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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 17, 2019

Welcome Weirdos, one and all!

This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with several guests at the TeaPop May Market in North Hollywood.  Lauren and I grabbed our recording equipment and set up a booth and found some brave souls to chat with us and share some of their WEIRD stories!

On top of that YOU sent us some of YOUR weird stories as well! Come along as Ashley and Joe try to get to the bottom of these strange tales.

This week has a little bit of everything-- from ligers to flesh eating bacteria, sociopaths to shadow figures, and whistling ghosts to madmen on rooftops; its time to get weird.

May 10, 2019

Hi Weirdos! 

One, Two, Unheimlich's comin' for you.  Three, Four better lock your door.

Welcome to PART TWO of our CREEPY CHILDREN episode!  Ashley and Lauren are joined again by Lauren's wonderful sister Julia and her newborn baby boy Wilder as we continue our creepy chat.

Last week we talked all about the paranormal and children's abilities to witness it.  This week Lauren kicks it off by telling us about some children who MURDER and it is a nightmare.  Extra Warnings this week-- it's not an easy topic.

But have no fear, Julia is here to lighten up the mood when she brings us her research into the psychology behind why children are oh so spooky.  Creepy kids in movies have always brought in those box office dolla bills-- and the reason why may surprise you.

 

May 10, 2019

Hi Weirdos! 

One, Two, Unheimlich's comin' for you.  Three, Four better lock your door.

Welcome to PART TWO of our CREEPY CHILDREN episode!  Ashley and Lauren are joined again by Lauren's wonderful sister Julia and her newborn baby boy Wilder as we continue our creepy chat.

Last week we talked all about the paranormal and children's abilities to witness it.  This week Lauren kicks it off by telling us about some children who MURDER and it is a nightmare.  Extra Warnings this week-- it's not an easy topic.

But have no fear, Julia is here to lighten up the mood when she brings us her research into the psychology behind why children are oh so spooky.  Creepy kids in movies have always brought in those box office dolla bills-- and the reason why may surprise you.

 

May 3, 2019

Hi sweet baby Weirdos!

Welcome to a very special episode of Keep It Weird.  This week we not only have a long anticipated guest-- Lauren's sister Miss Julia!! But it's also our first episode recorded with baby Wilder!! And yes you will hear him.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, we decided to chat about CREEPY CHILDREN and boy are there some creepy kiddos out there.

We talked for so long that we've got a TWO PART ep for you, and this week Ashley is chatting about that special something that children have-- the ability to experience the paranormal.

Are we born with psychic abilities?  Are we connected to our families by something other than the love we share?  Can children really see ghosts?  And just who are these imaginary friends anyway?

We found research from child psychologists, parapsychologists, nurses, priests, and first and foremost-- parents to try and answer these fascinatingly WEIRD questions.

Apr 26, 2019

Welcome Weirdos, to a very special episode of Keep It Weird!

This week Ashley sits down with Handsome Joe to share with you all of the craziest, coolest, scariest, hippest, most innovative and fun science news this planet has to offer.

We did a week's worth of research to find out what was going on in the wild world of scientific discovery and boy did we strike Au. (Get it?)

Breakthroughs in medical, biological, astrophysical, historical, environmental, and even sexual science.  From the smallest atom to the furthest reaches of space-- prepare to join Joey Lawrence and say "Whoa." 

 

Apr 5, 2019

BoOoOoO, Weirdos!

Welcome to another super spooky (sup-spooks?) edition of LISTENER GHOST STORIES!! 

As you know, Listener Ghost Stories are episodes in which we read all of the scary paranormal, supernatural, extraterrestrial, true crime, and monster stories that you send in/share with us while providing our own personal experiences and our expert (or not so expert) opinions, advice, and theories.

Was that sentence long enough?  This week we have ghosts who play with technology, demonic presences, pond monsters, extraterrestrials, serial killers, and so much more.  

So buckle up, throw on some headphones to amp up the scares, and enjoy your goosebumps.

Mar 29, 2019

Aye Aye, Weirdies!

This is your captain speaking.  Here we go again with another trip to the open ocean!  Welcome to Deep Sea part Two!! 

Ashley and Lauren are joined once again by Melanie, marine biologist and Armenian queen, to discuss SEA MONSTERS!!

Lauren will be telling us all about mythological sea monsters that may or may not be lurking at the bottom of the ocean (they are.) We discuss the origins of each creature both geographically and their genesis.

