• HEX - File 0123 - Laura R Samotin, the Debut Author

    We have a very special guest, Laura R Samotin author of The Sins on Their Bones, a queer, historical fantasy book rooted deep in Jewish folklore and mysticism. Halli got the opportunity to get an early read of this book and was blown away so she had to bring Laura on so that we could talk about her inspirations and the stories behind this deeply personal novel.

    This episode is split in two parts, the first portion will be spoiler free, but the latter will be full of spoilers so don't listen to that if you'd rather wait to find out for yourself, which we highly encourage. Don't worry we'll make it very clear when we're about to get into the spoiler section


    Where to find Laura and her book!

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0123-laura-r-samotin-the-debut-author/

    1h 28m | Feb 9, 2024
  • HEX - File 0122 - More Than a Hiccup in Justice - pt.2

    In this two-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan, Halli and Courtney take a look at two cases of intrigue:

    • The Chamberlain-Kahn Act: On Jul 9 1918, US Congress brings in the Chamberlain-Kahn act. The law implemented a public health program that came to be known as the American Plan, whose stated goal was to combat the spread of venereal disease. Who was responsible for this spread? Women of course!
    • Hiccups: Some people are blessed to never have had hiccups in their life, but most of us know the torment. But what happens if you get hiccups and don't stop? How can you actually stop them?

    Pt.2

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-121-122-more-than-a-hiccup-of-justice/

    24m | Jan 26, 2024
  • HEX - File 0121 - More Than a Hiccup in Justice - pt.1

    In this two-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan, Halli and Courtney take a look at two cases of intrigue:

    • The Chamberlain-Kahn Act: On Jul 9 1918, US Congress brings in the Chamberlain-Kahn act. The law implemented a public health program that came to be known as the American Plan, whose stated goal was to combat the spread of venereal disease. Who was responsible for this spread? Women of course!
    • Hiccups: Some people are blessed to never have had hiccups in their life, but most of us know the torment. But what happens if you get hiccups and don't stop? How can you actually stop them?

    Pt.1

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-121-122-more-than-a-hiccup-of-justice/

    1h 22m | Jan 12, 2024
  • HEX - File 0120 - A Belly-Splitting Good Time - pt.2

    In this two-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan and Courtney take a look at three cases of intrigue: 

    • Perchta: In Austria and Bavaria, Dec 5th + 6th are special days, these are the days that Krampus visits children. The rest of the month is primarily dedicated to Santa, but on the week leading up to January 5th, that's when the Perchten rule in the name of Perchta
    • Cold Plunges: A unique new way to better your health? Or a dangerous practice supported by unlicensed "health experts"
    • Rollerskates and Parol: In Venezuela they have a unique way of getting to mass during the holidays: on roller-skates. Meanwhile in the Philippines, paper lanterns shaped as stars are used throughout the holidays

    Pt.2

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0119-120-a-belly-splitting-good-time/

    53m | Jan 5, 2024
  • HEX - File 0119 - A Belly-Splitting Good Time - pt.1

    In this two-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan and Courtney take a look at three cases of intrigue: 

    • Perchta: In Austria and Bavaria, Dec 5th + 6th are special days, these are the days that Krampus visits children. The rest of the month is primarily dedicated to Santa, but on the week leading up to January 5th, that's when the Perchten rule in the name of Perchta
    • Cold Plunges: A unique new way to better your health? Or a dangerous practice supported by unlicensed "health experts"?
    • Christmas Roller-skating: In Venezuela they have a unique way of getting to mass during the holidays: on roller-skates


    Pt.1

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0119-120-a-belly-splitting-good-time/

    1h 5m | Dec 22, 2023
  • HEX - File 0118 - A Recipe for Madness and Mayhem - pt.3

    In this three-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan and Halli take a look at three cases of intrigue:

    • The History of Recipes: Humans have been playing with our food since the beginning of time and we have been writing those experiments down since at least 1700 BC. Cookbooks tell us a lot about a people and the culture of the times. Also they help us make delicious things
    • Nellie Bly: The scrappy young reporter who faked mental illness so that she could sneak her way into a mental hospital to find out the truth about the conditions and the people committed there.
    • Brother XII: A mystic who in the later 1920s founded a cult in Nanaimo BC, known as the Aquarian Foundation

    Pt. 3

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0116-0118-a-recipe-for-madness-and-mayhem/

    42m | Dec 15, 2023
  • HEX - File 0117 - A Recipe for Madness and Mayhem - pt.2

    In this three-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan and Halli take a look at three cases of intrigue:

    • The History of Recipes: Humans have been playing with our food since the beginning of time and we have been writing those experiments down since at least 1700 BC. Cookbooks tell us a lot about a people and the culture of the times. Also they help us make delicious things
    • Nellie Bly: The scrappy young reporter who faked mental illness so that she could sneak her way into a mental hospital to find out the truth about the conditions and the people committed there.
    • Brother XII: A mystic who in the later 1920s founded a cult in Nanaimo BC, known as the Aquarian Foundation

