Trailblazer: Hattie McDaniel In her 2009 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, Mo’Nique gave this shout-out to another well-known actress: “I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to.”  Many will remember that Hattie McDaniel was the first Black actor to win an Oscar,Continue reading “Trailblazer: Hattie McDaniel”

Frozen In Time: An Interview with Charleston’s Tommy Dew For 26 years Tommy Dew has led tourists through the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, on his famed walking tours–one of those tourists being Ashley! And now you have the opportunity to “Dew Charleston” from the comfort of your own device.  In a special guest episode, Ashley and Candy have the pleasure of interviewingContinue reading “Frozen In Time: An Interview with Charleston’s Tommy Dew”

The Theatre Event That Changed History: Lincoln’s Assassination at Ford’s Theatre April 14, 1865, was “surely one of Abraham Lincoln’s happiest days” but ended with an assassin’s bullet in his brain. Calling on reports from primary documents and other sources, Candy leads Ashley through the night that Booth and his co-conspirators put their murderous plot into action… a plot that called not only for theContinue reading “The Theatre Event That Changed History: Lincoln’s Assassination at Ford’s Theatre”

(Re)Making History in Colonial Williamsburg Once the capital of the Virginia Colony and the center of political, religious, economic, and social life in Virginia, Williamsburg is more commonly known these days for being the site of an immersive living history museum called Colonial Williamsburg. But for scores of filmmakers whose works happen to be set in the 17th century,Continue reading “(Re)Making History in Colonial Williamsburg”

Another Glass of Tea: What Brewed Up After Our Episodes Aired? A LOT has happened since “Scandal Water” launched on October 12th! So what better way to end our 2021 podcast year than with an update episode? Here are just a few of the questions that will be explored: Where are Daniel Wozniak and Rachel Buffet now? How are people comparing the tragic accident onContinue reading “Another Glass of Tea: What Brewed Up After Our Episodes Aired?”

Still Dreaming of a White Christmas – Pt 2 What’s the best-selling Christmas song of all time, as well as the best-selling single ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records?  If you guessed “White Christmas,” you’d be right! But here’s the harder question: Do you know the story of how that song originated, and the series of events that followed, ultimatelyContinue reading “Still Dreaming of a White Christmas – Pt 2”

Rudolph: So Much More Than a Red Nose What’s your favorite “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” memory? We’d bet money you have one! Sure, Rudolph may have gone down in history, but what went on behind the scenes? Listen in to find out how Rudolph evolved from a simple character in a 1939 Montgomery Ward Christmas promotion to the star of both theContinue reading “Rudolph: So Much More Than a Red Nose”

The Ghosts of Christmas Past What says Christmas more than murder and blood? Yes, you read that correctly! In our first episode of the December series, “Hooray for Holidays,” Candy and Ashley explore the custom of telling ghost stories at Christmastime– a practice that originated long, long ago, but was popularized again during the Victorian era, primarily thanks toContinue reading “The Ghosts of Christmas Past”

It Doesn‘t Take WandaVision to Spot a Classic Top 3 signs you’ve achieved classic sitcom status:  The language and storylines still resonate 60 years after the premiere      2. The famous and talented lead actors are still best-known for the roles they played in            this sitcom Marvel decides to mirror one of the most well-known sitcomContinue reading “It Doesn‘t Take WandaVision to Spot a Classic”

Turkey‘s Away! What says Thanksgiving more than chucking live turkeys out of a helicopter?  Well, that’s exactly what happened in the classic television episode of WKRP in Cincinnati called “Turkeys Away.” If you know the show, you know the famous punch-line. But did you ALSO know that the plot was loosely based on a REAL event?Continue reading “Turkey‘s Away!”