50+ hours of weird stories and counting... new addition every week.
August 13, 2018
Liz tells Devon about the sudden rise and sudden fall of Oregon's second largest city, Vanport.
CW: Soooo much racism is discussed. Also, a flood.
August 6, 2018
Devon tells Liz about a strange and special thing in Olympic National Forest: One Square Inch of Silence.
Secondary topics: Border crossings; sounds that activate our almonds; a secret restaurant hack to share; impressions.
July 30, 2018
Liz introduces Devon to Sir St. George Gore, the guy who defined overkill for Montana. Many animals die in the story of this episode!
Secondary topics: Dundreary whiskers; Jim Bridger; Hugh Glass; how the Sasquatch survived.
July 23, 2018
Liz tells Devon another British Columbian story, somewhere between a mysterious disappearance and a UFO tale.
CW: The subject may have taken his own life? But maybe not? Maybe had mental issues but also maybe just did a lot of acid?
Secondary topics: Introducing Cubby; this map is my diary; aggress-isodes; dynamite; Disappointment Earth; perfumes!
July 9, 2018
Devon introduces Liz to the amazing legacies of Bruce and Brandon Lee, and the curse that is associated with their untimely deaths.
CW: Murder, accidental death. Some discussion of anti-Asian prejudices in Hollywood and general Orientalism issues. Roman Polanski comes up briefly.
Secondary topics: A new Ouija Broads plotline; Anna May Wong; who ruined calzones?; two things aren't a trend; Devon's posthumous restaurant; a return to the Pine Box.
July 2, 2018
Liz tells Devon about a Spokane game that's gone Hollywood!
Secondary topics: The Shape of Water; European drivers; airplane tag; the green head; Liz's trauma with her pre-calc teacher; a bearskin prank; a return to Doug Jones.
June 17, 2018
Topics covered include Dave's Killer Bread, Tillamook, hazelnuts, marionberries, Burgerville, Voodoo Doughnuts, breweries, the humongous fungus, lithium water, the biggest chocolate waterfall in the world, ice cream rolls, eating pigeons and bugs, Taco Time, crustos, and strip club wars.
Secondary topics: Gremlins; Rajneeshi; where all the two-dollar bills in the country have gone.
June 11, 2018
Devon tells Liz stories of a million acres of wilderness in Montana!
CW: Brief mention of suicide, discussion of dental malpractice.
Secondary topics: The "real" Wild West; mule terminology; unexpected animals; Homeward Bound IRL.
June 4, 2018
Liz discusses the amazing tales of the ghosts of the Empress Hotel.
CW: Murder, suicide.
Secondary topics: Lord Lucan; we revisit the pepperoni situation; a Judy Garland tale; John Reed, the Davenport legend.
May 21, 2018
Liz tells Devon the true-life tale of some notable early pioneer women in Seattle.
Secondary topics: A rude census; Mother Damnable; Soup Destroyer; Here Come the Brides!
May 14, 2018
Devon draws back the curtain on the great conspiracy of Idaho.
CW: Discusison of Holocaust denialism and other conspiracies.
Secondary topics: The Bielefeld Conspiracy; the internet was a mistake; chemtrails suck, chemtrails kill; that fluoride stare; the Idaho cougar with forehead teeth; honeymoon disasters.
May 7, 2018
Liz tells Devon about Oregon's original flower child, hometown prodigy, possible hoax, and alleged French princess, the enigmatic Opal Whiteley.
CW: Psych hospitalization, brief mention of child abuse.
Secondary topics: Movies of the early era; activated almonds; our self-conscious diaries; orphan concerns and things we didn't need to know; we name some dogs.
April 30, 2018
This episode is ALL secondary topics! It's a pick-and-mix of interesting bits that are too small for a whole episode. Topics include state mottos, state birds, the Melrose Creep, Steller's Sea Ape, Stonehenge replicas across America, Gingko National Petrified Forest, and drunk bears. Plus, a listener story!
April 23, 2018
Liz tells Devon about two campus hauntings in Eastern Washington.
CW: Where there's a ghost story, there's a suicide.
