In the 18th century, the term ‘scandal water’ was coined to refer to tea, as people would often enjoy a juicy bit of gossip as they lingered over their daily tea. Now you have the chance to listen in each week as Candy & Ashley ‘spill the tea’ about a peculiar topic somehow related to the entertainment industry. Give ‘Scandal Water’ a listen! We think you’ll find it suits your taste. Cheers!

An Episode on the 70s? Far Out!

It was the decade that gave us feathered hair ala Farrah Fawcett, bell bottom jeans, a sensational White House scandal, Evil Knievel’s daredevil stunts, and (for many) a phobic fear of swimming in the ocean.  We’re of course talking about the 1970s… and in this far out episode, we take you back there! From “Happy Days” to “Star Wars” to “Smokey and the Bandit” and its accompanying CB radio craze, we’ve already dedicated several previous episodes to hot 70s topics. But in this fun episode we highlight 3 different prominent entertainment events, works, or artists significant to the decade. Which ones did we choose? You’ll have to ‘hustle’ over to the link in the bio, your favorite podcast app, or the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel to find out!  Special thanks to Randall for his episode shout-out!  MID-ROLL AD: Visit our website ( & click the “Buy Me a Coffee” link to become a member or make a one-time donation.  It’s your support and generosity that allows us to keep Scandal Water on the air!   

Go, Baby, Go! 150 Years of the Kentucky Derby

A simple mention of the Kentucky Derby immediately brings to mind images of powerful racehorses thundering down the track, fashionable ladies in elaborate, feathery hats, and screaming fans urging their Derby pick to victory.  But do you know how it all started? Neither did we, two native Kentuckians, and what better time to address that deficit than on this very special occasion… the historic 150th running of the Kentucky Derby! In honor of this event, not only are we focusing this special ‘Varietea’ episode on the history of the Kentucky Derby, but we are also releasing it early so that it will hit your feed before the big day! Who founded the Kentucky Derby, and how did the traditions originate? What significant but often forgotten role did Black jockeys play in the history of the Derby? Which jockeys and horses have set themselves apart over the years? And what special projects have been underway in preparation for this 150th anniversary? These are just a few of the many questions we address in this fun episode. So go, baby, go!… right on over to that link in the bio. We bet you won’t regret it.  Special thanks to Morgan and Mia for their listener shout-out! MID-ROLL AD: Thank you to Laura A. & Jennifer M. for their ongoing support through BuyMeaCoffee!

Goodbye, England’s Rose: Remembering Princess Diana

As both the recent media frenzy over Kate Middleton’s disappearance and the popularity of the Netflix series “The Crown” demonstrate, the public’s interest in the Royal Family has not only remained strong over the decades, at some points, it has even bordered on obsessive. And no one’s life serves as a better illustration of this point than Diana, Princess of Wales, whose brother Charles spoke these words in her eulogy: “…of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this– a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was, in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age.” Calling heavily on Diana’s own perspective, as shared in her recorded interviews from “Diana: In Her Own Words” (National Geographic), in this powerful episode we discuss the life and legacy of Diana, the People’s Princess. From her self-described unhappy childhood, to the issues with mental health and infidelity that plagued her marriage, to Diana’s death and the conspiracy theories that surrounded it, we discuss all this and so much more.  So be sure to join us for this goodbye to England’s Rose, a woman who touched the world with the example she set as both a public figure and mother, as well as her fashion sense, humanitarian efforts, and incredible relatability.  MID-ROLL AD: Pens are now available either ala carte or as a perk when you become a member!

Remembering Nightbirde, Who inspired the World With Her Talent, Insight, and Rebellious Hope

Millions of people, including the usually stoic Simon Cowell, were moved by Nightbirde’s story and original song “It’s OK” when she auditioned on America’s Got Talent in June of 2021, earning a golden buzzer. Sadly, the talented singer, songwriter, and poet, whose real name is Jane Marczewski, was forced to resign from the competition a few months later to focus on her health, after receiving devastating news regarding her cancer’s progression.  But that did not mean the artist stepped out of the spotlight. Rather, the world watched in awe and admiration as Nightbirde navigated the final 6 months of her life with rebellious hope, continuing to make music and inspire us all with her dogged determination to live life to the fullest. With the help of audio clips from Jane’s brother, Mitch Marczewski, we share Nightbirde’s story in this uplifting episode. Join us as we discuss Jane’s life, dreams, faith, and legacy, including the Nightbirde Foundation (, an organization started and run by Jane’s family in her honor, for the purpose of bringing hope and healing to others battling cancer.  A special thank you to Mitch Marczewski for his participation in this tribute to Nightbirde.  MID-ROLL AD: Visit to book your web design appointment today! 

