In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters

In The Past Lane - The Podcast About History and Why It Matters

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The Podcast About History and Why It Matters
112 The Forgotten Story of African American Pioneers in the Early West
Dec 12 • 46 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we look at a forgotten chapter in US history – the story of tens of thousands of African Americans who, in the 70 years before the Civil War and the end of slavery, settled and thrived on what…
111 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 10, 2018
Dec 9 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday, The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
110 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 3, 2018
Dec 2 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday, The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
109 How Americans Made Sense of World War I
Nov 30 • 42 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, we bring you Part 2 of our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. In this episode, we turn our attention to the question of how Americans responded to the nation’s…
108 The Pit Stop for the week of Nov 26, 2018
Nov 25 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday, The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
107 The Pit Stop for the week of Nov 19 2018
Nov 19 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday, The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
106 The Pit Stop for the week of Nov 12, 2018
Nov 11 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday, The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
105 The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1920
Nov 10 • 40 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, I speak with historian Nancy Bristow about her book, “American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.” The pandemic began in the Fall of 1918 as World War I was winding down…
104 The Pit Stop for the week of November 5, 2018
Nov 4 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
103 The Ideal of Honor in the Age of the American Revolution
Oct 29 • 47 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Craig Bruce Smith talks about his book, “American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era.” In age of the American Revolution, Americans spoke of…
102 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 22 2018
Oct 21 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
100 The Eugenics Movement: The Effort to Create a Pure American Race
Oct 17 • 40 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, I speak with documentary filmmaker, Michelle Ferrari, writer and producer of “The Eugenics Crusade,” which airs on PBS on Oct. 16, 2018. These days, eugenics is a discredited pseudoscience, one…
101 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 15, 2018
Oct 14 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
099 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 8, 2018
Oct 7 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
098 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 1, 2018
Sep 30 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
097 Rethinking and Remembering: The 1898 Wilmington, NC Massacre and Coup
Sep 28 • 46 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Margaret M. Mulrooney about her book, Race, Place, and Memory: Deep Currents in Wilmington, NC. It examines 300 years of a southern city’s history of racial oppression and the ways…
096 The Pit Stop for the Week of Sept 24 2018
Sep 23 • 4 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
095 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 17, 2018
Sep 16 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
094 The Founding and the Fallacy of Original Intent
Sep 14 • 58 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Andrew Shankman about his new book, Original Intents: Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and the American Founding. It’s a fascinating look at the Founding period that reveals just how…
093 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 10 2018
Sep 9 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
092 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 3, 2018
Sep 4 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
091 The Origins of Labor Day: Protesting Inequality in the Gilded Age
Sep 1 • 17 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I take a deep dive into the origins of Labor Day. It’s a holiday that most Americans these days take for granted. But it was born out of the crisis of the Gilded Age, that tumultuous last third of the…
090 The Pit Stop for the week of August 27, 2018
Aug 26 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
089 Aaron Burr and the Conspiracy That Rocked the Early Republic
Aug 23 • 42 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian James E. Lewis, Jr. about his book, The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis.
088 The Pit Stop for the week of August 20, 2018
Aug 20 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
087 The Pit Stop for the week of August 13, 2018
Aug 12 • 4 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
086 How One US Government Agency Saved Thousands of Jews during World War II
Aug 11 • 45 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Rebecca Erbelding about her book, Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe. It’s a fascinating book about a forgotten World War II story about…
085 The Pit Stop for the week of August 6, 2018
Aug 7 • 3 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
084 Hitler’s American Model: The US and the Making of Nazi Race Law
Jul 29 • 34 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with legal historian James Q. Whitman about his book, Hitler’s American Model: The US and the Making of Nazi Race Law. Wilson demonstrates how Nazi officials studied and borrowed from the US’s…
083 The Pit Stop for the week of July 23, 2018
Jul 22 • 4 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
082 The Pit Stop Stop for the week of July 16 2018
Jul 15 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
081 Sun, Sand, and Civil Rights: The Battle to Open America’s Beaches to All
