Dirt Nap City

Dirt Nap City

Dirt Nap City is the podcast about interesting dead people. In each episode, Alex and Kelly dive into the life of a famous person that you have probably heard of, but probably don't know much about. Our stories are about actors, entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, inventors, and more! The show is funny and light hearted, but also informative and educational. You will definitely learn something new and probably have some laughs along the way. Everyone will eventually move to Dirt Nap City, so why not go ahead and meet the neighbors? If you really love hearing stories from Dirt Nap City, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Here's the link: https://www.patreon.com/DirtNapCityPodcast If you have comments about the show or suggestions on who we should cover, please email us at not@dirtnapcity.com - we really appreciate you listening!

Episodes

February 22, 2024 15 mins

Just to be clear - we are not saying that litter is completely a thing of the past, because unfortunately, it still exists today. However, we do believe that awareness about NOT littering has gone way up with the help of some clever campaigns that really began in the 1970's and 1980's. This episode of Dirt Nap City Dead Ends looks at the way people used to look at littering and the way we think about it today.
So don&...

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When it comes to the kings of movie reviews, no one comes close to Siskel and Ebert. The duo brought movie reviews to the masses with their syndicated television shows and "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" rating system. But despite their success and popularity, they were not really great friends - in fact, they often berated one another during their reviews of films on which they disagreed. But many people found the...

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If you are over the age of 20, you probably remember when CD-ROMs were how you stored all the data you ever needed from your computer. They were somewhat durable, relatively small, and held a decent amount of data for the time. And they were everywhere - you even got them free in the mail from some companies! If you ever listened to music on a compact disc or loaded a program onto your computer from a CD-ROM, them you should defini...

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February 1, 2024 44 mins

Bob Marley is considered one of the greatest musical pioneers ever. He uniquely blended  elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, and had a very distinct vocal and songwriting style. His father was an officer in the British Royal Navy and his mother was from a farm on Jamaica. He was raised in the Trench Town area of Jamaica and grew up around other people like Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, who shared his love for music. While born ...

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January 25, 2024 10 mins

Did you ever drop your film off to be developed at a Fotomat? In this episode of Dirt Nap City Dead Ends, Alex and Kelly take a nostalgic look at those tiny kiosks that populated over 4,000 parking lots in their heyday. When film was king, Fotomat was the titan of developing it. And if you keep your eyes out today, you might still see a Fotomat kiosk that has been converted into a drive through coffee shop!

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January 18, 2024 50 mins

Despite the name, Hanna Barbera was not the name of a character on a 1990's Disney show, nor was it a female wrestler from the 1920's - in fact Hanna-Barbera is the name of the company founded by two cartoonists, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, who made many of the cartoons that Americans grew up on in the 1960's, 70's and 80's. 

Scooby Doo? Yes. The Flinstones? Check. The Jetsons? Of course. Even the ...

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December 22, 2023 3 mins

We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with Katie and Deborah from the podcast "It's My Screen Time Too" about the movie WONKA.
Find out  if Alex & Kelly enjoyed the movie and if it's worth going to see with your family  by listening to this promo and then then listening to the episode of "It's My Screen Time Too" on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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December 14, 2023 4 mins

Season's Greetings from Dirt Nap City. If you are looking for the perfect gift to give your loved ones this year, we have you covered. For a limited time we are not only offering Dirt Nap City stickers, but we are also offering to come to your event (wedding, bar mitzvah, birthday party, funeral, etc.) and record our podcast live in front of your audience. Of course this will require some planning, at least two chairs and paym...

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Happy Saint Nicholas Day! We are excited to share the story of Saint Nicholas with you today. Of course, Saint Nicholas eventually went on to become the person we know as Santa Clause. But what's the real story of this saint who lived from 270 - 343 AD?  Was he fat and jolly? Well, actually he was not. He was a very fiery and fierce defender of early Christianity - but he was also a giver of gifts and a protector of children. ...

