Retropod

Retropod

Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Reporter Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers. Available every weekday morning.... Show More

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November 18, 2019 5 min

Once a party drug, ketamine has found its way into modern medicine.

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November 14, 2019 6 min

Four years before Amelia Earhart ever got into a plane, Ruth Law was already making a name for herself in the skies.

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Sexual harassment has been existed in showbiz as long as there have been bright lights.

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November 12, 2019 6 min

Back in the 1830s, Jim Crow wasn't yet a symbol of inequality. He was a fictional character in minstrel shows who, to entertain his audiences, performed in blackface.

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November 11, 2019 6 min

After receiving complaints about carriages driving too fast, Washington D.C. policeman William H. West arrested a presidential speed demon.

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November 8, 2019 7 min

For decades, the boundary between Mexico and the United States was little more than an imaginary line in the sand.

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November 7, 2019 6 min

If you work in an office without offices, with just about everyone working in a large spare space full of stylish desks, straight lines and papers stored in a credenza, then you have met Florence Knoll Bassett.

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November 6, 2019 5 min

A full year after the King James Bible was printed in 1631, people discovered an error.

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November 5, 2019 8 min

After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, John Surratt traveled across three continents, wore disguises and used fake names for nearly two years to escape authorities.

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November 4, 2019 6 min

Pinball was once so vilified that it was banned in cities across the United States.

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When Eugene Cernan walked on the moon, he didn’t know he’d be the last astronaut to make the journey.

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October 31, 2019 6 min

In the early days of the House, some congresspeople thought hats had no place atop the heads of representatives debating the great issues of the day. Hats, they argued, weren’t dignified.

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October 30, 2019 7 min

When Alexander Hamilton argued in favor of lifetime tenures for Supreme Court justices, he probably didn’t foresee them living past their prime.

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October 29, 2019 7 min

Lego started as a company that made wooden toys, and grew into an empire of plastic building blocks.

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John Calhoun’s rodent experiments revolutionized the way we think about social behavior and the impact of growing populations.

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Presidents throughout history have visited battlefields to better grasp conditions, reverse public doubt and signal that the country took war efforts seriously.

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White House maid Elizabeth Jaffray not only cleaned up after presidents, she had an amazing insight into their appetites.

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Fritz Kuhn was the leader of the pro-Nazi group known as the German American Bund. He was a hero to his audience, and a scourge on the world to most others.

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After being fired from his job for being gay, Frank Kameny took his battle for equality to the nation’s highest court.

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October 21, 2019 4 min

A professor at The University of Virginia was fatally shot by a student in 1840.

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