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21: Weird Funerals

12/10/2018
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FINALLY, after nearly a year of discussing death, Max and Dorian decide their funeral plans. Will it be as explosive as Hunter S. Thompson’s ceremony? A fake funeral like Chinese student Zeng Jia? Will it involve motorcycles, clowns, holograms, or spaceships? Listen and learn about it all! [Click here to watch WPEC’s segment on Funeral Holograms.](https://vimeo.com/129702772)

Duration:00:47:08

20: The Middle East

11/26/2018
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Good dogs, nasty vultures, Zoroastrianism, and the largest cemetery in the world! Join the boys as they explore the death culture and funeral rituals of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other parts of the oft-misunderstood Middle East.

Duration:00:49:40

19: TRAINS!!

11/12/2018
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Max and Dorian are going off the rails! Learn about presidential funeral processions, the railway with the COOLEST name, and just how gross an overpopulated city gets when cholera breaks out. [Click here to see Paul Fusco's photography from Robert Kennedy's procession.](https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/06/rfks-funeral-train-in-photos/562238/) [](https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/06/rfks-funeral-train-in-photos/562238/)...

Duration:00:45:07

BONUS: Uzumaki

10/29/2018
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The Pre-Dead Book Club is in session! We discuss UZUMAKI, the bizarre and brilliant magnum opus of horror comics legend Junji Ito. Max and Dorian try to make sense of this creepy tome via Akira, Watchmen, those awful Blumhouse movies, and cultural differences between Eastern and Western storytelling. Tell us what you think! @predeadboys Predeadboys@gmail.com

Duration:00:54:13

18: VAMPIRES!!

10/22/2018
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Journey through history with Max and Dorian as they parse through the various folk tales that formed the modern day vampire, explore the hysteria of real-life cases of alleged vampirism, and try to figure out just how these blood-sucking creeps got to be so dang sexy.

Duration:00:49:40

17: ZOMBIES!!

10/8/2018
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Psh. _Zombies?_ On a so-called _history_ podcast? Yeah right! Sounds like the boys are just covering fiction from now on! Unless you ask the people of Haiti. Or the acclaimed novelist/anthropologist who saw a zombie. Or the man who was turned into one.

Duration:00:57:12

BONUS: The Thing

10/1/2018
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As a special THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the podcast this far, here’s a BONUS EPISODE! Max and Dorian discuss the history of the film, the fan theories, possible themes of masculinity, and more in John Carpenter’s slimy sci-fi masterpiece. And, very briefly, The Warriors and Predator. We couldn't help ourselves. We might do more episodes about death in film, TV, games, music, etc... Let us know what you think! @predeadboys PreDeadBoys@gmail.com

Duration:00:40:45

16: Corpse Theft

9/24/2018
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Murder and exploitation abound in the business of stealing dead people! While cadavers were hard to come by in the early days of modern medicine, there was no shortage of nefarious dudes willing to do despicable things to obtain them. Fortunately, we discovered a local hero who fought back in the most Pre-Dead Boys way possible: EXPLODING CORPSES. -- FOLLOW US ON [TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) and [INSTAGRAM](https://www.instagram.com/predeadboys/)! @predeadboys JOIN OUR FACEBOOK...

Duration:00:45:22

15: Spontaneous Human Combustion

9/10/2018
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Man it’s a hot one! The boys take a look at the documented cases throughout history of humans bursting into flames. Surprisingly, the science isn’t quite as weird as you might think. [Read Dr. Paul Rolli’s account here.](https://books.google.com/books?id=L9NeAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA447&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=false) -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) and [INSTAGRAM!](https://www.instagram.com/predeadboys/) @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK...

Duration:00:46:51

14: The Catacombs of Paris

8/27/2018
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You randy for bones? Then come learn all about the history of the Catacombs! Max and Dorian discuss the overflow of corpses that led to their creation, as well as some nasty wax… all before they get nabbed by the Cave Cops. [Watch _La Cité Dans la Mer_ on Vimeo](https://vimeo.com/128245532) -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) and [INSTAGRAM!](https://www.instagram.com/predeadboys/) @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK...

Duration:00:45:43

13: Lying in State

8/13/2018
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What happens to a corpse when you put it on display? Max and Dorian discuss an English king who was at risk of exploding, a Russian ruler whose brain got reamed, and a dorky philosopher trapped in a locker. Finally, find out which one had the grossest head. -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) and [INSTAGRAM!](https://www.instagram.com/predeadboys/) @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP](https://www.facebook.com/groups/2007401096211133/) to talk to other pre-dead...

