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Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
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Ephemeral
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The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”
 
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This American Life
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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
 
Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, LIGHTSPEED is a Hugo Award-winning, critically-acclaimed digital magazine. In its pages, you'll find science fiction from near-future stories and sociological SF to far-future, star-spanning SF. Plus there's fantasy from epic sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban tales to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folk tales. Each month, LIGHTSPEED brings you a mix of originals and reprints featuring a variety of authors, from the bestseller ...
 
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Lore
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Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (as well as a TV show and book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history.Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
 
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RISK!
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If you like The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, take a walk on the wilder side with RISK! Your colorful host Kevin Allison (of the legendary comedy group The State) helms this surprisingly uncensored show where people tell jaw-dropping true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. RISK! is hilarious, heart-wrenching and remarkably real. Think you've heard it all? Fasten your seatbelt.
 
Murder and the paranormal finally meet! Grab your wine and milkshakes and join us every Sunday for some chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. The world's a scary place. And that's why we drink!
 
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Outlook
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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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Conversations
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Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.
 
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Sleep With Me
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Insomnia? Mind racing at night? Worries keeping you up? Tune in for a bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and progressively gets more boring until you fall to sleep. So get in bed, press play, close your eyes, and drift off into dreamland.
 
The Last Podcast On The Left covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers, The Last Podcast is guaranteed to satisfy your blood lust.
 
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Snap Judgment
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Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, and dramatic radio. Hosted by Glynn Washington.
 
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! T ...
 
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Imagined Life
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What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia ...
 
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Family Secrets
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Family Secrets. We all have them. And while the discovery of family secrets can initially be terrifying or traumatic, often these discoveries have the power to liberate, heal, and even uplift us. Join Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of the memoir Inheritance, and her guests as they explore astonishing family secrets and uncover the extraordinary lessons the truth can teach us.
 
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Heavyweight
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Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
 
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Tales
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You think you know the story…But do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents ancient fairy tales the way they were originally told: orally, and unadulterated. Tales is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.
 
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The Truth
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THE TRUTH makes movies for your ears. They're short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Every story is different, but they all take you to unexpected places using only sound. If you're new, some good starting places are: Silvia's Blood, That's Democracy, Moon Graffiti, Tape Delay, or whatever's most recent. Listening with headphones is encouraged! We're a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
 
You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.
 
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Dear Sugars
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Radically empathic advice
 
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Survival
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When the stakes are life and death, you'd be surprised at the lengths you’d go to survive. Pain, hunger, and fear can seem like paralyzing obstacles, but in the face of real danger, they’re actually what keeps us alive. ​Every week, we'll follow a different survivor's visceral and inspiring fight for life, and examine how the trauma impacted them forever. ​These are the stories of what happens when the human self-preservation instinct is pushed to its limit, through the eyes of the world's m ...
 
On the Stories Podcast, we perform a new story for your children every week. The stories range from retellings of fairy tales like Snow White to classic stories like Peter Rabbit and even completely original works. Everything is G rated and safe for all ages. The perfect kids podcast for imaginative families. Whether you’re driving with your children or just want to limit your kids’ screen time, Stories Podcast delivers entertainment that kids and parents alike will love.
 
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Criminal
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Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
These aren't the stories your mother used to tell you ... no, these are The Other Stories. The Other Stories is a weekly short story podcast. A modern take on The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits. Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF stories delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning.
 
The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids—diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond—in front of total strangers. PS: It totally likes you. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Bedtime Stories
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Turn off the lights, get into bed and plug in your earphones. It's time for a creepy bedtime story. For the discerning horror fan, we cover the most chilling cases from around the world. From the paranormal to the supernatural, unsolved mysteries and strange deaths to cryptids, conspiracy theories and the most disturbing of true crimes, all told in a unique and creepy way. Join us every week for a new scary story.bedtime.stories@outlook.com
 
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Kind World
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Kind World is a show about compassion. Through stories big and small, we explore the effect one act can have on a life, to better understand each other and ourselves.
 
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Something Scary
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Do you wanna hear something scary? Join Sapphire and Markeia every week as they bring you the creepiest ghost stories, urban legends, and folktales.
 
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Scare You To Sleep
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Curl up and relax as I read you a spooky bed time story! Join me in enjoying the soothing, although somewhat unnerving, sounds of all that goes bump in the night.From ghosts in the bayou to serial killers in the 90s, we've got everything you need to be scared to sleep!
 