Melanie is going to be teaching us about some real life deep sea creatures that you will barely believe are real, and Ashley will be throwing in some other random terrifying shit that you can find at the bottom of the big blue.

Make sure you check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/keepitweirdcast to see pictures of all the creatures we chat about on today's episode! 

Mar 22, 2019

Ahoy Weirdos!

Welcome to part one of our dive into the DEEP SEA!  Get ready for about one hundred more sea puns, whether you like it oar not.  Get it?

Ashley & Lauren have the pleasure of sitting down with returning guest Melanie Vartabedian who has a degree in marine biology and is genuinely a lover of the sea.

Melanie teaches us all about the ocean and how it is structured, the types of creatures that live within each layer, how those creatures need each other to survive, and how we, on land, need all of them as well.

We discuss marine biology, underwater weather, the circle of life, the importance of Spongebob Squarepants, and of course; the CIA (WHAT)

Join us for part two next week when we send Lauren over the edge with SEA MONSTERS

 

Mar 15, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

Welcome to Part TWO of our Human Body episode!  We wanted to interview people with interesting bodies-- so as you know last week we were able to sit down with comedian Nick Wuthrich who was born without testicles; it was fascinating and we had a blast!

This week, Nick joins us again as we chat with Lauren who, as you may or may not know, has a little creature inside her.  Yes, she's expecting a baby in less than a month!  We're so excited, and we got to ask her all our questions. 

We discuss what she loves and hates about pregnancy, the amazing things her body is doing & will do, her struggles and her successes, fetal development, gene mapping and cloning, and sex.

Warning: This episode contains some very graphic descriptions of natural and cesarean birth.

Mar 8, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

As you know each week we sit down and talk about something strange, unusual, paranormal, supernatural, creepy, sticky, gross, scary or anything in between-- this week we're focusing on the in between.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with my friend and comedian Nick Wuthrich for part one of our HUMAN BODY episode!  We invited Nick to chat with us this week because he has a very special body, indeed.  Nick was born, and has lived his entire life, without testicles.

This week Nick tells us about what it was like to grow up "different," his ups and downs with taking testosterone, his sex life, and most importantly how he's taken what could be seen as a negative and turned it into a very positive and funny life.

You can follow Nick on instagram @nickwuthrich and check out his youtube show "Neutered by Nature."

Mar 1, 2019

Coming at you LIVE from North Hollywood, California!  

Last month we had the privilege of opening for the My Worst Date podcast for their very first live performance at the Actor's Workout Studio in Los Angeles!

Since their show is all about dating, we wanted to cover a topic that would make you think twice about dating ever again. So this week we are chatting about WOMEN who date and sometimes even MARRY convicted serial killers!  

What? Who? Why?  Why would anyone ever?  The answer may surprise you.  We take a look at who these women are and the psychology behind why someone would ever find these men to be husband material.

 

Warning: This episode contains foul language and was recorded in front of a live audience.  For this reason the audio quality and length of the episode may differ from our usual shows.  Have no fear-- next week we're back on the couch with full episodes.

Feb 22, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

Welcome to part two of our TORTURE TALK!  Ashley & Lauren sit down with long time fan of the show Clarissa Sanchez to discuss the shady secrets held by the Central Intelligence Agency when it comes to human rights violations and Clarissa tells a tale of torture from her hometown! 

Warning: This episode contains graphic content (duh)

Feb 22, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

Are you ready to squirm?  This week Ashley & Lauren sit down with long time fan of the show Clarissa Sanchez to chat about TORTURE!! 

We're going to talk some of our favorite scary movies, Clarissa is going to go over some old school methods of torture that we sure are glad aren't performed anymore and Lauren is going to discuss the film genre "torture porn" and why on Earth anyone would like watching it! 

In part two, Ashley is going to discuss modern horror and the shady secrets kept by the Central Intelligence Agency.

 

 

Feb 15, 2019

Hi Weirdos!

Welcome to part two of our MEDIUMSHIP episode!  Last week we discussed the history of spiritualism, past/present mediums & frauds, and Amy shared some of her experiences as a psychic medium and spiritual healer!

This week we're going to be shifting gears and talking about the SCIENCE of mediumship!  The studies, theories, philosophies, biology, physics, psychics solving crimes and more!  And Amy is back with us to share more insights from her fascinating life!

