Episodes

Ocean Disasters

Let Your Kids Spread Their Wings at the Oceaneer Club: The Laroche Family

Dec. 22, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Racism, vaguely mentioned premature birth, specific children in theoretical peril, frostbite, loss of spouse, death by drowning (very vaguely mentioned), death by freezing (very vaguely mentioned…

Stampedes

The Mitten Thing: 1913 Italian Hall Disaster

Dec. 15, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Elephant hunting, brief mention of murder-suicide, old-timey racism, lung disease, feces, violent strike-breaking, dire poverty/food insecurity, mass death of children which is the topic of the e…

Pop Culture

Weird Flex but Okay: Balloonfest '86

Dec. 8, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Drowning, water search, missing people Links: 25 years ago, thousands watched a balloon launch on Public Square Balloonfest '86 Balloonfest 1986, the spectacle that became a debacle: Cleveland Re…

Fires

He Just Loved Firetrucks: The Our Lady of the Angels School Fire

Dec. 1, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warning: this episode discusses the large-scale death of children in moderate detail. BACK IN THE DAY: EPISODE 9 | OUR LADY OF THE ANGEL'S SCHOOL FIRE 1958 Chicago Fire Dept. - Our Lady Of The Angels Schoo…

Holidays

Everyone's the Asshole: Black Friday Incidents

Nov. 24, 2020

SHOW NOTES A good Samaritan helped a woman who was being beaten in a parking lot. Now he’s dead. Bad Blood and Not Bad Mood Most Likely The Cause For Toys R Us Shooting Black Friday Death Count Black Friday sales: moments of…

Train Derailments

Friends of Recovering Huffers: The Mississauga Train Derailment

Nov. 17, 2020

SHOW NOTES 5 Cool and Curious Facts About Maps 27 Facts About Maps Agloe, New York CBC Mississauga Train Derailment November 10 1979 Chemical leak at LG plant in India kills 11, about 1,000 ill City plans to rename Mississau…

Fires

The Floor is Lava: Centralia, Pennsylvania

Nov. 3, 2020

A Town with a Hot Problem Decides Not to Move Mountains but to Move Itself Centralia Loses Another Resident, Home Abandoned Centralia, Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania’s least-populated town, has been sitting on top of a…

Holidays Pop Culture

Purely Frictional: The "Poltergeist" Movie Curse

Oct. 27, 2020

SHOW NOTES Content warnings: Sleep paralysis, paranormal stuff, poltergeist activity, clowns, accidental non-fatal strangulation, misuse of human remains, exorcism, cancer, brief mention of rape, very detailed/graphic discus…

Holidays

Dolphins Made of Darkness: The Hat Man

Oct. 20, 2020

This week, we come close to free-balling an episode, Brianne has a horrific encounter while on her sleep bullshit, Curious George lightens the mood, we identify the spooky-lookers in our lives, and a savage six year old migh…

Holidays Pop Culture

Bad Things Were Gonna Happen To You: The Exorcist Film Curse

Oct. 13, 2020

This week, Aunt Vada's dad is not having it, we envision a possessed child as Roland Schitt and a ghost as Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a sadistic director curses a film production. Content warnings: demonic/occult topics, refere…

Compilations Holidays

A Good Way for Someone To Get Pregnant on a Hay Bale: The Spooky Episode

Oct. 6, 2020

This week, Brianne returns from the dead, we speculate about our nemeses, Brianne coaches Melanie on how to care less, a haunted house surprise does not go according to plan, we revisit the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a prop …

Music Disasters Pop Culture

Read the Room: The #freebritney Movement, Part 2

Sept. 29, 2020

This week, our Britney episodes conclude even as Britney's plight does not, weird interviews about, and emojis tip off fans that something is amiss. Content warnings: conservatorship abuse, mental illness, emotional abuse. L…

Music Disasters Pop Culture

Britney Cake: The #freebritney Movement, Part 1

Sept. 22, 2020

This week, Melanie goes totally spooky with it and meets her put-together neighbors in a Britney t-shirt, Midwesterners are polite aloof little goblins, we reinvent the disaster wheel, Britney eats crawfish, Brianne courts a…

Guest Appearances

Turtles in the Water, Tortoise on the Land: The Sixth Extinction Event

Sept. 15, 2020

This week, Melanie doesn't know the safe word (because it's really The Audio Guy guest starring), TAG victim blames dinosaurs, frogs are dying, we're angling for a curriculum sponsorship, and TAG sucks at palate cleansers. C…

Sink Holes

The Safe Word is Bubbles: The Faithway Drive Disaster

Sept. 8, 2020

This week, the day all podcasters dread arrives, Melanie encounters a choad in the wild, we set a demon safeword, a bedroom disappears in an instant, we learn a lot of spooky sinkhole geography, wonder about grief rituals, a…

Explosions

Spring, Summer, Fall, Halloween, & Winter: The Imperial Sugar Refinery Explosion

Sept. 1, 2020

This week, Brianne is cooked medium well and wants to be a freelance brain surgeon, Adelaide gives a bird presentation, Melanie gets slammed by a hurricane and joins the current millennium, sugar turns out to be combustible,…

Explosions

You Have The Best...Titles: The Richmond Hill Explosion

Aug. 25, 2020

This week, Melanie is evacuating a hurricane double-whammy, Brianne hits up Taco Bell in her wedding dress, Melanie is inspired to step up her jammy game in case she ever has to watch her house burn down in the middle of the…

Dams

There's Eighty Billion Gallons Headed for Us: The Teton Dam Collapse

Aug. 17, 2020

This week, Brianne and Melanie go back to the podcast coal mines, Melanie discovers that she's a ghost, we get a Drunk Melanie Math Lesson, a 5,000 foot dam collapses, and there's an 80 foot wall of water. SHOW NOTES Content…

Automobiles

A Freak Deal & A Gory Story: Russell Lee Phillips

Aug. 11, 2020

This week, Brianne doesn't have malaria, Melanie buys a house full of demons, a squeamish firefights meets a terrible end, Brianne is mad about college sports, an arm falls out of a car, there's a guy named Humpy Wheeler, an…

Hookie

Aug. 4, 2020

Bad news - no new episode this week. Good news - lots of stuff coming up for the ten dollar patreons! Marked Safe is on a one week hiatus. Sorry horrible ghouls!

Poisonings

I Like My Queens Petty: Scheele's Green

July 28, 2020

This week, Melanie tells us about a guy named Carl, there's an old-timey inventor brawl, discoveries are licked, pompous assholes are always celebrated, ugly wallpaper makes someone throw up, Melanie needs to make a report t…

Ocean Disasters

Get back on board, for F---’s sake: The Costa Concordia Disaster

July 21, 2020

This week, Brianne peaks in episode 11, we all get a villain to cathartically blame, a ship full of 13s is doomed from the start, an off-duty captain gets shit done, a guy with a punchable face gets his ass handed to him by …

Animals

The Water Turned Red with Blood: The Black December Shark Attacks

July 14, 2020

This week, Brianne finally watches Hamilton, something brushes a leg underwater, there's a whole explosives hospital, a shark turns somersaults in a few feet of water, Melanie's husband has a hammock phobia, it turns out sha…