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Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. In season 1 of Mobituaries he introduces listeners to the people who have long intrigued him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer … to the Civil Rights pioneer who is completely forgotten … to sitcom characters gone all too soon. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now. And if you enjoy these episodes, look for more stories of great lives worth reliving when Mobituaries returns for season 2 in fall 2019.
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The St. Louis Blues hockey team had the worst record in the NHL in January 2019, before deciding to adopt the 1982 hit song Gloria as their anthem. They ended up winning the Stanley Cup. But many of their fans didn't even know that the woman who sang that song had died back in 2004. Mo talks to Laura Branigan's brother, her high school best friend, songwriter Diane Warren (who wrote her first hit song for Branigan) and attends a reunion of fans to tell the poignant story of an undersung pop star whose voice lives on.
In the early 1970's, CBS axed its slate of hit country-themed sitcoms. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction were just three of the shows that bought the farm. Mo talks to Linda Henning (star of Petticoat Junction), author Sara Eskridge and TV critic Alan Sepinwall about the sitcom slaughter.
During the 1870s, more than a dozen African American men, many of whom had been born into slavery, were elected to the U.S. Congress. These political pioneers symbolized the sky high hopes of millions of former slaves during the years right after the Civil War. It was a period that ended all too quickly. But it happened. Mo talks to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Reconstruction historian Eric Foner, and a descendant of one of the legendary lawmakers.
Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, the pamphlet that inspired the American Revolution. So why did only six people show up at his funeral? Mo finds out why this essential Founding Father has never gotten his due - and, with the help of a Tony nominated Broadway songwriting team and The Daily Show's Lewis Black, stages a rollicking memorial service for Paine on the spot where he dropped dead.
Marlene Dietrich Goes To War

Marlene Dietrich Goes To War

2019-11-0500:13:079

Marlene Dietrich cemented her status as a Hollywood legend with a series of iconic performances that flouted traditional women's roles and ignited the screen. But it's her passionate support for the United States, her adopted homeland, and the troops fighting in World War II that led Hitler to label her a traitor to the "Fatherland." When she could have enjoyed the indulgences of fame, she risked everything. This special episode comes from the audiobook edition of MOBITUARIES. You can learn more here: http://bit.ly/MoAudio.
America has a long tradition of unruly presidential brothers, none more famous than Billy Carter. He became so well-known for his antics, there was even a brand of beer named for him. Mo speaks to President Jimmy Carter and Billy's widow and six children about the surprisingly complicated man behind the caricature.
CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca returns with more stories about the people and things that have long fascinated him and, yes, they’re all still dead. From the unruly presidential brother with his own beer to a 1980’s pop song that brought glory to a 2019 sports team, here’s a sneak peek at what to expect from the new season of Mobituaries.
The legendary rivalry between college football powerhouses Auburn and University of Alabama turned ugly with the 2011 poisoning of two beloved oak trees on Auburn's campus. Mo explores the history behind the rivalry and the line between fandom and fanaticism.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
Many 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 travels to Mount Airy, North Carolina - the inspiration for Andy Griffith's Mayberry and the real life home of the conjoined twins - to join the many descendants of Chang and Eng for their annual family reunion.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
Mo welcomes his friend Michael Ian Black – comedian, author, podcaster, and, as it turns out, Neanderthal (we’ll explain). Mo talks to Michael and the world’s leading researchers about why our extinct human cousins Neanderthals have gotten such a bad rap for so many many years, and how we’re learning more about how close we really were. Oh, Mo also talks to the guy who played Cha-ka on the 70s kids show Land of the Lost.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
From the age of three Sammy Davis, Jr. did it all better than anyone else - singing, dancing, acting, even gun spinning. Mo talks to friends and family about what drove him to keep performing, even after the car crash that nearly killed him. Featuring Carol Burnett, Chita Rivera, Kim Novak, Dionne Warwick and more.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
There were other stars as big as Audrey Hepburn, some even bigger. (Ahem, Katharine Hepburn?) So why is it that more than 25 years after her death her image still captivates us and her name trends regularly on social media? Mo explores why the attachment to Audrey is still so personal for so many people.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
The Forgotten Forerunners

