***Yes! There will be a live show on Sunday! Wondering why it has been so inconsistent lately? Read below to find out.***
For nearly 9 years, we have been doing a live broadcast nearly every Sunday afternoon. But with Bobby’s work schedule in flux for the next couple months, that is likely going to change. The reality is, the live show won’t be happening as often during this period of time.
Now, the good news is that SFR isn’t going away. While we will still try to pop in with a broadcast when we’re able, we’re going to be recording podcasts off and on for the foreseeable future. You can still get these shows through your favorite podcast app, or by streaming them on our site. Nothing there is changing.
Thank you so much for your support. Keep your eyes here on our website, or on our Facebook page for more updates. We’ll be back with regular live broadcasts as soon as we’re able. So stay tuned!
–Your Sunday Strange is back after a week away and it’s great to be with you. Before we really begin the show, Bobby wants to talk about, and have Jason feel, his new iPhone.
–Though we have been trying to avoid political discussions, Bobby couldn’t help but lament that President Trump is likely unaware that Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Meanwhile, Jason adds that he thinks it is funny that Trump didn’t know he was president of the Virgin Islands.
–It’s October, let’s keep the paranormal news going. To that end, we delve into the latest “Paranormal America” survey of American paranormal beliefs, and find out how things have changed from last year. We also discuss some reasons why religious beliefs are not considered paranormal beliefs, though there are admittedly parallels.
–Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi trailer has dropped, and Bobby has plenty of thoughts. Jason has a few questions he needs cleared up, but his tickets are purchased!
–Jason wants SFR to be a bit of an escape from the horrible news we all endure, but still can’t help bringing up the Las Vegas massacre and the latest in the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal. Bobby is disappointed with how quickly America went the conspiracy route with the shooter, and Jason wonders where all the “friends” and “men” were while Harvey was creeping on and manipulating vulnerable women.
–The second girl in the Slenderman stabbing case is also working out a deal, agreeing to plead guilty to the crime which could potentially keep her in a mental health facility for up to 40 years.
–Philip Morris, a legendary costume designer also believed to be responsible for the Bigfoot suit in the famous Patterson-Gimlin hoax, has passed away.
–A rapper called B.o.B. has started a GoFundMe page in an effort to prove the Earth is flat by launching satellites into space.
–A failed Doomsday predictor is now peddling a new date in a book. Get it while supplies last, he says, because we’ll all be gone later in October.
–Conservative critics of Pope Francis say that he is spreading heresy by allowing divorced Catholics to take Holy Communion. While we consider him an upgrade over the last guy, we aren’t the biggest fans of Pope Frank. However, we think he deserves to be defended here.
–Are the NFL protests during the National Anthem still a thing? Apparently so, with President Trump agitating and setting a dangerous First Amendment precedent along the way. We weigh in on the protests and how it has all turned out thus far.
–SFR Mailbag: Travis sends a comment about how he thinks it is wrong that ghost hunters prey on people while hiding behind the “we’re here to help” nonsense. He asks us to comment on that, and give our opinion on if it should be allowed to be depicted on television. Because we are former ghost hunters, we have a lot to say about the matter.
–Many feel that Trump’s policy proposals are ridiculous at best, and even harmful. Well, one group of witches is trying to do something about it by casting “binding spells” on the president.
–A “Mad Pooper” in Colorado Springs is dropping deuces all over the place during her jogs. It reminds us of another couple “pooper” cases that have plagued communities over the past few years. This calls for an SFR investigation!
–RECOMMENDATIONS: Bobby has taken to the study of Stoicism as of late, and as such, recommends Massimo Pigliucci’s latest book, “How to be a Stoic.” Jason, ever the true crime nerd, asks people to check out a Netflix documentary series called “The Confession Tapes” about people sent to prison based on, at least in part, questionable confessions.
–A Texas State Rep. facing corruption charges, Dawnna Dukes, also reportedly sought psychic assistance online to the tune of 51k. Of course, by the look of the other accusations, that may be about the least of her problems.