Secondary topics: An unfortunate seagull/pepperoni interaction; Exorcisms 101; banishing things in the basement; the legend of the Prince Albert Tobacco Can.
April 16, 2018
Devon details the questionable doings of the father of Spokane, James Glover, and the paranormal reputation of the Glover Mansion.
CW: Infertility, involuntary psych hospitalization, murder, child death.
Secondary topic: A contextual consensual type situation; a dead president debacle; GhostbusterGals.com; the cellar; Devon tricks Liz into singing; things that made hormonal Liz cry.
April 9, 2018
Liz and Devon discuss incidents when humans and sasquatch crossed paths to less than salubrious effect. The Ape Canyon attack at Mt. St. Helens' is discussed, as well as other close encounters.
Secondary topics: Puritan Bailey; five little Yosemite Sams in a box; the Legolas-Gimli film; calculating years; lies; Bigfoot taxes; the Broads imagine their life among the sasquatches.
April 2, 2018
Devon surprises Liz with a little-known story of a Pacific Northwestern sideshow performer with a strange talent.
CW: Brief mention of suicide.
Secondary topics: Inside a turtle's mouth; the Spokane connection; the Looff carousel; shopping for carousel horses; Charles Looff's mustache; the Berenstain bears; EGG; close call of a close call.
March 26, 2018
Topics covered include the caviar of mushrooms, Louis Daven-dort's salad, geoducks, fries with tartar, Seattle teriyaki, makgeolli, signature food brands of Washington, the Mystery Soda Machine, huckleberries,
Secondary topics: Nausea; the Hole-In-The-Wall; hipster donut shops that ruin a good thing; a baby Broad cameo.
March 18, 2018
Devon teaches Liz the important life lessons imparted by the Bandage Man of Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Secondary topics: Any John Travolta character; Slenderman; black-eyed children; The Game; the Broads attempt to puzzle out the difference between ghosts, cryptids, and urban legends; Madame LaLaurie and Colin Dickey's Ghostland; the Contraception Fairy that we didn't know we needed; Liz's non-encounter with an escaped murderer.
March 12, 2018
Nobody starves in this episode! Liz and Devon explore the unique (and strange) foodways of Washington State. Topics covered include indigenous cuisine and where to find it, Starbucks, Cougar Gold cheese, Washington wine, the Walla Walla sweet onion, Rainier cherries, the Seattle roll; the Crab Louie salad.
Secondary topics: Liz and Devon design their bikini barista looks; the elusive Cosmic Crisp; national security cheese threats; Japanese retirement mushrooms; winery wedding; Liz has a hatchet now.
March 5, 2018
We were trying to do an episode about Northwestern food and then this other episode busted in on us like a grizzly bear. And we were trying to get away from starving but ended up talking about starving again! The stories of Christopher McCandless, Carl McCunn, and Timothy Treadwell are discussed/dragged.
CW: Death by Alaska, starvation.
February 26, 2018
Devon takes a little trip south to Locke, California - a Chinese settlement in the American West.
Secondary topics: Some cannabalism with your Bloomsday Run; explain Leavenworth to the peoples; us full-time Moravians; a little accidental Jeff Goldblum impression; dissing Deadwood; a call to action for listeners.
February 19, 2018
Liz narrates the second half of the Starvation Heights tale, including the resistance of the Williamson sisters, Hazzard's trial, her exile, her return, and the psychic residue at her property.
CW: Starving skinny people, enemas, medical abuse, death! And discussion of weird beliefs around food and eating disorders.
Secondary topics: Orthorexia; breatharianism; multi-level marketing.
February 12, 2018
Liz terrorizes Devon with the tale of Linda Hazzard, the "starvationist" who ran a ghoulish sanitarium just outside Olalla, Washington. Content warning: Scary controlling lady, medical abuse, lots of death, enemas, calorie restriction, gynecology stuff. Also a siren pops into the background of Devon's audio at one point, super sorry.
Secondary topics: The emperor of maladies; a new sideshow act is invented; sounds like a brewery, smells like a bakery.
