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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 Theo…

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    Failed Conspiracies: Catiline Conspiracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 46:48

    In the 1st century B.C.E., competition between Roman senators was stiff — even deadly. When a politician named Catiline learned he'd been knocked out of the running, he organized a coup to overthrow the Roman government entirely. And let's just say, he didn't end up getting his way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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    Failed Conspiracies: Pazzi Conspiracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 44:14

    In the 15th century, the Medicis were the most powerful banking family in Italy. Members of a rival banking family known as the Pazzi attempted to overthrow them but failed. What would the world look like today if the Medici line had ended in 1478? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing: Deathbed Confessions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 10:57

    Imagine living with a secret so big, if anyone were to find out, it would change everything. From love affairs and fake identities to heists and murder — do you think you could take a secret like that to the grave? Discover the most explosive things people have admitted to just moments before the end in the new Spotify Original from Parcast, Deathbed Confessions. Listen to an exclusive clip from the first episode right here, then search and follow “Deathbed Confessions” to hear more. New episodes air weekly! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Failed Conspiracies: Gunpowder Plot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 47:32

    Remember, remember the 5th of November? You might remember it differently had Guy Fawkes and his team successfully blown up Parliament back in 1605. For two weeks, Conspiracy Theories is examining what happened when secret plots brought the world to the brink of monumental change — then backfired. Don't miss the rest of this four-part series, running through the end of July! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Failed Conspiracies: July 20th Plot

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 44:54

    In 1944, a group of Adolf Hitler's top-ranking officials devised a plot to kill the Nazi leader and end his reign for good. But things didn't exactly go as planned... For the next two weeks, Conspiracy Theories is examining what happened when secret plots brought the world to the brink of monumental change — then backfired. Don't miss this four-part series, running through the end of July!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing: Obituaries

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 14:27

    They're some of the most iconic figures of all time, celebrated in death for their individual achievements and impact on society. But in life, the relationships they kept tell a different story — one of unexpected connections that yielded extraordinary change. In this new Spotify Original from Parcast, explore the shared legacies of prolific pairs from the past. Listen to an exclusive clip from the first episode right here, then search and follow “Obituaries” for new episodes every Wednesday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Grand Central Station Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 42:49

    During World War II, hidden power stations below Grand Central Station may have been the target of a Nazi attack. A hidden tunnel might still be reserved for U.S. government officials. And reports suggest that police have orchestrated — and covered up — brutal acts of violence within the storied station. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Grand Central Station Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 46:13

    It's an American icon, and an important piece of United States history. When Grand Central Station opened its doors in 1913, it stood as an opulent monument to ingenuity. But the glittering surface covered decades of complicated history, and more than a few winding secrets… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Benjamin Franklin Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 44:00

    Among his many high-profile roles, Franklin still managed to keep some affairs out of the public eye. The figurative and literal skeletons hiding in his closet posed many questions: Was Franklin a serial killer? Did he serve as a double agent during the Revolutionary War? And how far would he go to cover up his sexual escapades? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Benjamin Franklin Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 41:26

    He's famous for being a Founding Father and a groundbreaking inventor. But behind his electric experiments, Benjamin Franklin kept dark secrets not taught in the history books — stories marked with adultery, betrayal, manslaughter, and possible treason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing Conspiracy Theories: CIA Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 14:47

    This summer, sift through the files of America's most covert organization in a special collection from Parcast Network. From secret alliances to global cover-ups, uncover the cold, hard facts and unproven theories surrounding the CIA. Listen to a clip from the first episode here, on the domestic mind control program known as Project MK-Ultra. Then search and follow “Conspiracy Theories: CIA Edition” for declassified episodes every Thursday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Life on Mars Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 44:11

    Twenty years after NASA landed the first rover on Mars, theorists believe there's more to the Red Planet than reported. Has NASA uncovered hints of an ancient civilization? Did our ancestors receive help from the Martians? Or better yet, is man already colonizing Mars?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Life on Mars Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 47:33

    From the ancient Egyptians to 16th-century scientists to NASA today — fascination with the Red Planet spans thousands of years. But Mars holds endless mysteries. How close are we to finding them out?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Nostradamus: Seer or Schemer? Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 45:45

    Centuries after his death, Nostradamus is still a household name, but his accuracy, methods, and reputation are all up for debate. What do we know about how he made his prophecies, and how does he get connected to modern global crises — including 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Nostradamus: Seer or Schemer? Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 47:35

    The deaths of kings. The makings of popes. Famines of entire civilizations. Nostradamus became famous in the 16th century for his predictions of the future. But was he nothing more than a con man?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing: International Infamy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 14:05

    Ashley Flowers explores 15 of the world's worst crimes in the new Spotify Original from Parcast, International Infamy. The first episode takes you to Mexico and the true story of Juana Barraza — a pro wrestler who became a serial killer known as the “Little Old Lady Killer.” Listen to an exclusive clip right here, then follow International Infamy for the full episode. New episodes every Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    NBA Conspiracies: Michael Jordan's Retirement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 42:19


    After the mysterious death of his father in 1993, Michael Jordan retired unexpectedly. The decision sparked rumors of mob connections, gambling addictions, and covered-up suspensions that NBA fans are still trying to get to the bottom of.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    NBA Conspiracies: Frozen Envelope Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 36:59

    Was the 1985 NBA draft lottery rigged? Facing disillusioned fans and dwindling TV viewers, NBA commissioner David Stern changed how the draft was done. Goodbye coin toss, hello televised lottery. But some fans think he did more than change the rules — he bent them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Introducing Devious Dads

