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Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called “a national treasure,” talks with the show business legends, icons and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Along with co-host and fellow pop culture fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert is joined by comics, actors, musicians, talk show hosts, writers and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Bruce Dern, Chevy Chase, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Adam West, Steve Buscemi, Micky Dole ...
 
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for some of the most profound breakthroughs in the history of space exploration. Since NASA's creation in 1958, the organization has been touted as an explicitly civilian organization. Yet there's more to the story -- the history of space exploration, as it turns out, is literally the…
 
What exactly were those blobs of gunk that fell in Oakville, Washington in 1994? Does the streaming platform Twitch have a dark side? Is Bosnia really home to an ancient set of gargantuan pyramids with bizarre physical properties? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.co…
 
The concept of religion predates civilization and the written word -- from its earliest days, the human species looked to religion to explain the ineffable. Religion has been the inspiration for some of humanity's noblest acts (and the rationalization for some of its most horrific crimes). Some have been enormously successful, spreading across the …
 
Who ordered the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse? What does one billion sea animals being cooked alive by a heat wave in Western North America mean for the future of humanity? Why are Indian medical professionals conspiring to swindle people with fake vaccines? All this and more (including Ben's obsession with radioactive Fukushima …
 
It’s Halloween in July as Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 90th anniversaries (1931-2021) of Universal Studios' original "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" by welcoming Oscar-winning makeup creator Rick Baker and author-historian David J. Skal for a fascinating conversation about sympathetic monsters, mad scientists (real and imagined), the origin of horr…
 
Hi, STDWYK fans! We know you value great podcasts and think you'll also enjoy Murder in Illinois - a brand-new true-crime podcast from iHeartMedia and hosted by Lauren Bright Pacheco. Show description: In 2007, Chris Vaughn was arrested during a funeral for his wife and three children. He would be tried and convicted of their murders. To this day h…
 
John McAfee lived a life of extremes, from working as a tech entrepreneur to becoming an international fugitive, Presidential candidate and more. As time went on, he became increasingly paranoid, certain that powerful forces were out to get him. And on June 23rd, he was found dead in a Spanish jail cell. The authorities concluded he committed suici…
 
An Exxon lobbyist is caught on camera explaining the villainous logic he used to move members of Congress toward his company's side. Ray Gricar and Jerry Sandusky produce an endless, disturbing rabbit hole. A mysterious murder remains unsolved in Oregon. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www…
 
Born in 1933, Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins Jr was a prolific serial killer and rapist in South Carolina. Authorities still aren't sure how many people he may have murdered. In this episode, the guys join Jeff Keating, the host of Pee Wee Gaskins Was Not My Friend, to learn more about the this murderer's early life, his crimes, and how he eventual…
 
Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome tech expert Jonathan Strickland for the second part of their series on the Sony hacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Companies are increasingly interested in infiltrating your dreams, science proves magic mushrooms physically repair parts of the brain, and a cryptocurrency scandal rocks the world of gaming. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
Actor, writer and comedian Gabe Kaplan (finally) joins Gilbert and Frank for a truly hilarious conversation about working strip clubs and Burlesque houses, meeting (and portraying) Groucho Marx, the clunkiness of the Dean Martin Roasts and the backstage drama of "Welcome Back Kotter." Also, Jack Carter buys a shirt, Buddy Hackett makes an omelet, P…
 
After years of rumors, recent releases have confirmed the US government knew much more about UFOs than they'd originally let on. And, despite the recent waves of revelations and classifications, Uncle Sam is still refusing to release everything. When pressed on the issue, the government stated that disclosing certain files would pose "an extraordin…
 
Flying saucers are perhaps the most iconic genre of UFO -- since the 1940s they've become the mainstay vehicles for extraterrestrials in all sorts of fictional stories. But, according to declassified files, the US Government was intensely interested in building some flying saucers of its own. So far did they get? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
 
UFO researchers, also known as ufologists, make frequent appearances in pop culture, and many are professional, full-time experts in their field. But how exactly does one become a ufologist? Join the guys as they dive into this question, searching for the most (and least) credible paths to becoming a genuine ufologist. Learn more about your ad-choi…
 
