Welcome to Story Hotline, a bi-weekly phone call between two friends on opposite sides of the world. Each week, Tina Victoria Afshar and Ella Mumby dive into a story and share it with our listeners. From far off history to stories of everyday people, there’s a bit of everything. Join our phone calls each week and follow us on Instagram @storyhotlinepodcast
Atlantis: Lost City or Exaggerated Legend?
Thousands of years ago the advanced city of Atlantis sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Or did it? Often heralded as a conspiracy theory or mystery, in this episode we’re going 10,000 leagues under the sea to work out the truth of Atlantis.
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Ask someone to name a conspiracy theory and MOST LIKELY they’ll say the Illuminati. But guess what?! It’s more fact than fiction! In this episode we dive into the surprising origins of the exclusive club that (allegedly) rules the world. Plus we dial in a special guest who has a DIRECT CONNECTION to the Illuminati’s rivals… the Free Masons. Get out your US dollar bills (you’ll see why) and get ready to have your minds blown.
Use these time stamps to jump ahead if you just can’t wait (or want to relisten to parts)
Chapter 1: The Illuminati Exists! (3min15sec)Chapter 2: The Free Masons (11min50sec)Chapter 3: The Eye of Providence (23min45sec)
Who Shot Tupac?
At the height of his career, Tupac Shakur was only 25 when he was murdered in a Vegas drive-by shooting. And, in the 25 years since his death, people have been left reeling, questioning who, what why... and if he could secretly still be alive on a beach somewhere? We're diving into it all in this episode.
Use these chapter markers if you want to jump ahead
Chapter One: Who is Tupac? (4min34secs)Chapter Two: His Death (15min22sec)Chapter Three: The Suspects (27min32sec)Chapter Four: The Conspiracy... Is He Still Alive? (53min36sec)Chapter Five: Tupac's Legacy (61min56sec)
Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama, oooo I wanna take you… well, not to the Bermuda Triangle because that’s where hundreds of people have vanished without a trace.
In this episode we’re delving headfirst into the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle… who, what, why and HOW has this 500,000 sqm space of sea cemented itself as one of the eeriest areas of our world?
Use the following timestamps if you want to jump ahead. But beware, who knows what’s in store when delving into the Triangle…
Chapter 1: The USS Cyclops, a Mystery or a Mutiny (10min20sec)
Chapter 2: The Disappearance of Flight 19 (15min16sec)
Chapter 3: A Survivor's Story (28min35sec)
Chapter 4: What's the Dealio? (39min35sec)
Seven Ancient Wonders of the World
Hop in the time machine baby, we're taking a trip to take a gander at the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. What mysteries will they all contain? Time will tell... (almost 4,000 years of time, to be exact).
In this episode we cover what the wonders actually are, why they're so special and who came up with the list. All before diving into a mystery around each and every wonder. Buckle in, there's a lot to explore! Use the time codes below to skip ahead or revisit your favourite parts.
2,584 BC: Great Pyramid of Giza (11min55secs)600 BC: Hanging Gardens of Babylon (21min07sec)550 BC: Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (26min53sec)425 BC: Statue of Zeus at Olympia (32min12sec)351 BC: Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (40min46sec)292 BC: Colossus of Rhodes (47min42sec)280 BC: Lighthouse of Alexandria (54min36sec)
The Loch Ness Monster
You've heard her name, you heard stories of her appearance... but is Nessie really real? In this episode we're diving into a tale of Jurassic proportions... it's all about the Loch Ness Monster, baby! Plus it's two mysteries for the price of one as we tackle both a questionable photograph and scientific explanation. So settle in as we take you to the Scottish highlands.
Use these time stamps to drive ahead if you just can't bear the suspense!
Mystery 1 — The Surgeon's Photograph (5min58sec)
Chapter 1: Are you seeing what I'm seeing? (9min48sec)Chapter 2: Well I'll be damned, the creature really exists (11min43sec)Chapter 3: This is some Nessie business (21min22sec)Chapter 4: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it was a hoax (27min17sec)Mystery 2 — What Science Doesn't Know (32min40sec)
Chapter 1: The scientist's discovery (35min55sec)Chapter 2: So what did they find? (38min05sec)
My dog and I's fave podcast
Ella and Tina are part of my Saturday morning routine. I make a pot of coffee, snuggle down with my dog (her name is Molly... she'd kill me if I didn't mention her) and we listen to their phone call together. I legit get sad when I'm up to date with listening to their stories, and I'm sure Molly does too because she gets less hugs that week.
My fave 7 eps (couldn't pick just 5) are:
— S1EP3 Pirate Ching Shih ~ What a woman
— S1EP8 Cathy Freeman ~ Again, what a woman!
— S1EP9 The Irish Troubles ~ Ella's Grandma is on this one... nuff said
— S1EP11 OnlyFans and Bella Thorne ~ Features an incredible guest
— S1EP13 British Gang Culture and the Peaky Blinders ~ THE ACCENT
— S2EP4 The Dyatlov Pass Incident ~ THE SUSPENSE
— S2EP5 Flat Earth Theory ~ I literally lolled in this one
My new main podcast!!
This is now the main podcast I’m listening too. Ella and Tina are fantastic hosts that discuss the most bizarre, interesting and insights topics, which I’d never thought I’d learn or research about. I can’t wait for the next episode and new seasons ahead!
Such good content!!