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 personalities behind big names, and examining each individual’s lasting impact on the world. A reboot of Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths. (iTunes “Best Debuts of 2016”) Historical Figures is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
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 culture, led to advances in cartography and inspired explorers throughout history.
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 also...William Shakespeare? Sponsors! Simple Contacts - Get $20 off by going to SimpleContacts.com/FIGURES or just enter code FIGURES at checkout. The Great Courses Plus - Sign up for a full month of unlimited access to enjoy all of their lectures for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/FIGURES.
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! Kensington Publishing - For more info, visit MadelineHunter.com or KensingtonBooks.com. StoryWorth - For $20 off when you subscribe, visit storyworth.com/figures
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 works, such as The Wealth of Nations, Smith remained private, even burning the paper trail of his life before he died. Sponsors! Great Courses - Search for Food: A Cultural Culinary History on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts to listen now. This is not a Parcast podcast. Squarespace - Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and use the offer code HISTORICAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. SeatGeek - Download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code FIGURES for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase. MAFIA - Subscribe to MAFIA on Apple Podcasts and every other listening destination. MAFIA is not a Parcast podcast. Tales - Search ‘Tales’ on your favorite podcast directory, listen, and subscribe! Or visit Parcast.com/Tales to listen now.
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 discovered the rotating magnetic field. Carter and Vanessa talk about Tesla’s mysterious visions of inventions, the strange illness he suffered, and how the kind soul gave up millions of dollars and died penniless. SPONSORS! Haunted Places - Subscribe and listen to Parcast’s newest podcast on your favorite podcast directory, and listen to new episodes one week early on TuneIn!
“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 as charming off-screen, Bogart married four times, but is best known for his on-camera and off-camera romance with Lauren Bacall. One of America’s most famous and acclaimed actors, Bogart died at only 57 years old, having acted in over 70 films, including The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and The African Queen. SPONSORS! Intercepted Podcast - Subscribe now to Intercepted on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Audible - Start a 30-day trial and your first Audible book is free. Learn more at Audible.com/REMARKABLE
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, Bob Marley was dirt poor for most of his life, and lived in Jamaica during some of its most tumultuous years. He died of cancer at 36, just a few years after he became an international superstar. Sponsors! Thirdlove – go to thirdlove.com/remarkable to try your new favorite bra for FREE
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 revered as one of the country’s greatest leaders. This week, Vanessa and Carter look into the secret life and sudden death of the man on the penny. SPONSORS! First Day Back - Listen and subscribe now in Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Patreon - Check out Patreon.com/parcast to donate and get access to exclusive content, including early and ad-free episodes, today!
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 Friend” which gained him fame across France. As a rallying symbol of the Montagnard faction during the French Revolution, Marat spent a lot of time in hiding. In 1793, Marat was assassinated, and the event is immortalized in the iconic painting “The Death of Marat”.
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 his assassination in 1940. Trotsky published hundreds of articles, over forty books, and stood by his ideals until the end. SPONSOR: HomeChef – Got to homechef.com/remarkable for $30 in FREE MEALS!
Nov 28th • 45:32
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 Grail, Excalibur, and the Knights of the Round Table are still shining him in a heroic light. New Shows!Parcast Network - Don’t forget to rate, review, and subscribe to our new podcast Assassinations!
Nov 19th • 42:42
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 wherever you listen to podcasts!"Loner. Drop out. Marine. Defector. Husband. Father. Lee Harvey Oswald was all of these things, but on November 22 1963, he came to only be known as the man who killed President John F. Kennedy."
Nov 14th • 45:09
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 tribe and then sold as a bride to a canadian fur trapper.Sponsors!Parcast - Rate, review, and subscribe to our new podcast Kingpins!
Oct 31st • 48:19
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 Kingpins!
Oct 28th • 55:19
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 podcasts! He killed over a hundred people before the police had even heard his name. So when the Mafia needed a body to drop without getting their hands dirty, there was only one man to call. Richard Kuklinski was quick, vicious, and utterly invisible.
Oct 17th • 49:06
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 - today!Sponsors!Parcast - Sign up for the Parcast Monthly Newsletter at Parcast.com!
