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Just A Story: Urban Legend Podcast

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A weekly podcast taking a look at the stories that we tell over and over again. What our myths and misdeeds, fears and fables say about us as humans.

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A weekly podcast taking a look at the stories that we tell over and over again. What our myths and misdeeds, fears and fables say about us as humans.

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By 1missenglish - Sep 23 2019
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Get to the point! She asks him 3 times in 5 minutes where the town is they are discussing. This podcast is terrible. I think the woman doesn’t want to be on the podcast or something because she interrupts the guy constantly with stupid, irrelevant references. Skip!

iTunes Ratings

305 Ratings
Average Ratings
242
20
12
10
21

Love and miss this show

By Farber's Daughter - Oct 16 2019
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Where did y’all go?

Heavy Eye Roll

By 1missenglish - Sep 23 2019
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Get to the point! She asks him 3 times in 5 minutes where the town is they are discussing. This podcast is terrible. I think the woman doesn’t want to be on the podcast or something because she interrupts the guy constantly with stupid, irrelevant references. Skip!

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Just A Story: Urban Legend Podcast

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A weekly podcast taking a look at the stories that we tell over and over again. What our myths and misdeeds, fears and fables say about us as humans.

Rank #1: Ep 27: Campfire Tales: Are You Afraid Of The Dark

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How do you remember summer camp? What stands out most for you? Is it the memory of mosquito bites? Winning that year's capture the flag? Promising to write new friends, or your first love (and meaning letters with stamps, and only until school starts again)? Or do you remember the spooky stories told around the campfire, the camp ghosts, and fear of Jason Voorhees? What if those stories told in the dark weren't just imagined to frighten new campers? What if there really was some psychopath hiding in the woods? And what if said psychopath had magical powers? Join us this week as we explore the reasons we go into the woods for 'Lord of the Flies' style fun in the summer, and if there really is anything lurking in the woods right behind your cabin

May 22 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #2: Ep 119: For The Good Of All: Hell Town

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Have you heard of that abandoned town in Ohio where absolutely every urban legend ever happened? No seriously. According to lore, Boston, Ohio (or Hell Town, if we are going with the lore) is home to all manner of phenomena and conspiracies. But what really happened there? And what happens when people on power act for the good of all, at the expense of the few? Join us as we explore the origins of helltown, the Osage reign of terror, and the time that the Bronx was burning.

May 13 2018

2hr 28mins

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Rank #3: Ep 57: Am I Pretty? The Slit Mouthed Woman

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The legend of the Slit Mouth Woman has captured the imagination of people around the world. Many are surprised that the story only began circulating amongst the people of Japan in the 1970s. Why is that so surprising? New legends and ghost stories are constantly emerging, why is it so surprising that this is an example of modern folklore? As we will discuss this week, it may be because something about this urban phantom feels much more ancient. Join us this week as we explore the tradition of yokai and the psychology of the monstrous feminine. 

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Dec 18 2016

2hr 5mins

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Rank #4: Ep 37: Rippin Up A Rag Doll

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Dolls are symbols of childlike innocence; visions of idealized beauty suspended in time. They are treasured companions, well-loved playthings, sweet mementoes. 

Wait. No. What the hell am I saying. Dolls are HELLA creepy.

But why? 

How did these sweet little toys get wrapped up in all this horror story nonsense? Join us this week as we explore the strong ties between dolls and the macabre, and ask why the hell are dolls so eerie?

Jul 31 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #5: Ep 25.2: Modern Folklore or Public Menace: Creepy Pasta

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SPECIAL 2 PART 25th EPISODE PARTY: PART 2

 The website Creepy Pasta has become a nearly ubiquitous cultural phenomenon. This site offers users a chance to share short fiction in a variety of media. The stories are generally scary, but they range in genre from classic horror to speculative fiction to political thriller. It's safe to say that among a subset of Internet users, a few of these stories have become legendary. Have the lines between written stories and oral tradition been blurred by the online community? Is this folklore? Are these stories urban legends? They've certainly left a mark, perhaps most infamously inspiring one attempted murder involving three 12-year-old girls. Join us this week as we celebrate our 25th episode, and explore the Creepy Pasta greatest hits from "The Russian Sleep Experiment" to "Slender Man", and ask what this new form of story swapping means for modern culture.

