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jewish david
 Mar 27, 2020
i recommend to any who sees this to listen to the episodes jhon rockefeller, Nefertiti and Famous fates: Anastasia. I dont know anything about the accuracy or the level of research that is put into each episodr but i adore the work you do, is entertaining and thanks🙏🏼 to all the involved in this project ❤

 Oct 16, 2019

 Jul 31, 2019

Mary D
 May 25, 2019

 Feb 4, 2019


Big Lives. Little-known Facts. Great, unknown stories hide inside history—every other 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.

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Unsolved Murders Crossover: The Two Princes in the Tower Pt. 2
Today we’re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  In 1483, two princes got caught in the center of a bloody war for the throne of England — and became one of the biggest murder mysteries in British history.
Nov 23, 2020
Unsolved Murders Crossover: The Two Princes in the Tower Pt. 1
Today we’re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Unsolved Murders on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  In 1483, two princes got caught in the center of a bloody war for the throne of England — and became one of the biggest murder mysteries in British history.
Nov 23, 2020
Falls From Grace: Gloria Grahame
In the 1940s and ‘50s, Gloria Grahame was known for her sophisticated acting style and signature lipstick. But what really thrust her into the public eye was her tumultuous personal life. As events escalated at home, Gloria’s career backslid into oblivion. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates, free and only on Spotify!
Jul 29, 2020
Falls From Grace: Bobby Fischer
Chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer etched his name into the history books with his World Championship win in 1972. But after his peak, he became a paranoid recluse, withdrawing from his friends, family and country further into his own deeply troubled mind. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates, free and only on Spotify!
Jul 22, 2020
Falls From Grace: John DeLorean
Auto engineer and inventor John DeLorean built an enormously successful career at GM in the ‘60s and ‘70s, creating the blueprint for the iconic American muscle car. But he’s mostly known for his eponymous car and motor company, which failed when he became entangled in a cocaine trafficking scheme. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates, free and only on Spotify!
Jul 15, 2020
Falls From Grace: Jim Bakker
He built a Christian theme park and launched a satellite into space so he could preach the word of God to everyone, everywhere, all the time. But when Bakker’s cooked books and sexual proclivities worked their way onto the television screens in 1987, not even his larger-than-life fame could save him from disgrace…  This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates, free and only on Spotify!
Jul 08, 2020
Falls From Grace: Marie Antoinette
In 1770, Marie Antoinette arrived in France from Austria and married the future King of France. Though, in Versailles, she enjoyed every possible luxury, in the streets of Paris, the people whispered increasingly vicious things about her which eventually led to her grim demise. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates, free and only on Spotify!
Jul 01, 2020
Falls From Grace: Lance Armstrong
He famously won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. During that period, Lance Armstrong was adamant that he never took performance-enhancing drugs. But in reality, the so-called "cleanest athlete in sports" was running the most sophisticated doping ring in history.
Jun 24, 2020
Falls From Grace: Dalton Trumbo
In the 1940s, screenwriter and author Dalton Trumbo was at the top of his game. Despite his talent and success, Trumbo's decision to join the Communist Party at the height of the "Red Scare" led to him being disgraced, blacklisted and jailed. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates free and only on Spotify.
Jun 17, 2020
Falls From Grace: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
It is often referred to as “Hollywood’s first scandal.” At the center of it: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, a world-famous star whose association with sexual assault and murder would send shockwaves through tinseltown in the 1920s. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates free and only on Spotify.
Jun 10, 2020
Falls From Grace: Aaron Burr
Ultimately becoming the third Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr spent his life’s work clawing his way up through the world of Congressional politics in the late 1700s. This would culminate in a deadly duel with Alexander Hamilton that would leave Burr's reputation irreparably tarnished. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates free and only on Spotify.
Jun 03, 2020
Falls From Grace: Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis was a rock and roll superstar whose early 1950s fame rivaled Elvis's—until his scandalous marriage to a 13-year-old cousin derailed his career at the height of his popularity. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates free and only on Spotify.
