The Thread

The Thread

By OZY & iHeartRadio

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.

Episodes

(Sneak Peek) Flashback: Episode 1 "McVeigh’s Mentor"

Enjoy a preview of our first episode of Flashback. From the minds behind The Thread, Flashback is a series of stories of unintended consequences, disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes and forgotten villains. Find out how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong, or prove unexpectedly magnificent. Click here to subscribe now: https://megaphone.link/HSW9425294283 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
06/05/2012m 30s

(Extended Trailer) Flashback: Isaac Newton’s ‘Year of Wonders’

Each of us handles social distancing in our own way. Some are doing virtual yoga classes. Others are turning to art. And then there are those truly rare birds... like Sir Issac Newton. He once turned his time in quarantine into an opportunity to change the way we understand the world around us. Learn about history’s unintended consequences on Flashback, a new podcast from OZY and iHeart Radio Podcast Network. Find out how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong or prove unexpectedly magnificent. Click here to subscribe now: https://megaphone.link/HSW9425294283 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
22/04/205m 4s

S E2: Introducing: Flashback

Sean's back with a brand new show. Flashback is a series of stories of unintended consequences, disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes and forgotten villains. Find out how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong, or prove unexpectedly magnificent. Click HERE to subscribe now.
10/04/204m 54s

Introducing: Flashback

Sean's back with a brand new show. Flashback is a series of stories of unintended consequences, disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes and forgotten villains. Find out how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong, or prove unexpectedly magnificent. Click here to subscribe now: https://megaphone.link/HSW9425294283 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
13/04/204m 54s

S E1: Introducing: The Future of X

You’re about to listen to a preview of The Future of X, a new podcast from OZY, in which you’ll meet host Fay Schlesinger and fast-forward 50 years to explore the industries and domains that will shape our world, and some of the dreamers doing the shaping. Last season, The Future of X tackled healthcare. This time they are exploring the workplace. The new season includes interviews with Adam Grant, Simon Sinek, Keisha Howard, David Price, Liselotte Lyngsø, Tiffany Shlain and more. It just kicked off, and comes out on Mondays.  Find out why the next privacy battle will be over your personal productivity score and why gamers are set to become prized employees — or why laziness may get us promoted. The Future of X is a guide to what we can do right now to set ourselves up for meaningful lives ahead.  Get ahead of your own future and go subscribe to The Future of X for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now. ozy.com/future
20/11/1911m 8s

S5E7: Bonus Episode: The Forgotten Giant of Women’s Basketball

Nera White dominated her sport for 15 years, and even beat the Soviets at the height of the Cold War. But you’ve probably never heard of the Michael Jordan of women’s basketball.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
25/07/1910m 0s

S5E6: Successful But Not Equal

Thanks to Title IX and the trailblazing women behind it, the U.S. has now dominated women’s soccer for almost three decades. The national team has won four Olympic gold medals, and now four World Cups. But, even in 2019, female athletes in America are far from equal to their male counterparts, and the members of the national team are not treated the same as their male peers – not even close. In this episode, we talk to everyone from historians to players, including current team members Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and others, about the national team’s history-making role this year. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
08/07/1930m 31s

S5E5: The Civil Rights Pioneer That History Forgot

The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray was a pioneering civil rights attorney and a co-founder of the National Organization for Women. She helped draw attention to the dual costs of racism and sexism and was instrumental in making sure that the push for women’s rights, including Title IX, built on the successes of the civil rights movement. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/07/1928m 55s

S5E4: Too Strong for a Woman

After learning she had not been considered for any of the teaching openings in her college department and that she came on “too strong for a woman,” Bernice “Bunny” Sandler went home and cried. Then she showed just how strong a woman she was. Sandler’s remarkable behind-the-scenes efforts proved instrumental to the passage of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in higher education. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
26/06/1925m 42s

