Ridiculous Romance

Ridiculous Romance

Throughout time and across the globe, from the Stone Age to the Digital Age, people have been having weird, wonderful, and downright absurd relationships. Real life spouses Diana and Eli are here to cover them all in a podcast that’s part history, part comedy, and all ridiculous. Hook up with some of the wildest and most interesting romantic partners to ever fall in love!

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November 28, 2021 91 min

After Pocahontas married the entrepreneur John Rolfe, she got to take a little trip across the pond to meet the fancy English king that these white guys were sooo obsessed with. But she was constantly being exploited for her image and what she represented between the two nations; an enduring problem that still clouds her story today.

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Pocahontas was just a young girl when she met John Smith, and despite some more animated accounts, the two never actually had a romance! But their relationship did represent an uneasy truce between England and the Powhatan tribe. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to stop the English from, well, you know...

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November 23, 2021 74 min

Conservationist Chris Crowe was just trying to save the white-naped crane. He didn't expect a crane was saving herself for him! Walnut refused to flock around with other cranes, so it was up to her caretaker Chris to shake his tail feather and win her over! Now she's bonded with him for life, and he has no intention of flying off. 

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November 17, 2021 86 min

From small, sickly girl to teenage beauty queen, Sophia Loren finally found comfort in film producer Carlo Ponti. With his help she rose to stardom and won an Oscar for Best Actress. But the Vatican wouldn't allow Carlo to divorce his estranged wife, and he and Sophia were exiled from the home they loved so dearly.

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November 12, 2021 82 min

In part 2 of this story, Lili Elbe finally found a doctor who could give her some good answers! But despite the support of her wife Gerda, her doctor, and her friends, Lili faced an uncertain future, going to extremes to leave her old life behind.

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November 10, 2021 79 min

In the early 1900's, When Lili Elbe first dressed in women's clothing and modeled for her wife Gerda's paintings, both women thought she was playing a character. But they soon realized that her true identity was struggling to break through. With Gerda's support, they finally found a doctor in Germany who offered them hope: an experimental gender confirmation surgery. 

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November 6, 2021 61 min

The most dangerous and successful pirate in the world was a woman named Zheng Yi Sao who, together with her lover Cheung Po Tsai, united pirates under a single banner in the South China Sea. To end her bloody reign, the Qing Dynasty would have to negotiate, and her tongue was as sharp as her sword.

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November 3, 2021 65 min

Deland McCullough grew up a happy adopted child but always wanted to find his birth parents. As he rose the ranks in the NFL to become a coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, he set out on a life changing journey to find them. The answers he uncovered were more than he'd ever bargained for. 

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October 31, 2021 80 min

In our final RiCRYPTulous Romance of 2021, we saved the worst for last! A ghostly prophecy gave Carl Tanzler a vision of his future wife. When he finally met the girl in Florida decades later, she was terminally ill. But Carl wouldn't let death stop him from being with his promised bride...

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October 27, 2021 63 min

Salesman and grandfather of the American Infomercial, Samuel Popeil, had such a rocky marriage that his wife Eloise hired killers to take him out. But wait, there's more! Listen now and you'll get this story PLUS betrayal, PLUS their outrageous trial for free! This offer is not available in stores!

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October 22, 2021 71 min

On this ghastly, gruesome RiCRYPTulous Romance, Daniel and Manuela were each lost souls, looking for someone who shared their love, their passion, and their thirst for blood. But after sharing vows at one alter, they soon made a human sacrifice at another!

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October 20, 2021 68 min

The high dollar French courtesan Marguerite Alibert always got what she wanted. When she nearly met her match in her husband, the oppressive Egyptian aristocrat Ali Fahmy, she got a little trigger happy and found herself on trial. Maybe her ex-boyfriend, the womanizing heir to the British throne could help her out...

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October 18, 2021 75 min

On another RiCRYPTulous Romance, Fred Oesterriech was haunted by bumps in the night and a ghastly figure he saw in the attic. His wife Dolly was convinced it was all in his head, until one day a pale, scrawny creature appeared in their kitchen and shot him dead! Who was the ghoulish gunman? The terrifying truth awaits!

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a Catholic nun in Mexico in the late 17th century who outraged the Spanish Inquisition by being way smarter and cooler than them. As long as she had the love and protection of the Vicereine of New Spain, Maria Luisa, they were powerless to stop her. But that protection wouldn't last forever...

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In our first RiCRYPTulous Romance - Amanda Large was just your average medium when she encountered a spirit who would change her life forever: the 300 year old Hatian pirate, Jack Teague. But after falling in love and MARRYING the spirit, her health started to fail! Was her ethereal lover sucking her life away? Or could the bonds of love hold them together across the veil? It's all in this special spooky episode!

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October 6, 2021 95 min

Phillip Morris was in jail for a minor offense when he fell in love with Steven Russell, a tall, smart, charming, master conman. In a series of mind blowing schemes, Steven escaped prison by walking out the front doors MULTIPLE times! And he kept going straight back to his love, no matter how much trouble it caused them both. 

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October 1, 2021 90 min

Helen Keller lived a rich and exciting life. She traveled the world, dined with royalty, and fell deeply in love with Peter Fagan. But her abelist family didn't seem to think one of the most accomplished women in the world could handle marriage! Through it all, the love that Helen, Anne Sullivan, and Polly Thomson shared was unbreakable.

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September 29, 2021 97 min

Akihiko Kondo and Hatsune Miku fell madly in love and got married even though they had never met each other in person. That's because Hatsune Miku is a synthesized digital voice program with a holographic cartoon avatar! And it sure got us talking about the nature of reality, true love, and robotic sex toys.

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September 24, 2021 96 min

I Love Lucy was changing sitcoms forever, and Lucille and Desi pushed the envelope further with a shocking pregnancy storyline in season 2. But some differences couldn't be reconciled, and eventually their marriage dissolved for good. After six seasons, two children, and a hearing before the House Un-American Activities Committee, would their friendship endure? It's all right here in part 2!

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September 22, 2021 86 min

Two of the most legendary names in entertainment, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz met on the set of Too Many Girls in 1940. But "too many girls" was exactly Desi's problem, and their rocky marriage was a tabloid sensation. Fortunately their creative partnership was unfazed, and together they revolutionized comedy and negotiated what's still considered the greatest deal in television history! That's only the beginnin...

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