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Coffee and Chitchat and Cheater, Cheater…

What motivates someone to cheat?  Listen as we delve into the science behind why people cheat and some other interesting psychology behind infidelity.  We haven’t been on in a couple of weeks, because, you know, life.  Hope you enjoy and we look forward to getting back onto our normal schedule!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Get Your Sixth Sense On!

We see dead people, no just kidding!  But in today’s episode we do discuss some unknown facts about some hidden abilities we have.  Who knew that snakes could smell like cucumbers or that a blind man could find his way out of a maze?  Well, we didn’t!  So take a listen and always remember to take heed of your own sixth sense!

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Coffee and Chitchat and What’s Shakin’ Baby?

This episode is sure to be a 10.0 on the Richter Scale!  Join us as we discuss why the two earthquakes occurred in such quick succession last week.  We hijacked and article from National Geographic for what happened and what’s coming.  Take cover in your doorway and take a listen on your favorite podcasting platform!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Maddening Mysteries

Hey Sunday friends, join us in our frustration at the mysteries we discuss this evening.  From vanishings, to reincarnation to Scotland’s Bigfoot, we discuss 8 unsolved mysteries to date.  Also, get some great old-timey drink suggestions from Joyce at the end of the episode.  As always, we had fun and hope you enjoy listening!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Our First Interview!

Hi, happy Sunday!  We are so excited to publish this episode with our very first guest Avery from the Kane Repertory Theatre!  Lots of exclamations in the description today, as we had the best conversation and truly enjoyed having him as a guest.  Avery was such a gracious and informative guest, and we are so looking forward to the Kane Repertory Theatre’s first production of Our Town in October!  Be sure to check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

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Coffee and Chitchat and It Started With Hoaxes

Join us today as we start out talking about hoaxes!  That’s where we started, but it’s certainly not where we ended up.  Although we briefly discuss the Piltdown Man and War of the Worlds, there is so much more to this episode.  Happy Memorial Day everyone, sit back and take a listen!

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Coffee and Chitchat And These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Channel your inner Julie Andrews and sing along with us for this episode!  We were inspired first by food, of course!  However, we go on to discuss some of the things that make us happy.  If you’re looking for a laugh and some sunshine, take a listen today.  We sure had a lot of fun after our Mother’s Day break!

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Coffee and Chitchat and It’s Wedding Season!

If you can get through the lawn mower and some phone calls in the beginning of this episode, stick with us!  We will discuss where some of the strange traditions you see at weddings come from.  A short discussion of Kenny Rogers at the beginning kicks off the episode!  Seriously, lesson learned on background noise, give it about 5 before we get settled in!

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Coffee and Chitchat and It Snowed Here Yesterday!

If you can believe it, our title says it all.  But, that’s definitely not the only thing we talk about this episode…We do make some recommendations in entertainment and give out some free advice!  Did you know that Joyce and I are NOT licensed doctors or therapists?  Well, that doesn’t stop us from analyzing teenage behavior, telling you why not to go on a cruise and getting at the real root of why men and women are so different! A lot of laughs ensue, so buckle up and enjoy your Sunday night!

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Coffee and Chitchat and A Little Bit of Easter, Take Two!

After some technical difficulties, we were able to actually record!  Have you ever wondered why we’re so into eggs at Easter?  What about all of the candy?  We will answer your questions and more!  Lots of laughs ensue the second time around!  Enjoy your hard boiled eggs and chocolate bunnies, and take a listen!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Some of Our Favorite Chicago Things!

Join us today as we talk about some of the things we love about Chicago!  Forewarning, it’s mostly food-related.  The Windy City has a lot to offer, but so do the Western Suburbs.  We’ll discuss a few of these gems and more!  We also had a special guest listen in, and, yes, contribute to a little of our conversation.  If you’re in Chicago, stay warm and be assured that after this snowy day, the Weather Channel tells us it will be 70 degrees on Tuesday!  Only in Chicago, right?

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Coffee and Chitchat and Welcome Back from Vacation!

