Southern California Ghosts and Folklore
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Susan Beth Burns)
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Each month we tell and discuss a different tale from Southern California folklore. These are our stories. Let us tell them once more and re-enchant our world.
||CleanEpisode 11: The Three Donas of Los Rios Street with guest Cris August||San Juan Capistrano has more ghosts than any other city in California. These are three of their stories. Today's guest: Cris August of OC Ghosts and Legends Show Notes: SoCalGhostsandFolklore.com||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: The Legacy of the Integratron with guest Joanne Karl||George Van Tassel built the Integratron to rejuvenate cells. Today's the building's healing modality focuses on the mind... Today's guest - Joanne Karl Show notes at socalghostsandfolklore.com||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: The Giant Rock of Landers with guest Barbara Harris||Giant Rock has been a spiritual draw for people for hundreds of years. What's so special about this boulder in the desert? Today's guest - local historian Barbara Harris Show notes at www.socalghostsandfolklore.com||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Legend of La Llorona with guest Dr. Domino Perez||Her story has been told for centuries. But is Llorona ready for the new millennium? Today's guest - author and professor, Dr. Domino Perez Show notes found at socalghostsandfolklore.com||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Ghost of the Hotel Del Coronado with guest John T. Cullen||She's haunted this posh old hotel for decades. But who was Kate Morgan? Today's guest - author, John T. Cullen Show notes found at socalghostsandfolklore.com||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: The Battle of Los Angeles with guest Jeff Krause||Japanese Interlopers? Extraterrestrial UFO? Why DID the military to fire into the LA skies February 25, 1942? Today's guest - California director of MUFON, Jeff Krause Show notes found at socalghostsandfolklore.com||8/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island with guest Dr. Rene L. Vellanoweth||The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island is known by many names and is yet an enduring mystery. Today's guest - Coastal archaeologist, Dr. Rene L. Vellanoweth Show notes found at socalghostsandfolklore.com||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Haunting of the Whaley House with guest Michael Brown||The Whaley House in San Diego is among the most haunted places in the country. Why is it such a paranormal hub? Today's guest - Michael Brown of San Diego Ghost Tours Show notes: www.socalghostsandfolklore.com||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Desperado of Monterey with guest David Caraccio||Tiburcio Vasquez spent his life as an outlaw. How did an educated guy from an upscale family become The Desperado of Monterey? Today's guest - David Caraccio Show notes: www.socalghostsandfolklore.com||5/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Monster of Elizabeth Lake with guest Denver Michaels||Elizabeth Lake is nestled among mountains, a valley & a desert. But is it home to a monster? Today's guest - Denver Michaels denvermichaels.net Show notes are on our website: www.socalghostsandfolklore.com||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The King of Calabasas with guest Richard Carradine||Miguel Leonis: Pioneer. Villain. Legend. Ghost? Today's guest - Richard Carradine ghoula.blogspot.com Contest details and other show notes can be found on our website: www.socalghostsandfolklore.com||3/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I really like this podcast. finally someone who does CA history.
CA Folklore and History!
Really dig this podcast! I grew up in Southern California and it's great to hear all these bits of local color brought to light and discussed. Looking forward to learning more about the supernatural in Ca.
Quirky local history and interesting discussions
As someone who is skeptical of many accounts of the paranormal but loves folklore and history, I found this podcast very entertaining. Many of the episodes focus on non-ghostly events, which may be a plus or minus depending on your interests. Personally, I find the eclectic mix of topics to be a bonus -- you have ghosts, a flying draconic lake monster(!), controversial 1800's-era outlaws, a 1940's UFO scare (or something), and all kinds of other intriguing tales.
I like that the narrator, Susan Beth Burns, presents the more out-there aspects of local myth and legend with respect but doesn't discount natural explanations. The information presented relies on firsthand accounts and local historians as much as possible, with speculation usually left until the ending discussion with the guest of the episode. That's a balance that appeals to me as a lover of both history and weird things.
It's also really fun to discover the connections between these various stories. There are some unexpected links, which makes sense considering that this podcast is concerned with a particular region. Of course the people, places, and events of one odd thing that happened do tend to pop up again. (For example, there's Miguel Leonis: Historical Jerk, Ghost, Lake Demon Puncher.)
The episodes are split into two sections, with the first part being a retelling of the story as much as can be pieced together and the second featuring an interview with some guest who has relevant interests. For example, the episode about the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island had an interview with one of the archaeologists who has worked on that island and specifically with sites that are associated with her story. Sometimes the audio on these interview segments suffers a little compared to the rest of the recording, which is too bad because they're often my favorite part of the show.
The format can take a little patience to get into if you're used to podcasts where there is more constant discussion or skipping between topics throughout, but it's well worth the effort. It looks like the most recent episode is from January, but I'm hoping that the series will continue at some point.