This week, Katie is bewitched with what happens to your body after you die.
From the time you take your last breath to the time you are placed in the ground or an urn, the process and care your human form receives is something of a mystery. Mortuary science is a secretive field, and few people know what goes on behind the scenes in a funeral home. The air of mystery surrounding the very natural end of life only adds to the general fear of death. In this episode, we take you through the process your earthly remains will go through from their transport to the morgue to their final resting place, be that a cemetery or deepest space.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt by Todd Harra and Ken McKenzie
This week Katie and Hailee continue to be bewitched by the Titanic.
In the second half of this two-part series, we go minute-by-minute through the timeline of the sinking and bemoan all the mistakes that led to the massive loss of life. We also discuss the aftermath of the tragedy, including its influence on pop culture and the completely bizarre salvage plans that were cooked up through the decades to drag the wreck out of the depths of the ocean…before it was even discovered in 1985! We also talk about some myths associated with Titanic, and explore some shipwreck-related ghost stories.
This will be the concluding episode for our first season. We cannot thank you enough for your support and listenership. We’re already hard to work researching for season 2!
Books mentioned in this episode (all can be purchased in our bookshop):
Fear Street Series by R.L. Stine
The Loss of the SS Titanic by Lawrence Beesley
The Truth About the Titanic by Archibald Gracie
Titanic and Other Ships by Charles Lightoller
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
The Discovery of the Titanic by Robert Ballard
The Wreck of the Titan: Futility by Morgan Robertson
The Midnight Watch by David Dyer
Women and Children First by Gill Paul
The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf
The Deep by Alma Katsu
882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter
History Smashers: The Titanic by Kate Messner
Titanic: A Journey Through Time by John P. Eaton and Charles A. Haas
This week Hailee and Katie are bewitched by the Titanic.
Is it just us, or does EVERY kid go through a Titanic phase? An adolescent infatuation spurred on by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio leaving handprints on a steamy car window has morphed into an adult obsession with the story and impact of the Titanic. In our first ever collaborative episode (and part one of our season 1 finale), we explore the history of TransAtlantic travel, the construction of the “ship of dreams,” life onboard the ship, and the crew and passengers who made the doomed vessel an integral part of Western history and culture.
Before this ill-fated beauty slips below the freezing waters of the Atlantic, let’s revel in her grandeur and innovation.
Books mentioned in this episode:
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Beach Read by Emily Henry
“About Margaret ‘Molly’ Brown.” Molly Brown House Museum, 22 June 2021, mollybrown.org/about-molly-brown/.
In this two-part episode, Hailee is bewitched with the Amityville Horror.Since the 1970s, the beautiful dutch colonial house on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY has been full of tragedy and speculation. Starting with the brutal slaying of the DeFeo family in 1974 to the shocking tales of demonic activity in the home afterward to the numerous books, movies, and TV shows made in the aftermath, this house has become one of, if not the most infamous house in America. In part two, Hailee breaks down the paranormal investigations that took place in the home, gives a brief career overview of investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and talks about some of the coincidences and legends associated with the home.
Recommended titles (all available in our bookshop):
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Amity by Micol Ostow
The Haunted House Diaries: The True Story of a Quiet Connecticut Town in the Center of a Paranormal Mystery by William Hall
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey
In this two part episode, Hailee is bewitched with the Amityville Horror.
Since the 1970s, the beautiful dutch colonial house on 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY has been full of tragedy and speculation. Starting with the brutal slaying of the DeFeo family in 1974 to the shocking tales of demonic activity in the home afterwards to the numerous books, movies and TV shows made in the aftermath, this house has become one of, if not the most infamous house in America. In part one, Hailee will talk about the history of the home, the murder of the DeFeo family and the haunting experiences of the Lutz family who moved in just a year after the murders.
Recommended titles (all available in our bookshop):
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow Laura Taylor Namey
In this week’s episode, Katie continues to be bewitched by the Duggar family.
Part two of our expose on one of the world’s most famous mega-families will reveal the Duggars’ long list of scandals. From transphobic tweets that result in members being removed from filming, to infidelity, corporal punishment, and misuse of charity funds, we look at the moments that shook the foundation of the Duggar fanbase.
We also devote some time to the most disappointing Duggar of all, Joshua. Josh’s long history of alarming and destructive behaviors have finally caught up to him in a way that can’t be quietly solved with a trip to a prayer-based “recovery center.” We’ll pinpoint all the red flags and utter failures along the way.
