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The Noir and Bizarre

18 EpisodesProduced by WYPR BaltimoreWebsite

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

18 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Monsters and Myth, Dreams and Nightmares: Surrealism at the Baltimore Museum of Art

February 26th, 2019


There's a new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art - ----Monsters and Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s----. On this episode, Katie goes behind the scenes with co-curator Oliver Shell to explore some …

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

January 14th, 2019


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

November 16th, 2018


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

October 31st, 2018


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

October 23rd, 2018


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

October 16th, 2018


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

October 3rd, 2018


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. …

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

September 12th, 2018


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

September 4th, 2018


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

July 26th, 2018


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

July 9th, 2018


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

June 5th, 2018


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

May 4th, 2018


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

April 5th, 2018


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

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

March 8th, 2018


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

February 8th, 2018


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 - When the Dead Talk Back

February 1st, 2018


Human beings want to believe the veil between life and death is a thin one. Some people even believe the dead can speak to them. In the first episode of The Noir and Bizarre, we attend a session with a psychic medium …

The Noir and Bizarre Trailer

January 31st, 2018


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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