The Dark Side Of

The Dark Side Of

By Parcast Network

Most people have no idea what's hiding behind their favorite things. We dig deep into everything from charities to the Founding Fathers to the Bible, and turn up disturbing stories and salacious details. From the Space Race to the Wizard of Oz, there might just be a dark side to everything. The Dark Side Of​ is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.

Episodes

The ‘90s: The Chicago Bulls

Equipped with the talent of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, the Chicago Bulls dominated NBA basketball in the ‘90s. But their dynasty was plagued with vicious conspiracies, betrayals, and fractured teammate relationships.
03/08/2048m 8s

The ‘90s: Racial Tensions

In 1992, the brutal beating of Rodney King by LAPD officers sparked a chaotic uprising in Los Angeles. Two years later, the nation absorbed every detail of the trial of O.J. Simpson, which again highlighted the lingering tension and mistrust between police and the Black community.
27/07/2051m 8s

The ‘90s: Food

Throughout the 1990s, much of America’s food was made by machines, flavored by labs, and kept safe from regulation by lobbyists. Add an explosion of fast-food marketing and fad diets, and consumer eating habits changed drastically—with dire consequences.
20/07/2043m 20s

The ‘90s: The British Royal Family

For the family of Queen Elizabeth II, the ‘90s were a disaster. The British monarchy received unprecedented scrutiny on everything from sex scandals to castle fires to Diana’s death at the end of the decade.
13/07/2046m 48s

The ‘90s: Pop Music

Since its origins in the U.K. back in the 1950s, pop music has developed quite the sugary-sweet reputation. But during the ‘90s, the underbelly of the candy-coated industry was rotting away—and endangering its young stars in more ways than one.
06/07/2043m 34s

The ‘90s: East Coast vs. West Coast Rap

As rap and hip-hop experienced a meteoric rise in the ‘90s, an intense rivalry developed between East Coast rapper The Notorious B.I.G. and West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur. Their feud, their diss tracks and their deaths still resonate decades later, showing how a “beef” between artists can turn deadly.
29/06/2041m 16s

Must Hear: FAMOUS FATES: FALLS FROM GRACE, A Parcast Original Series!

Famous Fates is back with a brand new season, titled Falls From Grace! Join hosts Carter and Vanessa as they examine some of the most accomplished—and controversial—people to ever live. You’ll discover what drove these history-makers to be so successful in their respective fields… And what led to their ultimate disgrace. Available for free and only on Spotify, Falls From Grace will release two episodes every Wednesday, each focusing on a different notable figure.  He was a screenwriter on some of his generation’s most-loved films but would be imprisoned and blacklisted for his political views. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our episode on Dalton Trumbo. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Famous Fates, free and only on Spotify.
22/06/2014m 22s

The ‘90s: Nickelodeon

While Nickelodeon became a breakout network that would both excite and intrigue younger viewers, in its heyday, the channel had its fair share of grim moments. This included everything from the stomach-churning origins of its show props, to the decidedly mature themes of its animated series.
22/06/2045m 52s

The ‘90s: Dawn of the Internet

Many people expected that the Internet would be one of the most radically impactful tools since the invention of the wheel—and they weren’t wrong. But while the web fulfilled its bright promises of a global person-to-person connection, it turns out this bond isn’t always friendly or cooperative.
15/06/2044m 36s

New Season! Introducing The Dark Side Of: The 90s!

When you think of the 1990s, you probably think of your favorite cartoons, music groups, and wacky fruit snacks. And you probably think of them fondly. But all the nostalgia around the ‘90s has made us forget the rampant exploitation, violence, and tragedy that also characterized the decade. For 10 weeks, starting June 15th, we’re tackling The Dark Side Of: The ‘90s. It will be disturbing. Gripping. And, as always, it will feature the in-depth research you’ve come to expect from us. Listen free on Spotify, or wherever you find your podcasts.
14/06/201m 34s

Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

To commemorate its fourth anniversary, Parcast and the team behind Unsolved Murders are taking a closer look at what it takes to catch a killer. In the new series Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, you'll follow the clues and uncover the missing pieces to some of history's most gripping cases. Every Wednesday, join hosts Carter and Wenndy as they explore the days, months, and even years leading up to a killer being caught. Each episode plays out like a classic murder mystery—where the final reveal is nearly as shocking as the murder itself. Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries is only available on Spotify. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on the infamous “in cold blood” murders of the Clutter Family. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, free and only on Spotify.
10/06/2014m 29s

Space: Space Force Policy

Space has had militaristic ties since man had dared travel into the beyond. So it begs the question, what does it mean for the fate of all those living on earth if a militarized region eventually becomes weaponized?
08/06/2049m 49s

Space: Deep Space

Ever wanted to live farther away from society? Although government and private agencies are racing to visit our “red” neighbor, a trip to Mars would take nine months. When, and if, colonists land, they'll face inhospitable conditions unlike anything on earth.
01/06/2049m 53s

Space: NewSpace

A vacation house on the moon? It could happen. NewSpace is a global industry created by billionaire corporations to monetize the Milky Way. Tourism, colonization, and outsourced manufacturing are just a few of the ways these companies are hoping to capitalize on space.
25/05/2050m 46s

Space: Environmental Hazards

It’s easy to ignore the fact that rocket launches have environmental impacts. After all, spaceships are constantly leaving the earth, and it’s admittedly a majestic sight to behold. But just how much pollution do they create outside the atmosphere? The answer could be deadly.
18/05/2046m 21s

Introducing FAMOUS FATES: FALLS FROM GRACE, A Parcast Original Series!

Famous Fates is back with a brand new season, titled Falls From Grace! Join hosts Carter and Vanessa as they return to examine some of the most accomplished—and controversial—people to ever live. You’ll discover what drove these history-makers to be so successful in their respective fields… And what led to their ultimate disgrace. Available for free and only on Spotify, Falls From Grace will release two episodes every Wednesday, each focusing on a different notable figure.  Enjoy this exclusive clip from our new season on the shocking life of film director Roman Polanski. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, free and only on Spotify.
13/05/2016m 56s

Space: Finance & Protests

The Space Race and Civil Rights movements overlapped during the 1960s. But even after the Apollo program fulfilled its initial mission, future expeditions would remain a priority...and at a hefty—and controversial—price tag.
11/05/2052m 9s

Space: Catastrophic Failures

The United States learned collectively with the Challenger shuttle disaster in 1986 that a big day in space exploration can, in mere seconds, turn from bad to tragic. But how many know that this disaster, and others like it, could've been prevented?
04/05/2048m 40s

Space: Health Hazards

Since its inception in the 1950s, the nature of the Space Race has been to champion fortitude and mental stability for astronauts—which is quite a problem, granted that sending mankind into space poses an assortment of frightening health and mental hazards.
27/04/2048m 53s

Sneak Peek: DAILY QUOTE, A Parcast Original Series!

Whether you’re jumpstarting the morning, searching for that midday pick-me-up, or trying to finish the evening off strong… Daily Quote offers some of history’s most inspirational quotes whenever you need them—365 days a year. In this 2-3 minute podcast, you’ll be given a quote that will motivate, uplift, and renew your outlook on life. You’ll also dive deeper into the context surrounding the quote—learning more about its origin and the meaning behind it. Enjoy this sneak peek of Daily Quote ahead of its launch on Monday. April 27th! In this exclusive episode, we highlight the poignant words of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. For more pathways to positivity, subscribe to Daily Quote free on Spotify!
26/04/203m 43s

NEW: Space: Space Ethics

We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of The Dark Side Of today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. Before man ever went into orbit, a host of other species were forced to make the dangerous, and often fatal voyage. And while America was championing the famed Mercury 7 astronauts, NASA was sidelining a slew of qualified females and other, non-white candidates…
20/04/2050m 53s

Crossover Week: Female Criminals (Lisa Nowak Pt. 2)

