R2 Studios

R2 Studios explores history through podcasts. We tell unexpected stories based on the latest research to connect listeners with the past.

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Worlds Turned Upside Down

Worlds Turned Upside Down tells the story of the American Revolution as a transatlantic c…

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Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant

Your Most Obedient & Humble Servant is a podcast that showcases 18th and early 19th-centu…

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Antisemitism, U.S.A.

Antisemitism has deep roots in American history. Yet in the United States, we often talk …

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The Green Tunnel

The Green Tunnel explores the history and culture of the United States’ most iconic long-…

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Revolutions Reconsidered

A bi-weekly companion piece to the podcast Worlds Turned Upside Down. Join R2 Studios' Dr…

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Consolation Prize

Consolation Prize is a podcast about the history of the United States in the world throug…

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Recent Episodes

July 11, 2024

Episode 10: Between Hate and Hope

In August 2017, white supremacists marched on Charlottesville, VA to silence the Jews, Black Americans, and other minorities whom they feared would “replace us.” The Unite the Right Rally was one of many ominous signs of persistent antisemitic...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 9: David and Goliath

In the decades following the Six-Day War in 1967, anti-Zionism gained momentum in American academia and led to the rise of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement on college campuses. Nearly sixty years later, the October 7, 2023, Hamas...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 8: The Synagogue of Satan

In the early 1970s, two powerful men, President Richard Nixon and evangelist Billy Graham, held secret Oval Office conversations about Jews. “America’s Pastor” and the 37th President of the United States didn’t consider themselves antisemites,...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 7: The Houses We Live In

In post-war America, Bess Myerson became the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America competition, but she confronted bigotry and exclusion far more daunting than any pageant. Meanwhile, changing demographics of urban neighborhoods and the emerging...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 6: Lower than Animals

Despite the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the threat of renewed war in Europe, most Americans remained resolutely opposed to higher levels of Jewish immigration. Even as Jews faced persecution and genocide, antisemitic beliefs delayed American...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 5: Conspiracies

At the turn of the 20th century, conspiracy theories about Jews ran rampant in American society. Many Americans – from the famed automaker Henry Ford and to officers in the U.S. Army – believed that Jews controlled media, dominated international...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 4: Exclusion

In Gilded Age America, immigration from Europe rapidly grew the nation’s Jewish population, convincing many Americans that Jews were a dangerous and undesirable race. As lawmakers debated ways to restrict immigration, business owners denied service...

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July 11, 2024

Episode 3: Merchants and Money

The California gold rush enticed many Jewish merchants west in search of prosperity in the mid-19th century, but their success drew unwelcome attention from state legislators, who passed laws requiring all businesses to close on the Christian Sabbath....

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July 11, 2024

Episode 2: Moral Citizens

In 1809, North Carolina lawmakers tried to stop Jacob Henry from taking his seat in the state legislature because he was Jewish. Many Americans believed that Jews like Henry couldn’t be moral citizens in a Protestant America, and this inspired …

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July 11, 2024

Episode 1: No Sanction to Bigotry

Before the American Revolution, Sephardic Jews like Aaron Lopez found economic opportunity and religious freedom in Newport, Rhode Island, but not full citizenship, nor the right to vote. What promise did an independent United States hold for American...

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June 18, 2024

Episode 52: ‘Screaming Among Her Fellows’

Catharine Maria Sedgwick to Eliza Cabot Follen, February 18, 1828. In which Sedgwick writes to her dear friend Cabot Follen about the need for a new minister, pieces she has recently read and written, and an exquisite Valentine. Featuring...

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June 8, 2024

Episode 8: The Trade

At the dawn of a new era after the Seven Years’ War, British officials envision commerce and colonies as the key to British independence and its rising glory, but trade in commodities and manufactured goods comes at an awful price. …

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