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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American History and Why It Matters


199 Who Was Alexander Hamilton?
Jul 31 • 52 min
In this episode of ITPL, we focus on Alexander Hamilton. You may have noticed that Hamilton has become the hottest Founder in recent years – and it’s all due to the smash Broadway hit, “Hamilton: The Musical.”
198 The Civil War Draft Riots
Jul 16 • 15 min
This week at In The Past Lane, we take a look at a significant but often overlooked event during the Civil War, the Draft Riots of July 1863. Protests against drafting men into the Union Army broke out in many places, but the worst occurred in New York…
197 Brutality & Lawlessness: America’s First Great Police Scandal
Jul 3 • 37 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the first great police scandal in US history. It occurred in the mid-1890s in New York City when an investigation into the NYPD exposed widespread corruption and brutality. To…
196 The Molly Maguires
Jun 22 • 11 min
A Labor Uprising in the Gilded Age
195 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?
Jun 3 • 45 min
This week I speak with author Larry Tye about his biography, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of A Liberal Icon (2016, Random House). Tye is the author of many best-selling biographies and he’s at his best in this new look at RFK. One of the myths he’s eager to…
194 The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 + This Week in US History
May 26 • 14 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at one of the most deadly incidents of anti-black violence in US history: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. White mobs rampaged through Tulsa, Oklahoma’s African American neighborhood…
193 The Pullman Strike of 1894 + This Week in US History
May 12 • 12 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the Pullman Strike of 1894. It began as a protest over wage cuts in the midst of a severe economic depression and quickly grew to virtually paralyze the nation’s railroad…
192 The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1920
May 6 • 40 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, I speak with historian Nancy Bristow about her book, “American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.” In November 1918, even as millions of Americans and Europeans celebrated the end…
191 Coxey’s Army and the Original March On Washington + This Week in US History
Apr 28 • 14 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the original March on Washington. “Coxey’s Army” was a group of 500 men who amidst a terrible economic depression in 1894, marched from Ohio to the nation’s capital to demand…
190 The Story of Earth Day + This Week in US History
Apr 21 • 15 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the origins of Earth Day 50 years ago this week, and the two high profile environmental disasters in 1969 that helped to inspire it, the Santa Barbara, CA oil spill and the an…
189 The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 + This Week in US History
Apr 13 • 15 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at one of the biggest disasters in US history, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The quake caused great damage, but it was the ensuing fires that destroyed a quarter of the city…
188 The Fort Pillow Massacre in 1864 + This Week in US History
Apr 6 • 12 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we take a look at the Fort Pillow Massacre that took place April 12, 1864 during the Civil War. A Confederate force led by Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest massacred hundreds of African American…
187 The 15th Amerndment Is Ratified
Mar 30 • 16 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
186 The Vanderbilt Ball Ushers in The Gilded Age + This Week in US History
Mar 24 • 15 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
185 The St. Patrick’s Day Scandal of 1888 + This Week in US History
Mar 15 • 14 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
184 Washington Defuses the Newburgh Conspiracy + This Week in US History
Mar 8 • 11 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
183 The Boston Massacre at 250 + This Week in US History
Mar 2 • 14 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
182 Racism, History, and “Gone With The Wind” + This Week in US History
Feb 24 • 15 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
181 The 1939 Nazi Rally at Madison Square Garden + This Week in US History
Feb 16 • 15 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
180 Black Abolitionists Save Shadrach Minkins + This Week in US History
Feb 9 • 12 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
ITPL Ep 179 John Quincy Adams’ Second Act + This Week in US History
Feb 2 • 11 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
178 Fred Korematsu and the Fight Against Internment + This Week in US History
Jan 27 • 13 min
Stories, Events, and Birthdays that happened this week in American history
177 How Radicals Transformed the US
Nov 30, 2019 • 40 min
Holly Jackson talks about her new book, “American Radicals: How 19th Century Protest Shaped The Nation”
176 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 21, 2019
