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The Ouija Broads: Tales from the Pacific Northweird

Strange women talking about stranger things. Tales from the Pacific Northweird.

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Linda Hazzard and Starvation Heights, Part One

Liz terrorizes Devon with the tale of Linda Hazzard, the "starvationist" who ran a ghoulish sanitarium just outside Olalla, Washington. Content warning: Scary controlling lady, medical abuse, lots of death, enemas, calorie restriction, gynecology stuff. Also a siren pops into the background of Devon's audio at one point, super sorry.  Secondary topics: The emperor of maladies; a new sideshow act is invented; sounds like a brewery, smells like a bakery.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

51mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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The Friendly Arctic

Liz tells Devon about the 1921 expedition to Wrangell Island, the people who went, and what they did there.  CW: Scurvy, people having panic attacks, death. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

1hr 18mins

19 Feb 2019

Rank #2

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Five Ghosts of the Empress Hotel

Liz discusses the amazing tales of the ghosts of the Empress Hotel.  CW: Murder, suicide.  Secondary topics: Lord Lucan; we revisit the pepperoni situation; a Judy Garland tale; John Reed, the Davenport legend. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

41mins

4 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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The Original Flower Child, Opal Whiteley

Liz tells Devon about Oregon's original flower child, hometown prodigy, possible hoax, and alleged French princess, the enigmatic Opal Whiteley.  CW: Psych hospitalization, brief mention of child abuse.  Secondary topics: Movies of the early era; activated almonds; our self-conscious diaries; orphan concerns and things we didn't need to know; we name some dogs.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

53mins

7 May 2018

Rank #4

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Attack at Ape Canyon

Liz and Devon discuss incidents when humans and sasquatch crossed paths to less than salubrious effect. The Ape Canyon attack at Mt. St. Helens' is discussed, as well as other close encounters.  Secondary topics: Puritan Bailey; five little Yosemite Sams in a box; the Legolas-Gimli film; calculating years; lies; Bigfoot taxes; the Broads imagine their life among the sasquatches.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

1hr 7mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Holes

Devon tells the tales of the Blue Lake Rhino Cave and the 13 Steps to Hell. Secondary topics: Terminology; double date, no murder; shout out to Coulee City; third eye adventures; the astonishing Spider-Man; ugly barnacles  We were trying out a new technology when taping this, it'll keep coming along. Bear with us! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

55mins

7 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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The Witch's Castle

A little true crime, a little haunting, a little history, a mysterious place. CW: Murder, incest-y vibes.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

55mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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The Soap Lady of Crescent Lake

Devon tells Liz the story of Washington's Lady of the Lake.  CW: If you are squeamish about dead bodies, BAIL NOW and go listen to one of the episodes about dogs or food, because that is the whoooole episode. Plus, CW for domestic violence.   Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

47mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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The Cedars

Liz tells Devon the little-known true tale of The Cedars, an Oregon home for girls with social diseases.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

1hr 3mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Saucer Saucer Saucer

Devon tells Liz a Washington UFO tale! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

41mins

8 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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Oregon Caves and Chateau

Devon shares the weird realities and weirder legends of the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve, and the chateau built beside them. Secondary topics: Ghosts and sharks; when Devon's brother came to visit; dog breed re-naming; everyone at the beach looks like a wilding and humans are basically goldfish; overalls in the 90s; what can become a ghost?  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

50mins

4 Sep 2017

Rank #11

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Weirdo 3:16

Liz tells Devon the tale of Spokane hometown boy Rainbow Man. CW: Some violence mentioned, and Rollen was not the most mentally well dude.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

50mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Alaska Doesn't Love You Back

Liz revisits the Alaska Howdy with several tales of mysterious disappearances in the Cruel Mistress State, including Michael LeMaitre, the Last Man Up.  CW: Brief mention of suicide.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

55mins

17 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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The Weyerhauser Kidnapping

Crime, but not too scary! Devon tells Liz about what happened when some bumbling bandits tried to get rich quick by snatching a young heir to a timber fortune.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

1hr 22mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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The Missing Politicians

The tale of the time that Idaho's Lieutenant Governor was abducted, and a separate time when Vancouver's Mayor went missing.  CW: Suicide by hanging.  The Lieutenant Governor does whatever he wants, jeez; bootlegging memories; alternatives to a life of crime when you have an unfortunate name; the baby bandit; bringing down the mood one broad at a time; was the missing Mayor simply a proto-Portlandian?  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

31mins

3 Jul 2017

Rank #15

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Ghost Trains/Train Ghosts

After a rocky start, Liz tells Devon a selection of train ghost/ghost train tales from the Northwest and a special guest appearance by Colorado! (It's another one where we flip the big lever that says Suspension of Disbelief, but we've had a lot of verifiable history lately, so let's get spooooky.) Sorry about the bit of rustling at the end.  Show notes here. Secondary Topics: Feelings about trains; the Carolina Classic Can Opener; Devon has a train rant; feelings about gas stoves*, hidden talents of Broads;  *Please note that after we finished recording this, Devon discovered that she had left the gas stove on and the flame had burned out and so her apartment was slowly filling with gas through this entire episode. She lived.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Shop Weird: https://ouijabroads.com/shopweird/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

1hr 7mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #16

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Four Ghosts of Pike Place Market

Devon tells Liz about Pike Place Market and some (more) of its signature ghosts.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

53mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Curiosity Shops of the Northwest

Devon tells Liz about some of the Northwest's notable curiosity shops, like Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe, Archie McPhee, Marsh's Free Museum, and Wonders of the World. Along the way we discuss Fiji Mermaids, the Wallingford Beast, The Thing, cave bears, and mummies. Well, one mummy that Liz gets really fixated on.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

57mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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M is for Mima

Devon tells Liz about the mystery of the Mima Mounds. Also, we get sidetracked on a whole discussion about glitter.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

57mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Beyond the Pale

Devon tells Liz the tale of a very distinctive Bigfoot that roamed through Oregon and Washington, along with other encounters of Sasquatch that look a little different.  Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ouijabroads Website: https://ouijabroads.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OuijaBroads/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theouijabroads/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theouijabroads/

59mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #20