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  • 01:52

    Ep 42: Jailhouse Rock

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    Prison is a place you're meant to go when you can no longer control your actions or conform to societal norms. Because prison is meant to house those who deviate from formally instituted rules, and seek to do harm to others; those on the inside are not allowed to come and go as they please. There should be no escape from the consequences of your actions, and there should be no escape from prison. In a perfect world, this seemingly logical idea might hold true, but this is far from the best of all possible worlds. Join us this week as we explore desperate escape attempts, destructive riots and how quickly prisons can be constructed in our own minds. In this episode we discuss the legend of The Coffin Escape, the Montana State Prison Riot of 1959, and the Stanford Prison Experiment; as we ask, is the idea of 'getting out of prison', just a story?
     Special thanks to Ryan, of "Small Town Horror" for sharing a Crayton legend with us this week.
    For more of his exploration in to the legends and stories of a small town in Minnesota, check out his podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/small-town-horror/id1102878180?mt=2 

  • 01:26

    Ep 46: You Can't Reason With A Headless Man: 1st Halloween Special

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    We are pleased to announce a month of spooky Halloween legends, here on Just A Story! We kick off the celebration of the month of hocus pocus and haunts by discussing the origin of the American ghost story's form and traditional substance. Join us this week as we take a look at the classic Washington Irving short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and its central character, the Headless Horseman. We'll also examine the connection between this literary specter and Ohio's headless motorcyclist, and his possible historic origins.

  • 01:53

    Ep 44: Riddle, Mystery, Enigma: Anastasia

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    Some historical events leave scars on the minds of contemporaries that last long enough to become legends. The execution of the family Romanov in a Siberian cellar under the cover of night and the shroud of secrecy, was one such event. In 1917 the last Tsar of all the Russias, Nicholas II, was murdered along with Tsarina Alexandra, and their four daughters: Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia, and their only son, Alexei. It's almost to horrible to imagine. So the public did what the public does best. They imagined something else. What if, they asked in whispers, what if, one of them managed to escape? Then maybe, the whispers willed that hope to life. It must have seemed that way when a mysterious woman appeared in Berlin years later. Her body and memory were full of holes and badly scarred, but there was something regal in her bearing. She would become known as Anastasia, Grand Duchess, Anna Anderson, Fraud, and a puzzle for all of those who wished the fairy tale princesses of Imperial Russia to have a happier ending. Join us this week as we dive into the history of the fall of the Romanovs and ask why no one wanted to see that Anastasia's escape was just a story.

  • 01:09

    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?

  • 02:25

    Mother of Kaliff Browder dies, GOP and voter suppression, Black Panther Party

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    Listen to The Michael Imhotep Show, Tues. Oct., 18th, 4pm-6pm EST (1pm-3pm PST) with host Michael Imhotep of The African History Network. 1) The Mother of Kaliff Browder dies of a broken heart.  2) How the GOP has historically disenfranchised voters especially, African Americans.  3) #MelaniaTrump says #DonaldTrump was “egged on” into “boy talk” even though his was 59 years old at the time.  4) The New Protesters Defying Donald Trump: His Customers.  5) The 50th Anniversary of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense.   6) This date in African American History.
    CALL IN WITH Questions/Comments at 1-888-669-2281.  POST YOUR COMMENTS.  WE MAY READ THEM ON AIR.  Listen to The Michael Imhotep Show, Mon.-Fri. 4pm-6pm EST online at http://tunein.com/radio/Empowerment-Radio-Network-s199313/ or by downloading the "TuneIn Radio" app to your smartphone and search for "Empowerment Radio Network" or at www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more info and podcasts and DVDs by Michael Imhotep.

  • 01:30

    Ep 47: He Mixes It With Love and Makes the World Taste Good; Halloween Spec 2

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    Pull up a chair, x-Ray that Snickers bar, and pour yourself some wine; it's time to talk about poisoned candy. Trick or Treat. It didn't begin as a question. In the early days it was a threat, more, 'do it, or else,' than 'what do you have for me?' Join us this week as we explore the rich history of the trick-or-treat tradition in America. Spoiler, contrary to whatever you might have heard from Max in *Hocus Pocus* it was not invented by the candy companies. We'll also discuss the tale of 'The Man Who Killed Halloween' and the way he brought the legend of "The Halloween Sadist" to life.

