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Introducing: Failed State Stories

A new podcast! A livestream! Patreon! And more!

Hello from the Failed State Update HQ. I’m writing this on zero sleep, so I hope this email is intelligible.

Failed State Stories

First of all, I’d like to introduce our new podcast, Failed State Stories. These are feature stories — audio documentaries, if you will — taken from the pages of Failed State Update. Check out the first two below:

You can listen to Failed State Stories now on Spotify or Anchor, and it will be available on all the podcast apps sometime this week.

Failed State Update Podcast Livestream

Fans of the O.G. Failed State Update podcast will be happy to know that it’s not going anywhere. J.G. Michael and I will continue to interview fascinating, important, and just plain kooky guests on our new YouTube livestream program — but if you prefer to listen to your podcasts instead of watch them, they’ll still be available on your podcast app of choice.

Our first stream will air tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time with Jack Brewer from the world of UFOlogy. His last appearance on Failed State Update, where we discussed the CIA involvement in the UFO community, is by far our most downloaded episode.

I have no idea how any of this livestream stuff works, but barring any disasters I hope to figure it out before I go to bed tonight.

Either way, you’ll receive an email update tomorrow when the link is available.

In the meantime, check out our new YouTube channel here.

A lot of people have been asking me to start a Patreon, so if that’s your preferred platform, you can sign up at:

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And the Substack link, just because I haven't given you enough links, is:

Failed State Update memberships are $7/month on both Substack and Patreon, and the benefits are the same — you’ll receive the newsletters, our original reporting, and both podcasts, Failed State Update and Failed State Stories, ad-free. So pick one and sign up!

An appeal for donors

Now for the part that everyone hates — asking for money.

And we need money.

I’ve had to upgrade my tech setup for the livestream, and I have a couple people helping out with the site who I need to start paying. I have reporting trips coming up. And we all have to eat.

The best way to help out is by becoming a paid subscriber, either through Substack or Patreon. Or you can make a one-time or recurring donation through PayPal.

As a bonus, anyone who donates more than $40 will receive an autographed copy of my book New Age Grifter: The True Story of Gabriel of Urantia and His Cosmic Family (published by Feral House). Just make sure you send me a note with your address and what you’d like me to inscribe, if anything.

I think this is it! Looking forward to the livestream tomorrow.

Thank you in advance for your support,