Welcome to the Detroit History Podcast. We’ll mine this city’s history, telling the story through this town’s cultural, social, political, musical and automotive heritage. Our chosen tool is the podcast. During our first season we’ll hear what the Detroit Symphony Orchestra sounded like in the 1920s, when it rose to national prominence under Ossip Gabrilowitsch. We’ll sit in on a confrontation between a congressional committee and a young labor organizer, Coleman Young. Our inaugural podcast: The Beatles’ two visits to Detroit in 1964 and 1966. You’ll hear the screams as the Fab Four took the stage at Olympia Stadium. A new Detroit History Podcast episode—as diverse as the Motor City itself—will take the stage every two weeks.

Tim Kiska hosts the program, which hits the second and fourth Monday of every month at 2 p.m.
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Our Season One Finale: The 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers

In the season finale of The Detroit History Podcast, we partnered with The Detroit Historical Museum to talk about the 1968 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Detroit Tigers had Denny McLain, with his 31 victories that season, an accomplishment that will probably never be equaled. The Cardinals had Bob Gibson, who finished the season with a 1.12 ERA. Set against the backdrop of a horrific year, you'll hear Mickey Lolich and Willie Horton talk about the storybook finish.

Special thanks to Jim Mathew at Elysium Experience (Productions) for generously providing audio from the '68 Tigers 50th anniversary celebration at the Detroit Historical Museum.

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Episode 9 - The Birth And Growth Of Detroit Techno

If Detroit was a sound, what would that sound be? Although some would say Motown, others say that sound would be Techno music. In this episode of The Detroit History Podcast we explain the birth of Techno in the 1980s, why its popular around the world -- particularly Berlin... and why it's as relevant now as it was when it came to the world's attention three decades ago. We also talk about how three guys from Belleville started this musical revolution. Music by Cybotron, Inner City, Global Logic, and Underground Resistance.

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Episode 8 - The History Of Arab Immigration In Dearborn

Metro Detroit boasts the largest local concentration of Arabs in North America, many of whom settled in Dearborn. We trace that migration back more than a century. We follow how Ford's $5 day brought many immigrants here, to how chaos in the Middle East drove many families out of their country and to southeast Michigan. Special thanks to the Arab American National Museum for its contributions.

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Epsiode 7 - The Election And Downfall Of Jerome Cavanagh

In this episode of The Detroit History Podcast, we unravel the election and downfall of Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh and how he was one of the first mayors to engage Detroit's African-American community. We also discuss how the 1967 Detroit civil disturbance and an ill-advised run for the U.S. Senate put a damper on his previously-rising political career.

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Episode 6 - They Bleed The Same As I Do, The Detroit Red Wings In The 1950s

The Detroit Red Wings in the 1950s were authentic fire on ice, racking up four Stanley Cups in six years. The team gave birth to "The Production Line" and the first woman team president of a major sports franchise, Marguerite Norris. An historic moment in sports history. We interview Ted Lindsay to uncover what drove the team.

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Episode 5 - Detroit Crashes, The Motor City During The Great Depression

It was one of the city's darkest moments and the panic would shortly spread across the country. Michigan Governor William Comstock closed Detroit's banks on Valentine's Day, 1933. Henry Ford was asked to bail out the banks, Ford said he thought the crash would have to come: "the general effect would be that everyone would have to get to work a little sooner; that it might be a very good thing."

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Episode 4 - Scratch Glass and Turn Blue: The Making of The Ghoul

This job no longer exists: the television horror movie host. They were local celebrities, and pillars of local pop culture. Here in Detroit, we had Sir Graves Ghastly and Morgus, among others. In this episode, The Detroit History Podcast interviews Ron Sweed (The Ghoul), who explains how The Ghoul came to be. And, why the firecrackers? He used to blow up everything from toys to pierogies.

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Episode 3 - It's Just The Kind Of Thing Detroit Could Do

This edition of the Detroit History Podcast tells the story of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's amazing leap in the 1920s, from B-list band to Carnegie Hall in 10 years. Conductor Ossip Gabrilowitsch directed the effort..The players in this drama include Mark Twain, Horace Dodge, Pope Pius XII. And, oh, Orchestra Hall went up in less than five months.

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Episode 2 - "You Have Me Mixed Up With a Stool Pigeon, Sir"

In this episode of The Detroit History Podcast, we hear a rare recording of a confrontation between Coleman A. Young and a congressional committee in 1952. Many people pleaded their Fifth Amendment rights when the House of Un-American Activities Committee came to town looking for Reds. But a young labor organizer, Coleman Young, gave better than he got, telling his inquisitors: "you have me mixed up with a stool pigeon, sir."

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Episode One - When The Beatles Came to Detroit

The Beatles appeared twice in Detroit, once in 1964 and again in 1966, both times at Olympia Stadium. We'll listen to the screams when the Fab Four took the stage. We'll hear Detroit's intense reaction to the group. And what was up with the jelly beans raining down on stage?