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Baby boomer. Millennial. Father. Son. Culture. History. Hilarity. One-word sentences. Got your attention? Great. Listen. Phil Valentine & Campbell Valentine talk about, well, everything. Leave smarter.


Universe: Is it Really Infinite?
May 31 • 21 min
How vast is the universe? Humans have been speculating for centuries. Phil and Campbell Valentine put it in perspective, and share some amazing stories and theories. There could actually be copies of you somewhere in the universe.
Survival Part 02: The Harrowing Tales of Staying Alive
May 27 • 22 min
To what lengths will people go to survive? You will not believe some of the true stories Phil and Campbell Valentine share about people who overcame all odds just for Survival. Part 2.
Books Part 02: From Lord of the Rings to Dr. Suess
May 24 • 19 min
Phil and Campbell Valentine revisit the Books theme with a look at Lord of the Rings, the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and some interesting facts about the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. If you love books, you’ll love this episode of The PodGOATs.
’70s: Disco, Watergate, and the Blockbuster Movies
May 20 • 25 min
The PodGOATs take on another decade. This time it’s the ’70s, a time of Watergate, disco, and the decade when rock and roll grew up. Phil and Campbell Valentine look back at the good, the bad, and the funky.
Coincidences Part 02: Strange and Inexplicable Occurrences
May 17 • 21 min
The second part in the Coincidences series, Phil and Campbell Valentine look at some of the most bizarre coincidences in history from a murder attempt that succeeded years later to the final resting place of a Canadian actor.
Mysteries Part 3: More Unsolved Mysteries from the Past
May 13 • 24 min
The PodGOATs continue their series of Mysteries with some unsolved cases including the disappearance of a lighthouse crew, a dancing plague, and a man who woke up naked in a dumpster. Help them solve these mysteries.
Reality: What is it Really?
May 10 • 22 min
What exactly is reality? Sounds like a strange question until you really dig deep into the answer. Phil and Campbell Valentine do just that, and find that reality may not be exactly what you think it is.
Franklin: A Biography
May 6 • 24 min
Ben Franklin is one of the most colorful figures in American history. He’s also one of the most important. From his inventions to his writings to his influence over the American Revolution, Phil and Campbell Valentine cover it all.
Scientology: Religion or Cult?
May 3 • 21 min
What exactly is Scientology? Where did it come from? Is it a religion or a cult? Phil and Campbell Valentine delve into this murky world and provide some answers.
Heartthrobs: The Biggest in History
Apr 29 • 25 min
Who are the biggest heartthrobs of all time? And who was the first? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of heartthrobdom, and some of the hottest stars of all time.
Communication: How We Came to Message One Another
Apr 26 • 20 min
Ever thought about how we communicate? It’s not just by speech. There’s body language, sign language, even smoke signals. And animals communicate too. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of communication.
Children: Famous Kids in History
Apr 22 • 22 min
We’ve all been children. Some are easier than others. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of raising kids, and some of the more famous children down through history.
Tokyo: Success from the Ashes
Apr 19 • 21 min
The PodGOATs world tour of cities continues. This time we’re off to one of the most densely-populated cities on the planet. Tokyo totally remade itself after World War II, and the result is nothing short of spectacular.
Houses: The Biggest, the Smallest, and the Strangest
Apr 15 • 22 min
Houses are something most of us have in common. Most are pretty ordinary. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most unusual houses in history and the colorful figures who occupied them.
Archaeology: The True-Life Indiana Joneses
Apr 12 • 23 min
Most of us think of Indiana Jones when we think of archaeology. There are some real-life Indys out there, and their discoveries top anything in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Phil and Campbell Valentine dig up some of them.
Dreams: Why We Dream and Some That Came True
Apr 8 • 20 min
We all dream, but what do they mean? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about why we dream, and some actual dreams that became reality and went on to change the world.
Doomsday-Part 2: Eight Ways the World Could End
Apr 5 • 25 min
‘Doomsday’ was the PodGOATs’ very first episode. Now Phil and Campbell Valentine return to explore all sorts of ways the world could end. With their hilarious spin, of course.
Singers: The Greatest of All Time
Apr 1 • 28 min
We love people who can sing. Those who can do it really well become big stars. And some who can’t also become big stars. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the greatest singers in history.