The Forgotten Forerunners

2019-01-3100:44:0111

Mo tells the stories of three remarkable people who changed history - but whose names you've probably never heard. They are the pioneers before the pioneers. Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings. Before Jackie Robinson, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker. And then there's Lois Weber, the woman who ruled Hollywood 100 years ago.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
Characters on sitcoms aren't supposed to die. So when they do, it's never less than weird. Mo examines some of the most infamous sitcom deaths and disappearances with Henry Winkler, Sandy Duncan and Alan Sepinwall.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
For one brief shining moment in the early 1960s, John F. Kennedy impersonator Vaughn Meader was on top of the world. He was the voice of the hit comedy album "The First Family" which broke sales records and even won the Grammy for Album of the Year. Meader's impression also stirred up controversy, forcing White House advisers to grapple with the impact of political mimicry. In this episode Mo Rocca explores the story of this once-famous comic whose career died the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. Warning: this episode contains language that might be deemed offensive for some listeners.Learn more about the Mobituaries book: http://bit.ly/MobituariesBook
Join CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, humorist, and history buff Mo Rocca for an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him. This trailer previews a few of the subjects profiled in season 1.
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Amy Stanley

this was a great story Mo. I've listened to almost all of your podcasts. This one made me cry. Well done. Laura was truly loved. And every podcast I listen to makes me love you more and more Mo. Keep up the great work!

Dec 14th
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Cynthia Nuce

Wow!!! Thanks for giving us Laura's story. I always loved her. My memory of "Gloria" is hearing throngs of Mexicans in Cozamel (before Cruise Ships) singing 'Glahdia!' and dancing their hearts out in the pier every Friday night. 1983. ❤❤

Dec 13th
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Jim Larkin

Incredible story. So far there hasn’t been an episode I haven’t loved, even when I think I won’t.

Dec 13th
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Jim Larkin

This turned out to be one of my favorite episodes. I’m glad I know Elizabeth Jennings. Thanks Mo.

Dec 11th
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Z Mac

love Mo!!!!

Dec 8th
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Z Mac

Who loves Mo? 🙋‍♀️

Dec 8th
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Janet Chandler

Great job Mo. I am a big fan of you and your podcasts. This particular episode was very interesting to listen to and your best yet. Being a history nerd my opinion may be prejudicial but that is ok. If I may you recommended Henry Louis Gates Jr's latest book to read to learn more about Reconstruction. I would also recommend to everybody watch his PBS documentary "Reconstruction: America After The Civil War". It is the companion to his book and does an outstanding job of presenting an important but extremely little known part of United States history. When I was in school in history class back in the 60's we learned about the Civil War but when it came to Reconstruction it seemed the teacher quickly skimmed over it at best. Basically all I knew was during that time the southern states were brought back into the country and there was mention about the Carpetbaggers who came down south from the north to make money off of the situation there. It didn't go much beyond that in history class. There was certainly nothing mentioned about those African-Americans who not only ran for but got elected to public office and their contributions to the country. Between Gates' documentary and this podcast I have learned a lot more about that period in time in history to have a better understanding about the United States back then and how it effects the United States today.

Dec 4th
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Michael A. Collins

enjoyed Thomas Paine bio and the ceremony at Marie's Crisis. He is not forgotten though at my Unitarian church in Chicago, with its Tom Paine pulpit!

Dec 3rd
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George Lou

Because of this podcast, I visited the twin's grave and museum in North Carolina.

Nov 28th
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Arnold Kamis

history class done right. thanks Mo!

Nov 28th
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Arnold Kamis

thank you Mo, great episode

Nov 25th
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Maxine Lane

I so enjoyed this.

Nov 25th
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Myo Myint Naing

I am very intresting

Nov 25th
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Nancy Moyes Snow

very interesting. I learned things we should have learned in school.

Nov 24th
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Tamara Lynn

Hello Mo I am so grateful for you being just you! I have admired you from the very 1st time I watch you on "Sunday Morning". Luv yr Style yr Character yr laughter most of all yr Expressions! You are one of a kind I Luv that also, you make my world A Lot bigger A Little Smarter most of all A Lot Happier! Thank You Mo Rocca Sincerely Tamaraz.artz@gmail.com 🌻

Nov 24th
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Kim A. R.

Love the information!!! Love the show!!!

Nov 22nd
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Lucy K

enjoyed it, good work

Nov 22nd
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Kim Cornelius

More! More! More! One of the best hours I’ve spent on a podcast! Thank you Mo Rocca!

Nov 19th
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Ian Peters

mo "weird fucker" rocca

Nov 19th
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Kevin Clancy

need more episodes mo! it's not like their aren't enough dead people

Nov 19th
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