72 episodes

Each season of Unobscured digs deep into one of history's darkest and most misunderstood moments, and sheds light on the true story beneath the myth. 

Explore the Salem witch trials (S1), the Spiritualist Movement (S2), Jack the Ripper (S3), and Grigori Rasputin (S4) through the narrative storytelling of Aaron Mahnke, along with prominent historian interviews.

Unobscured Grim & Mild

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    • 4.7 • 7.7K Ratings

Each season of Unobscured digs deep into one of history's darkest and most misunderstood moments, and sheds light on the true story beneath the myth. 

Explore the Salem witch trials (S1), the Spiritualist Movement (S2), Jack the Ripper (S3), and Grigori Rasputin (S4) through the narrative storytelling of Aaron Mahnke, along with prominent historian interviews.

    S4 – 1: In Search of a Friend

    S4 – 1: In Search of a Friend

    When she traded her name for an empire, Alexandra faced a world that bewildered her—imperial Russia. Even her wedding was overshadowed by death. The darkness of those waters left her searching for a lineline.

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    • 42 min
    S4 – 2: Man of Contradictions

    S4 – 2: Man of Contradictions

    His hometown was a crossroads. Money and merchandise passed him by, so when Grigory set out on the road himself, it just made since. But he walked into a future that no one could see coming.

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    • 36 min
    S4 – 3: Made Manifest

    S4 – 3: Made Manifest

    The Tsar and his people wrestled for control of the empire. A voice whispering that control was his divine right was exactly what Nicholas wanted to hear.

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    • 50 min
    S4 – 4: Sheep's Clothing

    S4 – 4: Sheep's Clothing

    At the right hand of the Tsar, Grigory Rasputin turned his newfound power and prestige to vicious ends. And he wasn't the only one. Predators across the empire were howling for blood.

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    • 42 min
    S4 – 5: Standoff

    S4 – 5: Standoff

    Nicholas and Alexandra found themselves in an endless cascade of battles. Comfort and rest was in short supply. Every path before them seemed to lead to the same dead end. But one voice promised to guide them home.

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    • 40 min
    S4 – 6: Laying On of Hands

    S4 – 6: Laying On of Hands

    Venomous rumors wrapped Rasputin and the Romanovs in a whirlwind. Grigory himself was at the center of the storm. But when the holy man seemed to promise the only path to healing, it made his grateful patrons turn a blind eye.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

The7walkers ,

You can’t just listen to the first episode

My son and I visited Salem this week. After visiting some of the local museums, we decided we wanted a little more context and information about the Salem witch trials. So as we continued driving along the Massachusetts coast, we listened to this amazing season. So well researched, the author has collected a lot of resources and takes the time to explain the context of each event. I am so glad we took the time to listen to this. Brilliant work!

Hellmom ,

So interesting

As a historian myself I just appreciated the heck out of this work. Loved the narrative and learned so many things I had never heard before. Remember the match girls !!!!

Dark_knight_06071980 ,

Great stories

Aaron is an excellent storyteller. These stories are meticulously researched and well written. I learned a lot listening to this podcast. I can’t wait for the new season!

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