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Ep. 132: The Legacy of License Plates

2/19/2019
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Jeff Minard Interviews: License plates are probably the one thing we stare at for hours a week, and never give them any thought. Occasionally you may see a funny vanity plate and chuckle to yourself, but other than that, they are pretty transparent. Well it turns out, the history of license plates is pretty incredible. […] The post Ep. 132: The Legacy of License Plates appeared first on .

Duration:01:01:19

Ep. 131: The World’s Friendliest Psychopath

2/4/2019
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Dr. James Fallon Interviews: We are taught that psychopaths are dangerous individuals who should be avoided at all costs. This is probably good advice. Dr. James Fallon is a neuroscientist at UC Irvine who has been studying the brains of killers for over a decade…including his own. Dr. Fallon is a psychopath by definition, although […] The post Ep. 131: The World’s Friendliest Psychopath appeared first on .

Duration:01:08:55

*Bonus* Beating Casino Heat

1/28/2019
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As we discussed, card counting is perfectly legal, but that doesn’t mean that casinos allow it. As a matter of fact, they actively prohibit it. When they start to figure out what you are up to, they will start to pay close attention to you. This is called “heat”, and you want to avoid it […] The post *Bonus* Beating Casino Heat appeared first on .

Duration:00:18:28

Ep. 130: Professional Card Counting

1/22/2019
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Josh Axelrad Interviews: Casinos invest a lot of money in creating games you think you can win, but in reality the odds are such that you have absolutely no chance at beating them. That is, of course, unless you can count cards. As a matter of fact, if you aren’t counting cards, then you are […] The post Ep. 130: Professional Card Counting appeared first on .

Duration:01:01:43

Ep. 129: The History of Chicken

1/8/2019
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Emelyn Rude Interviews: Today, we give little thought to just how common it is to find chicken on our plates at meal time. In truth, the cultural popularity of this fantastic fowl is an amazing journey that starts all the way back in the Roman Empire. A true under-bird story, chicken had to overcome the […] The post Ep. 129: The History of Chicken appeared first on .

Duration:01:04:25

Ep. 128: Electrifying Antique Cars

12/25/2018
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Michael Bream Interviews: I LOVE antique cars, but I also love the environment. I thought I would have to choose one or the other, but thanks to Michael Bream “The Dream” of EV West, I don’t have to. What does EV West do? They electrify antique cars. What does that mean? They pull out the […] The post Ep. 128: Electrifying Antique Cars appeared first on .

Duration:01:02:43

Ep. 127: The Mother Road – Route 66

12/11/2018
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The Mother Road – Route 66 Everybody loves to travel, and the United States has one of the most comprehensive interstate systems on any country. You can get on a road anywhere on the continent and end up almost anywhere else. The whole concept of interstate travel can be credited to one singular stretch of […] The post Ep. 127: The Mother Road – Route 66 appeared first on .

Duration:01:08:10

Ep. 126: Paleocontact

11/27/2018
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Erich von Daniken Interviews: Ever since the 1968 publication of the highly influential book ‘Chariots of the Gods?’, Erich von Daniken has championed the concept of paleocontact: the belief that ancient human cultures were visited, and therefore influenced by, extraterrestrial beings. This is an extraordinary concept, although I am not sure where I fall. Luckily […] The post Ep. 126: Paleocontact appeared first on .

Duration:01:05:20

*Bonus* Game of Thrones Game Theory

11/20/2018
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Dr. John Donaldson Interviews The Simpsons has always intrigued me for several reasons. First of all, it is way smarter than people thought a cartoon could be. Secondly, it was the first television show that had really perfected the Easter Egg: Hidden jokes, messages, and meaning. One such layer is complex philosophical thought, which makes […] The post *Bonus* Game of Thrones Game Theory appeared first on .

Duration:00:22:27

Ep. 125: Philosophy of The Simpsons

11/13/2018
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Dr. John Donaldson Interviews The Simpsons has always intrigued me for several reasons. First of all, it is way smarter than people thought a cartoon could be. Secondly, it was the first television show that had really perfected the Easter Egg: Hidden jokes, messages, and meaning. One such layer is complex philosophical thought, which makes […] The post Ep. 125: Philosophy of The Simpsons appeared first on .

