Conspiracy Theories, Russian Cowboys, and 3 More Must-Hear Podcasts

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Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year–if youre ready for the endless Christmas jingle-jangles and cold winds of December. Whether or not youre feeling Grinchy, let these podcasts of Russian cowboys herding kine with bicycle bells and an urgent assassination mystery carry you from the subway to your door. And if youre looking to listen to a holiday classic as you decorate the tree, opt for a heartwarming tale of love found through a 1966 computer the size of a van–or the story behind that old favorite anthem of love and vegetables, “Choppin Broccoli.”

Hidden Brain , Panic in the Streets

A murder victim with a deadly, contagious disease. Blood exams bought with bribes. Cocaine provided by the Center for Disease Control. In the most recent episode of Hidden Brain , hear the unbelievably true narrative of the team that had to track down potentially infected murderers, before one death-by-stabbing turned into a full-scale ebola epidemicincluding find a gang member named Time Bomb in Monrovia. Listen here .

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A murder victim with a deadly, contagious disease. Blood tests bought with bribes. Cocaine provided by the Center for Disease Control. In the latest episode of Hidden Brain , hear the unbelievably true story of the team that had to track down potentially infected killers, before one death-by-stabbing turned into a full-scale ebola epidemicincluding observing a gang member named Time Bomb in Monrovia. Listen here .

Planet Money , “The Russian Rodeo”

Want a porterhouse steak from Russian steers? To create a viable beef industry, the Miratorg company imported grass from Europe and ponies from America, but there was one problem: hapless Russian cowboys. So they flew in Sean Weeks, a fourth generation American cowboy, to teach the” cow operators” how to lasso and conduct yourself at a rodeoand that you should not herdcattle with a bicycle buzzer. Listen here .

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Want a porterhouse steak from Russian steers? To create a viable beef industry, the Miratorg company imported grass from Europe and horses from America, but there was one problem: hapless Russian cowboy. So they flew in Sean Weeks, a fourth generation American cowboy, to teach the” cow operators” how to lasso and conduct yourself at a rodeoand that you should not herdcattle with a bicycle bell. Listen here .

WTF with Marc Maron , “Dana Carvey”

Before he was Jimmy Stewart swearing at a waiter or Enid Strict offering sanctimonious advice or Garth Algar stimulating was taking steps to” Foxy Lady ,” Dana Carvey was a funny kid in a tough household. On WTF , Carvey talks with Marc Maron about his upbringing, his auditions for Saturday Night Live , how black teeth enamel gave Hans and Franz their smug grinnings, and why he did a Heisman with reputation. Youll be humming “Choppin Broccoli” all week. Listen here .

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Before he was Jimmy Stewart swearing at a waiter or Enid Strict offering sanctimonious advice or Garth Algar stimulating moves to” Foxy Lady ,” Dana Carvey was a funny child in a tough household. On WTF , Carvey talks with Marc Maron about his upbringing, his auditions for Saturday Night Live , how black teeth enamel devoted Hans and Franz their smug grinnings, and why he did a Heisman with fame. Youll be humming “Choppin Broccoli” all week. Listen here .

Undone , “Operation Match”

Computer dating has always led to cringe-worthy storieseven when the device in question was an early IBM model the size of a van. In 1966, 50 years before Tinder, four Harvard students created Operation Match, a computer-based dating service designed to help nerds move beyond the awkwardness of going to a mixer and, you know, approaching each other. Undone has an unlikely success narrative( involving a male corset) from the service, and the narrative of how Operation Matchs model of questionnaires has changed to the game-based model favored by todays nerds looking for love.

Computer dating has always led to cringe-worthy storieseven when the device in question was an early IBM model the size of a van. In 1966, 50 years before Tinder, four Harvard students generated Operation Match, a computer-based dating service designed to help nerds move beyond the awkwardness of going to a mixer and, you know, approaching one another. Undone has an unlikely success narrative( involving a male corset) from the service, and the narrative of how Operation Matchs model of questionnaires has changed to the game-based model favored by todays nerds looking for love.

Ungeniused , “Flat Earth Societies”

Yeah, the past few months have introduced some scary conspiracy hypothesis that fall flatbut none as obtuseas those espoused by the Flat Earth Society. Based on an 1849 experiment on a very straight, still river in England, these true disciples stand tall against that famous liar, Galileo, and the globularists spreading hoaxes of a spherical planet over at NASA, publishing headlines like” The Sun Does Not Set” and” Australia Not Down Under .” Stare out at the defining sunlight and hear a conspiracy theory thatll have you chuckling instead of grimacing, for a change. Listen here .

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Yeah, the past few months have introduced some scary conspiracy hypothesis that fall flatbut none as obtuseas those espoused by the Flat Earth Society. Based on an 1849 experiment on a very straight, still river in England, these true believers stand tall against that famous liar, Galileo, and the globularists spreading hoaxes of a spherical planet over at NASA, publishing headlines like” The Sun Does Not Set” and” Australia Not Down Under .” Stare out at the defining sunlight and hear a conspiracy theory thatll have you giggling instead of grimacing, for a change. Listen here .

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