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!

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. 

Stumbling Into a Real-Life Hallmark Christmas Movie

A woman visiting a quaint, small town happens upon a charming local bookstore brimming with warmth and history. She soon learns that the lovely older couple that owns the bookstore nearly lost their business when disaster struck, but were saved through the initiative of a kindhearted townsperson and the army of people who joined in the cause.  Sound like the plot of a Hallmark Christmas Movie? It should, because it is. But it’s also true… and Candy happened to stumble across this real-life story during her recent trip to Franklin, Tennessee!  Yes, Candy’s visit took a fun turn when she discovered that the charming bookstore owned by Joel and Carol Tomlin, Landmark Booksellers, was the inspiration for Karen Kingsbury’s book “The Bridge,” which was subsequently developed into a two-part Hallmark Christmas Movie starring Faith Ford and Ted McGinley as the Tomlin couple.  Join us for this fun episode where you will not only learn more about the phenomenon of the wildly popular and sentimental Hallmark Christmas Movies, but also hear the heart-warming true story that inspired both a book and a two-part movie. And what happened AFTER the movie aired may be the most surprising and inspiring part of all! *A huge thank you to Joel Tomlin for sharing a small portion of his story via audio clips.  So if you want your holiday to feel complete, be sure to listen to this week’s episode on your favorite podcatcher or the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel.

Agatha Christie’s Most Famous Mystery: Her Own 1926 Disappearance

On a dark (but not stormy) night during the first week of December 1926 a woman removed her wedding ring, kissed her sleeping child goodnight, and drove away from her home. The car was found the next day, abandoned, positioned precariously near a quarry, with a coat, other items of clothing, and a driver’s license left inside the vehicle.  There was no sign, however, of the woman, who was immediately declared missing.    Her disappearance sparked massive searches, sensational news reports, and involvement from prominent figures like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers.  Why? Because that missing woman was Agatha Christie.  But the mystery of her disappearance was not half as intriguing as the situation the police discovered when Agatha was finally found, 11 days later, using the surname of her husband’s mistress. Join us for this fascinating episode where we explore the circumstances surrounding Agatha Christie’s 1926 disappearance. It’d be a crime to miss it!

Tyler Perry: How “Maxine’s Baby” Moved from Trauma to Triumph

For many, the name Tyler Perry is synonymous with the sharp-tongued, muumuu-wearing, gun-toting grandmother figure he created, Madea. But the media mogul is, of course, so much bigger than his beloved signature character.  Today Tyler Perry is a billionaire, one of the world’s richest entertainers. He has built an entertainment empire as a writer, actor, producer and director. What’s more, he owns and runs his own film company where he makes a point to “hire more people of color, hire more women, and open the door to diversity.” But Tyler has also been very open in sharing about the trauma in his life, something the new documentary “Maxine’s Baby” delves deeply into. From the father who brutally beat and demeaned him to the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of family friends, Tyler has described his childhood as nightmarish– one he truly didn’t think he would survive. A few of the factors he credits for helping to change his life? Faith, forgiveness, and Oprah.  Join us as we discuss the journey of this amazing man who started his career as a sometimes-homeless,  traumatized, high school dropout, and is now one of the world’s richest and most powerful entertainment giants. You won’t want to miss this inspirational story. 

This Hero Wears Pearls: An Interview with World Record Holder and Author Tori Murden McClure

Picture yourself alone in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the worst hurricane season on record. Your boat has no motor or sail, and you’ve lost all communication with those on shore. Your watertight sleeping area is the size of a double-wide coffin, and as the hurricane rages outside, waves frequently pound your little rowboat with the force of a small car crash, pitching your body all around that tiny space. While this probably sounds more than a bit daunting to you, this was the exact situation faced by Louisville resident Tori Murden when in June of 1998 she set off on a quest to become the first woman and the first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  She ultimately achieved that goal, thanks to the support of her friends– including words of wisdom from Muhammad Ali and encouragement from Gerard d’Aboville, the first man to row solo across two oceans–the love of the new man in her life, Mac McClure, and a second journey across the ocean. Tori Murden McClure captured the details of her suspenseful and exciting adventure in “A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean,” which was adapted into the musical “Row” in 2021. And in this week’s episode we have the honor of speaking with her! Join us for this fascinating interview with author and world record-holder, Tori Murden McClure. Unlike Tori, you can enjoy this hero’s journey from the comfort of your own home!

