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Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

The truth is rarely the best story. And when it?s not the only story, the truth deserves another look. Every Wednesday, we tell the complicated stories behind the world?s most controversial events and possible cover-ups. Conspiracy? Maybe. Coincidence? Maybe. Complicated? Absolutely. Conspiracy Theories is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.

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Rennes-le-Château Pt. 2

To this day, no one knows what made Berenger Saunier so incredibly wealthy. Some believe he uncovered ancient treasure from the Knights Templar. Others claim he held secrets about Jesus Christ. Maybe the priest was nothing more than a conman with a side hustle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-28
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Rennes-le-Château Pt. 1

Every year, thousands of people flock to a tiny French village to solve an ancient mystery. A 19th-century priest acquired a massive fortune while renovating a local parish, but was it treasure ? or knowledge ? that garnished him with such wealth?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-26
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Welcome to Hollywood Scandals

This awards season, pull back the curtain on Tinseltown?s most infamous controversies in the new Spotify Original from Parcast, Hollywood Scandals. You can hear the first episode on Hollywood?s sordid beginnings right here, then follow Hollywood Scandals for an episode every Monday. Listen free, only on Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-22
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Global Warming Pt. 2

Is the threat posed by global warming as imminent as it seems? Is it possible that corporations are manipulating data (and exploiting our fears) to make an extra buck? And how likely is it that humans aren?t to blame after all? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-21
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Global Warming Pt. 1

Over the last century, the fossil fuel industry has exploded. Carbon emissions are at an all time high. Wildfires and hurricanes are on the rise. Our planet's temperature is heating up at an exponential rate. But is global warming a misunderstood phenomena ? and is it too late to turn back the clock?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-19
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Mysteries of the Vatican Pt 4: John Paul II Assassination Attempt

The world looked on in shock when an assassin shot Pope John Paul II in May 1981. The official story was that a crazed lone gunman was to blame, but some theories suggest the attack may have been part of one of the biggest international coverups of all time?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-14
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Mysteries of the Vatican Pt. 3: Three Secrets of Fatima

In 1917, three children in Fatima, Portugal received a series of prophetic messages that were kept secret for decades ? first at the behest of the heavenly message-giver, and then by the Vatican itself. When all three secrets were finally revealed, they made for an apocalyptic story of war, destruction? and redemption.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-12
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Mysteries of the Vatican Pt 2: Secret Vatican Archive

Over the centuries, a stash of secret documents kept by priests ballooned into millions of documents. Known as the Vatican Secret Archive, it?s rumored to contain the world?s largest collection of pornography, proof of Jesus Christ, and even predictions of the end of the world.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-07
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Mysteries of the Vatican Pt. 1: History of the Vatican

Today, Vatican City is known as an elegant seat of divine power and prestige. But the centuries-long history of the Vatican is marked by bloodshed, corruption ? and more secrets than the Church would like to admit.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-04-05
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PRISM Surveillance Pt. 2

When it comes to government surveillance, most people likely have little to hide. But did a partnership with Silicon Valley unlock unprecedented levels of personal data? And how effective was the PRISM program at catching terrorists after all? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-31
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PRISM Surveillance Pt. 1

In the aftermath of 9/11, the government-approved PRISM surveillance program was meant to help keep America safe from terrorist attacks. But NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle in 2013, implicating an invasive system that spied with impunity on everyday citizens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-29
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UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain Pt. 2

During the Cold War, many believed the Soviet?s greatest weapon was fear. Did they fake a UFO landing in New Mexico to terrify Americans? Or were they actually equipped with highly advanced aircraft that was only confused for ? or inspired by ? alien technology? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-24
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UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain Pt. 1

Meteor crashes with no remains, metallic objects over small villages, and jellyfish creatures hovering above city centers... These were just a few UFO sightings within the Soviet Union in the last century. Did the USSR cover up the truth about its extraterrestrial visitors? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-22
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Operation Ajax Pt. 2

CIA agent Kermit Roosevelt led a covert operation to overthrow Iran's Prime Minister in 1953. But Operation Ajax didn?t go according to plan. Theories about it continue to this day, ranging from whether Roosevelt went rogue and hatched his own plan, to what Iranian politics would look like today without foreign intervention. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-17
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Operation Ajax Pt. 1

After Iran nationalized its oil fields, a seminal coup erupted in 1953. It appeared to be a spontaneous revolution ? but many began to wonder if it had in fact been engineered by international intelligence agencies in order to reclaim the oil industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-15
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Cola Wars Pt. 2

