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Two sisters combine their expertise in history and neuroscience to examine famous royals from historical and biological perspectives. They hope to understand how mental and neurological illness shaped some of the world’s most important leaders, and the course of history in turn.

Uneasy Lies the Crown Riley Bannon

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Two sisters combine their expertise in history and neuroscience to examine famous royals from historical and biological perspectives. They hope to understand how mental and neurological illness shaped some of the world’s most important leaders, and the course of history in turn.

    Scandalnavia: Christian of Denmark

    Scandalnavia: Christian of Denmark

    Christian of Denmark's reign began with a lot of promise, but eventually crumbled in the wake of a scandalous love triangle. Christian's physician believed that his increasing signs of insanity were a result of his incessant urge to m********e, but modern neuroscience suggests that was a side effect of bipolar disorder, and his story reveals the gaps in modern healthcare's ability to treat those struggling with sexual addiction.

    Plus: Welcome to ULTC After Dark. Every Girl Scout cookie take you never wanted. Dogs wreak havoc on our recording studio. Is our mom reading smutty books? Goodbye for now but not forever ahead of Riley's maternity leave.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Swede Life: Nobel Prize Week

    The Swede Life: Nobel Prize Week

    For one week every year, the world's most influential scientists are whisked away to Sweden where they rub elbows with literal royalty. Get to know this year's winners and the Swedish royal family!

    Plus: Is Lily Pulitzer a nepo baby? Riley is scared of physics. Everything you've heard about Sweden is true. Princess Sofia's controversial beginnings.

    • 41 min
    The Big Short: Napoleon Bonaparte

    The Big Short: Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte is the most famous military figure in history, a man who started from nothing and gained an empire. On this episode, we break down Napoleon's reign and the science surrounding his eponymous "Napoleon Complex" to understand how a personality could be pathological but lead to heights of achievement never to be seen again.

    Plus: A brief history of Napoleon's globetrotting genitalia. Stefanie approves of George Santos' illegal expenditures. We are thankful for you!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Mercury in Retrograde: Ivan the Terrible

    Mercury in Retrograde: Ivan the Terrible

    Kings have killed throughout history for the chance at an heir, but Ivan the Terrible took another route; he killed his own son, forever changing the trajectory of Russia. We explore whether his behavior can be traced back to a mysterious childhood illness and his favorite skincare products.



    Plus: Riley shares some exciting personal news. Fall is a state of mind. What is your Roman Empire? If you are a German speaker with $10 to spare, hit us up. Taylor and Travis are a sign of the end times. How did Stefanie really get mono?

    • 54 min
    Livin' on a Prayer: Maria of Portugal

    Livin' on a Prayer: Maria of Portugal

    How do you solve a problem like Maria of Portugal (a series of losses, a mental decline, an escape to the New World)? With modern science of the neurobiology of religion and obsessive compulsive disorder.



    Plus: An exciting announcement (get ready to see a lot more of us)! Does Riley look like Jenna Lyons? Riley thinks the Barbie movie was actually pro-man and Stefanie thought the costumes were pretty!!! Why do you guys love incest so much?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Heir Jordan: Talal bin Abdullah

    Heir Jordan: Talal bin Abdullah

    Hundreds of years of politics and family tension preceded Talal bin Abdullah’s ascent to the Jordanian throne in 1951. After only a year, he was forced to abdicate. Was it because he was sick or were there ulterior motives at play? Our search for answers takes us from post-Word War Britain to 1950s Switzerland to the modern coronavirus pandemic.



    Plus: Prince Harry is a Maxinista. Is Camilla here for the right reasons? Riley's review of the song Stefanie's high school boyfriend wrote about her. Why was Matt Lauer ALWAYS at Easter Island?

    • 1 hr 5 min

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Mental Health and Pregnancy

Was fascinated to hear about Diana (and Megan’s) more severe struggle with mental health while pregnant. I am now pregnancy with me second and also suffer from anxiety and depression. It is crazy how bad its get during pregnancy! To be refused help by your family is so heartbreaking.

Keep up the good work ladies! Love hearing more about mental health and how prominent it is … even in royalty. #endthestigma

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