22 episodes

Blinders Off is a podcast about St. Louis. Your hosts Matthew and Lucas explore the past, present, and weirdness of St. Louis. In a city older than the United States, there is plenty to explore. We’ve covered stories you wouldn’t typically expect in a radio show format: A lawsuit involving a building mural that has stretched into a decade long fight. Sensor microphones installed in hidden locations to track gunfire. The confusion of St. Louis city street design, and more. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Lou.

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Blinders Off is a podcast about St. Louis. Your hosts Matthew and Lucas explore the past, present, and weirdness of St. Louis. In a city older than the United States, there is plenty to explore. We’ve covered stories you wouldn’t typically expect in a radio show format: A lawsuit involving a building mural that has stretched into a decade long fight. Sensor microphones installed in hidden locations to track gunfire. The confusion of St. Louis city street design, and more. Join us as we explore the highs and lows of the Lou.

    STL Neighborhoods: Vandeventer 58 of 79

    STL Neighborhoods: Vandeventer 58 of 79

    Vandeventer is not just the name of a road.  It's a crucial neighborhood of the original northern half of the city! Maybe you’ve seen part of Vandeventer sitting in Forest Park. Matt and Lucas attempt to explain the murky history of its namesake and once again learn of an unsung St. Louis hero.
    For research and notes check out the full show notes here: bit.ly/vandeventerstl
    Have feedback? Did we miss something? Know something we don’t? Email us at: blindersoffpodcast@gmail.com of send a message on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

    Find us at blindersoff.show

    • 16 min
    Necropolis Pt. 3: The Great Fire of 1849

    Necropolis Pt. 3: The Great Fire of 1849

    The Great Fire of 1849 is something of a forgotten tragedy in St. Louis history.  Join your brave hosts and Christopher Alan Gordon of the Missouri Historical Society as they explore the cause and lasting effects of the "Appalling Calamity."
    Homegrown Guest: Josh Stevens of Reedy Press.  https://www.reedypress.com/
    For more info, read our show notes.
    Questions?  Comments? Corrections?  Reach out to us at BlindersOffPodcast@gmail.com
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    Also visit our website and read our blog at BlindersOff.show

    • 33 min
    STL Neighborhoods: Midtown 37 of 79

    STL Neighborhoods: Midtown 37 of 79

    Midtown is one of St. Louis' most well - loved neighborhoods...but how well do you know the area?  Can you tell the difference between “Historic Midtown”, “Midtown”, and “midtown”? Matt & Lucas explore current boundaries, historical neighborhood designations, Art Deco cop shops, as well as test their knowledge of landmarks.
    Check out our show notes for additional information.
    Questions? Comments?  Email us at BlindersOffPodcast@gmail.com, or reach out to us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
    Original photos by Russell Ward, Landmark Mashup illustration by Missi Adair.
    Find us at blindersoff.show

    • 16 min
    CBD: Gateway Drugs, Part 1

    CBD: Gateway Drugs, Part 1

    What is CBD?  And why is it on sale seemingly everywhere?  Is it legal? What does the future of medical marijuana mean for this new, popular business? Follow Matt & Lucas as they dig into Farm Bills, talk to CBD retailers, visit a research lab, and learn about the history and future of CBD treats (who doesn’t like Gummy Bears?)  
     
    Visit us at: www.blindersoff.show
     
    Additional show notes and research are available here: 
    http://bit.ly/blindersoffCBD
     
    Send us feedback, thoughts, and ideas for episodes:
    blindersoffpodcast@gmail.com
     
    Interview guests include:
     
    Dr. Sandra Leal
    Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Natural Sciences
    Associate Professor of Biology, at Harris-Stowe State University.
    http://go.hssu.edu/rsp_content.cfm?wid=35&pid=469
     
    Jonathan Bruntrager
    Bruntrager & Billings 
    https://law-stl.com/
     
    Dana Shaw
    8 Borders CBD
    https://www.8borders.com/
     
    Kelly Christensen
    Canvas Boutique and Dispensary
    https://cbdcanvas.com/
     
    Anne Childers, LMT
    Indigo Massage Therapy
    https://indigomassagetherapy.com/

    • 47 min
    STL Neighborhoods: Marine Villa 18 of 79

    STL Neighborhoods: Marine Villa 18 of 79

    We are launching ongoing miniseries: STL Neighborhoods. We have 79 of them in St. Louis City. How were they formed? Where are they located? How did they get their names? We have a lot of questions. Join Matthew and Lucas as they try to learn as much as they can about the city we live in neighborhood by neighborhood. 
    This first episode is about Marine Villa in the southern area of the city. Midtown (central) will be the next neighborhood, followed by Vandeventer. After these first three are completed will choose the neighborhood by a randomization app.
    For research and notes check out the full show notes here: http://bit.ly/marinevillastl
    Have feedback? Did we miss something? Know something we don’t? Email us at: blindersoffpodcast@gmail.com of send a message on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
    Find us at blindersoff.show

    • 16 min
    Introducing STL Neighborhoods

    Introducing STL Neighborhoods

    Why do we have 79 neighborhoods in St. Louis? When did they form? How did they earn their names? How do you even make a neighborhood?
    These are just some of the questions we'll explore in our new miniseries: STL Neighborhoods. 
    Each St. Louis neighborhood will get its own episode. But as we learn more we'll publish additional or supplemental episodes as well.
    The first three neighborhoods are:
    Marine Villa (South)
    Midtown (Central)
    Vandeventer (North)
    After those three episodes are done we will use a randomizer to pick the rest. Don't worry, though, we will continue our normal episodes as usual this miniseries. This miniseries is another way we can give you more material from Blinders Off.
    Join us as we explore the neighborhoods of St. Louis City!

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Former Clarinet Player ,

Insufferable

I’m giving this 5 stars due to the research and production quality. However, the one host (Matthew?) came off as as particularly sanctimonious in the two-part series about the veiled prophet. I got the impression that he was bound and determined to show how enlightened he personally was, especially in comparison to the St Louis elite. BTW, I am from Pittsburgh and I have no stake whatsoever in the Veiled Prophet brand and the very first time that I ever heard of VP was a few months ago. I almost turned off the podcast a few times because the hosts really annoyed me with their enthusiasm over demonstrating the political incorrectness of VP. They overused the word “problematic.”

Domomochi ,

Good stuff

I always like learning about my hometown and these guys find all the good, weird, surprisingly relevant stories about St Louis. Looking forward to more episodes.

greypatches ,

Fascinating and Well Written Production

I was recommended to this podcast by a friend and boy, I am glad I subscribed. The stories are St. Louis centric and delve into some very interesting aspects of the area. I have learned a lot about what makes this city tick and how it's history has shaped current problems and traditions.
The production itself is top quality and well edited. This is a real gem!

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