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American History Tellers

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American History Tellers is an immersive history show, drawing listeners into the drama of the era. Using evocative language, sound design and music, the show will transport us through the important events and periods that have defined American history. We’ll meet the people who made decisions and drove events, we’ll go to the places where the story unfolded, and be flies on the walls in the rooms where it happened — all while keeping a keen eye on the lives of everyday people living through it.

American History Tellers is an immersive history show, drawing listeners into the drama of the era. Using evocative language, sound design and music, the show will transport us through the important events and periods that have defined American history. We’ll meet the people who made decisions and drove events, we’ll go to the places where the story unfolded, and be flies on the walls in the rooms where it happened — all while keeping a keen eye on the lives of everyday people living through it.
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American History Tellers is an immersive history show, drawing listeners into the drama of the era. Using evocative language, sound design and music, the show will transport us through the important events and periods that have defined American history. We’ll meet the people who made decisions and drove events, we’ll go to the places where the story unfolded, and be flies on the walls in the rooms where it happened — all while keeping a keen eye on the lives of everyday people living through it.

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English


Episodes

The Space Race | Starting Gun | 1

5/16/2018
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Remember Werner von Braun? We talked a little bit about him in our Cold War series. He was in charge of the German rocket program in World War II. First used to lob missiles and bombs all over Europe, von Braun always dreamed of something better than weapons. As the Soviet and American forces were closing in on Germany to end the war, von Braun saw only one way out: surrender to the American forces and get to the States. Amid the wreckage of the Third Reich, the first leg of the Space...

Duration:00:44:09

History Through Innovation - Interview with Steven Johnson | 1

5/10/2018
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The phone in your hand is more powerful than all of the computers that put a man on the moon, combined. In the age of supercomputers, driverless cars, and mail-order DNA testing it’s easy to forget that the journey to these incredible innovations was a lot of surprising moments. We’re fascinated with the scientists, engineers and innovators who changed the world for the better… and sometimes worse. These are the leaps of mankind, as they happened. Introducing American Innovations from...

Duration:00:44:34

The Age of Jackson - Manifest Destiny | 6

5/2/2018
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“Manifest Destiny” is a uniquely American idea. The phrase captured the sense of inevitability—and entitlement—many citizens still feel. But in the 19th century this idea consumed American’s thought and identity. In the minds of white settlers moving westward, expansion was key to protecting American democracy. But white settlers weren’t equipped for the wild, harsh, and desolate newly-American landscape they found. Those who did make it to California had Mexican governance to deal with...

Duration:00:45:22

The Age of Jackson - The Little Magician | 5

4/25/2018
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During the last years of Jackson's presidency, the economy flourished. The national debt was paid in full, industry and agriculture boomed. But when Martin Van Buren assumed the presidency, he inherited an economic disaster. The divide between rich and poor was growing and people were starting to lose their patience. The country was so on edge that the threat of increase in the price of flour caused riots in Manhattan. How this happened and more, in today's episode. Support us by...

Duration:00:40:04

The Age of Jackson - Great White Father | 4

4/18/2018
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During his political rise, Jackson distinguished himself with his ability to exact ruthless military victories over indigenous people. As President Native Americans felt the brunt of this power. Whatever his achievements during his lifetime, his legacy is forever "Indian removal" from lands they'd originally inhabited to make way for white settlers. And none would feel the brunt of Jackson’s force more than the groups known as the Five Civilized Tribes—“civilized,” white settlers...

Duration:00:40:36

The Age of Jackson - King Mob | 3

4/11/2018
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From the beginning, Jackson's administration was riddled with controversy. Citizens mobbed the White Hours on inauguration day, breaking furniture and fine china. They were only lured out with alcohol. And then there was the "Petticoat Affair." His Secretary of War, John Henry Eaton, was the ideal candidate for what we now call the Secretary of State, but there was one small problem... the most beautiful woman in Washington. John was having an affair with a sailor's wife which started...

Duration:00:37:49

The Age of Jackson - Good Feelings | 2

4/4/2018
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In the summer of 1817, President James Monroe toured the country in an effort to unite the ever-growing United States, torn between bitter political battles that overshadowed national conflict. To Monroe, the nation seemed ready “to get back into the great family of the union.” And based on reactions to his speech, he was right. A Federalist newspaper hailed Monroe’s visit, and his message of togetherness, as a success. It ushered in what became known as “The Era of Good Feelings.” In...

Duration:00:36:46

The Age of Jackson - America Burns | 1

3/28/2018
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In August 1814, the White House burned. A fire that would eventually consume the entire nation in Civil War was already burning. This is Antebellum America. This is the adolescence of the United States, when the country grew at tremendous speed, and when fundamental questions about the kind of place it would be were being asked. Like, could the states put their individual differences aside to remain one country? And could this new country live up to its lofty ideals, especially when it...

