29 episodes

The truth is often hard to find. This can be especially true when talking about ghost stories. Ghostly Podcast takes a deeper look into these stories in a bi-weekly podcast. Each episode, we tell a ghost story – one that some believe is true. Then, we will debate the facts of that story. From the most popular ones - to ones that are more obscure, each story will be explored from/using whatever evidence can be found.

Expect arguments, jokes, and, sometimes, maybe, an agreement.

Ghostly Patrick Harrington & Rebecca Rivers

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    • 4.6, 43 Ratings

The truth is often hard to find. This can be especially true when talking about ghost stories. Ghostly Podcast takes a deeper look into these stories in a bi-weekly podcast. Each episode, we tell a ghost story – one that some believe is true. Then, we will debate the facts of that story. From the most popular ones - to ones that are more obscure, each story will be explored from/using whatever evidence can be found.

Expect arguments, jokes, and, sometimes, maybe, an agreement.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Chantraine1975 ,

Excellent and fascinating paranormal podcast

This is a must-listen podcast. It’s top-notch! The hosts are very knowledgeable and their voices are so soothing that you could probably sleep to their podcast, except the topics are so chilling! I listen on a podcast app. I’d like to name the app but I don’t think that’s allowed. But anyway, give them a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

Ms. Bedelia ,

Spooky Chicago Stories, Yes Please!

I love ghost stories but don’t believe in ghosts. But I love the stories that people really believe or are rooted in reality more than those that are made-up for entertainment. While I feel this podcast does have a believer bent (despite Patrick’s best efforts), it’s still comfortable for me as a skeptic, and is a delightful and creepy listen. As a born-and-raised Chicagoan stuck on the West Coast, I especially love that it takes me back to a lot of Chicago and Midwestern history (and spooky stories related to them), which I didn’t expect when I started listening.

Patrick could occasionally be a bit more articulate or in-depth in his skepticism, and/or a bit more aware of the social elements- like community trauma- that contribute to ghost stories/ghost sitings rather than trying to invent or rely on “pure science” even when he doesn’t have a good scientific explanation. But I’m picking on poor Patrick because I feel us skeptics need to be convincing in our skepticism. He’s great, as is his partner host and their regular guests. He really does a great job of giving context and bringing nuance.

Levianity ,

Love the subject matter; hate the format.

Alright. So Podcoin recommended Ghostly to me based on my other podcasts and you know what? I really do enjoy the subject matter. But the format leaves a lot to be desired.

Pat and Rebecca are both knowledgeable hosts and they often have their friend Mondo guest on specific subjects too! Pat is the historian and Rebecca is the paranormal expert and together they cover all angles of specific events. Then, they have the audience vote: Team Believer (do you believe that the paranormal stuff is true?) or Team Skeptic (do you believe the paranormal stuff is untrue?). That's all well and good... Except for the format of the show. I have a HUGE problem with the format of how they discuss the events being covered. This is the agenda for each episode:

Pat presents the confirmed historical facts of the subject
Rebecca presents the paranormal reports of the subject. And as she makes each point, Pat debates the point and pokes holes in it and generally frowns upon the paranormal.
Rebecca presents her closing argument (1 min)
Pat presents his closing argument (1 min)

By the VERY NATURE of the format, Pat is encouraged to talk over Rebecca and shoot down her points and dissuade the audience from believing. And his rebuttles are almost always the same! If it's a place open to the public with tours, he claims that someone made up the ghost stories in order to bring tourists in. If it's not, then why didn't the people experiencing the paranormal happenstance record it? Why didn't they chase the ghost or confront it? If they didn't, then it was OBVIOUSLY fake. And he keeps saying that he "wants to believe" but he doesn't even make an effort to meet Rebecca part of the way. And don't get me started on how much it annoys me that of a man-woman duo, the man is the one who is talking SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME.

I have listened to every episode over the past few weeks in hopes that the format might change or that Pat might stop interrupting Rebecca or that he might at the very least vary his rebuttles. But no. I am sorry to say that is not the case.

I really hope they address this issue and change their format. At the very least, I hope Pat lets Rebecca say more that two sentences in a row without jumping in to speak his piece.

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