Oct 20, 2019 • 5 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
175 The Pit Stop for the week of October 14, 2019
Oct 15, 2019 • 6 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
174 The Pit Stop for the week of Oct 7, 2019
Oct 8, 2019 • 5 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
173 Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Sports in the US
Oct 4, 2019 • 36 min
Historian Ryan Swanson talks about his new book, “The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete”
172 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 30, 2019
Sep 29, 2019 • 6 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
ITPL Ep 171 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019 • 4 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
169 The Myth of Black Confederates
Sep 17, 2019 • 32 min
Historian Kevin Levin talks about his new book, “Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth”
170 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 16, 2019
Sep 15, 2019 • 4 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
168 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 9, 2019
Sep 8, 2019 • 6 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
167 The Pit Stop for the week of Sept 2, 2019
Sep 1, 2019 • 7 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
166 Labor Day - Why Labor History Is American History
Aug 29, 2019 • 60 min
Historian Erik Loomis talks about his new book, “A History of America in Ten Strikes”
165 The Pit Stop for the week of August 26, 2019
Aug 25, 2019 • 6 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
164 The Pit Stop for the week of August 19, 2019
Aug 18, 2019 • 5 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
163 The History of the Second Amendment and What It Really Says About Gun Control
Aug 14, 2019 • 31 min
Historian Saul Cornell talks about the History of the Second Amendment
162 The Pit Stop for the week of August 12, 2019
Aug 11, 2019 • 5 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
161 The Pit Stop for the week of August 5, 2019
Aug 5, 2019 • 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 just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
160 The History of Impeachment
Jul 31, 2019 • 39 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with historian Jeffrey A. Engel, co-author of “Impeachment: An American History.” With all the talk about impeachment over the past two years, this seems like a superb moment to do an…
159 The Pit Stop ffor the week of July 29, 2019
Jul 29, 2019 • 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…
158 The Pit Stop for the week of July 22, 2019
Jul 21, 2019 • 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…
157 How America Became a Nation of Beef Eaters
Jul 18, 2019 • 40 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with historian Joshua Specht, author of “Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America.” It’s a fascinating history of the beef industry and how it changed not…
156 The Pit Stop for the week of July 15, 2019
Jul 14, 2019 • 5 min
What happened in American history this week - in about 5 minutes
155 The Pit Stop for the week of July 8, 2019
Jul 7, 2019 • 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…
154 What the Declaration of Independence Declared (and Declares Today)
Jul 3, 2019 • 28 min
It’s Independence Day! This week at In The Past Lane, we take a close look at the document at the heart of the July 4th celebration — the Declaration of Independence. There’s a lot more to this patriotic piece of parchment than you might think. We’ll…
153 The Pit Stop for the week of July 1, 2019
Jun 30, 2019 • 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…
152 These Truths: A History of the United States
Jun 26, 2019 • 32 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with historian Jill Lepore, author of, These Truths: A History of the United States. Lepore is one of the nation’s most prolific and widely read historians. Over the past 20 years she’s…
151 The Pit Stop for the week of June 24, 2019
Jun 23, 2019 • 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 just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
150 The Pit Stop for the week of June 17, 2019
Jun 16, 2019 • 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…
149 FDR, Al Smith, and the Origins of the Modern Democratic Party
Jun 14, 2019 • 41 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with historian Terry Golway, author of, “Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith, and the Unlikely Alliance That Created the Modern Democratic Party.” It’s a remarkable story of two unlikely allies…
148 The Pit Stop for the week of June 10, 2019
Jun 9, 2019 • 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…
147 The Pit Stop for the week of June 3, 2019
Jun 3, 2019 • 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…
146 The British Are Coming - The Crucial Early Years of the American Revolution
May 31, 2019 • 37 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with Pulitzer Prize winning military historian, Rick Atkinson, who’s just published the first of a 3-volume history of the American Revolution: The British Are Coming: The War for…
145 The Pit Stop for the week of May 27, 2019