May 27, 2020
Falls From Grace: Charles Ponzi
Nearly a century before Bernie Madoff stole billions, Charles Ponzi was the dapper Italian con artist who laid the foundations for his scam: the Ponzi scheme. By 1920, Ponzi’s fall would be painful. But it was a fitting end for a man who scratched and crawled his way to the top. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates free and only on Spotify.
May 20, 2020
Falls From Grace: Howard Hughes
He had it all—respect, wealth, beautiful Hollywood girlfriends. A golden finger that seemed to make everything he touched into a success. The same obsessive perfectionism that had pushed Howard Hughes to the top in the ‘20s and ‘30s would take over his life, and leave him a shell of the all-American golden boy he once was. This episode is brought to you by Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, a Parcast Original. For more episodes like this one, subscribe to Famous Fates free and only on Spotify.
May 13, 2020
Crossover Week: Gone (Theodosia Burr Alston)
If you enjoy the true stories told in Historical Figures, check out this episode from our series Gone: In December of 1812, the daughter of disgraced former Vice President Aaron Burr, boarded a ship in South Carolina to travel north to see her father. Theodosia Burr Alston was never seen again.
Apr 13, 2020
Famous Fates: Leon Trotsky
In the first half of the 20th-century, Leon Trotsky was a revolutionary writer, a communist leader, and a man assassinated on the orders of Joseph Stalin.
Feb 13, 2020
Famous Fates: Socrates
He was a Greek philosopher who lived in the 400s, B.C.E. Socrates believed in provoking people into bettering themselves and society, but it was this very attitude that led to his execution.
Feb 11, 2020
Famous Fates: Andy Warhol
He inspired the phrase “15 minutes of fame,” and proved to the world that anything could be the subject of great art—anything at all. In his later years, Andy Warhol survived an assassination attempt, only to die due to medical negligence.
Feb 06, 2020
Famous Fates: Ernest Hemingway
For his book, “The Old Man and the Sea,” Ernest Hemingway was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature. But despite his success, he was haunted by a deep sadness—and no amount of travel, women, or alcohol could ever help him escape.
Feb 04, 2020
Famous Fates: Kurt Cobain
He was a leading figure in grunge music, and he can still be heard on the radio today. When he died at age 27, Cobain left the world brimming with questions… and conspiracy theories.
Jan 30, 2020
Famous Fates: Jimi Hendrix
He redefined the way a guitar could sound, permanently changing the popular music soundscape. Jimi Hendrix was a singer, songwriter, innovator, rock god, and tragically, a member of the 27 Club.
Jan 28, 2020
Famous Fates: Wild Bill Hickok
He was a law enforcer, gambler, and performer. When you picture an Old West Cowboy, Wild Bill Hickok is likely what comes to mind. And true to that image, he died after being shot in a saloon in 1876.
Jan 23, 2020
Famous Fates: Al Capone
He was America’s first-ever Public Enemy Number One, and the man behind the “Scarface.” Al Capone changed the face of crime in the 1920s before his ultimate arrest for tax evasion. And by the time Capone got out of prison, he had already entered his final years of decay.
Jan 21, 2020
Famous Fates: Franz Ferdinand
His death was the spark that lit the wildfire of World War I. While Franz Ferdinand is most remembered for his final moments, he led a fascinating life of royal intrigue.
Jan 16, 2020
Famous Fates: Julius Caesar
A military general, Julius Caesar rose to power as part of the Roman Triumvirate, but then took power as a dictator in the first century BC. But this great power led to his infamous death.
Jan 14, 2020
Famous Fates: Abraham Lincoln
As the 16th President of the United States, he was revered for tirelessly leading the U.S. through the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was also the first American President to be assassinated.
Jan 09, 2020
Famous Fates: Robert F. Kennedy
Just like his older brother, John, Robert Kennedy’s promising political career was cut short by assassination. But in that brief time, he left an indelible mark on American politics.
Jan 07, 2020
Famous Fates: Princess Diana
Nicknamed “The People’s Princess,” Princess Diana used her public profile to serve charities and work as an activist through the 1990s. But her bitter divorce from Prince Charles led many to believe her death was no accident.
Jan 02, 2020
Famous Fates: Cleopatra
Her death is memorialized in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, but the Empress of the Nile’s life held an equal caliber of drama.
