The New Conspiracist

The New Conspiracist

By Somethin' Else / Sony Music Entertainment

Conspiracy? Unexplained Correlation? Just a Coincidence? Conspiracy theories are being discussed more than ever. BAFTA award winning comedian Jolyon Rubinstein and Pulitzer prize-winning investigative journalist James Ball are deliberating what makes conspiracy theories believable or rejectable. From who shot JFK to who replaced Melania Trump? James and Jol dive into the silly and the serious world of conspiracies theorists. Every episode joined by expert guests to help them come to a decision, throughout a somewhat unplanned discussion. But let’s face it, the truth is never the best story to tell, so might as well have some fun along the way. Once a week with us not enough? join us in the exclusive Tier 4 Platinum circle to get extra episodes every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, serving up extended tangents and more. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of New Conspiracist completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Or visit NewConspiracist.com to get access wherever you get your podcasts. A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices’

Episodes

Introducing… Shrink The Box

Ever wondered why Tony Soprano’s therapist stuck with him? Why Fleabag is obsessed with sex or why Walter White is always in his underpants? ‘Shrink the Box’ is where actor comedian Ben Bailey Smith and psychotherapist Sasha Bates put their favourite fictional characters such as Shiv from Succession, Omar from the Wire and Ross from Friends on the couch to analyse why their behaviour causes them so much drama. Sasha and Ben explore why these characters make certain decisions, what would happen if they made different ones and what we can learn from their mistakes. The perfect combination of psychology, self-help and the best TV since the birth of the box-set. A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow us at @sonypodcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/23·1m 9s

Introducing Where There's A Will, There's A Wake

If you could plan your perfect death, what would you do? If you were getting married you’d consult a wedding planner, who takes you through everything from what music you're walking into, what flowers to buy and who you’re going to invite. Now change the word “wedding” to “funeral”... Kathy Burke is the host of the brand new podcast, ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wake’, where she chats to her famous friends about their fantasy funeral. How do they want to die? Where are they going next? And who gets their prized possessions? It will be a hilarious, irreverent, dark and sometimes moving podcast with guests from the world of comedy, TV film and celebrity. From Dawn French to Diane Morgan, Jamali Maddix to James Acaster, our guests will see their death brought to life as they plan their final day from dawn to dusk and into the afterlife. A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/22·1m 27s

Is Elon Musk purposefully tanking Twitter to create an Elon fanboy utopia?

Are these the last days of Twitter? That’s what a lot of people are suggesting online. But might Elon Musk purposefully be trying to rid Twitter of all the annoying libs in order to create an Elon utopia? Ever thought about that, annoying libs? To hear the episode in full head over to www.newconspiracist.com and join the Tier 4 Platinum circle today, or select 'Try Free' on Apple Podcasts. Subscribers get an extra episodes, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribe now to get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Jolyon and James recently recorded this very special live edition of The New Conspiracist at Web Summit 2022, where they asked this very question. They were joined by two people very much in the know: Jasper Jackson from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of Tech Crunch magazine. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/22·4m 26s

20. Was the covid vaccine one big conspiracy? With James O’Brien

Remember when Bill Gates tried to vaccinate the world against the coronavirus in order to microchip us all? Or was the World Health Organisation trying to alter our DNA? Or make us infertile to control the global population? Whatever the explanation, misinformation and conspiracy theories around the covid vaccine was a huge part of the global pandemic. In the last episode on the season, the boys are joined by James O’Brien, LBC host extraordinaire, to enter the mirky world of anti-vaxxers. Jol and the two James’ chart the origins of the anti-vax movement, and discuss how and why wild conspiracy theories flourished during the coronavirus pandemic. James O’Brien also reflects on the state of the nation, giving his takes on Boris, democracy in general, and, surprisingly how he shouldn’t be bothered private members’ clubs. James O’Brien can be heard on LBC every weekday from 10-1. He is the author of the books ‘How Not To Be Wrong’ and ‘How To Be Right’. The New Conspiracist will be back in the new year. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/22·1h 4m

