The Martyrmade Podcast

By Darryl Cooper

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Subscribers: 1886
Reviews: 13

 Jan 30, 2021
Epic Storytelling!

 Jan 10, 2021
I am an Israely borned in Palestine to Jews who arrived from Germany in 1934. This podcast is very important, portraying the history of the strugle on Palestine land in the last 150 years. highly recommended.

 Oct 21, 2020
quite literally one of the best narrative history podcasts in existence. never ceases to astound me. with the depth

 Oct 7, 2020
I got onto Darryl through his podcasts with Jocko. Very insightfull and good storyteller. I recommend highly.

 Aug 6, 2020
The best podcast around.


Mythology & Religion in the Human Story

Episode Date
Epstein… Jeff Epstein
In this and the next episode, I will go over the evidence that notorious child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was a foreign intelligence agent. The next episode will be available only on the Martyr Made Substack. The follow-up episode will be a little too spicy for public release, so it will be available in about a week, for paid subscribers only. For access, subscribe to the Martyr Made Substack for just $5 p/month or $50 p/year.
Dec 30, 2021
PREVIEW: The LA Riots w/Bryan Suits
This is a preview of my discussion with longtime Los Angeles radio host Bryan Suits about the 1992 LA Riots. Bryan is an Army veteran of both Iraq Wars, the Bosnian peacekeeping mission, and was on the ground as a National Guardsman during the LA Riots in 1992. The full episode is available for subscribers on the MartyrMade Substack.
Oct 25, 2021
MartyrMade Special Announcement + Notes on Notes Based on Notes From the Underground
This is a special announcement from The MartyrMade Podcast. I have been doing this podcast for several years now, and I think we probably have between 80-100 hours of material up. The kind of podcasts I do take a lot of work. I don't have research assistants, I don't have editors (obviously), and I don't have anyone helping with the back-end, website, sound, or business operations (such as they are). This is a one-man show. For years, I was using pretty much every free moment I had - before work, during lunch, waiting for meetings to start, and late into the night - to work on these episodes. Well, recently I made the plunge to start doing this full-time. I left behind a very secure job with good benefits and a solid retirement plan, and I am officially out in the wild. That means I am going to be able to do a lot more things than I've been able to do in the past, but it also means that it's time to professionalize this operation. Podcasting doesn't come with health insurance or a retirement plan, and so my future and the future of this podcast is now a matter of my relationship to all of you. And so to that end, here is the announcement: I am going to be moving over to Substack, and will use that website as my one-stop shop for podcasting, writing, and listener interaction. The regular podcast feed will be available on all the normal platforms, free of charge, same as always, but I'm going to be doing a lot of subscribers-only content at Substack. There will be regular, subscribers-only podcast episodes, as well as written content from myself and some (carefully curated) guest writers. The subscriber-only episodes will come in all shapes and sizes - segments based on notes that don't make it into a regular episode, commentary on current events and social issues, answering listener questions, as well interviews (also carefully curated). Subscribers will also get a discount on all MartyrMade t-shirts and other gear. Oh, and subscribers will be able to comment on posts, and I'm going to be moving a lot of my online activity away from social media and into the Substack comments and other tools. If you'd like to help support the show, it is just $5 p/month, or $50 p/year, BUT anyone who signs up by October 31 will pay only $4 p/month or $40 p/year forever. That's not a first-month, or first-year offer, you will pay the lower rate as long as you keep your subscription. I know the world is a crazy place right now, and not everyone can contribute. I also know that there is a mountain of amazing content available for free on the internet. I even know that, probably, someone will pirate the subscriber-only episodes and post them somewhere you can find them with a little work. I understand all of these things, and yet nevertheless, if you can manage it without trouble, and if you've enjoyed this podcast up to now, I hope you'll consider subscribing. If you do, and it's before October 31, don't forget to use the special offer link in the show notes. I'll also put it on the website, and on Twitter and Facebook. If you don't care about the $1 p/month discount, you can just head over to and sign up there. Link to subscription discount:
Sep 21, 2021
#20 – The Underground Spirit
There's a quote always attributed to Winston Churchill - falsely, I think? - that goes something like, "If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by 30, you have no brain." I've got a different version that I like a lot better, and it goes, "If you're not reading Nietzsche at 20, you have no heart. But if you haven't transitioned to Dostoevsky by 30..." In this episode, I look through the lives and work of the two 19th century existentialist authors, who have a great deal in common, but who, in the end, couldn't be more different. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack.
