Monsters (Teratophobia)

Monsters aren’t even real. Why are we so scared of them? And what should we be scared of instead? We ask some kids.

72. The Devil Comes to Connecticut

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDid the devil visit Windham, Connecticut in 1754? The devil probably didn’t visit Windham (how would we know?) but residents were convinced he had one dry night in June. During the night, sleepers woke to a sound they’d never heard before. It seemed to […]

71. The First Hydrogen Balloon

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHow was the first hydrogen balloon made? Today, it seems trivial to fill a latex balloon with a lighter-than air gas such as hydrogen (though we typically use non-explosive helium). But someone needed to be the first one to think that idea, and person […]

Curious Story: Living With Monsters

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSLiving With Monsters Frankenstein. The Wolfman. Dracula. The Mummy. These were the monsters of my early childhood. When I imagined things lurking in the dark, these were the personifications of my fear. I discussed monsters with my parents, who of course told me that […]