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  1. Epic stories of Nasa’s missions to the Moon. Season 1: the first Moon landing, Apollo 11. Season 2: the near disaster of Apollo 13. Presenter: Kevin Fong. Theme music: Hans Zimmer
  2. In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story. “1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.
  3. The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.
  4. Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.
  5. Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves. Host and correspondent Alexis Madrigal leads you through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes. At a time when Donald Trump is threatening to toss out the global economic order, Containers provides an illuminating, deep, and weird look at how capitalism actually works now.
  6. December 31, 1999: The world braced for disaster as midnight approached. Then, nothing happened. The hysteria over the Y2K computer bug quickly became an afterthought; a punch-line. In Surviving Y2K, Dan Taberski takes you back to the turn of the millennium to meet the people for whom it was anything but a joke — computer coders, conspiracy theorists, survivalists, and true believers — as they each face their own version of the apocalypse. And Dan tells a new millennium story of his own, about a decision that could destroy his life.Headlong is Dan Taberski’s documentary podcast that explores the lives of overlooked people, moments and events in our culture. Season 1 is Missing Richard Simmons. Season 3 is Running From COPS.
  7. Ninety-six football fans never came home from a match in 1989. Grace Mailey and Tony Snell guide you through the full story of the Hillsborough disaster.
  8. A weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Now complete!
  9. RN Presents brings you the best short feature and documentary series from the ABC’s Radio National network.
  10. The "Speaking to the Soviets" series focuses on Radio Liberty, an extraordinary United States-funded radio station that punched through the Iron Curtain to broadcast to listeners across the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Each episode in this six-part podcast mini-series focuses on a key event in the history of the Soviet Union, as described and discussed by Radio Liberty: from the death of Stalin through to the development of the space race, the emergence of détente and the signing of the Helsinki Accords, and the Chernobyl disaster and eventual collapse of the USSR. Using original broadcast material from the Blinken Open Society Archives’ Radio Liberty Collection, host Stephen Westlake analyses the content and form of these broadcasts to introduce listeners to the surprising and subtle ways in which this major American radio propaganda project was undertaken.This podcast series is part of the "Sound-Resound" research component of the "Sound Relations" project. The project is funded by the Central European University through its Intellectual Themes Initiative. The series was created with the support of the Blinken Open Society Archives.
  11. Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it. This is the story of a beautiful and deadly icon of resistance, built and flown against extraordinary odds.

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