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What is more terrifying? The moment where you realize you've been possessed by demons OR the moment where you realize it's all in your head? In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane revisits one of our most *chilling* episodes -- Diagnosing Demonic Possession. If you thought 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' was a cult classic, wait until you hea…
 
What is it that drives the mob to hunt the social misfit? In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Cybersecurity Engineer Ryan Lee, and Researcher/Grad Student Ashley Haynes-Gibson to revisit the infamous case of Elisa Lam and her disappearance from the Cecil Hotel in L.A., California. After watching the new Netflix Docuseries ‘Cr…
 
"I went to see the freaks & Kenny went to find religion. That's how it all started." In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Debryah Hawkins, a survivor of the House of Yahweh Cult. At 22, Debryah's life changed when a box of pamphlets arrived at her house. What started out as an innocent adventure and a 3-day feast quickly spira…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Brihana Davidson of the 'Cobra Kai Kompanion' podcast and Andrew Baker, Admin for UPC and fellow Psych Grad Student, to discuss Cobra Kai, Season 3! This is part two of our first episode, reserved especially for our beloved Stalkers. To get the full episode, become a stalker at www.patreon.…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Brihana Davidson of the 'Cobra Kai Kompanion' podcast and Andrew Baker, Admin for UPC and fellow Psych Grad Student, to discuss Cobra Kai, Season 3! Listen in as they answer stalker questions like "Is Cobra Kai a cult?" and "Is John Kreese a psychopath?" Brihana brings her trusted expertise…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Tawny Platis, Host of 'Death Is Hilarious' Podcast, to explore the Psychology of Dark Humor. Listen in as they discuss what dark humor is, why it's good for us, how Covid-19 has impacted our sense of humor, and what having a dark sense of humor says about our personality. They also explore …
 
It’s astonishing how quickly one person’s idea can become the belief system of an entire community. In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane explores the psychology of Mob Mentality within the context of the riot at the Capitol. Mob Mentality usually makes headlines during the holidays--that is, unfortunately, a familiar sight. However, the …
 
The cost of entry into happiness is lower than it’s ever been. Every day we experience psychological addiction through our most popular video games because these platforms utilize neuropsychology to keep the players coming back for more. This is the same process as a slot machine. But what happens when you put a slot machine into a human brain? Wha…
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane sits down with Michael F. Schein, author of “The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets from the World’s Greatest Propagandists, Self-Promoters, Cult Leaders, Mischief Makers, and Boundary Breakers”, to discuss how himself and others have mastered the power of hype to get what they want. They…
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane explores the Psychology of Confirmation Bias through the lens of Paranormal Activity. He has with him Jeremy Enfinger, Paranormal Investigator and host of the ‘Deviatus’ and ‘‘Wine & Wierdos’ Podcasts, as well as Ryan Lee, Cybersecurity Engineer. Jeremy, having spent several years investigating parano…
 
In this week's episode, the whole gang is bringing you another cult classic--Sexual Fetish Trivia! Watch as Andy and Ashley go head-to-head in their second round of Trivia just for our beloved Stalkers. We review the most common types of sexual fetishes, the differences between a fetish and a paraphilia, and much more! Stay safe out there friends, …
 
In this week’s episode, Professor Michael Drane meets with Author Dr. Bill Kimberlin to discuss the case of an inmate he has been interviewing for over 6 years, Lisa Montgomery. Lisa Montgomery is the first female prisoner to be federally executed on Death Row in over 70 years, with her execution scheduled to take place just eight days before the n…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane, Dr. Pat Owen, Ashley, and Andy answer Kira's Stalker Question about Paranoia. We explore the different levels of paranoia, key traits of paranoid thinkers, as well as the differences between paranoid psychosis and paranoid personality disorders. Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the …
 
In this week’s 2-part episode, the UPC team is bringing you more Stalker Questions! Lou asked about live-streamed suicide and the motive behind ending one’s life on public platforms, as well as the ramifications for those who encourage suicide on social media. We touch on some of the legal and social challenges associated with addressing live-strea…
 
In this week’s episode, the whole team is bringing the Stalkers some bona fide bonus content as we answer your questions from the Stalker Group. Sam asked about the case of Amanda Sharp-Jefferson and filicide--we discuss her case and the common reasons that people murder their children. Elijah inquired about the Netflix Documentary ‘The Social Dile…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane explores the dark minds of those on Level 18 of the Gradations of Evil Scale, developed by Dr's Michael Stone and Gary Brucato. "Though psychotic, they do not typically prolong their torture. Murder, not torture, is their primary motivation." Maury Travis, a quiet, unsuspecting man, shocked the St. Lo…
 
In this week's episode, Professor Michael Drane explores the Strong City Cult and what happens the day after doomsday. How do they live with the cognitive dissonance? What do they say to their leader once the prophecy fails? Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the show. Hosted by Professor Michael Drane of the Unpopular Culture Podca…
 
On today's episode, Admin Andy Baker and Professor Michael Drane explore CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and how it's used to help clients gain awareness of their thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations. Tune in for aliens, Mr. Wizard and much more! Stay safe out there friends, and we hope you enjoy the show. Hosted by Professor Michael Dran…
 
UPC is turning 4 years old! To celebrate 4 years of Unpopular Culture, we are answering Stalker questions: What was our favorite episode to make? What if we had a device that controlled our emotions? How will Covid-19 impact future generations? These and more will be answered.. Hosted by Professor Michael Drane of the Unpopular Culture Podcast Foll…
 
Liverpool, 1993: Two 10-year-old boys kidnap and savagely murder 2-year-old James Bulger. What would compel such young children to commit such a vicious act on a little kid? The investigation and trial produced overwhelming evidence against the two young killers, who spent the rest of their childhood in prison. Now as adults, they have mostly vanis…
 
In this episode: Psychology Professor Michael Drane teams up with Brihana from The Cobra Kai Kompanion Podcast to talk behind the scenes of Cobra Kai, easter eggs, and the psychology behind this show. Hosted by Professor Michael Drane of the Unpopular Culture Podcast Follow us on these platforms: facebook.com/upcpodcast instagram.com/upcpodcast twi…
 
In this Episode: Dr. Bill Kimberlin has interviewed multiple inmates just prior to their executions. He comes with a message: Death row is not what we think it is. Hosted by Professor Michael Drane of the Unpopular Culture Podcast Follow us on these platforms: facebook.com/upcpodcast instagram.com/upcpodcast twitter.com/upcpodcast Pinterest.com/upc…
 
In This Episode: Teal Swan stands in the center of controversy. This is the story of a female Cult Leader/Spiritual Teacher who recruits members via YouTube & Facebook. Is she responsible for leading her followers to suicide? Hosted by Professor Michael Drane of the Unpopular Culture Podcast Follow us on these platforms: facebook.com/upcpodcast ins…
 
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