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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.

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How Anita Hill’s testimony led to the "Year of the Woman"

September 24th, 2018

No women served on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. The ugly Anita Hill hearings changed that.

The thin-skinned president who made it illegal to criticize his office

September 21st, 2018

The Alien and Sedition Acts passed under President John Adams led to the arrests of more than two dozen people.

The photographer who helped end child labor in America

September 20th, 2018

Lewis Hine posed as a Bible salesman or machinery photographer to expose the hardships of child labor.

Only half of George Washington’s Supreme Court justices showed up on time

September 19th, 2018

All of George Washington’s Supreme Court nominees were confirmed in only two days, but half of them didn't show up on time.

Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s marriage survived prison but not freedom

September 18th, 2018

Their 38-year marriage endured his incarceration and hers.

The day the nation's capital welcomed the KKK

September 17th, 2018

In 1925, 30,000 Klansmen descended on Washington, D.C. The city cheered their arrival.

The search for the anonymous author of a 1996 political novel

September 14th, 2018

Before an unnamed senior official in the Trump administration published the opinion piece, “I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration" in the New York Times, another mysterious anonymous author lit up …

The surprise hurricane that devastated the Florida Keys

September 13th, 2018

In 1935, the Florida Keys ignored the threat of a looming hurricane. When the Category 5 storm made landfall, it left a wake of death and destruction.

How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

September 12th, 2018

It may be hard to believe, but one single event rocketed Einstein to fame.

The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

September 11th, 2018

Heather Penney was among the first female combat pilots in the country. On Sept. 11, 2001, she got a mission: Bring down the fourth hijacked plane hurtling towards Washington.
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