Duration:00:56:21

12: Death in Film

7/23/2018
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THE BOYS STRIKE BACK in their epic return, this time covering mortality in movies! Learn about family-friendly flicks like FACES OF DEATH and THE DRILLER KILLER, and shudder in horror as they discuss snuff films like THE LION KING and COCO... as well as a few of their personal favorites. -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) and [INSTAGRAM!](https://www.instagram.com/predeadboys/) @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP](https://www.facebook.com/groups/2007401096211133/)...

Duration:00:49:43

11: The Long Now

7/2/2018
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What will remain of human civilization in 10,000 years? How do you finance building a mountain clock? And can glowing cats save us from our own radioactive death garbage? Nothing stops Max and Dorian from asking the tough questions… not even THE DANGER. Expand your scope and learn about the Long Now, RIGHT NOW! [](https://emperorx.bandcamp.com/album/10000-year-earworm-to-discourage-settlement-near-nuclear-waste-repositories) [Listen to Emperor X's ode to...

Duration:00:51:53

10: Floridian Death Metal

6/19/2018
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Get BRUTAL with the boys as Dorian teaches Max (!!) about the finer points of the rich Death Metal scene of late 1980s/early 1990s Florida! Learn how the scene and the bands came to be, and listen as Max begrudgingly describes some disgusting Cannibal Corpse album art. NOTE: All music clips in this episode are included for research and education purposes, and are protected under Fair Use. Support the bands by buying/streaming their music! -- [FOLLOW US ON...

Duration:01:01:48

9: Death and the Ocean

6/4/2018
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Get nasty with Max and Dorian as they explore the horrific and beautiful depths of the sea! They examine the complex ecosystems of whale falls, the shameful sea burials of history, and how YOU can turn your carcass into a coral reef! Watch: [Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) by Sweet Fern Productions](https://vimeo.com/29987934) Watch: [Whale Fall Community](https://youtu.be/vQbGk4sHROg) -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) for episode updates! @predeadboys [JOIN OUR...

Duration:00:39:14

8: Death Hoaxes

5/21/2018
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IT’S TIME TO PARTY as Max and Dorian explore some strange and paranoia-drenched death hoaxes! They cover the victimization of wrongfully-declared dead in India, some comically inaccurate obituaries, and celebrity clones. Bring your tinfoil hat! [](https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2017/04/uttar-pradesh-association-dead-people.html) [Here’s a great article about Lal Bahari’s...

Duration:00:48:15

7: Chinese Death Culture

5/7/2018
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Hop in the time-traveling mausoleum with Max and Dorian as they travel back and explore the rich history and culture of death in China! Learn about cliffside coffins, a city of ceramic soldiers, the somber reality of death houses, and… well, we don’t wanna tell you how to do your funeral, but our last subject is PROFOUNDLY scandalous. -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) for episode updates! @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK...

Duration:00:45:55

6: Mausoleums

4/23/2018
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GREAT GUTZON BORGLUM! The boys get downright presidential as they revisit MAUSOLEUMS, those big pretty buildings that store the dead above the ground! Listen as Max and Dorian teach you about the problematic marriage of the mausoleum’s namesake, some shaky math on old-timey inflation, the inventor of the chokeslam… and time travel, I guess? -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) for episode updates! @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK...

Duration:00:52:24

5: Cryonics

4/9/2018
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It’s the Pre-Dead Boys at their most skeptical as they explore the fringe science of cheating death by freezing bodies! Y’see, they’re only LEGALLY dead. And much to Max’s joy, he gets to tell Dorian about The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived. Watch [WE WILL LIVE AGAIN](https://vimeo.com/86519824) -- [FOLLOW US ON TWITTER](https://twitter.com/predeadboys) for episode updates! @predeadboys [JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP](https://www.facebook.com/groups/2007401096211133/) to talk to other pre-dead...

Duration:00:56:17

4: New Orleans Death Culture

3/26/2018
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Jazz funerals! Mausoleums! Airborne coffins! Max shares the rich culture and funerary practices of New Orleans, where music is as much a part of death as it is life. And Dorian eliminates a potential sponsor. NOTE: A brief clip from “When I Die, You Better Second Line” by Kermit Ruffins is included for research and education purposes, and is protected under Fair Use. [Buy his music!](https://www.basinstreetrecords.com/artists/kermit-ruffins/) [FOLLOW US ON...

Duration:00:42:29