25 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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    • 4.4 • 753 Ratings

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. 

    Introducing: 'Uprising: A Guide From Portland'

    Introducing: 'Uprising: A Guide From Portland'

    Background and breakdown on 100 days of Portland insurrection, going in to the background, history of the current protests breaking down the struggles, successes and infrastructure that has made the uprising in Portland possible. 
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    • 2 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
753 Ratings

753 Ratings

Barney&Molly'sMom ,

Enjoy the show, have to disagree with a tiny bit of research

I’ve been enjoying the podcast but I think there may be something wrong with the Grace Kelly piece. The Hotel DuPont has long been known as the location of Prince Rainier’s proposal to Grace Kelly, not in NY Central Park. I’d love to know the truth!

mmh9597 ,

Really great at first...

Loved these when they first came out. I have listened to all of them to date, but have found that these stories continue to choose heroes and villains (historians should seek to be a little more objective...), leave out important details, and pick sides in political grey areas. I will not be listening anymore.

flyoverview ,

Do you know how you are being used?

Are you seriously celebrating the Portland riots!?! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed “Flashback,” yet feel used. Do you vet the promos to your subscribers before they are pushed out and rattle many of us? I feel gullible and resent being blasted with promo in support of senseless Portland riots. In pushing this kind of propaganda, you’ve broken our podcast/subscriber relationship that I actively enjoyed. Please consider how your listener base is being used by your corporate partners.

Many of us carefully curate the media we read, listen to and watch. I’ve gone dark on all media with even a sniff of bias. It’s appalling and galling your promo seeped through.

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