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Family Ghosts

Panoply / Sam Dingman

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Every house is haunted. In each episode of “Family Ghosts,” we'll investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, s...Show More

45:55 | Nov 29th, 2017

NOTE: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence.Jill grew up hearing the terrifying legend of Austin Riddick, who her mom always called "the crazy man from Mississippi." But as an adult, she starts to question her mom's version of the st...Show More

49:12 | Dec 20th, 2017

Sam discovers he has an uncle he never knew about. He starts asking questions his father never thought he'd have to answer - and gets answers he never knew he needed.For more information about our show, please visit our website: http://familyghosts.p...Show More
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55:40 | Nov 22nd, 2017

When Nick's grandfather died in 1994, something bizarre happened: his aunt Susan stole the body and hid it. Susan died shortly thereafter, and for the last twenty-three years, Nick and his family have agonized over his grandfather's whereabouts - but...Show More

47:32 | Aug 14th

For our last bonus episode of Season 2, stories and music about recognizing where you come from, whether you like it or not. Featuring John Tong (The Story District), Jeff Simmermon (The Paris Review, This American Life), and Milktoast Mille & the Sc...Show More

40:46 | Aug 7th

Stories and music about adolescent moments when we discover we're dancing with the past. Featuring Pat Regan (co-host, Seek Treatment With Cat & Pat), Micaela Blei (, and D & Chi ( ~41~Learn more about your ad choice...Show More

48:29 | Jul 31st

Stories of evil happenings and benevolent mythologies. PLUS: Sam takes a fateful trip to Baltimore. Featuring Dr. Njoki McElroy (author of 1012 Natchez: A Memoir of Grace, Hardship, and Love), Erin Barker (The Moth, The Story Collider), and the Gotha...Show More

48:01 | Jul 24th

Stories and songs on the subjects of family, falling, flight, and fearlessness. Featuring Gianmarco Soresi, Gastor Almonte, and Jocelyn Mackenzie (with The Peggy's).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

54:46 | Jul 10th

Producer Janielle Kastner tells us about "Untitled Dad Project," her intensely personal podcast about her own family ghost. Find "Untitled Dad Project" in Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...Show More

58:53 | Jul 3rd

Martha's family makes a home on Black Mountain, and reckons with the past."From whence we came, we shall return. From the old ways, our lessons learned." - Martha RedboneLearn more about your ad choices. Visit

47:19 | Jul 3rd

Martha's family has their land stolen, and then their identity. More than a hundred years later, Martha wants to set the record straight."In the still of our hollows, we hear the calling of our Lord. Black coal is running through our veins." - Martha...Show More

51:59 | Jun 26th

Kirya's childhood home was haunted by two elusive ghosts - the fleeting presences of her grandfathers, neither of whom she knew much about. When she discovers an old audio cassette recording of herself making up songs and stories about the world she ...Show More

53:08 | Jun 19th

After Asher's uncle dies, the family goes to clean out his apartment, and discovers a box of love letters from a woman they've never met."Yes, you call me in the morning. You call me in the morning - I'll tell you what to do if you call me in the mor...Show More

47:32 | Jun 12th

Kimberly's grandparents find themselves imprisoned without cause. When they're released, they refuse to talk about it, leaving Kimberly and her family with a lot of questions about what happened."Try to separate a man from his soul. You only strength...Show More

50:27 | Jun 5th

A mysterious burglary has haunted the Falco family for 25 years. This week, we try to catch the thief. "What comes easy, you better hold on to. Because when it gets tough, believe me when I tell you: all you got is what you been through." - Melissa F...Show More

57:52 | May 29th

A souvenir from from Meara's great-uncle turns out to be a clue about a scandal that almost tore her family apart."I've got a box of old photographs - mostly pictures of you. I never look at those pictures anymore - I guess you got your negatives, to...Show More

1:02:10 | May 22nd

Posey tries to uncover the connection between the loss of her mother and her parents' time in the Love Family."I've lived my whole life for it to come down to this. Remember me if I forget." - Charlie ParrLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...Show More

42:51 | May 15th

Love is real."Those of us who are lost and low - we know how you feel. We know it's not right, but it's real." - Laura MarlingLearn more about your ad choices. Visit

56:55 | May 15th

After a fateful acid trip in 1967, a man named Paul tries to build his ideal family."You and I both know that the house is haunted. You and I both know that the ghost is me." - Shakey GravesLearn more about your ad choices. Visit More

02:42 | May 1st

The official trailer for Season 2 of our show. New episodes begin on May 15th. "I've been told there is a power in the blood. Is it enough? Is it enough to carry me back from where I am, to where I was? I hope there is some power in my blood." - Josh...Show More

