In Episode 215 – Happy Halloween!, we revel in stories of creepy critters, cyborgs, zombies and vampires (including the gut-wrenching vampire squid that lurks in the abyss)! We find out why scary music freaks us out, and for all of our listeners looking forward with mingled dread and excitement to NaNoWriMo, we explore how to transform fear into freedom and anxiety into creativity. During an extended music break this week, we feature OMNIA’s live performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous work, “The Raven” — we promise you’ll never think of this poem the same way again! — and we wrap up the free portion of this week’s episode with some listener feedback that might just explain why cat people really are a little bit nuts. In our Pro Extension, we share the bone-chilling stories passed among homeless children living in Miami who claim to have seen a demon stalking the streets, one so evil she is feared even by Satan himself: Bloody Mary.
**Help Us Fight Homelessness** In honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, FF&C will be donating HALF of the first month’s subscription fee for all new Pro Members who sign up between now and November 18, 2012, to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Thank you for helping us contribute our small part to help make the world a little better.
- Pyura chilensis: the closest thing to getting blood from a stone
- See-through frog could revolutionize biology class
- Scientists Create Biodegradable Computer Chips from Spider Silk!
- Could Cyborg Cockroaches Save Your Life?
- Bioluminescent mushrooms glow
- Lunar phobic bats dodge the moonlight
- This terrifying hell-squid lives on ocean waste
- What Does an Octopus Have in Common With a Kindle? Surprisingly, a Lot
- Slime Has Memory but No Brain
- ‘Algae Opera’: Singer grows edible algae with her breath
- Putting Fear In Your Ears: What Makes Music Sound Scary
- Turning Anxiety Into Creativity
- Stone Age people may have battled against a zombie apocalypse
- How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
Pro Extension Links:
- Opening and closing theme: “Dragonfly” by Brian Boyko
- “Creepy Doll” by Jonathan Coulton
- “The Raven (Live)” by OMNIA (Find them on Facebook!)
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Tags: anxiety, bats, Bloody Mary, cats, creativity, creepy doll, Edgar Allan Poe, fear, ghost stories, halloween, music, NaNoWriMo, octopus, OMNIA, samhain, spiders, squid, The Raven, urban legends