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In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation.

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In History Vs., a new podcast from Mental Floss and iHeartRadio, we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have appreciated. Each episode, we’ll analyze how Roosevelt took on a particular challenge, from his debilitating childhood asthma and conflict within his family to conquering the hours of the day and preserving the world for the next generation.

    TR vs. Houdini

    TR vs. Houdini

    Famed illusionist Harry Houdini might have been one of the only people to succeed in leaving Theodore Roosevelt truly dumbfounded.
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    • 17 min
    Theodore Roosevelt and the Round-Robin Letter Incident

    Theodore Roosevelt and the Round-Robin Letter Incident

    Theodore Roosevelt has been in the news lately, thanks to a ship with a cargo of coronavirus and a leaked letter to the navy. But more than 100 years ago, TR—that ship's namesake—engaged in a controversial letter-writing campaign of his own, one that incensed the highest levels of government.
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    • 15 min
    The Case of the Missing Colt .38

    The Case of the Missing Colt .38

    In 1990, Theodore Roosevelt's double action revolver—the one he'd used during the Battle of San Juan Heights—was stolen from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. It wouldn't come back to the museum for another 16 years.
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    • 13 min
    10 Reading Tips from TR

    10 Reading Tips from TR

    A book must be interesting to the particular reader at that particular time,” and other tips about reading from one of history's greatest bibliophiles.
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    • 16 min
    TR vs. Bigfoot

    TR vs. Bigfoot

    In his 1893 book The Wilderness Hunter, TR wrote about what he called "a goblin story that really impressed" him. Mental Floss Science Editor Kat Long joins Erin to discuss "The Bauman Incident."
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    • 10 min
    Epilogue: The Other Roosevelts

    Epilogue: The Other Roosevelts

    Between all of his writing, ranching, and governing, Theodore Roosevelt made time to maintain close relationships with his many family members—all of whom led vibrant, adventurous lives of their own, and also helped establish TR’s legacy. From sister Bamie’s restoration of TR’s birthplace to son Ted Jr.’s heroic efforts on D-Day, this episode explores the stories of the Roosevelts that we didn’t get to cover in season 1.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
326 Ratings

326 Ratings

CasyGrace ,

Round -Robin

Thank you for the courage to talk about such an important subject.

jbon sr ,

Hooray TR

Enjoyed the energetic voice of the host, and appreciated the actor voicing TR. Bully good.

Clifford82 ,

Good Podcast

Interesting take on TR. Biggest complaint is the narrator’s pronunciation of Albany, NY. It’s All-bany not Al-bany!

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