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Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace, and other ghostly characters who cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. We are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly.

Hosted by Moth Grand Slam winner Sam Dingman, whose stories have been featured on Risk!, TBTL, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and The Moth Radio Hour.

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23: Your Ghost

23: Your Ghost

2020-01-2901:04:03

Three stories about the moment when the static dissolves, and a transmission from the past comes through loud and clear. Featuring Sandi Marx (https://www.sandijmarx.com/), Richard Cardillo (https://themoth.org/storytellers/richard-cardillo), Nimisha Ladva (https://twitter.com/nimishaladva), and Maggie Carson (http://maggiecarsonmusic.com). ~41~ This episode is made possible by the generous support of the Kindred Spirits, our supporters on Patreon. For just $5/month, Kindred Spirits get early access to all of our episodes, hear them ad-free, and get exclusive bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. If you have the means, please consider joining them at https://www.patreon.com/FamilyGhosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22: The Trove

22: The Trove

2020-01-2200:56:382

Mariah travels to a country she's never been to in hopes that she can find a man she's never met: her father. ~41~ This episode is supported in part by the Kindred Spirits - our supporters on Patreon. For just $5 a month, Kindred Spirits get early access to all of our episodes, hear them ad-free, plus exclusive bonus episodes that aren't available anywhere else. This week, they're getting a behind the scenes conversation between Sam and Mariah about the development process for this week's story. If you have the means, please consider joining the Kindred Spirits at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kierran grew up hearing stories about her grandfather's adventures owning diamond mines, tangling with the mafia, robbing banks, and other wild tales. But as she's gotten older, Kierran's starting to realize some of those stories might be total B.S. And if they are, she wants to know why everyone was so willing to let him get away with it. ~41~ The Kindred Spirits, our supporters on Patreon, have already heard this episode ad-free - and they're also getting exclusive bonus episodes you can't hear anywhere else. If you have the means, please consider joining them for just $5 a month at http://patreon.com/familyghosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20: A Boy In A Story

20: A Boy In A Story

2020-01-0800:59:578

David tells the story of three unlikely family members who shaped his life. ~41~  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A message from Sam to the Ghost Family - plus a recommendation for something to fill your headphones with while you await the release of our next episode on January 8th. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ring the bell so the world will know. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joycelyn and Darron try to escape the shadow of the Meaher family's pervasive influence in Africatown. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Africatown is a small community in Mobile, Alabama, where many families share a painful history. For decades, their story has been an open secret - until now. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Circle of Ghosts

A Circle of Ghosts

2019-11-2000:02:122

The official trailer for Season 3 of our show - coming to your headphones on December 4th. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today we're announcing our Season 3 kickoff event, and introducing you to a powerful new project from our friends at Spoke Media. Grab your tickets for our Season 3 release party, and we'll be back in your ears soon, Ghost Family. ~41~  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS: Fieldwork

BONUS: Fieldwork

2019-08-1400:48:056

For our last bonus episode of Season 2, stories and music about recognizing where you come from, whether you like it or not. Featuring John Tong (The Story District), Jeff Simmermon (The Paris Review, This American Life), and Milktoast Mille & the Scabby Knees. Thank you for a wonderful season, Ghost Family - we'll be back in your headphones on December 4th, 2019. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS: The Performances

BONUS: The Performances

2019-08-0700:37:453

Stories and music about adolescent moments when we discover we're dancing with the past. Featuring Pat Regan (co-host, Seek Treatment With Cat & Pat), Micaela Blei (micaelablei.com), and D & Chi (dandchimusic.com). ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS: Get Behind Me Satan

BONUS: Get Behind Me Satan

2019-07-3100:45:5211

Stories of evil happenings and benevolent mythologies. PLUS: Sam takes a fateful trip to Baltimore. Featuring Dr. Njoki McElroy (author of 1012 Natchez: A Memoir of Grace, Hardship, and Love), Erin Barker (The Moth, The Story Collider), and the Gotham City Pickers. ~41~ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS: I'm Not Afraid

BONUS: I'm Not Afraid

2019-07-2400:45:488

Stories and songs on the subjects of family, falling, flight, and fearlessness. Featuring Gianmarco Soresi, Gastor Almonte, and Jocelyn Mackenzie (with The Peggy's). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Producer Janielle Kastner tells us about "Untitled Dad Project," her intensely personal podcast about her own family ghost. Find "Untitled Dad Project" in Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16b: Bone Hill - Act 2