Simply the Best: Remembering the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner

“Tina Turner was a global superstar, commanding MTV with her spiky wigs, short skirts, and famously long legs strutting across concert stages in 3-inch heels.  “Her talent earned her acclaim as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, while her resiliency made her a hero to battered women everywhere. When she sang of pain and heartache in her husky, full-throated voice, every word rang true (CNN).” This week on Scandal Water Podcast, we pay tribute to legendary Tina Turner, who passed away this past May at the age of 83. From a childhood where she felt unwanted, to her abusive relationship with husband and bandmate Ike Turner, to the meteoric rise, fall, and rebirth of Tina’s career ( “It wasn’t a comeback, it was a debut,” Tina declared), to the gift from Tina’s second husband that changed her life, we cover all this and so much more.  You won’t want to miss this fascinating look at the inspirational, resilient, and ground-breaking Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Tina Turner was simply the best.

Taylor Swift (Scandal Water’s Version)

At 33 years old, she is now a billionaire. Her record-breaking Eras Tour has been so successful, when the concert movie was released to theaters last month, it also broke records at the box office. What’s more, through the course of her 18-year music career, she has built a fiercely loyal fan base, offering her the type of support an artist could wish for only in her wildest dreams.  As you know all too well, we are talking about the uber-talented composer, singer, performer, and businesswoman Taylor Swift. But not everything has gone smoothly for the global superstar. While most have heard the term “Taylor’s Version” and may be aware that “1989: Taylor’s Version” came out October 27th, many don’t fully understand the reason behind the re-recordings. In this episode we delve into the bad blood that led to“Taylor’s Versions,” discuss Taylor Swift’s impact on the music industry and other artists, share our own reactions to her concert movie, and so much more.  Don’t miss this fun and informative episode about one of the most famous, talented, and influential young artists of this generation, Taylor Swift. You’d never be able to shake it off. 😉 *A special thank you to two Swifties, Mackenzie, and Lizzie, for sharing their insights via audio clips, and to Kennedy for her opening shout out. 

Harry Houdini: The Master of Escapes and His Mysterious Death

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a tribute to one of the greatest showmen of all time, the legendary escape artist who died on this day 97 years ago… Harry Houdini. In his heyday, the “King of Handcuffs” was so popular, the verb ‘houdinize’ –meaning to escape confinement–was added to the dictionary, and an estimated crowd of 100,000 once showed up to watch him extricate himself from a straitjacket as he was suspended upside down over a street.  But how did the aspiring magician transform from a circus and vaudeville act to a world-famous escape artist? What were some of the performer’s greatest tricks… and secrets? What caused Houdini’s bitter feud with his former friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Why do some suspect there was foul play involved in Houdini’s death? And why is an Annual Official Houdini Séance still held every Halloween, to this day, in a different city around the globe? No hocus pocus here! Just a fascinating look at one of the world’s most renowned magicians, Harry Houdini, and the loyal woman who stayed by his side through it all, his wife and stage assistant, Bess.

A “Halloween” (1978) Episode Just in Time for YOUR Halloween… Michael Myers Approves!

Who doesn’t recognize the name Michael Myers, or the haunting, synth-heavy theme song that always announces his arrival… and causes an immediate increase in the audience’s heart rate?  45 years after its release, “Halloween” (1978) is considered one of the most important and influential horror movies of all time. It launched one of the longest-running horror movie franchises, prompted a number of copycat slasher films,  inspired a generation of filmmakers, and introduced the world to the ultimate Final Girl, Laurie Strode.  Just in time for our own Halloween celebrations, we revisit the beloved classic that started it all, “Halloween” (1978). Was the film really originally titled “The Babysitter Murders”? How did “the shape” morph into the terrifying character Michael Myers, and what’s the story behind his iconic mask? How were Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis cast? What challenges did the crew face when filming a Halloween movie in California in May? And what did director John Carpenter do toward the end of the editing process that some believe “saved” the movie? We discuss all this and more, this week on Scandal Water. So yes, Tommy, there is a boogeyman, and we take a trip to Haddonfield to visit him in this fun “Halloween” episode!

