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Jessica Cooper and Alex Suriano explore and celebrate the strange and unusual history of Detroit with a side of humor. They tell stories, share a cocktail, and have some laughs while discussing the great and sometimes ooky spooky city they love.

Detroit Strange Alex Suriano, Jessica Cooper

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Jessica Cooper and Alex Suriano explore and celebrate the strange and unusual history of Detroit with a side of humor. They tell stories, share a cocktail, and have some laughs while discussing the great and sometimes ooky spooky city they love.

    Ep. 108 - Pick Your Poison

    Ep. 108 - Pick Your Poison

    Join Jess & Alex this week as they catch up about some strange things they've learned, using torches, and a few bad puns while sipping on some Fig Rosemary Cocktails. Then Jess dives in to tell Alex about the story behind, and continued lore of the Dixboro Ghost. Who was she? How did she die? What secret did she know that sent her to her grave? Come for the story, stick around for the poor Irish accent!

    This week's sources:


    https://dixboro.com/about-us/about-ghost/
    https://www.mlive.com/annarbornews/2008/04/dixboro_ghost_part_of_local_lo.html
    findagrave.com
    Ann Arbor News, October 30, 2000 Story by Marilyn Trumper-Samra “155-year-old legend tells of a ghost who lurked in Dixboro”
    From aadl.org
    http://glakes-tales.blogspot.com/2015/04/
    mentalfloss

    And of course,

    staystrange
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    Ep. 107 - There’s Something about Lewen

    Ep. 107 - There’s Something about Lewen

    Join us this week as Alex and Jess talk a few movie recommendations and then Alex tells Jess all about the alias queen Sarah Elizabeth Lewen? What were some of her many crimes? What horrendous thing did she do that finally landed her in jail? And what career did one of the detectives from her case end up doing later? Tune in to find out!

    staystrange
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 106 - Detroit's Own Cecil Hotel

    Ep. 106 - Detroit's Own Cecil Hotel

    Join this week and Jess and Alex still can't stop thinking about pizza, chat quickly about what their watching, and sip on some Truly Punches. Then Jess tells many stories about what she's decided to call Detroit's version of the Cecil Hotel; The Savoy/Hotel La Salle/Hotel Detroiter/Carmel Hall. How did famous early radio broadcast celebrity Jerry Buckley meet his death in the lobby? What else was going on that gave July 1930 the nickname 'Bloody July' in the city? What final discovery in the 80's led to the building being closed for over decade before it was demolished? Tune it to find out all this and more!

    staystrange
    Email us your interesting Detroit stories, story suggestions, or just to say hey: detroitstrange@gmail.com
    IG & Twitter: @detroitstrange
    Patreon: @detroitstrange
    And check out our Threadless shop for merch! (detroitstrange.threadless.com)

    • 47 min
    Ep. 105 - It's Hip to Be Square

    Ep. 105 - It's Hip to Be Square

    This week Alex and Jess talk about perscription drug ads, board games, and camping whil sipping on some Spicer's (#notsponsed) wine. Then Alex dishes up a saucy story about Detroit Style Pizza. Who came up with it? How are the pizza world championships involved? And how has it recently become a food trend? All this and more on this week's episode!

    staystrange
    Email us your interesting Detroit stories, story suggestions, or just to say hey: detroitstrange@gmail.com
    IG & Twitter: @detroitstrange
    Patreon: @detroitstrange
    And check out our Threadless shop for merch! (detroitstrange.threadless.com)

    • 53 min
    Ep. 104 - The Great Big Nincompoop

    Ep. 104 - The Great Big Nincompoop

    Join us this week as Jess and Alex talk a little about trips they had, the stars, and ideas for reality shows. Then Jess dives in and tells Alex all about the man behind the road; Augustus Woodward. How was he involved in early money laundering? Why was the street named after him? And what other bafoonery turned him into the original snow bird? Tune in to find out!

    staystrange
    Email us your interesting Detroit stories, story suggestions, or just to say hey: detroitstrange@gmail.com
    IG & Twitter: @detroitstrange
    Patreon: @detroitstrange
    And check out our Threadless shop for merch! (detroitstrange.threadless.com)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 103 - That's a Big Building

    Ep. 103 - That's a Big Building

    Welcome to episode 103! This week Alex and Jess talk about the party they had for their 100th episode, complete with karaoke contest. Then Alex tells Jess about the mammoth building that is well known in the Detroit skyline, none other than The Detroit Renaissance Center! What cutting edge 70's design elements were included in it? If you've been to Atlanta or LA why does it look so familiar? And just how many bedsheets do they have to wash in the hotel? Tune in for all this and more!

    staystrange
    Email us your interesting Detroit stories, story suggestions, or just to say hey: detroitstrange@gmail.com
    IG & Twitter: @detroitstrange
    Patreon: @detroitstrange
    And check out our Threadless shop for merch! (detroitstrange.threadless.com)

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Esthertoi ,

Love Jess and Alex!

Jess and Alex do an amazing job of representing Detroit! You can tell they love Detroit and each other! Awesome podcast!

Martinime30 ,

"I myself am strange and unusual"

I love this podcast, you'll love this podcast! Jess and Alex share a different strange and unusual story of Detroit history every week. It is a great escape from the world and you can tell that Jess and Alex are best of friends. Do yourself a favor and listen.

Lisa pizzaxo ,

My favorite Detroit podcast

I love Jess’ and Alex’s storytelling and chemistry!

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