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Noir Factory Podcast

The Noir Factory investigates mystery, pulp, noir,

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Noir Factory Podcast
Noir Factory Podcast

Noir Factory Podcast

The Noir Factory investigates mystery, pulp, noir,

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21
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The Noir Factory Podcast is created for the mystery reader, noir movie goes, or true crime buff who wants a closer look into the genre. Mystery writer Steven Gomez looks at crime history, pulp stories, noir films, and the men and woman who made them. Each week we will examine an event or figure in crime history, a pulp or noir writer, or a piece of detective work, both fictional and in real life.

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Noir Factory Case #37: Huey Long- The King Fish

The Noir Factory Podcast Case #37 Huey Long-The King Fish “One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government. And they aren’t going to like it.” -Huey Long Huey Pierce Long Jr. was born to Huey Pierce Long Senior and Caledonia Tison Long on August 30th, 1893 in Winnfield, Louisiana. Winnfield was a dirt-poor parish and the wealthy Long family stood out. They were the wealth and class of Winn Parish and lead the community for generations. Huey’s grandfather had purchased 640 acres of woods and carved out a farm for his family. Huey’s father continued that tradition by buying up 320 acres near Winnfield. Huey himself was the seventh of nine surviving children and from the day of his birth expectations were high. His father insisted that the kids should strive “to be someone,” and the lesson took. Of Huey Long’s siblings, two became Louisiana governors, one later a senator, a U.S. congressman, a district attorney, and five became school teachers, one at...

33 MIN2018 APR 27
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Noir Factory Case #37: Huey Long- The King Fish

Noir Factory Episode C#36: Leopold and Loeb CORRECTED

Noir Factory Podcast Episode #36 Leopold and Loeb ***CORRECTED BACKGROUND AUDIO*** My deepest apologies! The previous version of this episode was released “in progress” and by mistake . Please enjoy this updated version and again, my sincerest apologies! -Steve Gomez ------ “To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person - few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.” ― Clarence Darrow Nathan F. Leopold Jr. was born on November 19th, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois to Nathan and Florence Leopold. The elder Nathan was the son of Samuel and Babette, Jewish immigrants from Germany who had brought their family to Michigan. He worked in shipping and had made a fortune. Their son Nathan had moved to Chicago and married Florence Foreman in 1892. Nathan Leopold Sr. was already wealthy but had a gift for making more. He started up many success...

25 MIN2018 FEB 11
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Noir Factory Episode C#36: Leopold and Loeb CORRECTED

BEST OF 2017:George Remus

Noir Factory BEST OF 2017 There’s a tradition in the podcasting world that during the first week of a new year you look back at the episodes you’ve put out in the world. I know, if it’s a podcasting tradition how old can it be, right? Still, just like drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and stepping on the scale after the holidays, we look at one episode that seemed to resonate with our listeners more than any other. Perhaps it’s because the subject of the episode is a self-made man, who showed more grit and determination than most. Perhaps it’s because he rose to dizzying heights only to fall from a peak, again, of his own making. Or perhaps its because he was a prohibition guy, and everyone loves a good drink. Whatever the reason, our listeners fell for the story of George Remus-King of the Bootleggers. And that makes episode 29 the best of 2017. --------------- “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over...

1 MIN2018 JAN 6
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BEST OF 2017:George Remus

Hero Obscura Episode 48-Santa Claus

Hero Obscura Episode #48 Santa Clause Today’s hero isn’t obscure. Not in the least. In fact, he’s known by all. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. And how dreary a world it would be if he didn’t. Old Saint Nick. Father Christmas. Kris Kringle. Santa Clause. Today on Hero Obscura. ----------------- If you haven’t done so already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! Reviews are an important way to help listeners discover the show. www.itunes.com Look for our signal in the sky or simply follow us on Facebook! Also visit our www.HeroObscura.com for your FREE list of “The Top Superhero Lairs in Comics!”

