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Podcast Worth Listening To: “Thinking Sideways”


If you like the idea of picking apart some of history’s most head-scratching mysteries from behind the wheel of your truck, the “Thinking Sideways” podcast might be just the right thing for you!

The podcast features three hosts using a round table discussion-style format to delve into some of the strangest unsolved mysteries. Each episode tackles a mystery and begins with an in-depth exploration of the details. Then (this is the fun part of the podcast) the hosts explore various theories, looking at the mystery from a sideways perspective to try to gain more insight. Then, if you’re intrigued by what you’ve heard, you can check out the links posted below each podcast to investigate the mystery further on your own.

Past show topics include:

  • The McCormick Cypher — A man is found dead on the side of the freeway in 1999. In his pants pocket? A paper containing a puzzling code that top cryptographers and FBI experts have never come close to cracking.
  • The death of Elisa Lam — After the body of a young woman was found in a hotel water tank, startling video taken in from the hotel’s elevator shows her appearing to play some bizarre game with someone off camera.
  • Polybius — Many people remember playing a mysterious arcade game in Portland in 1981 that was said to have strange effects on the kids who played it. Now, not a trace of evidence remains that the game ever existed.

You can listen to the podcasts for free at the show’s website by clicking here.

You can also download the podcasts for free on iTunes.

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