century. But they've been around for a long long time, and they just might have been first discovered and described by everyone's favo…
 
The King of Stuff talks with Alexandra DeSanctis about the state of the pro-life movement. Alexandra is a staff writer for National Review, a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and regularly offers great reporting on issues of life and religious liberty. We discuss the continuing trials of whistleblower David Daleiden, state le…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the State of Missouri acquired a state flag. The date was March 22, 1913, and this was part of a movement motivated by the development of aluminum flag poles, the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the admission of three new states: Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, all occurring in the early twentieth cen…
 
Are you ready to get EXCITED about SCIENCE??? Our dear friend Ben Dietzel is back on the podcast, and this time he's finally, definitely, for sure figured out what's going on with the earth. And actually the whole universe. Ben's got a bee in his bonnet about the Electric Universe theory, aka the Plasma Universe theory, aka the idea that the univer…
 
The King of Stuff talks with professional artist, writer, and icon carver Jonathan Pageau. Jonathan explores the symbolic structures that underlie our experience of the world through his popular YouTube channel and podcast, titled The Symbolic World. We chat about his long friendship with Jordan Peterson, the failure of the angry “New Atheists,” Or…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday when Professor A. C. Magill stated on February 19, 1955, that colleges are not buildings, classrooms, nor even libraries. Colleges, in his view, consisted of people: teachers, students and staff. And, he stated, one of the greatest teachers to ever serve Southeast Missouri State University was Henry Stephen Moore, a m…
 
Lesbians! You know em, you love em, you are em. But what if we told you that lesbians were actually an invention of the Central Intelligence Agency? What if you were to learn that the very existence of lesbians is an elaborate scam dating back hundreds of years to distract women and keep the patriarchy in power? Sound confusing? You don't even know…
 
With violence in Israel and provocations by Russia, China, and Iran, the world is getting crazier. The King of Stuff talks with Rebecca Heinrichs about the main global hotspots and a troubling report that Russia’s GRU might be using directed-energy weapons against US government personnel. Rebeccah is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute specializing…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the lead mining area of Southeast Missouri was caught up in a tense situation known as the “Flat River Riot.” From the early decades of the 18th century the lead of St. Francois County was of national importance. This was especially true when America was at war. The greatest demand for lead came in the early 20th…
 
What if aliens exist and they just think we're kind of boring? This is the provocative question bravely asked by our guest this week, returning fave Mel Cowan. Mel's ready to dive in to the Zoo Hypothesis, the idea that aliens are out there keeping an eye on our planet, not bugging us, just living their own lives. Buckle up for a nice kind episode …
 
The King of Stuff covers Biden’s failing COVID rhetoric, the left’s love of lockdowns, the good news in Texas, and wonders what on earth Liz Cheney is up to. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon endorses “to some i’m genius” by snow ellet. Sponsored by Kitty Poo Club, The Bradley Foundation J…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the University of Missouri football team achieved one of its greatest victories. The date was Saturday, November 18, 1978 and the Missouri Tigers were in Lincoln, Nebraska to play the second-ranked Cornhuskers. Nebraska had won nines in a row, upset number-one ranked Oklahoma, and had their sights set on a nation…
 
If you've ever shopped at a Trader Joe's, you know the deep and sense of doom that leak out of those palaces of peanut butter pretzels. But why are they so weirdly built, and why are the parking lots such nightmares to navigate? This week, returning champ Jessica McClintock is here to explain her theory on why the parking lots, the aisles, and some…
 
The King of Stuff talks with John J. Jacobson about his new novel, All the Cowboys Ain’t Gone., about a would-be cowboy who joins the French Legion and fights a death cult, Indiana Jones style. Publishers Weekly calls it a “rollicking debut … and a ride worth taking.” John and Jon talk about the book, the creative process, and conservatism in publi…
 
It seems like almost yesterday that a young man from Chaffee, Missouri, joined the United States Marine Corps. The date was October 24, 1933. And, the young man, John H. Craven, went through boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and volunteered for sea duty in order to qualify for admission to the Naval Academy, the only visible option to him…
 
The verdict is in and the King of Stuff talks about Derek Chauvin’s conviction and the bizarre reaction by several progressive leaders. Maxine Waters, Joe Biden, and Minneapolis Mayor Joshua Frey tried to pressure the jury into guilty verdicts: did it work and what are the chances for appeal? Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featurin…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that a new musical sound came up the Mississippi from the south. It moved north with the orchestras of the river excursion boats. Thus, Cape Girardeau was among the first communities in the nation to receive this new music. Almost all large cities on the inland waterways had excursion boats that remained in the commun…
 
Davide Gualandi grew up in Italy. He played in some bad hardcore bands in the 90s and wrote for some fairly respected music magazines in the 2000s. He DJs noisy psychedelic music and supports the weirdos who populate the NYC scene.About the mix:"My midlife crisis brought me to the inevitable purchase of a rotary mixer. Since I'm bad at mixing anywa…
 
The King of Stuff is flying solo to talk about Biden and Fauci’s fumbling of the Covid messaging, the CDC “pausing” Johnson & Johnson’s vax due to a less than one-in-a-million chance of blood clots, and the riots and looting following another Minnesota police shooting. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. J…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the movie, “The Gangs of New York” shocked American audiences with its graphic portrayal of New York City in the middle of the nineteenth century. Martin Scorsese’s 2002 production is a shockingly violent account of the gangland struggle for the territorial control of lower Manhattan. The film grossed over two hu…
 
