Sofa King Podcast
Big IDEAS, Big OPINIONS, Big MOUTHS… The world famous Sofa King Podcast! The Sofa King Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to popular culture, recent events, and whatever topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this podcast explores two interesting topics per week in a way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The podcast hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on weekly topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language. Listen below.
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Episode 450: Bikram Choudhury: Yoga Guru or Cult-Leader Rapist?January 28th, 2020On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life and crimes of Bikram Choudhury, yoga guru and rapist. This guy ticked all the boxes of a cult leader: crazy charisma, the ability to bilk money from followers, promises of better spiritual and physical life, and lots of sex! He allegedly taught yoga to Elvis, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, Madonna, Lady Gaga and David Beckham. He never called it a cult, but he had over 650 franchises of his yoga studio around the world and millions of dollars and assets provided by thousands of adoring followers. The problem was, a lot of his sex was not consensual. He was a predator who would sexually assault and rape people at his nine week long yoga seminars held at plush hotels. Eventually, he was busted by the likes of Larissa Anderson and Sarah Baughn, and he lost his empire to his ex-lawyer Minakshi Jafa-Bodden. So where is he now? Did he ever do any jail time? What countries will let him live there without extradition? Was his divorce a sham to hide money? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2019-11-22/bikram-choudhury-netflix-documentary-yoga-sexual-assault https://www.mamamia.com.au/bikram-choudhury/ https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/did-rajashree-choudhury-divorce-yoga-guru-husband-bikram https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/tv-movies/a29857796/where-is-bikram-choudhury-now-yoga-founder-netflix-documentary/ https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2485542/what-bikram-choudhury-thinks-about-netflix-scathing-new-yoga-documentary https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/20/bikram-choudhury-yoga-founder-abuse-netflix-documentary https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bikram-choudhury-sexual-assault_n_5d4dc527e4b0fd2733f0286f?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAANNqHUXwNhr2kYfOLAqioxTzln2hiR0gtJSVg8E4wN2pWc677atsmGGp1F8J7guUwxDTauiMAjzHnlH4LXX7bxhUvNaQ8cyS9rsGGMx1E3HNBukSFzUiJ4glE6iFdWmjl9ihTwuf3NTLV9tT-BCrbTFg7QHYxY_l3b01AEYw6XNG https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikram_Choudhury https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/dec/03/he-made-a-fortune-from-his-trademarked-bikram-yoga-but-now-his-empire-is-in-tatters https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/bikram-yogi-guru-predator-true-story-46896525 Netflix Original Documentary: Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Episode 449: The Black Death: Disease and DisasterJanuary 24th, 2020On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we travel back in time and look at one of the worst disasters in the history of human civilization, The Black Death. The Black Death is commonly thought to be a horrible epidemic of the Bubonic Plague, though some doctors think it was a different virus entirely. Either way, it killed. A lot. Historical records are weak from the time, but modern experts estimate that somewhere between 70 and 200 million (roughly a third of Europe’s population) was killed in only three horrible years. So where did it come from? The safe money is on China. It spread from Mongol invaders and traders using the silk road. Before it hit Europe, kings had heard of its spread through China, Egypt, and other remote areas. But in 1347, twelve ships docked in Messina, Italy, and the dock workers founds scores of dead, all covered in boils and black flesh. They tried to turn the ships away, but it had already gotten ashore. The Black Death was here. It spread like ink through water—Germany, France, England, Spain. Scores dead everywhere it went. Village after village was completely killed or abandoned. Larger cities faired differently, but death was everywhere. Nobody knew how it spread. The doctors blamed evil being floating from the infected people’s eyes. They blamed bad blood. They blamed sinners. They even blamed the Jews and murdered them by scores. The Italian poet Boccaccio describes the death toll in detail, discussing the piles of bodies in every city, the paranoia, the families abandoning each other. Most modern experts agree that the major vector for this spreading dealt with fleas on rats and mice. They’d drink blood from an infected rodent and then bite a human, spreading the infection. This made it especially deadly on ships and in large, port towns. But doctors knew nothing of sanitation or how disease spread, so things like beating yourself with a leather whip or killing all the cats and dogs seemed a good way to cure it. The Black Death completely changed Europe. The way land lords used to have peasants work their farms was no longer sustainable because there weren’t’ enough peasants left to grow food. Famine came next. So, royals had to let poor people own their own land for the first time, and in some countries women were first given the ability to own land thanks to the Black Death. The plague is still with us. It pops up in India and China (and even California), and in spite of all of our best confidence in modern medicine, nobody can even agree on which disease the Black Death was. Also, if it came back, would it be resistant to antibiotics? If so, get ready for round two, and think about becoming a prepper! Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/black-death https://www.britannica.com/event/Black-Death http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/plague.htm https://www.livescience.com/what-was-the-black-death.html https://www.ancient.eu/Black_Death/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/middle_ages/black_01.shtml https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/black-death-plague-epidemic-facts-what-caused-rats-fleas-how-many-died/ https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg17223184-000-did-bubonic-plague-really-cause-the-black-death/ https://www.genome.gov/27546229/dissecting-the-cause-of-the-black-death https://www.dkfindout.com/us/history/black-death/ https://www.factretriever.com/black-death-facts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubonic_plague https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Death https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/plague-faq https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327045.php#1
Episode 448: Ken and Barbie Killers: A Murderous MarriageJanuary 21st, 2020On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we investigate a Canadian true crime and bring you the horrible tale of the Ken and Barbie Killers. Paul Bernardo and his wife Karla Homolka are household names in Canada, where the committed their crimes, but they may not be well known where you are. In short, Bernardo was a prolific rapist, and Homolka was fine with it once she became his bride. In fact, she helped scout victims, including her own sister, and eventually helped him graduate to murder. Bernardo was born to an upper middle class family, but he had a father who abused his family and raped his daughter. His mother who retreated from family life and moved to the basement. Eventually, Bernardo learned he was an illegitimate son, and he started to hate his mother and call her a whore. Maybe this is where the schism started in his brain. Bernardo began to learn how to be a good salesperson, manipulate people, and pick up women. He studied American Psycho as his bible. He went to college and eventually began a raping spree that dubbed him the Scarborough Rapist, with potentially as many as 30 victims according to some. In the middle of all this raping, he met Homolka, and she was down with his sickness. They were both blonde and lived what seemed a perfect life on the outside (hence the Ken and Barbie moniker). But they were both equally perverted and monstrous. Eventually, raping random girls wasn’t enough, so Homolka met a teenaged friend who she worked with and brought her home as a wedding gift to Bernardo. They drugged her, raped her, filmed it all. Two times. The second time, she almost died, but they revived her, and she had no memories since she was so deeply drugged. On Christmas, Homolka decided that Bernardo would get her younger sister Tammy (15 years old) as a Christmas Present. Bernardo used to sneak into her room and masturbate while she slept, so she was the perfect gift. This time, however, their drug cocktail was too strong, and Tammy died. The dressed her and put her back in bed and called the cops. It was December 23rd, just in time for family Christmas. From there, the rapes kept going, and they kept taping it all. They added another victim to their list of abducted, raped, and murdered, a 14 year old girl named Leslie Mahaffy, followed by the 15 year old Kristen French. But hey, nothing’s perfect. Eventually, Bernardo beat Homolka with a flash light, and things went sideways. Homolka told her family that the two of them were the killers, and just as police were getting close anyway, the arrests were made. Homolka famously made a plea deal that spared her 12 years of a sentence, though many argue it was a bogus deal because she didn’t really add anything and was so utterly unrepentant in the police videos So, what happened to them in jail? What type of love affair did Homolka have with two people in prison? What is her family life like now that she’s been released? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://allthatsinteresting.com/paul-bernardo-karla-homolka-ken-and-barbie-killers https://www.thecrimemag.com/revisiting-shocking-murder-scenes-ken-barbie-killers/ https://murdersmysteriesandmissing.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/murders-the-ken-and-barbie-killers/ https://listverse.com/2017/06/22/10-little-known-facts-about-the-ken-and-barbie-killers/ https://www.oxygen.com/true-crime-buzz/karla-homolka-luka-magnotta-dont-f--k-with-cats-paul-bernardo https://www.femalefirst.co.uk/features/true-crime-tuesday-ken-barbie-killers-canada-1201213.html https://www.ranker.com/list/paul-bernardo-karla-homolka-ken-and-barbie/cat-mcauliffe https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/murder/the-ken-barbie-killers-where-is-karla-homolka-today https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Homolka https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bernardo https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=312&v=6RCn1i5CwT8&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Episode 447: Pinkerton Detective Agency: Thugs, Cops, or Something in the Middle?January 17th, 2020On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at one of the most corporations in American history, the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Known simply as the Pinkertons, they have were a key figure in the taming of the old west. They feuded with Jesse James, killed strikers during labor disputes, and protected the railroad as it expanded. They evolved over the years to become one of the world’s largest modern day security companies, but their legacy as corporate goon squads and private armies is