Grim & Mild Presents

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An ongoing exploration of history’s most unusual and the macabre themes. Each 13-episode season unpacks a new topic in fresh format and style. Presented and executive produced by Aaron Mahnke. Season 1: "Sideshow", is all about the history behind one of America's most bizarre institutions, the traveling sideshow.

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Grim & Mild Presents: Season 2 Trailer
This summer, Grim & Mild Presents continues its journey into the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating. For our newest season, we’ll be taking to the high seas to explore one of history’s most notorious types of criminal: pirates. From naval battles and buried treasure, to deadly sword fights and stolen rum. Prepare to raise anchor! Grim & Mild Presents: Pirates sets sail on Friday, July 8th. See for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2022
Sideshow 13: The Legacy of Looking
Centuries of history have led us to this point. The show continues to go on. But even though the sideshow looks a bit different these days… we still see its signature everywhere. We haven’t looked away.  Want to hear more even though our time is up? The sideshow curious should be sure to check out the following:  Freaks by Tod Browning  The digital Lost Museum Project, curated by the City University of New York  The P.T. Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut  The International Independent Showmen’s Museum in Gibsonton, Florida Showman’s Rest Cemetery in La Grange, Illinois  Freak Show: Presenting Human Oddities for Amusement and Profit by Dr. Robert Bogdan  Louder Than a Riot by guest Kim Kelly, who writes about labor and the sideshow See for privacy information.
Jun 24, 2022
Sideshow 12: Murder in Gibtown
Behind the glitz and glamour of the stage, darkness lurked. And sometimes, that darkness was inescapable – and lived right in our own homes.    If you or someone you know is in danger, there’s help available. Please reach out to the Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE for support. See for privacy information.
Jun 10, 2022
Sideshow 11: Inseparable
Families are curious entities. Blood, they tell us, is thicker than water. But what happens if there’s something stronger than blood that keeps you together… for better or for worse?  See for privacy information.
May 27, 2022
Sideshow 10: Monster Medicine
When he was born, they called Frank Lentini a monster… but what did that even mean? We’ll follow his story as we learn folklore, magic, medicine, and one man’s quest for the American Dream.  See for privacy information.
May 13, 2022
Sideshow 9: Born This Way
From the Bronx to the silver screen, Schlitzie charmed all who knew him. And for those who loved him, they’d stop at nothing to keep him safe.  See for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2022
Sideshow 8: Lion & Lamb
Humans are animals. But at some point throughout the course of evolution, our species got the upperhand. Today, a short history of our co-existence with the animal kingdom… and what happened when we decided that these animals would join us on stage. See for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2022
Sideshow 7: Collision Course
Circus trains: they were cities on wheels, integral to the sideshow circuit and home to all performers. Today, they’re a relic of a bygone time…but there’s one train that has solidified its place in the history books due to unthinkable tragedy.  See for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2022
Sideshow 6: Beauty Marks
As humans, we are drawn to beauty. We decorate ourselves. We primp, we preen, and sometimes...we poke.  Join us as we dive into the colorful world of tattooing—and the mark it left on the sideshow. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Mar 18, 2022
Sideshow 5: Whisked Away
Among the bearded ladies of the Sideshow, Julia Pastrana’s story is the longest: it spans her short life and long death, revealing the lengths some will go to make a buck. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Mar 04, 2022
Sideshow 4: A Living Curiosity
Lavinia Warren was able to travel the world and charm audiences wherever she went. But what set Lavinia apart from many of her peers were the choices she was able to make along the way.  Be sure to check out the Bridgeport Public Library’s Barnum collection, if you’re in the neighborhood – if not, take a look at the incredible digitization holdings here. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Feb 18, 2022
Sideshow 3: The Mother of All Humbugs
Joice Heth never wanted to be in show business. It wasn’t the world that she came from. But when she met P.T. Barnum, the course of her life took a turn she never saw coming. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Feb 04, 2022
Sideshow 2: The Long Way Home
The story of Saartjie Baartman is not an easy one to hear, but it certainly gives us an intimate look into how the early traveling sideshow once operated, and how some human bodies were treated in the process. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Jan 21, 2022
Sideshow 1: Gaff Daddy
Every story has a beginning, and the tale of the American sideshow—in many ways—begins in the aftermath of one man’s personal tragedy. Learn how it all began, and what the early days were like, on the inaugural episode of Grim & Mild Presents: Sideshow. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2022
Introducing Grim & Mild Presents
Welcome to Grim & Mild Presents. Each 13-episode season (published every other week, ongoing, for a non-stop, ongoing experience) will dive into the strange, the unusual, and the fascinating. History has never been this intriguing. Learn more about your ad-choices at See for privacy information.
Dec 17, 2021