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Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

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    • 4.6 • 1.6K Ratings

Podcasting since 2008! - It really is all true! Quirky, bizarre, and unusual stories from the Flip Side of History.

    Russell Sage: The Meanest Miser in the Land

    Russell Sage: The Meanest Miser in the Land

    Russell Sage was once one of the wealthiest men in the world. He was ruthless in business and was said to hate philanthropy, upper education, and women. When he passed away in 1906, his wife Olivia got even by giving away nearly every penny of his fortune to the causes that Sage despised. Historian Kathy Sheehan joins me to tell the true story of Russell Sage.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Retrocast 12 with Tim Harford

    Retrocast 12 with Tim Harford

    In this episode: A man who claimed that he had eloped with another man’s wife because she had fed him a delicious piece of cake, a dead woman who sat up in her coffin just as the undertakers began to pour ice over her body, smog changes the color of a California man’s tie, and much more! Tim Harford of Cautionary Tales cohosts.
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Rise & Fall of the Celestial Comet

    The Rise & Fall of the Celestial Comet

    In 1941, the Plainfield Teachers College football team was unstoppable. That was until a reporter exposed a shocking secret about the team and their storybook season was brought to a grinding halt.

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    • 25 min
    Retrocast #11

    Retrocast #11

    In this episode: A mystery man speaks an unknown language, a boy gets his head stuck in a toilet seat, a woman slips on a bar of soap and flies out the window, and much more! Madison Newton cohosts.
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    • 55 min
    Almost Over the Hump

    Almost Over the Hump

    Just what happens when your airplane crashes high up in the Himalayan mountains and there is no chance that anyone will ever find you? This happened to pilots Joe Rosbert and Ridge Hammell during World War II as they attempted to pilot a cargo plane over “The Hump.” It’s an amazing story of perseverance, survival, and a lot of luck.
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    • 34 min
    Retrocast #10

    Retrocast #10

    In this episode: The United States once banned the sale of sliced bread, the State of Oregon attempted to ban popcorn in movie theaters, women were using fly swatters to swat away their excess pounds, and much more! Matt Breen of The Explorers Podcast cohosts.
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

1265get ,

Researched very well

You can tell that allot of research work goes into these episodes. Also it is very nicely done, very smooth, neat and tidy. Great for passing time.

Imbouto ,

Very Entertaining

Just a cool podcast to listen to. Steve does his homework and translates it into interesting and humorus stories. And, it's family friendly.

SeanSimons1 ,

Thanks from the Simons Family

Can’t wait for the next episode!

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