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Join us, intrepid listeners, as we journey through the compelling, odd, and sometimes horrific lengths people will go to in hopes of achieving eternal life. We’ll hear what--and who--the subjects of our stories were willing to sacrifice to possibly gain a few more years of youth and beauty and life. And we’ll all ask the question: how far would you take the hunt if you were chasing immortality?

Travis McElroy, Tybee Diskin, Alice Flanders, Alexx Rouse

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    Diane de Poitiers: Liquid Gold

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 64:01

    Adhamy, Amir. “What Did a Lady-in-Waiting Actually Do?” HistoryExtra, 26 Nov. 2020, “Akingswhore.” A King's Whore, 1 Feb. 2018, “Everything You Need to Know About Edible Gold Leaf.” Cooked Best, 15 Feb. 2021,,-Edible%20gold%20leaf&text=The%20gold%20leaf%20flakes%20add,or%20in%20pre%2Dfab%20flakes.Author, Guest. “Beauty Secrets of a Royal Mistress.” DC on Heels, 17 Feb. 2015,, Claire. “Dying to Look Good: French King's Mistress Killed by Gold Elixir of Youth.” Mail Online, 22 Dec. 2009,, Shari. Portrait in Black and White: Diane De Poitiers in Her Own Words. Bloomington, IN, iUniverse Booksellers, 2011.Biller, Lauren Davis And Diana. “7 Ways That People Died Trying To Become Immortal.” Io9, 16 Dec. 2015,, Amanda. “Henry and Diane: A Love/Sad/Fantastic Story Illustrated With the Character's Real Portraits.” Medium, 15 Nov. 2019,, Claudia Suzan. “Diane de Poitiers vs. Catherine de Medici.” WordPress.Com, 14 Oct. 2015, “Jousting Rules in Medieval and Modern Times.” HowTheyPlay, 19 Mar. 2021,, Philippe. “A Gold Elixir of Youth in the 16th Century French Court.” The BMJ, 16 Dec. 2009, “Fatal Alchemy: Did Gold Kill 16th Century French Courtesan And Favorite Of Henri II.” British Medical Journal, Dec. 2009,, Kyle. “Extravagant Facts About Diane de Poitiers, Royal Mistress.” Factinate, 29 Jan. 2021,, Amanda. “Gender Roles of Women in the Renaissance.” Cedarcrest.Edu,, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.Consort, Newberry. “Queen of the Arts: Catherine de' Medici.” The Newberry Consort, 25 Feb. 2019,,sons%2C%20be%20trained%20in%20dance.Context Travel Contributors. “Royal Rivalry: Diane De Poitiers and Catherine De Medicis.” Context Travel, 2 Mar. 2020, SOLLER, CLAUDIO. “THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN MEDIEVAL IBERIA: RHETORIC, COSMETICS, AND EVOLUTION.” Faculty of the Graduate School University of Missouri-Columbia, 2005, pp. 1–201,, Catherine. “Diane De Poitiers Returns to Her Grave… « Versailles and More.” Versailles and More, 2010, “A Mistress with the Midas Touch: Her Hunger for Gold Would Be the Death of Her.” Ancient Origins, 13 Feb. 2018,“Diane De Poitiers...Three Cold Baths a Day and a Perfectly Disciplined Body...the Beauty Secrets That Made the Ladies of the Court Enragees.” Vogue | The Complete Archive, 1 Oct. 1969,, Dana. “No Fairy Tale: Tiny Bacteria Spin Gold From Toxic Heavy Metals.” Newsweek, 7 Feb. 2018, Contributors. “Diane de Poitiers (1499–1566) | Encyclopedia.Com.” Encyclopedia, 2020, Protection Agency. “Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Without Mercury.” US EPA, 16 Nov. 2020,,mercury%20to%20obtain%20the%20gold.Food and Drug Administration. “Edible Gold Leaf FDA Certificates. 