May 27, 2019 • 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…
144 The Pit Stop for the week of May 20, 2019
May 19, 2019 • 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…
143 The 19th Century Origins of Birthright Citizenship
May 14, 2019 • 46 min
No official definition of US citizenship existed until the adoption of the 14th Amendment in 1868. Its first line established “birthright citizenship” by stating that all persons born on US soil were citizens. This concept had been developed and…
142 The Pit Stop for the week of May 13, 2019
May 12, 2019 • 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…
141 The Pit Stop for the week of May 6, 2019
May 5, 2019 • 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…
140 How the US Became an Antislavery Nation
May 3, 2019 • 48 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with historian Graham Peck, author of Making an Antislavery Nation: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Battle over Freedom. It’s a fascinating conversation about the 70 years between the…
139 The Pit Stop for the week of April 29, 2019
Apr 29, 2019 • 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…
138 The Pit Stop for the week of April 22, 2019
Apr 21, 2019 • 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…
137 The Divergent Lives of Thomas Jefferson’s White and Black Daughters
Apr 18, 2019 • 51 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with historian Catherine Kerrison, abouth her new book, Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America. She examines the very different lives of the daughters…
136 The Pit Stop for the week of April 15, 2019
Apr 14, 2019 • 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…
135 The Pit Stop for the week of April 8, 2019
Apr 7, 2019 • 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…
134 The Pit Stop for the week of April 1, 2019
Apr 1, 2019 • 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…
133 The Pit Stop for the week of March 25, 2019
Mar 24, 2019 • 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 just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
132 The Pit Stop for the week of March 18, 2019
Mar 20, 2019 • 6 min
Each week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, host and Historian-at-Large, Edward T. O’Donnell, brings you news, stories, interviews, and special features on all things U.S. history. His aim is to be both engaging and thought-provoking,…
131 The Pit Stop for the week of March 11, 2019
Mar 11, 2019 • 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…
130 Rethinking Jamestown and America’s Origin Story
Mar 7, 2019 • 50 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, I speak with Joseph Kelly, the author of a new book, “Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin.” He argues that while the more celebrated colony of Plymouth, MA was…
129 The Pit Stop for the week of March 4, 2019
Mar 3, 2019 • 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 just about 5 minutes. We drop these minis in between our…
128 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 25, 2019
Feb 24, 2019 • 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…
127 The History of Ice and Refrigeration in the US
Feb 21, 2019 • 43 min
This week In The Past Lane, the US history podcast, looks at the little known but hugely significant development of the ice and refrigeration industries in the US. First we tell the story of the Frederick Tudor, The “Ice King,” who single-handedly…
126 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 18, 2019
Feb 18, 2019 • 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…
125 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 11, 2019
Feb 10, 2019 • 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…
124 The Pit Stop for the week of Feb 4, 2019
Feb 3, 2019 • 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…
123 Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom
Jan 31, 2019 • 36 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we look at the largely unknown story of Black nationalist women in the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice in the mid-20th century. To explain this history, I speak with historian Keisha…
122 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 28, 2019
Jan 29, 2019 • 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…
121 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 21, 2019
Jan 20, 2019 • 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…
120 Bringing Down the Colonel - A Me Too Story from the Gilded Age
Jan 16, 2019 • 38 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we look at a #MeToo incident from the Gilded Age. When a powerful congressman broke his promise to marry his mistress, she did the unthinkable and sued him for “breach of promise.” The scandal…
119 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 14 2019
Jan 14, 2019 • 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…
118 The Pit Stop for the week of Jan 7, 2019
Jan 6, 2019 • 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…
117 How Activist Government in Post-War America Expanded Opportunity and Spread Prosperity
