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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

The night America burned

7/18/2018
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The deadliest wildfire in U.S. history wasn’t in California.

Duration:00:04:01

All the presidents' ghosts

7/17/2018
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Whether you believe in this stuff or not, the many accounts that have spilled out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue over two centuries give ghosts an undeniable place in the country’s history.

Duration:00:03:20

Don't mess with Harriet Tubman

7/16/2018
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She was just 5 feet tall. There was once a $40,000 bounty on her head. She suffered seizures throughout her life. She never gave up. She never gave in.

Duration:00:04:45

The epic bender that launched America

7/13/2018
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Washington and his fellow partiers racked up a bill of $15,000 in today’s currency celebrating the completion of the Constitution.

Duration:00:03:45

A Supreme Court justice morally opposed abortion, but voted to legalize it

7/12/2018
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The justice who helped persuade a majority of the Supreme Court to legalize abortion found the practice unthinkable — personally, but not constitutionally.

Duration:00:05:35

Eartha Kitt confronted the president and it nearly ruined her career

7/11/2018
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At a White House luncheon, actress Eartha Kitt would not let the president or the first lady avoid the issue of the Vietnam War. She paid a heavy price for her boldness.

Duration:00:04:55

Oregon, America’s first and only state to begin as "whites-only"

7/10/2018
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Oregon’s original constitution banned black people from the state, and the law stayed in the constitution for well over 100 years.

Duration:00:04:52

How Eleanor Roosevelt invented the modern idea of a first lady

7/9/2018
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Eleanor Roosevelt held news conferences just for female reporters. The men were not impressed.

Duration:00:04:22

The time America invaded Britain

7/6/2018
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Spoiler: It did not go well.

Duration:00:04:15

The teen who tied a Virginia election

7/5/2018
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In 1971, Stephen Burns was 18 years old and a newly minted voter. He was so jazzed to be a part of the Democratic process.

Duration:00:03:30

Thomas Jefferson's last letter

7/4/2018
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Somehow, in the depths of his personal misery towards the end of his life, Thomas Jefferson had found his powerful way with words again.

Duration:00:03:14

The U.S. government recruited black men to watch them die

7/3/2018
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The Tuskegee syphilis experiment is a horrific, and largely forgotten, piece of American history.

Duration:00:04:08

The deaf men who helped NASA send humans to space

7/2/2018
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In a largely forgotten experiment, a group of students from Gallaudet University spent years helping NASA understand the mechanisms of motion sickness, and how to prevent it.

Duration:00:03:54

That time we thought an asteroid might kill us all

6/29/2018
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In 1998, the world briefly panicked over an asteroid that seemed headed for a close call with Earth. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t.

Duration:00:03:21

The femme fatale

6/28/2018
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For the past 100 years, Mata Hari has been revered as the quintessential glamorous spy. But the real Mata Hari was much more complicated.

Duration:00:04:04

The first congresswoman’s vote

6/27/2018
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In April 1917, Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, faced an agonizing choice. Should she, or should she not, vote for the United States to enter World War I?

Duration:00:05:01

How Hollywood’s first major blockbuster revived the KKK.

6/26/2018
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"The Birth of a Nation" depicted life after the Civil War in a way that glorified Klansmen. The film and its cultural impact led one man to conclude that the time was right to bring back the Klu Klux Klan.

Duration:00:04:34

The first pride parade

6/25/2018
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The very first pride parade was held in 1964 and was a bit … calmer … than what we think of today.

Duration:00:03:27

The oldest surviving banjo recording

6/22/2018
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Charles Asbury’s newly digitized songs serve as a time capsule to the music of the 19th century.

Duration:00:05:56

The worst presidents

6/21/2018
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Besides President Trump, whom do scholars scorn the most?

Duration:00:05:00