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Wuv, True Wuv: We Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the Beloved “Princess Bride”

February 13, 2024 05:00 - 49 minutes - 92.5 MB

A Valentine’s Day that does not include a look at “The Princess Bride,” one of the greatest– and funniest– love stories of all time? Inconceivable! “The Princess Bride” (1987) remains a beloved cult classic nearly 40 years after its release… and after you listen to this fun episode, you’ll remember exactly why! Why did author William Goldman and director Rob Reiner have to fight so hard to bring this fractured fairy tale to the silver screen? What sword-fighting mishap landed Cary Elwes in...

Love is in the air with the classic Meg Ryan rom-com “French Kiss”

February 06, 2024 05:00 - 45 minutes - 85.3 MB

February… the time for red roses, chocolate hearts, and romantic comedies!  To celebrate the season of love this year, Candy and Ashley are going to revisit 4 rom-coms that rank among their personal favorites, starting with the madcap romp that long ago stole Ashley’s heart, “French Kiss” (1995), starring Kevin Kline and Rom-Com Queen Meg Ryan. In this fun episode, Ashley and Candy take you on a journey through this delightful comedy that features two charming romantic leads at the peak of...

3 Iconic Photographs that Changed How We See Our World

January 30, 2024 05:00 - 46 minutes - 86.7 MB

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  But when considering their historical or cultural significance, certain photographs are literally priceless. In this episode– the topic of which was suggested by listener and friend, Jefferson– we share fascinating behind-the-scenes stories related to 3 of the most celebrated and iconic photographs of the 20th century:  The heart-breaking 1947 “Life” Picture of the Week entitled “The Most Beautiful Suicide” The jubilant “V-J Day K...

Jack the Ripper: The Notorious Serial Killer Behind Hitchcock’s Classic Film “The Lodger”

January 23, 2024 05:00 - 1 hour - 118 MB

Arguably the most famous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper has inspired such fascination, the term ‘Ripperology’ was coined to refer to a deep, expert-level study of his crimes, and countless people proudly identify themselves as Ripperologists.  The notorious murderer has also inspired a number of books and movies, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller “The Lodger: The Story of the London Fog.” Based on the very first novelization of the Jack the Ripper case, “The Lodger” bu...

The True Crime Behind Hitchcock’s Iconic “Psycho”

January 16, 2024 05:00 - 1 hour - 120 MB

It features one of the most famous scenes in film history, which happens to take place in a shower. And according to the American Film Institute, it also ranks as the 14th greatest movie of all time. We are of course talking about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic horror film “Psycho,” starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles. But what some may not realize is that the true crime story that inspired Hitchcock’s classic is every bit as infamous and horrific as the movie itself.  ...

Hitchcock’s Classic “Shadow of a Doubt” and the “Gorilla Man” Murders that Inspired It

January 09, 2024 05:00 - 1 hour - 122 MB

What happens when a young woman begins to suspect her sophisticated Uncle Charlie– who happens to be staying in her family’s home for a visit– is the notorious “Merry Widow” killer? That’s the question addressed by Hitchcock’s 1943 classic “Shadow of a Doubt.” The thriller is reportedly Hitchcock’s favorite movie, one that features Teresa Wright as the strong, plucky heroine, and Joseph Cotten in the role of the charming, sociopathic villain. Tragically, however, the serial killer upon who...

Leopold and Loeb: How the ‘Crime of the Century’ Inspired Hitchcock’s Suspenseful “Rope”

January 02, 2024 05:00 - 57 minutes - 108 MB

Two privileged young men cold-bloodedly kill someone close to them, just to prove they can get away with the perfect murder. This is the premise behind Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 suspenseful film “Rope.”  Sadly, it was also the motivation behind the tragic 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two college students, in a case so sensational it was referred to as “the crime of the century.” With Clarence Darrow defending the accused murderers, it was also deemed “the t...

That Classic Christmas Movie… ‘Die Hard’?

