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Keep It Weird

Keep It Weird is a podcast about all things strange, unusual, paranormal, supernatural, scary, spooky, gross, sticky, and all around weird! Going beyond ghosts, aliens, and true crime, Lauren & Ashley research the strange side of artificial intelligence, nature, human anatomy, religion, relationships & much more. (Music: Intro Tunes: Aurora Borealis by Jon Wright Outro Tunes: Mystical Music Box by Erick McNerney Artwork: Stephanie Weitekamp)
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May 8, 2020

We come in peace, weirdos!

This week marks the first time we get to have an alien episode since Season One!! And boy are we excited.

This week Ashley gets to sit down with the handsomest of Joes to chat about UFOs, aliens, and close encounters!  Have you ever heard someone say, "If aliens were real, someone would have come forward by now."  Well, you're in luck because "someone" has.

Joe is going to be bringing us a handful of first hand stories from credible sources who claim that they have had experience with extraterrestrials or government entities who work directly with extraterrestrials! 

Ashley is bringing a very cool theory posted by reddit user BRADYLA_YouTube and a creepy real life story from reddit user ObedientUwU

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May 1, 2020

Hiya Weirdos!

Welcome to another edition of HELTER SKELTER!! 

Obviously most people think of ol' Charlie Manson when they hear Helter Skelter but the actual definition of Helter Skelter is "in disorderly haste or confusion."  Basically these eps go ALL OVER the place as we discuss topics sent in by listeners that don't quite fit into themed episodes.

This week Ashley is going to be talking about the phenomenon of ghost lights as well as introverts and extroverts and the science behind them-- is it all in your head? Well... yes and no.  

Lauren is bringing us the REAL story of a Russian serial killer who also happened to be a magician and she'll be explaining infrasound and the effects it has on us.

 

Apr 24, 2020

Ohh, Saints Preserve Us, Weirdos!

We're back in Ireland.... and Greece.  Welcome to Part Two of MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES!! 

This week Lauren is going to be bringing us a tale of deception and betrayal.  The legend of LAMIA; the origin of the condemned woman, the scorned woman, the women who were purposefully omitted.

Ashley is taking you back to Ireland where we go in search of FAERIES!! While we're there keep off the fairy paths and keep an eye out for those tricky changelings...

Consider ye be warned: Lauren tells so many lies in this episode.  Lauren briefly mentions the movie Stardust and then LIES ABOUT IT.  She gets everything wrong-- seriously, everything.  Even at the end of the episode when she corrects herself-- she corrects herself incorrectly.  So we just want YOU to know that WE know that everything we said is untrue.  So try not to pull out all your hair while listening.

 

Apr 17, 2020

Hi Weirdos! 

Are you ready for a magical journey through time?!  This week Lauren and Ashley are heading to Ancient Greece and the olden times of Ireland in search of MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES!! 

This is Part One of our two part Mythological creatures episode and we're covering the saucy sirens of Greek mythology, the shrieking banshees of Irish lore, and a brief history of merpeople! 

Next week we're on to the legends of Lamia and we're learning all about fairies!! 

 

Disclaimer-- we had some serious audio problems this week and for that we sincerely apologize if it's distracting!  We're still working out some kinks as we work together (apart) through isolation but hopefully our next recording will be smoother! 

Apr 10, 2020

Hold on, Weirdos.  This episode is intense.

But I do have some good news... LAURENS BACK!! This week Ashley and Lauren are going to be sharing some crazy UNSOLVED MURDERS. 

Ashley is bringing you the mysterious YOGTZE Fall Case which occurred in Germany in 1984 as well as the death of LaVena Johnson which took place in Missouri/Iraq in 2005.  Lauren is sharing the strange disappearance and murder of Dorothy Jane Scott that took place in California in 1980 as well as the case known as the "Yogurt Shop Murders" which occurred in Austin in 1991.

This is definitely one of the more disturbing episodes that we have recorded and contains some of the hardest cases we've researched to date.  But with that said, the reason these extremely difficult cases were presented is because of how important they are to be remembered.

