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E59: The Reichstag Fire

1933's Reichstag fire is perhaps the most pivotal moment in the rise of the Nazi Party to power in Germany. The burning of the Reichstag allowed Adolf Hitler and the leading Nazi elite to consolidate their power, passing the Reichstag Fire Decree and the Enabling Act of 1933 that would strip away the fundamental rights of German citizens, and give Adolf Hitler the power of both the presidency and the chancellorship. In the second part of our "Nazi Conspiracy" series, we take a look at the...


E58: Geli Raubal

Geli Raubal, daughter of Adolf Hitler's half-sister Angela, was said to be the only woman that Hitler ever truly loved. During the early years of the Nazi Party's rapid rise in the political sphere of the Weimar Republic, young Geli caught the eye of her much older "Uncle Alf", leading to years of Raubal being kept as something of a hostage to Hitler's desires. Ultimately, it would end in the mysterious death of the 23-year old Geli Raubal, and lead Adolf Hitler into an alleged period of...


Big, If Gru #1 - Despicable Me (2010)

After a great deal of soul searching, Matt and Kayla have returned with a new lease on life and a brand new show - Big, If Gru. In the first ever episode, your hosts discuss the first of Illumination's animated masterpieces - 2010's Despicable Me. Topics covered include the film's many themes, its danceable Pharrell Williams soundtrack, the multi-layered characters, and the fact that Despicable Me is not actually a baby movie. Subscribe to Big, If Gru on Apple Podcasts, Google Play,...


Patron Pilot #3: Do It For the Vinyl #1 - Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

In the pilot episode of our third potential patron spin-off show "Do It For the Vinyl", Matt and Kayla discuss Pet Sounds, the iconic pop album by the Beach Boys. They talk about the creation of the album, Brian Wilson's newfound appreciation for LSD, and break the album down track by track. Subscribe to Big, If True on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts - while you're at it, leave us a rating or review telling us what you love about the show! Email...


E57: Chupacabra

The Chupacabra, Spanish for "goat-sucker", is one of the most legendary cryptids in the modern history of the Americas. For half a decade, the creature allegedly terrorized communities throughout South and North America, killing large amounts of goats, chickens, cattle, and other animals. Sporting lizard-like skin, sharp fangs and claws, and alien-like eyes, the chupacabra is said to have a thirst for the blood of livestock and household pets. In this episode, Matt and Kayla cover the...


E56: Remote Viewing

Remote viewing is defined by the CIA as being the “acquisition and description, by mental means, of information blocked from ordinary perception by distance, shield, or time.” For over two decades, the American intelligence community conducted hundreds of remote viewing experiments under a variety of project names, gathering intel about Soviet military bases, as well as missing persons and objects. This week, Matt and Kayla discuss the long and often complicated story of remote viewing,...


E55: Project MKUltra

During the early years of the Cold War, the American intelligence community became extremely interested in the raw power held in being able to change and control the brains of Soviet Bloc spies and government officials. This morbid interest would turn into the CIA's Project MKUltra, one of the most famous projects ever conducted by the American government. MKUltra would see American and Canadian citizens be unknowingly dosed with LSD and other psychedelics in the name of developing powerful...


E54: Fred and Rosemary West

Fred and Rosemary West are two of England's most notorious serial killers, responsible for kidnapping, raping, and murdering at least twelve young women between the 1960's and 80's. Fred and Rose's unspeakable crimes led them to becoming known as the "House of Horrors" murderers, unleashing their twisted sexual proclivities on everybody around them - even their young children. In the final episode of their "Deadly Love" series, Matt and Kayla discuss the many sadistic crimes of England's...


Patron Pilot #2: Tokyo Tiger Driver #1 - Okada vs. Omega, Wrestle Kingdom 11

In the pilot episode of our second potential patron spin-off show "Tokyo Tiger Driver", Matt and Kayla discuss the epic showdown between IWGP Heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 11. Subscribe to Big, If True on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts - while you're at it, leave us a rating or review telling us what you love about the show! Email us at: Follow us on: Twitter:...


E53: David and Catherine Birnie

David Birnie and Catherine Harrison, two childhood lovers with troubled pasts, would both be arrested in their adolescent years and separated for nearly two decades following a series of petty criminal offences. In the mid-1980's, David and Catherine would finally reunite and quickly escalate their history of petty crime to much more serious offences - the abduction, rape, and murder of at least four different young women in Western Australia. In the penultimate episode of our "Deadly Love"...