19. Is the $2bn psychic medium industry a scam? With Rachel Fairburn

With Halloween just around the corner, we here at New Con HQ are turning our attention to the world of psychic mediums. But the psychic listeners among you already knew that, didn’t you? In a way there’s no point us telling you what’s in the episode because you already know, but we’ll oblige for the non-believers. The boys are joined by comedian and supernatural on-the-fencer Rachel Fairburn, to discuss the $2bn psychic medium industry. Is ‘Big Medium’ a thing? Are psychics ripping us off? Or is there genuinely something to all of this?  Strap yourselves in for a spooky episode, complete with a flash of psychicness from James, an attempted tarot card reading, and the story of a psychic predicting Rachel’s career path.  Rachel Fairburn is a comedian and co-host of the smash hit serial killer podcast All Killa No Filla. Her new supernatural podcast Ghoul Guide is out on 31st October. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/10/22·48m 31s

18. Was Paul McCartney replaced by a lookalike? With Deborah Frances-White

In June this year one of the world’s most famous musicians headlined Glastonbury. It was hailed as a history-making set, spanned nearly three hours, and featured iconic Beatles songs, massive pyrotechnics, and guest performers. The organisers of Glastonbury will have you believe this man was Paul McCartney, but was it really? For over 50 years there has been speculation that the real Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by a lookalike, and that we have this stand-in Paul to thank for everything since 1966. Comedian, broadcaster, and lifelong Beatles fan Deborah Frances-White joins James and Jol this week to explore this bizarre conspiracy. Expect your classic stoner questions, from what do you see when you hold a mirror up to the cover of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, to what ‘Revolution 9’ sounds like played backwards. No Beatle-shaped stone is left unturned, as we decided whether it really was Macca who graced that stage so masterfully at Glastonbury. Deborah Frances-White is the host of the hugely successful The Guilty Feminist podcast. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/22·51m 16s

17. Did the government tank the economy to line the pockets of the hedge funds? With Duncan Weldon

It’s a *Special Topical Episode* this week, as we look at whether Kwasi Kwarteng’s recent mini-budget was done to specifically tank the British economy and make millions for the hedge funds. We know that Kwarteng sipped champagne with various hedge fund managers after his now infamous announcements, which begs the question, were the Tories in bed with the hedge funds all along? To help unpack this fiscal dilemma, James and Jol are joined by economist, journalist, and all round clever clogs Duncan Weldon, formerly of The Bank of England, The Economist, and BBC’s Newsnight. And if you’re confused as to why the Bank of England had to intervene to clear up the government’s mess, why the markets completely lost faith in Kwarteng’s vision, or why the British economy has become 'The Vibes Economy', then this is the episode for you. Duncan’s book ‘Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The surprising story of Britain's economy from boom to bust and back again’ is out now, and you can subscribe to his ‘Value Added’ Substack now. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/22·57m 19s

16. Is there a gay agenda? With Larry Dean

According to some of the religious right, gays want to, among other heinous things, recruit children, dismantle the institutions of family and marriage, and force the entertainment industry and courts systems to do their bidding. Not only this, but they’ve ensnared and tricked straight allies into achieving these aims. Who knew!? The gays, they knew. To find out if there really is a gay agenda, James and Jol are this week joined by Scottish comedian Larry Dean. Larry is used to hearing all sorts of conspiracy theories from Glaswegian taxi drivers, so is perfectly placed to dispel fact from fiction. And as the only straight person in this week’s episode, Jol is forced to go all meta, and tackle the question of whether this episode itself is part of the gay agenda. That’s for you to decide. Larry Dean is an award-winning comedian and writer, whose latest show ‘Fudnut’ was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award at this year’s Fringe Festival. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/10/22·55m 2s

