Flashback: History's Unintended Consequences

Flashback: History's Unintended Consequences

A series of stories of disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes and forgotten villains. From OZY’s Sean Braswell, host and creator of the chart-topping, Webby-nominated The Thread, comes a new show about how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong, or prove unexpectedly magnificent.... Show More

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July 29, 2020 7 min

If not for the fateful inaction of a single Washington, DC police officer, Watergate might never have happened.

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When a newspaper mistakenly proclaimed Alfred Nobel dead in 1888, the inventor of dynamite set out to reinvent his legacy.

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Flashback listeners send us examples of the unexpected results of some historical events -- from two World Wars to an unfortunate landscaping trend. 

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Why the story of human flight begins on a frozen pond in Dayton, Ohio…and why there was only one Wright Brother with the Right Stuff.

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The birth of Hollywood owes a surprising amount to the untimely demise of a single Frenchman.

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A tale of rugged frontier individualism gone corporate, and how the Ingalls’ family farm led to the Koch brothers’ political machine.

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The discovery of one of the most hazardous elements on earth helped spark the greatest underdog story in the history of human labor relations.

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Gypsy moths and the invasive vine kudzu were supposed to be solutions. Instead they’re problems that seem to grow … and grow.

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The backlash to a 19th century chastity law ended up sparking a far more controversial new freedom for women.

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Did one dictator’s chronic flatulence wind up causing needless suffering for millions?

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Michael Jordan’s famous sabbatical from professional basketball might have lasted much longer had Major League Baseball not experienced the worst strike in its history.

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Cooler homes transformed Americans’ lives — and eventually their government as well.

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The YMCA provided American soldiers with billions of cigarettes during World War I — and smugglers and terrorists with billions of new incentives to evade the law.

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Hate speech is also something that can be mass-produced, and with disastrous consequences.

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Each of us handles social distancing in our own way. Some are doing virtual yoga classes. Others are turning to art. And then there are those truly rare birds... like Sir Issac Newton. He once turned his time in quarantine into an opportunity to change the way we understand the world around us. Learn about history’s unintended consequences on Flashback, a new podcast from OZY and iHeart Radio Podcast Network. Find out how some of t...

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April 6, 2020 3 min

Our first season connects the dots on 10 incredible tales of unintended consequences that changed history, from Henry Ford’s role in the Oklahoma City bombing to the home appliance that changed the landscape of American politics.

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