Family Ghosts

By WALT FM & Sam Dingman

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 May 30, 2019
Not what I expected but very interesting stories. highly recommend!

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Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace, and other ghostly characters who cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. We are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly. Hosted by Moth Grand Slam winner Sam Dingman, whose stories have been featured on Risk!, TBTL, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and The Moth Radio Hour.

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28: The Faith Exam
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Julian joins a church in Poughkeepsie, and discovers a decades-old secret about her uncle. ~41~ Learn more about Andrew Chugg at https://gildedaudio.org/, and about Christina Roussos at https://www.christinaroussos.com/. This episode was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our community of supporters on Patreon. In addition to ad-free episodes, Kindred Spirits get early access to all of our work, and hear exclusive bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. This week, they're hearing a special behind-the-scenes interview with Andrew Chugg. If you have the means, please consider joining the Kindred Spirits at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
27: The Mission
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Decades after her brother's mysterious disappearance, Toni finally learns the truth about what happened to him. ~41~ This is episode is made possible thanks to the support of the Kindred Spirits, our community of supporters on Patreon. In addition to ad-free episodes, Kindred Spirits get early access to all of our episodes, as well as bonus exclusives you won't hear anywhere else. This week, they're hearing a very special excerpt from our Family Ghosts Live show at the Bell House last summer. If you have the means, please consider joining them by donating $5 per month at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
26: Spirit World
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Mythic masonry, a haunted crucifix, and the Marfa lights. This week: Jim peeks behind the veil of Gothic horror, Susan's mom goes looking for - and finds - evidence of the afterlife, and Melle searches the highways of Louisiana for some missing pages of her family's history. ~41~ This episode is made possible by the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our supporters on Patreon. In addition to early access to episodes, Kindred Spirits hear all our stories ad-free, and get exclusive bonus content. This week, they're hearing audio from last summer's run of Family Ghosts Live shows. If you have the means, please consider supporting our work by donating $5/month at http://patreon.com/familyghosts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
25: The Ambassador
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Mac and his mom have a lot to talk about: her relationship with her psychic, his brother's murder, and a life-altering betrayal that happened decades ago. But with her health in rapid decline, Mac's starting to worry it might be too late to get any answers. ~41~ This episode is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kindred Spirits - our supporters on Patreon. In addition to getting early access to all our episodes, and hearing them ad-free, Kindred Spirits get special bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. This week, they're hearing Mac read the Gawker essay that inspired this week's story. If you have the means, please consider becoming a Kindred Spirit for just $5 a month at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
24: Little Stonehenges
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Following her father's death, a ghost appears in Natalie's childhood home and refuses to leave. Natalie has spent the last few decades attempting to decode the ominous messages it left behind. ~41~ This episode is made possible by the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our supporters on Patreon. In addition to early access to all of our episodes, Kindred Spirits hear them ad-free, and get bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. This week, they're hearing a story from Sam about a supernatural experience of his own. If you have the means, please consider joining the Kindred Spirits for just $5/month at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. And to learn more about "There Is Evil In This House," the play Natalie wrote based on her haunting, click here: https://newplayexchange.org/users/23061/natalie-dressel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
23: Your Ghost
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Three stories about the moment when the static dissolves, and a transmission from the past comes through loud and clear. Featuring Sandi Marx (https://www.sandijmarx.com/), Richard Cardillo (https://themoth.org/storytellers/richard-cardillo), Nimisha Ladva (https://twitter.com/nimishaladva), and Maggie Carson (http://maggiecarsonmusic.com). ~41~ This episode is made possible by the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our supporters on Patreon. For just $5/month, Kindred Spirits get early access to all of our episodes, hear them ad-free, and get exclusive bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. If you have the means, please consider joining them at https://www.patreon.com/FamilyGhosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
22: The Trove