7 MIN2017 DEC 25
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Hero Obscura Episode 48-Santa Claus

Noir Factory Interrogation #4-Dmitri Matheny

Noir Factory Interrogation #4 Dmitri Matheny- Noir Jazz ------------------------------------ Crime Jazz: “The Femme Fatal. The cop on the beat. The hard-boiled detective. The saxophone under the street lamp in the fog. It’s the music of “Chinatown” and “Taxi Driver.” -Dmitri Matheny Find Dmitri’s work at www.dmitrimatheny.com If you haven’t done so already, please review us on iTunes! It is an important way to help new listeners to discover the show. https://tinyurl.com/y7py6qn7 Chat with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter at www.TheNoirFactory.com

32 MIN2017 DEC 21
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Noir Factory Interrogation #4-Dmitri Matheny

NF Case #35: Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective

Noir Factory Podcast Case #35 Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective “If there is a wrong to be righted, an evil to be redressed, or a rescue of the weak and suffering from the powerful, our hearty assistance can be readily obtained. We do nothing for hire here; we would cheerfully undertake to perform without a fee or a reward. But when your clients are wealthy, we are not so unjust to ourselves as to make a gratuitous offer of our services.” -Sexton Blake As the 19th century came to a close, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes was the undisputed heavyweight champ of popular fiction. From London to California, the exploits of the World’s Greatest Detective were the stuff of legend, and the public, more literate now than at any other time in history, were hungry for more. And while Arthur Conan Doyle was hoping to distance himself from his great creation, one man, Henry Blyth, saw a hole in popular fiction that needed to be filled. And while he was just the man to do that, he saw no reaso...

20 MIN2017 DEC 2
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NF Case #35: Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective

A short interruption for the Noir Factory

We will be back the week of October 16th.

1 MIN2017 SEP 22
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A short interruption for the Noir Factory

Interrogation #3: Will Viharo-Gonzo Pulp Writer

Noir Factory Podcast Interrogation #3 Will Viharo: Gonzo Pulp Writer Will Viharo is the author of the Vic Valentine series as well as the host of Seattle's Noir at the Bar, a seasonal showcase that combines author readings with alcohol, the way God intneded it. He is a writer that defies classification, with his work mixing humor, surrealism, gore, violence, and sex. His newest work, Vic Valentine, International Man of Misery, is due out this fall and in this interrogation I get a chance to get the skinny from an unconventional writer, society observer, and all-around good guy. You can connect with Will at www.thrillville.net Cover Art provided by Matt Brown. You can find his work here.

29 MIN2017 AUG 11
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Interrogation #3: Will Viharo-Gonzo Pulp Writer

Case #34: Joseph Weil-The Yellow Kid

Noir Factory Podcast Case #34 Joseph Weil: The Yellow Kid “Who's going to believe a con artist? Everyone if she's good.” -Andy Griffith Joseph Weil was born in Chicago in 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Weil. The couple owned a small neighborhood grocery store and made a decent income. Their boy, Joseph, helped out after school by sweeping up and stocking shelves. And then he discovered racehorses.

19 MIN2017 JUL 28
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Case #34: Joseph Weil-The Yellow Kid

Case #33: The Black Sox-Baseball's Most Notorious Scandal

Case #33: The Black Sox I'm forever blowing ballgames, pretty ballgames in the air. I come from Chi, I hardly try, just go to bat and fade and die. Fortune's coming my way, that's why I don't care. I'm forever blowing ballgames, and the gamblers treat us fair. -Ring Lardner You could say that it started with Charlie Comiskey, because a lot of things started with Charlie Comiskey in Chicago in 1919. Comiskey owned the Chicago White Sox, a serious contender in any year, and he enjoyed the reputation as a tightwad and a fierce negotiator. I want to go on record by saying that although Comiskey fostered the reputation as a hard-guy and a tightwad, the payroll of the Chicago White Sox was one of the best in the league. The team was filled with solid players and had two bona fide stars on its roster; outfielder Joe Jackson and third baseman Buck Weaver. They each made over $6000 a year in 1919 and a lot of the other name players on the team made around half that. And that was about what t...