Churchill:A Biography
Mar 29 • 24 min
Few historical figures are as interesting as Winston Churchill. This unlikely curmugeon became a wartime hero during World War II. His steady hand and unwavering opposition to Hitler saved England and may have saved the world.
Gamechangers: Sports
Mar 25 • 21 min
From football to basketball to track and field to boxing, there have been a lot of events that defined sports. Phil and Campbell Valentine pick their biggest gamechangers in sports.
Actors: The History of Thespians
Mar 22 • 25 min
Acting is an old profession, but maybe not as old as you think. And actors weren’t always held in such high esteem. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the fascinating history of actors.
Vegas: The City the Mob Built
Mar 18 • 25 min
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Not hardly. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of Las Vegas, a city that really never sleeps. The mob, the money, the merriment, the murder.
Crime: Sometimes It Does Pay
Mar 15 • 24 min
Some of us seem to be hardwired for crime. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of some of the most devious criminal minds and some who were just plain stupid.
Humans: How We Emerged to Rule the Planet
Mar 11 • 22 min
We’re only human, but where did we come from? Some of the answers may surprise you. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of the human race and how we all got where we are.
Entrepreneurs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ones Who Didn’t Quite Make It
Mar 8 • 20 min
Entrepreneurs are what make capitalism work. People who take risks to create something new. It’s where we get all the innovation. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the more famous ones. And infamous ones too.
Personality: What Makes Us All Different
Mar 4 • 22 min
There are so many types of personalities, and there are so many things that go into developing one’s personality. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how personalities actually change over time, and how smelling our clothes reveals something about us.
Death: Famous People and the Way They Left This Earth
Mar 1 • 21 min
It’s something we’ll all face sooner or later. Some come through it more gracefully than others. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some notable deaths in history and some famous last words.
Power: The History of Man’s Urge to Control
Feb 26 • 20 min
Men—and some women—have craved power for centuries. And many are willing to do anything to get it. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of power and the powerful.
War: The History and How Warfare Has Changed
Feb 23 • 24 min
We’ve always been at war. Why is that? Phil and Campbell Valentine take a deep dive into war. Why we fight, how warfare has changed, and the chance that humans will ever stop fighting each other.
Transportation: The History of Gettin’ Around
Feb 19 • 25 min
Humans are restless. We like to go places. We like to explore. We need transportation. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of transportation, and some of the coolest ways to get around.
Magazines: Periodicals That Defined the Decades
Feb 16 • 22 min
Once you start thinking about it there are tons of magazines. Not all of them have been successful. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the more famous ones and the hilarious ones that just didn’t quite make it.
Heists: Some of the Most Daring in History
Feb 12 • 20 min
It’s bad but we seem to glorify master thieves. Steal the purse out of my car and you’re garbage. Steal a priceless diamond and you’re the coolest thing ever. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most amazing heists in history.
Ghosts Part 2: Tales That Will Give You Chills
Feb 9 • 22 min
What’s up with our fascination with ghosts? For some reason we just can’t get enough of them. Thus part 2 of this subject. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk mysterious ghost ships and more cabin ghost stories.
Urban Legends Part 2: Cryptozoology and Whatever That Means
Feb 5 • 27 min
This Urban Legends episode focuses on animals. At least that’s what people say these things are. Nobody’s for certain. But Phil and Campbell Valentine also talk about an animal that used to be as mysterious as Bigfoot.
Internet: Where Would We Be Without It?
Feb 2 • 25 min
Talk about something we take for granted, the Internet is omnipresent. When it goes down we’re in a panic. What in the world did we do before we had it? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where the Internet came from and how we got so hooked.
Assassins: The History of Hitmen
Jan 29 • 21 min
What is it with us and assassins? If they’re killing people we deem to be the bad guys then they’re the greatest thing ever. Generally, however, assassins are some nasty people. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of assassins.
Royalty: Our Fascination with Monarchs
Jan 26 • 23 min
Throughout history we have had rulers and the ruled. What makes someone want to lord over others? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the good and the bad of royalty and our fascination with it.
Books: The History of Written Stories
Jan 22 • 22 min
We love books. They inform us. They entertain us. They take us to far away places we can only dream of visiting. Books have a rich history, and Phil and Campbell Valentine explore where books came from and how they evolved.
Vacations: The Evolution of the Getaway
Jan 19 • 22 min
Studies show that taking some time off away from work is good for you, but where and when did vacations begin. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of vacations and some of their own more memorable ones.
