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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

Nov 16, 2017

Ever been so hungry, you could eat a cat? Strange Country Episode 15 delves into the ways people deal with their hunger as cohosts Beth and Kelly explore the Minnesota Starvation Experiment in the 1940s, designed to discover what happens when people starve to counteract the mass starvation from the world wars. Spoiler alert: people act crazy. Beth shares a tale of solving world hunger by fasting for 30 hours and her fear of tampons, and both Beth and Kelly discover they have no idea what a rutabaga is or why anyone would shoplift one. Bon appetit!

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands

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