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The Thread With OZY


Explore history’s interlocking lives and events. Turn back the clock, one story at a time. Discover how various strands are woven together to create a historic figure, a big idea or an unthinkable tragedy. From OZY Media. History. Unwound.

10:00 | Jul 25th

Nera White dominated her sport for 15 years, and even beat the Soviets at the height of the Cold War. But you’ve probably never heard of the Michael Jordan of women’s basketball.

30:54 | Jul 9th

Thanks to Title IX and the trailblazing women behind it, the U.S. has now dominated women’s soccer for over a quarter century.
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28:55 | Jul 3rd

The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray was a pioneering civil rights attorney and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women.

25:42 | Jun 26th

Bernice “Bunny” Sandler’s remarkable behind-the-scenes efforts proved instrumental to the passage of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in higher education.

25:57 | Jun 19th

More than 23 years before Brandi Chastain took off her jersey, the women of the Yale women's crew team were taking off more than theirs.

21:35 | Jun 12th

In the summer of 1985, the first U.S. women’s national soccer team made their debut in Italy.

26:36 | Jun 5th

When Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup final, her iconic celebration marked the arrival of women’s soccer, both on the global sports stage and in the public imagination.

03:19 | Jun 3rd

In Let Us Play, the latest season of The Thread, we tell the hidden story behind the greatest women’s team in American sports history.

04:15 | May 15th

It’s 1948, McDonald’s was unlike any burger joint seen before—a carhop-free eatery with lightning fast service, and low prices. But McDonald’s proprietors aren’t dreaming as big as the entrepreneurs traveling to California to see their groundbreaking...Show More

13:43 | Apr 24th

What is it about The Catcher in the Rye that prompted two of the world’s most infamous assassination attempts?

33:50 | Apr 17th

The 2012 conviction of Aurora gunman James Holmes really begins almost two centuries earlier in England, with the attempted assassination of the king.

30:10 | Apr 10th

Francis Scott Key's only son, Philip Barton Key II, was slain in 1859 by a U.S. congressman and disgruntled cuckold named Daniel Sickles.

35:23 | Apr 3rd

This week, we tell the story of the murder of Stanford White.

31:12 | Mar 27th

In 1981, on his way to look for the actress Jodi Foster at Yale, where he had been stalking her, John Hinckley Jr. stopped off in Washington, D.C., and ended up shooting U.S. President Ronald Reagan in front of the Hilton Hotel.

31:00 | Mar 20th

The ultimate act of revenge or the act of a woman driven so crazy by domestic violence that she could not comprehend what she was doing?

34:11 | Mar 20th

Shortly after midnight on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm.

02:51 | Mar 15th

OZY's chart-topping podcast is back, this time linking the histories between James Holmes, Lorena Bobbitt and John Hinckley, Jr.

11:46 | Oct 29th, 2018

Would Martin Luther King, Jr. have taken a knee alongside Colin Kaepernick? Is there any precedent for the protests being waged by high school students in Parkland, Florida? This special bonus episode of The Thread examines how the impact of Dr. King...Show More

34:32 | Oct 15th, 2018

In the final episode of this season, we trace the path of the revolutionary idea that spread across the globe to become the dominant form of political resistance today. We also examine the role that personal psychology, and even mental illness, play ...Show More

28:04 | Oct 8th, 2018

William Lloyd Garrison, one of the leading figures of the early abolitionist movement in America, was a major influence on Leo Tolstoy. Garrison believed in using “moral suasion” rather than violence to achieve social change. Armed only with his news...Show More

26:33 | Oct 1st, 2018

Just before his death in 1910, the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy struck up a correspondence with a young lawyer in South Africa named Mohandas Gandhi, one that would change the young Indian’s life. Today Tolstoy is best known for penning War and Peace...Show More

31:40 | Sep 24th, 2018

The Indian lawyer and activist Mohandas Gandhi was the first leader to take up the age-old doctrines of love and nonviolence and transform them into tools of political and social resistance. In doing so, he would inspire Bayard Rustin and other activ...Show More

29:59 | Sep 17th, 2018

The seasoned activist and Quaker Bayard Rustin was King’s mentor in nonviolence and the organizing genius behind the March on Washington in 1963. Many felt that Rustin was on his way to becoming the “American Gandhi.” There was just one problem: Rust...Show More

26:26 | Sep 10th, 2018

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated after leading the most influential protest movement in American history. King revolutionized the use of nonviolent resistance to combat racial injustice in the United States, but the Alabama pr...Show More

02:17 | Aug 27th, 2018

Coming September 10, Season 3 of the Thread will chart how a revolutionary idea--nonviolent resistance--changed the course of history.

