E02: Meriwether Lewis & William Clark

Lewis and Clark--two names that are always heard in tandem. But who were these two young men before they became an inseparable duo? Lewis and Clark’s unique talents and interests made for a perfect partnership, and together they overcame myriad challenges, including hostile tribes, charging bears, poisonous snakes, and endless hoards of mosquitos until they achieved their hard-won goal of reaching the Pacific Ocean.    

E01: Albert Einstein

It wasn’t always obvious that Albert Einstein was destined for greatness. Long before he won the Nobel Prize, he was a rebellious, lovesick young man and a music lover who infuriated his professors and struggled to find a job. It would take years of struggle, but eventually Einstein’s writings would revolutionize theoretical physics and usher in the atomic age. 


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E45: Robert F. Kennedy

A speechwriter, US Attorney General, and Senator, JFK’s little brother, Robert F. Kennedy, was one of the most remarkable underdog politicians in American history. In a time of fear and radical change, this rich man from an influential family, was still able to connect with a diverse group of voters by giving them hope. Kennedy was assassinated while running for President in 1968. Bobby Kennedy left behind the legacy of a man who would fight passionately for human rights, social justice and a peaceful world.

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E44: Humphrey Bogart

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” This week, Carter and Vanessa look at silver screen icon Humphrey Bogart, from his early days typecast as a gangster and villain to his turns as the romantic lead in films like Casablanca and To Have and Have Not. Just as charming off-screen, Bogart married four times, but is best known for his on-camera and off-camera romance with Lauren Bacall. One of America’s most famous and acclaimed actors, Bogart died at only 57 years old, having acted in over 70 films, including The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, and The African Queen.

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E43: Chrysippus

A major figure in shaping Greek philosophy, the messages Chrysippus taught about accepting the things one cannot change and finding joy beyond our daily troubles are still applicable today. Chrysippus was a defining teacher of Stoicism who shaped philosophy in his time and beyond. This 200’s BC philosopher’s influence reaches all the way to major religions and modern cognitive behavioral therapy. Chrysippus died in 206 BC, either from laughing or drinking bad wine.

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E42: Anastasia

One of the last Grand Duchesses of Russia, Anastasia Romanov was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Yet rumors persisted that Anastasia survived the massacre of the royal family. For the better part of the century, her potential survival captivated the hearts of an international audience, and many women came forward claiming to be the lost princess. Were any of them telling the truth? Carter and Vanessa dive into Anastasias remarkable life, before and after her death.

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E41: Bob Marley

Bob Marley is responsible for great songs like “One Love,” “No Woman No Cry,” and “Get Up, Stand Up”—songs that brought joy, but also encourage radical social change. Though he’s the poster child for easygoing reggae music and the peaceful Rasta life, Bob Marley was dirt poor for most of his life, and lived in Jamaica during some of its most tumultuous years. He died of cancer at 36, just a few years after he became an international superstar.

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E40: Tennessee Williams

“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.” Not familiar? How about this one: “Stella! Stella! Hey STELLA!” Tennessee Williams is one of America’s greatest playwrights, known for penning works including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie. However, his tragic works were inspired by a difficult life; Tennessee struggled with family problems and alcoholism. He peaked commercially in the 1950’s, and tragically died after over twenty years of attempting to make a career comeback.

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E39: Andrew Jackson

One of history’s most controversial Presidents, Andrew Jackson was a war hero who was a driving force behind the end of the War of 1812, the acquisition of Florida, and the Trail of Tears. Beloved and hated by many, Jackson’s face graced the US $20 bill for years. Jackson died on his plantation in 1845.

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E38: Mata Hari

A Dutch woman with a Scottish last name and Javanese pseudonym, Mata Hari took up a career as an exotic dancer in France. She soon became a courtesan, but the seductress’ fondness for military men led her to the center of international espionage during World War I. When she was accused of being a German double agent, Mata Hari was executed by the French.

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E37: Abraham Lincoln

He struggled with depression. The deaths of his children. Perhaps even his sexuality. Oh, and he had to lead the nation during America’s Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, lawyer and 16th president of the United States, was assassinated in 1865, but is revered as one of the country’s greatest leaders. This week, Vanessa and Carter look into the secret life and sudden death of the man on the penny.

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E36: John Candy

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Uncle Buck. Splash. Home Alone. John Candy’s hilarious and unforgettable performances brought joy to children and adults across America. This Canadian star got his start on SCTV and later became a part owner of the Toronto Argonauts. After battling with his weight all his life, Candy died of a heart attack at age 43.

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E35: Marvin Gaye

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” that this week “What’s Going On?” is Marvin Gaye, so “Let’s Get It On.” The Prince of Motown was a singer, songwriter and producer whose hits endure to this day. There “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for this consistent chart-topper, whose awards included induction into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement Grammy and making Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest Songs of All Time. Marvin was tragically shot to death by his own father in 1984.

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E34: Joan of Arc

She led an army to victory. She helped France crown a new king. She inspired a nation. And all before the age of 19. A legend and a saint, the girl who defended France claimed to hear “voices” of angles and saints, through whom God was addressing her. This week, we look at Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. Joan's military strategy helped France take back their land from the English in the Hundred Years' War, but before the war ended, she was burned at the stake for witchcraft, heresy, and dressing like a man.

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E33: Julius Caesar

Beware the Ides of March... Rome’s most famous dictator, Julius Caesar’s quest for power started when he was only sixteen. In his rise to power, he led the Romans to conquer Gaul, introduced the Julian Calendar, and build bridges across the German Rhine. Along with his military success, Caesar formed the First Triumvirate with Crassus and Pompey to consolidate political power, and used this as a stepping stone to become a dictator. Caesar was assassinated by Roman senators in 44 B.C. The event lives on today in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

E32: Al Capone

Al Capone is one of the most infamous gangsters of all time. He was a popular figure in Chicago and leader of the Chicago Outfit, a crime syndicate best known for bootlegging, racketeering and political corruption. Of all his crimes, it was tax evasion charges that ended his reign as a mob boss. Capone died of a stroke at the age of 48.

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E31: John Belushi

“Toga! Toga!” Animal House star John Belushi was a boisterous, high energy performer who vividly brought SNL favorites like Samurai Futaba, Beethoven, and Captain Kirk to life. He was also one half of “The Blues Brothers”, an SNL-sketch-turned-legitimate-band that put out the double platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues. Belushi’s entertaining career was tragically cut short when he died of a drug overdose at age 33.

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