What the HELL Were You Thinking?

What the Hell Were You Thinking is a podcast where Host Dave Bledsoe invites you to explore your deep-seated grievances with life in the 21st century. Journey with us through infernal circles of absurdist politics, inexplicable pop culture, conspiracy theories, not-so-theoretical conspiracies, generational ouroboroi, Bigfoot erotica, Satanism, and evil clowns—all via rants based on some sincerely compelling (and surprisingly accurate!) history. No, there won’t be a quiz, but you’ll likely learn some new things you can be really pissed off about. So join your slightly-snockered host and a browbeaten, possibly imaginary producer, Gavin, as they examine the cultural curiosities and historical oddities that the world a simple question--WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?

Episode 347: Hold My Hand, Across America
On the show this week we link up all the ways people in the 1980’s tried to help people in need because the government didn’t want to anymore. (Same as it ever was.)
32 min
Episode 346: I Pity the Fool that Don't Eat My ...
On the show this week we are looking at all the brands of breakfast cereal that were just basically cash grabs in the 1980’s (There were more than you remember)
30 min
Episode 345: Magically Delicious
On the show this week we open up the kitchen cabinet and pull down a box of Nostalgio's, the breakfast cereal for old people! (Don’t worry, they taste so bad you won’t WANT to eat them!)
29 min
Special Edition: Me and You in Twenty Twenty Two
In this Special Edition Host Dave Bledsoe does the BARE minimum phoning in a half assed new release whose only real purpose is to get the show back its production and release schedule after the holiday. (So you know, pretty much the usual.)
8 min
Episode 344: It's Not THAT Hard to Say Goodbye ...
On the show this week we look back at the year that was Two Thousand and Twenty One and realized, it was fucking terrible. (No great surprise there)
36 min
Episode 292: Finger Licking Good Time Redux
We've let the minions go home and forced Gavin to clean the studio men's room and Dave...is off on his Christmas Bender. So enjoy this "best of" show.
33 min
Episode 343: Frosty the Snow Ho
On the show this week, we take a look at some of the bizarre and inexplicable Christmas specials that taught us that sharing special times with family is the true meaning of Christmas. (And to buy whatever junk they were plugging in the special.)
28 min
Episode 342: Come And Buy My Weird Ass Toys
On the show this week we head back to the 1970’s to look at all the toys that were physically or psychologically (sometimes both) harmful to children that people thought were just fine.
32 min
Episode 341: I Hurt Myself Doing the Lindy Hop
On the show this week we talk about that time in the late 1990’s when we all thought we could swing dance! (We were wrong, we were so very wrong!)
35 min
Episode 340: Wall to Wall and Tree Top Tall
On the show this week, we climb into the cabs of our big rigs and take you back to the days when the Asphalt Cowboys captured America’s heart and everyone had a CB radio in their Pontiacs.
31 min
Episode 339: As God As My Witness, I Thought Tu...
On the show this week, we talk turkey day TV tropes and how every Thanksgiving Episode is exactly the same, except for one. (Of course it is WKRP!)
27 min
Episode 338: Got Me A Walkman and they Walked R...
On the show this week, we rolled back the technological clock to a simpler time when nothing could come between you and the music except for five hundred dollars, inflation adjusted. We are talking about the original Sony Walkman!
32 min
Episode 337: Eating Big Brother's Peanuts and D...
On the show this week we examine the legacy of the Good Old Boy Brother of America’s favorite living Ex-President, Billy Carter.
31 min
Episode 234: Dia de Gringos Redux
This week we take time off to celebrate Samhain so we are running a little show from 2019.
25 min
Episode 336: The Rats In the Walls Spooktacular...
On the show this week we wrap Spooktacular 2021 with a performance of HP Lovecraft’s The Rats in the Walls. (Don’t worry, we took all the racism out of it!)
47 min
Spooktacular 2021 Bonus: The Late Arrival
That one time Dave saw something he shouldn't have.
22 min
Episode 335: Them Creepy Ass Kids (Spooktacular...