16b: Bone Hill - Act 2

2019-07-0300:54:175

Martha's family makes a home on Black Mountain, and reckons with the past. "From whence we came, we shall return. From the old ways, our lessons learned." - Martha Redbone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16a: Bone Hill - Act 1

16a: Bone Hill - Act 1

2019-07-0300:43:2013

Martha's family has their land stolen, and then their identity. More than a hundred years later, Martha wants to set the record straight. "In the still of our hollows, we hear the calling of our Lord. Black coal is running through our veins." - Martha Redbone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15: A Settling in the Bones

15: A Settling in the Bones

2019-06-2600:49:347

Kirya's childhood home was haunted by two elusive ghosts - the fleeting presences of her grandfathers, neither of whom she knew much about. When she discovers an old audio cassette recording of herself making up songs and stories about the world she thought she understood, she decides it's time to seek out some real answers. "Here's to missed beginnings, and things that never start - for these are the ghosts that run around in my heart. When I see that where I'm going isn't where I want to be, I get the urge to call you up, and see if you would come and meet me." - Slaid Cleaves Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After Asher's uncle dies, the family goes to clean out his apartment, and discovers a box of love letters from a woman they've never met. "Yes, you call me in the morning. You call me in the morning - I'll tell you what to do if you call me in the morning." -Harry Nilsson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13: June & George

13: June & George

2019-06-1200:44:1711

Kimberly's grandparents find themselves imprisoned without cause. When they're released, they refuse to talk about it, leaving Kimberly and her family with a lot of questions about what happened. "Try to separate a man from his soul. You only strengthen him and lose your own." - Brother Ali Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Beth M

i love you guys. thanks for doing this podcast

Jan 22nd
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Vicki Robinson-Strand

I love this women.

Jan 20th
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francisco munguia

comunidad

Jan 17th
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LizMF7

interested

Jan 15th
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William Miles La Mont

This was beautiful. If you've ever helped dogs, or seen someone you love deteriorate, you understand this family's experience viscerally. Thank you all for sharing it.

Jan 13th
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Carrie Tucker

be like beth

Dec 26th
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Carrie Tucker

so sorry I listened to this story will I listen to another?

Dec 26th
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Carrie Tucker

ick, just a really sick story of self righteous family

Dec 26th
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Mark Nations

amazing and beautiful story

Dec 19th
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kristen thompson

Wow!! Great episode!

Dec 18th
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Misti Roberts

Why should those people have to answer for what their family did 200 years ago? After 150 years ... you know that the Irish were enslaved too right? and that there is an open slave market in Lybia as we speak? I'm interested in the history of this but not the racist slant or the idea that people today should have to answer for relatives that preceeded them by over 100 years.

Dec 18th
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Pam Roberson Livingston

Laughed so hard at the chicken story.

Dec 17th
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Pam Roberson Livingston

Was initially very interested in this story because I have the same mixture of blood (DNA) . It was never talked about when my great grandmother was alive. I just had a very hard time with this being a musical. Would have been better just being told the story.

Dec 17th
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PugWash

Thinking of digging in to this one. Thoughts?

Dec 14th
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Pam Roberson Livingston

I laughed so hard listening to this guy. Even if it only had to do with ghost in his own mind. Great storytelling

Dec 13th
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Pam Roberson Livingston

This woman tells an amazing story! Fabulous!

Dec 13th
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Oly Nicole

First off, I've listened to three episodes so far and wanna let you know this is a great podcast. So regarding this particular episode, I'm sorry, but based off the information given, hour grandfather is kind of a dick. No mattee the situation between him and his wife, to just throw his daughter to the wayside like that and not want anything to do with the life he willingly created is a dick move.

Dec 10th
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Oly Nicole

This episode is giving me deja vu vibes. my brother also has schizophrenia and a lot of the things Ben was saying, my brother says...the paranoia is unreal. He's set my mom's house on fire a few times and each time they have go in and pry him out. It's surreal.

Dec 9th
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yayabones82

this one is a heart squeezer. beautiful story.

Oct 7th
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Queen Faderera

This was an amazing story

Sep 4th
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