Listen With The Lights On

Why do legend and lore fascinate us? Be they tales of ghosts that haunt our towns, myths of creatures that roam our forests or sightings of the unexplained in our skies, these stories have the power to both unite and enthrall people around the world. Listen with the Lights On is a deep dive into the mysterious, the occult and the unknown, and how it connects us.

9:50 2018-06-03
Stories of ghosts and the afterlife were a popular obsession during the Victorian Era. This was particularly true for the residents of New York's Hudson Valley. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we sat down with Gardiner Town Historian A.J. Sh...
12:38 1970-01-01
Every year, during the first weekend in December, a small Hudson Valley town carries out an old tradition. We traveled to Rhinebeck, New York, to see it unfold. The annual Sinterklaas festival is a  celebration that's based the Dutch celebration of St. N...
9:45 1970-01-01
Around the turn of the 20th century, the lumber industry spanned the continental United States, and lumber camps dotted the countryside. When they weren't harvesting timber to feed the booming post-Civil War industrialization, working lumberjacks could...
15:11 1970-01-01
With more than one hundred thousand guests each year, the 27-year-old tradition of Terror Behind The Walls is scarier than ever. It is a fundraiser for Eastern State Penitentiary, located in the Fairmount neighborhood, in the historic city of Philadelphia...
20:32 1970-01-01
Every theater has a story to tell. And not just onstage. Theater legends abound worldwide, from ghosts in the wings to phantoms of the opera. In this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we step into the historic Proctors Theater in Schenectady, New York...
22:00:26 1970-01-01
The Original Albany Ghost Tour founders Maeve McEneny Johnson and Paul Nooney join us at the Olde English Pub in Albany for a seasonally appropriate discussion of Albany legends and lore. We touch on the Shadow People of the Lincoln Park Gully, the ghosts...
16:00 1970-01-01
Every theater has a story to tell. And not just onstage. Theater legends abound worldwide, from ghosts in the wings to phantoms of the opera. In this episode, we step into the Cohoes Music Hall. Built in 1874, it's the fourth oldest operational Music H...
15:11 1970-01-01
Hearing a good scary story can send shivers up your spine. And when it's billed as a true story, the chills can be even more intense. We talked to novelist and writing instructor Barbara Chepaitis during a previous episode of Listen with the Lights On, in...
10:13 1970-01-01
The pair of ill-fated star-crossed lovers… is a tale as old as time. One Hudson Valley legend tells such a story... that of a English explorer in the new world and a Native American woman named Manteo. Once again… Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk join...
10:13 1970-01-01
A bull. An animal known to most as a stalwart of toughness and resilience. As anyone who has tried to move a stubborn animal can tell you… it’s no easy task. Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us to discuss the Hudson Valley tale of a farmer, a b...
13:14 1970-01-01
Starting in Washington D.C. on April 21st the funeral train carrying President Abraham Lincoln’s body for his last journey around the nation left Union Station northward bound where it cut through Philadelphia, New York, Poughkeepsie, Hudson, Albany, Ut...
17:32 1970-01-01
New England Folklore blog author Peter Muise joins us for a few witchy tales from Central and Eastern Massachusetts, and to discuss the significant role that witch lore has played in New England history. You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On v...
10:31 1970-01-01
Perhaps the most recognizable of monsters in legend and lore is the witch. You probably already have an image of what a witch is in your head right? But the story behind this witch in the Hudson Valley describes one closer to a trickster, almost polterge...
14:22 1970-01-01
The seat of New York state government is marked by a series of iconic, landmark buildings that stretch from north to south Albany, atop a hill that slopes gently down to the Hudson River. From the ornate Capitol to the stately governor's mansion, it has p...
18:56 1970-01-01
Along the banks of the Hudson River, roughly halfway between New York City and Albany, lies one of the country's most famous centers of culinary learning: The Culinary Institute of America. Countless chefs have passed through its venerable Roth hall, a si...
41:36 1970-01-01
Today we bring you part 2 of Tales from the Tavern, our live event recorded at the great Olde English Pub in Albany, New York. In this episode you’ll hear us talk to live audience members about the stories from their childhood and around the region. We ...
36:17 1970-01-01
This week we bring you the first of a two-part special broadcast from our first-ever “Tales from the Tavern” live event. We hosted a two-hour panel at the Olde English Pub in Albany with special guests Maeve McEneny and Paul Nooney of the Original Alb...
7:06 1970-01-01
It's an urban legend you've probably heard before in some form. You saw it play out in a movie, or read it in a book. It's the one about the innocent couple who goes "parking" one fine summer night. They pull up to a discreet spot at the edge of a wood, a...
14:31 1970-01-01
Much like the protagonists of the short stories that run in The Strand Magazine, managing editor Andrew Gulli likes a good literary mystery — and he has built a reputation as a man who can solve them. Periodically we check in Gulli after he has unearthe...
20:04 1970-01-01
Every year on Christmas Eve, millions of children around the world go to bed with the expectation of waking up to a house full of presents on Christmas morning. The bearer of gifts? A portly, white-bearded old man in a red suit with a cheery disposition a...
9:48 1970-01-01
Why is a baker's dozen 13? There are multiple theories as to how it started. Some say it was a 13th century thing, when English King Henry the Third was annoyed by small loaves of bread. Some say the convention has more modern origins. Master Storyteller ...
11:07 1970-01-01
There are historical markers all over the world. They are typically signs, placards or statues denoting some important bit of history that occurred in a particular place. But in some places, history and lore are heavily intertwined. New York State is tryi...
15:37 1970-01-01
It hasn't been a great season for those with a fear of clowns. What with the slew of typical horrifying clown masks parading around town on Halloween, and also with a remarkable number of creepy clown sightings making headlines and circulating on social m...
10:11 1970-01-01
  According to an Associated Press Survey from 2008, 34 percent of Americans say they believe in ghosts. Other surveys, like a Gallup poll from 2005, report similar results–about one third of America thinks ghosts are real. But given the immense p...
8:41 1970-01-01
On this episode, we delve into the legend surrounding the 19th-century New England Vampire Panic. You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On via wamcpodcasts.org or via iTunes, Stitcher, or the Google Play store....
5:35 1970-01-01
Ever wonder what lives in the cavernous storage rooms of a museum? Crates of artifacts, mixed with mummified remains and taxidermy? Or is there something even spookier? We visit the "Something Scary" exhibit at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield Massachu...
7:30 1970-01-01
What lurks in the shadows in Griffintown, Montreal? You can subscribe to Listen With The Lights On via wamcpodcasts.org or via iTunes, Stitcher, or the Google Play store....
9:11 1970-01-01
In the late 1600s, a group of French protestant families—Huguenots, as they were known—settled in New York’s Hudson Valley. Looking for religious freedom—they were heavily persecuted in their French Catholic homeland—they built small stone house...
15:43 1970-01-01
While there are common threads in lore throughout the world, nearly every country and culture has its own distinct tales. In the United Kingdom for example, many stories revolve around mystical creatures in the rolling hills and mists that are characteris...
15:06 1970-01-01
Are UFOs and alien encounters the stuff of science fiction, or are we really not alone out there in the universe? On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we visit a UFO Conference in Kingston, New York, where a few dedicated individuals are devoted...
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