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The world is more mysterious than most people are comfortable imagining. We cross paths with the mystical from time to time and may not even notice it. If we do, we quickly return to our usually mundane daily existence. But what if we not only acknowledged the unknown, we investigated it and spoke with those in the know? That’s what co-hosts Scott & Forrest, and their producer Tess Pfeifle do at Astonishing Legends. With the power of the well-vetted Astonishing Research Corps, they have acce ...
 
Proudly brought to you by the fine folks at the Astonishing Legends Podcast- Not just another show but a place you can go: The Midnight Library. You alone, can climb the stairs of the strange, old Victorian mansion and be somewhat welcomed by your Hosts, Miranda Merrick & Mr. Darling. Curl up in a window seat or beside the grand fireplace and hear a tale of times long ago. Be transported to forgotten lands, learn about ancient customs and mysterious happenings… all in the company of your unu ...
 
March 2009. When 100 strangers arrive at a run-of-the-mill meeting for Singapore gender-equality group AWARE, long-time members sense that something is wrong. Who are the mysterious women wresting control of this respected volunteer organisation? And what disturbing secret unites them? What happens next becomes the stuff of national legend: starting with an astonishing coup and culminating in an extraordinary declaration of equality and justice. Welcome to the AWARE Saga. Saga is a limited-s ...
 
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On a July afternoon in 1983, Colin Andrews, an electrical engineer and officer employed by the British regional government, was driving between his offices near Winchester and Hampshire when something caught his eye. Seeing something unusual in a farmer's field next to the road, he felt strongly compelled to pull over and check it out. A strange ph…
 
Welcome back, Spooky Lovelies! Tonight Our Ms. Merrick has a dark & devious tale of the very first handmade beings! From The Golem to The Mechanical Turk, she’ll tell you all about how they work… or seem to. Even Our Friend, Mr. Poe has a part in this peculiar tale! And be sure to see The Midnight Library’s Own Glass Case Gypsy, Maria, whilst you v…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you about the fate of some of the early Soviet space pioneers, including the first death in any space program, Valentin Bondarenko, the failed mission of Soyuz 1, the amazing achievement of Yuri Gagarin, the chilling death of Vladimir Komarov, and the conspiracy theory about the lost cosmonauts. The s…
 
We have a very special guest joining us tonight, metaphysical "astralnaut," philosopher of the liminal, "Pope of the Paranormal," and host of the AM Radio talk show Dark Air, Terry Carnation. Terry first got his start in the paranormal radio genre when unexpectedly thrust into taking over for another show. While working as a late-night rock n' roll…
 
As legend would have it, or at least how the story goes from Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin's 1884 book, Legends of Le Détroit, on the evening of the 10th of March, 1701, a lively banquet took place in the castle of St. Louis, Quebec. The celebratory dinner host was the governor of "New France," Hector Louis de Callière. The guest of honor was Monsie…
 
Jimbo, James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti bring you the Serie A story of the original Ronaldo – a global icon. The Brazilian superstar Ronaldo joined Inter Milan from Barcelona in 1997. His return to Spain 5 years later arguably marked the end of Serie A’s economic dominance. Golazzo relives the greatest player in the world playing in the greatest l…
 
Come gather around the campfire and hear about one of the most puzzling missing person's cases in U.S. history. It seemed to be a regular winter day when heiress Dorothy Arnold left home for a shopping trip. She was just going to buy a new dress. She was well-known, walking on packed New York City streets, wearing especially eye-catching clothing. …
 
Jimbo, James Horncastle and special guest Rafa Honigstein examine the three legendary Germans who made Inter record-breakers at the turn of the 90s. Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann and Andreas Brehme were an integral part of West Germany’s World Cup winning side in 1990. They would all join forces at San Siro, with Matthaus and Brehme contributin…
 
In the years between 1764 and 1767, a real-life monster had brutally savaged the residents of the former province of Gévaudan in the highland region of south-central France. While the creature's first attack was reportedly unsuccessful in killing its intended victim, it did provide a horrific description of it. Some sort of massive, canine-like cre…
 
