Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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SYMHC Classics: Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
Dec 7 • 22 min
In 2011, previous hosts Sarah and Deblina talked about Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger. He became an outlaw in 1878, and his gang successfully conducted several raids. Now, many Australians think of him as a folk hero. Learn more about your…
Behind the Scenes Minis: Barbecue and Holiday Figures
Dec 6 • 13 min
On today’s casual chat, Tracy and Holly discuss their Texas tour, regional barbecue styles, and the holiday figures in the fourth installment of the Krampus and Friends Holiday Special. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 4
Dec 4 • 29 min
Our holiday special is back! We’re once again looking at holiday figures from around the world. Today, we’re going to have a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese traditions as we cover the nisse, the Yule Goat, and the Seven Lucky Gods. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Live: A Brief (U.S.) History of Barbecue
Dec 2 • 50 min
In November, we toured Texas! So we selected the very apt topic of barbecue. Barbecue is deeply tied to language and history and culture, especially in the South – so this episode is about a lot more than meat. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Introducing ‘The Women’
Dec 1 • 2 min
“The Women” is a new podcast from iHeartRadio, hosted by Rose Reid, who interviews changemakers and disruptors to find out what drives them. These interviews are personal, candid, and surprising, and feature people like former CIA agent and Congressional…
SYMHC Classics: The Booth Conspiracy
Nov 30 • 29 min
This 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers John Wilkes Booth’s escape, his co-conspirators’ attacks against other officials, and the strange connections between Booth and Lincoln. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Behind the Scenes Minis: Belinfante and Chutz-POW!
Nov 29 • 11 min
It’s Chutz-POW! week! Tracy and Holly discuss some of the details about Frieda Belinfante’s life that didn’t make it into Monday’s episode, and talk about the importance of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s comic book project at a time when there are…
Interviews: The Team Behind ‘Chutz-POW!’
Nov 27 • 51 min
We’re joined by three members of the team that works on the “Chutz-POW!” comic books series. Birdie Willis, Jackie Reese and Marcel Walker join Holly for discussions about Frieda Belinfante, using comics in education, and the future of this project. Learn…
Frieda Belinfante – Musician and Resistance Agent
Nov 25 • 36 min
Frieda Belinfante is inspiring as a musician, breaking gender barriers in becoming a conductor. She was also a member of the Dutch resistance, who risked her life again and again during WWII in defiance of the German occupation of the Netherlands. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Alice Roosevelt
Nov 23 • 31 min
Today we revisit a 2015 episode about Alice Roosevelt. The eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt was a firebrand who never shied away from the public eye. She was nicknamed “the Second Washington Monument” because of her social power, which she parlayed…
Behind the Scenes Minis: Occupation of Alcatraz
Nov 22 • 9 min
Tracy and Holly talk about the episodes that made up this week’s two-parter on the Occupation of Alcatraz, including how they learned about Native American history in elementary school. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Occupation of Alcatraz, Part 2
Nov 20 • 41 min
The Occupation of Alcatraz started 50 years ago on November 20, 1969 and went on for a year and a half. Last time, we talked about context and the events that led up to the occupation. Today we’ll cover how the occupation itself played out. Learn more…
The Occupation of Alcatraz, Part 1
Nov 18 • 41 min
This episode gives context for the Occupation of Alcatraz, including a brief survey of U.S. government policy toward Native people from the colonial period through the 1950. It also covers some Alcatraz history and an earlier occupation in 1964. Learn…
Our Sister Show: This Day In History Class
Nov 17 • 5 min
Holly and Tracy wanted to share a sample of the spinoff of Stuff You Missed in History Class: This Day in History Class. Every day, host Yves Jeffcoat brings listeners a small slice of history in a short-form episode. Today, we offer a sampling from Yves.…
SYMHC Classics: Johann Dippel and the Elixir of Life
Nov 16 • 29 min
This 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina covers Johann Dippel. Originally a theology student, Dippel began dabbling in chemistry, medicine and alchemy. Today he’s remembered for creating a panacea that was used on a variety of ailments.…
Behind the Scenes Minis: Photos, Quakes and Fires
Nov 15 • 13 min
Holly and Tracy talk casually about the week’s episodes, featuring the photography career of Frances Johnston and the devastation of San Francisco in 1906. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
San Francisco 1906: The Great Quake and Fires
Nov 13 • 36 min
On the morning of April 18, 1906, an event that lasted less than a minute changed San Francisco forever. An earthquake and a series of fires devastated much of the city and had long-term ramifications. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston
Nov 11 • 34 min
Fannie Johnston is tied to SO MANY people and events that we have talked about on the show before. She’s like a history nexus point. And she was able to make a very nice living for herself as a photographer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: The Tulsa Race Riot and Black Wall Street
Nov 9 • 27 min
This 2014 episode came up recently because of the event’s inclusion on a television show. “Black Wall Street” was a nickname for Greenwood, a vibrant suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was destroyed in a race riot in 1921. And while Greenwood’s destruction…