If you enjoy the stories told in The Dark Side Of, check out this episode from our series Female Criminals: By 2004, Lisa Nowak’s friendship with Bill Oefelein had heated up into an extramarital affair. Despite knowing she was risking her marriage and job, Lisa didn’t care. She loved Bill. But when he tried to leave her for a younger woman, Lisa’s love turned into a dangerous obsession.
13/04/2050m 58s

Crossover Week: Female Criminals (Lisa Nowak Pt. 1)

If you enjoy the stories told in The Dark Side Of, check out this episode from our series Female Criminals: All her life, Lisa Nowak dreamt of becoming an astronaut. She worked tirelessly in pursuit of this goal. And then in 2003, when space flight was just within her grasp, Lisa met fellow astronaut, Bill Oefelein. She had no idea that her relationship with Bill would soon make her risk everything.
13/04/2050m 1s

Space: Operation Paperclip

As World War II drew to a close, the U.S. military began a covert process of trying to extricate Germany's most studious Nazi scientists—in order to bring them to America for contracts on our own nuclear projects.
06/04/2049m 5s

Space: The Space Race

When Apollo 11 reached the moon in 1969, the Space Race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was over. But what were the real motivations behind this arbitrary competition? And who actually reached those first milestones?
30/03/2048m 10s

Parcast Classic: Peg Entwistle

Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! By 1932, budding Hollywood starlet Peg Entwistle had everything: money, a successful Broadway career, accolades, and undeniable charm. But none of that stopped her from throwing herself off the Hollywood sign, and plummeting to her death.
23/03/2057m 38s

Dating: Broken Hearts Syndrome

Love’s demise is inevitable. Death, divorce, or a nasty breakup comes to us all—bringing with it a world of pain, no matter which side you’re on. And for some, this loss can be deadly.
16/03/2044m 33s

Introducing SUPERNATURAL WITH ASHLEY FLOWERS, A Parcast Original Series!

Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don’t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown…Join Parcast and Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences in the new series, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. Every Wednesday, Ashley digs into a different mystifying crime—where the most fitting theory isn’t always the most conventional. Join Ashley in this exclusive clip from the first episode as she takes on the mysterious “Lead Masks Case.” To finish this episode, subscribe to Supernatural with Ashley Flowers free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
11/03/2014m 26s

Dating: Wedding Traditions

Though weddings can often be seen as the final leap on the quest for love, the slew of expectations that come with throwing such a celebration often forces couples to forgo their own needs to please family and friends.
09/03/2050m 12s

Dating: Infidelity

It has existed for as long as human history, and yet it remains taboo. From government fines to public humiliation to murder—wandering outside your relationship has always been fraught with danger.
02/03/2049m 47s

Dating: Criminal Couples

From Bonnie and Clyde to more modern iterations, the past century has seen a plethora of corrupt duos—pulling off stunts that range from stupid to lethal. For some lovers, the slogan “us against the world" gets taken to a whole new level.
24/02/2044m 53s

The Dark Side Of… Rewind: Hollywood: The Founding

On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of The Dark Side Of that you might have missed!  Once envisioned as a Christian utopia, the land of Hollywood quickly evolved into a place of crime and debauchery. When the film industry infiltrated the quiet community in the early 1900s, it brought with it a world of chaos and anarchy—wild enough that its impact would change our cultural history forever.
23/02/2046m 34s

Introducing PARCAST DAILY, A Parcast Original Series!

Every Monday through Friday, Parcast Daily filters through all of your favorite Parcast shows to highlight one timely and relevant episode premiering each day. You might hear about a calculating killer on Female Criminals, delve into the minds of history and fiction’s greatest bad guys on Villains, or spiral down into intrigue and speculation on Conspiracy Theories. Whatever your tastes, you’ll always get something new on Parcast Daily. Enjoy this exclusive clip from our featured episode: “Bohemian Grove Pt. 1.” To finish this episode, subscribe to PARCAST DAILY free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
19/02/2014m 56s

Dating: Stalking

As of 2011, it’s estimated that one out of every six women in the United States has been a victim of stalking. It’s a chilling behavior that can follow both casual dates and long term relationships alike. And stalkers don’t just terrorize victims—they wreak havoc on their families too.
17/02/2047m 49s

Dating: Valentine’s Day

It’s a date steeped in erotic history and obligatory mating rituals. For many it induces feelings of panic or loneliness. You can try to ignore it, but come February 14th, love will be in the air. Or sometimes, revenge.
10/02/2045m 3s

Listen First! KILLER KNOWLEDGE, A Parcast Original Series!

