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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.

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Pirates 10: Brethren

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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2022-11-11
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Pirates 9: Blood Family

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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2022-10-28
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Pirates 8: Rules of the Rogues

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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2022-10-14
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Pirates 7: Pirates For Hire

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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2022-09-30
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Pirates Bonus: Talk Like A Pirate Day

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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2022-09-19
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Pirates 6: Rebels With A Cause

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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2022-09-16
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Pirates 5: The Red Fleet

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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2022-09-02
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Pirates 4: River Pirates

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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2022-08-19
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Pirates 3: Black Caesar

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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2022-08-05
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Pirates 2: Cheers, Mate!

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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2022-07-22
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Pirates 1: A Pirate?s Life

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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2022-07-08
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Grim & Mild Presents: Season 2 Trailer

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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2022-07-01
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Sideshow 13: The Legacy of Looking

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 Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut  The International Independent Showmen?s Museum in Gibsonton, Florida Showman?s Rest Cemetery in La Grange, Illinois  Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit by Dr. Robert Bogdan 

Louder Than a Riot by guest Kim Kelly, who writes about labor and the sideshow

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2022-06-24
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Sideshow 12: Murder in Gibtown

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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2022-06-10
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Sideshow 11: Inseparable

Families are curious entities. Blood, they tell us, is thicker than water. But what happens if there’s something stronger than blood that keeps you together… for better or for worse? 

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2022-05-27
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Sideshow 10: Monster Medicine

When he was born, they called Frank Lentini a monster… but what did that even mean? We’ll follow his story as we learn folklore, magic, medicine, and one man’s quest for the American Dream. 

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2022-05-13
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Sideshow 9: Born This Way

From the Bronx to the silver screen, Schlitzie charmed all who knew him. And for those who loved him, they’d stop at nothing to keep him safe. 

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2022-04-29
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Sideshow 8: Lion & Lamb

Humans are animals. But at some point throughout the course of evolution, our species got the upperhand.

Today, a short history of our co-existence with the animal kingdom… and what happened when we decided that these animals would join us on stage.

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2022-04-15
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Sideshow 7: Collision Course

Circus trains: they were cities on wheels, integral to the sideshow circuit and home to all performers. Today, they’re a relic of a bygone time…but there’s one train that has solidified its place in the history books due to unthinkable tragedy. 

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2022-04-01
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Sideshow 6: Beauty Marks

As humans, we are drawn to beauty. We decorate ourselves. We primp, we preen, and sometimes...we poke. 

Join us as we dive into the colorful world of tattooing?and the mark it left on the sideshow.

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2022-03-18
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Sideshow 5: Whisked Away

Among the bearded ladies of the Sideshow, Julia Pastrana’s story is the longest: it spans her short life and long death, revealing the lengths some will go to make a buck.

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2022-03-04
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Sideshow 4: A Living Curiosity

Lavinia Warren was able to travel the world and charm audiences wherever she went. But what set Lavinia apart from many of her peers were the choices she was able to make along the way. 

Be sure to check out the Bridgeport Public Library?s Barnum collection, if you?re in the neighborhood ? if not, take a look at the incredible digitization holdings here.

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2022-02-18
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Sideshow 3: The Mother of All Humbugs

Joice Heth never wanted to be in show business. It wasn?t the world that she came from. But when she met P.T. Barnum, the course of her life took a turn she never saw coming.

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2022-02-04
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Sideshow 2: The Long Way Home

The story of Saartjie Baartman is not an easy one to hear, but it certainly gives us an intimate look into how the early traveling sideshow once operated, and how some human bodies were treated in the process.

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2022-01-21
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Sideshow 1: Gaff Daddy

Every story has a beginning, and the tale of the American sideshow?in many ways?begins in the aftermath of one man?s personal tragedy. Learn how it all began, and what the early days were like, on the inaugural episode of Grim & Mild Presents: Sideshow.

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2022-01-07
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Introducing Grim & Mild Presents

Welcome to Grim & Mild Presents. Each 13-episode season (published every other week, ongoing, for a non-stop, ongoing experience) will dive into the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating. History has never been this intriguing.

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2021-12-17
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