We feel like we haven’t recorded in a million years!  Turns out it was just two weeks, so hit play on your podcast app!  We truly wind through a lot of different topics in our conversation today.  Metal detectors, a desert in Wisconsin, cemeteries, veterinarian shows and road trips are all on the gamut today.  This is truly what a Joyce and Laura conversation sounds like, so enjoy your Sunday as you take a listen!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Happy Helpful Hints

Looking to listen to something fun and grab some helpful tips along the way?  Well, then this episode is for you.  You’ll also get a true Joyce and Laura conversation.  What weird habit did a co-worker of Joyce partake in?  You’ll find out.  Also, listen for Dominic’s rendition of God Bless America and lots of Chewy noise in the background!

 

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Coffee and Chitchat and Happy Spring!

Wondering what today’s episode is about?  Well, after a week off, thanks, daylight savings time, we were inspired by the fact that all of our snow has finally melted!  Listen today as we discuss some VERY interesting things people have discovered after a long winter.  I think you’ll be able to tell which one was our fave!  Sit back and enjoy a green beer on us and Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Coffee and Chitchat!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Comfort Food!

Whether it’s Mac and Cheese or Rice Pudding, everyone has their favorite comfort food.  Well, let’s be honest, some of us have a number of foods that gives us comfort!  Why?  Well there’s some actual science behind it.  Take a listen and we try to navigate through the psychology of it and add some sidebars in between.  It wouldn’t be our podcast if we didn’t stray off topic.  Grab your favorite comfort food and take a listen!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Studio 54

Do us a solid and boogie down to tonight’s episode!  In its heyday, Studio 54 was quite the club!  Although Steve Rubell was no genius, he did make this old studio set the place to be in NYC! Hear some stories about the club in the late 70’s and how it met with its ultimate and inevitable demise.  Relax with your favorite beverage, take a listen and we’ll catch you on the flip side!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Espionage!

Grab your trench coat, tape a recording device to your chest and join us for today’s episode about two famous spies.  You may not know the story of Shi Pei Pu, but get ready for a wild ride!  Then, take a listen to the story of one of the most notorious spies, Mata Hari!  We promise this episode is a real gem and we had lots of laughs!  Binoculars and hidden cameras optional!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Cupid, Candy Hearts and Roses

Happy love day!  Join us and learn some things about Valentine’s Day.  Why do we give roses and chocolate to our lovebirds?  And where did the term lovebird even come from?  You’ll get the answers to these questions and more if you take a listen!  Even if you don’t have a significant other, don’t despair, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day however you choose.  Just remember the reason for the holiday, a beheaded martyr named Valentino!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Ew! Your House is Disgusting!

We all like to think we keep a clean house, right?  Well, as it turns out, we overlook some pretty germy  places in our homes.  Take a listen as we discuss why your bathroom might indeed be the cleanest room in your house.  Ew!  Your house is disgusting, but ours are too!  Grab some Chlorox Wipes and enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

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Coffee and Chitchat and Chicago Cold Cases

Take a listen this evening as Joyce and I discuss two cold cases native to the city we love, Chicago!  Travel back to the 1950’s and learn how Chicago’s innocence was shattered after the South Side murders of the Grimes sisters.  With multiple sightings of the victims and a lack of evidence, the guilty party was never convicted…Then listen as Joyce tells the story of Helen Brach, the missing candy heiress.  What happened to the philanthropist between her physical at the Mayo Clinic and her flight home to Chicago?  Unfortunately, we might never know what happened in either case, but take a listen and form your own theories on this icy-cold Sunday evening!

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Coffee and Chitchat and The Moon!

If the moon was made of cheese…Welcome to this week’s episode where we delve into some interesting facts about the moon and human behavior.  We have been connected to the moon as far back as ancient times.  So take a listen to hear about some curious effects the moon has on us.  Then try to figure out how Frank Sinatra and Bigfoot make an appearance in an episode about La Luna!  So, sit back and relax, but be on the lookout for werewolves as you enjoy our weekly episode about the celestial body that grounds us all!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Royal Inbreeding

Ewww, that’s your brother!!!  Seriously, that’s the theme for today and our reaction to the inbreeding that used to be commonplace amongst royal families.  If you are like us, you want to know why it happened and what were some of the worst results.  We are not sure how we landed on this topic, but it is pretty interesting.  Our CYA in this episode is that we are not intimating that people who suffer from any of these ailments are of inbred families.  Just throwing that out there.  So enjoy your Sunday and make sure that you are not related to someone you plan to marry!

