Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

Mobituaries with Mo Rocca

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. In season 1 of Mobituaries he introduces listeners to the people who have long intrigued him—from the 20th century’s greatest entertainer … to the Civil Rights pioneer who is completely forgotten … to sitcom characters gone all too soon. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now. And if you enjoy these episodes, look for more stories of great lives worth reliving when Mobituaries returns for season 2 in fall 2019.
  1. March 24, 2020
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    The Station Wagon: Death of a Leviathan
    For a few decades the station wagon was as central to the American Dream as the white picket fence and the basketball hoop in the driveway. It was the quintessential family car. And really, who didn’t want to r…
  2. February 07, 2020
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    Anna May Wong: Death of a Trailblazer
    Anna May Wong wasn't supposed to be in the movies. Her laundryman father was dead set against it. And Hollywood preferred white actors in "yellow face" for Asian characters. But Wong knew what she wanted. With…
  3. January 17, 2020
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    Mobituaries LIVE!
    In a Mobits first, Mo takes the show on the road! Mo shares his love of obituaries; investigates why we confuse certain dead celebrities; and interviews former New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox about…
  4. January 03, 2020
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    Lawrence Welk: Death of a Square (with special guest…
    Fred Armisen joins Mo to pay tribute to legendary bandleader and TV host, Lawrence Welk. Welk was another victim of television's Rural Purge of the early 1970s, when his long running musical variety show was ca…
  5. December 21, 2019
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    Merry Christmas from Laura Branigan
    In December of 1993, Laura Branigan called into Ernie Manouse's Chicago-based radio show and sang O Holy Night a capella. Technically the recording isn't perfect, but Laura's pitch is. And her spirit shines thr…
  6. December 20, 2019
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    The Orphan Train: Death of an American Experiment
    Between 1854 and 1929, 250,000 orphans - at peril in the dangerous, overcrowded streets of New York - were placed on trains and sent west to live with new families. A desperate solution to a desperate problem,…
  7. December 13, 2019
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    Laura Branigan: Death of a Singer, Life of a Song
    The St. Louis Blues hockey team had the worst record in the NHL in January 2019, before deciding to adopt the 1982 hit song Gloria as their anthem. They ended up winning the Stanley Cup. But many of their fans…
  8. December 06, 2019
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    The Rural Purge: Death of the Country Broadcasting S…
    In the early 1970's, CBS axed its slate of hit country-themed sitcoms. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction were just three of the shows that bought the farm. Mo talks to Linda Henning (…
  9. November 22, 2019
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    The Black Congressmen of Reconstruction: Death of Re…
    During the 1870s, more than a dozen African American men, many of whom had been born into slavery, were elected to the U.S. Congress. These political pioneers symbolized the sky high hopes of millions of former…
  10. November 15, 2019
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    Thomas Paine: Death of a Forgotten Founding Father
    Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, the pamphlet that inspired the American Revolution. So why did only six people show up at his funeral? Mo finds out why this essential Founding Father has never gotten his due -…
  11. November 05, 2019
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