A look at Virginia's rich history, one week at a time.
Episode 1: March 7-13
In this episode of How We Got Here - the birth of the ironclad. From the depths of the Chesapeake Bay rose a former Union warship that the Confederacy would craft into a juggernaut, unlike anything the world had seen. Plus, the rise and fall of Circuit City, the electronics retail giant that got its start along West Broad Street in Richmond.
Episode 2: March 14-20
In this episode of How We Got Here - The birth of James Madison. Learn how the father of the Constitution was shaped by his early years at Montpelier and his contemporaries that included fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson. Plus, the privileged, youthful Frenchman who sailed to the defense of a fledgling nation – only to play a crucial role in the bloodshed on Virginia soil. Why the Marquis de Lafayette was out for revenge against the British.
Episode 3: March 21-27
In this episode of How We Got Here - the famous plea for independence that Patrick Henry gave from a pew inside a church that still stands today. Plus, how an enslaved man in Richmond hid as cargo to try and find freedom, earning him the nickname Henry ‘Box’ Brown. Finally, we take you back 400 years to an attack on colonists in Virginia on Good Friday. How the Powhatan Indians could have ended Britain’s North American experiment once and for all.
Episode 4: March 28 - April 3
In this episode of How We Got Here - the burning of Richmond. Confederates fleeing the city aimed to set fire to warehouses, but Mother Nature had different plans that April day in 1865. Plus – how the 10th President of the United States rose up through the political sphere in Virginia before becoming known as “His Accidency” in the Oval Office. Finally, how women in Virginia fought inflation and food prices as their families starved. How the “Bread Riots” of the Civil War came raging into Richmond.
Episode 5: April 4-10
In this episode of How We Got Here - Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. What you don’t know about the 90-minute meeting that signaled the end of the Civil War. Plus – born enslaved in Virginia, Booker T. Washington used his experience to shine an early light on civil rights and lay the groundwork for those who followed. And the legacy of Pocahontas in Virginia, whose story was enshrined by white colonists and corporations.
Episode 6: April 11-17
In this episode of How We Got Here - the early days of Thomas Jefferson. While much of the focus on Jefferson’s life turns to his later years, we dive into what is known about juvenile Jefferson and how experiences as a boy molded him into the man he became. Plus, a tribute to the lives lost in the Virginia Tech mass shooting.
Was a long time Richmond resident but moved away. So glad I found this podcast to keep me connected. Remember seeing Rachel on Channel 12!
How We Got Here Podcast
It’s a great podcast to listen to if you wanna learn about the history of Virginia and how we got to how we are as Virginia and a country
Always look forward to it. Even my two teenagers “don’t hate it”. Always learn something new. Love the Rabbit holes and we need more Patrick Henry!!