Guests Midnight Society

Monday, May 17th – Guests: Bill James; Ken Layne

Bill James – Popular Crime

Bill James, the man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball, will examine our cultural obsession with murder, including the history of tabloid crime in America.


Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America’s national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, as well as the author of The Man from the Train and Popular Crime, where he has used his analytical expertise to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Susan McCarthy, and three children.


Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence

The Man from the Train: Discovering America’s Most Elusive Serial Killer

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract




Ken Layne – Desert Oracle

In Hour 2, we are joined by Ken Layne, who will share the strange and intriguing secrets of the Mojave Desert, including its myths and legends, outcasts and oddballs, flora, fauna, and UFOs.


Ken Layne is the editor of Desert Oracle, a print periodical about the folklore, nature and history of the mysterious American desert. He is host of its companion radio show, Desert Oracle Radio, which is broadcast on Western U.S. radio stations and is a cult favorite podcast. His latest book, Desert Oracle Vol. 1, is a compendium of his strange tales from the southwest published by MCD Books.


Desert Oracle, Vol. 1: Strange True Tales from the American Southwest






All music by The Rentals featuring special remixes from their album Q36.
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