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The Sofa King Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to popular culture, recent events, and whatever shit the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this podcast explores two major issues per week in way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The podcast hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on weekly topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language.




Episode 234: Ned Kelley: The Australian Iron Man

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we go back in time and Down Under to talk about the life of the Aussie outlaw, Ned Kelley. Kelley is a figure in Australia who summons the same type of rebellion and badassery as the figures of the American old west. He was born in 1855 at Beveridge, Victoria, and started life innocently enough. However, when his father died, the family was left without any money, and they slowly turned to criminal ways. In fact, at age 14, Ned Kelley was arrested...

Duration: 01:24:48

Episode 233: Salem Witch Trials: Paranoia, Sexism, and Hallucinations

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we explore one of the bloodiest chapters in the history of New England, the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials are a complex phenomenon that coupled puritanical fanaticism with fear of not only the devil, but life in the new world. The laws that led to the persecution of witches in New England date back to 1484, when Pope Innocent VIII wrote a papal bull called Summis Desiderantes Affectibus (Latin for “Desiring with supreme ardor”). This...

Duration: 01:26:02

Episode 232: Leonardo da Vinci: The Ultimate Renaissance Man

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we delve into the life of the genius, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, and the original futurist—Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci was born in 1452 and is considered one of (or the?) most important artists in all of human history. He was the ultimate renaissance man. The techniques of chiaroscuro and sfumato are attributed to him, and some versions of history claim that when he was learning how to paint, his master was so humbled by da Vinci’s...

Duration: 01:23:08

Episode 231: Reincarnation: Can We Come Back?

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we take a look at the arguments and key cases for and against reincarnation. Reincarnation, of course, is the thought that somehow a personality can survive bodily death and be transferred to another person later on. Some say this is a soul, some say it is only consciousness, and others even give it some quantum informational slant, but in the end there is a lot of evidence suggesting that in some cases, a personality does show up in a different...

Duration: 01:36:37

Episode 230: Parasomnia: The Horrors of the Night!

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we get ready to have a bad night’s sleep and talk about all sorts of strange sleep related phenomenon called Parasomnia. From Sleep Paralysis to the Night Hag, from Night Terrors to Astral Projection, and from Shadow Men to Lucid Dreaming, this one has it all. This show is a mix of multiple topics that several listeners have asked us to discuss. One that is probably the most common is Sleep Paralysis. This often terrifying event is when someone...

Duration: 01:35:45

Episode 229: Napoleon Bonaparte: The Ultimate Warrior?

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of the world’s most famous short man, Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was one of the greatest military minds in human history, and it’s a bit surprising that his wars aren’t considered a world war since they involved almost everyone. He nearly conquered the world thanks to his unique genius. Napoleon was born to a wealthy family on the island of Corsica and was sent to military school at the age of nine. He excelled. At age 16, he...

Duration: 01:29:16

Episode 228: Jimmy Iovine: Music’s Hidden Mastermind

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the most important person in the music industry in the past thirty years, the little known (but very influential) Jimmy Iovine. Jimmy was a failed musician who tried his hand at college as a way to avoid the draft to Vietnam. He was an Italian New Yorker from a working class family, and a friend of his sister’s got him a job at a music studio. He got fired. She got him another one. He got fired again. She got him his third job at a...

Duration: 01:36:16

Episode 227: Marquis de Sade: The Ultimate Pervert

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life, philosophy, crimes, and sexual perversion of the infamous Marquis de Sade. As a warning, don’t read this or watch the episode unless you are ready for some crazy sex acts. The term sadism (gaining pleasure from other people’s pain) came from this man, and his life and ideas were very interesting and controversial. Donatien Alphonse François, best known as the Marquis de Sade, was born in Paris, France on June 2, 1740. His...

Duration: 01:21:57

Episode 226: The Family: An Australian Kidnap Cult

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we look into the strange Australian kidnapping cult called “The Family.” Their sinister motto: unseen, unheard, unknown. This cult differs from many modern cults because its leader was a woman instead of a man. Yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne met up with Dr. Raynor Johnson in Melbourne and started experimenting with LSD in 1963. They started to meet up at a place called Santiniketan Park and would talk about religion and philosophy with other...

Duration: 01:16:42

Episode 225: Michael Jackson: ‘Nuff Said

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the life, hits, moves, quirks and lawsuits surrounding the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson. Jackson was born in Gary Indiana in 1958, and due to the often abusive hand of his father Joseph, he and his family were formed into musicians at a very young age. After a couple of rotations in the children, Michael was added to the family musical act, which became known as the Jackson 5. They did small shows at first, but Michael’s incredible...

