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Why do legend and lore fascinate us? Be they tales of ghosts that haunt our towns, myths of creatures that roam our forests or sightings of the unexplained in our skies, these stories have the power to both unite and enthrall people around the world. Listen with the Lights On is a deep dive into the mysterious, the occult and the unknown, and how it connects us.

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Why do legend and lore fascinate us? Be they tales of ghosts that haunt our towns, myths of creatures that roam our forests or sightings of the unexplained in our skies, these stories have the power to both unite and enthrall people around the world. Listen with the Lights On is a deep dive into the mysterious, the occult and the unknown, and how it connects us.

    The Rose Ghost

    The Rose Ghost

    Stories of ghosts and the afterlife were a popular obsession during the Victorian Era. This was particularly true for the residents of New York’s Hudson Valley. On this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we sat down with Gardiner Town Historian A.J. Shenkman, author of Wicked Ulster County, to discuss another supernatural Victorian Era legend from Ulster County.

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    • 9 min
    An Orange County Christmas

    An Orange County Christmas

    Every year, during the first weekend in December, a small Hudson Valley town carries out an old tradition. We traveled to Rhinebeck, New York, to see it unfold. The annual Sinterklaas festival is a  celebration that’s based the Dutch celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Dutch settlers brought it to the region over 300 years ago. Today it’s a colorful parade featuring costumes and puppets and paper lantern stars that draws crowds of thousands.
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    After dodging roving Grumpuses and decorating crowns and branches along the quaint streets of Rhinebeck- the branches are a modern day twist on the birch rod St Nicholas used to carry – we ran into Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk. And he was kind enough to bestow us with another seasonal tale. (more…)

    • 12 min
    Fearsome Creatures

    Fearsome Creatures

    Around the turn of the 20th century, the lumber industry spanned the continental United States, and lumber camps dotted the countryside.
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    When they weren’t harvesting timber to feed the booming post-Civil War industrialization, working lumberjacks could often be found sitting around campfires together, telling tall tales of creatures that supposedly lurk in the dark woods. (more…)

    • 9 min
    Terror Behind The Walls

    Terror Behind The Walls

    With more than one hundred thousand guests each year, the 27-year-old tradition of Terror Behind The Walls is scarier than ever. It is a fundraiser for Eastern State Penitentiary, located in the Fairmount neighborhood, in the historic city of Philadelphia, for the nation’s first penitentiary.
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    • 15 min
    Theatre Ghosts: Proctors

    Theatre Ghosts: Proctors

    Every theater has a story to tell. And not just onstage. Theater legends abound worldwide, from ghosts in the wings to phantoms of the opera. In this episode of Listen with the Lights On, we step into the historic Proctors Theater in Schenectady, New York.
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    • 20 min
    Tales From The Tavern: Live From The Olde English Pub

    Tales From The Tavern: Live From The Olde English Pub

    The Original Albany Ghost Tour founders Maeve McEneny Johnson and Paul Nooney join us at the Olde English Pub in Albany for a seasonally appropriate discussion of Albany legends and lore. We touch on the Shadow People of the Lincoln Park Gully, the ghosts of area theaters and get a surprise story from an audience member who grew up in a certain legendary local house that has been featured on a previous episode of Listen with the Lights On.
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

Koshaugh57 ,

Local lore buff

I so enjoy local stories, especially ghost stories!

9mmmedia ,

Incompetent on so many levels

This is quite literally one of the worst podcasts I have ever heard. Imagine four or five people in a room that is not built for capturing sound. One or two of them have a microphone, the others do not. The microphones that are being used sound like they were purchased in the bargain bin at KMart, bearing muffled, distorted sound that continually fluctuates in amplitude. So one person is speaking and you can barely hear them then suddenly some dude who has a microphone two inches from his lips pipes in and it’s loud as hell. Now, imagine this technical incompetence transferred to the quality of the content being produced. It amounts to a group of people sitting around a room laughing and joking about material that is so trite and off topic that at times you’re having to double check the title and description to make sure you’ve got the right podcast selected. These people are so self-unaware of the topic, it sounds like they’re a bunch of middle aged nerds having a dinner party chuckling and giggling over silly chit chat about their boring upper class lives. If you’re interested in scary, creepy or something with ambience, avoid these incompetent jokesters at all cost.

Heet86 ,

Great legend/lore podcast!

This is a cute, in a good way, podcast on New England lore and legends. I found it via a Facebook post about a vampire story being told on it and was immediately hooked! I hope they do a pub visit in the Boston area and expand their story telling to beyond NY area. More people need to hear this podcast!

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