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Welcome to Controversial Figures; a podcast about intriguing figures in the media. Created by Tammy Hawkins. If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a 5 star rating and comment; and subscribe to the show so you never miss a new episode. I've created this podcast with no sponsor; it would mean the world to me if you visit Patreon and donate anything you can, so I can continue bringing new content regularly. https://www.patreon.com/controversialfigurespod

Controversial Figures Tammy Hawkins

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Welcome to Controversial Figures; a podcast about intriguing figures in the media. Created by Tammy Hawkins. If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a 5 star rating and comment; and subscribe to the show so you never miss a new episode. I've created this podcast with no sponsor; it would mean the world to me if you visit Patreon and donate anything you can, so I can continue bringing new content regularly. https://www.patreon.com/controversialfigurespod

    Episode 14: Larry Flynt Part 1 (Freedom of Speech Defender & Erotic Entertainment Purveyor)

    Episode 14: Larry Flynt Part 1 (Freedom of Speech Defender & Erotic Entertainment Purveyor)

    Larry Flynt might be a name you are familiar with; he's been featured in books, movies, and quite a few news stories over the past 4 decades.

    Larry has had 5 wives, 5 children, and many, many businesses. His most infamous business being Hustler magazine which became famous for publishing erotic content others would not in the mainstream.

    So, how did a poor, Eastern Kentucky farm boy become a millionaire pornography kingpin during the conservative times of 1970s American media? And how did that success lead to a failed assassination attempt on Larry, a Supreme Court win in the name of the 1st Amendment, and the death of his beloved wife Althea? Listen to the wild ride of Larry Flynt's life today on Controversial Figures.

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    Episode Sources:
    An Unseemly Man. My Life as Pornographer, Pundit, and Social Outcast. Larry Flynt. 1996. https://www.amazon.com/Unseemly-Man-Pornographer-Pundit-Outcast/dp/1597775762Jerry Falwell Sr. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Falwell_Sr.Joseph Paul Franklin. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Paul_FranklinLarry Flynt. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_FlyntLarry Flynt and 1968. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/1968-project/2018/07/13/larry-flynt-and-1968-making-pornography-empire/771604002/The People vs Larry Flynt. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_People_vs._Larry_FlyntMusic: The 6 is Silent by Skyjelly

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    Episode 13: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Notorious RBG)

    Episode 13: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Notorious RBG)

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired many during her 87 years of life, and certainly during her 27 years serving as a justice on the US Supreme Court, the 2nd woman to ever do so in America. 

    Ruth was strong in her values and the absolute definition of grit. She would be notably dubbed "The Notorious R.B.G." by a law student via a popular Tumblr page, and named on Forbes magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and Time magazine's 100 most influential People.

    So, how did Ruth break through multiple glass ceilings for men and women in her lifetime and what legacy does she leave behind? Find out today on the Controversial Figures Podcast.


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    Episode Sources:
    A Look Back at Some of RBGs Biggest Achievements. Breeze JMU.  https://www.breezejmu.org/culture/a-look-back-at-some-of-rbgs-biggest-achievements/article_5543fa14-0124-11eb-80fe-1f6d6eceaf7b.htmlHow to Remember the 'Notorious RBG'. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/24/opinions/ruth-bader-ginsburg-notorious-rbg-deeper-meaning-joseph/index.htmlRBG. Documentary. Magnolia Pictures. 2018. https://www.rbgmovie.comRuth Bader Ginsburg. https://achievement.org/achiever/ruth-bader-ginsburg/Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologizes to Colin Kaepernick. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/14/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-apologizes-colin-kaepernick/index.htmlRuth Bader Ginsburg Fast Facts.  https://www.cnn.com/2013/03/07/us/ruth-bader-ginsburg-fast-facts/index.htmlRuth Bader Ginsburg on Kaepernick protests. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2016/10/10/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-colin-kaepernick/index.htmlRuth Bader Ginsburg. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Bader_GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg Wishes This Case Had Legalized Abortion Instead of Roe v. Wade  https://time.com/5354490/ruth-bader-ginsburg-roe-v-wade/Music: The 6 is Silent by Skyjelly


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    Episode 12: Julian Assange Part 2 (Hacker Interrupted)

    Episode 12: Julian Assange Part 2 (Hacker Interrupted)

    We start Part 2 of the Julian Assange story with many questions. Will Julian Assange evade extradition and his numerous looming legal charges? Did Julian assist Russia with illegal United States Presidential election interference in 2016? Did Julian help Edward Snowden escape capture by the United States? And maybe most controversially - did Julian really date Pamela Anderson? Find out all of this and much, much more on the Part 2 of wild and crazy Julian Assange today on Controversial Figures.

