Behind the Bastards

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.

Behind the Bastards is the best podcast about the worst people.
Recent Podcasts
  • The Priests of Plague

    Robert is joined by Miles Gray to discuss the history of priests and plagues. Footnotes: Popular televangelist: 'We don't have a flu season' Evangelical Trump adviser tells people to skip flu shots in favor of prayer Liturgical Processions in the Black Death THE BLACK DEATH AND ITS IMPACT ON THE CHURCH AND POPULAR RELIGION The Black Death of Cats Priests and the Black Death When a Third of the World Died Negative Shocks and Mass Persecutions How a South Korean church helped fuel the spread of the coronavirus Shadowy Church Is at Center of Coronavirus Outbreak in South Korea Without guidance from the top, Americans have been left to figure out their own coronavirus solutions One pastor was so outraged by church ban during Spanish flu that he went to jail Resolution, addressed to City Council, Los Angeles, written by First Chuch of Christ, Scientist In Italy and beyond, churches grapple with coronavirus 'Superspreader' in South Korea infects nearly 40 people with coronavirus The 1918 “Spanish Flu” in Spain Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part Two: Narendra Modi, And India's Weird Nazi Obsession

    Robert is joined again by Sofiya Alexandra to continue discussing Narendra Modi. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part One: Narendra Modi, And India's Weird Nazi Obsession

    Robert is joined by Sofiya Alexandra to discuss Narendra Modi. Footnotes: The Delhi pogrom 2020 is Amit Shah’s answer to an election defeat What Happened in Delhi Was a Pogrom Hitler Film Reveals India's Nazi Fascination World's Biggest Toilet-building Program in India Gets Mixed Results Hitler’s Hindus: The Rise and Rise of India’s Nazi-loving Nationalists Humble Beginnings: The Early Years In pictures: Narendra Modi's early life Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India PM Modi turns 69: As a child Narendra Modi joined NCC, wanted to serve in the Army Modi: From tea boy to India's leader Personal Life Story Narendra Modi: man of the masses Modi to youth: If you don’t make sacrifice in battle today, history will curse you tomorrow The Unbearable Loneliness of Narendra Modi Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Survivor: A Magazine For Nerdy Terrorists

    Robert is joined by Katy Stoll and Cody Johnston for a reading of Kurt Saxon's Survivor Magazine. Footnotes: The Survivor PDF Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Worst Grifters of the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Robert is joined by Jamie Loftus to discuss pandemic grifters. FOOTNOTES: Gwyneth Paltrow blasted for hawking fancy outfit amid coronavirus pandemic Makeup Mogul Michelle Phan’s Coronavirus Strategy Is Educate and HODL Bitcoin Dr. Pimple Popper shut down beauty guru Michelle Phan's claim that burning 'antiviral' essential oils can kill off viruses before they enter your system As Coronavirus Spreads, Hastily Produced Books Capitalize on Fear Alex Jones’ Infowars is attempting to profit from the coronavirus outbreak Televangelist ordered by New York attorney general to stop promoting ‘cure’ for coronavirus “Eat More Onions!” Spanish flu: The deadliest pandemic in history Coronavirus Scam Alert: Beware Fake Fox News Articles Promising A CBD Oil Cure Giant Silver Solution Bundle Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Soldier of Fortune: The Deadliest Magazine Ever (with David X. Cohen)

    Robert is joined live for SF Sketchfest by David X. Cohen to discuss Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Soldier of Fortune: The Deadliest Magazine Ever (with Billy Wayne Davis)

    Robert is joined LIVE from Dynasty Typewriter in Los Angeles by Billy Wayne Davis to discuss Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Support Dynasty Typewriter and their employees during this pandemic:  Get a ticket (as many as you wish!) to support Dynasty. This ticket will gain you first ACCESS to updates on live streams, podcasts, and the other creative projects they’ll undertake as they navigate this shift. Your ticket purchase will help them survive this time and keep them ready for a quick rebound! You can look forward to these things starting to pop up as early as next week! Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/support-dynasty-typewriter-tickets-99614884802?aff=odeimcmailchimp&utm_source=Dynasty+Typewriter&utm_campaign=a6ff27b7fd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_19_08_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1585131f02-a6ff27b7fd-58961085&mc_cid=a6ff27b7fd&mc_eid=ee1cf6cb98 Shop in their online souvenir shoppe! Get a Dynast-Tee or enamel pin to wear around the living room. Or grab a Dynasty gift card! They’ll open again at some point, and hey! You can use your gift card then!  Souvenir Shoppe and Gift Card Link: https://www.dynastytypewriter.com/shoppe?utm_source=Dynasty+Typewriter&utm_campaign=a6ff27b7fd-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_19_08_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1585131f02-a6ff27b7fd-58961085&mc_cid=a6ff27b7fd&mc_eid=ee1cf6cb98 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How The Internet Spawned A Baby-Killing Cult

