390 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 • 14.9K 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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    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 1

    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 1

    Welcome to our newest docuseries on Joseph Stalin. Over the course of this series you will learn how a little mama's boy called Soso became one of the most ruthless leaders in history. 
    For decades a movement was growing. The Russian people were frustrated and angry with how the country was being run. Take a deadly war, a lack of jobs and food, combined with a leader who was totally oblivious to the problems his people were facing, and a revolution sounded like a pretty good idea.
    There was only one thing in the way: Tsar Nicholas Romanov. But the revolutionaries, including Stalin, had a plan. 
    Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Craig Thompson
    Writers/Researchers: Mandy Reid, Amy Watkin, Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Melanie Buck Parks

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    • 53 min
    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 2

    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 2

    Joseph Stalin was born the third, but only surviving son, to his parents Keke and Beso. His mother begged God to let him live, and when he did, she told her son he would devote his life to God. His family and friends called him Soso, and while his mother doted on him, he was often the victim of his father’s alcohol-fueled rages. Soso learned early that violence got results, a lesson that would carry through to every facet of his life as an adult. This little boy, raised in poverty, growing angrier by the day, would one day rule all of Russia. 
    Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks
    Audio Producer: Craig Thompson
    Writers/researchers: Mandy Reid, Amy Watkin, Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Melanie Buck Parks


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    • 41 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.9K Ratings

14.9K Ratings

Rosie21! ,

A Must Listen

Sharon and her team do an amazing job on their series and interviews. Sharon asks the important questions and shares the stories America needs to hear to educate and remind us of our shared history.

Beast14650 ,

Stalin

Frustrating to listen to the host speak because she gets excited with certain information and raises her voice which one then has to turn volume down on headphones and then she goes back to talking softly and one has to turn volume up!!! Sooooo annoying throughout her podcasts with one minute she speaks too loudly the next too soft!!! Have never experienced this with alll the other podcasts I listen to!!!

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!

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