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Byline: Old News Is Good News

A podcast of historic journalism for young writers, Byline uncovers fascinating stories from the printed past and examines the lives of forgotten reporters.

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Behind Asylum Bars

Behind Asylum Bars

I felt sure now that no doctor could tell whether people were insane or not, so long as the case was not violent.

31 Jan 2018

36mins

Ranked #2

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My Life in the Underworld, part 3

My Life in the Underworld, part 3

Here was I, under sentence, after a farce of a trial wherein I was denied not only my right of trial by jury, but my rig... Read more

20 Sep 2019

30mins

Ranked #3

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My Life in the Underworld, Part 2

My Life in the Underworld, Part 2

I am now in a precarious position, riding the ends of the down-curving roofs of two cars at the same time. With a quick,... Read more

21 Dec 2018

34mins

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Kit Carson's Duel

Kit Carson's Duel

"Gervais," he said, "go to yonder bully, and say to him that unless his threats and boasts cease, I shall be forced to k... Read more

20 Apr 2018

22mins

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Kebeth the Aleut

Kebeth the Aleut

Alaskan Indians paddling in their baidarkas or clustered at camp fires in their cedar forests are telling with awe the s... Read more

23 Feb 2018

35mins

Ranked #6

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The Author of Cyrano

The Author of Cyrano

I said that whatever he would write for me, on what ever subject, at what ever time, I would accept without question or ... Read more

23 Nov 2018

25mins

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David Crockett

David Crockett

Nowhere but in America would such a career as Crockett's have been possible.

14 Sep 2018

31mins

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The Caliph and His Court

The Caliph and His Court

Now and again in the regular round of delinquencies there comes the unmasking of a tragedy.

23 Mar 2018

22mins

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Under Fire

Under Fire

In times of war you constantly see men, and women, too, who, sooner than suffer discomfort or even inconvenience, risk d... Read more

2 Nov 2018

24mins

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My Life in the Underworld, part 1

My Life in the Underworld, part 1

I have often thought that to this training of my tramp days is due much of my success as a story-writer. In order to get... Read more

7 Dec 2018

25mins

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Paris at Bay

Paris at Bay

As the little speck drew straight overhead, these human specks suddenly realized that they were in the line of fire, and... Read more

26 Oct 2018

16mins

Ranked #12

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The Tammany Commandment

The Tammany Commandment

A crook has got to look out for himself, and 
I didn’t trust any gang to take care of me.

9 Mar 2018

30mins

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The Germans Are Coming!

The Germans Are Coming!

Into the fog of war that covered the Continent an army of Englishmen had vanished, none knew where.

13 Oct 2018

24mins

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The Capture, Death and Burial of John Wilkes Booth

The Capture, Death and Burial of John Wilkes Booth

Even in his deep distress Booth had not forgotten to be theatrical. If he must die he wished to die at the climax of a h... Read more

28 Sep 2018

38mins

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The Heart Wife

The Heart Wife

The reason for all the knavery was to avoid the payment of three hundred dollars to a destitute and distracted woman—tha... Read more

9 Feb 2018

29mins

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