A Field Trip to Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Milan Miracle that Inspired “Hoosiers”

With a last-second shot from the star shooter, the underdog team defeats its powerhouse opponent, becoming the smallest school ever to win the state basketball championship. Sound like the ending of “Hoosiers”? It should, because it’s what happened in the true story that inspired the beloved film. Referred to as the Milan Miracle, in 1954 the Milan High School Indians defeated the Muncie Central Bearcats in front of an audience of 15,000 at Butler Fieldhouse. And on March 23, 2024, we were there at Milan High School, along with close to 2000 others, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of that feat.  In this fun ‘Varie-tea’ episode we take you along on our field trip, giving you the flavor of the event and its featured guests, including “Hoosier’s” screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and actors Brad Long and Steve Hollar, the current and former Indiana governor, and the miracle workers themselves. If you’re a fan of basketball, “Hoosiers,” or an inspirational sports story, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Wishing a Sad Farewell to Advocate, Fighter, and Friend, Matthew Perry

“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.” Tragically, these words found at the start of Matthew Perry’s 2022 memoir turned out to be prophetic. Less than a year later the world was stunned to learn of his passing on October 28, 2023, at the age of 54.  This week, using his very personal book “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir” as our primary basis, we discuss the life and legacy of Matthew Perry, who asked to be remembered first as a helper.  How did Matthew’s childhood fear of abandonment and his identity as a “lonely child” affect his adult relationships? What incident during a movie shoot started him on his path toward addiction? What important messages about alcoholism and drug dependency did Matthew want us to understand? And in what ways was the actor simultaneously exactly like and also the polar opposite of the beloved character he portrayed on “Friends”? These are just a few of the many points we discuss in this moving episode.  Could we BE any more honored to offer this farewell to Matthew Perry, a talented artist, advocate, and– yes– friend? Please join us.  Link is in bio! The show is also available on your favorite podcatcher and the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel.  *This episode contains references to substance use disorder and related challenges. Listener discretion is advised. 

Anne Frank: The Legacy of a Young Writer

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.” These were the words written by 15-year-old Anne Frank just months before Nazis raided the Secret Annex and sent the inhabitants to concentration camps, where all but her father ultimately perished.  One of the most well-known teens in history, this extraordinary young woman’s work, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, ranks among the top-10 best-selling nonfiction books of all time and has been translated into more than 70 languages.  How did Anne’s family end up in the Secret Annex along with the other inhabitants, and what challenges did they face while in hiding? What new discoveries about Anne’s story have come to light in more recent years? How do the  A, B, and C versions of Anne’s diary differ? And do we finally have an answer to the mystery of who betrayed the Secret Annex families? Join us for this moving episode where we discuss all this and so much more!

An interview with Brad Long, Hickory High’s team captain Buddy (#14) in the hit movie “Hoosiers” (Part 2)

You know him as “Buddy,” the team captain who sported #14 on the Hickory High basketball team… once he rejoined, that is. But in real life, he’s actor and motivational speaker Brad Long, and in this fascinating episode he speaks with Candy and Ashley about his life-changing experience filming the movie “Hoosiers.” You won’t want to miss this conversation during which Brad answers questions that have lingered for nearly 40 years…  What was it like to work with film legend Gene Hackman? What strategies were used to help the young basketball players bond, and what hijinks did they get up to when not filming? What happens in that famous cut scene that explains how Buddy ended up back on the team? And, on a sad note, how did Brad’s son pay tribute to the late Kent Poole, who portrayed teammate Merle Webb in the film?

The Ultimate David and Goliath Story, the Beloved Sports Movie “Hoosiers” (Part 1)

Gene Hackman feared that starring in the movie “Hoosiers” would kill his career. Instead, 38 years after its release in 1986, “Hoosiers” remains one of the most beloved sports movies of all time.  Suggested by listener Merle, who served as an extra during the filming of “Hoosiers,” this lively episode takes you back to 1985, when this soon-to-be classic was filmed. What true life story inspired “Hoosiers,” and how was the making of the movie its own underdog story? How were the Hickory basketball players cast? What’s the true story behind the rumors of Gene Hackman’s surliness and Barbara Hershey’s unhappiness during filming? And what is it about “Hoosiers” that has made it so enduring?

