Political Scandals

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 Dec 31, 2019

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Discover how fast controversy can move up in the polls in Parcast’s new limited series, Political Scandals. From greed and lust to deceit and cover-ups, we’ll unpack the most shocking events in American history—all leading up to the 2020 election. Every Tuesday, join us as we breakdown the rise and fall of our most infamous elected officials, measuring the impact it had on the country and history.

Episode Date
Scandal 23: William “Boss” Tweed
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At the height of his power in the 1860s, William “Boss” Tweed was the head of Tammany Hall, the Democratic political machine that controlled New York City. Tweed’s greed and ill-gotten assets made him obscenely rich—all while the taxpayers suffered.
Jun 02, 2020
Scandal 24: Budd Dwyer
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During the late 1980s, Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer was in charge of awarding a bidding contract to repay state teachers for tax overpayments. But when an investigation into bribery ensued, Dwyer's mental health began to unravel, yielding dire consequences...
May 26, 2020
Scandal 25: The Election of 1960
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As the exciting game of cat and mouse between former Vice President Richard Nixon and Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy came to a head in the general election, discrepancies in the electoral ballot count that slotted Kennedy as the winner came to light, opening a trove of questions about voting foul play.
May 19, 2020
Scandal 26: Abscam
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In the late 1970s, the FBI’s Abscam case showed the American public exactly how low many elected officials were willing to go for money. Many Americans applauded the Bureau for exposing the conmen in Congress. But some say Abscam was the FBI’s retaliation against Congress for investigating federal agents’ abuse of power.
May 12, 2020
Scandal 27: Brooks-Sumner Affair
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In 1856, a nearly deadly clash between two Congressmen occurred on the floor of the Senate. South Carolina Representative Preston Smith Brooks brought his gold-tipped cane to confront Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner over what he deemed to be an inflammatory speech.
May 05, 2020
Scandal 28: The XYZ Affair
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In the late 1790s, President John Adams sent three American envoys to Paris to negotiate with France's foreign minister in hopes of avoiding the slippery slope to war. But the result of such diplomatic brinkmanship yielded grave consequences.
Apr 28, 2020
Sneak Peek: DAILY QUOTE, A Parcast Original Series!
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Whether you’re jumpstarting the morning, searching for that midday pick-me-up, or trying to finish the evening off strong… Daily Quote offers some of history’s most inspirational quotes whenever you need them—365 days a year. In this 2-3 minute podcast, you’ll be given a quote that will motivate, uplift, and renew your outlook on life. You’ll also dive deeper into the context surrounding the quote—learning more about its origin and the meaning behind it. Enjoy this sneak peek of Daily Quote ahead of its launch on Monday. April 27th! In this exclusive episode, we highlight the poignant words of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. For more pathways to positivity, subscribe to Daily Quote free on Spotify! 
Apr 26, 2020
Scandal 29: Rod Blagojevich
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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blajojevich made a name for himself in politics by insisting he was the anti-corruption candidate the state needed. However, when he was arrested in late 2008 and charged with corruption, Blajojevich would prove that he was no different than the men who'd come before him.
Apr 21, 2020
Scandal 30: Crédit Mobilier
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In the 1860s, the Union Pacific Railroad Company was commissioned to build the first transcontinental railroad. Looking to cash in, their directors contracted the work out to Crédit Mobilier, their shell corporation. After massively overcharging the federal government, they then sold their shares back to Congressmen as bribes.
Apr 14, 2020
Scandal 31: Chandra Levy
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In 2001, former Washington intern Chandra Levy went missing after a hiking day trip. This prompted a months-long search revealing she had been entangled with a much older California Congressman.
Apr 07, 2020
Scandal 32: George Ryan
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In a state known for high-profile corruption, Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan was no exception. His corruption would help out his family, his buddies...and ultimately let innocent citizens die, thanks to dangerous forged licenses distributed around the state in the 1990s. 
Mar 31, 2020
Scandal 33: “Bathhouse” & “Hinky Dink”
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In the early 1900s, “Bathhouse John” Coughlin and Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna set about rigging the city's political machine in their favor, contributing to the rise of organized crime in Chicago, and putting their careers on a collision course with the law.