15. Did Hitler only have one ball? With Richard Herring

If witty World War II songs are to be believed (and why wouldn’t they be) then Adolf Hitler, one of the twentieth century’s most evil people, spent his entire life wandering around with only one testicle. Indeed, Heinrich Himmler suffered the same fate, Hermann Göring had the full set, but shrunken. And, as the song goes, “Poor old Goebbels had no balls at all!” But were these high-ranking Nazis really lacking in the testicle department, or were British troops just making up a cock and bull story? This week James and Jol are joined by Richard Herring, a man perfectly placed to answer this question. Richard was diagnosed with testicular cancer back in 2021, and has been pondering everything ball-related since. He’s even toured shows called ‘Talking Cock’ and ‘Hitler Moustache’, so this episode feels like the logical conclusion of Richard’s journey. Expect a lot of ball chat, some heart-warming group singing, and a veer off into the Richard’s part in the creation of comedy character Alan Partridge. Richard’s new book ‘Can I Have My Ball Back: A Memoir of Masculinity, Mortality and My Right Testicle’ is published on October 20th. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/09/22·50m 40s

Introducing…This Is History: A Dynasty To Die For, with Dan Jones

Power, greed, religion and sex: historian Dan Jones brings the drama of medieval history alive through compelling stories, larger-than-life characters and vivid scenes. In the first season, get to know the most dysfunctional family of the Middle Ages – the Plantagenets – and find out how their scandalous betrayals and bloody politics shaped the world we live in today.  A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/09/22·1m 25s

14. Is the Earth hollow? With Rob Auton

What links Adele, the Nazis, and Yorkshire theme park Lightwater Valley? That’s right, it’s hollow Earth theory! The Earth’s core is 2,900km below ground, and we humans have only ever dug 12.2km down. So beyond some scientists guessing what’s down there (and what do they know, really) we are none the wiser about what sits at the centre of our world. James and Jol are this week joined by comedian, poet and podcaster Rob Auton, to dig down into hollow earth theory. Inspired by a ride on ‘The Rat’ at the aforementioned Lightwater Valley, Rob’s been fascinated by the concept of hollow earth theory since childhood/for at least one whole week. The boys unearth the intricacies of this, on the surface, strange theory, and discuss what could really be down there: An advanced race? A sun? Laser quest!? Rob Auton brings his brand new show, The Crowd Show, to venues nationwide from 1st October as part of his biggest UK tour to date. More info and tickets available at robauton.co.uk Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/09/22·51m 7s

13. Is Big Pharma hiding the cure for cancer? With Kat Arney

This week’s episode asks a question that over a quarter of Americans believe to be true. That’s right, 1 in 4 Americans believe that Big Pharma; a cabal of evil corporations, dodgy physicians and sneaky regulators, has actually found a cure for cancer, but is keeping schtum to make money. But is this really true? To separate the truth from the nonsense, this week James and Jol are joined by science writer and broadcaster Kat Arney. Kat is perfectly placed to settle the score on Big Pharma, having worked at Cancer Research UK for 12 years. In a wide-ranging conversation that covers bleach, dyslexic mice, and eye-watering sums of money, James, Jol and Kat tackle Big Pharma head on, leaving no conspiracy-shaped stone unturned. Kat Arney is the author of Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution and the Science of Life. This episode was recorded before the announcement of the passing of HRH Elizabeth II. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/09/22·49m 46s

12. Does the British Establishment have our best interests at heart? With Marina Hyde

The British Establishment: benevolent leaders who want the very best for their subjects? Or egotistical, power-hungry maniacs who want nothing more than status and authority? This is what James and Jol are asking in this week’s episode. (No points awarded for guessing Jol’s point of view…) And who better to join them than premier columnist Marina Hyde, who’s been more or less seeking the answer to this very question in her Guardian articles over the past 20 years. Expect to hear Marina’s withering takes on Boris Johnson, the Westminster Bubble, the government’s response to Covid, and much more. Marina Hyde’s new book What Just Happened?! Dispatches from Turbulent Times is out on October 6th. Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/09/22·1h 1m

