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From Wondery and Goalhanger Podcasts, Afua Hirsch and Peter Frankopan tell the wild stories of some of the most extraordinary men and women ever to have lived – and ask whether they have the rep they deserve. Should Nina Simone’s role in the civil rights movement be more celebrated than it is? When you find out what Picasso got up to in his studio, can you still admire his art? Was Napoleon a hero or a tyrant - or both? (And, while we’re at it, was he even short?) Legacy is the show that looks at big lives from the perspective of now – and doesn’t always like what it sees.
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Legacy Wondery

    • History
    • 4.4 • 82 Ratings

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From Wondery and Goalhanger Podcasts, Afua Hirsch and Peter Frankopan tell the wild stories of some of the most extraordinary men and women ever to have lived – and ask whether they have the rep they deserve. Should Nina Simone’s role in the civil rights movement be more celebrated than it is? When you find out what Picasso got up to in his studio, can you still admire his art? Was Napoleon a hero or a tyrant - or both? (And, while we’re at it, was he even short?) Legacy is the show that looks at big lives from the perspective of now – and doesn’t always like what it sees.
Listen to Legacy on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can binge episodes early and ad-free on Wondery+. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/legacy now.

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    Hoover | The Library Clerk Who Became All Powerful

    Hoover | The Library Clerk Who Became All Powerful

    As a young boy, J Edgar Hoover strives for perfection and control. After a stint working at the Library of Congress he embarks on a career in law enforcement. But it's not long before his perfect image is threatened, and he needs to find someone to blame when things goes wrong. What happens next will set him on the path to becoming the founding director of the FBI - and one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. 

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    • 44 min
    Hoover | Guns, Gangsters and G-Men

    Hoover | Guns, Gangsters and G-Men

    Rumours about Hoover's sexuality threaten to overshadow his work building the FBI into a credible crime fighting force. And although he's obsessed with information, he misses a key piece of intelligence, which could have changed the path of the Second World War.

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    • 48 min
    Hoover | Civil Rights and Dirty Tricks

    Hoover | Civil Rights and Dirty Tricks

    FBI spying reaches new depths, as Hoover persecutes civil rights campaigner Dr Martin Luther King. But then a daring break-in exposes the FBI's tactics. 

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    • 47 min
    Hoover | The Deep State Lives On

    Hoover | The Deep State Lives On

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    Hoover wrote the playbook used by many of today's politicians, not least Donald Trump. What would Hoover make of today's political landscape? And how much did he shape it?

    Margaret Thatcher | The Making of the Iron Lady

    Margaret Thatcher | The Making of the Iron Lady

    The daughter of a methodist shopkeeper, Margaret Thatcher has never believed in luck. She knows that together with her strength of character, hard work is what will bring her success. And soon enough, she proves herself one of the most formidable politicians the country has ever seen. 

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    • 57 min
    Margaret Thatcher | Cuts, Riots, & War

    Margaret Thatcher | Cuts, Riots, & War

    As Britain's first female Prime Minister, Thatcher has made history. But she's off to a shaky start: her economic policies are unpopular and lead to riots across the country. It looks like her tenure might be cut short - until ... Argentina decides to invade the Falklands islands. 

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

GoldenEvence ,

Stumbled into Love and Appreciation!

I found this podcast through the Wondery+ subscription and I am floored by this podcast! I’ve always had an aversion to history (yawn) but the hosts bring such humanity and perspective to these historical figures! The hosts add parables, historical facts and their own thoughts and opinions in a fair and even keeled way. I am finding myself utterly glued to this pod and learning about people I never cared to learn about previously merely because I enjoy listening to these hosts. Much appreciation to Afua Hirsch and Peter Frankopan for bringing life to history and giving this listener a new appreciation to the people who came before her :)

MangoLassiAllDay ,

The History we Need

I’m going to start by saying - Afua, I love you. You are the voice missing in so many history podcasts!! I was hooked from Season 1 Episode 1. Afua is such a great voice of BIPOC peoples perspectives - thank you, as a fellow POC. The way Peter and Afua converse feels like you are at some intimate dinner amongst academics and they begin to discuss a favorite figure and go down the rabbit hole offering multiple perspectives. Just listen - believe me - even Gorbachev! - immediately hooked. Day 2 of listening and I’m starting Nina Simone - Episode 2 - and she is so relevant to today, I had no idea, I am ashamed to say! Keep this up! 👍

SkyColony ,

Postmodern Lens

Unfortunately this show is colored with many ‘modern’ overlays that are predictable and bring the presentation into the culture war frey. I’ll pass.

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