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Episode 3: The Black Heart of Montana

Death in the West

Release Date: 10/13/2020

The Great French Copper Scheme show art The Great French Copper Scheme

Death in the West

In this bonus episode to Season One, we plunge into one of the most audacious financial schemes of all timeā€”an international plot to seize control of the copper market that linked the fate of Butte, Montana to the wiles of a mysterious Frenchman.

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Season One Roundtable show art Season One Roundtable

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The Death in the West team meets to debrief and answer some questions from listeners following the end of season one. What did we learn? What surprised us most about making the first season? Why do we think the story of Frank Little persists more than 100 years after his death?

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Episode 10: Butte/America show art Episode 10: Butte/America

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In the final episode of season one, we examine Frank Little's legacy a century after his death and hear the theories of his murder from leading experts. Plus, one final trip to Butte, Montana, as locals grapple with the mining town's past, present and future.

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Episode 9: Why Copper is Red show art Episode 9: Why Copper is Red

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In episode nine, after two years interviewing experts and sifting through the evidence, we present our best theory of who killed Frank Little. We also spend some quality time with the rogues' gallery of crooked cops, seedy businessmen, company gunmen, corporate lawyers and patriotic vigilantes who've been linked to the murder over the years.

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Episode 8: Theories show art Episode 8: Theories

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In episode eight, we begin to comb through the many theories surrounding Frank Little's unsolved murder and meet some of the case's most colorful researchers. Plus, after Little's death, the federal government cracks down on the IWW.

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Episode 7: Tinder Box  show art Episode 7: Tinder Box

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In episode seven, Frank Little arrives in Butte, Montana where, after 13 days of hell-raising speeches and furious organizing, he's murdered by unknown assassins. The Death in the West team invades the sixth floor of the Hennessy Building and reports from what was once the nerve center of the Anaconda Company.

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Episode 6: The Desert show art Episode 6: The Desert

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In episode 6, America dives into WWI and conflicts between workers and their bosses reach a fever pitch across the West. The physical toll of multiple beatings begins to weigh on Frank Little as he travels from Arizona to Chicago and finally to Butte, Montana during the final days of his life.

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Episode 5: The Message show art Episode 5: The Message

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In episode five, Montana's Copper Kings do battle in court, the state legislature, the press and even the underground tunnels of Butte's mines. Frank Little assumes a leadership role during the IWW's free speech fight in towns across the West.

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Episode 4: A Western War show art Episode 4: A Western War

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In episode four, a brazen bombing kills Idaho's ex-governor, and the ensuing rift in the labor movement puts Frank Little on a collision course with history. Plus, Zach and Leif go 100 feet down a mine called Orphan Girl to see what life was like for Butte, Montana's underground workers.

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Episode 3: The Black Heart of Montana show art Episode 3: The Black Heart of Montana

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In episode three, the DITW team visits a vintage, prohibition-era speakeasy and learns how Butte, Montana's massive underground copper deposits transformed it from a mining camp to an urbanized center of wealth and power. In Oklahoma, the Little's family's dream of homesteading hits rock bottom.

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In episode three, the DITW team visits a vintage, prohibition-era speakeasy and learns how Butte, Montana's massive underground copper deposits transformed it from a mining camp to an urbanized center of wealth and power. In Oklahoma, the Little's family's dream of homesteading hits rock bottom.