11. How deep did the Jimmy Savile cover up run? With Meirion Jones

After Jimmy Savile’s death in 2011, reports began to emerge that he had sexually abused hundreds of people throughout his life. Savile had been one of the country’s best-known entertainers, a darling of the BBC, commanding audiences of millions on shows like Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It. Surely his criminal activities were known by those close to him? Just how deep did the cover up run? James and Jol are this week joined by journalist Meirion Jones, who’s Newsnight investigation into the suspected paedophilic crimes of Savile was famously dropped at the 11th hour, not long after Savile’s death. He also happens to be James’s boss.  Meirion reveals who at the BBC knew what at the height of Savile’s fame, and opens up about the Newsnight scandal that engulfed the BBC in 2011, resulting in Meirion becoming the news rather than just reporting on it.  Meirion Jones is the editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and features in the Netflix documentary Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story.  Email us your thoughts on Hello@Newconspiracist.com  Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/08/22·49m 13s

10. Can Prince Andrew Sweat? With Self Esteem

Whilst James and Jol perspire in London's second heatwave, now seems like the perfect time to revisit Prince Andrew’s infamous 2019 claim that he can’t sweat. And joining the boys this week to dispel fiction from fact is pop sensation Rebecca Lucy Taylor, AKA Self Esteem. James, Jol and Self Esteem pick apart Prince Andrew’s claim that an overdose of adrenaline from the Falkland’s War means that he is unable to sweat. Is the Duke of York actually incapable of crying from his armpits, or is this a royal conspiracy? Expect to hear Self Esteem’s views on male privilege, her invitation to the Platinum Jubilee, and of course, sweating. Self Esteem’s critically-acclaimed album Prioritise Pleasure has recently been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and tickets to her tour are available from https://www.selfesteem.love/ Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com with your own theories and feedback on the podcast. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/08/22·51m 45s

9. Has Alex Jones been smoking his own supply at Infowars? With Paul Chowdhry

As Alex Jones coughs up nearly $50m for defamation of the parents of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewes, the time is right for James, Jol and their guest Paul Chowdhry to dip their toe into the fetid waters of 'crisis actors', school shootings and the catch all conspiracy hell that is Infowars. Expect to hear how Jones became a multi-millionaire conspiracy theorist, what happened in his trial, and Paul's really mean impression of the reddest man in broadcasting. And have you ever wondered how conspiracy theories spread on tiktok? We have thoughts... Paul Chowdhry is a multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. In August 2019, his record-breaking stand-up tour show, Live Innit, was released as an Amazon Prime original special in 200 countries worldwide. Paul will be on the road with his new show 'Family Friendly' in October. You can get tickets on his website https://paulchowdhry.com/ Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com with your own theories and feedback on the podcast. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/08/22·43m 49s

8. Can GCHQ see my nudes? With Hannah Khalique-Brown

The UK’s largest, best funded, and most sinister spy agency, GCHQ are tasked with gathering information and keeping the UK’s communications safe. So obviously Jol and James are asking… Can GCHQ see my nudes? (never shying away from the important questions - ed) Fittingly, James and Jol are joined this week by Hannah Khalique-Brown, an actor who has played a fledgling GCHQ coder on screen AND written an essay on conspiracy theories. Regular listeners will be unsurprised to learn that James is no stranger to the work of GCHQ… after working at Wikileaks and then on the NSA files leaked to the Guardian by Edward Snowden many would be concerned if he wasn’t on a GCHQ watch list. Expect to hear in this episode how GCHQ spyware is named after Smurfs, how James got top secret files out of the UK after British spies made them destroy the copies they had in the UK, and extracts from Hannah’s university essay on… conspiracy theories. Hannah stars as Saara Parvin in Channel 4’s new cyber warfare drama, The Undeclared War, making her the perfect guest to discuss the supposed snooping powers of GCHQ. Email us your thoughts on Hello@Newconspiracist.com Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. A Somethin Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/08/22·48m 27s