Jesus Christ. You know him, you love him. But have you heard the theory that Jesus didn't actually die on Good Friday? That he in fact just kind of passed out as a result of sleepy drugs just like Romeo in that play? And that the whole thing was kind of a political stunt? If you haven't (or honestly even if you have) you're gonna want to listen in …
 
Remember when they repealed Net Neutrality and everyone died? The King of Stuff welcomes former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to chat about that 2017 hysteria and how the internet actually improved after he repealed Net Neutrality. His biggest critics warned that his action would silence online voices; today those same people are trying to silence whoever …
 
It seems like almost yesterday that one of the great legends of Southeast Missouri was born. On the afternoon of August 14, 1902, William Helms, a farmer near Hopewell, Missouri stopped to water his horse in a stream under a railroad trestle near Irondale. As he turned to leave he heard the muffled cry of a child. To his great surprise he found the…
 
The King of Stuff welcomes Karol Markowicz to chat about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s troubles, Mayor Bill De Blasio’s schadenfreude, and everything New York. Karol is a Columnist at the New York Post, Contributor to Spectator USA, and a Contributing Writer at Washington Examiner Magazine. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that a young man from Farmington, Missouri, walked on to the pitcher’s mound in New York’s Yankee Stadium for the first game in his major league baseball career. It was Saturday, June 28, 1980, when twenty-four year old Tim Lollar pitched the seventh and eighth innings against the Cleveland Indians, a game the Yankees…
 
Remember when Nevada spent like 18 months counting the votes back in 2020? And remember how they refused to hurry up even as an insurrection was fomenting? And remember how people like to gamble in Nevada? Well this week's guest thinks these terrible memories just might be related. Podcast host Zevon Odelberg stopped by to recount (hehe) his scanda…
 
The King of Stuff welcomes Troy Senik, co-founder and vice president for content for Kite & Key Media. Troy has been a White House speechwriter, a think tank executive, a newspaper columnist, a podcaster, and a “Jeopardy!” Champion. He is currently at work on a biography of President Grover Cleveland. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the first commercial airplane landed at Chicago's Municipal Airport, later Midway Airport. The plane came in from Omaha, Nebraska, with passengers and several bags of mail. The date was December 1, 1927, and it was an historic first for aviation in Chicago. The Boeing Aircraft was piloted by Ira Oris Biffle, from…
 
The King of Stuff welcomes Daniel Foster, Contributing Editor for National Review and writer published in The American Spectator, The American Prospect, the New York Post, and The Onion. Jon and Daniel talk about the mood in DC surrounding Covid and Capitol Hill’s security theater, belated media “corrections,” and Biden’s immigration crisis. Subscr…
 
It seems like Almost Yesterday that hundreds of comic books and magazines, judged as indecent and unfit for children, were ceremonially burned in Cape Girardeau . The date was February 24, 1949, and the location was St. Mary’s High School on the corner of Sprigg and William Streets. This large burning was one of many that emerged across the nation …
 
They're baaaaack! The lovable lads from Hollow Public Radio came back by the Lizard Lair, and this time we're talking bird people. That's right - Grant, Alexis, and Michael have a theory involving the Blue Avians, a race of superintelligent benevolent interdimensional beings who just want to heighten our vibrations. But there's a dark shadow to our…
 
The King of Stuff welcomes Mark Hemingway, a Senior Writer at RealClearInvestigations. You’ve read his work in National Review, The Weekly Standard, Reason, the Washington Examiner … and he co-hosted the late, yet still beloved, podcast The Hemingways with his wife Mollie. Mark also has excellent taste in music so we discuss his band days, and the …
 
It seems like almost yesterday that three veterans of the American Revolution were honored with appropriate markers at Old Bethel Cemetery south of Jackson, Missouri. The three patriots participated in the Revolutionary War and between 1797 and 1806 moved to the Jackson area, acquired land, and joined what is now called “Old Bethel Baptist Church.”…
 
What's up with 5G? Is it a harmless tech upgrade that's making our phones faster? Is it a devious plot by the global elites to scramble our brains and give us cancer? Or is it... a third thing??? This week podcaster and founder of the Black Women In Comedy Festival Marian Yesufu dropped by to explain the real 5G plot. And it's not what you think - …
 
The King of Stuff discusses the cancellation of Dr. Seuss, the woke misspelling of “women,” easing lockdowns, and the fate of Andrew Cuomo. Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “Ohio” by Lea Porcelain. Sponsored by Upstart, The Bradley Foundation Join the conversation and comment on t…
 
It seems like almost yesterday that George Frederick Bollinger led a contingent of North Carolinians across the Mississippi River into Missouri. The young Mr. Bollinger had visited the small community of Cape Girardeau in 1797, established a friendship with Louis Lorimier who encouraged him to return to North Carolina and bring more settlers to the…
 
Ahh, Mount Rushmore. A monument to a bunch of slave owners hacked into a sacred mountain that basically no one wanted. But what if there's more to the big ol presidential busts in South Dakota? What if there's a secret doomsday bunker hidden beneath the mountain itself, kept secret for almost a century?? Because John Potter (comedian and aspiring g…
 
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