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In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters

By Edward T. O'Donnell: Historian, Podcaster, Professor

Each week host and Historian-at-Large, Edward T. O’Donnell, dives into American history with interviews with historians about their new books, feature stories, and discussions of history in the news. Our aim is to be both engaging and entertaining, as well as informative and thought-provoking. We are inspired by the notion that history is not just about the past. History is about us, here and now. It explains the world we live in and why things are the way they are. And history gives us insights into how to achieve a better future. So our focus is on the past, but always with an eye to the present and future. We hope you’ll come along with us as we journey In The Past Lane.

  1. 1.
    199 Who Was Alexander Hamilton?07/31/2020
    52:01
  2. 2.
    198 The Civil War Draft Riots07/16/2020
    15:22
  3. 3.
    197 Brutality & Lawlessness: America's First Great Police Scandal07/03/2020
    37:12
  4. 4.
    196 The Molly Maguires06/22/2020
    11:30
  5. 5.
    195 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?06/03/2020
    45:52
  6. 6.
    194 The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 + This Week in US History05/26/2020
    14:27
  7. 7.
    193 The Pullman Strike of 1894 + This Week in US History05/13/2020
    12:29
  8. 8.
    192 The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-192005/06/2020
    40:57
  1. 9.
    191 Coxey’s Army and the Original March On Washington + This Week in US History04/28/2020
    14:06
  2. 10.
    190 The Story of Earth Day + This Week in US History04/21/2020
    15:46
  3. 11.
    189 The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 + This Week in US History04/13/2020
    15:03
  4. 12.
    188 The Fort Pillow Massacre in 1864 + This Week in US History04/06/2020
    12:58
  5. 13.
    187 The 15th Amerndment Is Ratified03/30/2020
    16:39
  6. 14.
    186 The Vanderbilt Ball Ushers in The Gilded Age + This Week in US History03/24/2020
    15:49
  7. 15.
    185 The St. Patrick's Day Scandal of 1888 + This Week in US History03/16/2020
    14:30
  8. 16.
    184 Washington Defuses the Newburgh Conspiracy + This Week in US History03/09/2020
    11:53
  9. 17.
    183 The Boston Massacre at 250 + This Week in US History03/02/2020
    14:25
  10. 18.
    182 Racism, History, and “Gone With The Wind” + This Week in US History02/24/2020
    15:41
  11. 19.
    181 The 1939 Nazi Rally at Madison Square Garden + This Week in US History02/17/2020
    15:30
  12. 20.
    180 Black Abolitionists Save Shadrach Minkins + This Week in US History02/10/2020
    12:52
  13. 21.
    ITPL Ep 179 John Quincy Adams' Second Act + This Week in US History02/03/2020
    11:36
  14. 22.
    178 Fred Korematsu and the Fight Against Internment + This Week in US History01/27/2020
    13:50
  15. 23.
    177 How Radicals Transformed the US11/30/2019
    40:18
  16. 24.
    176 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 21, 201910/20/2019
    5:22
  17. 25.
    175 The Pit Stop for the week of October 14, 201910/16/2019
    6:10
  18. 26.
    174 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 7, 201910/08/2019
    5:07
  19. 27.
    173 Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Sports in the US10/04/2019
    36:45
  20. 28.
    172 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 30, 201909/29/2019
    6:36
  21. 29.
    ITPL Ep 171 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 23, 201909/23/2019
    4:27
  22. 30.
    169 The Myth of Black Confederates09/17/2019
    32:41
  23. 31.
    170 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 16, 201909/16/2019
    4:51
  24. 32.
    168 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 9, 201909/09/2019
    6:49
  25. 33.
    167 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 2, 201909/02/2019
    7:13
  26. 34.
    166 Labor Day - Why Labor History Is American History08/29/2019
    1:00:18
  27. 35.
    165 The Pit Stop for the week of August 26, 201908/26/2019
    6:43
  28. 36.
    164 The Pit Stop for the week of August 19, 201908/19/2019
    5:39
  29. 37.
