Tenacious Unicorn Ranch

It’s Pride month, and today I’m bringing you a story about a trans and queer haven in southern Colorado. It’s an alpaca ranch founded by a group of trans people who wanted to create a little utopia where they could thrive away from persistent discrimination and hostility they faced as trans people out in the world. While they just want to live their lives and exist, they aren’t willing to hide in order to be left alone, and unfortunately, just being who they are, where they are has led to some backlash that threatens their safe haven.

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Love Has Won

Today I’m filling you in on something you might have seen in the headlines recently—the death of Love Has Won leader Amy Carlson, also known as Mother God. The bizarre circumstances reported by the media have put the spotlight on this group for the public, but for cult watchers this group has been on their radar for a while now. What is this group all about, and what could have led to the remains of its leader being discovered decomposing in a house in Colorado, decorated with glitter and string lights, and the arrests of seven cult members?

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Great Eleven

The Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven was one of many cults operating in Southern California in the 1920s. It was also known as The Great Eleven or the Blackburn Cult. Botched resurrections, cultists pissing off an Italian organized crime syndicate, possible poisonings and mysterious disappearances, and ritual sacrifices . . . of puppies.

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Our planet is awash in garbage, especially plastic. Our land, oceans, lakes and rivers are choked with plastic. It’s even been found in the Marianas Trench 6.5 miles under the sea and all over Mount Everest. It has permeated the food chain, and the air we breathe, and it falls in rainwater. For decades, recycling was billed as the panacea that would save us from our garbage. Why didn’t it work?

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Weimar Republic

The Weimar Republic was the prosperous, post-World War I period in Germany, which lasted from 1918 to 1933. It was during this time that Germany transitioned from a monarchy to a republic. It ended when Hitler ascended to power as a dictator. How could a golden age of economic prosperity and cultural renaissance possibly have failed so miserably that it gave way to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust?

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Nation of Yahweh

This is the story of a dream about Black pride and religion that turned into a reality of corruption, fear, and murder: Nation of Yahweh and its leader, Yahweh Ben Yahweh.

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Narcotic Farm

Today you’ll hear about The Narcotic Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, addiction, science, wacky graham crackers, jazz, prison, unethical medical experimentation, and a weird diversion about William S. Burroughs that I really didn’t plan on talking about but that made me feel very indignant.

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Bonus Episode: Valentine’s Day

The utopia of love; weird stories about Saint Valentine, Cupid, and Charles, Duke of Orleans; fun facts about candy, venereal disease, and celebrating around the world; why I’m jealous of Juliet’s mail; badly read poetry; and much more!

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