E52: Alvin and Judith Neelley

26-year old Alvin Neelley and Judith Ann Adams met in 1980 when Judith was just 16-years old. After quickly eloping, the two would go on a prolific crime spree that saw them rob banks and commit a number of other petty crimes. After being arrested and finally reunited in the Fall of 1982, Alvin and Judith Neelley would severely escalate the intensity of their crimes, savagely kidnapping, raping, and murdering 13-year old Lisa Ann Millican and 22-year old Janice Kay Chatman. These crimes...


E51: Michael and Suzan Bear Carson

Michael and Suzan Bear Carson, two vagabonds living the hippie lifestyle in 1980's California, undertook one of the most bizarre series of murders in the history of killer couples. The self-described "vegetarian Muslim warriors" would hear LSD-induced messages from God, who told them to rid the world of so-called "witches". This would lead the couple to killing three strangers over a period of just over two years, eventually being branded the "San Francisco Witch Killers". In the first...


E50: FEMA Camps (Redux)

Conspiracy theories about FEMA Camps have existed for decades, with believers warning that Americans who are deemed to be "dissidents" could be betrayed by their government at any time and confined to forced labor and mass extermination camps. While little concrete evidence exists to back up these claims, nations around the world have infamous examples of governments turning on their own people, creating more than enough precedence to lend some legitimacy to these rumors. In celebration of...


Patron Pilot #1: Film School for Scoundrels #1 - Eraserhead

In the pilot episode of our patron spin-off show Film School for Scoundrels, we take a look at David Lynch's 1977 art house classic - Eraserhead. Subscribe to Big, If True on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts - while you're at it, leave us a rating or review telling us what you love about the show! Email us at: Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Minds, and Gab. Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan Music: In...


E49: Death of JFK Jr.

John F. Kennedy Jr. was at one time one of the most popular men in Manhattan, working his way through law school and beginning a career as an Assistant District Attorney before launching the groundbreaking George magazine. Unfortunately for a city who couldn't get enough of young "John John", JFK Jr., his wife Carolyn, and her sister Lauren were killed in a tragic plane crash near Martha's Vineyard in 1999. In the last part of our Kennedy family series, we take a look at the life and death...


E48: The Chappaquiddick Incident

On the night of Friday, July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy was involved in a car accident that killed passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. What followed was a bizarre series of events, with Kennedy not reporting the accident to police for nearly ten hours, attempting to cover-up details of what transpired on that evening, and acting in a manner that would end his chances of ever rising to the political heights of his brothers John and Robert. This week, Matt and Kayla take on the Chappaquiddick Incident,...


E47: Jimmy Hoffa

Jimmy Hoffa, former leader of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was at one point considered by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to be one of the most powerful men in the United States. In a quick spin-off of Big, If True's Kennedy family series, Matt and Kayla take a look at the life and mysterious disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, covering his famous feud with RFK, his meteoric rise to becoming president of the Teamsters, and the bizarre details behind his disappearance. Subscribe...


E46: RFK Assassination

Robert F. Kennedy looked to pick up where his brother John left off, working to usher in an era of hope in the United States which would see an increased focus on civil rights, getting troops out of Vietnam, and ensuring a better overall deal for all Americans. Before Bobby could even begin to make good on his promises, he was gunned down by a young Palestinian man named Sirhan Sirhan. On this week's episode, we talk about the life and times of Bobby Kennedy, look at the circumstances behind...


E45: 2018 in Review + Catching Up

Happy New Year to all! To celebrate the end of 2018 and to ring in the new year, Matt and Kayla take a look at the best and worst of 2018. They talk about Hawaii, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and dive into their top 10 films and albums. On top of the year-end recap, they also catch up with some of Big, If True previous episodes with some recent updates. Have a safe and happy new year - we'll see you all in 2019! Subscribe to Big, If True on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean,...


E44: Home Alone

Merry Christmas to our wonderful listeners! This week, Matt and Kayla take a break from conspiracies and all things dark and mysterious to take a look at one of their favourite Christmas films - Home Alone. Sit down and relax by the fireplace and enjoy this special holiday presentation by your friends at Big, If True. Subscribe to Big, If True on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts - while you're at it, leave us a rating or review...