Leaders & Royalty

Ep19 – The HIV Epidemic in Thailand

In the 1980s, a well-intentioned gift from the king of Thailand led to one of the most severe HIV outbreaks the World Health Organization has ever seen. With the help of Dr. Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, Thai health officials found groundbreaking new strategies for slowing the spread of HIV and saved millions of lives. Tune in for…

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Ep17 – Benedict Arnold & Peggy Shippen

On our very first AUDIENCE PICK episode, we will be learning about the relationship between traitor Benedict Arnold and Peggy Shippen. Benedict Arnold defected to the British side during the American Revolution after suffering a series of slights during his military career, but new evidence suggests that his wife Peggy may have been a key…

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Ep15 – Cleopatra

In this week’s episode, we will be getting to know the Queen of the Nile herself, Cleopatra. Her romantic entanglements and military alliances with some of her era’s most powerful leaders, as well as her reputed exotic beauty and sexual magnetism, have earned her an enduring place in history and popular myth. Was Cleopatra really…

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Ep12 – The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Part II)

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.
In this episode, we continue our discussion on the six wives of Henry VIII. We will be learning about wives three through six: Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr. I have to admit I knew almost NOTHING about these four women before I began my research for this episode. While there are countless resources, movies, and TV shows about Henry’s first two wives, significantly less attention tends to be paid to the last four – at least in my experience. But don’t you worry, there is still PLENTY of drama to go around in this episode.

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Ep11 – The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Part I)

“Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived.” One of our most popular episodes from Season One was Sex & Marriage: The Tudor Period. In that episode, we discussed how royal marriages were more often arranged based on political alliances than love, and that the church had significant influence over the marital status and sexual lives of…

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Ep08 – Abigail & John Adams

John and Abigail Adams may have been America’s first power couple. They also had the honor of being America’s first Second Family and the second First Family. John is known for his many political ventures throughout the Revolutionary War and the early years of American politics, but how did his wife influence his rise to…

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Ep04 – Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal

You guys, we’re doing our first episode covering a famous couple from history! The story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal’s marriage falls in the gray area between historical fact and romantic legend. By all accounts, they are one of the most celebrated royal couples of the 16th century, and their love resulted in the…

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Ep02 – Descendants of Genghis Khan

This week, Sarah explores the life of conqueror Genghis Khan, the man who has fathered more children than anyone else in history. We look into his tumultuous childhood, his scorched-Earth military tactics, and the genetic legacy he left behind. Disclaimer: this episode discusses rape and violence towards women – listener discretion is advised. iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/salacious-history/id1452081700…

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Ep01 – JFK’s Sexual Exploits

In our pilot episode, Sarah digs into the story behind one of the most beloved, and some would say the sexiest, Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy. She discusses JFK’s unfortunate male role models, the many women he seduced, and a series of burning questions: Why couldn’t he keep his pants on? Did his wife Jackie know what was happening? And how the HELL did the public not know about all of his indiscretions?

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