Behind the Scenes Minis: Witchfinder and Baby Sideshow
Nov 8 • 12 min
This is a new feature for the show! On these Friday minisodes, Tracy and Holly will talk in more candid terms about the week’s episodes and their research. This first one covers Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins and Dr. Couney’s Baby Sideshow. Learn…
Dr. Couney’s Baby Sideshow
Nov 6 • 32 min
Couney ran incubator sideshows, featuring premature babies. This is complicated -Couney was making money from these attractions, and his medical experience was questionable. But at the same time, premature babies weren’t getting a lot of care otherwise.…
Matthew Hopkins and The Discovery of Witches
Nov 4 • 41 min
England’s largest and deadliest set of witch trials were largely influenced by one man – Matthew Hopkins, who was known as the Witchfinder General, even though that doesn’t seem to have been an official title given to him in any sort of formal way. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Maria Tallchief
Nov 2 • 29 min
Reaching back to a 2014 episode on Maria Tallchief, a Native American dancer who was the first grand ballerina of the United States. Through her partnership with famed choreographer George Balanchine, she helped shape ballet in America and served as an…
SYMHC Live: William Mumler’s Spirit Photography
Oct 30 • 52 min
In the 1860s, Mumler rose to fame as a photographer of spirits. Whether Mumler was earnest or was just fleecing people is a tricky question, in part because while evidence mounted against him, he always professed his innocence. Learn more about your…
The Greenbrier Ghost
Oct 28 • 31 min
The story of Zona Heaster Shue’s death and subsequent appearances to her mother as an apparition are often referred to as the only case in the U.S. when a ghost’s testimony convicted a murderer. But of course, there’s a lot more to the story. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Accused by a Ghost!
Oct 26 • 23 min
This 2012 episode is from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. In the early 1760s, the so-called Cock Lane Ghost haunted a London home, communicating through knocks. The ghost accused her former partner of poisoning her. However, as more details emerged…
Introducing History VS.
Oct 25 • 2 min
In the podcast History Vs., we’ll explore how larger-than-life historical figures faced off against their greatest foes. In this inaugural season, we’re looking at Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible life using a convention that he, as a boxer, would have…
The Catacombs of Paris
Oct 23 • 36 min
The Catacombs contain the bones of an estimated 6 to 7 million people. Their history is really two interconnected stories of mines and human remains, because in the 18th century, Paris was dealing with two huge problems simultaneously. Learn more about…
F.W. Murnau, Director of the Nosferatu
Oct 21 • 36 min
Murnau is most well known for directing the first vampire film, but the German-born creator went on to make a number of influential films before his early death. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: The Lady Who Turned to Soap
Oct 19 • 24 min
We’re revisiting a 2015 episode on a very fascinating corpse. Saponification is the process of turning to soap, and in certain conditions, cadavers do it. The Soap Lady is one of the most famous cases of an adipocere-covered corpse, but there are many…
SYMHC Live: Mysteries of the Color Blue
Oct 16 • 44 min
Blue is the most popular color in many parts of the world, and it can seem like it’s everywhere. . But many ancient languages didn’t have a word for blue, and some languages still don’t. This show was recorded live at a National Gallery of Art’s NGA…
Jeanne Baret
Oct 14 • 35 min
Baret was the first woman known to circumnavigate the globe. But her experience wasn’t just about the travel – she was working, and her work took her to places that were totally unexpected for someone of her gender and economic class in the 18th century.…
SYMHC Classics: The Case of the Colorado Cannibal, Alferd Packer
Oct 12 • 24 min
It’s an unsettling 2012 episode! In the winter of 1873, Alferd Packer led gold prospectors into the Rockies, but harsh conditions soon set them off course. Packer was the only survivor, and he looked oddly well-fed. He claimed he’d killed in self-defense.…
Commercial Aviation in the U.S., Part 2
Oct 9 • 55 min
In this episode, we’ll go from the international agreement that prepared for a global airline industry up to the deregulation of U.S. commercial aviation in the late 1970s. And then we have a special guest — John Hodgman came by the studio for a visit!…
Commercial Aviation in the U.S., Part 1
Oct 7 • 32 min
Since the possibility of air travel became a reality, many entrepreneurs were trying to figure out a way to make flight into a business. This first of two parts covers those early efforts, and the growth of the airline industry up to WWII. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Beast of Gevaudan
Oct 5 • 30 min
This 2014 episode covers attacks on women and children of Gevaudan in the 1760s, which sparked a huge push to hunt and kill the mystery beast behind them. While efforts to track the animal struggled, France was gripped in terror. Learn more about your…
The Black Sox Scandal
Oct 2 • 40 min
Some of the Chicago White Sox players confessed to taking a bribe to lose the 1919 World Series on purpose, but they never admitted to actually underplaying. And the collective memory about this whole scandal is very different from how it all played out.…
Unearthed! In Autumn 2019
Sep 30 • 45 min
As promised in July, we have some Unearthed this fall! We’ve got past episode updates, cannonballs, things that are oldests and firsts, textiles, edibles and potables, and a little bit of creepy and eerie stuff at the end. Learn more about your ad-choices…