Dec 31, 2019
Famous Fates: Billy the Kid
Records say he was shot to death at age 21. But legends say otherwise. Ride deeper into the tales—tall tales—and iconic fate of Henry McCarty, better known as “Billy the Kid.”
Dec 26, 2019
Best of 2019: Nefertiti
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: 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.
Dec 25, 2019
Famous Fates: Anastasia
The circumstances of Anastasia Romanov’s death cemented her iconic status in pop culture. But in life, she was the playful youngest sister, a girl who never asked for her tragic destiny.
Dec 24, 2019
Famous Fates: James Dean
In the 1950s, James Dean starred in hits East of Eden, Giant, and Rebel Without a Cause. Surrounded by fast cars, cigarettes, and adoring girls, Dean became synonymous with teen rebellion. But did this devil-may-care image lead to his death at age 24, or was it just a tragic accident?
Dec 19, 2019
Famous Fates: Marilyn Monroe
Today, she’s a pop culture icon. In her time, she was a star of the silver screen. But Marilyn Monroe’s pain behind the scenes led to one of history’s most controversial deaths.
Dec 17, 2019
Father Miguel Hidalgo
For centuries, Mexico lived under the rule of Spain. In that time, a discriminatory caste system was created to keep non-Europeans in their place. However, one priest, inspired by the thinkers of the Enlightenment, would cast the first stone and help bring about Mexico’s independence.
Dec 11, 2019
Pope Gregory XIII
Best remembered for his invention of the calendar we still use today, Pope Gregory XIII became a voice for reform in the Catholic Church by pulling the Vatican out of the dark ages and into the modern era.
Nov 27, 2019
Mansa Musa
This 14th Century sultan of Mali became renowned for being the richest man who ever lived. During his 25-year reign, he helped Mali become one of the wealthiest and largest nations in the world.
Nov 13, 2019
Professor Margaret Murray
A first-wave feminist of the 1800s and 1900s, Professor Margaret Murray was known as both "The Old Woman of Egyptology" and "The Grandmother of Wicca." She was one of the first to take up the subject of the witch-cults of England.
Oct 30, 2019
Toussaint L'Ouverture
In the 1790s, Toussaint L’Ouverture emerges as a leading member of the most successful slave revolt in the Americas. This led to the formation of the country we know today as Haiti. 
Oct 16, 2019
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf married as a teenager and was a mother of four before she had a college degree. But her remarkable life was characterized by beating the odds. Despite an abusive husband, political persecution, and frequent fear for her life, she was elected President of Liberia in 2005 -- becoming the first democratically elected female head of state in all of Africa.  Sponsors! Bombas - Save 20% on your first purchase when you shop at Bombas.com/HISTORICAL.
Oct 02, 2019
Rosa Parks
In December 1955, Rosa Parks made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Her resolve In the face of unfair treatment based on the color of her skin stands as a key point of the Civil Rights Movement.
Sep 18, 2019
Louis Pasteur
Anyone who has ever enjoyed a wine and cheese night owes their good time to Louis Pasteur. This 19th century microbiologist and chemist developed the process now called pasteurization, as well as the first vaccine for rabies. Not only was Pasteur the father of germ theory, he was also a master of disguise, often using deception to outsmart his rivals and come out on top.
Sep 04, 2019
Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first woman Prime Minister. For more than a decade, she spearheaded conservative politics from a seat of power in the British Parliament. To some she was a hero, and to others, she was a monster.  Parcasters - This week on Crimes of Passion we take on the infamous case of Lorena and John Bobbitt! You won’t want to miss this one! Listen today on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Aug 21, 2019
Diana, Princess of Wales
In July 1981, Princess Diana became the first non-royal to marry into the British Royal family in centuries. As the Princess of Wales, she became a style icon and a humanitarian force, all while contending with the very public infidelity of her husband, Charles, heir apparent to the British Throne. Parcasters - Is there any truth behind the rumored society that protects the secrets of the Holy Grail? Learn more about the Priory of Sion on this week’s episode of Conspiracy Theories!
