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Something True

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Something True brings you incredible and bizarre true stories from the footnotes of history. A dog in the United States Cabinet? A leading rocket scientist who quit his job to make a moonchild? Virginia Woolf donning blackface to prank a navy? They're all true. They're all Something True.

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Something True 2.8: Odyssée

September 3rd, 2019


Guillaume le Gentil didn’t find purpose in the church, seeking it instead in the stars. In 1761, he participated in a global astronomical mission to observe the Transit of Venus from various stations across the globe. …

Something True 2.7: Christian & Christopher

August 27th, 2019


Richard Welsh thought he could squeeze in a quick drink with his mates after work, but one thing led to another, and he was conscripted into the …

Something True 2.6: L'Arme X

August 20th, 2019


Nobody in France had seen anything like it. The boy, Tarrare, could eat whatever he wanted, in enormous quantities, and never felt full or put on …

Something True 2.5: The Trip to Telegraph Creek

August 13th, 2019


Together they set out to chart wildest Canada: a management consultant, a dental student, a Hollywood cinematographer, an ex-sniper, a mysterious …

Something True 2.4: Okaasan

August 6th, 2019


In the 16th century, the Oda and Tokugawa clans sought to unite feudal Japan under their rule. These were big and dangerous boys, but the biggest …

Something True 2.3: Citizen Tim

July 30th, 2019


The stars themselves proclaimed Timothy Dexter to be a great man, so why wouldn't the Newburyport, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce? Dexter, a …

Something True 2.2: Baatar

July 23rd, 2019


What if Genghis Khan died, just before he really got going? Thanks to a blacksmith's son called Jelme, we don't have to wonder. We might, however, wonder why Jelme's heroic rescue required so much blood and so little …

Something True 2.1: Cœurs Brûlant

July 16th, 2019


Something True is back, with the story of a celebrated opera singer who set fire to a convent and whipped the buttocks of Parisian lotharios. Luciano …

Something True Season 2 Preview

July 9th, 2019

The opera singer who burned down a convent. A naked man who saved the life of Genghis Khan. An astronomer who ate bad beef.

These are true stories, but they aren't about people who changed the world. You won't read …

Something True Holiday Special: The Resurrection of the Flesh

December 22nd, 2017


Whatever you eat this holiday season, it won’t be anything like this. Something True returns for the holidays with the story of a monstrous pie, …

Something True 8: Babylon

May 16th, 2017


In the season finale of Something True, we crack the seal on Jack Parsons—a legendary rocket scientist, drummed out of the profession for his …

Something True 7: Charlie Joyride

May 9th, 2017


Elias Mortimer, a construction lobbyist, needed to land his firm a fat government contract to build veterans' hospitals. Luckily for him, the chief of the Veterans' Bureau had three great loves: getting bribed, …

Something True 6: Häxprocesser

May 2nd, 2017


Who was this mysterious boy from the city of Gävle? Johan came to Stockholm in 1676, an orphan. His mother had been executed. Executed because Johan …

Something True 5: Entourage

April 25th, 2017


John Swartwout was minding his own business—scheming against the United States government with his friend, vice president Aaron Burr—when a senator slandered him as a scoundrel. A scoundrel! What was Swartwout to do? …

Something True 4: Ruska Pravda

April 18th, 2017


The prince was murdered, and the princess given two demands: surrender the kingdom, and marry the enemy prince. She said yes—but what she did instead, nobody saw coming. If this were a video podcast, it'd be banned in …

Something True 3: Malpaso

April 11th, 2017


In 1852, one of the wealthiest landowners in California drowned crossing a river. The ensuing scramble for his fortune spilled blood and broke hearts. Note: The area in which this story takes place is now Gilroy, …

Something True 2: Class Clowns

April 4th, 2017


What is history's greatest prank? There's the intimate—perching a bucket of water over the door. And the grandly ambitious—say, humiliating an entire navy. These are some good pranks indeed. But history's greatest prank …

Something True 1: The President's Dog

March 28th, 2017

Our debut episode brings you the story of a good boy. A very good boy. Laddie Boy, the First Dog of the United States. A wonderful, charming terrier …
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