still around today (and for good reason!). The group was said to be founded by Allan Pinkerton (though it was really him and his brother together). Allan was an emigre from Scotland who landed in Chicago as a barrel builder. While there, the stumbled on a counterfeit ring and helped the local sheriff bust them. From there, his life as a crime fighter and detective started. He and his brother started two different detective and security companies but eventually merged them to be the infamous Pinkertons of the old west. So what was so special about the Pinkertons? Well, for one thing, they hired straight up street thugs and armed them. Eventually, they had more members of their group than the US Army had soldiers. Secondly, they were not afraid to get their hands dirty. Their union busting efforts saw their members do everything from firebombing to shooting innocent picketers. What else did they do? They allegedly stopped Abraham Lincoln from getting assassinated on the way to his inauguration. They hired the first ever female detective in the United States. They killed people for JD Rockefeller in the Ludlow Massacre. They blew up Jesse James’ mom and little brother with a bomb. They started the first ever criminal database in the nation, and they were the equivalent of the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service in the 1800s when such things didn’t even exist yet. We cover everything from their time as Union spies during the civil war to their feud with the video game Red Dead Redemption. The Pinkertons are still around, though, so let’s hope we don’t piss them off enough to start spying on us! Visit Our Sources: https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-pinkertons https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/james-agency/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkerton_(detective_agency) https://www.pinkerton.com/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/pinkerton-detectives-still-exist-and-theyre-tired-of-being-the-bad-guys-11548097818 https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/august-25/ https://www.loc.gov/item/mm75036301/ http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/969.html https://newrepublic.com/article/147619/pinkertons-still-never-sleep https://www.legendsofamerica.com/pinkertons/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludlow_Massacre www.denverpost.com/2014/04/11/100-years-ago-ludlow-miners-and-their-families-were-massacred/
Episode 446: Modern Day UFOs: Military MysteriesJanuary 14th, 2020On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we explore some of the most reliable UFO cases in modern history. There are hundreds of sightings out there, so we wanted to focus on ones that had the most eye witnesses or had a lot of military backing. We settled on three cases that were pretty big and hard to dispute and were all confirmed by the US Military. They said this stuff happened, but they denied any alien involvement or explanation. First, we cover the strange case of Ludlow Air Force Base in 1975. This one involves multiple radar contacts, dozens of witnesses, unmarked helicopters, Canadian Mounties, and nuclear bombs! For two days a cigar shaped craft (or 2 different crafts) hovered over this airbase, and it was made known all the way back to the Pentagon. It’s from back in the day, but it is largely considered one of the most confirmed UFO sightings of all time. The next two were revealed to the world by the New York Times in 2017, when they uncovered a government project called AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program). It was the modern day equivalent of Project Blue Book and ran from 2007 to 2012, and it captured footage of some pretty wild aerial encounters. They call them unidentified aerial phenomena because of the negative connotation of UFO, but they tracked several. One was a video called the Tic-Tac or “Go Fast” encounter. In it, a pilot tracks a strange cigar shaped craft using advanced radar systems. It was part of the a weird encounter with the USS Nimitz group that lasted for several days. They were tracking some sort of craft, and it culminated with a video (see links below). Another AATIP encounter was with US Airforce F18 jet, and it was called the Gimbal Video. It shows a strange top-like object that spins on its axis and was seen to double the max speed of any known aircraft. Most disturbingly, a pilot on the official cockpit video says there is a whole fleet of them down there! So, download this one, look to the skies, and enjoy these tales of UFOS. Visit Our Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/pentagon-program-ufo-harry-reid.html https://www.history.com/news/ufo-sightings-credible-modern Tic Tac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=105&v=wxVRg7LLaQA&feature=emb_logo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxVRg7LLaQA https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Aerospace_Threat_Identification_Program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4qIHWLSOn8 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nimitz_UFO_incident https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a29073804/navy-ufo-videos-real/ https://www.livescience.com/65585-ufo-sightings-us-pilots.html https://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/ct-redeye-xpm-2013-03-20-37880251-story.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_O%27Hare_International_Airport_UFO_sighting https://www.narcap.org/about-narcap https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loring_Air_Force_Base#UFO_sighting https://www.ufoinsight.com/the-loring-air-force-base-ufo-encounter-a-case-study/ Loring AFB Documents: http://www.all-hazards.com/loring/legends/assort1_ufo.pdf
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