49 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 • 1.6K 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.

    Daron Acemoglu on Marxism and AI

    Daron Acemoglu on Marxism and AI

    Are we, in fact, living in a time of revolution? What it means and what you can do about it, according to one of MIT’s greatest thinkers.

    • 28 min
    The Marxes

    The Marxes

    A man who looms as large as Karl Marx needed multiple Significant Others (although when it came to wives, he only had one).

    Starring Ted Danson as Karl Marx, Maddie Ogden as Jenny von Westphalen, and Patton Oswalt as Friedrich Engels.
    Also featuring Katie Sharer and Matt O’Brien.

    • 43 min
    Claire Dederer on Reckoning with Problematic Artists

    Claire Dederer on Reckoning with Problematic Artists

    What is a fan to do with unsavory intel on their idol? Is it possible to separate the art from the artist? Should we even try?

    • 39 min
    Gala Dalí

    Gala Dalí

    Lover and muse to multiple artists, Gala notoriously spit on people she didn’t like—or worse. Her marriage to the renowned artist Salvador Dalí was as surreal as his paintings, which he signed with both of their names even though she never held a brush.

    Starring Laura Ramoso as Gala Dalí and José Arroyo as Salvador Dalí

    Also featuring Stephen K. Amos, Nigel Daly, Neve O’Brien, and Tavis Doucette

    • 44 min
    Sandra Newman on her Retelling of 1984

    Sandra Newman on her Retelling of 1984

    Sandra Newman was given one assignment by the Orwell Estate: Re-write 1984 from the point of view of the character Julia.

    • 26 min
    Eileen Blair

    Eileen Blair

    George Orwell has never been accused of being a feminist. And yet his wife Eileen left her mark on his most important works.

    Starring Sally Drexler as Eileen Blair and Nigel Daly as George Orwell

    Also featuring: Ben Partridge, Luke Millington-Drake, Thom Wickes, Amelia Chappelow, and Colin Anderson.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Skyneel ,

Love this podcast

I love this podcast. I love the takes of the episodes. I appreciate that you are not presenting flat linear history devoid of a viewpoint. I have cried through some episodes thinking of all the labor and pain these women have gone through. I found the Orwell episode particularly painful. Love the concept and as an architectural historian I must say there are so many famous architects who built their careers off the labor of their partners….great work!

Travelwithfamily ,

Forgotten history

As a history major in college I always wanted to know more about the people I studied. I wasn’t very interested in memorizing generals or war maneuvers or seeing the world only through the view of the men who ran countries.

This podcast tells the kind of history that fascinates me. It is behind the scenes looks at important people and their forgotten others. I love it.
Thanks for some very sound research on each topic. It’s amazing how much information your team has come up with.

jdtangney ,

Dry, unimaginative reading renders fascinating material boring

Liza Powell O’Brien’s plodding reading of well-written material is unlistenable. This show needs a director and a talented voice actor to inject a little life into it.

The concept and the material is interesting. The other voices on the show spice it up. But it needs a host.

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