7. Did the One-Inch Punch Kill Bruce Lee? With Sanjeev Bhaskar

Bruce Lee – legendary martial artist, actor and director died on 20 July 1973 at the age of 32 in the middle of filming. Many believe he died in mysterious circumstances. Some believe he was killed by Chinese gangsters, others that he was assassinated by Shaolin monks and some say that he was poisoned to death. But one popular theory is that he was killed by the One-Inch Punch (also known as Dim Mak or the Touch of Death). What is it? Is it possible? And is this what offed Mr Lee at such a young age? Jolyon Rubenstein, James Ball and their special guest Sanjeev Bhaskar explore how you train to deploy such a punch, how it has endured in popular culture (‘Kill Bill’ anyone?) and why Bruce Lee’s family seem particularly cursed. Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com with your own theories and feedback on the podcast. A Somethin Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/08/22·50m 50s

6. Why don’t women’s clothes have pockets? With Caroline Criado Perez

Have you ever noticed how women’s clothes have very few if any pockets? Is it the fault of ‘big handbag’? The patriarchy? Or do women simply not need to carry things? In 1954, Christian Dior declared that “Men have pockets to keep things in, women for decoration” but what’s decorative about a pocket? And why has nothing much changed in 70 years? Feminist campaigner, writer, and fellow podcaster Caroline Criado Perez joins James and Jol to discuss her strict ‘no pockets, no purchase’ rule, and why she’s rallying for pocket equality! Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com with your own theories and feedback on the podcast. A Somethin Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/22·42m 34s

5. Who Shot JFK? With David Schneider

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone in killing JFK? The most widely believed conspiracy theory in America, and the one you've all been waiting for! Actor, writer, and director David Schneider joins James and Jol to dissect the countless conspiracies surrounding the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. You may know David from such TV classics as The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge. Plus, Mission: Impossible, 28 Days Later and The Death of Stalin. Believers of this conspiracy claim the involvement of the CIA, the Mafia, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, the KGB, or some combination of these. In fact, doubters of the lone gunman theory have accused 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people of being involved in the assassination. Why is this theory so widely believed, and acceptably so? If you believe this one, are you in danger or believing something more radical? And more importantly, why is the word ‘grassy knoll’ so funny?! Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com with your own theories and feedback on the podcast. A Somethin Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/07/22·1h

4. Did Aliens build the pyramids? With Ola Labib

Rising stand-up comedian and NHS Clinical Pharmacist Ola Labib joins James and Jol to take-down the theory that the Egyptian pyramids were built by aliens. Being the only Black, Muslim, female, Sudanese comedian currently performing in the UK she is no stranger to smashing stereotypes and expectations and is therefore perfectly placed to trash the theory that the pyramids ‘couldn’t possibly have been built by black people’. In fact, it may well have been the Sudanese, so suck on that – UKIP! Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com Listen & follow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production.  Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts  To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/22·46m 41s

3. Greta Thunberg is a Time Traveller with Rosie Holt

Comedian Rosie Holt takes time out of her busy schedule mocking Conservative MPs to ponder the existence of time travel with James and Jolyon. Is the 19-year-old Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg really a time-traveller sent to warn us of the dangers of global warming? Or does she simply have an uncanny doppelganger from the 19th Century? If she really can hop through the time-space continuum, why didn’t she kill Hitler? More importantly, why is James so obsessed with Penicillin? If you haven’t already seen the photo from 1889, we suggest you look it up whilst listening to this podcast for the full experience. Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com Listen & follow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at Sonymusic.com/podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/22·48m 56s

