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Episode 17: Broken Fingernails Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 17: Broken Fingernails

We leave our loved ones there after they’ve passed. We treat the space with reverence and solemn...

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Episode 18: Hunger Pains Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 18: Hunger Pains

For as advanced and civilized as we are, humans are still led by very basic desires. We are drive...

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Episode 19: Bite Marks Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 19: Bite Marks

Seeing isn’t always a prerequisite for belief. In fact, oftentimes the things we believe in the...

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Episode 20: Homestead Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 20: Homestead

Home is where the heart is. It’s where we build our lives and celebrate the things we love. But...

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Episode 21: Adrift Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 21: Adrift

Episode 21: Adrift Since the dawn of time, humans have pushed themselves to explore. When that...

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Episode 22: Over the Top Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 22: Over the Top

Episode 22: Over the Top History is full of examples of moments in time when hysteria and fear...

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Episode 23: Rope and Railing Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 23: Rope and Railing

There are places in the world that we rarely see. Our busy lives never take us there, and as a...

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Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us

Many family traditions and treasured folktales involve strangers who visit us. What would...

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Episode 25: The Cave Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 25: The Cave

Over the centuries, all sorts of methods have been used to govern people. And while some have...

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Episode 26: Brought Back Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 26: Brought Back

Humans have been obsessed with escaping the grasp of death for thousands of years. It’s...

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Episode 27: On the Farm Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 27: On the Farm

Safety is a basic human need, and we build a lot of our life around achieving it. This is nothing...

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Episode 28: Making a Mark Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 28: Making a Mark

Stories leave a mark on us. They can act like scars or decoration, always there, always reminding...

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Episode 29: The Big Chill Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 29: The Big Chill

Thanks to the writings of Stephen King, the state of Maine has become known as a place of...

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Episode 30: Deep and Twisted Roots Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 30: Deep and Twisted Roots

When two boys discovered a macabre surprise while playing in a Connecticut gravel pit, they...

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Episode 31: Lost and Found Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 31: Lost and Found

We spend every waking moment surrounded by people. People who talk to us, who interact with us,...

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Episode 32: Tampered Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 32: Tampered

Maybe it’s human pride, or maybe it’s a tendency toward superstition, but humans are very good at...

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Episode 410 — Elizabeth Crane

Elizabeth Crane is the guest. Her new novel, The History of Great Things, is available now from...

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Episode 33: A Dead End Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 33: A Dead End

Folklore can changing and evolving over time. But when we uncover the roots of these stories, we...

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Episode 34: All the Lovely Ladies Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 34: All the Lovely Ladies

Folklore has often developed as a response to real-world events, but the opposite has also been...

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Episode 35: The King Aaron Mahnke
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Episode 35: The King

Popular culture is obsessed with the idea of a lost humanity. Countless films, novels, and...

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