Aug 31, 2021
#19 – The Anti-Humans
History is replete with examples of leaders, nations, and empires who left a trail of blood behind them. But with the Bolshevik takeover of Russia after the First World War, something new crawled from the depths of the earth onto the surface of the world. Never before had a government shown such uninhibited savagery toward its own people, during peacetime, as a matter of policy and in the name of scientific management. After Nazi Germany was defeated in the Second World War, Stalin's Soviet Union unleashed hell on the devastated nations of Eastern Europe, leaving behind an unmatched record of sadism and brutality. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack.
May 31, 2021
#18 – The Madame Butterfly Effect (bonus episode)
This is a short piece I did for Daniele's History on Fire podcast. Many of you may have already heard it, but I thought I'd put it on the main feed just in case. It was a fun break from Jim Jones, and nice to be a little less serious for once. Hope you enjoy. More short episodes like this will be available to subscribers only at the MartyrMade Substack.
Nov 11, 2020
#17 – God’s Socialist, pt. 7: A Gallant, Glorious, Screaming End
Jim Jones and Peoples Temple follow the remnants of the 1970s radical left into the fire. WARNING: Extreme language and disturbing content. Thank you to for sponsoring this series. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack. Huge thanks to the folks behind the Alternative Considerations of Jonestown Project. This podcast wouldn't have been possible without their indispensable hard work recording, organizing, and transcribing the Peoples Temple tapes and other source materials. For further information about Jonestown, you can't do better than their website. I did my best to tell the story here as I understand it, but if you ask me the work they're doing will lead to a fundamental future reassessment of what happened.
Oct 17, 2020
#16 – God’s Socialist, pt. 6: No Driver At The Wheel
This was originally intended to be part of the previous episode, but I decided to break them up. Warning: EXTREME LANGUAGE AND GRAPHIC CONTENT The student movement is dead. The Black Panther Party is torn apart by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Activism devolves into struggle sessions and terrorism, as the movement for civil rights and social justice is left to "drunks, hypes, freaks, and madmen." Treason drives Jim Jones off a cliff. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack. This series brought to you by the kind folks at CampusPress.
Jun 15, 2020
#15 – God’s Socialist, pt. 5: The Wounded King
This episode begins where the '60s end, when the radicalism of that decade crash headlong into the diminishing expectations of 1970s America. The Weather Underground veers off toward its explosive climax. As the idealism of the student movement is shunted into self-help fads and therapy sessions, what remaining energy of the radical left is drained into increasingly bizarre and violent channels. I broke this episode up into two parts, so it ends a bit abruptly. The second segment will be available a few hours after this is released. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack. This series brought to you by the good folks at CampusPress.
Jun 15, 2020
#14 - God's Socialist, pt. 4: Sex, Drugs & Revolution
This episode discusses the beginning of Peoples' Temple's slide into radicalism after Jim Jones leads his people to California. We also talk about the development of 1960s radical political movements, and Jonestown conspiracy theories. I had to record this episode in a hotel bathroom while on travel for work. The audio quality has some issues at various points. Hopefully, it's not too bad. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack.
Feb 10, 2020
#13 – God’s Socialist, pt. 3: Head North, Then Turn Left
In this episode I trace the trajectory of the civil rights movement through the 1960s, and the gradual shift in emphasis and leadership from the stoic southern marchers following Martin Luther King, Jr to the militant Black Power soldiers of the northern ghettos. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack.
Jun 24, 2019
#12 - God's Socialist, pt. 2: What Child Is This?
This is part 2 of a podcast series on Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple movement. An eccentric loner as a child, Jim Jones finds purpose in the fight for racial and economic justice. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack!
Apr 15, 2019
#11 - God's Socialist: Prologue
This is the first episode of a series exploring Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. This episode is only a prologue, a few stories and ideas to serve as a backdrop for everything to come. The next episode will be along in the next few weeks, and every few weeks after that until we figure out why over 900 people committed suicide in a South American jungle in 1978. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack! Listen on iTunes!
Mar 04, 2019
