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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Rogue One' on Netflix, Something True podcast

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Something True

Like its title states, the new podcast from Idle Thumbs delves into a short, fascinating and true story from the footnotes of history.

Part of the podcast's perfectionism lies in its simplicity. Just two people assemble the series. Duncan Fyfe researches and writes the episodes and Alex Ashby hosts and produces the audio. The two produce a charming and sometimes ridiculous series about parts of history that would have otherwise not been told.

Each episode stands on its own with one story clocking in at more than 1,000 years old while others take place within the last few hundred years or so. The first is the story of Laddie Boy, the First Dog of the United States of President Warren G. Harding. According to the episode, the country loved Laddie Boy more than they hated one of the country's worst presidents.

Others take on history's greatest prank (it's not as funny as you might think), an infamous 13-year-old boy who achieved celebrity by being Stockholm's chief witch identifier and a bit about legendary rocket scientist Jack Parsons and his relationship with famed occultist Aleister Crowley.

These stories may not be worth writing whole tomes about, but they could be important puzzle pieces to understanding society today.

If you're looking for a light history podcast with a bit of black comedy, give Something True a listen.

Listen on iTunes, Soundcloud and idlethumbs.net.

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Watch this week

MONDAY

The Bachelorette, 8 p.m., ABC: Rachel returns to the U.S. and goes on four hometown dates to meet the parents of the final four bachelors.

Dessert Games, 8 p.m., Food Network: Four pastry chefs have to turn Guy's favorite diner classic into a sweet imposter, then they have to turn a premade cake into a dessert.

Will, 9 p.m., TNT: Will has an epiphany that could bring him success, but he needs Alice's help.

Preacher, 9 p.m., AMC: Jesse and Tulip's rocky past is revisted, revealing Jesse's darker side.

TUESDAY

Weekend in Havana, 8 p.m., PBS: A walking tour spotlights the people, architecture, culture and history of Cuba.

Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark, 9 p.m., PBS: National Geographic's Joel Sartore attempts to document all of Earth's species. This episode sees him in Madagascar and the Florida Keys.

SEASON PREMIERE: Shooter, 10 p.m., USA: In the second season premiere, Bob Lee Swagger (Ryan Phillippe, right) and wife Julie join his former Marine unit in Germany, narrowly escaping a terrorist attack.

Available now: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Netflix: Ever wondered just how the Rebels obtained the plans to the Death Star? Find out in this essential story in the Star Wars universe.

WEDNESDAY

MasterChef, 8 p.m., Fox: Cooks head to Beverly Hills to take over the breakfast service for The Belvedere restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel.

Salvation, 9 p.m., CBS: Darius and Liam have to invent an impossible piece of technology to divert the asteroid from plummeting into Earth.

THURSDAY

Boy Band, 8 p.m., ABC: The boys perform hits including Uptown Girl, Livin' on a Prayer and True Colors. Then the bottom two face elimination.

Hooten and The Lady, 9 p.m., CW: On their next adventure, Lady Alex and Hooten search for an ancient Sibylline book in Rome.

Descendants, 9 p.m., Disney Channel: The trouble-making offspring of Disney villains get a chance at redemption when they are free from the Isle of Lost and allowed to attend school alongside other Disney descendents.

Zoo, 10 p.m., CBS: Abraham and Dariela reunite with the team to try and stop the hybrids from taking over New York City.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at [email protected] Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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