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the memory palace
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the memory palace
 
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Radio Diaries
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First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
 
Remembering the good, the bad, and the awkward parts of growing up
 
What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Join Abacus P Grumbler, Randall Radbot, and Whendiana Joan as they help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by your questions! Call to leave a voicemail at 205-605-WHAT and be featured on the show. More at www.whatifworldpodcast.com
 
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HumaNature
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HumaNature is the podcast that explores where humans and our habitat meet. The show tells real stories about human experiences in nature. Along the way, we’ll meet people whose encounters help us reflect on our own place in the natural world.
 
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PodCastle
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The Fantasy Fiction Podcast
 
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Death, Sex & Money
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Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Nancy, Death-Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many ...
 
Bedtime stories for grownups, in which nothing much happens, you feel good and then you fall asleep.
 
Life isn't always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In, warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they've learned in dark times. Kate teaches at Duke Divinity School and is author of "Everything Happens (And Other Lies I've Loved)."
 
The NoSleep Podcast is a multi-award winning anthology series of original horror stories, with rich atmospheric music to enhance the frightening tales.
 
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Ear Hustle
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Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce s ...
 
Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and case) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves sociological and technical speculations based on current or future science or technology. This is a reader-selected collection of short stories originally published between 1931 and 1963, that entered the US public domain when their copyright was not renewed. Summary by Cori Samuel, with Wikipedia input.
 
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Exit Plan
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Exit Plan is the story or rather collected journals of a nameless man who lives in Australia and has to deal with some threat or confrontation left unsaid so far. He has released his audio journals to provide information and context around what he has to do and to explain his situation. Is this for real or it is just an urban fantasy delivered in character? I don’t know. I was contacted anonymously to edit and post this podcast. I’ve called it Exit Plan. My instructions were to download indi ...
 
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Israel Story
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Israel Story is an award-winning podcast that tells true stories you won't hear on the news. Hosted by Mishy Harman, the bi-weekly show brings you extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. The show is distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and produced in partnership with Tablet Magazine. For Hebrew episodes, see סיפור ישראלי.
 
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Nocturne
ماهیانه
 
A storytelling show that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how thoughts, feelings and behaviors transform in the dark.
 
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The Scarecast
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This podcast features various scary stories, murders, strange mysteries, conspiracy theories, and creepypasta from popular Youtuber MaddMike. These creepy stories are narrations of different peoples postings on reddit and also from different news sources across the internet. From deep web, stalkers, serial killers, and murder. These stories will be sure to keep you awake all night and under the cover.
 
A multiple story, horror-themed audio storytelling podcast, spun off from Chilling Tales for Dark Nights and its popular YouTube channel of the same name. The show features master storyteller Otis Jiry, and the work of dozens of independent and previously-published contributing authors. Find this and our other programs at: https://www.simplyscarypodcast.com
 
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On the first anniversary of her dad passing away, this week’s caller spoke to Gethard about how cool her dad was and how her family grieved the loss. Meanwhile, she provides an explainer on British culture and accents that leads to Geth’s laughable take at cockney. This episode is brought to you by Bombas (www.bombas.com/STORIES), Teladoc (www. ...…
 
Mike Rylander joins us, playing a whole slew of characters in a space odyssey you won’t soon forget… and keep an eye out for FREDZORB THE DESTROYER. Lessons: All people deserve to be treated equally; dogs and cats CAN get along ;) Find out more about our special guest, Mike Rylander, actor, improviser, narrator, dad, and cool dude :) Subscribe ...…
 
In this episode of Scary Stories Told in the Dark, we bring you four terrifying Halloween-themed tales from authors Jeff Miller, Kelly Foster, Adam Davies, and Adam David, performed by host and narrator Otis Jiry, about dastardly delusions, sinister scarecrows, ghastly girls, and waking nightmares. See full episode details, including the text o ...…
 
Kate Forsyth tells the origin story of a fairy tale staple, the ever-flowering red rose. Her version has its roots in Imperial China, and arrives via the French Revolution
 
Anybody can become a werewolf if they've got the cash, the connections, and the love of that film, Teen Wolf. As we're gearing up to release our big Halloween week of stories - The Nest - and because there's an awkward two-week slot between now and then, we're going to be running two weeks' worth of stories from the Hawk & Cleaver vault. Today' ...…
 
Calliope the cat is frustrated that she can't catch all the fish in the sea. She's afraid of the water! But when she meets a new mermaid friend, everything changes! This is part one of a two part story inspired by an original painting by Amelia Leonards. To see the painting, visit storiespodcast.com/meow! If you would like to support Stories Po ...…
 
