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


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 Great Boombox Parade

There might be only one Fourth of July parade that has no live music accompaniment. That's not to say there isn't music though. And you can find this parade every Independence Day in Willimantic, a neighborhood in Windham, Connecticut.

Morbid Anatomy

Cemeteries are not places where you're likely to find a museum – except perhaps one that deals with death. This museum is the result of one woman's quest to change how we think and talk about the subject of death. And you'll find it – at least for now – in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

But Did He Ever Return? No, He Never Returned

Lots of songs have been used as anthems for particular causes or movements. But probably only one for a transit system. The song is the story of Charlie, a hapless commuter who finds himself trapped on the Boston subway. Charlie's story was made famous by the Kingston Trio in the song "M.T.A." in 1959, but it was written for an actual mayoral candidate—not George O'Brien, but Walter O'Brien. Walter's daughter Julia O'Brien-Merrill, featured in this story, is the author of the children's book

Inside Samuel Colt's 19th-Century Tinkerers' Palace

It's not easy being a gun manufacturer in 2018. Remington Firearms recently filed for bankruptcy in Hartford. But the making of guns has been an intricate part of our history. Back in the mid-1800s, one gun maker went beyond just the making of firearms. He wanted to create a workplace utopia at his factory in Hartford, Conn.

There Is A Donald Trump State Park, Believe Me!

Most people have no idea there's a state park named for Donald Trump. It's a patch of untended weeds and brush that's been described as an abandoned wasteland in Westchester County, New York.

The 600-Year-Old Mystery Of 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.

The Man Who Met The Men In Black

Most people think of the Men in Black as the cool, stylish heroes of the movie franchise. They kept the world safe from aliens. But among the UFO subculture, the Men in Black are entirely different. They're shadowy figures who come after people who claim to experience paranormal activity. The idea of these Men in Black started in the 1950s – and one of the most notorious encounters happened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

A Scene From Stephen King's Childhood In Connecticut

Stephen King's novels usually take place in small town Maine. But one of King's most famous novels might contain a call-back to his childhood in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

The Elephant Man

The first circus elephant in America didn't start with Barnum & Bailey. It was more than a generation earlier. And it ended in bloodshed – not once, but twice. The saga began in the early 1800s with a man who came from the town of Somers, New York. Off the Path is produced by WSHU Public Radio. Subscribe online at iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

See The Cosmic Ballet In An MIT Hallway

You probably know about the phenomenon of Stonehenge – an ancient alignment of giant slabs that acts as a cosmic calendar. There's something like that here in the U.S. too. It's called MIThenge. And yes, it's at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – in Cambridge.

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