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More Weight: TMWW First Anniversary

7/13/2017
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As you may know, we’re taking a short production break, but we wanted to mark a very special milestone. The Most Wonderful Wonder is one year old today. To celebrate, we’re giving you an unreleased Welcome Little Stranger original song, and our unending gratitude. Thank you for listening to our weird and wonderful little show. + Read More The post More Weight: TMWW First Anniversary appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:04:27


The True and Trembling Brakeman: Moonville, Ohio

6/28/2017
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Follow us down a dark and deadly stretch of track in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Moonville, Ohio was the scene of countless railroading tragedies. Song: “The True and Trembling Brakeman” by Aulton Ray Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post The True and Trembling Brakeman: Moonville, Ohio appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:24:17


The Cyclone: Snyder, Oklahoma Territory

6/7/2017
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In 1905, the town of Snyder, Oklahoma Territory was leveled by a devastating tornado. Some said the townspeople had brought the destruction upon themselves. Song: “The Cyclone” by Welcome Little Stranger Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. Resources for this episode can be found in our newsletter. The post The Cyclone: Snyder, Oklahoma Territory appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:35:58


White Deer: Madstones and Hydrophobia

5/24/2017
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Until the early 20th century, the fear of meeting a horrific and painful end accompanied every bite from an animal believed to be rabid. With no treatment available, people turned to folk medicine to save themselves and their loved ones from rabies. The post White Deer: Madstones and Hydrophobia appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:22:04


The Death of Floyd Collins: The Kentucky Cave Wars

5/10/2017
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In 1925, a bitter underground war that raged in central Kentucky claimed a single casualty, captivating the nation and becoming one of the biggest media sensations between the two world wars. Song: “The Death of Floyd Collins” by Andrew Jenkins Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. + Read More The post The Death of Floyd Collins: The Kentucky Cave Wars appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:36:21


All Through The Night: Murder Bottles

4/26/2017
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Come along as we explore how a Victorian era breakthrough in infant care, combined with a domestic guru’s bad advice, led to the deaths of thousands of innocent babies. Song: “All Through The Night”, traditional Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post All Through The Night: Murder Bottles appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:13:34


Charles Guiteau: Iva Bradshaw’s Bittersweet History

4/12/2017
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Hear one Ozark mountain woman’s life story, told in her own words. Song: “Charles Guiteau”, traditional Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post Charles Guiteau: Iva Bradshaw’s Bittersweet History appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:25:49


T.M.W.W. Music Highlights

3/29/2017
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Take a trip down memory lane with us as we share ten of our favorite musical moments from The Most Wonderful Wonder. 1. “Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos” 2. “Hadacol Bounce” 3. “Put Me Off at Buffalo” 4. “Down in the Willow Garden” (Recorded in collaboration with Just A Story) 5. “Beautiful Ohio” 6. + Read More The post T.M.W.W. Music Highlights appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:31:06


Johnny, O Johnny: The Cruel War

3/15/2017
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Follow us to the battlefields to uncover the hidden history of the women who fought in the American Civil War. Song: “Johnny, O Johnny”, traditional Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post Johnny, O Johnny: The Cruel War appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:24:13


Omie Wise: America’s Oldest Murder Ballad

3/1/2017
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Follow us 200 years into the past, to a North Carolina river bank, where we’ll dig up the roots of America’s first murder ballad. Song: “Omie Wise”, traditional Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post Omie Wise: America’s Oldest Murder Ballad appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:20:08


Bowling Green: The Kentucky Tragedy

2/15/2017
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While recent rumors of a massacre in Bowling Green have been greatly exaggerated, 200 years ago, the brutal honor killing of a politician, which culminated in a double suicide turned execution, captivated Americans with its drama. More Shakespearean tragedy than a massacre, this sordid tale of operatic proportions came to be known as the Kentucky + Read More The post Bowling Green: The Kentucky Tragedy appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:25:07