02:01 | Feb 13th

Good news, Ghost Family - we'll be back with an all-new season on May 15th. Details inside. "I thought it was over. I thought you were gone - as I walked through the dark house, wishing your lamp was still on. I lit a candle - it had a pretty red glo...Show More

02:14 | Oct 1st, 2018

An important update about our second season. "There’s times the lines get hard to see. And there’s days the haze takes over me. But in the end you’re gonna grit your teeth, and keep movin'." - John FullbrightLearn more about your ad choices. Visit me...Show More

31:34 | Sep 12th, 2018

Producer Odelia Rubin talks to Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops) about blending music with history, and keeping the family in the work. PLUS: a meta edition of Wild Card Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

35:56 | Aug 29th, 2018

Producer Jennifer Lai talks to graphic novelist Thi Bui about using intimate, personal stories to talk about big questions, the delicate art of interviewing family members about the hardest parts of their lives, and the intersection of those challeng...Show More

02:12 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Big news, Ghost Family! We're having a special live show in celebration of our second season, and we'd love for you to be there! On September 13th at 8pm, join us at the Bell House in Brooklyn for live music and storytelling from Gastor Almonte (Come...Show More

34:24 | Jul 25th, 2018

Season 1 storyteller Mark Pagan (Lookin' Good, Charlie) shares a new piece from his podcast, "Other Men Need Help." PLUS: on this month's installment of Wild Card Wednesday, a piece of slam poetry about one of the characters from "No Brown Spots."Lea...Show More

59:21 | Jun 27th, 2018

Producer Veralyn Williams explores the vitality of black women telling their own stories with Robin Boylorn (Crunk Feminist Collective) and Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage. PLUS: on this week's installment of Wild Card Wednesday, Sam dri...Show More

39:51 | May 30th, 2018

Producer Jacob Smith sits down with best-selling author and "Revisionist History" host Malcolm Gladwell to talk about his signature approach to storytelling, finding ideal interview subjects, eggplant parmesan pancakes, and much more. PLUS: Sam's fri...Show More

40:39 | Apr 25th, 2018

Producer Jayson De Leon talks to singer-songwriter Josh Ritter about the ways his music influenced Season 1 of Family Ghosts. PLUS: another installment of Wild Card Wednesday, featuring bonus audio from Season 1 storyteller Jill Chenault.Learn more a...Show More

30:45 | Mar 28th, 2018

A big announcement about the future of our show, plus a conversation with prize-winning journalist Steve Fishman, host of "Empire on Blood," a new seven-part true-crime drama from Panoply. Thanks for bearing with us these last few months, Ghost Famil...Show More

49:58 | Dec 13th, 2017

Micaela is haunted by a recurring dream - a vision from her family's harrowing past. This week, she tries to figure out what it means.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @famghoshow. Learn more about the show and join our mailing list, the Ghost Post...Show More

57:50 | Dec 6th, 2017

After his dad dies when Mark is only 14, Mark is forced to make his way without much guidance - his only memories of his father are tender, stubbly hugs and an old leather shaving kit. What did Mark's dad mean to him? And will he ever kill it in a da...Show More
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03:33 | Nov 20th, 2017

We’re thrilled to present Panoply’s Fall 2017 lineup of shows. They include the satirical self-improvement show “Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too),” the creepy paranormal series “Haunted,” “Family Ghosts,” in which people play dete...Show More

56:46 | Nov 15th, 2017

Everything changed for Caila on June 22, 2010. On today's episode, she finally confronts the truth about what happened that night.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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07:40 | May 19th, 2017

Some bonus audio from our pilot episode, "The Family Jewels."Got a pitch for the first season? Want to subscribe to the "Ghost Post" newsletter? Just want to say hello? Email us:
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01:36 | Apr 20th, 2017

An update on the future of Family Ghosts. Thanks to all of you for your support of our show!

50:48 | Mar 23rd, 2017

One afternoon in 1961, a mysterious woman in sunglasses wandered into my grandfather's jewelry shop and stole his heart. Two years later, she vanished without a trace, leaving his life and career in ruins. For years, that's all I knew about her - unt...Show More

01:06 | Mar 21st, 2017

Coming November 15th: true stories of the spirits that haunt our family histories. Each week, we'll bring you a different family's attempt to exorcise their ghost.Our pilot episode, "The Family Jewels," produced as part of the Panoply Pilot Project, ...Show More
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01:54 | Mar 17th, 2017

Coming soon from Panoply, it's Family Ghosts - the legends we can't forget, but don't always want to remember. Part of the Panoply Pilot Project.