Warning:This episode contains graphic descriptions of murders along with mentions of rape and murder

Apr 3, 2020

Aye, Aye Weirdos!

Put on your sturdiest boots, strap on your booney hats, and make sure that passport is up to date because we're taking you AROUND THE WORLD in search of ancient treasures!

This week Ashley is once again joined by her handsome fiancé JOE OCHS and it's time for him to fulfill his destiny.  Thats right weirdos, that anthropology minor he received from a state college fifteen years ago is FINALLY coming in handy! We're going to be discussing anthropological/archaeological finds and frauds!

Does that sound like a snooze fest to you?  Well trust me, it's not.  We'll be searching for proof of ancient aliens in Peru, discovering the worlds first computer in Greece, digging up giants in New York City, searching for the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia, and surprisingly... we'll even encounter a serial killer along the way.

 

Mar 27, 2020

Hizza-hizza-HI WEIRDOS!

Welcome to another edition of DJ Jazzy Joe the Science Bro featuring the Science Bro himself, Handsome Joe! This is the first episode to come out since isolation and boy are Joe and Ashley excited to talk to... anyone at all.

We're going to be discussing science, while attempting to avoid COVID19 talk (this is entertainment, not work.)  We'll be bringing you some crazy discoveries, ingenious inventions, and advancements in the realms of artificial intelligence, space, biology, and even butter!

And Joe only goes on one (official) rant!

 

Mar 20, 2020

HelloOoOoOo WeEeEiRdOs (like a ghost would say it)

Welcome to another SPOOKY edition of LISTENER GHOST STORIES!! 

Listener Ghost Stories is one of our absolute favorite segments!  Ashley and Lauren get together to share YOUR scary stories! This week we've got a ton of ghosts-- ghost cars, ghost lamps, hippie ghosts, ghosts who are sad, and even ghosts who scratch.  We've also got some glitch in the matrix stories, some extraterrestrial tales, and some experiences that are so spooky they will keep you up at night.. 

As usual, LGS episodes are usually more fun when you listen with a set of headphones... in the dark... during a thunderstorm... 

Mar 13, 2020

Give me a W!  Give me an H!  Give me an O!  Give me an A! 

Whoa, Weirdos! 

Welcome to PART TWO of our SPORTS episode!! Lauren and Ashley are once again joined by the hilarious and talented CARL TART.  You've seen him on Drunk History, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Comedy Bang Bang and so much more!  I assume you heard last week's episode, so I don't have to tell you this, but he's the best.

Last week we went over some true crime, some cults, and some curses.  This week Ashley is going to be bringing you some PARANORMAL and SUPERNATURAL ghost stories!  Yes, they exist!! We'll be chatting about haunted hotels, UFO sightings, Close Encounters, and BONUS: Handsome Joe joins me to start us off with a crazy story about the NY Yankees.

Mar 6, 2020

Hut, Hut, Hike Weirdos!! 

WELCOME TO SEASON FOUR!!! This is the premiere of our fourth season and not only are we so excited to be back, we're also excited to be chatting about something we n e v e r thought we'd be talking about on Keep It Weird.  But Season Fours are all about having fun and trying new things, right?  At least that's what they say.

Today, Ashley and Lauren are joined by one of the first friends they made in Los Angeles; actor and comedian CARL TART!  You've seen him on Drunk History, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Good Place, Transparent, & Comedy Bang Bang.  You can catch him at UCB several times a week performing with groups like White Women and Asssscat.  AND you can check out his own podcast The Flagrant Ones on patreon!

This week Lauren is going to be bringing us some very wild & lesser known sports themed TRUE CRIME stories and Carl is going to be talking about his home team, the New Orleans Saints, and the evil CURSE that haunts them...

Join us next week when Ashley brings you some very scary sports-y paranormal and supernatural stories and you'll get to hear from a long lost friend.

Dec 20, 2019

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to our SEASON 3 FINALE!! 

As per usual, our season finale is a paranormal investigation and this year we're setting sail!  Ashley and Lauren are joined by one of their best friends and recurring guest TYLER SCHUELKE as they spend the night on board the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach California! 

