Ep. 106: Forensic psychiatry

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It’s a VERY special JoAG this week as we’re joined by Dr. Ben Duffin-Jones, a forensic psychiatrist with years of experience working in the Welsh penal system. We learn the ins, outs, ups, and downs of working to understand what makes criminals tick, and why empathy is the most important requirement for the job. Plus: Ben ranks our perfect murder strategies from episode 31!

Ep. 105: Murphy’s law

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Oh boy. Right before recording this episode, our dear scheduled guest had an emergency and had to cancel, so… um… we talked about everything from bird migration to the genius of She-Hulk to what the Dahmer Netflix series can tell us about the true crime landscape.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark introduces CoRri to three minor deities, with one catch… one of them he made up. Can she guess which?
[10:50] We have a little JoAG therapy sesh about why we’re both feeling a little off at the moment. Plus, our next watch-along is October 8th!
[24:30] We discuss the autumnal equinox and CoRri has a revelation about birds, which leads Mark to tell her about the Jews of Aberystwyth
[36:00] We deep dive into the Netflix Dahmer series and what it does differently from other true crime
[53:30] We watched The Munsters so you don’t have to
[63:00] What else we watched! From the glorious twitter drama of Don’t Worry Darling to the beautiful meditation on grief that is The Night House.
[90:00] The answer to which deity Mark fabricated.

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Ep. 104: Irregularity

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An article in GQ has CoRri hyperfixated on the gory procedure of surgical leg lengthening, we revisit the royal mourning period in the UK and get an EXTREMELY surprising revelation from Mark, and Mark takes us into the world of conjoined twins and other physical irregularities in the human form.

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Mark about leg lengthening surgery
[34:30] We get an update on the mourning situation in the UK and find out a SHOCKING revelation regarding Mark’s relationship with the Queen
[55:45] We have a conversation about what celebrity deaths affected us the most
[65:00] What we watched!

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Ep. 103: Queen Elizadeath

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We dedicate our episode today to the wild and whacky world of the United Kingdom and its forced period of mourning in the wake of the death of their monarch! If you love the Queen, you’ll probably hate this!

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark talks about what it was like to be in London when the Queen died.
[26:30] Aside from some chat about what yetis sound like and CoRri’s birthday weekend, we jump right into talking more about the complicated nature of the UK’s mourning of their monarch, and mourning in the age of social media in general.

Ep. 102: Folk religion

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Mark is back! And he wants to talk about folk religion! We chat about corpses uncovered by climate change, potentially necrotic mosquito bites, kind of rad cannibals, and more!

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the corpses in Lake Mead
[21:20] We catch up on the past two weeks apart, starting with a very special dedication from Mark and including vivid descriptions of his potentially necrotic mosquito bites! Plus, we discuss the grey pubic hair to death pipeline.
[47:50] What we watched!
[80:50] We discuss some interesting folk religions, some of which involve cannibalism
[97:00] Ko-Fi shout outs! Everyone gets a god!

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Ep. 101: Mormon

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Mark is still away on his Caribbean dream vacay, so CoRri is joined by Dead and Lovely’s Hollywood Steve this week to talk about his journey from atheist to Mormon to atheist again, with some fascinating history and theology thrown in. If you didn’t think Big Foot featured into Mormon beliefs, you’re in for a suprise!

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Steve about the Great Moon Hoax of 1835
[24:30] It’s a ramble. Ultimately, the point is, the Queen should make a sex tape.
[48:00] What we’ve watched and played lately and why VR is too dystopian to be fun
[72:00] We discuss Mormons!

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Ep. 99.5: Pig zombies & movie recs

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Maybe it’s cheating a little, but we want to record our big 100th episode together in London, so this week we’re just hanging out chatting about some disconcerting science news, some horror science, and a whoooole lot of stuff we’ve been watching the past two weeks. Plus Mark recommends music and spins the Wheel of Justice!

Highlights:

[0:00] We talk over a story in the news this week about reanimated pigs and all the IMPLICATIONS.
[22:50] We discuss Mark’s broken toe and what you can expect from our London content, and CoRri explains the science of why she pukes all the time
[35:40] Mark dives into his old last.fm profile to recommend songs to our Ko-Fi supporters. Here they are in a YouTube playlist!
[57:50] Mark spins the Wheel of Justice
[60:30] What we watched!

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Ep. 99: Ask a boffin – surviving the unsurvivable

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We’ve got your favorite scientist Eileen Marks-Nelson back with us to answer more super weird science questions! This time she’s tackling tips for how to survive scenarios that are nearly impossible to make it out of alive!