Sure, you’re a fan of true crime—but are you ready to put your skills to the test and be crowned an undisputed expert? Then try your hand at Parcast’s new trivia podcast, Killer Knowledge. Every Tuesday, two competitors go head-to-head to correctly answer multiple-choice true crime questions. Whoever gains the most points after 20 questions, wins! It’s all the murder, mystery, and suspense you’ve come to expect from Parcast, now in a fast-paced, interactive format.  Play along in this exclusive clip from our pilot episode about the mysterious circumstances surrounding D.B. Cooper, and see how well you measure up! To find out who wins, follow KILLER KNOWLEDGE free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!
05/02/2013m 22s

Dating: Scams

From emotional fraud to financial ruin, romance has a long relationship with deceit. Nothing has made this pairing stronger than modern technological developments—making the innocent search for love chock-full of swindlers.
03/02/2046m 46s

Dating: Dating Game Shows

Since their inception in the 1960s, dating game shows have enthralled millions of viewers. And as the stakes have risen over the years with bigger and better trips and prizes, it’s no wonder we’ve remained hooked—despite the fact that they rarely lead to happily ever after.
27/01/2053m 23s

Listen First! DICTATORS, A Parcast Original Series!

They are natural-born-leaders with a never-ending thirst for power. Through force and deceit, they rise through the ranks towards radicalism—eliminating anyone who stands in their way. Every Tuesday, delve into the minds, and motives, behind some of the world’s most infamous leaders in Parcast’s original series, DICTATORS. Each dictator is analyzed in 2-part episodes... with the first giving insight into their rise to power, and the second chronicling the impact of their downfall. In this special clip from our first episode, learn about Benito Mussolini’s transformation from Italian “Superman” to despised despot. To finish this episode, subscribe to DICTATORS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
22/01/2019m 10s

Dating: Internet Dating

Methods for finding your "perfect match" have become far more efficient in the 21st century with the invention of internet dating. While the rise of online matchmaking and app culture has opened up numerous doors for singles, it's also unleashed a minefield of unexpected pitfalls.
20/01/2049m 13s

Dating: Finding “The One”

Dating is celebrated as the natural and necessary path toward love, stability, and family—all things that humanity has held dear for centuries. Complaints about a bad first date are usually tempered by the knowledge that it’s all worth it in the end...but the search for "the one" can have terrible consequences.
13/01/2042m 29s

Listen First! SECRET SOCIETIES, A Parcast Original Series!

They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on Yale’s mysterious “Skull and Bones” fraternity. To finish this episode, subscribe to SECRET SOCIETIES free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
09/01/2015m 3s

Best of 2019: Hollywood: Judy Garland & The Wizard of Oz

In 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland began filming The Wizard of Oz. As the film became a beloved classic, Garland battled with eating disorders and drug addictions she developed on-set.
06/01/2048m 19s

Holidays: Y2K

Starting as an ominous warning from technology experts, public concern around the Y2K bug soon outstripped the initial predictions and grew into full-blown hysteria. Some even claimed that New Years Eve of 1999 would be the end of civilization.
30/12/1949m 44s

Jeffrey Dahmer Special Pt. 3

Parcast Exclusive! DAHMER: A SERIAL KILLERS 3-PART SPECIAL While on probation after an early release from prison in March of 1990, Jeffrey Dahmer continued his wave of sadistic violence. A chance event would finally lead to his arrest, and a media spectacle would bring Dahmer to the masses.
24/12/1950m 20s

