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Mismatch Presents: The Eyes of Texas

2/6/2019
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We've wrapped up our second season of Mismatch, but we've got a fun story to share with you from our friends at The Eyes of Texas podcast. “It’s totally exaggerated. It’s not me,” declared President George H.W. Bush during a segment for Saturday Night Live. “Those crazy hand gestures, the pointing thing. I don’t do 'em.” President Bush called Dana Carvey’s impersonation of him “bad” in that memorable SNL sketch. We’d reveal more here, but well, it wouldn’t be prudent. You’ll have to...

Duration:00:14:14

Jose Feliciano’s Anthem Encore

1/24/2019
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It was 1968. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy had already shaken Americans to the core. 300 American soldiers were being killed each week in Vietnam, and protesters were beaten near the Democratic National Convention. In that wrenching year, the nation needed a timeout. The 1968 World Series would provide that break. More than 53,000 fans jammed Tiger Stadium, hoping their team could rally after trailing the Cardinals three games to one. Before the first pitch of...

Duration:00:25:27

I’m Never Using My Smartphone Again

1/17/2019
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Let's face it. Most of us are addicted to our phones and the apps that populate them. This is a story of one former addict quitting her iPhone and social media cold turkey. How did it change her life and were friends willing to go along with it? MismatchPodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:39

The Hidden Letters, Part 2

1/10/2019
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This is Part 2 of The Hidden Letters. Before proceeding, we suggest listening to Part 1. In this episode, Tim Mallad tracks down Helen Sebba's grandson who had never even heard about this chapter of his grandmother's life. MismatchPodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:35

The Hidden Letters, Part 1

1/10/2019
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Tim Mallad is the unlikely discoverer and steadfast keeper of a stranger’s story. One family’s tragedy grabbed him and wouldn't let go. For the story to finally emerge, 70 years later, strange things had to happen. Tim’s purchase of some junk furniture in Detroit, his chance meeting with a Hollywood star and his unlikely decision when he was in his 20s to keep an old woman's fading letters. MismatchPodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:43

The Amazonian expedition that nearly killed Teddy Roosevelt

1/3/2019
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He had soldiered on through all of it, a bullet in the chest, a chronic illness that left him gasping for air, a carriage accident that killed his bodyguard. He had survived a charging rhinoceros and his own charge up San Juan Hill. He had overcome the deaths of his wife and his mother on the same day. Theodore Roosevelt seemed invincible. But now, feverish and emaciated, he was ready for his life to end on The River of Doubt. mismatchpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:28:34

The House That Beards Built

12/27/2018
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In a lot of ways, The House of David religious colony seems too good to be true. Between their baseball team, the amusement park, the zoo and the warm relations they had with their neighbors. Of course, we might not be talking about the group at all right now, had the tides not taken a turn. MismatchPodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:53

Dueling Doctors

12/20/2018
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Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley were two of the most prominent surgeons in the world. They were pioneers in the first open heart operations. But Cooley triggered a 40-year feud when he took an artificial heart from DeBakey’s lab and implanted it in a patient. mismatchpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:12

The Original Siamese Twins

12/13/2018
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Mismatch is back with Season Two! As conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker’s lives were astonishing. Their adventure, beginning in 1811 in what is now Thailand and ending in America, was completely out of line with what anybody could have expected. Mistmatchpodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:02

The One and Only Wolverine

2/1/2018
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You’d think the Wolverine State would have wolverines. But they hadn’t been seen in Michigan for a century or more. When one of those animals suddenly shows up, a science teacher risks his own precarious health to track and study the elusive visitor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:24

The Jingle King Takes A Bow

1/25/2018
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If you’ve watched TV anytime over the last four decades, you’ve heard the music of Dan Yessian. However, the accomplished commercial jingle writer always wanted to write something more substantial - music which didn't coax people to buy, but made them think and care. In this episode, we chronicle a jingle writer’s journey from commercials to a commemoration of his family and their fate in the Armenian Massacre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:38

My Disastrous Family Reunion

1/18/2018
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Mark Hawkins grew up in Michigan. The family who gave him up for adoption lives in the heart of Appalachia. 38 years after he was adopted, Hawkins’ biological family invited Mark to their neck of the woods. It was a gathering of people with nothing in common, other than common D-N-A. A complete clash of cultures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:58

The Wolves and Moose are Out of Whack

1/11/2018
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One the hunter. One the hunted. Each dependent on the other. When the balance of nature goes out of whack on a remote island in Lake Superior, bad things happen. MismatchPodcast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:03

Square Dancing in the Amazon

1/4/2018
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In 1928, Henry Ford, one of the wealthiest men in the world, established Fordlandia. Deep in the Amazon jungle, Ford aimed to tame the South American jungle, extract its resources, and mold its inhabitants. It was a spectacular… failure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:37

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Thai Food

12/28/2017
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What happens when you claim a word that’s not yours, and proceed to build a beloved brand out of it? A deliciously complicated tale of food, language, race and identity set in a rapidly changing neighborhood of Detroit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:16

Sparky and Nixon

12/21/2017
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Every now and then, TV treats us to a strange pairing of people. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg hosting a cooking show. Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing Christmas carols. You think, what are they doing together, yet find something mesmerizing about the combination. This episode centers on an unlikely pairing of Detroit Tigers managing legend Sparky Anderson and former President Richard Nixon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:09

The Terrible Tragedy of Daniel Dodge

12/21/2017
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He was filthy rich. She was dirt poor. His dad helped put the world on wheels. Her dad was a mail boat captain. But they were in love, and didn’t really care what their families thought. Tragedy ensued on their honeymoon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:00

Introducing Mismatch

12/15/2017
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Welcome to Mismatch, a new show hosted by veteran reporter Roger Weber. Our show brings you stories of the incompatible, unsuitable and out of step. Find us at MismatchPodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:01:47