American Esoterica

American history, bite-sized. These are the stories that may have slipped through the cracks - the odd detours that have shaped our history and culture in small, but sometimes significant, ways.

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Thursday Jun 06, 2024

An inquisition that everybody expects uses its greatest weapon - surprise - against its worst enemy - itself. It begins with a reign of terror but ends in a very different place. 

Thursday May 23, 2024

The intersection of the National Mall's biggest eyesore and its ultimate revenge on its most consequential critic.

Friday May 17, 2024

In the fourth of four episodes on our nation's capital, new heroes emerge to drag Washington, D.C., kicking and screaming into the 20th century via a plan from the 18th century. In other words, the D.C. you know is a lot younger than you think.

Thursday May 16, 2024

In the third of four episodes on our nation's capital, it takes a century for the nation's capital to become...the national toilet. Follow the federal city as it grows and decays simultaneously.

Saturday May 11, 2024

If you think Washington, D.C., is a joke, came by it honestly.

Friday May 10, 2024

In the second of four episodes on our nation's capital, one man's ego gave us a grand plan for our capital city, but it also led to his downfall. Come for the French fuss, stay for George Washington micromanaging real estate negotiations instead of presidenting. 

Episode 49 - April Foolin'

Thursday May 09, 2024

Thursday May 09, 2024

Hey, just because something isn't true doesn't mean we should just ignore its historical importance, right? Also, contains vague discussions of prior episodes and one use of the world's mildest profanity. Your great-grandma has been warned. 

Thursday May 09, 2024

In the first of four episodes on our nation's capital, a struggling new nation pulls itself together over dinner. Literally. Three men enter, two plans leave. Witness the most consequential dinner party in history. 

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

What could possibly overshadow a tragic and eerie event that would cost the lives of 22 people in a government office building? 

Sunday Mar 17, 2024

In this mini-sode of what were already short episodes, learn the origins of how Chicago learned how to turn brown into green. 

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