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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.
    Food stamps were born out of a surplus of food11/15/2018
    6:05
  2. 2.
    William Rehnquist's proposal to Sandra Day O'Connor11/14/2018
    4:59
  3. 3.
    The first lady who couldn’t get her memoir published11/13/2018
    5:26
  4. 4.
    Joachim Ronneberg, the saboteur who crippled Nazi atomic bomb project11/12/2018
    5:01
  5. 5.
    America and warfare were never the same after World War I11/09/2018
    4:54
  6. 6.
    Wong Kim Ark's Supreme Court fight for birthright citizenship11/08/2018
    6:24
  7. 7.
    How the Greeks once used a lottery system to select government officials11/07/2018
    5:29
  8. 8.
    The makings of an electoral heist11/06/2018
    6:47
  1. 9.
    Rahm Emanuel, Howard Dean and the midterm elections of 200611/05/2018
    5:36
  2. 10.
    Fall back, spring forward11/02/2018
    2:59
  3. 11.
    Mary Ann Van Hoof and the Marian apparitions11/01/2018
    6:03
  4. 12.
    Close encounters with the Capitol’s Demon Cat10/31/2018
    4:21
  5. 13.
    How Pittsburgh's Mister Rogers talked to children about tragedy10/30/2018
    6:41
  6. 14.
    New York's mad bomber10/29/2018
    7:19
  7. 15.
    The sword pulled from history10/26/2018
    4:37
  8. 16.
    A love supreme: Ruth Bader and Martin Ginsburg10/25/2018
    6:04
  9. 17.
    The unstoppable Fannie Lou Hamer10/24/2018
    5:41
  10. 18.
    The Sultan of Swat wasn’t always known as a slugger10/23/2018
    4:19
  11. 19.
    Big Bird and the genius inside10/22/2018
    6:02
  12. 20.
    Woodrow Wilson's secret letters to another woman10/19/2018
    5:54
  13. 21.
    The metamorphosis of Jackie O10/18/2018
    6:03
  14. 22.
    The body of Emmett Till10/17/2018
    4:02
  15. 23.
    The photographer and the busboy10/16/2018
    5:24
  16. 24.
    The Romanovs, Russia's 'odious' autocratic family10/15/2018
    5:54
  17. 25.
    The gory origins of the Waterloo teeth10/12/2018
    4:28
  18. 26.
    How the teddy bear was born10/11/2018
    4:45
  19. 27.
    The first black female White House reporter held the powerful accountable on civil rights10/10/2018
    5:08
  20. 28.
    The teenage girl who caught a Nazi monster10/09/2018
    6:04
  21. 29.
    The complicated history of swimsuits and Miss America10/08/2018
    5:37
  22. 30.
    The assassin who wore braids and killed Nazis10/05/2018
    5:14
  23. 31.
    The surprising history of the 25th Amendment10/04/2018
    6:18
  24. 32.
    In the 1850s, navigating Ice Alley was deadly for ships10/03/2018
    5:20
  25. 33.
    America’s forgotten Iranian hostage10/02/2018
    4:44
  26. 34.
    The heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse10/01/2018
    3:58
  27. 35.
    How accusations against Supreme Court nominees were once handled09/28/2018
    4:25
  28. 36.
    The man and the coconut that saved JFK09/27/2018
    4:34
  29. 37.
    Rosie the Riveter isn’t who you think she is09/26/2018
    4:27
  30. 38.
    The presidential pardon the country never forgot09/25/2018
    5:20
  31. 39.
    How Anita Hill’s testimony led to the "Year of the Woman"09/24/2018
    5:52
  32. 40.
    The thin-skinned president who made it illegal to criticize his office09/21/2018
    5:06
  33. 41.
    The photographer who helped end child labor in America09/20/2018
    5:22
  34. 42.
    Only half of George Washington’s Supreme Court justices showed up on time09/19/2018
    5:18
  35. 43.
    Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s marriage survived prison but not freedom09/18/2018
    4:54
  36. 44.
    The day the nation's capital welcomed the KKK09/17/2018
    5:01
  37. 45.
    The search for the anonymous author of a 1996 political novel09/14/2018
    5:46
  38. 46.
    The surprise hurricane that devastated the Florida Keys09/13/2018
    4:16
  39. 47.
    How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous09/12/2018
    4:53
  40. 48.
