Ghosts

Ross and Carrie Meet Jimmy Stewart: Celebrity Medium Edition

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Ross and Carrie traipse on down to the Dearly Departed Museum in Los Angeles for a séance with "resident psychic" Jill Marie Morris, a "comedium" whose specialty is talking to the famous and deceased. What will Sal Mineo say about his mysterious death? What happened to Natalie Wood? Who's going to disrupt Carrie and Drew's wedding? And most importantly, what is Lon Chaney's nickname? All these questions asked, if not answered, in this spooooooky Extended Halloween episode!

Ross and Carrie Read Susan and Mark: Psychic Blues Edition

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Ross and Carrie are joined by activists Susan Gerbic and Mark Edward, who share a long history of staging demonstrations, educational events, and sting operations to expose fake psychics and the methods they use to deceive. They discuss their deep concerns about mediums, their rigorous methods for spotting hot readings, and the moral questions they must face in their work.

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Ross and Carrie and the Evidential Medium (Part 2): "Can't Change It" Edition

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Armed with psychic medium bingo cards, the top 75 American names, and a very special surprise guest, Ross and Carrie revisit Cindy Kaza, the evidential medium, at another stop on her national tour. Will she use many of the same names and details to prove to this Ontario Improv audience that she is talking to their dead loved ones? Does Ross' dad's distant relative have anything to say? Find out!

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Ross and Carrie and the Evidential Medium (Part One): "Hi" Edition

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Have you ever seen a psychic medium on stage or on TV, and wondered what the deal was with all the vague messages, statements that could apply to anyone, and ghosts who won't tell the psychic anything except that their name starts with R? If so, Cindy Kaza is the medium for you. This upcoming Travel Channel star prides herself on giving her audience actual evidence that she is talking to their dead relatives. No cold reading, no hot reading, no vague generalities. Just direct contact with the spirits. Can Cindy convince Ross and Carrie that she is, in fact, in communication with the great beyond?

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 91: 'The Innocents' with 'The Babadook' and 'The Nightingale' Director Jennifer Kent

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Guests: 
Jennifer Kent

The Innocents

Jennifer Kent is probably best known for directing her 2014 film, The Babadook. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 to critical and audience acclaim, and has won over 50 international and domestic awards, including the Australian Director's Guild award for Best Director, the Australian Academy Award (AACTA) for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film, and the New York Critics Circle Awards for Best First Feature. This year now sees the release of her second feature, The Nightingale, a brutal colonial revenge tale about a woman who loses everything and joins up with an aboriginal tracker to find and inflict punishment on the men who wronged her.

The movie that Jennifer has chosen to discuss is the 1961 classic, The Innocents. Jennifer elaborates on the aspects of the film that she used as direct influence for her own films. She talks about taking the young actor Noah Wiseman to the zoo in order to prepare him for the truly horrifying scenes in The Babadook. Plus, she divulges how the misconceptions about her film The Nightingale have really hurt her personally. She tells a story about how one journalist at the Venice Film festival even called her a "whore" for directing the film. And finally, if you listen all the way through the episode, you get to hear Jennifer's impeccable impression of a Tasamanian devil.

You can see The Nightingale in select theaters now.

And if you haven't seen The Innocents yet, go watch it!

With April Wolfe and Jennifer Kent.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 421: Spirit World of the Law

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Jason brings the case against his wife, Annie. Annie's mom introduced their two kids to Annie's old Ouija Board. Annie thinks it's a silly game, but Jason is uncomfortable with his kids playing with it. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

EVIDENCE

The Time article Jason submitted about the history of the Ouija Board

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 417: Moms Are Gonna Mom

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about gifts for in-laws, red baseball caps, group photos, puzzles, and ghosts. Plus a listener letter about Korean Fan Death!

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Ross and Carrie Haunt Haunted Seattle: Epigenetics Edition

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Live with a wonderful audience at PodCon in Seattle, Ross and Carrie share their local tour of spooky spots with Haunted Seattle. They learn the hidden history of the area, including who died where and why they won't leave. They test the electromagnetic field of a local bar, listen to recordings that are definitely ghosts coughing, and learn s how reincarnation works!

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Ross and Carrie Have A Moment of Séance: Tummi Returns Edition

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Ross and Carrie visit a local séance, run by "spiritual guide," Zachariah Griffin. After tinkering around with spirit boxes and EMF meters, they sit down with their fellow attendees, grasp hands, and invite the dead to make contact. Carrie gets in touch with her dead dog (of course), and Ross reaches out to an old friend. Hey, what's that rush of cold air? Is it the specter of a being who haunts these Hollywood halls? Or is it the air conditioning? Who can say, really.

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Ross and Carrie Visit Hale House: Spooky Halloween Edition

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As the spookiest season draws near, Ross and Carrie investigate the haunting of Hale House, a historical, Victorian style home in the hills of Los Angeles. Armed with an EMF meter and their inner sense of eeriness, they tour the grounds and participate in a heebie-jeebies survey. Plus, they see one of their favorite comedians, eat a delicious/disgusting cucumber, and watch one of the SIXTEEN Amityville Horror movies.
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