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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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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.
Follow Legacy on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. Prime Members and subscribers can binge full seasons of Legacy ad-free on Amazon Music. Wondery+ subscribers can binge full seasons ad-free -- join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.

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    Gorbachev | The Boy from Stavropol

    Gorbachev | The Boy from Stavropol

    Shaped by the brutality of the Stalin regime, Gorbachev’s childhood was one of poverty and hardship. But the communist system also works to his strengths, and allows him to reach the very top. All along, he remains a true believer but knows change must happen.  

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    • 38 min
    Gorbachev | Shutting Down the Cold War

    Gorbachev | Shutting Down the Cold War

    With the levers of power now in his control, Gorbachev steps out on the international stage with one aim: to avoid a nuclear war. He forges a new relationship with US President Reagan, but will it be enough to remove the shadow of armageddon? 

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    • 38 min
    Gorbachev | Meltdown

    Gorbachev | Meltdown

    On a spring morning in 1986 one of the most catastrophic events in global history occurs - Chernobyl. It brings chaos to the environment, chaos to Europe and chaos to Mikhail Gorbachev's premiership. Will he survive this?

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    • 40 min
    Gorbachev | The Man Who Lost an Empire

    Gorbachev | The Man Who Lost an Empire

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    Under Gorbachev's leadership the once sprawling empire that was the Soviet Union collapses. Is this his true legacy? Or was it all inevitable? And with present day Russia looking to the past for glory, what lessons can we learn from history's last Soviet leader?

    Picasso | Bullfights, Brothels & Bohemia

    Picasso | Bullfights, Brothels & Bohemia

    His father wants him to become a great classical painter, but teenage Pablo Picasso has other ideas. He joins the heady bohemia of Barcelona and Paris, where tragedy transforms his art and puts him on the road to fame.

    Artwork:

    The Little Yellow Picador, Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1889)

    The First Communion, Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1896)

    La Vie, Pablo Picasso (1903)

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    • 43 min
    Picasso | The Muse

    Picasso | The Muse

    Picasso finds inspiration in an unlikely setting and changes art forever. He also finds his first muse, then his second... and then his third - leaving a trail of suffering behind him.

    Artwork:

    Family of Acrobats with Monkey, Pablo Picasso (1905)

    Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso (1905-6)

    The Young Ladies of Avignon, Pablo Picasso (1906)

    Olga in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso (1917)

    The Dream, Pablo Picasso (1932)

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

BAA435 ,

Great

I really enjoy it

zinth578 ,

For the love of History

I really enjoyed the episodes! There are events that should be discussed and I think that some history people don’t want to discuss because it is uncomfortable and I think that by discussing it we can make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

pithypickle ,

Fantastic!

Great premise and content delivered by two knowledgeable and charming hosts. It’s the total package. There were a few instances during the first episode where Afua offered some incisive comments that were met with either a flippant response (“well, that’s all of empiricism”) or no response, and it was a little concerning. I’m glad I stuck with it and I’m going to chalk it up to first-episode nerves, as the hosts’ chemistry greatly improved and they seemed to admired each others’ vast knowledge banks. Can’t wait for future seasons!

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