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Big Lives. Little-known Facts. Great, unknown stories hide inside history—every Wednesday, we dig up what you don't know about the icons you do know. Hosts Carter and Vanessa bring history to life, telling unexpected anecdotes, describing the real pe...Show More

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Marco Polo

33:07 | Oct 11th, 2017

Much more than just a pool game, this Venetian merchant traveler adventured through China and the Mongolian Empire. Though his memoirs may have been heavily embellished, the book gave those who came after Marco Polo a broad picture of 13th century cu...Show More

Simón Bolívar

44:17 | Jan 23rd

As the world changed in the early 19th century, one man saw a future for a free Latin America. His name was Simón Bolívar, and he would lead a number of successful fights for independence against Spain. Though he was eventually given the name, El Lib...Show More

32: Sir Francis Bacon

54:03 | Jul 11th, 2018

Sir Francis Bacon was many things. A philosopher. A lawyer. A scientist that is sometimes credited with formalizing the Scientific Method, a process that includes making a hypothesis, testing and retesting it until the results are found. But was he a...Show More

27: Thomas Edison

54:13 | May 2nd, 2018

We all know Thomas Edison for his inventions of the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the incandescent light bulb. But did you know that when he was a teenager, he published his own newspaper from a train baggage car? Sponsors! Kensingt...Show More

19: Adam Smith

1:04:12 | Feb 21st, 2018

Father of free market economies, Adam Smith was one of many great philosophers of the 18th century Enlightenment period. His philosophies helped change the economy, putting an end to the long-standing feudal system. But outside of his well-known work...Show More

Nikola Tesla

43:06 | Nov 15th, 2017

Nikola Tesla was a power-player in the current war, where General Electric and Westinghouse fought over how America would get electricity.  Tesla contributed to the development of the alternating-current electrical system that’s widely used today and...Show More

E44: Humphrey Bogart

41:59 | May 31st, 2017

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” This week, Carter and Vanessa look at silver screen icon Humphrey Bogart, from his early days typecast as a gangster and villain to his turns as the romantic lead in films like Casablanca and To Have and Have Not. Just ...Show More

E41: Bob Marley

57:13 | May 10th, 2017

Bob Marley is responsible for great songs like “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry,” and “Get Up, Stand Up”—songs that brought joy, but also encourage radical social change. Though he’s the poster child for easygoing reggae music and the peaceful Rasta life...Show More

E37: Abraham Lincoln

41:34 | Apr 12th, 2017

He struggled with depression. The deaths of his children. Perhaps even his sexuality. Oh, and he had to lead the nation during America’s Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, lawyer and 16th president of the United States, was assassinated in 1865, but is reve...Show More

E29: Jean-Paul Marat

42:58 | Feb 15th, 2017

A scientist and physician who turned into a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat advocated for human rights for all people, even the poorest. He was the writer and publisher of his periodical, “The People’s ...Show More

E26: Leon Trotsky

51:40 | Jan 25th, 2017

Leon Trotsky's Marxist writings and powerful speeches made him a leading figure in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and later, a Communist tyrant. He was known as a brilliant, arrogant intellectual, but ideological differences with Joseph Stalin led to...Show More

ESPIONAGE, Carter's new podcast!

15:04 | Apr 12th

Hi Historical Figures fans! If you love political intrigue, history, and clandestine operations, you're going to love our new podcast, ESPIONAGE. In this clip, Carter introduces the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American citizens who spied on ...Show More

Issac Newton

43:55 | Apr 3rd

London. The 17th century. Against a backdrop of raging fires and devastating plagues, one man came to prominence as the premiere scientific mind of the age. Soft spoken, brilliant, troubled, prone to fits of rage and nervous breakdowns: This was Isaa...Show More

Harriet Tubman

48:27 | Mar 20th

Born into slavery during the early 1800s in Maryland, she survived a tragic, violent childhood before ultimately escaping and gaining her own freedom. Unsatisfied, Harriet Tubman embarked on a mission of liberation, freeing slaves and shepherding the...Show More

Christopher Columbus

45:02 | Mar 6th

In the late 15th Century, explorer Christopher set out with on a mission that had never been attempted before: cross the Atlantic Ocean and find an alternate route to Asia. Instead, he landed in the Caribbean, and set himself up to be credited as the...Show More


44:03 | Feb 20th

This famous Queen ruled Egypt during the mid 14th century, BC, over a period of immense religious upheaval. With her husband, she conspired to convert all of Egypt from the traditional polytheistic religion to the worship of a single God. In the end,...Show More

Johannes Kepler

42:54 | Feb 6th

There was a time when science and religion worked in harmony, as two parts of a celestial design. Astrologer and philosopher Johannes Kepler oversaw this marriage of theory and belief when he proposed the revolutionary laws of planetary motion in the...Show More

Extraterrestrial: Hill Abduction Pt. 1 - a new PARCAST show!

