Ep 87: It Was A Brilliant Cure, But We Lost The Patient: Asylums Part 2

You may have noticed the irony that can be attached to the phrase, ‘what do we have to lose?’ So often things can go horribly wrong just after someone asks that fateful, seemingly rhetorical question. That’s sort of what happened once people decided to stop just confining people with mental illness, and started trying to ‘cure’ them. Join us this week as we explore medical treatments for mental illness from shock therapy to lobotomy; and meet those whose voices sounded alarm from Kesey to Kennedy.

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Ep 86: We’re All Mad Here: Asylums Part 1

 

The Lunatic Asylum has loomed large in the public imagination since its very establishment as an institution. We have never been sure what to do with the mad, to use the vernacular of a bygone era. Despite our admitted ineptitude, we have been more than willing to try and do something with them for ages. Most of the things we did for most of recorded history have been horrifying, barbaric and ineffective. Join us this week as we explore the history of asylums and treatments for the mentally ill. We will discuss Nellie Bly’s breakthrough account of her experiences in the Blackwell’s Asylum, and the documentary that recorded World War II veterans’ experience PTSD, ‘Let There Be Light’. We will even spend a little time discussing the death of George Washington, and being glad that medicine has made a few advances since then.

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Ep 85: Gen. Zaroff, I Presume: Hunting Humans

We, as humans, enjoy our place atop the food chain. Whether it’s true or not, we’ve done a great job convincing ourselves we are basically invincible when it comes to predators. Lions, tigers, and bears, oh, balderdash. However, what if it wasn’t an animal that was pursuing us? Join us this week as we explore the myth of Man the Hunter; the story of The Most Dangerous Game, and the truth that makes them resonant. 

 

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Ep 84: Betcha on Land They Understand: Mermaids

Join us this week for a special broadcast from under the sea! We will be exploring the long history of people who live underwater and the various purported forms they’ve taken throughout history. From fish, to dolphins, to seals and even walruses; the human/animal hybrids who populate the seven seas are incredibly diverse, and we will discuss them all right here! Let’s see if we can’t figure out why the world has been, and continues to be, so enamored with mermaids and their mythic kin while we’re here. (And maybe make some fish puns).

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Episode 83: Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

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In WWI an urban legend was born that has persisted for a century. Its parents? British intelligence officers. They spread a nasty story about the Germans turning their own war dead into soap. And it stuck. But have people been turned into soap? We’ll examine the true stories of inhumane craft projects and the dirty secrets of notorious detergent-rendering diabolicals. We’ll also look into real world war crimes that yielded their own array of macabre souvenirs, concluding with the story of Ilse Koch and her infamous table lamps.

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Ep 83: Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

In WWI an urban legend was born that has persisted for a century. Its parents? British intelligence officers. They spread a nasty story about the Germans turning their own war dead into soap. And it stuck. But have people been turned into soap? We’ll examine the true stories of inhumane craft projects and the dirty secrets of notorious detergent-rendering diabolicals. We’ll also look into real world war crimes that yielded their own array of macabre souvenirs, concluding with the story of Ilse Koch and her infamous table lamps.

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Ep 83: Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair

In WWI an urban legend was born that has persisted for a century. Its parents? British intelligence officers. They spread a nasty story about the Germans turning their own war dead into soap. And it stuck. But have people been turned into soap? We’ll examine the true stories of inhumane craft projects and the dirty secrets of notorious detergent-rendering diabolicals. We’ll also look into real world war crimes that yielded their own array of macabre souvenirs, concluding with the story of Ilse Koch and her infamous table lamps.

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Ep 82: What’s So Funny?: Jokelore

Why do we tell jokes? They’re sticky little stories with set-ups and punchlines, and they spread like wildfire. The epitome of the modern oral tradition, jokes have more to say than it might originally appear. Join us this week for a crash course in the history of gallows humor, and way it shaped the history of professional comedians in America. We’ll also discuss the elusive line between profanity and art; humor and harassment; hysterically funny and horribly cruel.

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Ep 81: Grave Concerns: Ancient Indian Burial Grounds

Do you know why that house, school, building, fairground, place, etc. is haunted? It’s because it was built atop an ancient Indian burial ground. Or at least that is what popular culture would have you believe. Especially in the 1970s. Why is that idea so, pardon the pun, haunting? We’ll explore the origins of the notion, and the ways in which its power has been reinforced by fact and fiction. We’ll be tackling topics from pilgrim plundering, to Jacksonian jackassery; from Manifest Destiny to dysentery; we will leave no stone unturned as we examine the history of settlements, perhaps entire nations, built upon the bones of Native Americans. Join us as we discuss the ghosts created by America.

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Ep 80: Ill Defined History: The F Word

It seems like the history of definitions and dictionaries might be a bone dry topic. However, things are seldom what they seem. Things are complex, and complicated, and dark and ill-defined. Until they are not. This is the story of how words come to have definitions; and the battles, and madness, and passions that have shaped the language and the meanings we agree upon today. We’ll kick this week off by exploring the fascinating false etymology of everyone’s favorite foul word. Then learn about the American language, and the way in which its chief lexicographer hoped to shape the national identity. Finally we will explore the relationship between a criminally insane American Civil War doctor and the finest dictionary ever compiled. 

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Ep 79: The Strange Case Of…

The monsters will get you, if you don’t watch out. They’re all around. They’re just waiting for their chance to come out. Or are you waiting for yours? Join us this week for a series of strange cases as we learn that the worst place for monsters to hide, is inside.

 

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Ep 78: Illegitimate Concerns: Phantom Social Workers

What’s more frightening than the idea of your own child being kidnapped or harmed? Nothing. Right. Now that we’ve established that, let’s look at the legend of the phantom social worker with fresh eyes. This story is not a boogeyman tale for children, it’s a boogeyman story for their parents. This week we will explore the world of parental paranoia and the realities that fuel those fears. From Irish orphanages’ hidden burial ground; to the Angel Maker, Amelia Dyer; to ninos rabados in Spain, we will find there is much to fear when you’re trying to keep your babies safe. We’ll conclude with an in depth look at the forgotten history of midcentury American maternity homes and the marks they left on our cultural landscape.

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Ep 77: Burns, Burns, Burns; The Ring of Fire

For years, decades, even centuries; the rumors of human beings bursting into flames of their own accord has been a rumor that no one can seem to put out.  The phenomenon known as Spontaneous Human Combustion, or SHC, as we in the biz call it, has been the subject of debate and gossip for quite some time, but what is it, exactly? Join us this week as we ask this question and attempt to answer it and others like: is it possible? If not, then how do you explain the mysterious (and well documented) cases thoughout history? And what’s up with the Wicked Witch of the East feet left behind?

 

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