This Day in Esoteric Political History

By Jody Avirgan & Radiotopia

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Subscribers: 962
Reviews: 8

Annie
 Apr 26, 2022
Engaging and informative.

k327
 Aug 17, 2021
First year was fantastic. Learned a lot about obscure events in history. It's gotten really, really focused on blaming everything on white supremacy and racism. I'm not downplaying the issue, but there's a hundred podcasts on that already.

Texas
 Jun 27, 2021
Well produce show, love the banter between the guest and I always learn something in an entertaining fashion.

Matt E B
 Apr 27, 2021
The first season was great. very cool factoids and throughlines. Now seems to just be SJW trying to identify less Woke times of US history

Stuart Lutz
 Feb 5, 2021
I listen to these fascinating historical podcasts a few times a week - I always look forward to the next episode.

Description

We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer and Kellie Carter Jackson (and guests) take one moment, big or small, from that day in U.S. political history and explore how it might inform our present –– all in about fifteen minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Find us at ThisDayPod.com. We’re also posting about moments from the past @thisdaypod on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a suggestion for a topic, get in touch. This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.


Episode Date
Rural Free Delivery (1896)
18:05

It’s September 29th. This day in 1896, a postal worker sets out to deliver the mail to ten rural towns in West Virginia. It’s the start of the Rural Free Delivery service.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the program changed the way Americans got their mail, lined the pockets of the politicians and businessmen who backed the project — and transformed the country’s infrastructure. Plus: can you really mail a baby?

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Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

Sep 29, 2022
No Crime Day (1986) w/ Josh Levin
23:29

It’s September 27th. This day in 1986, NBA star Isaiah Thomas promoted “No Crime Day” in the city of Detroit.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Slate’s Josh Levin to talk about the effort, how it represented the approach to drugs and violence in the 1980s, and the legacy of Thomas’s initiative.

Josh and his team have a full episode on No Crime Day in the latest season of Slate’s “One Year” podcast.

Be sure to subscribe to Josh’s latest season of One Year wherever you get your podcasts!

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Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

Sep 27, 2022
Pauli Murray Shoots Her Shot (1971)
17:01

It’s September 25th. In 1971, the longtime activist and law professor Pauli Murray wrote a letter to Richard Nixon nominating herself for the vacant Supreme Court seat, even though she admits that the letter will likely make no difference as it “finds its way to the wastebasket.”

Jody, NIki, and Kellie what the letter represents about Pauli Murray’s long career of activism, advocacy, and art.

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Sep 25, 2022
Dogs as Deflection: Fala and Checkers (1944/1952)
21:53

It’s September 22nd. Today, we visit two speeches that used anecdotes about dogs to deflect and charm. In 1944, FDR gave a speech about his dog Fala and the misuse of government funds — the jokes he cut about Fala, written with the help of Orson Welles, helped belittle his critics. Eight years later to the day, in a long speech about improper gifts and funds, VP candidate Richard Nixon told a story about receiving his pet dog Checkers.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the two speeches, why they worked, and which dog was cuter.

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Sep 22, 2022
The Cleveland BalloonFest Fiasco (1986) w/ Clare Malone
24:37

It’s September 19th. In 1986, the city of Cleveland decided to stage a charity event in which they released millions of balloons into the air. It went very, very poorly.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by The New Yorker’s Clare Malone, a Cleveland native, to discuss why balloonfest went so wrong, and what to make of Cleveland’s many attempts at rehabilitating its image.

Here’s a video of Balloonfest: https://youtu.be/n0CT8zrw6lw

Be sure to check out Clare’s Ringer podcast series “Just Like Us.”

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Sep 20, 2022
Romney's Secret 47% Tape (2012) w/ David Corn
36:39

It’s September 17th. In 2012, durig the home stretch of the presidential election, a secretly-recorded tape of Mitt Romney at a fundraiser upended the race. The video showed him talking about “47% of Americans” who don’t pay taxes, expect to live off government largesse — and are not voters that Romney is concerned with.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by David Corn, DC Bureau Chief for Mother Jones magazine, who broke the story of the leaked tape. They discuss how the tape came into David’s hands, why it had such a big impact, and what it articulated about the conservative vision of government and politics.

David’s new book is American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of how the Republican Party Went Crazy - it’s available for purchase now!

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Sep 18, 2022
The Christiana Resistance (1851)
19:58

It’s September 15th. This day in 1851, a dramatic showdown takes place in Christiana, Pennsylvania over four fugitive enslaved people who were hiding in a farmhouse near the Maryland border.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the details of the showdown and how the incident at Christiana ratcheted tensions in the run-up to the Civil War.

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Sep 15, 2022
The Basket Of Deplorables (2016)
23:37

It’s September 13th. This day in 2016, comments from Hillary Clinton about how half of Trump supporters can be put into a “basket of deplorables” are going viral.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the context of where Clinton made those comments, why her larger point was lost — and why it’s always a mistake for politicians to generalize about their opponent’s supporters.

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Sep 13, 2022
Partisans Week: Clinton Chronicles VHS (1994)
16:53

Nicole Hemmer has a new book out! It’s called “Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s.” All this week, she’s walking through some of her favorite stories from the book, which is available for purchase now.

Today: conspiracy theories about the Clintons circulate through a viral VHS tape.

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Sep 11, 2022
Partisans Week: Buchanan at Smuggler's Gulch (1992)
16:29

Nicole Hemmer has a new book out! It’s called “Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s.” All this week, she’s walking through some of her favorite stories from the book, which is available for purchase now.

Today: a story about how Pat Buchanan carved out an extreme stance about the US-Mexico border, and immigration became a key GOP issue

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Sep 08, 2022
Partisans Week: Black Helicopters (1995)
17:23

Nicole Hemmer has a new book out! It’s called “Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s.” All this week, she’s walking through some of her favorite stories from the book, which is available for purchase now.

Today: a story about black helicopters, conspiracy theories, and radicalism in the Pacific Northwest.

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Sep 06, 2022
The Mystery of LBJ's "Box 13" (1948) w/ Mark Lawrence
29:42

It’s September 4th. In 1948, a heated Texas Senate primary comes down to a very mysterious box of ballots found in Jim Wells County — which conveniently put Lyndon Johnson ahead by just a few votes.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Mark Lawrence of the UT-Austin and the LBJ Library to discuss what we know and don’t know about the “Box 13” scandal — and whether it truly changed the trajectory of LBJ’s political career.

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Sep 04, 2022
Brownie, Heckuva Job (2005)
18:46

It’s September 1st. In 2005, in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, George W Bush offered praise to the director of FEMA, Michael Brown, saying “Brownie, you’re doing a a heckuva job.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the phrase became such a flashpoint, and how it represented so much of what was wrong with the Katrina response and the Bush administration in general.

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Sep 01, 2022
Lincoln's Avenger (1894)
17:15

It’s August 30th. This day in 1894, a man by the name of Thomas H “Boston” Corbett is presumed dead in a fire in Minnesota. Boston Corbett led a troubled life, particularly over the previous thirty years, during which he was best known as the man who killed John Wilkes Booth — the man who killed Abraham Lincoln.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the circumstances under which Corbett killed Booth, the way in which he was treated as a hero, and the spiral Corbett’s life took as he embraced the role of “Lincoln’s Avenger.”

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Aug 30, 2022
Biden Bites Kinnock (1987)
20:59

It’s August 27th. This day in 1987, rumors are building that Joe Biden had plagiarized remarks from British politician Neil Kinnock. Soon, reporters would find evidence that Biden used lines directly from Kinnock’s remarks, without attribution, in a debate — and other instances of plagiarism would emerge in the coming weeks.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how Biden’s plagiarism was uncovered, how it sank his 1988 presidential bid, and how his reputation for borrowing phrases has persisted.

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Aug 28, 2022
Port Chicago Mutiny (1944)
17:31

It’s August 25th. In 1944, a group of sailors at Port Chicago in California are facing mutiny charges, after refusing to work under dangerous conditions. Just under a month earlier, there had been a massive explosion at the same location, killing hundreds.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the sailors refused to work, the impact of the Port Chicago explosion, and the way in which the mostly-Black sailors were mistreated by the Navy and the U.S. government.

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Aug 25, 2022
Wooed By Mussolini (1926)
16:07

It’s August 22nd. Throughout the late summer of 1926, legendary journalist Ida Tarbell is publishing a series of flattering profiles of Benito Mussolini.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the muck-raking journalist is falling under the spell of the rising dictator, and why so many other Progressive voices seem to be doing the same.

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Aug 23, 2022
Hoover Feeds Russia (1922)
15:05

It’s August 19th. This day in 1922, a massive food relief program is underway, with tons of American supplies headed for Russia.

Jody, Kellie, and Niki discuss why the United States was committed to aiding the Russian famine, and how Herbert Hoover built his reputation as a food administrator in the wake of WWI.

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Aug 21, 2022
The Roots of "Roots" (1976)
15:25

It’s August 18th. This day in 1976, Alex Haley’s sprawling epic Roots hits the bookshelves. It quickly caused a sensation — and controversy.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how Haley’s work came together, the enormous impact it had, and the mix of fact and fiction that somewhat clouded the work.

Check out Reconsidering Roots, the book Kellie edited about Haley and the Roots television miniseries.

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Aug 18, 2022
The Acquittal of Joan Little (1975)
14:14

It’s August 16th. This day in 1975, a woman by the name of Joan Little was acquitted of murder — the first case in which a woman is acquitted of a murder committed in self-defense against sexual assault.

Jody, Niki and Kellie discuss how Little became an unlikely public figure, how the civil rights movement of the time rallied around her case, and the legacy of her acquittal.

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Aug 16, 2022
The Benghazi Memo (2012) w/ Leon Neyfakh
26:12

It’s August 14th. In 2012, on August 16th, a State Department memo was sent regarding the security of the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Less than a month later, the compound was attacked, and four Americans died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Leon Neyfakh, host of FIASCO, to discuss the roots of the deep Benghazi attack — and how the politicization of the incident has completely muddied the waters of understanding why the tragedy occured.

Leon reported and hosted the fourth season of FIASCO on the Benghazi incident. Find it on Apple Podcasts or the Luminary app.

Aug 14, 2022
The Irish-American Gun-Runners (1973) w/ Nate Lavey
31:55

It’s August 11th. This day in 1973, a group of Irish-Americans known as “The Fort Worth Five” are caught up in the court system, accused of running guns to Ireland to aid the independence movement.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Nate Lavey to discuss how regular Irish-Americans got involved in the freedom fight, and the long political and financial nexus between groups like NORAID in the United States and the IRA in Ireland.

Nate is the host of the excellent new podcast “Foreign Agent,” which traces the roots of NORAID and Irish-American activism.

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Aug 11, 2022
TN Week: Elvis, Cash, and Tricky Dick (1972) w/ Jane Carr
20:36

Big news! Niki Hemmer is moving to Vanderbilt University to teach and found a center on the presidency. To help her get up to speed, she’s hosting “Tennessee Week” on the show with a few conversations around some key and fascinating moments in TN history.

Today, Niki and Kellie are joined by Jane Carr, editor at CNN and Memphis native, to discuss the strange ties between Richard Nixon and two musical icons — Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. They break down Nixon’s understanding of the role of pop culture, and the details behind Elvis’s notorious visit to the White House.

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Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

Aug 09, 2022
TN Week: State of Franklin (1784) w/ Jane Carr
20:13

Big news! Niki Hemmer is moving to Vanderbilt University to teach and found a center on the presidency. To help her get up to speed, she’s hosting “Tennessee Week” on the show with a few conversations around some key and fascinating moments in TN history.

Today, Niki and Kellie are joined by Jane Carr, editor at CNN and Memphis native, to discuss the “State of Franklin,” a short-lived breakaway republic in what is now eastern Tennessee.

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Aug 07, 2022
TN Week: Saint Dolly w/ Jad Abumrad
27:24

Big news! Niki Hemmer is moving to Vanderbilt University to teach and found a center on the presidency. To help her get up to speed, she’s hosting “Tennessee Week” on the show with a few conversations around some key and fascinating moments in TN history.

Today, Niki and Kellie are joined by Jad Abumrad, founder of Radiolab, Nashville native, and host of “Dolly Parton’s America.” They discuss what Dolly Parton has meant to TN, and the country.

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Aug 04, 2022
What About Your Gaffes (2012)
17:39

It’s July 31st, 2012. This day, on the campaign trail, a reporter shouts a question at Mitt Romney: “What about your gaffes?!”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the question came to be asked and why it perfectly encapsulates everything wrong with modern political journalism. Plus, why the other questions asked that day weren’t that much better.

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Aug 02, 2022
The Sinking of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior (1985) w/ Adam McKay
22:27

It’s July 31st. This day in 1985, two divers acting on behalf of the French government planted bombs on the Greenpeace ship The Rainbow Warrior, blowing a hole in the side of the hull and sinking the vessel, killing one person on board.

Jody and Niki are joined by Adam McKay to discuss the incident, the reasons that the French government attacked a private ship, and the legacy of Greenpeace’s environmental activism.

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Jul 31, 2022
Morris The Cat And Adam McKay's Big Break (1992) w/ Adam McKay
24:34

It’s July 28th. This day in 1992, “Morris The Cat,” the feline spokesperson for Nine Lives cat food, is in the heart of a stunt presidential campaign.

Jody and Niki are joined by director and writer Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up, Vice, Anchorman) to talk about the campaign and how Adam’s career changed as a result.

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Jul 28, 2022
Bush Gets Stuck In A Bog (1995)
13:40

It’s July 26th. This day in 1995, former President George HW Bush gets stuck neck-deep in a Canadian bog while on a fishing trip.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how exactly Bush got stuck, how he got out, and his deep love of fishing, as expressed in a letter to the editor of the Deh Cho Drum paper in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.

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Jul 26, 2022
The ADA Changes Everything (1990)
15:40

It’s July 24th. This day in 1990, President George HW Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act, after decades of activism and political pressure from disabilities rights advocates.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the ADA transformed American life, not just for people with disabilities, and how the passage fits into Bush’s legacy.

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Jul 24, 2022
DC's Red Summer (1919)
18:00

It’s July 21st. This day in Washington, DC, racialized violence is sweeping the city, part of what is known as “Red Summer” around the country.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why DC was a particular kind of powder keg for this kind of violence, given the city’s large and relatively upwardly mobile Black population, which sought to protect itself throughout the summer.

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Jul 21, 2022
The McDonald's Massacre (1984) w/ Cari Babitzke
19:53

It’s July 19th. This day in 1984, a gunman killed 21 people at a McDonald’s in San Isidro, California. It was one of the earliest public mass shootings in this country.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Cari Babitzke of Boston University to discuss the public and policy response to the event at the time — and the many lessons about mass shootings that we still haven’t learned today.

