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Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Stories. Backyard History unearths the often hilarious, mostly mysterious, always surprising untold tales of Canada’s East Coast, as only a Maritimer can spin them. Based on host Andrew MacLeans’s newspaper column, and produced by Jordan Lauzier, and brought to life with friends voicing contemporary quotes! 🌐backyardhistory.ca 📧andrewmaclean@backyardhistory.ca Support Backyard History: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/backyardhistory

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Canada

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Atlantic Canada’s Hidden Stories. Backyard History unearths the often hilarious, mostly mysterious, always surprising untold tales of Canada’s East Coast, as only a Maritimer can spin them. Based on host Andrew MacLeans’s newspaper column, and produced by Jordan Lauzier, and brought to life with friends voicing contemporary quotes! 🌐backyardhistory.ca 📧andrewmaclean@backyardhistory.ca Support Backyard History: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/backyardhistory

Language:

English


Episodes
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The Detective and the Trapper

5/25/2024
Detective William Carr (who appeared in the Joe Walnut episodes) goes for a relaxing trip into the forest to learn to hunt and fish, but ends up being hunted by rogue trappers... Order the Backyard History book at backyardhistory.ca/book

Duration:00:13:32

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Denied a Seat: Wolastoqiyik Man Races Stagecoach 100 kilometers

5/4/2024
When a Wolastoqiyik man wasn’t allowed on a stagecoach, he vowed to race it to its destination, and won! Buy the book: backyardhistory.ca/book

Duration:00:10:26

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Liberty on the Rocks (Part 3): Captured in Charlottetown

4/9/2024
The dramatic grand finale of the rum running boat The Liberty in part three of the Liberty On The Rocks trilogy. Order a signed copy of the Backyard History book at backyardhistory.ca/book

Duration:00:18:22

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Liberty on the Rocks (Part 2): Initiation of a Lunenburg Rum Runner

4/1/2024
At age 15, Hugh Corkum becomes a rum runner to provide for his family after his father, a Lunenburg Nova Scotia sea captain, loses his job after crashing into an American sumbarine. Part Two of the 'Liberty On The Rocks' trilogy about the Liberty, the fastest rum running ship of Atlantic Canada! Buy the Backyard History book at backyardhistory.ca/book

Duration:00:24:52

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Liberty on the Rocks (Part 1): Shootout at Bouctouche

3/24/2024
The Mounties lay a trap for The Liberty, the most famous rum running ship in the Maritimes during Prohibition! Part one of a three part series called "Liberty On The Rocks." Book: backyardhistory.ca/book

Duration:00:21:36

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The Candy Killer: The Serial Killer Who Stalked Saint John

3/5/2024
A killer sent boxes of poisoned candies to religious leaders of Saint John, in this, the Backyard History's magnum opus episode!

Duration:00:58:23

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Message in a Molasses Barrel

2/11/2024
Isolated islanders find a unique way to let Canadians know a storm cut them off from the mainland.

Duration:00:21:01

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Did Babe Ruth Detox in the Woods in New Brunswick?

2/4/2024
As Babe Ruth's life fell apart, he headed into the woods of the Maritimes in a secret and mysterious effort to get better...

Duration:00:13:07

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Hooves and Heroes: Princess Louise, A Warhorse’s Tale

1/10/2024
The Canadian Forces in Italy during WW2 rescue a horse who they name Princess Louise who accompanies them throughout Europe and back home.

Duration:00:25:32

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The Aristocrat & The Canoemaker

12/29/2023
Juliana Horatia Ewing, a Victorian British author in Fredericton, formed an unlikely friendship with Welastekokewiyik master canoe builder Peter Polches, challenging societal norms; her transformative experiences led to a notable confrontation defending Indigenous people at a prestigious New Year's Party in 1869.

Duration:00:20:50

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A Festive Flashback: Unwrapping Christmas 1868

12/23/2023
Backyard History's Christmas Special for 2023!

Duration:00:24:58

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Dr. Leslie E. Keeley Gold Cure for Drunkenness: and the Rise, Fall, and Redemption of Fredericton’s Addiction Treatment Legacy

12/10/2023
The dramatic rise and fall of Fredericton's curious detox centre, which involved patients taking a gold-based medicine to cure alcoholism! https://backyardhistory.ca/the-long-reads/f/the-dr-leslie-e-keeley-gold-cure-institute-for-drunkards

Duration:00:33:37

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The Second Halifax Explosion

11/19/2023
As explosions rang out in Halifax in 1945, ordinary Haligonians raced toward the central ammunition storage depot to stop the flames before the city blew up … again! backyardhistory.ca/f/the-second-halifax-explosion

Duration:00:19:25

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Siberian Expedition: Winslow and Ollie’s Odyssey

11/10/2023
Two young men volunteer to for a mysterious secret mission in Russia. One of them will not make it home alive. https://backyardhistory.ca/f/canadas-forgotten-siberian-expedition-ollie-winslows-odyssey

Duration:00:33:19

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The Mystery of the Ghostly Fire Ship of the Baie Des Chaleurs

10/30/2023
One of the Maritimes’ most popular ghost stories is the tale of a cursed, eternally burning sailing ship haunting the waters off of the Northern coast of New Brunswick. https://backyardhistory.ca/f/the-ghostly-fire-ship-of-the-baie-des-chaleurs

Duration:00:20:08

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Revolutionary Roadblock: Trotsky’s Imprisonment in Nova Scotia

10/16/2023
Leon Trotsky missed the beginning of the Russian Revolution because he was in -of all places- Amherst, Nova Scotia. https://backyardhistory.ca/f/trotskys-maritimes-revolutionary-roadblock

Duration:00:19:51

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American Invaders Stole P.E.I.’s Great Seal (And Still Haven’t Given It Back!)

10/1/2023
PEI didn't even know it was at war when the American fleet appeared. The invaders went house to house stealing clothes, carpets, and curtains ... and their Great Seal. However, one Islander who was taken captive went on to become an important spy...

Duration:00:19:53

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The World’s Worst Nazi Spy

9/15/2023
A spy arrives by U-Boat to sabotage Canada. He isn't very good. https://backyardhistory.ca/the-long-reads/f/the-worlds-worst-nazi-spy

Duration:00:18:51

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The Maritimes Tour That Made Houdini (Part Two: Halifax Residency)

8/30/2023
Houdini goes to Halifax. When his circus is arrested, he has to reevaluate his whole career. https://backyardhistory.ca/f/how-his-maritimes-tour-saved-harry-houdini-pt-2-halifax

Duration:00:23:26

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The Maritimes Tour That Made Houdini (Part One: Saint John Residency)

8/22/2023
A young Harry Houdini was on the verge of giving up on magic until a Maritimes tour changed his life. https://backyardhistory.ca/f/how-his-maritimes-tour-saved-harry-houdini-pt-1-saint-john

Duration:00:26:04