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Join comedian, musician, and pirate geek Phil Johnson as he explores the history and pop culture of pirates.  Interviews with leading historians, actors, artists, writers, musicians, treasure hunters, pirate festival organizers, and more. 
From Captain Charles Johnson’s “A General History of Pirates” to JM Barrie’s Captain Hook to Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling cinematic adventures to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean juggernaut, pirates have captured the world’s imagination for hundreds of years.  
This show dives deep into the pirate community to talk to the people that bring the stories and history to vibrant life.  You’ll also find they use that history of criminals and cutthroats to make the world a better place through charity work and a sunny outlook on life.
Whether you’re an old salt with your own cutlass or a someone who just thinks Johnny Depp looks cool with a brain in his hair, the colorful characters in Under the Crossbones are sure to take you away from your day to day and drag you kicking and screaming out to sea.

Thursday January 18th, 2018 - 12:39 pm

Here's a little clip from my talk with Scarlett Dearheart of Dearheart's Doodads on this week's UTC wherein we discover her semi-forgotten love of clothing design. Check out the whole episode at ... See MoreSee Less

Scarlett Dearheart of Dearheart's Doodads on Under The Crossbones Pirate Podcast

Wednesday January 17th, 2018 - 4:44 pm

As much as I'd like to ride Pirates of the Caribbean when we go to Paris, their version looks identical to Anaheim. Has anyone been? Is it different? ... See MoreSee Less


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I haven't been, but it is slightly different in these ways: You go up a waterfall and see both Davy Jones and Blackbeard. The captain of the wicked wench is still the original captain, and Barbossa has his own scene in a cave later in the ride. The end scene features Jack in a cave filled with gold, vs Anaheim's ride which is just a treasure room.

While we're on the subject Land POTC > World POTC and it's all because of the swamp beginning lol

Friday January 12th, 2018 - 3:40 pm

Just recorded a fun talk with Keith Martin of the National Institute of Standards and Technology on a pretty fascinating little side note in pirate history.

Coming in a few weeks. 🙂
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Thursday January 11th, 2018 - 3:38 pm

A little clip from this week's show with Eric Nelson of "Pirates of the Great Salt Lake" talking about their screening for MTv. Check out the whole episode at ... See MoreSee Less

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Wednesday January 10th, 2018 - 3:42 pm

Some late breaking news for you San Francisco pirates... I'll be headlining the #HellaFunny show at Cobb's Comedy next Thurs Jan 18th.

If you'd like to see the show I have a generous guest list to offer. Just send me a quick note and I'll make it happen.
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Thursday January 4th, 2018 - 12:40 pm

This week's episode with Marcus Rediker, author of Villains of All Nations is getting rave reviews from listeners! 🙂 Here's a little clip from the show with his thoughts about the symbolism of the Jolly Roger.

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Marcus Rediker on Under The Crossbones


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What a great start to 2018! Historians and authors have been my favorite guests on UtC, and this one was excellent. 😊

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