Episode 22: 910.91634- Titanic Part 2

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 popContinue reading “Episode 22: 910.91634- Titanic Part 2”

Episode 21: 910.91634-Titanic (part 1)

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.Continue reading “Episode 21: 910.91634-Titanic (part 1)”

Episode 20: 133.42 – The Amityville Horror (pt. 2)

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 toContinue reading “Episode 20: 133.42 – The Amityville Horror (pt. 2)”

Episode 19: 133.42 – The Amityville Horror (pt. 1)

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 homeContinue reading “Episode 19: 133.42 – The Amityville Horror (pt. 1)”

Episode 18: 291.9-The Duggar Family (Part 2)

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, weContinue reading “Episode 18: 291.9-The Duggar Family (Part 2)”

Ep. 17: 291.9- The Duggar Family (part one)

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 rulesContinue reading “Ep. 17: 291.9- The Duggar Family (part one)”

Ep. 16: 791.43 – Legends and lore behind cursed films

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 orContinue reading “Ep. 16: 791.43 – Legends and lore behind cursed films”

Episode 15: 917.5924- Myths and Legends of Disney World

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 themedContinue reading “Episode 15: 917.5924- Myths and Legends of Disney World”

Episode 14: 973.3 – The Culper Ring and George Washington’s Spies

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 unawareContinue reading “Episode 14: 973.3 – The Culper Ring and George Washington’s Spies”

Episode 13: 616.835-The Polio Epidemic and Vaccines

This week, Katie is bewitched with the polio epidemic and vaccines.  As the U.S. takes its first tentative steps toward post-COVID life with the massive roll-out of vaccines, Katie takes time to reflect on another virus that changed our world: Polio. For decades, parents lived in fear of summer- time polio outbreaks. Children went fromContinue reading “Episode 13: 616.835-The Polio Epidemic and Vaccines”