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 nominees 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.
Abraham Lincoln says he owes everything to his ‘angel mother’ and ‘mama’
September 10th, 2018
President Abraham Lincoln had two loving and supportive mothers in his lifetime. The second helped him cope with the tragic loss of the first.
The story of the real Charlotte of ‘Charlotte's Web’
September 7th, 2018
This episode is co-hosted by Madeline Daly, who won Retropod trivia last Saturday at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.