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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Mar 28, 2014

The biggest question about the Saddle Ridge Hoard (1,427 gold coins shallowly buried in seven metal cans) is, Why did the finders publicize their find? 

Was that a stupid move, or a smart one? 

This show explains the reasoning behind the public announcement, and it also discusses a few theories on how the coins got...

Mar 25, 2014

When the DuPont Company was getting a bad name for profiteering from World War I, they decided to fight back by sponsoring a patriotic radio program.  Cavalcade of America first aired in 1935. 

DuPont hired the most prestigious writers for the show - a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and poets Carl Sandburg and...

Mar 18, 2014

The Black Museum was the name given to Scotland Yard's Crime Museum by a newspaper reporter, and it stuck. 

The Crime Museum was opened in 1875.  In 1951, a radio series about the musuem was recorded in Australia for the BBC, and it featured Orson Welles as the narrator. 

Each week, Welles would pick up a display item...

Mar 14, 2014

The largest treasure hoard ever found was discovered by accident by an anonymous couple in California. While walking their dog, they saw a piece of metal sticking out of the ground. 

After some scraping with a stick, they unearthed this metal can containing 170 gold pieces.  More digging and seven cans later, their...

Mar 11, 2014

Who remembers Beryl Vaughn?  She was probably best-known playing Penny on radio's Sky King.  When she lived in Detroit, she was a member of legendary radio station WXYZ's talent pool, and she played many female characters on the Lone Ranger, the Green Hornet, and Challenge of the Yukon. 

In 1946, she teamed with first...