    163 The History of the Second Amendment and What It Really Says About Gun Control08/14/2019
    31:05
  30. 38.
    162 The Pit Stop for the week of August 12, 201908/12/2019
    5:53
  31. 39.
    161 The Pit Stop for the week of August 5, 201908/05/2019
    4:31
  32. 40.
    160 The History of Impeachment07/31/2019
    39:27
  33. 41.
    159 The Pit Stop ffor the week of July 29, 201907/29/2019
    5:47
  34. 42.
    158 The Pit Stop for the week of July 22, 201907/21/2019
    5:18
  35. 43.
    157 How America Became a Nation of Beef Eaters07/18/2019
    40:34
  36. 44.
    156 The Pit Stop for the week of July 15, 201907/15/2019
    5:09
  37. 45.
    155 The Pit Stop for the week of July 8, 201907/07/2019
    5:14
  38. 46.
    154 What the Declaration of Independence Declared (and Declares Today)07/03/2019
    28:16
  39. 47.
    153 The Pit Stop for the week of July 1, 201906/30/2019
    5:01
  40. 48.
    152 These Truths: A History of the United States06/26/2019
    32:13
  41. 49.
    151 The Pit Stop for the week of June 24, 201906/24/2019
    7:09
  42. 50.
    150 The Pit Stop for the week of June 17, 201906/17/2019
    6:20
  43. 51.
    149 FDR, Al Smith, and the Origins of the Modern Democratic Party06/14/2019
    41:46
  44. 52.
    148 The Pit Stop for the week of June 10, 201906/10/2019
    5:44
  45. 53.
    147 The Pit Stop for the week of June 3, 201906/03/2019
    5:58
  46. 54.
    146 The British Are Coming - The Crucial Early Years of the American Revolution05/31/2019
    37:06
  47. 55.
    145 The Pit Stop for the week of May 27, 201905/27/2019
    6:50
  48. 56.
    144 The Pit Stop for the week of May 20, 201905/20/2019
    5:44
  49. 57.
    143 The 19th Century Origins of Birthright Citizenship05/14/2019
    46:51
  50. 58.
    142 The Pit Stop for the week of May 13, 201905/13/2019
    6:48
  51. 59.
    141 The Pit Stop for the week of May 6, 201905/06/2019
    6:02
  52. 60.
    140 How the US Became an Antislavery Nation05/04/2019
    48:28
  53. 61.
    139 The Pit Stop for the week of April 29, 201904/29/2019
    5:50
  54. 62.
    138 The Pit Stop for the week of April 22, 201904/22/2019
    6:18
  55. 63.
    137 The Divergent Lives of Thomas Jefferson’s White and Black Daughters04/18/2019
    51:04
  56. 64.
    136 The Pit Stop for the week of April 15, 201904/15/2019
    6:19
  57. 65.
    135 The Pit Stop for the week of April 8, 201904/08/2019
    5:55
  58. 66.
    134 The Pit Stop for the week of April 1, 201904/01/2019
    6:36
  59. 67.
    133 The Pit Stop for the week of March 25, 201903/25/2019
    7:35
  60. 68.
    132 The Pit Stop for the week of March 18, 201903/20/2019
    6:30
  61. 69.
    131 The Pit Stop for the week of March 11, 201903/11/2019
    6:21
  62. 70.
    130 Rethinking Jamestown and America’s Origin Story03/07/2019
    50:01
  63. 71.
    129 The Pit Stop for the week of March 4, 201903/04/2019
    7:39
  64. 72.
    128 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 25, 201902/25/2019
    5:57
  65. 73.
    127 The History of Ice and Refrigeration in the US02/21/2019
    43:47
  66. 74.
    126 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 18, 201902/18/2019
    6:23
  67. 75.
    125 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 11, 201902/11/2019
    6:46
  68. 76.
    124 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 4, 201902/04/2019
    6:00
  69. 77.
    123 Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom02/01/2019
    36:52
  70. 78.
