Inside Culturomics, a podcast about big ideas, small towns

Culturomics is a podcast about everything that makes America great. Set in the rustbelt cities and sleepy small towns of the forgotten America – home to 500,000 of the nation’s poorest residents – the…

Inside Culturomics, a podcast about big ideas, small towns

Culturomics is a podcast about everything that makes America great. Set in the rustbelt cities and sleepy small towns of the forgotten America – home to 500,000 of the nation’s poorest residents – the podcast digs into what is popular, who loves what and why. Subscribe and review on iTunes and check out the Culture Pros on Instagram to see what else we’re up to.

Octavia Spencer is a Hollywood super-star but for her it goes back a way farther. Spencer told The Observer that she grew up visiting friends’ houses during film shoots and “we got to watch the evil and scary things that were going on.”

Spencer told the paper: “I started seeing stuff, I started hearing things. In fact, my house was haunted the whole time I was growing up. The ghost of Don Ameche – my all-time favorite ghost – went into the house and saved me.”

Yes. Ameche of The Gunfighter fame. The actor played a hard-scrabble preacher’s son who, armed with a shotgun, lost his father and, in a matter of hours, took vengeance on his mom’s living enemy.

“It saved me,” Spencer told the Observer. “But it was fun. A barrel turned to gold at some point. I know it’s good to be scared, but it’s gotta be someone, and it’s gotta be someone you can be scared of.”

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