‘Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything’ Embarks on New Multi-part Series: ‘False Alarm!’

Starting today, April 3, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything is embarking on a months-long journey to explore fact, fiction and the area in between through the multi-part series “False Alarm!”

In a world where fake news and alternative facts have declared war on the real — wreaking havoc and causing panic — what is a podcast like Benjamen’s that blends documentary and fiction to do?

Throughout the series, Benjamen will explore nuclear fallout shelters in Manhattan, venture to a strip club in New Jersey to meet a very newsworthy stripper, create his own cryptocurrency and try to answer this question: “Are people actually getting stupider?”

Even Benjamen has a tough time unearthing the real facts.

In the first episode of “False Alarm!” — This Is Not a Drill!! — the battle between the real and the fake begins with a text alert sent out to everyone in Hawaii on a balmy Saturday morning.

We also hear from the man who has written the text alert that will go out to all New Yorkers in the event of a real emergency. Artist Stan Douglas shows us how to reconstruct the future, and your host turns to fellow FiveThirtyEight’s Jody Avirgan for advice on how to own the “real-ish” podcast genre. Plus, the boy who cried wolf meets the Emperor with no clothes.

Subscribe to ‘Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything’ on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic or wherever you listen so you don’t miss a second of his new series, ‘False Alarm!’