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    Here's Where It Gets Interesting

    Here’s Where It Gets Interesting finds the stories of America you probably haven’t heard. Host Sharon McMahon, a longtime teacher and one of today’s most influential voices, will ignite your curiosity about the fascinating stuff that wasn’t in history textbooks. She’s joined by notable thought leaders who share insights about history, culture, and politics, and inspire us to grow into more thoughtful, well-informed citizens.

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    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 3

    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 3

    A new mission, a new identity. Joseph Stalin, using the name Koba, takes on his latest role in the name of the Revolution: bank robber. He still found time for romance, though, falling hard for the only woman he would truly ever love. Now he faced a choice: fatherhood… or the Revolution?


    Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Craig Thompson

    Writers/researchers: Mandy Reid, Amy Watkin, Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Melanie Buck Parks



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    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 2

    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 2

    Joseph Stalin was born the third, but only surviving son, to his parents Keke and Beso. His mother begged God to let him live, and when he did, she told her son he would devote his life to God. His family and friends called him Soso, and while his mother doted on him, he was often the victim of his father’s alcohol-fueled rages. Soso learned early that violence got results, a lesson that would carry through to every facet of his life as an adult. This little boy, raised in poverty, growing angrier by the day, would one day rule all of Russia. 


    Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Craig Thompson

    Writers/researchers: Mandy Reid, Amy Watkin, Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Melanie Buck Parks




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    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 1

    Stalin: Man of Steel, Episode 1

    Welcome to our newest docuseries on Joseph Stalin. Over the course of this series you will learn how a little mama's boy called Soso became one of the most ruthless leaders in history. 


    For decades a movement was growing. The Russian people were frustrated and angry with how the country was being run. Take a deadly war, a lack of jobs and food, combined with a leader who was totally oblivious to the problems his people were facing, and a revolution sounded like a pretty good idea.


    There was only one thing in the way: Tsar Nicholas Romanov. But the revolutionaries, including Stalin, had a plan. 


    Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Craig Thompson

    Writers/Researchers: Mandy Reid, Amy Watkin, Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Melanie Buck Parks



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    Democracy in Retrograde with Sami Sage and Emily Amick

    Democracy in Retrograde with Sami Sage and Emily Amick

    Ever wonder how you can get involved in your community but in a way that fits your interests and lifestyle? Authors Sami Sage and Emily Amick have the answer to that question. They see civic engagement as a form of self care, and say even the smallest action can have big results. The book provides a series of exercises to help readers understand their civic priorities and values, using special quizzes, to figure out exactly the best way to get involved.


    Special thanks to our guests, Sami Sage and Emily Amick, for joining us today. 


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Mike Voulgaris

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux



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    The New Happy with Stephanie Harrison

    The New Happy with Stephanie Harrison

    Sharon is joined today by author Stephanie Harrison to discuss her international best selling book, New Happy. In this book, Stephanie explores  why we often get happiness wrong and how we can get it right. She reminds us not to get trapped into what she calls the Old Happy, which is what society tells you you need in order to be happy. From the story of Scrooge and his lack of empathy to how Shaquille O’Neal lives his life, Stephanie compares what happiness means to different people. 


    Special thanks to our guest, Stephanie Harrison, for joining us today. 


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux



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    In the Shadow of Liberty with Ana Raquel Minian

    In the Shadow of Liberty with Ana Raquel Minian

    You hear on the news about immigration chaos in the United States, but what can be done to address the systemic issues, and the very real concerns of Americans? What was the driving force of the exclusion of some immigrant groups? And how has immigration changed over the years? Sharon McMahon is joined by author and expert, Ana Raquel Minian, to discuss her new book, In the Shadow of Liberty. Together, they dive into the history of immigration so we can better understand how to move forward. 


    Special thanks to our guest, Ana Raquel Minian, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Mike Voulgaris

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux




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    Awakening the Spirit of America with Paul Sparrow

    Awakening the Spirit of America with Paul Sparrow

    If you are interested in the 1930s and 1940s, or have wondered how the rapid growth of authoritarianism in today’s political climate mirrors that of WWII, this is an episode for you. Sharon McMahon is joined by author Paul Sparrow to discuss his new book, Awakening the Spirit of America. It’s a story of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his surprising opponent, Charles Lindbergh, and their war of words. Learn how far back the “America First” slogan goes, and how persuasive language changed the course of history. 