23 MIN2017 JUL 14
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Case #33: The Black Sox-Baseball's Most Notorious Scandal

Latest Episodes

Noir Factory Case #37: Huey Long- The King Fish

The Noir Factory Podcast Case #37 Huey Long-The King Fish “One of these days the people of Louisiana are going to get good government. And they aren’t going to like it.” -Huey Long Huey Pierce Long Jr. was born to Huey Pierce Long Senior and Caledonia Tison Long on August 30th, 1893 in Winnfield, Louisiana. Winnfield was a dirt-poor parish and the wealthy Long family stood out. They were the wealth and class of Winn Parish and lead the community for generations. Huey’s grandfather had purchased 640 acres of woods and carved out a farm for his family. Huey’s father continued that tradition by buying up 320 acres near Winnfield. Huey himself was the seventh of nine surviving children and from the day of his birth expectations were high. His father insisted that the kids should strive “to be someone,” and the lesson took. Of Huey Long’s siblings, two became Louisiana governors, one later a senator, a U.S. congressman, a district attorney, and five became school teachers, one at...

33 MIN2018 APR 27
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Noir Factory Case #37: Huey Long- The King Fish

Noir Factory Episode C#36: Leopold and Loeb CORRECTED

Noir Factory Podcast Episode #36 Leopold and Loeb ***CORRECTED BACKGROUND AUDIO*** My deepest apologies! The previous version of this episode was released “in progress” and by mistake . Please enjoy this updated version and again, my sincerest apologies! -Steve Gomez ------ “To be an effective criminal defense counsel, an attorney must be prepared to be demanding, outrageous, irreverent, blasphemous, a rogue, a renegade, and a hated, isolated, and lonely person - few love a spokesman for the despised and the damned.” ― Clarence Darrow Nathan F. Leopold Jr. was born on November 19th, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois to Nathan and Florence Leopold. The elder Nathan was the son of Samuel and Babette, Jewish immigrants from Germany who had brought their family to Michigan. He worked in shipping and had made a fortune. Their son Nathan had moved to Chicago and married Florence Foreman in 1892. Nathan Leopold Sr. was already wealthy but had a gift for making more. He started up many success...

25 MIN2018 FEB 11
Comments
Noir Factory Episode C#36: Leopold and Loeb CORRECTED

BEST OF 2017:George Remus

Noir Factory BEST OF 2017 There’s a tradition in the podcasting world that during the first week of a new year you look back at the episodes you’ve put out in the world. I know, if it’s a podcasting tradition how old can it be, right? Still, just like drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and stepping on the scale after the holidays, we look at one episode that seemed to resonate with our listeners more than any other. Perhaps it’s because the subject of the episode is a self-made man, who showed more grit and determination than most. Perhaps it’s because he rose to dizzying heights only to fall from a peak, again, of his own making. Or perhaps its because he was a prohibition guy, and everyone loves a good drink. Whatever the reason, our listeners fell for the story of George Remus-King of the Bootleggers. And that makes episode 29 the best of 2017. --------------- “He and this Wolfsheim bought up a lot of side-street drug-stores here and in Chicago and sold grain alcohol over...

1 MIN2018 JAN 6
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BEST OF 2017:George Remus

Hero Obscura Episode 48-Santa Claus

Hero Obscura Episode #48 Santa Clause Today’s hero isn’t obscure. Not in the least. In fact, he’s known by all. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. And how dreary a world it would be if he didn’t. Old Saint Nick. Father Christmas. Kris Kringle. Santa Clause. Today on Hero Obscura. ----------------- If you haven’t done so already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! Reviews are an important way to help listeners discover the show. www.itunes.com Look for our signal in the sky or simply follow us on Facebook! Also visit our www.HeroObscura.com for your FREE list of “The Top Superhero Lairs in Comics!”