Oct 3rd • 38:59
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 Children's Books - “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” and “The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy” are available wherever books or audiobooks are sold.
Sep 19th • 54:52
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 seize power by killing both his older brother and his father.
Sep 5th • 50:13
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 factory where he was responsible for bringing bobbins to loom weavers.
Aug 29th • 1:03:35
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 this episode as much as we do!In a time when women were desperate for safe and effective treatments for women’s health issues, Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compounds became one of the best-known medicines of the 19th century. She began by giving away the compound for free to create a strong referral network, which fueled the rapid growth of her business.
Aug 22nd • 50:07
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 professor at the University of Pisa, Galileo was fined because he refused to obey the school’s dress code and wear a toga? Sponsors! Operation Finale - Watch the trailer now. Get tickets to see Operation Finale – in theaters everywhere August 29th. RXBAR - Get 25% off your first order at RXBAR.com/FIGURES and enter promo code FIGURES at checkout.
Aug 22nd • 50:07
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 professor at the University of Pisa, Galileo was fined because he refused to obey the school’s dress code and wear a toga?
Aug 8th • 53:07
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 philosophical ideas constructed the modern definition of the self. His political ideas surrounding the separation of church and state laid the foundation for democracy, and are also credited with starting the Age of Revolutions in the 18th century. Brought to you ad free, thank you for listening!
Jul 25th • 43:16
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 transported faster by replacing tired horses with fresh horses and it also allowed him to keep a closer eye on his network of military spies and scouts. Sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Get a full month of unlimited access to The Great Courses Plus for FREE at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Figures.
Jun 27th • 1:06:36
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 King Farouk and liberate the Egyptian people from British rule. Sponsors! Lola - For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter FIGURES40 when you subscribe! The Great Courses Plus - Sign up now for a full month of unlimited access to enjoy all of their lectures for FREE when you go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/FIGURES.
Jun 13th • 1:01:47
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? Sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Sign up at Thegreatcoursesplus.com/FIGURES
Jun 6th • 1:19:39
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 through the arduous journeys and struggles that lead these women to greatness. In this episode, Julia Child falls in love with French cuisine and discovers that the power of self-investment would be a foundational business principle to launching her career. If you enjoy this episode, listen to our other episode on COCO Chanel now by subscribing to Great Women of Business wherever you listen to podcasts.
May 30th • 1:03:42
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 - For $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh, visit hellofresh.com/Figures30 and enter the code FIGURES30
May 16th • 1:00:53
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 bad boy persona? Sponsors! Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/Figures and use promo code FIGURES during checkout!
Apr 18th • 50:47
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 art, her life, and her ever-present legacy.
Apr 11th • 1:33
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. Check out episodes on the Mona Lisa, the builders of Stonehenge, and a possible Roswell cover-up now! We'll be back next week with a new episode!
Apr 4th • 50:21
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 Africa and one of the most celebrated political leaders of all time. Announcement! Historical Figures will now be coming out every other WED! We will see you on 4/18 with an all new episode. Sponsors! Kensington Publishing - MURDER AT HALF MOON GATE by Andrea Penrose is on sale now everywhere books are sold. And look for the first Wrexford and Sloan Mystery, MURDER ON BLACK SWAN LANE, now in paperback. More info at AndreaPenrose.com
Mar 28th • 56:02
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 - Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and use the offer code HISTORICAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Audible - Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to audible.com/FIGURES or text FIGURES to 500-500. Female Criminals - Search for Female Criminals on your favorite podcast directory, listen, and subscribe! Or visit Parcast.com/CRIMINALS to start listening now.
Mar 21st • 48:49
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. His legacy lives on as both a hero of the Spanish Empire... and as a violent conqueror who slaughtered thousands of indigenous peoples in his quest for money and power. Sponsors! Hulu, The Looming Tower - ‘The Looming Tower,’ available now only on Hulu.
Mar 14th • 43:50
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 tragedies, and with the aid of her mentor, Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller became a legacy that still serves as an inspiration to all. Sponsors! Squarespace - Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and use the offer code HISTORICAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Unexplained Mysteries - Search for Unexplained Mysteries on your favorite podcast directory to start listening now. Or visit Parcast.com/UNEXPLAINED to listen now.
