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I Read a Thing

I Read a Thing

By Co-hosts: Jolie & Emma
A deep dive podcast by Emma & Jolie. The subtle art of pointless immersion in a new, strange topic every other Friday.
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Joseph Smith's Mormon Mafia, Pt. Deux
Joseph Smith was a simple man. He liked unlimited power, cronies that kissed his ass, women he could trick into marrying him, and doctors he could coerce into giving those women abortions; a real Live-Lie-Love kind of guy. In this episode, we talk about what made Joe take his magical mystery tour to several different midwest American cities and how he managed to get God to co-author a stock options agreement for his mansion. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:38:15
April 23, 2021
Joseph Smith's Mormon Mafia, Pt. 1
Sex, Drugs, and MONEY! No, this isn't an episode about -insert relevant rock-n-roll star name-, this is all about the freaky founder of the Latter Day Saints, AKA Mormons. This episode covers Joseph Smith's unlikely beginnings as a prophet, his family drama, and his healthy appreciation for hallucinogenic mushrooms. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:22:15
March 12, 2021
The Eerie Glow of the Living Dead Girls
What do lightbulbs, fireflies, and the long-buried bones of the Radium Girls all have in common? That's right, they all glow! Join us on a deep dive that will cement your distaste for capitalism and make you really glad you live in a time where it's not common to have highly radioactive materials in your household goods.  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
58:29
February 5, 2021
Flat Earth Blood Cults and other Totally Normal Things (TM)
Have you ever looked at a Flat Earther and thought "how could they level up this craziness?" WELCOME TO BLOOD OVER INTENT, MOTHER-TRUCKERS! In this deep dive, we talk about the CLEARLY NOT A MURDER CULT starting up in Oregon, James Cameron as God, Covid in the Matrix, and the Reptilian overlords hiding the truth about the Garden of Eden. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:19:44
January 22, 2021
The Destructive Power of Cute
Have you ever looked at a baby, puppy, or object and thought "YOU'RE SO CUTE I'M GONNA BASH YOUR HEAD IN"? No? Just us? Moving right along.  In today's deep dive we cover the evolutionary purpose behind cuteness aggression and why it (probably) won't make you literally eat a baby. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.  Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:09:52
January 8, 2021
Jack the Ripper's Saucy World Tour
Saucy Jack loved three things in life: long walks, vulnerable women, and world domination. Join us on a deep dive of some of the most insane (and plausible) theories on the identity of Jack the Ripper, the psychological impact of murder mysteries, and the depressing anti-vice history of Whitechapel that brought worldwide notoriety to this serial killer. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:29:55
December 24, 2020
Lobotomies: A Cure for Mental Illness and Mouthy Wives
In a world where mentally ill people demanded bodily autonomy and women had opinions about things, one man dared to dream. In this deep dive we'll discuss the storied history of the men who thought taking out frontal lobes was a good solution to everything from schizophrenia to toddler tantrums. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
55:46
December 4, 2020
Muzak: The Art of Gentle Brainwashing
From the man who brought you tree-phones, the OG Spotify, and started the first Air Force AS A SIDE HUSTLE just to make you feel lazy...make way for Muzak.  The company that became a genre and ruffled a lot of feathers with their made-to-ignore bland creations. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:08:19
November 20, 2020
Paranormal Pals, EVPs, & Hot Dog Art
Do you believe the spirits of the dead can speak to you through white noise? Do you want to find a special Paranormal Pal? In this deep dive episode, we listen to spooky EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and try to figure out if Jolie's house is haunted.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:12:23
October 23, 2020
Spooky Season, Spooky Shit: The Spookening
It's Spooky Season, bitches!  In honor of Halloween we decided to use this episode to fuck around, errrr, record some true scary stories including everything from witches hating Muzak executives to EVPs that will make your butt clench up. WELCOME TO SEASON TWO!!! Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com. You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music: "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a Creative Commons License.
