Category Archives: Episodes

Special Report: WHAT’S IN THE BOX???



Ok, so they found something weird in Egypt, you guys! Could be big, could be less big. Find out what’s going on with the “Black Sarcophagus,” and who might be buried inside (or not). Also, I reveal the theme for Season 2!

More Info here: https://www.sciencealert.com/huge-mystery-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-egypt-alexandria

Music–to cover over the noises made by our new podcast dog, Susie, provided by Kevin MacLeod.

Ibn Al-Noor Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Bonus Preview: Everything is Crystals! Episode 1



While Relic takes some well-deserved time off, my friend Tom and I are producing an “off season” humor podcast on one of our favorite video game series. You can listen to part 1 of our pilot episode here, and be sure to check out (and subscribe) to the official channel on iTunes: “Everything is Crystals”, for part 2!

https://everythingiscrystals.podbean.com/

Every episode, Tom and I regale a guest with an story from the most ironically titled video game franchise of all time.
We choose 1 game from the series, 1 new guest, and 1 thematic cocktail. Then hilarity ensues! Whether you’re into gaming, anime, sci-fi, or just bad fantasy lit, there is a crystal for everybody!

Our first episodes delves into the history of the humble Tokyo power company that would go on to create one of the world’s best selling–and sequel-spanning–video games of all time. We also discuss the production of the O.G. Final Fantasy, and set the stage for a tale of silent protagonists, dark knights, and crystals galore. All the while, I force my co-host and guest to drink aggressive shots of various liquors. Good times all around.

Outro Music: BossaBossa by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 26 – Season Finale Part 2: Blood of the Grail



The adventure comes to a conclusion with Relic’s season finale.

No other lost treasure has captivated the minds of artists and treasure hunters alike than the Holy Grail. Said to have been the goblet that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper, it is an object of alleged immense power, rivaled only by its companion treasure, the Spare of Destiny. Where are these two sacred artifacts, if anywhere, and what did the Nazis want with them?

Vocal sample from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) Lucasfilm Ltd.

Music from Kevin MacLeod
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“Parzafal” by Richard Wagner, supplied by MusOpen

Special thanks to the research of David McIntee and his book “Fortune and Glory”.


Episode 25 – Season Finale Part 1: Brood of the Gods



The first part of Relic’s season finale! If you’ve watched any science fiction or adventure movie in the last 20 years, you may be aware of a certain fantasy/sci fi trope: Nazis channeling the forces of the paranormal to help satisfy their goals. The truth behind the lore is, as they say, stranger than fiction. In this episode, find out how fringe belief, ancient mythology, and modern pseudoscience, came together to form a tyrannical and genocidal movement.

Music from Kevin Macleod and MusOpen

 


Episode 24 – Yamashita’s Gold



During World War II, the Japanese amassed their hoard of stolen wealth primarily on the Philippine island of Luzon. After the war, rumors began to emerge that a general by the name of Tomoyuki Yamashita had buried most of the loot in unspecified locations. For many years, this was nothing more than an urban legend…until a local man named Rogelio Roxas supposedly uncovered a cache of gold in an abandoned tunnel. This was when things got weird…

Music from: Derek Fiechter. MusOpen. And Kevin Macleod


Episode 23 – Adventurous Women



Joined by Courtney of The Cult of Domesticity podcast, we examine the exciting lives of three of history’s most awesome (but sadly not always recognized) adventuresses: Bessie Coleman, the first African American and American Indian aviatrix; Lady Hesther Stanhope, the first female archaeologist; and Nelly Bly, who tried to beat Jules Verne at his own game.


Episode 22 – It Belongs in a Museum! The Pages of History



Content Warning: A short, non-descriptive mention of a sexual assault in a historical context.

Because of the efforts of scribes and scholars, we are still able to take a look into the past and know where we came from. But for all of the books that changed history, there are countless others that held knowledge now lost to the ages. Such tomes included: inventions that question what we thought we know of ancient civilization, the true story behind one of the most notorious poets who ever lived, and even a book that shaped the English langage…a book that may have never even existed in the first place! In this episode, Relic and the crew of the Frankenpod examine a few famous titles that you’ll never get to read.

Background music by Derek Fiechter

Listen to the Frankenpod here!

 


Episode 21 – The Highest Grave



Due to some scheduling conflicts, we had to switch some things up a bit for this episode. But never fear! You (and by that I mean the audience) got to vote on a shorter episode for this week. And you all chose…the mysteries behind the dead bodies left behind on Mount Everest? Oh boy…

Since the 1920s, Mt. Everest has stood as a metaphor for surmounting all odds. But over the years, experienced adventurers have lost their lives on this formidable mountain. This “treasure-lite” episode explores a few mysteries, including the doomed Mallory/Irvine expedition, which may have pre-dated the famous Norgay/Hillary achievement by several decades.


Episode 20 – Truth to Dust



Legend has it, that when the Jews of Prague were threatened by anti-Semitic violence, a great Rabbi, possessing the knowledge of alchemy and the Kabbalah, conjured up a golem to defend the city. For decades, most believed this was nothing more than a tall tale, until one night in 1938, when the Nazis marched into town…

Is there any truth to this fable? And if so, is the golem still sealed inside an attic somewhere, waiting for the right time to come alive?