#10 - Anything That Moves - The My Lai Massacre (w/History on Fire)
This is part 2 of a series I've been working on with Daniele Bolelli. In part 1, he covered the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre carried out by the US Army. I was working on my next major series when Daniele asked me to do a companion episode on My Lai, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. From his description: "Because I felt like I was ordered to do it, and it seemed like that, at the time I felt like I was doing the right thing." —Private First Class Paul Meadlo explaining his role in the My Lai Massacre. "How do you shoot babies?" Meadlo was then asked. His reply... "I don't know. It's just one of them things." "I felt then and I still do that I acted as I was directed, and I carried out the order that I was given and I do not feel wrong in doing so." — Lieutenant William Calley Jr. addressing his own leadership during the action. "Every Day/ On our fellow man we prey/ Dog eat Dog/ To Get by/ Hope you like my genocide” — The Offspring “Hello darkness, my old friend…” — Simon and Garfunkel “I believe now it is but the commencement of war with this tribe, which must result in their extermination.” — Major Jacob Downing “Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians! ... I have come to kill Indians, and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God's heaven to kill Indians. ... Kill and scalp all, big and little; nits make lice.” — Quote attributed to Colonel John Chivington “They were so honorable and so strong, but I felt like they were alone and sometimes when you want to do the right thing, the people that want to do the right thing suffer… even today.” —Lorraine Waters about Silas Soule and Joseph Cramer “It was hard to see little children on their knees… having their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized.” — Silas Soule I’m not going to lie. This is one of the darkest episodes of History on Fire. But there are reasons for this journey into the heart of darkness. The stories of Sand Creek and My Lai offer an opportunity to explore human agency, the choices separating good and evil, and how some individuals can choose to become sources of light even in the most horrible circumstances. In part B, I hand the microphone to my friend and master podcaster Darryl Cooper (from The Martyrmade Podcast.) Darryl explores the context of the Cold War in order to come to terms with what happened at My Lai, in Vietnam, in 1968. Horror abounds, but if you are looking for heroes in the midst of the horror, you can do a lot worse than hear about the story of Hugh Thompson. Listen on iTunes! Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack!
Mar 08, 2018
#9 – Sacrifice & Oppression at the Dawn of Tyranny
"Mexica 'beliefs' have been discussed confidently enough, but academics being natural theologians, usually at an unnaturally abstract pitch. My interest is not in belief at this formal level, but in sensibility: the emotional, moral, and aesthetic nexus through which thought comes to be expressed in action, and so made public, visible, and accessible to our observation." -Inga Clenninden | Aztecs: An Interpretation Human sacrifice is not a human universal. The institution emerges at a specific stage of human sociopolitical development, and recedes when the transition is complete. Rarely found among nomadic hunter-gatherers, ritual homicide is also nearly absent in archaic civilizations (except for a few residual instances such as royal burials). But human beings didn't make the leap from nomadic foragers to pyramid builders overnight. Nestled between was a transitional stage, when newly-settled people faced the monumental task of ditching the ancient kinship system, sacrificing their freedom to kings, and reorganizing themselves into the first states. This fraught transition was imposed by violence, as primitive egalitarianism was replaced by class oppression, and human sacrifice was employed to define social boundaries and to stave off panic with brutal acts of self-assertion. Kings gloried in their total freedom, the less fortunate were terrorized into submission, and the gods looked on with dripping fangs and growling stomachs. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack! Check out History on Fire! Listen to this episode on iTunes! Listen to this episode on Stitcher!
Aug 31, 2017
#8 - How to Serve Man - Sacrifice & Cannibalism, pt. 1
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Jun 27, 2017
#7 - Approaching the Aztecs - A Drunken Introduction
In which I take a break from banging out my human sacrifice episode to check in with my patient listeners. I'm working on a series of companion episodes to go along with Daniele Bolelli's History on Fire series on the Spanish conquest of Mexico. If you haven't heard the first episode of his series (available on iTunes and everything else) and the bonus episode he put out (available on his website), you really need to listen to them before you get into what I'm doing here. Cheers, everyone. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack!
Jun 05, 2017
#6 - Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem - Never Again
