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We explore the fascinating – sometimes paralyzing – world of fears and phobias, with a splash of true crime!

We explore the fascinating – sometimes paralyzing – world of fears and phobias, with a splash of true crime!
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We explore the fascinating – sometimes paralyzing – world of fears and phobias, with a splash of true crime!




Coulrophobia: Fear of Clowns

Quit clowning around! Why do these goofy pranksters horrify us so? When did clowns go from harmless harlequins, bringing joy and laughter, to grotesque, sinister goons? Miranda and Natalee explore public relations disaster that is the modern history of clowns: from Killer Clown John Wayne Gacy (whose alter ego Pogo the Clown had a rope trick or two up his sleeve) to the murder of Marlene Warren by her husband’s clown-costume-clad lover Sheila Keen. Grab your red nose and join them for an...


Coasterphobia: Fear of Rollercoasters

Are you tall enough to ride this ride? If so, we ask that you please keep your arms and legs inside your seat while this podcast is moving. The girls are joined by lovely guest host Shelby for Coasterphobia: fear of rollercoasters. Mix up an Off the Rails Champagne Cocktail with delicious aromatic bitters, compliments of Blackwater Bitters Co. (recipe on our website), and join us for a wild ride and a rollercoaster of emotions. Website and blog: Promos: @3spookedgirls...


Disposophobia: Fear of Throwing Things Away

Let’s talk some trash! In our most unhygienic episode yet, we bring you two extreme hoarding cases. Both ended in death and one in a murder charge. While decluttering, organizing and Marie Kondo-ing your home might bring you joy, people with Disposophobia experience debilitating levels of anxiety, sadness, worry and confusion. We take you into a hoarder’s mind to see what neuroimaging and brain chemistry tell us about their compulsion to add to their piles and their inability to part with...


FRIGHT BITE: Hereditary

For our first Fright Bite, we watch and discuss the elevated horror film Hereditary! Is it demonic possession or mental illness that is hereditary in this family? Or both? There are myriad frightening things about this movie: cults, demons, gruesome deaths… But the scariest part may lurk in the mysteries in the brain, genetics, and our susceptibility to influence. Listeners beware: there are spoilers galore! Website and Blog: Promo: @LeviPage


Kinemortophobia: Fear of Zombies

Are you concerned about having your brains eaten by a zombified corpse? Are you terrified of transforming into a mindless, cannibalistic monster? In a zombie apocalypse, humanity decays and civilization crumbles. It’s wise to have your survival skills sharpened and your pack ready. Miranda and Natalee help you prepare for when the gore hits the fan. They also tell you about seemingly healthy humans who mysteriously became zombies. Website and blog:


Pogonophobia: Fear of Beards

Break out your mustache oil and manscaping shears… Natalee and Miranda are poking around in the dark and curlies to analyze the beard-centric and beard-phobic complexities of our current times. They distinguish genuine anxiety from general prejudice, explore historic beards, and play a little game of Face That Beard. This episode will share some methods for how to approach Pogonophobia: from the perspective of the bearded and the beardless. We mustache you to join us for this one. Website...


Ep 7 Sedatephobia: Fear of Silence

Shhh… can you hear the silence? Probably not; it’s 2019, and everything is an automated, mechanical noisemaker. Noisy is our new normal, so modern humans have a growing neediness for sounds, entertainment and interaction. For those of us who aren’t babies or Zen meditation pros, silence can make us anxious, nervous and squirmy. Silence speaks a thousand words. Let Miranda and Natalee speak a thousand more to ward it off for another hour. Website and blog:


Ep 6 Fear of Child Abduction Part II

Miranda and Natalee are back to rescue you from last episode's cliffhanger! We give you the rest of the Madeleine McCann case. After telling you who is most likely to kidnap your child, we take you through role-playing scenarios and help you pack your If-My-Child-Goes-Missing Kit. The mere thought of this topic is anxiety inducing, but this episode can help you be more of that chill mom or dad you always imagined you'd be. Maybe... Results not guaranteed. Website and blog:


Ep 5 Fear of Child Abduction: Part I

It's every parent's worst nightmare: kidnapping. Is your kid safe at the park, at school, on public transportation? From AMBER Alerts to helicopter parenting, we tell you how parents and law enforcement around the world cope with the frightening reality of child theft. We tackle the controversial case of Madeleine McCann, who disappeared at age 3 from a Portuguese holiday resort. This two-parter will make you evaluate your travel plans and parenting methods! Website and blog:...


Ep 4 Special Interview with Dr. Linda Rinaman

In this very special bonus episode, we sit down at the Maple Street Biscuit Company with Dr. Linda Rinaman, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Florida State University. We pick her impressive brain on such topics as: following your gut, the love triangle between depression, anxiety and fear, and whether any of us should be taking probiotics. Tune in and learn something! Website and blog:


Ep 3 Taphophobia: Fear of Being Buried Alive

Let’s dig into Taphophobia: Fear of Being Buried Alive. Miranda and Natalee share how to prevent premature burial, saavy ways to rig your coffin, and what happens once you’re six feet under. You’ll hear tales of murders, accidents and controversial therapies. Are you ready to join the Six Feet Under club? It’s dark in here, but your eyes will adjust. Sources: The Daily Mail; Popular Science; Monochrom; Wikipedia: Stephen Small; The New York Times; The Chicago Tribune Website and blog:...


Ep 2: Fear of Sinkholes

¡Feliz Sinkhole de Mayo! Every day is a party when the ground can open its jaws and swallow you whole at any moment. Fall into a pit of murder, catastrophe, Mayan sacrifices and missing lakes as Natalee and Miranda take you deep into the earth’s crumbly, flaky crust. Sources: “Twisted Justice” by Rube Waddell; “Sinkhole Cocktail: Ceiba’s ‘Sinkhole De Mayo’ On Menu Until D.C. Sinkhole Fixed” by Erin Ruberry at The Huffington Post; “Body buried in Fla. sinkhole leaves troubling questions” by...


Ep 1: Galeophobia: Fear of Sharks

Miranda and Natalee chummed the water! Now let’s dive headfirst into Galeophobia: the fear of sharks. This powerful predator’s toothy grin was too much to resist for our first episode. We discuss the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks and the media-fueled panic in the bloody aftermath. A closer examination of shark biology and psychology may dispel some myths for you. We teach you how to speak shark like a pro and fight your natural instincts to survive. Mix up a “Blood in the Water” cocktail for...


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