THE MOST WONDERFUL WONDER

29 EpisodesProduced by Welcome Little Stranger: Folk Noir | Gothic AmericanaWebsite

A joyride down history’s back roads, past bizarre spectacles of tragedy, folklore, and strange, true tales. Join your tour guides as they connect weird and wonderful pieces of the past, and dig up the roots of American music.

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Babes In The Woods: The Lost Children of the Alleghenies

November 29th, 2017

22:31

In 1856, two small boys wandered away from their cabin in the wilds of Pennsylvania. For almost two weeks, thousands of volunteers combed …

Keep On The Sunny Side: July 1899

November 15th, 2017

44:32

Yesterday’s local headlines, the daily tragedies and triumphs in American communities large and small, are often trampled in the unrelenting march …

The Blood-Red Hand: A Guthrie Ghost Story

November 3rd, 2017

27:22

Follow us back in time as we walk the red brick streets of our little Wild West town to a haunted shack by the railroad tracks, the scene of the …

Weeping Sad and Lonely: The Fire Eaters

October 10th, 2017

22:09

In this episode, we take you to the Texas Hill Country of the 1860s, a perilous place for those who remained loyal to the Union, however secret they tried to keep their allegiance. For many of these unfortunate Union …

More Weight: TMWW First Anniversary

July 13th, 2017

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 …

The True and Trembling Brakeman: Moonville, Ohio

June 28th, 2017

Follow us down a dark and deadly stretch of track in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Moonville, Ohio was the scene of countless …

The Cyclone: Snyder, Oklahoma Territory

June 7th, 2017

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, …

White Deer: Madstones and Hydrophobia

May 24th, 2017

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 …

The Death of Floyd Collins: The Kentucky Cave Wars

May 10th, 2017

 

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 …

All Through The Night: Murder Bottles

April 26th, 2017

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

T.M.W.W. Music Highlights

March 29th, 2017

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 …

Johnny, O Johnny: The Cruel War

March 15th, 2017

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

Omie Wise: America’s Oldest Murder Ballad

March 1st, 2017

Oh, listen to my story, I’ll tell you no lies
How John Lewis did murder poor little Omie Wise

Follow us 200 years into the past, to a North Carolina …

Bowling Green: The Kentucky Tragedy

February 15th, 2017

While recent rumors of a massacre in Bowling Green have been greatly exaggerated, 200 years ago, the brutal honor killing of a politician, which …

Laugh In The Dark: Elmer McCurdy

February 1st, 2017

Season two of The Most Wonderful Wonder begins with one of our favorite outlaw stories, the twisted tale of Elmer McCurdy, train robber turned …

The Trolley Car Swing Part II: Joice Heth

December 21st, 2016

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.

The Trolley Car Swing Part I: Murderous Mary

December 7th, 2016

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 …

The Preacher and the Slave

November 16th, 2016

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 …

Poor Ellen Smith Part III: Accidental Mummies

November 2nd, 2016

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 …

POOR ELLEN SMITH PART II: OZARK BURYINGS

October 19th, 2016

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 …

Poor Ellen Smith Part I: Human Wolves

October 5th, 2016

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 …

Beautiful Ohio Part III: Bloodland

September 21st, 2016

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 …

Beautiful Ohio: Part II

September 7th, 2016

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 …

Beautiful Ohio: Part I

August 24th, 2016

 

Our species has a terrible propensity for violence. Throughout history, humans have shown surprising ingenuity when it comes to means and methods …

Hadacol Bounce: Part II

August 10th, 2016

Leaving the border towns, we hop a train with a singing brakeman, take a short detour to Kenya, and visit the world’s fairs before finally landing …

Hadacol Bounce: Part I

July 27th, 2016

Desperately ill people will pay anything for the promise of restored health, and charlatans have always waited in the wings of history for their chance to cash in. Come along as we tour the bayous of Louisiana, past a …

The Flood: Part II

July 13th, 2016

Leaving the floods behind, we start the second leg of our journey with a pie recipe, take a spin through the superstitions and folklore of the …

The Flood: Part I

July 13th, 2016

Floods, whether an act of God or man, steal one’s security and leave stains on history. From the Appalachians to Boston, and along the banks of the Brazos in East Texas, join Welcome Little Stranger for the first leg of …

Introducing The Most Wonderful Wonder

July 6th, 2016

Welcome Little Stranger presents an introduction to The Most Wonderful Wonder, with one of our favorite tragic tales, the story of Big Nose George …

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