What You May Not Know About Lexington and Concord

You know about the battles of Lexington and Concord, the shot heard around the world, the minutemen and their trifold hats and muskets. But how much do you really know about the day’s events? This episode we look at the day of fighting at Concord, when a British raiding party turned into a display of…

Hannibal Hamlin Stood Up

Known for being Lincoln’s first VP and dropped from the ticket, Hamlin was actually as well-known as the President he served under. He was a fighter against the expansion of slavery and an important Senator. It was not out of the question that Hamlin could have been in Lincoln’s spot. History has forgotten, but we’ll…

Terrible Tuesday 1987 (The Ark of Commerce, Part 6b)

For Wall Street Insiders, Black Monday was not the worst day. The next day, Terrible Tuesday was an agonizing test of the financial system. As part of our series on the commercial history of the United States, we examine the events of Tuesday the 20th. And we look at the history of insurance in America,…

Black Monday 1987 and The Shock of Risk (Ark of Commerce, Part 6a)

Worried hands gripping phones. Black screens with green digits, going downward. Faces pressed against fancy brokerage office glass. Busy signals. The history of Black Monday 1987 crash and the history of what came before it, from stock commodities and even butter and eggs. This is the first of what will be a two-parter on commerce,…

1995: A Story of Politics On The Information Superhighway

Stealth ads. Secret advice. Kids in uniforms. Soft money and hard choices in the information age.  As we discuss in this cast, a Presidential election was almost completely settled a year before it happened.  Some knew an election was going on and some didn’t.  In a time when money was soft and people said things…

Young Dick Cheney

We know the globe-running, terror-fighting, meeting master Vice President Cheney, but did you know his parents were hardcore Democrats?  or that he thought his father turned into a bird (albeit at a pretty young age), or that he was first refused a job when he came to DC?   As we discuss with Tim Pearson, author…