Fairy Tales: The Grimm Truth
Jan 15 • 20 min
Once upon a time there were two podcasters talking about fairy tales. What they revealed was that not all fairy tales live happily ever after. Some were actually very dark. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of fairy tales.
Prophecies: History’s Most Incredible Prognosticators
Jan 12 • 25 min
Prophecies aren’t just found in the Bible. People have been making predictions since the beginning of time, some with uncanny accuracy. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at history’s most incredible prophecies.
Comedy: The History of Hilarity
Jan 8 • 25 min
We love to laugh. Doctors even tell us it’s good for us. Like everything, comedy has a history. And that history has changed over the years. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the evolving history of comedy.
Beauty: The Ever-changing History of Attractiveness
Jan 5 • 22 min
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How true that is. Collectively we as a society decide beauty norms and they’re different from culture to culture, generation to generation. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore how the definition of beauty has…
Hoaxes: The Biggest Hoodwinks and Bamboozles in History
Jan 1 • 24 min
Just how gullible is the public? As is turns out, pretty darn gullible. Hucksters have taken advantage of our naiveté by concocting some elaborate schemes to fool us. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the biggest hoaxes in history.
100th Episode Special: A Look Back Over the Past Year
Dec 31, 2019 • 22 min
Phil and Campbell Valentine reach the milestone of 100 episodes. They look back over the past year at some of their more humorous moments.
Space: Are We Alone?
Dec 29, 2019 • 25 min
Space has always captured our imagination. Especially Campbell’s. He and Phil talk about what we know is out there and what we fear might be out there as the Valentines explore the final frontier.
Disappearances-Part 2: More Inexplicable Vanishings
Dec 25, 2019 • 25 min
People just go inexplicably missing. These cases confound authorities and capture our imagination. Some ended up being solved, others never do. Phil and Campbell Valentine take a look at more mysterious disappearances.
Magic: The History of Illusion
Dec 22, 2019 • 21 min
We’re all fascinated with magic. More nefarious men and women have used the public’s ignorance of magic to their own advantage. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of magic and why we’re still so fascinated.
’60s: Bond, Beads, Bongs, and Beatles
Dec 18, 2019 • 21 min
What a decade. Turbulent, tragic, turning point, and a lot of other T-words. Beatles, JFK, MLK, RFK, flower power, turn on, drop out, Vietnam, Civil Rights, the Mustang. Phil and Campbell Valentine get in their hot tub time machine for the ’60s.
Animals: The Wacky, the Wild, the Deadly
Dec 15, 2019 • 21 min
Who doesn’t love animals? Well, before you answer that, there were once animals that roamed the earth that were terrifying. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the cuddliest and some of the deadliest animals in history.
Christmas: The History of This Magical Season
Dec 11, 2019 • 23 min
Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Do you know where some of its most cherished traditions come from? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about Rudolph, Frosty, the Christmas tree, and many more holiday traditions, and how they came to be.
Toys: The Magic, the Fun, the History
Dec 8, 2019 • 20 min
Toys have a history, and it’s a rich one full of fun and joy. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of toys as well as some of their favorites from their childhoods.
Language: The History of Why We Talk Like We Do
Dec 4, 2019 • 22 min
We take for granted how we communicate, but language is essential to our lives. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the history of language, specifically English, and why we use phrases like mumbo jumbo and OK. The history will amuse and amaze you.
Natural Disasters: A History of Nature’s Awesomeness
Dec 1, 2019 • 25 min
Of all the scary things, nature can be the scariest of all. From earthquakes to hurricanes to fires, according to some sources, the awesome power of nature destroys more lives than wars. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore a few of the worst.
Thanksgiving: The Origin and the Traditions
Nov 27, 2019 • 24 min
We all love the holiday, but do we really know our origin history? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where Thanksgiving comes from, when it became an official holiday, and where we got many of our Thanksgiving traditions.
Misconceptions: Things You Always Thought Were True but Aren’t
Nov 24, 2019 • 23 min
We hear things our entire lives that we just take for granted. A lot of it, as it turns out, is just not true. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some common misconceptions that you’ve probably never even questioned.
Coincidences: Bizarre but True Twists of Fate
Nov 20, 2019 • 22 min
When things happen by chance we take notice. What are the odds? we always ask. What are the odds indeed. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at crazy coincidences that will blow your mind.
