Welcome to Hobsession - where we get horribly obsessed, highly obsessed, hilariously obsessed with things that other people might find odd. Nothing is too obscure too creepy or too weird for us to research obsessively. We are Heidi and Rebecca, join us in our Hobsessions!
A Light Supper With The Breatharians
Is it possible to live without food or water? A group of New Age extremists called the Breatharians claim that the human body can survive for years on nothing but air and sunlight. Heidi and Becki shed some (tasty) light on these claims and explore whether or not the Breatharians are full of hot air. There’s also an Australian cult leader, 60 Minutes and 90’s nostalgia for good measure! Tuck in!
The Basement Music of The Shaggs
Helen, Betty and Dot Wiggin had no interest in being pop stars. Their dad, however, shaped his life around his mother’s psychic predictions, and she had said that the girls would grow up to be rich and famous musicians. So he pulled them out of school and insisted that they form a band - The Shaggs. Isolated from the world outside their family and forced to compose on instruments they could barely play, the Wiggin girls lived a life that was as strange as their music. Named the ‘Godmothers of Outsider Music’, The Shaggs found their true audience decades later in the most unexpected places.
Are You Bridget Cleary?
Bridget Cleary wasn’t like the other girls in her rural town in Tipperary, Ireland. It was the late 19th century, and Bridget was in many ways a modern woman - ambitious, independent and secure in her own identity. When she fell ill, her husband Michael declared that his wife had been stolen by the fairies and a changeling imposter had been left in her place. The superstitions, resentments and jealousies of Bridget’s community enabled Michael to murder his wife in a way that is still talked about over a century later. Warning: This episode contains details of domestic violence and coercive control.
The Obsessions of Hans Christian Andersen
It was 1857 and the last thing Charles Dickens and his family (who were in a state of upheaval) needed was a houseguest. They especially didn’t need a neurotic, self-absorbed and tactless houseguest like the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, who decided to stay for an excruciating five weeks. Andersen was suffocatingly obsessive about the people in his life, a trait that he’d had since his troubled childhood and bleak adolescence. Heidi and Becki look at the loves and friendships that caused both inspiration and heartbreak for the eccentric storyteller and the twisted fairytale that was his life.
The Haunting of Humpty Doo House
It was the late 90’s in the small Northern Territory town of Humpty Doo, a place of sweltering heat, humid storms, crocodiles and hardworking people. The house at 90 McMinns Road and it’s inhabitants were dealing with something unexpected and terrifying - an energy so destructive that it could be nothing other than a poltergeist. Flying knives and cascading rocks, however, were almost nothing compared to the unwanted fame and unscrupulous media outlets that were a greater disturbance than a ghost could ever be.
The Eternal Supermodel: Lizzie Siddal and the Feminine Muse
Lizzie Siddal was a young working class woman in Victorian London who longed for more. Desperate to be accepted as a poet and a painter, Lizzie found her way into the art scene by becoming the main muse of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. She may be most recognisable face of the art movement, but her own talents were submerged (much like Ophelia) by the demands of the famous men around her. Heidi and Becki muse on the idea of the muse - must they always be female? How have they changed through history? Will anyone make them a sandwich?
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