SYMHC Classics: The Doctors’ Riot of 1788
Sep 28 • 24 min
We’re revising a 2014 episode today. In the late 1700s, medical colleges needed cadavers for educational dissection, but there were no legal means for obtaining them. This led to some unorthodox dealings in the acquiring of bodies, and brought New York to…
Interview: Sarah Roberts of the Atlanta History Center
Sep 25 • 57 min
Holly sat down with Sarah Roberts, the Vice President of Goizueta Gardens and Living Collections at the Atlanta History Center, to talk about making history a living part of Atlanta’s community culture. You can visit the Atlanta History Center’s website…
Robert Liston, Surgical Pioneer
Sep 23 • 37 min
Liston is most known for a tale about how multiple deaths resulted from one of his surgeries. But that means that his entire biography as a surgeon is dominated by the apocryphal events of one day. So today we’ll unpack his career and ethics. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street
Sep 21 • 32 min
Today’s classic from 2014 features Hetty Green. She was the wealthiest woman in the U.S., skilled when it came to amassing a fortune. But her eccentric behavior and miserly ways led to bad press and a less-than-flaterring nickname. Learn more about your…
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sep 18 • 42 min
She was the Spanish empire’s most widely published poet of her time, and her work has survived until today, but not her own thoughts about much of her life. Consequently, her life, and her very complex poetry, has been really subject to interpretation.…
The Success of Pastellist Rosalba Carriera
Sep 16 • 29 min
Venetian portraitist Carriera achieved a surprising level of success in the male-dominated European art world of the early 1700s. Her work helped popularize pastels and her portraits were commissioned by Europe’s most prominent figures. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: John Harvey Kellogg
Sep 14 • 34 min
We’re revisiting a 2013 episode about John Harvey Kellogg. His last name is famous for breakfast cereal, but was a 19th-century doctor with some unique (and groundbreaking) beliefs about health and wellness.His Battle Creek Sanitarium was home to anything…
The 1954 Guatemalan Coup Part 2
Sep 11 • 46 min
United Fruit Company was Guatemala’s largest employer and largest single landowner when the October Revolution took place. It also controlled the railroad, the port and the utilities. And it feared that the new government threatened its business…
The 1954 Guatemalan Coup Part 1
Sep 9 • 36 min
The 1954 coup that overthrew the democratically elected president of Guatemala was orchestrated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Part one will outline the various influences leading up to the coup, including the involvement of United Fruit…
SYMHC Classics: The Sinking of the S-5
Sep 7 • 33 min
Today’s episode is a classic from November 2014. 1920, the S-5 left the Boston Navy Yard on its first mission, with a crew of 36 officers and enlisted men. While performing a crash dive as part of a performance evaluation, the crew found themselves on a…
The Impious Philosophy of Anaxagoras
Sep 4 • 31 min
Anaxagoras and his work in unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos crossed the boundaries between philosophy and astronomy.. And it was, in many ways WAY ahead of its time – ahead enough that he was criminally charged for it. Learn more about your…
The Great English Convent Case of 1869
Sep 2 • 46 min
This case fed an already growing anti-Catholic movement in England in the 1860s. Additionally, it played on the shock of women being incredibly cruel to one another – something that was even used by the plaintiff’s legal team when speaking to the jury.…
SYMHC Classics: The Catalpa and the Fremantle Six
Aug 31 • 27 min
Today we revisit a 2015 episode about an international jailbreak! In the 1860s, a crew from the United States mounted a mission to Western Australia to rescue imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood who had been imprisoned by Great Britain.…
Sarah Josepha Hale & Godey’s Lady’s Book
Aug 28 • 38 min
Godey’s Lady’s Book was the most popular magazine in the U.S. in the middle of the 19th century. Although it’s most well-known for its hand-tinted fashion plates, its content included poetry, fiction, household tips, music, and etiquette. Learn more about…
John Wilkins and His 1640s Lunar Exploration Plans
Aug 26 • 31 min
In the 1600s, John Wilkins was planning out what he thought it would take for humans to travel to the moon. Wilkins managed to ride out a rocky time in England’s historycomfortably, and was well known; he appears in the diaries of Samuel Pepys. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s First Female M.D
Aug 24 • 31 min
Today we revisit a 2014 episode. Dr. Blackwell had no interest in medicine as a child. But she paved the way for women who came after her and changed the face of medicine in the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Benjamin Lay, the Quaker Comet
Aug 21 • 42 min
Benjamin Lay was a Quaker and a radical abolitionist who lived in the period between when the Religious Society of Friends began and when it started formally banning slave ownership among its members. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Rise of the Traffic Light
Aug 19 • 32 min
There are multiple contenders when it comes to the question of who invented the traffic light. This episode looks at a few of the moments in traffic light history that got us to where we are today, as well as what made them a necessity in the first place.…
SYMHC Classics: Diogenes of Sinope
Aug 17 • 26 min
Today we reach back to our 2015 episode on Diogenes of Sinope, the father of the Cynicism school of philosophy. He was also an incredibly eccentric figure who spoke out against pretense, and he used humor to convey his ideals Learn more about your…