London: The History of The Old Smoke
Nov 17, 2019 • 22 min
The PodGOATs world tour resumes with a favorite destination: London. The city dates back to Roman times. It had a major facelift by the French about a thousand years ago. And those people didn’t always talk that way.
Bad Girls: Evil Women in History
Nov 13, 2019 • 24 min
You thought guys could be wicked. Wow! Check out these evil women. They put some of the bad guys to shame. Phil and Campbell delve into the histories of the very baddest bad girls.
Serial Killers: The Scariest Dudes on the Planet
Nov 10, 2019 • 23 min
Not much of anything is as creepy as a serial killer. Turns out they have a lot of traits in common. Looks like we’d see them coming. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most notorious serial killers in history.
Technology: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
Nov 6, 2019 • 20 min
We love it. We hate it. It makes our lives so much easier. It makes them so much more complicated. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk tech. Where we’ve come from, where we’re going. And the frightening prospects that may await us in the not-too-distant…
Mistakes: Historical Blunders and Billion-dollar Bloopers
Nov 3, 2019 • 21 min
Mistakes are supposed to be bad and some are. Phil and Campbell talk about some of the biggest blunders in history. But some mistakes turn out great. The GOATs also explore everyday things we take for granted that were actually mistakes.
’50s: The Last Decade of Innocence
Oct 30, 2019 • 27 min
Few decades are as pivotal as the 1950s. It’s almost like the last decade of innocence before America grew up. So much changed in the ’50s in technology and innovation. The biggest change was in music. Phil and Campbell Valentine remember the ’50s.
Music Part 2: From Mozart to Manilow
Oct 27, 2019 • 22 min
There’s so much Phil and Campbell Valentine didn’t cover in Music Part 1. Like who’s the best singer of all time? They also get into some of the classic composers like Mozart and Beethoven. And some of the greatest movie score composers.
Small Towns: What Makes Them So Special
Oct 23, 2019 • 24 min
Small towns just make you feel good. Life is simpler and, we like to think, more wholesome. And a surprising number of presidents and celebrities are from small towns. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about what it’s like to grow up in a small town.
Mysteries Part 2: Unsolved Cases from Around the Globe
Oct 20, 2019 • 21 min
We all love a good mystery. These are some great ones. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some unsolved mysteries. Some have baffled investigators for centuries. The GOATs take you globetrotting on this mysterious episode.
Halloween: The History
Oct 16, 2019 • 25 min
Halloween just may be the most popular holiday. Where’d it come from? Why do we celebrate it? Why all the crazy costumes? Phil and Campbell Valentine answer all that and more on this particularly spooky episode.
Movies Part 2: Interesting Movie Trivia and Scary Movies
Oct 13, 2019 • 23 min
They covered the history of movies in Part 1. Now Phil and Campbell Valentine delve into specific genres, like horror movies. Why do we love to be scared? Also, sometimes things get lost in the translation when Hollywood goes abroad.
Witches: Separating Truth from Fiction
Oct 9, 2019 • 21 min
We think of witches around Halloween, but that’s just hype. Witches have been around for centuries. But are they real? Well, that depends on what ‘witch’ means. Phil and Campbell Valentine dispel some of the myths and dig down to the truth about witches.
Luck: Is There Really Such a Thing?
Oct 6, 2019 • 25 min
We say we don’t believe in luck, but we’ve all hoped, prayed, or asked for it before. Is luck real? Phil and Campbell Valentine look at how luck has played a major role in almost every civilization down through history.
Ghosts: Do You Believe?
Oct 2, 2019 • 22 min
Do you believe in ghosts? Hauntings go back to earliest recorded history. There are harmless ghosts and then there are ghosts that get downright violent. Phil and Campbell delve into the supernatural and the ghosts of literature and movies.
Pirates: They Were Far Worse Than We Thought
Sep 29, 2019 • 23 min
Pirates are some of the most dastardly people who ever roamed the seven seas, yet we’re fascinated with them. We even glorify them. Phil and Campbell Valentine look into the true history of pirates.
Celebrities: Why We Can’t Get Enough
Sep 25, 2019 • 23 min
We love ‘em. Sometimes the more dastardly they are the more we’re obsessed. What makes someone famous? And where did this all start. Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the odd world of celebrities.
