On March 27, 1976—42 years ago today—the first five stations of Washington, D.C.'s Metro opened to the public, and 50,000 lucky passengers got to experience a new masterpiece of infrastructural design.

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B023 - Batteries Included - March 20, 2018

March 20, 2018

On this date in 1800, Alessandro Volta revealed his electrifying invention to the world.


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Episode 011 - The Danish Titanic - January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018

On January 30, 1959, fifty-nine years ago today, an ocean liner hit an iceberg off the coast of Greenland and sank, along with all 95 people aboard. But that was just the beginning of the story. Interviews with two Danish investigative journalists and the daughter of one of the lost boatsmen illuminate the tragic and controversial saga of the “Danish Titanic.”

B006 - Loma Prieta - October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017

Twenty eight years ago today, the "World Series Earthquake" struck Northern California.

Episode 004 - Vanport - May 30, 2017

May 28, 2017

On this episode, we do a deep dive into May 30, 1948: The date of the historic Vanport, Oregon flood, the history of the city, and the aftermath.