On the show this week we keep Spooktacular 2021 rolling with talkies of kids who see ghosts and remember their past lives! (As if this one life isn’t bad enough!)
32 min
Episode 334: Undead On A Downtown Train (Spookt...
On the show this week Spooktacular 2021 rolls on down the steel rails with haunted subways and trains! (We mean actual ghosts, not the scary stuff that just happens on the train!)
34 min
Spooktacular 2021 Bonus: Producer Gavin Does D...
Our Spooktacular 2020 Patron Bonus about Dyatlov Pass featuring our own Yeti, Producer Gavin!
22 min
Episode 333: It Looks Like A Big Deadly Tylenol...
This week we kick off Spooktacular 2021 with a little random mass murder in Chicago, with the Tylenol Murders of 1982!
30 min
Spooktactacular 2021 Teaser
Dead Dave invites you all to join him in Hell, or Howard Beach whichever is more convenient.
2 min
Episode 332: Havana Ray Beaming
On the show this week we head on down to Havana Town to investigate what is making American spies and diplomats so sick? (Apparently, not guilt over American Imperialism)
29 min
Episode 331 Right Now Someone Is Planning Anoth...
On the show this week we head back to the halcyon days of yesterday when everything was clear, soap was pure, and a man could get a Crystal Pepsi at his local 7-11!
30 min
Episode 330: The Obligatory 9/11 Edition
Seriously, this is not a “fun” show. It is about what and how we remember what happened 20 years ago and if you want to skip this week, we understand.
26 min
Episode 329: I Got Stoned And I Missed It Pt 3 ...
On the show this week, we wrap up our series about Prohibition with part 3 of Just Say No America in which we tell you what we already said about the matter. (If you haven’t heard it, it’s new to you!)
19 min
Episode 328: No Bourbon, No Scotch and No Beer ...
On the show this week, we talk about how Prohibition was more about keeping immigrants and minorities in their place rather than saving them from demon alcohol. (Are you shocked? You shouldn’t be)
26 min
Episode 327: Operation Carrie Nation Pt 1 of Ju...
On the show this week kick off Part One of Just Say No America with the early days of temperance in America, one hatchet wielding granny at a time. (it’s CHOPPING time!)
23 min
Episode 326: Taking A Bite Outta McGruff
On the show this week we take a bite outta crime with McGruff the crime dog, who was never actually a cop because he could pass the psyche profile. (Violent tendencies, pees indoors)
27 min
Episode 325: Operators Are Standing, Bye Mr. Po...
On the show this week, we look back on the life and legacy of America’s Pitchman, Ron Popeil! (We should have called sooner, as our supplies of Ron Popeil have run out.)
30 min
Episode 324: Miss Cleo Hung Up On Me!
On the show this week we follow up last week’s 900 Numbers with the face that scammed millions of Americans: Miss Cleo! (We can say that now, she’s isn’t around to sue us!)
28 min
Episode 323: Two Dollars for the First Minute ....
On the show this week we dial up all the details on 900 Numbers and how they helped America cry when nothing else could. (From the size of the phone bills)
27 min
Episode 322: American Gerbilo
On the show this week we examine that time people said Richard Gere put a gerbil in his butt because they were scared of gay people. (Richard Gere: not gay, much to disappointment of some gay men)
27 min
Episode 321: The Real Legend of Boggy Creek, Ch...
On the show this week we talk about the Fouke Monster and the man who made millions making a movie about it! (No, seriously!)
28 min
Episode 320: Call Me...Chris Gaines
On the show this week we examine the Life of Chris Gaines who blazed like a falling star for about three months and then crashed into the ocean. (Honestly, we thought this podcast would do the same!)
29 min
Episode 319: The True Tale of Dallas Egbert
On the show this week we tell you the true tale behind the boy’s disappearance that launched Tom Hanks’ career. (And made Dave’s parents force him to quit playing Dungeons and Dragons)
29 min
Episode 318: It's A Pirate's Life for Me Part T...