12:58 | Jan 28th

We hope you are excited as we are for this sneak peek episode of our new podcast, Extraterrestrial where we try to answer the question: are we really alone? If you enjoyed this preview and want to listen to the second half of the episode, search and ...Show More

Oskar Schindler

45:12 | Jan 9th

As World War 2 raged on, Europe was rocked by the horrors of the holocaust, failed businessman turned Nazi spy, Oskar Schindler embarked on a personal mission to save the suffering Jewish prisoners of Poland's Płaszów Concentration Camp.Parcast News ...Show More

MIND’S EYE, Parcast’s First Psychological Thriller!

30:01 | Dec 24th, 2018

We have a holiday gift for you… Parcast’s first fictional crime show AD-FREE! In Mind’s Eye, a serial killer is back and homicide detective Kate McClay fights against psychology, unsolved crimes, and even her own family... The scariest monsters are t...Show More

Robin Williams

46:04 | Dec 12th, 2018

Since he was a child, it was apparent that Robin had a special ability to make others laugh. He often described his home life in Chicago as lonely, and used his sense of humor to garner attention from his parents. But deep down Robin battled a darkne...Show More

Mythology: Athena Pt. 1 - Vanessa’s new podcast!

15:32 | Dec 10th, 2018

Dear Historical Figures fans, we are so excited to share our new storytelling podcast - MYTHOLOGY - with you this holiday season! Every Tuesday, Mythology will feature the heroes, gods, and creatures that have captivated humanity for generations. Sub...Show More

King Arthur

45:32 | Nov 28th, 2018

Around 6th-century AD, legendary tales began circling of a great warrior king that defended Britain against invaders. The man in question? King Arthur. The stories don’t stop there. A thousand years later, King Arthur’s conquests involving the Holy G...Show More

JFK Pt. 1 – Assassinations, A new Parcast Podcast!

42:42 | Nov 19th, 2018

Hi Historical Figures fans! We hope you enjoy this Ad Free episode of our new podcast, Assassinations, where we examine history’s most dramatic deaths. If you enjoy this episode and want to listen to part two right now, subscribe to ASSASSINATIONS wh...Show More


45:09 | Nov 14th, 2018

Responsible for leading the first expedition across North America in 1804, Sacagawea was only 17 when she made the trek, while pregnant, across the continent. The daughter of a Native American chief, Sacagawea was captured and enslaved by an opposing...Show More

Frederick Douglass

48:19 | Oct 31st, 2018

A pioneer in the abolition movement and women's suffrage, Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and championed a movement through his speeches and writings during the Civil War.Sponsors!Parcast - Be sure to rate, review, and subscribe to our new podcast...Show More

"The Iceman" Pt. 1 - KINGPINS, a new Parcast podcast!

55:19 | Oct 28th, 2018

Hello Historical Figures listeners! As a thank you for supporting Parcast, we wanted to offer this AD-FREE bonus episode of our new podcast, Kingpins. Listen to the next part of this story now by subscribing to Kingpins wherever you listen to podcast...Show More

Joseph Stalin

49:06 | Oct 17th, 2018

This poor young revolutionary would one day sit aside Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the aftermath of the greatest conflict in human history. What can we learn from Stalin's improbable rise to power?Subscribe to our new show - Hostage...Show More

Gregor Mendel

38:59 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Known as the Father of Genetics for his groundbreaking work on pea plants and subsequent discovery of the fundamental laws of inheritance, Mendel also struggled with mental health issues such as severe depression and anxiety.  Sponsors!Harper Collins...Show More


54:52 | Sep 19th, 2018

Yangdi was the last emperor of the short-lived Sui dynasty. He was responsible for many great things like strengthening the northern border by rebuilding the Great Wall and building the Grand Canal. But he also had a violent streak which he used to s...Show More