New York: The History of the Big Apple
Sep 22, 2019 • 25 min
New York is the city that never sleeps, but it does nap on occasion. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how a sleepy little Dutch village became the financial center of the world. Packed with excitement, entertainment, business, and people there’s no…
Jailbreaks: The Most Daring in History
Sep 18, 2019 • 21 min
It’s rare, but criminals do manage to break out of jail. The odd thing is oftentimes we cheer them on! Phil and Campbell Valentine take a look at some of the most daring and exciting jailbreaks in history.
Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Stupid
Sep 15, 2019 • 23 min
Social media have become a large part of our lives. How did all this start? And where is it going? Phil and Campbell Valentine take a deep dive into our screen addiction, for better or worse.
Evil: The Stories Behind Some of History’s Most Vile People
Sep 11, 2019 • 22 min
We all know evil when we see it, but what makes people evil? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the dark side of human nature and what made some of the most evil people in history tick.
Radio: The History and Phil’s Funny Radio War Stories
Sep 8, 2019 • 26 min
Radio is one of those things we sort of take for granted, but when it first hit it was the biggest thing since sliced bread. (Actually, radio’s older than sliced bread) Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of radio, and Phil tells some…
Aliens Part 2: Is There Evidence Here on Earth?
Sep 4, 2019 • 26 min
How plausible is it that we’ve been visited by extraterrestrials? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the evidence out there and the probability that we’re not alone in the universe. And a scientist who claims to have examined a real UFO.
Thieves: Why We Admire the Really Good Ones
Sep 1, 2019 • 28 min
Of all the criminals out there for some reason we’re fascinated with the thief. No, we actually celebrate thieves. Good ones, that is. From jewel thieves to art thieves, Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the art of taking what’s not yours to take.
Urban Legends: Some Are Actually True!
Aug 28, 2019 • 27 min
We’ve all heard the urban legends. Some are told as fact but are complete fabrications. Others are too crazy to be true but are. Phil and Campbell Valentine separate fact from fiction.
Explorers: Our Insatiable Appetite for New Worlds
Aug 25, 2019 • 29 min
What is it about humans and exploring? We’re curious by nature which has led to some daring expeditions. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the more interesting explorers, and explorations that continue to this day.
Money: How It Came to Be and Where It’s Going
Aug 21, 2019 • 28 min
Money makes the world go around, but where did it come from and how did it start? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore everything from the first coin and paper money to cryptocurrency.
Doctors: The History of the Real and the Fictional
Aug 18, 2019 • 26 min
Doctors command a lot of respect. When did all that start? Phil and Campbell Valentine look at the origins of medicine as well as some famous TV doctors and one cocky surgeon who managed to kill not only his patient but two bystanders.
Conspiracies Part 2: From Royal Vampires to Jeffrey Epstein
Aug 14, 2019 • 28 min
There are conspiracies. The intriguing part is figuring out which ones are real and which ones require a tinfoil hat. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore more conspiracies from Jeffrey Epstein to the Denver airport conspiracy.
Television: Our Fascination with the Boob Tube
Aug 11, 2019 • 27 min
Television may be the single most influential invention ever. We get our information and entertainment from it. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where it came from and how it’s evolved over the years.
Oceans: What Really Lies Beneath the Surface?
Aug 7, 2019 • 27 min
The oceans of Earth are as mysterious as space. We’ve yet to discover even a fraction of them. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about what we know about oceans and what might lie beneath the surface.
Traditions: Where Do They Come From?
Aug 4, 2019 • 26 min
Traditions bind us together. Many are old. Some old traditions are actually relatively new. We just think they’re old. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about where some of our most cherished traditions come from.
Twistory Part 2: History with a Twist
Jul 31, 2019 • 25 min
An old favorite is back for Part 2. More fascinating stories you’ve probably never heard. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of history’s most interesting twists.
Fads: What Were We Thinking?
Jul 28, 2019 • 26 min
Fads come and go. Few ever last. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some historic fads and some hilarious ones from each of their generations.
Fear: Phobias, Nightmares, and Why We’re Scared
Jul 24, 2019 • 25 min
No matter how brave you are everybody fears something. There’s practically a ‘phobia’ for everything. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about why we fear and some of the more common phobias and some of the more unusual ones.
Superheroes: From Superman and Beyond
Jul 21, 2019 • 22 min
We’ve always had heroes, in real life and in fiction, but the superhero grew out of the Great Depression. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of superheroes and how they’ve evolved in the modern world.
