The Noir and Bizarre

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The Noir and Bizarre explores the dark and strange stories we tell ourselves about human existence – occult history, ghosts, haunted houses, and secret crimes - with a special emphasis on stories that draw on the rich history and culture of Baltimore. Additionally, the show philosophically asks big questions about spiritual narratives and rituals surrounding life and death.<br><em>Logo design courtesy Chrissy Dreyer.</em>

Episode Date
The Noir and Bizarre - Mery the Mummy
00:14:54
We're heading back in time, to the land of the pharaohs and the valley of the Dead. We don't have to go far. Right here in Baltimore, a 3,000 year old mummy, fondly named Mery ("The Beloved"), has found a home at The Walter's Art Museum. Katie talks with Lisa Anderson-Zhu, associate curator of the Mediterranian.Along with the history of Mery, we'll learn about Egyptian mummification processes, funerary practices, and spiritual beliefs.
Jul 26, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre - The Strange Case of Agatha Christie
00:08:30
On December 3, 1926, the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie left for a weekend in Yorkshire. Her car was found abandoned nearby. The police couldn't locate her for ten days. Finally, she was found registered at a hotel under a fake name apparently suffering from severe amnesia.On this episode, Katie explains some of the theories behind her bizarre disappearance. Plus, recommendations for your summer reading, and the Doctor Who episode that best explains Christie's disappearance.
Jul 09, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre - Nobody Gets out Alive: Death Through the Ages
00:32:48
Throughout all of human history, human beings have consistently struggled with how to grapple with their own mortality. The faces we give to Death, in our dreams and our nightmares, can be extremely revealing when trying to understand our deepest fears. Katie is joined by Joanna Ebenstein, Founder of Morbid Anatomy (http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com/), to talk about our complicated relationship with Death.
Jun 05, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre - Lexington Market's Hidden Underground Catacombs: A Strange History
00:17:54
On this episode, producers Adam Droneburg and Calvin Perry take listeners deep underground and back in time. They discover the lost history of the catacombs underneath Lexington Market, a place with a confusing and fascinating history involving crime bosses, communists, and secret raids.
May 04, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre: Murder, Booze, and Romance: The Eternal Allure of Film Noir
00:18:26
The classic Noir films of the 1940s and 50s – black and white mysteries noted for their moral ambiguity, tough-talking detectives, and classic femme fatales – seem to epitomize Old Hollywood glamour. Yet, these films were often operating on very low budgets, relying on the allure of Noir tropes to retain an audience. We’ll talk with film expert Marc Sober about some of the classics of the genre.
Apr 05, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre - A Tomb by the Sounding Sea: Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe
00:23:24
The romance and horror of Edgar Allan Poe's life and works continues to enthrall people hundreds of years after he was born... On January 19, 2018, hundreds of people gathered at his memorial in Westminster Burial Ground to celebrate his 209th birthday and catch a glimpse of the mysterious Poe Toaster. On this episode, we meet a diverse group of Poe devotees and learn more about this elusive literary figure in the process.
Mar 08, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre - Talking Boards: A Strange History and an Ongoing Fascination
00:27:01
Ouija boards have a strange and complicated history, steeped in myth and legend. No one's quite sure who truly invented the board, but almost everyone agrees that it was Baltimore-native William Fuld who is responsible for it’s lasting popularity. Harmless toy or portal for dark forces? Let's find out.
Feb 08, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre - When the Dead Talk Back
00:15:38
Human beings want to believe the veil between life and death is a thin one. Some people even believe the dead can speak to them. In the first episode of The Noir and Bizarre, we attend a session with a psychic medium and record her attempts to make contact with a clients’ departed loved ones.Featuring KC Lane: The Baltimore Medium. http://www.thebaltimoremedium.com
Feb 01, 2018
The Noir and Bizarre Trailer
00:01:33
The Noir and Bizarre explores the dark and strange stories we tell ourselves about human existence – occult history, ghosts, haunted houses, and secret crimes - with a special emphasis on stories that draw on the rich history and culture of Baltimore. Additionally, the show philosophically asks big questions about spiritual narratives and rituals surrounding life and death. Look for the first episode from Katie Marquette on 2/1/18
Jan 31, 2018