    Pt. 2

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0116-0118-a-recipe-for-madness-and-mayhem/

    51m | Dec 8, 2023
  • HEX - File 0116 - A Recipe for Madness and Mayhem - pt.1

    In this three-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan and Halli take a look at three cases of intrigue:

    • The History of Recipes: Humans have been playing with our food since the beginning of time and we have been writing those experiments down since at least 1700 BC. Cookbooks tell us a lot about a people and the culture of the times. Also they help us make delicious things
    • Nellie Bly: The scrappy young reporter who faked mental illness so that she could sneak her way into a mental hospital to find out the truth about the conditions and the people committed there.
    • Brother XII: A mystic who in the later 1920s founded a cult in Nanaimo BC, known as the Aquarian Foundation

    Pt. 1


    52m | Dec 2, 2023
  • HEX - File 0115 - Three Exceptional Years

    We celebrate another year around the sun for our dear podcast by reviewing this last year's topics and talking about any updates we have since found out since

    1h 33m | Nov 17, 2023
  • HEX - File 0114 - Spooktacular Special

    This week we delve into the world of scary stories, their history and why we love them and Nathan tells us about some of the Jehovah's Witnesses propaganda against everyone's favorite holiday: Halloween!  https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0114-spooktacular-special/

    1h 54m | Oct 27, 2023
  • HEX - File 0113 - Aeris and the Sarah Saga - pt 3

    Welcome back to the human exception, this week we take a long awaited dive back into the Jen Saga. Aeris knew Jen and Jack back in 2001 and was probably one of the first people that really challenged or questioned Jen until their spectacular fallout in Summer 2002. Aeris then disappears off the radar, until 2008 when a user in the livejournal housemate horror group begins publishing a multi part story about this "insane roommate" that would eventually be known as the Sarah Saga. The story really picked up steam when a member of the Something Awful forum declared that Sarah was Aeris from the FF7 house story forever galvanizing the Sarah Saga to the FF7 House story. But was it true? Was it even about Aeris? This has been debated for well over a decade, and despite Aeris's name getting tied to this she never came forward to tell her side, until now. 


    Part 3

    • The Truth: What is actually true about the Sarah Saga? Where did this come from? Who wrote it and why?

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0111-0113-aeris-and-the-sarah-saga/

    1h 3m | Oct 20, 2023
  • HEX - File 0112 - Aeris and the Sarah Saga - pt 2

    Welcome back to the human exception, this week we take a long awaited dive back into the Jen Saga. Aeris knew Jen and Jack back in 2001 and was probably one of the first people that really challenged or questioned Jen until their spectacular fallout in Summer 2002. Aeris then disappears off the radar, until 2008 when a user in the livejournal housemate horror group begins publishing a multi part story about this "insane roommate" that would eventually be known as the Sarah Saga. The story really picked up steam when a member of the Something Awful forum declared that Sarah was Aeris from the FF7 house story forever galvanizing the Sarah Saga to the FF7 House story. But was it true? Was it even about Aeris? This has been debated for well over a decade, and despite Aeris's name getting tied to this she never came forward to tell her side, until now. 

    Part 2

    • The Truth: Who is Aeris really? Where did this soulbonding thing come from and what was it really about? What happened between her and Jen? 

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0111-0113-aeris-and-the-sarah-saga/

    39m | Oct 13, 2023
  • HEX - File 0111 - Aeris and the Sarah Saga - pt 1

    Welcome back to the human exception, this week we take a long awaited dive back into the Jen Saga. Aeris knew Jen and Jack back in 2001 and was probably one of the first people that really challenged or questioned Jen until their spectacular fallout in Summer 2002. Aeris then disappears off the radar, until 2008 when a user in the livejournal housemate horror group begins publishing a multi part story about this "insane roommate" that would eventually be known as the Sarah Saga. The story really picked up steam when a member of the Something Awful forum declared that Sarah was Aeris from the FF7 house story forever galvanizing the Sarah Saga to the FF7 House story. But was it true? Was it even about Aeris? This has been debated for well over a decade, and despite Aeris's name getting tied to this she never came forward to tell her side, until now. 


    Part 1

    • The Myth: The Sarah Saga was published in 2008 on Livejournal, but would be forever entwined with the FF7 House story when Aeris gets identified as Sarah

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0111-0113-aeris-and-the-sarah-saga/

    1h 11m | Oct 6, 2023
  • HEX - File 0110 - Questions Young People Ask

    This week we dive into the Jehovah's Witness classic: Questions Young People Ask: Answers that Work. This is real literature produced by the church packed with answers to all the most pressing questions of JW youth, how do you resist peer pressure? What if you have shitty parents? What should you do if you feel like you might be gay? I am sure you can imagine where this is going

    1h 45m | Sep 22, 2023
  • HEX - File 0109 - Anything, Anywhere, Anytime - pt.2

    This week we will be doing something a little different. Halli had the idea that we all share a couple things we're into or neat things we've come across recently. There's so many things that give us ideas for topics and so many of these ideas just aren't enough to do a full topic on so this gives you a little bit of insight into our minds and what some of those things are!


