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  • Triangle: The Fire That Changed America | David Von Drehle

    Triangle: The Fire That Changed America

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    • By David Von Drehle
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
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    On March 25, 1911, as workers were getting ready to leave for the day, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York's Greenwich Village. Within minutes it spread to consume the building's upper three stories. Firemen who arrived at the scene were unable to rescue those trapped inside: their ladders simply weren't tall enough. People on the street watched in horror as desperate workers jumped to their deaths. It was the worst disaster in New York City history.

    Jessica Jewett says: "Fantastic!"
  • The Trump Recession Is Coming | David Von Drehle

    The Trump Recession Is Coming

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    • By David Von Drehle
    • Narrated By Sam Scholl
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    It may have been Donald Trump’s most conventional move as president. During his holiday break at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, he convened meetings to start planning his reelection campaign.

    "The Trump Recession Is Coming" is from the January 05, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

  • Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year | David Von Drehle

    Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Von Drehle
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    As 1862 dawned, the American republic was at death’s door. The federal government appeared overwhelmed, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Union’s top general was gravely ill. The Confederacy - with its booming economy, expert military leadership, and commanding position on the battlefield - had a clear view to victory. To a remarkable extent, the survival of the country depended on the judgment, cunning, and resilience of the unschooled frontier lawyer who had recently been elected president. Twelve months later, the Civil War had become a cataclysm but the tide had turned.

    Bubba Smith says: "Excellent Deep Dive into 1862"
  • The Rot in USA Gymnastics Goes Beyond Larry Nassar | David Von Drehle

    The Rot in USA Gymnastics Goes Beyond Larry Nassar

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    • By David Von Drehle
    • Narrated By Sam Scholl
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    Reading the many outraged responses to the sex-abuse scandal in elite women's gymnastics was a gratifying experience at first. Charles P. Pierce, a virtuoso of excoriation unexcelled since H.L. Mencken, set the tone with his bracing essay for Sports Illustrated titled: "Burn It All Down: It's Time for Every Coward Who Enabled Larry Nassar to Pay for Their Sins."

    "The Rot in USA Gymnastics Goes Beyond Larry Nassar" is from the January 26, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

  • Here’s Who — and What — America Wouldn’t Have Had Without Haitians | David Von Drehle

    Here’s Who — and What — America Wouldn’t Have Had Without Haitians

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    • By David Von Drehle
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    In 1787, the same year the Constitutional Convention took place in Philadelphia, an enslaved immigrant from Haiti named Pierre Toussaint arrived in New York. He was the sort of person you dream of meeting: empty of resentments, boundlessly resourceful, endlessly generous and kind.

    "Here’s Who — and What — America Wouldn’t Have Had Without Haitians" is from the January 12, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

  • The Disinformation Factory Threatening National Security | David Von Drehle

    The Disinformation Factory Threatening National Security

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    • By David Von Drehle
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    “Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift more than 300 years ago. What would he have said in the age of Twitter?

    "The Disinformation Factory Threatening National Security" is from the February 16, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

  • Democrats Haven’t Been This Confident Since... 2016 | David Von Drehle

    Democrats Haven’t Been This Confident Since... 2016

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    • By David Von Drehle
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    Ding-dong, 2018 is finally here, and with it the chance for Democrats to take their archenemy, Donald Trump, down a peg. Talk swirls of winning the House of Representatives, even halting the juggernaut of conservative judges streaming through the Senate. Trump is so unpopular! Why, Democrats are more confident than I’ve seen them since . . .Since Nov. 8, 2016.

    "Democrats Haven’t Been This Confident Since... 2016" is from the December 29, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

  • From Net Neutrality to Digital Privacy, Congress Does Diddly | David Von Drehle

    From Net Neutrality to Digital Privacy, Congress Does Diddly

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    • By David Von Drehle
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    The Founding Fathers would be gobsmacked by an iPhone (although I bet Ben Franklin would catch on quickly). Yet if we asked them what branch of government should take the lead in adapting policy to a revolution in technology, they would say that’s a job for Congress.

    "From Net Neutrality to Digital Privacy, Congress Does Diddly" is from the November 28, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by David Von Drehle and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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