Ashley and Tyler discuss the amazing history of the ocean liner, they reminisce about the awesome tour they took, and play clips from the night they spent exploring the halls and rooms of this legendary haunted boat! 

It isn't necessary but we definitely recommend that you listen to parts of this episode with headphones as we are going to be listening to some interesting EVP's that we caught on the ship, some unexplainable noises, along with some very quiet moments of the investigation and we wouldn't want you to miss any of the spooky stuff!

Thank you all so much for your support for yet another season of Keep It Weird!   We appreciate you all and we can't wait to see you in a couple months! 

Dec 13, 2019

On November 16th, 2018 Keep It Weird released their very first Special Edition True Crime Investigation wherein your host Ashley and very special guest Stephen Garland studied the unsolved murder of John William Shakespeare in 1975 in there hometown of Centralia, Illinois.

Since then we have received hundreds of documents, witness testimonies, investigation reports, autopsy reports, crime scene photos, suspect interviews, and so, so much more and we decided we had to record an update.  

This week we'll be bringing you a lot of new evidence, updates on how our opinions have changed in the last year, and several NEW suspects and motives for the crime.

There have been no arrests in this case and all evidence presented is circumstantial.  The opinions and theories expressed in this episode are speculative and theoretical and were derived from ongoing reports and firsthand accounts that were collected.  

Special thanks to Richard Sprehe, the BBC, Fremantle Media & Thames TV, University of Southern California and their ONE archives, the Beverly Hills Public Library, the Mattachine Society out of Washington DC, Esty Garland, Pam Casseday, Ron Casseday, Joe Ochs, Mackenzie Prather, and several other past and present Centralians who have provided us information that have asked to remain anonymous.  

Dec 6, 2019

You better believe we're back!  Back in the New York Groove! 

Welcome to our third and final installment of Hometown Haunts: NEW YORK!! Ashley and Lauren are joined once again by actor and comedian Steve Lachioma as they discuss the weirdest things that have taken place in the Empire state!

We've investigated the murders, we've hunted down the monsters, and now its time to communicate with some spirits because this week is all about HAUNTINGS!! Ashley is bringing you New York City's creepiest, spookiest, and spine tingliest locations and the bonkers stories behind them.

We're going to discover a haunted well, visit the house of death, meet Rosemary's baby, and even unknowingly walk across literally thousands of bodies.  New York is WILD, YO!

 

Nov 29, 2019

Happy Holidays Weirdos!! 

I know you need something to listen to while you're doing your Black Friday shopping; Ask and you shall receive! 

This week is part two of our Hometown Haunts in New York and we're going to be talking about CRYPTIDS!! That's right we're going to be talking about all of New York State's many monsters.

Actor/Comedian Steve Lachioma is going to be teaching us about some wild men, lake monsters, and even some dinosaurs down in the sewers.  

And get excited for a special drop in from one of your favorite handsome guests.

Tune in next week for PART THREE where Ashley is going to be giving you a tour of the spookiest NYC Haunts.

Nov 22, 2019

Ayyyy, Oh, Ayy! Welcome to the Big Apple!

Welcome to another edition of HOMETOWN HAUNTS!  This time we're heading to the Empire State in a THREE PART series! 

Ashley and Lauren are joined by actor, comedian, and native New Yorker Steve Lachioma as they discuss the murder, monsters, and mayhem that you can only find in New York, New York!

This week is Part One and Lauren is going to be focusing on some absolutely cray true crime stories! We focus on two murderers who had their stories immortalized on film, a straw hat riot, a real big cat named Ming and much more! 

Start spreadin' the news, weirdos and lets head to the big city! 

Nov 15, 2019

MURDER?! DID SOMEBODY SAY MURDER?!

Remember that old commercial? Anyway, welcome to another episode of Keep It Weird!  This week we are finishing up our discussion on UNSOLVED MURDERS!  Last week Ashley and Lauren spent the whole episode talking about bodies being stuffed into things (yikes.) 