28:35 | Apr 16th, 2018

The Hollywood casting couch existed long before Harvey Weinstein. In this final episode of the season, we explore some of Weinstein's antecedents in the industry, the scandals and crimes they covered up and how a new generation of Gloria Steinem-insp...Show More

28:57 | Apr 9th, 2018

The film legend Clark Gable was a key figure at the heart of the glamour and excess of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But his rise and scandal-buried reign at the top of the movie world reveal a great deal about a young industry both obsessed with adhe...Show More

26:31 | Apr 2nd, 2018

In 1931, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Nevada legislature passed two bills: one to legalize gambling, the other to legalize a six-week waiting period for a divorce. Over the next few decades, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women...Show More

26:31 | Mar 26th, 2018

Marilyn Monroe was larger than life. But beneath the soft-spoken movie star and sex goddess was another woman, one far bolder than most people realize. Monroe was an actress ahead of her time, one who was not afraid to stand up to some of the most po...Show More

30:09 | Mar 19th, 2018

Riding the wave of the sexual revolution of the 1950s and 1960s, Hugh Hefner created a male fantasy world in the pages of his Playboy magazine, one that would have lasting consequences for American life and culture. Behind closed doors, however, Hefn...Show More

23:59 | Mar 12th, 2018

A writer, activist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem has played a pivotal role in the women's movement. But she first garnered national attention in 1963 when she went undercover as a Playboy Bunny and wrote a damning expose about her ex...Show More

01:53 | Mar 8th, 2018

Coming March 12. Season Two of The Thread will connect the dots between Gloria Steinem and the casting couches of early Hollywood.

09:05 | Dec 18th, 2017

A century before his grandson, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, rose to power, Warren Delano grew very rich from trafficking a highly addictive drug.

10:29 | Dec 11th, 2017

In this bonus episode, OZY brings you our first mini-Thread which begins with one of William Shakespeare's characters uttering a single word in 1597 and ends as a passenger plane plunges into the waters outside Boston almost four centuries later.

23:01 | Oct 30th, 2017

In this final episode of the season, host Sean Braswell ties up some of our thread's loose ends, explores some more surprising connections between our characters and reflects on the nature of art, life, fate and redemption.

23:05 | Oct 23rd, 2017

We chronicle the life and times of Louise Bryant and her husband, John Reed, two Greenwich Village Bohemians who ended up at ground zero for the greatest revolution the world has ever known.

21:42 | Oct 16th, 2017

Considered by many to be “America’s Shakespeare,” Eugene O’Neill revolutionized American drama. But O’Neill suffered greatly for his art, battling alcoholism and depression for decades, and many, including his daughter, suffered for it as well.

21:57 | Oct 9th, 2017

Wooed by perhaps the greatest American writer of the 20th century, born from the loins of its greatest playwright and ultimately wed to the most famous performer on the planet, Oona O'Neill Chaplin lived in the shadow of three of the greatest artists...Show More

22:11 | Oct 2nd, 2017

If The Catcher in the Rye resonates with people in dark places like Mark David Chapman, then it may be because the novel, and its author, passed through hell itself on the way to publication.

17:41 | Sep 24th, 2017

After shooting the rock star John Lennon in front of the Dakota Building in Manhattan on December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman remained at the crime scene reading his favorite book, The Catcher in the Rye, until police arrived. Chapman identified powe...Show More

01:14 | Sep 13th, 2017

Coming September 25. The Thread's first season will connect the dots between John Lennon's murder and Vladimir Lenin's revolution 63 years earlier.