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Jul 19, 2022
The Wallace What-If (1944)
17:40

It’s July 17th. This day in 1944, there are real questions about who will be the Vice Presidential nominee going into FDR’s run for office that fall. Henry Wallace was almost chosen instead of Harry Truman — and the course of the end of WWII and a consequential moment in history may have looked very different.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the twists and turns of how Truman came to be nominated over Wallace, Wallace’s progressive “common man” politics, and what could have been.

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Jul 17, 2022
Nelson Hackett's Escape -- and Return -- from Canada (1844)
15:27

It’s July 14th. This day in 1844, a formerly enslaved man by the name of Nelson Hackett is being sent back to the United States after having escaped to Canada. It would be the first — and last — time that the Canadian government would collaborate with the U.S. to return an escapee.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss Hackett’s journey north, the ad-hoc network of safe-houses and sympathetic institutions that carried people north, and why Canada sent Hackett back to Detroit.

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Jul 14, 2022
The Great Upheaval (Railroad Strike Version) (1877)
15:30

It’s July 12th. This day in 1877, a railroad worker strike is starting in West Virginia and will soon spread throughout the midwest and eastern United States.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the strike was aided by the way in which railroads connected different parts of the country, and how it planted the seeds for an era of massive strikes.

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Jul 12, 2022
Nativists vs Catholics in Philadelphia (1844)
17:08

It’s July 10th. This day in 1844, riots and violence are breaking out in Philadelphia as nativist groups coalesce around anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the riots wrapped up fears about schooling, economic competition, religion — and marked a moment in which Nativism started to wield political power.

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Jul 10, 2022
Harriet Jacobs, Budding Author (1853)
17:47

It’s July 7th. This day in 1853, Harriet Jacobs, a formerly enslaved woman, writes her first letter to the editor, and begins to work on her memoirs. Her story, published almost ten years later under a pseudonym as “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” would paint a picture of slavery and sexual violence that was often not represented.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Jacobs’s story, the impact of her work, and why it was lost to history for many years until fairly recently.

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Jul 07, 2022
Texas Opts In (1845)
18:53

It’s July 5th. This day in 1845, the Texas legislature votes to ratify a decision to join the United States of America. This marked the end, at least for a bit, of an era in which Texas changed hands, switched allegiances, went independent, and more.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the long and twisty road to this moment in Texas (and U.S.) history, and why questions of Texas going it alone are back in the air.

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Jul 05, 2022
The Great American Road Trip (1956) w/ Eddie Alterman
24:59

It’s July 3rd. This day in 1956, President Eisenhower signed the National Highway Act, the largest infrastructure project in American history.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Eddie Alterman, longtime editor of Car & Driver magazine, to discuss how the highway network reshaped the country and changed car culture.

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Jul 03, 2022
The Wrights Make Might (1909)
18:01

It’s June 30th. This day in 1909, the Wright Brothers are at Fort Meyer, Virginia, to demonstrate their latest airplane technology.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the Wrights went from independent inventors to striking a deal with the military — and their decades-long hope that aviation would actually help put an end to wars.

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Jun 30, 2022
The Abramoff Scandal (2005) w/ Philip Bump
14:46

It’s June 27th. This day in 2006, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee released a report about the breadth and depth of corruption on the part of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Philip Bump of the Washington Post to discuss how Abramoff cheated his clients out of millions — and the political price many Republicans paid as a result.

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Jun 28, 2022
Stuck On 435 (1929) w/ Philip Bump
16:50

It’s June 26th. In 1929, Congress passed the “Permanent Reapportionment Act,” which capped the number of representatives in the house.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Philip Bump of the Washington Post to discuss why the overall number of representatives had shifted a fair amount up to that point, but has now been stuck for almost a century. They also discuss the efforts at reform — and the unintended consequences of adding more seats.

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Jun 26, 2022
The Solar Panels On The White House Roof (1979)
12:09

It’s June 20th. This day in 1979, Jimmy Carter held a ceremony to celebrate the new solar panels that had been installed on the White House roof. The panels were symbolic support for new energy initiatives, but also looked to reduce the building’s energy bill at a time of soaring gas prices.

Jody, Niki and Kellie discuss the panels, the green energy efforts, and why Ronald Reagan tore them down.

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Jun 23, 2022
The Dinner Where It Happened (1790)
16:49

It’s June 21st. This day in 1790, in lower Manhattan, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison sit down in a meeting brokered by Thomas Jefferson to work out a major compromise involving the Treasury department and the location of the US Capitol.

Jody, Niki and Kellie discuss the meeting, the myths around it, and how it was ultimately a major test of a new democracy in action.

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Jun 21, 2022
The Pig War (1859)
11:49

It’s June 19th. This day in 1859, a skirmish on the San Juan Islands over a pig that intruded on a farmer’s potato crops leads to an argument, which leads to a diplomatic crisis, which almost leads to a war between the US and Canada.

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Jun 19, 2022
Paired: HBCUs (w/ The Stoop)
47:58

For the next few episodes, we’re re-posting some of our favorite recent conversations — alongside episodes from fellow Radiotopia shows that cover the same topic or theme.

Today, two stories about HBCUs, including one from our friends at The Stoop.

Thanks to everyone at The Stoop for letting us run this episode!

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Jun 16, 2022
Paired: Attica and San Quentin (w/ Ear Hustle)
01:25:01

For the next few episodes, we’re re-posting some of our favorite recent conversations — alongside episodes from fellow Radiotopia shows that cover the same topic or theme.

Today, a look at two prison uprisings from the summer of 1971. On our show, we talked about Attica and the many false narratives that emerged from that famous riot; and then our friends at Ear Hustle look back at a revolt at San Quentin in August 1971.

To learn more about George Jackson and the events of August 21, 1971, check out the resources listed at the bottom of the episode page: https://www.earhustlesq.com/episodes/2021/9/8/august-21-1971

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Jun 14, 2022
Paired: The Moton School Strike (w/ Memory Palace)
29:29

For the next few episodes, we’re re-posting some of our favorite recent conversations — alongside episodes from fellow Radiotopia shows that cover the same topic or theme.

Today, our episode about the 1951 school walkout in Farmville, Virginia, paired with an episode of The Memory Palace about the same event, led by Barbara Johns.

Thanks to Nate DiMeo for letting us run this episode, and be sure to check out The Memory Palace wherever you get your podcasts!

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Jun 12, 2022
Paired: Nuclear Mishaps (w/ Radio Diaries)
56:27

For the next few episodes, we’re re-posting some of our favorite recent conversations — alongside episodes from fellow Radiotopia shows that cover the same topic or theme.

Today, our episode about the time the Air Force almost detonated nuclear weapons in Goldsboro, NC — paired with the Radio Diaries episode about a near-calamitous nuclear missile accident in Arkansas.

Be sure to check out Radio Diaries wherever you get your podcasts!

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Jun 09, 2022
The Oprah-Oz Conundrum (from Oprahdemics)
36:54

Dr. Mehmet Oz has secured the GOP nomination for Senate in Pennsylvania. On our sister show Oprahdemics, Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur discuss his very dubious medical track record, how much Oprah Winfrey is responsible for promoting his brand, and whether she has any obligation to speak out about his political life.

Check out Oprahdemics wherever you get your podcasts — and join us for an Oprahdemics live show on June 15th in New York City as part of the Tribeca Film Festival!

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Jun 07, 2022
Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men (1968)
18:06

It’s June 6th. This day in 1968, Robert Kennedy is assassinated, and the gunman is first tackled by former NFL player Rosey Grier.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Grier was on the scene, and Grier’s improbable and varied path through different parts of politics, media and society — including his turn as an advocate for needlepoint.

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Jun 05, 2022
The Dominion of Melchizedek (1993)
14:28

It’s June 2nd. This day in 1993, the very-fake nation known as “The Dominion Of Melchizedek” received official recognition from the Central African Republic. The Dominion was a nation set up to commit bank fraud, but now it was formally recognized as a sovereign state.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how Melchizedek was able to exploit a number of legal loopholes to establish itself — and how the scheme brought up all sorts of deeper questions about politics, religion, and more.

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Jun 02, 2022
The Night Of The Johnstown Flood (1889)
17:31

It’s May 31st. This day in 1889, a wall of water rushing down the Conemaugh River wiped out the mountain town of Johnstown, PA. It was one of the worst “natural” disasters in American history, and due in large part to negligence by wealthy developers.

Jody, Niki and Kellie discuss the details of the flood, the class dynamics, and how the incident changed liability law. Plus: what to make of David McCullough, who wrote his first book about the flood.

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May 31, 2022
The Randolph Freedpeople (1846)
15:11

It’s May 29th. This day in 1846, 13 years after being granted their freedom, a group of formerly-enslaved Virginians arrive in Ohio to settle on land that they’d secured in a long court battle.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the plight of the “Randolph Freedpeople,” why their former owner John Randolph willed them their freedom, and the legacy of this group in Ohio today.

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May 29, 2022
Obama Apologizes, Sort Of, For Hiroshima (2016)
15:54

It’s May 26th. This day in 2016, President Obama offered remarks at a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss Obama’s speech, whether it constituted a proper acknowledgment of the US’s use of nuclear weapons, and how Obama grappled with the political dimensions of his “apology tour.”

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May 26, 2022
Nellie Taft's Stroke (1909)
14:57

It’s May 23rd. This day in 1909, Helen “Nellie” Taft, wife of President William Howard Taft, suffered a stroke that caused her to retreat from the White House to recover.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how Nellie was a highly influential figure, and how her absence may have significantly effected the course of the Taft presidency. Plus, Jody floats a theory…

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May 24, 2022
The Potato Beetle Wars (1950)
13:11

It’s May 22nd. This day in 1950, East German farmers begin to report that the Colorado Potato Beetle has invaded their crops, causing devastation and fueling rumors that the infestation is part of an American plot.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the Beetles came to Germany, why the presence of the pest was so easy to propagandize, and the history of entomological warfare.

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May 22, 2022
Tennessee Finally Teaches Evolution (1967)
15:05

It’s May 19th. This day in 1967, the Tennessee state legislature finally repealed the Butler Act, the law that had been on the books since the 1920s banning the teaching of evolution in public schools.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the law was finally repealed, and how many of the myths about the law’s passing — and the famous “Scopes monkey trial” — continue to this day.

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May 19, 2022
Tuskegee Study Apology (1997)
22:56

It’s May 16th. This day in 1997, President Clinton offered a formal apology for the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, which took place in the 1930s-1970s.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the shameful study, the role of the Tuskegee Institute in the government study, and whether Clinton’s apology made a difference.

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May 17, 2022
Family Jewels Pt 4: Meddling In The Press (1975) w/ Rick Perlstein
17:13

We wrap up our four-part series on the 1975/76 Church Committee hearings with a look at the contentious, cozy, and murky relationship between intelligence communities and the press. The CIA targeted individual journalists, but often with the tacit approval of media elites.

Our guest throughout this series has been Rick Perlstein. Be sure to check out his many brilliant books!

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May 15, 2022
Family Jewels Pt 3: Meddling In Your Mind (1975)
19:13

Our miniseries on the 1975/76 Church Committee findings on CIA and FBI operations continues. This episode, we re-visit our conversation about the MKULTRA program, which conducted mind-control and psychedelic drug experiments on unwitting subjects during the 50s and 60s. The existence of the program came out during the Church Committee hearings.

Be sure to check out the whole “Family Jewels” series, where we’re looking at Meddling Abroad, Meddling at Home, Meddling with Your Mind, and Meddling in the Press.

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May 12, 2022
Family Jewels Pt 2: Meddling At Home (1975) w/ Rick Perlstein
24:29

Our miniseries on the 1975/76 Church Committee findings on CIA and FBI operations continues. This episode, we look at what Americans learned with regards to COINTELPRO — domestic spying on people like MLK and John Lennon, as well as groups like the Black Panthers and KKK.

Be sure to check out the whole “Family Jewels” series, where we’re looking at Meddling Abroad, Meddling at Home, Meddling with Your Mind, and Meddling in the Press.

Our guest for this series is Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, Reaganland, The Invisible Bridge, and much more.

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May 10, 2022
Family Jewels Pt 1: Meddling Abroad (1975) w/ Rick Perlstein
27:47

We’ve got a new miniseries for you, looking back at the 1975 Church Committee hearings and report, which disclosed a wide array of shady behavior by the NSA, FBI, and CIA.

For the next four episodes, we’ll look at the findings and what the revelations meant for US government and media. We’ll look at Meddling Abroad, Meddling at Home, Meddling with Your Mind, and Meddling in the Press.

Our guest for this series is Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, Reaganland, The Invisible Bridge, and much more.

May 08, 2022
Our Bodies, Ourselves (1969)
14:58

It’s May 5th, 1969. In Boston, a group of women are meeting to share information about women’s health, which would eventually lead to writing a 193-page pamphlet, which would eventually lead to the book “Our Bodies, Our Selves.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why women felt the need to share this basic information about their health, the book’s influence over the generations, and whether it’s still needed today.

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May 05, 2022
Haymarket and the Roots of May Day (1886)
15:31

It’s May 4th. This day in 1886, a deadly riot between police and protesters broke out in Haymarket Square in Chicago.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the Haymarket Riot came on the heels of days of escalating protest over an 8-hour work day; and how the roots of May Day, as a labor holiday, have at times been forgotten.

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May 03, 2022
The She She She Camps (1934)
12:59

It’s May 1st. This day in 1934, Eleanor Roosevelt is holding a series of meetings at the White House to plan out a number of camps for women that would give them skills and community as the country tried to claw out of the Great Depression.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the role the camps played as a counterpart for the many programs aimed at giving men work, and how Eleanor was a champion for the effort.

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May 01, 2022
The Monkey Mayor of Hartlepool (2002) w/ Tim Harford
27:11

It’s April 28th. This day in 2002, the northeastern English town of Hartlepool is gearing up for a mayoral election, where they would end up voting in… the local football club’s monkey mascot to run their government.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Tim Harford to discuss the story of how H’Angus the Monkey got elected, and how the man inside the suit, Stuart Drummond, went on to be a very effective administrator.

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Apr 28, 2022
Henrietta Wood Sues For Reparations (1878)
18:38

It’s April 26th. This day in 1878, a verdict is delivered in a suit brought by the formerly-enslaved woman Henrietta Wood. She sued her former enslaver Zebulon Ward for reparations — and an all-white jury sided with her.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss this largely-forgotten early case for reparations, and why it didn’t set a larger precedent.