    122 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 28, 201901/29/2019
    6:36
  71. 79.
    121 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 21, 201901/20/2019
    5:30
  72. 80.
    120 Bringing Down the Colonel - A Me Too Story from the Gilded Age01/16/2019
    38:19
  73. 81.
    119 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 14 201901/14/2019
    5:48
  74. 82.
    118 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 7, 201901/07/2019
    6:23
  75. 83.
    117 How Activist Government in Post-War America Expanded Opportunity and Spread Prosperity01/03/2019
    43:48
  76. 84.
    116 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 31, 201812/31/2018
    5:53
  77. 85.
    115 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 24, 201812/24/2018
    6:11
  78. 86.
    114 How World War II Helped Make "White Christmas" A Hit Song12/20/2018
    11:20
  79. 87.
    113 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 17, 201812/17/2018
    5:55
  80. 88.
    112 The Forgotten Story of African American Pioneers in the Early West12/13/2018
    46:40
  81. 89.
    111 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 10, 201812/10/2018
    5:23
  82. 90.
    110 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 3, 201812/02/2018
    5:42
  83. 91.
    109 How Americans Made Sense of World War I11/30/2018
    42:01
  84. 92.
    108 The Pit Stop for the week of Nov 26, 201811/26/2018
    6:15
  85. 93.
    107 The Pit Stop for the week of Nov 19 201811/19/2018
    5:36
  86. 94.
    106 The Pit Stop for the week of Nov 12, 201811/12/2018
    5:00
  87. 95.
    105 The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-192011/10/2018
    40:22
  88. 96.
    104 The Pit Stop for the week of November 5, 201811/05/2018
    6:25
  89. 97.
    103 The Ideal of Honor in the Age of the American Revolution10/30/2018
    47:20
  90. 98.
    102 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 22 201810/22/2018
    5:03
  91. 99.
    100 The Eugenics Movement: The Effort to Create a Pure American Race10/17/2018
    40:06
  92. 100.
    101 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 15, 201810/14/2018
    5:38
  93. 101.
    099 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 8, 201810/08/2018
    5:47
  94. 102.
    098 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 1, 201810/01/2018
    5:24
  95. 103.
    097 Rethinking and Remembering: The 1898 Wilmington, NC Massacre and Coup09/28/2018
    46:03
  96. 104.
    096 The Pit Stop for the Week of Sept 24 201809/24/2018
    4:48
  97. 105.
    095 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 17, 201809/17/2018
    5:47
  98. 106.
    094 The Founding and the Fallacy of Original Intent09/14/2018
    58:03
  99. 107.
    093 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 10 201809/09/2018
    6:03
  100. 108.
    092 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 3, 201809/04/2018
    5:44
  101. 109.
    091 The Origins of Labor Day: Protesting Inequality in the Gilded Age09/01/2018
    17:30
  102. 110.
    090 The Pit Stop for the week of August 27, 201808/27/2018
    6:04
  103. 111.
    089 Aaron Burr and the Conspiracy That Rocked the Early Republic08/23/2018
    42:22
  104. 112.
    088 The Pit Stop for the week of August 20, 201808/20/2018
    5:45
  105. 113.
    087 The Pit Stop for the week of August 13, 201808/13/2018
    4:38
  106. 114.
    086 How One US Government Agency Saved Thousands of Jews during World War II08/11/2018
    45:41
  107. 115.
    085 The Pit Stop for the week of August 6, 201808/07/2018
    3:43
  108. 116.
    084 Hitler's American Model: The US and the Making of Nazi Race Law07/29/2018
    34:23
  109. 117.
    083 The Pit Stop for the week of July 23, 201807/22/2018
    4:22
  110. 118.
    082 The Pit Stop Stop for the week of July 16 201807/16/2018
    5:10
  111. 119.
    081 Sun, Sand, and Civil Rights: The Battle to Open America's Beaches to All07/13/2018
    36:45
  112. 120.
