American History Hit
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Join Don Wildman twice a week for your hit of American history, as he explores the past to help us understand the United States of today.
We’ll hear how codebreakers uncovered secret Japanese plans for the Battle of Midway, visit Chief Powhatan as he prepares for war with the British, see Walt Disney accuse his former colleagues of being communists, and uncover the dark history that lies beneath Central Park.
From pre-colonial America to independence, slavery to civil rights, the gold rush to the space race, join Don as he speaks to leading experts to delve into America’s past.
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D.B. Cooper & the 70s Hijacking CrazeOn 23 June 1972, a man boarded American Airlines Flight 119 in St Louis. He sat most of the way to Tulsa before donning a wig and a pair of gloves in the restroom, taking out a gun and handing a member of the cabin crew a note.
Tulsa Massacre: Violence, Resilience & RebirthThe city of Tulsa is perhaps best known in history books for the events of 1921. In 36 hours, hundreds of residents of the Greenwood district were murdered and more than 30 blocks of housing and businesses were razed to the ground.…
President James Buchanan: The Worst President Ever?From 1857 to 1861, James Buchanan held the office of President of the United States. It was a pivotal moment in the history of America, a bitterly divided nation that would very soon descend to its darkest depths during the Civil War.
The Clinton ScandalsFrom financial to conspiratorial to sexual, the words 'Clinton' and 'scandal' are regularly found in each others' vicinities. But why?Don is talking to Professor Peter Ling today to take us back to before Bill Cl…
Facebook at Twenty: From College Dorms to Court CasesWhere did the idea for Facebook come from? How has the site evolved? And how has it changed the world? In this episode, 20 years after the creation of the social media site, Don speaks to Steven Levy, WIRED’s editor at large.
Origins of the Civil WarThe war between the Union and the Confederacy is a major turning point in the history of the United States. But why did it happen?From slavery and states' rights, to economic, legislative, moral, and political is…
President Franklin Pierce: Tragedies & Trade-OffsWe're creeping closer and closer to the Civil War in our chronology of presidents, and this episode's focus did little to delay the division of the United States.The 14th President, Franklin Pierce, took office i…
The Apache WarsWhat were the Apache Wars? How did they begin? And how did the end of the Mexican-American War impact the indigenous people of that region?In the 19th century, U.S. forces and Apache groups in areas that are now …
Masters of the Air: WW2's Bloody 100th BombersHow did the 100th bomber group get a reputation for being unlucky? Who were they? And what was their role in the Second World War?In this episode, Don has the pleasure of speaking to John Orloff. John has written…
The Watergate ScandalWiretapping, White House tapes and the possibility of impeachment. On June 17, 1972, a break-in at the Watergate Hotel triggered a chain of events ending with the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.From the b…