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Optophobia is the fear of opening one’s eyes. Our show encourages you to move beyond that fear. To solve riddles they don’t want us to unriddle. To explode supposedly ironclad truths. To exhume evidence, buried for so long they believed it would stay buried. Each season we tackle a new investigation into what is often dismissively called a “conspiracy theory,” and each week a new guest weighs in. Are you bored with the lies? Open your eyes.

Optophobia is the fear of opening one’s eyes. Our show encourages you to move beyond that fear. To solve riddles they don’t want us to unriddle. To explode supposedly ironclad truths. To exhume evidence, buried for so long they believed it would stay buried. Each season we tackle a new investigation into what is often dismissively called a “conspiracy theory,” and each week a new guest weighs in. Are you bored with the lies? Open your eyes.
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Optophobia is the fear of opening one’s eyes. Our show encourages you to move beyond that fear. To solve riddles they don’t want us to unriddle. To explode supposedly ironclad truths. To exhume evidence, buried for so long they believed it would stay buried. Each season we tackle a new investigation into what is often dismissively called a “conspiracy theory,” and each week a new guest weighs in. Are you bored with the lies? Open your eyes.

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Episodes

S1Ep4 | The Earthquake That Released the Voice of God

10/14/2019
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Librarian Sylvia Brown discusses her research into a mid-1970s north Africa earthquake that unleashed what many have since called "the voice of God." The quake triggered a mass, 48-hour bout of glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, across much of Eritrea. The U.S. government harnessed that energy and still deploys it on Americans today when, for instance, they're deciding whether or not to eat at Ruby Tuesday's.

Duration:00:34:12

S1Ep3 | Cleopatra 2: The Mind Hug

10/7/2019
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After starring as Girl With Beach Ball in 1965's "Beach Blanket Bingo" and Girl Near Jukebox in 1973's "American Graffiti," Meredith Crossings found herself on the set of "Cleopatra 2" filming near Kagnew Station. During a night spent under the stars with a herd of goats, Crossings received a mysterious message that ultimately forced her to leave her parents' Hollywood dreams for her behind.

Duration:00:25:10

S1Ep2 | Virginity Lost-and-Found in the Danakil Depression

9/30/2019
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Our guest this week, Theodore Kettle, grew up in the privileged world of 1980s international diplomacy. As the son of the UK ambassador in Addis Ababa, Kettle stumbled upon a hard-partying music scene in east Africa's Great Rift Valley, considered the "cradle of humankind," where he lost his virginity to a Russian-speaking beauty named Olga. Or did he?

Duration:00:33:11

S1Ep1 | Meet Season One's Co-hosts

9/30/2019
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We introduce the show's Season One co-hosts: Hassan Gray, a Verizon Fios sales analyst and host of the "Not My Problem" podcast & Debra, former host of the syndicated radio program "Debra," and author of "I Can't Go for Mind Control (No Can Do): Hall, Oates and the Soviet Roots of Blue-Eyed Soul" available in free-thinking bookstores everywhere.

Duration:00:31:14

Introducing: Optophobia

9/4/2019
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Optophobia is the fear of opening one’s eyes. Our fear is that too many people close their eyes to the truth. The mission of this podcast is to wrench yours open with copper clamps like Stanley Kubrick did to Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. Will it be painful? Yeah, maybe. Full episodes launch September 30.

Duration:00:02:43