Jan 3, 2019 • 43 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we look at the decades following World War II when the federal government passed civil rights laws and enacted social programs concerning public health, housing, education, transportation, and…
116 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 31, 2018
Dec 31, 2018 • 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…
115 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 24, 2018
Dec 23, 2018 • 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…
114 How World War II Helped Make “White Christmas” A Hit Song
Dec 20, 2018 • 11 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American History podcast, we explore the fascinating backstory of the most popular Christmas song of all time, “White Christmas.” Did you know that this song, which topped the charts more than 75 years ago in late 1942,…
113 The Pit Stop for the week of Dec 17, 2018
Dec 16, 2018 • 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…
112 The Forgotten Story of African American Pioneers in the Early West
Dec 12, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…
013 Why We Pledge Allegiance, Betsy Ross, & More
Jun 14, 2016 • 34 min
This week, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Flag Day, we explore the little-known story behind the Pledge of Allegiance and the fears that inspired it. I also interview Kimberly Staub of the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. She’ll tell us about Betsy…
012 The History of Gay Liberation in the US
Jun 6, 2016 • 50 min
June is Pride Month in the US, so in this history podcast episode we examine the story of the gay rights struggle. I interview Andrew Berman, Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation, an organization that has played…
011 Scandal! in American History
May 17, 2016 • 49 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, we examine the important — and often positive — role scandals have played in American history. In interview historian Daniel Czitrom about his new book, New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal…
010 Harriet Tubman on the Twenty & More
Apr 29, 2016 • 60 min
This week at the In The Past Lane history podcast, we take up some timely questions: Who was Harriet Tubman and why did the U.S. Treasury Dept. choose her as the first woman to appear on the $20 bill? And why has President Andrew Jackson been demoted to…
009 Taxes and Tax Revolts in US History and More
Apr 15, 2016 • 44 min
In recognition of Tax Day, we take a close look at the history of the fraught relationship between Americans and their taxes. I interview William Hogeland about his book on one of the biggest tax revolts in US history, the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. I…
008 How America Got Cool
Apr 2, 2016 • 44 min
This week ITPL, the history podcast, delves into the little known and yet very significant development of the ice and refrigeration industries in US history. First, it’s the story of Frederick Tudor, the “Ice King,” who single-handedly invented the ice…
007 Irish Terrorists and Spies in America & More
Mar 17, 2016 • 44 min
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so the theme this week at In The Past Lane, the history podcast, is Irish American history. I start with a feature piece on why late 19th c. Americans associated Irish immigrants with terrorism. Next, it’s a feature on Hercules…
006 Why Do We Hold Political Primaries?
Mar 2, 2016 • 28 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, we take a look at the history behind something that’s dominating the news these days: political primaries. Their origin dates not to 1787 and the Constitutional Convention, but rather to ca.…
005 Where Have You Gone, Robert F. Kennedy?
Feb 16, 2016 • 45 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, I speak with author Larry Tye about his new book, “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of A Liberal Icon” (2016, Random House). Tye is eager to dispel is the notion that there were two, polar opposite…
004 The Abolitionist Movement & More
Feb 12, 2016 • 40 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, we focus on the movement to abolish slavery. We start with a thinkpiece titled, “The Daunting Challenge the Abolitionists Faced in Taking on Slavery.” Then I interview Historian Manisha Sinha…
003 Prohibition and Other Prohibitions in US History
Feb 5, 2016 • 37 min
This week at ITPL, the American history podcast, we focus on American prohibitions (yes, plural). Because US history is filled with instances of one group of Americans trying to stop another from engaging in a particular behavior. First, we have a feature…
002 The Statue of Liberty & Immigration History
Jan 30, 2016 • 42 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, we look at a little-known aspect of US immigration history - the story behind the Statue of Liberty and how it came to symbolize America’s tradition of welcoming immigrants. Next, I speak with…
001 Death and The Civil War / Mercy Street PBS Ep 1 Review
Jan 22, 2016 • 30 min
This week at In The Past Lane, the American history podcast, we take on the Civil War. Not the whole thing but rather a specific aspect of this massive military conflict: medicine and death. First, we have a short thinkpiece on death and medicine and the…