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Coffee and Chitchat and The Mafia

Welcome back after a week off!  It was only a matter of time, after all, we are Matalones,…This week Joyce and I discuss the history of both the Sicilian and American Mafia.  Take a listen and learn in depth about not only the origin of both, but also more than you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of Cosa Nostra!  An institution that is still in operation today, The Family has had its hands in organized crime for over 150 years.  So sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and listen as we take on one of our most interesting topics to date.  Let’s go to the mattresses and look out for horse heads in your bed!

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Coffee and Chitchat and PICA!

PICA is an eating disorder in which people feel the need to eat inedible things.  What compels someone to eat dirt, or hair or even glass?  We are not sure, but take a listen and hear about 10 cases of people who ingest gross and often dangerous substances.  You will definitely be surprised, but may also get a little nauseous in this episode.  Although uncommon, this disorder does not discriminate amongst men and women.  Sit back and enjoy our episode on the rare eating disorder PICA!

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Coffee and Chitchat and True Stories Behind Classic Fairy Tales

Once upon a time there were two fairy princesses who recorded a podcast…Join us today to look behind some of your favorite fairy tales.  Did Snow White really exist, and if so, who was she?  Did the tale of Cinderella originate in Egypt? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out!  Try not to fall under a wicked witch’s spell and enjoy your Sunday!

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Coffee and Chitchat and The Wizard of Oz!

Are you recovering from Thanksgiving like us?  Great!  Then you will want to join us for our latest episode that includes 20 wonderfully weird facts about the iconic movie The Wizard of Oz!  Toxic paint, a hundred degree set, aluminum dust, L. Frank Baum’s coat and Jello, this episode has it all.  Follow the yellow brick road and take a listen!

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Coffee and Chitchat and The Mothman and Oak Island

Happy Sunday and welcome to our latest about legends!  Let’s travel Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home of The Mothman.  From 1966 to 1967, this creature terrorized the border town, appearing to over 100 witnesses and scaring the living daylights out of residents.   Then, swing up north to Oak Island, Nova Scotia, where to this day, treasure hunters are still searching for riches.  From Captain Kidd to Marie Antoinette, legend surrounds this island and its mysterious valuables.  Enjoy our stories, and more importantly enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Ugly Duckling to Swan

Your hair is your crowning glory!  With a good make up brush, every woman can be an artist!  Take a listen to this week’s episode where we discuss the history of hair and how women have endured some truly odd and uncomfortable fads throughout the ages.  Then trot along to make-up town where Joyce fills us in about weird and even deadly make up practices used by both women and men.

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Coffee and Chitchat and Conspiracy Theories

Who hates daylight savings time?? We do, but join us in what feels like perpetual darkness as we discuss two conspiracy theories we found intriguing.  Could Marilyn Monroe have been murdered?  Well, Joyce will fill us in on some interesting details involving her death, deemed a suicide.  Then, join me as we discuss the granddaddy of all conspiracy theories, Bigfoot!  What are the best arguments of this cryptoid’s existence?  Well, take a listen and come to your own conclusions after we present the evidence!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Man Made Disasters

Happy Saturday!  You’ll need a drink after you join us today!  Listen as we discuss two disasters that could’ve been prevented. Why did Tommy Lee and PETA join forces in a letter to Sea World?  To prevent more deaths at the hands of Tilly the killer whale.  How about listening to the story of some rich dudes who took over land including a dam, but failed to maintain it?  Yep, that’s the story behind the Johnstown Flood of 1889.  So sit back and enjoy our stories about two events that could have been avoided!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Animals Galore

Calling all animal lovers!  Do you know why crows hold grudges?  Do you know that there is such a thing as an immortal jellyfish?  Well, take a listen to this week’s episode where we answer those questions and many others.  Grab your coffee, tea, wine or drink of your choice and sit back and learn some fun, fascinating animal facts!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Apparitions

Who doesn’t love a good ghost story?  Join us in today’s episode about apparitions and the places they haunt.  Travel down to Adams, Tennessee with us to the site of the Bell Witch house and cave.  Why was the Bell family afflicted with the ghost of “Kate” for so many years?  Then, swing on further south to New Orleans, a city know for it’s ghosts!  Meet the detestable Delphine LaLaurie and learn why her family’s mansion is still haunted today by those she tortured and killed.  Grab a warm blanket and settle in while we tell you a couple of ghost stories guaranteed to get you in the mood for Halloween!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Poor Little Rich Girl

