The Thread With OZY

16 Episodes

Explore history’s interlocking lives and events. Turn back the clock, one story at a time. Discover how various strands are woven together to create a historic figure, a big idea or an unthinkable tragedy. From OZY Media. History. Unwound.

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September 8th, 2017


Coming September 25. The Thread's first season will connect the dots between John Lennon's murder and Vladimir Lenin's revolution 63 years earlier.

The Murder of John Lennon

September 24th, 2017


After shooting the 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…

Holden Caulfield Goes to War

October 2nd, 2017


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.

Caught Between Two Postage Stamps

October 9th, 2017


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…

America’s Troubled Shakespeare

October 16th, 2017


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 daughte…

The Bohemians

October 23rd, 2017


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. 

From Lennon to Lenin

October 30th, 2017


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 redem…

Bonus Episode: The Bard and a Bird Strike

December 11th, 2017


In this bonus episode, OZY brings you our first mini-Thread which begins with one of William Shakespeare's characters uttering a single word in 1597 and ends as a passenger plane plunges into the waters outside Boston…

Bonus Episode: From Drug Deals to the New Deal

December 18th, 2017


A century before his grandson, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, rose to power, Warren Delano grew very rich from trafficking a highly addictive drug. 

Season Two Trailer

March 8th, 2018


Coming March 12. Season Two of The Thread will connect the dots between Gloria Steinem and the casting couches of early Hollywood. 

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