Whether tales of cryptids or ghostly apparitions, every community has its own folklore. This week, we pay a visit to a small town in Tennessee, which was plagued by a spirit so vengeful that it was the first in US history to receive blame for an actual recorded death; the legendary Bell Witch.ABOUT THE PODCASTTurn off the lights, get into bed a ...…
 
The pink frost coating my face shield is, evidently, my own blood. The gas jetting from the pea-sized hole in my wrist spins me around, and for a panicked moment, I wonder if I have somehow been shot. I think I am screaming, but that would alert Station, and Ocampo is silent. Evidently, I am holding my breath, only wanting to scream, like the n ...…
 
Ben 'n' Henry break down this week's true crime news: phantom clowns, Samuel Little, mutilated cattle, and MORE.TRIPLE L.By Last Podcast On The Left.
 
Repentance, prayer and charity, we are told, are our saving graces when Yom Kippur comes around. And, of course, confession is a big part of that trifecta. But do we still get the coveted brownie points if that confession took thirty years? In 1989, Robby Berman - a recent Yeshiva University grad and enthusiastic Zionist - made aliyah and was d ...…
 
To try Shudder free for 30 days, go to www.shudder.com and use promo code: SCARECAST AMC Networks’ SHUDDER is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of all degrees with the best selection of horror and thrillers. Shudder’s irrepressible and thriving community revels in all things provocative, evocative, and dangerous. From banter ...…
 
Our story tonight is called “Rosemary, for Remembrance” and it’s a story about preparing a garden for the coming frost. It’s also about a row of pumpkins waiting to be claimed, what the poets have to say about herbs, and the unending generosity of nature.By Curiouscast.
 
Happy spooky season, creeps and peeps! We're bringing you some wild stories today from a request Christine doesn't necessarily remember making: the scariest thing that's ever happened to you! Tune in for some sleep paralysis, poltergeist activity on Devil Lake and a faceless imaginary friend ...and that's why we drink!…
 
After being split up, each of our heroes records a journal covering their lives.By Gravity Undone.
 
When Karen's dad's health isn't doing well, she decides to take action. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis. TTFA is public media. Which means we are supported by you. You can join us with a contribution at ttfa.org/donate. And check out our sponsors this week: Roth ...…
 
Caver Vernon Unsworth helped coordinate what became known as 'the rescue of the century' when 12 Thai schoolboys and their coach became trapped in the Tham Luang caves in Northern Thailand last year. It took 17 days to get them all out but they did it - Vernon describes the moment the boys and their coach were all brought out alive. Presenter: ...…
 
Close-knit communities can foster strong relationships and make great memories. But like anywhere else, they can also lead to isolation, resentment and dismay. This week, we make our way out of the city and into the countryside to investigate small town terrors. First, Sapphire tells an ancient Navajo legend that might still have some truth to ...…
 
On the first anniversary of her dad passing away, this week’s caller spoke to Gethard about how cool her dad was and how her family grieved the loss. Meanwhile, she provides an explainer on British culture and accents that leads to Geth’s laughable take at cockney. This episode is brought to you by Bombas (www.bombas.com/STORIES), Teladoc (www. ...…
 
RISK! teamed up with a storytelling show near and dear to our hearts, The Mystery Box Show in Portland, Oregon, for this evening of amazing true stories about sexuality.By Kevin Allison.
 
Australian journalist Kumi Taguchi grapples with divided loyalties after the death of her father
 
Australian journalist Kumi Taguchi grapples with divided loyalties after the death of her father
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Various.
 
Shukrullah Zeerak was only 17 years old when he lost part of his right leg in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He was inspired by the physiotherapists who helped him to train as a physio himself. He now works at the Red Cross Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul. He's also a consultant for Afghanistan's National Association for Physiotherapy, and he ...…
 
Some places in our world have a dark legacy. Prior failures. Shameful acts. Painful tragedy. Even though it all took place long before we arrived there, we can still feel the tremors of that darkness—and the stories about their source are deeply chilling. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by: Away: Away creates thoughtful travel products ...…
 
December 14, 1944: Japanese soldiers massacre 139 of 150 American POWs. One of the eleven to survive is U.S. Marine Glenn “Mac” McDole—despite under the most horrifying conditions.By Parcast Network.
 
Kate Forsyth tells the origin story of a fairy tale staple, the ever-flowering red rose. Her version has its roots in Imperial China, and arrives via the French Revolution
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Various.
 