Mar 7th • 51:52
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? Sponsors! Kensington Publishing - Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose is on sale now everywhere books are sold. Look for the second installment, Murder at Half Moon Gate, on March 27th. For more information, visit AndreaPenrose.com Hulu, The Looming Tower - The Looming Tower, available now only on Hulu. Unexplained Mysteries - Search for Unexplained Mysteries on your favorite podcast directory to start listening now. Or visit Parcast.com/UNEXPLAINED
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 earth’s greatest mysteries. If you enjoy this episode, subscribe to Unexplained Mysteries and listen to part two now! Just search “Unexplained Mysteries” Sponsors! Conspiracy Theories - Search Conspiracy Theories on your favorite podcast directory, listen, and subscribe! Or visit Parcast.com/CONSPIRACY to listen now. Audible - Visit audible.com/UNEXPLAINED or text UNEXPLAINED to 500-500 for a 30-day trial and free first audiobook. Midroll Survey - Visit podsurvey.com/UNEXPLAINED to take an anonymous survey and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
Feb 28th • 1:01:00
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 History on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts to listen now. This is not a Parcast podcast. Casper - Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/FIGURES. Terms and conditions apply. Hulu - The Looming Tower premieres February 28, only on Hulu.
Feb 14th • 34:53
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 episode we take you on the journey of how a boy became a beast... LISTEN NOW to the second episode by subscribing to Tales in your favorite podcast directory! Just search “Tales” Sponsors! Haunted Places - Search for HAUNTED PLACES wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit parcast.com/HAUNTED to start listening now. Midroll Survey - Visit podsurvey.com/TALES to take a quick anonymous survey, and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
Feb 7th • 45:28
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 art even as a young boy. And despite being well known for his paintings in the Sistine Chapel and his architecture, Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor above all else. Sponsors! Squarespace - Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial. When you’re ready to launch, use the offer code HISTORICAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. SeatGeek - Download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code FIGURES for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase. Conspiracy Theories - Conspiracy Theories - Search for CONSPIRACY THEORIES wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit parcast.com/CONSPIRACY to start listening now.
Jan 31st • 45:30
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 fact, orbits around the sun. Although he didn’t live to see his influence on astronomy, his findings opened the door to space travel, the discovery of other planets and galaxies...and even the chance of finding life outside of earth. Sponsors! Conspiracy Theories - Search for CONSPIRACY THEORIES wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit parcast.com/CONSPIRACY to start listening now.
Jan 28th • 48:51
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 in Paris. The news shocked the world, and many people weren’t so sure this was an accident. Listen to the second episode on Princess Diana right now by subscribing to Conspiracy Theories in your favorite podcast directory! Just search "Conspiracy Theories". Sponsors! Casper - Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/THEORIES and using THEORIES at checkout. HelloFresh - For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter the code THEORIES30. Cults - Search for CULTS wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit parcast.com/CULTS to start listening now.
Jan 24th • 38:37
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. This risky networking may have led to Hoffa’s disappearance. Sponsors! Squarespace - Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and use the offer code HISTORICAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. SeatGeek - Download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code FIGURES for $20 off your first SeatGeek purchase.
Jan 17th • 37:53
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 Gallup’s polling impacted—and continues to impact—society today. Sponsors! Squarespace - Visit Squarespace.com for a free trial. When you’re ready to launch, use offer code HISTORICAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
Jan 10th • 37:43
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 of human flight a reality.
Dec 20th, 2017 • 50:41
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 colorful life, his finding of an international psychology movement, and his near persecution during the Holocaust. Happy Holidays from everyone at Parcast! We are taking a short break but will be back January 10th with all new episodes!
Dec 13th, 2017 • 38:33
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 life and legacy, which is still prominent today.
Dec 6th, 2017 • 43:46
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 people for centuries to come. China’s leaders did not always welcome his teachings, but today, he is often regarded as a hero. Check out Carter's other podcast, Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories - To listen to Unsolved Murders, search for Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories in your favorite podcast app.
