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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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Jun 15, 2018

Greetings Weirdos!

Are you ready to hear the most infectious laugh you've ever heard??  This week Lauren and Ashley are joined by the adorable and super intelligent RACHEL THOMPSON as we chat about ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.  We talk Cyborgs, Androids, Bionic Applications, the art of Cyborgism, Robot Rights, Digitizing Consciousness, and we even try to answer the question "What is a soul?"  

Where did the idea of artificial intelligence begin?  How close are we to the reality?  What are the questions that need to be answered first?  How will it work?  What does the future of humankind actually look like?  Join us and find out!

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @keepitweirdcast and our Facebook page KEEP IT WEIRD.

Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/keepitweirdpodcast to find ways you can donate to support the show and get BONUS episodes and clips!

Don't forget to subscribe and rate us five stars while you're here! 

Jun 9, 2018

Hi Weirdos,

Ashley here.  Upon the recent passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I felt compelled to record an honest and open message about what it's like to deal with anxiety and depression and thoughts of suicide on a daily basis.

This is, hopefully, a message that will provide you with a sense of hope that you are not alone, that your feelings are valid, that your disease is real, and that depression doesn't define who you are as a person.

The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.  It's free and they are available 24/7.  They also have an online chat.  

 

-\/\/

Jun 1, 2018

SCREWNAIL!  Eh, you'll get it eventually.  Welcome to Keep It Weird, the podcast for all things STRANGE AND UNUSUAL!! This week Lauren and Ashley are joined once again by TYLER SCHUELKE for Part Two of our second installment of our CULTS series!

We're going to be talking about brainwashing again and this week Lauren is going to be telling us all about the "Organization" aka "the O."  A political cult born and raised in Minneapolis in the 80's & 90's that is mysterious as hell, y'all and will have you shouting along with us "WHO IS THEO SMITH?!"

Ashley is going to be teaching us about political brainwashing and propaganda while using examples from our current Republican POTUS and the GOP.  (We get a little riled up but we promise that we do our best to keep it educational and not emotional)

 

Please rate us FIVE STARS on iTunes, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @keepitweirdcast and our Facebook page KEEP IT WEIRD.  Check out our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/keepitweirdpodcast to find ways that you can donate to the show and get extra goodies while you're at it!

May 25, 2018

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to the second installment of our CULTS series! (Check out Episode 17 if you want to hear us discuss what makes up a cult: the leaders, the followers, and what makes a cult different from a religion) Tyler Schuelke, our resident Cult Enthusiast is back with us and this time we're talking about BRAINWASHING.  

We discuss the different techniques used to gain a following in a cult and even how those techniques are used in OTHER parts of life; be it relationships, advertising, and even politics.

This episode is actually part one of two, and we are using examples from the brand-spankin' new cult NXIVM (led by Keith Reniere and his protégé Allison Mack)

May 11, 2018

Welcome to our first HELTER SKELTER episode!  We took topics sent in by YOU the listener and threw them all into a single episode and it surprisingly worked out well.  By total accident, of course. (Helter Skelter, y'all) 

 

This week Lauren and Ashley chat about Coincidences, Cannibals, and a Cryptid!  Did JFK and Abe Lincoln live parallel lives?  Did Edgar Allen Poe predict a shipwreck that ended in cannibalism?  Why the hell would a person eat another person?  Are people just that tasty?  Meet a monster in Ireland who ALSO likes the taste of human flesh and just as a bonus-- because we love you-- stay tuned to the very end to hear some LISTENER GHOST STORIES (No one eats anyone... probably.) 

 

 

 

Apr 27, 2018

Hidey-Ho Weirdos!


Welcome to part two of our TEXAS episode!! Last week we talked about monsters and cults-- this week were talking MURDERS AND GHOSTS.  And boy oh boy is there a lot of both in Texas.

Ashley kicks us off with a brief history of the Texas Killing Fields and Lauren takes us on a tour of the most HAUNTED schools, hotels, and restaurants in Texas including the BONKERS halls of El Paso High.  Seriously, you won't believe what goes on there.

Stand up comedian Justin Foster joins us again this week-- make sure you stay tuned after the episode again to hear a couple minutes of his debut album DANGERLESS which you can find on iTunes and Spotify and check out his podcast "Foster the Podcast" while you're at it!

Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook to check out some pics from this week's episode!