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Apr 26, 2022
The Moton Walkout and the "Lost Generation" (1951)
17:13

It’s April 24th. This day in 1951, Black students at Robert Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia have walked out of school, staging a strike over poor conditions at their school, particularly when compared to the white school across town.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie talk about what motivated the school strike, and how the legal case around the walkout would eventually join up with other similar cases around the country and reach the Supreme Court in the landmark Brown v Board ruling.

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Apr 24, 2022
They're Trying To Wash Us Away (1927) w/ Wright Thompson
22:45

It’s April 21st. This day in 1927, the Mississippi River is in beginning to breach levies and overflows the banks throughout the MS delta.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Wright Thompson to discuss the Great Flood of 1927, how it reshaped the American South, and the relationship the region has to the mighty river.

Find Wright’s work at ESPN and The Atlantic, check out “Pappyland,” and watch True South!

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Apr 21, 2022
The Mystery of 420's Origins (1986?) w/ Ellen Scanlon
17:22

It’s April 20th. 4-20 is a de facto holiday in weed culture, with murky origins and an interesting future as a day of activism and policy conversation.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Ellen Scanlon, host of “How To Do The Pot,” to discuss the many competing theories about where 420 came from as a touchstone. Plus they discuss how the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana may change the meaning of the day.

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Apr 19, 2022
Japanese Balloon Bombs Over U.S. Skies (1945)
12:40

It’s April 17th. This day in 1945, a balloon bomb exploded over Omaha, Nebraska. This was one of thousands of Japanese devices that were sent out over the Pacific ocean to ride the jet stream and explode on U.S. soil.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the balloon bomb program, why it was largely kept secret from U.S. citizens, and how they lead to a number of American deaths.

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Apr 17, 2022
Eugene Debs: Lock Him Up (1919)
12:30

It’s April 14th. This day in 1919, Socialist leader Eugene V Debs is sent to prison for violating the Espionage Act in his opposition to WWI. It wasn’t the first time Debs had been imprisoned — but a year later he would run for president and earn almost 4% of the vote from inside his jail cell.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Deb’s imprisoned candidacy, and the history of jailing political opponents in the United States.

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Apr 14, 2022
Eleanor Roosevelt's Tuskegee Plane Ride (1941)
12:52

It’s April 12th. This day in 1941, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt took an airplane ride in a small plane piloted by Charles “Chief” Anderson, a Black pilot and member of the Tuskegee airmen.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the photo caused a sensation, and controversy — and helped bolster the case for Black pilots to serve in WWII.

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Apr 12, 2022
Gloria Richardson, Connector (1964)
16:16

It’s April 10th. This day in 1964, activist Gloria Richardson is forging deep ties with other civil rights leaders, particularly Malcolm X.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Richardson’s form of activism, her push for more forceful stance, and how much changed in the Spring of 1954 for her and the movement at large.

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Apr 10, 2022
The Forgotten Massacre at Dartmoor Prison (1815) w/ Nick Guyatt
23:26

It’s April 7th. This day in 1815, a chaotic attack at Dartmoor prison in England killled and injured dozens of American prisoners.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by historian Nicholas Guyatt to discuss why American prisoners of war were in Dartmoor even after the end of the War of 1812 — and how both the US and UK governments papered over the tragedy.

Nick’s new book, out now, is called “The Hated Cage.” Follow him on twitter for information about his US speaking dates.

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Apr 07, 2022
Nixon's Weird-Ass White House Uniforms (1970) w/ Avery Trufelman
19:56

It’s April 4th. This day in 1970, Richard Nixon’s great White House uniform experiment is coming to an end.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Avery Trufelman to talk about Nixon’s ill-fated design for new uniforms, what message he was trying to send — and the very weird afterlife of these uniforms once they were packed up into boxes. It involves Alice Cooper.

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Apr 05, 2022
The Roots of Intersectionality (1979)
17:45

It’s April 3rd. This day in 1979, community organizations in Boston such as the Combahee River Collective are raising the alarm about a string of murders targeting Black women. The CRC looked to highlight the way in which race, gender, and class all intersected in the conditions that led to the murders and the city’s reaction.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the Roxbury murders and the identity politics that emerged from the community’s response.

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Apr 03, 2022
Our 300th Episode, and Something New
19:15

It’s March 31st. Turns out, it’s our 300th episode, and the second anniversary of the show! What better way to celebrate than by rolling out the new Radiotopia show Oprahdemics, hosted by our very own Kellie Carter Jackson. Here we feature a sneak preview, and be sure to find it wherever you get your podcasts.

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Mar 31, 2022
Washington Asserts His Privilege (1796) w/ Lindsay M. Chervinsky
22:26

It’s March 28th. This day in 1796, President Washington cited executive privilege in refusing a request for documents from Congress. This started a long and messy tradition of presidents shielding their actions from oversight.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky to discuss why Washington finally drew an oversight line — and how others have tried to move that line over the centuries since.

Lindsay Chervinsky’s book is The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution. She is co-host of the podcast The Past, The Promise, The Presidency.

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Mar 29, 2022
Brando and Littlefeather Refuse The Oscar (1973) w/ Amy Nicholson
21:31

It’s March 27th. On Oscar Sunday in 1973, Marlon Brando refused to attend the ceremony and accept is Best Actor award for The Godfather. Instead, Native American activist and actress Sacheen Littlefeather took the stage and gave remarks about the portrayal of American Indians in Hollywood.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Amy Nicholson of the "Unspooled” podcast to talk about the moment, how LIttlefeather and Brando linked up, and the history of political speeches at the Oscars.

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Mar 27, 2022
Gerry + Mander (1812) w/ Harry Enten
25:44

It’s March 24th. This day in 1812, a political cartoon appeared in a Boston newspaper lampooning a newly proposed election district. The district was the work of Governor Elbridge Gerry, and the cartoonist depicted the district in the shape of a salamander. Hence, the “gerrymander” was born.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by CNN (and former 538) reporter Harry Enten to discuss the origins of redistricting weirdness, proposals to curb it, and how the politics of the 19th century seem to be repeating themselves.

Be sure to check out Harry’s podcast Margins of Error!

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Cartoon, "The Gerry-Mander", 1813 | National Museum of American History

Mar 24, 2022
Monopoly's Secret History (1903)
19:53

It’s March 22nd. This day in 1903, a woman by the name of Lizzie Maggie filed for a patent for a new boardgame she’d invented — “The Landlord’s Game.”

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss Maggie’s version of the game that would eventually become Monopoly — and how she had originally intended it to be a lesson in cooperation and shared wealth, not ruthless capitalism.

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Mar 22, 2022
US Boycotts Russian Games (1980)
17:48

It’s March 20th. This day in 1980, President Jimmy Carter is about to issue a decree that U.S.

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Mar 20, 2022
The Cornerstone of the Confederacy (1861)
17:11

It’s March 16th. In 1861, Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America, delivered a speech that came to be known as the “cornerstone speech.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how Stephens’s remarks left little doubt about the centrality of slavery in the Confederacy’s desire to secede — even though the role of slavery in causing the Civil War continued to be contested for decades.

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Mar 17, 2022
Latasha Harlins and the LA Riots (1991)
15:37

It’s March 15th. On March 16th, 1991, a young girl, Latasha Harlins, was killed by a shopkeeper in South Central Los Angeles.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how Harlins’s death led to outrage in the Black community in LA, inflamed Korean-American and African-American tensions, and eventually fed into the riots and violence around the Rodney King beating.

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Mar 15, 2022
The US Hunts Pancho Villa (1916)
13:04

It’s March 13th. This day in 1916, some 6,000 US troops are getting ready to enter Mexico to track down rebel leader Pancho Villa.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why President Wilson sent the troops into Mexico, and what it said about US meddling around the world, and colonial ambitions, in that era.

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Mar 13, 2022
A Raisin In The Sun (1959)
18:04

It’s March 10th. This day in 1959, “A Raisin In The Sun” debuted on Broadway. It was the first Broadway show written by an African-American woman, and marked the arrival of Loraine Hansberry as a major creative force.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie talk about the play’s critique of the mid-century American dream, Hansberry’s creative peers, and the legacy she left despite her short life.

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Mar 10, 2022
We Are The World (1985)
22:13

It’s March 8th. This day in 1985, a song was released featuring virtually every major American music star, to raise money and awareness about the famine in Ethiopia.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how “We Are The World” came together, some of the stories from the recording session, and what the effort teaches us about charity, celebrity, and effective advocacy.

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Mar 08, 2022
The War on Pinball (1948) w/ Harry Siegel
25:33

It’s March 6th. This day in 1948, New York City’s war on pinball was raging, with police smashing machines

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Harry Siegel of The Daily Beast and The Daily News to discuss why Mayor La Guardia was so concerned with pinball machines and the long history of vice policing in New York City.

Listen to Harry’s podcast FAQ NYC for all things NYC!

(Harry also recommended Italo Calvino’s T Zero, which you can find here)

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Mar 06, 2022
The Woman Behind The New Deal (1933) w/ Jenny Kaplan
18:54

It’s March 3rd. This day in 1933, Frances Perkins is appointed Secretary of Labor, the first woman to hold a cabinet position.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Jenny Kaplan of Womanica to discuss Perkins’ role inside the FDR administration, the way she navigated both her person and professional worlds — and whether Perkins was the real architect of the New Deal.

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Mar 03, 2022
Mixing at Mardi Gras (1992) w/ Oliver Thomas
24:04

It’s March 1st, the first day of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. This day in 1992, a city ordinance mandating that all Mardi Gras krewes be integrated in order to march on city streets is in effect — making this a Mardi Gras unlike any in history.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by New Orleans city Councilman Oliver Thomas (also a poet, actor, and radio host) to talk about what the new law means for the very old tradition, and how difficult it is to enforce legal discrimination laws in largely social contexts.

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Mar 01, 2022
Lincoln At Cooper Union, The Speech That Changed Everything (1860)
15:40

It’s February 27th. This day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech at the Cooper Union in New York City. Before the speech, he was relatively unknown and not considered a viable candidate for president in that fall’s election. This speech changed everything.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the speech both boosted Lincoln as a candidate, but also laid out his intellectual vision — one that was as much about continually evolving ideas on slavery as anything.

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Feb 27, 2022
Our Favorite "Making Trouble" Stories
21:45

All this week, shows across the Radiotopia network are doing special episodes around the theme of “making trouble.” It’s being done to celebrate the Radiotopia fundraiser. If you want to support our work, become a member today at https://on.prx.org/367yNHv

For our contribution, we talk about how the word “trouble” has meant different things in different points in history. Then, we each nominate our favorite historical troublemakers.

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Feb 24, 2022
Birth of The Peace Symbol (1958) w/ Ian Chillag
18:45

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It’s February 22nd. This day in 1958, in advance of a massive nuclear disarmament protest in London, designer Gerald Holtom came up with a simple design that would go on to be the logo not just for the no-nukes movement, but come to be known as the peace symbol.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Ian Chillag of Everything is Alive to talk about Holtom’s original design, whether the peace symbol is now hopelessly cheesy — and whether it will ever come back into fashion.

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Feb 22, 2022
The Long Telegram (1946)
18:50

It’s February 20th. This day in 1946, diplomat George Kennan, stationed in Moscow, sent a 5,000 word telegram to the State Department outlining his assessment of the Soviet Union and how the U.S. should approach its expansion efforts. It would set a template for decades to come.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss what was in the telegram, how it was interpreted — and misinterpreted.

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Feb 20, 2022
Black History Month Week: Baldwin v Buckley (1965) w/ Nick Buccola
31:30

This week, we’re doing a number of episodes around the history of… Black History Month.

In 1965, two of America’s leading intellectuals debated the question of race — first in front of a packed university audience, and then on national television.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Nick Buccola of Linfield University to talk about James Baldwin and William F. Buckley and their riveting debates over civil rights, race, and the American dream.

Nick Buccola is the author of “The Fire Is Upon Us,” a chronicle of the debates.

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Feb 17, 2022
Black History Month Week: Capital B w/ Jelani Cobb
31:13

This week, we’re doing a number of episodes around the history of… Black History Month.

Over the course of this country’s history, the terms we use to describe black Americans have shifted and signified different things — from “colored” to “negro” to “African-American” and “black.” There’s now a debate about whether to capitalize the “b” in black.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker to talk about the current debate, and the key moments in the shifting language.

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Feb 15, 2022
Black History Month Week: Where BHM Came From (1924)
19:21

This week, we’re doing a number of episodes around the history of… Black History Month.

Today, February 13th — the roots of the celebration in 1924, when historian Carter G Woodson started Negro History Week.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Woodson started the commemoration and how Black History Month has evolved in the century since.

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Feb 13, 2022
The Anarchist Soup Plot (1916)
19:14

It’s February 10th. This day in 1916, at an event attended by much of Chicago’s political and religious elite, an anarchist cook poisoned a batch of soup in an attempt to kill all two hundred attendees.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the plot failed, who the main suspect was, and whether any of the attendees ate soup again.

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Feb 10, 2022
"Birth Of A Nation" (1915) w/ Tyler Parry
27:11

It’s February 8th. This day in 1915, at Clune’s Auditorium in Los Angeles, “The Birth of a Nation” premiered.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Tyler Parry of UNLV to discuss D.W. Griffith’s film and some of the myths and truths about how the film portrayed the Civil War and led to a resurgence of the KKK around the country.

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Feb 08, 2022
The Smoking Section (1987) w/ Sarah Milov
27:12

It’s February 6th. This day in 1987, federal regulations go into effect limiting where federal workers can smoke cigarettes. Smoking rooms, smoking couches, and the little designated smoking areas on sidewalks spring up as a result.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Sarah Milov of the University of Virginia to talk about the way non-smokers rights were regulated and negotiated, legally and culturally, throughout the 1980s.

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Feb 06, 2022
The SPAM Strike (1986) w/ Julia Longoria
26:54

It’s February 3rd. This day, 1986, the town of Austin, Minnesota is being torn apart by an ongoing strike at the Hormel meat-packing plant.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by podcast host Julia Longoria to talk about the strike and her larger reporting on the way in which SPAM can explain many of the larger forces in American history.

Julia is the host of “The Experiment” from WNYC and The Atlantic — they have a three-part series on SPAM out now!

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Feb 03, 2022
McDonald's Comes to Moscow (1990)
15:19

It’s February 1st. This day in 1990, the very first McDonald’s opened in Moscow, after 14 years of negotiations and a moment where the USSR was softening its economic policy — and heading towards its eventual collapse.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss what it meant for the most American of brands to land behind the iron curtain, and the role of cultural forces in ushering in the end of the Cold War.

