Episode 34: "These people just don't know enough about aliens to realize IT'S ALIENS."

Published: Sept. 15, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 55 seconds

Happy Spooky Wednesday everyone! This week, Kala talks about Smallett's Cave near Ava, MO that is allegedly home to the spirit of a headless cobbler that still roams the roads around the cave. But is it really a spirit, or is it something else? Brittany tells us about the historic Bullock Hotel in Deadwood, SD where Seth Bullock is said to still haunt the halls. Kala is excited to learn all about this man and his impressive mustache but is less excited to learn that he looks nothing like Timothy Olyphant. BONUS: Kala shares her theories about ghost dinosaurs, and Brittany has a dream come true through Twitter.  This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more information visit https://earthrider.beer 

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Episode 33: "Mr. Punny McPunderson"

Published: Sept. 8, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming with another Spooky Wednesday! This week Kala takes us back to Alton, IL to discuss the Mineral Springs Mall, a location that taught her the difference between historic and folkloric hauntings. Brittany takes us to the Punderson Manor in Newbury Township, OH, where there is a surprising lack of puns for such a punny name. It's raining zen up in here with marble-loving ghosts, trash-can-loving ghosts, and ghosts who love beautiful bearded men. And for bonus content: random four-wheeler talk! This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more information visit https://earthrider.beer

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Episode 32: "Serial killer slash wizard?!"

Published: Sept. 2, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 59 minutes 51 seconds

Happy Spooky Thuuuuuuuuursday? WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING? While the timeline may be a bit different this week, the stories are as good as ever.  It's a shabby to chic week as Kala tells us about the run-down and broken Pattowattamie Jail House Museum (better known as the "Squirrel Cage Jail") in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Brittany gives us the details of the adorable and fancy Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant in Petoskey, Michigan. While they're two very different buildings, they're both haunted AF. This episode has poorly designed buildings, maybe ghost cats (??), the weird basement boy, a piano that plays by itself, and Kala breaking out into song... again. 

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Episode 31: "I mean, what can you do? They're nuns."

Published: Aug. 25, 2021, 5:40 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes 45 seconds

This Spooky Wednesday, we go back to the midwest! Kala talks about Kemper Hall in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This building (formerly known as Durkee Mansion, a name that Brittany finds hilarious) is haunted by headless nuns, random footsteps, and shadow creatures that roam the lawns and walls. A fact that the county doesn't want to scare away future wedding rentals, but we think it should really attract them. Brittany talks about The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. Another hospital haunted by years of deaths caused by a pandemic, though apparently not haunted enough because some people still thought it'd make a good apartment building or prison. Also... Kala can't pronounce Louisville.  This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more information visit https://earthrider.beer

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Episode 30: "I literally googled 'Franklin Castle + porn'!"

Published: Aug. 18, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 51 seconds

This Spooky Wednesday marks our 30th episode! We're celebrating the same way we celebrate every week, by telling you some haunted tales! Kala talks about the mystery of The Vanishing Hitchhiker and the history behind this very old legend. And Brittany tells us about The Franklin Castle in Cleveland, OH, where a revolving door of owners and renovations (and porn? maybe?) has led to some very strange occurrences. And of course, since Ohio is mentioned in this episode, Kala has to burst into song at least once! We end the episode with a Reddit tale that is sure to leave you smiling.  This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more information visit https://earthrider.beer 

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Episode 29: "Hang a doll. Have a beer."

Published: Aug. 11, 2021, 5:51 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes 25 seconds

It's Brittany's birthday week! And this Spooky Wednesday we are celebrating by heading outside of the U.S. again to tell you about locations in Mexico and Ireland. Kala talks about some haunted areas in and around Mexico City. The Island of the Dolls is exactly what it sounds like... and Island. Filled with creepy, old dolls. Posada Del Sol is an abandoned hotel with creepy altars in its basement and bones in its walls. And Mexico City's airport keeps ghosts in its planes. Brittany takes us over the ocean to talk about the extremely bloody history of Leap's Castle. It's basically a real-life episode of Game of Thrones with real haunting consequences. It's got oubliettes, muckles, and murder holes... what more could you need? This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more information visit https://earthrider.beer

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Episode 28: "It’s very traumatic to be eaten, even if you’re already dead."

