25 episodes

Join Don Wildman twice a week for your hit of American history, as he explores the past to help us understand the United States of today.
 
We’ll hear how codebreakers uncovered secret Japanese plans for the Battle of Midway, visit Chief Powhatan as he prepares for war with the British, see Walt Disney accuse his former colleagues of being communists, and uncover the dark history that lies beneath Central Park.  
 
From pre-colonial America to independence, slavery to civil rights, the gold rush to the space race, join Don as he speaks to leading experts to delve into America’s past.
 
New episodes every Monday and Thursday.
 
Brought to you by History Hit, the award-winning podcast network and world’s best history channel on demand, featuring shows like Dan Snow’s History Hit, Not Just The Tudors and Betwixt the Sheets.


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    • 4.4 • 247 Ratings

Join Don Wildman twice a week for your hit of American history, as he explores the past to help us understand the United States of today.
 
We’ll hear how codebreakers uncovered secret Japanese plans for the Battle of Midway, visit Chief Powhatan as he prepares for war with the British, see Walt Disney accuse his former colleagues of being communists, and uncover the dark history that lies beneath Central Park.  
 
From pre-colonial America to independence, slavery to civil rights, the gold rush to the space race, join Don as he speaks to leading experts to delve into America’s past.
 
New episodes every Monday and Thursday.
 
Brought to you by History Hit, the award-winning podcast network and world’s best history channel on demand, featuring shows like Dan Snow’s History Hit, Not Just The Tudors and Betwixt the Sheets.


Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Start of the Space Race

    Start of the Space Race

    Space historian Jay Gallentine tells Don how World War 2 weapons paved the way for space rockets, igniting a space race between the USA and the USSR that would see the first projectiles, satellites and people leave Earth’s atmosphere.
    Produced by Benjie Guy. Mixed by Aidan Lonergan. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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    • 40 min
    Capturing Lincoln’s Assassin

    Capturing Lincoln’s Assassin

    On shooting President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth fled Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC on horseback, eventually heading south. But Lincoln’s was not the only assassination planned that night. Michael Kauffman tells Don about the others - attempted and abandoned - on the evening of April 14th, 1865, and the ill-fated run from the law of Booth and his co-conspirators.
    Produced by Benjie Guy. Mixed by Thomas Ntinas. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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    • 25 min
    The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    On the evening of 14th April, 1865, the Union was celebrating victory in the civil war, won 5 days earlier with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. President Abraham Lincoln was watching a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. But some Southern sympathisers still thought the Confederacy could be restored. Among them was the actor John Wilkes Booth. He entered the theatre, made his way to Lincoln's box and carried out the first assassination of a US president. Michael Kauffman takes Don through the conspiracy to murder Lincoln and the act itself, after which Booth fled on horseback, into the night.
    Produced by Benjie Guy. Mixed by Aidan Lonergan. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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    • 40 min
    The First Thanksgiving

    The First Thanksgiving

    In the fall of 1621, a year after the pilgrim ship the Mayflower landed on the coast of New England, the settlers of the Plymouth Colony celebrated their first successful harvest. Joining them at the three day feast were the Wampanoag people, Native Americans who had to taught the settlers how to grow corn, ensuring the community would survive the coming winter. Richard Pickering tells Don about the difficulties faced by the pilgrims as they made their way from Europe and how the first Thanksgiving forged diplomatic relations with the Wampanoag people. Creating the foundations for the national holiday now celebrated every year in America.
    Produced and mixed by Benjie Guy. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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    • 45 min
    Ronald Reagan: The Peacemaker

    Ronald Reagan: The Peacemaker

    When Ronald Reagan became President in 1981, he was initially written off by many as a reckless B movie cowboy who would lead the US to nuclear war.
    However, as William Inboden tells Don, Reagan would go on to defy the odds on the international stage. Navigating complex foreign policy challenges, from Grenada to Lebanon and of course the Cold War. Taking the Soviets and the World to the brink of the unthinkable, while charting an unpredictable path to peace.
    Produced by Benjie Guy. Edited & Mixed by Thomas Ntinas. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long. 
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    • 46 min
    Who Really Invented the Light Bulb?

    Who Really Invented the Light Bulb?

    While Thomas Edison is widely credited as the inventor of the electric lightbulb in 1879, it had existed in one form or another since the the beginning of the 19th century. But as Hugh Price tells Don, another American - Lewis Latimer - had his own light bulb moment: tweaking Edison’s invention a year later to create a longer-lasting and more affordable light bulb, able to light the buildings and streets of America, and the world. 
     
    Produced and mixed by Benjie Guy. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long. 
     
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

AskJamieTurner ,

Great Host. Great Guests. Great Podcast.

I’m super grateful for this podcast. It moves along at a healthy clip and the guests are experts in their field. The host has a great sense of history, a great way of framing things up, and a great way of engaging his guests. Five stars, and two thumbs up.

RogerBantley22 ,

Not a History Podcast

Hosting authors selling books is not a history podcast. It is a book selling podcast.

Papabettafish ,

Love the conversational tone

I am really enjoying the conversational tone of this podcast as it also maintains a very critical and academic analysis of the historical events discussed.

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