    The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 1109/11/2018
    5:07
  41. 49.
    Abraham Lincoln says he owes everything to his ‘angel mother’ and ‘mama’09/10/2018
    5:26
  42. 50.
    The story of the real Charlotte of ‘Charlotte's Web’09/07/2018
    5:49
  43. 51.
    Roe v. Wade’s forgotten loser09/06/2018
    4:45
  44. 52.
    The French aviators who almost beat Charles Lindbergh09/05/2018
    4:29
  45. 53.
    The campus massacre before Kent State09/04/2018
    5:08
  46. 54.
    The time the United States illegally deported 1 million Mexican Americans09/03/2018
    5:44
  47. 55.
    The Quaker abolitionist who was disowned for condemning slave owners08/31/2018
    6:47
  48. 56.
    Ida B. Wells, the woman who never gave up08/30/2018
    6:16
  49. 57.
    How a Supreme Court clerk changed the decision on Clay v. United States08/29/2018
    6:05
  50. 58.
    Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels08/28/2018
    3:52
  51. 59.
    Being a maverick almost stopped John McCain from becoming a public servant08/27/2018
    4:37
  52. 60.
    Paul Jennings, the former slave who disputed a legend from history08/24/2018
    4:22
  53. 61.
    What Operation Pied Piper taught us about family separations08/23/2018
    5:00
  54. 62.
    Reagan's most historic speech took a few years to make an impact08/22/2018
    3:39
  55. 63.
    A president’s lions and the emoluments clause08/21/2018
    5:14
  56. 64.
    How Harry S. Truman went from being a racist to desegregating the military08/20/2018
    5:51
  57. 65.
    The long-lost 'Laws of Baseball'08/17/2018
    4:31
  58. 66.
    The congressman who shot a waiter08/16/2018
    4:37
  59. 67.
    The time Truman met with Stalin and it went well08/15/2018
    4:49
  60. 68.
    Meet Paul Manafort’s century-old forefather, who also liked fancy suits08/14/2018
    4:51
  61. 69.
    An aviation flop was a stamp collector’s dream and the U.S. Postal Service’s nightmare08/13/2018
    4:52
  62. 70.
    How Mister Rogers talked to children and families about tragedy08/10/2018
    6:27
  63. 71.
    The storied past of Alderson federal women’s prison08/09/2018
    4:12
  64. 72.
    Rebels, turn out your dead!08/08/2018
    4:31
  65. 73.
    The Saturday Night Massacre08/07/2018
    4:45
  66. 74.
    The dark history of the pill08/06/2018
    4:26
  67. 75.
    Meet Yvonne Burke, the first congresswoman to give birth in office08/03/2018
    3:56
  68. 76.
    The unlikely start of the Boy Scout movement08/02/2018
    4:36
  69. 77.
    How the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds began08/01/2018
    4:47
  70. 78.
    The first campus shooting07/31/2018
    4:14
  71. 79.
    How God became part of the pledge07/30/2018
    4:24
  72. 80.
    How a textile shortage led to the invention of the bikini07/27/2018
    4:26
  73. 81.
    The complicated story of Linda Brown and the fight for desegregated schools07/26/2018
    3:57
  74. 82.
    The time a senator won an Emmy for grilling witnesses at a hearing07/25/2018
    4:39
  75. 83.
    The rainless flood that destroyed a city07/24/2018
    4:40
  76. 84.
    How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place07/23/2018
    4:28
  77. 85.
    The Mountaintop07/20/2018
    4:47
  78. 86.
    The most romantic day07/19/2018
    3:51
  79. 87.
    The night America burned07/18/2018
    4:02
  80. 88.
    All the presidents' ghosts07/17/2018
    3:20
  81. 89.
    Don't mess with Harriet Tubman07/16/2018
    4:45
  82. 90.
    The epic bender that launched America07/13/2018
    3:46
  83. 91.
    A Supreme Court justice morally opposed abortion, but voted to legalize it07/12/2018
    5:35
  84. 92.
    Eartha Kitt confronted the first lady and it nearly ruined her career07/11/2018
    4:55
  85. 93.
    Oregon, America’s first and only state to begin as "whites-only"07/10/2018
    4:52
  86. 94.
    How Eleanor Roosevelt invented the modern idea of a first lady07/09/2018
    4:22
  87. 95.
