Our American Stories


John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trial: The Moment That Defined A Man And A Nation

What we are about to do now is precise. Instead of telling the all-encompassing story of John Adams, we are going to dial it in on one specific moment in his life; one that best captures this man’s humanity and ideals more than any other. And as you will soon learn, Adams himself will agree with our selection.


How Barbed Wire Transformed America

We bring you several stories from Tim Harford’s “Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy”: the plow, barbed wire, and Google.


Burning Out: What Really Happens in a Crematorium

Four decades ago less than 5 percent of Americans were cremated. Now that figure stands at nearly 50 percent. Caren Chesler shares with us how cremation actually works.


Mitch Hedberg: A Shy Alchemist Who Turned Sentences Into Comedy Gold

Hedberg was an old-fashioned one-liner spitter like Henny Youngman, and an observer of the foibles of everyday life, like Jerry Seinfeld. But the simplicity of his format obscured the qualities of his work that make him a comic legend.


"Song of Myself", a poem by Walt Whitman

Hear the story of a construction worker who recently discovered a love for poetry in "Song of Myself", a poem by Walt Whitman from his work Leaves of Grass.

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