Over the course of his career with NASA, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin changed the course of human history. From his groundbreaking work with EVA techniques to his walk on the moon with Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin has seen and done astonishing things. In 2018, news outlets claimed Buzz Aldrin had one more astonishing a…
 
On March 13th, 1997, thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona and Mexico reported seeing bizarre lights in the evening sky -- today, more than two decades later, the Phoenix Lights are still considered to be one of the most significant UFO sightings in recent history. But what exactly were they? What really happened that night in March? Tune in to le…
 
In the wee hours of February 25th, 1942, air raid sirens resounded across LA. Anti-aircraft guns fired the better part of 1500 shells at something. To many people, that mysterious UFO has yet to be identified, more than half a century later. So what really happened? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
In September of 1961, on an empty country road in rural New Hampshire, Barney and Betty Hill experienced the most profound, bizarre night of their lives in what would become the first widely-publicized account of an alien abduction in US history -- the case that would go on to influence hundreds, if not thousands, of abduction cases to follow. But …
 
It's finally happened -- the long-awaited US report on UFOs (which the government calls Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs) is public. Some observers consider it revelatory, while others think it's a smoke screen. So what's the truth? What exactly does the report say, and what does this mean for the future? Learn more about your ad-choices at h…
 
Multiple Conspiracy Realists write in to ask about the death of John McAfee. A listener wonders about the history of newspaper slogans, and a call asks for more information about the bizarre story surrounding the death of John Lang. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.…
 
At the close of World War II, infamous Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele fled in secret to South America, successfully evading justice for the rest of his life. Modern experts still wonder what exactly he was up to during his time there, from 1949 to 1979. Some are convinced he continued experimenting on human beings, seeking a way to create twins --…
 
Did North Korea really wage cyberwar to stop The Interview from airing? How did this happen -- and is there a conspiracy afoot? Join Ben and Matt as they welcome tech expert Jonathan Strickland onto the show for a discussion of the recent Sony hacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
In Miami, the search continues for survivors of the Champlain Towers South collapse -- as well as the cause. A satirical campaign arguing that birds are drones picks up steam online. Unprecedented fossil discoveries in China and Israel are redefining our understanding of human evolution, with some researchers arguing one skull indicates an entirely…
 
In an encore of this classic GGACP episode from 2016, Gilbert and Frank are joined by actor, comedian, recent Kennedy Center honoree and national treasure Dick Van Dyke, who looks back on his illustrious eight-decade career, recalls his friendships with Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel and shares his memories (good and bad) of making the classic films…
 
19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson was, by most accounts, a good kid. He had a steady job, a girlfriend, and a future. Until, that is, he murdered his landlord, Alan Bono. What would have been an open-and-shut case became stranger and stranger as more details emerged. Arne, it appeared, had been attending exorcisms conducted by the self-styled demon…
 
Can backmasking really brainwash people who hear it? Did the CIA assassinate an American monk? Why are some gamers convinced legendary game creator Hideo Kojima is conspiring to work in secret on a new game? All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
When Scottish politician Willie McRae was found unconscious and on the edge of death in his car, the couple that discovered him rushed to contact emergency services. He expired in the second hospital he was sent to -- and as authorities looked deeper into his death, disturbing questions arose. Years since McRae's death, people still wonder what exa…
 
More than a hundred thousand people sign a petition arguing that, once Jeff Bezos visits space, he shouldn't bother returning. A new study reveals numerous well-known makeup brands contain incredibly harmful chemicals. A would-be theatre mogul finds himself in hot water after lying on his resume. All this and more in this week's Strange News. Learn…
 
British-born singer-songwriter Roger Cook ("Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress") and Brooklyn-born songwriter-recording artist Henry Gross ("Shannon") share tales from their seven decades in the music business and talk about playing mob-owned joints, forming doo-wop groups, opening for the Beatles (and Benny Hill!), being inspired by Jimi Hendrix and…
 
