New Podcast: Mariano J. Vara

This time I talk with psychotherapist Mariano J. Vara. Mariano is a fan of my anti-conspiracy work who I virtually met on Facebook. His childhood, growing up as a Cuban refugee in Miami, lead him to believe that a conspiracy had killed JFK but the more he looked at the facts the more he realized how unreasonable these stories are.

I found his background and perspective interesting and he renewed my desire to keep fighting the good fight for the truth. Let me know what you think and feel free to suggest anyone else I should be talking to, or any topics I should cover, on future episodes.

Podcast: The Marvelous Patric

The Marvelous Patric Lewandowski is a cartoonist, graphic designer, and liberal political junky. He’s also my latest guest on This Must Be The Podcast.

Patric and I met when we were teaching at the same school and found ourselves to be polar opposites, yet strangely in sync, depending on the issue and the day of the week.

We recorded this before the election, when we were both convinced that Trump couldn’t possibly win, but don’t let that stop you from listing because there are some good insights in here as well (if I do say so myself).

I also recommend you follow Patric on Twitter and check out, along with his Patreon page.


Podcast: Joe Uscinski

This episode is a talk with political science professor Joe Uscinski, who coauthored the book, American Conspiracy Theories.


This one was a big struggle for me, which is why it took so long to come out. I had some major audio problems and scraped several parts of our conversation. I almost scrapped the whole thing but I don’t want to quit on this. So I chalked it up as a learning experience and made the best of it. Joe is an interesting guy and he’s done what almost no one else has; real empirical work about conspiracy theories, who believes them, and why.

Podcast: Frank Schaeffer

Episode Five of This must be the podcast is a conversation I recently had with Frank Schaeffer, a New York Times Best Selling Author whose most recent book is Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in GOD.


We talked about his upbring and how he became an influential figure in the Religious Right, why he left, and what he now believes about life, religion, and politics; including the rise of Donald Trump. I found Frank’s perspective very interesting and thought provoking. He is the kind of figure that many people will quickly find reasons to dismiss, because they don’t want to think about what he has to say, but he has too much experience and knowledge to be ignored.

I hope you enjoy our talk and share it with everyone you know. You may also want to check out Frank’s memoir: Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All and visit his website.

Podcast: Jews and Conspiracy Theories

After I got sick last year and had my voice come and go for a couple months it became very easy to ignore my fledgling podcast. Finally I had to decide if this was really a thing or if I should just get rid of it. I told myself that I don’t have the equipment or time to this the way I would ideally want to but that’s such a copout. So I’ve made my choice and I’ve recommit myself to producing This must be the podcast.

The latest episode (available on Spreaker, Soundcloud, iTunes, and YouTube) is my first without a guest and I plan on continuing to do both formats in the future. This one is a short lecture about where conspiracy theories come from.

It is similar to an article I wrote a few months ago, “The Poison Mushroom,” but each has details not found in the other.

poison mushroom jew hating

The idea that conspiracist thinking is inexorably linked to racism and bigotry is something that many people take offense to whenever I mention it, particularly conspiracy theorists, but I haven’t had anyone make any rational arguments about how I am wrong.

Hope you will check it out and share it with others. More episodes coming soon!