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark tells CoRri and Eileen about the strange case of the dog suicide bridge
[18:02] Thanks for coming to our watch-along and for your Ko-fi support!
[26:00] Eileen explains sensation-seeking behavior, and administers a test to find out where Mark and CoRri stand on the scale
[61:11] We get into surviving (or NOT surviving) some unsurvivable situations

Stuff we referenced:

  1. Zuckerman, M. (1994). Behavioral Expressions and Biosocial Bases of Sensation Seeking. (p 27)
  2. Lust for Life | Psychology Today
  3. Sensation seeking and risk-taking – ScienceDirect
  4. Sex Differences in the Developmental Trajectories of Impulse Control and Sensation-Seeking from Early Adolescence to Early Adulthood | SpringerLink
  5. Steinberg 2007 | PDF | Executive Functions | Adolescence (scribd.com)
  6. Around the world, adolescence is a time of heightened sensation seeking and immature self‐regulation (wiley.com)
  7. Testosterone exposure, dopaminergic reward, and sensation-seeking in young men – PubMed (nih.gov)
  8. A twin study on sensation seeking, risk taking behavior and marijuana use – ScienceDirect
  9. Genome-wide association analyses of risk tolerance and risky behaviors in over 1 million individuals identify hundreds of loci and shared genetic influences – PubMed (nih.gov)
  10. Genetic underpinnings of risky behaviour relate to altered neuroanatomy – PubMed (nih.gov)
  11. Genetically influenced change in sensation seeking drives the rise of delinquent behavior during adolescence (utexas.edu)
  12. Sensation Seeking | Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication
  13. Dopamine Promotes Cognitive Effort by Biasing the Benefits Versus Costs of Cognitive Work – PMC (nih.gov)
  14. Dopamine and desire (apa.org)
  15. Why We Take Risks — It’s the Dopamine – TIME
  16. Sensation seeking and hormones in men and women: exploring the link – PubMed (nih.gov)
  17. Full article: Cortisol and behavioral reaction of low and high sensation seekers differ in responding to a sport-specific stressor (tandfonline.com)
  18. Burns: First aid Mayo Clinic
  19. Fire and suicide: a three-year study of self-immolation deaths
  20. Fire Prevention and Preparedness
  21. Fire & Carbon Monoxide (nasa.gov)
  22. What to do if your clothes catch fire
  23. Toxicity of toxic gases emitted during a fire and ventilation – ScienceDirect
  24. How to behave in sloth bear territory – Research Outreach
  25. Staying Safe Around Bears – Bears (US National Park Service).
  26. Bear Spray (US National Park Service) 
  27. PBS What to Do if You Encounter a Bear 
  28. Sloth Bear Attack Behavior and a Behavioral Approach to Safety 
  29. 5 Expert Tips for Surviving a Shark Attack | Mental Floss
  30. Effectiveness of five personal shark-bite deterrents for surfers – PMC (nih.gov)
  31. How To Survive A Shark Attack, According To A Shark Researcher – YouTube
  32. Marine Ecology Progress Series 631:165 (int-res.com)
  33. Effects of environmental conditions on predator-prey interactions between white sharks and Cape fur seals at Seal Island, South Africa (springer.com)
  34. Shark Trauma – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf (nih.gov)
  35. The anatomy of a shark attack: a case report and review of the literature – ScienceDirect
  36. Human casualties are the dominant cost of human–wildlife conflict in India – PMC (nih.gov)
  37. Case report: surviving a tiger attack – PubMed (nih.gov)
  38. Management of BengalCase report: surviving a tiger attack tiger attacks – A case report and literature review – ScienceDirect
  39. Fatal tiger attack: A case report with emphasis on typical tiger injuries characterized by partially resembling stab-like wounds
  40. Fatal captive tiger attack – A case report with review of literature
  41. Georgia zoo flooding: what to do if you encounter a tiger | Georgia | The Guardian
  42. Is There Too Much Pressure to Escape Out of a Casket?
  43. https://www.gigacalculator.com/calculators/soil-calculator.php
  44. 4 People Who Were Buried Alive (And How They Got Out)
  45. Rescuers revive escape artist after ‘buried alive’ stunt goes wrong
  46. What It’s Like To Be Buried Alive — And Survive

Ep. 98: Gratui-titty

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Rewatching the Final Destination movies has CoRri wondering what society would be like if the events of the movie were happening in real life and everyone started to recognize it. How would it change our ideas about death and near-death experiences? What would people buy and sell? How many times would it have to happen for us all to start believing?

Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the murder inquiry dogging the author of Where the Crawdads Sing
[19:52] We get really excited about being complimented, Mark partied too hard, CoRri was definitely not a child bride, and we are REALLY into shout-outs
[43:31] What we watched!
[64:50] We talk about how our society would be different if death came for us the same way it does in the Final Destination movies

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Ep. 97: Deep dark cuts

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You ever stop to listen to the lyrics to a high energy jam and realize there’s something super sinister lurking beneath those bouncy beats? This week we’re delving into songs inspired by real life crimes and tragedies.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark tells CoRri about a seemingly benign stupid food decision with fatal consequences
[12:36] The UK is on FIRE. Is preparing for it POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE WILD?
[25:40] There’s a new video rant, book club was great, a watch-along is coming on July 30th, and Boffin Eileen is joining us for ep. 99 so send us your questions about surviving unsurvivable situations!
[32:20] What we watched! Plus, wtf was that Munsters trailer??
[64:00] We discuss songs about real life crimes and tragedies

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