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Retropod

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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

The most difficult job Robert Mueller ever had

Serving as special counsel is probably only the third hardest job Robert Mueller has held. His life in public service started when he just 23 years old, as a Marine lieutenant in the Vietnam War.

6 MIN2 h ago
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The most difficult job Robert Mueller ever had

Queen Arawelo

Growing up in Somalia, a country where stories are handed down through generations, one of the first tales that children are told is about an ancient queen who fought to give women power by castrating men.

7 MIN1 d ago
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Queen Arawelo

The nurse who picked up a rifle

During World War I, British nurse Flora Sandes put down her nurses bag to fight with the Serbian Army.

4 MIN2 d ago
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The nurse who picked up a rifle

George Taliaferro, the first black player drafted to the NFL

He thought being drafted into the National Football League was so unlikely that he signed with an African American league team. Then, the NFL called.

6 MIN3 d ago
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George Taliaferro, the first black player drafted to the NFL

The summer men rebelled against their shirts

It doesn't seem like a big deal today, but 1930s America lived in fear of the male nipple.

5 MIN4 d ago
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The summer men rebelled against their shirts

America’s forgotten Iranian hostage

Nine months before the Iran hostage crisis, Kenneth Kraus was held hostage in Iran for eight days.

5 MIN1 w ago
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America’s forgotten Iranian hostage

A bridge of ice at Niagara Falls

Once upon a time, people walked between the U.S. and Canada over a frozen Niagara Falls. But one day, that all changed forever.

5 MIN1 w ago
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A bridge of ice at Niagara Falls

The Soviet officer who stopped World War III

In 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces, trusted his gut and averted a global nuclear catastrophe.

5 MIN1 w ago
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The Soviet officer who stopped World War III

Why isn’t lynching illegal?

It is one of the worst expressions of racism in American history. And there’s no federal law to prevent it.

6 MIN1 w ago
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Why isn’t lynching illegal?

A letter from home

A German woman discovered that her childhood home was stolen from a Jewish family who fled Nazi Germany. Last year, she tracked down the address of one of the children, and wrote him a letter.

3 MIN1 w ago
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A letter from home

Latest Episodes

The most difficult job Robert Mueller ever had

Serving as special counsel is probably only the third hardest job Robert Mueller has held. His life in public service started when he just 23 years old, as a Marine lieutenant in the Vietnam War.

6 MIN2 h ago
Comments
The most difficult job Robert Mueller ever had

Queen Arawelo

Growing up in Somalia, a country where stories are handed down through generations, one of the first tales that children are told is about an ancient queen who fought to give women power by castrating men.

7 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Queen Arawelo

The nurse who picked up a rifle

During World War I, British nurse Flora Sandes put down her nurses bag to fight with the Serbian Army.

4 MIN2 d ago
Comments
The nurse who picked up a rifle

George Taliaferro, the first black player drafted to the NFL

He thought being drafted into the National Football League was so unlikely that he signed with an African American league team. Then, the NFL called.

6 MIN3 d ago
Comments
George Taliaferro, the first black player drafted to the NFL

The summer men rebelled against their shirts

It doesn't seem like a big deal today, but 1930s America lived in fear of the male nipple.

5 MIN4 d ago
Comments
The summer men rebelled against their shirts

America’s forgotten Iranian hostage

Nine months before the Iran hostage crisis, Kenneth Kraus was held hostage in Iran for eight days.

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
America’s forgotten Iranian hostage

A bridge of ice at Niagara Falls

Once upon a time, people walked between the U.S. and Canada over a frozen Niagara Falls. But one day, that all changed forever.

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A bridge of ice at Niagara Falls

The Soviet officer who stopped World War III

In 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces, trusted his gut and averted a global nuclear catastrophe.

5 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Soviet officer who stopped World War III

Why isn’t lynching illegal?

It is one of the worst expressions of racism in American history. And there’s no federal law to prevent it.

6 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Why isn’t lynching illegal?

A letter from home

A German woman discovered that her childhood home was stolen from a Jewish family who fled Nazi Germany. Last year, she tracked down the address of one of the children, and wrote him a letter.

3 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A letter from home
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