January 29, 2018
What do you get when you ban pinball in a town that loves gambling and has a robust organized crime community? Why, the Portland Pinball Wars, of course. Along the way we will make stops at one of the nation's first female mayors, Chinatown's lottery, a burlesque battle, mob-era Vegas, and young Bobby Kennedy.
Secondary topics: A storm in Portland; cornflakes; our crime names; a belated Harold Balazs hot tip.
January 22, 2018
Devon gives her Bachelors of Fine Arts a real workout in this episode that talks about public art in Washington (mainly Spokane) and Harold Balazs.
Secondary topics: How Liz furnished her first apartment; Mitsubishi Electric Koalas; like a bag of sand; Cthulu, Chihuly, let's call the whole thing off.
January 15, 2018
Liz tells Devon about the influential Spokane millionaire who vanished into thin air. Plus, an update on Sarah "Hecla" Smith!
Secondary topics: Names that should come back; what Pretty Woman was about; psychics and ransoms; plans for 2018.
January 8, 2018
Devon lays out the concept of leylines to an extremely skeptical Liz, and they discuss notable sites associated with leylines in the Northwest - including Prosser's Gravity Hill, the Oregon Vortex, and Spokane itself.
Secondary topics: Educate yourself!; we miss Miss Cleo; the fuck is orgone; the legend of the Chrysist Gem; blue and black or white and gold.
January 1, 2018
Liz tells Devon about a contemporary Rocky Mountain treasure hunt, and then the second half of the episode is a really earnest discussion about Kennewick Man/The Ancient One and NAGPRA
Secondary topics: A floating foot update; grab all the bananas; a ghost story from the Burke.
December 18, 2017
Liz inducts Devon into the mysteries of Polybius, an (urban) legendary Portland arcade game.
CW: A medium-length discussion about 90s-era playground HIV/AIDS mythology.
Secondary topics: Brains aren't good at maybes; my uncle who works at Nintendo; men in black; how urban legends work the way they do.
December 11, 2017
Devon introduces Liz to one of the Northwest's weirdest, most unfortunate sports.
Secondary topics: The Other Washington; hunt it up, Sin!; calamari dreams; Broads fail at accents; reverse octopus wrestling; shark digression; the Tacoma Narrows Bridge; prescriptive vs. descriptive language discussion.
December 4, 2017
Liz and Devon explore the strange world and the stranger legends of the Alaskan Glacier Ice Worm. Audio fuckery happened, so that's why Devon doesn't say much in the second half.
Secondary topics: Sleepover madness; a sprinkle rave; the best festival; a fascinating listener story.
November 27, 2017
Thunderbirds get their day in the sun in this episode! Devon tells Liz about the California condor, the Washington's eagle, and other bigass birds that may have inspired the thunderbird.
Secondary topics: Giant snakes, gettin' et; puppets; eagle roommate; the Broads yes-and themselves into a strange, strange corner; next week's topic.
November 20, 2017
Liz introduces Devon to Stagecoach Mary Fields, a woman who should be on our money.
Secondary topics: The worst bidet; cigars; punchin' punchcard; casting the adaptation; Mary's later years among the sasquatch.
November 13, 2017
Liz and Devon travel the trail - both the story of the actual Oregon Trail and the landmark video game it inspired.
CW: Menstruation, body fluids, everything you could die of on the Oregon Trail.
Secondary topics: Palm trees and whale sharks; nomenclature; scurvy; Devon objects to the presence of caulk on the trail; the Oregon Trail generation; land-office business; sunbonnets and Lestat; Dungeons and Dragons.
November 6, 2017
This one is kinda dark! Devon explains the origins and alleged effects of the curse that Jimmy Marks placed on the city of Spokane.
- The curse was a reaction to some shitty behavior toward the Spokane Romani community, which we discuss.
- We also briefly reference the word "gypsy" at the beginning to explain why we aren't using it in the rest of the episode (except when mentioning the title of a documentary about Jimmy).
- Jimmy also alleged that the sexual assault of a disabled woman was the result of a curse, and we mention it briefly.
- We also briefly allude to Colonel Wright's horse slaughter.
Secondary topics: Fruit of the poisonous tree; just a different kind of rock; how we'd react to curses; hex trends; internet arguments.