Jul 13 • 36 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Andrew W. Kahrl about his new book, Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline. Beaches, like public parks, libraries, golf…
080 The Pit Stop for the week of July 9, 2018
Jul 8 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
079 Crispus Attucks & the Boston Massacre in American Memory
Jul 3 • 42 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, I speak with historian Mitch Kachun about his book, The First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory. Attucks was the African American man who was among the five people killed in…
078 The Pit Stop for the week of July 2, 2018
Jul 2 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
077 Legacy of Conquest and the Reshaping of the History of the American West
Jun 22 • 48 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with Patricia Nelson Limerick about her iconic book, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West. When it was first published 30 yrs ago in 1987, it sent shock waves among…
076 The Pit Stop June 18 2018
Jun 17 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
075 The Pit Stop for the Week of June 11, 2018
Jun 10 • 5 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
074 The Second Coming of the KKK in the 1920s
Jun 7 • 40 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, I speak with historian Linda Gordon about her new book, The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition (Liveright, 2018). The original KKK…
073 The Pit Stop for June 4, 2018
Jun 3 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
072 The Pit Stop for the week of May 28, 2018
May 27 • 6 min
What happened in American history the week of May 28, 2018? Better turn to The Pit Stop, a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you about the people born this week and the…
071 Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past
May 23 • 51 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak to Claire Bond Potter and Renee Romano about their new book, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past. The musical has stoked interest in the nation’s past,…
070 The Pit Stop May 21 2018
May 20 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
069 The Pit Stop May 14 2018
May 13 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
068 The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America
May 11 • 38 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we speak with historian Edward L. Ayers, author of The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America. This book tells the story of the last half of the Civil War and…
067 The Pit Stop for the week of April 16, 2018
May 6 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
066 The Pit Stop for the week of April 30, 2018
Apr 30 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
065 How the British Lost the American Revolution
Apr 26 • 41 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we explore look at the American Revolution from a different angle – the British angle. We ask, How did Great Britain, a global military power that was well on its way to becoming the greatest empire in…
064 The Pit Stop for the week of April 23, 2018
Apr 23 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
063 The Pit Stop for the week of April 16, 2018
Apr 16 • 7 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
062 Bunk! Hoaxes, Humbug, Flim Flam, and Fake News in US History
Apr 13 • 41 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we explore the rise of hoaxes, phonies, and fake news, beginning in the early 19th century. All societies are susceptible to hoaxes and scams, but there seems to be something about America’s culture of…
061 The Pit Stop for the week of April 9, 2018
Apr 9 • 8 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
060 The Pit Stop for the week of April 2 2018
Apr 2 • 7 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
059 The Weeping Time – The Story of the Largest Slave Auction in US History
Mar 31 • 49 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we explore the story of the largest slave auction in American history when some 436 enslaved people were sold in a two-day auction in 1859. To the people sold and the people they left behind, it would…
058 The Pit Stop for the week of March 26, 2018
Mar 26 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
057 The Pit Stop for the week of March 19, 2018
Mar 19 • 6 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
056 Two Strange Tales of Irish America: Lord Haw Haw and Bridey Murphy
Mar 17 • 23 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, It’s our annual St Patrick’s Day episode, in which we explore the stories of two Irish Americans very few people remember, but who in their day were quite famous. One is William Joyce, who was known…
055 The Pit Stop for the week of March 12, 2018
Mar 11 • 4 min
The Pit Stop is a weekly mini-episode from In The Past Lane, the podcast about history and why it matters. Every Monday The Pit Stop tells you what happened in American history this week - in under 5 minutes! We drop these minis in between our full-length…
054 What Was The Gilded Age? Part 3
Mar 5 • 32 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, it’s Part 3 of our multi-episode examination of the Gilded Age. We look at some of the people and organizations that took on the era’s problems, including Henry George, Mary Elizabeth Lease, the Knights…
053 What Was The Gilded Age? Part 2
Feb 24 • 26 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, it’s Part 2 of our multi-episode examination of the Gilded Age - a hard look at the era’s dark side and rising fears of: 1) the US regressing toward a European-style society dominated by an entrenched…
052 What Was The Gilded Age? Part 1
Feb 13 • 22 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we begin a multi-episode look at that fascinating period known as the Gilded Age. We’ll begin by discussing the current interest in the Gilded Age and the attendant, disturbing question: are we living in…
051 Black Athletes in US History: Performance, Power, and Protest
