20 episodes

The Art of Crime is a history podcast about the unlikely collisions between true crime and the arts. We take painstaking research and craft it into compelling stories that teach you about society and culture. Each new season covers a different theme.

Season 2 is titled "Assassins." It profiles artists who have committed, attempted, or at least been implicated in an assassination. Subjects include John Wilkes Booth, Adolf Hitler, Nero, Andy Warhol, and Leon Trotsky. Also check out Season 1, "The Unusual Suspects: Artists Accused of Being Jack the Ripper."

For show notes and full transcripts, visit www.artofcrimepodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook at Art of Crime Podcast, Instagram @artofcrimepodcast, and Twitter @artofcrimepod.

Help us buy books for future research and pay composer Liam Bellman-Sharpe, who writes a unique score for every episode! If you'd like to make a donation, please consider becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/artofcrimepodcast. You can also make a onetime contribution via PayPal. The relevant email address is artofcrimepodcast@gmail.com.

The Art of Crime is part of the Airwave Media network. To learn more about Airwave, visit www.airwavemedia.com.

The Art of Crime Gavin Whitehead

    • History
    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

The Art of Crime is a history podcast about the unlikely collisions between true crime and the arts. We take painstaking research and craft it into compelling stories that teach you about society and culture. Each new season covers a different theme.

Season 2 is titled "Assassins." It profiles artists who have committed, attempted, or at least been implicated in an assassination. Subjects include John Wilkes Booth, Adolf Hitler, Nero, Andy Warhol, and Leon Trotsky. Also check out Season 1, "The Unusual Suspects: Artists Accused of Being Jack the Ripper."

For show notes and full transcripts, visit www.artofcrimepodcast.com. Follow us on Facebook at Art of Crime Podcast, Instagram @artofcrimepodcast, and Twitter @artofcrimepod.

Help us buy books for future research and pay composer Liam Bellman-Sharpe, who writes a unique score for every episode! If you'd like to make a donation, please consider becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/artofcrimepodcast. You can also make a onetime contribution via PayPal. The relevant email address is artofcrimepodcast@gmail.com.

The Art of Crime is part of the Airwave Media network. To learn more about Airwave, visit www.airwavemedia.com.

    Introducing Assassins

    Introducing Assassins

    Season 2 of The Art of Crime explores a new theme. Listen to this trailer to find out what it is!
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    • 3 min
    The Assassinations of Leon Trotsky: David Alfaro Siqueiros (Assassins)

    The Assassinations of Leon Trotsky: David Alfaro Siqueiros (Assassins)

    A diehard Communist, David Alfaro Siqueiros fought in the Mexican Revolution in the mid-1910s. Over the next several decades, he would revolutionize the theory and practice of muralism in Mexico and abroad, largely inspired by his radical politics. In 1940, his political convictions led to a less honorable enterprise when he spearheaded an assault on the home of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky as he and his family slept in their beds. 
      
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Shooting Andy Warhol: Valerie Solanas (Assassins)

    Shooting Andy Warhol: Valerie Solanas (Assassins)

    When Valerie Solanas moved to New York in the early-to-mid 1960s, she wanted nothing more than to become a writer. Within a few years, she approached perhaps the most admired—and reviled—artist in the United States, Andy Warhol, proposing that he produce her pipe-bomb of a comedy, Up Your Ass. Though promising at first, their relationship went south, and in 1968, Solanas walked into Warhol’s studio with the intention of shooting him dead. As you can probably tell from this summary alone, this episode contains language that may offend some listeners.
     
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    • 58 min
    "What an Artist Dies in Me" : Nero, Pt. I (Assassins)

    "What an Artist Dies in Me" : Nero, Pt. I (Assassins)

    Nero became emperor of Rome in 54 A.D., largely thanks to the scheming of his mother, Agrippina. The teenaged ruler showed promise early on, yet major flaws swiftly revealed themselves, including an obsession with becoming a musician. As his enemies multiplied, Nero retained power by brutal means. In 59, he ordered one of the most notorious assassinations of the century, inspired by a special effect he saw at the theater.
     
    Show notes and full transcripts available at www.artofcrimepodcast.com.
     
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    • 53 min
    "What an Artist Dies in Me" : Nero, Pt. II (Assassins)

    "What an Artist Dies in Me" : Nero, Pt. II (Assassins)

    After the assassination of his mother, Agrippina, Nero threw himself into the performing arts like never before, training to become both a musician and a tragic actor. He even toured Greece to compete in its famous sports and arts festivals. As Nero’s megalomania and abuses of office grew more outrageous, however, a group of conspirators plotted his assassination. 
     
    Show notes and full transcripts available at www.artofcrimepodcast.com.
     
    If you'd like to support the show, please consider becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/artofcrimepodcast.
     
    The Art of Crime is part of the Airwave Media network. To learn more about Airwave, visit www.airwavemedia.com. If you'd like to advertise on The Art of Crime, please email advertising@airwavemedia.com.
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    • 47 min
    Adolf Hitler and the Ghosts of the Great War: Otto Dix

    Adolf Hitler and the Ghosts of the Great War: Otto Dix

    After serving in WWI, German painter Otto Dix rose to fame in the 1920s partly through his unflinching portrayal of modern warfare and the toll it took on the human body. However, these themes landed him on the blacklist following the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. After a no-name carpenter masterminded—and nearly pulled off—a daring attempt on Hitler’s life in 1939, the Nazis came knocking at Dix’s door, suspecting that he aided the would-be assassin.
     
    Show notes and full transcripts available at www.artofcrimepodcast.com.
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

HibbaMaf ,

Adore this pod

Delightful and intellectually stimulating. I usually listen twice: the first time with my sister, to enjoy the twists and turns of the artist’s life and the narrative of the crime. Then, a second time on my own, so that I can pay attention and commit to memory the wealth of fascinating facts and insights packed into every episode.

Would-be listeners should also know that the podcast covers a variety of “arts”: painting, poetry, playwriting, acting, music, etc. Embedded within each entertaining artist profile are smart observations about the art itself. On my second listen, I always go to the website to see the accompanying images and/or sound clips.

Lots of podcasters nowadays waste your hour by going back and forth between chit-chat about their personal lives and paraphrases of wikipedia. This is 100% expertly researched content, 100% of the time, delivered in a lively and accessible way. It deserves all the thumbs up!

Jack Delotte ,

Historically Delicious!💀💀💀

What is a crime when the criminal is the executive is head of the State? Poisoning isn’t a crime when it delivers the alleged perpetrators complete immunity wrapped in near total monarchal authority! Love the details roughed in to spice an otherwise beige Mediterranean antiquity. 👍🏼💀👍🏼

Billyclub1988 ,

Highest quality

Intelligent, intriguing, with lots to say about art and artists of the past. Normally, I do not like true crime. But this more about the ideas and the historical story-telling than the crime element. The podcast is obviously deeply researched. It covers so many different places, time periods

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