A Brief History of Thalidomide, Part 2
Aug 14 • 34 min
We’re finishing out our two-parter on thalidomide. This episode covers the response, including criminal trials, changes to drug laws, and debates about the legality of abortion, and how this has continued to evolve for thalidomide survivors until today.…
A Brief History of Thalidomide, Part 1
Aug 12 • 37 min
Thalidomide has been described as the biggest man made medical disaster of all time. This first part covers what thalidomide is, the animal testing that lead its manufacturer to market it as safe, and its release into the market. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: Freya of Arabia
Aug 10 • 29 min
Today revisits a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. After a childhood spent roaming Europe, Freya Stark began saving money to take Arabic lessons. Once fluent, she traveled into areas few outsiders had ever been, documenting her travels…
The Peterloo Massacre
Aug 7 • 35 min
The Peterloo Massacre took place during a peaceful protest for parliamentary reform in Manchester, England. And there was a lot feeding into why people in Britain, and specifically in the region around Manchester, thought that reform was needed. Learn…
William Maclure and New Harmony’s Boatload of Knowledge
Aug 5 • 32 min
When Robert Owen founded his utopian community, he wanted to have the best minds he could find running the educational system. He recruited William Maclure, who in turn brought many great minds with him. Their boat was nicknamed the Boatload of Knowledge.…
SYMHC Classics: The Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion
Aug 3 • 27 min
Today we revisit a fun 2014 episode. In the mid-20th century, one ad company had a wacky plan to actually dole out land deeds as part of a cereal promotion. How did they manage it? And was the land worth anything? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Live: The New Harmony Utopias
Jul 31 • 58 min
We did a live show for the Indiana Historical Society about the town of New Harmony, Indiana in the window from 1815-1827. In that period, two different communal societies occupied the town, one right after the other. But one was far more successful.…
Unearthed in July, Part 2
Jul 29 • 44 min
Part two of this year’s Unearthed! in July features some longtime listener favorites like edibles, potables and of course shipwrecks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: Heaven on Earth, the Brook Farm Community
Jul 27 • 33 min
Today we revisit a 2013 episode. In the 1840s, Boston’s West Roxbury suburb — which was completely rural at the time — was home to an experiment in transcendentalist utopian living: the Brook Farm community. The idea was to create an environment of…
Unearthed in July, Part 1
Jul 24 • 40 min
It’s time for the July edition of Unearthed! And this one is in two parts! Today, we have updates and connections to previous episodes. Then some things about Neanderthals and early humans, and the unearthed books, letters and works of art. Learn more…
Thomas Harriot: Mathematician, Astronomer, Relative Unknown
Jul 22 • 35 min
Harriot’s story is tied to SO MANY other notable historic things, including a lot of business with Sir Walter Raleigh. He’s really not a household name like many of his contemporaries, even though he was neck-and-neck with them in terms of discoveries.…
SYMHC Classics: Charles IX of France
Jul 20 • 32 min
Today we revisit a 2015 episode about French royalty. Much like many of the other mad royals that have been discussed on the podcast through the years, Charles IX of France was prone to fits of rage so intense that people at court feared for their lives.…
The Port Chicago Disaster
Jul 17 • 42 min
This was the worst stateside disaster in the United States during World War II. Apart from being a horrific tragedy, the disaster itself and its aftermath were threaded through with racism and injustice. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Ferdinand and Barbara, Married Mad Royals
Jul 15 • 31 min
Despite ascending to power in a court filled with intrigue, juggling relations with Britain and France, and both likely having mental health conditions, the reign of Ferdinand VI of Spain and his wife Barbara was surprisingly stable. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam
Jul 13 • 35 min
Today we revisit an episode from 2017 about Ibn Battuta, whose 14th-century travels were extensive. He was away from home for roughly 24 years and during that time traveled through virtually every Muslim nation and territory, becoming the traveler of the…
Fearless, Feisty and Unflagging: The Women of Gettysburg
Jul 10 • 39 min
Military history rarely focuses on the women who lived through conflict and worked on recovery efforts. This episode covers women who assisted troops, buried the dead, nursed the wounded, and managed to survive the fighting in Gettysburg Pennsylvania.…
Thomas Cook, John Cook, and the Rise of the Tourism Industry
Jul 8 • 31 min
Thomas Cook and his son John Mason Cook were pioneers of the idea of a travel agency to manage tourist holidays. But Thomas Cook was initially motivated by his support of the temperance movement and his deeply held religious beliefs. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: Hartford Circus Fire
Jul 6 • 26 min
This 2015 episode covers an event in 1944, when one of the most disastrous fires in U.S. history broke out during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Dozens of lives were lost and hundreds of people were injured as the largest big top…
Hatshepsut and the Expeditions to Punt
Jul 3 • 41 min
One of our biggest sources of information on Punt comes from Hatshepsut, who sent a huge expedition there in the 15th century B.C.E. The expedition to Punt is also an important and illustrative part of Hatshepsut’s reign. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Sylvia of Hollywood – Beauty Consultant to the Stars
