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    John Lennon’s Murder

    63 Years in the making

  • This is one of the best (if not the best) Podcasts that has come my way in recent times.

  • As a fan of Revisionist History, I’m so happy there’s another great offering

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    An unrepentant polymath, Sean has five college degrees from three universities and will tack on “Dr.” or “Esq.” to his name whenever the circumstances warrant, usually in complaint letters to Time Warner Cable.

    Narrated by Sean Braswell

In this podcast, we explore history’s interlocking lives and events. Discover how various strands are woven together to create a historic figure, a big idea or an unthinkable tragedy.

We begin with the death of John Lennon and connect it back to communist leader Vladimir Lenin. Along the way, we meet some of the 20th century’s greatest figures. Witness how their stories hinge on the past – and influence the future.

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Episode One

The Murder of John Lennon

After shooting rock star John Lennon in front of the Dakota Building in Manhattan on December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman remained at the crime scene reading his favorite book, The Catcher in the Rye, until police arrived. Chapman identified powerfully with Holden Caulfield, the novel's alienated protagonist. In the episode we explore Chapman's motivations and their grounding in Catcher. We ask the question: What makes someone kill their own hero in cold blood?

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Episode Two

Holden Caulfield Goes to War

If The Catcher in the Rye resonates with people in dark places like Mark David Chapman, then it may be because the novel, and its author, passed through hell itself on the way to publication. In this episode we ask: How did D-Day and heartbreak influence The Catcher in the Rye?

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Episode Three

Caught Between Two Postage Stamps

Wooed by perhaps the greatest American writer of the 20th century, born from the loins of its greatest playwright and ultimately wed to the most famous performer on the planet, Oona O’Neill Chaplin lived in the shadow of three of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and her story is interwoven with them all.

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Episode Four

America's Troubled Shakespeare

Considered by many to be “America’s Shakespeare,” Eugene O’Neill revolutionized American drama. But O’Neill suffered greatly for his art, battling alcoholism and depression for decades, and many, including his daughter, suffered for it as well.

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Episode Five

The Bohemians

We chronicle the life and times of Louise Bryant and her husband, John Reed, two Greenwich Village Bohemians who ended up at ground zero for the greatest revolution the world has ever known. In this episode we ask: Are life’s adventures worth their price?

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Episode Six

From Lennon to Lenin

In this final episode of the season, host Sean Braswell ties up some of our thread's loose ends, explores some more surprising connections between our characters and reflects on the nature of art, life, fate and redemption. In this episode we ask: What does it take to change the world?

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