Duration:00:40:03

Wondery Presents: Safe For Work | 1

3/23/2018
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We wanted to take a moment to present a new show that focuses on you. Subscribe and listen to Safe For Work on Apple Podcasts, wherever you're listening to this or visit wondery.fm/safeforwork

Duration:00:12:24

Prohibition - Interview with Lillian Cunningham | 8

3/21/2018
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Do you know the record for the longest ratification period of any constitutional amendment? Lillian Cunningham did. She’s an editor with the Washington Post, host of two outstanding American History podcasts, Presidential and Constitutional, and she’s our guest today. We’ll talk about amendments, those presidents you can never remember (can you name anything about Millard Fillmore?) and she helps us preview the next series on AHT, the Age of Jackson. Support us by supporting our...

Duration:00:38:01

Prohibition - We Want Beer | 7

3/14/2018
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The people had spoken: They wanted beer, and they wanted it now, but not just for drinking. Protestors wanted the jobs that came with breweries, and the country was desperate from the money that could come from alcohol taxes. As quickly as temperance organizations sprang up in the decade before, anti-Prohibition organizations appeared in every city. But, a constitutional amendment had never been repealed before. The anti-Prohibition leagues realized they needed someone bigger than a...

Duration:00:40:36

Introducing This Is War | 1

3/13/2018
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A raw look at the combat and homecoming experience from American veterans who have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This Is War” chronicles the trials of combat vets both abroad and at home. Subscribe today: wondery.fm/thisiswar

Duration:00:09:31

Prohibition - Down and Out | 6

3/7/2018
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Closing Time by Daniel Francis provides a good account of the border wars and smuggling across the northern border. Robert Rockaway’s article “The Notorious Purple Gang” details the gang’s origin as well as the Cleaners and Dyers War. For information about the link between Prohibition and organized crime in Chicago, Gus Russo’s The Outfit and Get Capone by Johnathan Eig are invaluable sources. Al Capone’s Beer Wars by John J. Binder is a fantastic re-assessment of the period that sorts...

Duration:00:41:23

Prohibition - Poisoning the Well | 5

2/28/2018
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While Prohibition was successful in closing the saloon, it didn’t quench America’s thirst. Enterprising bootleggers found more ways to provide more alcohol to parched Americans – so much that there was finally enough supply to meet demand. New drinking establishments popped up across the nation: speakeasies. Forced underground, these new types of saloons operated under new rules, too. Women drank right alongside the men, and both black and white patrons danced together to Duke Ellington...

Duration:00:36:46

Bonus | Prohibition Recap | 5

2/26/2018
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It's another bonus episode of American History Tellers! Missed episodes 1-3? You can catch up here. If you already listened, you may hear something new...

Duration:00:15:46

Prohibition - Speakeasy | 3

2/21/2018
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While Prohibition was successful in closing the saloon, it didn’t quench America’s thirst. Enterprising bootleggers found more ways to provide more alcohol to parched Americans – so much that there was finally enough supply to meet demand. New drinking establishments popped up across the nation: speakeasies. Forced underground, these new types of saloons operated under new rules, too. Women drank right alongside the men, and both black and white patrons danced together to Duke Ellington...

Duration:00:35:49

Prohibition - Drying Out | 2

2/14/2018
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When a German U-boat torpedoed the RMS Lusitania on Friday, May 7th, 1915, Americans found two new enemies: Germany and the beer it was so associated with. Anti-German sentiment grew, and with it hostility to the breweries founded in the 19th century by German immigrants. Soon, the war effort and the temperance movement were linked: it was patriotic to abstain, and Prohibition became law. How did America cope? They swapped their stool at the bar for a seat at the soda shop, listening to...

Duration:00:34:32

Prohibition - The Dry Crusade | 1

2/7/2018
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This is part one of our six part series on American Prohibition. Lets go back to a time before the colorful images of flappers, gangsters, jazz, and bootlegging which framed the roaring 20's to a less colorful time when The Women's Christian Temperance Union brought about the Volstead Act, an amendment of the constitution which banned alcoholic or intoxicating beverages from 1920 to 1933. How did these women whom did not even have the right to vote at the time bring about sweeping change...

Duration:00:42:32

Introducing Business Wars | 1

2/6/2018
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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John...

Duration:00:10:46

The Cold War - Interview with Audra Wolfe and Patrick Wyman

1/31/2018
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We’re closing out our series on the Cold War with two interviews with fascinating historians. First, we’re talking with Audra Wolfe, the author of Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America, and the writer of this first six-part series of American History Tellers. Then, we take a seat in the way-back machine with Patrick Wyman, host of the hit podcasts Fall of Rome and Tides of History. We’ll investigate how the Cold War standoff between the United...

Duration:00:49:59

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