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Retropod

By The Washington Post

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

  1. 1.
    Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s marriage survived prison but not freedom18 September 2018
    4:54
  2. 2.
    The day the nation's capital welcomed the KKK17 September 2018
    5:01
  3. 3.
    The search for the anonymous author of a 1996 political novel14 September 2018
    5:46
  4. 4.
    The surprise hurricane that devastated the Florida Keys13 September 2018
    4:16
  5. 5.
    How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous12 September 2018
    4:53
  6. 6.
    The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 1111 September 2018
    5:07
  7. 7.
    Abraham Lincoln says he owes everything to his ‘angel mother’ and ‘mama’10 September 2018
    5:26
  8. 8.
    The story of the real Charlotte of ‘Charlotte's Web’7 September 2018
    5:49
  1. 9.
    Roe v. Wade’s forgotten loser6 September 2018
    4:45
  2. 10.
    The French aviators who almost beat Charles Lindbergh5 September 2018
    4:29
  3. 11.
    The campus massacre before Kent State4 September 2018
    5:08
  4. 12.
    The time the United States illegally deported 1 million Mexican Americans3 September 2018
    5:44
  5. 13.
    The Quaker abolitionist who was disowned for condemning slave owners31 August 2018
    6:47
  6. 14.
    Ida B. Wells, the woman who never gave up30 August 2018
    6:16
  7. 15.
    How a Supreme Court clerk changed the decision on Clay v. United States29 August 2018
    6:05
  8. 16.
    Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels28 August 2018
    3:52
  9. 17.
    Being a maverick almost stopped John McCain from becoming a public servant27 August 2018
    4:37
  10. 18.
    Paul Jennings, the former slave who disputed a legend from history24 August 2018
    4:22
  11. 19.
    What Operation Pied Piper taught us about family separations23 August 2018
    5:00
  12. 20.
    Reagan's most historic speech took a few years to make an impact22 August 2018
    3:39
  13. 21.
    A president’s lions and the emoluments clause21 August 2018
    5:14
  14. 22.
    How Harry S. Truman went from being a racist to desegregating the military20 August 2018
    5:51
  15. 23.
    The long-lost 'Laws of Baseball'17 August 2018
    4:31
  16. 24.
    The congressman who shot a waiter16 August 2018
    4:37
  17. 25.
    The time Truman met with Stalin and it went well15 August 2018
    4:49
  18. 26.
    Meet Paul Manafort’s century-old forefather, who also liked fancy suits14 August 2018
    4:51
  19. 27.
    An aviation flop was a stamp collector’s dream and the U.S. Postal Service’s nightmare13 August 2018
    4:52
  20. 28.
    How Mister Rogers talked to children and families about tragedy10 August 2018
    6:27
  21. 29.
    The storied past of Alderson federal women’s prison9 August 2018
    4:12
  22. 30.
    Rebels, turn out your dead!8 August 2018
    4:31
  23. 31.
    The Saturday Night Massacre7 August 2018
    4:45
  24. 32.
    The dark history of the pill6 August 2018
    4:26
  25. 33.
    Meet Yvonne Burke, the first congresswoman to give birth in office3 August 2018
    3:56
  26. 34.
    The unlikely start of the Boy Scout movement2 August 2018
    4:36
  27. 35.
    How the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds began1 August 2018
    4:47
  28. 36.
    The first campus shooting31 July 2018
    4:14
  29. 37.
    How God became part of the pledge30 July 2018
    4:24
  30. 38.
    How a textile shortage led to the invention of the bikini27 July 2018
    4:26
  31. 39.
    The complicated story of Linda Brown and the fight for desegregated schools26 July 2018
    3:57
  32. 40.
    The time a senator won an Emmy for grilling witnesses at a hearing25 July 2018
    4:39
  33. 41.
    The rainless flood that destroyed a city24 July 2018
    4:40
  34. 42.
    How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place23 July 2018
    4:28
  35. 43.
    The Mountaintop20 July 2018
    4:47
  36. 44.
    The most romantic day19 July 2018
    3:51
  37. 45.
    The night America burned18 July 2018
    4:02
  38. 46.
    All the presidents' ghosts17 July 2018
    3:20
  39. 47.
    Don't mess with Harriet Tubman16 July 2018
    4:45
  40. 48.
    The epic bender that launched America13 July 2018
    3:46
  41. 49.
    A Supreme Court justice morally opposed abortion, but voted to legalize it12 July 2018
    5:35
  42. 50.
