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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

Only half of George Washington’s Supreme Court nominees showed up on time

9/19/2018
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All of George Washington’s Supreme Court nominees were confirmed in only two days, but half of them didn't show up on time.

Duration:00:05:17

Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s marriage survived prison but not freedom

9/18/2018
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Their 38-year marriage endured his incarceration and hers.

Duration:00:04:54

The day the nation's capital welcomed the KKK

9/17/2018
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In 1925, 30,000 Klansmen descended on Washington, D.C. The city cheered their arrival.

Duration:00:05:01

The search for the anonymous author of a 1996 political novel

9/14/2018
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Before an unnamed senior official in the Trump administration published the opinion piece, “I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration" in the New York Times, another mysterious anonymous author lit up Washington.

Duration:00:05:46

The surprise hurricane that devastated the Florida Keys

9/13/2018
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In 1935, the Florida Keys ignored the threat of a looming hurricane. When the Category 5 storm made landfall, it left a wake of death and destruction.

Duration:00:04:16

How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

9/12/2018
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It may be hard to believe, but one single event rocketed Einstein to fame.

Duration:00:04:53

The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

9/11/2018
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Heather Penney was among the first female combat pilots in the country. On Sept. 11, 2001, she got a mission: Bring down the fourth hijacked plane hurtling towards Washington.

Duration:00:05:11

Abraham Lincoln says he owes everything to his ‘angel mother’ and ‘mama’

9/10/2018
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President Abraham Lincoln had two loving and supportive mothers in his lifetime. The second helped him cope with the tragic loss of the first.

Duration:00:05:25

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

9/7/2018
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This episode is co-hosted by Madeline Daly, who won Retropod trivia last Saturday at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Duration:00:05:49

Roe v. Wade’s forgotten loser

9/6/2018
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Dallas prosecutor Henry Wade never intended to become a central figure in Supreme Court history.

Duration:00:04:45

The French aviators who almost beat Charles Lindbergh

9/5/2018
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In 1927, the world watched as two French aviators attempted the world’s first transatlantic flight.

Duration:00:04:29

The campus massacre before Kent State

9/4/2018
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The first mass police shooting on a U.S. college campus happened two years before the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University.

Duration:00:04:52

The time the United States illegally deported 1 million Mexican Americans

9/3/2018
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In 1931, President Herbert Hoover started a program that would result in the illegal deportation of 1.8 million people to Mexico by the end of the 1930s. Of those people, 60 percent were U.S. citizens.

Duration:00:05:44

The Quaker abolitionist who was disowned for condemning slave owners

8/31/2018
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Benjamin Lay wrote one of the first treatises against slavery in Colonial America, a time when many prosperous Pennsylvania Quakers were slave owners. But for speaking out, the Quakers disowned him.

Duration:00:06:47

Ida B. Wells, the woman who never gave up

8/30/2018
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Ida B. Wells was an investigative journalist, an anti-lynching activist, a suffragette and a teacher.

Duration:00:06:16

How a Supreme Court clerk changed the decision on Clay v. United States

8/29/2018
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Muhammad Ali was so close to going to jail for evading the draft. He has a Supreme Court clerk to thank for his freedom.

Duration:00:06:05

Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

8/28/2018
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Thomas Blood had somewhat of a shady past. According to Ireland’s History magazine, he had a reputation for espionage and conducting terrorist campaigns — though many of his plans were foiled just in time.

Duration:00:03:52

Being a maverick almost stopped John McCain from becoming a public servant

8/27/2018
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At the Naval Academy, McCain was in a group called the “Bad Bunch” as he rebelled against his father’s expectations.

Duration:00:04:38

Paul Jennings, the former slave who disputed a legend from history

8/24/2018
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According to James Madison’s Virginia mansion Montpelier, Paul Jennings’ account reveals, “how the racial and gender hierarchies of the time complicate the way we understand roles in historic events.”

Duration:00:04:22

What Operation Pied Piper taught us about family separations

8/23/2018
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Millions of British children were evacuated from London and other cities to escape the horrors of war. But the family separations seemed to impart long-term trauma that was in many cases as severe as if they had stayed behind and faced the bombs.

Duration:00:05:00