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Episode 76: The Big Lick (10.5.2017)
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  The Tennessee Walking Horse has a natural gait that’s famously smooth. And, if trained in a certain way, it can perform a walk that’s even more spectacular. But, there’s a secret behind how, exactly, these horses are trained to do the crowd-pleasing step they’re celebrated for. Mary Helen Montgomery brings...

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Episode 75: The Gatekeeper (9.22.2017)
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“I keep saying ‘where’s the body? Kill someone,'” Marilyn Stasio told us. She reads at least 200 crime novels a year to determine which are worthy of her prestigious “Crime Column” in the New York Times Book Review. We talk with her about crime as entertainment – and why people...

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Episode 74: Catastrophe (9.8.2017)
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In 1993, more than 1,000 levees broke along the Mississippi River, flooding thousands of acres. In most cases the floods were seen as an “Act of God.” In one case, however, the flood was a crime: “knowingly causing a catastrophe.” This story comes to us from Noam Osband.  For...

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Episode 73: Carry A. Nation (8.18.2017)
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At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was “America’s foremost lady hellraiser” and “the apostle of reform violence.” In her own words, she was “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.”   We liked her hatchet pins so much, we...

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Episode 72: Bears, Birds, and Bones (8.4.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   As long as 2,500 years ago, Native Americans placed the bones of the dead in giant mounds of earth in the shape of animals. The Effigy Mounds National Monument was created to protect the mounds – and the bones inside. But in 2011, a new...

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Episode 71: A Bump in the Night (7.21.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   Amber Dawn was 20 when she moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Enumclaw, Washington. On her very first night, she began to notice strange sounds. And they didn’t stop.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven’t already, please...

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