Make sure you follow Amy on Instagram @the_beautywitch_

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Feb 8, 2019

Welcome back, weirdos!

Season 3 starts off with a bang as Ashley and Lauren sit down with psychic medium and spiritual healer Amy Goldenberg (aka The Beauty Witch!)

Amy has been a medium her entire life but didn't start to understand her abilities until she was 18 years old.  Since then she's been honing her skills and shaping her talent to become a practicing medium, helping hundreds of people connect with their higher self, communicate with their loved ones, cleanse their homes, and understand their own special gifts.

This is PART ONE of our Mediumship discussion and we are talking about the history of Mediumship; famous mediums & frauds, different modes of communication & types of mediumship, and Amy shares many of her own personal stories and lessons she's learned throughout a lifetime of channeling.

Tune in next week when we discuss some of the scientific findings, research, theories, and philosophies regarding psychic abilities.

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Dec 21, 2018

Hi Weirdos!

Welcome to our Season Two FINALE!  Has it really been two years?  We thought it was only appropriate that we ended the season with yet another PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION!

This time Ashley and Lauren took a trip to Culver City!  Staying the night and wandering the halls of the historic Culver Hotel and taking a day trip to the massive Holy Cross Cemetery.

In this episode we will explain the storied histories of these two magical places, share with you some audio clips from the investigation, take a close listen to some possible EVP's we caught while we were there, and close off the season with a couple LISTENER GHOST STORIES!! 

This episode has it all! Stick around to the end to hear our final goodbyes (for a month and a half, don't worry) and check out some of our amazing topics coming soon in SEASON THREE! 

 

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Dec 7, 2018

Ca-caw, Weirdos!

Welcome to part two of our WEIRD NATURE episode!  The first of many, I'm sure.  Nature is WILD, y'all.  

Ashley & Lauren are joined once again by talented set designer Madelyn Wilkime and this week we're chatting about the endlessly strange ANIMAL KINGDOM!

From freak parasites to warring frogs, from talented birds to a rodent with a sea monster's face, and from disappearing bugs to a white-trash presidential pet. 

Sometimes the weirdest things we talk about can be found in our own backyards!  Most of the time we hope that we can't find them there.

 

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This week's episode is dedicated to a Los Angeles nonprofit called A Purposeful Rescue (@apurposefulrescue) that saves good pups from kill shelters in the LA area.  We'll be donating 50% of our January patreon earnings to this non-profit! (www.patreon.com/keepitweirdpodcast)

Nov 30, 2018

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to Earth!

This week Ashley and Lauren are sitting down with Set Designer/Nature Lover Madelyn Wilkime to discuss all the weirdest things on this big blue planet.

This week is part one of WEIRD NATURE and we are talking about the craziest weather-- lightning that never ends, tornados made up of MORE than wind, and times that it has rained... interesting.. things.  As well as plants!  Smelly plants, plants that eat meat, and even a plant that may be from another planet...

Take a trip outside, marvel at the beauty and power of mother earth, and uh... maybe check the forecast first.

 

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Nov 23, 2018

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to another "HELTER SKELTER" episode!  Formerly known as "Ask A Weirdo!"  Formerly, formerly known as "Our Attempt at a Minisode."

Our faithful, beautiful, perfect listeners are the best best best and they send us some of the coolest stuff.  From personal stories to paranormal/supernatural theories and sometimes even questions about the paranormal or asking advice!

In these episodes we take the time to address all of these amazing emails and direct messages sent in by YOU the Listener.  This week we cover paranormal games, how to deal with a poltergeist, serial killer offspring, and what your blood type might have to do with being abducted by aliens.

Email us at keepitweirder@gmail.com if you have ANYTHING you'd like to contribute to our show!

 

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Nov 16, 2018

Welcome to our first (and hopefully not last) Keep It Weird Special Edition True Crime Investigation!

In June of 2018, Ashley was introduced to the story of the unsolved murder of John William Shakespeare in 1975 in her hometown of Centralia, Illinois.  What happened from there was months of research alongside her childhood best friend and high school English teacher Stephen Garland.

This episode presents to you the very first time we were able to sit down together with all of the evidence that we had gathered and try to put it all together to solve the puzzle.  The crime was insidious.  The people involved were atrocious.  The twists and turns were astounding.  

