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Collection of fascinating true stories from the Flip Side of history.
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Latest episode: December 29, 2017 | 11:06 am - UI #108 - The Man Who Gave Away His Birthday

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UI #108 - The Man Who Gave Away His Birthday (2800) December 29, 2017 | 11:06 am
When author Robert Louis Stevenson learned that young Vermont native Annie Ide hated her Christmas birthday, he decided to deed his own birthday to her. Learn how she celebrate her new birthday and what happened after she died.
UI #107 - The First Transatlantic Airplane Race (49:14) November 24, 2017 | 5:24 am
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UI #107 - The First Transatlantic Airplane Race (2953) November 24, 2017 | 5:24 am
In May 1929, Old Orchard Beach in Maine was the site for a race that pitted the smaller, more nimble American Green Flash against larger, more powerful French Yellow Bird. Anticipation mounted for weeks as the two planes attempted to get off the ground.
UI #106 - Elixir of Death (33:04) October 09, 2017 | 2:14 pm
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UI #106 - Elixir of Death (1983) October 09, 2017 | 2:14 pm
When the S.E. Massengill Co. introduced its Elixir Sulfanilamide in September 1937, there was no law in the US requiring pharmaceutical companies to test their medicines for toxicity. As a result, more than 100 people lost their lives.
UI #105 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 3 - Maybelle Trow Knox (44:03) August 31, 2017 | 5:48 pm
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UI #105 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 3 - Maybelle Trow Knox (2642) August 31, 2017 | 5:48 pm
During desperate times some people are forced to do desperate things. The trick is to not get caught. Let's just say that Maybelle Trow Knox was not very good at that last part.
UI #104 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 2 - Farmers in Revolt (27:55) July 07, 2017 | 1:16 pm
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UI #104 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 2 - Farmers in Revolt (1674) July 07, 2017 | 1:16 pm
The Great Depression was an awful time for farmers in Iowa. It culminated with the near hanging of a judge in Le Mars. This particular farm was owned by the womanless library creator T.M. Zink.
UI #103 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 1 - T.M. Zink's Library (33:53) June 10, 2017 | 3:39 pm
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UI #103 - Le Mars Trilogy: Part 1 - T.M. Zink's Library (2032) June 10, 2017 | 3:39 pm
Le Mars, Iowa was thrust into the national spotlight by the actions of just one man: T.M. Zink, a man who left nearly his entire estate for the establishment of a womanless library.
UI #102 - Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (30:44) May 06, 2017 | 2:10 pm
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UI #102 - Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1843) May 06, 2017 | 2:10 pm
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was one of the first female doctors in the United States and is the only woman to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, until the government rescinded her award.
UI #101 - Where There's a Wilby, There's a Way (33:23) March 27, 2017 | 3:14 am
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UI #101 - Where There's a Wilby, There's a Way (2002) March 27, 2017 | 3:14 am
In the 1940's Ralph Marshall Wilby appeared to pull off what was the perfect crime. An incredible story that has many elements of an international thriller: deception, false identities, international kidnapping, and more.
UI #100 - A Miracle Birth in Mexico (20:46) February 28, 2017 | 4:24 pm
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UI #100 - A Miracle Birth in Mexico (1245) February 28, 2017 | 4:24 pm
On March 5, 2000, Ines Ramirez Perez went into labor but was unable to get any medical care to help with the delivery. In a panic, Ines used an ordinary kitchen knife to perform a cesarean on herself.
UI #99 - Millionaire for a Day (40:05) November 25, 2016 | 5:18 pm
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UI #99 - Millionaire for a Day (2404) November 25, 2016 | 5:18 pm
What is a political party to do when they don't want their candidate on the ballot? The Democratic party in Wilkes-Barre, PA found themselves in such a predicament when John Jay "Butch" McDevitt won their primary.
UI #98 - The Trick-or-Treat Dentist (21:12) October 17, 2016 | 5:40 pm
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