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Here’s Where It Gets Interesting finds the stories of America you probably haven’t heard. Host Sharon McMahon, a longtime teacher and one of today’s most influential voices, will ignite your curiosity about the fascinating stuff that wasn’t in history textbooks. She’s joined by notable thought leaders who share insights about history, culture, and politics, and inspire us to grow into more thoughtful, well-informed citizens.
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Here's Where It Gets Interesting Sharon McMahon

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 14.8K Ratings

Here’s Where It Gets Interesting finds the stories of America you probably haven’t heard. Host Sharon McMahon, a longtime teacher and one of today’s most influential voices, will ignite your curiosity about the fascinating stuff that wasn’t in history textbooks. She’s joined by notable thought leaders who share insights about history, culture, and politics, and inspire us to grow into more thoughtful, well-informed citizens.
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    An Unfinished Love Story with Doris Kearns Goodwin

    An Unfinished Love Story with Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Imagine being a Pulitzer Prize winning presidential historian, knowing you had extraordinarily rare primary source material and Presidential memorabilia tucked away in the cellar of your own home… and not opening it for decades? Doris Kearns Goodwin joins us today to share her journey of exploring more than 300 boxes, alongside her husband of 42 years, Richard (Dick) Goodwin, that served as a time capsule of his service in the 1960s. In the relay race of democracy, you never know who will pick up the baton, and continue your work. Together, they have one last great adventure, a chance to reassess key historical figures, and a fresh perspective of the role young people play in the arc of history.
    Special thanks to our guest, Doris Kearns Goodwin, for joining us today.
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux


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    • 39 min
    Say More with Jen Psaki

    Say More with Jen Psaki

    In a world of social media fights, keyboard warriors, and misinformation, it’s easy to feel disconnected, even among close friends and family. What if we rethink how we’re communicating to build better relationships and maintain connection? Former White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, joins us to share lessons she’s learned about how to be an effective communicator with any audience, and growing through giving and receiving feedback. Join us for a peek behind the scenes, and practice listening to learn from one another – mistakes and all. 
    Special thanks to our guest, Jen Psaki, for joining us today.
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux


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    • 36 min
    A Country of Unrest with Erik Larson

    A Country of Unrest with Erik Larson

    Following January 6th and the current political climate, some Americans fear there will be a “new Civil War.”  But what does that truly mean? If you are a lover of history, this conversation is one you won’t want to miss. Author Erik Larson joins us to discuss his new book, The Demon of Unrest, which is set shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Dive into the mindsets and captivating portrayals of leaders on the brink of a war that eventually killed 750,000 Americans, and injured millions more.
    Special thanks to our guest, Erik Larson, for joining us today.
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux 

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    • 34 min
    The Year of Living Constitutionally with A.J. Jacobs

    The Year of Living Constitutionally with A.J. Jacobs

    Imagine walking into your polling place on Election Day, and openly declaring who you were voting for. That is exactly what today’s guest did when researching and writing his book, The Year of Living Constitutionally. Author A.J. Jacobs joined Sharon McMahon to share what it was like to live a year, interpreting the U.S. Constitution literally. What is in the Constitution, and what is not? From implementing in-home cursing laws, to carrying an 18th Century musket around Manhattan, you will love this entertaining experiment of how the Constitution impacts modern American democracy.
    Special thanks to our guest, A.J. Jacobs, for joining us today.
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux


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    • 42 min
    Too Close to the Flame with Joe Ingle

    Too Close to the Flame with Joe Ingle

    When you think of prisoners on Death Row, what imagery comes to mind? Author of Too Close to the Flame, Joe Ingle, joins Sharon McMahon to talk about what it is like inside America's death penalty system. After spending 45 years working as a spiritual advisor to men and women on Death Row, Joe vulnerably shares his experiences of the final moments before they are executed, and sheds a light on how the legal system disenfranchises those who can not afford a lawyer. What is an alternative to the death penalty, and what might restorative justice look like?
    Special thanks to our guest, Joe Ingle, for joining us today.
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux 

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    • 35 min
    Awakening the Spirit of America with Paul Sparrow

    Awakening the Spirit of America with Paul Sparrow

    If you are interested in the 1930s and 1940s, or have wondered how the rapid growth of authoritarianism in today’s political climate mirrors that of WWII, this is an episode for you. Sharon McMahon is joined by author Paul Sparrow to discuss his new book, Awakening the Spirit of America. It’s a story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his surprising opponent, Charles Lindbergh, and their war of words. Learn how far back the “America First” slogan goes, and how persuasive language changed the course of history. 
    Special thanks to our guest, Paul Sparrow, for joining us today.
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.8K Ratings

14.8K Ratings

TiaFowles ,

Interesting and compelling

American Heritage was one of my favorite college classes and this podcast is like sitting in on those lectures but in a much more relaxed, entertaining way. The nooks and crannies she dives into and the stories she uncovers are what really make up America. Sharon is such a great story teller!

K-Panda ,

Something for everyone!

This podcast is one of the most interesting and well written I have ever listened too. I love the variety of topics, mix of interviews and more in depth series, and mind blown moments! This is a podcast that I will save up to binge and it always keeps me on my toes. Thank you for the thoughtful and inspiring stories!

AZMorrell ,

Sharon makes everything interesting

Even if I begin a podcast with lukewarm interest I end with so much curiosity about the world and its people. Sharon and her team are high quality delivered right to your ears. And you feel a thousand times more motivated to learn more and also to be a healer to our beloved planet. THANK YOU!

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