On the show this week we wrap up our series on music piracy with the halcyon days of Napster before the music industry flooded it with porn and viruses! (Yeah, we KNOW it was you, assholes!)
36 min
Episode 317: It's A Pirate's Life For Me Part 1...
On the show this week we take to the high seas of music piracy with all the ways we stole music before Sean Fanning freed the music in the year 2000!
29 min
Episode 316: It's Not A COMMERCIAL! It's A Car...
On the show this week we talk about how in 1982 cartoons became toy commercials with toy commercials in them. (If you think Ronald Reagan had something to do with it, you win a prize!)
34 min
Episode 315: You Can't Avoid THAT Noid!
On the show this week, take a look back at the Cartoon Brand Mascots of the 1980’s in preparation for a whole other show we are planning NEXT week! (It's called FORESHADOWING PEOPLE! And it is a commonly used tactic in podcasting!)
28 min
Episode 314: Check A Coin With Your Witcher
On the show this week we are talking about the curious culture of the Challenge Coin! (COIN CHECK!)
30 min
Episode 313: I Would Smoke 500 Miles, And I Wou...
On the show this week, we open up that one drawer in the kitchen with all the menus and a phone book from 2001 to see how many Marlboro Miles we can find in there!
32 min
Episode 312: Oh, Oh, Here He Come, He’s A John ...
On the show this week we tune in Coast to Coast AM from Art Bell and try to remember our AIM password, because we are talking about Time Traveler John Titor!
29 min
Episode 311: The Truth According to Linda Hood ...
On the show this week we provide you with incontrovertible PROOF that Elvis not only faked his own death, but is alive and well to this day and is keeping the truth of his life hidden from all of us! (We don’t, he didn’t and come on this is just fucking crazy!)
29 min
Episode 310: "Gladys' Special Little Boy" Part ...
On the show this week we bring you a show about the King of Rock and Roll, his life, his strange ways, and his dick! (This one is for the ladies!)
31 min
Episode 309: The Cult of Personality Test
On the show this week we continue with Part Two of Why Do You Believe this Crap with Myers Briggs. (This shouldn’t cost us listeners at ALL!)
29 min
Episode 308: Never Mind I Didn't See Your Sign
On the show this week we kicked off a series called “Why Do You Believe This Crap?” with Astrology. (And just when we started to get a few listeners too!)
35 min
On the show this week we go to Island Time as we head back to the era of the Cocaine Cowboys and learn the true tale of an American Hero: Bum Farto. (That IS his real name!)
29 min
Episode 306: Dropped from Jupiter The Tale of t...
On the show this week we examine the mystery of the Toynbee Tiles and their strange messages stuck on the streets.
28 min
What the HELL Were You Thinking Spotify Trailer
Just a quick promo for the show, which if you are…
1 min
Episode 305: It Looks Somebody Has a Case of th...
On the show this week we tackle an issue no one ever thought of because it is frankly ludicrous: Is Garfield Evil? (Yes, this really IS what we are talking about.)
25 min
Episode 304: Fly the Friendly Skyjackers Part 3...
On the show this week examine some of the people who MIGHT be DB Cooper. (But probably aren’t.)
28 min
Episode 303: Fly the Friendly Skyjackers Part T...
On the show this week, we meet the most famous Skyjacker of them all, Dan Cooper! (Yeah, that DB thing, totally made up!)
26 min
Episode 302: Fly the Friendly Skyjackers Part 1...
On the show this week we head back to the heyday of airline travel, when the seats were roomy and a lot of your flights unexpectedly arrived in Havana!
27 min
Episode 301: Woo Hoo Hoo, It's All Been Done B...
On the show this week we talk about that time a bunch of Republicans tried to overthrow the government for a fascist dictatorship. (No, not that THAT time, the other one.)
27 min
Episode 300: Three Hundred Pods of Heavenly Joy
On the show this week, we celebrate our 300th episode of this podcast by asking, you know, what the hell were you thinking?