Published: Aug. 4, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes 8 seconds

This Spooky Wednesday the world is on fire, and it may or may not be reflected in our podcast. We head out to California this week for both of our locations. Kala tells us about her own experiences taking The Donner Pass in Northern California. The story of the Donner Party is tragic, and it's easy to see how this area is now haunted by the people who met their tragic end here. Travel + short cuts = cannibalism? Brittany takes us down to Southern California to talk about the Whaley House in San Diego. How is it that a house can have ghosts before it is ever built? Brittany knows. Construction + men who were hung for attempted boat theft = haunting? This episode is sure to have you questioning the decision-making skills of many people in the 1800s. No wonder so many ghosts are from this time.  This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more information visit https://earthrider.beer 

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Episode 27: "I want a leather black duster." "I know you do."

Published: July 28, 2021, 4:50 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 6 seconds

This week is all Brittany bay-bee! This Spooky Wednesday, Brittany tells us all about the phenomenon known best as The Glitch in the Matrix. These errors in our everyday life may leave you wondering if our world is as it seems, or a simulation that we exist in without realizing it. Kala, fresh back from her Californian vacation, shares an extra-long anonymous listener story which makes you wonder if Duluth's Lakeside is really as nice as it seems. Doppleganger-real-life-slash-computer-errors? Thank you! But also no thank you!  This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. Visit https://earthrider.beer for more information. 

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Episode 26: "The story of death whistles..."

Published: July 21, 2021, 3:28 a.m.
Duration: 45 minutes 56 seconds

Happy Spooky Wednesday! And Happy Birthday Kala! This week Kala and Brittany are heading overseas! On this special birthday episode, Kala is covering the haunted Poveglia Island in Italy and Brittany will be telling you about the nearly 900-year-old Ancient Ram Inn in Great Britain.

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Episode 25: "If it makes you feel any better, they call him Drywall Dave."

Published: July 14, 2021, 5:23 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds

This episode marks our 25th Spooky Wednesday! What better way to celebrate than telling really depressing tales that lead to really haunted locations? First Kala talks about Road L in Nebraska City, Nebraska. It is better known to its residents as Seven Sister's Road. This is the kind of road that reminds you why it's worth it to take the scenic route sometimes. Next, Brittany tells us about the Congress Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Y'all... this hotel... it's got history. Bad history. Sad history. Spooky history. And a ghost named Drywall Dave. It's got it all. We've also got tales about our time at the MN ParaUnity Convention, disagreements on cliche sayings, and the first time ever we agree on a beer!  This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. For more details visit https://earthrider.beer 

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Episode 24: "If they accept ribs, I don't know why they're so concerned about the spine thing."

Published: July 7, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes 11 seconds

Happy Spooky Wednesday, y'all! This week we've got witches (well... maybe witches) and cryptids! Kala talks about Whitewater, WI which is also known as the Second Salem, as a listener request. This city has tales of the witches and ghosts that plague the town going back over a hundred years. Is it really haunted, or is it a college town that just keeps spreading outdated rumors from years ago? Brittany tells us about Crawlers, the basis for a very popular creepypasta. These creepy, lanky cryptids are encountered in the woods and Brittany shares stories from people who have encountered the creatures across the United States and Canada. It's July. We're hot and sweaty and it certainly makes the spooky stories kick in more... So much so that Kala forgets which band performs "Carry on my Wayward Son".  The Minnesota ParaUnity Convention is coming up on July 9th and 10th! Come visit our booth with the Twin Ports Horror Society! For more details visit https://mnparacon.com/ This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior Wisconsin. For more information visit earthrider.beer

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Episode 23: "Thanks for moving my murder house and leaving me with all these books!"

