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Matt D’Elia Is Confused

With guests that range from icons to outliers, host Matt D’Elia talks to anyone who can help him understand things that confuse him, make him laugh, or just plain trouble him. If you ever look out at the world and think “what the hell is happening?” then this podcast is for you.

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Travis View | QAnon: Matt’s Favorite Thing Of All Time

Expert QAnon Researcher Travis View joins Matt for a detailed discussion about the wild and weirdly popular right wing conspiracy theory that pits a heroic Donald Trump against an evil, satanic ‘deep state’ that includes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, and — somehow — Tom Hanks. Matt gets the full story and loves it all but particularly enjoys the theory that JFK Jr. is still alive— and planning to join President Trump on the 2020 ticket. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 22mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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Caroline Calloway | Collective Bloodletting

Caroline Calloway is a controversial figure— but Matt doesn’t really understand why this is the case. Lucky for him, Caroline was willing to come on the show and explain it. What follows is an honest conversation about why she was accused of being a scammer in the first place, why everyone got so mad at her, why everyone hates influencers, the blurred lines between people and their online personas, and what it’s like to be mobbed by the mainstream media and internet trolls alike.  Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 29mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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John Stoltenberg | Men, MAGA, and Porn

Matt talks to legendary radical feminist John Stoltenberg (‘Refusing To Be A Man’) about what it means to be a white male in the modern era, ‘toxic masculinity’, and the perils of pornography. To quote John’s work: “Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 8mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Quarantine USA!

Matt goes solo this week to discuss the one thing that’s on everyone’s mind at the moment— the goddamn coronavirus pandemic. He covers a lot, including but not limited to: the conflicting updates we’re constantly getting about the virus, the difficulty some of us have with being alone during this stressful time, the dumbshit morons who are still going to the beach despite the present pandemic, the complete assholes who have been hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and the awful kid who breathed on Matt’s shopping cart at the supermarket. But most importantly, he gives us the simple advice we all need to get through these quarantine days peacefully, in one piece, and without panicking. Listen now. You have nothing else to do anyway.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 6mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Kevin Spacey & Christmas

Matt had a whole plan for his third solo episode. It was going to be a top-to-bottom Christmas episode. But then Kevin Spacey posted a brand new and totally demented video on his YouTube page, which means Christmas came early for Matt, so naturally he was forced to shift gears and change his big plans for a fully holiday-themed episode. Listen as Matt obsesses over said dementedness of said video, then runs down the surprising and unbelievable shittiness of Spacey’s career before his fall. After he’s through with Kevin and some other celebrity psychopaths, he shifts gears into a few other equally important topics, from how weird Santa Claus is to the horribleness of this year’s ‘awards season’ films (especially the one made by Clint Eastwood).--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr

25 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Dr. Eben Alexander | The Near Death Experience

Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander was nearly killed by the sudden onset of an extremely rare form of bacterial meningitis. Doctors gave him less than a 2% chance to live. But he somehow survived to tell the tale— and that tale just so happens to involve a near death experience. Since then, Dr. Alexander has written numerous books on the subject, including the bestseller ‘Proof Of Heaven’, which details his experience in full. Matt has always been perplexed by NDEs, and a bit skeptical, but he still wants to know the deal— and Dr. Alexander was the perfect guy to talk to about it. Listen in as they discuss the true definition of consciousness, the limits of science, and the strange phenomenon that is the near death experience. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 15mins

23 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Sarah Landry | Leaving A Cult

Matt finally speaks to a cult survivor!For 9 years, Sarah Landry was a dedicated, trusted member of the secretive ‘Nithyananda’ Hindu sect— as well as its top recruiter. But now Sarah is speaking out about the organization, which she calls a controlling and abusive cult. And it’s hard to argue with that assessment, with the group’s leader currently on the lam, hiding out in Ecuador as he evades charges of sexual abuse. Sarah candidly walks Matt through her personal experience, and then Matt picks her brain about what it’s like to be in a cult, how they start the brainwashing, how they keep you in line, what it takes to eventually realize you’re in a bad situation, the decision to finally get the hell outta there— and ultimately the courage required to speak out about it.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 43mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Mike Rothschild | The Conspiracy Age