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Ltd. “Chateau de Chenonceau.” GardensOnline, Gardens Online, 2021,, Jake. “Drinking Gold Did Not Help the 16th-Century French Elite Fight Aging.” InsideHook, 21 Sept. 2018,“Heavy Metal Poisoning: What You Should Know.” WebMD, 22 Jan. 2018,, Jon. “Mercury Poisoning: Symptoms and Treatment.” Medical News Today, 9 Jan. 2018, “Drinking Gold for Youth: Beauty Treatment Kills Woman.” The Belgravia Centre, 27 Oct. 2010,, and Nathan. “Queens Podcast - Side Hustle: Diane De Poitiers, Episode 18 on Stitcher.” Stitcher, uploaded by Queens Podcast, 5 Feb. 2018, Bowden, Caroline Mary. “FEMALE EDUCATION IN THE LATE SIXTEENTH AND EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES IN ENGLAND AND WALES: A STUDY OF ATTITUDES AND PRACTI CE.” Institute of Education University of London, 1996, pp. 46–60, Holiday. “Queen Catherine de' Medici.” YouTube, uploaded by Lindsay Holiday, 4 Aug. 2020,, Noreen. “Waity Katie's Ladies.” Slate Magazine, 15 Apr. 2011, “A Brief History of The Medici Family.” YouTube, uploaded by Marquez, 26 Mar. 2020,, Carolyn, and Carolyn McDowall. “Diane de Poitiers – Moon Mistress and Woman of Influence.” The Culture Concept Circle, 9 June 2014,, Paula. “Drinking Gold Was a Grisly Anti-Aging Trend of 16th-Century France.” Atlas Obscura, 7 Jan. 2019, Jiroch. “A Walk Around Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France.” YouTube, uploaded by Michael Jiroch, 30 Jan. 2020,, Andrew. “24 Hours at Château de Chenonceau with Diane de Poitiers.” Explore France, 29 Oct. 2019,, Renee. “NPR Cookie Consent and Choices.” NPR Morning Edition, National Public Radio, 18 Dec. 2009, Center for Enviromental Health. “Hypothermia|Winter Weather.” Center for Disease Control, 26 Feb. 2018,, Joseph. “How Is Mercury Used to Purify Gold?” Sciencing, 2 Mar. 2019,, Emily. “What Is Ambergris?” Natural History Museum, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.Paris, By Henry Samuel In. “French King's Mistress Poisoned by Gold Elixir.” The Telegraph, 22 Dec. 2009, Contributors. “What Happens When You Eat Gold.” Quora, 4 Feb. 2020,, Deana. “Beauty, Brains and Style –– Diane de Poitiers and Renaissance Potage-Green Sauce.” Lost Past Remembered Blog, 15 Mar. 2015, BMJ. “Fatal Alchemy.” YouTube, 4 Jan. 2010,“The Garden of Catherine De Medicis.” Chenonceau, 29 May 2017, Italian Tribune. “How Did the ‘Mona Lisa' End up in France?” Mona Lisa's Florence, 30 Mar. 2019,, Christine. “Raunchy Facts About King Francis I, Father Of The French Renaissance.” Factinate, 26 Feb. 2021,,of%20his%20lungs%20in%20shreds.%E2%80%9D.U of M Medicine. “Hypothermia and Cold Temperature Exposure | Michigan Medicine.” University of Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan, 26 Feb. 2020,,(21%C2%B0C)%20water.User, Super. “Gold Chloride.” Espi Metals, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.Weather and Climate Contributors. “Average Monthly Water Temperature in Nice (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), France - (Celsius).” World Weather & Climate Information,,nice,France. 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    Rasputin: The Man Who Can't Be Killed