Pro Wrestling Takes the Ring in this Spectacular Episode

Beefed up physiques covered with a sheen of body oil. Stage names like “The Undertaker” and “The Animal.” Entrances accompanied by loud music and deafening cheers (or boos). Action-packed matches, sometimes involving objects like metal chairs or thumbtacks.  These are just a few of the elements that might spring to mind at the mention of pro wrestling, but the sport is so much more than that. What role did the carnival play in the development of professional wrestling? How accurate is the depiction of the Louisville area wrestling scene and the aspiring wrestlers of the OVW, as seen in the Netflix docuseries “Wrestlers”?  How do athletes and fans of the sport respond to claims that pro wrestling is fake? What did Al Snow– a former WWE wrestler who now helps run the OVW– mean when he stated that pro wrestling is the art of physical storytelling? With help from pro wrestling fans Chris, Chandra, and Steve, we delve into these questions, and so much more! Candy and Ashley even brainstorm their own potential wrestling stage names… although suggestions are always welcome. 😉 Special Thanks to Josh “Double J” Johnson for co-writing & voicing our mid-break commercial. Help SW beat the Algorithm!

Say “Yes” to “The Proposal” (2009)

“Margaret, marry me… because I’d like to date you.” If you not only immediately recognized that line, but also saw a movie montage of scenes play across your mind, you are likely one of the millions who fell in love with the 2009 hit “The Proposal.” In this fun episode we discuss the hit rom-com that boasted strong chemistry between romantic leads Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, an incredible supporting cast that included scene-stealers Betty White and Oscar Nunez, and laugh-out-loud physical comedy.    So be sure to say “yes” to this delightful episode on “The Proposal.”  It was meant to be. 

A Romantic Comedy with Heart: The Charming 2000 Rom-Com “Return to Me”

Q: What do you get when you combine the witty writing of Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake, with the irresistible charm of lead actors David Duchovny and Minnie Driver, and a lovely Chicago setting? A: The delightfully funny and heartwarming rom-com “Return to Me” (2000).  Interspersed with reflections from Minnie Driver* about the filming experience she referred to as “an incredibly happy time,” this episode explores everything from Bonnie Hunt’s triple-threat contributions as writer, director, and actor, to the incredible supporting cast that featured Carroll O’Connor in his final film role, to various features of “Return to Me” that set it apart from typical rom-coms of that time… and so much more! You won’t want to miss this lively episode centered around “Return to Me,” a movie brimming with humor and heart. 

Wuv, True Wuv: We Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with the Beloved “Princess Bride”

A Valentine’s Day that does not include a look at “The Princess Bride,” one of the greatest– and funniest– love stories of all time? Inconceivable! “The Princess Bride” (1987) remains a beloved cult classic nearly 40 years after its release… and after you listen to this fun episode, you’ll remember exactly why! Why did author William Goldman and director Rob Reiner have to fight so hard to bring this fractured fairy tale to the silver screen? What sword-fighting mishap landed Cary Elwes in the hospital? Why was the character of Inigo Montoya so personal to Mandy Patinkin, remaining his favorite role to this day? And what famous athlete-turned-actor almost played the role of the lovable Fezzik in Andre the Giant’s place? We discuss all this and so much more! So if you’re in the mood to revisit a nostalgic film that will have you rooting for true love, a son seeking revenge on his father’s killer, and classic tales of romance and adventure, then as you wish. 

Love is in the air with the classic Meg Ryan rom-com “French Kiss”

February… the time for red roses, chocolate hearts, and romantic comedies!  To celebrate the season of love this year, Candy and Ashley are going to revisit 4 rom-coms that rank among their personal favorites, starting with the madcap romp that long ago stole Ashley’s heart, “French Kiss” (1995), starring Kevin Kline and Rom-Com Queen Meg Ryan. In this fun episode, Ashley and Candy take you on a journey through this delightful comedy that features two charming romantic leads at the peak of their careers. Along the way, they also share interesting behind-the-scenes stories about “French Kiss” and some of their personal connections, such as how Meg Ryan influenced Ashley’s own acting style. As a bonus, be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear a special audio message from the Hollywood screenwriter who wrote “French Kiss,” Adam Brooks himself!  So be sure to start your February with a kiss… a “French Kiss,” that is! 

