27 October 2010

The Grave & Beyond - Airs Oct 27th

The Dead Can’t Do You Nothin’ by Katie Mingle
Katie goes on a quest to find ghosts in a "pauper's graveyard" in New Orleans. Along the way, she meets a little boy who has lost his father, visits with some gravediggers who don't believe in ghosts, and of course learns some haunting lessons about life and death throughout her journey.

Showman's Rest by Shannon Heffernan
Forest Park is the last subway station on the Chicago's Blue Line. Famous for its multitude of graveyards, the suburb is quite literally the final stop for many Chicagoans. In a place with more dead residents than living ones, one particular grave site catches visitor's attention: Showman's Rest, a graveyard for circus performers from around the world. The story of the graveyard begins with a tragic circus train wreck in 1918.

The Sisters Fox from The Memory Palace
On March 31, 1848 two sisters, Katherine and Margaret Fox, ages 11 and 13, claimed they heard inexplicable rapping sounds emanating from a room in their farmhouse. Soon carriages lined up outside their home as people came to witness the sisters communicate with the spirit of a murdered peddler rumored to have been killed in the home some time earlier. We hear the story of these children as they go on to enjoy success as mediums. The Fox girls' public séances attracted notable people and the religious significance of communication with the deceased soon became apparent. Their powers quickly placed them at the forefront of the Spiritualism movement of 19th century America.

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