American Shadows

American Shadows

American Shadows is a bi-weekly podcast from iHeartRadio and Aaron Mahnke’s Grim & Mild. The show focuses on the darker stories from American history: the people, places, and things that are hidden and forgotten in the shadows. From better-known tales like the conspiracy to steal Lincoln’s body, to less-known stories, like the rainmaker who flooded San Diego. Join host Lauren Vogelbaum as she spans two centuries of omitted lore from our country’s history books.

Episodes

May 13, 2021 2 min
Hey, American Shadows fans! We know you already love great podcasts, so here's another we think you'll enjoy - Ephemeral season 2. Check out the trailer and see for yourself. About Ephemeral: The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secret...
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When we think of pirates, Blackbeard comes to mind. But there's a whole other group who sailed the seas — women. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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April 22, 2021 38 min
Reputations are everything. When they're gone, they're hard to rebuild. Harder if you're a woman. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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April 8, 2021 39 min
Envious of Chicago's announcement they were hosting the 1904 Olympics, the mayor of St. Louis come up with a plan to steal the show. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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March 25, 2021 39 min
Italian immigrant George Sodder was living the American Dream. When his home caught fire on Christmas Eve 1945, that dream became a nightmare. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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March 11, 2021 37 min
In 1900, one man controlled the weather bureau. When he ignored the experts about the path of a monster hurricane, the people of Galveston Texas paid with their lives.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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February 25, 2021 35 min
How Robert Smalls went from stealing a Confederate ship to gain his freedom, to owning the very mansion he'd been enslaved in.   Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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February 11, 2021 38 min
Though there have been several attempted coup d'états on American soil, this is the story of the only successful one to date. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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January 28, 2021 37 min
Believing they'd found peace on land no one else wanted, the Osage soon became more hunted than ever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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January 14, 2021 36 min
George Parrott claimed to have ridden with Butch Cassidy and Jesse James, but his legendary status has nothing to do with being an outlaw. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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December 31, 2020 37 min
An inoculation for smallpox should have been something to celebrate. Instead, it caused outrage and violence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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December 17, 2020 32 min
Life on British Prison Ships during the Revolutionary War, and the horrifying tale of a man who spent time aboard the most notorious of them all: the HMS Jersey.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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December 3, 2020 33 min
The story about how stolen corpses played a crucial role in the development of Western medicine -- and how one man made a living at the center of the trade. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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November 19, 2020 31 min
A life insurance scheme involving murder, fraud, and a whole lot of alcohol. But some things just don't go the way they're planned. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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November 5, 2020 36 min
How one woman found God, murder, and the Anti Christ -- multiple times! -- in 1850s Connecticut. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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October 22, 2020 36 min
One man's quest to control the weather in Southern California -- with disastrous results that would change a city forever. Weather control has always been a vestige of the gods -- or so we've always thought. But there way one man at the turn of the century who convinced people otherwise -- with disastrous results.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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October 8, 2020 36 min
It was a long time before President Abraham Lincoln would finally rest in peace -- his corpse would first have to survive counterfitters and grave-robbers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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September 24, 2020 33 min
Political intrigue and murder in the aftermath of an American invasion of Canada in 1866. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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September 10, 2020 33 min
The darker side of American horse racing, and the shadows cast by some of the tragedies along the way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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August 27, 2020 30 min
One man's obsession with lonely hearts ads of a century ago, and his abuse of the false trust they engendered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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