Episode Archives

Charlie Brown’s America

Cartoonist Charles Schulz  wrote and drew Peanuts every day for half a century. In his new book Charlie Brown’s America, Historian Blake Scott Ball uses the strip (and the fan mail archive at the Schulz museum) to illuminate the Wishy Washy politics of Cold War America.

Louis Menand and the Cold War

Your host talks with Louis Menand about his new book “The Free World, Art and Thought in the Cold War”

The Return

The Return

Your host escapes the island and makes a return to New York. Plus, writer Tim Kreider on strange vaccine side effects. 

Broken Windows revisited

Broken Windows revisited

Modern Policing owes a lot to the idea of Broken Windows theory, in this ToE we examine the roots of where this idea came from and the individuals who pushed it.

We revisit CRIME FILES a Police Foundation TV show from the 80s to better understand where Broken Windows comes from. PLUS 30 years ago falling glass from a Trump Tower window struck and killed one of two pedestrians. We go looking for the one who survived.

Crime Files

In 1982, the Police Foundation created a TV show with Broken Windows policing creator James Q. WIlson in the host chair. Here we can see the underlying principles of the theory of policing that dominates today.

White Collar Crime

The following year, Donald Trump killed a man on the street with glass from his tower. A nearby woman was merely injured. Almost 40 years later… does Trump finish the job?

Utopia (the callaway cut)

UTOPIA: the Callaway Cut

Permaculture! Anarchy! Pagan sex dungeons!

ToE’s Andrew Callaway revisits his 2017 tour of intentional communities for our Utopia Series. We are calling this one UTOPIA: The Callaway Cut

Galt's Retreat

peep that infowars sticker on his car lmao

The first stop on Andrew’s journey was Galt’s Retreat… a Libertarian community named after an Ayn Rand book it’s leader hadn’t even read.

You can now see Dustin Nemos on this silver screen… not just on pornhub — on HBO too!

The Farm

In the 70s, The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee was the biggest hippie commune on the planet… but today it feels a little more like a suburb.

Then and now

The Valley of the Dragons

Andrew’s seventh grade French teacher invites him to a secret pagan community to learn one last lesson… about sex magick!

Heartbreak Ridge

Andrew ends his quest at Earthaven, an aspiring ecovillage that is fully off-the-grid!!

Aidan, now 16, says that Earthaven was the perfect place to shelter in during the coronavirus pandemic. You can check out her music here.


You can revisit the original version of Utopia here

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After one year of island confinement, your host joins AlamoFort – a clubhouse alternative, and discovers a new community in the #covid1984 room. Plus the true meaning of the Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Island of the Dead Dolphins



This year your host wrote an original crime thriller for Audible Originals. Listen to the first chapter here, then go to Audible.com/Convolution and you can listen to the rest of the story. Rhea Seehorn leads an incredible cast as cybercrimes detective Sydney Birch. This 10-part police drama begins in Los Angeles with an investigation into a group of con men using machine learning to improve their scams and ends in Tibet with a long con involving reincarnation and an evolved artificial intelligence.

Émigration Intérieure

Émigration Intérieure

As the Trump years finally come to an end, your host contemplates collective guilt and shame.

In 1945 Thomas Mann ignited a controversy when he wrote “there are not two Germanys, a good one and a bad one, but only one, whose best turned into evil through devilish cunning. Wicked Germany is merely good Germany gone astray, good Germany in misfortune, in guilt, and ruin.”  After the German writers Walter Von Molo and Frank Thieß accused Mann of disparaging the good German writers who crafted a space of inner emmigration, a space Hitler was unable to conquer Mann went further. He wrote,  “All books published in Germany between 1933 and 1945 should be pulped.”

The Longest Shortest Flight of Rudolf Hess (2020reprise)

The longest Shortest Flight of Rudolf Hess (2020reprise)

On May 10th 1941 Rudolf Hess flew from Germany to Scotland. He hoped to bring the Nazis and the British together. He failed. But the details behind his flight remain one of the greatest mysteries of World War II. Historians and Amateur scholars have spent decades trying to unravel this mystery. On this episode we look into one of the strangest theories of them all.

This episode is part of a network-wide project to welcome Over the Road, Radiotopia’s newest show, into the family.

The Deputy Führer's Flight

May 10th, 1941 wasn’t Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess’s first choice for a date to fly to Britain to make a peace deal – but, according to his astrologer it was the best chance for success!

The Flying Visit

Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond, had an older brother that was also a Mi6 agent… and a novelist. Arguably his novel The Flying Visit has had as much of an effect on the world as we know it as his brother’s more famous novels.

The Long Haul

When the Nazis Invaded the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941, Churchil pledged his support to the Soviet People. Germany was now fighting a war on two fronts. Hess had failed to forge an alliance between the Nazis and the Capitalists.

Or did he?

Exile on Pain Street

Exile on Pain Street

Six months later and still in France your host tries to make sense of his situation: Refugee? Exile? Retiree? Plus a conversation about the writing life with novelist Todd London whose new book was published just as the Coronavirus shut the world down

Back to School

When your host dropped off his kid at school in France, the child pulled him aside and whispered, “Please, papa –  don’t speak! This way no-one will know you can’t parle francais…”

So Benjamen is finally taking French classes.

A Eulogy For Writing

Thanks to the coronavirus, Todd London never got a chance to do a reading from his new book — until now!! Todd a section from If You See Him, Let Me Know about celebrating a president’s demise!