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The Thread

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Rank #135 in History category

Society & Culture
History
Documentary
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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. History. Unwound.

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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. History. Unwound.

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Fabulous Threading

By artgirl709 - Sep 12 2019
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Wow!! I never knew how many events in history are related to another event in history. Thank you for making history interesting. I’ve even got my 13 & 15 year old grand children hooked. I’m shocked at the history lessons not being taught in schools.

This season is amazing!

By marionelyse - Jun 06 2019
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Really excited for season 5. Episode one is dope. Not a sports fan but this is great.

iTunes Ratings

1042 Ratings
Average Ratings
711
155
73
41
62

Fabulous Threading

By artgirl709 - Sep 12 2019
Read more
Wow!! I never knew how many events in history are related to another event in history. Thank you for making history interesting. I’ve even got my 13 & 15 year old grand children hooked. I’m shocked at the history lessons not being taught in schools.

This season is amazing!

By marionelyse - Jun 06 2019
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Really excited for season 5. Episode one is dope. Not a sports fan but this is great.

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The Thread

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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. History. Unwound.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S1E1: The Murder of John Lennon

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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?

Sep 24 2017

17mins

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Rank #2: S4E1: Insights Into The Mind of Madness

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Shortly after midnight on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. He threw a canister of tear gas into the crowd and began firing. Soon 12 were dead and 58 were wounded; young children and pregnant women were among them.

Mar 20 2019

34mins

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Rank #3: S1E2: Holden Caulfield Goes to War

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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.

Oct 02 2017

22mins

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Rank #4: S4E2: An Irresistible Impulse

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The ultimate act of revenge or the act of a woman driven so crazy by domestic violence that she could not comprehend what she was doing? It seemed crazy to raise that defense given the deliberateness of the act, the fact her husband was asleep at the time and more. And prosecutors thought the defense had no chance: They were ready to argue that Lorena was not insane, and one sign of that is that she acted out of revenge. Revenge, the prosecution argued, is a rational act, not an irrational one.

Mar 20 2019

31mins

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Rank #5: S1E3: Caught Between Two Postage Stamps

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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.

Oct 09 2017

21mins

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Rank #6: S4E5: [FIXED] A Star-Spangled Murder

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Francis Scott Key, the pro-slavery lawyer and amateur poet who penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry 200 years ago, was famously inspired by the resilient spirit of a young nation. Forty-five years later, Key’s other notable creation, his only son, Philip Barton Key II, would experience an entirely different side of American life when he was slain in 1859 by a U.S. congressman and disgruntled cuckold named Daniel Sickles.

Apr 10 2019

30mins

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Rank #7: S4E3: “The Greatest Love Offering in the History of the World"

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In 1981, on his way to look for the actress Jodi Foster at Yale, where he had been stalking her, John Hinckley Jr. stopped off in Washington, D.C., and ended up shooting U.S. President Ronald Reagan in front of the Hilton Hotel. Hinckley claimed he was trying to impress Foster, with whom he was infatuated. He later described the incident in a letter to The New York Times as “the greatest love offering in the history of the world. ... I am Romeo and she is Juliet.”

Mar 27 2019

31mins

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Rank #8: S2E6: From MGM to #MeToo

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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.

Apr 16 2018

28mins

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Rank #9: S1E4: America’s Troubled Shakespeare

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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.

Oct 16 2017

21mins

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Rank #10: S2E2: The Playboy Mystique

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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.

Mar 19 2018

30mins

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Rank #11: S3E1: The Pride and The Power

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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.

Sep 10 2018

26mins

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Rank #12: S2E1: Of Ms. and Men

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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.

Mar 12 2018

23mins

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Rank #13: S4E6: An Insane Defense?

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The 2015 conviction of Aurora gunman James Holmes really begins almost two centuries earlier in England, with the attempted assassination of the king. This episode explores how the insanity defense challenges lawyers, judges and juries in their pursuit of justice, and how it speaks to things that all of us hold dear, such as moral responsibility, free will and even our own sanity.

Apr 17 2019

33mins

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Rank #14: S4E4: America's Pet Murderer

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It was a grand time to be a rich New Yorker. The wealthy architect Stanford White was responsible for designing several iconic public, institutional and religious buildings in the city in a decadent beaux arts “American Renaissance” style, including the original Madison Square Garden, which he owned. White, more than any other man, was responsible for the look of what was quickly becoming the wealthiest city on Earth. This week, we tell the story of the murder of Stanford White. White’s killer was an eccentric businessman from Pittsburgh named Harry Thaw. Thaw’s wealthy family was prepared to pay a million dollars to spare him from the electric chair. They were also prepared to embrace an unorthodox legal strategy. Harry Thaw’s murder trial, and his temporary insanity plea, shook America to its core.

Apr 03 2019

35mins

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Rank #15: S1E5: The Bohemians

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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.

Oct 23 2017

23mins

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