While driving down to Arizona we listened to a number of episodes of a podcast called Mobituaries. The host is Mo Rocca, who many people know as a correspondent for the Sunday Morning show on CBS. Mo has long been fascinated with obituaries and each podcast is dedicated to telling listeners about a person of interest who has passed away. Mo and his staff have done their research and you learn the most fascinating things about each person. Mo’s natural charm and sense of humour add lots of interest and spice to each episode.
Dave and I listened to a mobituary about the very colourful Billy Carter, brother of President Jimmy Carter. We found out he had been a recovering alcoholic who dedicated the last years of his life to helping people with a similar addiction.
Mo has an episode about Lawrence Welk the bandleader whose television program of music and dance was on the airwaves for over thirty years. I had no idea he had dropped out of school in grade four and became a musician by learning to play a mail-order accordion.
I was surprised to hear about the traumatic childhood of the famous actress Audrey Hepburn. Her family nearly starved to death during World War II.
We also learned some startling things about Neanderthals from their mobituary. Did you know we almost all have some Neanderthal genes?
I had written a blog post about the success of Christina Baker Cline’s book Orphan Train so I was interested to hear interviews with some of the orphans on a Mobituary podcast. Mo believes almost all of the more than 200,000 children who were transported en masse out of eastern American cities to rural midwest communities between 1854 and 1929 have died. He digs out interviews with some of the orphans from radio and television archives.
As some of you know my word for 2020 is LISTEN and one thing I want to do is listen to a variety of podcasts. Mobituaries is one I have tried that I can highly recommend.