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The Salacious Scandals of Warren G.Harding

The Salacious Scandals of Warren G.Harding

December 3, 2020
“I read this, and I feel that this is the most true statement about Warren Harding that has ever happened, one of his biographers said of him that he starts out life as a small town newspaper editor and that was as far as his talents SHOULD have taken him in life. That was the summit of his intellectual ability.”
 
Here it is, friends, the one you’ve been waiting for, the one we’ve been promising: our holiday gift after a long year…. It's Warren Harding, y’all!
 
The Scandalous OG, our 29 th President and his many loves.
Grab a good stiff drink, settle in and enjoy the Most Underratedly Scandalous US President.
 
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You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner and Rebecca 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
American Indians in Washington DC

American Indians in Washington DC

November 26, 2020

"...it's kind of heartbreaking to me to think that there was an entire community of people, a whole culture that not only has been wiped away from the earth, but the only legacy left - doesn't even pronounce their name right."

 
Canden and Rebecca talk about the original inhabitants of what is the DC area today, the Nacotchtank tribe.
 
If you want to text to find out whose land you're on: +1-907-312-5085
 
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You’re Listening To: Canden Arciniega & 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
 
Myths About Thanksgiving

Myths About Thanksgiving

November 19, 2020
“The Pilgrims are zealots, you used the correct word. We don’t like to discuss that because the Pilgrims give us warm and fuzzies, but the truth is they’re basically religious zealots. They idea we have is that the Pilgrims came here for religious freedom, not really so much, no. I mean they wanted to worship according to their own beliefs, that part is true, but they also came here to isolate themselves too. They wanted isolation from all other religious inputs”
 
Happy Thanksgiving!  Tour Guide Tell All is taking you back to the First Thanksgiving and discussing all things related to your favorite food-based holiday. We get into the reason for the season by discussing the Pilgrims, and why that is not a name that they would have recognized or even liked, the Mayflower and its difficult trans-Atlantic journey, and the Native Americans they encountered when they arrived.
 
Grab some Pumpkin pie and join us for a romp through America’s oldest holiday. Or is it???
 
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Books:
  • Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser
  • Mayflower by Nathanial Philbrick
  • 1491 by Charles Mann
You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner and Rebecca 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
Alice Pike Barney

Alice Pike Barney

November 12, 2020

“So she and Oscar Wilde, her new friend, spend a day at the beach and they get to talking and sharing and Alice reveals how much she used to love art, the art studies she did as a young woman, and how she misses it."

Tour Guide Tell All digs into the scandalous life of Alice Pike Barney, one of the Gilded ladies of Embassy Row. Learn about her unconventional lifestyle, her wild daughters, her Sheridan Circle mansion, and why we love to talk about this New Woman on our Dark Side of Dupont Circle Tour.

 

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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

Election of 1912

Election of 1912

November 3, 2020

“We are going to talk about the election of 1912, which is a doozy. There’s a lot going on, and some of our favorite and least favorite characters in American history are going to play starring roles in what we are about to talk about.”

 

Tour Guide Tell All celebrates Election Day…. Our Way!! We are bringing you the nitty gritty of one of the wildest and most tumultuous elections in US history, an election full of fascinating characters, feuds and even an assassination attempt on a candidate!  We are going back in time to 1912 to talk all things Teddy Roosevelt, Taft and Woodrow Wilson.  

 

Join Becca and Rebecca as we dig into the elements that make this such watershed moment in American political history.  

 

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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

 

Rebel Rose, the Confederate Spy

Rebel Rose, the Confederate Spy

October 29, 2020

“My supposition is that Rose O’Neal Greenhow had sex appeal. I think she had the kind of thing you can’t capture in a photo, particularly at the time. There is obviously something beguiling in her manner because she is so good at this. She has numerous friendships that people just give her information, there’s got to be something about her that helps with that, I feel like.”

Tour Guide Tell All ends our scandalous and dark October with a rollicking spy yarn. We go back to the Civil War to discuss one of the most infamous spies of the era, Rose O’Neal Greenhow. Greenhow was a well placed and dedicated Confederate spy with great connections in the Union government and she played a pivotal role in one of the earliest episodes of the Civil War.
Come along as we wrap up our October with a wily and resourceful woman and her scandalous exploits.

Get a signed copy of Canden's book, Wild Women of Washington from our merch store!

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    This is Rose’s Wikipedia page which is really useful because it has several of famous photos of her, some of which we talk about on the pod:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_O%27Neal_Greenhow
  • Her spy cipher: https://www.wdl.org/en/item/2706/
  • Her archival papers at Duke:
    https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/scriptorium/greenhow/
  • National Archives has her seized letters!!
    https://www.archives.gov/research/military/civil-war/greenhow
  • Her death: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rose-greenhow-dies
  • Her grave in Wilmington, NC
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1772/rose-o%27neal-greenhow
  • The book that she writes about her exploits:
    https://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/greenhow/menu.html

You’re Listening To: Rebecca Fachner and Rebecca Grawl
The Person Responsible for it Sounding Good: Canden Arciniega 
Intro/Outro Music: Well-Seasoned from Audio Hero

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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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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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

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