319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement

319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement

Oct 27, 2006
For Halloween, scary stories that are all true. Kidnappings, zombie raccoons, haunted houses—real haunted houses!—and things that go "EEEEK!!!" in the night. Plus, a new story by David Sedaris, in which he walks among the dead.
  • Host Ira Glass and Albert Donnay read a true ghost story that appeared in a medical journal in 1921. After a "Mrs H" and her family moved into an old rambling house, strange apparitions started appearing...until her brother-in-law figured out the real cause of the ghostly presences. (6 minutes) EnvironmentHealth Care/MedicineScience

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  • Some of the scariest stories happen when fluffy, innocent creatures turn murderously evil. This American Life producer Alex Blumberg tells one such story, about a raccoon gone bad. (13 minutes) AnimalsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Writer Bill Eville and his brother are picked up late at night on the side of the road...and not taken to their destination. (9 minutes) Automobilessiblings

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  • Weeks ago, we set up a special 800 number for listeners to call with their true-life scary stories. Over five hundred people called. We hear a sample. The scariest stories we got all had one thing in common. (9 minutes) Parents

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  • One Halloween, David Sedaris decided to skip all the fake monsters and ghosts and zombies and visit the real thing: Dead people. In a morgue. (14 minutes) DeathFunnyLive Performance

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