October 30, 2017
Liz tells Devon about one of the stranger structures in Washington.
CW: We talk a bit about kids dying, but not in a glib way.
Secondary topics: Dead people houses; Mr. Bean ghosts; the obligations of rich people; grave design; a word from Worst Foot Forward.
October 23, 2017
Devon and Liz read listener stories about St. Ignatius Hospital, Lincoln Park and the Hahn Mansion, strange celestial encounters, and introduce their Patreon.
Secondary topics: Beginner's luck; the Broads try ghost apps; old jingles; Devon's nemesis visits.
October 16, 2017
Giddyup, pardner, and listen to Devon's cowboy tales from the ghost town full of ghosts: Bannock, Montana!
Secondary topics: Elementary-school/post-apocalyptic survival skills; town full of weird perverts; Wild West naming statistics; a digression to Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane; Liz's financial plans; Devon loves Richard Dreyfuss; the cowboy fantasy.
October 9, 2017
Liz explains that we're all actually living somewhere very different than we think we are, by way of three episodes in the life of Gerald Wayne Barnes.
Secondary topics: ASMR, tinglies, and elementary-school witchcraft; quite the afternoon; the free state of Socorro; Bailey's allowance; baby Broad ambitions.
October 2, 2017
Devon tells the story of the Manresa Castle in Port Townsend.
CW: Suicide = ghosties.
Secondary topics: Dungeons; an Ireland digression; Bishop Castle; Liz processes some Shelf Road-related trauma; a hotel for ghosts; Devon's review of Ghost Adventures; women love being ghosts; ghost Olympics; full-time Victorian lady.
September 25, 2017
After a rocky start, Liz tells Devon a selection of train ghost/ghost train tales from the Northwest and a special guest appearance by Colorado! (It's another one where we flip the big lever that says Suspension of Disbelief, but we've had a lot of verifiable history lately, so let's get spooooky.) Sorry about the bit of rustling at the end.
Secondary Topics: Feelings about trains; the Carolina Classic Can Opener; Devon has a train rant; feelings about gas stoves*, hidden talents of Broads;
*Please note that after we finished recording this, Devon discovered that she had left the gas stove on and the flame had burned out and so her apartment was slowly filling with gas through this entire episode. She lived.
September 18, 2017
Devon spins the eerie tale of the ghost that haunts the Heceta Head Lighthouse.
CW: Suicide, which seems to generate a lot of ghosts.
Secondary Topics: Devon's trip to the International Cryptozoology Conference and museum; Liz is easy to startle; why ghosts are grey and why Liz won't be; kid-Broad logic vs. reality; bathroom vampires; sea lion caves; power the world with ghosts.
September 11, 2017
Liz puts on her Portlandian hat and tells Devon the tales of Portland's crimping years and its "Shanghai tunnels." If you don't want to hear all about Reed College culture and urban legends, skip to about twelve minutes in.
CW: Shanghaiing is an old-timey name for human trafficking, let's be real.
Secondary topics: Reed legends; marriage advice; recruitment/roundup techniques; Devon tells a family story; tattoo disclosures; impulse control problems.
September 4, 2017
Devon shares the weird realities and weirder legends of the Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve, and the chateau built beside them.
Secondary topics: Ghosts and sharks; when Devon's brother came to visit; dog breed re-naming; everyone at the beach looks like a wilding and humans are basically goldfish; overalls in the 90s; what can become a ghost?
August 28, 2017
Liz tells another WWII story. Weird can be sweet sometimes.
Secondary topics: A list of things you might find on a hike in the Oregon wilderness; Devon goes off on the TSA; we commit to dunking on bagpipe players.
August 21, 2017
Devon tells Liz a recent, intriguing story about a very unusual rain that brought mysterious jelly to a town in Washington.
Secondary topics: A snail discussion; birthday tension unveiled; Devon's Stuff Found On The Ground Corner, a recurring segment; Liz adds the Washington State Department of Health to her burn book; the Cameron Village sewer blob; the Whalesplosion.
