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Best Biographics History One Life At A Time podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Biographics History One Life At A Time podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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Many of us have grown reading his tales on self-destruction, revenge and violence. Tales of premature burials, of ghastly cats and ravens, where the line between the living and the dead is never clear. But when you look deeper into the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe a more complex figure emerges, beyond the traditional image of the alcoholic ...…
 
On the 11th of December 1936, a man spoke on the BBC. Millions of listeners held their breath as he announced his resolve to go forward with a decision which was, and remains, unique in British history: his abdication to the throne. That man was Edward VIII. The reason behind his abdication was his love for a woman that the British Court and th ...…
 
General Garibaldi cut a distinctive figure amongst the protagonists of that epic novel that is European history of the XIX century, when Nations were forged in iron, blood, but also in gold and deception. With his enviable beard, his Tuscan cigars, Argentine ponchos, his trusty saber and six-shooter, Garibaldi had become one of the most popular ...…
 
Martha Gellhorn was present during every single war and conflict around the world for 60 years. She was the only woman to land on the shores of Normandy during D-Day. Throughout the course of her life, she was a pacifist, and devoted her life to documenting everything she could with a sense of perspective and empathy for the human beings she wa ...…
 
This is the story of the success of a Hungarian boy who went to America and became one of the most successful entertainers of all times, known as the Master of the Escape. He was, of course, Harry Houdini – acrobat, contortionist, magician, escape artist, entrepreneur, film tycoon, debunker of occultists, maybe even a secret agent …???…
 
This is the extraordinary story of Master Sergeant Raul ‘Roy’ Benavidez, the Lazarus soldier, and of his three lives. This outstanding individual never surrendered in the face of adversity, from childhood to military life. Those who know his story mostly remember him for a six hour Calvary, during which, to great personal sacrifice he held at b ...…
 
William Burke lived from 1792 to 28 January 1829. His partner-in-crime, William Hare, lived from (probably) 1792 to 1859. The two are almost always paired together, being known simply as Burke and Hare.
 
He went from a life of crime spent either on the run or in the prisons of France to establishing a national detective police force that served as the model for Scotland Yard and others that followed it. He employed proto-forensic techniques such as ballistics and casting foot impressions. When he left the force, he started his own agency and be ...…
 
Imagine, for a moment, that you were given the opportunity to become the most powerful person in your country. To get there, all you need to do is betray the very man who made you who you are. Would you demure, step back, say “thanks, but no thanks”? Or would you grab that opportunity with both hands? Nearly half a century ago, one man in Chile ...…
 
It’s one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. In 1851, the Taiping Rebellion exploded in Qing dynasty China, causing death on an unprecedented scale. Over 14 years of civil war, an estimated 20 million people died, more than were killed in the whole of WWI. It was, simply, the deadliest war of the nineteenth century, and it was all than ...…
 
His image has become iconic: the thin, bearded, ascetic religious leader who had turned a once Western-friendly country into a theocratic regime and a rogue state. I am talking of course about Ayatollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Khomeini, the supreme leader of the Iranian revolution.
 
If you open a Bible to Matthew 2:16-18, you’ll encounter one of the most notorious stories in any religion. Suspicious of a prophesy about a new king, Herod the Great tricks the Magi into telling him where baby Jesus was born, then sends his soldiers to massacre every child under the age of two in Bethlehem. It’s a scene of shocking cruelty, on ...…
 
During the Cold War, an American soldier named James Joseph Dresnok was stationed on the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. One day, he decided to simply walk over the line to the North. He was “defecting”; betraying his country and choosing to start a new life in an enemy land that he knew nothing about.…
 
To his friends, he was the Blond Beast. To his enemies, he was the Hangman, or the Butcher of Prague. To the man he devoted his life to, he was the Man with the Iron Heart. During his life, Reinhard Heydrich was known by many names, too numerous to list here. But you probably associate him with one name in particular: Heydrich was the Nazi targ ...…
 
During World War II, the Nazis were terrified of a mysterious female spy that they called “The Limping Lady.” Hundreds of posters with her face were plastered in every major French city, and yet she managed to slip by undetected. This was Virginia Hall: An American spy living in Nazi-occupied France. She walked with a limp on her prosthetic leg ...…
 
It takes a tough skin to be a leader of a Country, even more so of a Country that basically did not exist until a few years before you took power, even more so if that Country is torn between two cold-warring blocks, locked in an arm-wrestling contest that will result in total destruction … and yet you manage to give the middle-finger to both f ...…
 
Even if you don’t know her by name, you have most likely seen Frida Kahlo’s paintings before. She is the Mexican woman with a bold unibrow, wearing a flower crown and brightly colored clothing. Kahlo was physically disabled her entire adult life, and yet she loved herself enough to be her own muse. Years before her time, she challenged society’ ...…
 
John Franklin was born on April 16th, 1786 in Spilsby, Lincolnshire in England. He was the ninth of twelve children to Willingham Franklin and Hannah Weekes. Willingham was a successful merchant, which enabled him to provide a comfortable standard of living for his family.
 
