Rank #1: Sitcom Deaths and Disappearances
Jan 24 2019
Rank #2: The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment
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
Rank #3: Billy Carter: Death of the First Brother
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
Rank #4: Audrey Hepburn: Death of an Icon
Feb 07 2019
Rank #5: Sammy Davis Jr.: Death of the Entertainer
Feb 15 2019
Rank #6: Lawrence Welk: Death of a Square (with special guest Fred Armisen)
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
Rank #7: Thomas Paine: Death of a Forgotten Founding Father
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
Rank #8: The Forgotten Forerunners
Jan 31 2019
Rank #9: Chang and Eng: A Messy American Dream
Feb 28 2019
Rank #10: Laura Branigan: Death of a Singer, Life of a Song
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