December 19, 2023 05:00 - 1 hour - 127 MB

‘Die Hard.’ It’s the movie that transformed Bruce Willis from television lead to film star, redefined the term “action hero,” and brought heart to the action movie genre.  But is it a Christmas movie? In this week’s fun episode we go behind the scenes of ‘Die Hard,’ the beloved 1988 classic recently voted #2 on Variety’s list of the 50 Best Action Movies of All Time.  What role did Frank Sinatra play in getting ‘Die Hard’ made? Why was Bruce Willis briefly removed from the movie poster wh...

Stumbling Into a Real-Life Hallmark Christmas Movie

December 12, 2023 05:00 - 48 minutes - 91 MB

A woman visiting a quaint, small town happens upon a charming local bookstore brimming with warmth and history. She soon learns that the lovely older couple that owns the bookstore nearly lost their business when disaster struck, but were saved through the initiative of a kindhearted townsperson and the army of people who joined in the cause.  Sound like the plot of a Hallmark Christmas Movie? It should, because it is. But it’s also true… and Candy happened to stumble across this real-life ...

Agatha Christie’s Most Famous Mystery: Her Own 1926 Disappearance

December 05, 2023 05:00 - 40 minutes - 75.3 MB

On a dark (but not stormy) night during the first week of December 1926 a woman removed her wedding ring, kissed her sleeping child goodnight, and drove away from her home. The car was found the next day, abandoned, positioned precariously near a quarry, with a coat, other items of clothing, and a driver’s license left inside the vehicle.  There was no sign, however, of the woman, who was immediately declared missing.    Her disappearance sparked massive searches, sensational news reports,...

Tyler Perry: How “Maxine’s Baby” Moved from Trauma to Triumph

November 28, 2023 05:00 - 48 minutes - 89.8 MB

For many, the name Tyler Perry is synonymous with the sharp-tongued, muumuu-wearing, gun-toting grandmother figure he created, Madea. But the media mogul is, of course, so much bigger than his beloved signature character.  Today Tyler Perry is a billionaire, one of the world’s richest entertainers. He has built an entertainment empire as a writer, actor, producer and director. What’s more, he owns and runs his own film company where he makes a point to “hire more people of color, hire more ...

This Hero Wears Pearls: An Interview with World Record Holder and Author Tori Murden McClure

November 21, 2023 05:00 - 1 hour - 114 MB

Picture yourself alone in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the worst hurricane season on record. Your boat has no motor or sail, and you’ve lost all communication with those on shore. Your watertight sleeping area is the size of a double-wide coffin, and as the hurricane rages outside, waves frequently pound your little rowboat with the force of a small car crash, pitching your body all around that tiny space. While this probably sounds more than a bit daunting to you, this was the e...

Simply the Best: Remembering the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner

November 14, 2023 05:00 - 48 minutes - 90.8 MB

“Tina Turner was a global superstar, commanding MTV with her spiky wigs, short skirts, and famously long legs strutting across concert stages in 3-inch heels.  “Her talent earned her acclaim as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, while her resiliency made her a hero to battered women everywhere. When she sang of pain and heartache in her husky, full-throated voice, every word rang true (CNN).” This week on Scandal Water Podcast, we pay tribute to legendary Tina Turner, who passed away this past M...

Taylor Swift (Scandal Water’s Version)

November 07, 2023 05:00 - 50 minutes - 93.7 MB

At 33 years old, she is now a billionaire. Her record-breaking Eras Tour has been so successful, when the concert movie was released to theaters last month, it also broke records at the box office. What’s more, through the course of her 18-year music career, she has built a fiercely loyal fan base, offering her the type of support an artist could wish for only in her wildest dreams.  As you know all too well, we are talking about the uber-talented composer, singer, performer, and businesswo...

