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Jack of All Graves

A storytelling pod in which an American girl and a Welsh guy bond over a shared love of the terrifying, tragic, bloody, morbid, anxiety-inducing, and horrific -- a joyful and therapeutic exploration of very dark...more

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Ep. 80: Meat cute

Episode 80

March 21, 2022

Ep. 80: Meat cute

We’ve got cannibalism on one end and nuclear neuroses on the other. Come with us for some JoAG therapy as we work through why Mark can’t stop thinking about mutually assured destruction. Highlights: [0:00] Mark tells CoRri about Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa [14:50] Just shooting the shit, y’know? [28:30] What we watched! No spoilers, don’t worry. [44:00] We talk about nuclear war: What would happen if it were to occur, how it’s depicted in pop culture, the effects of thinking too much about nuclear war on small children, and more! Stuff we referenced: The Day After: America Watches in Fear – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG-e52yAxfs Protect and Survive (Complete Nuclear Survival British Public Information Film) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yrv505R-0U How Growing Up With the Threat of Nuclear War Shapes Kids’ Psyches – https://www.thecut.com/article/how-the-threat-of-nuclear-war-shapes-kids-psyches.html ‘By 10, I knew all about the impact of a nuclear blast’: growing up in the shadow of the bomb – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/16/by-10-i-knew-all-about-the-impact-of-a-nuclear-blast-growing-up-in-the-shadow-of-the-bomb Fear of nuclear annihilation scarred children growing up in the Cold War, studies later showed- https://timeline.com/nuclear-war-child-psychology-d1ff491b5fe0 38 Essential ’80s Songs About Nuclear Anxiety – https://www.stereogum.com/1978060/38-essential-80s-songs-about-nuclear-anxiety/lists/ultimate-playlist/ How One Apocalyptic BBC Movie Scarred a Generation of U.K. Schoolchildren – https://www.kqed.org/arts/13867080/how-one-apocalyptic-bbc-movie-scarred-a-generation-of-u-k-schoolchildren Nuclear War Movies: A History of Total Annihilation on Film – https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/nuclear-war-movies-a-history-of-total-annihilation-on-film/ The Day After (1983) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyy9n8r16hs ...

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Ep. 79: Ceci n'est pas une soul

Episode 79

March 15, 2022

Ep. 79: Ceci n'est pas une soul

We’ve got a lot on our minds this week, from war and covid, to whether you’d still be you if your consciousness was uploaded to the cloud. Settle in and work through some of the complexities of being alive in 2022 with us. Highlights: [0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the utopian commune turned sex cult, upstate New York’s Oneida Community [25:47] We talk about war, covid, and how quickly we get used to bizarre and unthinkable events [39:50] We set our next watch-along! Shall we do a gore fest on March 26th? Also, book club is this weekend! Don’t miss it! [48:00] BATMAN SPOILERS! Time to talk about what we’ve watched! We start with The Batman, so if you don’t want some minor spoilers, I’m popping a timestamp in here for when we move on! [63:00] We’re done talking Batman! More on what we’ve watched [85:00] CoRri can’t stop thinking about consciousness after watching season 2 of Upload, so she asks Mark a question about what makes us who we are, and if an uploaded version of our consciousness would still fundamentally be us. Stuff we referenced: The Rich, Sexy History Of Oneida — Commune And Silverware Maker – https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/05/20/oneida-silverware New York’s Oneida Community Preached Perfectionism and Created Silverware – https://untappedcities.com/2021/06/11/oneida-community-new-york/ The Utopia of Sharing in Oneida, NY – https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/03/travel/escapes/03Oneida.html Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – https://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/book/9780743260046 The Trial of Charles Guiteau: An Account – https://famous-trials.com/guiteau/2197-home The Untold Story of Utopian Communes In America – https://www.ic.org/paradisenow/ ...

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Ep. 78: You might be a cult member if...

Episode 78

March 07, 2022

Ep. 78: You might be a cult member if...

