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American History Tellers

Wondery

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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United States

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Wondery

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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

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 and...

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 new...

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

The Cold War - Last Man Standing | 6

1/24/2018
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In the early 1970s, while trying to wind down the war in Vietnam, President Richard Nixon made overtures to Moscow and Beijing that would usher in a new era of the Cold War: Detente. But the thaw in relations didn’t last long - the Iran Hostage Crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan set the old adversaries against each other once again. Throughout the Eighties, President Reagan took a hard line against the “Evil Empire,” ramping up military spending and rhetoric, and Americans were once...

Duration:00:41:51

The Cold War - The Long 1960s | 5

1/17/2018
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America sent a man to the moon in 1969, and with Neil Armstrong’s first steps, the United States projected to the world an image of American power, wealth and achievement. But it was hardly just for bragging rights. The space race started under Kennedy to compete with the Soviets on a global stage, but it was under Johnson that its goals became domestic. NASA, Head Start, Medicaid and even the war in Vietnam were domestic social programs, used at least in part to alleviate poverty, provide...

Duration:00:43:22

Bonus | The Cold War Recap

1/16/2018
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Welcome to a special bonus episode of American History Tellers! We wanted to remind you what we covered in Episodes 1 through 4, so if you’re new to this show, welcome! If you’re all caught up (gold star for you!) then you can skip right on to Episode 5.

Duration:00:25:11

The Cold War - The Nature of Risk | 4

1/10/2018
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Americans were desperate to find hope in the shadow of the bomb. Miracle cures, cheap energy, and even brand new atomic gardens: the wonders of the atom were ours to discover! Right? Eager to explore nuclear explosions for peaceful purposes, the resulting radioactive fallout was too dangerous. In Episode 4, we’ll talk about swim wear, baby teeth, and how America just couldn’t get friendly with the atom. Scott Kauffman’s “Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold...

Duration:00:40:12

The Cold War - Nuclear Fear | 3

1/3/2018
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What is the United States to do when direct conflict with the Soviet Union promises almost certain annihilation? They turned to proxy wars and psychological warfare with the threat of nuclear weapons keeping both countries in check. Ever wondered how an atom bomb works? We’ll cover it in Episode 3 including the scientific concepts, the arms race and the problem of ensuring complete and absolute control over these weapons. For more information on the subjects and themes discussed in the...

Duration:00:44:36

The Cold War - Hearts and Minds | 2

1/3/2018
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Forget trenches, infantry and tanks. The United States and Soviet Union fought the Cold War with ideas and information. Episode 2 describes the cunning of Soviet propaganda campaigns. The United States adapted those techniques for their own purposes, broadcasting an image of the nation as a beacon of hope and freedom through covert ops and jazz concerts alike - even if those at home were hurting or oppressed. For more information on the subjects and themes discussed in the episode, see...

Duration:00:39:06

The Cold War - An Ideological War | 1

1/3/2018
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For nearly 50 years, the United States and Soviet Union waged a global war of ideas fueled by politics, intrigue, and nuclear weapons. But how did the polarized ideologies of these two global powers threaten the existence of the entire world? This is Episode 1 of a six-part series on the Cold War. We’ll discover how the United States’ suspicion of communism not only led to a global stand-off, but threatened the freedom and democracy Americans so cherished at home. For more information on...

Duration:00:42:21

Introducing American History Tellers

12/13/2017
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American History Tellers. Our History, Your Story Premieres January 3rd.

Duration:00:02:30