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American History Tellers

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American History Tellers is an immersive history show, drawing listeners into the drama of the era. Using evocative language, sound design and music, the show will transport us through the important events and periods that have defined American history. We’ll meet the people who made decisions and drove events, we’ll go to the places where the story unfolded, and be flies on the walls in the rooms where it happened — all while keeping a keen eye on the lives of everyday people living through it.

American History Tellers is an immersive history show, drawing listeners into the drama of the era. Using evocative language, sound design and music, the show will transport us through the important events and periods that have defined American history. We’ll meet the people who made decisions and drove events, we’ll go to the places where the story unfolded, and be flies on the walls in the rooms where it happened — all while keeping a keen eye on the lives of everyday people living through it.
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American History Tellers is an immersive history show, drawing listeners into the drama of the era. Using evocative language, sound design and music, the show will transport us through the important events and periods that have defined American history. We’ll meet the people who made decisions and drove events, we’ll go to the places where the story unfolded, and be flies on the walls in the rooms where it happened — all while keeping a keen eye on the lives of everyday people living through it.

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English


Episodes

Sponsored | American Epidemics - Dark Days In Dallas | 3

5/24/2019
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This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. In 2014, Ebola is tearing through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but the deadly disease hasn’t yet made landfall in the United States. Then Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian visiting his fiancee and son in Dallas, stumbles into a local hospital with a fever. His eventual diagnosis — Ebola — sets off a nationwide panic that a full-scale outbreak might be...

Duration:00:58:48

J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI - Humanizing History with David McCullough | 7

5/22/2019
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Pulitzer Prize winner. National Book Award winner. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. Today David McCullough, one of America’s greatest living historians, joins us to discuss his new book, The Pioneers, about the heroic men and women who shaped the Northwest Territories, in present-day Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois. Without their bravery, foresight, and commitment to their ideals, the United States we know today might look very different. The author of Truman and...

Duration:00:41:20

Sponsored | American Epidemics - 1989 and The Hot Zone | 2

5/17/2019
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This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. The three-night limited series is inspired by true events surrounding the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on US soil in 1989. That year, the killer virus suddenly appeared in monkeys in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Jaax, a heroic U.S. Army scientist, puts her life on the line to head off the...

Duration:00:43:09

J. Edgar Hoover's FBI - Citizens Resistance | 6

5/15/2019
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On March 8, 1971, seven ordinary Americans broke into a poorly guarded FBI regional office in Media, Pennsylvania. They called themselves the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI, and they had one purpose: to gather evidence that would prove the agency was engaged in a covert and illegal spying campaign against American citizens. For more than 30 years, Director J. Edgar Hoover had maintained an iron grip on the media, and with it, public perception of the Bureau. But as packages of...

Duration:00:46:16

Actor Justin Long Gets Personal on "Life is Short"

5/13/2019
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Life is Short with Justin Long finds the actor sitting down with some of the funniest and most intriguing people of today, like Dax Shepard, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris. No topics are out of bounds, and no questions are too personal. Subscribe to Life is Short with Justin Long and start listening at wondery.fm/lifeisshort

Duration:00:08:08

Sponsored | American Epidemics - The Great Pandemic | 1

5/10/2019
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This episode is brought to you by Wondery in partnership with National Geographic in anticipation of their new series, The Hot Zone. The three-night limited series is inspired by true events surrounding the origins of the Ebola virus and its arrival on US soil in 1989. One hundred years ago, the Spanish flu pandemic brought American society to the breaking point and forever reshaped the way the United States responds to public health crises. At a time when people around the world were...

Duration:00:50:00

J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI - Black Bag Job | 5

5/8/2019
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Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI carried out more than 2,000 top secret spying operations aimed at American citizens. Their target? The so-called Fifth Column, a network of undercover Soviet agents allegedly working to destroy the American government from within. The agency even had an internal code name for these operations: COINTELPRO. In the name of this mission, Hoover directed agents to infiltrate, penetrate, disorganize and disrupt their targets. But the FBI’s actions weren’t just aimed...

Duration:00:44:51

J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI - Controlling the Message | 4

5/1/2019
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The rise of fascism and World War II shifted the FBI’s focus in the 1940s from fighting midwestern outlaws to catching Communists. To Hoover and the FBI, nearly anyone on the political left was suspect, potentially part of a Soviet conspiracy to overthrow Western democracies. In reality, the American left was fragmented. But again and again, Hoover would use the threat of Communism to go after the Bureau’s enemies. He would resort to exhaustive surveillance, including wiretaps, bugging and...

Duration:00:46:13

J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI - The Bobby Sox Bandit Queen | 3

4/24/2019
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During the mid-1930s, the FBI’s public relations department had effectively changed the image of its agents from accountants into action heroes; and its director, from a bureaucrat into an American icon. They pushed stories about heroic G-men facing off against violent foes, gunning them down in self-defense. And the press ate it up. But in April 1939, an FBI agent shot and killed a small town bank robber — in the back. The real story didn’t fit the FBI’s new heroic narrative. So Hoover...