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Feb 01, 2022
Here Come the AKAs (1908)
20:01

It’s January 30th. This day in 1913, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority was formally incorporated, five years after its founding in 1908 at Howard University.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the early days of the AKAs, the need for black women to create a space for themselves within HBCU’s, and the legacy of the group and its alumni network over the years. Plus: why Kellie never joined!

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Jan 30, 2022
Early Prohibition and The Rise of Weird Liquor Laws (1838)
15:30

IT’s January 27th. This day in 1838, some 80 years before national prohibition, the country’s first liquor restriction was passed.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the temperance movement gained momentum alongside other moral crusades in the mid-19th century, and how we are still living with a weird patchwork of alcohol laws around the country.

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Jan 27, 2022
The U.S. Almost Nukes Itself (1961)
17:46

It’s December 25th. In 1961, on the night of January 23rd, a bomber carrying two massive nuclear weapons broke up in the sky over eastern North Carolina. The bombs came crashing to the ground and an investigation later revealed that they had gone through several of the steps required for detonation.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the near-disaster, how many times the U.S. has come close to this sort of incident, and the big “what if” at the heart of this story.

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Jan 25, 2022
Carter Pardons Draft Dodgers (1977)
18:42

It’s January 23rd. This day in 1977, on his first day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned Americans who had evaded service in the Vietnam War.

Jody, Nicole, and Kellie discuss how Carter saw a difference between “pardon” and “amnesty” for draft dodgers, the various ways in which people got out of military service, and how much this decision set the tone for the entire Carter presidency.

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Jan 23, 2022
Lurleen Wallace, Proxy Governor (1967)
19:23

It’s January 20th. This day in 1967, Lurleen Wallace took office as the Govenor of Alabama, only the third female governor in the United States history.

She was the wife of segregationist governor George Wallace, who was unable to run because of term limits. Instead, he asked his wife to run and they campaigned on a thinly-disguised “two governors, one cause” platform.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the dynamic between the Wallace’s, the proxy campaign — and how Lurleen Wallace’s health struggles and eventual death in office affect how we should view the story.

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Jan 20, 2022
Silver Shenanigans (1980) w/ Bijan Stephen
22:57

It’s January 18th. This day in 1980, a group of Texas oil billionaires were in the middle of a scheme to drive up the worldwide price of silver. This would culminate in a few months later on what came to be known as “Silver Thursday,” when their speculation collapsed and sent worldwide markets into chaos.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Bijan Stephen, host of the podcast “Eclipsed,” which is currently running a four-part series on the Hunt brothers and Silver Thursday.

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Jan 18, 2022
The Great Boston Molasses Flood (1919) w/ Cara Giaimo
18:35

It’s January 16th. This day in 1919, the North End neighborhood of Boston is digging out from under 2.3 million gallons of molasses, which flooded city streets after a storage tank burst.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by science and history writer Cara Giaimo to discuss how the flood has been reduced to a quirky tidbit of history, when in fact it should be taken serious as an industrial disaster that could have been prevented.

Cara wrote about the flood for Atlas Obscura in 2019 and also did a great Twitter thread touring the North End and looking for clues of the disaster.

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Jan 16, 2022
The Hawaii (False) Missile Alert (2018)
19:01

It’s January 13th. This day in 2018, at 8:07am, residents of Hawaii received a disturbing alert on their phones: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL..

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the false alert, how the mistake was made, and how residents of Hawaii reacted in the almost 40 minutes before word got out that it was a false alarm.

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Jan 13, 2022
The Harrisburg Seven's Plot to Kidnap Kissinger (1971)
16:26

It’s January 11th. This day in 1971, the federal government charged a group of anti-war activists, led by Catholic priest Father Phillip Berrigan, in a scheme to bomb tunnels in Washington DC and kidnap Henry Kissinger.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the details of the plot, Berrigan’s life of activism, and how it mixed with his religious pacifism.

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Jan 11, 2022
Declaring "War" on Poverty (1964)
19:03

It’s January 9th. In 1964, in his State of the Union speech, president Johnson declared “war on poverty.” It was part of his ambitious Great Society agenda to remake American lives from birth to death.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the language that Johnson used in his speech, and how branding an effort as a “war” can help or hurt a cause.

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Jan 09, 2022
January 6th, In Context (2021)
30:21

This episode, a conversation about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol one year ago, and how the stories and themes we’ve discussed on this show can help us understand what took place.

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Jan 06, 2022
"The Body" Becomes Governor (1999)
20:45

It’s January 4th. This day in 1999, former wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as Governor of Minnesota.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss “The Body’s” improbable and surprisingly-substantive third-party campaign, and how he was able to capture the media’s attention to sneak through to victory. Plus, what happened when his bombastic style came up against the much more boring work of governing.

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Jan 04, 2022
'21 Favorite: The Cussing Parrot (1845)
14:44

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It’s June 10th. This day in 1845, at the funeral of Andrew Jackson, his parrot “Poll” had to be removed from the room for excessive swearing.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Poll’s uncouth behavior, what kinds of swear words may have been uttered, and the history of other notable presidential pets.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Dec 30, 2021
'21 Favorite: NYC Slavery Revolt (1712)
18:28

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It’s April 6th. This day in 1712, a group of enslaved people start a fire in New York City aimed at sparking a larger rebellion.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the slave rebellion of 1712, the landscape of slavery in New York City at that time, and the brutal crackdown to the revolt.

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Dec 28, 2021
'21 Favorite: Zoot Suit Riots (1943) w/ Emily Spivack
22:50

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It’s June 3rd. This day in 1943 marked the start of the “Zoot Suit Riots,” a series of skirmishes and attacks in Los Angeles targeting Mexican-Americans, who were often identified by their flashy ensembles.

Jody, Niki and Kellie are joined by Emily Spivack of “Worn Stories” to discuss the causes of the riots, how the zoot suit became a political symbol, and whether super-baggy clothes are on their way back.

Check out Emily’s “Worn Stories” book and the new series on Netflix!

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Dec 26, 2021
Favorite: A History of the War On Christmas (Part 2) w/ Michael Hobbes
27:07

Part 2 of one of our favorite — and most timely — episodes ever. We’ll be back with live episodes in 2022.

Our guest this episode is Michael Hobbes, host of the podcast “Maintenance Phase” and former host of “You’re Wrong About.”

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Dec 23, 2021
Favorite: A History of the War On Christmas (Part 1) w/ Michael Hobbes
28:25

We’re re-airing one of our favorite — and most timely — episodes ever. Part 1 of our conversation about the history of the War on Christmas. We’ll run part 2 next, and be back with live episodes in 2022.

Our guest this episode is Michael Hobbes, host of the podcast “Maintenance Phase” and former host of “You’re Wrong About.”

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Dec 21, 2021
The Calumet Christmas Tragedy (1913) w/ Erik Loomis
24:22

It’s December 19th. In 1913, on Christmas Eve, 73 people, 59 of them children, died during a stampede at a gathering in the mining town of Calumet, Michigan.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by labor historian Erik Loomis to discuss the Calumet tragedy, the brutal working conditions in the mines, the union organizing that was taking place at the time — and whether the tragedy was a result of company operatives.

Erik Loomis is associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island and author of “A History of America in Ten Strikes.” Follow him on Twitter.

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Dec 19, 2021
Grant Expels Jews (1860)
14:41

It’s December 16th. This day in 1860, Union General Ulysses Grant issued Order Number 11, which expelled Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Grant was trying to cut down on illegal trading in the region, and based his policy on an Semitic stereotype about Jewish merchants.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Grant’s order, anti-Semitism in the United States, and the was in which Grants relationship with Jewish community evolved over the years.

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Dec 16, 2021
Bush, Meet Shoe (2008)
16:53

It’s December 14th. This day in 2008, at a press conference in Baghdad, an Iraqi journalist flung his shoes at George W Bush.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the incident, why Muntadhar al-Zaidi was moved to fling his shoes, and the many interesting wrinkles to the story — including the massive monument to the shoes that was built in Tikrit.

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Dec 14, 2021
A Vote Against Entering WWII (1941)
15:08

It’s December 12th. This day in 1941, the US Congress provides an overwhelming vote in support of Roosevelt’s declaration of war. But Jeanette Rankin of Montana was the lone dissenter.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Rankin’s vote, her role as the first woman to hold elected federal office, and her long history of pacifism.

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Dec 12, 2021
The John Birch Society Is Born (1958) w/ John S Huntington
31:49

It’s December 9th. This day in 1958, a group of twelve men met in Indianapolis to found the “John Birch Society,” a virulently anti-communist, conspiracy-minded group that would come to be influential and controversial in 20th century conservatism.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by John S Huntington to discuss what the Birchers were hoping to accomplish, how they’ve floated in and out of conservative movement, and why a John Birch style of thinking is alive and well today.

John’s book is “Far-Right Vanguard” — find out more about his work on his website.

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Dec 09, 2021
The Coup in Wilmington (1898)
16:36

It’s December 7th. In 1898, a white supremacist coup took place in Wilmington, NC — in which white leaders overthrew a biracial, democratically elected government.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the incidents in Wilmington, what it says about the backlash to Reconstruction, and the living legacy of the coup.

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Dec 07, 2021
Lenny Bruce Is Not Afraid (1962)
16:19

It’s December 5th. This day in 1962, comedian Lenny Bruce is arrested in Chicago during a performance at a nightclub. His arrest is ostensibly because of underage patrons at the club, but Bruce had been targeted and arrested a number of times for his use of obscenity, and for making jokes about religion, big business, and more.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Bruce’s legacy and the way in which norms and laws around speech, comedy, and profanity have been negotiated over the years.

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Dec 05, 2021
NYC Almost Burns to the Ground (1864)
16:14

It’s December 2nd. This day in 1864, a plot to burn down New York City just barely fails. A group of eight saboteurs tried to light simultaneous fires in hotels around the city on “evacuation day,” part of an effort to spark Confederate sympathy in the north.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss why the plot failed, and what it says about pro-slavery forces in the north, and the razor’s edge on which the Civil War was balanced until the very end.

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Dec 02, 2021
The Battle In Seattle (1999)
19:02

It’s November 30th. This day in 1999, the city of Seattle was the site of massive protests during the meeting of the World Trade Organization.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the WTO protests represented a new kind of coalition between populist and environmental forces, and more — and marked a new era of protest in this country.

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Nov 30, 2021
'21 Favorite: Drafting the Confederate Constitution (1861)
17:49

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This episode originally ran on March 11th. This day in 1861, the Confederate States of America ratifies its own constitution. It’s largely based on the United States constitution, but with some key changes.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss what values were expressed in the constitutional do-over, and why the similarities between the two documents might mean more than the differences.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 28, 2021
'21 Favorite: Oprah's Beef Beef (1996)
21:26

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This episode originally aired on April 15th. On this day in 1996, Oprah Winfrey hosted a segment on her show about “Mad Cow Disease” and proclaimed that she would no longer eat beef. That same day, cattle futures plummeted, and she was soon sued by the cattle industry.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the power of Oprah, the “veggie libel laws” and how she turned the trial into both television and a free speech crusade.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 25, 2021
'21 Favorite: Instant City (1889) w/ Sam Anderson
27:14

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This episode originally ran on April 22nd. This day in 1889, tens of thousands of people gathered in the middle of “unassigned territory” to wait for the signal at high noon — at which point they rushed to claim their free land in what would, overnight, become Oklahoma City.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Sam Anderson of the New York Times Magazine to talk about the Oklahoma land rush, the chaos of those first few days, and how the forming of OKC represents modern America.

Sam’s book about Oklahoma City is called “Boom Town.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 23, 2021
'21 Favorite: The Kerner Alarm (1967) w/ Jelani Cobb
21:27

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This episode originally aired on July 27th. This day in 1967, LBJ convened the “Kerner Commission” to look into the roots of violence and unrest in America, largely in Black and brown communities around the country.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by The New Yorkers Jelani Cobb to discuss the convening of the Kerner commission and the report that came out the next year, which offered a frank and damning assessment of the complicity of white Americans.

Jelani Cobb is the author of an updated version, “The Essential Kerner Commission Report,” out now.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 21, 2021
Milhouse's Missing Minutes (1973)
12:29

It’s November 18th. This day in 1973, the major revelation that there are 18 1/2 minutes missing from the secret recordings Richard Nixon was making in the Oval Office as he discussed the Watergate break-in.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the missing minutes supercharged the Watergate scandal, created loads of theories and conspiracies — an whether what’s on those tapes will ever be recovered.

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Nov 18, 2021
Murkowski's Write-In Surprise (2010)
14:57

It’s November 16th. This day in 2010, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski prevailed in her re-election effort — one in which she was forced to mount a write-in campaign after losing the primary.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how hard it is to get a successful write-in campaign going, and what the Murkowski story says about the way in which parties and voters can moderate themselves.

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Nov 16, 2021
Why Sherman Marched (1864) w/ Anne Sara Rubin
27:03

It’s November 14th. This day in 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman left Atlanta and began destructive march to the sea, burning buildings and supply lines in his attempt to “break the back” of the Confederacy.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Anne Sarah Rubin of UMBC to talk about why Sherman’s March endures as such a powerful story of “total war,” and how the story of the march has been reframed over the years.

Anne’s book is Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory.

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Nov 14, 2021
Bootlegger Biplane Bombings (1926)
14:59

It’s November 11th. This day in 1926, members of the Shelton gang in southern Illinois commandeered a biplane to drop homemade bombs on the hideout of their main bootlegging rivals, the Birgers.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the scheme, how the Shelton-Birger feud reached this level, and where this story fits in to the history of aerial bombings on American soil.

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Nov 11, 2021
"The Enemy Is The Knife" (1974)
16:37

It’s November 9th. This day in 1974, Dr. Connie Redbird Uri testified at a hearing about the practice of forced sterilization at Indian Health Services clinics. She sounded the alarm about the large numbers of women who were given hysterectomies and other procedures without their consent.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the long and shameful history of forced sterilization in this country, usually among poor and marginalized communities.

Nov 09, 2021
Snatching Lincoln's Body (1876)
16:49

It’s November 7th. This day in 1876, a group of Chicago-area men attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from his grave in Springfield, Illinois, hoping to hold it ransom to release one of their colleagues from prison. It does not go well.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the harebrained scheme, the larger context of grave-robbing in the 19th century, and what ended up happening to Lincoln’s body.

