24 episodes

A series of stories of disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes and forgotten villains. From OZY’s Sean Braswell, host and creator of the chart-topping, Webby-nominated The Thread, comes a new show about how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong, or prove unexpectedly magnificent. 

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A series of stories of disastrous turning points, dangerous ideas, crazy coincidences, unsung heroes and forgotten villains. From OZY’s Sean Braswell, host and creator of the chart-topping, Webby-nominated The Thread, comes a new show about how some of the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong, or prove unexpectedly magnificent. 

    Special Series: The Election Day Massacre. Part 3.

    Special Series: The Election Day Massacre. Part 3.

    After the horrific violence of Election Day, 1920, in Ocoee, Florida, hundreds of Black families fled the town, never to return. White farmers took ownership of their lands. And the crimes of the mobs of white vigilantes - lynching, murders, arson, theft - were covered up for almost a century. Until now. 
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    • 31 min
    Special Series: The Election Day Massacre. Part 2.

    Special Series: The Election Day Massacre. Part 2.

    Before the presidential election of 1920, the Klan marched through Florida to warn Black citizens not to vote. Newspapers across the state issued the same warning. When a prominent Black resident, Mose Norman, tried to cast his vote in the town of Ocoee, a mob of white vigilantes descended on the community. They exacted a terrible vengeance, starting with the family of a local Black leader, July Perry. Photo credit: Orange County Regional History Center
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    • 25 min
    Special Series: The Election Day Massacre. Part 1.

    Special Series: The Election Day Massacre. Part 1.

    The worst incident of election violence in American history happened a century ago on Election Day, 1920 in the town of Ocoee, Florida. The victims were hundreds of Black residents. The perpetrators were their white neighbors. And the reason was that Black citizens had gone to the polls and tried to vote.
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    • 28 min
    Bonus Episode 9: The Surgery That Sparked the Iran-Contra Scandal

    Bonus Episode 9: The Surgery That Sparked the Iran-Contra Scandal

    Did President Ronald Reagan authorize selling arms to Iran while still recovering from major surgery in 1985?
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    • 11 min
    Bonus Episode 8: How a Haircut Changed Music History

    Bonus Episode 8: How a Haircut Changed Music History

    After a 23-year-old Elvis Presley submitted to an Army barber in March 1958, rock and roll, and American life, were never quite the same.

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    • 12 min
    Bonus Episode 7: Grace Kelly’s Fateful Trip to Cannes

    Bonus Episode 7: Grace Kelly’s Fateful Trip to Cannes

    In 1955, actress Grace Kelly journeyed to the Cannes Film Festival, setting in action a chain of events that would find her trading her Hollywood throne for a real one. 
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    • 10 min

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