Jul 1 • 40 min
In the 1920s and 1930s, Sylvia was famous for shaping up starlets, cementing the idea that Hollywood’s beauties were aspirational figures for the average woman. Many of Sylvia’s ideas about fitness were totally sensible, but she could also be quite harsh…
SYMHC Classics: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot
Jun 29 • 24 min
This episode reached back to 2015 for some LGBTQ history. In 1966, a restaurant in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district was the site of a violent incident in LGBT history. After the riot, a grassroots effort grew to improve relationships between police and…
Marie Laurencin: Avante-garde Painter of Paris
Jun 26 • 39 min
Laurencin is a difficult painter to study. In addition to her work not quite falling in line with the artists who were her contemporaries, her personal papers are difficult to access, are censored, and have strict limitations put on their use. Learn more…
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919
Jun 24 • 36 min
The 1919 strike is the largest in Canada’s history, and shut Winnipeg down. While the strike started out as a simple labor dispute, there were many factors involved in how it played out, and a conspiracy theory that it was a communist uprising. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Good Humor v. Popsicle
Jun 22 • 29 min
Today we revisit a fun episode from 2015. There was a time when Popsicle and Good Humor couldn’t stop suing one another about frozen treats on sticks. Many legal battles were fought over milk fat, the shapes of the desserts and the definition of the word…
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 2
Jun 19 • 37 min
After being forcibly admitted to a mental hospital by her husband, Elizabeth Packard began advocating for herself as well as the improvement of treatment in such facilities. After her release, she lobbied for reform to the asylum system. Learn more about…
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 1
Jun 17 • 33 min
Elizabeth Packard’s marriage started out well, but soon, her questioning nature exploration of new ideas about religion led her husband to decide she was mentally ill. He had her forcibly committed to the Illinois State Asylum and Hospital for the Insane.…
SYMHC Classics: Sisi - The Empress of Austria and Her Cult of Beauty
Jun 15 • 33 min
We’re traveling back to 2011 for this one! Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sisi, is often considered the public’s “favorite” member of the Habsburgs. She only reluctantly carried out her duties, but her murder created an outcry across Europe…
The General Slocum Disaster
Jun 12 • 34 min
The P.S. General Slocum burned in the East River in New York on June 15, 1904. It had been chartered for a group outing that suddenly became a deadly maritime disaster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Advent of Radioiodine Therapy
Jun 10 • 27 min
Humans have recognized thyroid disease for thousands of years. But in the 1930s. Saul Hertz had an insight after hearing a physicist’s lecture that changed the treatment of hyperthyroidism forever. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Mad King Ludwig Dines Alone
Jun 8 • 27 min
In this 2010 episode, previous hosts Katie and Sarah look at Ludwig II of Bavaria. From his opulent, solitary dinners to the amazing Neuschwanstein Castle, it’s no surprise that King Ludwig II was known as an eccentric. In fact, people thought he was mad.…
A Brief History of Doughnuts
Jun 5 • 35 min
Making basic pastes or doughs and frying them has been part of human civilization for centuries. From this, the doughnut eventually evolved, and also caused a number of heated debates along the way. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Red Summer, 1919
Jun 3 • 38 min
In the summer of 1919, a wave of racist violence played out in the U.S. In many ways, the violence of Red Summer was a response to (but NOT caused by) two earlier events: the Great Migration and the return of black soldiers who had fought in World War I.…
SYMHC Classics: Lakshmi Bai — Who is India’s Joan of Arc?
Jun 1 • 33 min
Today we revisit a 2011 episode of the podcast. Lakshmi Bai was born into wealthy family in 1830, but she was far from the typical aristocrat. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the life and work of Lakshmi Bai, from her youth to her instrumental…
Samuel Pepys, Beyond the Diary
May 29 • 38 min
We’re coming up on the 350th anniversary of Pepys’ last diary entry, written May 31, 1669, so it seemed like a good time to take a closer look not just at the diary, but also at who Pepys was beyond his famous chronicle of life in 17th-century London.…
The Limerick Soviet
May 27 • 30 min
For two weeks in 1919, the city of Limerick went on a labor strike. During that time, the strike committee managed the workings of the city, including food supplies, and it even began printing its own currency. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Time Capsules
May 25 • 36 min
Today, we’re revisiting an episode from 2015! People feel very strongly about time capsules, even though the contents are often a little underwhelming. What actually qualifies as a time capsule, and what are some of the most notable ones? Learn more about…
The ‘Mysterious’ Birthplace of Chester A. Arthur
May 22 • 41 min
When Arthur was selected as the Republican party’s vice presidential nominee in 1880, questions arose about whether he had been born in the United States and consequently whether he was eligible to be vice president at all. Learn more about your…
To the Hon. Chester A. Arthur; Respectfully, Julia I. Sand
May 20 • 38 min
In 1882 and 1883, decades before women had the right to vote, Julia Sand wrote a series of letters to President Chester A. Arthur that may have influenced his presidency. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: Lili’uokalan — Who Was the Last Queen of Hawaii?