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Nov 07, 2021
Carol Moseley-Braun Wears Pants (1992)
16:06

It’s November 4th. This day in 1992, Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois is elected Senator, becoming the first Black woman elected to the Senate, the first African-American senator from the Democratic party, the first woman to defeat an incumbent senator in an election, and the first female senator from Illinois.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Moseley-Brauns impressive list of firsts, and how her first term was both consequential and fairly quickly dragged down by scandal and allegations of corruption.

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Nov 04, 2021
A Minimum Minimum Wage Increase (1977)
16:27

It’s November 2nd. This day in 1977, Jimmy Carter signed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $3.35.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the relatively short history of the minimum wage in this country — one in which the rate was increased fairly regularly, until a generation ago.

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Nov 02, 2021
Spy vs. Spy in Louisiana (2015)
20:45

It’s October 31st. This day in 2015, the campaign of Louisiana Senator David Vitter is in a tailspin after reports of a bungled spying attempt on his opponent, Bel Edwards.

Jody, NIki and Kellie discuss why the Vitter campaign had sent a spy into a coffee shop to record conversations among Edwards supporters — and what happened when word got out that there was another spy in that same room.

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Oct 31, 2021
Godless Americans (2008)
16:15

It’s October 27th. This day in 2008, an ad endorsed by Elizabeth Dole is running in North Carolina accusing Senate candidate Kay Hagan of being a “godless American.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the ad was deceptively edited, why it created such a backlash, and why the charge of “Godlessness” is so stick in American politics.

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Oct 28, 2021
Central Park's Black Village is Demolished (1857) w/ Bobby Wooten
20:28

It’s October 26th. In October of 1857, the residents of Seneca Village, a community mostly comprised of formerly enslaved African-Americans, were forcibly removed in order to make room for the construction of Manhattan’s Central Park.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by musician Bobby Wooten to discuss the forgotten history of Seneca Village, the use of eminent domain, and how to go beyond signs and placards in terms of repairing the damage done to the residents.

Bobby is the bassist in David Byrne’s broadway show “American Utopia” and also produced a history series on Instagram called “America Learn Your History.

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Oct 26, 2021
Lennon's FBI File (1971) w/ Hrishikesh Hirway
27:33

It’s October 24th. This day in 1973, former Beatle John Lennon sued the U.S. government, demanding to know whether he was under FBI surveillance.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder to discuss Lennon’s post-Beatles political life, his personal evolution, the threat of deportation he faced, and what was in his FBI file.

Check out Hrishi’s new music, his TED Talk, Song Exploder episode with John Lennon, and lots more here.

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Oct 24, 2021
Billy Beer (1978)
22:35

It’s October 21st. In October 1978, the Falls City Brewing Company ceased production of Billy Beer, a cheap brew endorsed by the younger brother of President Jimmy Carter.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the rise and quick fall of Billy Beer, why Billy Carter was an ongoing headache for the Carter administration, and the role of presidential siblings in general.

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Oct 21, 2021
The Textbook Wars Spiral Out of Control (1974)
22:45

It’s October 19th. This day in 1974, Kanawha County, West Virginia is embroiled in an increasingly violent battle over a slate of new textbooks being added to the local school curriculum. Over the course of a few weeks, there would be shootings, bombings, conspiracies to attack school buses full of children, and more.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the textbook battle got so out of control, what it says about the rise of backlash politics, and echoes to today’s violent political discourse.

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Oct 19, 2021
Why Lincoln Grew A Beard (1860)
17:48

It’s October 17th. This day in 1860, in the run-up to the next month’s presidential election, Abraham Lincoln received a letter from an 11-year-old girl urging him to grow a beard and improve his prospects.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie read from the incredibly charming exchange between Lincoln and Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY.

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Oct 17, 2021
The President Who Cried Swine Flu (1976) w/ Jim Hamblin
26:33

It’s October 14th. This day in 1976, President Ford invited cameras into the White House as he got his vaccination for the influenza strain that was commonly referred to as “swine flu.” It was part of a big effort from the White House to avoid a health disaster — a pandemic that never actually came to pass.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Dr. James Hamblin to talk about the swine flu response, whether political factors played into the administration’s response, and the parallels to the current pandemic.

Check out Jim’s new free newsletter “The Body,” and his books “Clean” and “If Our Bodies Could Talk.”

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Oct 14, 2021
Perot Crashes The Debate (1992)
15:54

It’s October 12th. This day in 1992, Ross Perot joined Bill Clinton and incumbent George HW Bush on stage for the first three-person debate in modern presidential election history.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss Perot’s candidacy, how he was able to destabilize both Clinton and Bush on stage — and whether he was actually a “spoiler” in that election.

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Oct 12, 2021
The HoJo Incident (1957)
14:02

It’s October 10th. This day in 1957, Ghanaian finance minister Komla Gbedemah was refused service at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Delaware. The incident led to an apology from president Eisenhower and a meeting at the White House, which paved the way for American investment in a major infrastructure project in Ghana.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the incident, how American racism effected the U.S. standing on the global stage, and the rise of economic colonialism.

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Oct 10, 2021
The Access Hollywood Tape (2016) w/ Roy Wood, Jr
26:35

It’s October 7th. This day in 2016, the Washington Post published excerpts of a tape of Donald Trump talking to Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about how he commits sexual assault.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by The Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. to talk about the impact of that tape, the way the Trump campaign quickly reacted by arranging for the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails, and other memories of that moment.

Check out Roy on tour this fall, and listen to “The Run,” the podcast Roy is hosting about the 2016 Chicago Cubs, produced by Jody.

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Oct 07, 2021
Borking (1987) w/ Jay Willis
24:57

It’s October 5th. This day in 1987, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork to a full senate vote — with the recommendation that he be struck down. Later that month, after an incredibly contentious hearing, Bork would be denied a seat on the court.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Jay Willis of Balls and Strikes to talk about what is misremembered regarding the Bork fight — and how “borking” lives on in conservative legal circles.

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Oct 05, 2021
Earl "Rusty" Butz Gets Weirdly Racist (1976)
13:48

It’s October 3rd. This day in 1976, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz hands in his resignation after a media firestorm over racist comments he made on an airplane in front of Pat Boone, Sonny Bono, and former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss Butz’s very baroque form of racism, and what to make of the argument that there’s no connection between what someone says in private and who they really are.

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Oct 03, 2021
The Congressional Page Scandal (2006)
16:50

It’s September 30th. This day in 2006, Florida Congressman Mark Foley resigned after inappropriate messages he’d sent to underage congressional pages were made public.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how rumors about Foley’s behavior persisted for years before the scandal broke, and how this story has so many of the hallmarks of future scandals. Plus, why Foley has still been able to maintain his standing within the Florida GOP.

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Sep 30, 2021
Lincoln's Spiritualist Stumper (1864)
16:29

It’s September 28th. This day in 1864, in the midst of the civil war and the run-up to the election of 1864, the notable spiritualist Emma Hardinge Britten gave a series of lectures in support of Lincoln's reelection.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Britten transitioned into politics and the rise of spiritualism in the midst of national tragedy.

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Sep 28, 2021
The War on Rats (1977)
19:33

It’s September 26th. This day in 1977, a Chicago alderman offered a $1 bounty to every one of his constituents who presented him with a severed rat tail.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how bad the rat problem got in Chicago in other cities throughout the 1970s, and how rodent infestations reflect larger questions of local government and services. Plus: everyone shares their most traumatizing rat stories.

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Sep 26, 2021
Atlanta Massacre (1906)
19:19

It’s September 23rd. This day in 1906, racialized mob violence broke out in Atlanta, GA, as part of a growing post-Reconstruction wave of violence and rioting around the country.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the familiar mix of factors that led to the rioting — but also how these events are uniquely Atlanta.

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Sep 23, 2021
DADT No More (2011)
16:17

It’s September 21st. This day in 2011, President Obama repealed the Clinton-era policy of “don’t ask don’t tell,” regarding openly gay military service members.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the repeal took almost twenty years, and the push and pull between cultural shifts and policy change.

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Sep 21, 2021
Charlie Chaplin's Exile (1952)
18:30

It’s September 19th. This day in 1952, during a trip abroad, the U.S. attorney general announced an inquiry into whether Chaplin would be allowed to return to the country. He would stay in Europe for the next 20 years.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how Chaplin’s political views evolved, and how he was caught up in red scare fears during the 1940s and 50s.

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Sep 19, 2021
Calendar Confusion (1752)
12:30

It’s September 16th. Or is it? We recently got an email from a listener asking us which calendar we are using when we discuss episodes prior to 1752.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie look at the switchover from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar that took place in the mid-1700s, how it got politicized, and how it continues to lead to mass confusion.

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Sep 16, 2021
Attica (1971) w/ Heather Ann Thompson
28:44

It’s September 14th. This day in 1971, the Attica Prison uprising was coming to a close. Over the prior four days, a massive riot had rocked the facility, killing dozens of prisoners and guards.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Heather Thompson to discuss how the story of Attica has been manipulated through the years — from the very first moments — and what lessons there are for prison reform today.

Heather Thompson’s book is called Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

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Sep 14, 2021
Ship of Gold (1857)
15:46

It’s September 12th. This day in 1857, the SS Central America, a ship loaded with 30,000 pounds of gold, sank to the bottom of the ocean in a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina.

Jody, Niki and Kellie discuss the ship’s sinking and how the loss of the gold destabilized the world economy and may have even had implications for the civil war.

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Sep 12, 2021
Monkey Business (1987) w/ Matt Bai
28:24

It’s September 9th. This day in 1987, former Colorado Senator Gary Hart gave an interview on Nightline where he, finally, admitted that he’d been unfaithful to his wife. But it was too little, too late.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Matt Bai, author of “The Frontrunner,” to discuss the infidelity scandal that brought down Hart’s campaign, and changed political journalism forever.

Matt’s book was also turned into the movie “The Frontrunner” starring Hugh Jackman.

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Sep 09, 2021
McKinley Shot (1901)
15:58

It’s September 7th. This day in 1901, President William McKinley is in Buffalo, NY when he is shot twice in the chest. He would succumb to the injury a few weeks later.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss McKinley’s assassination and how it came at a moment when the nature of the presidency and American politics were shifting radically.

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Sep 07, 2021
The Condom On Jesse Helms's House (1991)
18:21

It’s September 5th. This day in 1991, members of the group ACT UP erected a giant yellow condom over the home of North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms to protest his stance on AIDS research and awareness.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the stunt, why Helms was a target, and just how you go about removing a two-story condom.

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Sep 05, 2021
Camp Casey (2005)
19:12

It’s September 2nd. This day in 2005, Cindy Sheehan embarks on a tour around the country to protest the Iraq War, where her son Casey had died the prior year.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Sheehan’s protests, the “Camp Casey” encampment she established outside of George W. Bush’s Texas ranch, and how public opinion around a number of issues was starting to shift in late 2005.

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Sep 02, 2021
Fred Korematsu's Internment (1942)
17:15

It’s August 31st. This day in 1942, a judge upholds the arrest of a Japanese-American man named Fred Korematsu.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how Korematsu tried to resist the detention of Japanese-Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbor, and the legal battles that broke out after the Roosevelt administration moved hundreds of thousands of people to concentration camps along the west coast.

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Aug 31, 2021
Teacher In Space (1984)
16:55

It’s August 29th. This day in 1984, NASA and the Reagan administration announced a “Teacher in Space” program intended to find one American teacher who would join a shuttle mission.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the program to reinvigorate interest in space travel, some of the criticism it received — and the tragic conclusion two years later with the Challenger explosion.

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Aug 29, 2021
Capitol for A Day (1814)
16:58

It’s August 26th. This day in 1814, the small town of Brookeville, MD becomes the Capitol of the United States — for one night.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Brookeville became the seat of government amidst the chaos of the War of 1812. Plus, a bonus conversation about another story on this day, from 1970 — the bombing of a research facility at the University of Wisconsin.

Thanks to Ana and Chris, the listeners who wrote in to suggest these two stories!

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Aug 26, 2021
The Battle of Blair Mountain (1921) w/ Anna Sale
17:15

It’s August 24th. This day in 1921, tensions are mounting in southwestern West Virginia, where some 10-15,000 miners are going on strike to protest working and economic conditions. Eventually, this would lead to a violent showdown with the mining companies, local police, and federal forces — including bombs dropped from airplanes on the protesters.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Anna Sale, West Virginia native and host of the podcast “Death, Sex & Money” to discuss the Battle of Blair Mountain.

Find DSM wherever you get your podcasts — and check out Anna’s book “Let’s Talk About Hard Things.”

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Aug 24, 2021
Nat Turner's Community (1831) w/ Vanessa Holden
18:58

It’s August 22nd. This day in 1831, Nathaniel “Nat” Turner is leading a rebellion in Southampton, Virginia — what would become perhaps the most famous slave revolt in the Antebellum South. But there’s a hidden story.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Vanessa Holden of the University of Kentucky to discuss how it was the larger community in Southampton, particularly women, who made the rebellion possible.

Vanessa is the author of Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community — find it wherever you get your books!

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Aug 22, 2021
Banneker's Sneaky Letter (1791)
19:04

It’s August 19th. This day in 1791, Benjamin Banneker sent an advance copy of his almanac to Thomas Jefferson. Along with the almanac, he included a letter pleading with Jefferson to recognize slavery as a moral wrong.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Banneker’s enlightenment-era appeal, Jefferson’s reaction, and how the correspondence between the two helped galvanize the abolitionist movement.

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Aug 19, 2021
Leo Frank and the KKK's Resurgence (1915)
19:03

It’s August 17th. This day in 1915, a Jewish man by the name of Leo Frank was kidnapped from jail and hanged by a mob in Marietta, Georgia.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the incident helped galvanize a resurgent Ku Klux Klan, and how much anti-Semitism should be part of the story of lynchings and mob violence in the early part of the 20th century.

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Aug 17, 2021
The Flag, Elvis, Aliens (1977) w/ Josh Levin
27:41

It’s August 15th. This episode, we discuss three notable events from this day in 1977: a young woman’s protest over the pledge of allegiance; a scramble for photos of Elvis’s dead body; and possible alien contact.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Slate’s Josh Levin, host of the new series “One Year.” He has an episode devoted to these three events, and the series as a whole takes a look at why 1977 was such a consequential and interesting year.

You can listen to “One Year” from Slate right now, wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to catch the episode on Alex Haley’s “Roots,” which features our own Kellie Carter Jackson!