S5E3: These Are the Bodies

More than 23 years before Brandi Chastain took off her jersey, the women of the Yale women's crew team were taking off more than theirs. In March 1976, 19 members of the Yale women's crew team stripped naked in a college athletic director’s office to protest the team’s lack of shower facilities and changed the way that female athletes are treated on college campuses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
19/06/1925m 57s

S5E2: A Team of Their Own

In the summer of 1985, the first U.S. women’s national soccer team made their debut in Italy. The ragtag group, cobbled together in less than a week and with a shoestring budget, little time to practice, and hand-me-down uniforms, struggled to keep up with their international competition. But their perseverance and their love of the game laid the groundwork for the winning team culture that fueled the championship teams of the 1990s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
12/06/1921m 36s

S5E1: Ours to Win

When Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, her iconic celebration marked the arrival of women’s soccer, both on the global sports stage and in the public imagination. With “The '99ers,” as the team is known, America had assembled a talented group of women and given them an unprecedented opportunity to succeed. But it was an opportunity that did not come easily… or happen overnight. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
05/06/1926m 36s

Season Five Trailer: Let Us Play

When Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the winning penalty in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, her now iconic goal celebration marked the arrival of women’s soccer, both on the global sports stage and in the public imagination. In "Let Us Play," the latest season of The Thread, we tell the hidden story behind the greatest women’s team in American sports history. We show how Chastain’s celebration originated decades earlier and how the '99ers stood on the shoulders of a series of unheralded athletes, policymakers and scholars, from the Brooklyn teacher who helped pass the landmark Title IX civil rights legislation in 1972 to the the Black transgender attorney who made that achievement possible. | Coming June 5. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
03/06/193m 19s

S E1: Introducing Business Wars - McDonald’s vs Burger King

It’s 1948, McDonald’s was unlike any burger joint seen before—a carhop-free eatery with lightning fast service, and low prices. But McDonald’s proprietors aren’t dreaming as big as the entrepreneurs traveling to California to see their groundbreaking restaurant. And for would-be burger king Keith Cramer and milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc, that’s a golden opportunity. You can hear their story on Wondery’s Business Wars. Listen to the rest of this episode today by visiting wondery.fm/businesswars
15/05/194m 15s

S4E7: Bonus Episode: A Tale of Two Killers

What is it about The Catcher in the Rye that prompted two of the world’s most infamous assassination attempts? In Season 4 of The Thread we saw how the acquittal of President Ronald Reagan’s attempted assassin John Hinckley Jr. on grounds of insanity helped change the landscape of American criminal law. But Hinckley’s story also connects with Season 1 of The Thread and another early 1980s murder by a deranged 25-year-old. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
24/04/1913m 43s

S4E6: An Insane Defense?

The 2015 conviction of Aurora gunman James Holmes really begins almost two centuries earlier in England, with the attempted assassination of the king. This episode explores how the insanity defense challenges lawyers, judges and juries in their pursuit of justice, and how it speaks to things that all of us hold dear, such as moral responsibility, free will and even our own sanity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1933m 50s

S4E5: [FIXED] A Star-Spangled Murder

---Note from OZY-- Hi everyone, Thread team here. Thank you for listening! We fixed the error but — due to the nature of auto-download for subscribers — unfortunately, the only way to correct it on your device is to DELETE the old file from your device and RE-DOWNLOAD the new file. Thanks again! -- Francis Scott Key, the pro-slavery lawyer and amateur poet who penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry 200 years ago, was famously inspired by the resilient spirit of a young nation. Forty-five years later, Key’s other notable creation, his only son, Philip Barton Key II, would experience an entirely different side of American life when he was slain in 1859 by a U.S. congressman and disgruntled cuckold named Daniel Sickles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1930m 10s

S4E4: America's Pet Murderer

It was a grand time to be a rich New Yorker. The wealthy architect Stanford White was responsible for designing several iconic public, institutional and religious buildings in the city in a decadent beaux arts “American Renaissance” style, including the original Madison Square Garden, which he owned. White, more than any other man, was responsible for the look of what was quickly becoming the wealthiest city on Earth. This week, we tell the story of the murder of Stanford White. White’s killer was an eccentric businessman from Pittsburgh named Harry Thaw. Thaw’s wealthy family was prepared to pay a million dollars to spare him from the electric chair. They were also prepared to embrace an unorthodox legal strategy. Harry Thaw’s murder trial, and his temporary insanity plea, shook America to its core. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1935m 23s

