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I Read a Thing

I Read a Thing

By Co-hosts: Gem & Jolie
A deep dive podcast by Gem & Jolie. The subtle art of pointless immersion in a new, strange topic every other Friday and True Crime Tuesdays on alternating weeks.
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Chairman Mao's SUPER-FUN (& Mandatory) Party! (Pt. 1)
Chairman Mao Zedong is a case study in good intentions going straight to hell when power and narcissism combine. In yet another episode of "This Old Narcissist", we look at the rise of the Communist Party in the People's Republic of China and how sparrows are clearly the harbingers of all bad luck so we should destroy them. 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.
01:14:10
April 01, 2022
Dark Patterns: Stealing Babies & Tracking Locations
Have you ever wondered why Terms of Service tend to be long-winded and confusing or who decided it was a good idea to insult users by suggesting they don't like being informed if they decline updates on a news site? Join us on an infuriating deep dive into the deceptive stupidity running every single website you frequent and why we are under surveillance even when we think we've opted out of tracking. 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.
01:16:39
March 04, 2022
Andrew Wakefield, MMR Research & The Magic of Marketing
What do you get when you combine the aggression of rugby, an insatiable lust for money, and a story-hungry media? Well, you get the !RETRACTED! Lancet study that launched a thousand anti-vax campaigns. Join us on a deep dive into the murky waters of fraudulent medical science and solid investigative journalism into the man once hailed by his own Head of Medicine as a "wanker and a fraud", Andrew Wakefield! 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.
01:32:57
December 10, 2021
Without a Trace: The Disappearance of Lloyd L. Gaines
Lloyd L. Gaines had already made national headlines at the age of 28 when he, with the help of the NAACP (National Association for the advancement of Colored People), triumphed in a landmark civil rights case against the University of Missouri where the Supreme Court ordered U of M's Law School to admit him despite their strict segregation policies. During the course of the multiple trials leading to the Supreme Court ruling, Lloyd attended various rallies and speaking engagements at the behest of the NAACP. He was exhausted from the constant publicity tours, speaking engagements, and lack of privacy that had become the norm in such civil rights cases and he just wanted to be, as he put it, "a plain, ordinary man whose name no one recognized". When leaving the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house in southside Chicago that Sunday evening, March 19, 1939, he told a housekeeper that he was going out to buy stamps and would return soon.  He was never seen again. We'll explore this famous missing persons case in this episode of I Read a Thing's True Crime Tuesday. Let's dive in. 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.
40:35
December 01, 2021
Renee Bach: Saving & Killing Needy Children
No medical training? NO PROBLEM. All you need to treat sick, malnourished, and dying children is a stethoscope and a dream (and a direct order from God.) In this deep-dive, we will explore the troubling world of white savior missionaries, more Mister (well, Ms.) Doctors, and how to get away with medically treating children when you are a homeschooled kid with no college education. 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.
01:16:04
November 27, 2021
High Cries for Weird Times
Take a break from your ennui to listen to topics that make us cry when we're high...on life, obviously. This uplifting and totally wholesome episode isn't exactly a deep dive but we're getting into plastics, recycling, singularities, and multiverses. It's all meaningless, let's cry together...lol. 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.
01:08:52
June 11, 2021
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 05, 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
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 04, 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 09, 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 09, 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 07, 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 03, 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
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