125-Fort Carroll?

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A long abandoned fort lies in the middle of the Patapsco river in the shadow of the Key Bridge. Just at the Baltimore line, it stands guardian to the inner harbor and the port of the city. Unlike some of it’s sister forts, Fort Carroll is long abandoned by humans leaving room for it’s new avian inhabitants. So come with us on our journey to the solitary Fort Carroll.

 

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124-Malört?

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What do you do when you hear about a alcohol that is described as tasting like a burnt condom filled with gasoline? You find the closest place they sell it and pick some up. Then you go share it with your friends. We had such and adventure just searching for this elusive Chicagoan drink that we couldn’t wait to try it. This liquor is so packed with flavor we had to have two guests to contain it.

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The Curioso Malört cocktail

1oz Malört

2oz grapefruit juice

1/2 oz triple sec

2 dash of blood orange bitters

Regret

Add all ingredients to a low ball glass with ice and stir. Add regret the next day.


 

 A Waltz for Old Jeppson (Carl’s Theme) by Archie Powell and The Exports used by permission. 

123-Maple Syrup?

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When you think of maple syrup you think of a thick, sweet liquid for your pancakes but not much beyond that. Chris and Joe go in depth about this delicious treat from first nation accounts of how to harness the sap to the maple candies and sweeteners that are made from it. The humble maple tree is in the spotlight today!

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122-Zone of Death?

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Seven years after the ending of the American Civil War the commanding general of the Union army, Ulysses S. Grant, would be president and sign into law the United States first national park. Three states comprise Yellowstone Park with the largest part being Wyoming, then Montana and the smallest in Idaho. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles. The park is home to grizzly bears, bison, wolves and elk, all of which can be very dangerous animals to interact with. We also don’t want to forget the Yellowstone caldera. It is the largest supervolcano on our continent. It powers all the geothermal features within the park including hot springs, mud pots and of course the geysers, like Old Faithful. Experts say that if it explodes people within a few dozen miles would probably perish. Places like Denver would be covered in about a foot of ash. Cities as far as Miami, New York and Toronto would be covered in a finer layer, which would be enough to make water unpotable and stop cars from running.

Nature can be both cruel and beautiful; our American laws can mirror them. In 2005 Michigan State law professor Brian Kalt penned an article in the Georgetown Law Journal entitled “The Perfect Crime.” It describes an area of Yellowstone of about 50 square miles where theoretically it is possible to get away with murder. This area has come to be known as the “Zone of Death”.  Currently this legal loophole is still open even though the professor wrote to lawmakers a year before publishing the paper on the off chance that someone might take advantage of the situation there.

When congress wrote the bill to create the park they gave Wyoming the legal jurisdiction to prosecute any crimes committed within Yellowstone’s borders. The portions that are in Montana and Idaho also fall under the responsibility of Wyoming. The problem however is when this comes in conflict with our constitution and more specifically the sixth amendment.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense. -U.S constitution

If we focus on the part that describes where the impartial jury must come from you’ll notice that there are specific guidelines. They must come from the State where the crime was committed. Also they must come from the district where the crime was committed. This creates a very small Venn diagram only seen in this area if the country. So if you happen to commit a crime heinous enough to require a jury trial, your jury would need to be pulled from people who live in that small stretch of land because they are the only ones who would fit these criteria. This shouldn’t really be a problem for the portion of the park that falls in Montana because there are more than a dozen people living there making it possible to create a jury of twelve. The Idaho portion of the park however is completely uninhabited. Since there is no one that both lives in Idaho and falls under Wyoming’s jurisdiction, effectively you cannot have a jury of your peers and could possibly be let go of the crime.

There is even a novel called Free Fire written by author CJ Box that bases its premise on the idea of this “zone of death”. A Wyoming Senator, Mike Enzi, was a fan of Box’s work and after reading the novel asked the Department of Justice to look into the issue. Absolutely nothing came of it. No one seems to want to address this issue legally before it becomes a reality.

One case however did make it to court that actually cited professor Kalt’s article. Hunting or discharging of firearms are prohibited within Yellowstone park.  Michael Belderrain illegally shot an elk in Montana in 2005 and tried to use the zone of death defense when his case came to court in 2007. He was in the Montana portion of the park when shooting the elk but was tried in Wyoming. The court dismissed his argument. Belderrain accepted a plea deal that specifically barred him from using that defense again. Otherwise, Belderrain could have appealed the court’s decision, which could have shed more light on those fifty square miles. Now we might never know if we have an area where it is legal to commit murder.


121-Fenn Treasure?

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What is the Fenn fortune? How do you find it? Where do you find the clues to this hidden treasure? A bounty worth possibly millions of dollars is waiting for you hidden somewhere in the rocky mountains north of Santa Fe. Adventure awaits.

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120-Merkins?

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Wigs can be worn for all kinds of various reasons. They can change your appearance when you are trying to be someone else, or a toupe’e for instance can make you feel more like yourself. The same goes for the merkin. It’s put to use when hair is needed down there. This episode is all about the pubic wig.

This was a listener request. Be careful what you wish for.

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119-Egg Nog?

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For years we have been threatening to record an episode about nog. After years of shooting it down, we have finally decided to give it a go. As it turns out nog had a rich and frothy backstory. So join us to learn everything from George Washington’s personal eggnog recipe to the traditional way a wooden nogging is carved.

 

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118-Last Meals?

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Ever think what meal would be your last? Very few people know for certain. If you had the chance what would be the last flavor on your lips?

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117-Snallygaster?

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The Snallygaster is a Maryland based cryptid whose description is so bizarre that is almost sounds like some kind of Lovecraftian horror. Half eagle, half reptile with razor sharp teeth so hard and dark they look like steel. It has wings to small for its body but yet it flies. It has one large eye in the middle of its forehead like some kind of reptile cyclops. it also has tentacles coming out of its mouth like it has a large octopus as a tongue. Beware the Snallygaster, especially if you are a drinker. We have heard it has a fondness for moonshine.

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116-Weird Cars?

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Since the invention of the combustion engine in 1794 we have dreamed up some amazing vehicles.  We try to pick out the strangest for this episode.

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