Mo Rocca at all times had a factor for obituaries, so when the parents at CBS Information have been itching for a podcast thought, he had it: Mobituaries.

The brand new podcast appears to be like at “the lifetime of an individual…all of us love and keep in mind, however are prepared for a re-evaluation.”

You may hear Rocca focus on the brand new present on the Speaking Tech podcast. Simply click on the hyperlink under to have a pay attention.

Mobituaries is a superb thought for an audio present that goes past the previous “Biography” TV collection. As a substitute of a linear method of from start to demise, with interviews from those that knew her or him, Rocca’s takes an audio journey into as he says, the “re-evaluation” of the life, courtesy of clips from the CBS Information archive, and recent interviews with pals, lovers and consultants.

The present is off to a powerful begin, rating within the prime 20 (No. 12 as of Thursday) on the Apple iTunes podcast most downloaded chart.

Not all of the episodes are straight bios. The primary episode appeared on the unhappy profession of Vaughn Meader, the lifeless ringer for president John Kennedy whose profession was going gangbusters till JFK was killed. Final week’s present had enjoyable with forgotten TV sitcom characters who disappeared — like Valerie Harper, the star of the present that was referred to as “Valerie,” right into a wage dispute modified the title to “Valerie’s Household.”

The newest “Mobit,” which posted at the moment, is known as “Forgotten Forerunners” and profiles three African-People “we should always know extra about,” says Rocca. Moses Fleetwood Walker was a baseball participant for the Toledo Blue Stockings within the 1880s, “manner earlier than Jackie Robinson,” Elizabeth Jennings was kicked off a streetcar, sued and gained 100 years earlier than Rosa Parks and Lois Weber was the primary lady employed to direct a movie, a 1914 tackle William Shakespeare’s The Service provider of Venice.”

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“That is our first episode to characteristic folks you in all probability have not heard of,” he says. “And doubtless will not be the final.”

CBS has commissioned eight episodes to run at first, with a second season slated for the autumn, the place it can coincide with a Mobituaries e book. 

The tome will not simply be a group of tales from the podcast, he says, however will embody many different obits about folks he finds attention-grabbing as nicely. “They should be issues I actually really feel in my intestine that I care about this particular person.” He mentions an eclectic listing starting from president Herbert Hoover to 1970s TV famous person Farrah Fawcett, and extra leisure royalty — Audrey Hepburn and Sammy Davis. Jr.  

Rocca is a former Each day Present correspondent whose position on CBS Sunday Morning is to do tales on the lighter aspect of life and who additionally serves as a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait….Do not Inform Me

How does he juggle Sunday Morning, the podcast and his outdoors actions? “I do not sleep rather a lot nowadays,” he says. “It is an actual privilege to do belongings you’re inquisitive about.”

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