One of my favorite podcasts is a series called "Backstory with the American History Guys."
It stars three historians, each an expert on a particular century (18th, 19th, and 20th of course).
Every episode gives me some new insight into how things were in my ancestors' time. The topics range from women's rights and the history of taxation to immigration and concepts of time. The "guys" interview experts about how key cultural, political, technological, and social changes affected America and Americans, both new and old.
That's how I learned that my hubby's ancestors in Wabash no doubt were gathered around the courthouse on the day when its electric lights were first switched on, making the town the first in the nation (possibly the world) to take this step. And it all came about, according to the History Guys, because two fellas from the Wabash Plain Dealer thought this would put the town on the map. And so it has, as you can see from the official seal of Wabash.
I encourage you to check out Backstory's podcasts (on its site or on iTunes) and enjoy!