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Sidney Dillon Ripley: The Spy Behind the Smithsonian

Sidney Dillon Ripley: The Spy Behind the Smithsonian

May 21, 2020

Sidney Dillon Ripley was a spy during WWII as part of the OSS (yes, he knew Julia Child). But mostly he used his time in the OSS to travel and collect bird specimens. This came in handy when he was appointed as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 

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FDR & Churchill

FDR & Churchill

May 17, 2020

Connections in history and between historical figures is one of the things that interest us most. Join us as we tell a story of a hidden and fascinating connection between two of the most fascinating characters in world war 2. You’ll be surprised where this story ends up!

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This episode is part of our WWII Series, #WWII75FTBF where we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, May 8, 2020.

Julia Child was a Spy? (WWII Special Series)

Julia Child was a Spy? (WWII Special Series)

May 14, 2020

Before perfecting the art of French cooking, Julia Child worked at the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. Learn more about her work, her boss, Wild Bill Donovan, and actual spy, Virginia Hall.

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Here is a link to an article about Julia Child's marriage to Paul:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/julia-childs-recipe-for-a-thoroughly-modern-marriage-86160745/

These are links to the National Museum of American History site about her kitchen, which we talk about in the show. Includes some great pictures of her kitchen:

https://americanhistory.si.edu/food/julia-childs-kitchen

https://americanhistory.si.edu/press/fact-sheets/julia-childs-kitchen

Article about Julia Child's Georgetown DC home:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/julia-childs-dc-home-had-lost-its-luster-but-its-getting-ready-to-sparkle-again/2019/04/05/06a2b94a-4730-11e9-90f0-0ccfeec87a61_story.html

Here is a link to an article from the CIA in tribute to Donovans life and career:

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/gen.-william-j.-donovan-heads-oss.html

a recent (2011) New Yorker profile of the OSS and Donovan:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/03/14/wild-thing-louis-menand

Link to an NPR story about Virginia Hall:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/711356336/a-woman-of-no-importance-finally-gets-her-due

 

The New Eisenhower Memorial

The New Eisenhower Memorial

May 10, 2020

We decided we can call it a new memorial even though its not officially open or dedicated yet. The dedication of DC's newest memorial has been postponed to September 17th, 2020 but it is nearly completed so we took a quick sneak peak.

Dan and Becca talk about the DRAMA leading up to this memorial and its design.

For a look at the video Dan took while visiting the memorial on his daily walk, check out our YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/freetoursbyfoothq.

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May 8th: Harry S Truman & VE Day

May 8th: Harry S Truman & VE Day

May 8, 2020

May 8th is the 75th Anniversary of Victory Europe Day (VE Day) which ended WWII in the Atlantic Theatre. It is also Harry S Truman's, who was President of the US at the time, and Becca's, who wasn't born yet, birthdays! 

Becca and Rebecca chat about President Truman in this episode in honor of his birthday.

All month long we're releasing WWII related content in honor of this anniversary using #WWII75FTBF on our Facebook (/freetoursbyfoothq) and Instagram (@freetoursbyfoot) accounts.

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Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II

Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II

May 3, 2020

Our highlight mini-sode this week focuses on the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II, sometimes called the Japanese Internment Memorial.

Rebecca shares with us more information about why you should visit this hidden gem between the US Capitol and Union Station.

All May 2020 we are focusing on WWII sites and historical figures as part of our #WWII75FTBF celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th.

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Winston Churchill (WWII Special Series)

Winston Churchill (WWII Special Series)

April 30, 2020

May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, so we're focusing on WWII figures and sites for the entire month across all platforms using #WWII75FTBF.

Dan and Rebecca share a bit more about this larger than life figure. 

You can see the statue outside the British Embassy on our Embassy Row Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/embassy-row/#tours

Lincoln Emancipation Memorial

Lincoln Emancipation Memorial

April 26, 2020

On this bonus episode about hidden sites in DC, the Lincoln Emancipation Memorial is one of the most fascinating statues in Washington, not only for what it represented when it was created but for how the perceptions of the statue have evolved over time. Join us to hear about this unique and controversial gem.

 
 
LSD with Kennedy and the Murder of Mary Meyer

LSD with Kennedy and the Murder of Mary Meyer

April 24, 2020

Mary Meyer was a Georgetown socialite, a mistress of President Kennedy, may or may not have introduce him to LSD and was murdered in 1964 in a case that is still unsolved today.

If that doesn't make you want to listen... 

You can learn more about and see Mary Meyer's Georgetown homes on our Ghosts of Georgetown and our Wicked Georgetown/Embassy Row tours: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-ghost-tours/
 
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George Mason: Forgotten Founder

George Mason: Forgotten Founder

April 19, 2020

Don't feel bad if you have no idea who George Mason is, most people don't - but you probably are familiar with the works he inspired. He has an oft forgotten memorial on the Tidal Basin, not far from the Jefferson Memorial, that we visit on our National Mall and Tidal Basin walking tour! 

National Mall & Tidal Basin Tour: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/washington-dc-tours/walking-tours/all-in-one/