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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Apr 18, 2020

In the 1940's workers, scientists and the military came to Anderson County, Tennessee, and built a city in which to develop an atomic weapon.  The weight of what they were doing came to be too much for one Naval ensign.  Today we tell what happened.

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Jun 22, 2019

Today, in a retelling of our very first podcast episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of a man who, during the 1930's and 40's, worked at Tennessee Eastman, Holston Defense and in Oak Ridge on the Manhattan Project.  He also was a Russian asset who sold information about American weapons to his handlers.  

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Jul 7, 2018

At the beginning of World War II, diplomats from the Axis countries were stranded in the United States.  These enemy diplomats couldn't just be allowed to roam freely across the country, nor could they simply be locked up in jail, for fear that our stranded diplomats would be treated the same or worse.  The solution...


Feb 9, 2016

On this episode of Stories, Rod tells the story of Dickenson County native Shifty Powers, World War II vet who was one of several men whose lives were portrayed in the HBO series, “Band of Brothers.” You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on your iPhone podcast app. If you have an Android […]


Oct 31, 2015

Welcome to our new podcast, Stories, A History of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Each week we’ll take a look at the history of the area, one story at a time. This week, it’s the story of the Holston Defense employee who passed plant secrets to the Russians during World War II, leading to the […]