Apr 20, 2018

Howdy Weirdos!

Welcome to another edition of HOMETOWN HAUNTS!! This time were heading south to the Lone Star state. Lauren and Ashley sit down with standup comedian and Texas native JUSTIN FOSTER to talk about the Monsters of Texas.  Part rat, part kangaroo, part canine, & all vampire: Chupacabras are mostly seen in Mexico and South America, but did you know Texas has had several run-ins as well?  Goat men, haunted lakes, and we even learn that not all monsters have scales and live under bridges: Texas had one infamous monster who resided in Waco.....

Make sure you stick around after the episode for a clip from Justin Foster's debut album "Dangerless" which you can find on iTunes and Spotify and  check out Justin's podcast "Foster the Podcast" while you're there!

Apr 13, 2018

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to part two of our Obsession Sessions!! Last week we talked about the precursor to serial killers: STALKING.  And the precursor to stalking? Obsession.  And the precursor to obsession?  I don't know, perfume?  We didn't go that far back.

Join Ashley, Lauren, and Georges as we continue our discussion of obsessions while learning about the SCORECARD KILLER (he's the worst) and then we turn the lens on OURSELVES while we discover what it is that makes US obsessed with THEM.  Why do people LOVE serial killers so much?  What makes us obsessed with the macabre?

Tune in to find out!

Apr 6, 2018

Hi Weirdos!  Welcome to our FIFTIETH EPISODE!! Yeah, I know it says 45 but it's wrong OK!?  Joining us for this milestone is an old friend of the show GEORGES!! (Episode 8: Creature from the Georges Lagoon) Today is PART ONE of our Obsession Sessions "Urges & Artwork" and we are discussing Obsessive compulsions, stalkers, cults, and serial killers with a very specific fixation.

We try to understand the impulses and urges behind serial murders, pedophilia, and stalking while using lesser known murderers, the "Happy Face Killer" and even personal stories.  I think it goes without saying, but just in case: WARNING: This episode contains disturbing material.

 

Stay tuned after the episode to hear the promo for the SCI FI DOUBLE FEATURE DRIVE IN podcast and join us next week for PART TWO!

Mar 30, 2018

The ghouls are back in town, the ghouls are back in town!

Welcome to another edition of LISTENER GHOST STORIES!  In Listener Ghost stories we take YOUR stories, our lovely weirdos, and we share them with the world!

This week we are feeling the love-- many of the stories in this episode are sentimental and heartwarming-- but don't worry.  They're still creepy as hell.

This week we encounter MORE BATHROOM GHOSTS (what is going ON in there?) multiple visits from family members, and demons in the closet, demons in the cellar, and even demons in your chest.

You guessed it-- this episode is BONKERS.

If YOU have a spooky, strange, unexplainable, creepy, gross, scary, or sticky story that you want to be featured on a future LGS episode-- email it to keepitweirder@gmail.com!

 

Music:

Mattia Cupelli (grandpa Joe story)

https://www.facebook.com/MattiaCupelliComposer

Mar 16, 2018

Velcome Veirdos!

 

I vant to tell you about Vampires!  This week is PART TWO of our Vampires episode and Ashley, Lauren, and Billy are all back to chat about modern day vampires!! What do vampires do in the 21st century?  Where do they go?  What do they eat? Er... drink?

 

IRL vampies, roleplayers, vampire fanatics, bloodsucking pop culture, and we answer the extra tough questions like "If you could be any fictional vampire, what vampire world would you live in and why?"

 

Come count the v-word with us (ah ah ah) and be careful listening if the thought of blood (or drinking it) freaks you out! 

Mar 9, 2018

Good Evening, Weirdos.

I vant to suck your blood from my fingers and toes, for I am the dreaded Yara-ma-yha-who!  In this episode you'll learn all about VAMPIRES!  Ashley, Lauren, and artist/vampire enthusiast Billy chat about vampires throughout history, vampires from all over the world, and even vampires who still may be living among us today.....

Learn a bout the origins of the vampire legend.  Why do wooden stakes kill them?  Why don't they have reflections?  How do I outrun a vampire?

