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“WHO Lies Beneath: The Asylum” Episode 2: Viola Rapp


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/WhoLiesBeneath/mp3/EP002_MIX_220301.mp3 With the help of voice-actor Jan Hodson, Viola Rapp tells her own story as a young mother in the late 1920s when she admitted to The Old Athens Lunatic Asylum. Rapp was likely placed in the Asylum after suffering from postpartum depression. Her story is one that started with childhood tragedy and the continuation… Read More

Bringing respect and dignity to the forgotten: “Who Lies Beneath: The Asylum”


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/CheriRussoWHO_220728.mp3 A new limited podcast series has been released by WOUB Public Media. “Who Lies Beneath: The Asylum” tells the true-life stories of people who were buried in numbered graves at an abandoned mental health facility. Host and creator Cheri Russo describes to Spectrum host Tom Hodson how she and a team of experts identified… Read More

A promotional image for WOUB's "Who Lies Beneath: The Asylum" podcast. The image is of an aged headstone in a grassy graveyard with the podcast's title superimposed over it.

Connecting Names with the Numbers


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http://ohio.streamguys1.com/WhoLiesBeneath/mp3/EP001_MIX_220216.mp3 In this episode, Cheri Russo and Doug McCabe talk about why people who died at the old Athens Lunatic Asylum and other institutions across the country, and were not claimed by their families, were buried under numbered tombstones with no names or dates on them. They also discuss how McCabe, a retired library archivist,… Read More

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WOUB is releasing a new limited series podcast about the people buried at the old Athens Lunatic Asylum


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Episode one will be released July 28 ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media is preparing to launch a new podcast that will shed light on some of the mystery surrounding the cemeteries at the old Athens Lunatic Asylum in southeast Ohio, now known as The Ridges. WHO Lies Beneath: The Asylum gives names and voices… Read More