This week, Lauren brings us the terrifying tale of a sordid serial killer who dumped his victims along a freeway in Washington DC.  Ashley is pondering the question: What happens when you combine an ordinary dude, a mysterious lady, and the freakin' mafia?!  (Spoiler alert... it's murder)

Extra Warning: This episode contains some extremely graphic material including the rape and murder of very young women.  As usual we stray from the super graphic details, but some things can't always be avoided.

Nov 8, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

Redrum!  REDRUM!  REDRUM!!  We didn't get enough of Halloween this year so for our first November episode we're diving into one of the scariest subjects of all. MURDER.  The worst kind of murder. The kind that is never solved...

This week Ashley and Lauren hang out and teach each other about some absolutely bonkers unsolved murders and as per usual our weird alien hive minds accidentally chose similar stories so for PART ONE you're getting two murders in which the bodies were stuffed into things!  

Join us to find out who won our Halloween Instagram contests, who put that lady in that tree, and what kind of meat is in that smelly refrigerator?? 

Oct 25, 2019

Happy Halloween Weirdos!

We hope you're receiving a lot of Tricks and Treats and enjoying the spookiest month of the year! 

We decided we couldn't go an entire month without seeing you so this week, Lauren and Ashley are sitting down to chat about the REAL stories that inspired the characters in American Horror Story.

You DO NOT have to watch American Horror Story to listen to this episode-- we don't talk much about the show, only to reference the REAL LIFE HORRORS that took place to inspire the show!

The girls each take a person, place, or event from seasons 1-5; Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freakshow, and Hotel to share and scream over.

Serial killers, Nazis, circus performers, urban legends, and even mythical magical beings.

Join us for our extra special 2019 Halloween Special and we'll see you in November.

Oct 4, 2019

Oh, Captain, My Captain! Was DB Cooper a captain?  Maybe.  Was he the captain of MY HEART?  Absolutely.

Finishing up our UNSOLVED MYSTERIES series, it's finally our guests turn to shine.  Comedian and Writer Hanna Bowens is here with us once again to talk about the mystery of DB COOPER!! 

DB Cooper was the (fake) name of the man who hijacked a plane for ransom money back in 1971.  To this day, no one knows who he is.

Join us as we discuss the events that took place, the conspiracies involved, and theories on who the heck this man is and where in the world he could be! 

After learning of the Voynich Manuscript, The Somerton Man, and the DB Cooper case... it's safe to say that the world we live in truly is WEIRD.

 

 

Sep 27, 2019

I've got that Somerton, Somerton Sadness!

Hi weirdos!

Welcome to YET ANOTHER Unsolved Mystery!  These are some of our favorite episodes and FOR GOOD REASON because jeez oh man these cases just keep getting weirder and weirder.

Last week we discussed the Voynich Manuscript and you'll get a little bonus Voynich theory at the beginning of this episode.  This week Lauren is bringing us one of our all time favorite mysteries; the case of the Somerton Man (aka Tamam Shud.)

Picture this... a guy found dead on the beach in 1948.  No ID. No apparent cause of death.  And in his pocket is a strange note that just says "Tamam Shud."

And now imagine... that this is the LEAST CRAZY THING ABOUT THIS CASE!! 

Join us as Lauren takes us through the days of the investigation, the theories as to what may have went down, and even some RECENT UPDATES in one of the strangest mysteries in history.

Join us next week for our final mystery... which is... ALSO a mystery.  Follow us on social media @keepitweirdcast to get clues to our next episode! 

 

Sep 20, 2019

Uh oh, weirdos.

It's time to solve a mystery.  Solve a mystery from history. A historical mystorical.

Ashley and Lauren were joined by comedian and writer Hanna Bowens for another edition of UNSOLVED MYSTERIES!! We had so much information on each of our stories that one recording session turned into THREE EPISODES!! That's right, prepare to scratch your noggins because you've got three weeks of conundrums.

This week Ashley is bringing you an hours worth of notes on the VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT!  This 600+ year old book is written in an unknown language and no one knows who wrote it.  After carbon dating, protein testing, and the scouring of historical documents; the more we learn about the manuscript the more confusing it becomes.