Jeffrey Dahmer Special Pt. 2

Parcast Exclusive! DAHMER: A SERIAL KILLERS 3-PART SPECIAL It was a murderous rampage that could have possibly been stopped. Although Jeffrey Dahmer failed numerous times to turn his life around, his multi-year killing spree also went ignored by his family, neighbors, sentencing judges, and court-appointed therapists.
24/12/1941m 2s

Jeffrey Dahmer Special Pt. 1

Parcast Exclusive! DAHMER: A SERIAL KILLERS 3-PART SPECIAL You know the name, but do you know the whole story? Jeffrey Dahmer—one of history’s most notorious serial killers, and our most requested episode, is now the subject of an exclusive 3-part special event. You can now listen to all 3 episodes within SERIAL KILLERS, and all of Parcast’s true-crime related feeds. He was one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century, murdering 17 young men between 1978 and 1991 through a variety of cruel and unusual methods. But how did Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the era's most monstrous killers, get his start?
24/12/1938m 12s

Holidays: Krampus

The goat-like demon known as Krampus embodies the dark, unspoken truth of the year’s most cheerful holiday—that children will only be rewarded with candy and treats if they are good. Otherwise…they will be punished.
23/12/1945m 18s

Holidays: Saturnalia

Christmas - a time for carols, presents, mistletoe and...animal sacrifice? This week, we explore the ancient pagan festival that led to many Christmas traditions we hold dear - and others that are best forgotten.
16/12/1947m 52s

Only on Spotify! FAMOUS FATES, A Parcast Limited Series!

Discover the stories of incredible people whose grandiose lives were matched only by their shocking demise in Parcast’s new limited series, FAMOUS FATES. With 5 episodes released every Wednesday, each group will center around a common theme, such as Hollywood Icons, Influential Women, Music Legends, and more.  Check out this exclusive clip chronicling the impact of larger-than-life Hollywood icon, John Candy. To finish this episode, subscribe to FAMOUS FATES, free and only on Spotify.
11/12/199m 45s

Holidays: The True Story of Hanukkah

There is much more to the story of Hanukkah than eight nights of celebration and prayer. The actual history of the Maccabee rebellion and the creation of Hanukkah is a tale of war between Greeks and Jews, ending with thousands dead on both sides.
09/12/1945m 6s

Holidays: The Deadly Non-Emergency

On Christmas Eve in 1913, miners and their families were having a massive party in an Italian cultural hall in Michigan. Everything was fine until someone shouted, "fire!" Panic took hold, and in the end, a cruel ruse was discovered.
02/12/1947m 39s

Holidays: Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving, millions of shoppers flock to malls and department stores to get discounts on all kinds of hot items. It’s the height of capitalism. While retailers make billions of dollars in sales, customers have been trampled, stabbed, pepper-sprayed or shot, all in the name of getting the best deals.
25/11/1946m 16s

Listen First! SPORTS CRIMINALS, A Parcast Original Series!

They’re sport’s greatest heroes… displaying superhuman-like abilities to overcome intense pressure. But when it comes to the downfalls of fame, money, and ego—they’re far more human than super. Every Thursday, Parcast’s original series SPORTS CRIMINALS keeps score on the darker side of sports. Each episode chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of some of sport’s biggest names. Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first of two captivating episodes on disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
24/11/1916m 33s

Holidays: The Merhige Family Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, 2009, 35-year-old Paul Merhige opened fire during a family gathering. He killed four people and injured two more in what’s come to be known by many as “The Merhige Family Slaughter.”
18/11/1943m 42s

Listen First! MYTHICAL MONSTERS, A Parcast Original Series!

Dragons, serpents, giants, and demons… they aren't merely foils to a hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. The Parcast original series, MYTHICAL MONSTERS, tells the stories of these legendary beasts, and explores what they represent to mankind. New episodes released every Monday. And now you can hear a special clip from the episode on the demonically-menacing Gargoyle. To finish this episode, subscribe to MYTHICAL MONSTERS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
13/11/1915m 25s

Holidays: The First Thanksgiving

The history of the most American of all holidays is much like the country it is founded on: rustic, optimistic… and built on centuries of bloodshed. In reality, this mythologized 1621 meal was a harvest celebration that took place in between two horrible periods of callous genocide.
11/11/1951m 55s

Holidays: Veterans Day

Most agree that we should respect those who have served in war. But few remember a time when the goal of November 11th was to prevent war altogether. Armistice Day, the original Veterans Day, has been twisted from a day honoring peace to one that glorifies fighting.
04/11/1951m 38s

Par for the History: POLITICAL SCANDALS, A Parcast Original Series!

