Unpopular Culture

A podcast where a psychotherapist dives into the broken underbelly of society, shining a light on more neglected topics in politics, technology, culture, and modern media.
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Jun 27, 2017

[EPISODE—Narrative Analysis] In this episode, Psychotherapist, Michael Drane (@upcmd) dives into the story of a small, but powerful cult known as The Children of Thunder. Glenn Taylor Helzer, an infamous cult leader and murderer. Everything in his life was the perfect combination to create such a narcissistic "prophet," including a strong Mormon upbringing, bizarre parenting, mission trips and of course, plenty of charm on his part. Listen to this episode of the podcast to hear Michael's take on the psychology of a cult leader. STAY TUNED: (Next week's UNPLUGGED is "Ranking Cults"). Should the Children of Thunder be included? #GodComplex

► We are not bystanders in today's culture, and we're willing to bet: Neither are you. Unpopular Culture is a podcast where a psychotherapist and a team of dedicated professionals, dive into the broken underbelly of today's society— discovering the weird and the weirdly common. New shows full of case studies, psychological breakdowns and conspiracy theories are released every Tuesday morning wherever you get your podcasts!

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Jun 16, 2017

In this awesome (and extra long) episode, Michael Drane and Justin Krause breakdown the events of the recent controversy surrounding Evergreen State College: an angry mob of students, a frightened professor (or two or three) and a spineless president lead to many not feeling safe on this campus. Some of the themes covered here are political, racial and stem even to mob mentality and group think. Let us know how you feel in the stalker group on facebook! And if you haven't already, make sure you are subscribed to the $5 reward tier to get all of the UPC bonus content and stalker-only episodes. You can find the resources and videos played on our website!

Jun 13, 2017

In this exclusive Paranormal interview, Michael is joined by Host of the Deviatus Podcast, Jeremy Enfinger (@deviatuspod) to talk about their paranormal experiences in life, and what this meansin the mental health world. You can find the original podcast episode here or on

"When people experience something strange, whether it’s being touched by an unseen force, seeing an apparition or shadow figure, or hearing voices, we tend to either look for validation of that experience or try to find an explanation in an attempt to categorize what happened.  For some of us, these things can be easily dismissed as an active imagination, a hallucination - where the human mind assigns context to randomness.  While some believe they truly have witnessed evidence of the afterlife, spiritual beings, or angels and demons, others consider the possibility of the presence of mental illness like schizophrenia, or at least they are readily accused of if.  But in reality, not all unexplained phenomena fit perfectly into one of these little boxes."
— Jeremy, Host of the Deviatus Podcast

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Jun 5, 2017


Which is worse: FOOD or HEROIN?

YOU might be addicted to food if:

  1. Ever wanted to stop eating but you couldn't.
  2. Eat in Secret.
  3. Eat differently privately than you do in public.
  4. Hide FOOD
  5. Stolen other people's food

If you say YES to any of these, Listen Immediately...this book may change your life. 

We interview Dr. Vera Tarman on her audio book FOOD JUNKIES and discuss the psychology and biology behind food addiction and how to get your life back. 

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Overeating, binge eating, obesity, anorexia, and bulimia: Food Junkies tackles the complex, poorly understood issue of food addiction from the perspectives of a medical researcher and dozens of survivors. What exactly is food addiction? Is it possible to draw a hard line between indulging cravings for “comfort food” and engaging in substance abuse? For people struggling with food addictions, recognizing their condition ― to say nothing of gaining support and advice ― remains a frustrating battle.

Built around the experiences of people suffering and recovering from food addictions, Food Junkies offers practical information grounded in medical science, while putting a face to the problems of food addiction. It is meant to be a knowledgeable and friendly guide on the road to food serenity.