May 18 • 18 min
Today we’re revisiting a 2010 episode from previous hosts Katie and Sarah. Born in 1838, Lili’uokalani became the queen of Hawaii in 1891. Unfortunately, she was destined to be Hawaii’s last monarch. Listen in and learn how Hawaii became a state in this…
The Showings of Julian of Norwich
May 15 • 39 min
Julian was a medieval mystic who wrote down her visions, which she called showings. In this episode, we talk about her life in context of mysticism and how it fit into the context of Christianity in medieval Europe. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Godzilla: The Start of His Story
May 13 • 34 min
When Godzilla first hit the big screen, there was no intention that it would launch a film franchise that would run for decades. Director Ishiro Honda intended to make a film warning of the dangers of nuclear testing and man’s relationship with nature.…
SYMHC Classics: Kamehameha The Great
May 11 • 20 min
We’re traveling back to 2010 to revisit this one from the archive! Born shortly after the appearance of Halley’s comet over Hawai’i in 1758, Kamehameha was hailed as the king who would unite the Hawai’ian islands. But how did he turn this prophecy into…
They Were Her Property: An Interview With Stephanie Jones-Rogers
May 8 • 36 min
Holly was lucky enough to chat with historian Stephanie Jones-Rogers, author of “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South,” which pieces together details that add new understanding of slavery in the U.S. Learn more about…
Alice Hamilton and the Birth of Occupational Medicine
May 6 • 30 min
Dr. Alice Hamilton was a trailblazer in science and medicine, and dedicated her life to improving the workplace standards for laborers in an effort to reduce illnesses that came from working with toxic chemicals. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Bawdy House Riots of 1668
May 4 • 27 min
We’re going back to a 2016 episode today. In early modern London, there was a tradition of sorts where apprentices would amass on holidays and physically destroy brothels. One of the largest such riot took place during Easter week in 1668, and it was a…
Evil May-day Riots
May 1 • 34 min
On May Day in 1517 a riot was carried out by apprentices, journeymen and other workers. While this was an uprising of laborers, this incident, called the Evil May-day or Ill May-day, was also rooted in immigration and xenophobia in Tudor London. Learn…
Hennig Brand and the Discovery of Phosphorus
Apr 29 • 34 min
Spoiler alert: Hennig Brand discovered phosphorous by boiling pee. And phosphorous is the first element whose discoverer we can name. But he was really trying to do something else: He thought the secret to the philosopher’s stone might be found in urine.…
SYMHC Classics: Secret Science - Alchemy!
Apr 27 • 23 min
We’re revisiting an episode from Sarah and Deblina from 2011. Many think of alchemy as a fool’s pursuit, but alchemy has a rich history closely tied to medicine and metallurgy. Additionally, techniques developed by alchemists strongly influenced…
Smithsonian American Art Museum: An Interview With Stephanie Stebich
Apr 24 • 41 min
Holly had the privilege of sitting down with Stephanie Stebich, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for a chat in the museum. The discussion covers the building’s history, one of the new exhibits there, and one of Stephanie’s favorite items…
James G. Fair, Silver King
Apr 22 • 33 min
Fair was a contemporary of Levi Strauss, living and working in San Francisco around the same time as the denim magnate, but though Fair often appears on lists of the richest men in U.S. history, he doesn’t have the same name recognition. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: John Dee, Her Majesty’s Secret Sorcerer
Apr 20 • 26 min
We’re revisiting an episode from 2011 featuring previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. Born in 1527 to a Welsh family, John Dee grew to become one of Queen Elizabeth’s most memorable advisors. Join Sarah and Deblina as they delve into the life and times of…
Bacon’s Rebellion, Part 2
Apr 17 • 34 min
Last time, we talked about the many reasons Virginia colonists were frustrated by the 1670s, including the price of tobacco, taxation, and disparities between the richest colonists and everyone else. But another issue actually sparked the rebellion. Learn…
Bacon’s Rebellion, Part 1
Apr 15 • 31 min
For a long time Bacon’s Rebellion was primarily interpreted as a precursor to the Revolutionary War, with patriotic colonists rising up against the tyranny of the British colonial government. But there are a lot more moving parts than that. This first…
SYMHC Classics: Rosalind Franklin, DNA’s Dark Lady
Apr 13 • 27 min
We’re reaching back to 2011 for an episode from Sarah and Deblina about a woman scientist. The men who are usually credited with discerning DNA’s structure won the Nobel Prize in 1962, but they used Rosalind Franklin’s research. In 1952, she captured the…
Stop-motion Animation History With LAIKA Studios
Apr 10 • 75 min
Holly recently got to visit the set of LAIKA’s new film “Missing Link,” and the production team there agreed to be part of an episode about the history of stop-motion animation. This made for a supersized episode with a regular discussion of the topic,…
Baron Franz Nopcsa
Apr 8 • 31 min
Nopcsa lived an adventurous, scholarly life, funded entirely by his family money. He identified dinosaurs, inserted himself into Albanian politics, and wrote volumes and volumes of books and papers. But his life was not entirely charmed. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: The Battle of Hastings
Apr 6 • 31 min
