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September 8, 2020
She was never supposed to be queen. But in 1474, when Isabella of Castile’s half-brother King Enrique died, she seized h..
She was never supposed to be q..
September 1, 2020
Tired of playing second fiddle, Isabella decided to turn on her husband and join forces with his enemies: the exiled bar..
Tired of playing second fiddle..
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August 26, 2020
We all know that medical professionals are trained to give exceptional care. But in the new Parcast Original, Medical Mu..
We all know that medical profe..
August 25, 2020
All her life, Isabella of France knew she was going to be Queen consort of England. But when her husband took the throne..
All her life, Isabella of Fran..
August 18, 2020
He attacked the press, oversaw egregious human rights violations, and even welcomed a notorious Nazi war criminal into h..
He attacked the press, oversaw..
August 11, 2020
In 1932, 20-year-old Alfredo Stroessner was a cadet at the Paraguayan military academy. It would take a little over two ..
In 1932, 20-year-old Alfredo S..
August 4, 2020
From 1973 to 1990, Augusto Pinochet ruled over Chile with a brutality that left tens of thousands people missing, tortur..
From 1973 to 1990, Augusto Pin..
July 28, 2020
He was a career military man until a coup against socialist President Salvador Allende installed him as Chile’s next lea..
He was a career military man u..
July 21, 2020
After establishing himself as a military dictator, Videla fought a bloody conflict against citizens of his own country. ..
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July 14, 2020
In 1976, after thirty years as a military officer, Videla led a coup against the disastrous President Isabel Perón. He n..
In 1976, after thirty years as..
July 7, 2020
In a move inspired by his hero, Napoleon, Bokassa named himself Emperor of the Central African Republic in 1977. But his..
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June 30, 2020
Orphaned as a six-year-old in the late 1920s, Jean-Bédel Bokassa eventually found stability and prestige in the French A..
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June 23, 2020
June 16, 2020
His early life, before seizing power in 1968, is shrouded in mystery. But what we do know is that Francisco Macias Nguem..
His early life, before seizing..
June 9, 2020
Throughout the 1970s, Idi Amin ruled over Uganda with an ironfist as means to make sure he stayed in the spotlight. Mass..
Throughout the 1970s, Idi Amin..
June 2, 2020
Growing up in colonial Uganda in the 1930s and ‘40s, Idi Amin chose to embrace his British colonists by joining the Brit..
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May 26, 2020
As he continued the family legacy of oppression, Kim Jong-un looked to show the world he was more than just a laughing s..
As he continued the family leg..
May 19, 2020
For the first two decades of his life, the world was unaware of the existence of Kim Jong-un. Hidden in the penthouses o..
For the first two decades of h..
May 12, 2020
After carrying the legacy of his father into the 1990s, Kim Jong-il took a defensive stance against the world, isolating..
After carrying the legacy of h..
May 5, 2020
Born in a guerilla camp in the early 1940s, Kim Jong-il seemed destined to take his father's place. Under the grooming o..
Born in a guerilla camp in the..
April 28, 2020
In the aftermath of the Korean War, Kim Il-sung used propaganda and violence to exert total control of North Korea and i..
In the aftermath of the Korean..
April 21, 2020
We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Dictators today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for you..
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April 14, 2020
If you enjoy the true stories told in Dictators, check out this episode from our series Kingpins: He was the Panamanian ..
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If you enjoy the true stories told in Dictators, check out this episode from our series Kingpins: How did Manuel Noriega..
April 10, 2020
He purged Wallachia of enemies and retained an iron grip on power in the region. But as Vlad the Impaler's power expande..
He purged Wallachia of enemies..