Episode 142: Not the Lake | USS Indianapolis and Warren G. Harding's Mistresses


September 28th, 2022

1 hr 24 mins 40 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

Tina and Hillary cover Warren G. Harding's mistresses and the USS Indianapolis.

Tina’s Story
Harding’s presidency was rife with scandal. BUT it’s his extramarital affairs, love child, and questionable death that have captivated history lovers.

Hillary’s Story
The USS Indianapolis served the US military during WW2. BUT when a torpedo strikes, sinking the ship, the crew faces shark infested waters.

Tina's Sources
CBS News
Documents reveal fate of 13 missing sailors from the USS Indianapolis, iconic ship torpedoed in shark-infested waters during World War II

Constitution Center
Generations later, President Warren Harding’s sudden death recalled

Warren G. Harding’s Steamy Love Letters Unsealed--by Christopher Klein

History Daily
Warren G. Harding's Death: Conspiracy Or Heart Attack? Did His Wife Poison Him?--by Josh Robertson

Iron Tribune
Strange but True: “…I should never have been here.”

J. Michael Martinez
Scoundrels: Political Scandals in American History—Warren G. Harding--by J. Michael Martinez

New York Times Magazine
The Letters That Warren G. Harding’s Family Didn’t Want You to See--by Jordan Michael Smith

The ‘strange’ death of Warren G. Harding--by Dr. Howard Markel

America's Horniest President--by Jordan Michael Smith
I Read Every Memoir by a Presidential Mistress. Including Stormy’s--by Bill Scher

The Worst Shark Attack in History--by Natasha Geiling

Time Magazine
DNA Tests Proved This 92-Year-Old Presidential Rumor--by Aditya Agrawal

The US Sun
BLOOD IN THE WATER Inside deadliest shark attack EVER as 150 sailors from USS Indianapolis eaten alive after warship sunk in WW2--by Katie Davis

Weird History
The Story of the Deadliest Shark Attack in US History--via YouTube

[Nan Britton](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan_Britton#:~:text=Nanna%20Popham%20Britton%20(November%209,President%20of%20the%20United%20States.)

Warren G. Harding--from Library of Congress via The White House website
Florence Harding--from Library of Congress via Wikipedia
Carrie Fulton Phillips--from Library of Congress via Mistresses the Play
Nan Britton--via Fair Use (Wikipedia)

Hillary's Story
USS Indianapolis sinking: 'You could see sharks circling'--By Alex Last

USS Indianapolis

Fascinating Horror
The Story of the USS Indianapolis | A Short Documentary | Fascinating Horror--via YouTube

USS Indianapolis: Survivor Accounts From the Worst Sea Disaster in US Naval History

The Worst Shark Attack in History--Natasha Geiling

The National WWII Museum
Surviving the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

Naval History and Heritage Command
Indianapolis (CA-35)

The Tennessean
Timeline USS Indianapolis Discovered

USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

USS Indianapolis--from US Naval Historical Center via CBS News
Survivors Surrounded by Sharks--from National Archives via St. Augustine Lighthouse
USS Indianapolis Survivors--from National Archives via CBS News
USS Indianapolis Wreckage--by Navigea via CBS News

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