May 11 2016

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Rank #6: Ep 101: Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen, Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

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Somewhere between the bayou and the Bywater; somewhere between Congo Square and the Cathedral; somewhere between Bourbon Street brochures and Big Chief's secrets, between what you imagine the Crescent City to be and what you cannot even imagine, hiding in Pirate's Alley, or buried in St Louis No 1, through wrought iron and sweet jasmine, clinging to a long, low note from a clarinet... yes, somewhere down yonder in New Orleans, there is Marie Laveau, and she is somewhere between the lady and the legend. Join us this week as we discuss the history of Voodoo in Louisiana, its reputation and evolution, as well as crimes which have been erroneously linked to the practice. Of course, we could not talk about New Orleans Voodoo without mentioning Queen Marie Laveau, and her place in the history of the city. We are so excited to share a little of our local lore with you on this special episode of Just A Story!

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Oct 22 2017

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Rank #7: Ep 56: Snuff Films Do Not Exist!

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We've all heard whispered rumors about snuff films, films so dark, so depraved, that real actors were actually killed on screen just for the sake of entertainment. We've also heard the resolute denial that such things happen from the most worldly of our know-it-all acquaintances. Somewhere between those two well known rumors lies the truth, and you know what they say about the truth, don't you? It's often more terrifying than fiction. Such is the case this week on Just A Story because we will be looking at unnerving murderers who documented their own crimes, from the Glamour Girl Slayer, Harvey Glatman; to the Boneyard Killers, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng, to a star-struck Canadian psychopath Lucca Magnotta. In addition to a our meandering tour of True Crime Alley, we'll be speaking to Holly Kingstown, a real life insider from the industry about how snuff and have been unjustly conflated in the modern imagination. We'll be exploring the cinematic history of gore and sexploitation flicks and the way those genres helped build the myth of snuff, as well.  We'll also try to pin down a somewhat official definition of 'snuff' and see if we can find any real world examples of the stuff.  Join us as we dare to explore the world of snuff, where life is cheap!

Special Guest: Holly Kingstown @heidijoypj

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Dec 11 2016

2hr 49mins

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Rank #8: Ep 64: The Many Faces of the Antichrist: The Omen

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This week, we're asking, is it just a movie? We will be taking a look at the 1976 horror classic, "The Omen." Like many movies in this genre, there is an incredible amount of lore about the making of the film itself. Also, like many now classic scary movies; this one has its own curse. We'll be checking out the many claims made about the purported "Omen" curse, and offering what we can in the way of historical verification. But when presented with a story full of such rich subject matter as the end times and the antichrist; we'd be crazy not to explore the legends that fueled the plot of the film, as well. We will learn all about the history of the antichrist concept, various suspected antichrists throughout history, and conclude by examining the ways these interpretations of religious text have shaped today's political climate and cultural landscape. Join us this week as we look at those who bear the mark of the beast

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Feb 04 2017

2hr 41mins

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Rank #9: Ep 4: You Will Believe in The Amityville Horror

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Controversial since its first public telling, the events that took place at 112 Ocean Avenue in December 1974 have literally become the stuff of legend. The Lutz's story has been chronicled in numerous books, movies, and documentaries.  Is this a true horror story of America's most haunted house, or one of the greatest hoaxes in pop culture history? Do you believe in The Amityville Horror?

Dec 13 2015

43mins

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Rank #10: Ep 3: Satanic Panic

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In the 1980s a fear of all things occult and demonic swept
America. Everything from role playing games to preschool was
degraded and threatened by this phenomena. Where did these fears
come from?