Harry Houdini: The Master of Escapes and His Mysterious Death

October 31, 2023 04:00 - 53 minutes - 100 MB

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a tribute to one of the greatest showmen of all time, the legendary escape artist who died on this day 97 years ago… Harry Houdini. In his heyday, the “King of Handcuffs” was so popular, the verb ‘houdinize’ –meaning to escape confinement–was added to the dictionary, and an estimated crowd of 100,000 once showed up to watch him extricate himself from a straitjacket as he was suspended upside down over a street.  But how did the aspiring magi...

A “Halloween” (1978) Episode Just in Time for YOUR Halloween… Michael Myers Approves!

October 24, 2023 04:00 - 56 minutes - 105 MB

Who doesn’t recognize the name Michael Myers, or the haunting, synth-heavy theme song that always announces his arrival… and causes an immediate increase in the audience’s heart rate?  45 years after its release, “Halloween” (1978) is considered one of the most important and influential horror movies of all time. It launched one of the longest-running horror movie franchises, prompted a number of copycat slasher films,  inspired a generation of filmmakers, and introduced the world to the ul...

Afterbite: The 1916 Jersey Shore Shark Attacks Said to Have Inspired “Jaws”

October 17, 2023 04:00 - 51 minutes - 94.9 MB

This episode of Scandal Water contains adult themes and descriptions of violence. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised.  On Saturday, July 1, 1916, a dark, handsome, 25-year-old businessman named Charles Vansant (“Van”) arrived in the resort town of Beach Haven to celebrate the 4th of July weekend with his family.  But Van’s decision to take a quick dip in the ocean before dinner would turn out to be a fatal one. While his sister watched from the shore along...

The Ultimate Halloween Experience: An Evening at the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

October 10, 2023 04:00 - 42 minutes - 78.7 MB

The dark forest looms ahead, trees towering on either side. There’s a nip in the crisp autumn air, and leaves crunch beneath the walkers’ feet. Then suddenly the sound of maniacal laughter fills the air, and the path is illuminated by not one, but thousands of glowing, elaborately carved pumpkins. While this may sound like the start of a horror movie, it’s actually the fun, family-friendly experience that awaits you upon visiting the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular, one of the city’s ...

Vanity Fair Lingerie, Leanne Morgan, and a Live Audience: An Award-Winning Weekend for Scandal Water!

October 03, 2023 04:00 - 58 minutes - 108 MB

Meeting comedian Leanne Morgan in person. Sharing the story of Scandal Water Podcast with a live audience in the gorgeous Majestic Theatre. Exploring the Riverwalk and the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Accepting a check for $5,000.  These are just a few of the exciting events the Scandal Water ladies have experienced after learning that Candy was selected as one of the 5 winners of the Vanity Fair Lingerie Support Award! So pack your bags, because in this episode they take you with them to ...

The Tragic ”Bitter Blood” Murders

September 26, 2023 04:00 - 1 hour - 133 MB

This episode of Scandal Water contains adult themes and descriptions of violence. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised.  “This remains the most bizarre criminal case in American history. There is nothing to match this anywhere. You have all the elements: good families, money, bombs, shoot-outs.” These are the words of Jerry Bledsoe, author of the book “Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder,”  which then led to a 19...

One of Kentucky’s Greatest Tragedies: The Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

September 19, 2023 04:00 - 56 minutes - 106 MB

This episode of Scandal Water contains adult themes and descriptions of violence. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. It’s the 3rd deadliest nightclub fire in US history and the reason you see a maximum capacity sign posted in every restaurant and bar you enter. Yet many have never heard of the horrific fire that ravaged the Beverly Hills Supper Club in May of 1977, killing 165 people and injuring 200.  Known as the “Showplace of the Midwest,” the opulen...

Traveling the “Dark Highway”: An Interview with Author Ann D’Angelo

September 12, 2023 04:00 - 58 minutes - 108 MB

This episode of Scandal Water contains adult themes and descriptions of violence. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. In last week’s episode, you heard the details behind the fascinating double-murder case involving Verna Garr Taylor and Henry Denhardt, former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor. This week we have the privilege to speak with Ann D’Angelo, author of the book “Dark Highway” that delves into this infamous case.  What insights did Ann glean from de...

