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I Want My (Old) MTV

I Want My (Old) MTV

November 29, 2022

Can you picture the scene in the spooky abandoned house, Michael Jackson’s innocent date watching terrified as he and his zombie posse advance on her, the beat of “Thriller” pounding in the background? How about the beautiful girl being pulled into a comic book love story by the handsome lead singer in A-Ha’s “Take on Me” video? If so, then this is the episode for you!

Today’s MTV looks nothing like the version that launched 41  years ago, at midnight on August 1, 1981. The concept was simple: Music videos and music content all day, every day. Yet the MTV cable channel has been credited with changing not only the music industry but also the culture and identity of an entire generation.

Join us for this fun episode where Candy shares with Ashley the start of MTV and the story behind elements that are now iconic, such as the VJs, MTV logo, and the Moonman

If you want your (old) MTV, you can find it here!

#Cornucopia #MTV #IWantMyMTV #Thriller

The 5 W’s with Candy and Ashley

The 5 W’s with Candy and Ashley

November 22, 2022

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and fun… which in this case means some personal recommendations from your friends at Scandal Water!

In hopes of adding some extra flavor to your holiday, this week Candy and Ashley surprise their listeners (and each other) by highlighting some of their favorite entertainment-related things. 

The catch? They each had to create their list of items by using the 5 Ws: Who, What, When, Where, and Why

Where can you find this fun episode? View the recording on our Scandal Water Podcast youtube channel or listen at!

NOTE: Neither Candy nor Ashley were paid for any of the recommendations. 

#Thanksgiving #5Ws #Reccomendation 

An ‘Untouchable’ Reputation? The Truth about Eliot Ness, with Douglas Perry

An ‘Untouchable’ Reputation? The Truth about Eliot Ness, with Douglas Perry

November 15, 2022

For many Americans, the name Eliot Ness conjures up images of a young Kevin Costner in 1987’s film “The Untouchables,” or perhaps Robert Stack’s version from a few decades earlier. Our younger listeners may not recognize the name at all.

But for a time, Eliot Ness was legendary, famously taking on Al Capone and the Chicago mob, leading daring raids as a Prohibition agent, cleaning up the Cleveland police department, and generally solidifying his reputation as an American hero. Until that is, it all ended. 

Join us for this fascinating conversation with Douglas Perry, author of “Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of An American Hero.” From Eliot’s exploits as a Prohibition agent to his complicated relationship with women to the insecurities that plagued this man who is often depicted as being larger-than-life, we cover it all in this lively interview. 

#DouglasPerry #Chicago #EliotNess #AlCapone #Prohibition #TheGirlsofMurderCity  #Cleveland 

‘Stranger Things’: A Nostalgic Love Letter to the 80’s

‘Stranger Things’: A Nostalgic Love Letter to the 80’s

November 8, 2022

Eleven. Justice for Barb. The Upside Down. Bob. “Running Up That Hill.” Eddie.

Recognize these references? Then you are probably one of the millions of fans who just celebrated “Stranger Things Day” on November 6th (the day in 1983 that Will Byers went missing)

Join us as we discuss this “love letter to 80s cult classic movies” and one of the most popular series of all time, tracing it from its beginnings through the recently released season 4.

How did the Duffer brothers find their amazing cast of child actors? Which 80s movies inspired key scenes from the series? What original ending was planned for season 1? How was Bob supposed to die, according to the early scripts? What do we know about the 5th and final season? 

Grab your Walkman, throw on those legwarmers, and join us for this “Stranger Things” episode. It’s totally gnarly!

#StrangerThings #TheDufferBrothers #StrangerThingsDay #WillByers #SeanAstin 

Edgar Bergen Was No Dummy

Edgar Bergen Was No Dummy

November 1, 2022

While many today might know Edgar Bergen only as father to actress Candice Bergen, who starred in Murphy Brown, at one time this famous ventriloquist was a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment field. 

With Charlie McCarthy, his beloved ventriloquist dummy, at his side, Edgar starred in radio programs, television shows, Vegas acts, and a comic strip, among other things. He also dated Ava Gardner and socialized with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Roger Moore

But did Edgar’s partnership with Charlie take an odd turn? 

In this episode Candy and Ashley not only discuss the life of this ground-breaking comedian, but also the circumstances that led daughter Candice Bergen to comment upon the difficulty of being the younger sister to a dummy, and the pain of learning that it was Charlie McCarthy–not she– who was remembered in her father’s will. 

#Cornucopia #EdgarBergen #CharlieMcCarthy #CandiceBergen

A Grave Episode: Candy and Ashley Visit the Cemetery

A Grave Episode: Candy and Ashley Visit the Cemetery

October 25, 2022

While visiting a graveyard might seem reminiscent of a scene from a scary movie, cemetery tourism is actually a booming industry. Whether it’s to honor loved ones,  learn about history, reflect in a picturesque, peaceful environment, or, yes, enjoy the tingling unease that can result from a nighttime graveyard visit, people are drawn to cemeteries.