We have all heard the old adage money doesn’t buy happiness.  Well, that is certainly true of the two women we discuss in today’s episode.  Christina Onassis had all the wealth one could hope for, but unfortunately, her life was with filled with loneliness and depression.  Keep listening though because we then chat about Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of forensic investigation, a pioneer in male-dominated field.  See how these two used their money in distinct, almost opposite ways.  Enjoy your Sunday!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Closeted Hollywood

Hi, happy fall Sunday!  Grab your Pumpkin Spiced latte and join us in today’s episode where we discuss what it was like live in a time where the Hollywood machine controlled everything including stars’ sexuality.  Fortunately we live in a time where personal orientation does not matter, but back in the “Golden Age” things were a lot different.  Take a listen as we discuss both female and male stars who hid their true sexual identity, not by choice, but because the film industry insisted they do so.  Also, if you don’t know who Scotty Bowers is, after this episode, you certainly will!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Not Your Lucky Day

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch…especially if you are one of the moronic criminals we discuss in today’s episode.  Lessons learned today, to name a few: don’t impersonate a cop, don’t try to steal a safe, and don’t stick a gun down your pants.  Believe it or not, the crimes we discuss today are less than thought out.  Grab a coffee and enjoy today’s episode about some truly unlucky, frankly stupid, criminals!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Truman Capote

A true genius!  Truman Capote was a larger than life figure, from high society to researching crime, he did it all.  While unabashedly unapologetic for who he was, Capote’s need to tell a story led to both the demise of relationships and, eventually, his career.  Known for both Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood to name a few, Capote’s career was stopped short by addiction and alienation from those whose secrets he divulged to the outside world.  We might never know what great works went unwritten, but in this episode we take a look at this literary mastermind and his legacy.

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Coffee and Chitchat and Coincidences

What are the odds??!!  Welcome to an early episode! Take a listen this week as we discuss some, frankly weird, coincidences.  From two victims of Jack the Ripper to Mark Twain and Haley’s Comet,  join us as we marvel at the flukes, strokes of luck and sometimes just plain accidents that happen every day!   So, roll the dice and cross your fingers as truth is sometimes stranger than fiction!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Happy Food Accidents

Happy  Sunday and Happy Food Accidents!  Join us today as we discuss some foods that would not exist today if it weren’t for some very inventive people.  What would the world be like without potato chips?  Well, you can thank some jerk who kept sending back his fried potatoes at a restaurant in New York.  What about everyone’s favorite game day go to nachos?  You can thank a creative maitre d’ who couldn’t find his chef and needed to serve 10 ladies something for lunch.  Listen as we chat about other mishaps that gave us some of our favorite munchies!  Then, go enjoy one of these foods on us!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Casanova and the Marquis de Sade

Listener discretion advised!  Journey back with us to the 18th century to discuss two of the most depraved men in history.  Neither seemed to learn from their mistakes nor really had the desire to do so!  Casanova, the original Don Juan of Italy, was also a a gambler, a military officer and a priest?  Although born to aristocracy, the Marquis de Sade  certainly did not follow the rules of society.  Notorious for his violent escapades, the Marquis spent over half his life incarcerated in jail or an insane asylum.  Although neither were particularly good looking, their stories were certainly attractive to our curiosity.  So join us, without young ears around, to hear the stories of two of Europe’s most notorious bad boys!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Witch Trials

Are you thinking Salem? Nope!  We think that’s been done and done.  Today we discuss two lesser known witch trials.  First, we talk about the North Berwick trials, spearheaded by King James himself.  Then we cross the North Sea to Sweden where a priest seals the fate of 71 individuals who were named witches.  Holy broomstick is this going to be a wild ride.  Lack of knowledge plus abuse of power equals widespread mass hysteria in early modern history!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Voodoo!

Travel with us to New Orleans!  No, not for Mardi Gras, but to learn about voodoo!  On today’s episode we discuss Madame Laveau, a famous 1800’s hairdresser turned voodoo priestess.  Then, we’ll dispel some common misunderstandings of the voodoo religion.  If you have ever wanted to stick a pin in a voodoo doll to thwart your enemy, think again.  Unlearn some lore about the religion that serves millions around the world today!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Heists!