Jan 28 • 35 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we look at the complicated history of black athletes in US history. I’ll speak with historian Louis Moore, author of two new books on African American athletes, I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the…
050 Hillbilly Eviction: Big Business and the Making of Appalachian Poverty
Jan 17 • 41 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we look at the history of one of the more troubled regions in the nation, Appalachia. In particular, we’ll examine the backstory to how Appalachia became one of the poorest places in the US, and why it…
049 Jefferson and Adams: Founders, Foes, and Friends
Jan 10 • 37 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we look at the fractious and imperfect, but also quite revealing relationship between two of the most brilliant Founders, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two came from radically different…
048 The Southern Vision of a Vast Empire of Slavery
Jan 1 • 41 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we look at how in the decades before the Civil War, proslavery southerners dominated US foreign policy and promoted a vision of an ever expanding empire of slavery, both within the US but also throughout…
047 How the War of 1812 Ended the American Revolution
Dec 17, 2017 • 39 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we look at a crucial war in American history that’s often overlooked, the War of 1812. I’ll speak with historian Willard Sterne Randall about his book, Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly…
046 How the US Government Segregated America in the 20th Century
Dec 4, 2017 • 38 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, we look at the history behind the unending problem of racial segregation in US society. I’ll speak with scholar Richard Rothstein about his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our…
045 Thanksgiving and the Great Epidemic of 1616
Nov 20, 2017 • 18 min
This week at ITPL, the American history podcast, we examine the history behind the first Thanksgiving in 1621. In particular, we look at a little-known event that preceded the arrival of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1620. It was an epidemic that raged…
044 The Remaking of America during Reconstruction & the Gilded Age
Nov 14, 2017 • 42 min
This week at ITPL, the American history podcast, I interview historian Richard White, author of The Republic for Which It Stands: The US during Reconstruction & the Gilded Age, 1865-1896. In this extraordinary period, industrialization booms, mass…
043 The Goat Castle Murder in Jim Crow Mississippi
Oct 31, 2017 • 34 min
This week at ITPL, the American history podcast, I interview historian Karen Cox, about her new book: Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South. It tells the incredible story of a murder that took place in Natchez, Mississippi in…
042 The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs since the 1960s
Oct 19, 2017 • 38 min
This week at ITPL, the American history podcast, I interview historian Joshua Clark Davis about his new book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs. It’s a fascinating examination of 4 types of “activist…
041 Saratoga: The Tipping Point of the American Revolution
Oct 9, 2017 • 41 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I mark the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga with an interview with Dean Snow, author of a new book titled, 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga. It’ll give you a new appreciation of how this often…
040 Little Rock 1957 and the Problem of Civil Rights Memory
Sep 26, 2017 • 42 min
This week at ITPL, the history podcast, I speak with historian Erin Krutko Devlin, author Remember Little Rock, a book about the famous 1957 Civil Rights desegregation crisis. We’ll talk about the crisis and the courageous role played by the students…
039 Ken Burns and Coming to Terms with The Vietnam War
Sep 16, 2017 • 47 min
This week at ITPL, the history podcast, I speak with America’s most acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, about his new project, The Vietnam War. Vietnam is one of the most divisive events in American history and, not surprisingly, this documentary…
038 Classroom Wars! The History Behind the Fights over Bilingual Ed and Sex Ed in US Public Schools
Sep 10, 2017 • 37 min
This week In The Past Lane, the history podcast, asks: What do the controversies in the 1960s and 1970s surrounding sex education and bilingual education have to do with each other? I talk with historian Natalia Petrzela to talk about her book, Classroom…
037 The History Unfolded Project and What Americans Knew About The Holocaust
Aug 31, 2017 • 27 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, bring to you an episode about a remarkable initiative called, History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust. It’s collecting and making available to the public thousands of articles from US…
036 The Myth of Libertarianism in US History
Aug 21, 2017 • 44 min
The rising popularity of libertarianism raises an important question: Where does it fit in the history of American political culture? Is it a mainstream ideology with deep roots in U.S. history? Or is it one on the fringe? In this American history…
035 Albert Cashier, Transgender Soldier in the American Civil War
Aug 11, 2017 • 12 min
Given President Trump’s ban on transgender personnel serving in the US armed forces, this history podcast looks at the history of female and trans soldiers who have fought in past US wars. Specifically, we dive into the story of Albert Cashier, possibly…
034 The Zenger Trial and the Birth of the Free Press in America
Aug 1, 2017 • 30 min
With the mainstream news media under siege these days, and with some people denouncing it as so-called “fake news,” this seems like a good time to explore freedom of the press in U.S. history. So in this history podcast episode, we’ll talk about the…
033 The Ten Commandments in US History: The Making of an American Icon
Jul 23, 2017 • 40 min
In this history podcast, we take a look at the fascinating history of the Ten Commandments in American history. Even though you might think such a story would be situated in Israel, it’s actually a very American story. Over the last 150 years of U.S.…
