Happy Christmas, or yule, or Saturnalia or whatever you celebrate this time of year --- when the veil is thinnest between here and the great hereafter.

I give a brief history of everything from dragging shrubbery into our homes for the holidays, cats and dogs living together in harmony, druids, Romans, and of course the Victorians.

So enjoy this quick listen - stay safe, wear a mask and FFS wear a mask.

 

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Episode 18: Megan Gannon: Science Journalist, New Old Bones and Sacred Histories

December 17, 2020

Megan Gannon is a science journalist focusing on archeological digs and discoveries. She was born and raised in NY but now lives full time in Berlin. 

We talk a bit today about her recent article in Popular Science Magazine (recently featured by Apple News as a Weekend Must Read) and what it means when a plastics giant threatens both the lives and history of one Black community in Louisiana.

There will be unintentional puns and really bad archeology jokes - and I don't apologize at all. 

 

Please make sure to read--because it is so good: 

https://www.popsci.com/story/science/louisiana-formosa-chemical-construction-slave-cemetery/

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Episode 17: Vodnik the Water Goblin: Classic Tale From The Land of My People

December 3, 2020

Did you ever worry about being abducted by a creepy green water sprite while doing your laundry in a pond? I didn't either until I headed back to the old country of Czech Republic and learned a lot about water safety. Read the rest of this entry »

Episode 16: How to Report Your Worthless Public Health Official: A Love Story

November 20, 2020

 

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COVID19 getting you down? Feel helpless if you live in a state that doesn't really seem to care about science? 

This episode could help -- could help -- I am not a doctor or lawyer I am just a grumpy lady who has had it up to here with this nonsense. There is recourse - your state medical licensing board.

 

 

Episode 15: Jessica Pishko: Sheriff Accountability Expert on Sheriff’s as Coroners, Lack of Oversight and Yes Anti-Mask Sheriff’s

November 13, 2020

NOTE!! There is some graphic detail in this episode. 

 

Did you know that too often elected county sheriffs have no oversight? This week I want to warn you all: there is some disturbing stuff in this episode including the work of forensic pathologists that is briefly graphic. Also, there is a brief overview of a Supreme Court case involving the murder of three young girls.

 

 

 

Reference Links: https://www.kqed.org/news/11638866/pathologists-say-san-joaquin-sheriffs-meddling-could-have-compromised-murder-cases

 

https://cspoa.org

Connecticut votes to abolish sheriff system:

https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Connecticut-voters-decide-to-abolish-11939612.php

 

 

ALEC: https://www.alec.org

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 14: The Great And Wild Patti: The Lark Ascending (Happy Halloween)

October 29, 2020

My good friend Patti tells me all about her dad, her love of halloween (and it is THE most wonderful time of year), the Troubles and maybe some dandy highwaymen. 

Episode 13: Bennington Triangle: Shirley Jackson’s Missing Girls

October 22, 2020

Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite authors - dead authors that is. She is famous for her works The Lottery, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived at the Castle and scads more. 

But when living in Southern Vermont with her husband and four kids, a girl goes missing, and Shirley starts writing (not that she ever stopped). Over several years people would simply disappear in the wilderness sometimes referred to as The Bennington Triangle.  Did any of these disappearances influence the subtle, terrifying writings of Jackson? 

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Sources and more!

 

 

http://www.benningtontriangle.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/p9353068.jpg

http://ruthfranklin.net/author/

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/10/shirley-jackson-ruth-franklin-review-a-rather-haunted-life

 

https://www.christianscience.com

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/lifestyle/legacy-of-author-shirley-jackson-lives-on-in-sonoma-county/

https://twitter.com/LaurenceJH99

By Joseph Citro: 

https://www.amazon.com/Passing-Strange-England-Hauntings-Horrorsebook/dp/B007QUU6XS

Bigfoot!  https://www.bfro.net

Rebecca Robinson (SPJ freelancer page): https://www.spj.org/fdb-detail.asp?cmd=&ref=1088

 

 

 

 

Other stuff:

 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/29/shirley-jacksons-son-talks-to-his-fictional-mom-elisabeth-moss

 

https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2019/12/12/the-strange-disappearance-of-paulajean-weldon-in-the-bennington-triangle

 

https://crossettlibrary.dspacedirect.org/bitstream/handle/11209/12086/31October2003BFP.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

 

https://bookriot.com/shirley-jackson-books/

https://www.ttbook.org/interview/laurence-jackson-hyman-we-have-always-lived-castle

 

 

 

Episode 12: Cathy Hart: First Degree Murder Trail Juror, Sequestration Expert, Noted Minnesotan

October 14, 2020

Cathy was a juror seated in a 2006 murder trail. After two weeks in the courtroom the jury - her jury - was sequestered for two nights until they reached a verdict.  This isn't like Law and Order.  

Episode 11: Happy Birthday Dad: Gall Stones, Wooden Legs and Playing the Long Game

October 14, 2020

Leo Kopsa was born on October 14, 1936 - to wish dad a happy birthday I present gall stones, wooden legs and playing the long game.  I can only share little bits of dad with you so far - because I still think - in part - if I share too much I will give him all away.

But really? There is plenty of Leo Kopsa's epic bohemian weirdness to wrap us all in a fuzzy blanket as we stare at the stars and wonder: would I keep my gall stones?

Me? 

Yes, all day long, yes. 

Episode 10: Interrupting My Expressly All Dead Podcast Because: Proud Boys, Racists, Repeat

October 1, 2020

When needs must - going back to the well of my reporting back in 2018 about the Proud Boys in bed with the GOP because FFS they got a shout out on a presidential debate stage. Lots of swearing in this one people. 

FULL DISCLOSURE: I watched another Miss Marple - not the debates. 

Bouquets and Brickbats can be sent here: andy@andykopsa.com