Duration: 01:16:49

Episode 224: Blackbeard: The Ultimate Dread Pirate

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the wild career of the most famous pirate in history, Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard. Teach was thought to have been born in Britain but moved to Jamaica as a child. From there, he became a privateer (a pirate who worked for England) through Queen Anne’s War. After that, he used his naval skills to become one of the wildest pirates ever to set foot in the Caribbean. Teach was recruited after the war by a pirate named Captain Benjamin...

Duration: 01:27:45

Episode 223: Harry Houdini: The Best There Ever Was

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the escapes, magic, ghost busting, and mysterious death of master magician Harry Houdini. Born as Ehrich Weisz in 1874 in Hungary, he moved to the United States with his family while very young. His father ended up moving to New York City, and young Ehrich followed him. It was there that Houdini was introduced to live performance and became a young trapeze artist called "Ehrich, the Prince of the Air.” A few years later, he decided to...

Duration: 01:25:13

Episode 222: AIDS: From Conspiracies to Cures

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast we talk about the various and deep conspiracy theories that surround the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. So, what’s the difference between HIV and AIDS? Traditional medicine claims that HIV is an immunodeficiency virus that attacks your body’s ability to fight off infection. AIDS is the breakdown of the immune system that causes death by means of other infections. However, with cocktails of drugs that are available in the Western world, people can live with HIV...

Duration: 01:19:21

Episode 221: Exorcism: Demons or Delusion?

In this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we discuss the phenomenon of demonic possession and exorcism. Demonic or spiritual possession is something that most people associate with Catholicism, but it spreads to any number of religious faiths, Hindu to Islamic and Judaism. In most faiths, the belief is that the evil that possesses the victim is expelled by a person of faith who calls upon the will of god or angels. Surprisingly, the cases of exorcism are growing rapidly around the world,...

Duration: 01:24:40

Episode 220: Walt Disney: Mickey, Nazis, and Frozen Bodies

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the life and works of one of America’s greatest creators, Walt Disney. Born in 1901, Disney was raised in Marceline, Missouri, which people to this day claim was the basis for Disneyland’s Main Street. Disney developed a love for trains as a child, and he also was identified as a talented artist while he was very young, selling work at the age of seven. While he was only sixteen, he tried to join the Army, but they discovered his age...

Duration: 01:28:12

Episode 219: Albert Fish: The Werewolf of Wysteria

On this episode of The Sofa King Podcast, we talk about the crimes of a man who is perhaps the sickest serial killer we’ve ever covered: Albert Fish. We want to warn you that this episode is not for the faint of heart—this is truly horrible stuff! Read on at your own peril. Fish was one of the most brutal people in history, and he is considered the prototypical serial killer, from his sexual fetishes to his delusions and even his very creative cannibalism (which he even left recipes for…)....

Duration: 01:24:18

Episode 218: Wolf Family Murders: Horror Show in North Dakota

On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we do some true crime and look into the horrible Wolf Family Murders. Jacob and Beata Wolf both moved to North Dakota in the early 1900s and started a family in 1905. They were a prosperous farming family blessed with six daughters. In a time of economic difficulties, they even made enough money to hire a neighbor as a farm hand. Their daughters ranged from 9 months old to 13 years, but on April 22, 1920, the entire family and their farm hand were...

Duration: 01:17:16

Episode 217: Jack Parsons: Sex Magician Rocket Scientist!

On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we tell the truly unbelievable life-story of the founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the rocket scientist and occultist named Jack Parsons. We’ve bumped into Parsons in several episodes in the past because he has some crazy ties with everything from Aleister Crowley to Scientology to Operation Paper Clip and Wernher von Braun. If we made this story up, it wouldn’t be as wild as the truth. Parsons was born to a wealthy family, but his mother...

Duration: 01:28:19

Episode 216: Stonehenge: World Wonder or Hoax?

On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss a topic that many fans have requested for quite some time—Stonehenge! This ancient structure is one of the largest mysteries of the ancient world. Nobody knows how it was built, and nobody knows what purpose it served, but Stonehenge is the center of paganism and a symbol of ancient ingenuity. It was believed to have been constructed over the course of about a thousand years, from roughly 3000 BCE to 2100 BCE. It evolved several times,...

Duration: 01:16:04

Episode 215: Hunter S Thompson: Gonzo Drug Fueled Journalism

On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the truly gonzo life of the one and only Hunter S Thompson. Thompson was a journalist who became famous for his crazed drug-fueled antics and anti-authority stance. Born in Louisville, Kentucky to a middle class family, his father died while he was a teenager, and his mother was left very poor and became an alcoholic. During this time, Thompson started writing, and he had such a skill for it, he was allowed to join an elite writing group...

Duration: 01:34:10

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