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November 30, 2023 57 mins

Merv Griffin began singing on radio at age 19 and went on to become one of the biggest names in entertainment on American television.  He appeared on Broadway, he was a big band singer, and he hosted his own talk show from 1965 to 1986. Today he is probably remember best for creating two of the biggest game shows on television - Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.  If ever there was an icon of 20th century American entertainment, it wa...

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November 16, 2023 62 mins

At the peak of her fame, Julia Child was one of the most famous television celebrities in the United States. She was the first cooking show super star, but she didn't learn to appreciate cuisine until later in life when she volunteered for the war effort during World War II. She met her husband Paul when she was in Sri Lanka and he really taught her to appreciate fine food, art and culture.
Julia Child fell in love with F...

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November 2, 2023 73 mins

Last time we explored the elements that make up what we call "rock and roll". This week we listen to specific types of music and decide if they qualify as rock and roll or not. It's a deep question, but with all the rock stars in Dirt Nap City, we feel especially qualified to say if rock and roll is dead or not.  Do you wanna rock? Then definitely check out this special episode of Dirt Nap City and help us figure out...

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October 19, 2023 70 mins

After a visit to the Rock and Roll hall of fame earlier this year, Alex and Kelly found themselves wondering if today's rock and roll is the same type of music that they grew up listening to...and the answer is definitely "no, it's not." But just because rock and roll is changing and evolving, does that mean that it is dead? In this episode, we explore that question by defining the common elements of rock and ro...

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October 5, 2023 56 mins

Women's athletics has changed greatly since the early 20th century. But one fact remains - Babe Didrikson Zaharias was one of the greatest female athletes of all times. She dominated many almost every sport that she participated in - from sprinting, to hurdles, to javelin, to baseball, to tennis, to golf, and she was even a champion seamstress! Babe did it all! But to be a woman and an athlete in those days meant some obstacle...

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September 21, 2023 56 mins

Satchel Paige was a ground breaking pitcher with one of the longest careers in the history of professional baseball. He was one of the most gifted pitchers in baseball history. He could throw a fastball that was clocked at over 100 miles per hour, and he had a mastery of the knuckleball that was unmatched. But for many years Paige was unable to play in the Major Leagues because of his race. He spent most of his career in the Negro ...

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September 7, 2023 60 mins

P. T.  Barnum was an American showman, businessman and politician remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes (also called "humbugs") and founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was also an author, publisher, politician, and philanthropist. While controversial by today's standards, much of what he did was ground-breaking in terms of promotion and public relations.

He promoted human curiosities such as t...

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August 24, 2023 61 mins

When it comes to titans of industry, it is difficult to imagine someone more influential than John D Rockefeller. At one point he was the richest man in the world and held almost 3% of the American GDP. From a humble beginning, John was a hard worker who happened to be in the right place when oil was discovered in western Pennsylvania. His company, Standard Oil, became the predecessor to many famous oil and gasoline companies that ...

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August 10, 2023 54 mins

Howard Cosell was a major figure on television in the middle of the twentieth century, but he was not necessarily well loved by his fans. Many found him arrogant and condescending. In this episode we take a look at the sports legend who "never played the game". From his time as a small time radio broadcaster to becoming the face of the ABC television network's sports programming, we "tell it like it is".

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July 27, 2023 55 mins

Love him or hate him, Jerry Springer is definitely one of the most interesting recent residents of Dirt Nap City. Jerry Springer is a former politician and lawyer who became famous for hosting the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show from 1991 to 2018. The show was known for its outrageous and often controversial content, which often featured guests who were involved in infidelity, violence, and other scandals. Despite its oft...

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July 13, 2023 62 mins

Ray Kroc was an American businessman who purchased the fast food company McDonald's in 1961 from the McDonald brothers and was its CEO from 1967 to 1973. Kroc is credited with the global expansion of McDonald's, turning it into the most successful fast food corporation in the world by revenue.

In this episode, Alex and Kelly explore Kroc and McDonald's, from the early days of standardization, to the menu, to...

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