On February 2nd, 1980, tensions came to a breaking point at the New Mexico State Penitentiary.  "But wait" you cry, "you said you don't cover acts of malice!"  Trust us, the disaster here is the bungling before, during, and after the riot.  Mistreat your prisoners long enough, and what do you get?  Axe handles, blowtorches, snitches getting way more than stitches, and a hundred hand-written pages going up in flames.

 

 

Leigh's song pick:: The Last Act of Defiance by Exodus
https://open.spotify.com/track/1Gf6khfcaosSuhikXtuySj

 

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In the summer of 1966, the construction of the Heron Road Bridge in Ottawa didn't go exactly to plan.  A cautionary tale about listening to the groaning woodwork, and for one worker about maybe staying away from construction sites... for the rest of his life.  The National Capital, the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge, and a man pinned by a police car.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Summer In The City by The Lovin' Spoonful
https://open.spotify.com/track/7AzFID6u1b3zIWbd9pb8Dk

 

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In 1903, the Turtle walked.  An ancient mountain that the indigenous people of the area knew not to mess with... what better place to build a town?  Better tuck it into the very base of a mine where gargantuan ancient forces spontaneously squeeze coal out.  A mountain, a slide, a horse that made it through, and a reason to Stay In the Hotel.

 

Craig's song picks:: How The Mountain Came Down by Stompin' Tom Connors
https://open.spotify.com/track/6RKW1xfA6SruZO259wRnSz

Frank, AB by The Rural Alberta Advantage
https://open.spotify.com/track/7rzszKF334uKyvS0dGhVeV

 

Leigh's song pick:: Moustache Rock by Shallow North Dakota
https://shallownorthdakota.bandcamp.com/track/moustache-rock

 

Peter's song pick:: Reservoir by PUP
https://open.spotify.com/track/2eRp0YmxsZ4V6OsQHPhwbU

 

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Peter and Leigh check in for a "Hey, howya doin'?"  A few tips for staying safe and protecting the most vulnerable, and our plan for self-isolation while keeping the disaster burning!

 

1) Avoid groups of people, cut any non-essential travel.

2) Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABC song).

3) Resist the urge to hoard, someone needs one of the thing you just bought eleven of. 

 

Flattening the Curve:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

 

Try-All & Error (featuring Leigh and Andy):
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAhwcMcXVHnDwGjYnxaJkOg

 

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In 1805, a man bought an elephant in a bar.  Little did he know, this would lead to a legacy alongside the Greatest Show on Earth... and also one of the most devastating fires the big top would ever see.  Exotic animals, gasoline-soaked tarp, an inferno, and a reason to always carry a pocket knife.

 

Peter's song pick:: Let Go by Frou Frou
https://open.spotify.com/track/3xKTpGCsafXzV4muM1Hpl3

 

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March 4, 2020

Episode 23: Typhoid Mary

In the early 19th century, family after family around New York City was contracting Typhoid Fever.  The only common denominator was a soft-spoken Irish cook named Mary.  Her temperament would be tested by an uncouth investigator and his persistence in collecting certain... specimens.  Tinctures, bacilli, hygiene, and a fork-wielding cook in a rage.

 

Gerri's song pick:: The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
https://open.spotify.com/track/3YfS47QufnLDFA71FUsgCM?si=KM7MXhaaSBOpjvC0PJ1K7Q

 

Leigh's song pick:: Dogshit by Skinny Puppy
https://open.spotify.com/track/2uq9oIy3Qsai8fzQ2eBG3Y?si=X3yraPTdRreICzTchXxhHg

 

Peter's song pick:: Death To The Metal by Shitwife
https://open.spotify.com/track/0voWQaTypwUB6EscH7CQTK?si=pW7LuabgS-ei-O6HAZyhug

 

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Tell us if this sounds familiar: Popular in highschool, folk musician, disastrous ending.  The 1960s weren't kind to aspiring acoustic artists, and Jim Sullivan was no exception.  Nashville, pornography, and alien abduction.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Tea Leaves by Jim Sullivan
https://open.spotify.com/track/3lHNjrnjc6B752A1xmy8dG

 

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Next time the weather is getting you down, think back to the time New York City was almost pulverized by the relentless Great White Hurricane.  Join us as we tell the story of a particularly bad winter day in 1888 NYC.  Aristotle, polar fronts, the Greely Expedition, and a new record for number of sidebars in a single episode.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Interferon by Thomas Leer & Robert Rental
https://open.spotify.com/track/0ZzIsNLOiEkkPJ6oL8MxzP

 

Peter's song pick:: Valhalla Rising by Nytt Land
https://nyttland.bandcamp.com/album/valhalla-rising-single

 

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Following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the threat of radiation was ubiquitous.  While radiation took its toll physically, it took an arguably heavier toll on the minds of those that lived near the nuclear plant... and even the world at large.  A psychology professor joins us to talk about the long-term mental health effects of the Reactor Number Four meltdown in 1986.

 

Gerri's song pick:: Recoil Ignite by Mono
https://monoofjapan.bandcamp.com/track/recoil-ignite

 

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With the echoes of the Atomic Age fading, the USSR undertook an ambitious plan to build a huge number of massive reactors all along its western border.  Viktor Brukhanov was tasked with building the first four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear generating station, as well a city nearby called Pripyat.  Instead of generations of clean energy, the Soviets served up the worst nuclear accident in human history.  Shoddy construction, underqualified operators, and the Soviet mentality.  Chernobyl, April 26, 1986: Hell on earth.

 

Norm's song pick:: New Noise by Refused
https://open.spotify.com/track/35iLpqqQg4KrfYAzbvN1vH

 

Leigh's song pick:: Killing Technology by Voivod
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TuEAuCH6ng

 

Peter's song pick:: High Fells by Full Of Hell
https://fullofhell.bandcamp.com/track/high-fells

 

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