In late 1814, the great powers of Europe gathered after the fall of Napoleon to discuss what to do next. At the time, the continent was in ruins. The old order had been exploded as effectively as if someone had detonated an atom bomb beneath it. Just as it would in 1945, Europe needed a new roadmap, a blueprint for the future. Designing that bl ...…
 
She was a royal who hated the pressures of royalty. An aristocrat with the common touch, who dedicated herself to helping the poor. She was also a woman trapped in a loveless marriage, whose life was tragically cut short. Nope, we’re not talking about Princess Diana, the beloved British royal who died in 1997. We’re talking about Empress Elisab ...…
 
What would you do if you were given absolute power? Would you use it to fix the world’s ills? Or would you use it to satisfy your own darkest desires? It’s a question we’ve seen answered again and again in history, but never so conclusively as in the reign of Rome’s third emperor, Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus. Or, as you know him: Caligula.…
 
Ho Chi Minh, father of independent Vietnam, was a man of contrasts. Standing at just four foot, eleven inches and weighing less than a hundred pounds, he appeared to pose no threat to anyone. Yet, through the force of his personality and the steely determination of his will he defeated two of the world’s mightiest nations. He portrayed himself ...…
 
You may remember Chris Gardner from the movie Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. If so, you already know the story. He was a single father who pulled himself out of homelessness to become a millionaire stockbroker. But of course, like any movie based on a true story, it is going to have some parts that only gloss over the events of a pe ...…
 
In this channel we have covered the lives of so many Nazi officers and officials that we almost forgot about their Axis allies to the other side of the Alps: Italian Fascists. Their history may not be as well-known as the lives of other protagonists of WWII, and yet I can assure you they had some interesting characters marching about in their b ...…
 
These are the perfect words to describe the life of Hunter S. Thompson. He was a writer who is best known for his semi-autobiographical novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and he was the founder of “gonzo journalism”. He has gone down in history as being one of the wildest writers in American history.…
 
Boudicca was an ancient Celtic warrior Queen who lead an army in a rebellion against the Roman Empire. The story of this brave woman’s life has often been reduced to just a few sentences in a textbook, and that’s because there is very little known about her life. There were just two Roman historians; Tacitus and Cassius Dio, who wrote down info ...…
 
The protagonist of today’s story discovered ancient tombs, explored secret passages inside pyramids and recovered artefacts as old as time - while getting into fistfights, foiling assassination attempts with his trusty whip, dodging bullets amongst Egyptian ruins and facing the opposition of a French rival.…
 
During World War II, most women were doing their duty on the home front by working in factories and looking after the future generations of their respective nations. But for one 24-year old Ukrainian woman named Lyudmila Pavlichenko, she wasn’t about to let Nazi Germany take over her beloved USSR. With 309 confirmed kills, Lyudmila Pavlichenko ...…
 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the longest serving President in US history, serving 12 year in office from 1933-1945. He steered the nation through its worst economic crisis, only to be faced with the most horrific war in history. Though facing titanic physical challenges of his own, he imbued America with the indomitable fortitude and sense of ...…
 
Aleister Crowley may just be one of the most interesting men who ever lived. He was a self-proclaimed magician, scholar, writer, and even an undercover spy. He was known as “The Great Beast 666”, because some even believe that he was the AntiChrist told in the Book of Revelation. Others believe that he was a genius and a visionary, and that the ...…
 
On November the 5th, 1604, thirteen men plotted together to blow up the Palace of Westminster in London on the day when the most powerful men in England were set to meet at Parliament. The authorities learned about the plan through an anonymous letter, and the terrorists were stopped just in time. The first man they encountered at the scene was ...…
 
He was the flamboyant, controversial symbol of America’s dogged resolve during World War Two. With his trademark corn cobb pipe and his love of self-publicity, he is among the most well-known of war heroes. Though he often disregarded authority he was praised for his bold, imaginative military strategy. In today’s Biographics, we look into the ...…
 
She was an exotic dancer in Paris at the height of the Belle époque. She was the object of sexual desire for wealthy men, ambassadors and high ranking officers. She was Mata Hari: the dancer, the spy, one of the great names of WWI espionage.
 