    Special thanks to our guest, Paul Sparrow, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux





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    Too Close to the Flame with Joe Ingle

    Too Close to the Flame with Joe Ingle

    When you think of prisoners on Death Row, what imagery comes to mind? Author of Too Close to the Flame, Joe Ingle, joins Sharon McMahon to talk about what it is like inside America's death penalty system. After spending 45 years working as a spiritual advisor to men and women on Death Row, Joe vulnerably shares his experiences of the final moments before they are executed, and sheds a light on how the legal system disenfranchises those who can not afford a lawyer. What is an alternative to the death penalty, and what might restorative justice look like?


    Special thanks to our guest, Joe Ingle, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux 



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    The Year of Living Constitutionally with A.J. Jacobs

    The Year of Living Constitutionally with A.J. Jacobs

    Imagine walking into your polling place on Election Day, and openly declaring who you were voting for. That is exactly what today’s guest did when researching and writing his book, The Year of Living Constitutionally. Author A.J. Jacobs joined Sharon McMahon to share what it was like to live a year, interpreting the U.S. Constitution literally. What is in the Constitution, and what is not? From implementing in-home cursing laws, to carrying an 18th Century musket around Manhattan, you will love this entertaining experiment of how the Constitution impacts modern American democracy.


    Special thanks to our guest, A.J. Jacobs, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux





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    A Country of Unrest with Erik Larson

    A Country of Unrest with Erik Larson

    Following January 6th and the current political climate, some Americans fear there will be a “new Civil War.”  But what does that truly mean? If you are a lover of history, this conversation is one you won’t want to miss. Author Erik Larson joins us to discuss his new book, The Demon of Unrest, which is set shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Dive into the mindsets and captivating portrayals of leaders on the brink of a war that eventually killed 750,000 Americans, and injured millions more.


    Special thanks to our guest, Erik Larson, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux 



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    Say More with Jen Psaki

    Say More with Jen Psaki

    In a world of social media fights, keyboard warriors, and misinformation, it’s easy to feel disconnected, even among close friends and family. What if we rethink how we’re communicating to build better relationships and maintain connection? Former White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, joins us to share lessons she’s learned about how to be an effective communicator with any audience, and growing through giving and receiving feedback. Join us for a peek behind the scenes, and practice listening to learn from one another – mistakes and all. 


    Special thanks to our guest, Jen Psaki, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux





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    An Unfinished Love Story with Doris Kearns Goodwin

    An Unfinished Love Story with Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Imagine being a Pulitzer Prize winning presidential historian, knowing you had extraordinarily rare primary source material and Presidential memorabilia tucked away in the cellar of your own home… and not opening it for decades? Doris Kearns Goodwin joins us today to share her journey of exploring more than 300 boxes, alongside her husband of 42 years, Richard (Dick) Goodwin, that served as a time capsule of his service in the 1960s. In the relay race of democracy, you never know who will pick up the baton, and continue your work. Together, they have one last great adventure, a chance to reassess key historical figures, and a fresh perspective of the role young people play in the arc of history.


    Special thanks to our guest, Doris Kearns Goodwin, for joining us today.


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

    Production Assistant: Andrea Champoux





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    The Vigilantes, Episode 7

    The Vigilantes, Episode 7

    Life in prison wasn’t enough for the Knights of Mary Phagan. They wanted Leo Frank to pay with his life, and they were going to make sure it happened. In Georgia, vigilante justice wasn’t new, but this time was different. This time, it would change the nation. Would the vigilantes actually get away with it? 


    Join us for the final episode in this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.


    Special thanks to former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes for his time and contribution to this episode. 


    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 



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    The Vigilantes, Episode 6

    The Vigilantes, Episode 6

    Georgia’s Governor knew his life was in danger when he made his ruling. Would he commute Leo’s sentence, or let him die by execution?. And just how far would the angry mob go to seek revenge for Mary’s death? The planning had already begun… and it wouldn’t take long for a deal to be made with the prison warden.