S4E3: “The Greatest Love Offering in the History of the World"

In 1981, on his way to look for the actress Jodi Foster at Yale, where he had been stalking her, John Hinckley Jr. stopped off in Washington, D.C., and ended up shooting U.S. President Ronald Reagan in front of the Hilton Hotel. Hinckley claimed he was trying to impress Foster, with whom he was infatuated. He later described the incident in a letter to The New York Times as “the greatest love offering in the history of the world. ... I am Romeo and she is Juliet.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1931m 12s

S4E2: An Irresistible Impulse

The ultimate act of revenge or the act of a woman driven so crazy by domestic violence that she could not comprehend what she was doing? It seemed crazy to raise that defense given the deliberateness of the act, the fact her husband was asleep at the time and more. And prosecutors thought the defense had no chance: They were ready to argue that Lorena was not insane, and one sign of that is that she acted out of revenge. Revenge, the prosecution argued, is a rational act, not an irrational one. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1931m 0s

S4E1: Insights Into The Mind of Madness

Shortly after midnight on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. He threw a canister of tear gas into the crowd and began firing. Soon 12 were dead and 58 were wounded; young children and pregnant women were among them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1934m 11s

Season Four Trailer: By Way of Insanity

This season of The Thread, from the trial of James Hadfield in 1800 to the trial of Aurora gunman James Holmes over two centuries later, we explore six of the most high-profile murder cases in history through the lens of the controversial legal defense that unites them all: not guilty by way of insanity. The Thread examines the question: does the insanity defense represent a way of recognizing the psychological complications that underlie criminal culpability or rather a misguided means for escaping justice? Were they bad, or were they mad? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/192m 51s

S3E7: Bonus Episode: From King to Kaepernick

Would Martin Luther King, Jr. have taken a knee alongside Colin Kaepernick? Is there any precedent for the protests being waged by high school students in Parkland, Florida? This special bonus episode of The Thread examines how the impact of Dr. King and the civil rights movement continues to influence nonviolent resistance today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1911m 46s

S3E6: The Soul Force

In the final episode of this season, we trace the path of the revolutionary idea that spread across the globe to become the dominant form of political resistance today. We also examine the role that personal psychology, and even mental illness, play in what Gandhi, King and others recognized as the secret ingredient of any nonviolent approach: empathy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1934m 32s

S3E5: ‘I Will Be Heard'

William Lloyd Garrison, one of the leading figures of the early abolitionist movement in America, was a major influence on Leo Tolstoy. Garrison believed in using “moral suasion” rather than violence to achieve social change. Armed only with his newspaper and pen, the social reformer forced America to confront the most defining moral issue in its history, kick-starting a nonviolent revolution that would change the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1928m 4s

S3E4: The Transformation of Leo Tolstoy

Just before his death in 1910, the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy struck up a correspondence with a young lawyer in South Africa named Mohandas Gandhi, one that would change the young Indian’s life. Today Tolstoy is best known for penning War and Peace and Anna Karenina. But the Russian writer’s biggest legacy — and gift to the world — might be his ideas on nonviolent resistance, which emerged after he had a profound spiritual crisis in midlife. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1926m 33s

S3E3: Turning Enemies Into Friends

The Indian lawyer and activist Mohandas Gandhi was the first leader to take up the age-old doctrines of love and nonviolence and transform them into tools of political and social resistance. In doing so, he would inspire Bayard Rustin and other activists across the world. Armed only with love, humility and disobedience, Gandhi brought the most powerful empire on earth to the bargaining table — and eventually to its knees. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1931m 41s