    Robert is joined by Caitlin Durante to discuss free birthers. FOOTNOTES: About Yolande Rise of the 'free birthers': These women are choosing to give birth without medical help — and at least one baby has died Home birth advocate’s baby dies during free birth, prompts questions An Infant’s Death Has Sparked A Heated Debate Around The "Free Birth" Movement She Wanted a ‘Freebirth’ at Home. When the Baby Died, the Attacks Began Why American infant mortality rates are so high Home births 'as safe as hospital' Woman: Doctor Told Me to “Shut Up and Push” What Is "Birth Rape"? Birthrape. Birthrape. Birthrape. Birthrape. Birthrape. The hallmark of women who choose freebirth: emotional immaturity Home deliveries Emilee Saldaya is as ethically responsible for baby Journey Moon’s death as if she had taken out a gun and shot her Radical Birth Keeper Consultation Rise in ‘freebirthing’ suggests women feel midwives and doctors are ignoring their needs Why do some women choose to freebirth? A meta-thematic synthesis, part one Free Birth Society Instagram Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How L. Ron Hubbard Made An Antichrist Using Sex Magic

    Robert is joined by DJ Danl Goodman to discuss Jack Parsons and Black Magic Scientology. FOOTNOTES: The Mysterious Mr. Parsons — Life at the Crossroads of Crowley and Hubbard Occultist father of rocketry 'written out' of Nasa's history Black Magic and Betty SCIENTOLOGY: Revealed for the first time. . . ALEISTER CROWLEY A Correction of the Falsehoods in Lawrence Wright's Book on Scientology Hymn to Pan Jack Parsons and the Occult Roots of JPL Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Exxon, Chevron and their buddies killed the world

    Robert is joined by Molly Lambert to discuss the Bastards Who Covered Up Climate Change. FOOTNOTES: Exxon accused of misleading investors on climate change An investor enquiry: how much big oil spends on climate lobbying Column: A new study shows how Exxon Mobil downplayed climate change when it knew the problem was real Exxon’s Climate Concealment Shell Knew Fossil Fuels Created Climate Change Risks Back in 1980s, Internal Documents Show Shell and Exxon's secret 1980s climate change warnings On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It’s Still Funding Climate Science Deniers? Corporate funding and ideological polarization about climate change Two-faced Exxon: the misinformation campaign against its own scientists Rex Tillerson to oil industry: Not sure humans can do anything to battle climate change Exxon May Have Erased 7 Years of Tillerson's 'Wayne Tracker' Emails, Witness Says Rex Tillerson Testifies, Denying Exxon Misled Investors About Climate Risk ‘All Rhetoric and No Action’: Oil Giants Spent $1 Billion on Climate Lobbying and Ads Since Paris Pact, Says Report The new science fossil fuel companies fear Report details how ExxonMobil and fossil fuel firms sowed seeds of doubt on climate change Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part Two: The Founding Father of Fake Cancer Cures

    Robert is joined again by Billy Wayne Davis to continue discussing Harry Hoxsey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part One: The Founding Father of Fake Cancer Cures

    Robert is joined by Billy Wayne Davis to discuss Harry Hoxsey, the fake Cancer-Curing Alex Jones of the 1950s! FOOTNOTES: Cancer War: The FDA Vs. Harry Hoxsey HOXSEY, HARRY M. The Medical Messiahs: Chapter 17 The Medical Messiahs: A Social History of Health Quackery  Nature Doctors The History of The Hoxsey Formula in Cancer Support Hoxsey Herbal Therapy Carrying their last hopes, ill Americans cross border Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part Two: The Dumbest Colonizer in History