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Aug 15, 2021
Lizzie Borden, Axe Murderer, Maybe (1892)
13:29

It’s August 12th. This day in 1892, Lizzie Borden is arrested for the murder of her father and step-mother, accused of hacking them to death with an axe in a gruesome murder that caused a media sensation.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the story of Lizzie Borden has continued to fascinate Americans, from articles to movies and podcasts, right up through the present — and what that says about our obsession with true crime.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 12, 2021
"Macaca" (2006) w/ Peter Hamby
26:00

It’s August 10th. This day in 2006, Virginia Senator George Allen is caught on tape referring to S.R. Sidarth, a young man filming his event, as “macaca.” This video became an early viral moment and helped lead to Allen’s defeat later that fall — showing how viral video could transform politics.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Peter Hamby of Snapchat and Puck News to discuss the incident, how the internet was changing politics in the mid-2000s, and whether Allen’s comments would have been so controversial today.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 10, 2021
East Africa Bombings (1998) w/ Karen Greenberg
21:13

It’s August 8th. This day in 1998, two massive truck bombs detonated outside American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. They were the work of Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Karen Greenberg of the Fordham Law School Center on National Security to discuss why the embassies were targeted, the massive intelligence response, and what clues were missed about the rise of Al-Qaeda.

Karen is the host of the “Vital Interests” podcast and her new book is “Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 08, 2021
Reagan Fires Air Traffic Controllers (1981)
15:48

It’s August 5th. This day in 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 air traffic controllers, who had gone on strike over failed negotiations for a new contract. In addition to firing them, he banned the workers from ever holding federal jobs again.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how this moment reflected and shifted a moment when American unions were in decline and employers — both at the federal and private level — were being emboldened in their negotiations with workers.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 05, 2021
Garvey's Great Gathering (1920)
16:47

It’s August 3rd. This day in 1920, the Universal Negro Improvement Association is holding a massive convention and rally in New York City, pushing a pan-African vision of economic empowerment for Black people.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the UNIA’s leader, Marcus Garvey, and how he fits into the long history of abolitionist and militant efforts in America and beyond.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 03, 2021
The Black Tom Explosion (1916)
14:00

It’s August 1st. This day in 1916 (July 30th, in fact) a massive explosion rocked New York Harbor, shattering windows in Times Square and causing tremors as far away as Philadelphia.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the explosion on “Black Tom Island,” and what we came to learn about the German spy network that caused it. This explosion also led to the rise of the FBI and national intelligence efforts to more proactively anticipate crimes.

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Aug 01, 2021
The U.S. Rewrites the Haitian Constitution (1915) w/ Jelani Cobb
19:10

It’s July 29th. This day in 1915, U.S. troops arrived in Haiti as the country’s political leadership is thrown into chaos by assassinations and violence. The U.S. would quickly rewrite the Haitian constitution and establish an occupying presence that lasted for decades.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Jelani Cobb of the New Yorker to discuss the political and economic justification for this intervention, and how you can’t understand Haitian history without understanding the history of U.S. meddling.

Jelani Cobb is the author of an updated version, “The Essential Kerner Commission Report,” out now.

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Jul 29, 2021
Kerner and the "Long Hot Summer" (1967) w/ Jelani Cobb
21:02

It’s July 27th. This day in 1967, LBJ convened the “Kerner Commission” to look into the roots of violence and unrest in America, largely in Black and brown communities around the country.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by The New Yorkers Jelani Cobb to discuss the convening of the Kerner commission and the report that came out the next year, which offered a frank and damning assessment of the complicity of white Americans.

Jelani Cobb is the author of an updated version, “The Essential Kerner Commission Report,” out now.

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Jul 27, 2021
The Beer Summit (2009)
19:06

It’s July 25th. This day (July 24th in fact) in 2009, President Obama extended an invitation to Henry Louis Gates, Jr and Sgt James Crowley to discuss an incident in which Crowley arrested Gates on his own doorstep.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the incident that sparked this attempt at reconciliation, and how Obama’s handling of the moment was a turning point for many white Americans in how they viewed his presidency.

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Jul 25, 2021
The Lost Robert E. Lee Oath Theory (1975) w/ John Reeves
23:15

It’s July 22nd. This day in 1975, Congress voted to restore citizenship to Robert E. Lee, more than a hundred years after his death.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by author John Reeves to talk about why this vote took place, how it tied into a false theory about a missing citizenship oath, and what the myth of Lee says about how the Confederacy has been restored in the public imagination.

John Reeve’s book is “The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case against an American Icon”

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Jul 22, 2021
Vanessa Williams Loses Her Crown (1984)
13:49

It’s July 20th. This day in 1984, the Miss America pageant issued an ultimatum to Vanessa Williams, the first Black Miss America, to relinquish her title, over the impending publication of nude photographs.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the moral panic over the photographs, how a photographer misled Williams, and the intersection of race, sexuality, and pornography.

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Jul 20, 2021
Detroit Goes Bankrupt (2013)
17:09

It’s July 18h. This day in 2013, the city of Detroit declared bankruptcy.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how a city that was once the country’s fourth-largest ran out of money, and the way the path to recovery pitted civic interests against each other.

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Jul 18, 2021
Mary Lincoln's Money (1870)
15:01

It’s July 14h. This day in 1870, Congress authorized a yearly pension of $3000 for Mary Todd Lincoln.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why it took years for the pension to be rewarded, and the many competing narratives about Mary Lincoln and money.

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Jul 15, 2021
A Native-Confederate Alliance (1861)
12:35

It’s July 13th. This day in 1861, a treaty is signed between the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes and the Confederate States of America.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why some Native American tribes aligned with the Confederacy, how this complicates the story of the Civil War, and more.

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Jul 13, 2021
FDR Wants More (1940)
16:21

It’s July 11th. This day in 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a conversation with a supreme court justice to explore whether it would be legal for him to run for a third term.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the rationale for seeking another four years — and another four years after that — plus how the convention of two-term presidencies eventually became established law.

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Jul 11, 2021
The Roswell Crash (1947)
14:05

It’s July 8th. This day (July 7th actually) in 1947, two ranchers stumbled across a downed flying object in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the discovery of the “mysterious” object (it was a weather balloon) and why it tapped into a rising tide of conspiracies about UFOs and alien visits.

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Jul 08, 2021
The Death of Marsha P Johnson (1992)
15:19

It’s July 6th. This day in 1992, the body of Marsha P Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River off of New York City.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the death and life of Johnson, who for decades had been a central part of the drag scene in New York City and a key activist for gay rights, AIDS awareness, and more.

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Jul 06, 2021
Garrison's 4th of July Defiance (1854)
17:02

It’s July 4th. This day in 1854, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison burned a copy of the constitution at a rally in Boston, calling it a “covenant with death and an agreement with Hell.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Garrison’s act, and how it folded into a fierce debate about whether the constitution is a pro- or anti-slavery document, or somewhere in between.

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Jul 04, 2021
Old Enough To Fight, Old Enough To Vote (1971)
18:54

It’s July 1st. This day 1971, North Carolina voted to ratify the 26th amendment, which lowered the national voting age from 21 to 18.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the long fight to lower the voting age, and how it was often tied to an argument about the age at which Americans were sent to war. Plus: should the age be 17 or 16 or even lower?

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Jul 01, 2021
Moneybomb! (2008)
19:50

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It’s June 29th. This day (actually, June 30th) in 2008, Hillary Clinton raised over $6 million online in one day, part of a growing trend of fundraising events known as “moneybombs.”

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how internet giving changed political fundraising, even for candidates who weren’t thought of as particularly online.

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Jun 29, 2021
Joseph Smith's Assassination (1844) w/ Spencer W McBride
21:26

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It’s June 27th. This day in 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith was killed by a mob that stormed a jail in Carthage, Illinois. Earlier that spring, Smith had announced his candidacy for president.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Spencer W McBride to talk about Smith’s political ambitions, his surprisingly progressive platform, and his assassination.

Spencer W. McBride’s latest book is “Joseph Smith for President.” You can find his work at spencerwmcbride.com

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Jun 27, 2021
Sanford Hikes the Appalachian Trail (2009)
16:38

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It’s June 24th. This day in 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is exposed for having an affair with a woman in Argentina.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the scandal unfolded, and how Sanford’s team tried to use the feeble excuse that he was “hiking the Appalachian trail” when he was in fact in Buenos Aires.

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Jun 24, 2021
Mandela in Boston (1990)
16:11

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It’s June 22nd. This day in 1990, South African leader Nelson Mandela visited Boston, Massachusetts, as part of a worldwide “thank you” tour after being released from prison.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the anti-apartheid movement in the United States, how it tapped into domestic civil rights battles, and why Massachusetts in particular help a special place for Mandela.

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Jun 22, 2021
The Len Bias Law (1986) w/ Adam McKay
20:29

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It’s June 20th. This day in 1986, news of the death of basketball star Len Bias is starting to spread around the country. Bias died of a cocaine overdose just days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by director and producer Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman) to talk about how Bias’s death fueled a narrative about the dangers of cocaine and crack. Later that summer, politicians would rush through punitive drug laws that created mandatory minimum sentences and huge disparities between how crack and powder cocaine were treated.

Adam recently hosted a podcast series “Death at the Wing” which features an episode on Len Bias. Jody served as executive producer. Listen to it wherever you get your podcasts! https://www.threeuncannyfour.com/show/death-at-the-wing/

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Jun 20, 2021
A Rumor, An Exhumation (1991)
17:09

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It’s June 17th. This day in 1991, authorities in Louisville, KY dug up the body of former president Zachary Taylor, who had died in 1850. They were trying to put to rest a rumor that Taylor had been poisoned.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why one woman’s theory that Taylor was killed was able to convince everyone to go forward with the exhumation, the gruesome details of Taylor’s death, and what the body revealed when it was dug up 140 years later.

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Jun 17, 2021
Borat Before Borat (1970) w/ Jill Lepore
26:06

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It’s June 15th. This day in 1970, Russian television reporter Valentin Zorin aired an episode of his series “Masters Without Masks.” For decades, Zorin was the primary source by which Russians understood what life in America was like.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by historian Jill Lepore to discuss Zorin’s influence and his mix of truth-telling and propaganda — and whether there are any voices like his today.

Zorin’s story is the subject of an episode in the latest season of Jill Lepore’s excellent podcast “The Last Archive.” Check it out here: http://podcasts.pushkin.fm/thisday

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Jun 15, 2021
Congressional Baseball Shooting (2017)
23:30

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It’s June 13th. This day (actually June 14th) in 2017, a shooter opened fire on a GOP practice for the annual congressional charity baseball game.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the incident, carried out by a left-wing activist, how it quickly became politicized, and how the conversation about this recent era of violence reflects our deeply tribal politics and culture.

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Jun 13, 2021
The Case of the Cussing Parrot (1845)
14:03

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It’s June 10th. This day in 1845, at the funeral of Andrew Jackson, his parrot “Poll” had to be removed from the room for excessive swearing.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Poll’s uncouth behavior, what kinds of swear words may have been uttered, and the history of other notable presidential pets.

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Jun 10, 2021
Those Pesky Fenians (1866)
15:27

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It’s June 8th. This day in 1866, a series of raids by Irish-Americans is taking place, starting in Vermont and headed across the border to attack British outposts in southern Canada.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the “Fenian raids,” and the efforts to destabilize the British empire in the middle of the US Civil War. Was there actually a chance of establishing a sovereign Irish republic in America?

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Jun 08, 2021
Ollie! (1994)
21:18

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It’s June 6th. This day in 1994 (June 4th, in fact) disgraced former National Security Council advisor Oliver North wins the GOP primary for the Virginia Senate race. He would go on to lose in an extremely close election.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss North’s second act, how the 1994 campaign was an extremely modern and ugly affair, and how there are indeed second acts in American life.

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Jun 06, 2021
Zoot Suit Riots (1943) w/ Emily Spivak
21:58

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It’s June 3rd. This day in 1943 marked the start of the “Zoot Suit Riots,” a series of skirmishes and attacks in Los Angeles targeting Mexican-Americans, who were often identified by their flashy ensembles.

Jody, Niki and Kellie are joined by Emily Spivack of “Worn Stories” to discuss the causes of the riots, how the zoot suit became a political symbol, and whether super-baggy clothes are on their way back.

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Jun 03, 2021
Harriet The Spy (1863)
17:34

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It’s June 1st. This day in 1863, Harriet Tubman led Union soldiers on a nighttime to free some 700 enslaved people in South Carolina.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the Combahee River Raid, where it fits into Harriet Tubman’s long and varied life, and whether Tubman’s legacy has become flattened and distorted.

Jun 01, 2021
The Day Before The Tulsa Massacre (1921) w/ Cord Jefferson
24:45

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It’s May 30th. This day in 1921 was the day before a white mob descended on the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, burning hundreds of buildings to the ground in what was known as “Black Wall Street.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Cord Jefferson, writer for the HBO series “Watchmen,” which opens during the massacre and helped to introduce the story of Tulsa for many viewers. They discuss what Greenwood looked like just before the riots, and how the massacre led to generations of lost wealth for Black Oklahomans.

May 30, 2021
Voyage of the Damned (1939)
15:17

It’s May 27th. This day in 1939, authorities in Cuba turned away the SS St. Louis, a ship full of Jewish refugees escaping Nazi persecution in Germany. The U.S. and Canada would also turn the ship away, which had to eventually return to Europe.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the voyage of the St. Louis, and how it helps us understand the way the U.S. has treated refugees throughout history.

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May 27, 2021
The Unabomber Gets His Start (1978)
17:32

It’s May 25th. This day in 1978, a suspicious package mailed to a university in Chicago blows up.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the start of what would be a 15-year campaign by Ted Kaczynski to mail packages to universities, airlines, and other people he saw as causing the advance of modernity and the destruction of the environment. Kaczynski would eventually be captured and be known as “The Unabomber.”

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May 25, 2021
A Texas Dem Split (1944)
13:54

It’s May 23rd. This day in 1944, Texas Democrats hold two competing conventions ahead of the fall’s election, with the party split over FDR’s policies and larger civil rights issues.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the roots of the split, and the way in which internal fractures within a party can plant the seeds for political re-alignment.

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May 23, 2021
Slow Your Roll (1901)
16:51

It’s May 20th. This day in 1901, Connecticut passed the first ever speed limit law for automobiles in the United States.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the chaos of the city streets, the rise of automobile regulation, and how anxieties over speed help define us.

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May 20, 2021
Dan Quayle vs Murphy Brown (1992)
17:09

It’s May 18th. This day in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle gave a speech about the erosion of “family values” in America, and towards the end criticized the TV show Murphy Brown, in which the main character had recently become a single mother.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the ensuing controversy, and how it mirrors the culture wars of today.

