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  • On December 2nd, 1936 John Ringling died. He had $311 in the bank. His estate was officially appraised at $23,500,000. Today, that would be almost half a billion dollars.

    Members of the Ringling family controlled the circus until 1967 when they sold it to the Feld family, who kept the name. In 2017 The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus closed out it's last tour, and walked off the lot for the last time ever.

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  • The Greatest Show on Earth -- a slogan adopted in 1919 when The Ringling Brothers Circus combined with the Barnum & Bailey Circus to begin the last ever chapter of the historic American Circus. In a time before YouTube, or television the circus was a seriously big deal. And as long as we have known the circus , it’s always been a family affair. The first place the world ever saw such a show, such an idea, was in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Single unit European families began putting on small road shows and traveling from town to town with their unique skills. Tightrope performers, equestrians, acrobats… They lived and worked as a family. And though the Ringling Brothers came along more than a century later, they were no different. They just scaled it up a bit. Hired a few non-blood relative assets. But in the beginning it was truly nothing but a family affair. Just 5 brothers and a crazy dream.

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  • Today we’re taking a visit to the cemetery… to remember a part of American history, whose grave is still warm to the touch. As a child I attended a show myself alongside my sisters, but our kids will only hear tales and myths of the animals, the ringleaders, the tents… You may mourn their passing, or you may disagree with the ethics of the entire idea and be glad this chapter has come to a close... This sibling set founded the longest reigning circus dynasty America ever will ever see. They are… The Ringling Brothers.

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  • “I have made no provision in this my will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection, because I have already done so during my lifetime.”

    - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    “My sister spoke a rather lovely and convincing French, but I got to live a more French life.”

    - Princess Lee Radziwill

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  • They were alike in a lot of ways -- Both loved the arts, and they were both guilty of spending actual fortunes on the contents of their closets… Both loved everything European. But their favorite place was Lasata, East Hampton New York, where their father encouraged the genius and beauty in everything they did.

    But they were different people at their core. One loved to sink into the back of the classroom with her nose in a book; one wanted everyone to know her. One was a flirt; one was more about practicality. One always struggled to find funds; one attracted money like it grew on trees. One submitted herself to the traditions she grew up in, and made the most of the roles of her time -- she took all she could; the other rebelled against the boundaries forced on her, sacrificing comforts, security, and praise. One wrestled with her identity for her entire life, trying to find a way to shine on her own stage; one fought overwhelming publicity and clung to the little privacy she was allowed. 2 sisters. Money, husbands, camera flashes, couture sunglasses, and too much tragedy for one lifetime.


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  • Today we’re talking about sister duo literally born and bred for the world stage. They were 2 of the most glamorous women of the 20th century. One changed the white house forever, and set a new template for what a First Lady of the United States could be, and would be. The other would wander for a lifetime, trying to find her own limelight and step out of the shadows of her sister. Their lifelong quest?? Money, Power, and Glory. And they found it. But it never quite satisfied the hunger they both carried. They will forever be remembered, but they lost each other along the way. They are… Jackie O aka Jackie Kennedy, and Princess Lee Radziwill. The Bouvier sisters.

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  • Today we’re taking a deep-dive into a family riddled with controversy and carnage. Every player involved has blood on their hands, yet there is no doubt they are “America's royal family” You may love them, you may despise them. They are... the Kardashians. Think what you want about this family, but there is no denying that they have shaped more of our culture than most of us realize. They brought a new level of transparency and vulnerability to a world full of smoke and mirrors. They were the original influencers...they created the formula that instagramers, vloggers, and beauty gurus use to this day. They perfectly married “untouchable celebrity” with “relatable best friend”. They’re basically hypnotizing us and we freaking love it. So how did they do it?? Who ARE these people anyway?? Let's talk about it.

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  • I always thought of the Kardashians as an accident, but in doing this research I have come to realize they are far from it. It’s so calculated that it almost doesn't even seem real... how could someone have that much foresight to create such a massive... empire essentially? Or WAS it partly an accident? Could someone really think that they’d be able to create something so huge?! Let's break it down.

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  • Today we’re looking at a brother duo whose imagination and belief in each other changed the world. Their influence is more alive today than ever before, and their mark has been recorded in every nation on earth. They shaped the landscape of the entertainment industry we know today, and are some of the most influential people in all of American history. Their biggest mission? To spark joy & happiness in as many hearts as possible, and to do it in a way that could only be explained by magic. They are… Roy and Walt Disney. Let's talk about where they came from, why they were so close, and how in the world they were able to create the empire that is... Disney.

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  • When we left Roy & Walt at the end of the first episode of their story, they were barely able to afford food, and Walt had just left Kansas City to meet up with his big brother in LA. They are going to found the first cartoon studio in Hollywood. They don't ave a plan, they don't know if they'll be able to survive as entrepreneurs, but they have each other. Betrayal, mental breakdowns, marriage... and the birth of a certain mouse named Mickey. Let's get into it.

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  • By the time he died, Walt Disney and his Imagineers had mastered the art of magic using every communication medium known to man. In 1966, Walt Disney Productions estimated that around the world 240 million people saw a Disney movie, and almost 7 million made the trek to a place that felt more like a dream than reality, a place pulled right out of Walt’s imagination… Disneyland. It was here that Walt spent most of his time in the last decade of his life. It was here that he really lived. A Kingdom of magic, and just a little pixie dust. The Happiest Place on Earth. But behind it all, from the beginning until the end, there were just 2 brothers and a mouse.

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