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

June 16, 2022 29 min

If I were to tell you that some of the things you know about health and wellness come from behind the veil, would you believe me? There was one man -- a reluctant sleeping prophet -- whose lasting imprint is still felt today. 

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There were those who exploited the cracks in the American dream, and took advantage of others -- and then there was one man who used it to become everyone he wished he ever could have been.

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May 19, 2022 23 min

Growing old isn't for the faint of heart. It's true that none of us will get out alive -- but we can all hope that no one takes that truth into their own hands for us. 

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May 5, 2022 33 min

They say that "clothes make the man" -- but in the case of these violent few days in Los Angeles, clothes also became man's undoing.

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April 21, 2022 27 min

There's a darkness in the human soul when it comes to survival.

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April 7, 2022 26 min

Get rich quick schemes have been around forever. But one con man not only made history, but became a household name. 

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March 24, 2022 26 min

Daredevils. They are on a quest to go higher, faster, and bigger than anyone else. Some think they are foolish for tempting death. But for those in this story, testing their mortal limits has given them reason to live.

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March 10, 2022 27 min

Sometimes, it's true what they say about karma.

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February 24, 2022 26 min

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the garment district. Within 18 minutes, 146 people were dead. Though the factory owners were acquitted of wrong doing, the fire paved the way for safety regulations. 

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February 10, 2022 29 min

In 1587, 115 people arrived on Roanoke. The newly appointed governor left for England, promising to return with supplies. When he returned, all that remained of the colony was a single word carved in a wooden gate post: Croatoan. 

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January 27, 2022 28 min

When life got tough, Kate Warn got tougher. She became a spy and agent at 23. And in 1861, her boss tasked her with saving the president elect's life. 

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January 13, 2022 27 min

The Wild West. Home to legends — and one of the most bizarre stories of an outlaw ever told.

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December 30, 2021 28 min

Arsenic was called the inheritance poison - and for good reason. And killers who tried it once were likely to try it again.

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December 16, 2021 27 min

The people of Peshtigo, WI knew the dangers and ignored the signs until it was too late. 

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December 2, 2021 28 min

Sometimes, everyday heroes come from the most unusual places. 

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November 18, 2021 32 min

America's dark history of a time when society turned to eugenics in an attempt to stamp out mental illness.

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November 4, 2021 33 min

In the 1950s, the CIA was on a quest to create a method of mind control using LSD. Over the next 20 years, the experiment added torture, emotional and sexual abuse, and murder to the experiment. 

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October 21, 2021 30 min

Prohibition, extortion, and street gangs were common in New York during the 1930s. But none caught the attention of the American public the way Murder Inc did.

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October 7, 2021 31 min

A day of sunshine and picnics turns into one of the deadliest boating accidents in American history.

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September 23, 2021 31 min

Robert E. Lee's plans laid out in Orders 191 would have won the war. Then a Union corporal finds a lost copy which should have also ended the war. Along the way to Antietam, mistakes were made.

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