The Noir and Bizarre

16 EpisodesProduced by WYPR Baltimore

The Noir and Bizarre explores the dark and strange stories we tell ourselves about human existence - occult history, ghosts, haunted houses, and secret crimes - with a special emphasis on stories that draw on the rich history and culture of Baltimore. Additionally, the show philosophically asks big… read more

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"Out There": Alien Invasions and Unexplained UFO Sightings in Maryland

January 1st, 1900


Sixty years ago - on the night of October 26 1958, around midnight, two men were driving by Loch Raven Reservoir in Towson. Suddenly, they saw a huge egg-shaped object appear above a bridge. As they got closer, their …

A Ghost Hunt at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

January 1st, 1900


Guest host Rachel Baye takes listeners behind the scenes on a ghost hunt at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, one of the most haunted places in Maryland. The hunt took place on September 29, 2018, this year's "National Ghost …

From Celtic Ghosts to Trick-Or-Treating: The Evolution of Halloween

January 1st, 1900


From Ancient Celtic harvest rites warding off ghosts and spirits... to Roman rites honoring the dead... To All Soul's Day masses... On this episode, …

All the Saints You Should Know

January 1st, 1900


Elizabeth Harper is an author, photographer, and academic, as well as the creator of the popular online blog: All the Saints You Should Know: Bones, …

A Tale of Poes and Beer

January 1st, 1900


On this episode, Katie takes listeners on an audio tour of the First Annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and then meets up with Stephen Demczuk, founder and CEO, of Raven Brewing Company, to learn about the …

INNOCENT ON DEATH ROW: Kirk Bloodsworth and a Case of Mistaken Identity

January 1st, 1900


This year's One Maryland One Book pick is "Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence" by Tim Junkin. At 23 …

The Noir and Bizarre - Another World: The Eerie Melancholy of Howard Norman

January 1st, 1900


Two-time National Book Award Finalist Howard Norman writes strange and melancholy novels, most of which are set in remote Canadian provinces. His …

The Noir and Bizarre - A Bibliomaniac's Dream: The Peabody Library

January 1st, 1900


bibliomania: noun: passionate enthusiasm for collecting and posessing books.Do you have bibliomania? So do we. On this episode of The Noir and …

The Noir and Bizarre - Mery the Mummy

January 1st, 1900


We're heading back in time, to the land of the pharaohs and the valley of the Dead. We don't have to go far. Right here in Baltimore, a 3,000 year …

The Noir and Bizarre - The Strange Case of Agatha Christie

January 1st, 1900


On December 3, 1926, the great mystery writer, Agatha Christie left for a weekend in Yorkshire. Her car was found abandoned nearby. The police …

The Noir and Bizarre - Nobody Gets out Alive: Death Through the Ages

January 1st, 1900


Throughout all of human history, human beings have consistently struggled with how to grapple with their own mortality. The faces we give to Death, in our dreams and our nightmares, can be extremely revealing when …

The Noir and Bizarre - Lexington Market's Hidden Underground Catacombs: A Strange History

January 1st, 1900


On this episode, producers Adam Droneburg and Calvin Perry take listeners deep underground and back in time. They discover the lost history of the catacombs underneath Lexington Market, a place with a confusing and …

The Noir and Bizarre: Murder, Booze, and Romance: The Eternal Allure of Film Noir

January 1st, 1900


The classic Noir films of the 1940s and 50s – black and white mysteries noted for their moral ambiguity, tough-talking detectives, and classic …

The Noir and Bizarre - A Tomb by the Sounding Sea: Celebrating Edgar Allan Poe

January 1st, 1900


The romance and horror of Edgar Allan Poe's life and works continues to enthrall people hundreds of years after he was born... On January 19, 2018, hundreds of people gathered at his memorial in Westminster Burial …

The Noir and Bizarre - Talking Boards: A Strange History and an Ongoing Fascination

January 1st, 1900


Ouija boards have a strange and complicated history, steeped in myth and legend. No one's quite sure who truly invented the board, but almost …

The Noir and Bizarre Trailer

January 1st, 1900


The Noir and Bizarre explores the dark and strange stories we tell ourselves about human existence – occult history, ghosts, haunted houses, and …

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