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This Day in Esoteric Political History
This Day in Esoteric Political History
Jody Avirgan & Radiotopia

We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan (538, 30for30, TED) and historians Nicole Hemmer (Vanderbilt) and Kellie Carter... more

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Episodes

Malcolm X Is Assassinated (1965)

It’s February 22nd. This day (February 21st, in fact) in 1965, Malcolm X is assassinated as he’s giving a speech... more

22 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Dick Cheney Shoots His Friend In The Face (2006)

It’s February 20th. This day in 2006, the news — and the jokes — are swirling about the incident that... more

20 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
NJ Law Calls For "Gradual Emancipation Of Slaves" (1804)

It’s February 18th. This day in 1804, the Northern state of New Jersey passed a law that included a call... more

18 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
The FDR Assassination Attempt (1933)

It’s February 15th. This day in 1933, in Miami, Giuseppe Zangara pulled out a pistol and, while yelling “too many people... more

15 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
Mandela Released From Prison (1990)

It’s February 13th. This day — actually, February 11th — in 1990, South African leader Nelson Mandela emerges from prison... more

13 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
The First Execution By Gas Chamber (1924)

It’s February 11th. This day in 1924, the State of Nevada executed a man named Gee Jon, using the gas... more

11 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
Lockheed Caught Bribing The Japanese Government (1976)

It’s February 8th. This day in 1976, officials for defense and airline manufacturer Lockheed Martin admit to spending millions of... more

08 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
FDR's Court-Packing Plan Backfires (1937)

It’s February 6th. This day in 1937, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt announces a plan to reforming the judiciary, most notably... more

06 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
The Sketchy Deal That Makes Hayes President (1877)

It’s February 4th. This day in 1877, a hastily assembled commission is meeting to try and sort out the very... more

04 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
Groundhog Day's Very Weird Origins (1877)

It’s February 1st. This day in 1877, the first Groundhog Day ceremony is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania — in which... more

01 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
This Day in Esoteric Political History
Malcolm X Is Assassinated (1965)
This Day in Esoteric Political History