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Episode 119: A Prolific Public Media Career with Cathy Wurzer podcast Apr 20, 2022

In this episode, Sharon talks with Emmy-Award winning broadcast journalist Cathy Wurzer about the role of public media in the U.S. To start, Cathy shares how she got into broadcast journalism, and the joy she feels in connecting with her listeners. Cathy believes that the soul of public radio...

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Episode 118: Alabama: The Barrier-Breaking Tuskegee Airmen with Emma Chapman podcast Apr 18, 2022

In today’s episode, Sharon welcomes guest Emma Chapman, one of the founders of A Beautiful Mess, to hear the story of Alabama’s infamous 99th Pursuit Squadron: the first Black military pilot unit trained at the Tuskegee Airfield in Alabama. The airmen broke racial barriers at home...

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Episode 117: Northern Mariana Islands: A Deep and Vast History with Sharon McMahon podcast Apr 18, 2022

In today’s episode, Sharon continues her tour of the U.S territories by talking about the history of the Northern Mariana Islands. This island territory is not well-known to mainland Americans–we don’t talk about them very often–so consider this your crash course! The...

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Episode 116: The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism with Matthew Continetti, Part 2 podcast Apr 13, 2022

In the second part of a two-part conversation, Sharon continues her talk with journalist and author Matthew Continetti about the evolving history of conservatism over the past one hundred years. They pick up with some of the most important conservative thinkers in the second half of the 20th...

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Episode 115: The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism with Matthew Continetti, Part 1 podcast Apr 11, 2022

In this episode, Sharon speaks with journalist and author Matthew Continetti about the evolving history of conservatism over the past one hundred years. Continetti has spent the past few years researching and writing about the American Right. History is the study of change, and...

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Episode 114: U.S. Virgin Islands: Pirates, Rum, and a Steep Price Tag with Sharon McMahon podcast Apr 08, 2022

In today’s solo episode, Sharon continues to talk about the territories of the U.S., this time focusing on the U.S. Virgin Islands. USVI spent many centuries as a colony of Denmark and a hot spot in the European trade routes. What prompted the U.S. to become interested in the acquisition...

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Episode 113: I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet with Shauna Niequist podcast Apr 06, 2022

In this episode, Sharon sits down with author Shauna Niequist, who–along with her husband and young sons–moved from their suburban midwestern home to NYC. When her sons expressed discomfort and frustrations with learning a new way of living, Shauna set about softening their mindsets...

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Episode 112: Puerto Rico: The U.S. Territory Stuck in Statehood Limbo with Jeena Wilder podcast Apr 04, 2022

In today’s episode, Jeena Wilder joins Sharon to hear about the history of Puerto Rico. Sharon walks listeners through how the U.S. acquired Puerto Rico through the Treaty of Paris, and how the island’s people are split on the issue of statehood. While many would like to see Puerto...

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Episode 110: What About Bunny: The Power of Canine Communication with Alexis Devine podcast Mar 30, 2022

In today’s episode, Sharon speaks with Alexis Devine, human to Bunny, the sheepadoodle whose viral videos showing off her FluentPet communication skills delight viewers all over the world. Outside of memorizing over 100 English language words, Bunny often uses her word buttons to create...

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Episode 109: Guam: A Strategic War Island, a Twin Shipwreck, and a Pesky Snake with Adrienne Rolon podcast Mar 28, 2022

In today’s episode, Sharon tells the story of Guam’s history as a U.S. Territory to Adrienne Rolon, the owner of Hearts Content Events & Design. Adrienne’s six year old son, James, is a big fan of history, facts, and Sharon. Learn along with Adrienne and James as Sharon...

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Episode 107: American Samoa: The Southernmost U.S. Territory with Ashley Spivey podcast Mar 23, 2022

In this episode, Sharon talks with social activist Ashley Spivey about how American Samoa became a U.S. territory. While we all grew up learning facts about states in our history and government classes, U.S. territories are often left out of the conversation. Sharon talks about how American...

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Episode 106: The Three Mothers Who Shaped a Nation with Anna Malaika Tubbs podcast Mar 21, 2022

In today’s episode, Sharon chats with author and scholar Anna Makaika Tubbs about the mothers of three well-known Civil Rights activists, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Anna, influenced by the Black women in Hidden Figures, began researching Black mothers, a...

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