Today we’re traveling back to a episode from 2014 about the Battle of Hastings, which is often boiled it down to a sentence: The Normans invaded Britain in 1066, and their victory ended the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history. But of course, that brief…
Juliette Gordon Low
Apr 3 • 40 min
The, founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America had an early life that’s somewhat surprising. But she was deeply interested in helping other from an early age, and when she learned about the scouting movement, she dedicated her life to it.…
The Tiara of Saitaphernes
Apr 1 • 33 min
Our April Fool’s Day story is the tale of an elaborate hoax. It starts with the Scythians and how their artifacts became highly prized in 19th century Europe, and ends with an artist who came into fame as a result of his part in a forgery. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Laura Bridgman’s Education
Mar 30 • 27 min
Today we’re revisiting the 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina on Laura Bridgman, the first deafblind person to be educated — a feat accomplished by Samuel Gridley Howe in the 1830s. People from around the world came to see her, including…
The Life and Disappearance of Ettore Majorana
Mar 27 • 33 min
Had his life had taken a different course, he may have become as widely known as Albert Einstein. In the 1930s, Majorana contributed to the field of quantum mechanics in ways that fundamentally shaped the field. And then he vanished. Learn more about your…
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
Mar 25 • 39 min
The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was part of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. The 6888th was the only battalion of black women from the U.S. to serve in Europe during World War II. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Emmy Noether, Mathematics Trailblazer
Mar 23 • 30 min
Today we revisit a 2015 episode about Emmy Noether pursued a career in mathematics in the early 20th century in Germany, despite many obstacles in her path. She became one of the most respected members of her field, and developed mathematical theory…
Fanny Brice, Part 2
Mar 20 • 36 min
Comedian Fanny Brice’s personal life was often a mess even though her onstage personas were all about laughter. Even as her beloved, Nick Arnstein, was in deep legal trouble, she supported him, started a family, and kept her career going. Learn more about…
Fanny Brice, Part 1
Mar 18 • 34 min
Fanny made a space for herself on stage as a comedian because she felt she could never be pretty enough to be an actress. And her personal life was a complete roller coaster. But she remains the original funny girl, making awkward her brand from the time…
SYMHC Classics: Caroline Herschel, Astronomy’s Cinderella
Mar 16 • 31 min
Today we revisit a 2014 episode about Caroline Herschel, who managed to break the barrier of women in scientific fields far earlier than you might suspect, in part because of her association with her brother, and in equal measure due to her steadfast…
Sappho
Mar 13 • 37 min
Sappho is described as the greatest female poet of ancient Greece. Or, the greatest Greek lyric poet, period. Her reputation as one of the world’s finest poets has persisted for more than 2500 years, but the overwhelming majority of her work has not.…
Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convention
Mar 11 • 38 min
Dr. Raphael Lemkin is often described as the person who coined the term “genocide.” And he did do that – but was also the driving force behind the existence of the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: Evliya Çelebi, World Traveler and Companion to Mankind
Mar 9 • 28 min
Today we revisit a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. Evliya Çelebi grew up in 17th century Istanbul as the “boon companion” of Sultan Murad IV. In his 20s, Evliya had a prophetic dream and spent decades traveling. During his travels he…
Transatlantic Cruising Before the Titanic
Mar 6 • 35 min
Ships were of course carrying cargo for centuries before the idea of carrying passengers in any sort of vacation sense existed. But once the Black Ball line decided to prioritize passenger comfort, the development of the cruise industry began. Learn more…
Olga of Kiev
Mar 4 • 34 min
Most of what we know about Olga comes from the Russian Primary Chronicle, also known as the Chronicle of Nestor or the Tale of Bygone Years. Some elements of the story may borrow more from legend than from history – it involves an elaborate, gruesome,…
SYMHC Classics: Katie Sandwina, the Glamorous Strongwoman
Mar 2 • 29 min
We’re revisiting a 2015 episode about Katie Sandwina, who wowed crowds from an early age, first as a wrestling act and then exclusively as professional strongwoman. During a time when women’s suffrage was a hot button issue, she cultivated an image of a…
Alexandre Dumas Père
Feb 27 • 40 min
Alexandre Dumas wrote such classics as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, and both those books’ sequels, eight Marie Antoinette romances, and a BUNCH of other novels and plays. And essays. And travel books. And memoirs. And a dictionary…
General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas
Feb 25 • 34 min
General Dumas sounds like a character out of one of his son’s books. Because he pretty much was. His life is a series of dramatic and daring adventures, including an impressive rise up through the ranks of the French military. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: John Snow and Mary Seacole
Feb 23 • 36 min