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May 18, 2021
The First Radio Debate (1948)
17:09

It’s May 16th. This day in 1948, New York Governor Thomas E Dewey and former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen were preparing for the first nationally broadcast presidential debate.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how the debate came together and the way in which it centered around one provocative question.

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May 16, 2021
The MOVE Bombing (1985) w/ Gene Demby
23:20

It’s May 13th. This day in 1985, the Philadelphia police department ended a standoff with the MOVE group by dropping two firebombs from a helicopter on a rowhouse, which eventually led to an entire city block burning to the ground and 11 people being killed.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Philly native Gene Demby of NPR’s “Code Switch” podcast to discuss the incident and its aftermath.

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May 13, 2021
Dust, Everywhere (1934)
12:05

It’s May 11th. This day in 1934, a massive dust storm swept across the Great Plains, lifting up millions of tons of topsoil and spreading it as far as 300 miles off the coast of New York City.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the causes of the storm, the way it affected the economy and migration patterns — and the environmental efforts that finally brought the Dust Bowl era to an end.

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May 11, 2021
Sitting Bull in Canada (1877)
13:20

It’s May 9th. This day in 1877, Lakota leader Sitting Bull leads a large group into Canada to seek refuge from the U.S. Army, which had been pursuing him after he defeated the U.S. in the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Sitting Bull’s reasons for leaving Canada and why he eventually returned with a much smaller group.

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May 09, 2021
Kennedy's Pulitzer Controversies (1957)
22:13

It’s May 6th. This day in 1957, Senator John F Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer prize for his book “Profiles in Courage.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the book, which profiled courageous acts by members of Congress throughout American history — many of which have been re-evaluated in the decades since. Plus, a ghostwriting controversy!

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May 06, 2021
SEAL Team Six (2011) w/ Dan Taberski
24:36

It’s May 4th. This day (May 2nd, in fact) in 2011, a group of Navy SEALs raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Dan Taberski to discuss the details of the raid, how the news spread across the globe — and what the moment meant for Navy SEALs. Dan’s new podcast series “The Line” explores the physical and psychological pressures on Navy SEALs and why they have started to be more public facing in recent years.

Be sure to listen to “The Line” on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your shows.

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May 04, 2021
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (2003) w/ Noreen Malone
19:21

It’s May 2nd. This day in 2003 (actually, May 1st) President George W. Bush gave a speech about the Iraq War on the USS Abraham Lincoln in front of a large banner reading “Mission Accomplished.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Slate’s Noreen Malone to discuss the stagecraft of the speech, and how it came at a moment when many people inside and outside the administration still felt as if the Iraq War was a justified and successful effort.

Be sure to listen to the new season of SLOW BURN, hosted by Noreen, all about the run-up to the War in Iraq.

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May 02, 2021
The First HBCU* (1854)
19:48

It’s April 29th. This day in 1854, the Ashmun Institute in Pennsylvania is chartered, the first (depending on how you count) university devoted to African-American students.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the founding of Ashmun, which later changed its name to Lincoln University, and the rise of HBCUs throughout the late 19th century. Plus, Kellie tells us why her alma mater Howard University is (clearly) the best HBCU.

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Apr 29, 2021
Hinckley's Insanity (1982)
19:18

It’s April 27th. This day in 1982, John Hinckley went on trial for the attempted assassination of President Reagan. Hinckley’s lawyers would mount a successful insanity defense, based on his fixation with actress Jodie Foster.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the way the trial played out, why Foster was forced to testify, and how this trial played into the larger conversation — and criminalization — of mental health conditions in the 1980s.

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Apr 27, 2021
Our Library (1800) w/ Kerri Greenidge
21:12

It’s April 25th. This day in 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5000 for the initial collection of the Library of Congress.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by special guest Kerri Greenidge of Tufts to discuss the founding of the library, how the collection kept being lost to fire — and what it means fro something to be included or not included in a nation’s library.

Kerri Greenidge’s latest book is “Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter.” Check it out now!

Apr 25, 2021
Boom Town (1889) w/ Sam Anderson
26:19

It’s April 22nd. This day in 1889, tens of thousands of people gathered in the middle of “unassigned territory” to wait for the signal at high noon — at which point they rushed to claim their free land in what would, overnight, become Oklahoma City.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Sam Anderson of the New York Times Magazine to talk about the Oklahoma land rush, the chaos of those first few days, and how the forming of OKC represents modern America.

Sam’s book about Oklahoma City is called “Boom Town.”

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Apr 22, 2021
The Franklin Cent (1787)
12:03

It’s April 20th. This day in 1787, Congress authorized the production of the country’s first coin.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the “Fugio cent,” designed — some say over-designed — by Ben Franklin, and what it meant for a new country to have a proper coin.

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Apr 20, 2021
John Freeman's Freedom (1809)
14:54

It’s April 18th. This day in 1809, a man by the name of John Freeman writes a letter to Thomas Jefferson, asking that Jefferson transfer his indentured servitude contract to incoming president James Madison.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie talk about the life of John Freeman, the role of enslaved people in building the White House, and the star-crosssed-lovers story at the heart of it all.

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Apr 18, 2021
Oprah's Beef (1996)
20:50

It’s April 15th. On this day in 1996, Oprah Winfrey hosted a segment on her show about “Mad Cow Disease” and proclaimed that she would no longer eat beef. That same day, cattle futures plummeted, and she was soon sued by the cattle industry.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the power of Oprah, the “veggie libel laws” and how she turned the trial into both television and a free speech crusade.

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Apr 15, 2021
The CIA LSD Experiments (1953)
18:44

It’s April 13th. This day in 1953, the CIA started the secretive MK Ultra program, which experimented on unwitting subjects to determine the effects of LSD and other drugs.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss some of the program’s tactics, the intelligence community’s obsession with “mind control,” and the legacy of the secretive program.

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Apr 13, 2021
Pets are People (1866)
21:38

It’s April 11th. This day in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is founded.

Jody, Niki, Kellie and special guest Anne Helen Petersen discuss the rise of animal welfare groups, and how they reflected a growing conversation about morality, labor, child cruelty, and more.

Be sure to subscribe to Anne’s excellent newsletter “Culture Study” https://annehelen.substack.com/

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Apr 11, 2021
Go Ahead, Make Me Mayor (1986)
19:09

It’s April 8th. This day in 1986, Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a wealthy town of 4,000 in California.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Eastwood decided to get into politics, how he want about improving the town, and his political life in the decades since.

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Apr 08, 2021
NYC Revolt (1712)
17:34

It’s April 6th. This day in 1712, a group of enslaved people start a fire in New York City aimed at sparking a larger rebellion.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the slave rebellion of 1712, the landscape of slavery in New York City at that time, and the brutal crackdown to the revolt.

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Apr 06, 2021
MLK at Riverside (1967) w/ Peniel Joseph
17:41

It’s April 4th. This day in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr delivers his “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Peniel Joseph of UT-Austin to discuss the speech, King’s anti-war stance, and the reaction to his remarks at the time.

Peniel’s latest book is “The Sword and the Shield.”

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Apr 04, 2021
Blowing Smoke
17:34

It’s April 1st. This day in the early 1980s, a surprising discovery at Mt Vernon.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie talk about George Washington, conspiracy theories, and more.

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Apr 01, 2021
The Rosenbergs (1951) w/ Jamelle Bouie
19:16

It’s March 30th. This day in 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of spying in order to share nuclear secrets with the U.S.S.R. They would be sentenced to death and eventually executed.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times to discuss the case, whether the Rosenberg’s were railroaded, and the larger red-scare context of the time.

This is the one-year anniversary of the show! Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the year.

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Mar 30, 2021
Three Mile Meltdown (1979)
14:23

It’s March 28th. This day, in 1979, a partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss what led to the crisis, and how poor communications after the fact caused high levels of panic and misinformation. Plus, Jimmy Carter’s unexpectedly competent response.

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Mar 28, 2021
I'm On A Boat (1933)
12:51

It’s March 25th. This day in 1933, the USS Sequoia is commissioned as a presidential yacht.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the long and strange history of presidential boats, from anti-rum-running efforts to secret negotiations and sketchy parties.

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Mar 25, 2021
Illinois Blazes A Trail (1872)
15:08

It’s March 23rd. This day in 1872, the Illinois becomes the first state to pass a law guaranteeing equal employment for women.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the state was so far ahead of the rest of the country, and the life and career of would-be-lawyer Myra Bradwell. Plus, some thoughts on the anniversary of the passage of the ACA.

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Mar 23, 2021
La Masacre de Ponce (1937) w/ Alana Casanova-Burgess
15:40

It’s March 21st. On Palm Sunday, 1937, a peaceful march in Ponce. Puerto Rico was attacked by police who shot and killed 19 Puerto Ricans, including a seven year old girl and wounded over 200 others.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Alana Casanova-Burgess, host of “La Brega,” to discuss the incident and its place in Puerto Rican independence efforts — and crackdowns by U.S. government.

Find Alana’s podcast “La Brega” wherever you get your podcasts.

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Mar 21, 2021
Terri Schiavo's Right To Die (2005)
17:04

It’s March 18th. This day in 2005, a feeding tube was removed from Terri Schiavo for the final time. She would die later that month.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Schiavo case became such a media sensation and political cause.

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Mar 18, 2021
3000 Troops To Honduras (1988)
14:14

It’s March 16th. This day in 1988, President Reagan ordered 3000 US troops to Honduras, along the border with Nicaragua.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the decision in the context of the larger Iran-Contra scandal — this move took place the very same day that two key Reagan officials were indicted.

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Mar 16, 2021
The Newburgh Conspiracy (1783)
13:55

It’s March 14th. This day in 1783, George Washington gave an address to his troops camped in Newburgh, NY, that averted a possible coup attempt.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Washington’s troops were upset in the last year of the war, whether the “coup” plot was legit, and how much to believe the story that it was the sheer power of Washington’s words that averted catastrophe.

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Mar 14, 2021
The Confederate Constitution (1861)
17:24

It’s March 11th. This day in 1861, the Confederate States of America ratifies its own constitution. It’s largely based on the United States constitution, but with some key changes.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss what values were expressed in the constitutional do-over, and why the similarities between the two documents might mean more than the differences.

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Mar 11, 2021
The Murder of Dr. Gunn (1993)
14:51

It’s March 9th. On this day in 1993, Dr. David Gunn was murdered outside the women’s clinic at which he worked by an anti-abortion protester.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the incident and how it marked a turn towards a more violent, with-us-or-against-us, chapter in the abortion debate.

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Mar 09, 2021
Know-Nothings Steal The Pope's Stone (1854)
13:53

It’s March 7th. On this day in 1854, vandals broke into the construction site at the Washington Monument, made off with the “Pope’s Stone,” and threw it in the Potomac River.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss the incident, why it was part of rising anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States, and the very rocky construction of the Washington Monument.

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Mar 07, 2021
Florence Nightingale, Huge Nerd (1855) w/ Tim Harford
27:01

It’s March 4th. This day in 1855, a British sanitary commission arrived in Istanbul to inspect a field hospital where soldiers were dying at alarming rates. Among the nurses treating the soldiers was Florence Nightingale, who would go on to make one of the most famous data analysis of the conditions at the hospital.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by writer Tim Harford to discuss Nightingales findings and how they influenced the world of data visualization — plus the perils of compelling graphics.

Tim’s podcast “Cautionary Tales” has a new season out now, which features the story of Nightingale. His newest book is “The Data Detective.”

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Mar 04, 2021
The Weather Underground Bombs the Capitol (1971)
20:47

It’s March 2nd. This day, in 1971, the leftist group The Weather Underground carries out a bombing at the US Capitol.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the bombing, and the rise of more violent direct action coming out of the late 1960s protest movements.

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Mar 02, 2021
Sickles, American Weirdo (1859) w/ Wright Thompson
21:03

It’s February 28th. This day in 1859 (February 27th, actually) a New York representative named Daniel Sickles shot and killed Phillip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key, in a dispute over an affair that Key was reportedly having with Sickles’s wife.

Jody, Niki, Kellie and special guest Wright Thompson discuss the shooting in broad daylight, and the many twists and turns of Daniel Sickles’s life.

Wright’s latest book is “Pappyland,” his TV show is TrueSouth, and his podcast series is called “Bloodlines.” Check out all his work!

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Feb 28, 2021
The Canuck Letter and Muskie's Tears (1972)
18:45

It’s February 25th. This day in 1972, Democratic frontrunner Edmund Muskie of Maine was embroiled in a “scandal” that would ultimately sink his candidacy.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the various twists and turns of the scandal, from a fake letter to possibly fake tears.

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Feb 25, 2021
The Polio Vaccine Arrives! (1954)
19:40

It’s February 23rd. This day in 1954, children in Pittsburgh began to receive vaccines as part of the first clinical trials for Dr Jonas Salk’s polio eradication efforts.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the arrival of the vaccine, the initial distrust, and the inequities in development and distribution of the vaccine to various communities.

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Feb 23, 2021
Betty Friedan's Critique (1963) w/ Nichole Perkins
20:46

It’s February 21st. This day in 1963 (actually, it was the 19th), Betty Friedan published her enormously influential book “The Feminine Mystique.”

Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Nichole Perkins to discuss the publishing of the surprisingly-academic book, the kind of women it addressed, and the women who were left out of the conversation around second wave feminism

Check out Nichole’s new podcast “This Is Good For You.” Her forthcoming memoir is called Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be.

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Feb 21, 2021
The Chippendale's Conundrum (1984)
14:53

It’s February 18th. On this day in 1984, a New York State liquor board is holding hearings on the all-male strip club Chippendale’s.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the way in which Chippendale’s subverted and reinforced ideas about men, women, sex, and empowerment. Niki is a producer on the new podcast series “Welcome to Your Fantasy,” all about the wild history of Chippendale’s. Check it out now!

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Feb 18, 2021
US vs Pirates (1804)
12:40

It’s February 16th. On this day in 1804, US Marines carried out a mission to destroy a ship that had been captured by enemy forces off the coast of Tripoli.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the first Barbary War, why the US (and Sweden!) were involved in a Mediterranean battle, and tensions between naval warfare and westward expansion.

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Feb 16, 2021
A Fascist Coup Plot (1935)
18:04

It’s February 14th. On this day in 1935, a Congressional committee released a report acknowledging what came to be known as “The Business Plot,” a scheme by Wall St financiers to stage a violent coup and replace Roosevelt with a military dictator.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the coup scheme, how it was not taken seriously at the time, and how seriously to take talk of fascist schemes today.