August 14, 2017
Liz tells the story of the only WW2 combat casualties on the U.S. mainland. We went in thinking this would be two stories, but it turns out to be one because Liz's voice goes out!
CW: Nazis, death, mention of Japanese internment, mention of Unit 731.
Secondary topics: She called him "Tex"; hidden and not-so-hidden swastikas; a public health/etymology sidebar; what Japanese sand is composed of; balloons vs. bats; Liz forgets the past tense of "blow up" but it goes mostly unremarked; Liz notices that Devon has been abusing her chat box privileges.
August 7, 2017
Devon tells the tales of the Blue Lake Rhino Cave and the 13 Steps to Hell.
Secondary topics: Terminology; double date, no murder; shout out to Coulee City; third eye adventures; the astonishing Spider-Man; ugly barnacles
We were trying out a new technology when taping this, it'll keep coming along. Bear with us!
July 31, 2017
Sorry this is late, blame the ghosties!
Liz tells the unlucky-in-love origins of the mansion and Devon shares her personal Hahn ghost experience.
July 24, 2017
In their first tag-team episode, Devon and Liz explore the legends, history, ghosts, and romantic misadventures of Spokane's Hahn Mansion. It gets... extra weird. And long.
CW: We say "abortion" about 35 times. Also suicide (possibly) and murder (definitely).
Secondary topics: Podcast juice; brain-twins; elementary school urban legends; an extensive hair digression.
We didn't realize we'd talk so long, so it just fades out at the end... part two next week!
July 17, 2017
Devon shares two lupine tails: the shunka warakin and the swimming wolves of British Columbia.
Secondary topics: Sea turtle digression; naming taxidermy; the Broads google various canids; Liz designates an anger target; a bat adventure; Liz is skeptical; triathlon memories; a sudden brainstorm about the previous episode.
July 10, 2017
Liz covers two different things that tend to wash up along the coast from Oregon up to British Columbia - beeswax and feet.
Secondary Topics: A review of things we are afraid of when swimming; Liz advances a controversial squirrel opinion; dammit, Jim; a request for statistics; the Ouija Broads curse returns; a shoe digression.
July 3, 2017
The tale of the time that Idaho's Lieutenant Governor was abducted, and a separate time when Vancouver's Mayor went missing.
The Lieutenant Governor does whatever he wants, jeez; bootlegging memories; alternatives to a life of crime when you have an unfortunate name; the baby bandit; bringing down the mood one broad at a time; was the missing Mayor simply a proto-Portlandian?
June 26, 2017
Devon tells Liz the story of a ghost town and a haunted courthouse.
Secondary topics: Body rental; casa del choo-choos; tombstone jokes; thighs in love; designing a cocktail; our legal strategy; Ouija Broads ringtones and app ideas; Devon's family heirloom helps the Broads really earn that Explicit tag on iTunes.
June 19, 2017
Liz lays out the puzzle pieces of what may be the second half of Raleigh's life. We're missing some corners and we lost the puzzle box with the picture on it, but we do our best.
CW: Mentions of suicide, murder, and sexual assault.
Secondary topics: The murder mystery the broads never made; the limits of Liz's hunting knowledge are laid bare; another serial killer story sneaks into the show; yet ANOTHER serial killer story sneaks into the show; it gets Disney for a hot minute.
June 12, 2017
Liz and Devon exchange the short stories of the Rathdrum Witches and Anasta's Racetrack, then move on to listener stories, personal unexplained and/or spooky-ooky experiences, and infrequently-asked questions.
June 5, 2017
In the conclusion of our D. B. Cooper episodes (unless some fresh new evidence emerges!), Devon outlines what we know about the case, what we assume about the case, and the cases for and against three plausible suspects.
Secondary topics: Never watch a mystery with Liz; the Federal Bureau of Stuff We Just Really Wanna Know; club moss in druggums; a new, genie-based theory; cases in which you get what you pay for; Looney Tunes hijacking; Devon and Liz cross wires on their eighties references.
May 29, 2017
Liz and Devon take another stab at Raleigh Faulkner, who lived a life full of adventure, crime, and slipperiness all over the West Coast.
