Welcome to Strange Country, a podcast devoted to bizarre, surreal and extraordinary stories that make America the weird place it is. Co-hosts Kelly and Beth are former newspaper reporters turned school librarians who have always had a soft spot for a good story--the stranger the better. Discover the first woman to survive a barrel ride over Niagara Falls and the man who invented “complex marriage” in one of the most successful utopian experiments. Things get weird pretty quickly around here.
United States
110 episodes
since Aug. 17, 2017
explicit content


Dearest Readers: Imagine you are having a typical day in your life when the phone rings (right there, we know, we just dated ourselves) and you pick it up (again with the old) and the woman on the line informs you that you have had a twin all your life. You were separated at birth, for the reasons only mad scientists from Nazi Germany can conjure up, and told a lie your whole life until now. It is time to hear the story of Paula and Elyse of NYC and many others born in NYC put up for adoption in the 60’s at the Louise Wise Agency. Can you even imagine what that did to these women and other adults in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s? Fucked them up. Welcome to Strange Country number 102...the hits just keep on coming. We welcome you each episode to hear about the crazy and remind you, it isn’t you who is crazy...the rest of the world is nutso! Happy Reading Dashhounds😘 Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands. Cite Your Sources Man: McCormick, William. Records from Controversial Twin Study Sealed at Yale until 2065. https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2018/10/01/records-from-controversial-twin-study-sealed-at-yale-until-2065/ Schien, Elyse, Bernstein, Paula.  Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and United. Random House, Trade Paperback, New York. 2007. Than, Ker. A Brief History of Twin Studies. Smithsonian. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brief-history-twin-studies-180958281/ Shensiki, Lorii, The Twinning Reaction. Movie Quercia, Jacopa della. Unsolved. Readers Digest, April 2019.
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