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Forgotten History is a podcast that tells intriguing and obscure stories from central New Jersey's past. Host Diccon Hyatt is business editor of the publication U.S. 1 and has been reporting and writing in Mercer County for more than 10 years.

Forgotten History is a podcast that tells intriguing and obscure stories from central New Jersey's past. Host Diccon Hyatt is business editor of the publication U.S. 1 and has been reporting and writing in Mercer County for more than 10 years.
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Forgotten History is a podcast that tells intriguing and obscure stories from central New Jersey's past. Host Diccon Hyatt is business editor of the publication U.S. 1 and has been reporting and writing in Mercer County for more than 10 years.

Twitter:

@dicconhyatt

Language:

English

Contact:

609-610-7074


Episodes

6 The Garden In The Machine

12/6/2019
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Far beneath the roar of Route 1 in Trenton, there is another manmade highway that lies in stillness and darkness, unused and nearly forgotten for nearly 100 years. It is a section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and in the last century it too was a great artery of commerce, dug with shovels and picks by thousands of men. Beyond this underground section, the rest of the canal is now beautiful parkland in the center of New Jersey. What started as the machine in the garden has become the...

Duration:00:42:39

5 The Man Who Never Slept

6/6/2019
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Albert Herpin was known throughout the world as "Trenton's Sleepless Wonder" for his claim not to have slept for decades. By the time he died in 1947, he was the subject of hundreds of newspaper articles as well as an entry in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Could there be a grain of truth in this tall tale?

Duration:00:37:53

4 A Twisted Tale Of Magnetic Mind Control, Castration, And Twinkies

4/30/2019
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A late 19th century health guru named Webster Edgerly founded a health club/cult that attracted 800,000 members. His books told his followers that by performing a series of exercises, they could use "personal magnetism" to control the minds of others and communicate telepathically. Today all that remains of this strange social movement is an equally strange house that Edgerly built in Hopewell, NJ. We interview archaeologist Dr. Janet Six, the world's foremost expert on Edgerly and the...

Duration:00:50:56

3 The Flight of the Aereon

4/4/2019
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In 1971, a strange aircraft took to the skies over New Jersey. The Aereon 26 was a prototype intended to be the first in a series of increasingly gargantuan hybrid airships. We explore the history of the Aereon, which goes back to the Civil War, and its links to modern day blimp-building projects. We also interview Jack Olcott, the test pilot of the Aereon and the only person ever to fly it.

Duration:00:48:46

2 Sourland Legacy

2/28/2019
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The black community of the Sourland Mountains included war heroes, a man who stood up to Charles Lindbergh, and an enslaved woman who beat up her owner and escaped to live past the age of 100. Their stories have rarely been told. Diccon Hyatt and Joe Emanski interview authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills, whose new book, "If These Stones Could Talk," tells the story of these and other black residents of the Sourlands.

Duration:00:39:56

1 The Cure for Madness: A Story of Psychiatry Gone Wrong

12/20/2018
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Around the turn of the last century, Dr. Henry Cotton set out to relieve the suffering of the mentally ill by discovering and curing the underlying biological causes of madness. Unfortunately, his scientific research led him to try very unusual and painful procedures on thousands of patients. Dr. Cotton's career turned out to be a bizarre and forgotten dead-end in the history of medicine. Written and narrated by: Diccon Hyatt Co-Host: Joe Emanski Theme music: The Quiet Earth by Thomas...

Duration:00:33:30