26 episodes

We love dining out on bad behavior so much it's practically our national dish. But while some scandals stick, most front-page stories end up forgotten. Till now! Armed only with Google and their own indefatigable curiosity, co-hosts Kasey Howe and Mark Peikert scrabble through the graveyards of forgotten headlines to unearth the stories that once consumed the country. Join the fray as Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! remembers what America forgot.

Logo: Jessica Balaschak | Music: Caveman of Los Angeles by Party Store Music

Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! A History of American Scandals Kasey Howe & Mark Peikert

    • History
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

We love dining out on bad behavior so much it's practically our national dish. But while some scandals stick, most front-page stories end up forgotten. Till now! Armed only with Google and their own indefatigable curiosity, co-hosts Kasey Howe and Mark Peikert scrabble through the graveyards of forgotten headlines to unearth the stories that once consumed the country. Join the fray as Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! remembers what America forgot.

Logo: Jessica Balaschak | Music: Caveman of Los Angeles by Party Store Music

    That Time J.B. Watson Ruined Psychiatry, Advertising, and Office Culture

    That Time J.B. Watson Ruined Psychiatry, Advertising, and Office Culture

    Turns out, we have one guy to blame for a lot!  

    In addition to writing a child-rearing book positing that all children should be shuttled among different families until they came of age and they should never be touched except perhaps a pat on the head for a job particularly well done, John Watson invented behaviorism; the coffee break; fear-based marketing; and the sense that all employees should subjugate their lives for their companies.  

    He was also at the center of a remarkable divorce, one that found his wife turning into a regular Nancy Drew and stealing love letters, then giving the shadiest interviews this side of a Drag Race confessional. Take a journey through some truly shocking behavior in this episode of Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry!.  

    If you liked this episode of Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry!, hosted by Kasey Howe and Mark Peikert, listen and subscribe to the series wherever you find podcasts!  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shocking-lurid-tawdry-a-history-of-american-scandals/id1561632107  

    Logo: Jessica Balaschak
    Music: Caveman of Los Angeles by Party Store Music

    • 36 min
    Special Bonus Episode: When Monica Lewinsky Waited by the Phone. And Waited. And Waited.

    Special Bonus Episode: When Monica Lewinsky Waited by the Phone. And Waited. And Waited.

    Are we supposed to dislike Monica Lewinsky?  

    Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! co-hosts Kasey Howe and Mark Peikert are back after a week of self-care, which they promptly throw away by watching two episodes of Impeachment back to back. Is Linda Tripp supposed to be the most human character? Is Paula Jones supposed to be this pathetic? Did Monica really always sit forlornly in her darkened apartment, without even bothering to turn the TV on? And is that how Matt Drudge really talks?  

    Join Kasey and Mark as they trudge through two more hours of this televised Clinton-Lewinsky cosplay where only some of the performers understand the assignment.  

    Logo: Jessica Balaschak
    Music: Caveman of Los Angeles by Party Store Music

    • 28 min
    That Time Arnold Schwarzenegger Broke His Own Scandalous Affair With the Nanny

    That Time Arnold Schwarzenegger Broke His Own Scandalous Affair With the Nanny

    Stuff!

    • 35 min
    "They Say, 'In God We Trust,' But It Is Written on a Dollar"

    "They Say, 'In God We Trust,' But It Is Written on a Dollar"

    Eunice Pringle saw the man accused of sexually assaulting her, vaudeville and movie impressario Alexander Pantages, go to prison—and then Jerry Giesler jumped in and they had a retrial with a predominately male jury this time. Guess what? He was acquitted!

    Along the way, Pantages' wife ends up convicted of a crime in the same courtroom, rumors swirl that Pringle died and left a deathbed confession admitting that Joseph P. Kennedy put her up to it, and Pringle releases one of the all-time great statements ever uttered when told that Pantages's conviction was overturned.

    Jump in for another exhilarating ride through 100-year-old bad behavior that feels shockingly contemporary.

    • 31 min
    Special Bonus Episode: That Time Linda Tripp Met Monica Lewinsky

    Special Bonus Episode: That Time Linda Tripp Met Monica Lewinsky

    Kasey Howe and Mark Peikert made one promise when they launched their podcast dedicated to American scandals: They wouldn't cover Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. But if someone else does... Besides, that sweet sweet SEO is there, ripe for the plucking!  

    So the Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! co-hosts put on their GAP best, hit pause on an episode of Friends, and time traveled back to Clintonian America for a special miniseries dedicated to the limited series. And just how are the women at the scandals' center—Linda Tripp, Paula Jones, and Lewinsky—faring in the first episode? About what you'd expect based on the reviews.  

    Be sure to watch Impeachment: American Crime Story on FX every Tuesday night (if you must), and catch Kasey and Mark discussing their intense reactions to it every Wednesday! 

    Logo: Jessica Balaschak 

    Music: Caveman of Los Angeles by Party Store Music

    • 35 min
    That Time a Secret Service Guy Didn't Have Enough Money to Pay His Sex Worker in Cartagena

    That Time a Secret Service Guy Didn't Have Enough Money to Pay His Sex Worker in Cartagena

    What the Secret Service did in Cartagena didn’t stay so secret after they didn't pay for services rendered. 

    In this episode, we travel back to the quieter days of the Obama Administration. You may remember it as a not particularly scandalous administration and yet! Join us for some PSAs on how to responsibly hire sex workers, while it's Mark's turn to struggle with his audio.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Jagase720 ,

History, but make it fun and scandalous

An excellent and thought provoking podcast that has you laughing one moment, then running to Google “is that really true?!” Kasey and Mark are an ideal pair whose conversations make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from them!

Kevin Berry ,

Such a fun glimpse

A silly but meaningful and informative glimpse into scandals we may have forgotten! Fabulous!

gracieaki ,

Nostalgia and jokes

Every time Mark lends his voice to something, it is engaging content. I am always looking for exciting and funny/ nuanced nostalgic podcast and this hits all of my favorite topics WHILE learning something new.
Can’t wait to download all episodes

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