It might seem like in an age saturated with true crime podcasts and Netflix documentaries about cults, we’d all be way to canny to fall prey to them. In this episode, we talk about why we still get pulled into the seductive lure of cults, and how social media, especially wellness and mommy influencers, provide fertile algorithmic ground for cultish ideology. Highlights:[0:00] Mark tells CoRri about the unsolved murder of Artemus Ogletree [15:10] We catch up a little, ponder on some potential weird episodes of JoAG, and have a little cultural exchange over the phrase “full of beans” [25:50] We switch things up and THIS is where we talk about what we watched! [55:00] It’s time to spin the wheel of justice and find out what Mark will be watching for his next video rant [59:30] Mark provides a psychic reading to each of our ko-fi supporters [72:12] It’s time to talk about cults Stuff we referenced: Om-ing by the Beach With Andrew Keegan, Former Teen Idol Turned Spiritual Guru - https://www.vulture.com/2015/03/andrew-keegan-encounter.html One of the Stars of ’10 Things I Hate About You’ Started a Religion – https://www.vice.com/en/article/mv55wa/andrew-keegan-started-a-new-religion-814 Wellness Mommy Bloggers and the Cultish Language They Use – https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a36595860/wellness-mommy-bloggers-and-the-cultish-language-they-use/ Here’s How A “Poop Cult” With 58,000 Followers Set Off A Facebook War – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhisubbaraman/facebook-jilly-juice-cabbage-epperly Woman Who Claims Cabbage Juice ‘Cures’ Autism and Can Regrow Limbs to Be Probed by Officials – https://www.newsweek.com/jillian-mai-thi-epperly-claims-cabbage-juice-cures-autism-homosexuality-and-909737 ...

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Ep. 77: Archaic cures for crazy

Episode 77

February 28, 2022

Ep. 77: Archaic cures for crazy

This week Mark’s doctor gave him some pills to help him with his sleeping problem, which got him thinking about how lucky we are to live at a time when we can be prescribed a pill rather than experiencing some of the horrendous historical treatments for mental illness we discuss in this episode. Highlights:[0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the Neubauer twin experiments [21:45] We talk about anxiety surrounding the events unfolding in Ukraine and what it means to be living in “interesting times” [39:00] We discuss our watch-along and Christian Bale’s inscrutable accent [51:26] What we watched! [75:30] The medication Mark was given to sleep has him thinking about historical treatments for mental illness Stuff we referenced: The twins of Auschwitz – https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30933718 CSUF professor’s book sheds light on a mid-century scandal – https://www.ocregister.com/2021/11/05/csuf-professors-book-sheds-light-on-a-mid-century-scandal/ Three Identical Strangers: Was the twin separation study ethical? – https://www.newscientist.com/article/2208369-three-identical-strangers-was-the-twin-separation-study-ethical/ A U.S. Science Experiment that Deliberately Separated Jewish Identical Twins from Birth – https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/a-u-s-science-experiment-that-deliberately-separated-jewish-identical-twins-from-birth-b7ce8deaca4f ‘Three Identical Strangers’: It’s not too late to address the ethical violations – https://www.statnews.com/2019/02/07/three-identical-strangers-address-ethical-violations/ Twins reveal horror of being separated at birth — and for years after – https://nypost.com/2021/12/11/twins-reveal-horror-of-study-that-kept-them-apart-for-decades/ Lessons From a Controversial Study That ‘Deliberately Divided’ Twins – https://news.fullerton.edu/2021/10/lessons-from-a-controversial-study-that-deliberately-divided-twins/ 60 Years On, Twin/Triplet Study Still Raises Questions – https://www.medpagetoday.com/psychiatry/generalpsychiatry/80829 Records from controversial twin study sealed at Yale until 2065 – https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/10/01/records-from-controversial-twin-study-sealed-at-yale-until-2065/ ...