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Mariah travels to a country she's never been to in hopes that she can find a man she's never met: her father. ~41~ This episode is supported in part by the Kindred Spirits - our supporters on Patreon. For just $5 a month, Kindred Spirits get early access to all of our episodes, hear them ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. This week, they're getting a behind the scenes conversation between Sam and Mariah about the development process for this week's story. If you have the means, please consider joining the Kindred Spirits at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
21: Collateral For Ten Million
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Kierran grew up hearing stories about her grandfather's adventures owning diamond mines, tangling with the mafia, robbing banks, and other wild tales. But as she's gotten older, Kierran's starting to realize some of those stories might be total B.S. And if they are, she wants to know why everyone was so willing to let him get away with it. ~41~ The Kindred Spirits, our supporters on Patreon, have already heard this episode ad-free - and they're also getting exclusive bonus episodes you can't hear anywhere else. If you have the means, please consider joining them for just $5 a month at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
20: A Boy In A Story
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David tells the story of three unlikely family members who shaped his life. ~41~  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
Interlude: A Holiday Message From The Ghost Host
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A message from Sam to the Ghost Family - plus a recommendation for something to fill your headphones with while you await the release of our next episode on January 8th. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
19: The Clotilda Legacy, Part 3: The Reckoning
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Ring the bell so the world will know. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
18: The Clotilda Legacy, Part 2: The Stronghold
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Joycelyn and Darron try to escape the shadow of the Meaher family's pervasive influence in Africatown. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2019
17: The Clotilda Legacy, Part 1: The Descendants
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Africatown is a small community in Mobile, Alabama, where many families share a painful history. For decades, their story has been an open secret - until now. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
A Circle of Ghosts
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The official trailer for Season 3 of our show - coming to your headphones on December 4th. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
Season Three Launch Party! Plus: Introducing "The Left Ear"
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Today we're announcing our Season 3 kickoff event, and introducing you to a powerful new project from our friends at Spoke Media. Grab your tickets for our Season 3 release party, and we'll be back in your ears soon, Ghost Family. ~41~  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2019
BONUS: Fieldwork
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For our last bonus episode of Season 2, stories and music about recognizing where you come from, whether you like it or not. Featuring John Tong (The Story District), Jeff Simmermon (The Paris Review, This American Life), and Milktoast Mille & the Scabby Knees. Thank you for a wonderful season, Ghost Family - we'll be back in your headphones on December 4th, 2019. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2019
BONUS: The Performances
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Stories and music about adolescent moments when we discover we're dancing with the past. Featuring Pat Regan (co-host, Seek Treatment With Cat & Pat), Micaela Blei (micaelablei.com), and D & Chi (dandchimusic.com). ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2019
BONUS: Get Behind Me Satan
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Stories of evil happenings and benevolent mythologies. PLUS: Sam takes a fateful trip to Baltimore. Featuring Dr. Njoki McElroy (author of 1012 Natchez: A Memoir of Grace, Hardship, and Love), Erin Barker (The Moth, The Story Collider), and the Gotham City Pickers. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
BONUS: I'm Not Afraid
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Stories and songs on the subjects of family, falling, flight, and fearlessness. Featuring Gianmarco Soresi, Gastor Almonte, and Jocelyn Mackenzie (with The Peggy's). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2019
BONUS: Janielle Kastner's Untitled Dad Project
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Producer Janielle Kastner tells us about "Untitled Dad Project," her intensely personal podcast about her own family ghost. Find "Untitled Dad Project" in Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2019
16b: Bone Hill - Act 2
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Martha's family makes a home on Black Mountain, and reckons with the past. "From whence we came, we shall return. From the old ways, our lessons learned." - Martha Redbone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
16a: Bone Hill - Act 1
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Martha's family has their land stolen, and then their identity. More than a hundred years later, Martha wants to set the record straight. "In the still of our hollows, we hear the calling of our Lord. Black coal is running through our veins." - Martha Redbone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
