Ep. 50: Human Crush

  Your heart pounds. The air is pressed from your lungs, leaving you breathless. Your mind races as you try to recount how you fell so easily into this situation. You’re experiencing a human crush. No, we’re not talking about adolescent infatuation. Human crushes are tragic incidents wherein a crowd surges and compresses, sometimes killing its…

Ep. 48: Blindsight and the Undermind

  Learn the shocking possibilities of what the brain can do without your knowledge. Blindsight, covert recognition, and automatic writing all fall into the same strange realm of The Undermind. It’s the part of our brain that processes information without our conscious knowledge or control, and it’s far more powerful than you’d expect.   Sources:…

Ep. 47: Sinkholes

  What would you do if the ground simply dropped out from under your feet? What if your bedroom suddenly collapsed into a crumbling pit, burying you alive? What if a chunk of your neighborhood simply dropped into an abyss? If a sinkhole opens up near you, you might have less time to answer these questions than…

Ep. 46: Murder Ballads – Part II

  In today’s episode, we finish our coverage of the dark, passionate world of Appalachian Murder Ballads. We discuss classic woman killin’ tunes such as Pretty Polly, Omie Wise, then move on to the tale of a murderous woman with The Ballad of Frankie Silver. We finish with some words about In The Pines and thoughts…

Ep. 45: Murder Ballads – Part 1

  In today’s episode, we explore the twisting, gruesome world of Appalachian murder ballads. Jack, J.J., and special guest Marie, explain what identifies a murder ballad from other kinds of regional folk songs, then go into detail about the crimes behind the lyrics. In Part 1 of 2, we cover the “sweetheart” murder ballads Pearl Bryan,…

Ep. 44: Dr. Chuck Tingle

  Long ago in Home of Truth, Utah, a boy was born. He grew up there, his childhood steeped in fringe faith, restless spirits, and high desert lonesomeness.  After many trials and struggles, he eventually became the World’s Greatest Author: Dr. Chuck Tingle. In today’s episode, Jack and J. J. lovingly explore the brilliant, strange,…

Ep. 43: Death and Acting

  Jack and J. J. cover the many perils of acting, on stage and in front of a camera. We begin with the tragedy that befell the Great Lafayette, one of the greatest magicians of all time. Then we move on to the remarkable deaths of various film stars including Martha Mansfield, Tyrone Power, and…