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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

Kentucky Blood Feud - The Revenge of Bad Tom Baker | 2

12/18/2019
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The Civil War forced the warring families of Clay County into an uneasy truce. The Garrards, Whites, Howards, and Bakers found themselves allied as they fought for the Union. But the war brought new challenges: the Northern army destroyed Clay County’s salt mines in order to keep them out of the hands of the South, and the Emancipation Proclamation brought an end to slavery, which had helped make salt mining so profitable. The Garrards and the Whites were so rich that they were able to...

Duration:00:43:00

Kentucky Blood Feud - The Murder of Daniel Bates | 1

12/11/2019
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The longest and bloodiest feud in American history erupted in the 1840s in Clay County, Kentucky — where it raged for nearly a century and ultimately claimed more than 150 lives. The Clay County War, also known as the Baker-Howard Feud, pitted four families against each other: the powerful Garrads and Whites, who assembled vast wealth mining salt, and the less influential Bakers and Howards. In time, the Garrards would align with the Bakers, and the Whites with the Howards. At first, the...

Duration:00:30:45

A Look Back at The Newspaper Industry | 10

12/4/2019
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On Dec. 4, 1881 the Los Angeles Times published its very first edition. And while the paper ran into severe financial trouble just a year after its founding, it nevertheless survived and over its 138 year lifespan has been at the forefront of some monumental stories in American history. But, the news industry today is vastly different and extremely divisive. So how did we get here? The LA Times' Steve Padilla has worked at the paper for 32 years and he joins us to look back at the roots of...

Duration:00:37:32

American Elections Then and Now: Wicked Game | 1

11/27/2019
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With the 2020 election looming, Many Americans are wondering how it got this bad, how we succumbed to rancor and invective, fake news and talking points. But maybe it's always been this way? American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from host Lindsay Graham that looks at every American presidential election in our history--from George Washington's unanimous election in 1789, to Donald Trump's surprise electoral win in 2016. And as an introduction to the types of Wicked Games...

Duration:00:41:16

The Legacy of The Triangle Fire | 5

11/20/2019
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In September 2019 Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren invoked the memory of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire at a campaign rally just a few blocks from the site of fire in Manhattan. It was a powerful reminder of just how deep the legacy of the disaster runs. Organized labor and workplace safety have come a long way since the fire but after years of political opposition, unions and worker rights are on the decline. In the U.S., unions represent 6.4 percent of...

Duration:00:44:12

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - In America They Don’t Let You Burn | 4

11/13/2019
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In the wake of the biggest workplace catastrophe in the city of New York, the survivors of the Triangle fire and the families of the victims could only watch from the sidelines as the case against the Triangle bosses went to trial. The 146 deaths resulting from the fire had been sifted through the state’s legal machine and condensed into a single woman: a 24-year-old sewing machine operator named Margaret Schwartz. In December 1911, the general sessions court presided over by Judge Thomas...

Duration:00:46:38

Rethink Presidential Politics with American Elections: Wicked Game

11/11/2019
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American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from Lindsay Graham that will explore all 58 presidential elections, leading up to the big day in November 2020. From the inevitable election of George Washington in 1789, to Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory in 2016, we’ll attempt to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty. Listen now at: wondery.fm/AmericanElectionsW

Duration:00:04:05

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Sixteen Minutes | 3

11/6/2019
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Two years after the labor strikes that shook the city of New York, the workers of Triangle factory returned to better wages and lower hours. But when a fire broke out near closing time on a Saturday afternoon, these same workers found themselves swept up in a catastrophe. Some would escape, but many would not. In the weeks that followed, a city mourned and began to wrestle with questions of responsibility. Where did the blame for the tragedy lie? With the city? With the factory owners? Or...

Duration:00:42:34

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Revolt of the Girls | 2

10/30/2019
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Inspired by the labor strikes at Triangle and other factories in Lower Manhattan, more than 30,000 garment workers took to the streets of New York in protest in late 1909. For the first time, an industry of women sought not to just halt production at one factory — they wanted to put the brakes on an entire trade. With over four hundred garment factories shut down, factory owners banded together with police and the courts to fight the striking workers. But as the labor movement attracted...

Duration:00:41:51

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - Wildcat | 1

10/23/2019
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On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Manhattan, claiming the lives of 146 garment workers — mostly women and girls. It was one of the deadliest workplace disasters in American history. Caused by a combination of carelessness and poor safety measures, the fire eventually set off a wave of workplace reforms that changed industry in America and sent New York party politics in a totally different direction. But in the years before the fire, the workers of...

