Why we’re still mesmerized by the myth of Rasputin
In the century since Russia’s “Mad Monk” was poisoned, we’ve come to believe a lot of things: he was mystical, he was evil, he was the world’s greatest lover.
This hour: Rasputin — the all-too-human peasant who found his way to friendship with the Romanovs and the comical, absurd version of him that just won’t die.
- Chris Roberson: Co-writer of the Hellboy comic Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon
- Douglas Smith: Historian and author of Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, Cat Pastor, Dylan Reyes, and Lily Tyson contributed to this show, which originally aired May 3, 2022.