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Hardcore Weird News is a weekly podcast about all things weird, funny and bizarre. Each week, Buck Wolf, HuffPost's Executive Weird News Editor hosts special guests to examine a different theme.

Hardcore Weird News is a weekly podcast about all things weird, funny and bizarre. Each week, Buck Wolf, HuffPost's Executive Weird News Editor hosts special guests to examine a different theme.
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Hardcore Weird News is a weekly podcast about all things weird, funny and bizarre. Each week, Buck Wolf, HuffPost's Executive Weird News Editor hosts special guests to examine a different theme.




Joey Skaggs' Greatest Prank - Pandora's Hope

Leave it to Joey Skaggs to turn a film about his career in media pranking into one more hoax -- and it's something the film industry will never forget.

Duration: 00:42:08

The Greatest High Of All: A Marijuana Billionaire

To many Americans, there’s little question that coast-to-coast marijuana legalization is coming. The question now is how fast will it happen and how big a boon will it be to the economy. Leslie Bocskor of Electrum Partners is aiming to be the first (legal) marijuana hedge fund billionaire -- and that might not be a pipe dream.

Why Good Advertising Must Be Weird

Advertising Executive and Weird News extraordinaire, Mark Hartzman, joins host Buck Wolf to discuss Weird ads and his new book, The Embalmed Head of Oliver Cromwell.

Duration: 00:22:56

Bearded Ladies Still Steal The Show

Few stories from sideshow history are more fascinating than those of the bearded ladies and today we’re going to talk to several women with whiskers. They tell us why they decided to stop shaving. Why they decided to start performing. They talk about their life, their loves, and their battle for respect. Marc Hartzman -- the author of American Sideshow -- is going to talk about how he helped a bearded woman reunite with her bearded son. Yes, it was a bearded mother and child reunion -- and...

Duration: 00:27:40

Life In A Traveling Cat Circus

In this purrrcast we talk to Samantha Martin, founder of the Amazing Acro-Cats, a traveling cat circus. She describes her transformation from Chicago’s “rat lady” to a nationally celebrated cat lady, how to get cats to play musical instruments, and what life on the road with 14 felines is really like.

Duration: 00:29:20

Why The Bodies I Paint Must Be Absolutely Naked

New York City is one of the few places where an artist can incorporate nudity into his work in a public space. Andy Golub and two of his models joins us for an early celebration of NYC Bodypainting Day to discuss the meaning of this celebration.

Duration: 00:31:17

Beauty Queen Eats Her Way To Fame

New Zealand Beauty Queen, Nela Zisser, sits down with Host Buck Wolf and Crazy Legs Conti to explain why her new dream is to become a professional eater.

Duration: 00:28:46

Bad News For Bigfoot

Does Bigfoot have a big penis? Host Buck Wolf and Lee Speigel sit down with Bigfoot-hunting primatologist, Natalia Reagan to discuss her theory on why Bigfoot might be a big disappointment with the lady beasts and other theories about this possible existence.

Duration: 00:35:04

Sex, Drugs and Heavy Metal Parking Lot

"Heavy Metal Parking Lot" is a 17-minute film that perfectly captures the essence of being a 1980s metal fan to those who weren't old enough to experience it. It's been praised by the likes of Sophia Coppola, and Brad Pitt for pioneering the aesthetic that we see in modern films and viral videos. Jeff Krulik, one of the creators of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," talks with host Buck Wolf about the creation of the film and the impact it has made.

Duration: 00:32:37

Grandpa, The Mob Boss

Meyer Lansky II joins host Buck Wolf to discuss his infamous mobster grandfather, Meyer Lansky. Meyer Lansky is portrayed in AMC's new series, 'Making of the Mob: New York' and Lansky II is joined by Ian Bell who plays Meyer Lansky as well as Rich Graff who play Lucky Luciano.

Duration: 00:40:45

Porn And Comedy Are Not That Different

Alia Janine, comedian and former porn star joins hosts Buck Wolf and Sebastian Murdock to discuss the similarities between porn and comedy, the toughest part about breaking into the porn business and Alia's connection to Jeffrey Dahmer.

Duration: 00:34:29

Get Your Diseased Brains Here!

You want to see the strangest places on earth? David Plotz of Atlas Obscura and Political Gabfest takes us on an insider’s look at Idaho’s Craters of the Moon, The Cushing Brain Collection, Iowa’s Squirrel Cage Jail and other Obscura Day 2015 highlights.

Duration: 00:27:06

Breast-Stapling, Scrotum Tricks And “Storyville Rising"

Kali von Wunderkammer and The Lady Eye — two pain-proof ladies — tell tales of the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny and a show Kali produces and stars in about New Orleans’ red light district. Tim O’Brien — Ripley’s Ambassador of Odd — takes us through sideshow history and its sexy link to burlesque.

Duration: 00:31:45

Underground Banana Wrestling

Ronald McFondle and Eddie Van Glam, Seattle semi pro wrestlers and stars of the documentary Bodyslam: REVENGE OF THE BANANA join this week's episode. The wrestlers, along with the film's directors, discuss the underground wrestling scene, what it takes to become a wrestler and why one sad banana became the star of the BODYSLAM film.

Duration: 00:34:26

UFO-Alien Abduction Still Haunts Travis Walton

Five days aboard an alien spacecraft. Travis Walton's terrifying account is the stuff movies are made from, and he joins us on this episode to talk about that day 40 years ago, when the then 22-year-old logger says he was knocked unconscious, and woke up to find he was surrounded by ETs aboard their ship

Duration: 00:29:32

Say Yes To Marijuana

It's our 420 episode. Join us for a discussion with Catherine Hiller, an author and filmmaker whose new book, 'Just Say Yes: a Marijuana Memoir,' documents her life as a pot smoker, which she's been for more than 50 years. We also check-in with Andy Campbell on the west coast as he reports from a legal weed dispensary.

Duration: 00:31:29

Library Cam Girl Talks Sex & Video

Kendra Sunderland, 19, became known as 'Library Girl' after masturbating on camera for a cam girl site in the Oregon State University library. In this episode, she discusses her public indecency charge, what she loves about being a cam girl and her upcoming plans -- including her new line of sex toys.

Duration: 00:39:22

Joey Skaggs And The Art Of The Prank

He convicted OJ with a computer. He sold Good Morning America on radical weight loss strategies. He's thrown an April Fool's Day Parade in New York City for 30 years. If you believe all that, you haven't done your homework -- but you're far from alone. We sat down with master prankster Joey Skaggs to discuss the media's insatiable appetite for fooling itself, and why that's more relevant now than ever.

Duration: 00:27:44

The Naked Sword Swallower

Professional Sword Swallower, Brett Loudermilk joins The HuffPost Weird News team to discuss his naked sword swallowing act, how he got into the business and the technique he used to train his ex-girlfriend to swallow swords.

Duration: 00:35:25

The Art of the Pimp

Moonlite Bunnyranch owner Dennis Hof, Heidi Fleiss the Hollywood Madam, porn star Ron Jeremy and former bunny Krissy Summers join the Weird News team to discuss Hof's new book, 'The Art of the Pimp.' What's it like to work as a legal pimp? Will Heidi Fleiss reprise her role as madam? Is Ron Jeremy working on anything new? Find out all of this and more in this week's episode.

Duration: 00:39:06

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