HYPERFOCUS: A Podcast for Chaotic Minds

Boredom? We don't know her. Each week, join hosts Rachel and Maddie for a deep dive into whatever they're thinking about, taking a comedic and intellectual approach to weird, interesting, and unusual topics.HYPERFOCUS is the perfect podcast for everyone...especially if you have ADHD like Rachel.

00:05:21 2021-10-04
It's been a wild ride, but don't worry...it's not over yet!We can't wait to see you for season 2 ;) In the meantime, check us out on our socials and keep up with all the other awesome HYPERFOCUS stuff: linktr.ee/hyperfocuspodUntil next tim...
00:36:14 2021-09-27
Why do monkeys throw their poop? What are the most interesting unethical experiments? What is the HYPERFOCUS origin story? How do I know what to do with my life? Join Rachel for a fun and chaotic (duh) Q&A to find out the answers to these questions an...
00:07:18 2021-09-20
We don't know how to take time off, but we love learning, so we're giving it a shot. But make sure you listen to the whole "episode" for your chance to be featured on the pod!We love you all and this wouldn't be possible without you. W...
00:38:03 2021-09-13
Everybody loves a good ghost story. But on today's episode, Maddie talks about a ghost story with a hauntingly surprising twist! Oh, and not to mention the absolutely hilarious names...Sign the David Spade Bachelor Petition: https://chng.it/9vrwMrFRSo...
00:34:44 2021-09-06
It's time for some mystery! Do you think you could solve a murder? What about a murder committed in a dollhouse? Today we're talking about Frances Glessner Lee and her incredibly creative--and groundbreaking--contributions to forensic investigatio...
00:26:02 2021-08-30
Before there was the Princess Street Gardens gracing the city of Edinburgh, there was a much more disgusting and foul smelling lake - Nor Loch. Today's show tells the tale of Nor Loch and its haunting history which is still a deeply significant piece ...
00:35:58 2021-08-23
Rachel is either crazy or in love...maybe both. Today, Rachel tells the story, origin, major sightings, and cultural relevance of her favorite cryptid: Mothman. From a massive wingspan tacked onto a man-like body to disappearing dogs and shining red eyes,...
00:42:25 2021-08-16
Some of the greatest discoveries, inventions, and moments in history come from feuds. So today, Maddie is walking us through three famous feuds - one about a sports brand, another about Scottish clans, and a final one about fossils.Sources:https://www.adi...
00:42:37 2021-08-09
What do color vision, philosophy, One Direction, artificial intelligence, and Howie Mandel have in common? Well...Rachel talks about them in this episode.In all seriousness, join us this week on a deep dive into the human brain and the human condition as ...
00:40:08 2021-08-02
Today's heroine has a bit of a temper and is most likely a Scorpio for her revenge gene. St. Olga of Kiev is one of medieval history's craziest revenge stories, and to make things all the more ironic, she somehow makes her way to saint-dom in not ...
00:39:10 2021-07-26
How long can a fire burn? How long can you live in a town built on top of an underground fire? Why would you want to stay in here? Well, I'm gonna be honest...we don't answer all of these questions, but we do ask them. Today, Rachel takes us throu...
01:08:49 2021-07-19
If you've seen American Horror Story: Hotel or watched the documentary on Elisa Lam, you know about how unsettling and creepy the Cecil Hotel is. On today's episode, Maddie is diving deep into the disturbing and cruel history of one of America'...
00:43:36 2021-07-12
We all know that she wrote Frankenstein at a very young age, but what else do you know about the life of Mary Shelley? There's just. so. much. From death to affairs to weird things happening at graves (do we maybe see her inspiration for the story he...
00:27:09 2021-07-05
I'm sure you've heard of the Grand Canyon... you know the canyon by which all other canyon must objectively be compared to? Well tune in to today's episode to hear more about the architect who built up the national park in the early 1900s - as...
00:49:31 2021-06-29
What do you do when you're sleep deprived and the Russian army is chasing you? You take a TON of drugs...or at least that's what Aimo Koivunen did. This man has seen it ALL. Although, to be fair, not all of it was real. Join us on today's epis...