Dec 07 2015

39mins

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Rank #11: Ep 89: Forty Whacks: Lizzie Borden

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We all know that Lizzie Borden took an axe. We know she gave her father forty whacks; her mother forty-one; and that she got away with murder. Or do we? Her father received under twenty axe wounds, her STEPmother under ten. The murder weapon was probably a hatchet; not an axe, but nothing rhymes with 'hatchet' in the same catchy way. If we are honest about the number of whacks we lose that attractive assonance with 'Borden' and 'forty'. Do these poetic elements justify Lizzie's bad wrap? What really happened on  August 4, 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts? Join us this week as we take a look at the famous unsolved murders of Abby and Andrew Borden, and the things about their daughter Lizzie that made people believe she was just dangerous enough to be suspected. We will take a look at the cultural ideas of spinsters, and the rise of the independent women in America; as we try to separate fact from fiction.

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Jul 30 2017

2hr 29mins

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Rank #12: Ep 49: Death Becomes Her: Halloween, The Day of the Dead, and Santa Muerte

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Halloween is often described as the one night of the year when spirits can return to the earth and interact with the living. That's a very simplified version of a vast, multicultural tradition that has existed, in one form or another, since the earliest written records. Spirits, vague ideas of otherworldly intruders, have been visiting for centuries, and over the years they've been understood as ancestors, demons, eerie informants, and hostile haunts. Join us this week as we explore Halloween rituals through the ages and the evolution of the otherworldly visitors they invited to join. We conclude the episode by shifting our focus from the living's relationships with the dead, to their relationships with Death itself, as we discuss Santa Muerte.

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Oct 22 2016

1hr 47mins

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Rank #13: Ep 86: We're All Mad Here: Asylums Part 1

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The Lunatic Asylum has loomed large in the public imagination since its very establishment as an institution. We have never been sure what to do with the mad, to use the vernacular of a bygone era. Despite our admitted ineptitude, we have been more than willing to try and do something with them for ages. Most of the things we did for most of recorded history have been horrifying, barbaric and ineffective. Join us this week as we explore the history of asylums and treatments for the mentally ill. We will discuss Nellie Bly's breakthrough account of her experiences in the Blackwell's Asylum, and the documentary that recorded World War II veterans' experience PTSD, 'Let There Be Light'. We will even spend a little time discussing the death of George Washington, and being glad that medicine has made a few advances since then.

Guest Story Teller: Not Alone Podcast Check out this great new podcast: http://www.notalonepodcast.com

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Jul 09 2017

2hr 42mins

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Rank #14: Ep 68: Changelings: Turn And Face The Strange

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There are moments when stories transcend geographic and culturally borders, and touch on something fundamentally and universally human. The persistent idea of changelings across Europe, and the ogbanje and abiku throughout Africa might be an example of that type of story. Join us this week as we examine the circumstances that might lead to believing your child has been replaced by an impostor from the spirit of fairy realm. From medical explanations to rare and nearly unbelievable psychological diagnoses, to the cultural needs created by unique circumstances this is a complex case full of twists and possibility. We will conclude by taking a look at a classic anthropological study on maternal love in Brazil's shanty towns, and how things have changed there over the last 20 years.

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Mar 05 2017

1hr 58mins

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Rank #15: Ep 66: Bigfoot: The Case for the Missing Link

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Is there any more well known cryptid in modern lore than Bigfoot? The elusive forest dweller must have one incredible agent. Featured on multiple television programs, Internet channels, and countless books; Bigfoots are an odd kind of celebrity. For starters, the paparazzi cannot keep up with them, despite the best efforts of enthusiast the world over we have yet to find definitive proof of the existence of these mysterious bipedal behemoths.  Also they keep getting booked on network TV and failing to show up for their cameo appearances. Their reluctance to engage with their adoring public makes Woody Allen's refusal to attend the Oscars seem downright congenial. Join us this week as we explore the history of Bigfoot, from famous sightings, to contested evidence; from mythical origins, to scientific conjecture. We'll also be taking a look at the cultural significance of the idea of the "missing link." We'll be discussing Darwin's Theory of Evolution, along with the man who aimed to 'prove it' once and for all, Charles Dawson. His infamous Piltdown Man created mysteries and legends that remain to this day. We'll conclude by taking an in-depth look at the Scope's Monkey Trial. The first, but certainly not the last, legal battle over evolution's place in the American classroom, in which rhetorical titans Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan started an argument we still can't seem to settle. 
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Feb 19 2017

