195 episodes

In each episode of In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we take up topics in American history and explore them through feature pieces, interviews, book and film reviews, and more. Our guiding philosophy is that history is not just about the past - it's about our world, here and now. History explains why things are the way they are, everything from our economy, religious practices, and foreign policy, to political ideology, family structure, and rates of poverty. Our aim is to be both informative and educational, as well as entertaining and funny. We hope you'll join us for memorable journeys In The Past Lane.

In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters Edward T. O'Donnell

    • History
    • 4.7, 188 Ratings

In each episode of In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we take up topics in American history and explore them through feature pieces, interviews, book and film reviews, and more. Our guiding philosophy is that history is not just about the past - it's about our world, here and now. History explains why things are the way they are, everything from our economy, religious practices, and foreign policy, to political ideology, family structure, and rates of poverty. Our aim is to be both informative and educational, as well as entertaining and funny. We hope you'll join us for memorable journeys In The Past Lane.

    195 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?

    195 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?

    This week I speak with author Larry Tye about his biography, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of A Liberal Icon (2016, Random House). Tye is the author of many best-selling biographies and he’s at his best in this new look at RFK. One of the myths he’s eager to dispel is the notion that there were two, polar opposite Bobby Kennedys – the bad boy in the 1950s who worked for Sen. Joseph McCarthy and later waged war on organized labor and the saintly good guy in the mid-1960s who fought for social justice.

    • 45 min
    194 The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 + This Week in US History

    194 The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 + This Week in US History

    This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at one of the most deadly incidents of anti-black violence in US history: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. White mobs rampaged through Tulsa, Oklahoma’s African American neighborhood and burned it to the ground, killing between 100 and 300 black residents in the process. The incident was quickly covered up and driven from public memory. But in the 1990s activists and scholars began to unearth the shocking truth.

    • 14 min
    193 The Pullman Strike of 1894 + This Week in US History

    193 The Pullman Strike of 1894 + This Week in US History

    This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the Pullman Strike of 1894. It began as a protest over wage cuts in the midst of a severe economic depression and quickly grew to virtually paralyze the nation’s railroad system. Eventually, President Grover Cleveland sent in the military and smashed the strike. The workers lost the strike, but they did gain a new spokesperson – socialist Eugene Debs – who would play an influential role in American society in the decades to

    • 12 min
    192 The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1920

    192 The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1920

    This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Nancy Bristow  about her book, "American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic." In November 1918, even as millions of Americans and Europeans celebrated the end of World War I, their communities were being ravaged by a global influenza pandemic.  Over the course of almost three years, somewhere between 50 and 100 million people were killed in the pandemic, including nearly 700,000 Americans.

    • 40 min
    191 Coxey’s Army and the Original March On Washington + This Week in US History

    191 Coxey’s Army and the Original March On Washington + This Week in US History

    This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the original March on Washington. “Coxey’s Army” was a group of 500 men who amidst a terrible economic depression in 1894, marched from Ohio to the nation’s capital to demand that Congress provide employment through public works projects. They were turned away, but many of the Populist ideas that inspired them were enacted into law in the coming decades.  

    • 14 min
    190 The Story of Earth Day + This Week in US History

    190 The Story of Earth Day + This Week in US History

    This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the origins of Earth Day 50 years ago this week, and the two high profile environmental disasters in 1969 that helped to inspire it, the Santa Barbara, CA oil spill and the an oil fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH. In the years that followed, the US enacted landmark environmental legislation ranging from the Clean Air Act to the Endangered Species Act.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

bill.j.w ,

Excellent

Enjoy the personable manner, and he makes sure that knowing the past informs how we approach the present.

MarkThyme ,

Entertaining and educational

Host Edward T. O'Donnell brings us fabulous issues, books, and speakers on American History. His sense of humor is greatly appreciated. We've had many family discussions and connected to many books we might otherwise have overlooked. Thank you!

OG Athlete ,

Too fast!

The tempo is far to fast to enjoy.. too bad as the stories look interesting....

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