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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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.

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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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April 18, 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 all territories.

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

Music on this week’s episode:
Kosta T – Red in Black
Jon Luc Hefferman – Ascent*
Free Piece of Tape – Burning School*
Paniks – Homage*
Kosta T – The Spirit of Russian Love (violin)
Paniks – Jelena*

*modified for the podcast.

April 11, 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, California, home of the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. Adult general admission is $20, parking $10 per day. Wear comfortable shoes.

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Music on this week’s episode:
Tate Peterson – Theme in G
Cory Gray – Low Rollers
Josh Woodward – I’m not Dreaming
Krackatoa – Long White Cloud
Blue Dot Sessions – Stillness
Josh Woodward – Invisible Light*

*modified for the podcast.

April 4, 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 was something much stranger... and much darker.

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

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Music on this week’s episode:
Jahzzar – Roads that Burned our Boots
Jahzzar – Railroad’s Whiskey Co
Josh Woodward – Water in the Creek
Alialujah Choir – After All
Abunai! – Dreaming of Light
Josh Woodward – Crazy Glue
(All tracks have been modified for the podcast)

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