Journalist Mike Rothschild joins the show for a discussion about his area of expertise (and one of Matt’s all-time favorite subjects)... conspiracy theories! Listen as Matt picks Mike’s brain about some of his ‘favorite’ conspiracy theories of the decade— from QAnon to Flat Earth to Chemtrails to ‘false flag’ mass shootings. All of which leads to a deeper conversation about the history of conspiracy thinking in general, where these kinds of theories come from in the first place, why they’re so widespread right now, how they eventually seep into mainstream culture— and why adherents to these unproven, unprovable beliefs rarely (if ever) change their minds.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 7mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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D. Marble | Globe Denial

Matt picks the brain of Darryle Marble, renowned flat earther (or as he prefers, ‘globe denier’), to understand the surprisingly widespread belief that that the earth is... well... flat. Matt wholeheartedly disagrees with Darryle— but he also has no interest in arguing with him. He just wants to understand where Darryle is coming from. Listen as they put aside their disagreements to discuss Darryle’s initial embrace of conspiracy theories in general and then globe denial specifically, his detachment from ‘mainstream’ thought and belief systems, the stigma that goes along with being labeled a ‘flat-earther’, and, of course, his take on the earth’s true shape (hint: it’s not round)— and why we’ve all been lied to about it for our entire lives.Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 5mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Arno Michaelis | Forgiveness Is Vengeance

Matt talks to reformed white supremacist leader Arno Michaelis about the roots of hate, the scourge of white nationalism, the slippery slope of online radicalization, and finding ways out of cycles of racism and violence.Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 24mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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Sarah Schulman | Conflict Is Not Abuse

Matt and writer / activist Sarah Schulman discuss Sarah’s controversial book ‘Conflict Is Not Abuse’ and its ideas, which turns into a larger talk about why we have an inclination to blame others instead of ourselves, the ways we hide behind modern technology, and ultimate-victim Donald Trump’s constant bitching about how he’s being harassed— even though he’s the most powerful man in the world. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

54mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Brains & Time

Happy New Year! 2020 is here! Everyone seems happy about that, and excited about all the change the new decade will bring. But will things really change? And will anyone really be happier in the new year? Matt wonders about this as he recaps some of the more insane news stories from 2019 and the decade in general. From there he touches on a wide variety of subjects that are near and dear to his heart, including (but not limited to) his feelings about New Years resolutions and our inability to keep them, the faultiness of our memories, how best to think about time and its passing, why going easy on yourself makes the world a better place— and finally, why 2020 will be The Year of Kay. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

54mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Dale Beran | It Came From Something Awful

Until recently, Matt did not understand what 4chan and 8chan were. In an effort to remedy this situation, he picked up Dale Beran’s new book, ‘It Came From Something Awful’— and things finally began to make sense. Listen as Dale un-confuses Matt in real time and they go in-depth about the unlikely origins of these cesspool sites, how they became synonymous with inceldom and the alt-right, the dark subculture of lonely male rage that came to define them, the armies of hateful trolls they have given rise to, and the strange brew of toxic elements that set the stage for all of this to happen in America in the first place.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 18mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Vanessa Place | The Joke Is Always On You

Matt talks to conceptual artist Vanessa Place about her  controversial work, “You Had To Be There: Rape Jokes,” making art that pisses people off, cancel culture, and Vanessa’s own experience being ‘cancelled’. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 15mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Toni Natalie | The Demented Mind