Published: June 30, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 58 minutes 31 seconds

We've got missing library books, brutal bludgeonings, mosh pit loving ghosts, and tasty beer for you this week! Kala tells everyone about The Harvey Public Library in Harvey, ND. A woman was murdered in her home and now haunts the library that sits on the land, puzzling unsuspecting librarians by making keys disappear and restocking books. Brittany takes us down south to Savannah, GA to tell us about Moon River Brewing Company, where each floor of the building brings new and unwelcome surprises in the form of ghosts who are not above shoving you out of the way and trapping women in the bathroom stalls. To top it all off, we end the hour with an all-too-real night terror story that will remind you to lock your doors at night! This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery! Find information about their brewery, beer, and events at earthrider.beer! 

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Episode 22: "Oh my god... they are DKEs!"

Published: June 23, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes 44 seconds

This week brings us a fake hospital, a professional feline, a dumb fraternity ritual, and cuddles from a burnt, disembodied arm. Kala talks about The Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, AK. This hotel located in the Ozarks has a complicated past that contributes to it being one of the most haunted hotels in America. Brittany tells us tales from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. Students that attend this college often leave with many ghostly tales from all around campus including the dormitories, lecture halls, pool area, and surrounding campus area. Both locations are packed with stories from guests and students that show just how haunted they really are! This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery. Find information about their brewery, beer, and events at earthrider.beer! 

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Episode 21: "It's okay! Kids are creepy!"

Published: June 16, 2021, 5:44 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 8 minutes 50 seconds

Do you know what's terrifying? Children. Well maybe not to you, but that's apparently what Brittany and Kala have decided this week. Kala takes over this week with a long story centered around the cryptid known as Black-Eyed Children. What are these creatures? Aliens? Demons? Vampires? We only know one thing for sure... Brittany is having absolutely none of it. Then Brittany tells us one of her all-time favorite Reddit stories... and Kala is having absolutely none of it. This episode is likely to leave you closing your blinds and your social media apps at night. Happy #SpookyWednesday!

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Episode 20: "Multiple dozens of thousands of years ago... that's a long ass time."

Published: June 9, 2021, 6:12 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 1 second

This week Kala is talking about Summerwind, a mansion that once stood on the shores of West Bay Lake in Wisconsin! Once a beautiful summer lake home with a less than beautiful history, it is now simply a foundation with stairs and a chimney after it burned down in 1988. And Brittany introduces Obojoki, also known as the monster of Lake Okoboji in Iowa. There's a lot going on this week as we premiere our very first sponsor, Kala shares details about her recent visit to Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, and end the episode with another one of her favorite Reddit tales! This episode is sponsored by Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, WI. Crafted by decorated brewers with Lake Superior water and the finest ingredients. For more details visit https://earthrider.beer/.

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Episode 19: "I understand the scientific theories behind it, but... DEMON."

Published: June 2, 2021, 6:44 a.m.
Duration: 59 minutes 28 seconds

This Spooky Wednesday Kala talks about the haunting figure known as the Grey Lady that resides in the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana. And Brittany discusses The Phillip Experiment that took place in Toronto, Canada in the ’70s. These stories have given us our highest scores on the Skeptic Scale to date! This episode is all classic ghosts and demons, dear listeners! Well... ghosts and demons and science experiments. You're in for a treat! 

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Episode 18: "That is a delightful story of a cat! Having a job! In a prison!"

Published: May 26, 2021, 5:11 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 6 seconds

Kala talks about the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, MO, a building that once earned the name "The bloodiest 47 acres in America". Closed 2004 after holding violent criminals for 168 years, some of the inmates seem to have stuck around the grounds. Brittany discusses the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, MN. These caves, which have been used for a number of activities including growing mushrooms and gangster big band parties, are actually mines! Fun fact. Another fun fact... they are haunted.

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Episode 17: "Ducks. Ducks? Ducks! DUCKS?!"