101 - The Story Behind Kentucky’s Notorious “Dark Highway” Murders

September 05, 2023 04:00 - 1 hour - 116 MB

This episode of Scandal Water contains adult themes and descriptions of violence. It is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. On November 6, 1936, beautiful Verna Garr Taylor left for a day trip with her fiance, former Lieutenant Governor Henry Denhardt. By day’s end, she would be lying in a ditch off Kentucky’s Highway 22 with a single bullet through her chest.  Her fiance immediately declared it a suicide. To the people investigating the case, it looked like mu...

Cue the Fireworks and Bring Out the Brownies… Scandal Water Podcast Has Hit 100 Episodes!

August 08, 2023 04:00 - 42 minutes - 79.3 MB

In the words of Justin Timberlake, we “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” of excitement over reaching a huge Scandal Water Podcast milestone! How fitting that on August 8th– designated as both National Happiness Happens Day and International Cat Day– we will be releasing our 100th episode! (Scotty approves of the timing.) Join the fun as we celebrate this achievement and close season 2 with a PAR-TAY!  We’ll share audio messages sent in by listeners, answer questions, and offer a peek behind the sce...

An Extra Cuppa… A Lively Update Episode to Top Off Season 2!

August 01, 2023 04:00 - 45 minutes - 84 MB

In this lively update episode, Candy and Ashley spill the tea about what came to light after their season 2 episodes aired. What creepy experience inside Waverly Hills Sanitorium did one of our listeners share with us via an audio clip? Why were the charges dropped against Alec Baldwin in the “Rust” case? What new productions are in the works for both the “Star Wars” and “Stranger Things” franchises? And what’s the latest on our “bend in the road” celebrities, Michael J. Fox, Christina Appl...

This Episode, Should You Choose to Listen, Will Lead You to the 1996 Blockbuster ‘Mission: Impossible’

July 25, 2023 04:00 - 49 minutes - 92.7 MB

Just a few weeks ago “Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” opened in theaters, boasting what has been described as “the biggest stunt in the history of cinema” and is noted by one film exec to be “far and away the most dangerous thing we’ve ever attempted.” The stunt occurs when the hero, Ethan Hunt, rides a motorcycle off a huge cliff, then jumps off the bike in mid-fall to pull a parachute and ultimately land safely.  The “Mission: Impossible” franchise has come to be associated ...

‘Shrek’: We’re All Believers

July 18, 2023 04:00 - 52 minutes - 97.8 MB

If Smash Mouth’s “All Star” or “I’m a Believer” immediately conjures up images of a green ogre and his lovable sidekick Donkey, this is the episode for you! Join Ashley and Candy as they revisit the 2001 summer blockbuster “Shrek,” which broke ground not only with its animation techniques but also with its multi-platinum soundtrack and cheeky, irreverent take on our most beloved fairy tales. What actors were originally chosen to voice Shrek and Fiona, and what circumstances led to their re...

Great Scott! It’s an Episode on the Iconic “Back to the Future”

July 11, 2023 04:00 - 53 minutes - 101 MB

Great Scott! With “Back to the Future: The Musical” having just opened on Broadway, what better time to revisit the classic movie that started it all? Few movies are more beloved or impactful than 1985’s  “Back to the Future.” It catapulted Michael J. Fox to megastar status, led to the creation of two hit songs, fueled the skateboarding craze, and proved that sci-fi (especially time-travel) movies could bring in big bucks at the box office.  This week we take you “Back in Time.” More speci...

“I’m Gonna Steal the Declaration of Independence”-- Celebrating July 4th with “National Treasure” and Nic Cage

July 04, 2023 04:00 - 40 minutes - 74.8 MB

Watching a fireworks show: hosting a backyard barbecue; wearing red, white, and blue; displaying the American flag… these are just a few ways people celebrate Independence Day in the U.S. But if you’d like to add a little extra sizzle to your July 4th holiday this year,  join us for a look at the beloved adventure movie “National Treasure” in which Nic Cage utters one of the most iconic (and most memed) lines of all time: “I’m gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.” From behind-the-s...

