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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast

Episodes of the Bones & Bobbins Podcast:

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Season 3:

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 10: The Tower in the Woods: The Brattleboro Retreat Tower

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 10: The Tower in the Woods: The Brattleboro Retreat Tower

S03E10: The Brattleboro Retreat Tower, a Victorian structure tucked away amongst the trees and boulders on a hiking trail in Vermont.

Haley goes solo this week with a tour of one of her new hometown’s most notorious haunts, the Brattleboro Retreat tower. Note: The Brattleboro Retreat was formerly known as the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, and some historical references use that name.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 06: When the Moon Hits Your Eye, Just Go With It

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 06: When the Moon Hits Your Eye, Just Go With It

S03E06: The stories behind the names for full moons and how the moon does (or doesn’t) impact the human body.

Did you know that a blue moon is actually a thing, and that blood moons really do exist? Connect with your inner (North American) moon witch and prepare to be both baffled and delighted by the names we’ve decided to call each month’s full moon. Then, switch to your front-facing camera and examine the science and the spooky behind the effects that the moon might have on your–and everyone else’s–body.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 04: Dipping a Skull into Private Clubs, Fraternal Orders, and Secret Societies

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 04: Dipping a Skull into Private Clubs, Fraternal Orders, and Secret Societies

S03E04: The Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain and a fascinating look into the history of fraternities and sororities in the United States.

Private clubs can be fraught with countless problematic behaviors, but our favorite find turned out to be charming, weird, and so successful that it ceased to exist. Meanwhile, back in the US, we learned that the story of the rise of fraternities is as old as the country itself.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 02: Roses Are Red, Your Lips Are Blue

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 3, Episode 02: Roses Are Red, Your Lips Are Blue

S03E02: The history of the valentine and the hypnotic love spell murderer, Dr. Carl Coppolino.

From penning sweet nothings to vinegar valentines, Natali explains why the history of these cards is far more creative–and more grown up–than today’s grade school-geared counterparts. Then, like a rain cloud over your lovenest, Haley ruins everything with a story of hypnosis, heartbreak (in the literal and figurative sense), two states, two mistresses, and probably two murders.

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Season 2:

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 24: All is Artificial, All is Brite

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 24: All is Artificial, All is Brite

S02E24: The mind-blowing plot twists of WWII bomber pilot Si Spiegel (and his artificial Christmas trees), and the glittering nostalgia that is a box of Shiny Brite Ornaments

In short, Mr. Spiegel basically WAS his own action movie. And I’m pretty sure Shiny Brite ornaments don’t need an introduction. Just picture a Christmas tree–they’re what’s on it.

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Patreon Dispatches from the Curiosity Shop 39: From One Runway to the Next

Patreon Dispatches from the Curiosity Shop 39: From One Runway to the Next

Patreon Dispatches from the Curiosity Shop 39: The couture uniforms of the women in the Navy WAVES, and the life-saving Paris fashion house that literally went toe-to-toe with the Nazis.

It was World War II, and anything could happen. Like that one time Mainbocher’s fashion house designed uniforms so good that they were actually used in Navy recruitment, and then Lucien LeLong saved pretty much the entire Paris fashion industry–along with thousands of lives–from the Nazis, but still found time to marry a Russian princess.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 21: The First Femmes of Forensics

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 21: The First Femmes of Forensics

S02E21: Kate Warne, the heroic first woman Pinkerton detective, and Pearl Tytell, handwriting detective and trailblazing forensic document examiner.

When you need a tricky job done, you have to hire the best! As the first lady detective, Kate Warne’s work with the Pinkertons opened new investigative doors for the agency, helped foil a presidential assasination plot, and paved the way for the creation of the CIA. (We’re also told that she did a fabulous southern belle cosplay.) Pearl Tytell’s groundbreaking document investigation techniques exposed fraud in the highest levels of the government and the lowest reaches of backroom business deals and career-ending gossip mills. (She once even uncovered a fake claim to Russian royalty!) At times, her analysis carried more weight in the courts than the opinion of the FBI. From typewriter quirks to ink colors and paper stock, when Pearl was the expert witness, everybody listened!

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 20: Living Nightmares

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 20: Living Nightmares

S02E20: Slender Man and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Heads up: The first story involves violence against children. Listen at your own discretion.

Whether written at the dawn of a nation or crowd-sourced on the internet, all urban legends hold within them at least a tiny kernel of truth. Here’s what happens when those distorted stories stop being fiction and become real living nightmares.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 19: She Walks in Beauty Like a Fright?

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 19: She Walks in Beauty Like a Fright?

S02E19: Mrs. Margaret Smith-Wilkinson, nicknamed the Countess of Monte Cristo, and Lady Jane Lewson, the possible real life inspiration for Miss Havisham.

Come meet a hotel mogul turned high society con artist (who probably wasn’t a black widow), and the enigmatic walking fire hazard that might have inspired Dickens’ fictional jilted bride; two women whose actual lives are truly the stuff of fiction.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 18: Wicked Stitches

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 18: Wicked Stitches

S02E18: Woven spells, sewing magic, and the history of spinsters.

Is there someone in your life who knits with glass needles, spins their own yarn, sews their own patterns, or dyes their own thread? Yes? Well, we strongly discourage getting on their bad side. You know, just in case they decide to throw that project into the fire.

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The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 17: Whoa, Mama!

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 2, Episode 17: Whoa, Mama!

S02E17: Personal Ghost Stories and Haley’s Haunted Mom.

I mean, who doesn’t want to hear stories about a spooky local legend, a whispering apparition, a 1970s UFO, and Haley’s mom talking about the little girl ghost in her hall who looks just a bit too familiar?

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Season 1:

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 1, Episode 11: Knit One, Spy Two

The Bones & Bobbins Podcast, Season 1, Episode 11: Knit One, Spy Two

S01E11: Wartime Crafting: Girl Guide Spies and Knitting in Codes –
You’ve probably heard of the Girl Guides (and Girl Scouts), but did you know that they were properly badass in WWI and WWII? And, if knitting patterns have ever looked kind of like a secret code to you? Well, there might be a good reason for that!

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