Aug 07, 2019
Muhammad Ali
Today, Muhammad Ali is one of the most celebrated athletes and activists in history, but he was not always so appreciated. In 1969, Ali was stripped of his fighting license and his title after being convicted of draft evasion. A year later, he would return to the ring, and continue to speak truth to power. Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts! Sponsors! Gabi - Take two minutes and go to Gabi.com/HISTORICAL to see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance! Grove Collaborative - Go to Grove.co/HISTORICAL and get a FREE 5-piece Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove— a $30 value! Simon & Schuster - One Giant Leap is full of surprises as it chronicles mankind’s greatest achievement and its enduring legacy. Available wherever books are sold.
Jul 24, 2019
James "Jesse" Owens
Jesse Owens broke four world records in a single day. Even after facing down the bigotry of Hitler's Germany in the 1936 Olympics, he returned to an America that was not willing to accept him. Sponsors! Simon & Schuster - The Vagabonds is available now wherever books are sold.
Jul 10, 2019
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Bach never knew it during his lifetime, but he revolutionized classical music. Centuries after his death in 1750, Bach is known as one of the main fathers of classical composition. Sponsors! Gabi - Take TWO MINUTES and Go to Gabi.com/HISTORICAL to see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance today! Grove Collaborative - Go to Grove.co/HISTORICAL to get a FREE FIVE-PIECE Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove.
Jun 26, 2019
Wangarĩ Muta Maathai
Born in 1940 in British-occupied Kenya, Wangarĩ Muta Maathai learned at a young age how the environment and poverty were inextricably linked. As one of Africa's first women to obtain a PhD, she dedicated over forty years of her adult life fighting to teach the people of Kenya about sustainable farming and standing up against the corrupt institutions of her home country's government Sponsors! The Farmer’s Dog  -  Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at The Farmers Dog dot com slash HISTORICAL. Plus, you get FREE shipping! 
Jun 12, 2019
Max Planck
As one of the earliest pioneers in the field of quantum physics in the late 19th century, Max Planck would work with his protege, Albert Einstein, to redefine an entire field of science... just as Germany was falling under the iron fist of the Nazi Regime.  Sponsors! The Farmer’s Dog - Get 50% off your two week trial of fresh, healthy food at The Farmers Dog.com/HISTORICAL. Plus, you get FREE shipping! Grove Collaborative - Go to Grove.co/HISTORICAL you will get a FREE FIVE PIECE Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove - a THIRTY DOLLAR value!
May 29, 2019
Alfred Bernhard Nobel
The prize most coveted by the best and brightest minds in society owes its name to one man: Alfred Nobel. This Swedish inventor born in 1833, has a complicated history after battling through childhood poverty in which only three of his seven siblings reached adulthood.  Parcasters - We're tackling one of the most famous couples in history this week on Crimes of Passion? Can you guess who made up this outlaw pairing? Find out now at parcast.com/passion
May 15, 2019
Walter Elias Disney
He’s a studio. He’s a theme park. He’s a Man. Born in Chicago in 1901, Walter Elias Disney would become one of the defining figures of entertainment. But the flesh-and-blood man was far from perfect, and his life was defined by an insatiable desire to push the boundaries of what was possible. Parcasters - Don't miss the exciting conclusion to our exploration of the Robert Blake murder trial, coming up tomorrow on Not Guilty! Catch up on the first episode now at parcast.com/notguilty
May 01, 2019
Ludwig van Beethoven
Famously temperamental, this musical genius is celebrated today as one of the most influential cultural figures in history. His story has stood the test of time; a difficult childhood, marked by an abusive, alcoholic father, would serve as his inspiration to seek a better life. Sponsors! Simon & Schuster - “Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine” by classicist and historian Barry Strauss is available now wherever books are sold or visit BarryStrauss.com. Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Historical Figures a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Historical.Robinhood.com.
Apr 17, 2019
Isaac Newton
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 Isaac Newton.  SPONSORS! Simon & Schuster - “Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine” by classicist and historian Barry Strauss is available now wherever books are sold or visit BarryStrauss.com.
Apr 03, 2019
Harriet Tubman
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 them to the North via the Underground Railroad.  Sponsors! Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Historical Figures a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Historical.Robinhood.com.
