Forgotten History is a podcast that tells intriguing and obscure stories from central New Jersey's past. Join us for strange and surprising tales you won't hear anywhere else.
13 The Last Plague
When the Spanish Flu hit Philadelphia in 1918, it first overwhelmed the hospitals, then the morgues, then the gravediggers. The disaster was the fault of one man, public health director Wilmer Krusen, who allowed a Liberty Bond parade that spread the disease at a catastrophic rate. But was Krusen really at fault? We speak with James Higgins, a history professor at Rider University whose research challenges the commonly told story.
12 New Jersey's Bermuda Triangle
In the mid-1800s, the isolation of the Sourlands region made it a refuge for some, and was a place where black people could own land and establish their own communities. (See Episode 2) But the isolation also meant that the mountains could be lawless. Historian Jim Davidson, in his talk, "The Dark Side of the Sourlands" discusses the mayhem, murder, and disappearances that made this region "New Jersey's Bermuda Triangle."
Needham Roberts, a porter from Trenton, went to fight in WW1 and returned home decorated and victorious after a bloody hand-to-hand battle against impossible odds. But he and many other black veterans would find that America in the era of Jim Crow could be almost as hostile as the trenches of the Argonne. Algernon Ward, Jr., a re-enactor, tells the story of this brave but flawed war hero.
10 The Cloudbuster Part 2
In Part 2 of our two-part series on Wilhelm Reich, we examine the ongoing legacy of his work, a college in Princeton that carries on his research into “orgone energy,” and Diccon Hyatt interviews a man who was given Reichian therapy as a child. Please note there is potentially disturbing material in this episode.
9 The Cloudbuster Part 1
In Part 1 of a two-part series, we discuss the life of Wilhelm Reich, one of the most controversial figures of 20th century science. Reich claimed to have discovered a new form of energy called “orgone” which was responsible for everything from the human libido to the movements of the planets in the Solar System. In 1940 he visited Albert Einstein at his Princeton home to prove once and for all that orgone energy was real. Many of the details of Reich's life used in this episode came from Christopher Turner's biography Adventures in the Orgasmatron.
6 The Garden In The Machine
Far beneath the roar of Route 1 in Trenton, there is another manmade highway that lies in stillness and darkness, unused and nearly forgotten for nearly 100 years. It is a section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and in the last century it too was a great artery of commerce, dug with shovels and picks by thousands of men. Beyond this underground section, the rest of the canal is now beautiful parkland in the center of New Jersey. What started as the machine in the garden has become the garden in the machine.
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I listen to this driving to and from work. I look forward to all the new episodes. Diccon Hyatt is a creative genius and an amazing investigator of this area. Never a dull episode or moment. He’s gotten me to visit so many places I would have never known about had I not listened to this podcast.
Do a podcast on the Lawrenceville Pole Farm. Very interesting.
Very well researched and entertaining to listen to!! A must-listen for anyone from Central New Jersey or anyone looking to learn more about it.