Nov 29th, 2017 • 49:43
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, paving the way for women in science today.
Nov 22nd, 2017 • 54:20
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 an early ambassador for the fledgling nation, John Adams was instrumental to the birth of America. Carter and Vanessa explore Adams’ presidency, love affair with his wife Abigail, and his “frenemy” relationship with fellow founding father and presidential successor, Thomas Jefferson. SPONSORS! Survey - Please go to podcastlistener.com/historical to answer a few short questions and help us out!
Nov 8th, 2017 • 59:26
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 Vanessa explore Victoria’s isolated childhood, her great love affair, and the personality of the woman who defined an era.
Nov 1st, 2017 • 35:47
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 Carolingian dynasty. His reign sparked an intellectual and cultural revival, the effects of which are still evident across Europe today.
Oct 25th, 2017 • 46:58
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 governments rose to power. What influenced the famous father of communism, and why did he believe it was the best system? Carter and Vanessa explore the life of the author of The Communist Manifesto and Das Capital, and how his revolutionary ideas resonated worldwide.
Oct 18th, 2017 • 39:30
“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. Carter and Vanessa explore the complex life of the true renaissance man.
Oct 7th, 2017 • 36:27
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 challenges, including hostile tribes, charging bears, poisonous snakes, and endless hoards of mosquitos until they achieved their hard-won goal of reaching the Pacific Ocean.
Oct 7th, 2017 • 53:03
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 struggle, but eventually Einstein’s writings would revolutionize theoretical physics and usher in the atomic age. SPONSORS! Casper - Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/FIGURES and using offer code FIGURES. Terms and Conditions Apply. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories - Listen and subscribe to Parcast’s other podcast (Starring Carter) on your favorite podcast directory or parcast.com!
Sep 13th, 2017 • 1:58
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 episodes will drop every Wednesday starting October 11th, so don’t forget to subscribe! Listen to this trailer to learn more!
Jun 7th, 2017 • 39:57
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 still able to connect with a diverse group of voters by giving them hope. Kennedy was assassinated while running for President in 1968. Bobby Kennedy left behind the legacy of a man who would fight passionately for human rights, social justice and a peaceful world. Thank you to all of our listeners! We truly appreciate your enthusiastic reviews, feedback, and support. Without you, Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths. would never have come this far. We are taking a summer hiatus, but will be back with new episodes October 11th! SPONSORS! ThirdLove - Go to THIRDLOVE.COM/UNSOLVED now and try ThirdLove FREE for 30 days! Casper - www.casper,com/REMARKABLE and use code REMARKABLE for $50 toward any mattress
May 24th, 2017 • 35:30
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 philosophy in his time and beyond. This 200’s BC philosopher’s influence reaches all the way to major religions and modern cognitive behavioral therapy. Chrysippus died in 206 BC, either from laughing or drinking bad wine. SPONSORS! ThirdLove- Go to THIRDLOVE.COM/UNSOLVED now and try ThirdLove FREE for 30 days! Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories – New episodes out now! Subscribe and listen on your favorite podcast directory!
May 17th, 2017 • 33:21
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 the hearts of an international audience, and many women came forward claiming to be the lost princess. Were any of them telling the truth? Carter and Vanessa dive into Anastasias remarkable life, before and after her death. SPONSORS! Mommy Dead and Dearest – Watch HBO’s latest true crime documentary, premiering Monday, May 15 at 10pm on HBO.
May 3rd, 2017 • 48:26
“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 penning works including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie. However, his tragic works were inspired by a difficult life; Tennessee struggled with family problems and alcoholism. He peaked commercially in the 1950’s, and tragically died after over twenty years of attempting to make a career comeback. Sponsors! Berries.com and Click the microphone in the top right corner and use code RLTD to receive a special discount!
