23 episodes

An ongoing exploration of history’s most unusual and the macabre themes. Each 13-episode season unpacks a new topic in fresh format and style. Presented and executive produced by Aaron Mahnke.
Season 1: "Sideshow", is all about the history behind one of America's most bizarre institutions, the traveling sideshow.

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An ongoing exploration of history’s most unusual and the macabre themes. Each 13-episode season unpacks a new topic in fresh format and style. Presented and executive produced by Aaron Mahnke.
Season 1: "Sideshow", is all about the history behind one of America's most bizarre institutions, the traveling sideshow.

    Pirates 7: Pirates For Hire

    Pirates 7: Pirates For Hire

    From protection from the Spanish to bringing in much-needed funds and provisions, early colonies in the Caribbean often turned to pirates and buccaneers for a little assistance. In this episode of Pirates, we’re on an adventure with a couple of the most famous cutlass-wielding and cutthroat buccaneers in the Caribbean. 


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    • 26 min
    Pirates Bonus: Talk Like A Pirate Day

    Pirates Bonus: Talk Like A Pirate Day

    Every year on September 19, people worldwide join together to talk like pirates. Parents, children, co-workers. If you’ve ever wondered how International Talk Like A Pirate Day started or how to speak like a swashbuckler, then this episode is for you. 
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    • 14 min
    Pirates 6: Rebels With A Cause

    Pirates 6: Rebels With A Cause

    Pirates appear to be the ultimate rebel. Their legendary greed for treasure and cutthroat nature made them non-conformist mavericks of the sea. And yet, not all is what we’ve been told. Pirates played an important part in politics and the matters of kingdoms and governments. Batten down the hatches for this episode of Pirates!


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    • 26 min
    Pirates 5: The Red Fleet

    Pirates 5: The Red Fleet

    Many pirates viewed women aboard ships as bad luck. One woman proved they were only bad luck for the ships they targeted. Meet Ching Shih, who went from flower boat girl to the leader of the Red Fleet, one of the largest and most powerful pirate fleets in history. 


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    • 25 min
    Pirates 4: River Pirates

    Pirates 4: River Pirates

    Ah! Pirates! We envision them in the Caribbean, raiding sea-faring merchant vessels, flying black flags, and burying treasure on a remote sandy beach. However, as we are about to learn, some of the most fascinating characters took to the lakes and rivers instead. 


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    • 26 min
    Pirates 3: Black Caesar

    Pirates 3: Black Caesar

    In the Golden Age of Piracy, pirate crews often came from different countries and walks of life. They shared equal pay and voting rights aboard the ship. Captains often chose their crew based on fierce loyalty rather than nationality or race. 

    Some proved more fierce than others.


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
429 Ratings

429 Ratings

Stjensen ,

Pirates - New Voices

As always Aaron’s voice is so soothing and entertaining as he tells these amazing stories. There is so much more to pirates then I have ever known!

Allie’s voice is so well suited for this series and in particular on episode 6 Rebels with a Cause her French is impeccable. As a fluent French-American speaker hearing her pronunciation of names, places and the like was a breath of fresh air. Also she has the voice to tell this kind of history!

Keep up the great work G&M team the hard work does not go unnoticed!

Oilgeologist1972 ,

Great podcast series as expected!

Grim & Mild have several great podcast series and this is another in a long list. A great collection of stories that are well researched and fun. They are all interesting from both a historic and entertaining point of view. The stories range from the Ohio River to the Caribbean and many stops in between. Long enough to capture your attention but not so long you can’t listen in one sitting. I don’t do many reviews but wanted to support this great series and Aaron Mahnke for all their hard work and research creating these fun podcasts and hope you will check them out! Enjoy!

Yakatoy ,

Here you hear Aaron and not anyone else

I love this podcast but cannot give it five stars as the guest speakers at the end are not good at all. Please give them their own podcasts so those who do like them can listen to them and those who don’t, don’t have to be forced to hear them or skip the end of the podcast, which is what I usually do. Please!!!

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