Carter's Condensed History the Podcast

By Marissa Kohn and Carter Thompson

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Take a journey through history with Carter and Marissa! Every episode is a whirlwind tour of the world's peculiar histories and unsolved mysteries, with murders, mayhem, ghosts, and gadgets, it's sometimes sweet and always condensed.

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The Disastrous History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Turkey gets a Presidential Pardon!

In their quest to dazzle children, Macy’s makes a series of terrifying missteps while parading down Broadway. And the surprising modern history of the presidential tradition of pardoning the Turkey. 

Nov 20, 2021
Verifiable ghosts of the Merchant House and the Debunked Ghosts of Clinton Court!

Marissa takes her kids to Murder Park and spies on the haunted neighbors. Then Carter spends his birthday with the daughter of a sea merchant who’s unrequited love and staunch obedience lead to a lonely life and afterlife. 

Nov 15, 2021
The Real Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and The Cult of the Octagonal House!

A young Washington Irving mingles fact with fiction to create a worldwide literary sensation in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Using wacky pseudonyms and wild publicity stunts, he borrows the actual story of the van Tassel family of Tarrytown and the unfortunate death of a Hessian soldier beheaded during the Battle of White Plains to produce America’s first published ghost story. Then, a unique architectural style inspires a cult and more, as we reconstruct the history of the hauntingly beautiful and beautifully haunted octagonal Armour-Stiner house of Irvington, NY.

Nov 09, 2021
Merry Widow Eliza Jumel and Theodosia Burr Walks the Plank!

Burr… it’s cold in here! There must be some ghosts in the atmosphere! A mansion in upper Manhattan is haunted by an upwardly mobile widow (who may or may not have murdered her husband with a pitchfork). Then, not-so-dear Theodosia Burr’s Christmas Vacation is commandeered by Pirates.

Nov 02, 2021
Lackawanna Station Hotel and the Baleroy Mansion

Things in Scranton go off the rails, with a haunted morgue and some superstitious baseball players, but the scariest part of the train-station-turned-hotel might be the partial destruction of the Tiffany Skylight! Meanwhile, the Baleroy mansion is haunted by a little boy and a helpful old lady, but watch out for the red mist named Amanda!

Oct 26, 2021
The Bennington Triangle and The Haunted Edward Everett Estate

A series of puzzling disappearances near Bennington, Vermont in the late 1940s remains unexplained! A haunted estate becomes a college campus and the horrors of homework aren’t the only thing keeping students up all night.

Oct 26, 2021
The Lemp Mansion and the Missouri State Penitentiary!

The Tragic story of the Lemp family of St. Louis, with orgy caves full of beer, children hidden in attics, and the spending spree of the Lavender Lady! The riotous ghosts of the Missouri State Penitentiary continue to spook, with Fast Jack and Firebug Johnson serving a much longer sentence than 20 years to life.

Oct 26, 2021
Margery Crandon and Omni Parker House

Boston gets wicked spooky as we unravel the tale of Medium Margery Crandon. Was this seance-loving socialite talking to ghosts or was she one of the greatest illusionists of the 20th century? We also check-in on Charles Dickens, John Wilkes Booth, and the mysterious ghosts of the Omni Parker House!

Oct 26, 2021
The Empire State Building

Elevator Operator Betty Lou Oliver has a terrible day at work but still manages to set a world record! Chaos ensues when a plane crashes into the Empire State Building, and the tragic death of Evelyn McHale, captured by a young photographer, continues to fascinate and influence artists.

Oct 26, 2021

We start with some Better Homes and Hauntings of Newport! We’ve got dark shadows and “Dark Shadows,” then some haunted students and some haunted furniture. The Ghost Ship Sea Bird rolls into town with nobody onboard, but the stove is still running, sparking a maritime mystery that still baffles us today!

Oct 26, 2021
Carter’s Haunted Apartment

There’s a Washer, a Dryer, and Ghost in-Unit! Shoes that walk themselves, a ghost in search of good skin care regimen, and a mysterious shadowy man, but nothing is scarier than the thought of finding a new apartment!

Oct 26, 2021
Carter's Condensed History the Podcast Promo!

Take a journey through history with Carter and Marissa! Every episode is a whirlwind tour of the world's peculiar histories and unsolved mysteries, with murders, mayhem, ghosts, and gadgets, it's sometimes sweet and always condensed.

Oct 25, 2021