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 63:38

    Works CitedAzar, Helen. “TIME TRAVEL WITH ROMANOV FAMILY: CHILDREN'S ISLAND.” Theromanovfamily.Com, 18 June 2015,, Jacqueline. “Should Dogs Be Prescribed for Chronic Pain? | Physician's Weekly.” Www.Physiciansweekly.Com, Physician's Weekly, 14 Oct. 2014,,often%20results%20from%20chronic%20pain.Bezrutczyk, Destiny, and Theresa Parisi. “Speedball (Heroin & Cocaine) Abuse And Recovery.” Addiction Center, 30 Mar. 2021, “Grigori Rasputin: The Devil Incarnate.” YouTube, uploaded by Simon Whistler, 21 Jan. 2019, “Rasputin.” Biography, 13 Dec. 2019,,his%20political%20influence%20was%20minor.Bouchard, Anthony. “The Science Behind How Cyanide Kills You.” LabRoots, 13 Sept. 2017, Knowledge Network. “Cupid's Chemical Addiction – the Science of Love | Clinical Knowledge Network.” CKN, Clinical Knowledge Network Queensland, 2017,,eat%20and%20can't%20sleep.Cohut, Maria. “Simply Being with Someone You Love Can Lessen Physical Pain.” Medical News Today, 28 Aug. 2019, of Weird. “Rasputin's Penis: The Mythical, Magical Manhood of Russia's Mad Monk.” Cult of Weird, 5 Feb. 2021,, Max. “5 Times Rasputin Should Have Died.” Parcast, 9 Aug. 2016,, Tracy, and Steven Nafziger. “Micro-Perspectives on 19Th-Century Russian Living Standards.” Social Science History Association, 2017, pp. 1–50.,, Sophie. “Grigori Rasputin Myths Busted: Murder, Height, and Where Is His Penis?” Metro, 21 Feb. 2021,Ėtkind, Aleksandr. “Russian Sects Still Seem Obscure.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 2, no. 1, 2001, pp. 165–81. Crossref, doi:10.1353/kri.2008.0056.Harkup, Kathryn. “Poisoned, Shot and Beaten: Why Cyanide Alone May Have Failed to Kill Rasputin.” The Guardian, 9 May 2017,, Carolyn. “The Murder of Rasputin, 100 Years Later.” Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2016,, Albinko. “5 Myths and Truths About Rasputin.” Time, 29 Dec. 2016,, Kimberley. “History on Screen: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty at the Russian Embassy Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History Hosts Screening of Silent Film Masterpiece.” American University, American University Washington DC, 4 Mar. 2018,“How Not To Die From A Stabbing.” YouTube, uploaded by BBC Three, 21 Dec. 2017,, Adam. “What Was It Like to Die of Cyanide Poisoning at Jonestown?” A&E, 26 Feb. 2018,, Brandon. “How Love Makes (Some) Pain Go Away.” Wired, 3 June 2017, Holiday. “Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna Romanov of Russia.” YouTube, uploaded by Lindsay Holiday, 12 Jan. 2021, Perfectionalis. “Cyanide Poisoning.” YouTube, uploaded by Medicosis Perfectionalis, 21 Jan. 2019, “Cyanide Poisoning Diagnosis and Treatment.” YouTube, uploaded by Medicosis Perfectionalis, 22 Jan. 2019,“Morphine (Injection) | Michigan Medicine.” University of Michigan Medicine, Accessed 2 Apr. 2021.Myers, Steven Lee. “‘Rasputin' Unravels the Myths of the ‘Mad Monk.'” The New York Times, 29 Dec. 2016, Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). “CDC | Facts About Cyanide.” Center For Disease Control, Center For Disease Control, 4 Apr. 2018,, Maryam. “Cult of the Weird: Six of Russia's Strangest Museums.” The Calvert Journal, 7 Apr. 2014,“Opium Side Effects.” Good Rx, MD, MBA, Arpan. “Cocaine: How It Works, Effects, and Risks.” WedMD, 9 Feb. 2021,, Julia. “The Violent End of Rasputin – Details of His Fateful Last Night.” The Vintage News, 1 Oct. 2019, “Tsarina's Routine: How to Avoid Royal Duties.” YouTube, uploaded by Romanovs 100, 15 July 2018, Killers Documentaries. “Anna Anderson, the Imposter of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov.” YouTube, uploaded by Serial Killers Documentaries, 9 Aug. 2020, History. “Rasputin, the Man Who Wouldn't Die (Strange Stories).” YouTube, uploaded by Simple History, 13 Oct. 2018,, Andrea. “Palace Once Owned by Executed Russian Tsar Undergoes Two-Billion-Ruble Renovation.” Lonely Planet, 29 Oct. 2019,, Wellness. “How You Can Ease Your Aches and Pain With Meditation.” Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, 18 Dec. 2020,,you'll%20feel%20less%20pain.TED-Ed. “History vs. Vladimir Lenin - Alex Gendler.” YouTube, uploaded by TED-Ed, 7 Apr. 2014, “The Mysterious Life and Death of Rasputin - Eden Girma.” YouTube, 7 Jan. 2020,“The First Russian Sex Museum Will Exhibit Rasputin's Penis.” Way to Russia Guide, 7 Aug. 2009, Infographics Show. “Anastasia – Did She Really Escape The Massacre?” YouTube, uploaded by Infographics Show, 1 June 2020,“The Romanov Palaces of St Petersburg | Destination Guides | Corinthia St Petersburg.” Corinthia, Accessed 2 Apr. 2021.“The Winter Palace.” Hermitage Museum, Hermitage Museum, Accessed 28 Mar. 2021.Twilley, Nicola. “Can Hypothermia Save Gunshot Victims?” The New Yorker, 9 July 2019, Holdinghausen. “Tsarskoie Selo, Alexander Palace, OTMA Etc, Late Summer 2018.” YouTube, uploaded by von Holdinghausen, 12 Oct. 2018,, Derek. “Rasputin's Journey to St. Petersburg.” Comedy Central, uploaded by Drunk History, 30 Jan. 2018, contributors. “Grigori Rasputin in Popular Culture.” Wikipedia, 31 Mar. 2021,

