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Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

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History
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Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. In season 1 of Mobituaries he introduces listeners to the people who have long intrigued him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer … to the Civil Rights pioneer who is completely forgotten … to sitcom characters gone all too soon. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now. And if you enjoy these episodes, look for more stories of great lives worth reliving when Mobituaries returns for season 2 in fall 2019.

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Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. In season 1 of Mobituaries he introduces listeners to the people who have long intrigued him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer … to the Civil Rights pioneer who is completely forgotten … to sitcom characters gone all too soon. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now. And if you enjoy these episodes, look for more stories of great lives worth reliving when Mobituaries returns for season 2 in fall 2019.

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“Lovin’ It”

By JOWHIGO - Feb 13 2020
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Informative, entertaining, incredible historical detail. I laughed and I cried! Thanks, Mo

Hooked

By mainegirl123456789 - Feb 13 2020
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I am in love with this podcast! Utterly entertaining, informative and funny!

iTunes Ratings

15635 Ratings
Average Ratings
13848
886
388
231
282

“Lovin’ It”

By JOWHIGO - Feb 13 2020
Read more
Informative, entertaining, incredible historical detail. I laughed and I cried! Thanks, Mo

Hooked

By mainegirl123456789 - Feb 13 2020
Read more
I am in love with this podcast! Utterly entertaining, informative and funny!
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Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

Latest release on Feb 07, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Sitcom Deaths and Disappearances

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Characters on sitcoms aren't supposed to die. So when they do, it's never less than weird. Mo examines some of the most infamous sitcom deaths and disappearances with Henry Winkler, Sandy Duncan and Alan Sepinwall.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook

Jan 24 2019

41mins

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Rank #2: The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment

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Between 1854 and 1929, 250,000 orphans - at peril in the dangerous, overcrowded streets of New York - were placed on trains and sent west to live with new families. A desperate solution to a desperate problem, some of the stories turned out well and some far from well. The bond between the riders lives on in their descendants, many of whom continue to search for answers about their ancestry. Mo talks to the daughter of a rider, plumbs the CBS News archives for voices of the riders themselves, and tracks down the last survivor.

Dec 20 2019

42mins

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Rank #3: Billy Carter: Death of the First Brother

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America has a long tradition of unruly presidential brothers, none more famous than Billy Carter. He became so well-known for his antics, there was even a brand of beer named for him. Mo speaks to President Jimmy Carter and Billy's widow and six children about the surprisingly complicated man behind the caricature.

Nov 01 2019

49mins

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Rank #4: Audrey Hepburn: Death of an Icon

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There were other stars as big as Audrey Hepburn, some even bigger. (Ahem, Katharine Hepburn?) So why is it that more than 25 years after her death her image still captivates us and her name trends regularly on social media? Mo explores why the attachment to Audrey is still so personal for so many people.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook

Feb 07 2019

42mins

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Rank #5: Sammy Davis Jr.: Death of the Entertainer

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From the age of three Sammy Davis, Jr. did it all better than anyone else - singing, dancing, acting, even gun spinning. Mo talks to friends and family about what drove him to keep performing, even after the car crash that nearly killed him. Featuring Carol Burnett, Chita Rivera, Kim Novak, Dionne Warwick and more.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook

Feb 15 2019

51mins

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Rank #6: Lawrence Welk: Death of a Square (with special guest Fred Armisen)

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Fred Armisen joins Mo to pay tribute to legendary bandleader and TV host, Lawrence Welk. Welk was another victim of television's Rural Purge of the early 1970s, when his long running musical variety show was canceled by ABC after his audience was deemed too old. But Welk did not go quietly. He defied the critics, bringing his show back to life on his own terms - and reaching an even wider audience.

Jan 03 2020

35mins

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Rank #7: Thomas Paine: Death of a Forgotten Founding Father

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Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, the pamphlet that inspired the American Revolution. So why did only six people show up at his funeral? Mo finds out why this essential Founding Father has never gotten his due - and, with the help of a Tony nominated Broadway songwriting team and The Daily Show's Lewis Black, stages a rollicking memorial service for Paine on the spot where he dropped dead.

Nov 15 2019

44mins

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Rank #8: The Forgotten Forerunners

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Mo tells the stories of three remarkable people who changed history - but whose names you've probably never heard. They are the pioneers before the pioneers. Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings. Before Jackie Robinson, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker. And then there's Lois Weber, the woman who ruled Hollywood 100 years ago.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook

Jan 31 2019

45mins

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Rank #9: Chang and Eng: A Messy American Dream

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Many of us have seen pictures of the original "Siamese Twins" Chang and Eng. But their story is so much more than a medical case study. Mo travels to Mount Airy, North Carolina - the inspiration for Andy Griffith's Mayberry and the real life home of the conjoined twins - to join the many descendants of Chang and Eng for their annual family reunion.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook

Feb 28 2019

37mins

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Rank #10: Laura Branigan: Death of a Singer, Life of a Song

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The St. Louis Blues hockey team had the worst record in the NHL in January 2019, before deciding to adopt the 1982 hit song Gloria as their anthem. They ended up winning the Stanley Cup. But many of their fans didn't even know that the woman who sang that song had died back in 2004. Mo talks to Laura Branigan's brother, her high school best friend, songwriter Diane Warren (who wrote her first hit song for Branigan) and attends a reunion of fans to tell the poignant story of an undersung pop star whose voice lives on.

Dec 13 2019

42mins

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