New Coke was one of the biggest commercial flops in American history, and a massive success for Coca-Cola. Executives collected huge bonuses while original Coke sales spiked. Which leads some to wonder: Was New Coke's failure the plan all along? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-10
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Cola Wars Pt. 1

In 1886, an Atlanta-area pharmacist created an American institution: Coca-Cola. Seven years later, their rival, Pepsi, debuted. Since then, the soda giants have battled for market dominance. How far would they go to come out on top? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-08
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Frankenstein

19th century author Mary Shelley is known for penning the classic horror novel, Frankenstein. But many contest her authorship. Were Mary and other female authors victims of a sexist industry? Or was there more going on behind the scenes? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-03
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The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger?s The Catcher in the Rye has been held as a seminal book of required reading in America. But after multiple acts of violence were linked back to it, people wondered if the text could incite people to do malicious things? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-03-01
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A Bram Stoker Classic from Haunted Places: Ghost Stories

Dracula wasn?t the only frightful fiction conjured by Irish author Bram Stoker? In this retelling of ?The Judge?s House,? a Cambridge student is overcome with curiosity ? then dread ? as he faces an evil man?s terrifying legacy. Listen to Part 1 right here, then search ?Haunted Places: Ghost Stories? to hear Part 2, when the Judge himself comes calling?  Haunted Places: Ghost Stories is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Every Thursday, find a new tale of terror from some of history?s greatest authors. Listen free on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-25
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Ron Brown Pt. 2

On April 3rd, 1996, the weather in Croatia wasn't great ? but it wasn't bad enough to explain why experienced Air Force pilots crashed into a mountain. Many suspect that Ron Brown's flight was sabotaged by a terrorist organization, the Croatian government, or maybe even by the Clintons themselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-24
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Ron Brown Pt. 1

In 1996, during a trade mission to Croatia, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 other passengers died in a plane crash ? one that seemed too bizarre to chalk up to an accident. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-22
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Peak Oil Pt. 2

Many experts believe the world will run out of oil in the next 30 years, and some people think the looming scarcity inspired unconscionable acts ? like the Iraq War in 2003. But there might be massive reserves under our feet that oil companies don't want you to know about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-17
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Peak Oil Pt. 1

In 1859, a prospector invented modern drilling technology and kicked off an oil rush in the United States. Countless corporations made themselves rich through mass extraction ? but according to one geologist and physicist, the world is on track to run out of fuel by 2050. When that happens, society as we know it may collapse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-15
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Danny Casolaro & The Octopus Pt. 2

Was Danny Casolaro murdered for getting too close to The Octopus? What had his investigations uncovered? And were his sources framed and defamed for helping him?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-10
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Danny Casolaro & The Octopus Pt. 1

In the early ?90s, investigative journalist Danny Casolaro claimed he?d stumbled upon a clandestine organization made up of top government officials. Just as he was preparing to publish an exposé, he was found dead in his hotel room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-08
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The NFL's Concussion Coverups Pt. 2

What took the NFL so long to admit the threat of traumatic brain injuries? Some suggest the dangers are widely overblown. Others claim the NFL took a page from Big Tobacco?s disinformation playbook. And still others insist the League ignored the issue because of systemic racism.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-03
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The NFL's Concussion Coverups Pt. 1

Could one of America's favorite pastimes be a silent killer? For decades, the National Football League overlooked the effects of repeat concussions in their athletes ? and some players continue to pay the cost in the form of depression, violent behavior, even suicide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-01
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Deepwater Horizon Pt. 2

Theories multiplied in online and radio discourse about the true perpetrators of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Was it the oil companies themselves, North Korea, or even radical environmentalist groups? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-27
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Deepwater Horizon Pt. 1

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and then sank, kickstarting one of the largest oil spills in history. The companies who ran the rig became targets of lawsuits and heavy government regulation ? but was the world looking at the wrong culprits? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-25
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Brittany Murphy?s Death Pt. 2

Fans believed it was no coincidence that Brittany and her husband Simon died six months apart from the same complications. Some suspected toxic mold in the home. Others found a suspicious connection to the DHS. And her estranged father began casting doubt on her mother, claiming foul play.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-20
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Welcome to the Family: The Kennedys

They?re a powerful political dynasty with no shortage of tragedies, scandals and controversies. Ahead of the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy?s inauguration, revisit the most shocking moments in the Kennedy family history ? from conspiracies and cover-ups to assassinations and affairs ? in this Parcast limited series.  All 12 episodes are available January 19th. Listen free, only on Spotify.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-19
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Brittany Murphy?s Death Pt. 1