Mar 24, 2020
Scandal 34: The Blackmail of Lester Hunt
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In the 1950s, at the height of Communist paranoia, Republican Senators Styles Bridges and Joe Welker went after Democratic Senator Lester Hunt in an attempt to blackmail him into giving up his coveted seat in Congress.
Mar 17, 2020
Scandal 35: Grover Cleveland’s Secret Son
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President Grover Cleveland is often remembered for his mustache, or perhaps his anti-corruption agenda. Fewer people know about the son he fathered through sexual assault—and the ensuing scandal that threatened his election to the White House.
Mar 10, 2020
Scandal 36: Carroll Hubbard
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The 1991 House baking scandal may have rocked Capitol Hill, but it was proved to be the tip of the iceberg for Kentucky Democratic Representative Caroll Hubbard. He was found guilty of siphoning his Congressional funds for a variety of inappropriate uses, including his wife's own campaign for Congress.
Mar 03, 2020
Scandal 37: Billygate
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As Jimmy Carter’s younger brother, Billy Carter was no stranger to national attention or public scrutiny. Being next of kin to the President let him establish himself as a celebrity in his own right. But in the months leading up to the 1980 presidential election, it would become clear that Billy had been up to far more serious business. He had been making international trips and deals that could ruin his brother’s reelection.
Feb 25, 2020
Introducing PARCAST DAILY, A Parcast Original Series!
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Every Monday through Friday, Parcast Daily filters through all of your favorite Parcast shows to highlight one timely and relevant episode premiering each day. You might hear about a calculating killer on Female Criminals, delve into the minds of history and fiction’s greatest bad guys on Villains, or spiral down into intrigue and speculation on Conspiracy Theories. Whatever your tastes, you’ll always get something new on Parcast Daily. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our featured episode: “Bohemian Grove Pt. 1.” To finish this episode, subscribe to PARCAST DAILY free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Feb 19, 2020
Scandal 38: Whiskey Ring
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Under President Ulysses S. Grant, John MacDonald created one of the most lucrative scams ever to grace the spirits business, leading to a trial that had the President himself doing the unheard of: testifying as a witness on behalf of the defendant.
Feb 18, 2020
Scandal 39: The Kansas Territorial Election
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In the years before the American Civil War, the territory of Kansas was fraught with conflict between abolitionist Free Soilers and Pro-slavery Southerners. Statehood for Kansas hung in the balance of one election dictating which party would lead the local government in its quest for the Union.
Feb 11, 2020
Scandal 40: The Eagleton Affair
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On the surface, Tom Eagleton seemed the ideal running mate for George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign. But upon closer examination, there were odd details about Eagleton—details that contributed to one of the worst presidential election defeats in history.
Feb 04, 2020
Scandal 41: James Traficant
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He was one of the strangest, most colorful men to ever tread the House of Representatives. After successfully defending himself against a racketeering charge in the early 1980s, James Traficant knew the FBI would stay close—looking for any opportunity to take him down.
Jan 28, 2020
Listen First! DICTATORS, A Parcast Original Series!
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They are natural-born-leaders with a never-ending thirst for power. Through force and deceit, they rise through the ranks towards radicalism—eliminating anyone who stands in their way. Every Tuesday, delve into the minds, and motives, behind some of the world’s most infamous leaders in Parcast’s original series, DICTATORS. Each dictator is analyzed in 2-part episodes... with the first giving insight into their rise to power, and the second chronicling the impact of their downfall. In this special clip from our first episode, learn about Benito Mussolini’s transformation from Italian “Superman” to despised despot. To finish this episode, subscribe to DICTATORS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Jan 22, 2020
Scandal 42: Judge G. Harrold Carswell
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He was President Richard Nixon’s ace-in-the-hole for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1970. The Senate had other thoughts—rejecting G. Harrold Carswell’s nomination after reporters uncovered a speech in which he endorsed racial segregation as a legislative candidate in Georgia.