Duration:00:39:47

J. Edgar Hoover's FBI - Giant Among G-Men | 2

4/17/2019
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J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI when he was just 29 years old. His orders? Clean up the Bureau. At first, he proved to be a brilliant and innovative leader, setting new standards for education, physical fitness, and training of federal agents. But there was a dark side to his success. Hoover was also obsessed with tracking anyone he considered to be disloyal to the U.S. government. By the early 1930s, the Bureau was secretly compiling dossiers on tens of thousands of American...

Duration:00:38:52

J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI - The Department of Easy Virtues | 1

4/10/2019
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By the turn of the century, radical anarchists were becoming a growing -- and volatile -- political movement. As shifting workplace conditions exploited and endangered American workers, anarchists increasingly turned to violence to spur everyday citizens to upend the capitalist system. The growth of these politically motivated shootings and bombings stoked fear among American citizens — fear of immigrants, outsiders, and anyone else whose ideas might be considered a threat. Soon President...

Duration:00:36:58

America's Anthem | 7

4/3/2019
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“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord.” That’s the opening line of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” written by Julie Ward Howe in 1861. Over the years, it’s become something of an unofficial national anthem for all manner of political causes in the United States. Historian Richard Gamble joins us to talk about the song, its meaning, and its history in everything from The Civil War to The Civil Rights Movement. Read more: A Fiery Gospel: The Battle Hymn of the Republic...

Duration:00:48:04

The Great Depression: Justice and Infamy | 6

3/27/2019
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As legal challenges to his New Deal programs mounted, President Roosevelt and his attorney general devised dramatic reforms to the Supreme Court’s structure. The proposed changes would open new rifts between the president and conservative members of his own party. Other greater challenges loomed. A recession was threatening to unwind four years of economic recovery. The Senate launched a politicized investigation into purported un-American activities in federal work programs. And on the...

Duration:00:42:47

The Great Depression - Progress and Pushback | 5

3/20/2019
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After two of President Roosevelt’s closest advisors competed to create a new federal jobs program, the White House launched one of Roosevelt's keystone initiatives: the Works Progress Administration. Under this program, millions of Americans earned government salaries at a wide range of blue- and white-collar jobs — everything from building post offices and painting murals to delivering library books by horseback to rural communities. However, the federal government’s increased reach...

Duration:00:44:08

The Great Depression - Dust | 4

3/13/2019
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The Great Depression wasn’t the only crisis facing the country when Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933. Following a decade-long drought that had shriveled crops, massive dust storms were pummeling huge swaths of the Midwest, the Great Plains, and the Northwest. Years of poor harvest practices had worsened the crisis, pushing farmers already strained by the financial hit of the Great Depression off their land. Only when a lifelong soil scientist made a dramatic testimony before Congress...

Duration:00:45:01

Introducing Unknown History: 75 Years Since D-Day

3/8/2019
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the longest day in military history. For the first time, you can hear perspectives on the conflict from all sides on the podcast Unknown History. Bestselling historian Giles Milton shares stories from pilots, sailors, soldiers and bystanders. Subscribe at bit.ly/ddaypod.

Duration:00:15:18

The Great Depression - A New Deal | 3

3/6/2019
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With the country was still hobbled by the Depression, New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt promised a “New Deal” for the American people. That vow handed Roosevelt a contested Democratic nomination and helped him crush Hoover in the general election. Roosevelt began his presidency with a flurry of policy proposals and legislative efforts focused around three priorities: relief, recovery, and reform. These new efforts saw millions of young men put back to work preserving natural areas...

Duration:00:47:41

The Great Depression - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime | 2

2/27/2019
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Factories have shut down, banks have failed, and millions are out of work. As the Depression worsens, public opinion sours toward President Hoover. Hoover’s allies attempt to counter criticism of the President by galvanizing anti-foreigner attitudes. They devise a scheme to frighten immigrants from Mexico and other countries with the specter of mass immigration raids in the hopes they’ll leave the country on their own, as hundreds of thousands do. Meanwhile, an unemployed cannery worker...

Duration:00:44:07

The Great Depression - The Crash | 1

2/20/2019
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The Roaring Twenties came to a screeching halt on October 29, 1929, with the collapse of the U.S. stock market. A year earlier, president Herbert Hoover had coasted to victory by promising the American people “a chicken for every pot” and “a car in every backyard.” Lured by the promise of skyrocketing markets, many first-time investors got caught up in margin trading, borrowing money to make bigger stock purchases than they could actually afford. It was a foolproof way to make money, so long...

Duration:00:39:11

Introducing One Plus One

2/19/2019
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Every great collaboration is a love story. It’s intense. Passionate. Along the way, there are flashes of love, hate, pride, ego, ambition, and brilliance. This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate success. We’ll unearth the stories of Paul McCartney & John Lennon, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Shaq & Kobe, and many more, and learn what it is about their chemistry that led them to greatness. Subscribe to One Plus One today at...

Duration:00:10:39