Published: May 19, 2021, 6:36 a.m.
Duration: 56 minutes 4 seconds

This spooky Wednesday Kala takes us over to South Dakota to discuss the Ellsworth Airforce Base, which has seen enough unusual UFO activity to become known as the Area 51 of the Dakotas. Well, they could be UFOs, but they could also be ducks. And Brittany talks about a small town in Wisconsin that no longer exists if it ever existed at all. This episode is the first-ever episode edited by Kala! So, you know... do with that information what you will.

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Episode 16: "Great. I'll just cancel the appointment for the exorcist. No biggie!"

Published: May 12, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 55 minutes 39 seconds

This week Kala talks about the two ghosts with very different style choices that haunt the halls of The Drake hotel in Chicago, IL. And Brittany discusses the Central State Hospital, formerly known as the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in Indianapolis, IN. This building's tragic history while it was in operation has led to some interesting activity now that it is abandoned. Finally, our listener story helps us realize how we would handle it when faced with the possibility that our partners might become possessed while on vacation. 

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Episode 15: Happy Homegrown Listener Story Episode!

Published: May 5, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 54 minutes 8 seconds

This week Kala and Brittany talk about the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival and how it served as the inspiration for our first ever listener story episode! We're sharing stories from Duluth, MN musicians, photographers, poets, and attendees! Get ready to have a cluckin' good spooky time! HAPPY HOMEGROWN!!! 

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Episode 14: "It's not a deer and WE NEED TO LEAVE."

Published: April 28, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 53 minutes 44 seconds

This week Kala talks about the Sallie House in Atchison, KS. Though the lore behind the location leaves a lot to the imagination, it's certainly got the activity to prove that something happened in this house. And Brittany tells us about not-deer, a cryptid found in the Appalachian mountain area. These creatures may look like deer, but they are absolutely NOT deer. 

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Episode 13: "Men who, quote, 'had more legs' than him."

Published: April 21, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 55 minutes 50 seconds

This week is all about Grand Rapids! Kala discusses several locations in this Michigan city that indicate it's more haunted than you might think. And Brittany tells us about the haunted eBay painting "The Hands Resist Him". Can you guess where that painting resides now? You guessed right! Grand Rapids! Ghostly prank calls, jealous lovers, disembodied hands, and weird girl-doll-robot things. Who knew Michigan could be so exciting?

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Episode 12: "I think your laptop is haunted."

Published: April 14, 2021, 5:52 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 12 minutes 42 seconds

From a big city to a small town! This week Kala talks about the former Chicago Historical Society building, now known as TAO restaurant and nightclub, and best known for its history as Excalibur nightclub in Chicago, IL. Brittany discusses the Bellaire House in Bellaire, OH. They are two very different buildings, but they both have long histories filled with many haunted tales. And instead of a listener story, Kala shares a story that has lived in the back of her mind, freaking her out for years.

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Episode 11: "PBR, crab legs, and Kylo Ren... I've never felt so seen."

Published: April 7, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 42 seconds

In this week's episode, Brittany tells us about the small community of Grey Cloud Island in Minnesota and the online rumors that have spread about the private cemetery located on the island. This marks the first place discussed on our podcast that both Brittany and Kala have no desire to visit. And Kala tells us about the tragic history of the Lemp family that has caused the haunting of the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri. This week has secrecy, drama, and tales of woe... but it also has beer. So... you know... it's all good. 

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Episode 10: "All work and no play makes Brittany a dull girl."

Published: March 31, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 11 minutes 29 seconds

Episode #10! Double digits bay-beee! This week Kala tells us about The Devil’s Punchbowl in Menomonie, WI. It's a scientific study area that is magical during the day and mystical at night. And Kala gets a pleasant surprise as Brittany takes us out to Colorado to talk about a little place called The Stanley Hotel! Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Featuring a new theme song, gnomes, trolls, and Kala making a bunch of pop culture references that Brittany doesn't understand. 

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Episode 9: "Mulder told us to trust no one." "Yup! I have that on a pencil somewhere."

Published: March 24, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 51 minutes 56 seconds

In this episode, Brittany tells us about the history and hauntings of The Chauncey Griggs Mansion in St. Paul, MN. And we get our first UFO encounter when Kala goes "full Midwest X-Files" with the story of the 1953 Kinross UFO incident. Bonus content includes vaccination, talking cats, hot tubs, Kala's grandma, and a listener story that provides a valuable lesson about entering abandoned grain elevators. 

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Published: March 17, 2021, 5 a.m.
Duration: 52 minutes 7 seconds

Keeping it in the Midwest this week! Kala talks about the luxurious The Elms hotel and spa in Excelsior Springs, MO. Brittany heads in the opposite direction by discussing the absolutely-not-luxurious Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. Not much in common here... Except for the whole "being haunted" thing. Kala makes multiple references to things she swore made her edgy as a teenager, and Brittany makes multiple references to cats. So it's back to business as usual... 

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Episode 7: “Bomb-ass lady, long-ass name”

Published: March 10, 2021, 6:22 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 51 seconds

On this week’s episode of Left of Skeptic: Kala shares a few of the creatures known as “Fearsome Critters”, and Brittany brings us to Lead, SD to talk about the historic Homestake Opera House!

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Episode 6: "That's more than I've ever learned about Indiana ever in my life."

Published: March 3, 2021, 6 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 13 minutes 35 seconds

This week Brittany and Kala talk about The Spider House Cafe & Ballroom in Austin, TX, and The Hannah House in Indianapolis, IA. It's an episode full of birthday wishes, historic Indiana facts, and a couple of exhausted hosts. They may be tired, but they're still having a good time!

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Episode 5: "It's just me, the internet, and my Kylo Ren lightsaber."

Published: Feb. 24, 2021, 6 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes

Episode 5 brings two tales from Two Harbors, MN. Kala discusses haunts from her hometown: the Split Rock Lighthouse and Blackwoods Grill and Bar. And Brittany brings us our first cemetery with tales from Bachelor's Grove Cemetery in Cook County, IL. And they both marvel at the adventurous activities and disturbing hobbies of the teenagers in Illinois. Damn youths. 

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Episode 4: "Wrestling is just theater kids that are more athletic."

Published: Feb. 17, 2021, 6 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes 25 seconds

Kala and Brittany leave Minnesota behind this week to discuss the Beast of Bray Road in Elkhorn, WI, and The McPike Mansion in Alton, IL. They also chat about TikTok, wrestling, and ghostly fashion sense. And towards the end of the episode, Kala shares a different style of listener story! 

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Episode 3: "If a large aquatic creature can skim across the water, why can't I?"

Published: Feb. 10, 2021, 6 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 19 minutes 49 seconds

This week Brittany and Kala discuss the Nopeming Sanatorium in Duluth, MN and Pepie, the monster of Lake Pepin in Lake City, MN. Creepy makeup brushes, Oreos, and grey-scaled, thick-thighed, beefy-man-thighs serpents. And Kala makes several references to the movie The Water Horse when she is actually talking about the movie Magic in the Water.  

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Episode 2: "You know Zak Bagans went there, right?"

Published: Feb. 3, 2021, 6 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 57 seconds

This week on Left of Skeptic Kala and Brittany discuss two famously haunted hotels: The Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, MN and St. James Hotel in Red Wing, MN. Including haunted basements, ghost kitties, and past owners who really don't like it when you move their table. As an added bonus: how Kala really feels about Zak Bagans. 

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Episode 1: "I just don't want ghosts to touch me..."

Published: Jan. 27, 2021, 6 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 38 seconds

Brittany and Kala start their adventure into the paranormal podcasting world by talking about two of their favorite locations: the SS William A. Irvin and the Glensheen Mansion. And we immediately establish that Brittany absolutely does not want ghosts to touch her. 

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