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Warren Ellis on The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs

Warren Ellis | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 08

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Legendary comics author and novelist Warren Ellis joins me on The DisinfoCast for a conversation about the future that was, artificial intelligence, the Singularity, aliens (ancient and otherwise), the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson, porn and even a little bit about comic books. Tune in.
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“Too Much Magic” With James Howard Kunstler

"Too Much Magic" With James Howard Kunstler | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 07 toomuchmagiciTunes | Download (mp3) | RSS | iPhone App

Social critic and peak oil provocateur James Howard Kunstler is on The DisinfoCast to discuss his upcoming book Too Much Magic: Technology, Wishful Thinking and the Fate of the Nation. Kunstler believes that the end of cheap, readily available oil is very near, and with it the collapse of the industrial society as we know it. According to Kunstler, alternative energy sources and other technological solutions are just wishful thinking, and the future that awaits us may very well resemble our past.
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Daniele Bolelli Tackles Religion on The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs

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iTunes | Download (mp3) | RSS | iPhone App Mixed martial artist, professor of religion and international raconteur Daniele Bolelli joins me for The DisinfoCast. Daniele is the author of Disinformation's recent 50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Religion, a slim tome chock full of fun (and true!) stories that include a mass murderin' Moses, the Zombie Pope and much more. Daniele schools me on Zen, tells me which religious figure he'd most like to fight MMA-style, and ponders whether there's a such thing as an "enlightened asshole." Get a blasphemous beatdown in in this episode of The DisinfoCast.
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Living with Bipolar Disorder: Andy Behrman’s ‘Electroboy’

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Living with Bipolar Disorder: Andy Behrman's 'Electroboy' | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 05

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Andy Behrman is the author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. At first, Andy Behrman's manic episodes gave him an edge among the young professional elite of 1980s New York City: thousands of ideas tumbled out of his super-charged brain and he slept only a couple of hours a night, leaving him plenty of time to pursue them all. Soon, though, the dizzying highs and crushing lows of his undiagnosed bipolar disorder grew too strong, and Andy's life spun out of control. He developed a taste for drugs, quick money and risky sex. He grew delusional and grandiose, spending thousands of dollars on impulsive trips around the world and luxury goods. His mania-fueled joyride ended in a federal court, an accused embezzler and forger of modern art. It took almost 20 rounds of electroconvulsive therapy to bring some degree of normalcy to Andy's life, but his story doesn't end there. He became a spokesperson for a powerful pharmaceutical company, ultimately betraying his corporate paymasters to become one of their harshest critics. Big pharma critic, author and mental health advocate Andy Behrman is my guest on this episode of The DisinfoCast.
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Paranormal Pioneer John Keel With Doug Skinner on The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs

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Remembering Paranormal Pioneer John Keel With Doug Skinner | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 04

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In this episode of The Disinfocast, we discuss the late John Alva Keel. He is best remembered as the author of The Mothman Prophecies, a classic work of Fortean reportage. The book painted an eery portrait of a tiny town besieged by inexplicable incidents: sightings of a moth-like creature with glowing red eyes, strange lights in the sky and midnight visits from men in black. Keel began his investigation as an outsider, but was soon drawn into the dark orbit of the mothman. Keel achieved some amount of public recognition when his book became the basis of a 2002 movie of the same name starring Richard Gere, but the public at large had no idea that Keel’s encounter with the mothman was only one small part of an incredibly strange, adventurous life. Keel, a veteran writer of the weird, was well-known within the ranks of forteana for his writings on UFOs, conspiracies and strange mysteries discovered in the furthest corners of the globe. Keel’s later years were tough ones. As he grew older, his career suffered. So did his health. Thankfully, he was not completely alone. A small circle of friends and admirers stood by his side. One of them was Fortean writer and professional composer Doug Skinner. Skinner, a close friend of Keel’s, is here to talk with us on the latest episode of The Disinformation Company's official podcast, The DisinfoCast.
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Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 03

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In this episode of The Disinfocast I interview Peter Bebergal, who went looking for meaning and found ritual magick, punk rock and hallucinogenics instead. I talk with Bebergal about his new memoir Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, stopping along the way to parse out the difference between magick and mysticism, the mythic power of Marvel Comics and whether or not LSD is a valid tool for enlightenment. Listen to Peter Bebergal's journey on the latest episode of The Disinformation Company's official podcast, The DisinfoCast.
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My Friend Dahmer | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 02

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In this episode of The Disinfocast I interview famed cartoonist Derf Backderf (The City, Trashed, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks) about his new book, My Friend Dahmer. Backderf was a high school friend of Dahmer's, and was a first-hand witness to future serial killer's bizarre antics and inevitable slip into madness. Listen as Derf recalls the beginnings of America's most notorious cannibal on the latest episode of The Disinformation Company's official podcast, The DisinfoCast.
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The New Disinfocast with Matt Staggs

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The Disinformation Company is excited to announce the return of the Disinformation Podcasts with The Disinfocast, hosted by Matt Staggs. Matt Staggs is a writer and longtime aficionado of the curious and bizarre. A career spent in journalism and psychology has led Matt to to the understanding that exploring why people believe the things they do is just as important as the things themselves. When he’s not reading, podcasting or writing, you can usually find Matt arguing over a table full of strange books and funny dice. Follow him on Twitter at @mattstaggs.

Matt’s first guest will surely be familiar to listeners of the Disinformation Podcasts over the years, it’s former host, now author of The Georgia Guidestones: America’s Most Mysterious Monument: Raymond Wiley!

Join Raymond and Matt as they discuss this great mystery: the Georgia Guidestones are at once a Rosetta Stone, an astronomical observatory, and a road map for rebuilding civilization.… Read the rest

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