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.

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S4E2: An Irresistible Impulse

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?

S4E1: Insights Into The Mind of Madness

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.

Season Four Trailer: By Way of Insanity

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.

Bonus Episode: From King to Kaepernick

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

The Soul Force

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

‘I Will Be Heard'

28:05 | 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

The Transformation of Leo Tolstoy

26:30 | 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

Turning Enemies Into Friends

31:37 | 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

An Angelic Troublemaker

29:58 | 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

The Pride and The Power

26:24 | 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

Season Three Trailer

02:18 | Aug 27th, 2018

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

From MGM to #MeToo

28:39 | 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

The King of Hollywood

29:00 | 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

The Misfits

26:33 | 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

 The Woman Who Will Not Die

26:33 | 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

The Playboy Mystique

30:12 | 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, He...Show More

Of Ms. and Men

24:01 | 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

Season Two Trailer

01:54 | 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.

Bonus Episode: From Drug Deals to the New Deal

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.

Bonus Episode: The Bard and a Bird Strike

10:32 | Dec 11th, 2017

In this bonus episode, OZY brings you a mini-Thread that 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.

From Lennon to Lenin

23:02 | 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.

The Bohemians

23:08 | 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.

America’s Troubled Shakespeare

21:43 | 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.

Caught Between Two Postage Stamps

21:43 | 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

Holden Caulfield Goes to War

21:56 | 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.

The Murder of John Lennon

17:42 | 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


01:15 | Sep 8th, 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.