She was the poor little rich girl who overcame huge obstacles to become the First Lady of the World. Orphaned at the age of nine, she took control of her own destiny, transforming herself from a shy, fearful girl into a strong, socially aware, confident woman. As the First Lady of the United States she took a ceremonial title and turned it into ...…
 
There is a sociological phenomenon called “Godwin’s Law”, which says that when an online conversation goes on long enough, someone is guaranteed to bring up Adolf Hitler, and it has never been more true than the comments of our videos! That’s right, the time has come for us to finally talk about the biggest Nazi of them all; Adolf Hitler.…
 
On November 16, 1957, officers in Plainfield, Wisconsin, walked into one of the most gruesome crime scenes in history. On a remote farm they found a house decorated with the body parts of women. There were wastepaper baskets made from heads. Chairs upholstered with human skin. Masks made from shriveled faces. It was a house of horrors unlike an ...…
 
Over a century after he first appeared in movies, Charlie Chaplin’s name still conjures images of a funny little guy in a bowler hat causing mirth-inducing chaos. By some measures, his Little Tramp is the most famous character to have ever existed, a clown so beloved that not even Hitler stealing his mustache could ruin him for us.…
 
John F. Kennedy served as the 35th President of the United States, before he was killed in 1963. While we all know about JFK, chances are that you probably know more about the conspiracy theories surrounding his assassination that the actual details of his life.
 
In the summer of 1976, the city of New York was thrown into a state of terror. A madman was on the loose, wandering the streets and killing people at random. This was a killer who loved publicity, sending vicious, taunting letters to the police and media. Each one was signed with the moniker ‘Son of Sam’. When fate finally caught up with the mo ...…
 
She’s one of history’s youngest warriors. At an age when most of us were still stressing over what to wear to school, Joan of Arc was leading thousands of French troops into battle against the English. Supposedly inspired by divine visions of Catholicism’s greatest saints, Joan first took up her sword at 16, was leading armies by 17, and was bu ...…
 
Balto the Siberian Husky is remembered for leading a team of sled dogs to deliver medicine that saved the town of Nome, Alaska from a deadly epidemic. He became a national hero, and his photo was on the front page of every newspaper in the country. A statue was erected in his honor in Central Park in 1925, and it is still one of the most belove ...…
 
What comes to mind when you hear the words “Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France”? We’re guessing it’s a certain petit corporal in a bicorne hat, rearing up majestically on a horse as he conquers half of Europe. But what if we told you there was another Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte? A Bonaparte who not only managed to rule France for longer than ...…
 
Belle Starr has come down through time as one of the great anti-heroines of the Old West. She is the Bandit Queen, the female Robin Hood, who was quick with her fists and even quicker with her Colt 45. The reality was quite different. The Belle of history was a battler who made some bad choices in men, ended up twice widowed with two children a ...…
 
“The magnanimous Arthur, with all the kings and military force of Britain, fought against the Saxons. And though there were many more noble than himself, yet he was twelve times chosen their commander, and was as often conqueror.” This is a quote from the ancient text known as the Historia Brittonum, which was one of the oldest records of King ...…
 
When we think about the civil rights movement in the United States, most people immediately think of Martin Luther King Jr., and almost everyone can recite the beginning of his “I have a dream speech”. But the story of another human rights activist, Malcolm X, is often censored in history class. He is misunderstood as someone who preached hate ...…
 
“Twenty-seven people. They were boys, with their cars, summer jobs. Oh my God...Are you one of them? He dressed up like a clown for them, with his face paint white and red. And on his best behavior, in a dark room on the bed, he’d kill them all, with the sleight of his hand. Running far, running fast, to the dead.”…
 
April 15, 2013 – two bombs tear through the crowd welcoming runners over the finish line at the Boston Marathon. The carnage is total with three people killed and dozens wounded. Within hours the FBI have identified a pair of suspects. The two brothers are immigrants to America whose parents have fled the violence of Chechnya to give their chil ...…
 
Sefton Delmer was a writer who created “Black Propaganda” on behalf of the British government, and used “fake news” to fight the Nazi regime. Through postcards, court documents, and pirate radio programs, Delmer and the rest of the secret service infiltrated the minds of the German people, using elements of violence, sex, and death in their sto ...…
 
On August 27, 1645, the small town of Bury St Edmunds, England set a grisly record. That day, 18 men and women were hanged together as witches. It was the single biggest mass-execution for witchcraft in English history, and it was all the work of one man. Matthew Hopkins was many things: a tavern owner, a former lawyer, a dedicated Puritan. But ...…
 
Edward Ist, known as Longshanks for his uncharacteristic height, was a man among men and a king among kings. As a child he was so sickly that few thought he would survive to take the crown. But take it he did, immediately displaying a strength and determination that had been sorely lacking. He quickly established his authority, with his ruthles ...…
 
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