Mar 20, 2019
Christopher Columbus
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 "man who discovered America". In reality, Columbus was a zealot and an egomaniac who oversaw the death and enslavement of thousands of native Americans.  Parcasters - You won’t want to miss this special episode on American icon John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at parcast.com/hostage
Mar 06, 2019
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, that devotion would cost Nefertiti her legacy, her life, and her tomb. Parcasters - Learn about more powerful couples by listening to our new podcast CRIMES OF PASSION today! Check it out at parcast.com/passion
Feb 20, 2019
Johannes Kepler
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 early 17th century. Amidst personal loss and the chaos of post-schism Europe, Kepler held true to his personal mission to find God among the stars. Parcasters - When you’re done listening Johannes Kepler’s rules of planetary motion, find out what else is out there in the universe. Check out Parcast’s newest podcast Extraterrestrial at parcast.com/extraterrestrial.
Feb 06, 2019
Simón Bolívar
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 Liberador, he also came to known as a dictator in his own right. Sponsors! Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to Zola.com/HISTORICAL.
Jan 23, 2019
Oskar Schindler
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 - Be sure to check out Parcast’s first fictional crime show MIND’S EYE at Parcast.com/MindsEye!
Jan 09, 2019
Robin Williams
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 darkness that would never go away. Sponsors! Audible - For a limited time, you can get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month when you go to Audible.com/HISTORICAL or text HISTORICAL to 500 500. 
Dec 12, 2018
King Arthur
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 28, 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 tribe and then sold as a bride to a canadian fur trapper. Sponsors! Parcast - Rate, review, and subscribe to our new podcast Kingpins!
Nov 14, 2018
Frederick Douglass
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 31, 2018
Joseph Stalin
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 17, 2018
Gregor Mendel
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.
Oct 03, 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 seize power by killing both his older brother and his father.
Sep 19, 2018
Andrew Carnegie
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.
Sep 05, 2018
Lydia Pinkham
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Aug 29, 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 professor at the University of Pisa, Galileo was fined because he refused to obey the school’s dress code and wear a toga?
Aug 22, 2018
John Locke
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.
Aug 08, 2018
Genghis Khan
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. 
Jul 25, 2018
Sir Francis Bacon
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? 
Jul 11, 2018
Anwar El-Sadat
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. 
Jun 27, 2018
Mark Twain
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? 
Jun 13, 2018
Jackie Robinson
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. 
May 30, 2018
Jesse James
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? 
May 16, 2018
Thomas Edison
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? 
May 02, 2018
Frida Kahlo
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 18, 2018
Nelson Mandela
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. 
Apr 04, 2018
Oscar Wilde
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. 
Mar 28, 2018
Hernan Cortes
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.
Mar 21, 2018
Helen Keller
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. 
Mar 14, 2018
John D. Rockefeller
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? 
Mar 07, 2018
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
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. 
Feb 28, 2018
Adam Smith
Father of free market economics, 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. 
Feb 21, 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 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. 
Feb 07, 2018
Nicolaus Copernicus
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. 
Jan 31, 2018
Jimmy Hoffa
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.
Jan 24, 2018
George Gallup
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. 
Jan 17, 2018
The Wright Brothers
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.
Jan 10, 2018
Sigmund Freud
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. 
Dec 20, 2017
Pancho Villa
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 13, 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 people for centuries to come. China’s leaders did not always welcome his teachings, but today, he is often regarded as a hero. 
Dec 06, 2017
Marie Curie
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 29, 2017
John Adams
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. 
Nov 22, 2017
Nikola Tesla
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. 
Nov 15, 2017
Queen Victoria
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 08, 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 Carolingian dynasty. His reign sparked an intellectual and cultural revival, the effects of which are still evident across Europe today.
Nov 01, 2017
Karl Marx
A radical writer and philosopher, Karl Marx found himself exiled from multiple countries thanks to his communist writings in the 1800s. 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 25, 2017
Leonardo Da Vinci
“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 18, 2017
Marco Polo
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.
Oct 11, 2017
Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
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 07, 2017
Albert Einstein
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. 
Oct 06, 2017
Welcome to Historical Figures!
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 other Wednesday, so don’t forget to subscribe! Listen to this trailer to learn more!
Sep 13, 2017