New Jersey Is The World
Interview: Joe Pompeo, author of Blood & Ink
New Jersey and true crime... they seem very much linked. I mean, between The Watcher and The Good Nurse it seems like Netflix is making all its money this month solely by focusing on true crime in the Garden State.
But did you know there was a murder that went down a hundred years ago that many say was the birth of the modern true crime obsession? It's the Hall-Mills case, a Somerset County murder involving some New Brunswick high society elites, a sensationalized trial, and of course the mysterious PIG WOMAN.
Joe Pompeo has just released the book BLOOD & INK all about the case and its historical significance, and it was an honor to talk with him about this case, its impact, and of course, Grease Trucks.
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Jersey Dude, Jersey Food Interview: Peter Candia, NJ Digest01:34:15This week, Don Fanelli and myself had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Candia, a writer and editor at the New Jersey Digest. We set out to talk about his list of the 40 best pizzas in the state, but we never got there. Mostly because him and Don have a longstanding bromance and took off running. From restaurant etiquette, to new school fancy places dropping the attitude, to what makes Jersey unique, to EXTENSIVE TALK ON COLLINGSWOOD, this was a great food conversation. You can read all of Peter's writing over at https://thedigestonline.com/author/petercandia/
New Jersey: The Essential Ingredients01:29:17In this very idiotic high concept episode, we pre-suppose the not at all important question: "If New Jersey was in fact a prepared dish cooked in a kitchen instead of a state, which towns would be the ESSENTIAL ingredients?" We had a lot of fun sorting this out but also we imagine there are going to be people telling us we got it wrong. We can't wait.
Newark Airport: A Frank Discussion01:12:31Newark Airport is a center of gravity for this entire state. Which leads us to ask: What do we hate about EWR? What are the good aspects? Are there any? Also, roughly a dozen manic tangents that have nothing to do with Newark Airport. Plus, Bonadooch tells stories of what it was like building portions of Newark Airport. Also, Geth almost bought a painting once or something? This one is all over the map, in a good way.
Asylums, catacombs and fear with explorer @max.bon01:12:53When was the last time you were really afraid? Bonadooch and MikeD are joined by our good friend urban explorer and photographer Max Boncina. We spend an hour swapping stories about the people you meet in abandoned asylums, the horror of Jersey mosquitoes, what really happens in the Paris catacombs and the kind of pranks that go down really well in old hospitals. You can check out Max’s photography on IG @Max.Bon
Halloween Voice Mails!01:03:38We asked you to leave us voicemails about Halloween, Mischeif/Goosey/Cabbage Night, and freaky New Jersey stuff in general - and man did you deliver. In this episode Geth, Andrea, Bonadooch and Mike D answer a slew of your voicemails - some quite bizarre, some full of nostalgia for this time of year, some downright freaky. THANK YOU to everyone who leaves voicemails at 973-780-4660 and remember, for another full slate of voicemails plus a whole bunch of other stuff, you can sign up at www.patreon.com/newjerseyistheworld
Interview: Michael Jasorka (CASTLE DRACULA!)01:08:07This week Mike D interviews illustrator Michael Jasorka, who's made a slew of Jersey focused graphic novels, and just last year put out an illustrated version of the real employee handbook from the infamous Wildwood attraction known as CASTLE DRACULA. This is some real deal Jersey love on display, and we're lucky that Michael shared his words with us. To find more of his work visit http://www.bombshell-comics.com/
A Halloween History and Mischief Night Plea01:12:39On this week's show, we look at a brief history of Halloween, both overall and in relation to New Jersey in general. But as Mike D predicted, this really becomes an avenue to go down 145 rabbit holes and also follow 3,000 tangents. It is a fun, rambly mess in the best way. LET'S SAVE MISCHIEF NIGHT!
Genuinely Scary Places In New Jersey59:59We are here with a mega-episode focusing on places in New Jersey that are genuinely scary. Which Weird NJ spots actually send shivers? What are some under-discussed places that will freak you out? Halloween MATTERS in this state and October is upon us. Let's talk about places all over this great Garden State of ours that produce true fear.
Interview: John Cozz01:02:13John Cozz is a musician. He's a coffee roaster. He's an artist. He's a music label runner. He's a filmmaker now, too? Most of all, he is a true lover of New Jersey and one of the most vital manic minds making DIY art in our great state.