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Behind the Bastards

By: Cool Zone Media and iHeartPodcasts
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  • There’s a reason the History Channel has produced hundreds of documentaries about Hitler but only a few about Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. Behind the Bastards dives in past the Cliffs Notes of the worst humans in history and exposes the bizarre realities of their lives. Listeners will learn about the young adult novels that helped Hitler form his monstrous ideology, the founder of Blackwater’s insane quest to build his own Air Force, the bizarre lives of the sons and daughters of dictators and Saddam Hussein’s side career as a trashy romance novelist.
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Episodes
  • Part One: The RFK Jr. Episodes
    Jul 23 2024

    Robert sits down with Cody Johnston to discuss the origins of the Kennedy Family Curse, and how it trapped RFK Jr on the path to ruin.

    (4 Part Series)

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    1 hr and 15 mins
  • It Could Happen Here Weekly: RNC Edition
    Jul 19 2024

    All of this week's episodes of It Could Happen Here put together in one large file.

    You can now listen to all Cool Zone Media shows, 100% ad-free through the Cooler Zone Media subscription, available exclusively on Apple Podcasts. So, open your Apple Podcasts app, search for “Cooler Zone Media” and subscribe today!

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    3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Part Two: Beau Brummell: The First Celebrity and Inventor of the Suit and Tie
    Jul 18 2024

    Robert sits down with Princess Weekes to finish talking about Beau Brummell, the first fashion influencer and modern celebrity, and discuss whether or not he was really a bastard.

    Sources:

    Beau Brummell was a 19th-century fashion icon for men (archive.is)

    "Beau" Brummell, the Dandy Who Invented Men’s Suits (aristocracy.london)

    Beau Brummell Wasn’t a Hero of Modern Men’s Fashion. He Was a Villain. A Boring, Uptight Villain. (esquire.com)

    https://reginajeffers.blog/2022/07/18/purchasing-commissions-during-the-napoleonic-wars/

    A Revolution in Masculine Style: How Beau Brummell Changed Jane Austen’s World » JASNA

    Beau Brummell: The Most Stylish History Maker – Never Was (neverwasmag.com)

    Man of the Cloth - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

    Blog | Regency History

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    1 hr and 20 mins

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Love this podcast

Very informative. He goes into lots of details about each topic. It's so good although it's also hard to listen to at times when you realize how horrible people can be. Robert does a very good job.

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Behind the Bastards is the Harbinger we all need

History is fascinating thing, and often it's the worst aspects of it that makes it so. Robert Evans is both captivating and delighting in contrast with his subject matter. His enthusiasm is often joined by the various guests he has on his show. I think the thing that is most appreciable about it is how even though it is difficult, he often finds a sliver lining or a grave lesson that we can take from each point in person or group he discusses, and that alone and often gives me the inspiration I need to make it through my days, and hope to emulate in my also gaping knowledge of some of the worst aspects of humans and their histories.

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A deep reveal about the worst people

Want to know how we got here? Find out how evil has evolved and rehashed itself to be the thinly veiled cryptofascists in power today!

Added bonus, current human turds.

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Best Monster of the Week podcast out there.

An incredibly informative podcast that is nonetheless relentlessly disheartening because the monsters are real people who mostly never got shot in the face by the heroes of the story because God doesn't care about justice.

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Co-host is an absolute waste

Love this podcast, but the co-host reiterating all of these horrific behaviors of poisoned people harming themselves and laughing so hard you can barely understand him is disgusting. These citizens were poisoned with lsd as an experiment. Jumping out a window and breaking your legs..... Then sprinting isn't funny, and laughing at instances over and over about it is pretty abhorrent.

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Always delivers horribly wonderful tales...

flawless intro. masterful. further research into Oprah's ghoulish troupe. I also suggest the Dr Oz and Dr Phil episodes.

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Amazing!

love these guys, always funny & informative. all the bad reviews need a super soaker full of piss

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The Reason I Adore Robert Evans

I adore Robert Evans for one reason, and a logical step. Reason being: His incredibly deep research that leaves no stone unturned*. The logical step is if I have questions after being bombarded with brilliantly acquired, and dressed, information, it's either specific enough to Google-sink on it, or broad enough that Robert offers his sources with mini reviews.

Learning is God and Doctor Sheriff Reverend Barbert Evans is a Prophet.

*or he tells you the jist and offers resources

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In-depth Profiles of Evil People without

Friends introduced me to this podcast because of my related line of work. I appreciate the sheer amount of research that goes into each subject and the variety of guests brought on to discuss them (although it would be cool to hear more from folks in the field rather than comedians w/ their own podcasts). I also like that each episode has its own list of sources so fans are given a headstart with their personal reading/research.

It sucks that such evil exists in the world, enough so to the point a show like this could run the rest of Evans's life if he so chose. But it's good that people like him are doing the work to expose current & historical public figures... it's a bonus that the information is presented in an entertaining manner without sacrificing journalistic integrity. Evans is also respectful and routinely reminds listeners of the gravity/horrors of each subject. This show isn't exploitative like so many others in this genre (true crime/history/current affairs) and although he often provides statistics or details, Evans reminds listeners that victims are real people. The narratives never feel like trauma porn and some episodes even end with a call-to-action for listeners to get involved, do further research, spread information, etc. Overall, a solid casual listen that I believe is worth a subscribe.

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Prepare to be depressed!

A genuinely funny and well-put-together podcast that goes into detail about some of the worst human beings in history. Robert Evans is an excellent host with impressive bonafides when it comes to being able to talk about the horrors humans can inflict on each other, and some of his guests (like the illimitable Prop G) are also excellent human beings in their own right.

Also, Robert's coverage of the 2020 summer protests got me involved doing community work of my own. The perfect anodyne to the sense of powerlessness and dread the world can inflict on you is loving your fellow human beings, and that's the best lesson I got from this show.

And if it need be said, it would not happen without Sophie Lichterman, who deserves a ton of credit for masterfully herding cats.

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