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History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season Two: Spiritualism

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    • 4.7, 6.5K Ratings

History is full of stories we think we know. They are old and dark, but time has robbed us of perspective and clarity. They've become obscured and misunderstood. Which is why this series exists: to dig deep and shed light on some of history’s darkest moments. To help us better understand where we’ve come from. To make it Unobscured. Each season pairs narrative storytelling from Aaron Mahnke, creator of the hit podcast Lore, with prominent historian interviews. Season Two: Spiritualism

    Introducing: American Shadows a Grim & Mild

    Introducing: American Shadows a Grim & Mild

    American Shadows is a bi-weekly podcast from iHeartRadio and Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild. The show focuses on the darker stories from American history: the people, places, and things that are hidden and forgotten in the shadows. From better-known tales like the conspiracy to steal Lincoln’s body, to less-known stories, like the rainmaker who flooded San Diego. Join host Lauren Vogelbaum as she spans two centuries of omitted lore from our country’s history books.
    Listen and subscribe to American Shadows on Apple Podcasts!

    • 1 min
    INTERVIEW 8: Molly McGarry

    INTERVIEW 8: Molly McGarry

    Our interview with Molly McGarry, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. To wrap up our exploration of spiritualism, we follow her observations about the power and influence of spiritualism in American life, from past to present.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    INTERVIEW 7: Cathy Gutierrez

    INTERVIEW 7: Cathy Gutierrez

    Our interview with Cathy Gutierrez, who has served as Professor of Religion at Sweet Briar College and Scholar in Residence at the New York Public Library. We discuss the nuances and historical development of spiritualist theology, as she explores it in her book Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    INTERVIEW 6: John Buescher

    INTERVIEW 6: John Buescher

    Our interview with John Buescher, co-director of the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals. His dedication to cataloging and preserving spiritualist newspapers give his books on mediums a remarkable command of the people and ideas driving the movement forward.

    • 2 hr 16 min
    INTERVIEW 5: Mary Gabriel

    INTERVIEW 5: Mary Gabriel

    Our interview with Mary Gabriel, whose books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critic's Circle Award. Her biographies of Victoria Woodhull and Karl & Jenny Marx unveil the radical threads running through American spiritualism.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    INTERVIEW 4: Nancy Rubin Stuart

    INTERVIEW 4: Nancy Rubin Stuart

    Our interview with Nancy Rubin Stuart, whose award winning biographies of American women include The Reluctant Spiritualist, our guide to the life of Maggie Fox for this season of Unobscured. 

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6.5K Ratings

6.5K Ratings

COgrrl ,

Absolutely Fantastic

This is hands-down the best researched and most beautifully crafted podcast out there. The way these historical times are presented, you feel immersed in the social, political and spritual atmospheres that shape our ancestors. In both Season 1 and Season 2, you begin to care about the people at the heart of these stories. And the way the podcast retains the spirit and tone of its parent LORE podcast warms my cold cold heart. One of the things I look forward to when autumn comes is spooky storytelling, dabbling in spiritual work and connecting to the history of the season. This podcast--along with LORE--satisfies my love of history and darkness in a way that no other podcast does. Highly recommended!

shasbrou ,

Dark history at its best!

I can’t wait for season 3! This took everything I loved about Lore to a whole new level. I’ve always been drawn to history in story telling. Likewise I’ve always loved Poe and other gothic writers. Ghost stories? Of course. But I also love academia. Having a good story isn’t enough and fact regurgitation is boring. This has the best of al of it!

csteeves21 ,

Season 2 Unobscured

The parallels between social problems of the 19th century and today are mind boggling.

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