7 MIN2017 DEC 25
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Hero Obscura Episode 48-Santa Claus

Noir Factory Interrogation #4-Dmitri Matheny

Noir Factory Interrogation #4 Dmitri Matheny- Noir Jazz ------------------------------------ Crime Jazz: “The Femme Fatal. The cop on the beat. The hard-boiled detective. The saxophone under the street lamp in the fog. It’s the music of “Chinatown” and “Taxi Driver.” -Dmitri Matheny Find Dmitri’s work at www.dmitrimatheny.com If you haven’t done so already, please review us on iTunes! It is an important way to help new listeners to discover the show. https://tinyurl.com/y7py6qn7 Chat with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and be sure to sign up for our newsletter at www.TheNoirFactory.com

32 MIN2017 DEC 21
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Noir Factory Interrogation #4-Dmitri Matheny

NF Case #35: Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective

Noir Factory Podcast Case #35 Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective “If there is a wrong to be righted, an evil to be redressed, or a rescue of the weak and suffering from the powerful, our hearty assistance can be readily obtained. We do nothing for hire here; we would cheerfully undertake to perform without a fee or a reward. But when your clients are wealthy, we are not so unjust to ourselves as to make a gratuitous offer of our services.” -Sexton Blake As the 19th century came to a close, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes was the undisputed heavyweight champ of popular fiction. From London to California, the exploits of the World’s Greatest Detective were the stuff of legend, and the public, more literate now than at any other time in history, were hungry for more. And while Arthur Conan Doyle was hoping to distance himself from his great creation, one man, Henry Blyth, saw a hole in popular fiction that needed to be filled. And while he was just the man to do that, he saw no reaso...

20 MIN2017 DEC 2
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NF Case #35: Sexton Blake-Pulp Detective

A short interruption for the Noir Factory

We will be back the week of October 16th.

1 MIN2017 SEP 22
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A short interruption for the Noir Factory

Interrogation #3: Will Viharo-Gonzo Pulp Writer

Noir Factory Podcast Interrogation #3 Will Viharo: Gonzo Pulp Writer Will Viharo is the author of the Vic Valentine series as well as the host of Seattle's Noir at the Bar, a seasonal showcase that combines author readings with alcohol, the way God intneded it. He is a writer that defies classification, with his work mixing humor, surrealism, gore, violence, and sex. His newest work, Vic Valentine, International Man of Misery, is due out this fall and in this interrogation I get a chance to get the skinny from an unconventional writer, society observer, and all-around good guy. You can connect with Will at www.thrillville.net Cover Art provided by Matt Brown. You can find his work here.

29 MIN2017 AUG 11
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Interrogation #3: Will Viharo-Gonzo Pulp Writer

Case #34: Joseph Weil-The Yellow Kid

Noir Factory Podcast Case #34 Joseph Weil: The Yellow Kid “Who's going to believe a con artist? Everyone if she's good.” -Andy Griffith Joseph Weil was born in Chicago in 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Weil. The couple owned a small neighborhood grocery store and made a decent income. Their boy, Joseph, helped out after school by sweeping up and stocking shelves. And then he discovered racehorses.

19 MIN2017 JUL 28
Comments
Case #34: Joseph Weil-The Yellow Kid

Case #33: The Black Sox-Baseball's Most Notorious Scandal

Case #33: The Black Sox I'm forever blowing ballgames, pretty ballgames in the air. I come from Chi, I hardly try, just go to bat and fade and die. Fortune's coming my way, that's why I don't care. I'm forever blowing ballgames, and the gamblers treat us fair. -Ring Lardner You could say that it started with Charlie Comiskey, because a lot of things started with Charlie Comiskey in Chicago in 1919. Comiskey owned the Chicago White Sox, a serious contender in any year, and he enjoyed the reputation as a tightwad and a fierce negotiator. I want to go on record by saying that although Comiskey fostered the reputation as a hard-guy and a tightwad, the payroll of the Chicago White Sox was one of the best in the league. The team was filled with solid players and had two bona fide stars on its roster; outfielder Joe Jackson and third baseman Buck Weaver. They each made over $6000 a year in 1919 and a lot of the other name players on the team made around half that. And that was about what t...

23 MIN2017 JUL 14
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Case #33: The Black Sox-Baseball's Most Notorious Scandal
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