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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Sep 3, 2020

You may not have heard of John Murray Spear, but he ran with cool kids like Frederick Douglass and Victoria Woodhull, preaching for equality and against exploitation. So why isn't he in our history books? Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly discuss Spear's illustrious life and his quest to build a God Machine with blueprints provided in real-time by a dead Ben Franklin. This God Machine required a special kind of power, one that is likely why Spear has been erased and cast off to the margins.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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Lenoir, Andrew. “When 19th-Century Spiritualists Believed a ‘God Machine’ Would Save Humanity.” Mental Floss, 13 Feb. 2019,

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