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Mini Episode: Mary, Queen of Scots
Episode 1.10: The Death of Mary, Queen of Scots For this episode, Assassinations Podcast goes ON LOCATION! We start our tale in the historic city of Edinburgh, outside Holyrood Palace. Over 400 years ago, this was the scene of one of the bloodiest episodes in Scottish history: the murder of David Rizzio, the favorite of Mary, Queen of Scots. That murder set off a chain of events that led to the assassination of a king and the execution of Mary herself.
Princess Diana Part 2
EPISODE 1.9: THE DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA PART 2 In Part Two of our episode on the life and death of Diana, Princess of Wales, we look at what happened on that tragic night in Paris in 1997 when her limousine crashed. From the moment her death was announced, people have speculated as to how this icon of the 20th Century met such a sudden, shocking end.
Princess Diana Part 1
EPISODE 1.8: THE DEATH OF PRINCESS DIANA PART 1 Part One of our episode on the life and death of Diana, Princess of Wales. We recount the extraordinary day of her funeral and the crisis facing the British monarchy at that time. Diana had a troubled marriage to Prince Charles, and we find out about the secret recordings of adulterous affairs, leaked to the press, as part of the so-called "War of the Waleses".
Allende Part 2
EPISODE 1.7: THE DEATH OF SALVADOR ALLENDE PART 2 From the moment that Allende won the popular vote in 1970, powerful forces inside Chile and the United States began to plot his demise. A left wing intellectual, Allende was opposed by conservative Chileans, who saw him as a godless communist, and by the Nixon White House, which viewed him as threat to US business interests and geopolitical strategy. On September 11, 1973, Allende's opponents struck. Allende died in the ensuing coup, and...
Allende Part 1
EPISODE 1.6: THE DEATH OF SALVADOR ALLENDE PART 1 From the moment that Allende won the popular vote in 1970, powerful forces inside Chile and the United States began to plot his demise. A left wing intellectual, Allende was opposed by conservative Chileans, who saw him as a godless communist, and by the Nixon White House, which viewed him as threat to US business interests and geopolitical strategy. On September 11, 1973, Allende's opponents struck. Allende died in the ensuing coup, and...
Mini Episode: Babchenko
EPISODE 1.5: THE ASSASSINATION OF ARKADY BABCHENKO? Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist living in Kiev, was dead. In newspapers and on TV news programs around the world, the story of the assassination was repeated: a brave critic of the Kremlin had been murdered in his apartment. There was even a gruesome photo seeming to show the victim, bullet holes in his back, lying in a pool of blood. But then, the day after his death, Babchenko walked into a press conference. It had all been a...
Hammarskjold & Lumumba
EPISODE 1.4: THE ASSASSINATIONS OF DAG HAMMARSKJOLD AND PATRICE LUMUMBA In this episode, we look at two men, from very different backgrounds, whose lives intersected in the crisis that engulfed the newly independent country of the Congo. Patrice Lumumba was charismatic, and he became the face of the African liberation movement. He helped to lead his homeland from an exploited Belgian colony to an independent republic. But his dream of a free and prosperous Congo was dashed upon the rocks...
EPISODE 1.3: THE ASSASSINATION OF LEON TROTSKY Trotsky co-led the Russian Revolution, becoming a hero to millions of socialists and a villain to millions more who saw the Bolshevik regime as a terrible curse to befall Russia. Though he was one of the leading figures in Soviet society, Trotsky's rivalry with Joseph Stalin led to his downfall. Exiled and hounded across the world, Trotsky never gave up on his vision for a socialist future. But he knew it was only a matter of time before one...
EPISODE 1.2: THE ASSASSINATION OF FRANZ FERDINAND This week, we explore one of the most famous assassinations of the 20th century: the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, on the streets of Sarajevo in the summer of 1914. The assassination has been called the most important event of the 20th Century – the event that plunged Europe into the First World War. Join me as we journey from glamorous Vienna to the dingy, smoke-filled rooms of Serbian terrorists in Belgrade to...
EPISODE 1.1: THE ASSASSINATION OF RASPUTIN The first episode of our podcast! Join us as we explore the life and death of Grigori Rasputin, a mysterious Siberian peasant who captivated the Tsar and Tsarina of Russia. As he rose to become the most infamous man in the vast Russian empire, a cabal of powerful men plotted his bloody downfall. We sort the facts from legend to uncover the man behind the myth of the "mad monk."
Season 1 Teaser Trailer
SEASON 1 LAUNCHES MONDAY, APRIL 30TH! Assassinations Podcast Season 1 will be launching April 30th. Check out our teaser trailer for a taste of what's coming this season, and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher to make sure you're one of the first to know when episodes go live.