    Eartha Kitt confronted the first lady and it nearly ruined her career11 July 2018
    4:55
  43. 51.
    Eartha Kitt confronted the first lady and it nearly ruined her career11 July 2018
    4:55
  44. 52.
    Oregon, America’s first and only state to begin as "whites-only"10 July 2018
    4:52
  45. 53.
    How Eleanor Roosevelt invented the modern idea of a first lady9 July 2018
    4:22
  46. 54.
    The time America invaded Britain6 July 2018
    4:15
  47. 55.
    The teen who tied a Virginia election5 July 2018
    3:30
  48. 56.
    Thomas Jefferson's last letter4 July 2018
    3:14
  49. 57.
    The U.S. government recruited black men to watch them die3 July 2018
    4:08
  50. 58.
    The deaf men who helped NASA send humans to space2 July 2018
    3:54
  51. 59.
    That time we thought an asteroid might kill us all29 June 2018
    3:21
  52. 60.
    The femme fatale28 June 2018
    4:04
  53. 61.
    The first congresswoman’s vote27 June 2018
    5:01
  54. 62.
    How Hollywood’s first major blockbuster revived the KKK26 June 2018
    4:34
  55. 63.
    The first pride parade25 June 2018
    3:27
  56. 64.
    The oldest surviving banjo recording22 June 2018
    5:56
  57. 65.
    The worst presidents21 June 2018
    5:00
  58. 66.
    Doughnuts, the most patriotic of the junk foods20 June 2018
    3:17
  59. 67.
    The first shark attacks19 June 2018
    4:19
  60. 68.
    Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet18 June 2018
    4:18
  61. 69.
    This security guard discovered the Watergate break-in, but nobody remembers him15 June 2018
    3:13
  62. 70.
    Thomas Jefferson’s iftar dinner and the long history of Ramadan at the White House14 June 2018
    3:10
  63. 71.
    The biscuit tin13 June 2018
    3:20
  64. 72.
    Before Loving, another interracial couple fought to marry12 June 2018
    3:49
  65. 73.
    The Jedwabne massacre11 June 2018
    3:41
  66. 74.
    Tennis's first goddess8 June 2018
    3:07
  67. 75.
    The White House makeover7 June 2018
    3:53
  68. 76.
    The Order of the Day6 June 2018
    4:07
  69. 77.
    The “temporary insanity” legal defense started with an affair5 June 2018
    4:10
  70. 78.
    History’s most fascinating misquote4 June 2018
    3:44
  71. 79.
    Mourning Bobby Kennedy1 June 2018
    5:29
  72. 80.
    The black power protest that shook the world31 May 2018
    2:56
  73. 81.
    LBJ's political bombshell30 May 2018
    5:03
  74. 82.
    One broadcast helped turn Americans against the Vietnam War29 May 2018
    4:44
  75. 83.
    The performance that saved Johnny Cash's career28 May 2018
    4:51
  76. 84.
    Publishers hated ‘A Wrinkle in Time,' and Madeleine L'Engle never forgot the rejections25 May 2018
    4:03
  77. 85.
    When Ronald Reagan visited a family targeted by the KKK24 May 2018
    3:47
  78. 86.
    The Nazi stone23 May 2018
    4:19
  79. 87.
    Elaine Brown, the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party22 May 2018
    3:33
  80. 88.
    The man who filmed JFK's assassination21 May 2018
    3:15
  81. 89.
    Princess Diana's final hours18 May 2018
    4:00
  82. 90.
    The enigmatic Prince Philip - separating fact from fiction17 May 2018
    4:07
  83. 91.
    Wallis Simpson, the last American divorcee who married a British royal16 May 2018
    3:36
  84. 92.
    The truth is out there15 May 2018
    4:37
  85. 93.
    John Brown's prophecy14 May 2018
    3:44
  86. 94.
    She spent years fighting to create Mother's Day, then lost everything trying to protect it11 May 2018
    3:20
  87. 95.
    The Sullivan brothers10 May 2018
    3:40
  88. 96.
    Lee Harvey Oswald's final hours before killing Kennedy9 May 2018
    3:52
  89. 97.
    To ban a "Mockingbird"8 May 2018
    4:03
  90. 98.
    The original Alcoholics Anonymous book was auctioned for millions, but its author was never paid7 May 2018
    4:28
  91. 99.
    May the Fourth be with you4 May 2018
    5:05
  92. 100.
    The battle between Old Waddy and the press3 May 2018
    3:14
  93. 101.
