33 episodes

Telling Simple is a barebones storytelling podcast. This podcast contains North American tales that somebody at some time said were true, or at least they wanted us to believe they were true. These stories are stripped down to their barebones, retold in a storytelling style, and seasoned with a little wit and humor. Plus, you may find the truth stretched a bit. It takes a lot of digging to find a story from the past that is worth retelling. And I hope you find these stories worth a listen. Hope you enjoy.

Storytelling: Telling Simple (bare-bones style‪)‬ Eric Hurtt

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Telling Simple is a barebones storytelling podcast. This podcast contains North American tales that somebody at some time said were true, or at least they wanted us to believe they were true. These stories are stripped down to their barebones, retold in a storytelling style, and seasoned with a little wit and humor. Plus, you may find the truth stretched a bit. It takes a lot of digging to find a story from the past that is worth retelling. And I hope you find these stories worth a listen. Hope you enjoy.

    Storytelling #34: Secret Stinking Smoke (San Diego) Share Episode Stats Edit Episode DURATION

    Storytelling #34: Secret Stinking Smoke (San Diego) Share Episode Stats Edit Episode DURATION

    Trees begged to be peed on.  Jack rabbits carried bottles of water around their necks.  And fish knocked on people's door, asking for a cup of water.  The land was thirsty dry.  And the only thing that could help them was a man with his stinking smoke.  But with help, came harm.  Turned out, there was a really big problem with the man's secret, and that problem was. . .

    This story took place in San Diego, California.


    Produced by:  Squeaky Metal Stool Productions
    Narrator:  Eric Hurtt
    Production Voice:  Special thanks to Julia H.
                                             
    Songs played during story:
    Early Avril - Unicorn Heads
    Floating Home - Brian Bolger

    Theme song:  The Plan's Working by Cooper Cannell

    • 12 min
    #33 BoardingHouse Serial Killer (Sacramento), Granny's Homemade Meals

    #33 BoardingHouse Serial Killer (Sacramento), Granny's Homemade Meals

    How many people can a Boarding House hold?  Of course one could stay in the rooms that were above ground.  However one could find themselves in the holes dug in the ground.   When the police searched the home, there was only one clue that led them to find the truth.

    This haunting story took place in downtown Sacramento, back in the 1980's. 


    Produced by:  Squeaky Metal Stool Productions
    Narrator:  Eric Hurtt

    Introduction:  Heather H, Cathy S, Mary M.
    Production Voice:  Special thanks to Julia H.
                                              
    Theme Music by Patrick Patrikios
      Music Entitled:  "Beyond"
    Backstory Music by Joey Pecoraro
      Music Entitled:  "Large Smile Mood"
    Ending Theme Music by Dan Henig
      Music Entitled:  "Arpy"

    Song #1  Come Play with Me by Kevin MacLeod

    • 9 min
    #32 Short Tall Tale (Yosemite), Pan Fried Man

    #32 Short Tall Tale (Yosemite), Pan Fried Man

    Avalanche Scars might be the quickest way down a mountain, but what do you get when you slide down the mountain in a Deluxe Goldpan?

    This tall tale took place on the road to the Yosemite Valley.  


    Produced by:  Squeaky Metal Stool Productions
    Narrator:  Eric Hurtt

    Introduction:  Cathy S., Ruth B., Joanne E.
    Production Voice:  Special thanks to Julia H.
                                              
    Theme Music by Patrick Patrikios
      Music Entitled:  "Beyond"
    Backstory Music by Niko Staf
      Music Entitled:  "Large Smile Mood"
    Ending Theme Music by Dan Henig
      Music Entitled:  "Arpy"

    Song #1  Veracruz by Quincas Moreira

    • 7 min
    #31 Famous Ghost Story (Golden Gate Park/ San Francisco): Soggy Ghost Puddles

    #31 Famous Ghost Story (Golden Gate Park/ San Francisco): Soggy Ghost Puddles

    What would you do if a woman, dripping wet, asks you to help her find her baby, and then when you look away, she's gone, playing hide and seek with you, making you wonder what the heck was she talking about.  (Except with this game of hide & seek, you will never find her)

    This ghost story took place in San Francisco, around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park


    Produced by:  Squeaky Metal Stool Productions
    Narrator:  Eric Hurtt

    Introduction:  Cynthia S., Ruth B., Joanne E
    Production Voice:  Special thanks to Julia H.
                                              
    Theme Music by Patrick Patrikios
      Music Entitled:  "Beyond"
    Backstory Music by Niko Staf
      Music Entitled:  "Large Smile Mood"
    Ending Theme Music by Dan Henig
      Music Entitled:  "Arpy"

    Song #1  Allegro by Emmit Fenn

    • 8 min
    #30 Boom Tomb Story (Weaverville): Rattling Barking Babies

    #30 Boom Tomb Story (Weaverville): Rattling Barking Babies

    If you BOOM, you get a room in the county jail.   Booms Beware!  It's the law.


    This story took place back in the 1970's, in Weaverville, CA



    Produced by:  Squeaky Metal Stool Productions
    Narrator:  Eric Hurtt

    Introduction:  Ruth B., Joanne E., & Cathy S.
    Production Voice:  Special thanks to Julia H. and Jazi H.
                                              
    Theme Music by Patrick Patrikios
      Music Entitled:  "Beyond"
    Backstory Music by Niko Staf
      Music Entitled:  "Large Smile Mood"
    Ending Theme Music by Dan Henig
      Music Entitled:  "Arpy"

    Song #1  The Heartache by Ugonna Onyekwe

    • 10 min
    #29 Tongue-Tickling Tall Tale (Auburn & Forest Hill): Snake Whip Special

    #29 Tongue-Tickling Tall Tale (Auburn & Forest Hill): Snake Whip Special

    Ever heard of a snake whip?  When it came to robbers, bandits and thieves, the snake whip special kept the lawbreakers away.   The snake whip could fend of everything, but one thing, and that one thing was a gang of . . . .

    This story mostly took place in the between Auburn and Forest Hill in California

    Produced by:  Squeaky Metal Stool Productions
    Narrator:  Eric Hurtt

    Introduction:  Ruth B., Joanne E., & Cathy S.
    Production Voice:  Special thanks to Julia H. 
                                              
    Theme Music by Patrick Patrikios
      Music Entitled:  "Beyond"
    Backstory Music by Niko Staf
      Music Entitled:  "Large Smile Mood"
    Ending Theme Music by Dan Henig
      Music Entitled:  "Arpy"

    • 11 min

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