  • 01:43

    Ep 45: A Bitter Pill

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    We may take its existence for granted today, but the birth of the birth control pill was a long labor of love, belief, and scientific ingenuity. It seems no matter what side of the argument you may be on, we all have strong feelings about contraceptives and reproductive rights. Join us this week for a discussion of how the Pill went from an idea, to an experiment, to a controversy, to a right; over the last century. We'll meet the colorful cast of characters who made it their mission to make motherhood a choice, explore common myths about birth control and the various ways we've tried to keep the stork away throughout history.
    EXPLICIT WARNING (We talk about sex....) 
    A wonderfuly vulgar opening from Unbuttoned History, check them out: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unbuttoned-history/id633437365?mt=2
     

  • 00:40

    Dr. Ron Daniels & Nataki Kambon Interview - State Of The Black World Conference

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    Listen to The Michael Imhotep Show, Thursday, Oct. 20th, 4pm-6pm EST (1pm-3pm PST) with host Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network. Dr. Ron Daniels and Nataki Kambon – The State of The Black World Conference.
    CALL IN WITH Questions/Comments at 1-888-669-2281.  POST YOUR COMMENTS.  WE MAY READ THEM ON AIR.  Listen to The Michael Imhotep Show, Mon.-Fri. 4pm-6pm EST online at http://tunein.com/radio/Empowerment-Radio-Network-s199313/ or by downloading the "TuneIn Radio" app to your smartphone and search for "Empowerment Radio Network" or at www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more info and podcasts and DVDs by Michael Imhotep.

  • 02:32

    White Supremacy is a bigger threat than terrorism, Is Trump preparing to lose?

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    Listen to The Michael Imhotep Show, Monday, Oct. 17th, 4pm-6pm EST (1pm-3pm PST) with host Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network. 1) Statistics Show White Supremacy is a Bigger Threat to the U.S. Than Radical Muslims.  2) A look at “The Birth of a Nation” Box Office results from this past weekend.  3) Is Donald Trump Preparing To Lose? His claims of a rigged election are unfounded but more of his followers are starting to believe him.  3) Michigan Woman who lied saying that 4 African American Men kidnapped and raped her gets 1 year in jail. 4) President Obama plans to reform child support payment rules for Incarcerated Parents.  5) This date in African American Hisotry.
     
    CALL IN WITH Questions/Comments at 1-888-669-2281.  POST YOUR COMMENTS.  WE MAY READ THEM ON AIR.  Listen to The Michael Imhotep Show online Monday – Friday, 4pm-6pm EST online at http://tunein.com/radio/Empowerment-Radio-Network-s199313/ or by downloading the "TuneIn Radio" app to your smartphone and search for "Empowerment Radio Network" or at www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more info, podcasts and DVDS.

  • 00:56

    Ep 8: Deliver Her From Evil: The Exorcist

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    Just A Story: The Urban Legend Podcast
     
    In December of 1973, there was something wrong with Reagan MacNeil and audiences across the globe flocked to theaters to see just exactly what that 'something' was. Dubbed *the scariest movie of all time* by many, THE EXORCIST explores what happens when demonic entities take hold of a human body, and the war that is waged by the forces of good on behalf of that soul. But what is possessions really; mislabeled psychosis or the embodiment of evil? And what lasting effects has this legendary film left on the culture whose curiosity got the better of it all those years ago?

  • 00:50

    Ep 18: You Can't Go Home Again: The Vanishing Hitchhiker

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    You can't go home again.From Dorothy to Odysseus to the guy scream-singing "One of Us" in the car next to you during your hour long commute, people spend a lot of time and effort trying to make their way home.The idea of being stopped mid-journey, of never making it home, seems to have had a very long history in fables. One could argue, this is evidence that that fear has had an equally lengthy history in our collective consciousness. That's exactly what we argue in this episode. Examining the urban legend, 'The Vanishing Hitchhiker' we dig in to the fear of never making it home, and the many ways this has been expressed over time.From people who have made hitchhikers vanish, like Edmund Kemper, to mysterious unsolved cases like the orange sock murders, to the historical legends associated with roadside phantoms around the country; we look at the many and varied roots and the constant evolution of this modern myth
     
    Special Guest Story Teller: Erik Rivenes of the Most Notorious! Podcast 
    Check out his amazing true crime podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/most-notorious!-true-crime/id1055044256?mt=2

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