Jan 21, 2020
Scandal 43: 1792 New York Governor’s Election
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Most people would be hard-pressed to name even one of John Jay’s accomplishments. In fact, there was a time when Jay had a path to the presidency. But before he even got that shot, Jay ran for Governor of New York. And despite getting more votes than his opponent, Jay was declared the loser.
Jan 14, 2020
Scandal 44: Huey Long
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After becoming Governor of Louisiana in 1928, Huey Long was on a warpath. He sought to force out anyone who opposed him and take control of the state through any means necessary.
Jan 07, 2020
Scandal 45: Randy “Duke” Cunningham
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It was a scandal in which defense contractors paid bribes to members of Congress and officials in the U.S. Defense Department. Most notable amongst the recipients of the bribes was California Congressman Duke Cunningham, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to receiving over $2.3 million in bribes.
Dec 31, 2019
Scandal 46: The Robert Potter Duel
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He was a politician, frontiersman, lawyer, and naval officer. But above all, Robert Potter was the ultimate sore loser. After failing in a House of Commons race, he challenged his opponent to a duel.
Dec 24, 2019
Scandal 47: The Election of 1876
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After years of turmoil brought on by the Civil War, Reconstruction, and corruption in the Grant Administration, the new president was tasked with getting the country back on track. Instead, the country experienced one of the most corrupt elections ever.
Dec 17, 2019
Only on Spotify! FAMOUS FATES, A Parcast Limited Series!
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Discover the stories of incredible people whose grandiose lives were matched only by their shocking demise in Parcast’s new limited series, FAMOUS FATES. With 5 episodes released every Wednesday, each group will center around a common theme, such as Hollywood Icons, Influential Women, Music Legends, and more.  Check out this exclusive clip chronicling the impact of larger-than-life Hollywood icon, John Candy. To finish this episode, subscribe to FAMOUS FATES, free and only on Spotify.
Dec 11, 2019
Scandal 48: The Election of 1836 and Richard Johnson
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After serving terms in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, war hero Richard Johnson nearly derailed the presidential election of 1836 due to his marriage to Julia Chinn... his own slave.
Dec 10, 2019
Scandal 49: Chappaquiddick
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In July of 1969, shortly after leaving a party that he was hosting, senator Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car, but his 28-year old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. 
Dec 03, 2019
Scandal 50: Jack Abramoff
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In 2004, Jack Abramoff was on top of the lobbying game. He was also bilking his own clients out of millions of dollars. By January of 2006, he pled guilty to mail fraud, conspiracy, wire fraud, and tax evasion. But the most surprising part is where Abramoff is now.
Nov 26, 2019
Scandal 51: Black Friday
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Bribery, greed, murder, and a mind-boggling $60,000,000 worth of solid gold: In 1869, two men and their get-rich scheme brought the U.S. economy to its knees in what we now remember as Black Friday.
Nov 19, 2019
Scandal 52: The Hamilton-Reynolds Affair
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In 1797, Alexander Hamilton revealed that he had an extramarital affair with a married woman. Known as the “Hamilton-Reynolds Affair,” this story was America's first sex scandal...but it was hardly the last.
Nov 12, 2019
Scandal 53: “The D.C. Madam”
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In 2007, Deborah Jeane Palfrey was indicted for racketeering and money laundering. Her escort service’s client list included men from the highest reaches of the U.S. government, stretching all the way into the dark halls of the White House. 
Nov 05, 2019
Scandal 54: The Election of 1800
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The match-up between sitting president John Adams, and his own vice president, Thomas Jefferson—an election so rife with backstabbing, mudslinging, and constitutional controversy that it nearly led to a civil war.
Nov 03, 2019
Welcome to Political Scandals
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Every Tuesday leading up to the 2020 election, Parcast’s new limited series Political Scandals counts down the 52 most controversial events in American history—uncovering the ugly truth behind some of our most infamous elected officials. From Watergate and Lewinsky to Iran Contra and the 2000 Recount, dig deeper into the stories you knew—thought you knew—or had no idea changed the face of politics. Political Scandals premieres Sunday, November 3rd, with new episodes available every Tuesday thereafter. Listen free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today!
Oct 21, 2019