Andrew Carnegie

50:13 | Sep 5th, 2018

Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish American industrialist, who helped build the American steel industry. He became one of the richest men in the world, and also one of its leading philanthropists. But his very first job was as a “bobbin boy” in a cotton fac...Show More

Lydia Pinkham

1:03:35 | Aug 29th, 2018

Thanks so much for listening to Historical Figures. Parcast has another podcast called Great Women of Business where we profile amazing female business leaders. This episode is on Lydia Pinkham, an historic figure in her own right! We hope you enjoy ...Show More

35: Galileo

50:07 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Galileo Galilei is known as the father of modern science and the man whose work proved that the Earth orbits the sun. His scientific discoveries were in opposition of what the Catholic Church taught. But did you know that while he was a math professo...Show More


50:07 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Galileo Galilei is known as the father of modern science and the man whose work proved that the Earth orbits the sun. His scientific discoveries were in opposition of what the Catholic Church taught. But did you know that while he was a math professo...Show More

34: John Locke

53:07 | Aug 8th, 2018

Having stated that marriage and death “are nearly the same thing,” John Locke instead dedicated his life to knowledge, thought, and peace in one of England’s most turbulent times. From humble beginnings to the halls of power, John Locke’s philosophic...Show More

33: Genghis Khan

43:16 | Jul 25th, 2018

Genghis Khan is known as one of the most vicious rulers in history, but did you know that he created one of the first international courier systems called The Yam? It was a set of well-spaced outposts across his empire. Goods and information could be...Show More

31: Anwar El-Sadat

1:06:36 | Jun 27th, 2018

Anwar El-Sadat was an Egyptian president who is credited with bringing peace between Egypt and Israel in the late 1970s. But, as a young soldier, he formed a group called The Free Officers, a revolutionary movement that would eventually overthrow Kin...Show More

30: Mark Twain

1:01:47 | Jun 13th, 2018

Most people know Mark Twain as one of America’s most popular writers and humorists. Some even know that as a young man, he was a Riverboat pilot. But did you know that during the Civil War, he volunteered for the war effort to fight for the South? ...Show More

30: "Julia Child" - Vanessa's new podcast, Great Women of Business!

1:19:39 | Jun 6th, 2018

Historical Figures will be back next Wednesday, however, we have exciting news to share! Parcast has a new podcast called GREAT WOMEN OF BUSINESS. This 12-episode series will captivate you with well-researched stories as Vanessa and Molly take you th...Show More

29: Jackie Robinson

1:03:42 | May 30th, 2018

Jackie Robinson was the first black man in America  to cross “the color line” and play baseball in the major leagues. But when he was in his early teens, Jackie joined a street gang and had numerous run-ins with the law. Sponsors! Hello Fresh...Show More

28: Jesse James

1:00:53 | May 16th, 2018

Jesse James was one of the most iconic American outlaws of all time. He made a name for himself robbing trains, banks, and stealing horses. Is it possible that his abandonment by male role models during childhood gave rise to Jesse James's extreme ba...Show More

26: Frida Kahlo

50:47 | Apr 18th, 2018

Her self-portraits are well known: thick eyebrows, a striking stare, and a mysterious smile. But Frida Kahlo’s paintings weren’t just works of art; they portrayed life’s emotions and her own revolutionary ideals. The spirit of revolution defined her ...Show More

26: A new favorite - Unexplained Mysteries Trailer

01:33 | Apr 11th, 2018

Historical Figures is off this week, but if you're looking for an entertaining and informative podcast, check out this trailer for Parcast's Unexplained Mysteries.To listen, search for "Unexplained Mysteries" wherever you listen to Historical Figures...Show More

25: Nelson Mandela

50:21 | Apr 4th, 2018

Born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa, Nelson Mandela grew up to be an influential activist and political leader. Despite being jailed for decades because he joined the fight against apartheid, Mandela became the first black president of South...Show More

24: Oscar Wilde

56:02 | Mar 28th, 2018

Even as a child, Oscar Wilde dreamed of becoming famous. We dive deep into the life of the now notorious playwright, artist, and celebrated author. He is celebrated for his passionate writing, sharp wit, and taste for art. Sponsors! Squarespace...Show More

23: Hernan Cortes

48:49 | Mar 21st, 2018

Hernan Cortes was born in 1485 in Medellin, Spain. From an early age, he sought adventure and romance, which led him to trouble throughout his life. He grew to be one of the first Spanish conquistadors who brought European culture to the Americas. Hi...Show More