    080 The Pit Stop for the week of July 9, 201807/09/2018
    5:18
  113. 121.
    079 Crispus Attucks & the Boston Massacre in American Memory07/03/2018
    42:56
  114. 122.
    078 The Pit Stop for the week of July 2, 201807/02/2018
    5:18
  115. 123.
    077 Legacy of Conquest and the Reshaping of the History of the American West06/23/2018
    48:06
  116. 124.
    076 The Pit Stop June 18 201806/18/2018
    5:42
  117. 125.
    075 The Pit Stop for the Week of June 11, 201806/11/2018
    5:54
  118. 126.
    074 The Second Coming of the KKK in the 1920s06/07/2018
    40:05
  119. 127.
    073 The Pit Stop for June 4, 201806/04/2018
    6:37
  120. 128.
    072 The Pit Stop for the week of May 28, 201805/28/2018
    6:06
  121. 129.
    071 Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past05/24/2018
    51:38
  122. 130.
    070 The Pit Stop May 21 201805/21/2018
    6:04
  123. 131.
    069 The Pit Stop May 14 201805/14/2018
    6:47
  124. 132.
    068 The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America05/11/2018
    38:38
  125. 133.
    067 The Pit Stop for the week of April 16, 201805/07/2018
    6:16
  126. 134.
    066 The Pit Stop for the week of April 30, 201804/30/2018
    6:40
  127. 135.
    065 How the British Lost the American Revolution04/27/2018
    41:23
  128. 136.
    064 The Pit Stop for the week of April 23, 201804/23/2018
    6:38
  129. 137.
    063 The Pit Stop for the week of April 16, 201804/16/2018
    7:29
  130. 138.
    062 Bunk! Hoaxes, Humbug, Flim Flam, and Fake News in US History04/13/2018
    41:46
  131. 139.
    061 The Pit Stop for the week of April 9, 201804/09/2018
    8:36
  132. 140.
    060 The Pit Stop for the week of April 2 201804/02/2018
    7:44
  133. 141.
    059 The Weeping Time – The Story of the Largest Slave Auction in US History03/31/2018
    49:07
  134. 142.
    058 The Pit Stop for the week of March 26, 201803/26/2018
    6:25
  135. 143.
    057 The Pit Stop for the week of March 19, 201803/19/2018
    6:01
  136. 144.
    056 Two Strange Tales of Irish America: Lord Haw Haw and Bridey Murphy03/18/2018
    23:16
  137. 145.
    055 The Pit Stop for the week of March 12, 201803/12/2018
    4:36
  138. 146.
    054 What Was The Gilded Age? Part 303/06/2018
    32:25
  139. 147.
    053 What Was The Gilded Age? Part 202/25/2018
    26:51
  140. 148.
    052 What Was The Gilded Age? Part 102/13/2018
    22:29
  141. 149.
    051 Black Athletes in US History: Performance, Power, and Protest01/29/2018
    35:48
  142. 150.
    050 Hillbilly Eviction: Big Business and the Making of Appalachian Poverty01/18/2018
    41:06
  143. 151.
    049 Jefferson and Adams: Founders, Foes, and Friends01/11/2018
    37:40
  144. 152.
    048 The Southern Vision of a Vast Empire of Slavery01/02/2018
    41:30
  145. 153.
    047 How the War of 1812 Ended the American Revolution12/17/2017
    39:24
  146. 154.
    046 How the US Government Segregated America in the 20th Century12/05/2017
    38:43
  147. 155.
    045 Thanksgiving and the Great Epidemic of 161611/20/2017
    18:47
  148. 156.
    044 The Remaking of America during Reconstruction & the Gilded Age11/14/2017
    42:26
  149. 157.
    043 The Goat Castle Murder in Jim Crow Mississippi10/31/2017
    34:42
  150. 158.
    042 The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs since the 1960s10/19/2017
    38:52
  151. 159.
    041 Saratoga: The Tipping Point of the American Revolution10/10/2017
    41:37
  152. 160.
