A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
This podcast presents the history behind many scary stories and urban legends. Listeners will hear about the events and people behind the Ouija Board, the Bloody Mary ritual, and the mysterious arcade game Polybius. The Salem Witch Trials are used to illustrate what can happen to women who are perceived as threats in a patriarchal society. Critical thinking and media literacy skills are emphasized in many episodes.
Curiosity is a major theme throughout as the show explores the history behind spooky myths and stories. Humans are very complex and unique, and differences should be celebrated. Media like movies and video games can be good for learning. An episode on the Black Plague and pandemics encourages teamwork and trusting experts like doctors and scientists.
Positive Role Models
We hear about scientists who researched and developed vaccines for diseases. We learn about women who showed strength by going against norms in society. The host encourages listeners to research subjects further and become media literate.
Several episodes discuss how fear of strong women in patriarchal societies led to legends like "Bloody Mary." A two-part episode about witches presents the followers of the Wiccan religion in a positive light. We hear about celebrations of the dead across different cultures. There are discussions about equality and inclusiveness, and the importance of not judging people who are different than you.
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Violence & Scariness
As a podcast that breaks down scary stories and myths, expect episodes about monsters, creepy urban legends, seances, and dead people. Clowns and creepy dolls have their own episodes. Some references to historical violence like the killing of witches.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unspookable is a podcast for the curious, that explores the history behind scary stories, urban legends, monsters, and more. There are episodes about popular childhood rituals like summoning "Bloody Mary" in the bathroom mirror, or playing with a Ouija Board. Other subjects include witches, aliens, and the Bermuda Triangle. Because the stories are presented along with historical and scientific facts, the scariness is just right for the target audience. It also helps that we hear from young children sharing their thoughts on the subjects, which can be insightful and funny. However, if your child has specific fears or phobias, check the episode descriptions first before listening.
Is It Any Good?
This is a fun and informative podcast for kids and families who love listening to scary stories and learning about history. What makes Unspookable special is it raises questions about what frightens us and why we react the way we do to these stories. We can enjoy a good scare while also thinking critically about a story's origins. In a two-part episode about witches, Parisian discusses how perceptions of witches have changed over time, and she makes parallels between the Salem Witch Trials and present day injustices. Unspookable succeeds in hitting just the right balance of scary and educational, and encourages listeners to do further research on their own.
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