00:16:12 2021-06-28
We are very tired. And very giggly. And very tired. Did I mention that we're tired? We still have no idea what happened to the file but look out for the full episode tomorrow! Sorry for the delay! We are doing our very best!Support this podcast at —...
00:38:59 2021-06-21
I'm sure you know the song and the TikTok trend... but do you know the man behind it? On today's deep-dive, Maddie takes the lead to share the mysterious stories about one of Russia's most legendary figures. Sources:https://www.smithsonianmag...
00:39:30 2021-06-16
How and why did the Stanford Prison Experiment end? Does it need to be debunked? Why do we care about it so much? Listen to our first ever "part two" to find out! Fair warning: Rachel gets really into it and tells people why they're wrong. But...
00:40:41 2021-06-14
It's our first two-parter! Rachel just can't keep it short, can she? Today we head down to the depths of a Stanford University basement where Dr. Zimbardo created a mock prison experiment that has lived on in infamy. Why? Listen to find out!Source...
00:32:14 2021-06-07
If you've heard of Alice in Wonderland, you're going to want to check this one out! Maddie deep-dives into Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS) and the fairy-tale-esque symptoms associated with this rare syndrome. Just like Alice found herself grow...
00:44:35 2021-05-31
Rachel's the pilot on today's episode breaking down the Denver International Airport conspiracy. From reptilians to the Freemasons to the New World Order, the DIA is full of creepy art, weird symbolism, and swastika-shaped runways. Tune in to see ...
00:31:38 2021-05-24
It's Maddie's first episode! In her first episode, Maddie tells Rachel all about Billy Hull and his (now abandoned) wannabe Playboy mansion in Tennessee. It's a wild cocktail of greed, sex, opulence, and crime...and lots of mirrored glass and ...
00:23:18 2021-05-21
It's our first ever bonus episode!!! Today, Rachel interviews a (possible) new co-host. Will Maddie make the cut? Listen to find out!Don't forget to send in your farewell wishes for Lauren or give us your feedback on how Maddie did in this intervi...
00:29:32 2021-05-17
It's Lauren's VERY LAST episode, so Rachel went all out. Today, we cover a total of 4 topics in one episode: Coffin Birth (Postmortem Fetal Extrusion), The Chicken Poop Prison (Khuk Khi Kai), Edible Packing Peanuts, and Cooping (and perhaps Edgar ...
00:27:50 2021-05-10
Also known as "the fryscraper," this building is known for some wild (and dangerous!) occurrences. It's Lauren's last turn to choose the topic, and she's going out with a bang!...or a burn. Sources:Lauren is on her honeymoon at the mom...
00:46:19 2021-05-03
It's an old timey crimey today, folks! In episode 13, Rachel tells Lauren all about Elizabeth Bathory (Erzsébet Báthory), also known as The Blood Countess: the world's most prolific serial killer. It's a wild story with a wild family and a w...
00:29:33 2021-04-26
What’s the worst marketing downfall you can imagine? If you are picturing bombs, riots, unfulfilled promises, and drawn out court cases, you would be right. Join Rachel and Lauren as they talk about the fiasco that Pepsi Co. caused when a marketing sche...
00:40:13 2021-04-19
Feral people, in my national parks?? It's more likely than you think. Well, not really. But Rachel can't ever resist putting memes in her show descriptions. In today's episode, Rachel discusses the TikTok about the feral, cannibalistic people ...
00:24:20 2021-04-12
Angel of Death or Furry Grim Reaper? In today's episode, Lauren tells the story of Oscar, a therapy cat who is able to predict death even more accurately than the medical staff who work with him, providing comfort and cuddles to people as they pass. J...
00:24:20 2021-04-07
BIRDS AREN'T REAL! Okay but actually...birds are government drones. Or, at least, they almost were at one point in history. This week, Rachel tells Lauren about how psychologist B.F. Skinner worked to make pigeons into bomb pilots during World War II....
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