Tuskegee Airman Col. McGee

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Col. Charles McGee holds the record for combat flights by an American pilot, yet he had to fight his own government just to get into the cockpit. By defying the strict segregation of WW2, Col. McGee and the Red Tails proved they had the right stuff. It’s a living legend from the Tuskegee Airmen, this week on the Angry History Show.

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The Immortal Babe Ruth

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Babe Ruth was a humble guy who went from the halls of a reform school to the Baseball Hall of Fame. We visit with the Yankee legendary on radio shows, sending his best to our troops in WWII, and hunting game birds (with a clip that was stolen from the National Archives and almost lost forever). It’s the Sultan of Swat, this week on the Angry History Show.

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Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

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If you were time-traveling from the distant future back to the 1980s, and needed to book some cultural references to fit in, you couldn’t do better than watching the films of writer-director-producer Harold Ramis. Animal House, Stripes, Caddyshack, Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day. We lost a legend this week, but his comedy lives on forever.

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Earliest Presidential Voices

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You know the voices of our TV age presidents, but what did the earlier ones sound like in the days of wax cylinders and phonographs? For Presidents Day, Angry History rolls the earliest presidential voices from President Benjamin Harrison in 1889, through William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover in 1932 — and we even debunk a fake Grover Cleveland clip along the way.

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Bletchley Park WW2 Codebreakers

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Mark Cotton produces the Bletchley Park Podcast from “the home of the codebreakers and the birthplace of modern computing.” This super-secret complex cracked the Engima codes and helped win World War II. Mark interviews veterans who are only now free to tell their stories. From math genius Alan Turing to everyday women, we’re proud to explore this amazing historical site just a short ride from London — with special musical guest, The Three Belles.

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Extra: Happy New Year!

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On New Year’s Eve, your intrepid hosts were back in Gotham’s historic East Village. We had a steam at the Russian Baths (1892), tipped a few at McSorley’s Old Ale House (1854), and felt sincerely humbled by the way you’ve helped this thing of ours grow. It was just an idea ten months ago, but now we’re within sight of 100,000 downloads. Thank you for your support. We wish you all the best in 2014.

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Extra: Merry Christmases Past

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We climb into the Wayback Machine to bring you Yule Tide memories from Christmases past. Hear about A Charlie Brown Christmas shocking CBS, the Grinch, Apollo 8, and the origin of the mysterious Steve Martin/Paul Simon/Billy Joel bootleg performance of Silver Bells. All this, plus the chatteratti’s big question about Santa Claus’s ethnicity and much more under the tree, on the last Angry History of 2013.

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65¢ in Dimes & Nickels

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December 16, 1960, two passenger planes collide over New York City.  One crashes on Staten Island.  The other rips open the heart of Brooklyn’s Park Slope, destroying homes, lives and a neighborhood’s sense of peace.  Owen and Dean speak with two witnesses to the horror: Owen’s dad, Tom, and his best friend, Bruce.  Carnage, disbelief and the crushing sadness for the little boy who brought out the best in one of America’s great neighborhoods.

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JFK Assassination at 50

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Fifty years ago, Americans experienced a black swan event – a shot that literally came out of nowhere and changed the nation’s course. With a generous helping of archival audio, Angry History shares how pioneers in the young medium of television covered the JFK assassination the day it happened. What they got wrong. What they got right. How the assassin compared to others who have targeted presidents. This week, on AHP.

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Gettysburg Address 150 Years

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The sick, achy Abraham Lincoln visited the dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery. Some panned his remarks, and he faced grim prospects: More dead, losing the Civil War, and being thrown out of office. We look back on that 272-word speech — featuring the oldest known recording of an actor reenacting it for the Gramophone — and give a nod to several alternate history works: What if the battle had gone the other way?

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