26 episodes

A look at Virginia's rich history, one week at a time.

How We Got Here NBC12

    • History
    • 4.8, 177 Ratings

A look at Virginia's rich history, one week at a time.

    Bonus Episode: May Day Over Moscow

    Bonus Episode: May Day Over Moscow

    In this bonus episode of How We Got Here, we sit down with Francis Gary Powers Jr., the son of the CIA spy who was shot down over the USSR on May 1, 1960. After Episode 4 of Season 3 was released, Powers Jr. contacted us to tell us he lives in Central Virginia and would be willing to discuss his father's incredible story of espionage and imprisonment by the KGB. Powers Jr. has written a book about his dad and travels the country to set the record straight about his dad’s famous crash in the Soviet Union.

    • 30 min
    Season 3 Behind the Sounds

    Season 3 Behind the Sounds

    In this bonus episode of How We Got Here, we go behind the sounds with Digital Director Kate Albright and Executive Producer Colten Weekley to dive deep into how we made this season. You’ll hear about some of our favorite guests and which segments really stuck with us. Plus, we have exciting news about the future of the podcast!

    • 28 min
    Episode 6: May 25-31

    Episode 6: May 25-31

    In this episode of How We Got Here – The birth of Richmond’s Monument Avenue. The day the Robert E. Lee monument is unveiled in a field west of the city to a crowd of thousands of Confederate veterans. How it’s meaning has evolved over the last 130 years.

    The day the world stopped in Virginia Beach - how the heroes among us emerged at yet another tragedy.

    And the birth of a man who fanned the flames of the American Revolution. “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

    • 49 min
    Episode 5: May 18-24

    Episode 5: May 18-24

    In this episode of How We Got Here – A tainted treaty for peace in the Virginia Colony. Colonists seeking revenge poison Powhatan Native Americans with a deadly drink.

    Plus, the hostess with the mostest – how Dolley Madison, the first “First Lady,” helped her husband navigate the precipitous political scene of a young United States.

    And, the angel of the battlefield. How a woman whose passion for helping soldiers during the Civil War led to her launching the American Red Cross.

    • 56 min
    Episode 4: May 11-17

    Episode 4: May 11-17

    In this episode of How We Got Here – A Virginian caught in the middle of U.S. and Soviet spy games after being taken prisoner by the KGB.

    How Confederate soldiers from Chesterfield protected Richmond from an attack along the James River in the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff.  

    The story of a Richmond-born slave who possibly spied inside the Confederate White House.

    And, the imprisonment and eventual release of Confederate President Jefferson Davis - why he was never tried for treason.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 3: May 4-10

    Episode 3: May 4-10

    In this episode of How We Got Here - Secretariat’s birth in Virginia. How the legend became the greatest racehorse of all time.

    Plus, severely injured by friendly fire near Chancellorsville during the Civil War, we uncover the secret illness that killed Confederate General Stonewall Jackson.

    And the traditional anthem “Hail to the Chief” that is played for U.S. Presidents actually started thanks to the wife of a Virginia-born President. How Julia Gardiner became a Tyler after a tragedy on the Po

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

Zozobra60 ,

Fascinating history

If you live in Virginia and love history, this podcast is a must. I have listened to all three seasons and can’t wait for the fourth.

PamLCP ,

How we got here

I have listened to all three seasons and have loved every minute! Each episode keeps me enthralled. I have lived in Virginia since I was five years old, I am now seventy. And I learn something new with each episode. Well done, Rachael and crew!

K1mm1eH ,

Great Podcast

As an avid podcast listener, I am confident to declare this podcast is amazing! Rachel and her team along with her guests take us all on a journey to learn things we would not ordinarily learn. Keep the episodes rolling! Thanks.

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