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Ep. 76: Coincidence is fair

Episode 76

February 21, 2022

Ep. 76: Coincidence is fair

Jack of All Graves came about as a result of a super chance interaction on twitter a decade ago, a coincidence that blows CoRri’s mind and leads us into a discussion of some of the wild coincidences that have happened on and around our planet, from life-saving flight changes to multiple atomic bombing survivals. Highlights:[0:00] Mark tells CoRri the tale of the Kentucky Meat Shower of 1876[12:44] This introduction is all over the place. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.[24:40] The book club schedule is up, along with an amazing discount from our partner indie bookstore! Check out http://www,jackofallgraves.com/bookclub for all the info! Plus, we’ve recorded a special Snack of All Graves reacting to the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie which will be up on our YouTube and our Ko-Fi free to all![28:52] Somehow we’re watching Reign of Fire for our watch-along this weekend, which leads to a discussion of whether dragon movies inherently suck.[38:42] What we watched![49:50] We discuss the crazy random happenstance of coincidences. Stuff we referenced: The Story of Violet Constance Jessop – https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/titanic/stories/violet-constance-jessop.htm The daughter of Irish immigrants who survived the Titanic, Britannic, and Olympic disasters – https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/violet-jessop-disasters Violet Constance Jessop – https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/violet-constance-jessop.htm Robert Todd Lincoln and Presidential Assassiations – https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/robert-todd-lincoln-and-presidential-assassiations-not-formal-title.htm “A Certain Fatality”: Robert Todd Lincoln and Presidential Assassinations – http://werehistory.org/robert-todd-lincoln/ If You Are Hit By Two Atomic Bombs, Should You Have Kids? – https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2012/07/17/156915881/if-you-are-hit-by-two-atomic-bombs-should-you-have-kids The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs – https://www.history.com/news/the-man-who-survived-two-atomic-bombs ...

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Ep. 75: Why don't we kill god

Episode 75

February 16, 2022

Ep. 75: Why don't we kill god

From a discussion of the time that Hawaiians ganked British explorer Captain James Cook, to trying to grapple with whether it makes any sense at all for a good god to allow horrific suffering to exist in the world, today on JoAG we’re in the business of destroying gods. Highlights:[0:00] CoRri tells Mark the complicated story of the killing of English explorer Captain Cook [21:40] We talk about why we’re late with the ‘cast this week and Mark’s newfound struggle with insomnia [33:40] We talk about Mark’s new video rant, our book club, and the next watch-along! [43:00] What we watched! [69:18] This week’s “Frightgeist,” as our friend Ben so lovingly dubbed this section of the ‘cast: We’re talking about terrible diseases that afflict human beings and how Christians reconcile a good god with immense suffering. Stuff we referenced:Why Does God Allow Suffering? (Cru) – https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/life-and-relationships/hardships/why-does-god-allow-suffering.html Why Does God Allow Suffering? (Focus on the Family) – https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/family-spiritual-growth/answering-our-kids-questions-why-does-god-allow-suffering/ Death of Captain Cook – Hawaii Alive – https://hawaiialive.org/death-of-captain-cook/ How Do You Kill a God? On Captain Cook’s Ill-Fated Arrival in Hawaii – https://lithub.com/how-do-you-kill-a-god-on-captain-cooks-ill-fated-arrival-in-hawaii/ Encountering history: ‘Discovery’ and ‘Resolution’ revisited – https://www.bl.uk/the-voyages-of-captain-james-cook/articles/encountering-history-discovery-and-resolution-revisited Captain Cook in Hawaii – The National Archives – https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/captain-cook-in-hawaii/ Hawaiian History: How Captain Cook Met His End – https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/travel/arts-culture/hawaiian-history-how-captain-cook-met-his-end/ Captain Cook killed in Hawaii – https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/captain-cook-killed-in-hawaii Captain Cook’s 1768 Voyage to the South Pacific Included a Secret Mission – https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/captain-cooks-1768-voyage-south-pacific-included-secret-mission-180970119/ The Demise Of Captain Cook – http://www.coffeetimes.com/cook.htm ...

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