Greetings from the Bad Ideas Department

What is the Bad Ideas Department? It’s a podcast. It’s a zine. It’s the standing head for my investigations into the fringes of American life. Here are some of the latest dispatches—after checking them out, be sure to buy a couple of my books for you and your loved ones.


Finders: Lost and Found

Issue 1: Summer 2019 available now from Amazon (link).

For years, rumors have persisted that a mysterious organization based in Washington, D.C. abducts children and subjects them to mind control and ritual abuse. This report looks at the truth and the myths surrounding The Finders, including its philosophy and ties to the CIA.

Podcast #1: Jim Derogatis on R. Kelly (August 19, 2019)

In his book Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly, journalist and pop music critic Jim Derogatis documents his 20-year investigation into the R&B singer's systematic abuse of scores of young girls. It’s a shocking story and a must-read book.

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Podcast #2: Mark Jacobson on Bill Cooper (September 2, 2019)

Mark Jacobson is a writer and journalist based in Brooklyn, New York. In this installment of the Bad Ideas Department, we’ll talk about the life and times of Bill Cooper, the subject of Mark’s latest book Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, the Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America, as well as para-politics, UFOs, George Romero, and the strange death of Jim Keith. And we’ll be sure to bemoan the sad state of journalism in America, because that’s what we always do, and we’ll probably keep doing so until I drop dead from overwork.

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Podcast #3: Adam Gorightly on zines, Manson, UFOs and more

Adam Gorightly is the self-described “crackpot historian” responsible for unique books on a wide variety of topics, including the Kennedy Assassination, the Manson Family murders, and the Principia Discordia. In this conversation, we talk about all this and much, much more, including conspiracy culture, zine culture, and the point where the two overlap.

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