Check out Kate and Richard's new show POLITICAL SCANDALS! Every Tuesday leading up to the 2020 election, they will count down the 52 most controversial events in American history—uncovering the crimes and deceptions by some of our most infamous elected officials. And now you can hear a special clip from the first episode on the cutthroat circumstances surrounding the election of 1800. To finish this episode, subscribe to POLITICAL SCANDALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
03/11/1913m 13s

Holidays: Trick or Treating

Despite the dangers that lurk on Halloween, we send our children out to ask for candy from strangers. Unknowns who could have thoughts of mischief, or worse, on their minds...
28/10/1946m 53s

Listen First! VILLAINS, A Parcast Original Series!

Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, VILLAINS. Every Friday, VILLAINS dissects the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive.  In this clip, we explore the creation of an iconic, modern-day psychopath of the silver screen—Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. To finish this episode, subscribe to VILLAINS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
22/10/1918m 14s

Holidays: Druid Halloween

Many know of Halloween’s ancient pagan origins, but few know the details. Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival, featured familiar traditions such as carving and costumes. But there was a potentially darker aspect—one that included human sacrifice.
21/10/1953m 44s

Holidays: Hashtagged & Branded

Christmas. Valentine’s Day. National Dessert Day? The idea that consumerism drives the holiday season is nothing new, but the extent of the connection may run deeper than we realize.
14/10/1949m 22s

Bonus: Today In True Crime - Zodiac Killer

On this day in 1969, the Zodiac Killer’s last confirmed victim was shot and killed.
11/10/1912m 35s

Holidays: Season of Stress

Though our favorite celebrations throughout the year are supposed to be a time of joy and love, they are often anything but. The pressures to travel, spend money, and take time off can have deadly consequences.
07/10/1946m 58s

Coming Soon: The Dark Side Of… Holidays

We are excited to announce our next season of The Dark Side Of will aim to uncover the most dastardly stories associated with the winter holiday season. Halloween candy tampering, psychological stress, overspending, and more will be covered this season on The Dark Side Of, starting Monday, October 7.
04/10/192m 8s

Music: Gloomy Sunday, Rezső Seress

In 1933, Hungarian composer Rezso Seress and lyricist Laszlo Javor released "Gloomy Sunday," which soon came to be known as The Hungarian Suicide Song thanks to the 200 cases of suicide that were linked to the tune's release.
30/09/1943m 50s

Music: Selena, The Queen of Tejano Music

Breaking into the spotlight at the age of fifteen, Selena Quintanilla was constantly under the watchful eye of her strict father-turned-manager, stereotype-driven record labels, and possessive fans. Through it all, Selena willfully fought for control of her own life - and the consequences would turn deadly. Sponsors! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
23/09/1949m 57s

Introducing: SPORTS CRIMINALS, a new Parcast Original!

In our new show SPORTS CRIMINALS, we break down the crimes and careers of the most controversial sports figures in history. From kidnapping and murder to widespread corruption scandals, we give you the play by play of what lurks in the shadows of the sports world. New episodes come out every Thursday!  In this clip we introduce the incredible rise and precipitous fall of Oscar Pistorius, who captured the attention of the world by participating in the 2012 Olympic games as a double-leg amputee. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
17/09/1921m 2s

Music: Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd

Syd Barrett's creative vision propelled Pink Floyd from the underground into the mainstream. But the demands of fame quickly became too much. Eventually, he was cast out of the band he helped create, and sadly didn't get the help he needed until late in life.
16/09/1952m 34s

