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FM On Demand with Tara Fitzpatrick: Tricks and treats with Ohio University

We talk Athens, Ohio, ghost stories and tasty treats (and maybe some debunkings) with an OU pastry chef and an OU science instructor who’s also a keeper of local folklore.


This special Halloween episode of FM On Demand with Tara Fitzpatrick features OU Culinary Services Executive Pastry Chef Vicki Van Pelt and Southeast Ohio History Center Tour Guide George Eberts. In a “trick, then treat” style interview, we weave together local ghost stories with tempting treats from the bake shop. Athens, Ohio, has been acknowledged by ghost hunters as one of the most haunted places in the world. The folklore leads down some very spooky paths. Eberts is a skeptic, but he manages to still give us chills! And Van Pelt, a native of West Virginia, is sharing not only the sweet and savory treats from the dining team, but also her knowledge of a West Virginia legend, the Mothman! We also get into why and how local lore gets started and sticks, the way mental health and the fear of the unknown plays into it all as well. So get cozy with some hot cider and a donut and let’s tell some spooky stories!


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