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The Feather Lady

Episode #206

2023-02-03 05:00:40

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On October 4, 1960, Eastern Airlines Flight 375 took off from Boston’s Logan airport, and then, two minutes later, it crashed. 62 people died. Investigators couldn't figure out what had happened, and they decided to ask a scientist working at the Smithsonian for help. Roxie Laybourne's investigation helped launch a whole new field of science that changed aviation and forensics.
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Sunset Mesa

Episode #205

2023-01-20 05:00:25

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Debbie Schum waited a long time to receive the cremated ashes of her friend, LoraLee Johnson. When she did, she felt relieved to finally take them home with her. But then, she got a call from the FBI.
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They Came for the Judges

Episode #204

2023-01-06 05:00:06

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When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August of 2021, they unlocked the prisons and freed prisoners, some of whom sought revenge on the women judges who convicted them.
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Dog in the Bed, Cat in the Bag, Camel on the Golf Course

Episode #203

2022-12-16 05:00:59

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Stories of animals really going for it.
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Across the Atlantic

Episode #202

2022-12-02 05:00:24

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In February of 1910, members of the Music Hall Ladies Guild in London received a strange letter from their treasurer – a singer who went by the name Belle Elmore. It said that she suddenly had to travel to the United States, and that she was resigning from her position. Several weeks later, at the Music Hall Ladies Guild fundraising ball, Belle's husband arrived with a date. And she was wearing Belle's brooch.
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The Tylenol Murders

Episode #201

2022-11-18 05:00:26

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On September 29, 1982, Adam Janus suddenly collapsed in his home outside of Chicago. He died within hours. Later that same day, in the same house, his brother also collapsed — then his sister-in-law. All three of them had been healthy. Nobody could figure out what was going on. Stacy...
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We Interrupt This Program

Episode #200

2022-11-04 05:00:48

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On a Saturday night, in February 1949, the music programming on one of the most popular radio stations in Quito, Ecuador was interrupted with an urgent news bulletin: strange objects in the sky that looked like large disks with bright lights were using a powerful ray to destroy a nearby city.
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Ghostwatch

Episode #199

2022-10-21 05:00:41

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On Halloween night, in 1992, an unusual television special aired on the BBC. Nobody expected what happened next.
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The Hammersmith Ghost

Episode #198

2022-10-07 05:00:29

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In the winter of 1803, residents outside of London reported strange encounters with a ghost. Some said it looked like Napoleon Bonaparte, or a horse without a head. Others said the ghost breathed fire and smoke. By Christmas, there was a “full-scale phantom panic.” Shortly after the New Year, one...
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Mantrap

Episode #197

2022-09-23 05:00:29

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Ed and Bertha Briney’s unoccupied farmhouse was reportedly broken into 50 times over 10 years. They put up “No Trespassing” signs, repeatedly complained to sheriffs in two different counties, nailed doors shut, and boarded up windows - but nothing worked. So they decided to try something else.
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Hungryland

Episode #196

2022-09-09 05:00:49

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In March of this year, a biologist working in a nature preserve in Florida saw an alligator swimming along a canal with something in its mouth. When she looked closer, she realized it was a human arm.
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The Procedure

Episode #195

2022-08-19 05:00:04

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In 1967, a very unlikely group of individuals gathered to quietly break the law and help facilitate abortions. They established a phone number. When you called it, a recording of a woman's voice would tell you what to do next.
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The Divorce Colony

Episode #194

2022-08-05 05:00:35

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This episode picks up where Episode 193 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. Blanche Molineux visited her husband while he was in prison for murder to keep up what she called the “ghastly pretense.” But eventually, she couldn’t keep it up anymore, and bought a train...
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A Ring and a Bottle

Episode #193

2022-07-22 05:00:18

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In 1895, Blanche Chesebrough moved into a small apartment in Gramercy Park, in New York City. She brought a portrait of her parents, a vase for flowers, and her piano. She later said, “music had been my one absorbing interest,” and that she wasn’t interested in getting married. But eventually, she agreed to anyway. When she returned home from her honeymoon, she learned her husband was suspected of murder.
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The Devil’s Hole Pupfish

Episode #192

2022-07-08 10:50:35

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There is a cave in the middle of the Mojave Desert called Devil's Hole. It's home to a small iridescent blue fish, called the Devil's Hole pupfish - and you can't find them anywhere else in the world. There are fences, cameras, and motion sensors for security. In 2016, three men rammed the fences and broke in. 
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The Sailor’s Teeth

Episode #191

2022-06-24 13:20:39

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In 1982, forensic dentists examined the teeth of thousands of sailors stationed on an aircraft carrier called the USS Carl Vinson in Newport News, Virginia. It’s been called “the largest dental dragnet likely in U.S. history.”