2. Has Putin Gone Mad? with Dr Ilya Yablokov

Is Vladmir Putin an evil genius? Or has he got high on his own supply? New York Times published columnist, Lecturer in Journalism and long-term explorer of Russian and European conspiracy theories, Dr Ilya Yablokov joins James and Jol to discuss the mountainous level of conspiracy theories surrounding the Russian leader, and how he’s weaponizing them. If he’d just listened to Biggie Smalls album, could we have avoided warfare? Just what does the KGB school actually teach you? And, is it all the fault of the sinister gays? Get in touch with your theories: Hello@Newconspiracist.com Listen & follow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at Sonymusic.com/podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/22·52m 13s

1. Stella Creasy MP on Chemtrails

What’s the most popular topic that ends up in your MP’s inbox? Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow discusses Chemtrails; the theory than condensation trails from the back of aeroplanes are in fact toxic chemicals sprayed into the atmosphere for nefarious purposes. Is the government trying to poison us? Or control the weather? Is the plot of Paw Patrol simply ‘Chem Trails for Kids’? Stella joins James and Jol to settle it once and for all. Email us on Hello@Newconspiracist.com Listen & follow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. A Somethin’ Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at Sonymusic.com/podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Once a week with us not enough? Join us in the Tier 4 Platinum circle. Subscribers to Tier 4 Platinum circle will get an extra episode every week, where we’ll be discussing new developments in the world of conspiracies, extended tangents and subscribers get the exclusive opportunity to get in touch and tell us what we’ve got wrong. Plus, subscribers get all episodes of the show completely ad-free. Visit the New Conspiracist show page on Apple Podcasts and hit ‘try free’ at the top of the page to start your free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/22·45m 58s

Introducing... Season 3 of The New Conspiracist!

We’re back for Season 3! Did Aliens build the pyramids? Is Greta Thunberg really a time traveller and why is it that women clothes don’t have pockets?  Jol and James cover more of those unanswered conspiracies that you just can’t get out of your head. It’s all covered right here! The New Conspiracist Coming 20th June. Listen & follow on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/22·1m 24s

11. Ian Hislop on Conspiracy Theories

Jolyon is joined by editor of Private Eye Magazine and star of Have I Got News For You Ian Hislop to round up season 2. James was being sued at the time of recording so it’s a good old chin wag between two satirist trying to get to the heart of what conspiracy theories so powerful today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/07/21·47m 16s

10. Athena Kugblenu tackles Obama’s birther truthers

Was Barack Obama secretly born in Kenya? A years long conspiracy theory boosted by Donald Trump has suggested so – but this week comedian Athena Kugblenu joins Jolyon and James to solve the mystery. Like this episode? Please like, share and subscribe if so – or leave us a (five star) review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/06/21·49m 42s

9. Hugo Rifkind meets David Icke’s lizard people

David Icke used to be a footballer. Now, he’s better known as the father of all conspiracy theorists – behind anti-5G, covid truther movements, and more. But before that he revealed the world was ruled by lizard people. Journalist and metropolitan liberal elitist Hugo Rifkind joins Jolyon and James to tell all on the great lizard man theory. Like the podcast? Please subscribe, share, and leave a (five star?) review! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/06/21·44m 15s

8. Ayesha Hazarika talks Scottish independence conspiracies

Author, broadcaster, former Labour Party advisor and Scot Ayesha Hazarika joins Jolyon and James to talk Scottish independence conspiracies. Did the Westminster government hide a North Sea oilfield? Are they faking the accounts? Do you need to #usepens? All that and more answered in this week’s episode. Like it? Please subscribe, share, and leave a (five star?) review! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/06/21·40m 42s

7. Nicky Woolf on the Capitol insurrection

Journalist and podcaster Nicky Woolf becomes Jolyon and James’ first ever repeat guest to explain the QAnon-led insurrection on the US Capital on January 6th. Like this episode? Please like, share and subscribe on your favourite podcast provider. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/06/21·50m 5s

6. Agnes Frimston on soviet space plots

Was Neil Armstrong really standing on the moon when he said “one small step…”? We all wonder about the USA’s space achievements – but the USSR gets a free pass. Journalist and think tanker extraordinaire Agnes Frimston joins Jol and James to talk all thing soviet space in this week’s episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/05/21·40m 16s