Subscribe to our show on iTunes and rate us five stars!  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @keepitweirdcast and our Facebook page "Keep It Weird"

 

*Artwork by Stephanie Weitekamp*

Mar 2, 2018

Yaaaaachts, weirdos!  We are back for PART TWO of our HOLLYWEIRD episode!  This week we are sharing some personal ghost stories from different experiences we've had in Hollywood-- some are even with FAMOUS ghosts! We explore some crazy poltergeist activity in Culver City, take a trip to the beautiful Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, we find out where Rasputin has been hiding, and even hear from Carrie Fisher! 

 

Make sure to stay til the end to hear an original Tales from the Crypt inspired "Keep It Weird" poem written by our beautiful, talented guest BLAIR GORMAN! (SuperMansion, Robot Chicken) And follow us on Instagram & Twitter @keepitweirdcast and our Facebook page KEEP IT WEIRD!

WARNING: AT 1hr 15min INTO THE EPISODE THERE IS A VERY HIGH PITCHED RINGING SOUND EFFECT.  IF YOU ARE PRONE TO DIZZINESS, TINNITUS, OR SOUND INDUCED SEIZURES, TURN THE VOLUME DOWN

Feb 23, 2018

Meh, see?  Welcome to Tinseltown, see?

This week Ashley, Lauren, and the hilarious & talented Blair Gorman (SuperMansion, Robot Chicken)are taking a trip to stalk the stars in HOLLYWOOD!  

We're taking you to the notoriously haunted studios, solving some Hollywood murders, and even sharing some extra spooky celebrity AND personal stories!  Want to know what happens when everyone leaves Warner Brothers Studios for the night?  What actually happened to Natalie Wood in 1981? Or maybe you just want to know which famous celebs have had sex with ghosts?  You've come to the right place.

 

Join us for two hours of laughs and gasps as we talk about HOLLYWEIRD.

Feb 9, 2018

 "How do you keep something secret-- you hide it in plain sight." -Dr. Steven M. Greer, Unacknowledged

Hi Weirdos!  Are you alone?  Is anyone watching you?  Are you sure?

Welcome to our CONSPIRACY THEORY episode.  This week we go off the deep end, and rightly so.  Ashley, Lauren, and handsome Joe chat about celebrity murders, secret government facilities, coverups, assassinations, kidnappings, CIA plants in the media, modern day Nazis, giant blue horses with glowing eyes and more.

Believe it or not, this episode is full of FACTS.  Facts that will keep you up at night.  Facts that will make you question everything.  Facts that will make you tape over the camera on your laptop and don a tin foil hat on your head. 

Head over to our Patreon page for 10 minutes of EXTRA audio from this banana-town episode.

God Bless America

 

 

This episode is dedicated to Zack Frost of Centralia, IL who passed on February 8th, 2018.  He was my go to guy for conspiracies and one of the most "woke" people I knew.  RIP, Zack.  Keep fighting the good fight.

Jan 26, 2018

Happy 2018 Weirdos!! 

It's time for the most requested episode yet-- WITCHCRAFT.  This week Lauren and Ashley sit down with Jennifer Maimone, owner and operator of the cutest eclectic store in South Pasadena, California "Dual Crossroads."  She is a Christo-Pagan, a business owner, a dog lover, and an expert in all things witchy.

Ever wanted to know the science behind crystal healing or the meaning of pagan symbols?  Want to learn about the true power behind spell-casting or the history of candle magick? Did you know that witch's wardrobes weren't just a fashion statement?

We dive into all of this and more as we eat pizza, drink wine, and conjure up a lot of laughs. (See what I did there?)

Dec 8, 2017

Hi Weirdos! 

Welcome to our FINAL episode of the year!  The season one finale!  It's been a crazy year full of laughter and screams, friendship and drinks, learning crazy new things, and most importantly.. sharing scary stories.

One story you've heard referenced multiple times is that of "Ben."  The ghost that followed Ashley from apartment to apartment when she first moved to LA.  Well this week, we get to sit down and have a chat with Ben.  

Ashley and Lauren are joined by Robyn and Jonathan on their LAST night in their [possibly] haunted apartment in this part interview, part investigation-- all spooky fun.

See you on the flip side, Weirdos!

((PS: There are a couple parts of this audio that is a little echoey-- we were working with multiple sets of equipment because we were ALSO filming this episode for a YouTube collaboration with METHODBOX!  Keep an eye out for that on our Keep It Weird Facebook page!))

Nov 25, 2017

Hi Weirdos!

