The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

The Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope

"Series 2"

Series 2 of the Ancient and Esoteric Order of the Jackalope podcast ran from November 18, 2019 to January 27, 2020 and featured episodes from #13 on such diverse topics as the stone money of Yap; Richard Nixon’s best friend; baseball’s most unusual player; miraculous weeping icons; and the rise and fall of the wealthiest communists in America.

Old Economy historical marker

That No Man Take Thy Crown

the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 2]

The Harmony Society managed to survive the death of its founder, but could it survive the twin ravages of time and greed?

Harmonist Cemetery gate

Hold Fast What Thou Hast

the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 1]

An unusual cemetery leads us to the story of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world, and the saga of their rise and fall.

Herbert Lee Washington

Hurricane Coming Through

the astonishing career of Herbert Lee Washington, baseball's only designated runner

In 1974, Herbert Lee Washington was the world's fastest human... but could he turn raw speed into a professional baseball career? The astonishing story of baseball's "designated runner!"

icon of St. Irene Chrysovalantou

Goodnight, Irene

an icon finally gets her due

The story of the "weeping icon" has it all - a 102-year-old flying nun, the Gulf War, armed robbery, John Gotti, religious schism, and insurance fraud. Hear the amazing truth in this week's episode, "Goodnight, Irene"!

Bebe Rebozo

Be My Bebe

everyone deserves a best friend - even Richard M. Nixon

Bebe Rebozo was Nixon's best friend -- but was he a kind, generous man or a fiend combining the worst aspects of Rasputin and Al Capone?

Rai stone

Cold Hard Cash

the rai stones of Yap, David Dean O'Keefe, and the nature of money

Would you trade your house for a rock? Before you say no, keep this in mind: it's a really really nice rock!