Take a trip to a more traditional theme park with my neighbor Ray. (You can find all of our sponsors or become a patron on our new website http://www.sleepwithmepodcast.com story starts at about 20:00)\ Commission a song from the Mystery Bard over athttp://www.jonathanmann.net This week the show is sponsored by-\ Mint Mobile- Have you looked at ...…
 
The staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.By This American Life.
 
Remember to wear your motion sickness bracelets this week because our stories are full of twists and turns! Christine is currently buying souvenirs for Em in Canada so we're bringing you one of our favorite live shows - Atlanta! Em covers the wildly haunted Moon River Brewing Company. Meanwhile, Christine whips the crowd into a frenzy over the ...…
 
It's episode 17 of Season 13. This week we have stories that deal with the dangers in the past and on the property.. "Dinosaur Bones" written by Robert Jackson (Story starts around 00:17:34) Produced by: Phil Michalski TRIGGER WARNING! Cast: Mrs. McConnel – Erin Lillis, Ryan’s father – Atticus Jackson, Ryan - Kyle Akers "It’s in the Yard" writt ...…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Various.
 
Joe Michael Straczynski is an award-winning writer responsible for creating TV shows like Babylon 5, Sense8 and the movie ‘Changeling’, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angeline Jolie. But Joe had an abusive, loveless and deprived childhood and would find escape in the world of comics and science fiction. He credits one superhero in part ...…
 
Growing up an impoverished young ne’er-do-well, Aladdin is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb. What seems like a sorcerer’s goodwill soon reveals itself as a hidden agenda and a quest for a magic lamp.By Parcast Network.
 
Behind the Yellow Door by Flavia Richardson (1934) - 4:00 For Sale by u/DarthVitrial (for more of this scary click here) - 29:00 The Library by Hester Holland (1933) - 35:05 For FREE shipping on all business cards, any style, any quantity visit VistaPrint.com and use promo code Sleep Go subscribe and listen to True Crime Campfire! Click here! W ...…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Various.
 
On the first of a two part series, we kick off Halloween with a good old-fashioned ghost story concerning the most haunted house in all of England: Borley Rectory! Join us as we discuss all the hits, from the Phantom Nun to Old Amos, including the family that kicked off the whole shebang, the Bulls. Go to http://simplisafe.com/LEFT and get a FR ...…
 
Many of the migrants living at the Matamoros, Mexico border encampment are young children. To help them, Felicia Rangel-Samponaro began a makeshift school where the classes are led by asylum-seekers themselves.By WBUR.
 
Many of the migrants living at the Matamoros, Mexico border encampment are young children. To help them, Felicia Rangel-Samponaro began a makeshift school where the classes are led by asylum-seekers themselves.By WBUR.
 
Snooping on your spouse is generally ill-advised, but what if he or she has an addiction and is constantly lying about it? The Sugars answer this question with the help of writer Ariel Levy. This episode was originally released on December 2nd, 2017By WBUR and The New York Times.
 
You want to make something of yourself. But no matter how hard you try, the gatekeepers keep shutting you out. And what’s worse — you’re afraid they’re right. Maybe you really do belong with the losers. Hosted by Robbie Daymond Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Embark - Visit EmbarkVet.com and use promo code IMAGINED to save!…
 
After a crime occurs, or when someone dies, the police aren’t responsible for cleaning up. That’s not their job. The coroner takes the body, the police conduct their investigation, and then everyone leaves. But the blood, and the rubber gloves, and the uneaten food in the refrigerator are all left behind. Sandra Pankhurst didn’t like imagining ...…
 
On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.By Parcast Network.
 
On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.By Parcast Network.
 
Dr. Melissa Kang explained sex, puberty and periods to teen girls in her role as Dolly magazine's ‘Dolly Doctor’. She spent 23 years answering questions sent by mail, that young people were too embarrassed to ask out loud
 
Dr. Melissa Kang explained sex, puberty and periods to teen girls in her role as Dolly magazine's ‘Dolly Doctor’. She spent 23 years answering questions sent by mail, that young people were too embarrassed to ask out loud
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Various.
 
An Israeli Defense solider decides to speak out about his violent actions from the past and they come back to haunt him. Season 10 Episode 26By Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios.
 
Growing up in suburban New York, Joanna was always aware of two pastel portraits of children she assumed were just part of her parents’ art collection. But sometimes she would hear her mother on the phone, crying, and referencing “the accident.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers…
 
When British dancer Kevin Turner was in his early 30s, he began to suffer extreme delusions. At one point he believed he was a millionaire, but he also became paranoid and believed everyone, including his mum Avis, was out to get him. Kevin had bipolar disorder, but he got help thanks to his mum. Kevin has created a dance theatre piece called W ...…
 
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