Modern Zionism began in the late 19th century with idealistic calls for spiritual renewal; by 1939, it had transformed into a desperate play for bare survival. Young revolutionaries do combat with Zionist elder statesmen for the soul of the movement. Hitler's German Reich and Stalin's Soviet Union do battle for Europe while everything between them is ground into the mud. Victims become victimizers, and the wider world gets an introduction to the dispute that has been confounding the British Empire for 20 years. Our episode begins with desperate Jews in Nazi Europe, it ends with the realization of the Zionist dream, for the first time in 2,000 years, a sovereign state of Israel. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack! Listen on iTunes! Listen on Stitchr!  
Dec 20, 2016
#5 - Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem - Things Fall Apart...
  My laptop literally died a horrible death as I was uploading this episode, and I'm at a Kinkos finishing this post. Once I have a computer, I'll get the stuff up. The things I do for y'all... Riots. Massacres. The end of the world and everything in it. Palestinian Arabs finally find a voice in the wake of the 1929 massacres. Unable and unwilling to find a place for the Jews, Europe's autoimmune disorder begins to tear the host apart. Desperate European Jews seek escape from Nazi persecution just as Palestinian resistance stiffens and the British become skeptical of the Zionist project. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack! Listen on iTunes Listen on Stitchr  
Apr 16, 2016
#4 - Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem, pt. 3
  Hi everyone. Been a long time. My day job has been downright abusive the last 2-3 months, but we're back with Episode 4 of Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem. As the Middle Eastern regional order is hammered into place by the Entente powers, Zionism goes underground. Prosperity abroad and security in Palestine make the 1920s a relatively quiet period in this story. It's been chaos behind us and nothing but chaos in front, but we're in the eye of the storm. The British try a more inclusive approach toward the Arabs, but as the real effects of the Zionist project begin to be felt, tensions rise until the decade ends as it began... in violence. Download or listen below, or get this episode via iTunes or Stitchr. Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack!
Nov 23, 2015
#3 - Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem - Nostalgia and Naivety in Honor Culture
We're halfway through Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem, the history of Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (If you haven't listened to the first two episodes, you might want to do that for background, but this episode is an exploratory aside that can stand on its own as well.) I decided to throw something together to answer a few questions and get down in the weeds to talk about Arab tribal dynamics, honor culture, religion, and the mutual incomprehension that helped construct the Middle Eastern mousetrap a century ago, and remains an obstacle to progress in the region today. Support the podcast by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack! Check it out on iTunes! Check it out on Stitcher!
Jul 18, 2015
#2 - Fear and Loathing in the New Jerusalem, pt. 2
  The Arabs and the Zionists in Palestine struggle to get their bearings in a ruined world. The smell of gunsmoke still lays thick over the landscape, and the ink is still wet on the Balfour Declaration and the several new international agreements. The First World War is over, and people around the world are demanding their independence in the new world order. But building a national identity takes more than just drawing lines on a map or running a rag up a flagpole. (Catch up on Episode #1 here.) Click here to listen on iTunes! Click here to listen on Stitcher! Support the show by subscribing to the MartyrMade Substack!
Jun 19, 2015
#1 - Fear & Loathing in the New Jerusalem, pt. 1
  The conflict between Israel and Palestine can often seem like a permanent feature of the global order. The wars, intifadas, refugees camps, suicide vests, UN resolutions, and peace talks have been painfully burned into our collective consciousness. But how could this have happened? Was it always this way? That's what we'll seek to find out in this three-part series on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Episode #1, nations are rallying to throw off the yoke of the Great Powers, and demanding the sovereign right to rule their homelands. A group calling themselves Zionists puts out a call to awaken the oppressed Jews of Europe from their thousand-year slumber. The time had come, after two thousand years of homeless wandering, to return to Palestine, the land longed for in so many psalms and lamentations. But there was a problem. While the Jews were in exile, another people had moved into the land, and they had been living there for 1300 years. Click here to listen on iTunes Or here for Stitcher! Oh, and a review would be appreciated! Subscribe to the MartyrMade Substack for exclusive content! Thanks for listening. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section or via e-mail. Part Two of this series will be along shortly, and I encourage you to subscribe so you'll be the first to know. Enjoy!
Mar 19, 2015