032 How Baseball Became America’s National Pastime
Jul 14, 2017 • 32 min
In this American history podcast, we step up to the plate to take on the origins and history of baseball, and how it has both reflected and shaped US society. We’ll discuss: How 18th C British immigrants brought early forms of baseball like rounders and…
031 America’s Forgotten Colony in Cuba
Jul 7, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode, this history podcast explores a fascinating and little-known chapter in American history — the story of an American colony that developed on a small island off Cuba following the Spanish American War of 1898. The Isle of Pines attracted…
030 Presidents and the Media: The History of Political Spin
Jul 2, 2017 • 45 min
This week at ITPL, the American history podcast, we talk about the US presidency. Specifically, we examine the history of how US presidents have endeavored to use the media, some more effectively than others, to their political advantage. In other words,…
029 Spies, Traitors, & Saboteurs: Civil Liberties in Times of National Crisis
Jun 17, 2017 • 33 min
In The Past Lane, the history podcast, is in Chicago to check out a cool history exhibition and speak with John Russick of the Chicago History Museum. “Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear & Freedom in America” explores how throughout US history the…
028 The Crises of the 1790s and the Making of US National Identity
May 31, 2017 • 48 min
Historian Carol Berkin talks to this history podcast about her new book, A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism. She focuses on 4 major crises that threatened the young nation: the Whiskey Rebellion, the Genet…
027 JFK at 100 - The Legacy and Memory of a President
May 21, 2017 • 48 min
It’s JFK’s 100 birthday so this American history podcast episode will examine the life and legacy of the nation’s 35th President. First, I talk with historian Michael J. Hogan about his book, The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Biography. It…
026 The Spanish American War & The Birth of US Imperialism
May 7, 2017 • 49 min
In this episode, we take a close look at a small war that had a massive impact on US history - the Spanish American War that began in 1898. I talk to historian Stephen Kinzer about his latest book, titled: The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain,…
025 Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
Apr 22, 2017 • 41 min
In this American history podcast episode, we take a close look at Thomas Jefferson. This multi-talented Founder was part businessman, philosopher, writer, naturalist, theologian, statesman, architect, and inventor. To help us understand Jefferson and why…
024 The Path to War: The US and World War I
Apr 7, 2017 • 48 min
In this episode we mark the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I, a decisive turning point in American history, as it marked the first time the US engaged in a European war. I talk to historian Michael S. Neiberg about his new book, The Path…
023 Alexander Hamilton: The Man, The Myth, and yes, The Musical!
Mar 22, 2017 • 50 min
In this episode, it’s all about Alexander Hamilton. Lately, he’s the hottest Founder – and it’s all due to the smash Broadway hit, “Hamilton: The Musical.” I sit down with historian Stephen F. Knott to discuss his book, Washington and Hamilton: The…
022 The History of Mass Incarceration in America - part 2
Mar 7, 2017 • 40 min
In this episode, we take on the question, Why does the US, with 5% of the world’s population, hold 25% of its prison population? I speak with historian Elizabeth Hinton, author of, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass…
021 The History of Mass Incarceration in America - part 1
Feb 7, 2017 • 32 min
In this first of a two-part exploration of the origins of mass incarceration in the US, I visit the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. It’s a famous prison built in the 1820s that closed in the 1970s and then later was turned into a museum.…
020 African American Soldiers in the Civil War
Jan 5, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode, we focus on the experiences of African Americans in the Union Army during the Civil War and the profound impact they had on the war’s final outcome—and on American society in the decades that followed. I talk with historian Douglas…
019 The Hidden History of Indian Slavery in America
Dec 15, 2016 • 42 min
This week I speak with historian Andres Resendez about his new book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered History of Indian Slavery in America. He explains how and why this system of exploitation started and why it remained hidden, both at the time and later…
018 The Rise of Conservative Media
Oct 25, 2016 • 54 min
This week I talk to historian Nicole Hemmer about her new book, Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics. Hemmer, who also co-hosts the Past Present podcast, examines the years 1950 to 1980, revealing that…
017 American Revolutions
Oct 8, 2016 • 55 min
This week we take a new look at a familiar event - the American Revolution. I speak with historian Alan Taylor about his new book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804, in which he argues that the American Revolution was also a civil war…
016 Women and the White House - Convention Edition!
Jul 26, 2016 • 63 min
This week, as the Democratic National Convention prepares to make history by nominating a woman for the presidency, we look at women who have sought the nation’s highest office. First, you’ll learn of Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting back in 1870.…
015 The History of the Republican Party - Convention Edition!
Jul 19, 2016 • 54 min
This week, in honor of the G.O.P. Convention, In The Past Lane explores the history of the Republican Party. I speak with historian Heather Cox Richardson, author of a superb history of the Republican party that tracks how the GOP has shifted back and…
014 What the Declaration of Independence Declared (and Declares Today)
Jul 3, 2016 • 27 min
It’s the Independence Day weekend edition of In The Past Lane! This week, we take a close look at the Declaration of Independence. There’s a lot more to this patriotic piece of parchment than you might think. We examine the fascinating story of how…