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The Plague Pits of London (Mini Episode)

The Plague Pits of London (Mini Episode)

October 26, 2020

“Now as I always say to my friends and family when they visit London, and to my tour guests, if you are standing in a park, a garden, a square, or a market, look around; because the only reason it’s there is because it’s a plague pit”

 

“If you are thinking about bloodletting, the first place that people’s minds often go to is to leeches. But if you thought about that, maybe in a past life, you were very wealthy. Because in order to afford leeches, in London, in the 17th century,  you would have had to get them from a very posh leech importer, and if so, you would have displayed them in a beautiful container. You may even have a plated silver or gold leech container that you kept in your pocket, and you might bring that leech container out, when you want to show off… You might fondle that leech container when you are talking to someone you fancy.”

 

Join Tour Guide Tell All for this mini-episode as we feature special guest Jessica O’Neil, a tour guide with our sister outfit Free Tours by Foot London, as she gives us the creepiest content for our creepy October/Halloween-themed pods.  Find out all about how the bubonic plague affected London, how they disposed of the dead, and how there are still designated “plague pits” scattered throughout London today.  

 

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Various visual aids for this creepy episode:

YouTube clip of various pictures of Charterhouse, London

Pictures of Plague Doctors

Historic UK Interactive Plague Pit Map

 

You’re Listening To: Jessica O’Neil

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Five Deaths at the Capitol

Five Deaths at the Capitol

October 22, 2020

“I've never stayed the night in the Capitol, I have never personally seen a ghost but I would not be surprised and I trust anyone who says they've had these encounters, because so many people have died in the U.S. Capitol Building."

Tour Guide Tell All digs into the various rumored hauntings in one of our oldest buildings - the United States Capitol Building.  While there have been various deaths that have occured inside this grand structure, our guides highlight their five favorite deaths, ranging from shootings to bathtubs to fighting against bigotry and more.  In honor of October and the spooky season of Halloween, we've been exploring sites in D.C. that have hauntings, scandals, and dark history lurking in its shadows.  

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You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner & Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

The Congressman and The Argentine Firecracker (Mini Episode)

The Congressman and The Argentine Firecracker (Mini Episode)

October 19, 2020

“Out of the town car pour 5 individuals, 2 men and 3 women. One of the women, in evening dress, immediately takes off running toward the tidal basin and jumps into the water. They fish her out, she tries it again, they finally handcuff her to prevent her from trying it a third time. It’s kind of a motley crew, you’ve got 3 women in evening dress, all 5 of them look a little worse for the wear. And then someone recognizes one of the gentlemen.”

 

Tour Guide Tell All continues its scandalous and dark October with a truly Capitol scandal. Days before an election, police in DC pull over a swerving town car late at night. Out tumbles an 18-term Congressman and a stripper nicknamed “The Argentine Firecracker.” Neither of their careers would ever be the same. 

 

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If you’re interested in in more information, we find these sources helpful:

WaPo article from the time

More recent WaPo article

Article from The Strand Magazine

 

You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Oak Hill Cemetery

Oak Hill Cemetery

October 16, 2020

“It is really like a country club for the after life...you have this cemetery that is specifically seeking out in its early years important Washington D.C. names, it grows as a very prestigious cemetery.  So today, when you're walking around you certainly will see names you recognize but you are also going to see a lot of wealth on display." 

Tour Guide Tell All digs into one of our favorite local cemeteries, Oak Hill Cemetery in historic Georgetown.  In honor of October and the spooky season of Halloween, we've been exploring sites in D.C. that have hauntings, scandals, and dark history lurking in its shadows. Join us as we talk wealthy families, tragic losses, insistent ghosts, and more.

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You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner & Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Toddler Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

The Grave Robbing of Mt Zion Cemetery

The Grave Robbing of Mt Zion Cemetery

October 12, 2020
One local of Georgetown, a descendent of of some people buried here described what the cemetery was once like: "one could see bodies sticking out of the side of Mount Zion. Soil erosion was such a problem that corpses were often exposed and unearthed from the grounds."
 
Disturbed graves were not a new thing for Mt Zion - and the disturbance was not always caused by natural forces. Canden talks about this historic cemetery in our continuation of Spooky October stories.
 

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Christopher Columbus does NOT deserve a holiday…

Christopher Columbus does NOT deserve a holiday…

October 8, 2020

While you may just enjoy the fact that there is a three day weekend coming up, let us explain why there are a number of reasons that it should NOT be a day celebrating Christopher Columbus. There is nothing to celebrate about this man. Becca and Rebecca tell us why.

 

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Books we used, which are amazing and can’t recommend highly enough for a lot of reasons:
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Lies my Teacher Told me by James Loewen
 
 
 
 
DC Statues:
 
Modern take on the Columbus statue removal:
Ghosts of Georgetown

Ghosts of Georgetown

October 5, 2020

If you believe that ghosts come from tortured spirits - you don't have to look hard to find stories of tragedy here in Georgetown.

Canden shares a few of the tragic tales and ghost stories from our Ghosts of Georgetown and Wicked Georgetown tour, from the centuries old and very haunted Old Stone House to a personal haunting at Halcyon House and what happened to the piles of bones outside the Civil War hospitals.

If you want to hear the recording at the Old Stone House yourself, listen here: https://wtop.com/halloween-news/2018/10/haunted-dc-georgetowns-phantoms/

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The Current Wars: Westinghouse vs Edison

The Current Wars: Westinghouse vs Edison

October 1, 2020

I feel very strongly that George Westinghouse was an amazing human and more people should know about him. And Thomas Edison was a jerk. 

Do you know who invented the FIRST incandescent lightbulb or who brought the electricity we use today to the homes of the everyday man? It WASN'T Thomas Edison! Do you know how the electric chair got invented? Join Becca and Canden to get the answers. 

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You’re Listening To: Canden Arciniega & Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Scandal on the South Side: The Black Sox

Scandal on the South Side: The Black Sox

September 24, 2020

“This episode has it all - baseball, the American past time, it has mobsters, money, capitalism and labor disputes."

Tour Guide Tell All heads over to Chicago to talk about the infamous Black Sox scandal. Did the baseball team conspire with Chicago mobsters to throw the 1919 World Series?

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You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner & Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

Constitution Day Part II

Constitution Day Part II

September 17, 2020

“He has studied deeply before coming to this Convention. He has read everything he can read about the past, about the present, what was happening in Ancient Greece, what was happening in Rome, what contemporary European societies are doing at this point.  He has looked at it from a philosophical perspective, a theological perspective, a legal perspective and he has put together what he thinks is the best plan going forward...and it's a pretty good one to what we have today.  What Madison creates is the blueprint...but he puts in the work."

Tour Guide Tell All digs into one of our "charters of freedom," the founding document that gives birth to our government - the United States Constitution!  In honor of Constitution Day, the Rebeccas dig into why and how the document was developed, the key players and compromises, and the legacy it still has today.  Join us as we talk civics, politics, and more on this episode.

Comments or Questions? Or have an idea for future episodes? Email us tourguidetellall@gmail.com

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You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner & Becca Grawl

The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Dan King

Technical & Admin Work Done During Naptime: Canden Arciniega 

Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

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