S3E2: An Angelic Troublemaker

The seasoned activist and Quaker Bayard Rustin was King’s mentor in nonviolence and the organizing genius behind the March on Washington in 1963. Many felt that Rustin was on his way to becoming the “American Gandhi.” There was just one problem: Rustin was gay, and as a result, would be forced to the sidelines of the civil rights struggle, and to the margins of American history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1929m 59s

S3E1: The Pride and The Power

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated after leading the most influential protest movement in American history. King revolutionized the use of nonviolent resistance to combat racial injustice in the United States, but the Alabama preacher did not always believe in nonviolence. In fact, early on, King relied on armed guards for his protection until an older Quaker activist named Bayard Rustin walked into King’s home and changed the direction of the civil rights movement. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1926m 26s

Season Three Trailer: A History of Nonviolent Resistance

Coming September 10, Season 3 of the Thread will chart how a revolutionary idea--nonviolent resistance--changed the course of history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/192m 17s

S2E6: From MGM to #MeToo

The Hollywood casting couch existed long before Harvey Weinstein. In this final episode of the season, we explore some of Weinstein's antecedents in the industry, the scandals and crimes they covered up and how a new generation of Gloria Steinem-inspired women is starting to put an end to the old practices of Hollywood and other male-dominated industries. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1928m 35s

S2E5: The King of Hollywood

The film legend Clark Gable was a key figure at the heart of the glamour and excess of the Golden Age of Hollywood. But his rise and scandal-buried reign at the top of the movie world reveal a great deal about a young industry both obsessed with adhering to morality codes, and incapable of being moral. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1928m 57s

S2E4: The Misfits

In 1931, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Nevada legislature passed two bills: one to legalize gambling, the other to legalize a six-week waiting period for a divorce. Over the next few decades, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women, would journey to the desert state for a quickie divorce, a chance to forget their problems and a shot at reinvention. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1926m 31s

S2E3:  The Woman Who Will Not Die

Marilyn Monroe was larger than life. But beneath the soft-spoken movie star and sex goddess was another woman, one far bolder than most people realize. Monroe was an actress ahead of her time, one who was not afraid to stand up to some of the most powerful men in Hollywood - the men she called "wolves".  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1926m 31s

S2E2: The Playboy Mystique

Riding the wave of the sexual revolution of the 1950s and 1960s, Hugh Hefner created a male fantasy world in the pages of his Playboy magazine, one that would have lasting consequences for American life and culture. Behind closed doors, however, Hefner's life in the celebrated Playboy Mansion was rather different than the sophisticated one portrayed in his magazine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1930m 9s

S2E1: Of Ms. and Men

A writer, activist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine, Gloria Steinem has played a pivotal role in the women's movement. But she first garnered national attention in 1963 when she went undercover as a Playboy Bunny and wrote a damning expose about her experiences inside the famous men's club.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1924m 0s

Season Two Trailer: The Birth of #MeToo

Coming March 12. Season Two of The Thread will connect the dots between Gloria Steinem and the casting couches of early Hollywood.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/191m 53s

Bonus Episode: From Drug Deals to the New Deal

A century before his grandson, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, rose to power, Warren Delano grew very rich from trafficking a highly addictive drug.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/199m 5s

Bonus Episode: The Bard and a Bird Strike

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 almost four centuries later.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1910m 30s

S1E6: From Lennon to Lenin

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 redemption.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1923m 1s

S1E5: The Bohemians

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1923m 5s

S1E4: America’s Troubled Shakespeare

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 daughter, suffered for it as well.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1921m 42s

S1E3: Caught Between Two Postage Stamps

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 of three of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and her story is interwoven with them all.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1921m 57s

S1E2: Holden Caulfield Goes to War

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1922m 11s

S1E1: The Murder of John Lennon

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 arrived. Chapman identified powerfully with Holden Caulfield, the novel’s alienated protagonist, and in this episode we explore Chapman’s motivations, their grounding in Catcher, and ask the question: What makes someone kill their own hero in cold blood? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/1917m 41s

Season One Trailer: From Lennon to Lenin

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
23/04/191m 14s
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