7 episodes

Did you know that the novel "Lolita" would not exist if Vladimir Nabokov’s wife hadn’t stopped her husband from burning the manuscript? Or that Gandhi learned his legendary method of passive resistance from his wife? Or that the person responsible for Maya Angelou’s genre-defining memoir was her good friend James Baldwin? Significant Others is a narrated, nonfiction podcast about folks just beyond the spotlight of history. Each episode tells the story of a talented, difficult and little-known individual who altered the destiny of their better-known partner, child, sibling, or friend, and impacted the world they left behind. Narrated and written by Liza Powel O’Brien and featuring the voices of Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jameela Jamil, Rita Wilson, Timothy Olyphant, Lisa Kudrow and many more.

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    • 4.9 • 594 Ratings

Did you know that the novel "Lolita" would not exist if Vladimir Nabokov’s wife hadn’t stopped her husband from burning the manuscript? Or that Gandhi learned his legendary method of passive resistance from his wife? Or that the person responsible for Maya Angelou’s genre-defining memoir was her good friend James Baldwin? Significant Others is a narrated, nonfiction podcast about folks just beyond the spotlight of history. Each episode tells the story of a talented, difficult and little-known individual who altered the destiny of their better-known partner, child, sibling, or friend, and impacted the world they left behind. Narrated and written by Liza Powel O’Brien and featuring the voices of Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jameela Jamil, Rita Wilson, Timothy Olyphant, Lisa Kudrow and many more.

    Conan O’Brien on the Lincolns

    Conan O’Brien on the Lincolns

    Liza is joined by her significant other, self-proclaimed Lincoln super-fan Conan O’Brien, to discuss how crucial Mary Lincoln was to her husband's political career.

    • 20 min
    Mary Lincoln

    Mary Lincoln

    Mary Lincoln is the First Lady everyone loves to hate. But without her, would Abe Lincoln even have been president in the first place?

    • 39 min
    Dipika Guha on the Gandhis

    Dipika Guha on the Gandhis

    Playwright Dipika Guha joins Liza to give insight into the complicated relationship between her home country of India and Gandhi's legacy in this time of call-out culture.

    • 18 min
    Kasturba Gandhi

    Kasturba Gandhi

    Mohandas Gandhi helped India win independence from Britain through nonviolent resistance but little know that he credits the inspiration for his tactics to his wife, Kasturba. So, who was the wife of this renowned saint?

    • 50 min
    Esther Perel on The Tolstoys

    Esther Perel on The Tolstoys

    World-renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel joins Liza to discuss the dynamic between Leo and Sophia Tolstoy and whether the issues Sophia faced were a product of the times she lived in.

    • 22 min
    Countess Sophia Tolstoy

    Countess Sophia Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Yet, without his wife, Sophia Tolstoy, would the world have been gifted with such literary classics as War and Peace and Anna Karenina? Starring Megan Mullally as Countess Sophia Tolstoy and Nick Offerman as Leo Tolstoy.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
594 Ratings

594 Ratings

jefner5 ,

Love this podcast!

I look forward to this podcast every week! The subjects are interesting and the host’s voice is lovely as are the voices of the guest actors.

cbbartolucci ,

My Favorite New Podcast

Fascinating stuff. Liza Powell O’Brien carefully maps out the sometimes subtle but always important contribution significant others made to their better known partner’s legacies. She makes you feel like a guest at a great dinner party that happens to be serving up history as the main course.

Seamussf ,

Fascinating and smart

Of course Liza O’Brien is as smart and funny as her husband. Great podcast!

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