    040 Little Rock 1957 and the Problem of Civil Rights Memory09/26/2017
    42:30
  153. 161.
    039 Ken Burns and Coming to Terms with The Vietnam War09/17/2017
    47:33
  154. 162.
    038 Classroom Wars! The History Behind the Fights over Bilingual Ed and Sex Ed in US Public Schools09/11/2017
    37:04
  155. 163.
    037 The History Unfolded Project and What Americans Knew About The Holocaust09/01/2017
    27:13
  156. 164.
    036 The Myth of Libertarianism in US History08/22/2017
    44:09
  157. 165.
    035 Albert Cashier, Transgender Soldier in the American Civil War08/11/2017
    12:37
  158. 166.
    034 The Zenger Trial and the Birth of the Free Press in America08/01/2017
    30:33
  159. 167.
    033 The Ten Commandments in US History: The Making of an American Icon07/23/2017
    40:52
  160. 168.
    032 How Baseball Became America’s National Pastime07/14/2017
    32:01
  161. 169.
    031 America’s Forgotten Colony in Cuba07/07/2017
    35:02
  162. 170.
    030 Presidents and the Media: The History of Political Spin07/02/2017
    45:51
  163. 171.
    029 Spies, Traitors, & Saboteurs: Civil Liberties in Times of National Crisis06/17/2017
    33:25
  164. 172.
    028 The Crises of the 1790s and the Making of US National Identity05/31/2017
    48:58
  165. 173.
    027 JFK at 100 - The Legacy and Memory of a President05/21/2017
    48:47
  166. 174.
    026 The Spanish American War & The Birth of US Imperialism05/07/2017
    49:40
  167. 175.
    025 Who Was Thomas Jefferson?04/22/2017
    41:27
  168. 176.
    024 The Path to War: The US and World War I04/07/2017
    48:05
  169. 177.
    023 Alexander Hamilton: The Man, The Myth, and yes, The Musical!03/22/2017
    50:16
  170. 178.
    022 The History of Mass Incarceration in America - part 203/07/2017
    40:03
  171. 179.
    021 The History of Mass Incarceration in America - part 102/07/2017
    32:02
  172. 180.
    020 African American Soldiers in the Civil War01/06/2017
    46:16
  173. 181.
    019 The Hidden History of Indian Slavery in America12/15/2016
    42:52
  174. 182.
    018 The Rise of Conservative Media10/25/2016
    54:36
  175. 183.
    017 American Revolutions10/08/2016
    55:04
  176. 184.
    016 Women and the White House - Convention Edition!07/26/2016
    1:03:24
  177. 185.
    015 The History of the Republican Party - Convention Edition!07/19/2016
    54:40
  178. 186.
    014 What the Declaration of Independence Declared (and Declares Today)07/03/2016
    27:49
  179. 187.
    013 Why We Pledge Allegiance, Betsy Ross, & More06/14/2016
    34:31
  180. 188.
    012 The History of Gay Liberation in the US06/06/2016
    50:42
  181. 189.
    011 Scandal! in American History05/17/2016
    49:09
  182. 190.
    010 Harriet Tubman on the Twenty & More04/29/2016
    1:00:18
  183. 191.
    009 Taxes and Tax Revolts in US History and More04/15/2016
    44:56
  184. 192.
    008 How America Got Cool04/03/2016
    44:44
  185. 193.
    007 Irish Terrorists and Spies in America & More03/17/2016
    44:25
  186. 194.
    006 Why Do We Hold Political Primaries?03/02/2016
    28:03
  187. 195.
    005 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?02/16/2016
    45:13
  188. 196.
    004 The Abolitionist Movement & More02/13/2016
    40:08
  189. 197.
    003 Prohibition and Other Prohibitions in US History02/05/2016
    37:55
  190. 198.
    002 The Statue of Liberty & Immigration History01/30/2016
    42:23
  191. 199.
    001 Death and The Civil War / Mercy Street PBS Ep 1 Review01/22/2016
    30:24

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