This is a preview for our VERY SPECIAL TELEVISION episode where we sit down with the men of Best Men Media: Pete, Chris, Jose, and David and we chat about Season 8, Episode 7 of Family Matters: "Stevil."

Take a listen as we review one of the most bonkers episodes of television to ever be aired and keep an eye out for the FULL episode next week on VERY SPECIAL TELEVISION's iTunes! 

As always follow us on Instagram and Twitter @keepitweirdcast and our Facebook page KEEP IT WEIRD!  Give us a 5 Star rating or head over to www.patreon.com/keepitweirdpodcast and donate to the show!

Nov 17, 2017

Buon Giorno, weirdos!

This week Ashley & Lauren sit down with Melanie and discover their roots!  We chat about WEIRD Armenian, Irish, and Italian culture!  The paranormal, the monsters, the ghosts, and the just-plain-wacky tales from our homelands!

Melanie shares some SUPER interesting stories about growing up Armenian, Ashley talks about all the delicious foods her Italian grandmother makes, and Lauren has a love/hate relationship with Leprechauns.  

 

Join us on this journey of frights, family, and giggles.

Nov 8, 2017

Hello Spooks and Spectres! 

Welcome to part two of our creep-tastic Halloween episode!  This week we're telling some SCARY Halloween stories!  Stories about real life murders, shape-shifters, old lady werewolves, and even some classic GHOST STORIES!! Some even sent in by YOU, our lovely, weird listeners!

If you need a breather after this horror of terror-- revisit "Halloween Part One: Witch, Please" where we just talk about our favorite Halloween things: memories, movies, music, & more!

 

 

 

 

Oct 27, 2017

Hello Boils and Ghouls!

Welcome to Part One of our VERY SPECIAL HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!! We're starting off the season nice and easy with an episode about the origins of All Hallow's Eve and Día de los Muertos as well as chatting about our favorite Halloween memories, movies, songs and more!

So grab your candy corn, sip your cider, hop on your broom and join us for an hour of reminiscing and celebrating the *actual* most wonderful time of the year!

Oct 20, 2017

It's a FAMILY AFFAIR!! Welcome to this week's KEEP IT WEIRD where Ashley and Lauren are joined by Ashley's sister Jamie and brother-in-law Corey as they are fresh off a plane from across the country bringing you the weirdest, grossest, scariest, craziest, most ridiculous FAMILIES in the world! 

Families who kill, families who do real gross stuff, criminal families, family feuds, a BONUS "This Week in Weird," and much more!

Come join this giggle fest and if YOU know any weird families or have any crazy family stories email us at keepitweirder@gmail.com

 

**WARNING: This episode contains foul language and stories of rape and incest. It's.... darker than we expected.**

Oct 13, 2017

Welcome Weirdos!

This week on Keep It Weird we're diving into the mysteries of SECRET SOCIETIES!  Joined by actor and (probable) free mason Dakota Kennedy we discuss the Illuminati, Free Masons, and even the Skull and Bones!  The truth, the lies, and boy, oh boy... the conspiracies.

Theres a strange clicking a few times in the episode.  It could be Ashley's bracelets OR... it could be a secret government wire tap.  You be the judge.

Oct 6, 2017

Welcome, Weirdos, to another edition of ASK A WEIRDO!! We take YOUR questions and answer them with our research, thoughts, and opinions.  We get questions sent in by listeners all the time and we LOVE giving you our expert* opinion on all things STRANGE AND UNUSUAL! 

This week we talk about vanquishing demons, whether or not Jesus was an alien, and we actually get pretty personal and have a meaningful conversation-- but don't worry it's only for about five minutes and then we go back to belching.

If you have a question, thought, or opinion-- shoot us an email at keepitweirder@gmail.com to be featured on an episode of KEEP IT WEIRD!! 

 

*Absolutely not experts.

Sep 29, 2017

Welcome back, ya psychos!  Last week got a bit dark, wouldn't ya say?  Sorry about it, we just couldn't help ourselves! 

This week we are BACK with PART TWO of "OH, for Pete's Sake" as we take a look at MEDIA URBAN LEGENDS.  The internet has spawned some VERY creepy stories; but could real life actually be creepier?

Joined again by PETER LOZANO host of the Very Special Television podcast and his husband Scott; we chat about Slenderman, the Rake, Time Travelers Tweeting, even more creepy YouTube videos, and much more as we continue our trip into the darkest corners of the World Wide Web.

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