    The time America invaded Britain07/06/2018
    4:15
  88. 96.
    The teen who tied a Virginia election07/05/2018
    3:30
  89. 97.
    Thomas Jefferson's last letter07/04/2018
    3:14
  90. 98.
    The U.S. government recruited black men to watch them die07/03/2018
    4:08
  91. 99.
    The deaf men who helped NASA send humans to space07/02/2018
    3:54
  92. 100.
    That time we thought an asteroid might kill us all06/29/2018
    3:21
  93. 101.
    The femme fatale06/28/2018
    4:04
  94. 102.
    The first congresswoman’s vote06/27/2018
    5:01
  95. 103.
    How Hollywood’s first major blockbuster revived the KKK06/26/2018
    4:34
  96. 104.
    The first pride parade06/25/2018
    3:27
  97. 105.
    The oldest surviving banjo recording06/22/2018
    5:56
  98. 106.
    The worst presidents06/21/2018
    5:00
  99. 107.
    Doughnuts, the most patriotic of the junk foods06/20/2018
    3:17
  100. 108.
    The first shark attacks06/19/2018
    4:19
  101. 109.
    Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet06/18/2018
    4:18
  102. 110.
    This security guard discovered the Watergate break-in, but nobody remembers him06/15/2018
    3:13
  103. 111.
    Thomas Jefferson’s iftar dinner and the long history of Ramadan at the White House06/14/2018
    3:10
  104. 112.
    The biscuit tin06/13/2018
    3:20
  105. 113.
    Before Loving, another interracial couple fought to marry06/12/2018
    3:49
  106. 114.
    The Jedwabne massacre06/11/2018
    3:41
  107. 115.
    Tennis's first goddess06/08/2018
    3:07
  108. 116.
    The White House makeover06/07/2018
    3:53
  109. 117.
    The Order of the Day06/06/2018
    4:07
  110. 118.
    The “temporary insanity” legal defense started with an affair06/05/2018
    4:10
  111. 119.
    History’s most fascinating misquote06/04/2018
    3:44
  112. 120.
    Mourning Bobby Kennedy06/01/2018
    5:29
  113. 121.
    The black power protest that shook the world05/31/2018
    2:56
  114. 122.
    LBJ's political bombshell05/30/2018
    5:03
  115. 123.
    One broadcast helped turn Americans against the Vietnam War05/29/2018
    4:44
  116. 124.
    The performance that saved Johnny Cash's career05/28/2018
    4:51
  117. 125.
    Publishers hated ‘A Wrinkle in Time,' and Madeleine L'Engle never forgot the rejections05/25/2018
    4:03
  118. 126.
    When Ronald Reagan visited a family targeted by the KKK05/24/2018
    3:47
  119. 127.
    The Nazi stone05/23/2018
    4:19
  120. 128.
    Elaine Brown, the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party05/22/2018
    3:33
  121. 129.
    The man who filmed JFK's assassination05/21/2018
    3:15
  122. 130.
    Princess Diana's final hours05/18/2018
    4:00
  123. 131.
    The enigmatic Prince Philip - separating fact from fiction05/17/2018
    4:07
  124. 132.
    Wallis Simpson, the last American divorcee who married a British royal05/16/2018
    3:36
  125. 133.
    The truth is out there05/15/2018
    4:37
  126. 134.
    John Brown's prophecy05/14/2018
    3:44
  127. 135.
    She spent years fighting to create Mother's Day, then lost everything trying to protect it05/11/2018
    3:20
  128. 136.
    The Sullivan brothers05/10/2018
    3:40
  129. 137.
    Lee Harvey Oswald's final hours before killing Kennedy05/09/2018
    3:52
  130. 138.
    To ban a "Mockingbird"05/08/2018
    4:03
  131. 139.
    The original Alcoholics Anonymous book was auctioned for millions, but its author was never paid05/07/2018
    4:28
  132. 140.
    May the Fourth be with you05/04/2018
    5:05
  133. 141.
    The battle between Old Waddy and the press05/03/2018
    3:14
  134. 142.
    Were the Duke of Windsor and Adolf Hitler friends?05/02/2018
    3:58
  135. 143.
    Need a job? Ask Ulysses S. Grant05/01/2018
    3:17
  136. 144.