5. Adam Curtis asks "RussiaGate: Was It All A Fantasy?"

There's no escaping Russia. Twitter is full of Russian bots, stoking division, hyping Donald Trump, and promoting Brexit. Russia helped drive the UK out of the EU and influenced the 2016 Presidential election. It's everywhere…isn't it? Acclaimed documentary maker Adam Curtis joins Jolyon and James to cast a sceptical eye on the mainstream narrative on Russia. Liking the podcast? Please do like, share, subscribe, and drop us a (five star) review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/05/21·48m 16s

4. Angela Barnes reveals the new chronology

We all know what year it is…don't we? This week Jolyon and James are joined by Angela Barnes to discuss the new chronology – a surprisingly widespread conspiracy theory that suggests several years of history simply…never happened! It's less to learn at school, at least, but is it true? IF you're enjoying the podcast, please do like, share, subscribe and leave a – hopefully five star! – review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/05/21·39m 59s

3. Eliot Higgins Talks Novichok

Eliot Higgins, the founder of “intelligence agency for the people” Bellingcat, joins Jolyon and James to ask what’s really going in with Novichok. If it’s so deadly, why do people keep surviving it? Why use a weird poison? And is Salisbury Cathedral really worth the trip from Moscow? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/21·57m 49s

2. Rosie Holt asks "Is Elvis Still Alive"

Icons don't die on toilets. So comedian and Twitter superstar Rosie Holt joins Jolyon and James to find out what really happened instead – is Elvis alive? Why might he fake his death? And where is he right now? As ever, if you're enjoying what you're hearing please give us a rating (we are especially fond of five stars), share on social, and hit the subscribe button. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/04/21·44m 44s

1. Alex Gibney on Kubrick and the moon landing

It's season two! Join Jolyon, James, and Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to dissect whether or not Stanley Kubrick helped the US government fake the moon landings for a much-needed Cold War PR boost. Were the Apollo missions fact, or fake news? Liking the podcast? Please rate us, subscribe, and share on your social networks of choice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/21·38m 23s

12: John Sweeney on Jeffery Epstein

For their last episode of the first season Jolyon and James are joined by veteran investigative reporter John Sweeney to dig into one of the murkiest conspiracy theories of the 21st century: just who was Jeffrey Epstein, what did he do, and how, exactly, did he die in a New York prison? Please do like, share and subscribe to the podcast, and get in touch with us @jamesrbuk and @jolyonrubs to let us know what topics you'd like to see in season two – and just #WhereIsEpisode11? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/01/21·59m 10s

10: Tracy King on The Coronavirus Vaccine

Doctors do it, peers do it, even Ian McKellen is doing it: you can't move for media shots of notable people getting the first of the new Coronavirus vaccine jabs. But are they making a terrible mistake? Is it dangerous? Is it even part of a plot from Bill Gates to – BUY MICROSOFT OFFICE – control our minds? Helping Jolyon and James dig into Corona vaccine conspiracies is campaigner, skeptic, and tiny-furniture maker Tracy King. Like the podcast? Please do like, review and share. No episode next Friday (it's Xmas!) but we're back on New Year's Day Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/12/20·45m 6s

9: Sara Yasin on Princess Diana

It was the JFK moment of its generation: almost everyone remembers where they were when they found out Princess Diana had died in a car crash in 1997. And like JFK's, the death sparked thousands of conspiracy theories. Had she been killed? What was being covered up? One such theory, popular among Muslim households, was that she'd been killed because the Queen had found a Qu'ran in her room – Diana was converting. This week, we're joined by Sara Yasin to discuss the Diana phenomenon, the conspiracy, and what its popularity tells us about ourselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/20·47m 36s

