Democracy or hypocrisy? A look at the uglier episodes of American history.

When the U.S. Turned Away 20,000 Jewish Children Fleeing Nazi Germany

What happens when an “America First” mentality collides with saving children from genocide? Very little.

The Forgotten Chinese-American Family That Challenged Jim Crow

An early effort to strike at the heart of segregation in American schools backfired badly.

The Forgotten Racial Massacre in America’s Heartland

In 1921, thousands of whites in Tulsa, Oklahoma, turned on their Black neighbors.

The Concentration Camps of America’s Forgotten War

America’s efforts to pacify the Philippines in the late 19th century turned ugly.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

When the US Put the Mormon Church on Trial

When Mormon businessman Reed Smoot was elected to represent Utah in the U.

Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father ... White Supremacist?

The same hand that penned America’s Declaration of Independence also scrawled some self-evidently racist nonsense.

How This Native American Ritual Dance Sparked a Massacre

The Ghost Dance put the desperate Lakota in a trance, and led to the death of Sitting Bull.

When the U.S. Pushed Nearly a Million Mexicans Back Across the Border

Think Trump is tough on migrants? Check out what the U.

A Little-Known Civil War in Coal Country

The Battle of Blair Mountain saw American miners bombed.

Frederick Douglass' Fiery Fourth of July Speech

In 1852, an unforgettable attack on hypocrisy.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

Which Leader Snubbed Jesse Owens? Hint: It Wasn't Hitler

One of America’s greatest Olympians was left destitute by his own country.

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