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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The Bone Wars

Two 19th century paleontologists spent decades in a bitter feud to find as many new dinosaur species as possible and destroy each other in the process. Their rivalry led to the discovery of many important dinosaur species we know today.

There Shall Be No Pain

A young dentist in the 1840s is believed to be the first doctor to use nitrous oxide – laughing gas – to dull pain. But the father of anesthesia met a tragic end. His story begins in Hartford, Connecticut, and ends in New York City.

Manhattan's Wild Corner

There's a place in Manhattan that makes you feel like you just took a trip on the Wayback Machine – to the 1600s, when European settlers first arrived. And you can find it all the way up on the northern tip of Manhattan Island in Inwood Hill Park.

The Full Story Goes Off The Path

In this special crossover episode, Davis spends some time with Ron Ropiak, host of WSHU's The Full Story , to share some of his favorite stories, including the history behind the folk song "Charlie on the MTA," the Connecticut connection to "The Great Gatsby" and the notorious Lizzie Borden's Massachusetts home...that's now a B&B. Subscribe to Off the Path from New York to Boston.

How 'The Little Prince' Landed On Long Island

"The Little Prince" is one of the best-selling books of all time. It was written by a Frenchman, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and translated into 300 languages since its publication in 1943. But the author didn't write "Le Petit Prince" in his native France – he wrote it in New York. And there's a wonderful story about a statue of the Little Prince outside a library on Long Island's North Shore.

The World's Smelliest Fruit

The durian is said to be the world's smelliest fruit. It's a delicacy in Southeast Asia, but many also find the smell too disgusting – even unbearable. You have to search out places in the U.S. to find durian. On the East Coast, a good bet is New York City's Chinatown.

The Story Behind The Iconic American Viewing Machine

You've probably seen them – and maybe even dropped in a quarter to look through them at some scenic overlook. They're at the top of the Empire State Building, next to the Golden Gate Bridge and Niagara Falls. Essentially, they're binoculars on poles. The factory that's made them longer than anyone else is in Norwalk, Conn. And its employees crisscross the country to service the machines and collect those quarters. Subscribe to Off the Path from New York to Boston on Apple Podcasts or wherever

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe...

One of the most notorious crimes in American history was memorialized in a grisly playground chant — Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. And when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. The Borden family home, the scene of the crime in 1892, is now a bed and breakfast — not for the faint of heart — in Fall River, Massachusetts. Warning: This is the Halloween episode of Off the Path, and we're getting into some grisly and macabre American history. You

The Real-Life Love Shack

Kate Pierson spent decades on tour as one of the vocalists of the legendary rock group the B-52s. You know – the big hairdos? The surf guitars? Love Shack? Turns out, at the same time, Pierson also collected art, antiques and other decor. That collection is now part of her offbeat side project. A cute little roadside motel – a real-life "Love Shack" – just outside Woodstock, New York.

Everyone Shall Sit Under Their Own Vine And Fig Tree

The musical "Hamilton" has a lot of catchy music and memorable lyrics. Some of the most memorable come from President George Washington. They're taken almost verbatim from a letter Washington wrote to the oldest synagogue in America, in Newport, Rhode Island, in which he rebuked bigotry.

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