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Feb 14, 2021
Ike's Vietnam (1954)
11:58

It’s February 11th. On this day in 1954, President Eisenhower expressed deep skepticism about US involvement in Vietnam. That would, of course, come to change.

Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss how Eisenhower tried to avoid involvement, but also established the “Domino Theory” approach to viewing Vietnam that may have set up an inevitable US intervention.

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Feb 11, 2021
Martial Law in Seattle (1886)
14:52

It’s February 9th. On this day in 1886, a mob descended on Seattle’s Chinatown, amid growing tensions between white and Chinese workers.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the events of the day, and the role of Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American workers in building the West — and how labor unions were often used to drive wedges between different ethnic groups.

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Feb 09, 2021
The Mayflower of Liberia (1820)
15:24

It’s Februrary 7th. On this day in 1820, 86 freed slaves boarded a ship from New York City headed to a region in West Africa that would soon come to be known as Liberia.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the “reverse Middle Passage” journey of the ship, the American Colonization Society, and tensions between anti-slavery groups and abolitionists.

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Feb 07, 2021
Nixon Saves The Eagle (1973)
13:30

It’s February 4th. On this day in 1973, president Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the legislation, how it fit into the growing environmental movement of the time, and whether Nixon gets enough credit for his green efforts.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Feb 04, 2021
Harding's Lust Letters (1920)
16:36

It’s February 2nd. On this day in 1920, Senator Warren G Harding pens a letter to his long-time mistress, laying out the terms under which they could break off their affair.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Harding’s affair, why the racy letters took so long to be made public, and what to make of Harding’s disastrous presidency.

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Feb 02, 2021
The 13th You May Not Know (1865)
14:52

It’s January 31st. On this day (actually, February 1st) 1865, the House passed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in the United States.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the 13th — especially the parts of the story that may be lesser known.

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Jan 31, 2021
Delaying The Civil War (1850)
10:34

It’s January 28th. This day in 1850, Senator Henry Clay introduced a series of resolutions aimed at trying to build compromise and forestall the Civil War.

Jody, Niki and Kellie discuss the series of bills, also known as “The Compromise of 1850,” and how the question of slavery was so tied up with the project of territorial expansion.

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Jan 28, 2021
Run Margaret Run (1964)
13:27

It’s January 26th. On this day in 1964, Margaret Chase Smith announced that she was running for the GOP nomination for president.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss Smith’s trailblazing run, the legacy of women inside Republican politics, and the power of “symbolic” candidates.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Jan 26, 2021
Fluoride Scare (1945)
16:11

It’s January 24th. On this day in 1945, the town of Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first town in the country to add fluoride to its drinking water.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how the program was a huge success when it came to public health, but nevertheless spawned a generation of conspiracy theories about fluoridation.

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Jan 24, 2021
"Blood In The Air" at the Capitol (1861)
12:58

It’s January 21st. On this day in 1861, Mississippi Senator Jefferson Davis gave a farewell address in the Senate, announcing that his state (along with several others) would be seceding from the United States.

Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss how Davis tried to position the move, and how this dramatic moment fit into the run-up to the Civil War.

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Jan 21, 2021
Inauguration Day Special (and Kellie's First Show!)
23:45

On this Inauguration Day 2021, we look back at some notable other transition ceremonies, and discuss whether the day is pure symbolism or if it actually matters.

Plus, a big announcement about the show — Kellie Carter Jackson is joining as a third host! Find out more about her, Jody Avirgan, and Nicole Hemmer on our website.

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Jan 19, 2021
The Pets.Com Implosion (2001) w/ Julia Furlan
18:31

It’s January 17th. On this day in 2001, the company pets.com was in the process of liquidating its assets, after just 18 months in existence.

Jody and Niki are joined by Julia Furlan to discuss the 2000 dot-com bubble, why companies like pets.com got so big and went so broke; and what lessons there are about the difference between the stock market and the real economy.

Julia is the host of the Vox podcast series “Go for Broke.” The first season is all about the 2000 bubble.

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Jan 17, 2021
Ford's (Second) Assassin (1976)
18:50

It’s January 14th. On this day in 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life for her attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford.

Jody and Niki discuss Moore’s life, motivations, and the landscape of apocalyptic political violence that extended from the late 60s into the mid-70s.

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Jan 14, 2021
Victory Sausages (1943)
16:11

It’s January 12th. On this day in 1943, the US announces limits to the amount of meat Americans could eat, as well as a re-working of the meat content in sausages and other products.

Jody and Niki discuss the rationing in WWII, and the wartime re-branding efforts of a lot of common American items.

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Jan 12, 2021
Vatican Ties (1984)
17:12

It’s January 10th. On this day in 1984, the United States and the Vatican established formal diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.

Jody and Niki discuss the history of anti-Catholic sentiment in the United States, and how the fear of Communism finally brought Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II together.

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Jan 10, 2021
Bush Vomits on the Japanese PM (1992)
16:25

It’s January 8th. On this day in 1992, President George HW Bush, on a diplomatic trip to Japan, ate some bad food and vomited during a state dinner, right onto the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister.

Jody and Niki discuss the event, the larger context of US-Japan relationships, and what counts as a gaffe in American politics. Plus, some thoughts on other embarrassing political moments.

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Jan 08, 2021
The Nixon Recount Committee (1961)
17:35

It’s January 5th. On this day in 1961, Vice President Richard Nixon, acting as President of the Senate, certified the electoral college results of the 1960 election, which he had lost to John F Kennedy. But this was after a long fight and lots of questions, conspiracy theories, and efforts to throw the election result into contest. Sound familiar?

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Jan 05, 2021
2020 Favorite: "Coya Come Home" w/ Harry Enten
13:05

To wrap up 2020, and give ourselves a week off, we’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the year. Thanks for listening all year, and we have lots more in store for 2021!

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On May 7th, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Harry Enten of CNN discussed the “Coya Come Home” letter — a public letter written by the husband of MN representative Coya Knutson, demanding that she leave office and return to domestic life.

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Jan 03, 2021
2020 Favorite: Dukakis on the Tank w/ Amy Walter
20:48

To wrap up 2020, and give ourselves a week off, we’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the year. Thanks for listening all year, and we have lots more in store for 2021!

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On September 13th in 1988, Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis boarded an M-1 tank in order to set up a photo op, ostensibly to make him look tough on defense. It backfired horribly.

Jody and Niki are joined by Amy Walter of the Cook Political Reporter and The Takeaway to discuss the tank photo, huge polling collapses, and the power of attack ads.

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Dec 31, 2020
2020 Favorite: Wyoming's Suffrage w/ Maeve Higgins
13:16

To wrap up 2020, and give ourselves a week off, we’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the year. Thanks for listening all year, and we have lots more in store for 2021!

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On July 23rd, 1890, Wyoming celebrated its entry into the United States. And it was doing so as a state that granted women the right to vote.

Jody and Niki are joined by Maeve Higgins of the New York Times and the podcast Mothers of Invention to discuss the suffrage movement on the American frontier.

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Dec 29, 2020
2020 Favorite: Obama's Tan Suit w/ Sam Sanders
14:31

To wrap up 2020, and give ourselves a week off, we’re re-running some of our favorite episodes from the year. Thanks for listening all year, and we have lots more in store for 2021!

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On August 24th in 2014, President Barack Obama gave a press conference about Ukraine and ISIS and foreign policy — but much of the political chatter was about his choice of tan suit.

Jody and Niki are joined by Sam Sanders of NPR’s “It’s Been A Minute” to discuss the “scandal” and what it how it represented a shifting moment in political coverage.

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Dec 27, 2020
The War On Christmas (Part 2) w/ Michael Hobbes
26:32

It’s December 24nd. This Christmas week, we’re doing something a little different — a two-part special on the history of The War on Christmas.

In part two, Jody and Nikki are joined by Michael Hobbes of “You’re Wrong About” to go back in time and explore the surprising roots of the War on Christmas, from the Puritans to the Egg Nog Riot to the Red Scare.

Michael Hobbes’s podcasts are “You’re Wrong About” and “Maintenance Phase.”

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Dec 24, 2020
The War On Christmas (Part 1) w/ Michael Hobbes
27:26

It’s December 22nd. This Christmas week, we’re doing something a little different — a two-part special on the history of The War on Christmas.

In part one, Jody and Nikki are joined by Michael Hobbes of “You’re Wrong About” to discuss the recent history of the War, beginning with a Bill O’Reilly segment on Fox News in December 2004.

Michael Hobbes’s podcasts are “You’re Wrong About” and “Maintenance Phase.”

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Dec 22, 2020
Back On The Montgomery Bus (1956) w/ Christina Greer
18:56

It’s December 20th. On this day in 1956, the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott ended after 381 days.

Jody and Niki are joined by Christina Greer of Fordham University to discuss what brought the boycott to an end, and the hard work that took place on the ground to maintain pressure and de-segregate the public bus system.

Christina Greer is a co-host of “FAQNYC” and her new podcast with The Griot is “What’s In It For Us.”

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Dec 20, 2020
Ellis Island Opens (1900) w/ Brian Lehrer
25:10

It’s December 17th. On this day in 1900, the Ellis Island immigration center in New York harbor opened its doors.

Jody and Niki are joined by Brian Lehrer of WNYC to discuss the new wave of immigrants that entered the country in the first decades of the 1900s, and how the story of American immigration has evolved over the years.

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Dec 17, 2020
Boss Tweed Goes Down (1871)
19:02

It’s December 15th. On this day in 1871, William “Boss” Tweed is arrested in Manhattan while returning to the city to, reportedly, see the Christmas lights.

Jody and Niki discuss what this moment means for Boss Tweed and the notorious Tammany Hall power structure in New York City. Tweed spent much of the 1860s pulling the puppet strings in NYC, and would spend much of the next decade on the run from the law.

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Dec 15, 2020
Trump the Moderator (2011) w/ James Poniewozik
26:22

It’s December 13th. On this day in 2011, Donald Trump wrote a letter announcing that he was bowing out of moderating (!) a Newsmax presidential debate.

Jody and Niki are joined by James Poniewozik of the New York Times to discuss Trump’s flirtation with both moderating a debate and running for president, and how the conservative media ecosystem has evolved over the last 10 years.

James’s latest book is “Audience of One.” Nikki’s book i “Messengers of the Right.”

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Dec 13, 2020
The Great Toledo War (1836) w/ Hanif Abdurraqib
20:58

It’s December 10th. On this day in 1836, the final days of the “Great Toledo War,” a conflict over a strip of territory between the state of Ohio and the territory of Michigan.

Jody and Niki are joined by Hanif Abdurraqib to discuss the origins of the battle, whether it qualifies as a “war,” and what to make of the ongoing Ohio-Michigan rivalry.

Hanif is the host of the latest season of the excellent music podcast “Lost Notes.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Dec 10, 2020
The ANTI-Suffragettes (1915) w/ Kimberly Hamlin
21:02

It’s December 8th. On this day in 1915, newspapers reported a “near riot” at a meeting of the Democratic party, when pro- and anti-suffrage women debated each other over the right to vote.

Jody and Niki are joined by Kimberly Hamlin of Miami University to discuss the “ANTIs” — women who fought against the right to vote.

Kimberly’s most recent book is “Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener”

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Dec 08, 2020
United States vs One Book Called Ulysses (1933) w/ Kurt Andersen
21:52

It’s December 6th. On this day in 1933, a judge ruled that James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” which had been effectively banned in the United States, was not obscene.

Jody and Niki are joined by Kurt Andersen to discuss the ruling, the history of obscenity laws in the United States, and what to make of the current debates over free speech.

Kurt’s recent books are “Fantasylad” and “Evil Geniuses.”

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Dec 06, 2020
US, Meet UN (1945)
18:06

It’s December 3rd. On this day in 1945 (technically, December 4th), the United States Senate voted to ratify an agreement to have the US join the United Nations.

Jody and Niki discuss the domestic politics that led to this moment, the lessons from the failed entry of the US into the League of Nations, and whether FDR gets enough credit in this story.

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Dec 03, 2020
John Brown's Body (1859)
20:06

It’s December 1st. On this day in 1859, abolitionist John Brown was awaiting his execution by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jody and Niki discuss John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, how much he wanted to spark revolution in his lifetime or become a martyr in death; and how contemporary depictions of Brown have reflected the politics of the time.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Dec 01, 2020
Harvey Milk is Assassinated (1978)
18:02

It’s November 29th. On this day in 1978, San Fransisco is in mourning, and there is violence in the streets, in the wake of the assassination of Harvey Milk, a board of supervisors member and gay rights advocate.

Jody and Niki discus the legacy of Harvey Milk, his evolution as a gay rights advocate, and the so-called “Twinkie Defense.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 29, 2020
Franksgiving! (1939) w/ Adam Conover
23:07

It’s November 26th. On this day in 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had declared that Thanksgiving would take place a week earlier than usual. Americans were not happy.

Jody and Niki are joined by Adam Conover of “Adam Ruins Everything” and the podcast Factually to discuss why FDR tried to move the holiday, how it became politicized, and what Thanksgiving means to us in 2020.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 26, 2020
The Alcatraz Occupation (1969) w/ Julian Brave Noisecat
19:17

It’s November 24th. On this day in 1969, Native American activists have staged an occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

Jody and Niki are joined by Julian Brave Noisecat to discuss the 19-month occupation, often considered the birth of the modern Indigenous rights movement — and how exactly the protesters managed to pull off the occupation of the island.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 24, 2020
Queen of Code (1943) w/ Mar Hicks
22:09

It’s November 22nd. On this day in 2016, Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to computer programmer Grace Hopper, who entered the Navy in the mid-1940s and helped pioneer a lot of modern electronic computing.

Jody and Niki are joined by Mar Hicks of Illinois Tech University to discuss Hopper’s legacy, her knack for storytelling, and the other women whose stories may not be as popular.

Hick’s book is Programmed Inequality

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Nov 22, 2020
The US Rejects A Peace Treaty (1919) w/ Christopher McKnight Nichols
21:12

It’s November 19th. On this day in 1919, the US Senate rejected the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles.

Jody and Niki are joined by Christopher McKnight Nichols of the University of Oregon to discuss why the US rejected the peace treaty and what it says about how the country saw its role in the world in the wake of World War I.

Christopher’s book is Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age

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Nov 19, 2020
The Governator (2003)
14:53

It’s November 16th. On this day in 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as Governor of California, after having won a recall election that ousted former Governor Gray Davis.

Jody and Niki discuss how Schwarzenegger came to power, California’s recall system, and the legacy of celebrity politicians crashing the GOP.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Nov 17, 2020
The Occupy Encampment (2011)
23:18