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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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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

    20 | INTERVIEW 8: Molly McGarry

    20 | 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
    19 | INTERVIEW 7: Cathy Gutierrez

    19 | 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
    18 | INTERVIEW 6: John Buescher

    18 | 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 hrs 16 min
    17 | INTERVIEW 5: Mary Gabriel

    17 | 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
    16 | INTERVIEW 4: Nancy Rubin Stuart

    16 | 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
    15 | INTERVIEW 3: Emily Clark

    15 | INTERVIEW 3: Emily Clark

    Our interview with Emily Clark, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. Her first book, A Luminous Brotherhood, explores spiritualism in New Orleans, giving us a perspective on spiritualism beyond the northeastern hubs of the movement. 

    • 1 hr 59 min

Customer Reviews

Aldeleen ,

Brilliant Series!

Really enjoyed this first season of Unobscured. The way that the historical facts are woven into a story is very interesting and it contains unique tales of lessons from from the past. Worth the listen.

Brainy_Smurf96 ,

Aaron nailed it again

Damn near perfect story line to follow. I love the idea of really going into depth into a subject per season. Lore but more in depth.

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