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In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation.

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In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation.

    Fact Checking TR

    Fact Checking TR

    In this final bonus episode of History Vs., Erin and Mental Floss fact checker Austin Thompson discuss the challenges and delights of tracking down the truth about Theodore Roosevelt—and bust some TR myths, too.
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    • 24 min
    TR and the Perdicaris Affair

    TR and the Perdicaris Affair

    How Theodore Roosevelt used his big stick diplomacy to make the most of an international incident in an election year.
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    • 16 min
    The Statue

    The Statue

    Recently, the American Museum of Natural History asked that the city of New York remove the famous equestrian statue of TR—which also features an African figure and a Native American figure in positions submissive to Roosevelt—from the steps outside its Central Park West entrance. In this special episode, we’re taking a look at the statue: Its history, what the artists intended, and why it’s controversial today. Plus, we’ll revisit Roosevelt’s thinking on race and discuss his views of legacy.
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    • 23 min
    TR vs. Houdini

    TR vs. Houdini

    Famed illusionist Harry Houdini might have been one of the only people to succeed in leaving Theodore Roosevelt truly dumbfounded.
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    • 17 min
    Theodore Roosevelt and the Round-Robin Letter Incident

    Theodore Roosevelt and the Round-Robin Letter Incident

    Theodore Roosevelt has been in the news lately, thanks to a ship with a cargo of coronavirus and a leaked letter to the navy. But more than 100 years ago, TR—that ship's namesake—engaged in a controversial letter-writing campaign of his own, one that incensed the highest levels of government.
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    • 15 min
    The Case of the Missing Colt .38

    The Case of the Missing Colt .38

    In 1990, Theodore Roosevelt's double action revolver—the one he'd used during the Battle of San Juan Heights—was stolen from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. It wouldn't come back to the museum for another 16 years.
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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Dani_Barger ,

Great show!

I love the format of the show. It’s such an interesting way to tackle historical topics. Makes my daily commute so much more interesting!

Juan A 0001 ,

Roosevelt apologists

Be careful not to glorify the man too much!

This is an interesting podcast and the vs format is a good way to approach historical figures.

But stop dancing around the bad stuff, he was a human being and it’s important to give the good with the bad a lot of his ‘achievements’ were built on racism, privilege and violence.

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