There are more coming this fall, though!
When I found it, I was skeptical, because we all know there are a lot of duds out there in the podcast world. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised, because it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. Instead of eulogizing famous people of the past, I found it is more about bringing things to light that we should all know but don’t. Yet.
I read a lot of things about a lot of things, and so far this podcast has surprised me in every episode. Mo covers politics, celebrities, and general history. As a history buff, he digs in where no one may think to look. The first episode was about a JFK impersonator who had great success, and then a very hard fall after the president’s assassination, as you can imagine.
I didn’t even know that there was a JFK impersonator at the time of his presidency, and you might think, “Who cares?” but it is actually a fascinating look at something you didn’t know you wanted to know.
The best episode so far is the one on forgotten forerunners in history.
Did you know there was a woman named Elizabeth Jennings who came many years before Rosa Parks? I didn’t! There was also a man named Moses Fleetwood Walker who came to baseball before Jackie Robinson, and a woman named Lois Weber who ruled Hollywood during the era of silent films as a director, producer and actress, and almost no one has heard of her.
The reasons I love this podcast so much are several. First, Mo Rocca is a great storyteller. His voice is pleasant to listen to, and he is very good at helping the listener “see” what is going on as he talks. Second, I love history, and this is definitely a great podcast about forgotten or little-known history. Third, he does a lot of really in-depth but short and to-the-point interviews during his podcasts.
The podcasts themselves aren’t short – most are 45 minutes or longer, but they are well worth your time. Go listen!
Has anyone else listened to this and loved it? Let us know in the comments!