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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.

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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.

    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | Rebirth

    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | Rebirth

    On June 2, 1921, thousands of black Tulsans interned at the Tulsa Fairgrounds woke under armed guard. Many had no idea where their loved ones were or if they were still alive; they didn’t know whether their homes were still standing or if they’d been ransacked by the white mob. As Greenwood residents worked to restart lives that had been violently interrupted, city officials and greedy real estate speculators had other ideas — ideas that would push Greenwood residents off their valuable land forever.

    But those white elites would fail to account for the ambition, leadership and tight bonds of community that Greenwood’s people had built over the years. Though the neighborhood would never be the same, against all odds, Black Wall Street would rise from the ashes.

    If you’d like to learn more about the Tulsa Race Massacre, we recommend a few great books we drew on for this series:

    Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal Johnson

    Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Riot of 1921 by Alfred Brophy

    Riot and Remembrance by James S. Hirsch

    This episode originally aired in 2019.

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    • 50 min
    Wondery Presents Against The Odds: The K2 Disaster

    Wondery Presents Against The Odds: The K2 Disaster

    In the summer of 2008, some of the world’s best climbers made their way towards the summit of K2, the second highest mountain on earth. Sunny mornings suddenly transform into hurricane force winds. Avalanches drop from overhead without warning, unexpected blizzards leave climbers disoriented and lost in weather that can drop to 60 below. But that didn’t stop a group of climbers from attempting the feat. The next season of Wondery's Against the Odds tells their story.

    Through a series of events no one could have foreseen, it will become one of the worst climbing disasters in modern times. It will also lead to extraordinary acts of bravery and an epic triumph of human survival. Listen at wondery.fm/ATO_HistoryTellers.

    • 7 min
    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | The Invasion

    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | The Invasion

    On the night of Tuesday, May 31, 1921, a violent white mob attacked the prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As the night progressed, the disorganized mob transformed into something even more deadly: a highly organized force led by volunteer soldiers.

    On the morning of Wednesday, June 1, that force sprang into action. All over Greenwood, men, women and children found themselves under siege. Their homes, businesses and churches were under attack from land and sky — calling the very survival of their fabled community into question.

    This episode originally aired in 2019.

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    • 42 min
    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | The Powder Keg

    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | The Powder Keg

    As Black teenager Dick Rowland sat in a jail cell at the Tulsa courthouse, news of his arrest flew through the town. Egged on by rumors about his alleged rape of white teenager Sarah Page, a white mob bent on a lynching Rowland began assembling outside the courthouse. By that evening, the crowd had swelled to thousands. 

    Meanwhile, some young African American veterans of the recent world war were determined to defend Rowland, with their lives if necessary. When they arrived at the courthouse Tuesday night, they found themselves thrust into a situation far more volatile than they were prepared for.

    This episode originally aired in 2019.

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    • 43 min
    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | The Promised Land

    Encore: Tulsa Race Massacre | The Promised Land

    In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma boasted one of the nation’s most prosperous African-American communities. Greenwood was home to 108 Black-owned businesses, two theaters, 15 physicians, two newspapers, and a luxury hotel. It was nicknamed “the Black Wall Street.”

    Then, on May 30th, a Black shoeshine boy named Dick Rowland was accused of assaulting a white teenaged elevator operator, Sarah Page. What happened next would ultimately lead to the destruction of Greenwood and the deaths of over 300 African Americans -- a massacre that, until recently, was virtually erased from American history.

    This episode originally aired in 2019.

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    • 50 min
    The Mystery of D.B. Cooper | The Man in Row 18

    The Mystery of D.B. Cooper | The Man in Row 18

    On November 24th, 1971, a man on a Boeing 727 bound for Seattle handed a flight attendant a note that read, “Miss, I have a bomb here.” No one knew the man’s real name. But soon, the press was calling him D.B. Cooper -- and his hijacking of Northwest Orient Flight 305 would go down as one of the most audacious in aviation history.

    Cooper parachuted out of that flight with $200,000 in cash, then disappeared without a trace. Over the decades that followed, FBI agents and amateur investigators would pursue thousands of leads and hundreds of suspects. And the mystery of what really happened in the skies over Washington that night has only grown deeper.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13.4K Ratings

13.4K Ratings

ELoweIA ,

Great for history buffs and novices alike!

During the pandemic my family of four has rediscovered the Great American Road Trip. We have survived 2,000 mile round trips without screens for our 7 and 8 year-olds almost entirely due to American History Tellers. The kids love the format that asks listeners to imagine yourself in the historical moment. The dramatic entry and exit music sets the scene. They love the episodic series. It has also been great to listen to topics directly related to our trips (The Space Race on the way to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville; The National Parks on the way to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons). I have a degree in History and have learned something new in every episode. These have provided us hours and hours of education, entertainment and sanity and we can’t recommend highly enough.

PercyBard ,

What a richly woven podcast!

I love how immersive this is, ‘imagine yourself’.. with all the sound effects and storytelling abound. The ads are driving me absolutely bananas though. I don’t subscribe to wondery, so that’s on me. And there is a skip button that I absolutely use. And I’ve been binging it, so also on me. I love John Green, and I love Marvel, but hearing the same ads so frequently and so often (maybe it’s like five minutes before yet another ad break) is giving me a headache

history2448 ,

Awesome PODCAST

In a time when History is being forgotten this brings it alive. Thanks so much for entertaining me and teaching along the way. As a history lover this is the best podcast out there.

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