–POST-INTERVIEW: Bobby talks about his experience at Cedar Point on Saturday for their Halloweekend festivities, and he and his wife get the ever-loving shit scared out of them.
In the 2nd hour of the program, we are joined by Bill James, and his daughter, Rachel McCarthy James. We discuss their new book, The Man From the Train, which purports to solve the Villasca Axe Murders case of 1912, pinning it as one of a series of related serial killings that happened across the country. Does Bill’s revolutionary take on baseball statistics play any role in crime investigation? What do the unique circumstances of the crimes say about the person who might have committed them? All this and more in today’s fascinating interview.
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–Hurricane Irma has come and gone, with less death and destruction than was anticipated. But were people really threatening to take up arms against it? And what about those that think tropical storms and the like are government conspiracies?
–A North Carolina woman has created a spray for “attracting Bigfoot.” We goof on the ridiculousness of it, but take a serious skeptical look at the claims being made at the same time.
–Police receive a tip (via a film crew) from a psychic about a missing persons case. Shockingly, the tip leads directly to bones. The problem? The bones aren’t human. Another psychic fail. Who could have predicted it?!
–Jason brings up a disgusting story so he and Bobby can tell you another disgusting story. While browsing the internet, Jason came across an article about a Swedish girl who has made a shrine on her bedroom wall of used condoms. It reminds us of our last investigation as ghost hunters, when we found the daughter of our client had a similar collection. Talk about gross.
–In a related story, how about Ted Cruz’s Twitter account “liking” a porn video? Hilarious! And with his lengthy record of attempting to repress and oppress the sexuality of others, it was all so deliciously hypocritical. He blames a “staffer,” of course.
–Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode in a new Halloween movie, which is seemingly going to pretend the last couple decades of Halloween movies didn’t happen, acting as a sequel to the original. And we say good!
We spend the entirety of this podcast reviewing the movie IT, which debuted in theaters this past weekend. We’ll talk about our impressions of the acting, the directing, and discuss several of our favorite scenes and lines.
Though plot points are revealed, we do our best to avoid “spoiling” much for those who haven’t seen the film yet. However, if you have read the book or watched the 1990 miniseries, you probably won’t find a whole lot to be surprised by. A few changes, sure, but nothing too dramatic. So if you haven’t seen it yet, we think you can still listen to our review.
If you have seen IT, feel free to drop us a line and let us know what you thought.
In the meantime, enjoy!
–Bobby’s work schedule will be wacky the next couple months, and we’re not exactly sure when we’ll be able to do live shows during this period. But we’ll try our best, and if we can’t do it, we’ll still record something. So please keep your eyes on our Facebook page and website for updates.
–The biggest story of the week involved the devastation in Texas and surrounding areas by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Bobby and Jason each received a “Houston prayer chain” email. As atheists, how did we respond?
–One of the villains to come out of the news coverage has been Joel Osteen, who people claim didn’t do enough to open his doors to people seeking shelter. Jason is aware of his anti-Osteen bias enough to be unsure exactly what to make of it all.
–Should people be criticized for not donating more to relief efforts when they are rich?
–Bobby recently paid a visit to an Amish village, and has some amusing stories from the experience.
–Jason tells a story about his mom and her belief in psychic phenomena. We conclude that so much of so-called “psychic powers” aren’t very impressive.
–We open up the SFR mailbag, mostly to complain about angry emails we have received over time that totally misinterpreted what we said on a particular episode. Jason encourages people to write with questions before “calling us out” improperly, and Bobby asks for offending quotes or approximate time stamps when possible.
–The Los Angeles city council recently voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. We talk about how uncomfortable it can be to celebrate a man responsible for so much brutality. But Jason wonders if, in our rush toward more political correctness, we are substituting one set of atrocities for another.
–The release of IT is finally upon us, and both Bobby and Jason will be seeing in in the theater on opening day. We hope to have a great time. Tune in next week for a movie review!