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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September 20, 2019 4 min

The one night that changed President Nixon’s fate has stuck with us as a reminder of the limits of presidential power.

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It may be hard to believe, but one single event rocketed Einstein to fame.

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One simple change to how the Supreme Court bench was designed made a world of difference to how the justices communicated.

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September 17, 2019 3 min

Ida Lewis saved as many as 25 people during her service at the lighthouse. But her deeds have largely been forgotten.

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Freddie Oversteegen was 14 when she joined the Dutch resistance.

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Thomas Blood had somewhat of a shady past. According to Ireland’s History magazine, he had a reputation for espionage and conducting terrorist campaigns — though many of his plans were foiled just in time.

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Heather Penney was among the first female combat pilots in the country. On Sept. 11, 2001, she got a mission: Bring down the fourth hijacked plane hurtling towards Washington.

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Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln wrote poetry. But only one had a way with words.

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September 9, 2019 4 min

A mysterious stone memorial was found in 2006 in Washington, D.C. But who placed a memorial to Nazi spies on government property? And why?

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According to James Madison’s Virginia mansion Montpelier, Paul Jennings’ account reveals, “how the racial and gender hierarchies of the time complicate the way we understand roles in historic events.”

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Their 38-year marriage endured his incarceration and hers.

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September 4, 2019 4 min

A group of poor women in Puerto Rico were the first test subjects for the birth control pill. Were they guinea pigs or pioneers?

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Was the Duke of Windsor a Nazi sympathizer? Did he plot to dethrone his brother, King George VI? Did he really suggest more German bombings of Britain might end World War II?

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In October 1967, antiwar protesters announced that they would march en masse to the front steps of the Pentagon. and levitate it. And then they would try to levitate it.

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August 30, 2019 5 min

Besides President Trump, whom do scholars scorn the most?

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In 1935, the Florida Keys ignored the threat of a looming hurricane. When the Category 5 storm made landfall, it left a wake of death and destruction.

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At the Naval Academy, McCain was in a group called the “Bad Bunch” as he rebelled against his father’s expectations.

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August 27, 2019 5 min

By 1968, things were going badly for President Lyndon B. Johnson. Morale around the Vietnam War was sinking, and in Washington, political sharks were circling.

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August 26, 2019 3 min

All over the country, couples rushed to Las Vegas to get married. The demand for quickie weddings was at a fever pitch. But it wasn't Cupid's arrow causing the frenzy. It was the Vietnam War.

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In 1927, the world watched as two French aviators attempted the world’s first transatlantic flight.

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