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Mobituaries With Mo Rocca

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Mo Rocca's long love of obituaries has him led to create Mobituaries, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him - from an unsung Founding Father to the first Chinese-American superstar, from Neanderthals to the station wagon.

Current Mobituary Podcasts
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Death of Country BroadcastingIn the early 70's, CBS axed its country-themed sitcoms. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction were just three...Mo Rocca00:40:03
Black Congressmen of ReconstructionMo speaks with historians about more than a dozen African American men elected to the U.S. Congress around 1870...Mo Rocca00:43:43
A Forgotten Founding FatherThomas Paine wrote Common Sense, the pamphlet that inspired the American Revolution. So why did only six people show up at his funeral?Mo Rocca00:44:37
Marlene Dietrich Goes To WarShe risked everything when her passionate support for the United States... led Hitler to label her a traitor to the Fatherland.Mo Rocca00:12:26
Death of the First BrotherAmerica has a long tradition of unruly presidential brothers, none more famous than Billy Carter. The complicated man behind the caricature.Mo Rocca00:49:23
Season 2 TrailerHere's a sneak peek at what to expect from the new season of Mo Rocca's Mobituaries.Mo Rocca00:02:14
Death of a Tree: Roots of a RivalryHistory of the rivalry bettween Auburn and Alabama & the ugly poisoning of beloved oak trees on Auburn's campus. More about the Mobituaries book.Mo Rocca00:51:01
Chang and Eng: Messy American DreamMany of us have seen pictures of the original "Siamese Twins" Chang and Eng. But their story is so much more than a medical case study.Mo Rocca00:37:22
Neanderthals: Death of a Human SpeciesMichael Ian Black explains why our extinct human cousins Neanderthals have gotten such a bad rap for so many many years.Mo Rocca00:41:03
Sammy Davis Jr: Death of the EntertainerMo talks to friends and family about what drove Sammy to keep performing, even after the car crash that nearly killed him.Mo Rocca00:51:58
Audrey Hepburn: Death of an IconWhy is it that more than 25 years after her death her image still captivates us and her name trends regularly on social media?Mo Rocca00:42:29
The Forgotten ForerunnersMo tells the stories of three remarkable people who changed history - but whose names you've probably never heard.Mo Rocca00:45:30
Sitcom Deaths and DisappearancesCharacters on sitcoms aren't supposed to die. So when they do, it's never less than weird. Mo examines some of the most infamous.Mo Rocca00:41:17
JFK Impersonator Vaughn Meader: Death of a CareerIn this episode Mo Rocca explores the story of this once-famous comic whose career died the same day President Kennedy was assassinated.Mo Rocca00:53:04
Season 1 TrailerJoin Mo Rocca for an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have intrigued him.Mo Rocca00:02:33

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