Afterbite: The 1916 Jersey Shore Shark Attacks Said to Have Inspired “Jaws”

On Saturday, July 1, 1916, a dark, handsome, 25-year-old businessman named Charles Vansant (“Van”) arrived in the resort town of Beach Haven to celebrate the 4th of July weekend with his family.  But Van’s decision to take a quick dip in the ocean before dinner would turn out to be a fatal one. While his sister watched from the shore alongside other spectators, Van let out a piercing scream and began to swim wildly for shore. When he was about 50 yards away, suddenly a pool of blood surrounded the thrashing man– and when the lifeguard and two local men tried to pull Van to shore, a shark was still latched onto his leg.  Despite heroic efforts to save him, Charles Vansant tragically passed away that night. His death was the first recorded fatality by shark attack in the history of the eastern United States… but only the first that occurred that fateful 4th of July weekend. Before it was over, that same shark would take several more lives in 4 separate attacks that occurred along the Jersey Shore. Hear the terrifying, but fascinating true story that is widely believed to have inspired the classic movie “Jaws” by listening on your favorite podcatcher or viewing the videotaped recording– including a few photos–on the Scandal Water Podcast YouTube channel. 

The Ultimate Halloween Experience: An Evening at the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular The dark forest looms ahead, trees towering on either side. There’s a nip in the crisp autumn air, and leaves crunch beneath the walkers’ feet. Then suddenly the sound of maniacal laughter fills the air, and the path is illuminated by not one, but thousands of glowing, elaborately carved pumpkins. While this may sound like the start of a horror movie, it’s actually the fun, family-friendly experience that awaits you upon visiting the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular, one of the city’s most popular and unique Halloween events.  Over 100,000 visitors attended last year, from all 50 states, to walk the trail in Iroquois Park and view the artistic display created through the use of 5,000 pumpkins… which begs the question: But how do they DO that? This fun episode is designed to answer just that! Join Candy and Ashley on their field trip to the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, where they’ll take you behind the scenes to watch a pumpkin artist in action and speak with four people who help ensure the beloved annual event is always “lit”…  Brooke Pardue, Alene Day, Travis Reckner, and Morgan Reining.  Where did the idea of a Jack O’Lantern Spectacular first originate, and how did Louisville come to be one of only 3 cities in the U.S. to host this annual event? How does the production team acquire, display, and maintain a “gallery” of 5000 live pumpkins? What process is used by the artists to take a pumpkin from straight-off-the-truck to display-ready? And what does the trail look like when you get a sneak peek on “gutting day,” during the final stages of the lighting process? Add some fun to your Halloween by first listening to this episode and then heading on out to the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. You’re guaranteed to have a GOURD time!#PullingBacktheCurtain #FieldTrip #Louisville #LouisvilleKY #JOLS #ParksAllianceofLouisville #ScandalWaterPodcast #TuesdayTea #Podcast #Art #Pumpkins #PassionforPumpkins #Carving #Halloween #Woods #Spooky Photos for Episode 106!

Vanity Fair Lingerie, Leanne Morgan, and a Live Audience: An Award-Winning Weekend for Scandal Water! Meeting comedian Leanne Morgan in person. Sharing the story of Scandal Water Podcast with a live audience in the gorgeous Majestic Theatre. Exploring the Riverwalk and the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Accepting a check for $5,000.  These are just a few of the exciting events the Scandal Water ladies have experienced after learning that Candy was selected as one of the 5 winners of the Vanity Fair Lingerie Support Award! So pack your bags, because in this episode they take you with them to San Antonio, where the winners were recognized on stage September 16th at a Leanne Morgan comedy show! You’ll go behind the scenes of this prize trip, from the welcome dinner, to the meet and greet with Leanne Morgan, to the presentation of the winners on stage at the Majestic Theatre, to the eventful return trip home.  You’ll also hear the inspiring personal stories of the other 4 winners (Tracy Beavers, Christy Houser, Kylie Clark, and Teresa Martin), and comments from others, including four Vanity Fair Lingerie hosts who helped make the whole event possible.  Candy and Ashley will not only remember the Alamo, but also forever treasure the memories they made during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Join the fun by listening on your favorite podcatcher or the Scandal  Water Podcast YouTube channel. #VanityFairLingerie #VanityFairSupportAward  #LeanneMorgan #SanAntonio #TheAlamo #RiverWalk #ScandalWaterPodcast #Podcast #WomenSupportingWomen #FieldTrip #Live #MajesticTheatre #AwardWinners Photos for Episode 105!