Well-traveled Bodies

Well-traveled Bodies

In the winter of 1976, the 6 Million Dollar Man tv show was filming in a haunted house in Long Beach, CA.  When a crew member went to move a garish-looking dummy to a different spot, the dummy’s arm broke off at the elbow.  It was then that the crew member noticed the...
Heard But Not Seen

Heard But Not Seen

The question pops up on social media pretty regularly: if you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be.  Most people’s answers have to do with relationships or credit-ruining purchases. My advice to 7, 13, or 17 year old me would be: voice...
Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: medical edition

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: medical edition

When you think of world-saving heroes, obvious answers come to mind: Superman, Captain America, Randy Quaid’s character from Independence Day, the usual.  But there are real life people who have thousands, millions, and in one case a billion lives in the real world,...
Heard But Not Seen

Objection!

Content warning: This week’s episode references a lot of murders and crimes against the person.  A lot a lot. If that would bring you down, this would be an ideal time to go back into the vault for a second listening of an old favorite episode. On 27 November 1978,...
Career Critters

Career Critters

In 1971, scientists at the National Accelerator Laboratory (NAL) had a problem. The NAL’s new Meson Laboratory was nearing completion, but the pipe work, through which subatomic particles would fly, was dirty.  It needed to be spotless to work properly. Someone...
We Can’t Have Nice Things: Vandalism edition

We Can’t Have Nice Things: Vandalism edition

Picture this: You’ve got to cross the Neva River, but you don’t make it to the Liteiny Bridge on time. As the drawbridge rises to the sky, so does an erect phallus that’s painted on it. Plain as the nose on your face and the junk in your shorts,...