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Big lives, little-known facts. Dig up what you don’t know about the icons you do know! Unexpected anecdotes, real personalities, lasting impacts… Historical Figures is a Spotify Original from Parcast.

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    • 4.7 • 253 Ratings

Big lives, little-known facts. Dig up what you don’t know about the icons you do know! Unexpected anecdotes, real personalities, lasting impacts… Historical Figures is a Spotify Original from Parcast.

    Albert Einstein

    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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    • 56 min
    Meriwether Lewis & William Clark

    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.    
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    • 42 min
    Marco Polo

    Marco Polo

    Much more than just a pool game, this Venetian merchant traveler adventured through China and the Mongolian Empire. Though his memoirs may have been heavily embellished, the book gave those who came after Marco Polo a broad picture of 13th century culture, led to advances in cartography and inspired explorers throughout history.
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    • 39 min
    Leonardo Da Vinci

    Leonardo Da Vinci

    “The Mona Lisa”. “The Last Supper”. “The Vitruvian Man”. Leonardo Da Vinci’s work still inspires over five hundred years later. But what about the man behind the paintings? He was an illegitimate child, a graverobber, and briefly lived at the Vatican. Carter and Vanessa explore the complex life of the true renaissance man. 
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    • 44 min
    Karl Marx

    Karl Marx

    A radical writer and philosopher, Karl Marx found himself exiled from multiple countries thanks to his communist writings in the 1800s. However, in the following century, this same writing stirred revolution across the world, as communist governments rose to power. What influenced the famous father of communism, and why did he believe it was the best system? Carter and Vanessa explore the life of the author of The Communist Manifesto and Das Capital, and how his revolutionary ideas resonated worldwide.
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    • 51 min
    Charlemagne

    Charlemagne

    The “Father of Europe”, Charlemagne’s rule as King of the Franks changed the face of Europe, unifying regions that had been at war and spreading Christianity across the continent. As Holy Roman Emperor, crowned by the Pope himself, he founded the Carolingian dynasty. His reign sparked an intellectual and cultural revival, the effects of which are still evident across Europe today.
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
253 Ratings

253 Ratings

javijess ,

gold

i have learnt so much in this podcast
i love the way they narrate
the interesting facts told in such a poetic way
one of the best podcasts i’ve ever heard

Magnusj3 ,

Great team

I actually retain what I hear in this podcast, the two presenters bounce really well off each other and present a really interesting story every time, can’t wait to see who else you spotlight 👌🏼😁

Penein ,

Marilyn Monroe

Vanessa is wonderful in everything she does.
The older stories you have done I stopped listening to them Carter sounds bored tired and not interested.
When he does the ad for Hollywood Scandals he voice comes to life. He sounds a bit better doing this one about Marilyn Monroe. I know all about MM so I was amazed that you nearly got it right.

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