Her breakout role in 1995?s ?Clueless? made her America?s sweetheart. But was Brittany Murphy also a murder victim? The 32-year-old died under mysterious circumstances in 2009, and when her widower died of the exact cause just months later, Murphy?s mobster father cried ?murder.? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-18
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Operation Gladio Pt. 2

For decades, the C.I.A. funded Operation Gladio and hid it from the public. They may have also used their weapons and agents in an attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II, and kill former Italian Prime Minister, Aldo Moro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-13
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Operation Gladio Pt. 1

During the Cold War, a secret military operation hid hundreds of weapons caches throughout Europe. They trained resistance fighters and prepared for a Communist invasion, and may have also orchestrated a series of devastating terrorist attacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-11
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Asbestos Cover-Up Pt. 2

Secret files, vanished reports, called-in favors? How far did corporations, lobbyists, and possibly even high-ranking U.S. politicians go to protect the billion dollar asbestos industry?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-06
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The Asbestos Cover-Up Pt. 1

Once called a ?magical mineral,? asbestos was used in everything from curtains to cigarette filters in the 20th century. But as its health hazards became alarmingly apparent, America?s asbestos giants buried the truth of their deadly product. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-04
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Fernald School Pt. 2

During the Cold War, the U.S. government funded radiation experiments on unwitting civilians ? including a group of boys at Fernald. Who else was subjected to lab-rat treatment by the government? And can we be sure their covert experiments have stopped?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-16
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Fernald School Pt. 1

Originally billed as an education center for people with intellectual disabilities, the Fernald School exploited thousands of kids for free labor. The institution was rife with abuse even before it became a testing ground for radiation experiments in the 1940s and ?50s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-14
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Bermuda Triangle Pt. 2

This patch of ocean is at the center of famous disappearances, from the U.S.S. Cyclops to Naval Flight 19. Are they just coincidences? Or are more mysterious powers at play?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-09
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Bermuda Triangle Pt. 1

Ships vanish. Planes disappear. And no wreckage ever seems to surface. The Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic is known for its mysteries and deathly claims on countless lives ? dating all the way back to ancient Greece. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-07
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The Bible Code Pt. 2

Ever since the Bible code was deciphered, theorists have wondered who was responsible. Was it a gift from extraterrestrial life forms? The work of time travelers? Or perhaps the code lies only in the minds of those who believe it?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-12-02
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The Bible Code Pt. 1

A hidden code embedded within Hebrew Scripture has predicted some of the world?s biggest events, from the Gulf War and the Great Depression to the 1969 moon landing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-30
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Introducing: Science Vs

Was the CIA involved in a devastating act of bioterrorism in the 1970s? On this episode of Science Vs, unravel a decades-old conspiracy theory involving pigs and the CIA. Listen here, then head over to Science Vs to binge more episodes on everything from 5G and pandemics to vaping and fast diets. There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions ? but then there?s science. Follow Science Vs free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-19
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Incident at Fort Benning Pt. 2

After spending years investigating the alien attack at Fort Benning, John Vasquez only found one other serviceman who remembered the events. Do both men share the same delusion, or did they really recover false memories? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-18
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Incident at Fort Benning Pt. 1

In the late summer of 1977, Private John Vasquez was allegedly abducted by aliens at Fort Benning, Georgia along with 1500 of his fellow soldiers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-16
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Shag Harbour Incident Pt. 2

Over the decades, numerous theories have been proffered as to what, exactly, crashed in Shag Harbour, Canada. But whether it was a piece of Cold War technology, or an alien craft, there is ample evidence that it was extremely out of the ordinary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-11
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Shag Harbour Incident Pt. 1

A sleepy Canadian fishing town gained international attention in 1967 when hundreds of people witnessed an unidentified flying object crash off the coast of Nova Scotia. There is still no official account as to what the object was, and the government claims to have found nothing in the water. The only clue left behind was a thick, shining foam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-09
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The Bush Family Pt. 2

Three generations of the Bush political dynasty have conspiracy theories swirling around them, involving a connection to JFK?s death, the grave of a Native American leader, and a war undertaken for questionable motives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-04
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The Bush Family Pt. 1

The official story of the Bush family?s rise in America is one of adventure, accomplishment and power. Where does that story begin, and how did they become one of the most powerful political dynasties in American history? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2020-11-02
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