15: A Settling in the Bones
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Kirya's childhood home was haunted by two elusive ghosts - the fleeting presences of her grandfathers, neither of whom she knew much about. When she discovers an old audio cassette recording of herself making up songs and stories about the world she thought she understood, she decides it's time to seek out some real answers. "Here's to missed beginnings, and things that never start - for these are the ghosts that run around in my heart. When I see that where I'm going isn't where I want to be, I get the urge to call you up, and see if you would come and meet me." - Slaid Cleaves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2019
14: The Sasquatch of Spring Valley
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After Asher's uncle dies, the family goes to clean out his apartment, and discovers a box of love letters from a woman they've never met. "Yes, you call me in the morning. You call me in the morning - I'll tell you what to do if you call me in the morning." -Harry Nilsson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2019
13: June & George
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Kimberly's grandparents find themselves imprisoned without cause. When they're released, they refuse to talk about it, leaving Kimberly and her family with a lot of questions about what happened. "Try to separate a man from his soul. You only strengthen him and lose your own." - Brother Ali Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2019
12: The Chinese Food Incident
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A mysterious burglary has haunted the Falco family for 25 years. This week, we try to catch the thief.  "What comes easy, you better hold on to. Because when it gets tough, believe me when I tell you: all you got is what you been through." - Melissa Ferrick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2019
11: His Minor Years
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A souvenir from from Meara's great-uncle turns out to be a clue about a scandal that almost tore her family apart. "I've got a box of old photographs - mostly pictures of you. I never look at those pictures anymore - I guess you got your negatives, too. They're playin' oldies on the radio - kick the clutch and shift the gears. You can drive all night long, but you can't get there from here." - Trout Fishing In America Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2019
10: The Love Family, Part 3 - Constance & Composure
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Posey tries to uncover the connection between the loss of her mother and her parents' time in the Love Family. "I've lived my whole life for it to come down to this. Remember me if I forget." - Charlie Parr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2019
9: The Love Family, Part 2 - Vision & Completion
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Love is real. "Those of us who are lost and low - we know how you feel. We know it's not right, but it's real." - Laura Marling Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2019
8: The Love Family, Part 1 - Love & Logic
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After a fateful acid trip in 1967, a man named Paul tries to build his ideal family. "You and I both know that the house is haunted. You and I both know that the ghost is me." - Shakey Graves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2019
We Never Really Talked About Our Past
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The official trailer for Season 2 of our show. New episodes begin on May 15th. "I've been told there is a power in the blood. Is it enough? Is it enough to carry me back from where I am, to where I was? I hope there is some power in my blood." - Josh Ritter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2019
Good News At Last
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Good news, Ghost Family - we'll be back with an all-new season on May 15th. Details inside.  "I thought it was over. I thought you were gone - as I walked through the dark house, wishing your lamp was still on. I lit a candle - it had a pretty red glow. I should've known that you were still close." - The Wood Brothers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2019
Season 2 Update
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An important update about our second season. "There’s times the lines get hard to see. And there’s days the haze takes over me. But in the end you’re gonna grit your teeth, and keep movin'." - John Fullbright Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2018
BONUS: Salt in the Eggs with Hubby Jenkins
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Producer Odelia Rubin talks to Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops) about blending music with history, and keeping the family in the work. PLUS: a meta edition of Wild Card Wednesday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2018
BONUS: Keeping the Wounds Raw with Thi Bui
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Producer Jennifer Lai talks to graphic novelist Thi Bui about using intimate, personal stories to talk about big questions, the delicate art of interviewing family members about the hardest parts of their lives, and the intersection of those challenges in her memoir, "The Best We Could Do." PLUS: on this week’s installment of Wild Card Wednesday, a quick trip to the Pastures of Heaven. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2018
Announcing Family Ghosts Live!
