20 episodes

Welcome to the Detroit History Podcast. We’ll mine this city’s history, telling the story through this town’s cultural, social, political, musical and automotive heritage. Our chosen tool is the podcast.

During the second season we’ll be dealing with topics as varied as Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism; Detroit’s 1943 riot, which killed 34 people; the National Football League Champion Detroit Lions of 1957; and a history of one of this country’s last great newspaper saloons, the Anchor Bar.

The Detroit History Podcast The Detroit History Podcast

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Welcome to the Detroit History Podcast. We’ll mine this city’s history, telling the story through this town’s cultural, social, political, musical and automotive heritage. Our chosen tool is the podcast.

During the second season we’ll be dealing with topics as varied as Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism; Detroit’s 1943 riot, which killed 34 people; the National Football League Champion Detroit Lions of 1957; and a history of one of this country’s last great newspaper saloons, the Anchor Bar.

    Season 2, Episode 10- How The Klan Almost Elected A Mayor

    Season 2, Episode 10- How The Klan Almost Elected A Mayor

    Detroit was becoming an eclectic mix of cultures during the 1920s -- African-Americans from the south, immigrants from southern Europe, and a growing Catholic population. The Ku Klux Klan exploited the fear of outsiders and almost elected a Detroit lawyer named Charles Bowles during that decade. He ran again and won the mayoral seat in 1929, but as gang violence climaxed with the assassination of a popular radio commentator, his promise of law and order was not delivered. He would be recalled from office.

    • 21 min
    Season 2, Episode 9- The Legend Of The Nain Rouge

    Season 2, Episode 9- The Legend Of The Nain Rouge

    There must be some reason behind Detroit's bad luck in the last three-plus centuries. We have the explanation: Du Nain Rouge in French, or the Red Dwarf in English. Legend has it the creature has been spotted whenever something really awful happens. And now, some fun-loving creative types in this city have turned it into a Mardi Gras-like celebration. We talk with Francis Grunow, co-founder of Marche Du Nain Rouge; and Janet Langlois, a folklore expert with Wayne State University's English Department.

    • 22 min
    Season 2, Episode 8- General Motors in the 1920s: How A Struggling Company Became the Chrome Colossus

    Season 2, Episode 8- General Motors in the 1920s: How A Struggling Company Became the Chrome Colossus

    In 1920, General Motors was a company in trouble. Its founder was fired- for a second time. Henry Ford was eating G.M.'s lunch with his Model T. But a decade later, G.M. had revamped itself into the model of a big business, and would remain so for decades, largely following the same playbook written by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. in the 1920s. We'll follow its resurgence with help from Paul Lienert, a veteran auto writer and Detroit correspondent for Reuters.

    • 21 min
    Season 2, Episode 7- Milliken v. Bradley, The Case Of Cross-District Busing

    Season 2, Episode 7- Milliken v. Bradley, The Case Of Cross-District Busing

    The topic of busing proved to be one of the most volatile issues in metro Detroit during the early 1970s. This came to a head in the case of Milliken V. Bradley. Two federal court orders mandated the forced busing of children to remedy segregation in metro Detroit. The reaction: The KKK dynamited buses in Pontiac. Thousands took to the streets. The question eventually landed in the U.S. Supreme Court, where a 5-4 decision put a stop to the planned move.

    • 25 min
    Season 2, Episode 6- The 1957 NFL Champion Detroit Lions

    Season 2, Episode 6- The 1957 NFL Champion Detroit Lions

    It's been more than 60 years since the Detroit Lions won an NFL Championship. In the 50s, the Lions were a football dynasty. We interview linebacker Joe Schmidt, as well as Steve Junker, the rookie tight end who scored two touchdown's in the championship game. We also talk with Lions beat writer Dave Birkett from the Detroit Free Press, and MSU professor Joanne Gerstner. Football analyst Jim Brandstatter takes us through the pages of Sports Illustrated and the Detroit newspapers from that year. 

    • 26 min
    Season 2 Episode 5- John Lee Hooker And The Blues On Hastings Street

    Season 2 Episode 5- John Lee Hooker And The Blues On Hastings Street

    Bluesman John Lee Hooker's recording career spanned more than 40 years -- from his hit record, Boogie Chillen', which was recorded in a Detroit basement in 1948, to his Grammy Award-winning LP The Healer. Hooker is a total product of Detroit's Black Bottom, the city's African-American neighborhood. We track his career, with help from John Lee Hooker's son, John Lee Hooker Jr.; to Marsha Music, whose father, Joe von Battle, owned Joe's Record Shop, one of Hooker's hangouts; and musician R.J. Spangler.

    • 22 min

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