Treasures Part 2: From Religious Relics to El Dorado
Jul 17, 2019 • 28 min
Phil and Campbell Valentine revisit a subject that sets the imagination on fire. Treasures. There’s more to treasures than gold. They also discuss booby-trapped treasures that still keep archaeologists at bay.
Fashion: The History of Why We Wear What We Wear
Jul 14, 2019 • 27 min
First came clothes, then came fashion. Why do we wear clothes? And where did fashion come from. Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the origins of fashion and some of the more bizarre tastes down through history.
Disappearances: From the Freaky to the Faked
Jul 10, 2019 • 26 min
Thousands of people disappear every year, many without a trace. Some are the work of foul play. Some are accidents. Many are on purpose. Phil and Campbell talk about some of the most mysterious disappearances in history.
Sitcoms: How They Started and How They’ve Evolved
Jul 7, 2019 • 29 min
Sitcoms have been around almost since the invention of television. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about how they came to be and some groundbreaking sitcoms in TV history.
Rivalries: History’s Greatest Competitions
Jul 3, 2019 • 27 min
It’s competition that makes us better. With rivalries it’s sometimes competition that makes us deader. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the greatest rivalries in history from business to sports to families to countries.
Lies: Why We Just Can’t Stop
Jun 30, 2019 • 21 min
It may be the original sin. We’ve been lying since the very beginning, but why? And are we the only animals that lie? Phil and Campbell explore the interesting world of lying and turn up some surprising facts.
Cars: Why We Love ‘em and How They Changed the World
Jun 26, 2019 • 26 min
America is still in love with the automobile. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of cars and how they’ve changed everything from how we get from Point A to Point B to dating.
Birth Order: Does it Really Matter?
Jun 23, 2019 • 26 min
A lot is made about your personality and your birth order. Is it true? Phil Valentine and Campbell Valentine explore the theories and apply them to real life to see if they hold up.
Cooking: How it Shapes Cultures Around the World
Jun 19, 2019 • 21 min
Whether or not you like to cook, we all love to eat. Cooking is what separates us from the animals. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the origins of cooking, how it’s transformed societies, and how it defines a culture.
Disney: The Magic, the Mystery, the History
Jun 16, 2019 • 24 min
We all have memories made by Disney. After two failed starts, Walt and Roy Disney created a company that is as much a part of American culture as baseball or apple pie. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about Disney’s impact on the world.
Psychology: Are we all crazy?
Jun 12, 2019 • 27 min
Are we all nuts? Probably. Take a look at the myriad psychological disorders and it’s likely we all have a few. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the more bizarre ones and famous people who have them.
Sports: The History of Our Obsession
Jun 9, 2019 • 25 min
We love sports. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the origins of some of the most popular sports in the world, as well as some crazy sports that nobody’s ever heard of that are still played professionally today.
Inventions: The Wonderful and the Wacky
Jun 5, 2019 • 24 min
Inventions have made our lives more convenient. Many have even saved lives. But some are just plain wacky. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some inventions that have transformed our lives, and others that were better left uninvented.
Games: What They Are and Why We Love ‘em
Jun 2, 2019 • 27 min
Games are different from a challenge or a competition. Humans love a good game. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about why we love ‘em as well as some of the more interesting games throughout history.
Authors: Those We Love, Those We Hate
May 29, 2019 • 27 min
The GOATs talk about their favorite authors and their least favorite authors. They also tell some ‘little known facts’ about some famous writers. And a bonus cabin ghost story in this episode.
Pranks: The Greatest Practical Jokes
May 26, 2019 • 27 min
Who doesn’t love a good prank? Well, unless you’re the one being pranked. Phil and Campbell Valentine recall some of the best ones from their personal experiences as well as epic pranks that deserve to be in the Prankster Hall of Fame.
Scandals: Seedy, Tawdry, and Irresistible
May 22, 2019 • 27 min
Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about some of the most famous scandals of all time. Everything from Watergate to O.J. to the Kennedys. They also explore why we can’t get enough of scandals.
Art: What Makes Art Art
May 19, 2019 • 30 min
What is art, really? Phil and Campbell explore what constitutes art. Everything from the Mona Lisa to Andy Warhol. They also talk about some wild stories about the artists themselves.
Presidents: Odd and Hilarious Stories About the Commanders-in-chief
May 15, 2019 • 28 min
Few things are more interesting than the office of the presidency of the United States. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the office and some of the interesting stories of those who occupied it.