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 1:36

    Revisit ten of the worst fathers in true crime history in this special collection from Parcast Network. From the father who turned his son into a spy, to the dad whose long business trips turned out to be mafia hits, these dads will definitely not be getting any Father's Day gifts this year. Devious Dads is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Listen free on Spotify! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Psychology of Conspiracy Theories Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 39:03

    When do conspiracy theories stop being theories? Today's episode visits real accounts of deadly misconduct committed at scale by governments and businesses. Poisoned alcohol, contaminated medicine, mind control experiments — in every case, the truth came out… eventually.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Psychology of Conspiracy Theories Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 50:41

    Reptile overlords. Pizzagate. QAnon. What makes conspiracy theories so alluring, and why are some more unshakeable than others? Today's episode breaks down the driving forces behind false narratives, and what happens when true believers take extreme actions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bigfoot Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 43:16

    Even expert primatologists can’t agree on whether Bigfoot exists. Is it all a hoax, or is the creature more intelligent — or cosmic — than we give it credit for? Maybe there really is undeniable evidence that could lay the sasquatch question to rest… but it’s being squashed by government agencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bigfoot Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 43:12

    It’s the most-glimpsed creature that doesn’t exist. A mysterious ape-man whose legends date back centuries. But while the stories shift and morph, some elements remain the same: The giant footprints. The rancid smell. The hairy, humanoid shape. And the lingering question — if Bigfoot isn’t real, why does he keep showing up?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Skull and Bones Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 48:46


    They say a Bonesman is for life… Their secret bond might have led to the creation of another clandestine organization: the CIA. Some even wonder if it was the Bonesmen who ordered the hit on JFK. But these might just be a few small steps in a master plan for a new world order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Skull and Bones Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 42:00

    Formed at Yale in 1832, a fraternal secret society counts media moguls, CIA operatives, even U.S. presidents in its roster. But with only 800 living members, those odds seem too good to be true — which is why some wonder if Skull and Bones is part of a plan for world domination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bitcoin Revolution Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 48:24

    In April 2021, Bitcoin hit its all time high of over 60K per coin — and it's still growing. While Bitcoin's creator still remains in the shadows, there are whispers that the cryptocurrency will one day replace the U.S. dollar as the world's global currency. Although some fear it will lead to the apocalypse… since Bitcoin was seemingly predicted in the Bible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bitcoin Revolution Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 45:21

    An enigmatic creator. A much-hyped cryptocurrency. Bitcoin might be paving the way for a financial revolution, but critics say the digital dollar is a perfect cloak for criminals and cybercrimes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Radio Frequency Identification Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 41:08


    RFID tags have become a paper-thin, barely detectable building block of our economy — but they aren’t without controversy. Skeptics cite concerns over data theft and privacy violations, while rumors of a Bill Gates-funded government plot to implant chips in people exploded in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Radio Frequency Identification Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 42:56

    A spy device developed during the Cold War has evolved into ubiquity, used for everything from tracking cow medications to locating nuclear materials. But when companies began using the technology to gain intel on their customers, consumer and privacy groups sounded the alarm — igniting fears of unprecedented surveillance and even associations with the antichrist.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Introducing: Impostors

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 11:38

    Wayne Simmons had a dramatic 27-year career with the CIA taking down cartels and busting arms smugglers — or did he? The ex-CIA military analyst and cable news star stands accused of being a fraud. Hosted by the reporter who broke the story, Impostors follows the investigation into who Wayne Simmons really is… Hero, or conman? Impostors is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Produced by Topic Studios and Transmitter Media. Hosted by Alex French. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mexican Music Pt. 2: Disappearance of Luis Miguel's Mother

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 42:04

    After boarding a plane to visit her estranged husband in 1986, Marcela Basteri disappeared. Her whereabouts are still a mystery. Some believe she suffered a psychotic break, or abandoned her family to start a new life. But others point to a different theory: the mother of the famed Luis Miguel was murdered.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mexican Music Pt. 1: Death of Juan Gabriel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 40:09

    As one of Mexico’s biggest pop stars, Juan Gabriel’s talent and rags-to-riches story were legendary. But despite his fame, he was able to keep an astonishing number of secrets — ones that resulted in speculation over his life and death, and a fight over his vast estate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Rennes-le-Château Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 45:08

    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

    Rennes-le-Château Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 46:04

    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

    Welcome to Hollywood Scandals

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 38:51

    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

    Global Warming Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 47:22

    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

    Global Warming Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 46:27

    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

    "The Watcher House,” from Internet Urban Legends

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 26:45

    Creepypastas, frightful TikToks, online horror stories… Loey Lane and Eleanor Barnes are taking you into the spookiest corners of the web in their new Spotify Original from Parcast, Internet Urban Legends. Meet the hosts and hear their debut episode on the Watcher House — a terrifying saga that unfolded in 2014 after the Broaddus family bought their dream home in New Jersey. Listen free on Spotify, and follow Internet Urban Legends for new episodes every Tuesday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Mysteries of the Vatican Pt 4: John Paul II Assassination Attempt

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 46:07


    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


    Mysteries of the Vatican Pt. 3: Three Secrets of Fatima

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 47:12

    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

    Mysteries of the Vatican Pt 2: Secret Vatican Archive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 45:56

    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

    Mysteries of the Vatican Pt. 1: History of the Vatican

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 48:14

    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

    PRISM Surveillance Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 43:54

    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

    PRISM Surveillance Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 42:20


    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


    UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 45:50

    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

    UFOs from Behind the Iron Curtain Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 48:43

    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

    Operation Ajax Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 47:33

    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

    Operation Ajax Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 46:36

    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

    Cola Wars Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 43:05

    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

    Cola Wars Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 42:58

    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

    Frankenstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 41:06


    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


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