Something True

Stories from the footnotes of history.

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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Episode 8:
Babylon

May 16, 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 overbearing interest in the occult magick of Aleister Crowley. Parsons devoted his early retirement to a full-throated study of the arcane arts. His ambitions were nothing less than to coax an ancient, beautiful goddess from her primal dimension into the spare bedroom of his Pasadena bungalow. Everything proceeded to plan, until Parsons made a famous friend who would not only change his life, but the world... and all the worlds beyond.

Read a full transcript of this episode on the Something True website.

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Music on this week’s episode:
Anamorphic Orchestra – Stop the Clocks
Pictures of the Floating World – Ash Gray*
David Szesztay – Cheese
Cory Gray – Medieval Tension 60s*
Pictures of the Floating World – Cold*
Paniks – Clavire
Pictures of the Floating World – A Thousand Stars*

*modified for the podcast.

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May 9, 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, misappropriating government funds, and intense 24/7 partying. They thought there was no way anything could go wrong. But what happened nearly destroyed them both.

Read a full transcript of this episode on the Something True website.

Follow Something true on Twitter @atruepodcast. (Or just follow Duncan and Alex.)

Music on this week’s episode:
Jahzzar – Take Me Higher*
Latché Swing – Swing 39*
Alialujah Choir – Kings and Queens*
Latché Swing – Menilmontant*
Costa and Nero – Rast’e Tou Teke*
Podington Bear – Starling*
Nick Jaina – High Beams*

*modified for the podcast.

May 2, 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 accused her of being a witch. And he was just getting started. Stockholm was in trouble. Trouble with a capital T. And that rhymed with G... which stood for Gävle Boy.

Read a full transcript of this episode on the Something True website.

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Music on this week’s episode:
Jahzzar – No-End Ave*
Caligine – Mε Πιάνουνε Ζαλάδες
Josh Spacek – Six Weeks to Live
Advent Chamber Orchestra – How Beautiful are the Feet (Handel)*
Fabrizio Paterlini – Profondo Blu*
Weinland – People Like You*

*modified for the podcast.

April 25, 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? Challenge the senator to a duel, of course.

Read a full transcript of this episode on the Something True website.

Follow Something true on Twitter @atruepodcast. (Or just follow Duncan and Alex.)

Music on this week’s episode:
Fabrizio Paterlini – Veloma
Jahzzar – Fastest Man on Earth*
Josh Woodward – Oh Mallory*
Yair Yona – Pharoah 2011
Chris Zabriskie – Prelude No. 23

*modified for the podcast.

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