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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.
||Clean30: 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? Sponsors! The Great Courses Plus - Sign up at Thegreatcoursesplus.com/FIGURES||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: 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. Sponsors! Hello Fresh - For $30 off your first week of Hello Fresh, visit hellofresh.com/Figures30 and enter the code FIGURES30||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: 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? Sponsors! Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/Figures and use promo code FIGURES during checkout!||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: 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? Sponsors! Kensington Publishing - For more info, visit MadelineHunter.com or KensingtonBooks.com. StoryWorth - For $20 off when you subscribe, visit storyworth.com/figures||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: 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.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: 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. 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||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: 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. 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.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: 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. Sponsors! Hulu, The Looming Tower - ‘The Looming Tower,’ available now only on Hulu.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: 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. 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.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: 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? 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||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: 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. 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.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Adam Smith||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.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Michelangelo||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.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: 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. Sponsors! Conspiracy Theories - Search for CONSPIRACY THEORIES wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit parcast.com/CONSPIRACY to start listening now.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: 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. 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.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: 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. 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.||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: 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.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: 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. Happy Holidays from everyone at Parcast! We are taking a short break but will be back January 10th with all new episodes!||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: 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.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: Confucius||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.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: 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.||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: 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. SPONSORS! Survey - Please go to podcastlistener.com/historical to answer a few short questions and help us out!||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: 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. 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!||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: 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.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Charlemagne||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.||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Karl Marx||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.||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: 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.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: 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.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: 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.||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: 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. 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!||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe’re Coming back!||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!||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A great history podcast
I have been waiting for a history podcast that talks about prominent figures! I am extremely excited for more episodes to drop. The production and sound quality is great.
A Remarkable Podcast
The Parcast Network is legit. I have enjoyed Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories and Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths sounds extremely intriguing. My only concern is if there is enough well known people who died tragically? Thank you for helping me get through my daily commute! Keep up the great work.
What a cool show. I love history and autobiographies and this has a great twist on both. This history podcast is profoundly different and more entertaining than exiting history podcasts.