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We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.

We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
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We examine the lives and deaths of prominent people who changed history and influenced pop culture. We tell you their story, their achievements, their struggles, their secrets and take you on dramatic journey through the life and ultimate tragic death of those who have had an impact on society. With the help of voice actors, we attempt to honor these individuals by bringing their stories to life. New episodes are released every Wednesday. Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.

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English


Episodes

32: Sir Francis Bacon

7/11/2018
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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? Sponsors! Simple Contacts - Get $20 off by going to SimpleContacts.com/FIGURES or just enter code FIGURES at checkout. The Great Courses Plus - Sign up for a full month of unlimited access to enjoy all of their...

Duration:00:54:03

31: Anwar El-Sadat

6/27/2018
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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. Sponsors! Lola - For 40% off all subscriptions, visit mylola.com and enter FIGURES40 when you subscribe! The Great Courses Plus - Sign up now for a full month of unlimited access...

Duration:01:06:36

30: Mark Twain

6/13/2018
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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

Duration:01:01:47

29: Jackie Robinson

5/30/2018
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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

Duration:01:03:42

28: Jesse James

5/16/2018
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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!

Duration:01:00:53

27: Thomas Edison

5/2/2018
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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

Duration:00:54:13

27: Frida Kahlo

4/18/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:47

25: Nelson Mandela

4/4/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:20

24: Oscar Wilde

3/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:56:02

23: Hernan Cortes

3/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:48:49

22: Helen Keller

3/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:43:50

21: John D. Rockefeller

3/7/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:51:52

20: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

2/28/2018
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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...

Duration:01:00:59

19: Adam Smith

2/21/2018
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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...

Duration:01:04:12

18: Michelangelo

2/7/2018
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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....

Duration:00:45:28

18: Nicolaus Copernicus

1/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:45:30

16: Jimmy Hoffa

1/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:38:37

George Gallup

1/17/2018
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George Gallup is responsible for polling as we know it today. He was a pioneer of survey sampling and inventor of the Gallop 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.

Duration:00:37:53

The Wright Brothers

1/10/2018
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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.

Duration:00:37:43

Sigmund Freud

12/20/2017
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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!

Duration:00:50:41