Episode 207: John Harvey Kellogg

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the strange medical inventions and treatments of John Harvey Kellogg at his Battle Creek Sanitarium.  John Harvey Kellogg was a Seventh Day Adventist darling who gained directorship over their medical facility in mid-Michigan just a year after becoming a doctor. What followed was KelloggContinue reading “Episode 207: John Harvey Kellogg”

Episode 206: The Hicks Clinic

This week, Hailee talks about the Hicks Clinic, a small, community clinic in McCaysville, GA where a doctor sold over 200 babies and performed illegal abortions, sometimes against the will of the mother, in the 50s and 60s.  Links: A History Not Yet Laid to Rest – The Atlantic How Many Babies Did Thomas Hicks PutContinue reading “Episode 206: The Hicks Clinic”

Episode 205: Anna Delvey (Sorokin)

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched with the story of Manhattan grifter-extraordinaire Anna Delvey (Anna Sorokin) For several years, the New York City upper crust embraced a charming young German heiress named Anna Delvey. Delvey was a chic, bold entrepreneur who was pursuing funding for her brainchild the Anna Delvey FoundationContinue reading “Episode 205: Anna Delvey (Sorokin)”

Episode 204: The New England Vampire Panic

This week, Hailee is bewitched by the New England Vampire Panic. During the later part of the 18th and 19th centuries, large amounts of people were dying from what they called consumption, what we know of today as Tuberculosis. In New England, they had a different idea about what was causing their friends and lovedContinue reading “Episode 204: The New England Vampire Panic”

Episode 203: The True Story of the “First” Thanksgiving

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched with the true story of the “first Thanksgiving.” American schools have long taught about the history of Thanksgiving with cringe-worthy pageants and re-enactments of happy pilgrims and Indians gathered around a table. In reality, the shared meal we’ve dubbed the “first Thanksgiving” was a pureContinue reading “Episode 203: The True Story of the “First” Thanksgiving”

Episode 202: The Houses of Refuge and the U.S. Life Saving Service

This week, Hailee is bewitched with something she stumbled upon during a recent trip to Florida: Houses of Refuge and the United States Life Saving Services. According to Martin County Historical Society, the Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run byContinue reading “Episode 202: The Houses of Refuge and the U.S. Life Saving Service”

Episode 201: Carry A. Nation

In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the saloon-smashing, hatchet-wielding, temperance leader Carry A. Nation.  In the fight for prohibition, no one waged war like Carry Nation. After a hard childhood that ended in a brief marriage to an alcoholic, Carry became involved in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Finding noContinue reading “Episode 201: Carry A. Nation”

Mini Spookysode: The Origins and History of Halloween

In our last mini spookysode, Hailee tells us about the origins and celebrations of Halloween! How we celebrate Halloween is pretty different than how it was originally celebrated over 2000 years ago, but there are still some traces of the ancient festivals that inspired the holiday. Listen here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1937018/10044992-mini-spookysode-4-the-origins-and-history-of-halloween.mp3?download=true

Mini Spookysode: The Soap-Maker of Correggio

In this week’s mini spookysode, Katie is bewitched by the soap-maker of Correggio.  When fortune-teller Leonarda Cianciulli set up shop in the tiny Italian town of Correggio, luck for the local women seemed to change. Leonarda helped them find new jobs, new loves, and new adventures. But their families never heard from them again, saveContinue reading “Mini Spookysode: The Soap-Maker of Correggio”

Mini Spookysode: The Legend of the Bell Witch

This week, Hailee is bewitched with the legend of the Bell Witch. The Bell Witch is a menacing spirit that haunted the Bell family in Addams, Tennessee for years. Beginning with unexplained noises and sightings of strange creatures, the haunting soon escalated to physical torments and is said to be one of the only casesContinue reading “Mini Spookysode: The Legend of the Bell Witch”