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FEBRUARY 22nd, 2021

Ep. 72 Part 1: Alabama Snake – Good Quality Deadly Venom

Part 2 will be released Friday!

***Trigger Warning*** lots of snake talk on today’s episode as Meg and Casey explore context and background of Pentecostal Serpent Handlers in Appalachia. Since their good friend Mickey happens to have majored in religious studies in college he joins to help explain the “Holiness Movement” which spawned this dangerous and highly controversial Serpent Handling subset of the Pentecostal church. Meg has lots of questions about what it means to ‘speak in tongues’ and Mickey has answers to that and much more.

And, find out why Meg is convinced that Serpent Handling is still easier than being a stay at home Mom.

Show links:

Snake Salvation Show by National Geographic

Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling

Alabama Snake (2020): Official Trailer | HBO

Snake Salvation Reality Series by National Geographic

David Hume – Scottish Philosopher “Natural Religion”

James Fowler – Stages of Belief

Basics on the “Holiness Movement”

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WARNING: This show contains ADULT CONTENT and is NOT intended for children or adolescents!

Special Thanks to Brad Tourcette aka Brad Sucks for being a copyleft participant and allowing us to use his song “Making Me Nervous” for our intro!

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