22: Helen Keller

43:50 | Mar 14th, 2018

She was a student, an author, an activist. She met thirteen presidents, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But Helen Keller was much more than just a symbol for people who are deaf or blind. Her life was filled with both triumphs and tragedie...Show More

21: John D. Rockefeller

51:52 | Mar 7th, 2018

John D. Rockefeller came from humble beginnings in Ohio. He had dreams to achieve the impossible: become the wealthiest man in the world. John accomplished this goal, but used controversial methods to do so. Was he a genius? Or was he a tyrant? S...Show More

21: “Mona Lisa” - Unexplained Mysteries is a new Parcast podcast!

33:18 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Enjoy early access to our new Parcast podcast, Unexplained Mysteries! In this episode, we examine Leonardo da Vinci’s life and search for the subject in his famous painting the Mona Lisa. Every Thursday, hosts Richard and Claire dig deep to uncover e...Show More

20: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

1:01:00 | Feb 28th, 2018

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a women’s rights activist well known for her work in the women’s movement. But Elizabeth lived a complicated life, and left a controversial legacy. Sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Search for Food: A Cultural Culinary H...Show More

19: “Birth of a Beast” - Vanessa’s new Podcast Tales!

34:53 | Feb 14th, 2018

Enjoy early access to Vanessa’s new Parcast podcast, “Tales”! This is the first of two prequel episodes to Beauty and the Beast. Tales presents the traditional stories, not the popular, watered-down versions you are familiar with today. In this episo...Show More

18: Michelangelo

45:28 | Feb 7th, 2018

Born in Italy on March 6, 1475, Michelangelo was destined to create outstanding and genius works of art. Although his family was of a lower class and discouraged him from pursuing a more noble career in the arts, Michelangelo followed his passion for...Show More

18: Nicolaus Copernicus

45:30 | Jan 31st, 2018

When Nicolaus Copernicus was born in 1473, scholars believed that the earth stood still, and the sun circled around it. Copernicus devoted his life to understanding the structure of our solar system, and found mathematical proof that the earth, in fa...Show More

17: “Princess Diana” - Carter’s New Podcast Conspiracy Theories!

48:51 | Jan 28th, 2018

Enjoy early access to Carter’s new podcast called “Conspiracy Theories”! In the first episode of CONSPIRACY THEORIES, we explore Princess Diana’s life...and perhaps her not-so-accidental death. In 1997, Princess Diana of Wales died in a car accident ...Show More

16: Jimmy Hoffa

38:37 | Jan 24th, 2018

Jimmy Hoffa, born in Indiana in 1913, helped create the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and aimed to pave the way to the American Dream for laborers. But he also led a mysterious life, mingling with mobs and making enemies with dangerous men. ...Show More

15: George Gallup

37:53 | Jan 17th, 2018

George Gallup is responsible for polling as we know it today. He was a pioneer of survey sampling and inventor of the Gallup poll. But since he was young, he was an entrepreneur. We look deeper into his passions for journalism and psychology, and how...Show More

The Wright Brothers

37:43 | Jan 10th, 2018

Orville and Wilbur Wright are famous for their developments in aeronautics. What began in Dayton, Ohio as entertainment later became a scientific passion for the brothers. The Wright Brothers risked their lives, again and again, to make their dream o...Show More

Sigmund Freud

50:41 | Dec 20th, 2017

The critically acclaimed psychologist Sigmund Freud spent years publishing famous papers, stirring up controversy in his field of study, and creating the ideas of psychoanalysis and the infamous Oedipus Complex. Vanessa and Carter explore Freud’s col...Show More

Pancho Villa

38:33 | Dec 13th, 2017

A man of contradictions, Pancho Villa was a prominent military leader in the Mexican Revolution who lived his life as a criminal, a hero...and a Hollywood star. Join Carter and Vanessa as they explore the successes and failures that defined Villa’s l...Show More


43:46 | Dec 6th, 2017

Confucius was an ancient Chinese philosopher, teacher and politician whose wisdom and teachings are still followed to this day. Despite chaos and war during his life more than 2500 years ago, Confucius promoted harmonious ideals that resonated with p...Show More

Marie Curie

49:43 | Nov 29th, 2017

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize--and she didn’t only win one, she won two. Carter and Vanessa discuss Marie’s inspirations in naming the elements she discovered: polonium and radium, and how she fought sexism throughout her life,...Show More

