American Scandal

Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.

Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.

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Wondery Presents: Frozen Head

Wondery Presents: Frozen Head

Mon, 23 Jan 2023 09:00

Hosted by Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit show Morbid.

When 90-year-old Laurence Pilgeram drops dead on the sidewalk outside his condo, you might think that’s the end of his story. But, really, it’s just the beginning. Because Laurence and others like him have signed up to be frozen and brought back to life in the future. And that belief will pull multiple generations of the Pilgeram family into a cryonics soap opera filled with dead pets, gold coins, grenades, fist fights, mysterious packages, family feuds, Hall of Fame baseball legends, and frozen heads — lots of frozen heads. From Wondery, comes a story about life, death, and what comes next.

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If you had the chance to be brought back to life hundreds of years in the future, would you take it? Wondry's newest podcast Frozen Head hosted by Ash and Oleno of the hit show Morbid tells the true story of Lawrence Pilgrim, a lifelong scientist who planned for death his entire life because for him death wasn't the end, but just the beginning. Lawrence's dream was to be frozen and brought back to life in the future and his story is a cryonic soap opera filled with dead pets, grenades, family feuds, all of famed baseball legends, and of course Frozen Heads. It's a story about the desire to avoid death. The lengths people will go to to make that a reality and what it means to be alive to begin with. You're about to hear a clip from Frozen Head and while you're listening follow Frozen Head wherever you get your podcasts and hey prime members you can binge all six episodes and free on Amazon music download the Amazon music app today. It's a fresh spring day in Montana, but inside a modest white ranch house, the living room is filled with death. There's a dead fox, a couple of dead coyotes and deer heads mounted on the wall. This is the Pilgrim's home. Pilgrim as in Lawrence Pilgrim, the man who tried to have his wife frozen in Alcourt, the very same, but this is his son Kurt's house. On this day Kurt's son Lawrence's grandson Benjamin is at home when he hears something outside. I remember the dogs barking when he pulled up the dogs always bark when anybody pulls into the place. Now normally the mailman delivers to the mailbox by the road, but today he's come all the way up to the front door and he's holding a package. He didn't leave it at the door like what they usually do, so I was like yeah well I'm sure it's just something he's to be signed for it. So Benjamin opens the door. I met him and I signed for the box as I'm signed for him looking at the box. It was just a regular old cardboard box. It's a rectangular shaped box about a foot long and half as wide, a little bit bigger than a shoe box. Benjamin is used to seeing boxes arrive at the house. His dad Kurt sells tools, but something about this one is different. I'm thinking this is a pretty small box. It doesn't sound like it's full of tools. Benjamin says thank you and as the mailman walks back to his truck, Benjamin takes a closer look at what's in his hands. I believe the markings were extremely fragile, ashes or body remains or something of that regard was on the side of it. Oh this is definitely not a box of tools. No it's not. His dad is out on a delivery, but Benjamin decides to give him a call. I was like let me at least give him a heads up because this sounds like something that he may have to deal with. Yeah like a box of human remains is probably something he'll have to deal with. I was like your dad was going to be frozen upon his death. Is that correct? Fair question. My dad said yes he was going to be frozen. Why do you ask? I was like I am holding a box that I just signed for that is containing someone's ashes. Hey prime members you can binge all six episodes of Frozen Head ad free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today.