Laugh In The Dark: Elmer McCurdy

2/1/2017
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Season two of The Most Wonderful Wonder begins with one of our favorite outlaw stories, the twisted tale of Elmer McCurdy, train robber turned sideshow mummy. From the Osage Hills, across the U.S. to California, and back again to our own little Oklahoma home, we take you along as we joyride down history’s back roads in + Read More The post Laugh In The Dark: Elmer McCurdy appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:33:39


The Trolley Car Swing Part II: Joice Heth

12/21/2016
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Leaving Murderous Mary hanging in a Tennessee rail yard, we head to New England to look upon the human curiosity whose exhibition was the first of many hoaxes promoted by the legendary "Prince of Humbugs", P.T. Barnum. Songs in this episode: “Good Money” by Welcome Little Stranger Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post The Trolley Car Swing Part II: Joice Heth appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:27:50


The Trolley Car Swing Part I: Murderous Mary

12/7/2016
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We leave at 5:00, pulling out of Boston on streetcar 393, bound for east Tennessee where we'll witness a circus star's execution. Songs in this episode: “The Trolley Car Swing" by Joe Young and Bert Grant, 1912 “Murderous Mary” by Welcome Little Stranger Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. Audio Player The post The Trolley Car Swing Part I: Murderous Mary appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:36:52


The Preacher and the Slave

11/16/2016
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Don’t waste any time in mourning. Organize! We set out for Utah by way of the Pacific Northwest in search of Joe Hill’s legacy of resistance through song. Songs in this episode: “The Preacher and The Slave” by Joe Hill Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. For more about Joe Hill, please listen to Matthew Billy's excellent episode of his Between The Liner Notes podcast titled "The Execution of Joe Hill", and read William M. Adler's...

Poor Ellen Smith Part III: Accidental Mummies

11/2/2016
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Our most recent death-filled trip down the dark alleys of time comes to an end, as all things must, in the highlands of central Mexico where the dead return again and again, sometimes in surprising ways. Songs in this episode: “Lost In The Mines” by Welcome Little Stranger Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post Poor Ellen Smith Part III: Accidental Mummies appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:24:52


POOR ELLEN SMITH PART II: OZARK BURYINGS

10/19/2016
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We put on our coats and head to the snowy regions of the North for tales of deadly encounters with packs of bloodthirsty wolves, before climbing the hills and hollers of the Ozarks in search of feather crowns. Songs in this episode: “Lonesome Roving Wolves” circa 1846, by Levi Hancock “Lonely Tombs” circa 1880s, by William M. Golden Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post POOR ELLEN SMITH PART II: OZARK BURYINGS appeared...

Duration: 00:47:09


Poor Ellen Smith Part I: Human Wolves

10/5/2016
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Blood marks the spot where we begin our journey in North Carolina. Leaving in a cloud of smoke, we head for a cemetery on the open prairie in search of human wolves. Songs in this episode: "Poor Ellen Smith", traditional "Wolves" by Welcome Little Stranger Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. The post Poor Ellen Smith Part I: Human Wolves appeared first on THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER.

Duration: 00:39:49


Beautiful Ohio Part III: Bloodland

9/21/2016
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In addition to the notorious criminals we profiled in our last episode, Leavenworth's stone walls once held a murderous king, driven by greed, and made powerful by fear. On the third and final leg of our journey which began in Cincinnati, we head south out of Kansas, following the trail of oil and blood that leads to the Osage Nation. Songs in this episode: “Bloodland” by Welcome Little Stranger Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little...

Beautiful Ohio: Part II

9/7/2016
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Cincinnati, Ohio, scene of the infernal machine murders and the demise of Martha, the last passenger pigeon, fades in the rear view mirror as we follow a flock of canaries to Kansas. Songs in this episode: “Birdman of Alcatraz”, by The Highwaymen “The Prisoner's Song”, by Vernon Dalhart/Guy Massey Researched, written, scored, and produced by Mr. and Mrs. Hall of Welcome Little Stranger. SPONSORED BY Hancock Creative Shop and Podcast: Visit Shawn and Missy Hancock's one-of-a-kind art...
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