01:00:06
October 9, 2020
Baby Ape-Men & the Self-Domestication Theory
Domestication Syndrome is not what happens when you move in with your new partner and stop shaving your legs. Join us for a shallow dive into the basics of domestication including why we can't ride zebras and how some people think we humans domesticated ourselves. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music:  "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
51:20
September 25, 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell & the Island of Misfit Perverts
This one took forever to release because of extreme technical f@!kery, but here it is.  Let's do a super shallow dive on Ghislaine Maxwell, notorious partner of Jeffrey Epstein, who famously had a super secret island where he'd "hire" underaged "massage therapists" for himself and his famous friends. We will also discuss why aluminum foil won't hide your cell phone, Karen.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.   Opening and closing music:  "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
40:05
September 14, 2020
I Read a Thing - Podcast Trailer
Just a little teaser trailer...or a warning.  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Music:  "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:17
August 9, 2020
MK Ultra & PURE AMERICAN PRIDE
America in the 1950s was a special time full of Elvis Presley, The Golden Age of Television, and LSD brainwashing initiatives covertly run by the CIA.  Join us on a deep dive of MK Ultra that will make you question any remaining American pride you may have. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Opening and closing music:  "A Magical Journey Through Space" by Leonell Cassio, licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:02:23
August 7, 2020
Family Vloggers & Instagrammable Child Labor
When Myka and Jim Stauffer "rehomed" their adopted son, the world got a first hand look at the shady business of family vlogging.  On this deep dive, we'll tackle the sick, sad world of reality television, child abuse, and having babies for ad revenue. Bonus! We actually released a video with this episode so you can see our big dumb heads making the noises that communicate the words that make up the podcast. View on our Facebook or YouTube. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:06:24
July 24, 2020
NASA & The Space Poop Problem
You would think after this many years of space exploration, we'd have the small issue of how to poop in space under control. Let's take a deep dive into the problematic world of space toilets, astronaut penises, and DIAPERS.  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:05:04
July 10, 2020
Sex, Lies, & Theosophy: The Helena Blavatsky Story
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky had it all, aristocratic lineage, intelligence, and enough imagination to rewrite her story when things didn't go her way. Join us on a deep dive into the world of the godmother of the New Age Movement, mental illness, Russian folklore, white people whitin' around, and more lies than you can shake several sticks at.  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:10:45
July 3, 2020
Psychic Vultures & Miss Cleo's Wild Ride
Join us on a deep dive into the wild world of the Psychic Friends Network, Miss Cleo, fraud, fake cancers, bad acting, shady business practices, and keeping people on the hook for $4.99/minute.  CALL ME NOW FOR AN EXPENSIVE READING.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:04:49
June 26, 2020
Pandemic Paranoia and the 5G Coronavirus
What does the Black Plague, Russian Flu, Spanish Flu, and Coronavirus have in common (besides the obvious)?  Join us on a deep dive into pandemic PTSD, mass hysteria, conspiracy theories, and humans generally acting foolish. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:15:29
June 19, 2020
NLP: Pseudoscience for Sociopaths
Neuro-linguistic programming is the brainchild of two nerds, one a raging sociopath who tried to kill his dad and definitely probably allegedly killed his friend's girlfriend.  Join us on a deep dive into pseudoscience, questionable ethics, murder, and pickup artists. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:11:34
June 12, 2020
BLACK LIVES MATTER
We felt it was inappropriate to distract from the larger issues at hand for our nation.  We have created a resource list (https://www.ireadathing.com/black-lives-matter/) for non-black allies to educate themselves as well as resources for activists and protestors to take steps in (hopefully) ensuring they have access to what they need if they are detained or assaulted by police or the military.  You can also find a list of places to donate to bail funds as well as to the families dealing with the aftermath of police violence on their loved ones.  We will update this list as we find more information, so please send suggestions if we've missed something.  Email links to: info@ireadathing.com.
02:09
June 5, 2020
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose...and the (literally) true story people don't want to hear.  Join us on a deep dive into demon possession, exorcisms, mental illness, The Catholic Church, and negligent homicide.  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:15:36
May 29, 2020
Gwyneth Paltrow: Yoni Destroyer
Gwyneth Paltrow and her woo-peddling empire, Goop, are making money by punishing vaginas for existing.  Join us on a deep dive into the world of vaginal steaming, what you shouldn't put in your vagina, and the history of misogyny with a super special guest Elle Stanger (@stripperwriter).  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:02:46
May 22, 2020
Are Aliens Abducting You or Do You Just Need Sleep?