34 min
Episode 299: Good Love Is Hard to Find
On the show week we head back to 1978 looking for love only to find the Dating Game Killer, Rodney Alcala! (All the good ones are either taken or are in the middle of a cross country murder spree!)
28 min
Episode 298: Big Bucks, No Whammies, STOP!
On the show this week, we talk about the day the Whammies Died on Press Your Luck!
27 min
Episode 297: I've Got Friends In Q Places
On the show this week,we checked in with our old friends in the QAnon World to see how they are coping with reality. (Turns out, not well!)
27 min
Special Edition 11: Our Latest Long National Ni...
Buh Bye Donnie!
10 min
Episode 296: Little Myth Can't Be Wrong
On the show this week we come to grips with what happened in Washington DC by examining the foundational myth of America! (You know, that shining city shit!)
25 min
Episode 295: Big Lizards In Our Backyards!
On the show this week we talk about the REAL Reptilians, the ones controlling EVERYTHING including your local Burger King!
33 min
Episode 294: I'm Drinking 2020 Goodbye
On the show this week we look at everything that happened in 2020 and what Dave drank to get through it. (If you are looking for deep insights on the year, this ain’t it.)
34 min
Episode 293: This Is the Last Worthless Christm...
This week Host Dave Bledsoe goes on his annual Christmas Bender, so Producer Gavin St. James FINALLY gets his big shot at the microphone!
19 min
Episode 292: Finger Licking Good Time
On the show this week honoring the 40th Anniversary of the passing of an American legend (And notorious fuckboi) we talk about the life and times of Colonel Harland Sanders. (Dude was HORN-EE!)
31 min
Episode 291: The Ruror Furor
On the show this week are talking about the Rural Purge, which has nothing to do with the myriad election lawsuits and everything to do with Beverly Hillbillies. (You are welcome!)
28 min
Episode 290: That Loser Who Shot John Lennon
On the show this week we mine the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death for all the clicks and downloads we can with the backstory of the fat stupid loser that killed him.
29 min
Episode 289: Reverend Jones, You Better Watch Y...
On the show this week we wrap up with part two of Jim Jones the early years much to our surprise. (We really thought he would run a best of show this week! But again, IS there really such a thing?)
32 min
Thanksgiving Bonus Episode 35: Jesus, Uncle Dav...
This week the show is “enjoying” a socially distant Thanksgiving, meaning Dave is alone in the studio naked from the waist down rubbing his bare ass on Gavin’s microphone
12 min
Episode 288: Pass Me A Bottle, Reverend Jones
On the show this week we mark the 42nd Anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre with our trademark brand of good taste and compassion. (Meaning very little of either)
31 min
Episode 287: The Witch of November
On the show this week, we mark the 45th anniversary of the loss of the Pride of the American Side with a whole new theory on what happened to The Fitz. (Hint: corporations=bad)
28 min
Episode 286: One Toke Over the State Line, Swee...
On the show this week we talk about the BIG news from the election, New Jersey has legalized weed! (Every meet up at the Bada Bong!)
26 min
Episode 285: Rendlesham Part Two Bentwaters Bo...
On the show this week we wrap up Spooktacular 2020 with Part Two of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident with some hard truths about the Defenders of the Force.
33 min
Spooky Special: Black Jack Church
In this 2019 Spooky Special Dave tells a story his Granny told him.
7 min
Episode 284: There’s A Light Over At the Rendle...
On the show this week we head across to The Pond to examine our Special Relationship with the United Kingdom and how together we hide the evidence of the existence of UFO’s. The Spooktacular continues with the Rendlesham Forest Incident!
32 min
Spooktacular 2020 Bonus: The Tell Tale Heart b...
A dramatic reading of the Poe classic by Host Dave Bledsoe
15 min
Episode 283: Play Me Some Mountain Madness Part...
On the show this week we examine other people’s theories of the disappearance from the likely to the wildly implausible. (Again, you expected answers?)
32 min
Spooky Special: Letters, We Get Letters!