Recommended titles (all available in our bookshop):
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
The Queen’s English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases by Chloe O. Davis
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Lumberjane series by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Educated by Tara Westover
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as one of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lives to Take it All (Or Almost All) of it Back by Frank Schaeffer
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
To their adoring fans, the Duggar family is a close-knit, super-sized Christian family intent on raising their brood under a stringent set of beliefs and rules. But when we dig below the surface, we find so much more. From their affiliation with Bill Gothard’s predatory Institute of Basic Life Principles, to their deeply sexist rules for their daughters, to their bizarre and troubling homeschool curriculum, the Duggar family’s problems run deeper than just floor-length denim skirts and parent-supervised dates.
Join us in this first part of a two-episode look at everything you wish you didn’t know about the Duggar family.
Recommended Titles from this episode:
What Riley Wore by Elana K. Arnold and Linda Davick
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Simon Vs. The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
In this episode, Hailee is bewitched with the legends and lore behind cursed films.
What is a curse? Some of the earliest curses are found in Egyptian Execration texts, which were tablets listing the enemies of the pharaoh. Essentially, a curse is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to one or more persons, a place, or an object. Throughout history, people have promoted stories of curses for a variety of reasons. You can find curses just about anywhere, from religious superstitions to sports fans wearing a certain jersey because they think it will help their team win…to films and television! There are a number of films that hold the description of being cursed. Accidents and deaths on set, bad luck that seems to follow anyone associated with certain films, and so much more. In this episode, Hailee will discuss the real events, legends, and lore behind several cursed films and you can decide for yourself…are curses real?
In this episode of The Reference Desk, Katie is bewitched by the myths and legends of Disney World.
Known around the globe as “the happiest place on Earth,” Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is a vacation destination like no other. This sprawling property is home to four unique theme parks, a host of themed accommodations, hundreds of restaurants, and a world of carefully-curated experiences. But are there secrets lurking beneath the surface?
Was Walt Disney cryogenically frozen and kept in suspended animation beneath one of his most beloved attractions?
Is an uncontainable flesh-eating bacteria the real reason for the sudden, quiet closure of a wildly popular water park? And is it true that no one dies on Disney property? We explore these myths and more in this magical episode.
Manacled by SenLinYu
Disney War by James B. Stewart
It’s Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch
The Disney Story: Chroniciling the Man, the Mouse, and the Parks by Aaron H. Goldberg
The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between by Jeff Kurtti
Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghaiby Kevin and Susan Neary
Cleaning the Kingdom: Insider Tales of Keeping Walt’s Dream Spotless by Ken Pellman and Lynn Barron
Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation by Mindy Johnson
Secret Stories of Walt Disney World series by Jim Korkis
Crump, Rolly, and Jeff Heimbuch. It’s Kind of a Cute Story. Bamboo Forest Publishing, 2012.
Doctorow, Cory. Down and out in the Magic Kingdom. Tor, 2018.
Goldberg, Aaron H. The Disney Story: Chronicling the Man, the Mouse, and the Parks. Quaker Scribe Publishing, 2016.
Johnson, Mindy. Ink & Paint the Women of Walt Disney’s Animation. Disney Editions, 2017.
Korkis, Jim, and Sam Gennawey. Secret Stories of Walt Disney World: Things You Never Knew You Never Knew. Theme Park Press, 2015.
Kurtti, Jeff. The Art of Disney Costuming Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between. Disney Editions, 2019.
“List of Incidents at Walt Disney World.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Apr. 2021, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_incidents_at_Walt_Disney_World.
Margaritoff, Marco. “The Inside Story Of Walt Disney’s Secret Tunnels Beneath The Magic Kingdom.” All That’s Interesting, All That’s Interesting, 16 Apr. 2021, allthatsinteresting.com/disney-underground-tunnels.
In this episode, Hailee is bewitched with the Culper Ring, George Washington’s secret spy ring credited with turning the course of the war and enabling an American victory. The Culper Spy Ring operated successfully in and around New York City for five years and the informants were never discovered. Even George Washington himself was unaware of their identities. Along with spies like Hercules Mulligan and James Armistead, the Culper Ring was responsible for preventing the plan of one of history’s most notorious traitors and saving George Washington’s life more than once. And yes, there will be Hamilton quotes.
Decoded – History Channel
George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and David Yeager
Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose