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Death in the Afternoon

Apr 12, 2019

We know who gets fancy monuments: politicians, military heroes, and so many men on horses. In cemeteries the playing field may be leveling, with faces and names showing up that have never been represented in public sculpture before. But in other areas, monuments are business as usual, the dead forgotten, the...


Mar 27, 2019

Two Manhattan tragedies, two miles and ninety years apart, that changed government policy forever.  But the victims couldn't afford to step back and take this long historical view. They were caught in a horrific struggle between two paths, both leading to unimaginable death.
 
Warning: Discussion of suicide.


Mar 14, 2019

Cremation and burial are all well and good, but why aren't our dead bodies electroplated or cemented?  In our first episode of Death in the Afternoon– Season Two, we're talking about the ridiculous funerary innovations that succeeded (see: the death-defying green parks of Hollywood) and the ridiculous...


Dec 19, 2018

You asked for it, deathlings. A bonus episode on the mortuary and embalming scenes in Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House. Are they accurate? A hot mess? Is my job really filled with ghosts? All that and more in today's mini-episode with Caitlin. 


Dec 5, 2018

Ring ring. Hello? Who’s there? IT’S YOUR MORTALITY CALLING.
 
In life, phones make everything easier– just “reach out and touch someone.” But in death, reaching out can be a little more complicated. This week we talk about accessing a dead man’s cell phone, texting from beyond the grave, and the grim...