Music: Suge Knight, Death Row Records

A Compton gang-member turned record producer, in the early 1990s Suge Knight built an empire on violence and intimidation. From Vanilla Ice's deadly experience on a 15-story balcony to the murder of Tupac Shakur, few who enter Knight's orbit escape unscathed.
09/09/1947m 23s

Music: K-Pop, Pushing the Limits of Agency Control

Over the last two decades, Korean pop music has achieved international success. But the highly polished songs and dance routines are often the products of exploitation behind the scenes. Many management companies have a history of locking idols into lengthy contracts, taking control of their lives, and even verbally and physically abusing performers.
02/09/1948m 50s

Music: Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll

During his lifetime, Elvis rocketed to unprecedented fame. But living as the King came at a terrible cost. While millions screamed for him onstage, he struggled to find people to relate to in his private life. In the late 1970s, his loneliness, isolation, and drug problems eventually led him to an early grave. Sponsors! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
26/08/1950m 54s

Introducing: TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, a new Parcast Original!

Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we. In our new podcast, TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date years ago.In this clip, we look back at August 20th, 1966, when the bodies of two Brazilian electrical engineers were found with strange lead masks over their eyes. Subscribe to TODAY IN TRUE CRIME for a new story every day!
20/08/1915m 8s

Music: Johnny Cash, Man in Black

Johnny Cash's outlaw image made him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. But it wasn't just an act, and for decades he struggled with the consequences of drug use, depression, and his own personal dark side. Parcasters - This week on Serial Killers we take a look at Anna Marie Hahn, who killed with one goal in mind: insurance money. Don’t miss this riveting episode!
19/08/1956m 15s

Music: Jackie Wilson, Mr. Excitement

One of the genre's first crossover R&B and Rock 'n' Roll stars, Wilson wowed audiences on-stage from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s. But Wilson was beholden to his passions for drugs, sex, and rage - vices that would destroy him. Sponsors! Upstart -  Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
12/08/1950m 3s

Introducing: MEDICAL MYSTERIES, Richard's new podcast!

In our new podcast, MEDICAL MYSTERIES, we follow desperate patients battling mysterious symptoms--from the bizarre to the terrifying--as determined doctors race against the clock for a diagnosis. From rare genetic disorders to a worldwide pandemics, we explore the high stakes world of medicine, and the secrets of the human body.In this clip, we introduce one of the most notable patients of all time, Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as “The Elephant Man.” To listen to the end of this episode, subscribe to MEDICAL MYSTERIES, on Spotify or anywhere you listen to Parcast Originals!
06/08/1921m 59s

Music: Morris Levy, Louis Armstrong, Jazz & the Mafia

When Prohibition went into effect in 1920, New York City's nightlife was thrust underground. Liquor production was taken over by bootleggers. Clubs were taken over by mobsters. And jazz musicians played on the bandstand, with guns literally pointed at their backs. Parcasters - On tomorrow’s episode of Mythology, we take on the legendary Odyssey, bringing the incredible journey to life! Subscribe to MYTHOLOGY today to hear the most notable stories in human history as you never have before.
05/08/1953m 50s

Music: The 27 Club

When Amy Winehouse passed away in 2011 at the age of 27, she joined a select group of hyper talented musicians who passed away at that young age. But it is not the year 27 that is cursed, but rather a music industry that preys on an individual’s weaknesses and encourages them to be destructive.  Sponsors! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
29/07/191h 4m

Hollywood: Judy Garland & The Wizard of Oz

In 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland began filming the Wizard of Oz. While the film would become a beloved classic, Judy would go on to struggle with eating disorders and drug addiction she developed on-set, before her afflictions would lead to her tragic demise. Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts! Sponsors! Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/DARK and use promo code DARK during checkout!
22/07/1949m 30s

Hollywood: Shirley Temple, Child Star

One of Hollywood's first child stars, Shirley Temple began her career in 1931 when she was only three years old. She then spent the rest of her youth performing in unsafe conditions, fending off unwanted sexual advances, and even accused of stealing a dead child's soul.  Parcasters - This week on Survival we cover the experiences of two brothers in the Civil War, and the way their lives changed in an instant. Tune in today on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!
15/07/1948m 13s

