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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.
||CleanBonus Episode: From King to Kaepernick||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 and the civil rights movement continues to influence nonviolent resistance today.||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soul Force||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 in what Gandhi, King and others recognized as the secret ingredient of any nonviolent approach: empathy.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean‘I Will Be Heard'||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 newspaper and pen, the social reformer forced America to confront the most defining moral issue in its history, kick-starting a nonviolent revolution that would change the world.||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Transformation of Leo Tolstoy||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 and Anna Karenina. But the Russian writer’s biggest legacy — and gift to the world — might be his ideas on nonviolent resistance, which emerged after he had a profound spiritual crisis in midlife.||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTurning Enemies Into Friends||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 activists across the world. Armed only with love, humility and disobedience, Gandhi brought the most powerful empire on earth to the bargaining table — and eventually to its knees.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Angelic Troublemaker||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: Rustin was gay, and as a result, would be forced to the sidelines of the civil rights struggle, and to the margins of American history.||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Pride and The Power||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 preacher did not always believe in nonviolence. In fact, early on, King relied on armed guards for his protection until an older Quaker activist named Bayard Rustin walked into King’s home and changed the direction of the civil rights movement.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Three Trailer||Coming September 10, Season 3 of the Thread will chart how a revolutionary idea--nonviolent resistance--changed the course of history.||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom MGM to #MeToo||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-inspired women is starting to put an end to the old practices of Hollywood and other male-dominated industries.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe King of Hollywood||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 adhering to morality codes, and incapable of being moral.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Misfits||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, would journey to the desert state for a quickie divorce, a chance to forget their problems and a shot at reinvention.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean The Woman Who Will Not Die||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 powerful men in Hollywood - the men she called "wolves".||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Playboy Mystique||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, Hefner's life in the celebrated Playboy Mansion was rather different than the sophisticated one portrayed in his magazine.||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOf Ms. and Men||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 experiences inside the famous men's club.||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Trailer||Coming March 12. Season Two of The Thread will connect the dots between Gloria Steinem and the casting couches of early Hollywood.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode: From Drug Deals to the New Deal||A century before his grandson, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, rose to power, Warren Delano grew very rich from trafficking a highly addictive drug.||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode: The Bard and a Bird Strike||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.||12/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Lennon to Lenin||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.||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bohemians||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.||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAmerica’s Troubled Shakespeare||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.||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaught Between Two Postage Stamps||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 of the 20th century, and her story is interwoven with them all.||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHolden Caulfield Goes to War||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.||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Murder of John Lennon||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 powerfully with Holden Caulfield, the novel’s alienated protagonist, and in this episode we explore Chapman’s motivations, their grounding in Catcher, and ask the question: What makes someone kill their own hero in cold blood?||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One Trailer||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.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Already hooked! Intriguing storyline and setup
After listening to the first episode I can't wait for the second. The surface of a web of small, yet world-changing, events is scratched in this episode and leaves me wanting more. The pacing of the narrative is spot-on so I felt immersed yet could also complete chores around the house. I will be a regular listener and can't wait for the next episode!
Wow! Awesome storytelling!
Love the first hand accounts! Love the deep research that was done, and the analysis that is woven into some of our great American Literature! I cannot wait until the next episode to see how this Thread continues!
My new favorite podcast!
First episode was fantastic! The Thread is a great concept - can't wait for more episodes and *seasons*. Take note professors, this is the way to teach history!