We all know about aliens and how they repeatedly abduct people, have space babes mate with them, and then do butt stuff to them.  Join us on a deep dive into the psychology of alien beliefs, the people that directly contributed to the lore of alien abductions, and why you probably don't need to worry about meeting aliens any time soon. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:08:25
May 15, 2020
Human Design, Baby Raves, & Telepathic Podcasting
In the future we will communicate through telepathy, have baby raves, and re-enact the hit Hollywood movie "The Craft" in the weirdest way possible. Join us on a deep dive into the confusing world of Human Design, neutrinos, evolution, strange prophecies,  and alien mission statements.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:08:35
May 8, 2020
Breatharians: New Age Anorexia & Fake Gurus
Listen, Breatharians don't have to eat, they just REALLY WANT TO.  Join us on a deep dive of Inedia, Sungazing, the 5th dimension, Reptilian Overlords, and how Breatharians are able to safely enjoy McDonald's Quarter Pounders.  Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:13:11
May 1, 2020
Cults & Coronavirus: Religions in the Pandemic
How one church (that is really a cult) in South Korea helped spread COVID-19 better than their own gospel.  Join us on a deep dive into the wild world of cult practices, multiple people who claim to be Jesus, and mass gatherings turning into mass casualties.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:10:33
April 24, 2020
Ghosts & Hauntings: Your Brain is Wild
Ghosts aren't real but that doesn't stop us from seeing them.  Join us on a deep dive of what actually causes paranormal events, hauntings, ghostly apparitions, and why you can't trust your brain because it's trying to freak you out.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:16:01
April 17, 2020
Empaths: Sippin' the Crystal Juice & Feeling EVERYTHING
Empaths are real, but not in the way Buzzfeed empath tests describe.  Join us on a deep dive of mirror neurons, highly sensitive people, empaths, and becoming one with a garbage truck. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:09:55
April 10, 2020
Indigo Children: Out of Therapy and into the 4th Dimension
Are Indigo Children sensitive and intuitive evolved beings or undiagnosed and unparented tyrants? Join us on a deep dive into the weird New Age phenomenon of the Indigo culture, alien possession, human evolution, and undiagnosed learning disabilities.   Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:11:35
April 3, 2020
David Icke and the SUPER REAL Reptilian Agenda
**The audio is really funky on this one!  Sorry about that.** David Icke took a hard pivot in his career and is now educating the masses on conspiracy theories, The Illuminati, alien reality tv, holograms, the fake moon, and the bloodsucking royals in England. This deep dive is not appropriate for reptilians. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.    Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:00:29
March 27, 2020
The Atlantis Story: White People Whitin' Around
Lots of people believe Plato's account of Atlantis is real, or, at least, based on a real place.  Join us on a deep dive into the weird conspiracy theories, fringe beliefs, and complete misunderstandings of the Atlantis story. *Due to Coronavirus, this episode was recorded remotely, so audio may be a bit glitchy.  We're all going through a lot right now and both Emma and I hope you are able to stay safe, pay bills, and find some joy in all the chaos. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
01:16:54
March 20, 2020
Nazi Werewolves: Occult Beliefs of the Third Reich
The Nazi party had it all: Adolf Hitler's obsession with occult practices, Astrology, Theozoology, and the opportunity to become a werewolf!!! .  Join us on a deep dive of the Third Reich.  Man, these dudes were crazy. **Audio is a little funky on this one, our apologies.** Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
54:59
March 13, 2020
King James and His Witchcraft Obsession
King James is generally well-loved but we want to go on a deep dive of his dangerous obsession with witches, witchcraft, the devil, and how he directly impacted the torture and execution of innocent people all over the world for centuries. Fan mail, hate mail, entries from your dream diary...we want them all! Email questions, comments, and topic suggestions to info@ireadathing.com or visit us at ireadathing.com.  You can also subscribe and message us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Leonell Cassio - A Magical Journey Through Space by Leonell Cassio is licensed under a  Creative Commons License.
55:27
March 6, 2020