Episode 123: Unnoticed

Home might very well be what you make it, but it’s not always about beautiful decorations and comfortable furnishings. Sometimes the places we live take on elements of our own personality. Even after we’ve moved on, those pieces remain behind, like echoes of another time—echoes that can still be felt today.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research by Robin Miniter and music by Chad Lawson.

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Episode 122: The Shortest Straw

Human nature has a number of powerful, universal characteristics. Our need for community. Our love of storytelling. Our seemingly infinite capacity to adapt and thrive. But some of the most terrifying events in history find their root in one other: our will to survive.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research by Taylor Hagerdorn and music by Chad Lawson.

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Episode 121: Uninvited Guest

Some threats to our safety and well-being are obvious and easy to spot from a mile away. Over the course of history, people have become very skilled at looking for danger and avoiding it. But some threats are more difficult to spot—and once they strike, the results can be deadly.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Carl Nellis , and music by Chad Lawson.

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Episode 120: Whistle While You Work

Human ambition has led us to some amazing achievements, and taken us to unexplored places. But it has also lured us into places where there is a lot more fear and danger than we are used to, and the stories that have grown out of that world have left the world a richer—and more frightening—place.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Sam Alberty , and music by Chad Lawson.

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Episode 119: Evolution

Some stories have been around for a very long time, and others are fairly new. One thing is certain, though: the tales we tell have a way of changing over time. But that doesn’t make them any less powerful—or any less frightening.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Taylor Hagerdorn , and music by Chad Lawson.


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Episode 118: Ambition

Some people have a fire inside them that drives them to do great things. New discoveries, breakthrough inventions, or astonishing accomplishments. But some have harnessed that passion for something darker, and they’re actions have left a painful mark on history.

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


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Episode 117: Bones

Everything is built upon something else. Whether it is a mighty fortress, a simple home, or the very lives of the people around us, there’s a foundation beneath everything. But don’t let that strong, smooth layer fool you. There’s darkness down there, if you know where to look.

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

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Episode 116: Something Blue

No one likes to be sick, and yet it is one of the most dependable things in life. We will all, at some point, become ill, and when we do, the most important thing in our world will be recovery and wellness. Many simply wait for nature to take its course, but history is full of takes of those who have taken it a bit too far.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Robin Miniter, and music by Chad Lawson.


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Episode 115: Perspective

The way we explain the world around us is determined by the lens we view it through, especially when events sit outside the realm of the believable. And no better moment in time can illustrate that idea better than the perfect storm of fear and paranoia that descended on a New England village a handful of centuries ago.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Robin Miniter , and music by Chad Lawson.


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Episode 114: The Gateway

Most locations have an isolated history that is unique to them and only them. But some places have served as the entry point for a bigger idea and a larger impact on history as a whole. Sadly, that sort of significance always seems to come at a price, and it’s a cost that’s difficult to forget.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Carl Nellis, and music by Chad Lawson.


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Episode 113: Word of Mouth

Throughout history, cultures around the world have explored the world of medicine in search of tools that can heal our bodies. We’ve used plants and minerals, of course, but the most powerful tool might also be the most taboo—and it’s been right in front of us the entire time.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Sam Alberty, and music by Chad Lawson.

Episode 112: Facets

Of all the parts of life that we can depend on, one of the darkest parts is loss. That’s the trouble with being surrounded by mortal, fragile human beings; at some point, the people we love won’t be here anymore. Which is why the mourning process is the playground for all sorts of powerful bits of folklore.

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

Episode 111: Inside Job

The deepest mysteries come from the places we haven’t fully explored, or where we lack the control that makes us feel safe. And yet one of the most universally mysterious places of all is closer than you might believe. It’s the best kept secret everyone has been sleeping through.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Sam Alberty and music by Chad Lawson.

Episode 110: Crooked

Not everything can be perfect. Even when there’s a clean slate and we’re given the resources and tools to make something great, humans have a way of building their flaws into it. And while there are many examples of locations built on a crooked foundation, few have the haunting historical tales to back it up.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Robin Miniter, and music by Chad Lawson.

Episode 109: Assumption

There’s a lot in life we can count on. Death, taxes, the sunrise, and political turmoil—these are all guaranteed, safe bets. But outside that, everything else is an assumption. And sometimes we get it tragically, horribly wrong.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Taylor Hagerdorn, and music by Chad Lawson.

Episode 108: Debris

Our oceans are some of the most remote regions on the planet. Because of that, people have filled that darkness and space with stories that reflect our common fears and deepest suspicious. Unfortunately, the pages of history offer less reason than we might hope for, leaving us to wonder exactly what might be out there, lurking beneath the waves.

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

Episode 107: Sight Unseen

We like to think we’ll see it coming. That we can plan ahead and prepare—even defend ourselves. But death comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes so small and featureless that it slips through our carefully constructed defenses without us even knowing. And history shows us that all of us should be worried about that.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Carl Nellis, and music by Chad Lawson.

Episode 106: The Collection

Humans have a tendency to collect things. From baseball cards to Twitter followers, we enjoy bringing everything into one place. But when that collection represents the very worst of humanity—both in how it’s managed and where it comes from—the act of collecting comes with dire consequences.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Sam Alberty, and music by Chad Lawson.

Episode 105: Layers

We love to simplify things. Easy is better than complex, after all, and simple things are easy to understand. Sadly, though, the people around us are far from simple; they are complex and layered, with deep, hidden stories just waiting to be discovered.

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

Episode 104: Anchored

The ocean is very good at taking things from us, but we are equally skilled at not forgetting. Still, no matter how many stories we tell about lost ships and vanished loved ones, it will never bring them back. At least, that’s what most people believe.

Written and produced by Aaron Mahnke, with research assistance from Robin Miniter, and music by Chad Lawson.