The Crash Program

The Crash Program

Journalist, author and filmmaker Crash Barry podcasts from the foothills of western Maine. Season One features Devils and Dirtbags, his on-going true crime investigation of the criminal priests and bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. Season Two, aka Tough Island, is his comparatively light-hearted but still gritty tales of living and working on a remote Maine island when he was a much younger man. Season Three includes in-depth looks at Disinfomaniacs, along with interviews, conversations and independent journalism focused on the intersection of culture and politics.

March 18, 2024x
01:26:39119.03 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 14, No Hugs for Chuds, Part 2

Things are getting weird out there. in these days leading to the 2024 election, in Maine and across the country, hard right extremists are trying to destroy democracy. In this episode, we discuss strategies on how to fight the fash, starting with a conversation with author Mira Ptacin about the phil...

February 16, 2024x
59:0181.07 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 13: The Pre-Obituary of Eliot Cutler

CONTENT WARNING: In this episode of Disinfomaniacs, Crash and Andy discuss Maine millionaire and wannabe gov Eliot Cutler and his arrest and jail sentence for possessing child sex abuse material. Then Crash explains how a flawed assessment protocol was used in court to mitigate Cutler’s punishment. ...

November 26, 2023x
01:05:4690.34 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 12: Maine lawmaker’s fishy tale about rogue wave capsizing lobster boat & his rescue by God and angels

Crash takes a deep dive on why the fishy tale by GOP leader of the Maine House of Representatives of a rogue wave, angels and God is scientifically impossible. Also, Crash discusses the sternman's serious injuries due to Billy Bob Faulkingham acting like a fool while taking pics of breaking waves fo...

November 03, 2023x
34:3947.6 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 11: vice-chair of Moms for Liberty Maine chapter allegedly groomed, with drugs & violence, an underage teenager he impregnated.

CW: This episode deals with allegations of sexual abuse, as well as domestic violence, grooming and discusses of heroin addiction. Listener be warned. You'll hear Justin Whynot, the vice-chair of the local Moms for Liberty chapter (and candidate for school board) tell the RSU 14 (Windham and Raymond...

November 01, 2023x
01:12:4599.93 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 10: Good News, Bad News and Really Sad News

In this episode we cover Hammer-the-chud-cult leader's recent decision about his land in Springfield, Maine and Shawn McB (the creepy dude from Trans-Panic in Maine, Parts 1 and 2) and his run for town council in Hampden Maine. But most importantly, we discuss the Lewiston Massacre, the mass shootin...

October 03, 2023x
01:03:3287.27 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 9: (Trans-Panic in Maine, Part 3)

CW: Lots of bad language and anti-LGBTQ rantings by a lunatic. NSFW or for kids. In this episode, we show a real life example of the trickle down impact of the hateful rhetoric being spewed by right-wing media influencers. Crash interviews a gun-toting Trump-loving homeowner in western Maine with th...

September 19, 2023x
01:17:30106.47 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 8 (The Curse of Boneface, Hammer Part 4)

In this episode, we tell the saga of Boneface, a Florida con-artist who duped Hammer (the neo-nazi setting up a compound in Maine) into believing he was an Ukrainian Freedom Fighter who fought and killed Russians alongside Azov Brigade. Thing is, Boneface was lying. Also, we cover how the right-wing...

September 11, 2023x
01:06:4691.71 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 7 (Trans-Panic in Maine, Part 2)

Part 2 of our on-going series provides a close look at the folks and groups promoting transphobia Down East. Shawn McBreairty's lawyer, for instance, who has argued that laws regarding 'child sexual abuse content' be loosened. Or the convicted child sex offender who served as "Director of Advocacy" ...

September 01, 2023x
01:28:53122.1 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 6 (Trans-Panic in Maine, Part 1)

School board meetings in Maine are getting pretty crazy. Long gone are the days when debate and discussion were focused on budgets, discipline policies and Maine school funding formula. Lately, thanks to the talking points furnished by far-right bigots and influencers like Maine's Shawn McBreairty a...

July 24, 2023x
01:29:59123.59 MB

Disinfomaniacs Episode 5 (Hammer Part 3)

We continue our discussion about the neo-Nazi in Springfield, Maine named Chris Pohlhaus, aka Hammer. Details include his plans to join the Ukraine war and to lead a huge march in Florida. Also we discuss Allegash Brewing and Planet Fitness' not wanting the chud as a customer AND how the Maine CDC s...

April 04, 2023x
01:36:24132.41 MB

Season 3: Disinfomaniacs Episode 4 (Hammer, Part 2)

In Part Two of this two-parter, we continue our reporting on Chris Pohlhaus, aka Hammer, the Wotan-and-Hitler worshiping chud planning to turn 10 acres in Springfield, Maine into a tiny home community for his so-called "Blood Gang." This episode includes more details about Hammer's strategy and life...