3 Iconic Photographs that Changed How We See Our World

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  But when considering their historical or cultural significance, certain photographs are literally priceless. In this episode– the topic of which was suggested by listener and friend, Jefferson– we share fascinating behind-the-scenes stories related to 3 of the most celebrated and iconic photographs of the 20th century:  The heart-breaking 1947 “Life” Picture of the Week entitled “The Most Beautiful Suicide” The jubilant “V-J Day Kiss” featuring the ‘Kissing Sailor’ The disturbing, Pulitzer-Prize winning “Napalm Girl” photograph, with a backstory that ends up being surprisingly uplifting Berenice Abbott once said, “Photography helps people to see.” You won’t want to miss this engaging episode where we explore 3 iconic photographs that have helped us all see the world in a slightly different way. 

Jack the Ripper: The Notorious Serial Killer Behind Hitchcock’s Classic Film “The Lodger”

Arguably the most famous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper has inspired such fascination, the term ‘Ripperology’ was coined to refer to a deep, expert-level study of his crimes, and countless people proudly identify themselves as Ripperologists.  The notorious murderer has also inspired a number of books and movies, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 thriller “The Lodger: The Story of the London Fog.” Based on the very first novelization of the Jack the Ripper case, “The Lodger” builds on one theory considered by the detectives charged with investigating the Ripper murders– was it possible some unwitting landlady was actually harboring the brutal killer in her boarding house? In this fascinating episode we discuss the true crime that inspired Hitchcock’s silent film “The Lodger,” the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. Not only do we walk through the case still regarded as one of history’s greatest mysteries, but we also share behind-the-scenes stories about the classic thriller. 

The True Crime Behind Hitchcock’s Iconic “Psycho”

It features one of the most famous scenes in film history, which happens to take place in a shower. And according to the American Film Institute, it also ranks as the 14th greatest movie of all time. We are of course talking about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic horror film “Psycho,” starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles. But what some may not realize is that the true crime story that inspired Hitchcock’s classic is every bit as infamous and horrific as the movie itself. In this fascinating episode, we not only discuss behind-the scenes stories and analysis of the iconic “Psycho,” but also share the story of serial killer Ed Gein and his shocking crimes.

Hitchcock’s Classic “Shadow of a Doubt” and the “Gorilla Man” Murders that Inspired It

What happens when a young woman begins to suspect her sophisticated Uncle Charlie– who happens to be staying in her family’s home for a visit– is the notorious “Merry Widow” killer? That’s the question addressed by Hitchcock’s 1943 classic “Shadow of a Doubt.” The thriller is reportedly Hitchcock’s favorite movie, one that features Teresa Wright as the strong, plucky heroine, and Joseph Cotten in the role of the charming, sociopathic villain. Tragically, however, the serial killer upon whom this movie is loosely based was even darker and his crimes more horrific than the one Hitchcock brought to life.  In this episode we delve into the true crime behind “Shadow of a Doubt,” the murderous spree of Earle Leonard Nelson– aka “The Gorilla Man” and “The Dark Strangler”– who has been described as one of the most prolific and feared serial killers of the early 20th century.  

Leopold and Loeb: How the ‘Crime of the Century’ Inspired Hitchcock’s Suspenseful “Rope”

Two privileged young men cold-bloodedly kill someone close to them, just to prove they can get away with the perfect murder. This is the premise behind Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 suspenseful film “Rope.”  Sadly, it was also the motivation behind the tragic 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two college students, in a case so sensational it was referred to as “the crime of the century.” With Clarence Darrow defending the accused murderers, it was also deemed “the trial of the century.” In this fascinating episode we delve into the true crime behind Hitchcock’s classic movie “Rope.” Not only do we share interesting behind-the-scenes stories about the film and Hitchcock’s groundbreaking use of “long-takes,”  we also walk through the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, analyzing how it inspired elements of the film.  Whether you’re a fan of the “Master of Suspense” or of true crime, this episode is for you! Listen on your favorite podcatcher or the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel, or by clicking the link dropped here.   

That Classic Christmas Movie… ‘Die Hard’?

‘Die Hard.’ It’s the movie that transformed Bruce Willis from television lead to film star, redefined the term “action hero,” and brought heart to the action movie genre.  But is it a Christmas movie? In this week’s fun episode we go behind the scenes of ‘Die Hard,’ the beloved 1988 classic recently voted #2 on Variety’s list of the 50 Best Action Movies of All Time.  What role did Frank Sinatra play in getting ‘Die Hard’ made? Why was Bruce Willis briefly removed from the movie poster while the film was being promoted? How were some of those famous action sequences filmed, and in what ways were they modified thanks to the complaining neighbors? Most importantly, IS ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie? We discuss all this and so much more! So, welcome to the party, pal! Listen to the episode on your favorite podcatcher or the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel.