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.
Vladimir Nabokov is best known for writing the highly controversial yet critically revered novel, Lolita. But the book might never have made it onto the shelves were it not for the other Nabokov—Vladimir's enigmatic and elusive wife, Véra.
Starring: D’Arcy Carden as Véra Nabokov and Dan Bucatinsky as Vladimir Nabokov
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.
Mary Lincoln is the First Lady everyone loves to hate. But without her, would Abe Lincoln even have been president in the first place?
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.
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?
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.
I’ve always had a bunch of jumbled ideas about Mary Todd Lincoln, but this presentation of her really gave me a deeper understanding of the woman, her effect on Mr Lincoln and ultimately, US history. I look forward to many more of these wonderful podcasts.
Love the podcast! Check out Abigail Adams as a great influence and person. There’s a richness of documented correspondence.
Love the content and voice!
I LOVE history. This content is so well prepared and entertaining. Not since Phoebe Judge and Terry Gross, have I found a voice so enjoyable to listen to. The guests and celebrity voices is an added bonus!