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An old chestnut is a story or tale that has been told and retold until it becomes stale. And maybe you are thinking “that sounds boring,” but never fear! Lauren King and Anna Karpinski are here to tell old chestnuts in fresh new ways. We may go on tangents about cats, cannibalism, and coffee, but we still make it through two stories each week. Join us every Tuesday where we bring you stories about criminals, artists, scientists, and so much more!

An old chestnut is a story or tale that has been told and retold until it becomes stale. And maybe you are thinking “that sounds boring,” but never fear! Lauren King and Anna Karpinski are here to tell old chestnuts in fresh new ways. We may go on tangents about cats, cannibalism, and coffee, but we still make it through two stories each week. Join us every Tuesday where we bring you stories about criminals, artists, scientists, and so much more!
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An old chestnut is a story or tale that has been told and retold until it becomes stale. And maybe you are thinking “that sounds boring,” but never fear! Lauren King and Anna Karpinski are here to tell old chestnuts in fresh new ways. We may go on tangents about cats, cannibalism, and coffee, but we still make it through two stories each week. Join us every Tuesday where we bring you stories about criminals, artists, scientists, and so much more!

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Episodes

21 - Drama, Hijinks, and Walnuts

1/15/2019
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Do you have an enemy-turned-lover? Has a rubber duck ever helped you solve your problems? Have you ever been told your painting looks like a sack of walnuts? Put your game face on for this episode about the famous rivalries between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison and Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Duration:01:04:32

20 - RadioToxic

1/8/2019
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Would you sleep on a mattress infused with ghostly technologies? What if your friend showed up one day with a helicopter? Would you ever call the police on yourself? Find out more about the freaky felonies of Pascal Payet and the debauchery of Serhiy Tkach on this weeks episode.

Duration:00:46:23

19 - Lady Walker

1/1/2019
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Does your pet have a favorite hunting technique? What if you drank champagne during an athletic competition? Could you drive through a blizzard without a windshield? Get competitive with Anna and Lauren as they talk about Pedestrianism and the Great Race of 1908!

Duration:00:58:12

18 - Don't Question the Duck

12/25/2018
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Do you drink holiday libations out of skulls? How would you feel if your food was sentient and served itself? What if your family holiday traditions involved beating inanimate objects with sticks? Hear the stories of Panettone and other jolly traditions from around the world in this episode about all things Christmas!

Duration:00:44:35

17 - Barrel Aged Bribes

12/18/2018
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Have you ever waged war with the person one cubicle over? How would it feel to have the president testify in your favor? Have you ever had an arch enemy who just won’t quit? This week Anna and Lauren discuss bribery in the stories of the Whiskey Ring and Francis Bacon.

Duration:01:06:43

16 - Knight Pagent

12/11/2018
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Have you ever accidentally tripped on cough syrup? Do you take notes in a “secret” code? Have you ever re-invented an entire field of work? This week Anna and Lauren take a closer look at innovators Leonardo da Vinci and Florence Nightingale.

Duration:01:01:08

15 - Hypnotic Bleat

12/4/2018
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Do you wish your deodorant would be more of a team player? What happens when you get hypnotized by a goat? What would happen if there were giant worms that shoot acid? Find out more about the Pope Lick Monster of Kentucky and the Mongolian Death Worm in our creepy cryptid episode.

Duration:01:03:13

14 - Snow Snoot

11/27/2018
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Are you a pro at beatboxing? How did Lawyer Ron end up in Antarctica? How much confidence does it take to order the Air Force around? Learn answers to these questions and more with trailblazers Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen, and Mae Jemison in our episode of firsts.

Duration:01:29:49

13 - Elbow Chins

11/20/2018
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Can you count how many chins you have? How many times do you need to try to enter Tibet before you gain psychic powers? Would you ever wear a gas mask to keep hay fever away? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we get philosophical with Helena Blavatsky and Alan Turing.

Duration:01:25:34

12 - Rave Egg

11/13/2018
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How would you feel if you just laid an egg one day? Would you ever jump onto a moving train? What would you do if you caused a 10-year war? Find your inner Helen this week as we talk about Helen of Troy and Helen Gibson.

Duration:01:05:57

11 - Interstellar Treasure

11/6/2018
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Would you vote for Nicholas Cage as Miss Universe? Do you believe in Yetis? Are you a master cryptographer? See if you have answers to the mysteries of the Dyatlov Pass Incident and the Kryptos sculpture outside the CIA.

Duration:01:09:19

10 - Afterlife Spices

10/30/2018
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Are tape dispensers considered office decor? Do you like to get groovy on Halloween? How many spirits can fit into one old baby doll? Anna and Lauren bring you some thrilling tricks and treats in this episode about Halloween songs and Harold the Doll.

Duration:01:16:56

9 - Forgotten Oyster

10/23/2018
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Are you obsessed with rain? Have you ever come across an octopus tree in the American wilderness? Have you ever pretended to be in a famous band? This week we explore the chaos caused by pranksters Joseph Mulhattan and Improv Everywhere.

Duration:01:16:12

8 - The End of Bags

10/16/2018
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Do your animals get possessed? Would you ever have a secret goth love affair in a graveyard? Have you ever made up your own secret language? Anna and Lauren delve into the rich lives of Mary Shelley and J.R.R. Tolkien in this episode about literature.

Duration:01:12:34

7 - Horse Detective

10/9/2018
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What does it take to be considered a squash-buckler? Would you let a horse represent you in a court of law? What kind of name would you choose for a racehorse? Lauren and Anna get sporty in this episode about pumpkin regattas and two racehorses, Whirlaway and War Emblem.

Duration:01:02:11

6 - Rock & Roll Manatee

10/2/2018
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Do you have strong feelings about lawns? What if your livelihood depended on wearing a viking helmet? What is it like to be a child star? In this episode we are entertained by the strange lives of Moondog and Judy Garland.

Duration:01:23:23

5 - Gifts for Friends and Gravy

9/25/2018
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Do you know the Lettuce Man? Have you ever circumnavigated the world? Could you survive an attack by a saber-wielding assassin? In this episode we follow the explorations of Jeanne Baret and Isabelle Eberhardt.

Duration:01:09:38

4 - Oh Bufannah

9/18/2018
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What's it like to have your last name be your first name? Have you ever lived under an assumed name? What if your dad was a serial killer? In this episode we explore the lives and crimes of Sarah Wilson and Ed Edwards.

Duration:01:09:09

3 - The Throat Crawler

9/11/2018
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How many children does it take to build a bone fence? Should you open the box? Was a house with legs the first mobile home? Answer these questions and more with these legends of Baba Yaga and Urashima Tarō.

Duration:00:56:09

2 - Complete Mayonnaise

9/4/2018
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Is cannibalism worse than eating cats? Have you ever tried to eat paint? Would you survive living on the open seas? Find out more about all these questions in this episode about Art, featuring The Raft of the Medusa and Vincent Van Gogh.

Duration:01:33:21