377 episodes

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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    The Vigilantes, Episode 1

    The Vigilantes, Episode 1

    A shocking murder. A scene so brutal that the first people to find the victim couldn’t even tell what their skin color was. And a case that forever changed both the city, and the state’s legal system. 
    It was April 1913, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the city would never be the same. You may wonder why this imperative and dramatic case is not taught in history class, or how the world could have forgotten such a horrific crime that continues to have an impact more than 100 years later. 
    Join us for part one of this seven-episode series, and experience just how powerful of a motivator fear can be. 

    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 
    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon
    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 


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    • 31 min
    A Conversation with Kamala Harris

    A Conversation with Kamala Harris

    What is at stake in the upcoming presidential election? From the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, to women’s healthcare, and the economy, many voters aren't excited about a presidential rematch. Some have voiced their opinion by voting “Uncommitted” in the primary, instead of for President Biden.
    Our guest today views this election as a choice between stability, and the potential destruction of Democracy. 
    She is the first female Vice President of the United States, and today Kamala Harris joins Sharon to give direct answers to some of the tough questions, while on her Reproductive Freedoms Tour. 
    Special thanks to our guest, Vice President Kamala Harris, for joining us today. 
    Host: Sharon McMahon
    Executive Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder


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    • 20 min
    The Vigilantes, Episode 2

    The Vigilantes, Episode 2

    It should have been a leisurely Saturday off work for 13-year-old Mary Phagan, who was looking forward to celebrating the Confederate Memorial Day holiday. It should have been an easy day for Leo Frank, too, who hoped to leave his job at the factory early to go to the local baseball game with his wife. It should have been a carefree day for 16-year old Grace Hicks, who was enjoying a rare day off, and waiting for her friend to join her at the parade.
    It was anything but a beautiful, joyful, restful day. 
    Mary Phagan would never make it to the parade. Grace would soon be faced with an unimaginable task. And Leo Frank? Why couldn't the police get in touch with him? What happened in the basement of the pencil factory at that grisly crime scene? And who wrote that strange note? Join us for part two of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.

    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 
    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon
    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks


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    • 42 min
    The Vigilantes, Episode 3

    The Vigilantes, Episode 3

    It’s been 48 hours since Mary Phagan was last seen alive. It’s a media frenzy, and police are feeling the pressure to find the killer. 
    There’s a new, sudden interest in the murder notes. Did the killer write them to throw off investigators? 
    By the end of this episode, three men would become suspects. And despite dubious evidence and changing stories, one would soon be indicted for Mary’s murder. With a mob looking for vengeance, and sensational newspaper coverage, chances of a fair trial in Atlanta, Georgia were slim. The trial would begin July 28th, 1913, but this story is far from over. Join us for part three of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.

    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 
    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon
    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 


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    • 46 min
    The Vigilantes, Episode 4

    The Vigilantes, Episode 4

    The heat in the Atlanta courtroom was sweltering and unbearable, as the trial against Leo Frank began. A Black man was testifying against a white man, which was nearly unheard of in the Jim Crow south. And the evidence against this man was mounting… A suspect who was at the murder scene, and continued to lie to the police.
    Join us for part four of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.
    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 
    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon
    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 


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    • 45 min
    The Vigilantes, Episode 5

    The Vigilantes, Episode 5

    Appeal after appeal, Leo Frank was running out of options. With a new lawyer joining his defense team – the same lawyer who earlier represented the man who testified against Leo – the tide began to turn. Witnesses were coming forward, a new explanation for the murder note comes to light, and the story is making national news. With only days remaining before the scheduled execution, would time be on his side?
    Join us for part five of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.
    Special Thank You to the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and the Kenan Research Center in Atlanta for their generous assistance in finding and sharing letters sent to Leo and Lucille Frank, his family, and to the Governors of Georgia, as well as the state legislature.
    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 
    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon
    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.8K Ratings

14.8K Ratings

amynotaprincess ,

Government-History Instructor for Adults

Hooked on The Vigilantes from the first episode! Love the Here's Where It Gets Interesting podcast, because I learn reliably by the best story teller. 10 stars!

Momentum is phenomenal! Don’t miss it. I am thrilled to be learning material either I slept through or was not covered in school. I agree with others—Sharon is a national treasure. Students of all ages deserve the quality in-depth honest history that Sharon offers to her listeners. With sincere appreciation!

Mrs Skinny Skip ,

The VP

I hesitated listening to this interview. I truly hoped she would give a thought out response to your question of how she would win over the undecided voters. Her answer sounded like a political campaign. This is where I stopped listening. But I will finish it just to appease my curiosity.

BJMG104 ,

So thankful for Sharon!

This podcast is phenomenal. Interesting, engaging and fact based- it is a go to and should be for you as well. Keep up the good work, Sharon. You’re a real American hero!

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