Episode 150: Under the Moonlight


In 1885, Austin, Texas was terrorized by a serial killer known as the Servant Girl Annihilator.  The murderer was never actually found, but he claimed eight victims, mostly black servant girls, ...

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Image Correspondence #18

In episode #137, producer Sam Greenspan brings us a story about the invention of industrially-produced bread. It's a complicated history. As he concludes at the end of the episode, ...

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Image Correspondence #17

Producer Avery Trufelman's recent episode, Edge of Your Seat (episode #139) inspired me to put together this week's image correspondence of ordinary, hard working, everyday chairs, away from ...

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148: The Sizzle

The first trademark for a sound in the United States was issued in 1978 to NBC for their chimes. MGM has a sound trademark for their roaring lion, as does 20th Century ...

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145: Octothorpe

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital ...

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Image Correspondence #16

It's that time of year again: the season for greeting cards, holiday packages and postage. This week's image correspondence takes us back to episode #47, "U.S. Postal Service ...

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