John Adams

54:20 | Nov 22nd, 2017

The first Vice-President of the United States and second President, John Adams struggled to measure up to the mythic George Washington. Not that he wasn’t qualified- as a successful lawyer who helped pen the Declaration of Independence and served as ...Show More

Queen Victoria

59:26 | Nov 8th, 2017

She was crowned at only eighteen years old, but Queen Victoria made a name for herself as one of Great Britain’s most remembered monarchs, redefining the British crown for modern times. She reigned over her global empire for over 60 years. Carter and...Show More


35:47 | Nov 1st, 2017

The “Father of Europe”, Charlemagne’s rule as King of the Franks changed the face of Europe, unifying regions that had been at war and spreading Christianity across the continent. As Holy Roman Emperor, crowned by the Pope himself, he founded the Car...Show More

Karl Marx

46:58 | Oct 25th, 2017

A radical writer and philosopher, Karl Marx found himself exiled from multiple countries thanks to his communist writings in the 1800's. However, in the following century, this same writing stirred revolution across the world, as communist government...Show More

Leonardo Davinci

39:30 | Oct 18th, 2017

“The Mona Lisa”. “The Last Supper”. “The Vitruvian Man”. Leonardo Da Vinci’s work still inspires over five hundred years later. But what about the man behind the paintings? He was an illegitimate child, a graverobber, and briefly lived at the Vatican...Show More

Meriwether Lewis & William Clark

36:27 | Oct 7th, 2017

Lewis and Clark--two names that are always heard in tandem. But who were these two young men before they became an inseparable duo? Lewis and Clark’s unique talents and interests made for a perfect partnership, and together they overcame myriad chall...Show More

Albert Einstein

53:03 | Oct 7th, 2017

It wasn’t always obvious that Albert Einstein was destined for greatness. Long before he won the Nobel Prize, he was a rebellious, lovesick young man and a music lover who infuriated his professors and struggled to find a job. It would take years of ...Show More

We’re Coming back!

01:58 | Sep 13th, 2017

We’re coming back! With a new look, a new name, and an entertaining take on history, we are now called Historical Figures - formerly known as Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths (iTunes’ Best Debuts of 2016)- brings people who shaped history to life! New...Show More

E45: Robert F. Kennedy

39:57 | Jun 7th, 2017

A speechwriter, US Attorney General, and Senator, JFK’s little brother, Robert F. Kennedy, was one of the most remarkable underdog politicians in American history. In a time of fear and radical change, this rich man from an influential family, was st...Show More

E43: Chrysippus

35:30 | May 24th, 2017

A major figure in shaping Greek philosophy, the messages Chrysippus taught about accepting the things one cannot change and finding joy beyond our daily troubles are still applicable today. Chrysippus was a defining teacher of Stoicism who shaped phi...Show More

E42: Anastasia

33:21 | May 17th, 2017

One of the last Grand Duchesses of Russia, Anastasia Romanov was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Yet rumors persisted that Anastasia survived the massacre of the royal family. For the better part of the century, her potential survival captivated th...Show More

E40: Tennessee Williams

48:26 | May 3rd, 2017

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.” Not familiar? How about this one: “Stella! Stella! Hey STELLA!” Tennessee Williams is one of America’s greatest playwrights, known for penn...Show More

E39: Andrew Jackson

52:22 | Apr 26th, 2017

One of history’s most controversial Presidents, Andrew Jackson was a war hero who was a driving force behind the end of the War of 1812, the acquisition of Florida, and the Trail of Tears. Beloved and hated by many, Jackson’s face graced the US $20 b...Show More

E38: Mata Hari

31:49 | Apr 19th, 2017

A Dutch woman with a Scottish last name and Javanese pseudonym, Mata Hari took up a career as an exotic dancer in France. She soon became a courtesan, but the seductress’ fondness for military men led her to the center of international espionage duri...Show More

E36: John Candy

27:48 | Apr 5th, 2017

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Uncle Buck. Splash. Home Alone. John Candy’s hilarious and unforgettable performances brought joy to children and adults across America. This Canadian star got his start on SCTV and later became a part owner of the To...Show More

E35: Marvin Gaye

44:04 | Mar 29th, 2017

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” that this week “What’s Going On?” is Marvin Gaye, so “Let’s Get It On.” The Prince of Motown was a singer, songwriter and producer whose hits endure to this day. There “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for this consis...Show More

