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Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Host Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers. Available every weekday morning.

Latest Episodes

How the teddy bear was born

In the fall of 1902, a year into his presidency, President Teddy Roosevelt set off to Mississippi for a bear-hunting vacation. It ended differently than planned.

4 MIN7 hours ago
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How the teddy bear was born

The Saturday Night Massacre

The one night that changed President Nixon’s fate has stuck with us as a reminder of the limits of presidential power.

4 MIN3 days ago
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The Saturday Night Massacre

How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

It may be hard to believe, but one single event rocketed Einstein to fame.

4 MIN4 days ago
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How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place

One simple change to how the Supreme Court bench was designed made a world of difference to how the justices communicated.

4 MIN5 days ago
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How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place

The heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse

Ida Lewis saved as many as 25 people during her service at the lighthouse. But her deeds have largely been forgotten.

3 MIN6 days ago
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The heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse

The assassin who wore braids and killed Nazis

Freddie Oversteegen was 14 when she joined the Dutch resistance.

5 MIN1 weeks ago
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The assassin who wore braids and killed Nazis

Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

Thomas Blood had somewhat of a shady past. According to Ireland’s History magazine, he had a reputation for espionage and conducting terrorist campaigns — though many of his plans were foiled just in time.

3 MIN1 weeks ago
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Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

Heather Penney was among the first female combat pilots in the country. On Sept. 11, 2001, she got a mission: Bring down the fourth hijacked plane hurtling towards Washington.

5 MIN1 weeks ago
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The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet

Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln wrote poetry. But only one had a way with words.

4 MIN1 weeks ago
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Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet

The Nazi stone

A mysterious stone memorial was found in 2006 in Washington, D.C. But who placed a memorial to Nazi spies on government property? And why?

4 MIN2 weeks ago
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The Nazi stone

Latest Episodes

How the teddy bear was born

In the fall of 1902, a year into his presidency, President Teddy Roosevelt set off to Mississippi for a bear-hunting vacation. It ended differently than planned.

4 MIN7 hours ago
Comments
How the teddy bear was born

The Saturday Night Massacre

The one night that changed President Nixon’s fate has stuck with us as a reminder of the limits of presidential power.

4 MIN3 days ago
Comments
The Saturday Night Massacre

How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

It may be hard to believe, but one single event rocketed Einstein to fame.

4 MIN4 days ago
Comments
How a solar eclipse made Albert Einstein famous

How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place

One simple change to how the Supreme Court bench was designed made a world of difference to how the justices communicated.

4 MIN5 days ago
Comments
How a renovation made the Supreme Court a friendlier place

The heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse

Ida Lewis saved as many as 25 people during her service at the lighthouse. But her deeds have largely been forgotten.

3 MIN6 days ago
Comments
The heroine of Lime Rock Lighthouse

The assassin who wore braids and killed Nazis

Freddie Oversteegen was 14 when she joined the Dutch resistance.

5 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The assassin who wore braids and killed Nazis

Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

Thomas Blood had somewhat of a shady past. According to Ireland’s History magazine, he had a reputation for espionage and conducting terrorist campaigns — though many of his plans were foiled just in time.

3 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Colonel Blood, the scoundrel who tried to steal Great Britain's crown jewels

The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

Heather Penney was among the first female combat pilots in the country. On Sept. 11, 2001, she got a mission: Bring down the fourth hijacked plane hurtling towards Washington.

5 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
The rookie pilot who was ready to give her life on Sept. 11

Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet

Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln wrote poetry. But only one had a way with words.

4 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Between Lincoln and Washington, only one was a great poet

The Nazi stone

A mysterious stone memorial was found in 2006 in Washington, D.C. But who placed a memorial to Nazi spies on government property? And why?

4 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
The Nazi stone