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    Episode Sources:
    CNN. Sweden drops investigation into Julian Assange. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/europe/sweden-investigation-julian-assange-intl/index.htmlMarketWatch Hillary Clinton Says Julian Assange has to Answer https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hillary-clinton-says-julian-assange-has-to-answer-for-what-he-has-done-2019-04-12Risk. Showtime Movie. 2016. Risk | Official Trailer | Julian Assange SHOWTIME DocumentarySchneier on Security. Unredacted US Diplomatic Wikileaks Cables Published https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2011/09/unredacted_us_d.htmlWikipedia Hillary Clinton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_ClintonWikipedia Julian Assange https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_AssangeWikipedia Vault 7 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vault_7Music: The 6 is Silent by Skyjelly


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    • 41 min
    Episode 11: Julian Assange Part 1 (Robinhood of Hacking?)

    Episode 11: Julian Assange Part 1 (Robinhood of Hacking?)

    How did Julian Assange, a convicted Australian teenage hacker of the 1990s, become a secret revealing refugee on the run, attempting to evade extradition? Why did America to investigate if he broke the espionage act? And did Julian really hang out with Lady Gaga in London?  Find out all of this and more on Part 1 of Julian Assange today on Controversial Figures.

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    Episode Sources:
    Independent. Julian Assange - https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/julian-assange-we-just-kept-moving-2359423.htmlWikileaks Press Release Regarding Julian Assange's Case Management Hearing https://wikileaks.org/Julian-Assange-Case-Hearing.htmlWikipedia Afghan War documents leak https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghan_War_documents_leakWikipedia Iraqi War documents leak https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War_documents_leakWikipedia Indictment and Arrest of Julian Assange https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indictment_and_arrest_of_Julian_AssangeWikipedia Julian Assange https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_AssangeWikipedia Torture Memos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture_MemosWikipedia United States diplomatic cables leak https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_diplomatic_cables_leakMusic: The 6 is Silent by Skyjelly


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    • 32 min
    Episode 10: Madalyn Murray O'Hair (The Most Hated Woman in America)

    Episode 10: Madalyn Murray O'Hair (The Most Hated Woman in America)

    How did activist atheist and Most Hated Woman in America Madalyn Murray O'Hair and her family end up dismembered, burned, and buried? Find out today on Controversial Figures.

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    Episode Sources:
    My San Antonio. The True Story Behind the San Antonio Kidnapping and Murder. https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/true-crime-SA-kidnapping-murder-Madalyn-OHair-11017782.phpNewsweek Madalyn Murray O'Hair Biopic https://www.newsweek.com/madalyn-murray-ohair-most-hated-woman-america-netflix-atheism-biopic-574697NYT. Bodies Identified as Those of Missing Athiest and Kin. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/16/us/bodies-identified-as-those-of-missing-atheist-and-kin.htmlWikipedia Madalyn Murray O'Hair https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madalyn_Murray_O%27HairMusic: The 6 is Silent by Skyjelly




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    Episode 9: Lou Pearlman (Back Street Boy and NSYNC Defrauder)

    Episode 9: Lou Pearlman (Back Street Boy and NSYNC Defrauder)

    American business man Lou Pearlman created some of the biggest boy bands in the 1990s, including NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, O Town, and LFO to name a few. Lou even called himself the 6th Backstreet Boy. These bands were performing to sold out concerts while selling merch and hundreds of millions of albums to screaming fans around the world.
     
    It was estimated that Lou Pearlman's peak net worth was $300 million during the boy band craze era in the 1990s and early 2000s. So how did Lou  end up $300 million dollars in debt in 2006 and sentenced to 25 years of prison in 2008? Find out this and lots of other random boy band trivia today on the Controversial Figures Podcast.


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    Episode Sources:
    ABC News. The Hitman: From Pop to Prison The Hitman: From Pop to Prison l 20/20 l PART 1Vanity Fair. Mad About the Boys https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2007/11/pearlman200711Wikipedia Bye Bye Bye https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bye_Bye_ByeWikipedia *NSYNC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSYNCWikipedia Photo Mill https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photo_millWikipedia The Backstreet Boys https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backstreet_BoysWikipedia Lou Pearlman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_PearlmanMusic: The 6 is Silent by Skyjelly



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    • 41 min

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