8: Heydon Prowse on 5G

Beware if you're listening to this episode on your phone: is it exposing you to 5G even as we discuss it? 5G's supposed to make your mobile internet faster. But people are warning it could make you ill, control your mind, and might even be part of a global Coronavirus plot. Are they right? We're joined by award-winning comedian Heydon Prowse to investigate. As ever, please like, share and give us a five star rating if you enjoy the pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/12/20·38m 12s

7: James O'Brien on The Brexit Conspiracy

A nice, uncontroversial topic this week, one that should unite us all: BREXIT. Was it all done for Nigel Farage's hedge fund mates, or was it Putin who was behind it? And is the political and media establishment conspiring to steal our Brexit from us? Jolyon and James are joined by another member of the liberal media elite – award-winning broadcaster and author James O'Brien – to confess all. Liking the podcast? Please do share, review, and leave us a five star rating if you can. It really does help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/11/20·34m 50s

6: David Baddiel on The Jews

There's almost no conspiracy theory – from the middle ages onwards – that doesn't end up involving the Jewish people in some way, shape, or form. So what's happened to make one relatively small religious group at the apparent centre of so many plots? Jolyon and James are joined by the legendary comedian, novelist, presenter and more David Baddiel to discuss "The Jews" – and the antisemitism at the heart of so many conspiracies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/11/20·45m 0s

5: Sophie Ducker on Project Montauk

One day, we will go to Montauk. Project Montauk, no less – the conspiracy theory which inspired Stranger Things and much else. But what really went on in the US army base near the town of the same name? Jolyon and James are joined by the outrageously talented comedian Sophie Duker to find out. Like this episode? Please rate, review and share the podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/11/20·39m 46s

4: Hassan Akkad on The Great Replacement

This week, Jolyon and James are joined by Syrian refugee, activist and sometime NHS hospital porter Hassan Akkad to talk about The Great Replacement – a conspiracy theory born in France that there’s a Muslim plot to repopulate Europe. What is it, why’s it spread, and what do we do about it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/11/20·46m 9s

3: Nicky Woolf on QAnon

"Where we go one, we go all”. QAnon is the conspiracy theory that defines the Trump presidency – but what is it, where did it come from, and how dangerous is it? Jolyon and James are joined by journalist Nicky Woolf to investigate the biggest conspiracy theory of the 21st century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/10/20·44m 30s

2: Dane Baptiste on Stealing The Presidential Election.

Is Donald Trump defunding the post office to deny people their votes? Are Democrats engaged in a nefarious plot to steal the 2020 Presidential election with false postal ballots? And is the Republican Party systematically closing polling stations in Black areas? Tackling the big questions of the 2020 Presidential election, Jolyon and James are joined by award-winning comedian Dane Baptiste – asking: who’s trying to steal the Presidency? Please like, subscribe, and share the show if you enjoy the pod. Follow Jolyon on @jolyonrubs, James on @jamesrbuk and Dane on @danesnaptiste Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/10/20·36m 9s

1: Josh Pieters & Archie Manner on Avril Lavigne

Jolyon and James kick off the podcast with Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, talking about the conspiracy theory that’s crossing continents – did Avril Lavigne die, only to be replaced with Melissa, her former body double? Please like, subscribe, and share the show if you enjoy the pod. Follow Jolyon on @jolyonrubs, James on @jamesrbuk, Josh at @Joshua_pieters and Archie at @archiemanners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/10/20·33m 44s

The New Conspiracist - The Trailer

Qanon. Pizzagate. Flat earth. The Great Replacement. Conspiracy theories are swirling around like never before – tormenting mistrust, infecting our politics, and even tearing families apart. But Brit Award-winning comedian Jolyon Rubenstein and investigative journalist James Ball are here to save the day. Or at least try. Every episode takes one conspiracy theory – from niche to widespread, deadly serious to trivial – and one great guest, and dissects what makes it tick, what it tells us, and why it matters. After all, the truth is (probably) still out there. Please like, subscribe, and follow Jolyon on @jolyonrubs and James on @jamesrbuk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/20·1m 45s
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