Duration:00:45:19

Dutch Manhattan - The Dutch Influence Today | 7

10/16/2019
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New York City was founded on the Dutch principles of tolerance and capitalism, both of which were new ideas at the time. But much of the city's early history was lost until the 1970s, when a renewed interest in the Dutch period led to the founding of the New Netherland Center. Here, thousands of previously untranslated records shed new light on this crucial moment in Gotham’s history. Our guest today is Greg Young, who co-hosts the Bowery Boys, a popular podcast about all things New York...

Duration:00:56:04

Introducing The Next Big Idea

10/15/2019
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Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at http://wondery.fm/TNBIWondery

Duration:00:08:59

Dutch Manhattan - New York | 6

10/9/2019
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In the years after Adrian Van der Donck won a municipal charter for New Amsterdam, and under Peter Stuyvesant's stern but capable rule, the city flourished. Even English residents of New England and Virginia sent their goods to Europe via the future New York Harbor, because the Dutch were so good at the business of shipping. Dutch features that would become part of American culture — from cookies and cole slaw to Santa Claus — became ingrained. Most importantly, the Dutch notions of...

Duration:00:42:32

Dutch Manhattan - The One-Legged Soldier | 5

10/2/2019
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Peter Stuyvesant was fresh from losing a leg in battle against the Spanish when he arrived in Manhattan in 1647. He was a tough soldier who was ready to take charge of the unruly population of New Amsterdam. He soon clashed with Adrian Van der Donck, the leader of the opposition, who was secretly crafting a formal legal complaint that would compel the Dutch government to give the colony a form of representative government. When Stuyvesant discovered that Van der Donck had been spearheading...

Duration:00:41:15

Dutch Manhattan - The Sheriff Comes to Town | 4

9/25/2019
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Just as it was becoming a New World success story, disaster came to New Amsterdam. Willem Kieft, the Dutch leader appointed by the West India Trading Company, declared war on local tribes, sending soldiers to slaughter them in their villages. The tribes responded with waves of death and destruction that would set the European settlers back decades in their development. A new colonist named Adriaen Van der Donck arrived to find the place in chaos. The colonists were furious at Kieft for...

Duration:00:42:32

Dutch Manhattan - Pirates and Prostitutes | 3

9/18/2019
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New Amsterdam was a desperate place. For the first decade of its existence, the Dutch city on the tip of Manhattan Island served as a haven for pirates, prostitutes and smugglers. That was because the West India Company, which ran New Amsterdam, insisted on controlling all trade — something it simply couldn't manage effectively. Finally, in 1640, the Company gave up its monopoly, and what had been a rag-tag, Wild West kind of town quickly took on the hallmarks of Dutch capitalism. Trading...

Duration:00:40:50

Dutch Manhattan - Buying Manhattan | 2

9/11/2019
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Twelve years after Henry Hudson's 1609 trip charting the Hudson River, the Dutch used his voyage as the basis for a new colony, which would be wedged between the English colonies in New England and Virginia. New Netherland began with tiny numbers of people from different backgrounds. They settled the entire region that Hudson had traveled, from Delaware to New York to Connecticut. But being spread out so thinly exposed them to danger. In 1626, in the area around the future Albany, New York,...

Duration:00:40:26

Dutch Manhattan - Henry Hudson’s Big Mistake | 1

9/4/2019
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In 1609, a headstrong English sea captain named Henry Hudson set out on behalf of the Dutch East India Company to find a trade route to Asia — and promptly found himself and his crew stranded in icy waters off the coast of Norway. As supplies dwindled, Hudson announced to his frostbitten crew that the ship would change course. They set off across the Atlantic Ocean in search of an alternative route through the North American continent. Hudson never found the Northwest Passage, but he did...

Duration:00:40:02

Remembering Emmett Till | 7

8/28/2019
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The murder of Emmett Till galvanized the nascent civil rights movement. But the full story of what happened in Money, Miss., on August 28, 1955, is significantly different than the narrative that emerged at the time. A new app developed by scholars at Florida State University now seeks to give a fuller picture of Till’s lynching by taking users on a GPS guided tour around the Mississippi Delta and the important sites related to the case. Davis Houck, a professor of rhetorical studies at FSU,...

Duration:00:41:32

The Bastard Brigade - Showdown in the Alps | 6

8/21/2019
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The Alsos mission had a hard-charging leader in Boris Pash and an eccentric band of recruits. But if the so-called Bastard Brigade was going to track down the Nazi atomic bomb, they would also need scientific expertise. For that, they turned to the Dutch-American physicist Samuel Goudsmit. Goudsmit wasn’t the brigade’s first choice—far from it. He was considered weak and timid, and even Goudsmit himself worried he lacked the courage for the mission. But the scientist had been friends with...

Duration:00:45:04