    Robert is joined again by Miles Gray to continue discussing William Walker. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part One: The Dumbest Colonizer in History

    Robert is joined by Miles Gray to discuss William Walker, the American who tried to conquer Central America. FOOTNOTES: Mercenary Hero William Walker Filibusters and Financiers: The Story of William Walker and His Associates [1916]  William Walker's Wars: How One Man's Private American Army Tried to Conquer Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras The Texas Press William Walker in Nicaragua  William Walker’s Dark Destiny Costa Rica in 1856: Defeating William Walker While Creating a National Identity. Agents of Empire The Grey Eyed Man of Destiny Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part Two: Basil Zaharoff: The Man Who Sold World War One

    Robert is joined again by Teresa Lee to continue discussing Basil Zaharoff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part One: Basil Zaharoff: The Man Who Sold World War One

    Robert is joined by Teresa Lee to discuss Basil Zaharoff, The First Great Arms Dealer. FOOTNOTES: Man of Arms: The Life and Legend of Sir Basil Zaharoff Men Of Wealth: The Story Of Twelve Significant Fortunes From The Renaissance To The Present Day  Arms Race prior to 1914, Armament Policy A scandal of international proportions comes out of the vaults The Mysterious Mr. Zedzed: The Wickedest Man in the World The Soviets and Tsarist Debt ZACHARIA BASILIUS ZACHAROFF Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part Two: Savitri Devi: The Woman Who Turned Nazism into a Religion

    Robert is joined again by Jamie Loftus to continue discussing Savitri Devi. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • Part One: Savitri Devi: The Woman Who Turned Nazism into a Religion

    Robert is joined by Jamie Loftus to discuss Hitler's Priestess, Savitri Devi. FOOTNOTES: Hitler's Priestess Twitter Photo Savitri Devi: The strange story of how a Hindu Hitler worshipper became an alt-right icon Why white supremacists and Hindu nationalists are so alike The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole It Ritualistic Cat Torture Was Once a Form of Town Fun The Great Cat Massacre: French History Revealed by the Americans Savitri Devi: The mystical fascist being resurrected by the alt-right Hitler is Homeless in Vienna THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE CULT EXPERIENCE  HINDUISM AND NATIONAL SOCIALISM Priestess of Hitlerism: Savitri Devi The Death of Adolf Hitler Savitri Devi Wiki Savitri Devi From Christchurch to India: How India’s RSS Inspires White Nationalist Violence Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • The Childhood of Joseph Stalin

    Robert is joined by Cody Johnston to discuss the childhood of Stalin. FOOTNOTES: Stalin as a Theological Student The Finnish City Where Lenin Met Stalin Still Lives in Russia's Shadow On the Origin and Significance of the Name "Stalin" Stalin, from Child to Bolshevik Leader HOW STALIN BECAME STALINIST Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928  Young Stalin Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

  • How Hobby Lobby Funded Terrorism And Tried To Destroy Democracy

    Robert is joined by Cody Johnston to discuss Hobby Lobby. FOOTNOTES: Meet David Green: Hobby Lobby's Biblical Billionaire Some thoughts on the Hobby Lobby antiquities case Hobby Lobby’s Legal Expert Speaks: “I can’t rule out…they used my advice to evade the law.” The Green collection and the Museum of the Bible: 443,000 square meters of mess Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case DID HOBBY LOBBY’S C.E.O. UNKNOWINGLY SPONSOR TERRORISM? How much money has ISIS made selling antiquities? More than enough to fund its attacks. Mission From God: The Upstart Christian Sect Driving Invisible Children and Changing Africa America’s Biggest Christian Charity Funnels Tens of Millions to Hate Groups Hobby Lobby: Who is David Green? 9 facts telling you everything you need to know about the evangelical entrepreneur 5 things to know about Hobby Lobby’s owners Hobby Lobby Allegedly Fired Employee Due to Pregnancy Bad Boss: Yes, Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Does Want You To Live By His Religion’s Rules How the Hobby Lobby ruling helped and hurt religious freedom Column: The Supreme Court’s awful Hobby Lobby decision just spawned a very ugly stepchild Aftermath of the Hobby Lobby Decision Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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