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20 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Conan O’Brien on the Lincolns
Liza is joined by her significant other, self-proclaimed Lincoln super-fan Conan O’Brien, to discuss how crucial Mary Lincoln was to her husband's political career.
39 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Mary Lincoln is the First Lady everyone loves to hate. But without her, would Abe Lincoln even have been president in the first place? Theirs is a love story that contains many tragedies—and a key to how America became the country it is today. Starring: Rita Wilson as Mary Lincoln and Timothy Olyphant as Abraham Lincoln. Also featuring Matt Gourley and Mike Sweeney. Source List: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin Miller Center, The University of Virginia, www.millercenter.org The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage, by Daniel Mark Epstein Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography, by Jean H. Baker “Lincoln’s Looks Never Hindered His Approach to Life or Politics,” by Susan Bell, USC News “Mary Todd Lincoln, Patient at Bellevue Place, Batavia.” by Rodney A. Ross., Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society “Acts of Remembrance: Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Husband’s Memory.” by Jennifer L. Bach, Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association “New Mary Lincoln Letter Discovered.” by Jason Emerson, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
19 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Dipika Guha on the Gandhis
Playwright Dipika Guha joins Liza to give insight into the complicated relationship between her home country of India and Gandhi's legacy in this time of call-out culture.
50 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
Mohandas Gandhi helped India win independence from Britain through nonviolent resistance but little know that he credits the inspiration for his tactics to his wife, Kasturba. So, who was the wife of this renowned saint? Starring Dipika Guha as Kasturba Gandhi and Samrat Chakrabarti as Mohandas Gandhi. Source List: The Woman Beside Gandhi: A Biography of Kasturba, Wife of the Mahatma, by Sita Kapadia Gandhi on Women, by Madhu Kishwar, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 20, no. 41 Why Mahatma Gandhi Said Kasturba Stood Above Him, Prabhash K Dutta, New Delhi, October 2, 2018 The Truth About Gandhi, The Harvard Crimson Petty, Bad-Tempered Kasturba - What Gandhi Said While Courting Sarladevi and Esther Faerling, B.M. Bhalla, March 19, 2020 The Story of My Experiments With Truth, by Mohandas Karamchad Gandhi MAHATMA, In Eight Volumes, by D.G. Tendulkar Kasturba: A Biography, By B.M. Bhalla Gandhi Was a Racist Who Forced Young Girls to Sleep in Bed With Him, by Mayukh Sen, December 3, 2015, Vice Kasturba Gandhi, The Feisty Woman Whose Patience Inspired Gandhi's Call For Satyagraha, by Simrin Sirur, April 11, 2019, The Print
23 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Esther Perel on The Tolstoys
World-renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel joins Liza to discuss the dynamic between Leo and Sophia Tolstoy and whether the issues Sophia faced were a product of the times she lived in. This bonus episode is a discussion of Episode 1 of Significant Others, "Countess Sophia Tolstoy." Listen to it here.
45 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
Countess Sophia Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy is widely regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Yet, without his wife, Sophia Tolstoy, would the world have been gifted with such literary classics as War and Peace and Anna Karenina? Starring Megan Mullally as Countess Sophia Tolstoy and Nick Offerman as Leo Tolstoy.Source List:Tolstoy, A Biography by A.N. Wilson, 1988 WW Norton & CoSong Without Words: The Photographs & Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy by Leah Bendavid-Val, National Geographic SocietyLeo Tolstoy, Diaries, Faber, Ed. R.F. ChristianTolstoy, Woman and Death by David Holbrook, Farleigh Dickinson University PressThe Diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, Cathy Porter, Harper Collins
2 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
Introducing Significant Others from Team Coco
Did you know that the novel "Lolita" would not exist if Vladimir Nabokov’s wife hadn’t stopped her husband from burning the manuscript? Or that Gandhi learned his legendary method of passive resistance from his wife? Alongside any famous name, there is often another story to tell—of an intimate relationship that made all the difference. Starting July 20th, join Liza Powel O’Brien as she explores the stories of the little-known individuals just beyond the spotlight of history. Because no one lives in a vacuum—not even geniuses.
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