According to the legend, there's a spot in Durango, Mexico where radio signals fail -- where compasses spin wildly and strange, giant figures appear from nowhere before vanishing into thin air. This area, the zone of silence, is sometimes referred to as Mexico's Bermuda Triangle. But what is it, exactly? Where did this legend come from, and why doe…
 
Thomas writes in for more information on the mysterious 'Big Hole' in North Carolina. Notta Sockpuppet gives a first-hand account of their time working with a CIA-funded tech company. Cynthia wants to know more about the man who recently got swallowed by a whale and survived. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-…
 
It's no secret that Americans love cheese. It's everywhere -- in fact, some restaurants specialize entirely in cheese products, like mac and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches. Over the past few decades, cheese consumption has consistently risen, and as of 2019 the average person in the US ate over 40 pounds of cheese per year. So what led to this…
 
El Salvador may become the first country on the planet to accept Bitcoin as legal tender, prompting massive speculation about the future of currency and corruption. The New York Times publishes (and quickly deletes) a bizarre, fake story about watermelons on Mars. A catastrophic railway crash appears to be an act of sabotage -- and perhaps a hint o…
 
Comedian, musician and multiple Grammy winner "Weird Al" Yankovic returns to the show to talk to Gilbert and Frank about the influence of Mad magazine, the golden age of Top 40 radio, the reclusiveness of Tom Lehrer, the cultural importance of "Word Crimes" and the mystifying longevity of "The Joe Franklin Show." Also, Little Richard buys a vowel, …
 
It's no secret that the 'wilderness therapy' and 'troubled teen' industry has been accused of unethical and illegal behavior, but just how much do we know about how these situations actually occurred? In today's episode, the guys sit down with Josh Thane, the creator and host of Camp Hell: Anneewakee, for a disturbing look into the long-suppressed …
 
A caller reports her first-hand experience with a cult. A listener asks for more information on the bizarre rumors about a cheese conspiracy throughout the United States. A new experience with creepy social media prompts a reexamination of privacy and corporate spying. All this and more in this week's listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices…
 
Few people look forward to visiting the dentist -- it can be an uncomfortable, but necessary, process. In the US, many people end up putting off their appointments due to anxiety or financial concerns, but in general everyone can agree dental hygiene is important, and dentists do incredibly important work. But how many of those procedures -- the ro…
 
The discovery of a mass grave at the site of a Canadian Residential School leads to calls for further investigation as the country comes to grips with the horrors of the past. The US calls for further inquiries into the origins of COVID-19. A death in Japan leads to speculation regarding the upcoming Olympics. All this and more in today's strange n…
 
In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank chat with Oscar winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino about James Bond homages, iconic superhero themes, incorporating everyday objects into movie soundtracks and the over-the-top pleasures of the Wachowskis’ "Speed Racer." Also, Bernard Herrmann play…
 
It's true -- back in 1999, the CIA founded its own venture capital investment firm. Unlike other, similar businesses, In-Q-Tel doesn't really need to make a profit, and their portfolio isn't particularly diverse. But they do invest, and if you can get their attention, you can get the budget of your dreams. So what exactly is this thing, and why doe…
 
A caller inspires the guys to look into explanations for a strange UFO sighting in south Georgia. Investigators use a photograph of a man holding cheese to capture and analyze fingerprints. A listener breaks down some of the reasons why sexual assault kits end up getting caught in the notorious, ongoing national backlog -- and the guys explore what…
 
Conflict has decided the course of human civilization since the dawn of recorded history, and war has evolved in step with our species. Numerous countries spend billions every year either waging war or preparing for future conflicts. But what if there's more to the story? What if, at this point, war has become an economic necessity? Learn more abou…
 
It appears the government of China is testing a camera system that uses AI and facial recognition to reveal unspoken emotional states in the oppressed Uyghur population. After a creepy personal experience with social media, privacy expert Robert G. Reeve busts the myths about our phones hearing us -- and reveals, instead, what he sees as the much m…
 
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