Episode 3.1 The Key

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Episode 3.1 – The Key is now available where ever you listen to podcasts, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. First time listening? You can start with Series 1, Episode 1. Subscribe to stay up to date as the mystery unfolds. After listening to Series 3, Episode 1, listeners are encouraged to explore companion materials below.

During this first episode, Ricky Rawls talks about his experience at Ray’s Stream in Barton. Ray’s Stream is an offshoot of the Androscoggin River.

According to the Androscoggin River Watershed Council website, “The Androscoggin flows for nearly 170 miles, beginning at Lake Umbagog on the Maine/New Hampshire border, continuing south through northern New Hampshire, heading east through western Maine, then turning south again before joining with the Kennebec in Merrymeeting Bay and emptying into the Atlantic.  It has a rich geological and human history.  Having once been rated as one of the most polluted rivers in the country, it served as the inspiration for the Clean Water Act and now boasts great fishing, wildlife habitat, and recreation opportunities.  The Androscoggin River Watershed Council encourages collaboration among industry, conservation groups, landowners, and other interests to ensure that the Androscoggin continues to be a healthy asset to the communities on its banks and the wildlife it supports.”

Also the episode deals with an album called Philosophy of World by The Shaggs. While the album contained turned out to be a mystery, I strongly suggest listening to the original recording. Here are both sides of the album:

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Thanks to Ricky Rawls, Tom Alligost, and my wife Carol for making this episode possible. Thanks also to Prom Queen, Ben Von Wildenhaus, Benjamin Aldridge, and Fo(u)r Hands for providing the music. Thanks also to Ryan Fitton, Jeremy Murphy, and Larry Doyle for the support.


John Herman


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