Grim & Mild Presents

Grim & Mild Presents

An ongoing exploration of history’s most unusual and the macabre themes. Each 13-episode season unpacks a new topic in fresh format and style. Presented and executive produced by Aaron Mahnke. Season 1: "Sideshow", is all about the history behind one of America's most bizarre institutions, the traveling sideshow.

Episodes

January 20, 2023 26 min

Our language is ripe with turns of phrase that invoke the idea of blood. These idioms seem to illustrate some of our most intense human experiences – it’s the thing that we can’t live with, after all. So tell me this: what happens when the blood spills?  



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For much of human history, the interal geography of our bodies has been a mystery. We’ve walked a long, dark road as we’ve sought its secrets – taking many wrong turns, and leaving a trail of casualties in our wake.



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December 30, 2022 1 min

From the blood in our veins to the search for eternal life, and everything in between, this is your chance to learn just how miraculous it is that we understand so much about the human body—and why many of those discoveries almost never happened.

Beginning January 6th 2023, Grim & Mild Presents: Bedside Manners will unpack the dark and twisted history of healing medicine.

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December 23, 2022 27 min

Hollywood adores the loveable rogue. Pirates are often depicted as wisecracking, kind-hearted individuals who set out for treasure but inevitably do the right thing. In the end, he usually gets the girl and the treasure. 

Pirates. The word itself hints at a story. And in our final episode, we have a couple more tales to tell.



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December 9, 2022 27 min

Cutthroat. According to dictionary entries, it’s someone so ruthless they cut the throat of another. A murderer is a person of vicious and Machiavellian nature. And in the world of piracy, there were cutthroats so cruel that they went over the line, even for their own crew.

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November 25, 2022 27 min

Pirates created their own republic and formed a democracy. They made allegiances with each other and governments. The Golden Age of Piracy even sounds somewhat...romantic. But all good things come to an end. 



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November 11, 2022 24 min

Pirates. The lone wolves of the sea. Yet, not only did they know each other, but they also created a community referred to as the Pirate Republic. It’s not really surprising then that some joined forces. After all, most wolves hunt in packs. 

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October 28, 2022 24 min

We often envision pirates as ruthless rogues who turned their back on family and love for treasures and a life at sea. In this episode of Pirates, we have stories of romance and friendship deeper and stronger than the briny deep.



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October 14, 2022 26 min

Insurrections, rebellions, and mutiny! Oh, my! Though we think of pirates as lawless, they were anything but. In this episode, we explore the systems and codes that kept civility among pirate crews. No guidelines about it. 



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September 30, 2022 26 min

From protection from the Spanish to bringing in much-needed funds and provisions, early colonies in the Caribbean often turned to pirates and buccaneers for a little assistance. In this episode of Pirates, we’re on an adventure with a couple of the most famous cutlass-wielding and cutthroat buccaneers in the Caribbean. 



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September 19, 2022 14 min

Every year on September 19, people worldwide join together to talk like pirates. Parents, children, co-workers. If you’ve ever wondered how International Talk Like A Pirate Day started or how to speak like a swashbuckler, then this episode is for you. 

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September 16, 2022 26 min

Pirates appear to be the ultimate rebel. Their legendary greed for treasure and cutthroat nature made them non-conformist mavericks of the sea. And yet, not all is what we’ve been told. Pirates played an important part in politics and the matters of kingdoms and governments. Batten down the hatches for this episode of Pirates!



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September 2, 2022 25 min

Many pirates viewed women aboard ships as bad luck. One woman proved they were only bad luck for the ships they targeted. Meet Ching Shih, who went from flower boat girl to the leader of the Red Fleet, one of the largest and most powerful pirate fleets in history. 



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August 19, 2022 26 min

Ah! Pirates! We envision them in the Caribbean, raiding sea-faring merchant vessels, flying black flags, and burying treasure on a remote sandy beach. However, as we are about to learn, some of the most fascinating characters took to the lakes and rivers instead. 



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August 5, 2022 26 min

In the Golden Age of Piracy, pirate crews often came from different countries and walks of life. They shared equal pay and voting rights aboard the ship. Captains often chose their crew based on fierce loyalty rather than nationality or race. 

Some proved more fierce than others.



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July 22, 2022 28 min

Yo-ho-ho, matey. In this episode of Pirates, we’re talking about rum. Just how did alcohol, especially rum, become many a pirate’s choice of drink? And what does grog have to do with the British Navy and…fabric? Join us for another round of Grim & Mild Presents, Pirate edition. Drink up, ye hearties!



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July 8, 2022 29 min

From sailing the high seas and buried treasure to swilling rum, pirates represent a lot about the human spirit. Through the centuries, we’ve fallen in love with adventure, danger, and exploration. In season 2 of Grim & Mild Presents, we take a swashbuckling, narrative journey into the lives and legends of the rogues of the sea. Join us. Here, there be pirates, matey!



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This summer, Grim & Mild Presents continues its journey into the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating. For our newest season, we’ll be taking to the high seas to explore one of history’s most notorious types of criminal: pirates.

From naval battles and buried treasure, to deadly sword fights and stolen rum. Prepare to raise anchor! Grim & Mild Presents: Pirates sets sail on Friday, July 8th.

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June 24, 2022 28 min

Centuries of history have led us to this point. The show continues to go on.

 

But even though the sideshow looks a bit different these days… we still see its signature everywhere. We haven’t looked away. 

 

Want to hear more even though our time is up? The sideshow curious should be sure to check out the following: 


  • Freaks by Tod Browning 
  • The digital Lost Museum Project, curated by the City University of New York 
  • The P.T. Barnum...
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    June 10, 2022 30 min

    Behind the glitz and glamour of the stage, darkness lurked. And sometimes, that darkness was inescapable – and lived right in our own homes. 

     

    If you or someone you know is in danger, there’s help available. Please reach out to the Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE for support.

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