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Big news, Ghost Family! We're having a special live show in celebration of our second season, and we'd love for you to be there! On September 13th at 8pm, join us at the Bell House in Brooklyn for live music and storytelling from Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central), Micaela Blei (The Moth), Gianmarco Soresi (59E59), and Ophira Eisenberg (NPR). Plus - a very special surprise guest! Tickets are just $15 with promo code GHOSTS - get one (or ten!) at our website: http://familyghosts.panoply.fm. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2018
BONUS: Mark Pagan's Manual Transition
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Season 1 storyteller Mark Pagan (Lookin' Good, Charlie) shares a new piece from his podcast, "Other Men Need Help." PLUS: on this month's installment of Wild Card Wednesday, a piece of slam poetry about one of the characters from "No Brown Spots." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2018
BONUS: Telling Our Stories To Ourselves with Tayari Jones
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Producer Veralyn Williams explores the vitality of black women telling their own stories with Robin Boylorn (Crunk Feminist Collective) and Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage. PLUS: on this week's installment of Wild Card Wednesday, Sam drinks root beer in a terrifying mansion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2018
BONUS: A History of Mischief: Malcolm Gladwell on Storytelling
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Producer Jacob Smith sits down with best-selling author and "Revisionist History" host Malcolm Gladwell to talk about his signature approach to storytelling, finding ideal interview subjects, eggplant parmesan pancakes, and much more. PLUS: Sam's friend Nick discovers the meaning of life on this week's installment of "Wild Card Wednesday." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2018
BONUS: Josh Ritter's Electric Dissatisfaction
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Producer Jayson De Leon talks to singer-songwriter Josh Ritter about the ways his music influenced Season 1 of Family Ghosts. PLUS: another installment of Wild Card Wednesday, featuring bonus audio from Season 1 storyteller Jill Chenault. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2018
BONUS: A Mutual Seduction: Steve Fishman's Empire On Blood
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A big announcement about the future of our show, plus a conversation with prize-winning journalist Steve Fishman, host of "Empire on Blood," a new seven-part true-crime drama from Panoply. Thanks for bearing with us these last few months, Ghost Family! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2018
7: None Of Your Business
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Sam discovers he has an uncle he never knew about. He starts asking questions his father never thought he'd have to answer - and gets answers he never knew he needed. For more information about our show, please visit our website: http://familyghosts.panoply.fm. And if you have a story you'd like us to consider for a possible future season, don't hesitate to email us: familyghosts@panoply.fm. Thank you for listening to the first season of Family Ghosts - where every house is haunted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2017
6: That You Should Be Happy
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Micaela is haunted by a recurring dream - a vision from her family's harrowing past. This week, she tries to figure out what it means. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @famghoshow.  Learn more about the show and join our mailing list, the Ghost Post, at our website: http://familyghosts.panoply.fm. Thank you for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2017
5: Lookin' Good, Charlie
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After his dad dies when Mark is only 14, Mark is forced to make his way without much guidance - his only memories of his father are tender, stubbly hugs and an old leather shaving kit. What did Mark's dad mean to him? And will he ever kill it in a dance montage? For our full episode archive and lots more information about our show, visit our brand-new website: http://familyghosts.panoply.fm. For more stories like this one, listen to Mark's podcast, "Other Men Need Help." Find us on Twitter and Instagram: @famghoshow. Thank you for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2017
4: A Spirit of Vengeance
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NOTE: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence. Jill grew up hearing the terrifying legend of Austin Riddick, who her mom always called "the crazy man from Mississippi." But as an adult, she starts to question her mom's version of the story. The closer she gets to the truth about Austin, the closer she comes to confronting the truth about herself. Find our show on Twitter and Instagram: @famghoshow. Join our mailing list, the Ghost Post: http://eepurl.com/c6qJIL. Thanks for listening to the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2017
3: Sue's Clues
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When Nick's grandfather died in 1994, something bizarre happened: his aunt Susan stole the body and hid it. Susan died shortly thereafter, and for the last twenty-three years, Nick and his family have agonized over his grandfather's whereabouts - but much to Nick's frustration, never enough to actually try and find him. This week, Nick asks "Family Ghosts" host Sam Dingman to see what he can do. Find us on Twitter and Instagram: @famghoshow. Join our mailing list, the Ghost Post: eepurl.com/c6qJIL. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2017
2: No Brown Spots
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Everything changed for Caila on June 22, 2010. On today's episode, she finally confronts the truth about what happened that night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2017
1: The Family Jewels
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One afternoon in 1961, a mysterious woman in sunglasses wandered into my grandfather's jewelry shop and stole his heart. Two years later, she vanished without a trace, leaving his life and career in ruins. For years, that's all I knew about her - until a few months ago, when I decided to start asking questions. This show is part of the Panoply Pilot Project. Ever wonder how a podcast gets greenlit? Now YOU get to be part of the process. Help us decide which pilots will become series! Cast your vote by subscribing at itunes.com/panoplypilots, or you can vote at panoply.fm/panoplypilots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2017
Trailer: Every House Is Haunted
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Coming November 15th: true stories of the spirits that haunt our family histories. Each week, we'll bring you a different family's attempt to exorcise their ghost. Our pilot episode, "The Family Jewels," produced as part of the Panoply Pilot Project, is available now. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @famghoshow. Subscribe to our newsletter, The Ghost Post. And remember: every house is haunted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2017