133 episodes

The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.

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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.

    The Gilded Age | Rise of the Robber Barons

    The Gilded Age | Rise of the Robber Barons

    In the 1870s and 1880s, businessmen clawed their way to the top of the new industrial economy, accumulating staggering fortunes. Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller ruthlessly eliminated his rivals one by one, seizing control over the nation’s refineries. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie revolutionized the industry with his relentless drive to cut costs. And banker J. P. Morgan conquered Wall Street, commanding vast amounts of capital to consolidate corporations.

    But the concentration of wealth and power had dire consequences for ordinary Americans, and in the summer of 1877 frustrated workers fought back. They blocked freight trains, shut down major rail lines and crippled the nation’s economy.

    The strike spread like wildfire and sparked deadly violence.

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    • 44 min
    The Gilded Age | Carnival of Corruption

    The Gilded Age | Carnival of Corruption

    In 1869, America connected its vast, sprawling territory with its most ambitious project to date: the transcontinental railroad. The country had just emerged from the ashes of the Civil War, and the railroad galvanized people from coast to coast, offering opportunity and promise. But corruption soon cast a pall over the nation.

    Scandal after scandal tainted the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. A pair of unscrupulous investors schemed to drive up the price of gold, unleashing chaos from Wall Street to the nation’s farms. Prominent congressmen funneled public money into a sham corporation to profit off the railroad. And government agents conspired with whiskey distillers to defraud the Treasury of millions.

    It was the dawn of the Gilded Age—an era of dramatic material progress and sordid greed and corruption.

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    • 40 min
    Stonewall | Eric Marcus Remembers the Voices of Stonewall

    Stonewall | Eric Marcus Remembers the Voices of Stonewall

    When the events of Stonewall happened in 1969, Eric Marcus was just a boy away at a New Jersey summer camp. Nearly 20 years later, he would document the voices of revolutionary LGBTQ activists like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Frank Kameny for his book, “Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights.” 

    While his work started out as a printed oral history, Marcus knew that taping those interviews would “one day have value beyond my book.” And he was right. Many of those interviews can be heard on the Making Gay History podcast, which he founded and hosts. 

    Today, Marcus talks about his conversations with people who shaped the early LGBTQ movement. He’ll also share what people who were patrons of the Stonewall Inn told him about their time there. 

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    • 41 min
    Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2

    Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2

    Blood Ties Season 2 is out now!

    Blood Ties is a scripted audio drama starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, Dominic Monaghan, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight.  

    After the sudden death of Michael and Eleonore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it. 

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    • 11 min
    Stonewall | Pride

    Stonewall | Pride

    After a late-night police raid on the Stonewall Inn in June 1969, the LGBTQ community fought back in the streets of Greenwich Village. Suddenly, the LGBTQ rights movement found itself catapulted onto the national stage.  

    But questions of how radical an approach to take would pit young activists against the pioneers of the 1950s and 1960s. Even with the formation of new organizations like the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance, questions emerged. Would it be better to take part in the political process? Or to stage confrontational “zaps?”

    These new groups would soon be engulfed by in-fighting over goals, strategy, membership, and how the LGTBQ rights movement fit into the larger landscape of radical activism. Meanwhile, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson would form their own group – one that would speak directly to issues facing unhoused people, and the trans community in New York city.

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    • 48 min
    Stonewall | Why Don’t You Do Something?

    Stonewall | Why Don’t You Do Something?

    Resistance at restaurants in San Francisco and Philadelphia showcased the building tension as trans activists challenged long-standing policies of discrimination. But leading gay rights groups continued to stress a calm, non-confrontational approach to reform.

    That all changed in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn. 

    For police, it was just another raid, but this time would be different: the Stonewall’s patrons would fight back. The clashes on Christopher Street would become an uprising against police oppression with long-lasting reverberations for the LGBTQ rights movement.

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
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117 Ratings

magnatronic ,

Another fab podcast!

I love Lindsay’s storytelling flair! 👏🏼 he’s awesome to listen to, and stories always fabulously interesting great voice 🥰

Reggae 98854 ,

A lifetime of American TV

I live in Canberra (capital of Australia). So interesting to get behind the American myths and/or actual history that we have watched on TV for decades. The murders of the Kennedy brothers, Dr King, Malcolm X, were felt deeply here. The Vietnam war polarised Australia - as it did in the US. Thank you for bipartisan history-telling. I’m a big fan.
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Best_Fred ,

Love this podcast

This podcast continues to impress and enthral me as I make my way through the seasons. Lindsay Graham is a terrific host (plus sound editor, etc!) and provides such a great insight into the minutiae surrounding such big moments in recent history. I’m glad I didn’t find this sooner, so I can binge listen to so many seasons, but I dread the day I run out of AHT episodes to listen to...

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