Candy & Ashley Spill the Tea on Their Own Summer Road Trips

June 27, 2023 04:00 - 46 minutes - 87 MB

“I travel because I would rather look back at my life, saying ‘I can’t believe I did that’ instead of ‘if only I had.’  ~ Florine Bos For our final episode in June, Candy and Ashley invite you to come along on their own personal summer road trips! Join in the fun as they share a few highlights, recommendations, challenges, and tips related to their own travels this summer. With Candy heading out west and Ashley to the south, their experiences range from kayaking the Colorado River to meet...

The Grand Canyon in TV, Song, Print, and Film: A WONDER-ful Setting

June 20, 2023 04:00 - 38 minutes - 72.6 MB

If you’re looking for an impressive setting for your TV show, movie, book, music video, or daredevil stunt, you can’t beat the Grand Canyon. Just ask the directors of National Lampoon’s “Vacation,”  Oprah, Criss Angel, David Baldacci, or a host of other artists and filmmakers. For this week’s summer road trip, Candy and Ashley head to Arizona to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon.  What famous figure is responsible for bringing the Grand Canyon to national attention...

East Bound and Down with ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

June 13, 2023 04:00 - 46 minutes - 86.1 MB

"We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there, I'm east bound, just watch ol' "Bandit" run…" If these famous lyrics bring to your mind images of a black 1977 Trans Am, a smirking Burt Reynolds, and an easy-going trucker whose favorite traveling companion is his Basset Hound Fred, this is the episode for you! This week Candy and Ashley invite you to ride along as they take a trip back to 1977’s wildly popular film ‘Smokey and the Bandit.’ Characterized as both an action/adventu...

Graceland: Elvis has NOT left the building

June 06, 2023 04:00 - 52 minutes - 97.6 MB

What is the most-visited home in America, after the White House? You guessed it… Graceland. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the famous mansion– now part of an enormous entertainment complex– is not only the place Elvis called home for the last 20 years of his life but also the site of his death and burial.    In this summer road trip episode we (virtually) visit the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s beloved Graceland, connecting it to the recent “Elvis” biopic starring Austin Butler.  How did Elvis...

A Look at the Barrymore Dynasty – and Drew’s Determination to Break the Barrymore Curse

May 30, 2023 04:00 - 54 minutes - 101 MB

Two things the Barrymore Family is known for: Their status as Hollywood Royalty The Barrymore Curse Commonly referred to as Hollywood’s First Family or “an acting dynasty,” the Barrymores have entertained and enthralled audiences since as far back as the 1700s.  Yet along with fame and adulation, the Barrymores’ lives have also contained struggles with strained family relationships, substance abuse, and other personal demons.  In this episode we trace Drew Barrymore’s family tree, highli...

The Creation of Everyone’s Favorite Alien and the Classic Movie: E.T. Part Two

May 23, 2023 04:00 - 40 minutes - 74.6 MB

“That’s no goblin…” Part of the massive success of the beloved film ‘E.T.” was the little alien himself, who was described by one writer as “one of the most soulful, expressive special effects ever conceived.” Steven Spielberg himself once referred to the animatronic model as "the 8th wonder of the movie world." In part 2 of this episode, we focus on the creation of E.T., both the animatronic elements that made it an “engineering masterpiece” and also the human elements that were required ...

“I’m keeping him” - The Story Inspiration Behind a Boy and His New Best Friend: E.T. Part One

May 16, 2023 04:00 - 46 minutes - 86 MB

‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ has been called “one of the finest fantasy films ever made, and the most tender of all Steven Spielberg’s movies.”  41 years after its 1982 release, the classic film is still celebrated for its themes, creativity, cinematic artistry, and sense of childhood wonder.  But how did the idea for ‘E.T.’ occur to Steven Spielberg while he was filming ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’? What role did Harrison Ford play in helping bring the story to life? In what ways ...

Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Rick Deckard… Hollywood’s Favorite Hero, Harrison Ford

May 09, 2023 04:00 - 56 minutes - 105 MB

At 80 years of age, film star Harrison Ford is currently involved with 3 high-profile hit projects… one in which he plays a therapist (“Shrinking”), another in which he plays a patriarchal rancher (“1923”), and the third in which he revisits the character that took his stardom to a whole new level… the beloved adventurer, Indiana Jones.  In a career that spans six decades, Harrison Ford has achieved legendary status as one of Hollywood’s favorite action heroes. And he clearly shows no signs...

The Cultural Phenomenon of ‘Star Wars’ and the Creative Genius of George Lucas

May 02, 2023 04:00 - 56 minutes - 106 MB

Do you fondly remember playing with a Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, or Luke Skywalker action figure? Have you ever uttered the phrase, “May the Force Be With You”? Are you strongly in the camp of either Team R2D2 or Team C3PO? For the vast majority of us, the answer to at least one of these questions would be a resounding YES.  When George Lucas brought “Star Wars” to movie theaters and drive-in screens in 1977, he did much more than share a great story… he literally changed the face...

“The King of Daytime Television” or “CIA Assassin”: Who Was the Real Chuck Barris?

April 25, 2023 04:00 - 40 minutes - 74.9 MB

The Dating Game… The Newlywed Game… The Gong Show. Chuck Barris created some of TV’s most enduring and beloved game shows, at one point supplying network TV with 27 hours worth of game-show programming a week.  Did he also work as a contract killer for the CIA, assassinating government targets during the 1960s and 1970s? According to his 1984 book “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and the 2002 movie directed by George Clooney, that’s exactly what Chuck Barris did. In the film, he’s portra...

Operation Varsity Blues, the Quirky Acquisitions of Nicolas Cage, and Other Famous Celebrity Tax Scandals

April 18, 2023 04:00 - 52 minutes - 97.4 MB

What better way to celebrate Tax Day than with a look at some of Hollywood’s most sensational tax scandals? Which revered Hollywood star had her house repossessed by the IRS? How did a legendary actress finally receive vindication decades after she was jailed for tax evasion? What’s the real story behind the much-publicized Operation Varsity Blues? And what does Nicolas Cage have to say about the debt that has plagued him over the last 15 years (and his two-headed snake)? You can bet your...

The Black Dahlia Part 2: The Investigation (and the Mystery) Continues

April 11, 2023 04:00 - 42 minutes - 78.8 MB

Caution: This episode is not intended for all audiences. Who killed Elizabeth Short, dubbed the Black Dahlia by the press?  76 years after her brutal murder, investigators still don’t know… although some people think they do. In part 2 of this episode, we focus on the murder investigation of the Black Dahlia case.  Who was the man believed to be the last person in Elizabeth Short’s company? What taunting notes were sent to the press, some signed by the Black Dahlia Avenger, and what items...

The Black Dahlia Part 1: The Murder of Beth Short

April 04, 2023 04:00 - 41 minutes - 78 MB

Caution: This episode is not intended for all audiences. On January 15, 1947, a mother was out with her 2-year-old daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood when her eye was drawn to something lying in the grass of a vacant lot. At first, the mother thought she was seeing a mannequin because of the figure’s unnatural paleness and ghastly pose. Horrified, she suddenly realized she was looking at the brutalized and mutilated body of a young woman. More than 70 years later the murder case of as...

Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself… Plus Dolls and Clowns

March 28, 2023 04:00 - 57 minutes - 107 MB

Spiders and snakes? Scary settings like graveyards or abandoned houses? Bogeymen hiding in the shadows? What ranks high on your list of scary elements in horror movies? For many of you, creepy dolls and clowns would be right at the top. But how did two common things generally associated with children and originally intended to provide comfort and entertainment come to be so feared? Join us as we explore the psychology behind this question.  From the theories of conditioning and the “uncan...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: SciFi Meets True Crime

March 21, 2023 04:00 - 52 minutes - 98.5 MB

The term “Jekyll and Hyde” can be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and the plot spoofed in everything from “The Simpsons” to “Saturday Night Live” to “Scooby Doo.” The characters Jekyll and Hyde have achieved a prominent spot in pop culture.  But the story of how Robert Louis Stevenson came to write “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is almost as strange as the novel itself.  Join us as we discuss how both a nightmare– referred to by Louis as a “fine bogey tale”--and the crim...

It Lives! The Legacy of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

March 14, 2023 04:00 - 51 minutes - 96.5 MB

After her husband Percy’s death by drowning, Mary Shelley kept his heart, wrapped in a bit of fabric along with an excerpt from one of his poems. And that’s not even the strangest part of this story. In this fascinating episode, Candy and Ashley discuss everything from the birth of “Frankenstein,” which was sparked by a competition among Mary’s writer friends and fueled by a dream, to the way the Creature has changed over the years, to the legacy of this classic work.  And in so doing, th...

Godzilla: King of the Monster Film Franchise

March 07, 2023 05:00 - 44 minutes - 82.2 MB

You’ve seen Godzilla in movies, video games, anime series, and cartoons; worn his image on your t-shirt and lunch box; and played with his action figures. The reptilian monster with the atomic breath is a beloved pop culture icon. In fact, “Godzilla” is the longest continuously-running movie franchise in history, with 2024 marking its 70th anniversary. But on what animal was Godzilla’s appearance based? How did the WW2 atomic bombing of Japan influence the original 1954 “Gojira” film? How ...

Jurassic Quest: A Date With Dinosaurs (and Their Trainers)

February 28, 2023 05:00 - 55 minutes - 104 MB

It’s not every day you get to hang out with life-size dinosaurs and their trainers, but that’s just what Ashley and Candy did when they took a field trip to Jurassic Quest, a touring exhibit that has been called “the #1 dinosaur experience in North America.” In this T-Rex-sized episode, you’ll first get to hear Ashley’s entertaining and lively interview with Safari Sarah and Dino Dustin, two Jurassic Quest trainers who’ve worked and traveled with the family-owned company for years.  Then y...

Making History With Erik Archilla: Behind the Scenes of the Hit Podcast “1865”

February 21, 2023 05:00 - 1 hour - 142 MB

When buddies Erik Archilla and Steven Walters decided John Wilkes Booth would be the focus of their college project, they had no idea it would eventually lead to a hit podcast that now has over 6 million downloads.  A People’s Choice podcast award nominee in the category of Storyteller Drama, “1865” is a historical fiction podcast that follows Edwin Stanton in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The audio drama has been praised for its gripping writing, as well as the professi...

Nora Ephron: Creator of the Modern Rom Com

February 14, 2023 05:00 - 54 minutes - 101 MB

If your plans for Valentine’s Day include a classic romantic comedy, chances are you’ll also be spending your evening with Nora Ephron.  Writer, humorist, and director Nora Ephron is credited with being the creator of the modern rom-com. Her long list of hit films includes “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “You’ve Got Mail.” But how did Nora’s own heartbreak lead to her bestselling first novel and subsequent film? What connection did she have to both JFK and Watergate? An...

A True Superhero: Remembering ‘Black Panther’ Chadwick Boseman

February 07, 2023 05:00 - 40 minutes - 75.7 MB

While he lived only 43 short years, Chadwick Boseman’s impact will be remembered forever. Chadwick was the man chosen to bring to life the first Black superhero in US comic book history, the Black Panther.  Along with the other members of the predominantly Black cast and crew of “Black Panther” (2018), Chadwick was part of the first superhero movie to be nominated for a best picture Oscar. He was also the first Black performer ever nominated posthumously for an Oscar, for his work in “Ma Rai...