Apr 26th, 2017 • 52:22
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 bill for years. Jackson died on his plantation in 1845. SPONSORS! Convicted – check out this new podcast and subscribe today at convictedpod.com or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Apr 19th, 2017 • 31:49
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 during World War I. When she was accused of being a German double agent, Mata Hari was executed by the French. Visit our Patreon! Patreon- Access exclusive content and early, ad-free episodes by becoming a Parcast patron at patreon.com/parcast
Apr 5th, 2017 • 27:48
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 Toronto Argonauts. After battling with his weight all his life, Candy died of a heart attack at age 43. Checkout our Patreon page and consider donating for early access to episodes and other bonus content! Patreon.com/parcast
Mar 29th, 2017 • 44:04
“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 consistent chart-topper, whose awards included induction into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement Grammy and making Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest Songs of All Time. Marvin was tragically shot to death by his own father in 1984. SPONSORS! MeUndies – Go to MeUndies.com/REMARKABLE for 20% off your first pair! Patreon - Go to Patreon.com/parcast for exclusive content
Mar 22nd, 2017 • 40:25
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 her. This week, we look at Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. Joan's military strategy helped France take back their land from the English in the Hundred Years' War, but before the war ended, she was burned at the stake for witchcraft, heresy, and dressing like a man. SPONSORS! Patreon.com/parcast MeUndies - Go to Meundies.com/remarkable for 20% off your first pair! Audible - Go to Audible.com/remarkable to start your free trial now!
Mar 15th, 2017 • 49:01
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 Rhine. Along with his military success, Caesar formed the First Triumvirate with Crassus and Pompey to consolidate political power, and used this as a stepping stone to become a dictator. Caesar was assassinated by Roman senators in 44 B.C. The event lives on today in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Mar 8th, 2017 • 38:51
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 evasion charges that ended his reign as a mob boss. Capone died of a stroke at the age of 48. SPONSORS: Talkspace - Go to Talkspace.com/rltd and use coupon code RLTD to get $30 off your first month! Total Wireless – Learn more about the great plans and phone selections at Totalwireless.com
Mar 1st, 2017 • 37:01
“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-legitimate-band that put out the double platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues. Belushi’s entertaining career was tragically cut short when he died of a drug overdose at age 33. SURVEY Please go to podsurvey.com/REMARKABLE and take a quick, anonymous survey that will help us get to know you a little better and enter you to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
Feb 22nd, 2017 • 41:01
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. His studio, “The Factory”, was a hangout for everyone from drag queens to wealthy art buyers to the punk band “The Velvet Underground”. Warhol died unexpectedly at age 58. The expression “15 minutes of fame” was coined by Warhol, but his fame has lasted well over his “15 minutes”. SPONSORS: Home Chef - Go to homechef.com/remarkable and you’ll get $30 in FREE MEALS! Total Wireless – Learn more about the great plans and phone selections at Total Wireless.com!
Feb 20th, 2017 • 48:48
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 the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile. This episode covers H.H. Holmes, known as America’s first serial killer. In 1895, he confessed to 27 murders and was found guilty of 9 but may have killed up to 200 people. His Chicago home was dubbed the “Murder Castle” due to its labyrinthine design, secret torture rooms and bodies buried in the basement. If you enjoy this episode, you can listen to episodes 2 and 3 now! Just search Serial Killers in your favorite podcast directory and subscribe or listen at parcast.com.
Feb 8th, 2017 • 40:50
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 Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, Bill became a legend in his own lifetime. Hickok was shot to death during a game of poker in 1876. Dead at 39, Wild Bill left a cultural legacy: the iconic image of the Old West gunslinger.
Feb 1st, 2017 • 32:46
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 he was only twenty-two, but his music and style inspired The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and songs like Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” and Don McClean’s “American Pie.” Sponsor : Home Chef - Got to homechef.com/remarkable and you’ll get $30 in FREE MEALS!
Jan 18th, 2017 • 32:14
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 earned him a Nobel Peace Prize when he was only thirty-five years old. Shockingly, King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the age of thirty-nine. Sponsor: Hunt a Killer - Go to huntakiller.com and use code “TRAGIC” for 10% off!