What you are about to hear is a collection of evidence and accounts gathered from police reports, newspaper publications, local's accounts, and our own personal experiences whilst researching this case.  There have been no arrests in this case and all evidence is circumstantial.  The opinions and theories expressed in this episode are speculative and theoretical and were derived from ongoing reports and first hand accounts that were collected.

Special thanks to Kristina Worlds, the Centralia Historical Society, Esty Garland, Pam Casseday, Ron Casseday, and the many local Centralians who contributed to this episode.

To view photos and newsclippings from this episode visit www.keepitweirdpodcast.com.

Anyone with information, theories, or evidence regarding the murder of John William Shakespeare please contact us at keepitweirder@gmail.com

Nov 9, 2018

Ever get so mad that you punch a wall or throw your phone?  What about black out and murder your husband?  No?

This week Lauren and Ashley are chatting about CRIMES OF PASSION.  What happens when murder happens out of the blue?  No premeditation, no planning; just good old fashioned killin'.

We share some of the most famous cases and several cases that you may not have heard of.  We talk about the people who committed these crimes, whether or not they were convicted, and what defense was used in their trial.

Warning: This episode is very dark and some of the crimes are extremely graphic.  We are a comedy podcast, so as usual we discuss these crimes with a disconnection.  We are not making fun of the deceased and nothing we say should be taken with any amount of sincerity basically ever.

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Oct 26, 2018

Happy Halloween, my boo-tiful weirdos!

Welcome to our special spooktacular All Hallows Eve LISTENER GHOST STORIES!! If this is your first-- LGS is where we take stories either sent in by listeners or found in the wild and we retell them for your listening pleasure.

This week we compiled some of our CRAZIEST stories yet to celebrate our favorite day of the year.  From possible Satan sightings to being skinned alive, former dead mobsters to parallel dimensions, cryptids, serial killer close encounters, and MORE FREAKIN' BATHROOM GHOSTS!!

Throw on a pair of headphones and lets creep it real!

**Warning: This episode contains sometimes jarring, always spooky, sound effects.  Listen at your own risk**

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Oct 19, 2018

Muahahaha, weirdos!

Welcome to our first reunion episode!  This week Lauren and Ashley are joined by Matt Roberts (Episode 12: EMP: Electronic Matt Phenomena) James Heisner (Episode 16: 90's Spooktacular, Spectacular) and Laura Lareau (Episode 64: You Got a Little Buddha in Ya) and we are chatting about HORROR MOVIES. 

We decided to each pick a horror flick that we hold near and dear to our heart and tell you some of the crazy things that went into making that film!  Did Tony Todd ever get stung on the set of Candyman?  How much did that cheap Halloween mask cost?  WHAT attacked Sam Raimi when he was making Evil Dead?!  Learn about Stephen King and Stanley Kubrik and what they had to say about each other's work on The Shining and find out exactly what inspired Ti West to write and direct The Innkeepers.

There are MINOR spoilers in this episode-- we tried really hard to stray away from any major spoilers just in case you were holding out a couple more years to watch the movies that came out in the 70's.  

PATRONS!! You've got an extra HALF HOUR from this episode coming your way on our Patreon page as well! 


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Oct 5, 2018

Hi Weirdos!

This week we're taking a break away from the zany, funny episodes you're used to and allowing our recurring guest Joe Ochs to give an exclusive report on the relationship between Iran Contra, Ronald Reagan, the crack epidemic, and modern day systematic racism and the oppression of black Americans all across the country.

This episode is very short on jokes, because frankly, theres just not very much to laugh about.  This is absolutely one of our darkest episodes yet and we want to give a very serious trigger warning to anyone who may feel emotional while hearing about the many ways our country has set up people of color to not only fail-- but to suffer.

You may have been confused recently while hearing Kanye West reference "abolishing the 13th Amendment."  Take a listen to this piece to understand a little more about what he was talking about.

 

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Oct 5, 2018

Come together, weirdos!

Welcome to our BEATLES conspiracy episode!! This week Lauren is telling Ashley and Joe all about the ENDLESS conspiracies surrounding one of the most prolific bands in human history.

Did they write any of their own songs?  Were they clones? Are they ALL DEAD?  Did they ever even exist at all?  We take a *very serious* (sarcasm) look into these possibilities and Joe just about loses his Beatle-loving mind.

Some conspiracies are blatant truths expertly covered up, some are sprinkled with truths here and there, and some are completely wack-a-doo... or maybe that's just what they want you to think...

 

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