Mobituaries – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talk about my experience with Non-fictional podcast Mobituaries hosted by Mo Rocca. The podcast had 5 full episodes at the time of review.


Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the Podcast: Mobituaries.

Mobituaries is mostly a history and storytelling podcast created by CBS News. The host Mo Rocca puts out episodes that hover around the 45 minute mark. Currently there’s 5 full episodes along with a 2 minute trailer for the first season. The language used is clean, but the subject matter is scattered and erratic in nature.

The description in the trailer actually provides a better overview of what to expect from the show than the show description so I would like to share that now. “Join CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, humorist, and history buff Mo Rocca for an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him.”

Mo Rocca is somewhat of a household name, many people are aware of his work and have heard his voice. So when I saw he was doing a podcast that sense of familiarity persuaded me into checking it out. I won’t lie a tip top pun name helps catch my attention too. I expected something really newsy and informative. I expected a lot of the material to be obituaries, talking about who wrote them and  what was said, but that really isn’t the case. This is why I liked the trailer description more than the show description, it doesn’t even mention the word obituaries.

So after I realized the show was to be quite different than what I expected, I settled in and listened up. The first episode was about Infamous JFK Impersonator and comedian Vaughn Meader. The episode came across almost like a history or book report of this guy’s life, or atleast the parts that led him towards being a presidential parrot and the inevitable fallout. Mo is very well researched and quite thorough in his presentation. The common element in his choice of topics seems to be more about examining loss rather than death. What Vaughn Meader lost over the course of his career, what we lose when characters are written out of sitcoms, what bits of history are missing from the public’s common knowledge. You could say I found myself wondering ‘is this loss’? I definitely got sucked into the storytelling, I especially like when the topic of an episode is something that most people don’t tend to think about often. Even in famous cases like Audery Hepburn, Mo presents the true story most people forget about in favor of Breakfast at Tiffany’s reverie. Mooooon Rocca, wider than a mile… Sorry couldn’t resist.

I liked mostly everything about the show to honest. I’m going to keep listening to every episode, especially if the trend of examining lesser known people holds true. There are lots of clips and discussion snippets within each episode that keep you engaged. The episodes are an ideal length, I feel like I get the whole story with adequate details each episode and I’m not left wanting. Mobituaries is not trying to be evocative akin to something like Imagined Life, but I still feel a bit put on when they skirt so close to replicating one of my favorite podcasts. My favorite casts end up moving me in some way, I can’t help but want to talk about them. Mobituaries is perfectly factual and sucks you in, but I remain unchanged after an episode.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I would give Mobituaries a ⅘, a round of applause.

Anyone who enjoys history, looking at historical figures or ideas and learning the whole factual story will enjoy Mobituaries. The podcast is excelling at what it set out to do and I hope Mo can continue to explore off the beaten path figures and ideas in particular

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.