Episodes

March 22, 2021

17: Liberty's First Crisis

When the founding fathers of the United States began adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution to help secure rights and safegua…

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March 15, 2021

16: Benjamin Franklin and the Bald Eagle

I think since the very beginning, America has struggled with the question of whether it was a turkey or an eagle. Visit us online…

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March 8, 2021

15: The Two-Party System

Those of you who have listened to my podcasts over the past few years will know how I feel about the discipline of history. It’s …

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March 1, 2021

14: Black Powder Explosions

If you lived outside the town of Wilmington, Delaware during the 19th century you probably found yourself, at some point during t…

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Feb. 15, 2021

13: Misfits, Part 5: Hetty Green

Nicknamed the Witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green was an American businesswoman and financier known as the richest woman in America…

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Feb. 2, 2021

12: Misfits, Part 4: Diogenes

The 4th person we are highlighting in our misfits series is Diogenes the Cynic, known more commonly as Diogenes. He was born in S…

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Jan. 15, 2021

11: Misfits, Part 3: George Dibbern

Born in 1889, George Dibbern was an author, adventurer, and sailor-philosopher. He was a free thinker, self-declared citizen of t…

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Dec. 15, 2020

10: Misfits, Part 2: Tarrare

Tarrare was born in 1772 in rural France. He was born hungry, and seemingly that hunger never went away. This 2nd episode in our …

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Dec. 1, 2020

09: Misfits, Part 1: Emperor Norton

Introducing Part 1 of our Misfits mini-series. Joshua Norton proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States" in 1859…

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Nov. 15, 2020

08: Islands of Michigan, Part 6: Belle Isle

Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park located immediately east of Detroit, Michigan, in the Detroit River. Connected to Detroit by…

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Nov. 2, 2020

07: Islands of Michigan, Part 5: The Manitou Islands

North and South Manitou Island can be found around 14 miles northwest of the Michigan mainland in Lake Michigan. The islands are …

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Sept. 30, 2020

06: Islands of Michigan, Part 4: Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is a 4.35 square mile island located in Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Based on a form…

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Sept. 15, 2020

05: Islands of Michigan, Part 3: The Fox Islands and the Children of …

The Fox Islands consist of the North Fox and South Fox islands, in Lake Michigan. North Fox Island was once home to a pornography…

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Sept. 1, 2020

04: Islands of Michigan, Part 2: High Island and the House of Virgins

High Island is an island in Lake Michigan and is part of the Beaver Island archipelago. It was the home of a timber-cutting and t…

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Aug. 10, 2020

03: Islands of Michigan, Part 1: Beaver Island and the Last American …

Every king in American history has been assassinated in the harbor of St. James, Michigan. And also born in the tiny town of Scip…

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July 1, 2020

02: The Real Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz

Have you ever wondered who the character Dorothy was based on in The Wizard of Oz? Well, I think I found her. And I believe much …

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May 1, 2018

01: The First Electrically Lighted City

"From the towering dome of the Courthouse at 8 p.m. on March 31, 1880, burst a flood of lights that made world history. Wabash ha…

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