Music by Kevin Macleod and MusOpen


Episode 19 – A Tale of Two Swords



The ancient chronicles of Japan speak of a sword called Kusanagi, an enchanted blade wielded by the gods and handed down to their descendants. Allegedly hidden in a shrine and only called upon during the Emperor’s coronation, its authenticity remains a topic of debate. Joining it in legendary status is the Honjo Masamune, often called the finest samurai sword ever crafted; current whereabouts unknown. In this lost artifact double feature, I try to figure out where the truth lies in legend.

Music by: PeriTune, Kevin MacLeod


Episode 18 – Werewolf



Warning: This episodes does not contain actual werewolves.

A lake. A train. A tragedy at sea. A message in a music score. This episode examines four mysteries surrounding the Nazi’s final ploy: the secreting of billions of assets, mostly in gold bullion and ingots, to fund a Nazi insurgency long after the war had ended.

Classical music provided by MusOpen


Treasures and Tyrants



Relic will be back in February 2018 with the last half of season 1! Until then, here’s a quick dive into our first season and its thematic arc. This will also serve as a first look towards our final stretch: the lost artifacts of World War II, and Hitler’s schemes to hoard all of the world’s treasures under one roof.


Episode 17 – The Italians Who Stole Christmas



The second holiday special! Saint Nicholas is one of Catholicism’s most honored Saints, a figure who would go on to inspire the folkloric character known as Santa Claus. But this Saint did not enjoy a peaceful rest in death. In 1087, an ambitious cabal of Italian sailors decided to rob his tomb in a get-rich-quick controversy that, 1,000 years later, remains unresolved. Merry Christmas!

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 16 – A Light in the Temple; or Menorah, Menorah, I’m Lookin’ For Ya



The first of Relic’s two holiday specials! The menorah is a nine-pronged candle holder, ceremonially lit during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. It is modeled after a human-sized, gilded lamp that once sat in the sacred Temple of Jerusalem. Created after a brutal rebellion to take back the city, the original menorah remained in the temple for hundreds of years, until it was stolen by the Romans. Do their successors still have it?

Theme music by Devin. Music by Kevin MacLeod and Derek Fiechter.

 

 


Episode 15 – It Belongs in a Museum! Back From Extinction



In this last episode of our mid-season “It Belongs in a Museum!” series, we are joined by Kate Shaw of Strange Animals Podcast. An animal species is considered extinct when it hasn’t been identified in the wild after 50 years. What happens when eyewitness testimony, and photographic evidence, challenges what we once thought about certain bygone species? Something is out there…

For this episode, Relic is calling attention to three important charities that are, quite literally, saving the Earth:

Hispanic Federation UNIDOS – for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Rainforest Alliance 

National Resources Defense Council

Background music by Kevin MacLeod


Episode 14 – It Belongs in a Museum! Are You My Mummy?



Welcome to the mid-season! In this installment of Relic’s “It Belongs in a Museum” series…we get weird. Comedian and anthropologist Jake Sully tells us all about the Peking Man– the fossilized remains of an ancient, common ancestor to homo sapiens. Who was the Peking Man and where did he end up? Also, Max looks into the strange tale of the San Pedro Mummy, and journeys further down the rabbit hole into the wild world of mummified discoveries believed (by some) to be alien in origin.


Episode 13 – It Belongs in a Museum! Forbidden Artifacts (Special Guest: Hillbilly Horror Podcast)



It’s our Halloween special! Joined by special guests, Jerry and Tracy of Hillbilly Horror Podcast, we take Relic to a dark place…and try to get to the bottom of a few cursed artifacts. Are they real? Can they kill you? Maybe!

Music by Kevin MacLeod


Episode 12 – Curse of the Inca



Since the Spanish age of conquest, the inhabitants near the Llanganates region of Ecuador have feared the stories surrounding a massive cache of priceless artifacts hidden somewhere in the mountains. The treasure of the last Incan King carries an especially deadly curse, and those who go looking for it end up vanishing into the jungle or dying…in eerily similar circumstances.

Music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter. Seriously, check their channels out.

And if the true events included in this episode’s final sequence intrigue you, I highly recommend the Thinking Sideways Podcast’s episode that covers this mystery in greater detail.


Episode 11 – Dark Oracle



There were several holy sites in ancient Greece where one could receive prophecies, the most famous of these oracles being the Pythia at Delphi. Not as widely known is the Oracle of Trophonius, a daemon or god said to dwell within a dark cavern. The rituals and encounters involving this oracle were said to be horrific, and the location was often referred to as the Cave of Nightmares. What was this frightening place, and is it still out there somewhere, waiting for someone courageous enough to uncover it?

Music by Derek Fiechter and Kevin MacLeod


Episode 10 – City of Black Sails



For all of the lore surrounding history’s legendary pirates, not much is known about their lives on land. According to the same book that first introduced the world to pirate mythology, a chance encounter at sea led to the establishment of a democratic pirate republic in a hidden cove off the Madagascar coast. When a team of pirate captains pulled off the biggest heist in the golden age of piracy, it was said that they took refuge here. To this day, the treasure of the Gunsway Heist and the pirate hideaway of Libertalia has never been found.

Music by Derek Fiechter. Sample from Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”

Research shout-out to Henry Louis Gates Jr.