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Episode 11b “What an Artist Dies in Me”

Episode 11b “What an Artist Dies in Me”

December 9, 2020

In our second episode in our series about the deaths of tyrants, we look at the death of Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union after consolidating power following the death of Lenin and was soon one of the most powerful and influential men on earth. In this episode we look at his last moments, the live of his family and associates, and how his death changed the direction of the Soviet Union.

Our primary sources for this episode were:

"The Last Day of Stalin" by Joshua Rubenstein

"Stalin: The Court of the Red Czar" by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 11a “What an Artist Dies in Me”

Episode 11a “What an Artist Dies in Me”

November 17, 2020

In this new series of three episodes, we look at the lives and deaths of tyrants, starting here with the life of the Emperor Nero, the last member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and a man who's name has become synonymous with despotism. I'll be looking at how the popular perception of Nero brushes over the complexity of his character, and I'll be looking at the bloody, backstabbing milieu he was brought up in.

Our primary source of the episodes is "Nero" by Edward Champlin.

Here is the primary source for the intro: https://www.damninteresting.com/the-tyrant-clipperton-island/

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 10c “Fate Will Unwind As It Must”

Episode 10c “Fate Will Unwind As It Must”

October 16, 2020

In the final episode on our series about deaths that changed history, we look at the life of 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy. In office for only 1,036 days before his assassination on November 22nd, 1963, he oversaw some of the most momentous events in 20th century US history. We look at his life, career, and how his death might have changed the direction of the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam and the Cold War.

Our primary source for this episode is "An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963" by Robert Dallek.

This episode includes a track from The Veiled Creature called "Synondus Horrenda," inspired by the podcast, which will appear at the end of the show. You can support the artist at thevieldcreature.bandcamp.com

Other music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 10b “Fate Will Unwind As It Must”

Episode 10b “Fate Will Unwind As It Must”

September 18, 2020

Continuing our series on deaths that changed history, we look at the death of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism and one of the most fascinating religious figures in American history. We'll follow his life from a New England that swarmed with tent revivals and utopian preachers to persecution in Missouri, the rise of the church for a small handful to thousands of follows, and finally to his death at the hands of a mob at the jailhouse in Carthage, Illinois.

My primary source for this episode is "No Man Knows My History" by Fawn M. Brodie.

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 10a “Fate Will Unwind As It Must”

Episode 10a “Fate Will Unwind As It Must”

August 31, 2020

We now begin a new series about deaths that changed history by happening when they did, and look at lives that could have changed history had they gone on just a little longer. In this first episode, I'll be telling the story of Julian the Apostate, the last non-Christian ruler of Rome, and a man who seemed determined to push back the tide of Christian ascendency in the West until his life was cut short less than two years into his reign.

My primary source for this episode is "The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World" by Adrian Murdoch. Special thanks to Michael Duncan of "The History of Rome" and the "Revolutions" podcasts for the recommendation.

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 9c “I Speak My Own Sins”

Episode 9c “I Speak My Own Sins”

August 14, 2020

In the last part of our series on deaths stemming from mass hysteria, we look at the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, a violent riot that led to the systematic destruction to one of the only wealthy black communities in the country by a mob of angry white people. With a death toll likely close to 300 and the better part of 35 square blocks of a neighborhood razed to the ground, it was one of the most violent acts of mob violence in American history.

 

My primary source for this episode was "The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921" by Tim Madigan.

 

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

 

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Episode 9b “I Speak My Own Sins”

Episode 9b “I Speak My Own Sins”

July 31, 2020

In this episode we look at the Kishinev Pogrom of 1903, two days of looting, rape and murder directed at the Jewish community of an agricultural city in the western part of the Russian empire. The carnage of the even shocked the world and led to an outpouring of support for the victims, but also caused darker and more sinister ripples through world culture.

 

My primary source for this episode was "Pogroms: Kishinev and the Tilt of History" by Steven J. Zipperstein. For the intro I used the article "Spring-Heeled Jack: To Victorian Bugaboo from Suburban Ghost" published in "Fortean Studies No. 3" (1996)

 

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

 

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Episode 9a “I Speak My Own Sins”

Episode 9a “I Speak My Own Sins”

July 17, 2020

In this first part of a three part series about deaths caused in mass hysteria, I look at the most famous act of mass panic in American history, the Salem Witch Trials. Lasting through most of 1692 and into 1693 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the trials were set off when two young girls, the daughter and niece of a minister, began throwing fits and claiming to be bewitched. From there a mass panic grew that would eventually lead to 19 executions, as well as other dying in prison or under torture. But the conditions that led to this hysteria numerous, and the story is much more than one of the many moral tales it's been turned into.

The primary source for this episode was "A Storm of Witchcraft" by Emerson W. Baker.

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 8 “Death and Art - In Memoriam”

Episode 8 “Death and Art - In Memoriam”

July 3, 2020

In this episode I look at works of art created when famous artists attempted to paint after the death of a spouse. First we look at Rembrandt, whose wife Saskia died of tuberculosis in 1647 at the height of his career, which then went into a humiliating downslide from which he never recovered. Then we look at Claude Monet, who's wife Camille died in 1879 when his own career was already at its nadir. 

Sources for this episode

"Rembrandt: A Life" by Charles L. Mee Jr.

"The Private Lives of the Impressionists" by Sue Roe

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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Episode 7 “Bury Me Not”

Episode 7 “Bury Me Not”

June 19, 2020

In this episode I look at the panic over premature burial that inflamed Western culture from the mid-1700s all through the 19th century. We'll look at the waiting mortuaries of the German states, where bodies were sent to wait until putrification set in just in case the revived, the creation of "security coffins" to protect against being buried alive, and how the fear manifested in different ways in different counties.

Our primary source for this episode is "Buried Alive" by Jan Bondeson. The following articles were also used:

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/153726

http://www.themagicdetective.com/2011/03/strange-life-death-of-washington-irving.html

Music in this episode is courtesy of musopen.org

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