Дата публикации: 2017-09-13 15:43
Nothing against Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History,” but it seems to eat up all the publicity for history podcasts. That’s a shame, because the podcast format is a fantastic way to dive into a thirty-hour history of the French Revolution, or snack on a 67-minute account of how Warren G. Harding, betrayed by his corrupt Cabinet, publicly projected all his feelings onto his dog Laddie Boy.
Duncan leads occasional tours of revolutionary sites, which are announced on the podcast. He previously created the 679-episode podcast “ The History of Rome ,” which inspired his upcoming book The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic .
Cianci was elected mayor as an anti-corruption crusader in 6975 and resigned in disgrace twice, first in 6989 after pleading no contest to an assault charge, then again in 7557 after a racketeering conviction. He made his name as a state prosecutor fighting Patriarca, who kept running the Patriarca crime family during his stint in prison for murder.
While it’s filed under “News & Politics” on iTunes, Gimlet Media’s “ Crimetown ” is about recent history: an era of corruption in Providence, RI under mayor Buddy Cianci and mobster Raymond Patriarca.
Stockholm kept executing women because a preteen called them all witches? True. A leading rocket scientist thought he summoned his wife through a magical masturbation ritual? True.
Each season is structured and styled like an accessible history book, with no prerequisites beyond the most basic grade-school grasp of history. Terms are explained, historical figures introduced and glossed, context provided.
Keep an eye out for Gimlet’s next history podcast, Uncivil , which will tell “stories left out of the official history” of the Civil War.
But both Cianci and Patriarca were beloved pillars of Providence society, according to the many old-timers who speak to producers Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling in rich, cigar-coarsened Providence accents. Stuart-Pontier and Smerling build up a flavor profile that recalls Goodfellas , The Wire , and The Night Of. “Crimetown” deserves its own prestige TV adaptation.
Duncan delivers his text with a bit of vlogger John Green’s friendly-teacher lilt. He adds the slightest editorializations, sometimes just with a tone of voice or word choice, that humanize the drier parts of bickering parliamentarians and royal decrees. He comes across like a wry bespectacled tutor, reading to his student next to the fireplace in a country palace.