Mothers: Fond and Funny Memories From Our Childhoods
May 12, 2019 • 24 min
Mothers are so special. Phil and Campbell talk about growing up, getting into trouble, and motherly advice they remember most.
Gamechangers: People in History Who Changed the World
May 8, 2019 • 25 min
Phil and Campbell offer up their top 3 people in history who changed the world. These are people who altered the trajectory of the future for good or bad.
Pets: The History and the Hysterical Stories
May 5, 2019 • 27 min
We’ve had pets for thousands of years. Why do we love our pets like we do? Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of pet ownership as well as some hysterical stories of their own pets. Subscribe and review at…
Cults: The History of the Creepy and the Bizarre
May 1, 2019 • 26 min
What’s the difference between a religion and a cult? Where does the word ‘cult’ come from. Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about the history of cults and some of the more bizarre ones down through history. Subscribe and review at…
Love: The History and the Mystery
Apr 28, 2019 • 28 min
Love is the most powerful thing on Earth. It has pitted nations against one another and inspired a billion songs. But what exactly is it? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore that question in their quest for the meaning of love. Subscribe and review at…
Religion: Even Atheists Can’t Resist Talking About It
Apr 24, 2019 • 30 min
Everybody has an opinion. Phil and Campbell give theirs. Why are humans drawn to religion? What makes a legitimate religion? Are people starting to shun organized religion? A fascinating and sometimes humorous discussion of something we all relate to.…
High School: How It’s Changed and How It’s Stayed the Same
Apr 21, 2019 • 25 min
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. High School. For some it was an awkward time of coming of age. For others it was the pinnacle of their lives. Either way, we all have memories of high school. Subscribe and review at…
Names: Why We Have ‘em and Why We Need ‘em
Apr 17, 2019 • 29 min
Why do we have names? Did you know we’re not the only animals to give each other names? And last names are relatively new in some parts of the world. Phil & Campbell Valentine talk about all that and more. Subscribe and review at…
Alcohol: The History of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Apr 14, 2019 • 30 min
Whether you’re a drinker or not, alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. Phil and Campbell explore the storied history of the drink and how it has affected different cultures. Subscribe and review at…
Advertising: You Will Not Believe What’s in This Episode!
Apr 10, 2019 • 33 min
Advertising is all around us. We like to think we’re not susceptible, but everybody has their weakness. Phil and Campbell talk about the ingenious ways advertisers exploit that weakness on this episode of The PodGOATs. Subscribe and review at…
Superstition: Our Obsession with Good and Bad Luck
Apr 7, 2019 • 38 min
Are you superstitious? Do you own a rabbit’s foot or throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder when you spill it? Do you have any idea why? Wonder no more. Phil & Campbell are talkin’ superstition. Subscribe and review at…
Aliens: Are We Alone?
Apr 3, 2019 • 34 min
Are we alone? Do we have any way of knowing? Should we care? Phil & Campbell explore the prospects of life on other planets and what we would do if they came here. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn…
Doppelgängers: Hilarious Stories of People Who Look Alike
Mar 31, 2019 • 36 min
Do you have a twin somewhere in the world? Phil and Campbell talk about uncanny likenesses between two totally unrelated people. And funny and interesting stories of how doppelgängers take advantage of the situation. Subscribe and review at…
Beatles: Why We’re Still Obsessed
Mar 27, 2019 • 36 min
It’s been decades since their breakup, yet we’re still obsessed with the Beatles. Why? Phil and Campbell Valentine explore the phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn…
Movies: The PodGOATs Give Their Top 3
Mar 24, 2019 • 34 min
Most everyone loves movies. Phil & Campbell offer up their top 3 favorite movies and a discussion in general about what movies have meant to us. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn more about the…
Storytelling: An Art as Old as Time
Mar 20, 2019 • 35 min
When did storytelling start? It has a rather useful function and is uniquely human. Phil and Campbell explore the history of storytelling and how it has evolved. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn…
Dating: The History and Rituals of Courtship
Mar 17, 2019 • 31 min
Phil and Campbell talk about the history of dating, how it began, and how it’s evolved. They also talk about their own experiences in dating and how things have changed from Phil’s generation to Campbell’s. Subscribe and review at…
Treasures: From the Ark of the Covenant to Oak Island
Mar 13, 2019 • 34 min
We’ve been obsessed with treasures since almost the dawn of man. Stories of lost shipwrecks and buried gold tickle our imaginations. How much undiscovered treasure is out there? Phil and Campbell look at some of the more intriguing treasure stories. PLUS:…
Time: What Is It and Why Are We Obsessed With It?
