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The past, rediscovered Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Reporter Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers. Available every weekday morning.

The past, rediscovered Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Reporter Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers. Available every weekday morning.
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The past, rediscovered Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Reporter Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers. Available every weekday morning.

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English


Episodes

A bridge of ice at Niagara Falls

1/16/2019
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Once upon a time, people walked between the U.S. and Canada over a frozen Niagara Falls. But one day, that all changed forever.

Duration:00:05:07

The only person Hitler loved

1/15/2019
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Adolf Hitler's mother may be the only person he genuinely cared for.

Duration:00:04:51

A history of the U.S.-Mexico border

1/14/2019
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For decades, the boundary between Mexico and the United States was little more than an imaginary line in the sand.

Duration:00:06:43

A presidential emergency that didn't end well

1/11/2019
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When a steel industry strike threatened military production during the Korean War, and Congress couldn’t come to an agreement, President Truman had a solution — declare a national emergency.

Duration:00:06:46

How Lego took over the toy world

1/10/2019
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Lego started as a company that made wooden toys, and grew into an empire of plastic building blocks.

Duration:00:06:31

The summer men rebelled against their shirts

1/9/2019
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It doesn't seem like a big deal today, but 1930s America lived in fear of the male nipple.

Duration:00:05:29

The researcher whose rats predicted the Internet

1/8/2019
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John Calhoun’s rodent experiments revolutionized the way we think about social behavior and the impact of growing populations.

Duration:00:06:45

One of the greatest astronomers of her generation

1/7/2019
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Nancy Grace Roman was one of NASA’s first female astronomers and was a key figure in the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Duration:00:05:53

How one World War II veteran lived to be a centenarian

1/4/2019
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At 112-years-old, Richard Overton was the oldest living World War II veteran.

Duration:00:05:02

A wooden mallet with a colorful history of being shattered

1/3/2019
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Throughout American history, speakers of the House have pounded their gavels so hard in search of order that they wind up smashing the gavel itself into smithereens.

Duration:00:05:35

The rabble rouser who inspired Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1/2/2019
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Dorothy Kenyon was an early leader in the legal fight for women's rights.

Duration:00:06:33

Mourning Bobby Kennedy

1/1/2019
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We're taking a little break over the holidays to look back on some of the best Retropod episodes from 2018. Today, we look back on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

Duration:00:06:26

The story of the real Charlotte of ‘Charlotte's Web’

12/31/2018
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We're taking a little break over the holidays to look back on some of the best Retropod episodes from 2018. Today, an episode co-hosted by Madeline Daly, who won our Retropod trivia contest at the 2018 National Book Festival.

Duration:00:06:32

The day Martin Luther King Jr. died

12/28/2018
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We're taking a little break over the holidays to look back on some of the best Retropod episodes from 2018. Today, our episode marking the date Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, 50 years ago this April.

Duration:00:07:46

Doughnuts, the most patriotic of the junk foods

12/27/2018
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We're taking a little break over the holidays to look back on some of the best Retropod episodes from 2018. Today, doughnuts. They aren’t just delicious. They also helped America win a war.

Duration:00:04:00

Ida B. Wells, the woman who never gave up

12/26/2018
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We're taking a little break over the holidays to look back on some of the best Retropod episodes from 2018. Today, Ida B. Wells, who was an investigative journalist, an anti-lynching activist, a suffragette and a teacher.

Duration:00:06:38

Big Bird and the genius inside

12/25/2018
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We're taking a little break over the holidays to look back on some of the best Retropod episodes from 2018. Today, the story of Caroll Spinney and his iconic character Big Bird.

Duration:00:06:42

The military’s famous Santa Tracker began with a wrong number

12/24/2018
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In the 1950s, a child trying to call Santa Claus accidentally called NORAD and changed Christmas Eve forever.

Duration:00:06:09

The Christmas Truce

12/21/2018
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During the first Christmas of World War I, a miracle took place all along the Europe’s Western Front.

Duration:00:05:46

A piece of punctuation that failed to leave its mark

12/20/2018
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A new punctuation mark called the interrobang found its way onto some typewriters in the 1960s, but it never caught on.

Duration:00:05:47