E34: Joan of Arc

40:25 | Mar 22nd, 2017

She led an army to victory. She helped France crown a new king. She inspired a nation. And all before the age of 19. A legend and a saint, the girl who defended France claimed to hear “voices” of angles and saints, through whom God was addressing he...Show More

E33: Julius Caesar

49:01 | Mar 15th, 2017

Beware the Ides of March... Rome’s most famous dictator, Julius Caesar’s quest for power started when he was only sixteen. In his rise to power, he led the Romans to conquer Gaul, introduced the Julian Calendar, and build bridges across the German Rh...Show More

E32: Al Capone

38:51 | Mar 8th, 2017

Al Capone is one of the most infamous gangsters of all time. He was a popular figure in Chicago and leader of the Chicago Outfit, a crime syndicate best known for bootlegging, racketeering and political corruption. Of all his crimes, it was tax evasi...Show More

E31: John Belushi

37:01 | Mar 1st, 2017

“Toga! Toga!” Animal House star John Belushi was a boisterous, high energy performer who vividly brought SNL favorites like Samurai Futaba, Beethoven, and Captain Kirk to life. He was also one half of “The Blues Brothers”, an SNL-sketch-turned-legiti...Show More

E30: Andy Warhol

41:01 | Feb 22nd, 2017

The father of the 1960’s pop art movement, Andy Warhol’s art included subjects like Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zedong, and a can of soup. Warhol was initially a commercial illustrator, which greatly influenced his methods of printing and mass-producing art....Show More

Special: Introducing Serial Killers

48:48 | Feb 20th, 2017

This is the first episode of Parcast’s new podcast, Serial Killers. Every Monday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with th...Show More

E28: Wild Bill Hickok

40:50 | Feb 8th, 2017

Wild Bill Hickok was a stagecoach driver and Union Soldier, but that’s not what made him famous. This hard-drinking, gun-slinging, high-stakes-gambling sheriff embodied the myth of the old west. Thanks to wild rumors and his appearances in Buffalo Bi...Show More

E27: Buddy Holly

32:46 | Feb 1st, 2017

A 1950’s music legend, Buddy Holly was best known as the lead singer and guitarist for The Crickets. Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own songs, including upbeat hits like “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”. Holly died in a plane crash when ...Show More

E25: Martin Luther King Jr.

32:14 | Jan 18th, 2017

A Baptist Minister and political activist, Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged nonviolent civil disobedience to stand up for equality. King’s incredible skills as an orator made him a beloved leader in the Civil Rights Movement. This ea...Show More

E24: Janis Joplin

32:40 | Jan 11th, 2017

A major blues vocalist in the 1960's, Joplin gained fame as the beloved lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, leading to a solo career. Famed for her raw and uninhibited singing style, Janis' powerful voice made her a highlight of Wood...Show More

E23: Edward Teach “Blackbeard”

30:10 | Jan 4th, 2017

Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard, was a legendary pirate whose fearsome image has been romanticized since his death. Most likely born in Bristol, England, he plundered ships traveling to and from the American colonies as well...Show More

E22: Socrates

36:00 | Dec 14th, 2016

Socrates was a Greek philosopher who is credited as one of the founders of Western Philosophy. He was born circa 470 BC in Athens, Greece. We know of his life through the writings of his students, including Plato and Xenophon. His "Socratic method," ...Show More

E21: John Lennon

29:34 | Dec 7th, 2016

Maybe the most influential musician ever to live, famed singer-songwriter John Lennon founded the Beatles, a band that impacted the popular music scene like no other. Born in Liverpool, England on October 9th, 1940, Lennon gained worldwide fame for n...Show More

E20: Crazy Horse

35:31 | Nov 30th, 2016

Crazy Horse was a legendary Native American warrior and leader. Celebrated for his battle skills, he took up arms against the United States Federal Government to preserve Native American traditions and way of life. Some of his war heroics include act...Show More

E19: John F. Kennedy

43:55 | Nov 23rd, 2016

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to as JFK, was the 35th president of The United States. Born May 29, 1917, JFK served in World War II and in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. During his presidency, Kennedy faced a num...Show More

E18: Vincent van Gogh

48:18 | Nov 16th, 2016

Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. He was a Post-Impressionist painter who went on to be one of the most influential figures in the history of 20th century art. In just over a decade he created over 2000 artwo...Show More

