Rituals of Fear

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Photo illustration by Mark Riechers. Original images by David Clifford/Adam Muise/Bruno van der Kraan/Isabel Galvez/
Mads Schmidt Rasmussen/Chander Mohan(CC-BY)

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Original Air Date: 
October 26, 2019

Be still. Prepare the altar. Gather around in a circle. Light the fire. And join us for rituals that will put fear in your heart. Because what if experiencing your fears — the dread, the horror of it all — is good for you?

A poison garden
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Amy Stewart is a serious gardener with a side gig – writing about all the plants that could kill you.

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06:38
Poison tea
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Kathryn Harkup is a chemist with an expertise in poison. She’s made a close study of a famous poisoner that employed everything from arsenic to cyanide to knock off close to 300 (fictional) victims: Agatha Christie, the mystery writer.

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12:05
texting people in the dark
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Could being digitized be a way for all of us to become immortal? Maybe, but not in a way we would particularly enjoy, as this story from listener Mark Pantoja illustrates.

Length: 
6:06
Horror
Dangerous Ideas

Writer Gemma Files' Dangerous Idea? There are upsides to embracing horror — spending time playing out negative scenarios in fiction can lead to a more positive life.

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3:11
haunted grocery store
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Dan Chaon’s collection of short stories, "Stay Awake," is horror. But horror in a way that many of us can relate to. It’s stories of people who are alive but feel like ghosts.

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11:24
haunted burger
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Listener Jonathan Blyth sent us a ghost story that might make you think twice about what — or whom — is on your plate.

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2:29
satan
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Former Church of Satan High Priestess Blanche Barton says that worshipping the devil is "ridiculous." She calls Satanic worship less an act of evil, and more an act of subversion and questioning norms.

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06:66
demon lake
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Listener Sophia Derbes sent us this ghost story about a boy, a girl and the divide between them.

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2:40
president ghost
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A ghost story for the election season from listener Eric Van Vleet.

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3:34
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October 25, 2019