Do you hear police sirens in the distance?  Neither did the men we are talking about today.  Why?  Well, they got away with two of the largest heists in history.  Join us as we discuss the theft of irreplaceable art at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and the robbery of innumerable diamonds at the Antwerp Diamond District.  If you like stories with twists and turns, hop in your getaway car and tune in to our latest episode.

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Coffee and Chitchat and Conquerors

So, you think you know everything about Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan? You might not…join us as we discuss these men who defeated and ruled over most of the early known world.  Although these narcissists did terrible things, you’ll never guess what they did give our modern world! Sit back in your toga, with your horse at your side, and enjoy the contributions bestowed upon the world from Caesar and Khan.

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Coffee and Chitchat and Crime Scene Investigation

Happy Sunday!  Grab your luminol and your latex gloves and join us as we dive into what it takes to be a crime scene investigator.  From the time the crime scene tape goes up until the body goes to medical examiner, these investigators have an awesome responsibility to preserve evidence that may just make or break a court case.  Throw your notions from the show CSI in a body bag and learn about the painstaking work these people encounter in the true world of crime scene investigation!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Make-up Queens

Join us in our newest episode about the beauty moguls and archenemies, Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein.  These two women were ahead of their time in so many ways, but could not get over their intense hatred and rivalry for each other.  Grab your red lipstick and take a walk down 5th Avenue with us into their lives and accomplishments of these glamor queens.  You’ll be astounded about how their pioneering spirit paved the way for the likes of Revlon, Clinique, MAC, Sephora, etc.  Enjoy our latest and keep an eye on your compact’s mirror for any beauty enemies!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Hauntings

Happy Fourth of July!  Join us as we discuss two places that are considered “haunted”.  Travel with us to upstate New York’s Rolling Hills Asylum, where the inhabitants often went in, but did not come out.  Then, come back to our home, Chicago and make your reservation at The Drake Hotel.  Beware though, as you may run into the many ghosts who inhabit the floors of this legendary, opulent Gold Coast establishment.

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Coffee and Chitchat and Unsolved Mysteries

Nope, not the TV show…but join us as we talk about two mysteries that have gone unresolved even until today.  Disembodied feet inside shoes having been washing ashore in British Columbia and Washington state at a pretty rapid rate since 2007.  Where are they coming from and why?  Also, listen as we discuss The Black Dahlia, a baffling murder that occurred over 71 years ago.  Elizabeth Short, a budding actress was found mutilated in a vacant lot near a parkway in LA, but law enforcement never apprehended the criminal who perpetrated this heinous crime.  Enjoy your Monday night with a couple of inexplicable mysteries on us!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Curses!

Happy Father’s Day!  Societies have been spinning tales of curses for millennia.  Join us as we talk about the most famous curse, that of the Hope Diamond.  Maybe, stealing an infamous jewel turned out to be a bad idea, but legitimately purchasing it did too!  And yes, back again is our good friend, the Iceman Otzi, found in the Alps by hikers.  Perhaps disturbing the final resting place of an stone age mummy wasn’t the best idea! Turns out, Otzi’s curse hit swiftly to those discovered and studied him.  Grab a talisman, throw some salt over your shoulder and sit back to enjoy our episode on curses!

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Coffee and Chitchat and The Bog Bodies and Mummies

Welcome to the latest episode where we uncover the mysteries of the bodies in the bog and ancient Egyptian mummies!  Join us as we journey back to ancient civilizations whose people were astute enough to not only create architectural wonders and amass fortunes, but also preserve the bodies of the deceased.  These bodies are still being discovered today!  So, put on your safari hat, your khakis and your neckerchief and join us in digging up the archaeological sites of The Bog Bodies and Egyptian mummies!

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Coffee and Chitchat and Animals Attack

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  No literally, in today’s episode we discuss well known animal attacks, one which includes a bear and one a tiger.  Join us as we discuss why it’s probably not a good idea to live amongst wild animals or keep them as pets.  Listen as we tell the stories of Timothy “Grizzly Man” Treadwell and Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy fame.