Jimbo welcomes back James Horncastle and Gab Marcotti to discuss one of the most recognisable names and haircuts in Italian football history – Fabrizio Ravanelli. The man who said he was born to be a bricklayer was on the scoresheet the last time Juventus won the Champions League. A silver fox with one of the most imitated goal celebrations of all …
 
Who among us hasn't wanted to know the future or have insight into the hidden, at least in passing? From the first instance a human had a premonition that came true, it seems likely that the adventurous who were shocked and astounded wondered how those without the "gift" could duplicate this impossible experience. Then, when someone stared too inte…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story about some of the smartest military teams you've never heard of. Today we’re going to be talking about the code-breakers of World War II. Part 1 discussed Native American code-talkers. Part 2 will discuss Allied code-cracking teams including the stories of the Enigma, Alan Turing, Marian R…
 
A Saga bonus episode: On 4 May 2019 - 10 years and 2 days after the fateful Extraordinary General Meeting – 100 AWARE members came together to mark the anniversary of that pivotal event. Amid the celebration, a few key Old Guard members and supporters—including Constance Singam, Siew Kum Hong and Teo You Yenn—gave speeches about what the Saga meant…
 
As we wrap up our coverage of the Frederick Valentich story in Part 3 of our series, we'll continue our conversation with Melbourne resident Chris Tyler about his research into the case and other possibly related UFO incidents around the same time and area. We'll also examine the Australian Department of Transport accident report's remaining findin…
 
Step right this way Dear Guest, over the threshold, on your RIGHT foot. We wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to you...not here, not in The Midnight Library. As luck would have it, tonight Ms. Miranda will hold you spellbound with tales of Superstition! From Evil Eyes to shattered mirrors, let us help you turn your luck! Special Thanks to Sounds …
 
When the facts about a paranormal event yield no more answers, investigators and the public alike tend to turn their attention to the experiencer's character to ascertain its authenticity. So what kind of person was Frederick Valentich? A once-lost aircraft accident report from Australia's Department of Transport, which resurfaced in 2012, has shed…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you a story about the American heroes you may not have heard about. Today we’re going to be talking about the code-breakers and code-talkers of World War II. This episode actually turned out longer than I thought, so I’m going to be splitting it into two parts. Today, we'll discuss the Native American…
 
On Saturday, October 21, 1978, at 6:19 p.m., 20-year-old Frederick Valentich took off from Moorabbin Airport just south of Melbourne, Australia, for what was supposed to be a routine training and pleasure flight over Bass Strait to King Island. A serious student aviator, Valentich had been flying for two years and had accumulated over 150 hours of …
 
Welcome to The Midnight Library Dear Guest! Won’t you come in for a little drink as you enjoy tonight’s reading? We’re going to discuss art and passion, specifically those with a passion for the art of poisoning! We’re going to visit the good ol’ days when you could slip someone a little something...to help them rest...forever! Don’t worry if the r…
 
A young woman who believes in the right to choose. A sitcom actress risking her public persona for the sake of her principles. A former police officer who wishes his daughters could be there, too. Midway through the AWARE EGM, members new and old stand up and speak out about the takeover, LGBT rights, feminism and more. Together, they make one of t…
 
The day of reckoning arrives: the Extraordinary General Meeting to determine the fate of AWARE. With more than 3,000 attendees in the Suntec City Exhibition Hall, the energy and excitement are off the charts. After the New Guard make their case for the last time, the vote of no confidence in the current exco takes place. Which side will prevail?…
 
‘Tis the season of your folly! You’ve arrived at The Midnight Library just as were hosting some very special beardy weirdies! Join us as we welcome Krampus and a few of his relatives for a joyous (in our opinion!) telling of his brutal kind and their traditions! We Wish You a Merry Krampus!! Special Thanks to Sounds Like and Earful Music Supply for…
 
