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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 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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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 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 9 – Crown and Sea

English history is full of notorious monarchs, but few are as hotly debated as King John, a man remembered as both the villain of Robin Hood and signer of Magna Carta. Lesser known is the treasure that King John lost at the end of his reign, a bounty that included the original crown jewels. With insight from our guest narrator, Dom from the U.K., we look into just what happened to King John’s treasure, and whether or not “Bad” King John deserved his epithet.

Music by Derek Fiechter and Kevin MacLeod

Episode 7 – The Lamb, The Thief, and The Judges

The Ghent Altarpiece, or the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, is one of the most important pieces of Renaissance art–which is probably why it’s also known as the most frequently stolen painting of all time. In 1931 the most beguiling portion of it went missing for good, and what followed was an eighty-year caper involving Nazis, psychics, and stolen cheese.

Music in this episode provided by Musopen, the open source, public domain, classical music databse.

Fantasie op. 16. Composed by César Franck Franck, Performed by Michael Schopen

Prelude, Choral et Fugue Composed by César Franck, Performed by Mehmet K. Okonsor

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Composed by César Franck, Performed by Paul Pitman, Bang-Eun Lee

Episode 1 – Shattered Amber

The Amber Room was once considered the eighth wonder of the world, and a symbol of peace between two of Europe’s most powerful nations. A priceless chamber of wall-to-wall amber mosaics, furniture, and ornaments, it adorned a Russian palace for 300 years until the Nazis came along and ruined everything. Typical Nazis. Who was really responsible for the disappearance of the Amber Room, and is it still out there…waiting to be uncovered?

Theme song composed by Devin. All music in this episode is in the public domain and protected by common use law. Many of these tracks can be found on Musopen. Attributions are as follows:

Siegfried’s Funeral March – Composed by Richard Wagner and Performed by the United States Marine Band

Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 – Composed by Beethoven and Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Swan Lake Op.20 – Act I Intro – Composed by Tchaikovsky

Bolero – Composed by Maurice Ravel and Performed by Andre Rieu

The Planets, Op. 32 – I. Mars, the Bringer of War – Composed by Gustav Holst

Sentimental Waltz – Composed by Tchaikovsky

Nocturne in C – Composed by Chopin, performed by Diana Hughes

Different themes for piano and flute – IV. Russian air – Composed by Beethoven

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