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.




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  • Clark, Laura. “Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan’s.” Smithsonian Institution, 28 January 2015.
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  • Jeffries, Ian. Mongolia: a guide to economic and political developments. Taylor & Francis, 2007. eBook.Khan, Razib. “1 in 200 men direct descendants of Genghis Khan.” Discover, Kalmbach Media. 05 August 2010.
  • Mayell, Hillary. “Genghis Khan a Prolific Lover, DNA Data Implies.” National Geographic, National Geographic Society, 14 Feb. 2003,
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About the Author
Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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