Then This Happened: Musical Stories

Then This Happened: Musical Stories

True stories are told and musical improvisers cut in and out with songs moving the story along. Each episode is about 15 to 25 minutes long. The show is put together by comedian and musician Matt Griffo. It’s recorded in his tiny studio in Chicago.

Episodes

July 12, 2022 18 min


The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint. The painting was done by women at three different factories, and the term now applies to the women working at the facilities: one in Orange, New Jersey, beginning around 1917; one in Ottawa, Illinois, beginning in the early 1920s; and a third facility in Waterbury, Connecticut, also in the 1920s.

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The Montreal Screwjob was an infamous unscripted professional wrestling incident that occurred on November 9, 1997, at the Survivor Series pay-per-view at the Molson Centre. Vince McMahon and his employees covertly manipulated the outcome of the match between Bret Hart, the reigning WWF Champion, and Shawn Michaels. 

Storyteller Chris Hanley

BAND:

  • Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)
  • Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)
  • Lily Em...
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    Most Brazilians believe their national identity is closely tied to the country’s music, as it unites those of all social backgrounds and creates a place of refuge from real life. However, as the dictatorship gained more control and became increasingly strict during the mid-1960s, innovation and creativity in art greatly diminished.

    One key figure in uprooting this paradigm was Caetano Veloso. He aligned with the hippie movement and ...

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    Aileen Wuornos is an American serial killer who murdered at least seven people in 1989–90. Her case drew national attention to issues such as the relationship between gender and violence and the legal treatment of acts of self-defense by women.

    Storyteller Sharron Palm

    BAND:

  • Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)
  • Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)
  • Lily Emerson (vocal)
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    About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese - a delicacy known as Brunost - caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway in 2013.

    The fire raged for five days. 

    Told by Asgeir Døhl Dybvig from Oslo, Norway.

    BAND:

  • Charlie Malave (vocal, guitar, electronic drums, synth)
  • Matt Griffo (piano, vocal)
  • Lily Emerson (vocal)
  • Gordon Walters (bass)
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    A coyote bit a little boy, Chicagoans wanted the coyote dead, but Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in suburban Barrington, IL stepped in to show everyone Mercy.


    Listen to the unedited podcast and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/mattgriffo  <--

    Malic White (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Matt Griffo (vocals, ukulele, keyboard, bass)
  • Brittany Flynn (vocals)
  • Andy Masters (electric guitar)
  • Robbie Ellis (piano)
  • Mike Amande...
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    January 2, 2021 27 min

    Cosmic science. Black holes and how we know about them thanks to multiple scientists and LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). 

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    Drake Shrader (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Matt Griffo (vocals, bass, electric guitar on "I'm On The Sun" song)
  • Brittany Flynn (vocals)
  • Andy Masters (electric guitar)
  • Rob...
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    This is a Story about Cap Streeter, a drifter who schemed his way into creating what is now one of the most expensive parts of Chicago.



    Steph Charaska (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Drake Shrader (vocals) 
  • Holly Souchack (vocals)
  • Mary Hynes (vocals)
  • Lexi Alioto (vocals) 
  • Arne Parrott (guitar) 
  • Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)
  • Dan Krackhardt (cajon)
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    February 5, 2020 23 min

    The woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on New Zealand's national day.



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    Robbie Ellis (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Drake Shrader (vocals) 
  • Brittany Flynn (vocals)
  • Andy Masters (guitar) 
  • Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/bass)
  • Mike Amandes (cajon)
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    In 2019, a scandal arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities. The investigation into the conspiracy was nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues.

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    Danielle Elizabeth (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Drake Shrader (vocals) 
  • Holly Souchack (vocals)
  • Lexi Alioto (vocals) 
  • Arne...
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    January 8, 2020 12 min


    Jane Fonda has had a life full of activism and has now begun “Fire Drill Fridays.” The protests, which Fonda refers to as "Fire Drill Friday," are to show support for a Green New Deal and bring awareness to the ways in which climate change affects other parts of human life, such as women's rights, access to drinking water and global militarism.

    It's amazing to me how many other people she is having come with her to j...

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    An art feud over color between Stuart Semple and Anish Kapoor. They have been feuding since 2016 when Kapoor received exclusive rights to the Vantablack pigment, said to be the blackest shade of black ever created.

    In retaliation, Semple created the "pinkest pink" paint pigment and banned Kapoor from purchasing it, shortly followed by his Faze colour-changing paint. Now the British artist has done the same thing with Black 3...

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    In this episode comedian Ron Ervin tells the story of Paul McCartney getting arrested in Tokyo in 1980. 

    Listen to the unedited podcast at and help support the episodes at --> https://www.patreon.com/posts/32302553 <--

    Ron Ervin (Storyteller)

    BAND:

  • Brittany Flynn (vocals) 
  • Matt Castellvi (vocals)
  • Arne Parrot (guitar/piano) 
  • Matt Griffo (vocal/piano/ukulele/melodica)
  • Mike Amandes (percussion)
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    December 5, 2019 20 min

    Balloonfest '86 was a 1986 event in which the United Way of Cleveland in Ohio set a world record by releasing almost one-and-a-half million balloons. The event was intended to be a harmless fundraising publicity stunt, but the balloons drifted back over the city, Lake Erie, and landed in the surrounding area, and caused problems for traffic and a nearby airport. The event also interfered with a United States Coast Guard search ...

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