In this final Spooktober episode, you will experience a ‘Scandal Water’ first… a cemetery field trip! But no fear warning is necessary; the focus is to explore the lives of some interesting people who went before us. 

Using an interview-style format, Candy and Ashley share their respective gravesite visits with each other, honoring a handful of notable figures from the entertainment world, including Muhammad Ali, Johnny Mercer, and Rose Monroe, better known as Rosie the Riveter

Listen to the podcast episode AND/OR go to the Scandal Water Podcast youtube channel where you can not only watch the interview but also see the visuals and gravesite pictures that help tell the story of these intriguing individuals.

#Spooktober #October #Bonadventure #CaveHill 

No Bones About It: The Body Farm Changed Forensics

No Bones About It: The Body Farm Changed Forensics

October 18, 2022

Imagine peering through the slats of a fence only to spot a handful of corpses, in varying states of decay, littered across the ground. 

That’s exactly how one unsuspecting construction worker learned about the infamous Body Farm, more formally known as the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility

Join Candy and Ashley as they trace the fascinating history of the Body Farm, the brainchild of Dr. Bill Bass and a featured element of a best-selling Patricia Cornwell thriller, and discuss how this innovative approach has helped revolutionize criminal investigation. 

You’ll also hear details from intriguing– and in some cases, notorious– criminal cases that Dr. Bass helped solve through his skills as a forensic anthropologist. 

This Spooktober episode is one you won’t want to miss, no bones about it!

Note: Break Music "Ghost Town" composed by Rafael Krux and purchased on

#Spooktober #BillBass #TheBodyFarm #PatriciaCornwell

Historian Adam Selzer on H. H. Holmes and His Murder Castle: Separating Fact from Fiction

Historian Adam Selzer on H. H. Holmes and His Murder Castle: Separating Fact from Fiction

October 11, 2022

Keanu Reeves’ recent exit from the “The Devil in the White City” project has added to the long list of problems plaguing the upcoming Hulu miniseries based on serial killer H. H. Holmes. But what’s the true story behind Holmes, his killings, and the notorious Murder Castle

That’s the focus of this lively interview with Adam Selzer, Chicago historian, author of H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil, blogger, podcaster, and tour guide extraordinaire!

How many murders did Holmes actually commit, and what was his motivation? Is there any credence to the “Holmes Curse”? What behind-the-scenes insights does Adam share from his experience on the show “American Ripper”? And what was the Murder Castle really like?

Be sure to catch this fascinating interview to hear all this and so much more!

Adam Selzer, author of H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil and other books/projects can be found at

Note: Break Music "Ghost Town" composed by Rafael Krux and purchased on

#Chicago #HHHolmes #MysteriousChicago #MurderCastle #JacktheRipper #ScandalWaterPodcast #TuesdayTea #Spooktober

A Look Inside “The Most Terrifying Building in America,” Waverly Hills Sanitorium

A Look Inside “The Most Terrifying Building in America,” Waverly Hills Sanitorium

October 4, 2022

Called “one of the most haunted places in the United States” and “the most terrifying building in America,” Louisville’s Waverly Hills Sanitorium is legendary in paranormal circles. It’s been featured in a number of shows, from A&E’s “Ghost Hunters” to the Travel Channel’s “Kindred Spirits.”

But how did this sprawling, gothic-style building come to be the site of so many deaths? What was the original purpose of that infamous dark tunnel known as “the body chute”? And what supernatural stories are widely circulated related to encounters with the child ghost ‘Timmy’ and the nurse who met tragedy in room 502? 

History meets suspense in this fun Spooktober episode that is sure to send chills up your spine!

Special thanks to Josh Martin for opening our new season with a shout-out! Be sure to check out his music on Spotify, or anywhere fine music is heard! 

Note: Break Music "Ghost Town" composed by Rafael Krux and purchased on

#WaverlyHills #Spooktober #ScandalWaterPodcast #JoshMartin #GhostHunters #KindredSpirits 

September Rewind: May I Help You Improve Your Home?

September Rewind: May I Help You Improve Your Home?

September 27, 2022

Special thanks to the Be Kind Sisters, Raegan and Rylyn, for providing the guest intro for this repeat episode.

Episode Tie-In: Community volunteers in LaGrange, Kentucky, have continued the work started by the “Home Town Kickstart” crew. Come visit to check out the mural and AlleyLoop!

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve not only completed a home improvement project since the start of the pandemic, but you’ve also received some inspiration from shows like
Fixer Upper or Flip or Flop

While HGTV is now a huge television network, with the stars of its most popular home improvement shows launched to celebrity status, HGTV didn’t even exist until December of 1994. 

So how did HGTV start? What show predated HGTV and is widely considered to be the very first home improvement show? What’s the real story behind those home makeover shows? And how was the quaint town of LaGrange, Kentucky, selected for a Home Town Kickstart? Candy and Ashley discuss these questions and more as they explore the topic ‘May I Help You Improve Your Home?”

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