Episode 66: Where There's Smoke

Fire is a dangerous tool. Used properly, it can transform a society, but if it isn’t respected, it can burn that society to the ground. Which is why we are obsessed with controlling it—and completely, utterly afraid of it.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 65: Doing Tricks

There are very few bits of folklore that haven’t spread around the globe over the past few centuries. Yet every now and then, something fresh and distinct pops up. But just because it’s relatively new doesn’t mean it’s safe.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 64: Behind Closed Doors

The bigger the city, the easier it is to miss the little details. Stories of loss, tragedy, and horrifying events have a way of vanishing beneath the bustle of everyday life. And no place is better at hiding away its dark secrets than the Big Apple.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 63: Homecoming

Folklore and popular culture are filled with a type of event that seems both unusual and logical: time and time again, criminals return to the source. But as one man proved a century ago, it’s not always easy to go home. 

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 62: Desperate Measures

Folklore and medicine often go hand in hand. In fact, for a long time they were the very same thing. But folklore has a way of leading people to tragic actions—all in the name of getting better.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with music by Chad Lawson and research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 61: Labor Pains

You can tell a lot about a culture by the things it creates. Tools, exploration, weapons; all of it speaks to the priorities and character of that society. But if that’s true, then what are we supposed to assume about the mind behind one of history’s most bizarre creations?

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 60: If Walls Could Talk

Humans have an innate desire to fix what’s broken, and that’s a good thing. We’re not the best at it, though, and we often fail—sometimes horribly. And few examples are as powerful as the world of mental health.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 59: A Deep Fear

H.P. Lovecraft said it best: “…the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”. And no other place in the world is as unknown to us as the ocean. It’s dark, it’s deep, it’s full of questions—and maybe something else.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 58: The Devil's Beat

Human culture has a different expression no matter where you go. Despite that variety, though, we do share one common thread: music. And while it has typically been a source of joy, there have been moments when music has brought something else: fear, pain, and horror.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 57: Quarantine

Nearly four centuries ago, a wave of sickness spread through a community in the French countryside. It wasn’t a traditional disease they were fighting, though. This plague had a more sinister source.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 56: Going Viral

Fear has a way of spreading. It’s contagious, moving from person to person. Given enough time, fear can consume an entire community. Sometimes, though, there’s good reason to be afraid.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 55: A Way Inside

Folklore is more than just a collection of stories; it’s the soul of a culture or location. Without them, our world has less texture and beauty. But like the stories themselves, some places have spirits that creep in and take up residence.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 54: Teacher's Pet

The more crowded our world becomes, the more frequently we are confronted with our commonality. Our interests, our passions…even our appearance. But just how similar can we get? Well, that’s the stuff of folklore.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 53: Trees and Shadows

Our connection to animals is ancient, intimate, and complex. Humans have worshiped them, sacrificed them, lived with them, and been buried with them. But folklore from all over the world hints at a darker connection, and it just might be true.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 52: Negative Consequences

History is full of criminals. They come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Some are cheerful, some are dark. Some, however, steal more than money or precious belongings. To be caught in their web means paying the ultimate price.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 51: Within the Walls

We crave safety. We build rules and systems and even physical barriers in order to create a sense of security. But darkness has a way of creeping in, no matter how powerful the walls might be.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 50: Mary, Mary

The Spiritualist movement placed a large focus on reaching beyond the veil, which made us the outsiders pressing into a foreign realm. In the late 1800’s, however, that realm pressed back, and what a wonder it turned out to be.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 49: Seeing Double

It’s often said that our real identity is the person we are in private, away from the public eye. Over two centuries ago, however, one person gave life to that idea, and in the process, gave birth to an entirely new thing to fear.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 48: Downriver

Tragedy is never something we plan for. It sneaks up on us like a bandit in the night, and takes away our sense of security and purpose. But throughout history, there have been places so plagued by tragedy that those who live near them consider these locations to be cursed.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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Episode 47: Missing the Point

Our world is full of mysterious sightings, but most of them can be explained away with cold logic and common sense. When multiple reports flood in, though, the unbelievable can sometimes become undeniable.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance by Marcet Crockett.

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