Mar 10, 2019 • 34 min
We don’t give much thought to it, but what exactly is time? And why are we so obsessed with it? The PodGOATs tackle this timely subject. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn more about the PodGOATs at…
Twistory: History with a Twist
Mar 6, 2019 • 26 min
The PodGOATs talk about history with a twist. A Polish soldier that struck fear in the hearts of the enemy. The twist on how WWI was started. Julius Caesar’s ingenious wall. History is fun, but it’s so much more interesting when it’s twistory. Subscribe…
Fatherhood: Part 2
Mar 3, 2019 • 28 min
Phil and Campbell continue their talk about growing up, getting into trouble, and fatherly advice they remember most. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn more…
Fatherhood: Part 1
Feb 27, 2019 • 32 min
Phil and Campbell Valentine talk about growing up, getting into trouble, and fatherly advice they remember most. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn more about…
Mobsters: Where They Came From and Who They Are
Feb 24, 2019 • 32 min
The mafia hasn’t been in America all that long, relatively speaking. Where did they come from and how did they get here? The GOATs explore those questions and talk about mobsters in general and how prevalent the mob is today. Subscribe and review at…
Future: We can’t predict the future…or can we?
Feb 20, 2019 • 36 min
We’re fascinated with the future. We read horoscopes, consult psychics, even read the tea leaves. But do we really want to know? And will AI one day be able to tell our future? Campbell gives Phil a 5-minute personality test. Subscribe and review at…
Survival: Amazing (and Funny) Stories of Stayin’ Alive
Feb 17, 2019 • 33 min
Amazing stories of survival from people who were determined to live. Phil & Campbell tell unbelievable and sometimes humorous tales of survival. PLUS: Another ghost story from the haunted cabin. Subscribe and review at…
Attraction: The Science and Secrets of the World’s Greatest Pick-up Artists
Feb 13, 2019 • 34 min
What makes us attracted to other people? Believe it or not, there’s a science to it. The GOATs talk about the science behind attraction and some of the people who’ve cracked the code. Subscribe and review at…
Mysteries: History’s Greatest Puzzles Explained
Feb 10, 2019 • 34 min
The Egyptian pyramids, the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Jack the Ripper. The GOATs talk about some of history’s biggest mysteries. Campbell also tells a real-life story of the Men in Black. Subscribe and review at…
Music: Why We Love It
Feb 6, 2019 • 36 min
Music is an integral part of our lives, but why? The GOATs look at why we’re nuts about music. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn more about the PodGOATs at https://www.podgoats.com/ Follow the…
Gamechangers: Events in History That Changed the World
Jan 28, 2019 • 35 min
Phil and Campbell give their top 3 events that changed the world. These are historic events that altered the trajectory of the future. Gamechangers, if you will. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn…
Conspiracies: Power, Corruption, and World-dominating Lizard People
Jan 27, 2019 • 36 min
The nefarious world of conspiracy theories. Are they true? Are they actually contrived by the conspirators to throw everyone off? Phil and Campbell Valentine offer their opinions. PLUS: Another bonus ghost story from the haunted cabin. Subscribe and…
Tribes: How Social Media has Turned Us Into Loners
Jan 27, 2019 • 32 min
How man came to form tribes and how our getting away from that basic instinct is having negative effects on us. The GOATs also discuss a unique anechoic sound chamber and a remote island still untouched by modern humans. Subscribe and review at…
Spies: Real and Fictional and Why We Love ‘em
Jan 27, 2019 • 33 min
The PodGOATs talk about spies—both real and fictional—as well as real spy operations gone wrong. Phil also does his impersonation of Sean Connery as James Bond. Subscribe and review at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-podgoats/id1450525696 Learn…
Doomsday: Preparing for Armageddon in the Funniest Way Possible
Jan 24, 2019 • 33 min
What happens if the electrical grid goes down? Phil and Campbell Valentine look at some of the scenarios the experts say might happen if we’re hit with an EMP or there’s an extremely strong solar flare. What should you stock up on? Can modern America…