154 episodes

Welcome to Hometown History, where the forgotten past comes alive. Our mission? To unearth the hidden gems of history that do not make it into the textbooks. Whether it's a local legend that's been overlooked, a historical event that shaped a small town, or a mysterious occurrence lost in the annals of time, we dig deep to bring you the untold stories that deserve to be heard.

Tune in as we travel back in time, uncovering the history you thought you knew and introducing you to the stories you never knew existed. Let's rewrite history, one hometown at a time.

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Welcome to Hometown History, where the forgotten past comes alive. Our mission? To unearth the hidden gems of history that do not make it into the textbooks. Whether it's a local legend that's been overlooked, a historical event that shaped a small town, or a mysterious occurrence lost in the annals of time, we dig deep to bring you the untold stories that deserve to be heard.

Tune in as we travel back in time, uncovering the history you thought you knew and introducing you to the stories you never knew existed. Let's rewrite history, one hometown at a time.

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    143: The Hollywood Blacklist

    143: The Hollywood Blacklist

    In this Hometown History episode, we explore the chilling era of the Hollywood Blacklist, a time when fear and suspicion dominated the American entertainment industry. Initiated during the Cold War, this blacklist barred countless artists from Hollywood jobs due to their real or suspected Communist ties, as dictated by the House Un-American Activities Committee and fueled by anti-Communist hysteria. We delve into the blacklist's beginnings, its impact on careers, and the stories of those who resisted, like the "Hollywood Ten," who faced severe repercussions for their stand against the crackdown.
    As the blacklist saga unfolds, we examine its stifling effect on creative expression and the personal devastation for those targeted. Highlighting the gradual dissolution of the blacklist and the resilience of the artistic community, the episode reflects on the enduring lessons of this period. Through a concise narrative, Hometown History revisits a pivotal moment in Hollywood's history, emphasizing the critical need to protect artistic freedom in the face of political paranoia.
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    • 24 min
    142: Lewis Howard Latimer

    142: Lewis Howard Latimer

    In today's episode of Hometown History, we delve into the life of Lewis Howard Latimer, an unsung hero whose inventions and technical skills significantly influenced the development of electric lighting and telecommunications. Despite his crucial work with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, Latimer's contributions have often been overshadowed. His innovations in improving lightbulb filament durability and efficiency changed how we light our world, yet his name remains lesser-known.
    Lewis Latimer's story is remarkable not only for his scientific achievements but also for his perseverance against racial prejudice. From humble beginnings as the son of escaped slaves to becoming Edison's trusted chief draftsman and a pioneer in electrical engineering, Latimer broke barriers and paved the way for future generations. Join us on Hometown History as we celebrate Latimer's legacy, a testament to the enduring power of innovation and courage in the face of adversity.
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    • 24 min
    141: The Truth about Movie Censorships

    141: The Truth about Movie Censorships

    In this Hometown History episode, we explore the transformative Fatty Arbuckle scandal of the 1920s, which led to a critical examination of movie censorship. Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's rise from adversity to comedy stardom and his subsequent fall following Virginia Rappe's death spotlighted Hollywood's darker aspects. Despite his acquittal, Arbuckle's career never recovered, underscoring the scandal's lasting impact on his life and the film industry.
    The aftermath of the scandal saw the introduction of the Motion Picture Production Code, establishing moral guidelines for film content. This code, an effort by Hollywood to self-regulate and avoid external censorship, dictated the portrayal of topics ranging from sexuality to crime, significantly influencing American cinema for decades. Tune into Hometown History as we uncover how Arbuckle's scandal reshaped Hollywood, illustrating the enduring influence of public perception and media power on the entertainment industry.
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    • 22 min
    140: The First Light: Charles Brush's Lighting System

    140: The First Light: Charles Brush's Lighting System

    In this episode of Hometown History, we explore the legacy of Charles Brush, a pioneering inventor whose contributions predate even Edison's lightbulb. Brush's work with arc lighting and dynamos in the late 19th century brought electric light to city streets, laying the groundwork for the widespread use of electricity. From his childhood experiments on a farm in Ohio to revolutionizing public lighting, Brush's journey is a testament to the power of curiosity and innovation.
    Despite not being as celebrated as Thomas Edison, Charles Brush's impact resonates through today's technology, from lighting to welding. His development of arc lamps and the dynamo system marked a significant leap forward in electric power utilization, illustrating how visionary ideas can illuminate the world. This Hometown History episode shines a light on Charles Brush, an unsung hero whose contributions continue to brighten our lives, highlighting the importance of innovation and persistence.
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    • 23 min
    139: The Truth About May Day

    139: The Truth About May Day

    In today's Hometown History episode, we explore the true essence of May Day, an emblem of workers' rights and social justice, born from the strife of the late 19th-century Industrial Revolution. Workers faced daunting challenges: grueling hours, meager pay, and hazardous conditions. This episode dives into the labor movement's rise, galvanized by dire need for change, and the crucial Haymarket Affair of 1886, which became a watershed moment for labor rights.
    Following the Haymarket Affair's fallout—marked by tragedy, trials, and global solidarity—May Day emerged as a powerful symbol of unity and the struggle for equitable labor practices. This episode highlights how May Day transcends mere celebration, embodying the resilience and collective strength of workers worldwide. Join us on Hometown History as we uncover the enduring legacy of May Day, a reminder of the labor movement's impact and the continuous journey towards a just society.
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    • 24 min
    138: America's Greatest Conspiracy Theory: The Disappearing Ship

    138: America's Greatest Conspiracy Theory: The Disappearing Ship

    In this episode of Hometown History, we unravel the enigma of The Philadelphia Experiment, a story shrouded in mystery and conspiracy against the backdrop of World War II. At the center is the USS Eldridge, alleged to possess invisibility amidst a top-secret operation. Through stormy nights and clandestine experiments, we explore the boundaries between ambitious scientific endeavors and their unforeseen consequences, delving into a narrative where technology meets the unknown.
    As the saga of the USS Eldridge unfolds, from supposed teleportation to its crew's harrowing ordeal, skepticism meets intrigue. This episode challenges listeners to sift through history, eyewitness accounts, and scientific rationale. We examine the human intrigue with the unexplained, presenting a story that oscillates between military secrets, potential hoaxes, and legends. Tune into Hometown History as we navigate the murky waters of one of America's most captivating conspiracy theories, prompting reflection on the distinction between fact and fiction in the annals of history.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 Ratings

Jenniferaug9 ,

Always looking forward to the next episode!

I find this podcast so interesting and entertaining!

I wish I knew music ,

Poor writing

Interesting topics but there’s a decisive lack of narrative flow. I don’t mind the host’s speaking style but the writing comes off as either AI generated or completely unreviewed. Flat narration makes this worse. Some episodes are nonsensical, jumping timelines and going from speculation and grandiose statements that don’t fit the preceding sections, back into the narrative without context or cues if this makes sense. Wish they would put some effort into better writing or hire someone to actually reciew

Savannah Marchione ,

great

i love hearing history about other parts of the united states. i loved hearing about H.H Holmes and the alcatraz episode. such a great narrative. cant wait to hear more. keep up the great work.
Savannah

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