E18 Passion and Damnation

E18 Passion and Damnation

In the Caribbean, in the mid-1600s the sugarcane plantation owners were marketing a little something they distilled called killdevil or rumbuillion, which was eventually shortened to rum. This alcohol, made with sugarcane juice or molasses,  became a large part in the culture of the islands where it originated, as well as the east coast of North America, and was a key element in everything from the American Revolution to a Rum Rebellion in Australia - but most famously, in the rum running on the high seas during American Prohibition in the 1920 and 30s.

 

E17 Under the Sea

E17 Under the Sea

This episode we’re talking about fish – the kind of fish that people want to bone. Not DE bone. Just bone. That’s right mermaids.

From manatees to selkies to fish ladies with a hankering for eternal life, I've got a little bit of everything no matter what your taste in seafood with boobs.

E15 The Three Sisters

E15 The Three Sisters

There are pirates and then there are pirates.  Blackbeard was a pirate. He made his living roaming the seas and swashbuckling his way onto other vessels, killing pretty much everyone on board, and seizing the booty. That’s a pirate. 

Edward Jordan is often referred to as a pirate, but he was actually a farmer who came to the new world., decided to become a fisherman, got himself into some financial trouble, and tried to resolve this with a pistol and an ax.  That’s not a pirate, as we generally think of them. It’s just a guy who by virtue of committing his crime on a boat, and then taking off with the boat, ended up getting hung for piracy. 

E11 Humanoids in Chipmunk Capes

E11 Humanoids in Chipmunk Capes

The  seasonal inspiration for this episode comes from a character most of us are familiar with – the Elf on the Shelf.

Every year as the Christmas season approaches, mentions and posts about this little fellow start appearing in my social media feeds.  Some find this little scout elf fun, some find him creepy. Though I can’t imagine why. He’s only been sent to monitor your child’s behaviour and report back to an eccentric, judgemental grandfather figure who lives in near isolation, save for his so-called workforce of elves, who, from all reports, appear to be indentured servants of some sort.

But again, many people find him charming. And this got me to thinking: what makes some creatures who creep about, hiding ands staring at us, charming and whimsical, and others, disturbing and alien?

E10 What's in a Place Name

E10 What's in a Place Name

This week, I’m going to take a look at some unusual and historical place names along the east coast. You can expect this tour to be dotted with etymological notes and adolescent snickers, as I think we all know what type of criteria I was using when drawing up a list of names I considered “interesting.”

E8 Lost on the Diamond Shoals

E8 Lost on the Diamond Shoals

Cape Hatteras is a long, thin, broken strand of islands that curve out from the mainland of North Carolina. Extending out past them in the  ocean is an area known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. It is here you’ll find the Diamond Shoals – a series of shifting underwater sandbars that stretch for miles and have been estimated to be the cause of as many as 600 shipwrecks.

E7 The Goodwife

E7 The Goodwife

Puritan New England was no place for a woman who couldn't hold her tongue, let alone hold her own. This is the tale of the puritan wife, Elizabeth Seager, otherwise known as Goodwife Seager, otherwise known as Goody Seager, otherwise known as the woman who was tried three times for being a witch.

E5 Cryptids in the Night

E5 Cryptids in the Night

Half man, half goat, he’s on the rampage with a grudge to bear. Why? I have No idea. Legends can be sketchy that way. And none more sketchy than the Goatman of Maryland. It's one of those urban legends that people just can't seem to shake. Today, we're going to take a closer look at the Goatman. But not too close. Goats really smell.