38 episodes

“CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. Each episode of Mobituaries covers his favorite dearly departed people and things, from the 'Latin Lover' who redefined Hollywood masculinity in the 1920s to the TV dog who introduced kids to literature in the 1990s. Every Wednesday, hear fresh takes on famous legacies and uncover people worthy of their overdue moment in the spotlight. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter until now! 

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“CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. Each episode of Mobituaries covers his favorite dearly departed people and things, from the 'Latin Lover' who redefined Hollywood masculinity in the 1920s to the TV dog who introduced kids to literature in the 1990s. Every Wednesday, hear fresh takes on famous legacies and uncover people worthy of their overdue moment in the spotlight. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter until now! 

    Samantha Smith: Death of a Peacemaker

    Samantha Smith: Death of a Peacemaker

    At one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War, an ordinary 5th grade girl from Maine wrote to the leader of the Soviet Union with a simple plea for peace. When he wrote back with an invitation to visit the Soviet Union in the summer of 1982, it became an international news story and one of the most improbable peace missions of the era. Mo tells the story of the “Littlest Diplomat” and how she became a powerful symbol of shared humanity on both sides of the iron curtain. Guests include childhood friends of Samantha, her Russian “summer camp buddy” and actor Robert Wagner. 
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    • 53 min
    Second Place Finishers: Larry Doby, Judith Resnik & The Dave Clark Five

    Second Place Finishers: Larry Doby, Judith Resnik & The Dave Clark Five

    We love historical “Firsts” so much that we end up ignoring the people who come right after them. But without these runners-up, the trailblazers are just one-offs or oddities––instead of the beginning of big change. Mo celebrates the Black baseball great who joined the major leagues just eleven weeks after Jackie Robinson, the second American woman in space, and the British invasion band that for a time played second fiddle only to The Beatles. With guests sportscaster Otis Livingston, Michael Oldak and Rhino Records co-founder Harold Bronson.
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    • 47 min
    Fanny Brice: Death of the Original Funny Girl

    Fanny Brice: Death of the Original Funny Girl

    Fans of Broadway and Barbra Streisand probably know the name Fanny Brice as the woman who refuses to let anyone rain on her parade in the beloved musical "Funny Girl." But the real Fanny Brice, the original funny girl, was a trailblazing Jewish comedian, who lit up Broadway and created one of the most famous characters on radio. Mo looks back at Fanny's story (The ups! The downs! The nose job!) with biographer Barbara Grossman and talks with culture critic Erick Neher about how Barbra Streisand would ultimately eclipse the star she portrayed.
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    • 47 min
    Mobits Extra: Burrata and Anchovies with Major Garrett

    Mobits Extra: Burrata and Anchovies with Major Garrett

    Mo goes behind the scenes of season 3 of Mobituaries with the host of The Takeout, Major Garrett. They share a delicious meal and dig into the highlights of Mobits’ history and the complexity behind why people and things deserve a second look at their lives. Hear a sneak peek into the upcoming stories of season 3 and Major’s very own recommendation for his ideal Mobit.
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    • 46 min
    Mobits Extra: Mo’s Mystery Bust

    Mobits Extra: Mo’s Mystery Bust

    Mo’s deep appreciation for our less-remembered presidents led him to purchase a giant bust of Grover Cleveland, which has dominated his living room for over 20 years. But when the New York Times questioned the bust’s identity, it set in motion a quest, culminating in an appearance by Mo and his bust on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. Producer Adam Monahan documented the saga on this season 2 episode of his podcast Detours (GBH and PRX), a podcast that reveals what happens to all that stuff on America’s favorite antiques show, which originally aired in January 2022.
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    • 24 min
    Mobits Extra: Leslie Uggams & The Power of Love

    Mobits Extra: Leslie Uggams & The Power of Love

    Mo talks with Leslie Uggams, the award-winning and boundary-breaking entertainer. On the Mitch Miller Show, Uggams became the first Black woman to be a regular on a variety show. And her own later variety series was a milestone. She talks to Mo about her career and her 1965 marriage to Australian Grahame Pratt, at a time when interracial marriage was illegal in many states. This episode comes from a CBS Sunday Morning interview originally aired in 2020.
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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20.1K Ratings

20.1K Ratings

PedroDexter ,

Samantha Smith

I had never heard of Samantha Smith. I was a six-yr-old in Colombia when she took her trip to the USSR. Now, living in the USA, I'm so proud I have learned about her. And now, as a teacher, with mainly English language learners from Russia and the Ukraine, I will be able to teach them about her. Thank you, Mo. This obituary did bring me to tears.

Tex-Law ,

Great podcast!

I love these stories!

Jgbwicked ,

Jgbwicked

I absolutely LOVE this podcast. Hands down, it IS one of the best in my podcast library. I anxiously await each new season. And I want to say how much I love the theme music. For some reason, it brings back the wonderful sounds and memories of my childhood in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It’s the perfect fit to a perfect podcast.

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