    Elizabeth Bathory, aka It Gets Way, Way Worse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 54:11

    Theunissen, Steve, and Jack Cole. Performance by Simon Whistler, Elizabeth Bathory – The ‘Blood Countess,' Biographics, 1 Nov. 2018,, Scott A. “The Unique Motives of Female Serial Killers.” Psychology Today , 24 June 2019,, Kimberly L. "INFAMOUS LADY:THE TRUE STORY OFCOUNTESS ERZSÉBET BÁTHORY". Independent , 2009.“Elizabeth Báthory.” Serial Killers Wiki,“Elizabeth Báthory.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 2 Mar. 2021,, James Alan, and Jack Levin. “Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder.” Crime and Justice: The University of Chicago Press, vol. 23, 1998, pp. 407–456., doi:“Hungarian Countesses' Torturous Escapades Are Exposed.”, A&E Television Networks, 13 Nov. 2009, Infographics Show, director. Serial Killer Who Killed Over 500 People - The Blood Countess, The Infographics Show, 2 June 2018,, Tim. “The Macdonald Triad: Can 3 Behaviors Predict a Serial Killer?” Edited by Timothy J Legg,, 24 Mar. 2020,, Sara. “Elizabeth Bathory.”, A&E Networks Television, 21 May 2020, “Watch This: Bathory: Countess of Blood.” Everything Czech, 16 Nov. 2017,,or%20bear%20her%20name%20anywhere!“The Legend of Elizabeth Báthory: The Blood Countess.” Medical Bag, 14 Jan. 2019, Night Visit to Elizabeth Bathory's Castle, Researchers, 1 May 2017,, Pankaj. “Elizabeth Bathory: 10 Things You'll Learn About Her in Hungary.” TheTravel, 3 Nov. 2019,, Amit E. “Muscle Function Loss: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 4 Feb. 2020,, Elisabeth. “Did Elizabeth Bathory, The ‘Blood Countess," Actually Deserve Her Nickname?” All That's Interesting, All That's Interesting, 25 Mar. 2020,,feast%20on%20their%20exposed%20skin%3B.Slovakia From Above, director. Cachtice Castle - Ruins of Cachtice Castle - The Bloody Lady of Čachtice, Slovakia From Above , 25 Feb. 2018, “Ruins of Cachtice Castle.” Atlas Obscura, Atlas Obscura, 17 Nov. 2009,, Conan. The Countess That Bathed In The Blood Of Her Victims! . Performance by Chris Kane, The Countess Who Bathed In The Blood Of Her Victims, Simple History, 8 Oct. 2020,

    The Terracotta Legacy of the Dragon Emperor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 52:28

    All That's Interesting. “Meet The Most Well-Preserved Mummy In Human History.” All That's Interesting, All That's Interesting, 28 Feb. 2020, Travel Blog, director. Virtual Tour to Terracotta Warriors Museum-兵马俑-HD | China Travel Vlog. China Travel Blog, YouTube, 12 Oct. 2019,, Megan. “China's First Emperor Ordered Search For An Immortality Elixir .” Live Science , 27 Dec. 2017,'s%20First%20Emperor%20Ordered%20Official%20Search%20for%20Immortality%20Elixir,-By%20Megan%20Gannon&text=The%20first%20emperor%20of%20China%2C%20Qin%20Shi%20Huang%2C%20wanted%20to,China's%20Xinhua%20news%20agency%20reported.Harris, Shannon, and Radu Alexander. Performance by Simon Whistler, Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China, Biographics , 4 Feb. 2021, Editors. “Great Wall of China.”, A&E Television Networks, 24 Aug. 2010,, Brigit. “2,000-Year-Old Texts Reveal the First Emperor of China's Quest for Eternal Life.”, Smithsonian Institution, 29 Dec. 2017,, Huang. “The 'Hundred Entertainments'; China's 2,000-Year-Old Tradition of Acrobatics.” UNESDOC, United Nations, 1988,, Mark. “How the Search for Immortality Killed the First Emperor of China.” Ancient Origins, Ancient Origins, 15 June 2018,, Larissa. “Https://” The Paris Review , 18 Dec. 2019, and Ancestors, The British Museum, 2000,, Day. “How Many Languages Are Spoken in China?” Day Translations Blog, Day Translations, 2 Sept. 2020,, Lee. China's First Emperor - Qin Shi Huang The Dragon Emperor. Performance by Steven Kamer, China's Dragon Emperor: Architect of the Afterlife , Smithsonian Channel, 18 Apr. 2020, 


    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 31:53

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    James Bernard Schafer

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 32:56

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    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 0:46

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