Toni Natalie was the longtime girlfriend of infamous cult leader Keith Raniere, head of the so-called ‘self-help’ organization called NXIVM, which recently made national headlines for running a sex slave operation within its ranks— one that held secret orgiastic ceremonies and branded the skin of its members (all female) with Keith’s initials. But this was merely the end of Keith’s story. For years, Toni was at Keith’s side as he rose from smart but shady businessman to the full blown cult leader we know him as today. Toni tells all about Keith, his uber-loyal followers (who especially confuse Matt), how she escaped his clutches, the devilish way Raniere preyed on those who sought his help, how access to vast amounts of money allowed him to evade any potential legal trouble— and why seemingly good and smart people join cults in the first place. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 27mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Bart Ehrman | Heaven & Hell

World-renowned New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman is one of Matt’s actual real-life heroes— and somehow that isn’t even his greatest achievement. Bart has written over 30 books, including 6 New York Times Bestsellers, many of which focus on the origins of Christianity, how and why it spread so far and wide, and what Bart calls ‘the historical Jesus’— as in Jesus Christ the man, not Jesus Christ the messiah. Listen as Matt asks Bart everything he’s ever wanted to ask him — from what Jesus was really like, to why people of the time were so ready to adopt the ideas that early Christians were spreading — and Bart takes Matt on an in-depth tour of his upcoming book, ‘Heaven & Hell: A History Of The Afterlife’, which chronicles our collective ideas of heaven and hell, from their infancy (well before the time of Jesus) all the way up to today. Seriously, go on and hit ‘Play’— this one’s fucking biblical, man.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 4mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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News & Privacy

In his second solo episode, Matt talks about things that have been confusing or upsetting him lately, including the ways people behave towards loved ones on social media, the sudden omnipotence of the term ‘quid pro quo’, the overwhelming shittiness of CNN headlines, and the true value of privacy. Please subscribe, share, and leave a review. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #mattdeliaisconfused, and find Matt online here: @mattdelia--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 3mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Martin Geddes | Safe & Uncertain

Matt finally fulfills his longtime dream of talking to a believer in the QAnon conspiracy theory. The reason it took so long to find a suitable QAnon-believing guest isn’t because Q-Heads are hard to find. (Believe it or not, they’re actually easy to find.) It’s because most of them are rigid and illogical, which would have resulted in a not-so-great episode. But eventually Matt found his man: Martin Geddes. More than just a Q-Head, Martin actually subscribes to many of what most people call ‘conspiracy theories’ — from the popular (9/11 was an inside job) to the not-so popular (Obama was a ‘Manchurian Candidate’-style foreign agent). Despite their disagreements, Matt and Martin manage to have a civil and surprisingly enlightening conversation about Martin’s ideas, Matt’s concerns with them, the allures and pitfalls of believing in conspiracy theories, and why so many of us desire safety and certainty at seemingly any cost.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 12mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Quarantine USA! (Pt. 2)

In quarantine just like most of his fellow Americans due to the present pandemic, Matt discusses various important coronavirus-related topics, including but not limited to— the hubristic terribleness on display in the ‘Imagine’ cover that went viral (by Gal Gadot & Famous Friends), Sarah Palin’s appearance on ‘The Masked Singer’ (and how in retrospect it was a clear sign of the coming apocalypse), the hidden insidiousness of thinking that ‘everything happens for a reason’ (even pandemics), the only viable solution to the economic hardship we are all experiencing, why it’s best not to make predictions about what the future holds— and how, for many in this time of strange crisis, working from home is changing the meaning of both ‘work’ and ‘home’.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 1min

21 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Dogs & YouTube

Matt’s beloved dog Billie has gone to dog heaven, and Matt is sad about it. So in this episode he goes solo to pay tribute to his favorite dog of all time. Then, after passionately talking some seriously heavy shit about people who don’t like dogs, he touches on a wide range of issues that have been at the front of his mind lately, from why people so drastically and obviously alter their appearances on social media to how deeply confused he is by people who claim to watch the super bowl ‘for the commercials’. On the brighter side, Matt tells us why YouTube is the greatest thing the digital age has given us, and goes on about why he loves Liam Gallagher so much— and why you should too.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

1hr 4mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #20