Black cats, Paranormal activity, Childhood literacy

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A folklore professor explains how black cats became associated with Halloween. Then, we talk to a Wisconsin paranormal researcher about legends from the area. Later, we learn more about how literacy problems often start in early childhood.

Featured in this Show

  • When black cats became a symbol of Halloween: Addressing the symbolism, history of black cats

    Black cats are sometimes used as a symbol of Halloween, whether that’s as a symbol of bad luck or as part of a light-hearted Halloween theme. A folklorist joins us to talk about the history of black cats and Halloween and why they became connected with the fall holiday.

  • Dare to be paranormal: Legends from the Midwest

    We talk about infamous and legendary dares from around America’s heartland with a Wisconsin paranormal researcher.

  • How America's literacy problems start at an early age

    About one in six American adults has low literacy. The U.S. doesn’t rank high globally on literacy. Our guest explains why the roots of this crisis are in infancy and early childhood, and what to do about it.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Simon Bronner Guest
  • Chad Lewis Guest
  • Maya Smart Guest
  • Rob Ferrett Interviewer

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