Pont St Esprit

In an incident suspiciously similar to the Ken McElroy episode–except that there was no bullying redneck, no pickup truck and no gunfire–hundreds of residents of Pont St. Esprit in France found themselves hallucinating wildly. 7 died and many were institutionalized, and speculation is that it could have been ergot poisoning… or a CIA plot.

Some of Our Research:
From the wiki
A firsthand account
Blaming the CIA


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rudoloph hess

In May 1941 Rudolf Hess, the 3rd most powerful man in Nazi Germany and a close friend of Hitler, climbed into a Messerschmidt Bf 110 fighter and flew solo to Scotland, with the avowed intent of single-highhandedly brokering a peace deal with Britain. Hitler was reportedly furious and felt betrayed, and issued an order for Hess to be shot on sight if he returned to Germany. Why did Hess fly to Scotland? And was Hitler really totally in the dark?

Some of Our Research:
Hess went for fun
Hitler knew
A perspective from the time


For anyone who doesn’t follow us on social media you may not know that we recently went through a server change in hopes that it would fix the download issues we were seeing when new episodes posted. That totally blew up in our faces and we are now having issues with the new sever crashing constantly which is why so many people haven’t able to download the latest episode.

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Edit 3/22/16 So we seem to have managed to come up with a solution! It should start to populate through to the different sources that everyone uses but the fix meant that we had to move our feed yet again. So if you don’t see new episodes coming through in the next couple of weeks you may need to manually update the rss info (the new feed address is: http://thinkingsidewayspodcast.libsyn.com/rss). Thanks again for tolerating us as we work through all the technical hurdles.

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