Who are the women on AWARE’s new executive committee? Is its new president—Connie’s own chosen heir—part of a deeper conspiracy to take over the association? In the aftermath of the Annual General Meeting, long-time AWARE members—the “Old Guard”—struggle to make sense of what happened. And as the media begin to dig into the story, the Old Guard fac…
 
Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten were a central part of one of the greatest club sides ever, when Serie A was arguably at its peak. This episode looks at the success enjoyed at a time when European Cup finals were the norm for Milan, and the denouement for the Dutchmen as Gullit clashed with Capello, while Van Basten’s career was cut tragically shor…
 
Please join us for a very special Astonishing Legends episode – an All-Star holiday party featuring some of your favorite podcast personalities! Along with consigliere Tess Pfeifle, we welcome our very own "Alexander Leek," sage, screenwriter and good friend Rich Hatem; podcaster, compadre, and casual archaeologist Micah Hanks; our Space Brother an…
 
Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten were so good, they made up the entire podium for the 1988 Ballon D’Or. The Dutch trio, known as the three tulips, were pivotal to the Netherlands’ Euro 88 triumph and this Golazzo concentrates on the years that led to them becoming a collective at San Siro. Part one of this two-part special also incl…
 
Tonight's episode starts with the coverage of a strange and funny case involving aliens and holiday pies. On January 4, 1979, Mrs. Jean Hingely of the town of Rowley Regis in the West Midlands region of England was visited by three fishbowl-helmeted and friendly aliens with wings. After some spiritually uplifting exchanges, her holiday visitors thr…
 
Welcome, Dear Guests! We knew you’d be visiting this fine dreary night! We also predicted long ago that we were bound to tell you the tale of 3 distinctly different people who seemed destined to meet the end that fate had always had in mind for them. Why...it’s almost as though they had no choice in the matter… like you ...turning up here Special T…
 
European Cup winner Sinisa Mihajlovic was the master of free-kicks, considered a wonder of physics in Italy. He also was an accused racist and has battled leukaemia while still managing Bologna. His is a complex story, and his Golazzo includes a special tribute from Sven-Goran Eriksson. RUNNING ORDER: • PART 1a: Mihajlovic’s beginnings at Vojvodina…
 
In a rare dual-subject episode for us, we take a look at two somewhat Christmas-themed stories, the mysterious yet not-so-mysterious "Utah Monolith" and the Warminster "Thing." In the first part of the show, we discuss the recent discovery of a 9.5-foot-tall metal triangular prism-shaped pillar we've dubbed "The Christmas Monolith." This story made…
 
The start saw a string of sackings but Luciano Spalletti’s managerial career caught fire in his first spell at Roma, one of the most tactically significant coaching stints of the last 20 years. Defined by the discovery of the 4-6-0 formation that rejuvenated Francesco Totti. This Golazzo looks back at that team, as well as some of the less successf…
 
Step right this way, Dear Guest! Just be sure to mind that open grave… Tonight we take a little trip back in time to meet a one-of-a-kind woman: Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. We’ll learn of her magical life and times and then arrive...safely at her grave. Come... tiptoe through the tombstones...with us Special Thanks to Sounds Like…
 
In tonight’s Part Two of our discussion of Joe Fisher’s book, The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts, with Special Guest Rich Hatem, we continue to examine the narrative of Fisher’s interactions with Spirit Guides through Channeling and their troubling results. With the messages and guidance becoming increasingly confusing, frustrating, and seemingly misl…
 
Come gather around the campfire and let me tell you about the great mystery of the high-seas: ghost ships. Hear about the history of the legend of these mysterious vessels, some legendary and some true stories that have puzzled sailors, scholars, and scientists for centuries. The Flying Dutchman is one of the most infamous ships that's ever been sa…
 
Sure, maybe most of us would find it enticing to receive "inside information" from a mystical plane, our very own oracle of knowledge beyond what's possible in our earthly human existence. Who wouldn't want access to a Spirit Guide, one that could lend us valuable insight to better our lives and give a glimpse of what awaits us on the other side? P…
 
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