March 20, 2023x
01:27:20119.96 MB

Season 3: Disinfomaniacs Episode 3 (Hammer Part 1)

This is Part One of the story of a neo-Nazi influencer and itinerant tattooist Chris Pohlhaus aka “Hammer” who has plans to build a “tiny house compound” for neo-Nazis and their families, in Maine, on 10 acres of land he owns in a little town an hour northeast of Bangor. Also, Hammer is the dude spo...

March 08, 2023x
01:42:36140.93 MB

Season 3: A conversation with Dave Gutter

Crash interviews his pal, Maine rock icon (and Grammy-winning songwriter) Dave Gutter, after they both smoked a bunch of OG Kush. Topics included Dave's musical relationships with David Bowie, Aaron Neville and Eric Krasno. Also, stories from the road with his band Rustic Overtones and the REAL reas...

February 11, 2023x
01:26:39119.01 MB

Season 3: Disinfomaniacs Episode 2

In the second episode of Disinfomaniacs, we take a deep dive into the group of Christian Nationalists who staged a coup d'etat on January 28 and seized control of the executive committee of the Maine Republican Party. Andy O'Brien explains the background of new chairmen Joel Stetkis, while Nathan Be...

January 23, 2023x
28:4039.4 MB

Season 3: Coastie- salty tales from a drunken sailor fighting the war on drugs

Coastie is the prequel to Crash Barry's Tough Island. During Coastie, you’ll sail from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico aboard a 210 foot Coast Guard cutter, during the late 1980s drug war and war on Haitian refugees and witness the misadventures and mistakes of Seaman Barry, a 20-year-old st...

January 03, 2023x
28:3139.18 MB

Season 3: In Memoriam: Maine Storyteller John McDonald

Crash and John McDonald were pals for a quarter century, first working together in talk radio back in the mid-1990s. John died on Dec. 20, 2022. This is Crash's tribute to him, one Maine storyteller to another.

December 16, 2022x
01:32:39127.25 MB

Season 3: Disinfomaniacs Episode 1

Disinfomaniacs is a podcast about the liars, grifters and fascist charlatans intent on destroying democracy and, ultimately, civilization. Crash Barry, Nathan Bernard and Andy O'Brien report how propaganda trickles down to negatively impact local communities so they can expose, debunk and pre-bunk t...

December 14, 2022x
28:4439.47 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 14 The Finale

In the series finale, Crash returns to Matinicus, twice. Also, Mary-Margaret confronts Crash again, 20 years later.

December 14, 2022x
27:1237.37 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 13

In this penultimate chapter, Crash hitchhikes to Portland and gets a sweet lift. Also, we learn how radio ruined the island. And Crash shaves his beard and moves off Matinicus, headed to the University of Southern Maine.

December 14, 2022x
27:4838.2 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 12

While camping with Alice on an even more remote Maine island, Crash is introduced to Carlos Castaneda. Then Crash’s parents visit Matinicus. Also, a scary Halloween tale of gunfire and whiskey.

December 14, 2022x
28:2339 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 11

A tragedy strikes the sheep living on Wheaton Island and a perfect Matinicus wedding where Captain Edwin and Crash show up wearing the same outfit. Content warning: this episode contains the death of animals and domestic abuse.

December 14, 2022x
27:4938.23 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 10

CONTENT WARNING: This chapter contains cats, poetry and a bizarre suicide. Also, Crash's wife sings a sonnet by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

December 14, 2022x
28:3639.29 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 9

One of Crash’s partying pals decides to return to church, only to experience God’s wrath. Thanks to Captain Edward and Nan, (and some psychedelics) Crash’s life gets better.

December 14, 2022x
26:2536.3 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 8

Crash and Captain Donald have a disagreement, Crash ends up working on a presidential campaign and someone Crash loves, dies.

December 13, 2022x
27:1837.51 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 7

Crash realizes he can’t pass the Able-Bodied Seaman’s drug test, Mary-Margaret gets in trouble and so does Captain Donald.

December 13, 2022x
28:1138.73 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 6

The “Perfect Storm of 1991” strikes outer Penobscot Bay, Crash almost dies (a couple of times) and the story of the January 1992 sinking of the tugboat Harkness during a winter gale. Luckily, Captain Vance Bunker, a true hero, willingly heads into the storm.

December 12, 2022x
27:5438.33 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 5

Crash trades cigarettes with some Russian sailors, scratches Captain Donald’s truck and almost gets stranded on a deserted island.