    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0108-0109-anything-anywhere-anytime/

    1h 6m | Sep 1, 2023
  • HEX - File 0108 - Anything, Anywhere, Anytime - pt.1

    This week we will be doing something a little different. Halli had the idea that we all share a couple things we're into or neat things we've come across recently. There's so many things that give us ideas for topics and so many of these ideas just aren't enough to do a full topic on so this gives you a little bit of insight into our minds and what some of those things are!

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0108-0109-anything-anywhere-anytime/

    1h 10m | Aug 25, 2023
  • HEX - File 0107 - Non-Existent Glam Forests and Rocket Science - pt.3

    In this three-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan, Halli and Courtney take a look at four cases of intrigue:

    • The Bielefeld Conspiracy: In 1994 a post would appear on a German Usenet site claiming the German city of Bielefeld didn't actually exist, that the whole thing was a conspiracy. So does Bielefeld exist?
    • Aokigahara Forest: Also known as the Sea of Trees is an infamous forest in Japan, not just for its stunning beauty and miles of impenetrable vegetation, but for the alarming rates of suicide that happen there every year.
    • History of Nails: Humans have been decorating their fingernails far as back as we can remember, but while today this is considered a frivolous, feminine form of expression, its histories have roots in war and symbolism of leadership
    • Jack Parsons: Jack Parsons is a nebulous person, known both for his great scientific ventures and for his occult pursuits and friendships with LRH and Aleister Crowley



    pt.3


    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0105-0106-non-existent-glam-forests-and-rocket-science/

    1h 33m | Aug 18, 2023
  • HEX - File 0106 - Non-Existent Glam Forests and Rocket Science - pt.2

    In this three-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan, Halli and Courtney take a look at four cases of intrigue:

    • The Bielefeld Conspiracy: In 1994 a post would appear on a German Usenet site claiming the German city of Bielefeld didn't actually exist, that the whole thing was a conspiracy. So does Bielefeld exist?
    • Aokigahara Forest: Also known as the Sea of Trees is an infamous forest in Japan, not just for its stunning beauty and miles of impenetrable vegetation, but for the alarming rates of suicide that happen there every year.
    • History of Nails: Humans have been decorating their fingernails far as back as we can remember, but while today this is considered a frivolous, feminine form of expression, its histories have roots in war and symbolism of leadership
    • Jack Parsons: Jack Parsons is a nebulous person, known both for his great scientific ventures and for his occult pursuits and friendships with LRH and Aleister Crowley


    pt.2


    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0105-0106-non-existent-glam-forests-and-rocket-science/

    1h 2m | Aug 11, 2023
  • HEX - File 0105 - Non-Existent Glam Forests and Rocket Science - pt.1

    In this two-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan, Halli and Courtney take a look at four cases of intrigue:

    • The Bielefeld Conspiracy: In 1994 a post would appear on a German Usenet site claiming the German city of Bielefeld didn't actually exist, that the whole thing was a conspiracy. So does Bielefeld exist?
    • Aokigahara Forest: Also known as the Sea of Trees is an infamous forest in Japan, not just for its stunning beauty and miles of impenetrable vegetation, but for the alarming rates of suicide that happen there every year. 
    • Jack Parsons: Jack Parsons is a nebulous person, known both for his great scientific ventures and for his occult pursuits and friendships with LRH and Aleister Crowley
    • Nail Polish: Details to come


    pt.1

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0105-0106-non-existent-glam-forests-and-rocket-science/

    1h 5m | Jul 28, 2023
  • HEX - File 0104 - Sex, Magic and Yacht Parties - pt.3

    In this three-part episode our hosts, Cayla, Nathan, Halli and Courtney take a look at four cases of intrigue: 

    • Clementine Barnabet: In November 1911, 19 year old Clementine Barnabet is arrested for the murder of a family of 6, her insistence on her innocence falling on deaf ears. Five months later in a startling turn of events, Clementine suddenly claims responsibility for 17 murders, including ones that occurred while she was imprisoned. And the reason? Blood sacrifices in hopes of gaining immortality. Well, that's what the news would have you think
    • Yacht Killing Orcas: Since 2020 the Strait of Gibraltar has been experiencing some bizarre events: Orcas attacking boats
    • Kanamara Matsuri: Japan is known for its respectful and buttoned up culture, so it may come as a surprise that in one city, there is a yearly festival held, dedicated to the penis.
    • Cunning Folk: Before there were witches there were cunning folk, healers and wise people who in some cases practiced magic and in others didn't, in some cases were used to defend against black magic and in others considered just as bad as witches

    Pt.3

    https://www.thehumanexception.com/l/file-0102-0104-sex-magic-and-yacht-parties/

    54m | Jul 21, 2023
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