    Were the Duke of Windsor and Adolf Hitler friends?2 May 2018
    3:58
  94. 102.
    Need a job? Ask Ulysses S. Grant1 May 2018
    3:17
  95. 103.
    How the Doomsday Clock came to be30 April 2018
    3:52
  96. 104.
    Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was once just for daughters27 April 2018
    2:45
  97. 105.
    These guys were college jocks - and then became Presidents of the United States26 April 2018
    4:01
  98. 106.
    The only person Hitler loved25 April 2018
    4:36
  99. 107.
    Philadelphia's plumbing revolution: wood pipes24 April 2018
    3:07
  100. 108.
    Chillicothe, Missouri, the town that invented sliced bread23 April 2018
    3:36
  101. 109.
    Barbara Bush’s remarkable commencement address20 April 2018
    4:09
  102. 110.
    The day anti-Vietnam War protesters tried to levitate the Pentagon19 April 2018
    3:44
  103. 111.
    The history of epic North Korean insults18 April 2018
    2:47
  104. 112.
    Hate the IRS? Blame Abraham Lincoln.17 April 2018
    3:35
  105. 113.
    The mother who made George Washington miserable16 April 2018
    4:29
  106. 114.
    Why Thurgood Marshall asked an ex-Klan member to help him make Supreme Court history13 April 2018
    3:30
  107. 115.
    A letter from home12 April 2018
    3:30
  108. 116.
    Was Mary Todd Lincoln a leaker?11 April 2018
    4:05
  109. 117.
    Winifred Stanley, a forgotten equal pay pioneer10 April 2018
    3:27
  110. 118.
    The invention of sarin9 April 2018
    3:33
  111. 119.
    The spy plane6 April 2018
    4:08
  112. 120.
    The toughest job in politics5 April 2018
    2:57
  113. 121.
    The day Martin Luther King Jr. died4 April 2018
    7:02
  114. 122.
    The Mountaintop3 April 2018
    4:20
  115. 123.
    The books the presidents read2 April 2018
    4:10
  116. 124.
    Egg Roll30 March 2018
    3:51
  117. 125.
    The girl who struck out Babe Ruth29 March 2018
    3:08
  118. 126.
    The first daughters28 March 2018
    4:01
  119. 127.
    Meet the Press27 March 2018
    3:25
  120. 128.
    The man who won World War II26 March 2018
    4:12
  121. 129.
    The children's crusade23 March 2018
    4:05
  122. 130.
    The forbidden question22 March 2018
    3:33
  123. 131.
    The crooked picture21 March 2018
    3:59
  124. 132.
    Lawn wars20 March 2018
    4:44
  125. 133.
    Dr. Spock19 March 2018
    4:16
  126. 134.
    Then they came for me16 March 2018
    4:31
  127. 135.
    The godfather of bracketology15 March 2018
    3:50
  128. 136.
    The Limping Lady14 March 2018
    3:43
  129. 137.
    The first female marine13 March 2018
    2:36
  130. 138.
    The trials and tribulations of being a cat12 March 2018
    2:51
  131. 139.
    Fall back, spring forward9 March 2018
    2:59
  132. 140.
    The glass ceiling8 March 2018
    3:21
  133. 141.
    How are you, Grandmama?7 March 2018
    3:32
  134. 142.
    The night America burned6 March 2018
    3:36
  135. 143.
    And the winner is...5 March 2018
    4:50
  136. 144.
    Special delivery!2 March 2018
    2:30
  137. 145.
    The woman behind Lisa Ben1 March 2018
    3:55
  138. 146.
    The houses built by slaves28 February 2018
    3:12
  139. 147.
    How the NRA began27 February 2018
    4:25
  140. 148.
    The rise of supermarkets26 February 2018
    3:19
  141. 149.
    The Green Book23 February 2018
    4:20
  142. 150.
    The ice queen22 February 2018
    4:55
  143. 151.
    Mrs. Graham21 February 2018
    4:30
  144. 152.
    The electric rivalry20 February 2018
    4:07
  145. 153.
    All the president's ghosts19 February 2018
    3:34
  146. 154.
    Don't mess with Harriet Tubman16 February 2018
    5:13
  147. 155.
    When Olympic silver beats gold15 February 2018
    4:56
  148. 156.
    The most romantic day14 February 2018
    3:40
  149. 157.
    The best birthday card ever13 February 2018
    3:08
  150. 158.
    What hath God wrought?12 February 2018
    4:07

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