From last year's Patreon Exclusive. we provide a little taste of what we have behind the paywall!
6 min
Episode 282: Play Me Some Mountain Madness The ...
On the show this week we kick off Spooktacular 2020 with part one of a two part story about the missing Yuba County Five!
24 min
Episode 281: Get Me the HELL Out of Here, Part ...
On the show this week, it is part two of two part series about getting the hell off this dumb, dumb planet!
29 min
Episode 280: Get Me the HELL Out of HERE! Part...
On the show this week we examine our options for permanent relocation to another, more understandable planet so that we do not have to cope with all the horrible news we’ve experienced this week alone. (We admit, we are really grasping at straws with this solution.)
24 min
Episode 279: Warning! Challenger Jokes Ahead!
On the show this week we are somehow topical and yet entirely outdated as we talk about the Challenger Disaster. (Yes, sadly, he DOES do the jokes.)
34 min
Special Edition 10: Inflection Point
In this Special Edition Podcast we reflect on the dire situation the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg places all of us in, and mourn how her passing will be eclipsed by the coming shit storm.
14 min
Episode 278: No One Cares About Your Baby's Pen...
On the show this week we examine the peculiar phenomena of burning down a state to let people know about your children’s genitals.
26 min
Episode 277: The Stranger Danger Was Dangerousl...
On the show this week we Save the Children from all the people who want to save the children
23 min
Episode 276: Ooh, What a Cucky Man, He Was
On the show this week, we tell you the gripping story of a pair of religious hucksters and the hunky pool boy! (From our forthcoming children's book!)
24 min
Episode 275: New York City? We Heard You Was ...
On the show this week, we discuss the premature obituaries of The Big Apple. (Just like Snake, we ain’t dead!)
29 min
Episode 274: Wait A Minute Mister Postmaster
On the show this week we lick it, stick and push it in the box.! (The mailbox you pervs!)
23 min
Episode 273: School's Out FOREVER!
On the show this week we take a look at an issue that does not concern us in the least, yet could actually kill us: should we reopen schools. (Probably not, but they will do it anyway.)
23 min
Episode 272: Every Single One of Us the Devil I...
On the show this week we talk about Trump’s newest medical professional “Doctor” Stella Immanuel and her interesting ideas about medicine!
26 min
Episode 271: Q Can It Be Now?
On the show this week, we take a fresh look at the Q Anon Conspiracy only to find, somehow, against all odds, it’s gotten dumber.
20 min
Episode 270: Donwanna Be An American Idiot
On the show this week we talk about how everything is just so damn dumb right now. (It’s a recurring topic.)
21 min
Episode 269: A Snitch Fairy Gets Her Wings
On the show this week we examine the strange and not all suspicious life and deeds of Jeffery Epstein’s Lady Goon Ghislaine Maxwell.
24 min
Episode 268: Dude, the Preferred Nomenclature i...
This week Host Dave Bledsoe dusts off his 1st Edition Monster Manual and confirms Orcs are in fact. Lawful Evil.
23 min
Episode 267: Boom Boom On Come the Lights
On the show this week we ask the same question all of you are asking: WHO THE FUCK IS SETTING OFF FIREWORKS AT THREE AM!?!?
24 min
Episode 266: Partridge Family Bus Full of Antifa
On the show this week we examine why Reuben Kincaid and the Partridge Family want to burn down small town America!
27 min
Episode 265: THIS Pig Was Cool
On the show this week we tackle the idea of a world without police. (Imagine that!)
31 min
Episode 264 "Citizen Soldier"
Show Notes Episode 264: Citizen Soldier This we…
27 min
Episode 263: The Language of the Unheard
Show Notes Episode 263: The Language of the Unhea…
12 min
Epsidoe 262: You're Not the Boss of Me Now
Episode 262: “You’re Not the Boss of Me Now”Thi…
23 min
Episode 261: Are You More of a Dunning, Or Mor...
Show Notes Episode 261: Are You More A Dunning or…
28 min