Jan 11th, 2017 • 32:40
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 Woodstock. Joplin's platinum records include Cheap Thrills and Pearl, and she's known for hits such as "Ball 'n' Chain", "Cry Baby" and "Piece of My Heart". In 1970, Janis' lifelong struggle with drug abuse culminated in a heartbreaking overdose. Sponsors: www.huntakiller.com and enter code TRAGIC for 10% off
Jan 4th, 2017 • 30:10
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 as ships in the Caribbean. Although his reign of terror only lasted two years, he has become the inspiration for countless movies and books.
Dec 14th, 2016 • 36:00
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," laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 BC. We are taking a short holiday break and will be back every Wednesday starting January 4th when we examine the life and death of Edward Teach (Blackbeard). Happy Holidays from everyone at Parcast. We are so thankful to have you as our listener. Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year!
Dec 7th, 2016 • 29:34
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 not only being a member of the Beatles, but for his subsequent solo career, his political activism and pacifism. On December 8th, 1980, he was shot and killed by a crazed fan in New York City.
Nov 30th, 2016 • 35:31
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 acting as a decoy in the Fetterman Massacre and being an instrumental leader in the defeat of George Armstrong Custer’s army at the Battle of Little Bighorn. He was killed in 1877 after having a scuffle with soldiers.
Nov 23rd, 2016 • 43:55
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 number of foreign crises’ including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and the building of the Berlin Wall. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
Nov 16th, 2016 • 48:18
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 artworks, including 860 oil paintings. Amazingly, he only sold one painting in his lifetime. He lived in poverty and was virtually unknown throughout his short life. Following many years of struggling with mental illness, Van Gogh took his own life at the age of 37.
Nov 9th, 2016 • 39:11
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, movies and plays, including Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare.
Nov 2nd, 2016 • 37:30
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 to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His most famous novels include The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, which won the 1953 Pulitzer. In 1954, Hemingway won the Nobel Prize. He later committed suicide on July 2, 1961, in Ketchum, Idaho.
Oct 27th, 2016 • 34:25
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 subjected to worldwide media scrutiny during her marriage, yet in the public’s opinion she remained one of the most adored members of the British royal family until her unexpected death in 1997.
Oct 19th, 2016 • 31:29
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 rustler and gang member to a vigilante gunfighter, eventually becoming the most wanted man on the American frontier.
Oct 12th, 2016 • 40:41
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 activism was not part of his early interests; he did not participate in civic matters until later in life after his experience in the counterculture of the 1960’s. He was assassinated in 1978.
Oct 5th, 2016 • 27:59
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 18, 1863, in Graz, Austria. While in power, he attempted to restore Austro-Russian relations while maintaining an alliance with Germany.
Sep 28th, 2016 • 42:20
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. Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962, at age 36. Her films grossed over $200 million in her lifetime. Marilyn Monroe’s legendary status and mysticism will remain with film history forever.
Sep 21st, 2016 • 26:47
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 musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of Rock music”.
Sep 14th, 2016 • 31:30
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, put people to death for his own pleasure and declared he was a living God. In an ironic twist of fate, he was murdered in 41 A.D. the same way as his relative, Julius Caesar, when a group of assassins led by Cassius Chaerea stabbed him to death.
Sep 7th, 2016 • 39:32
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 controversial political figures in human history.
Aug 31st, 2016 • 20:25
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 a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. His remarkable life and tragic death transformed him into a timeless legend.
Aug 24th, 2016 • 21:31
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 for civil rights and freedom across the world. His teachings are used today and have inspired the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
Aug 17th, 2016 • 29:55
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 Broadway Musical. Alexander Hamilton’s legacy is stronger today than ever before. Sponsor: https://www.soylent.com/lives
Aug 10th, 2016 • 33:36
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 the Atlantic, to being a successful author and a feminist icon and finally what really happened on July 2, 1937.
Aug 2nd, 2016 • 32:32
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 Cobain and to all of the millions of fans world-wide.
Aug 2nd, 2016 • 26:25
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 and triumphs and how he really died... or did he?
Aug 2nd, 2016 • 22:32
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. Did he have supernatural powers? Poison, beating and gunshots couldn’t kill him. We examine his life, his rise to power and his ultimate tragic death.
Jul 25th, 2016 • 2:54
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 released every Wednesday.