    How the Doomsday Clock came to be04/30/2018
    3:52
  137. 145.
    Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was once just for daughters04/27/2018
    2:45
  138. 146.
    These guys were college jocks - and then became Presidents of the United States04/26/2018
    4:01
  139. 147.
    The only person Hitler loved04/25/2018
    4:36
  140. 148.
    Philadelphia's plumbing revolution: wood pipes04/24/2018
    3:07
  141. 149.
    Chillicothe, Missouri, the town that invented sliced bread04/23/2018
    3:36
  142. 150.
    Barbara Bush’s remarkable commencement address04/20/2018
    4:09
  143. 151.
    The day anti-Vietnam War protesters tried to levitate the Pentagon04/19/2018
    3:44
  144. 152.
    The history of epic North Korean insults04/18/2018
    2:47
  145. 153.
    Hate the IRS? Blame Abraham Lincoln.04/17/2018
    3:35
  146. 154.
    The mother who made George Washington miserable04/16/2018
    4:29
  147. 155.
    Why Thurgood Marshall asked an ex-Klan member to help him make Supreme Court history04/13/2018
    3:30
  148. 156.
    A letter from home04/12/2018
    3:30
  149. 157.
    Was Mary Todd Lincoln a leaker?04/11/2018
    4:05
  150. 158.
    Winifred Stanley, a forgotten equal pay pioneer04/10/2018
    3:27
  151. 159.
    The invention of sarin04/09/2018
    3:33
  152. 160.
    The spy plane04/06/2018
    4:08
  153. 161.
    The toughest job in politics04/05/2018
    2:57
  154. 162.
    The day Martin Luther King Jr. died04/04/2018
    7:02
  155. 163.
    The Mountaintop04/03/2018
    4:20
  156. 164.
    The books the presidents read04/02/2018
    4:10
  157. 165.
    Egg Roll03/30/2018
    3:51
  158. 166.
    The girl who struck out Babe Ruth03/29/2018
    3:08
  159. 167.
    The first daughters03/28/2018
    4:01
  160. 168.
    Meet the Press03/27/2018
    3:25
  161. 169.
    The man who won World War II03/26/2018
    4:12
  162. 170.
    The children's crusade03/23/2018
    4:05
  163. 171.
    The forbidden question03/22/2018
    3:33
  164. 172.
    The crooked picture03/21/2018
    3:59
  165. 173.
    Lawn wars03/20/2018
    4:44
  166. 174.
    Dr. Spock03/19/2018
    4:16
  167. 175.
    Then they came for me03/16/2018
    4:31
  168. 176.
    The godfather of bracketology03/15/2018
    3:50
  169. 177.
    The Limping Lady03/14/2018
    3:43
  170. 178.
    The first female marine03/13/2018
    2:36
  171. 179.
    The trials and tribulations of being a cat03/12/2018
    2:51
  172. 180.
    Fall back, spring forward03/09/2018
    2:59
  173. 181.
    The glass ceiling03/08/2018
    3:21
  174. 182.
    How are you, Grandmama?03/07/2018
    3:32
  175. 183.
    The night America burned03/06/2018
    3:36
  176. 184.
    And the winner is...03/05/2018
    4:50
  177. 185.
    Special delivery!03/02/2018
    2:30
  178. 186.
    The woman behind Lisa Ben03/01/2018
    3:55
  179. 187.
    The houses built by slaves02/28/2018
    3:12
  180. 188.
    How the NRA began02/27/2018
    4:25
  181. 189.
    The rise of supermarkets02/26/2018
    3:19
  182. 190.
    The Green Book02/23/2018
    4:20
  183. 191.
    The ice queen02/22/2018
    4:55
  184. 192.
    Mrs. Graham02/21/2018
    4:30
  185. 193.
    The electric rivalry02/20/2018
    4:07
  186. 194.
    All the president's ghosts02/19/2018
    3:34
  187. 195.
    Don't mess with Harriet Tubman02/16/2018
    5:13
  188. 196.
    When Olympic silver beats gold02/15/2018
    4:56
  189. 197.
    The most romantic day02/14/2018
    3:40
  190. 198.
    The best birthday card ever02/13/2018
    3:08
  191. 199.
    What hath God wrought?02/12/2018
    4:07
  192. 200.
    Introducing 'Retropod'02/07/2018
    3:39

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