E17: Cleopatra

39:11 | Nov 9th, 2016

Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt, was one of the most famous female rulers in history. She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt for close to 300 years. The stories surrounding Cleopatra's tragic life inspired a number of books, m...Show More

E16: Ernest Hemingway

37:30 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Born in Illinois on July 21, 1899, Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. He served as an ambulance driver in World War I and worked in journalism before publishing his story collection In Our Time. He went on ...Show More

E15: Princess Diana

34:25 | Oct 27th, 2016

Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana was Princess of Wales while married to Prince Charles. Diana was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry as the Honourable Diana Spencer. She was a polarizing figure that was subje...Show More

E14: Billy the Kid

31:29 | Oct 19th, 2016

On July 14, 1881, Henry McCarty, better known by the alias Billy the Kid, was shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Billy the Kid was born in 1859 in New York City. In his short life, The Kid worked as everything from a cattle ...Show More

E13: Harvey Milk

40:41 | Oct 12th, 2016

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Born in New York, politics and gay activ...Show More

E12: Franz Ferdinand

27:59 | Oct 5th, 2016

Franz Ferdinand's assassination on June 28, 1914, at the hand of a Serbian terrorist group, the "Black Hand," is an event that is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of World War I. Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was born on December ...Show More

E11: Marilyn Monroe

42:20 | Sep 28th, 2016

Arguably the biggest popular culture icon to ever live, actress Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. She overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s most well-known celebrities and sex symbols of her time....Show More

E10: Jimi Hendrix

26:47 | Sep 21st, 2016

Born Johnny Allen Hendrix, guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jimi Hendrix entertained audiences during the 1960's. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music and one of the most celebrated...Show More

E09: Caligula

31:30 | Sep 14th, 2016

A Roman emperor, Gaius Caesar, known as Caligula, succeeded the cruel Emperor and tyrant Tiberius. Born in 12 A.D. he served as the emperor of Rome from 37 to 41 A.D. Records depict him as a cruel and unpredictable leader. He restored treason trials,...Show More

E08: Napoleon Bonaparte

39:32 | Sep 7th, 2016

Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military general and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution. He became the first emperor of France and his drive for military expansion changed the world. He remains one of the most contro...Show More

E07: James Dean

20:25 | Aug 31st, 2016

Too fast to live, too young to die, he was a rebel without a cause. James Byron Dean was an American actor in the 1950’s and is a cultural icon. He is the symbol of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement. Dean was the first actor to receive ...Show More

E06: Mahatma Gandhi

21:31 | Aug 24th, 2016

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, more commonly known as ‘Mahatma’, was the preeminent leader of India’s independence movement in British-ruled India. Gandhi organized boycotts against British institutions, led India to independence and inspired movements ...Show More

E05: Alexander Hamilton

29:55 | Aug 17th, 2016

His face is on the $10 bill, he was one of the most influential contributors to the United States Constitution, he created the United States financial system, he was the first Secretary of the Treasury and he is currently the subject of the biggest B...Show More

E04: Amelia Earhart

33:36 | Aug 10th, 2016

Amelia Earhart’s disappearance on July 2, 1937 is one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. A number of theories about her death have emerged in the last 79 years. We examine her remarkable life as the first female aviator to fly solo across ...Show More

E03: Kurt Cobain

32:32 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Kurt Cobain was one of the greatest figures in music history and the voice of a generation. Experience his rise to fame and struggles that led to his tragic death. This episode is dedicated to the two loves of his life, Courtney Love and Frances Coba...Show More

E02: Harry Houdini

26:25 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Commonly regarded as the most famous magician who has ever lived, Harry Houdini’s grand escape acts and illusions made him into a world icon. We take you on a journey through his life, the secrets behind his tricks, the woman he loved, his struggles ...Show More

E01: Grigori Rasputin

22:32 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Grigori Rasputin, called the Mad Monk, was one of history’s most interesting figures. A Russian peasant turned mythical faith healer gained influence in Russia by curing the Tsar’s son of hemophilia. His death helped ignite the Russian Revolution. Di...Show More

Welcome Trailer!

02:54 | Jul 25th, 2016

Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths examines the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. Here is a sneak preview of what to expect. The first episode premieres Wednesday August 3rd and new episodes are release...Show More