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Episode 43 – A Cure for Death



During the Age of Exploration (Colonization), the Spanish invaded the “New World”, in search of gold and spices. But the conquest was also driven by more outlandish desires: for hundreds of years, legends told of a mysterious spring of eternal life that always existed just outside the margins of the known world. And in the early 1500s, conquistador Ponce De Leon went off in search for it…or did he?

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Episode 40 – The Curious Village



Rennes-le-Château was just another quiet village in the shadow of the Pyrenees, until one day when a mysterious priest showed up in town with a seemingly endless surplus of cash. Vanishing just as quickly as he arrived, Father Saunier left his parishioners with only suspicion and questions. When a failed writer moved into his crumbling estate, he discovered something shocking about the priest’s “fortune”–and kicked off three decades of bizarre speculation, conspiracy theory, and one of the best selling novels of the 2000’s. What is the treasure of Rennes-le-Château?

Music by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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Episode 38 – To Catch a Panther



Since the early 2000s, a number of high stakes diamond heists have taken the world’s wealthiest cities by storm. At first, the only evidence connecting the robberies was the extravagant, theatrical, and meticulously planned heists that often saw the perpetrators eluding international authorities. Yet slowly but surely, a pattern began to emerge, pointing to the largest, anonymous diamond thieving ring in the world. Who are the Pink Panthers? Where did the come from? And where will they strike next?

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Episode 36 – Stealing The Moon



When the first manned mission to the moon camp back to Earth, they brought back samples of the lunar geology. President Richard Nixon ordered a few of these samples to be segmented, encased in lucite, and gifted to the nations of the world. Through a series of strange circumstances involving assassination, government collapse, and a heist at NASA, many of the moon rocks are now missing.

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Episode 34 – A Hint of Riches



Relic explores treasures that have been lost due to human error and greed, but what if a treasure was lost on purpose? This episode covers four infamous–and very real-treasure hunts: Forrest Fenn’s treasure, Masquerade, The Secret, and the Golden Owl.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
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Music by Kevin Fiechter and Purple Planet



Episode 30 – The Woman on the Train, or The Dorak Affair



James Mellaart took the archaeological world by storm when he discovered one of the oldest Neolithic sites in the world. Then, a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger on a train promised Mellaart an even more earthshaking find: the treasures of a bygone culture that neighbored the once-thought legendary city of Troy. However, what happened next challenged Mellaart’s credibility for the rest of his life. The truth behind the strange case of the “Dorak Affair” is still hotly debated to this day.

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Suggested reading from Suzan Mazur, who has covered the case extensively.


Episode 29 – Tales from the Reliquary: A Very Relic Halloween



Good evening boys and ghouls and non-binary demonic entities!

In this extra long, extra spooky episode of Relic, just in time for Halloween, I have invited 5 podcasts over for a feast of archaeological and historical frights!

Spoop Hour talks about a haunted pirate treasure off the coast of Connecticut, Cocktail Party Massacre spins a surreal yarn about Salvador Dali and tarot cards, Faux Fright has a cursed doll story, Cult of Domesticity regales us with the creepy mystery of the ghost ship Mary Celeste, and Strangeful Things takes us back to the beginning of time when vampires (allegedly) roamed the frozen tundra of Sweden!

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Episode 28 – Ghosts of Leap Castle



For hundreds of years, County Offaly in Ireland has stood in the shadow of Leap Castle, a place with a wicked and bloody past. One of its violent residents was said to have buried a treasure somewhere on the castle grounds. But going to look for this treasure might be more trouble than it’s worth, as an entire of host of gruesome specters supposedly roam the dark corridors of one of the world’s most haunted abodes.

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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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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 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