Hollywood: The Hollywood Ten, Tinseltown’s Red Scare

In the 1940s, the Red Scare had everyone on high alert, as whispers of Communist conspiracies swept through Hollywood. When Edward Dmytryk was wrongfully accused of a Communist agenda, he would soon learn that one false move would lose him absolutely everything. Parcasters - Indira Gandhi was gunned down by members of her own security staff. Why was she targeted, and what was the impact? Find out today on Assassinations, available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!
08/07/1947m 13s

Hollywood: Eddie Mannix & Howard Strickling, Studio Scandal Fixers

In 1930s Hollywood, Howard Strickling and Eddie Mannix were two of the most powerful men in town. From arranging secret adoptions to covering up murder, they were more than just MGM’s managers, they were The Fixers. Sponsors! Veestro - Visit TryVeestro.com/Dark and try the 6 most popular Veestro meals for just $49! Plus get free shipping on all orders!
01/07/1956m 11s

Hollywood: The Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle Trial

In 1921, Arbuckle was the king of Hollywood. The highest-paid actor of the day, surpassing even the likes of Charlie Chaplin. But one booze-filled, wayward hotel party would leave Arbuckle accused of murder, as every friend he had in town abandoned him to a media feeding frenzy.  Sponsors! Daily Harvest - Go to DailyHarvest.com and enter promo code DARK to get three cups FREE in your first box! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
24/06/1954m 58s

Hollywood: Peg Entwistle, "The Hollywoodland Sign Girl"

By 1932, budding Hollywood starlet Peg Entwistle had everything: money, a successful Broadway career, accolades, and undeniable charm. But none of that stopped her from throwing herself off the Hollywood sign, plummeting to her death. Parcasters - Bob Champion was an accomplished jockey when we was diagnosed with cancer, his journey gives a new meaning to getting back on the horse. Listen to this new episode of Survival on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!
17/06/1957m 38s

Hollywood: Johnny Stompanato & Lana Turner, The Gangster and The Film Star

After a childhood struggle with poverty, 16-year-old Lana Turner became a world famous movie star in 1937, praised for her grace, and talent. Her public life seemed like a fairy tale, but over the next 20 years, her private life was plagued with toxic relationships.  Sponsors! Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code DARK to get three cups FREE in your first box! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
10/06/191h 2m

Hollywood: Rose Thompson Hovick, Stage Mother

Before Toddlers in Tiaras, there were the mothers of Vaudeville in the early 1910s, Rose Thompson Hovick had her dreams of stardom cut short, and became obsessed with turning her own children into stars. Parcasters - Theodosia Burr Alston is more than a character in a song from Hamilton! Find out about her life and mysterious disappearance this week on Gone! Available now at parcast.com/gone
03/06/1954m 34s

Hollywood: The Murder of William Desmond Taylor

Taylor's murder in 1922 and ensuing scandals about his sex life, involvement and drugs, and rumored mistresses was enough to cause a rift between Hollywood and the rest of the country, and send movie studios scrambling to cover up the culprit. Parcasters - Thank you so much for listening to our new show!
27/05/1952m 49s

Hollywood: The Founding

Once envisioned as a Christian utopia, the land of Hollywood quickly evolved into a place of crime and debauchery. When the film industry infiltrated the quiet community in the early 1900s, it brought with it a world of chaos and anarchy. Wild enough that its impact would change our cultural history forever.  Sponsors! Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code DARK to get three cups FREE in your first box! Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/DARKSIDE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
19/05/1946m 35s

Welcome to The Dark Side Of...

Follow us as we shine a light on the most beloved events, cultural touchstones, and institutions in history. The Dark Side Of will consist of miniseries covering Hollywood, the American Presidency, Music, Dating, Sports, and more! This Parcast Original will dive deep into the unknown and overlooked histories behind everything we hold most dear. The Dark Side Of... premieres Monday, May 20th.
29/04/191m 57s
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