December 12, 2022x
26:5236.92 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 4

Crash wrestles with a cougar, Captain Donald rescues mariners-in-distress and a flock of puffins surround a shipwreck.

December 12, 2022x
26:1636.1 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 3

In Chapter 3 of Tough Island, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerold Day gets run off the island and Crash almost crashes Captain Donald’s boat. Plus, an underwater graveyard and how to dispose of an old vehicle or an ancient washing machine, island-style.

December 12, 2022x
26:3836.6 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 2

In Chapter 2, Crash moves into his room in Captain Donald’s fishhouse. Also, he goes for a motorcycle ride. And we meet Deputy Jerold Day, the first cop to ever live on Matinicus, Maine's most remote inhabited island.

December 08, 2022x
28:3539.26 MB

Season 2: Tough Island Chapter 1

After getting out of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1991, Crash moves to Matinicus, Maine's most remote inhabited island to work as a sternman aboard a lobster boat, The Dotted Eye. And he meets his new boss, Captain Donald, and his wife, Mary-Margaret. She was 100 percent gray. Her short hair. Her sunken ...

June 16, 2021x
51:0970.29 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 15, Richard Lavigne Got Away with Murder, part two

We hear a sad tale from "Sarah," the long-suffering wife of one of Richard Lavigne's victims. She tells us about her husband's abuse at the hands of the murderer priest and the impact it had their family.

June 09, 2021x
01:07:5293.23 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 14, Richard Lavigne Got Away With Murder, part one

On the night of May 21, 2021, the suspected murderer Richard Lavigne died at the age of 80 from COVID complications. The local DA claimed he was getting ready to arrest the former priest and charge him with Danny Croteau's murder, but since Lavigne was dead, he now considers the case closed. On this...

February 11, 2020x
51:5671.35 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 13, In Memory of Danny

In the season finale of Devils and Dirtbags, we tie up some loose ends and visit the spot where Danny Croteau was murdered on April 14th, 1972.

January 15, 2020x
50:4869.79 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 12, Danny Croteau’s sister

We hear from Danny Croteau's youngest sister, an inspirational woman named Cat, on how the 1972 murder of her brother impacted her entire family.

January 01, 2020x
58:3780.53 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 11, The Suspected Murderer, part four

Crash knocks on the door of Richard Lavigne and the child molesting ex-priest has a lot to say.

December 10, 2019x
01:04:0087.92 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 10, The Depraved Lying Bishop, part two

Both Father James Scahill and reporter Bill Zajac knew Bishop Thomas Dupre was evil. How could they stop him?

December 03, 2019x
01:14:55102.89 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 9,The Depraved Lying Bishop, part one

How could men like Richard Lavigne, Father X and Charles Sullivan, plus dozens of other Springfield priests, get away with such evil criminal behavior? Well, when the person in charge of a group is depraved, then, usually, the whole damn organization is rotten. For over 25 years, Thomas Dupre held a...

November 26, 2019x
01:01:5885.14 MB

Devils and Dirtbags #8, Father X, part four

Father X, under the influence of bourbon and a willing listener, reveals all about his sordid family history... and why he turned out to be so evil.

November 19, 2019x
55:4776.64 MB

Devils and Dirtbags #7, Father X, part three

Using the element of surprise, and a bottle of 100 proof bourbon, Crash gets Father X to tell his tale of woe.

November 12, 2019x
01:06:4491.67 MB

Devils and Dirtbags #6, Father X, part two

The second of four episodes about a priestly serial molester of altar boys who never was punished and went on to work as a drug and alcohol counselor.

November 05, 2019x
59:2880.05 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 5, Father X, part one

The first of four episodes about a priestly serial molester of altar boys who never was punished and went on to work as a drug and alcohol counselor.

October 29, 2019x
57:5677.9 MB

Devils and Dirtbags #4, The Angry Drunkard

Father Charles Sullivan was punished for his drunkenness, his whore-mongering and for threatening to shoot the Bishop. And he died alone, in disgrace, abandoned by the church.

October 22, 2019x
01:07:4290.96 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 3, The Suspected Murderer, part three

Father Richard Lavigne gets arrested for multiple counts of child molestation and child rape. Will he ever be punished?

October 15, 2019x
58:2580.25 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 2, The Suspected Murderer, part two

Episode Two begins with an apocalyptic Catholic doomsday cult with odd sexual practices. Meanwhile, the suspected murderer priest continues to molest altar boys.

October 07, 2019x
01:02:5486.41 MB

Devils and Dirtbags # 1, The Suspected Murderer, part one.

Thirteen year old altar boy Danny Croteau was murdered on April 14, 1972. And a Catholic priest was the sole suspect.