Off the Path from New York to Boston Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.
Off the Path from New York to Boston

Off the Path from New York to Boston

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Follow reporter Davis Dunavin as he travels the road from New York to Boston, looking for unusual stories and fascinating histories.

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Off The Path: The Mysterious Moodus Noises

Some of the first European settlers in Connecticut heard mysterious rumblings that came from a small mountain in the town of East Haddam. Those sounds have inspired centuries of spooky tales about witches, ghosts, demons and a mysterious wizard. Davis Dunavin reports as part of the WSHU series Off the Path from New York to Boston.

Off The Path: Life In The Ruins

There's an old abandoned hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York City. It was built for smallpox patients in the mid-1800s, but no one's used it for more than half a century. Today, its ruins loom over the southern edge of the island, looking out on the East River. And it's become a playground for wayward cats.

Off The Path: Murder on Smuttynose Island

There's a tiny 27-acre island off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire called Smuttynose Island. The population in 1873 was six. So it shocked the country when two of them were brutally murdered — an event that led to the publication of the book "Mystery on the Isles of Shoals," by J. Dennis Robinson. WSHU's Davis Dunavin brings us the story as part of the podcast 'Off the Path from New York to Boston.' And a caution — this story contains disturbing details about two murders.

Taylor Swift and the 'Last Great American Dynasty'

Pop star Taylor Swift's songs often draw from her own life. For her new album, Folklore , Swift turned to a new muse: an eccentric heiress who once owned Swift's multi-million-dollar beachfront mansion in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. WSHU's Davis Dunavin brings us the story as part of the podcast Off the Path from New York to Boston.

Harlem's 100-Year-Old Drag Shows

Shows like RuPaul's Drag Race and HBO's Pose have made drag queens famous. But the oldest drag shows in New York City's Harlem neighborhood may date back to 1869 — four years after the Civil War and a century before the Stonewall Riots. They're connected to a long-gone venue called the Rockland Palace.

Off the Path Revisited: The Voynich Manuscript

It's one of the world's great literary mysteries: a 15th century book full of bizarre illustrations of imaginary plants, astrological signs, surreal figures and landscapes. Its origins are unknown, its creator anonymous. And it's written entirely in an unknown language that's stumped the world's greatest codebreakers.

Off the Path Revisited: Touro Synagogue

This story first aired in 2018. It was inspired by a line from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Hamilton," now streaming on Disney Plus. It's a real line from a letter written by George Washington: "Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid."

The People's Food, Cooked The Feminist Way

Until we get fully back on the road again, I'm checking in with a few establishments that are a little closer to home. Here's one just down the road from me. Bloodroot is a vegetarian restaurant and feminist bookstore on the banks of Long Island Sound in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Off The Path Revisited: The Elephant Man

Off the Path is slowing down a bit for the summer (as are we all.) In the meantime, we're revisiting some classic stories. This episode originally aired February 1, 2018. There's a statue of an elephant on a 30-foot pole in the town green of Somers, a small town in Westchester County. "Most people have a fallen war hero," says town historian Doris Jane Smith, walking me around the nearby town hall. "We have the elephant." That elephant was America's first famous elephant. Her owner was Somers

A Garden Of Books

I don't say this lightly – The Book Barn might top my list of all-time favorite establishments. For one thing, I love books. Just about every available wall of my house is taken up by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. And most of those books probably came from The Book Barn.

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