CW: There's discussion of domestic violence in this one. We don't get super graphic and gory, but the topic of this episode was not a good guy to have in your family.
Secondary topics: The worst/best Russell Crowe impression; a brief glimpse into what a Southern Ouija Broads would be; peaching; the first Pacific Wizard of Bootlegging; a pronunciliation digression; other famous McNeil residents.
May 22, 2017
The Northwest gave us one of the best mysteries of the 20th century... the polite parachuting hijacker who's (erroneously) known as D. B. Cooper. In the first part of this two-parter episode, Devon outlines the facts of the case, the FBI's approach in the early days of the hunt, and the few clues Cooper left behind.
Secondary topics: A name fake-out; no smoking on planes please; a parachute fake-out; just a general intermittent clean-up search; no sack lunch, no windbreaker; like a seagull with a french fry.
May 15, 2017
Liz goes back to the spooky Spokane well and tells the tales of five ghosts that haunt the Davenport Hotel.
CW: Brief mention of suicide in this one.
Strange knock-knock jokes; you can't do a Spokane episode without a Kirtland Cutter cameo; waffle foundries and tamale emporiums; a bruttle kerfuffle; Victorian interior design; a little bit on the Campbell House.
Show notes: You can get your own copy of Spooky Spokane at area Spokane bookstores. We wouldn't be able to do great topics like this without all of Chet Caskey's hard research and story collecting! If you aren't in the area and want a copy, let us know and we may be able to swing something for you. Or you can come for a visit and go on one of his ghost tours here: http://www.ietours.net/Trip_Descriptions.html
May 8, 2017
Devon introduces Liz to our hometown hero, the friendly Cadborosaurus.
Puns return; cider recommendations; the only game in town; multiple fish are put on notice; the Spokane aquarium and zoo; the six-foot-long sub sandwich; it's always a basking shark; Liz invents a reverse cryptid; we can't go one episode without talking about candy; Phyllis, our boots on the ground.
May 1, 2017
First we recorded the beaver story, then we recorded the octopus story because the other was too short. So you get two, two, two amazing tales of Pacific Northwest critters! I put a little music in the middle, don't turn it off too early.
Winning hearts and minds; why it's the Lilac City; Geronimo the polygamist beaver; how to get extra credit in Liz's class; an octopus story from Devon; fictional schools; Icelandic horse information; alien abductions as aquarium stocking technique.
April 24, 2017
Devon reveals the histories and ghost stories of two mortuaries that live on today as Seattle pubs.
Secondary topics: Bison bones and pine straw; Southern lawncare adventures; baby Parseltongues; social media never sleeps; eating beers; the logistics of choosing where you're going to haunt.
Technical notes: We're pretty sure we've found a fix to clear the pop rocks out of the mic cord for next recording, but thanks for bearing with us on this and the next one (which were recorded the same day). Just play it outta your phone speakers instead of over headphones and you won't notice.
April 17, 2017
Devon tells a squeamish Liz all about the giant Palouse earthworm, a former cryptid that's now the first real animal to be profiled on the show.
Secondary topics: War-cries and audition nerves; the Broads find their new tagline; time-traveling-ass worms; other giant worms; but is it fast?; Australian puns; cryptid hypotheticals; outside our damn wheelhouse; elegy to the Carolina Parakeet.
April 10, 2017
Liz weaves together various stories that have a shared location and a shared essential incompetence: it's the secrets of Manito Park!
Secondary topics: Teasers and checking in with Corbin Corbin and Sasquatch; history boyfriends; grab a friend, that's your second; koi square footage; punching walls; more teasers.
But where are episodes 1-8?
We didn't know what we were doing and they sounded like Bigfoot poop. If you need to hear them, they are available for Patrons here. Episode 1 was about Spokane's Corbin Mansion. Episodes 2-3 were one long discussion about Sasquatch, Batsquatch, Mt. St. Helens, and Thunderbirds. Episode 4 was about the haunted intersection in Spokane, 5 was about the Thousand Steps in Greenwood Cemetery, and 6 was about the Princess of Pike Place Market. Episode 7 asked whether Washington was the serial killer state, and Episode 8 was about Washington's Gravity Hill.