Our Episodes

Season 2 – Episode 06: The 1957 NFL Champion Detroit Lions

It’s been more than 60 years since the Detroit Lions won an NFL Championship. In the 50s, the Lions were one of the most dominant dynasties in the league,...

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Season 2 – Episode 05: John Lee Hooker And The Blues on Hastings Street

Bluesman John Lee Hooker’s recording career spanned more than 40 years — from his hit record, Boogie Chillen’, which was recorded in Detroit in 1948, to his Grammy Award-winning...

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Season 2 – Episode 04: 1943, Detroit’s Forgotten Riot

For two days in 1943, Detroit erupted into a flat-out race war. Thirty-four people died as whites and African-Americans battled each other in the streets. People were ripped from...

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Season 2 – Episode 03: The Last Days Of Harry Houdini

Before radio, TV, and the internet magician Harry Houdini was described as the world’s first rock star. So when he died in Detroit after a performance here in 1926,...

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Season 2 – Episode 02: Remembering The Anchor, Detroit’s Most Famous Newspaper Bar

The Anchor Bar, situated on the western end of downtown Detroit, was once one of the country’s best-known newspaper bars. As one of the city’s most notorious watering holes,...

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Season 2 – Episode 01: Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism

Henry Ford’s Dearborn Independent newspaper published a series of anti-Semitic articles in the 1920s. They gained wide traction, were translated into several languages and gathered together in a four-volume...

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Our Season 1 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...

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Season 1 – Episode 09: 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...

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Season 1 – Episode 08: 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...

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Season 1 – Epsiode 07: 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...

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Season 1 – Episode 06: They Bleed The Same As I Do, The Detroit Red Wings In The 1950s

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...

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Season 1 – Episode 05: 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...

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