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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E30: Andy Warhol

The father of the 1960’s pop art movement, Andy Warhol’s art included subjects like Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zedong, and a can of soup. Warhol was initially a commercial illustrator, which greatly influenced his methods of printing and mass-producing art. His studio, “The Factory”, was a hangout for everyone from drag queens to wealthy art buyers to the punk band “The Velvet Underground”. Warhol died unexpectedly at age 58. The expression “15 minutes of fame” was coined by Warhol, but his fame has lasted well over his “15 minutes”.

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E29: Jean-Paul Marat

A scientist and physician who turned into a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat advocated for human rights for all people, even the poorest. He was the writer and publisher of his periodical, “The People’s Friend” which gained him fame across France. As a rallying symbol of the Montagnard faction during the French Revolution, Marat spent a lot of time in hiding. In 1793, Marat was assassinated, and the event is immortalized in the iconic painting “The Death of Marat”.

E28: Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok was a stagecoach driver and Union Soldier, but that’s not what made him famous. This hard-drinking, gun-slinging, high-stakes-gambling sheriff embodied the myth of the old west. Thanks to wild rumors and his appearances in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, Bill became a legend in his own lifetime. Hickok was shot to death during a game of poker in 1876. Dead at 39, Wild Bill left a cultural legacy: the iconic image of the Old West gunslinger.

E27: Buddy Holly

A 1950’s music legend, Buddy Holly was best known as the lead singer and guitarist for The Crickets. Holly wrote, recorded, and produced his own songs, including upbeat hits like “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”. Holly died in a plane crash when he was only twenty-two, but his music and style inspired The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and songs like Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” and Don McClean’s “American Pie.”

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E26: Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky's Marxist writings and powerful speeches made him a leading figure in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and later, a Communist tyrant. He was known as a brilliant, arrogant intellectual, but ideological differences with Joseph Stalin led to his assassination in 1940. Trotsky published hundreds of articles, over forty books, and stood by his ideals until the end.

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