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This week, something momentous happened. Whether or not it made the textbooks, it most certainly made history. Join HISTORY This Week as we turn back the clock to meet the people, visit the places and witness the moments that led us to where we are today.
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    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

This week, something momentous happened. Whether or not it made the textbooks, it most certainly made history. Join HISTORY This Week as we turn back the clock to meet the people, visit the places and witness the moments that led us to where we are today.
To get in touch with story ideas or feedback, email us at HistoryThisWeek@History.com, or leave us a voicemail at 212-351-0410.

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    The Apple Ad That Changed the World (Replay)

    The Apple Ad That Changed the World (Replay)

    History repeats itself this week with an episode from the HISTORY This Week archives: January 22, 1984. Apple launches the very first Macintosh computer, unveiling the machine to the public in a showstopping Super Bowl commercial. Not only was the ad itself revolutionary, but the product it launched almost single-handedly brought computers into the mainstream. The Macintosh PC would change technology, and the world as we know it forever.
    Special thanks to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author and producer of the “Making the Macintosh” digital archive.

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    • 17 min
    The Great Boston Molasses Flood (Replay)

    The Great Boston Molasses Flood (Replay)

    History repeats itself this week with an episode from the HISTORY This Week archives: January 15, 1919. Boston PD receives a call: “Send all available rescue personnel...there's a wave of molasses coming down Commercial Street." The bizarre flood decimated Boston's North End. How did it happen? And why does it still affect us all today?
    Special thank you to our guest Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

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    • 17 min
    Declaring War on Poverty (Replay)

    Declaring War on Poverty (Replay)

    History repeats itself this week with an episode from the HISTORY This Week archives: January 8, 1964. In his State of the Union address, Lyndon Johnson unveils his War on Poverty, an effort to tackle subpar living conditions and create jobs across the United States. Johnson discovers that declaring war—even one on an idea—always comes with great costs. Why did LBJ pick poverty as one of his major initiatives? And what issues did he face in waging this war? 
     
    This episode features Doris Kearns Goodwin (presidential historian and executive producer of The HISTORY Channel’s documentary series, Lincoln and Roosevelt) and Guian McKee (associate professor in Presidential Studies at UVA’s Miller Center)."

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    • 33 min
    Best Stories of 2021

    Best Stories of 2021

    In this year-end episode, Sally interviews the rest of the HISTORY This Week team about their favorite stories of the year and the most interesting information that didn’t make it into the episodes. We’ll be bringing you some of our favorite classic History This Week episodes throughout the month of January and will be back with season three in February 2022.
    Episode links:
    Watergate from the Inside
    More Than a Home Run
    Pop Music Pirates

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    • 23 min
    Twenty Thousand Hertz: The Gift

    Twenty Thousand Hertz: The Gift

    December 24, 1906. It’s Christmas Eve, but inventor Reginald Fessenden is working. Tonight, instead of sending a typical radio message in morse code, he broadcasts something new: music. It's the first in a series of breakthroughs in audio reproduction—a story that takes us from World War II home radios to the acoustics lab of another pioneer: Dr. Amar Bose. How did we get from tapped dots and dashes to the high-quality speakers we use today? This episode comes from the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. You can listen to more episodes of Twenty Thousand Hertz at https://apple.co/3pWdq29.
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    • 23 min
    Pursuing Trivia with Ken Jennings

    Pursuing Trivia with Ken Jennings

    (EPISODE 100!) December 15, 1979. Two Canadian journalists are hanging out, drinking a beer, when they come up with an idea for a new game to test random knowledge – Trivial Pursuit. But this is far from the first time trivia has been gamified, and to explore the history behind these quizzing contests, we turned to the expert: Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings. What are the origins of trivia? And what is it about recalling trivial facts that keeps people coming back for more?
    Special thanks to Ken Jennings, author of Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs and the host of the podcast Omnibus. Thanks also to Professor Peter Burke, author of What is the History of Knowledge?

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

buggatti royal ,

Really good

Excellent podcast and amazing how much information is squeezed into a relatively short space of time I have only just discovered this one but am already hooked well done and keep it up guys and gals

Nils Emanuel ,

Excellent - Important

Thank you History Channel - these sorts of programmes are absolutely why podcasts should exist as a platform; to provide us all with compelling and important stories from our past (often lost and unexplored). Great stuff. Keep it coming

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Good

It was very interesting but dark

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