2hr 57mins

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Rank #16: Ep 33: They Must Be Invited

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The bond between guest and host is ancient and sacred one. Hospitality has always been considered a virtuous undertaking, in fact, opening your home to travelers and friends was at one time expected, if not demanded. But what happens when you open the door to the wrong person? What is a host to do when their kindness is abused in ways darker and longer lasting than having all their hot water used up, or a visitor putting coffee grinds down the sink? What if the bad guest came back when you weren't home, and began living in your attic? What if they watched you sleep? What if they caused you harm? Such a thing could never happen, could it? This week we take a look at urban legends about people living in the walls. Join as we examine the importance thresholds, boundaries, and home security and ask what happens when those are fundamentally disrespected and ignored.

Jul 03 2016

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Rank #17: Ep 48: Halloween Hanging: Can You Save Her

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It's the time of year when well-meaning suburbanites stage miniature shock and awe campaigns on their front lawns. The sweet retirees on the corner are building a graveyard. Across the street, a soccer mom is arranging a life-sized skeleton in a lawn chair. The is a zombie invasion, comprised of wax dummies just one block down. So who would notice, could notice, the body hanging from a noose fastened to a tree? It's just one more macabre Halloween decoration, right? If it wasn't, if it was a corpse, that would ruin all the fun; that would make us question everything we know and love about this harmless holiday. Well, according to the legend of 'The Halloween Hanging,' it was a corpse; and that is exactly what we will be questioning on this episode. We will explore some dark territory, looking staged suicidal hangings, homicidal hangings and the history of hanging as a method of execution. We will also discuss the phenomena of crime scene staging, and try to reach our own verdict on the case of the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau. 

Special Guest Story Teller Robert Chauncey, Creator of The Tunnels Podcast  Check it out Here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tunnels-podcast/id1139556079?mt=2

Oct 15 2016

1hr 41mins

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Rank #18: Ep 39: She's a Bad Mother-Shut Your Mouth!: La Llorona

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Mothers are meant to guide, nurture and protect their children. We look to their love as a model for selfless giving and unending devotion. But there are bad Mothers out there. There are women who do the unthinkable to their own children, and subvert everything we expect from the mythical martyr mother. Join us this week as we examine the deep, rich history and cultural context of the patron saint of less than perfect mothers, La Llorana. In this episode we will explore her story's consistent patterns over time, and compare those features to some modern cases maternal filicide.  

Also Check out our audio drama Audio Dime Museum: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/audio-dime-museum-carnivale/id1096211271?mt=2

Aug 14 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #19: Ep 30: Electric Koolaid Blue Star Acid Test

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A lot of conspiracy theorists see connections that others cannot; connections most people cannot fathom, or believe to be real. You know who else sees connections like this? People on acid. So what could make for a twisty-er, turny-er kaleidoscopic circus of crazy than conspiracy theories about acid?!? Join us as we seek out the truth behind the 'Blue Star (or Mickey Mouse, or Bart Simpson, etc) Acid' urban legend. This week we explore all things psychedelic and top secret from Project MK Ultra to the origins of the Unabomber. As well as diving in to the lighter side of hallucinogens with top literary talent, like Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey It's going to be a long, strange trip, man.

Jun 12 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #20: Ep 72: Body Under The Bed, Skeleton In The Closet

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There's something so haunting about the classic urban legend that describes the horror of discovering a body under your hotel bed. Well, maybe it's more haunting to imagine not discovering it. Is it the grotesque artifact or pall of complicity that we fear? Join us this week as we take a look at some real life cases of bodies hidden under beds, behind closed doors or locked in trunks that are just too strange to be made up. We'll discuss the cases of Dixie Shanahan and Dorian Corey and search for the stories that created their legendary endings.

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Apr 02 2017

2hr 4mins

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