Head over to our Facebook page to see all of the artworks we reference towards the end of the episode.

If you or anyone you know has any information on Mr. Voynich and his prized manuscript... call the number on your screen now.

 

Sep 13, 2019

Hi Weirdos!! 

Welcome to another edition of LISTENER GHOST STORIES!  The spookiest episodes in town!

Listener Ghost Stories/Strange Tales/Real Life Spooky Stories are the episodes in which Lauren and Ashley read real life stories SENT IN BY YOU! 

This week we run the gamut of emotions; we get scared, our hearts swell up, we get nervous, and yes... we even cry.

From the grandpas we miss dearly to the intruders in our homes.  From the most unique place to see a ghost to the places that make you say "Duh, this place is obvi haunted." From the soldiers in Vietnam to truckers on the highway; this episode truly has it all.

So tuck those toesies under the blanket so the monster can't chew them off and prepare to get scared.

 

WARNING: Listener Ghost Stories episodes include sound effects and music.  Sometimes they can be jarring.

Sep 6, 2019

Welcome Weirdos, one and all!

This is PART TWO of our Personality Disorder episode!  Ashley and Lauren are joined once again by stand-up comedian Justin Foster to chat about mental health disorders!

Last week Ashley taught us about Schizotypal and Paranoid Personality Disorder and this week Justin is teaching us all about Antisocial Personality Disorder AKA SOCIOPATHS!  Sociopaths are incredibly fascinating for many reasons; one of which is their association to a large number of famous serial killers.

Lauren is discussing the very controversial topic of Dissociative Personality Disorder AKA MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES!  We ask all the important questions: What causes it? Where do these personalities come from?  Where does the host go?  Can you treat it? And even: Does it exist?

In this episode we talk about some very sensitive disorders, discuss brutal and disturbing cases, and try to show you the ways in which people with severe personality disorders can still live a very fulfilling and "normal" life.  

But remember, weirdos.  Theres no such thing as normal...

Aug 30, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

Welcome to our very first mental health episode!  We've always wanted to dive into psychology & mental health and our hilarious guest, stand up comedian Justin Foster was itching to discuss sociopaths so we jumped at the opportunity to discuss PERSONALITY DISORDERS!


This is an episode we've always been interested in, but extra cautious to record. There are a lot of stigmas involved in mental disorders and chatting about them on a show dedicated to all things "weird" was something we had to be very cognizant of.  The three of us all have experiences with psychological disorders and it was really special to be able to sit down and discuss them, alongside personality disorders this week!

In part one we are talking about Schizotypal personality disorder (STPD) and Paranoid personality disorder (PPD.) The history of the disorder, the symptoms, the treatments, and even some cases where the disorder took over and things went a little too far.

Next week Justin will be telling us about sociopaths and Lauren will be getting into the controversial topic of Dissociative Disorder (multiple personalities.)

 

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Aug 23, 2019

Hi Weirdos! 

Welcome to PART TWO of our WEREWOLF episode!  Ashley is joined once again by her fill-in cohost JOEY and our hilarious, knowledgeable guest Billy Roach as they chat about the furriest monsters out there!

Last week Billy taught us everything we could possibly know about werewolves and we were in RARE form, let me tell you.  Maybe it was a full moon?

This week we're taking it a little more seriously, Ashley is going to be talking all about werewolves in pop culture and the different ways that lycanthropy is represented in film and television!  Werewolves have always been a great way to mirror society and some of the issues we don't feel comfortable talking about.  From sexual orientation, puberty, race, and even STDs! And we finish off the episode chatting about SKINWALKERS!! Those scary f*ckers.

Join us for another drool filled romp and make sure you get those sticks oiled!

 

Song clip after the episode: 

Album - Excitable Boy 1978

Warren Zevon - Vocals, Piano

Waddy Wachtel - Guitar, Producer

Mick Fleetwood - Drums

John McVie - Bass

Written by Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel, Leroy P. Marinell

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