    Join us for part six of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.



    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 





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    The Vigilantes, Episode 5

    The Vigilantes, Episode 5

    Appeal after appeal, Leo Frank was running out of options. With a new lawyer joining his defense team – the same lawyer who earlier represented the man who testified against Leo – the tide began to turn. Witnesses were coming forward, a new explanation for the murder note comes to light, and the story is making national news. With only days remaining before the scheduled execution, would time be on his side?


    Join us for part five of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.


    Special Thank You to the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and the Kenan Research Center in Atlanta for their generous assistance in finding and sharing letters sent to Leo and Lucille Frank, his family, and to the Governors of Georgia, as well as the state legislature.


    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 





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    The Vigilantes, Episode 4

    The Vigilantes, Episode 4

    The heat in the Atlanta courtroom was sweltering and unbearable, as the trial against Leo Frank began. A Black man was testifying against a white man, which was nearly unheard of in the Jim Crow south. And the evidence against this man was mounting… A suspect who was at the murder scene, and continued to lie to the police.


    Join us for part four of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.


    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 





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    The Vigilantes, Episode 3

    The Vigilantes, Episode 3

    It’s been 48 hours since Mary Phagan was last seen alive. It’s a media frenzy, and police are feeling the pressure to find the killer. 


    There’s a new, sudden interest in the murder notes. Did the killer write them to throw off investigators? 


    By the end of this episode, three men would become suspects. And despite dubious evidence and changing stories, one would soon be indicted for Mary’s murder. With a mob looking for vengeance, and sensational newspaper coverage, chances of a fair trial in Atlanta, Georgia were slim. The trial would begin July 28th, 1913, but this story is far from over. Join us for part three of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.



    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 





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    The Vigilantes, Episode 2

    The Vigilantes, Episode 2

    It should have been a leisurely Saturday off work for 13-year-old Mary Phagan, who was looking forward to celebrating the Confederate Memorial Day holiday. It should have been an easy day for Leo Frank, too, who hoped to leave his job at the factory early to go to the local baseball game with his wife. It should have been a carefree day for 16-year old Grace Hicks, who was enjoying a rare day off, and waiting for her friend to join her at the parade.


    It was anything but a beautiful, joyful, restful day. 


    Mary Phagan would never make it to the parade. Grace would soon be faced with an unimaginable task. And Leo Frank? Why couldn't the police get in touch with him? What happened in the basement of the pencil factory at that grisly crime scene? And who wrote that strange note? Join us for part two of this seven-episode series, The Vigilantes.



    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks





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    A Conversation with Kamala Harris

    A Conversation with Kamala Harris

    What is at stake in the upcoming presidential election? From the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, to women’s healthcare, and the economy, many voters aren't excited about a presidential rematch. Some have voiced their opinion by voting “Uncommitted” in the primary, instead of for President Biden.


    Our guest today views this election as a choice between stability, and the potential destruction of Democracy. 


    She is the first female Vice President of the United States, and today Kamala Harris joins Sharon to give direct answers to some of the tough questions, while on her Reproductive Freedoms Tour. 


    Special thanks to our guest, Vice President Kamala Harris, for joining us today. 


    Host: Sharon McMahon

    Executive Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder




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    The Vigilantes, Episode 1

    The Vigilantes, Episode 1

    A shocking murder. A scene so brutal that the first people to find the victim couldn’t even tell what their skin color was. And a case that forever changed both the city, and the state’s legal system. 


    It was April 1913, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the city would never be the same. You may wonder why this imperative and dramatic case is not taught in history class, or how the world could have forgotten such a horrific crime that continues to have an impact more than 100 years later. 


    Join us for part one of this seven-episode series, and experience just how powerful of a motivator fear can be. 




    Host/ Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon

    Supervising Producer: Melanie Buck Parks

    Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder 

    Writers: Amy Watkin, Sharon McMahon

    Researched by: Kari Anton, Sharon McMahon, Amy Watkin, Mandy Reid, Melanie Buck Parks 





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