Hi friends, happy Thursday!
Welcome to the Dark History podcast. The circus. What a fun place for everyone. Unless you’re one of the employees they threw off a moving train. Or are an animal at one. Or were what they considered a “freak” Or even just decided to go be in the audience the day it all got set ablaze. Oh yeah. Today we’re talking about the dark history of the circus. And believe me when I tell you, there is a whole bunch of shady stuff going on under the big top.
I appreciate you for coming by, and tune in next week for more dark history.
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02:45 IT ALL STARTS WITH A PHILLIPROLL
06:06 PHILIP’s AMPITHEATRE
11:03 RICKETTS AND HIS FLAMING CIRCUS
17:24 DECADES OF EXPANSION & THE BIRTH OF THE BIG TOP
26:20 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN?
31:52 CURIOUSITIES OR SOMETHING CRUELER?
36:10 THE GREATEST MERGER
41:16 STEP RIGHT UP, AND ENTER THE DARKNESS!
44:32 THE RINGLING RACKET OF RACISM
52:55 I THOUGHT THE BIG TOP WAS SUPPOSED TO STOP FIRES SMH
55:51 ANIMAL FREAKING RIGHTS
Dark History is an Audioboom Original.
This podcast is Executive Produced by:
Bailey Sarian, Kim Jacobs, Dunia McNeily from 3arts, Ed Simpson, and Claire Turner From Wheelhouse DNA
Producer: Lexxi Kiven
Research provided by: Tisha Dunsten
Writers: Jed Bookout, Joey Scavuzzo, and Kim Yaged
I'm your host -- Bailey Sarian
Special thank you to Historical Consultant Dr. Janet Davis
Video Director: Trent Barboza and Eric Abell
Shot By: Zachariah Huckaby
Edited by: Jim Luci
Production Management: Meredith Ewinger