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Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! A History of American Scandals

Kasey Howe & Mark Peikert

We love dining out on bad behavior so much it's practically our national dish. But while some scandals stick, most front-page stories end up forgotten. Till now! Armed only with Google and their own indefatigable curiosity, co-hosts Kasey Howe and Mark Peikert scrabble through the graveyards of forgotten headlines to unearth the stories that once consumed the country. Join the fray as Shocking! Lurid! Tawdry! remembers what America forgot. Logo: Jessica Balaschak | Music: Caveman of Los Angeles by Party Store Music Support this podcast:


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4.3 out of 5 stars from 26 ratings
  • Trashyyy

    Two lovely people talking vile trash and truth is stranger than fiction. Love from Australia.

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    Australiaa year ago
  • A

    Too much giggling & stretching the story.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • A little more research (or some fact-checking) would be in order. The San Fernando Valley is not the same as the San Joaquin Valley. The former is actually part of Los Angeles County and, although a center of citrus production and other agriculture that suffered when the LA basin became a metropolis, it is not the great loser in the Owens Valley water battle. The latter, the San Joaquin Valley - otherwise known as the Central Valley - is actually the "breadbasket" you spoke of and the region tha... more

    a year ago
  • Excruciating to listen to

    Not only is there no script, weak research and a barely discernible grasp of story, this pod is also crammed with lame interjections, clichés and the most inane filler — like a book report written on the bus to school. Have a little more regard for your audience, guys.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Great stories with great unheard information, I'm sure. I just can't get past the lip smacking, umm's, lip smacking, likes, lip smacking and giggling. more

    Karly Mc
    2 years ago

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