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 2.6:
L'Arme X

August 20, 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 weight. Tarrare was just hungry. He was hungry all the time. And as he wandered Paris, eating anything he pleased, he would, in turn, be swallowed up by forces great and sinister.

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Music on this week’s episode:
David Szesztay – Above Us 2*
Kevin MacLeod – Enchanted Journey*
Oskar Schuster – Sneeuwland*
Robert Farmer – Turn the old; return to them*
Jahzzar – Guilty*
Scott Holmes – Close To The Distance*

*modified for the podcast.

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August 13, 2019 Together they set out to chart wildest Canada: a management consultant, a dental student, a Hollywood cinematographer, an ex-sniper, a mysterious treasure hunter, and a cowboy. Nobody believed in their expedition, saying things like, “You don't have the experience” and, “Your horses are diseased.” But Charles E. Bedaux was determined. For him this trip wasn’t about making maps, but the measure of a man.

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Music on this week’s episode:
Lloyd Rogers – Draw Me A Sheep (Act I)*
lo-fi is sci-fi – Phase IV*
Gablé – grate ok*
Jason Shaw – Plantation*
Kai Engel – Puddles and Bars*
Jahzzar – Dummy*
Josh Woodward – Hollow Grove (instrumental Version)*

*modified for the podcast.

August 6, 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 threat to their political alliance wasn’t any enemy clan, but a rude mother-in-law and a young woman who would do anything to protect her family.

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Music on this week’s episode:
David Szesztay – In The Sun
Lee Maddeford – Back to Bulgaria
Sergey Cheremisinov – Fog*
Jahzzar – Liar*
Circus Marcus – Cadiquo tu noï*

*modified for the podcast.

July 30, 2019 The stars themselves proclaimed Timothy Dexter to be a great man, so why wouldn't the Newburyport, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce? Dexter, a wealthy merchant, wanted nothing more than the respect of Massachusetts high society. And he'd do anything to get it, even if it meant blurring the line between being a great man and a bad guy.

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:
A. A. Alto – Skip Song*
Kai Engel – Twinkling Stars Won't Answer Me*
Kai Engel – Brooks*
A. A. Alto – Canyon*
Lloyd Rogers – Ground Machine (After Purcell)*
Jahzzar – Storyteller*

*modified for the podcast.

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