True stories are told and musical improvisers cut in and out with songs moving the story along. Each episode is about 15 to 25 minutes long. The show is put together by comedian and musician Matt Griffo. It’s recorded in his tiny studio in Chicago.
The Radium Girls
The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The painting was done by women at three different factories, and the term now applies to the women working at the facilities: one in Orange, New Jersey, beginning around 1917; one in Ottawa, Illinois, beginning in the early 1920s; and a third facility in Waterbury, Connecticut, also in the 1920s.
After being told that the paint was harmless, the women in each facility ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to "point" their brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine tip; some also painted their fingernails, face and teeth with the glowing substance. The women were instructed to point their brushes in this way because using rags or a water rinse caused them to use more time and material, as the paint was made from powdered radium, gum arabic and water.
Five of the women in New Jersey challenged their employer in a case over the right of individual workers who contract occupational diseases to sue their employers under New Jersey's occupational injuries law, which at the time had a two-year statute of limitations, but settled out of court in 1928. Five women in Illinois who were employees of the Radium Dial Company (which was unaffiliated with the United States Radium Corporation) sued their employer under Illinois law, winning damages in 1938.
Matt Griffo (Piano) Mason Jiller (Electric Guitar) Graham Nelson (Harmonica) Ethan Adelsman (Violin)Mike Amandes (DrumsTom Irwin (Bass)
Matt GriffoDrake Shrader Emily RamirezDerek DemkowitzCat Amato
LUNA Recording System
Apollo Octo Satellite
AEA KU5A - Griffo & Storyteller
TOWNSEND LABS SPHERE L22 - Group Vocals
EARTHWORKS SR25 - VIOLIN
E. Guitar - Direct in Using Buxom Betty UAD Guitar Amp Emulation
Piano - Coming in MIDI using the Ravel piano sound in LUNA Recording Software from Universal Audio
Bass - Amp Emulation SVTPro from UAD
Upright Bass - Griffo playing MIDI using a sample
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Bret Hart & The Montreal Screw Job - WWF Wrestling incident
The Montreal Screwjob was an infamous unscripted professional wrestling incident that occurred on November 9, 1997, at the Survivor Series pay-per-view at the Molson Centre. Vince McMahon and his employees covertly manipulated the outcome of the match between Bret Hart, the reigning WWF Champion, and Shawn Michaels.
Storyteller Chris Hanley
Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)Lily Emerson (vocal)Helena Handbasket (Background vocals)Gordon Walters (Bass)Support the show
Music vs Brazil's Military Dictatorship - Bossa Nova Style
Most Brazilians believe their national identity is closely tied to the country’s music, as it unites those of all social backgrounds and creates a place of refuge from real life. However, as the dictatorship gained more control and became increasingly strict during the mid-1960s, innovation and creativity in art greatly diminished.
One key figure in uprooting this paradigm was Caetano Veloso. He aligned with the hippie movement and joined Gil to create a new form of music known as Tropicalia, which artists used to express provocative ideas and politically daring lyrics in a form of peaceful protest. It combined traditional Brazilian culture with various foreign countries’s artistic characteristics. Certain sections of the public found their voice for freedom in the music, while others reacted angrily to the political content expressed in the art of Tropicalia. This is the story of Caetano Veloso's journey with his friend Gilberto Gil.
Samba/Bossa Nova Band
(Chambered Electric/Acoustic Guitar) Mercedes Sara Landazuri(Ukulele Bass) Adam Haus(Percussion) Leo Peña 18" bass drum14" snareHi hatRide & standPandeiro, tamborim, shakers14" Floortom
Matt GriffoDrake ShraderKathleen GibsonKerri Morrison
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The Case of Aileen Wuornos - American Serial Killer
Aileen Wuornos is an American serial killer who murdered at least seven people in 1989–90. Her case drew national attention to issues such as the relationship between gender and violence and the legal treatment of acts of self-defense by women.
Storyteller Sharron Palm
Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)Lily Emerson (vocal)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo)
The Brunost Cheese Fire - A Norwegian Food Disaster
About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese - a delicacy known as Brunost - caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway in 2013.
The fire raged for five days.
Told by Asgeir Døhl Dybvig from Oslo, Norway.
Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)Lily Emerson (vocal)Gordon Walters (bass)Support the show
Mercy the Coyote gets in trouble in Chicago
A coyote bit a little boy, Chicagoans wanted the coyote dead, but Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in suburban Barrington, IL stepped in to show everyone Mercy.
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Malic White (Storyteller)
Matt Griffo (vocals, ukulele, keyboard, bass)Brittany Flynn (vocals)Andy Masters (electric guitar)Robbie Ellis (piano)Mike Amandes (cajon)Recorded using a Universal Audio Apollo X4 interface
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Hysterical AND informative!
This is exactly the kind of content we all need right now! The stories were all nee to me and I actually feel like I learned way more because it was delivered in such a cheeky and fun way! MORE MORE MORE!! I never thought I’d say this but I want all of my history, from this point forward, delivered in this form.
Then this happened is sooo funny
I love this show. The stories are fun and interesting and the music and other effects add so much fun and laughter.
I loved this! As a Boomer I lived through this! I especially enjoyed the musical pieces presented! I look forward to more!