Backstory with Larry Potash
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Explore the BACKSTORY behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science from Chicago and beyond.
||CleanInside an Ivy League secret society||A member of an Ivy League secret society opens up about his unlikely recruitment, and how the myths surrounding such groups compare with the reality.||3/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Chicago's first basketball champs lost their title||The Chicago American Gears were the city's first basketball champions — until their trophy was taken away, and a team with the makings of a dynasty was forced to disband. Founded in the late 1940s by Maurice White, the owner the Chicago American Gear manufacturing company, NBA legend George Mikan said the Gears were the best team he ever played for. They even won the National Basketball League tournament, but had the title taken away. Larry Potash spoke with the family of Dick Triptow, who played point guard on the Gears, and hoped to keep their memory alive by publishing "The Dynasty That Never Was" before he passed away in 2014. This is the Backstory of the Chicago American Gears.||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Eliot Ness took on Al Capone in Chicago, and a serial killer in Cleveland||Eliot Ness' files help separate truth from fiction in how the legendary G-Man took on Al Capone in Chicago, and jaywalkers and a serial killer called the Torso Murderer in Cleveland.||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe truth of Al Capone and Eliot Ness, the investigator who helped bring him down||You've probably heard of how legendary mobster Al Capone's criminal empire was disrupted by investigator Eliot Ness and his group of "Untouchables." But what really happened in Chicago, and what was invented by Hollywood?||3/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrowing up with the mob next door||Brothers Michael and Jeffrey Gentile say their childhood was a cross between The Wonder Years and The Sopranos, where mobsters came over for dinner and some of the Outfit's most notorious bosses knew them by name.||2/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Myth of Mickey||Mickey Mouse may be the biggest paradox in pop culture: people love him, but know nothing about him.||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe “Code Smasher” Elizebeth Smith Friedman||Pioneering code breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman took on the Nazis and the mob, but her story has been buried by secrecy and sexism for nearly a century.||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeath of the "Furnace Girl" Elfrieda Knaak||Elfrieda Knaak's death was ruled a suicide, but how could a woman stick her own legs, arms and head in a furnace?||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
Love listening to Larry and his stories.👍👍👏👏
Elizabeth Smith Friedman
Very well done; I once was a docent at the Fabyan Riverbank Estate in Geneva, and you did a succinct job of telling her story.