Duration:01:04:50

*Bonus* Mysterious Tales from the Navajo Nation

11/5/2018
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*BONUS* This interview wouldn’t be complete without a conversation with John’s partner Stan Milford. Stan has had some truly mind-boggling experiences, including a haunting where coins appeared out of thin air, a ghost throwing a butcher knife into a cantaloupe, and a UFO case involving the abduction of 8 puppies! The post *Bonus* Mysterious Tales from the Navajo Nation appeared first on .

Duration:00:08:30

Ep. 124: Paranormal Cases from the Navajo Nation

10/30/2018
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One of the problems with paranormal stories is a lack of evidence and credibility. That is where the Paranormal Rangers excel. Federal Rangers on the Navajo Nation, John Dover and Stan Milford are assigned the most inexplicable cases that come through the station, meticulously investigating each one with an objective scrutiny that is unheard of […] The post Ep. 124: Paranormal Cases from the Navajo Nation appeared first on .

Duration:01:05:21

*Bonus* The Legacy of Las Vegas

10/23/2018
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Even though gambling is hardwired into our DNA, and it is a global phenomenon, few would question that Las Vegas is the Casino Capital of the world. As such, it has quite an interesting history, from the days of silver prospecting, to the modern days on online sports betting. Listen as Dr. Schwartz and I […] The post *Bonus* The Legacy of Las Vegas appeared first on .

Duration:00:33:42

Ep. 123: A Brief History of Gambling

10/16/2018
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Dr. David Schwartz Interviews *From His Bio* Dr. David G. Schwartz directs the Center for Gaming Research and teaches history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, writes articles and books, and only occasionally pines for his days working as Mr. Peanut on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. His research interests include gambling and casinos, Las […] The post Ep. 123: A Brief History of Gambling appeared first on .

Duration:01:02:10

Ep. 122: The Transcontinental Railroad

10/2/2018
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Phil Sexton Interviews: The building of The Transcontinental Railroad really parallels the settlement of the west. It wasn’t long after its completion that the U.S. took its modern form of 48 contiguous states. The Telegraph, another Western innovation, was built right along side the railroad so that progress could be communicated back East. From the […] The post Ep. 122: The Transcontinental Railroad appeared first on .

Duration:01:04:12

Ep. 121: Are We Living In A Simulated Universe?

9/18/2018
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ARE WE LIVING IN A VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATION? For years Hollywood has experimented with the concept of living in an extremely realistic simulated world, and with Virtual Reality advancing in leaps and bounds, it may soon become difficult to distinguish between our reality, and a fabricated VR world. What if we are already living in […] The post Ep. 121: Are We Living In A Simulated Universe? appeared first on .

Duration:01:08:30

Ep. 120: Out Of Body Experiences

9/4/2018
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Tom Campbell Interviews I have been fascinated with Out Of Body Experiences for a long time. I even read the classic work on the subject: Robert Monroe’s ‘Journey’s Out Of The Body’. While researching Tom Campbell for an interview on his work proving we live in a virtual reality simulation, I stumbled across his past […] The post Ep. 120: Out Of Body Experiences appeared first on .

Duration:01:06:39

*Bonus* The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

8/27/2018
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What do Vanilla Ice, Chuck Lorre, Venus de Milo, Leatherhead, and Brian Henson have in common? They are all vital to the history of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Learn the connections in my bonus ep with the mysterious Farago. The post *Bonus* The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appeared first on .

Duration:00:33:59

Ep. 119: The History of Comic Art

8/21/2018
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Andrew Farago Interviews: As you well know, I am a big fan of anything comic related, so of course it was inevitable that I would cross paths with the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum: Andrew Farago. We didn’t just talk comic books, but two of my other favorites: cartoons and comic strips. Specifically we […] The post Ep. 119: The History of Comic Art appeared first on .

Duration:01:00:14

Ep. 118: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

8/7/2018
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Captain Charles Moore Interviews Ever since first hearing about the Great Pacific Patch, an island of garbage 3x the size of Texas sitting in the pacific Ocean, I was fascinated. How could something like be accumulated, and what was being done to fix the problem? The answer to the first question is extraordinarily complex, and […] The post Ep. 118: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch appeared first on .

Duration:01:05:59