Today’s classic is a double feature! First, Katie and Sarah’s look at Dr. John Snow’s famous “ghost map” in 2009, and then the related work of nurse Mary Seacole in an episode from 2010. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Rabbit Test
Feb 20 • 33 min
After the discovery of hormones in the early 20th century, new methods of pregnancy testing were developed. Some of these involved animal use, but how did the rabbit test work, and when did it get replaced? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Brief History of Vodka
Feb 18 • 35 min
The story of vodka is one that’s closely tied to cultural identity for several countries, but where did it originate, and how did it evolve over time? We’ll talk a bit about how vodka is made, where it came from, and how it’s expanded to a global market.…
SYMHC Classics: Rose Bertin, the First Fashion Designer
Feb 16 • 36 min
We’re revisiting an episode from 2014, where we discuss the legendary wardrobe of Marie-Antoinette. Where did all those glorious clothes come from? In large part, they were the work of Rose Bertin, a milliner who found herself the stylist to the queen.…
Paul Julius Reuter
Feb 13 • 38 min
Paul Julius Reuter had a knack for filling in the gaps in communication systems, and make a lot of money doing so. And eventually, he managed to to turn Reuters - which he had named himself after - into the largest international news service in the world.…
Mary Winston Jackson, NASA Engineer
Feb 11 • 36 min
Jackson is most well known as the first black woman to become an engineer at NASA. But she also worked to clear the way for other underrepresented people at NASA, in particular black women. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Victoria and Albert
Feb 9 • 29 min
We’re looking back at an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. She’s one of Britain’s best-loved queens, but Victoria’s parentage made her an unlikely heir. When she became queen at 18, she rebelled from her upbringing. But an early marriage to…
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 2
Feb 6 • 35 min
The second part of our look at Gustave Eiffel’s life picks up just after he closed down all business interests in South America, and leads into some of his most famous work, including the Statue of Liberty and the Parisian tower that bears his name. Learn…
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 1
Feb 4 • 29 min
Gustave Eiffel’s expertise in iron work was sought for projects throughout Europe and South America, and he worked on one of the most iconic structures in the U.S. His career is mostly an impressive series of successes, save one colossal scandal. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Leading the Charge - The Massachusetts 54th
Feb 2 • 29 min
This episode revisits a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. A 1792 law prevented African Americans from taking up arms in the Civil War. As attitudes against blacks serving changed, black regiments were formed. But prejudices remained…
The Perdicaris Incident
Jan 30 • 34 min
The Perdicaris kidnapping happened in Morocco in the early 20th century, but impacted American history significantly. It has been fictionalized in writing and film, but it is plenty dramatic all on its own. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Regulator War
Jan 28 • 41 min
This episode was inspired by the TV series “Outlander.” The Regulator War, aka the War of the Regulation, aka the Regulator Movement, was a North Carolina event which arose in response to unfair taxes, poor representation and corruption. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: The Flannan Isles Disappearance
Jan 26 • 26 min
This 2013 episode delves into a maritime history mystery. The Flannan Islands have been rumored for centuries to be haunted or have some supernatural darkness. In 1900, three men vanished from the lighthouse on Eilean Mor, leaving behind an unfinished…
Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery
Jan 23 • 28 min
Sushruta’s Compendium is one of the foundational texts of Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine. He’s also known as the father of plastic surgery, and was writing about medicine and surgery at least 200 years before Hippocrates. Learn more…
Teresa Carreño
Jan 21 • 30 min
Not only was Teresa Carreño the most famous pianist of her day, she is considered to be Venezuela’s first international super star. And her personal life was just as compelling as her public persona. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Lisztomania
Jan 19 • 29 min
This 2015 episode is all about pianist, composer and conductor Franz Liszt. He was basically the first rock star who drove fans into fits of swooning and screaming. Some fans even stole the detritus of his life (unfinished coffee, broken piano strings) to…
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 2
Jan 16 • 40 min
Last time, we talked about Sojourner Truth’s enslavement and how a religious vision after she was free led her to moving to New York City. Today, we’re picking up with another vision, which marked a huge shift in how she lived her life. Learn more about…
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 1
Jan 14 • 32 min
Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist in the 19th century. But because a speech most famously associated with Truth is a version rewritten by someone else, she’s commonly imagined as a different person from who she actually was.…
SYMHC Classics: The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made
Jan 12 • 42 min
Today we’re revising a 2013 episode about the Suquamish chief who is best remembered for a speech he gave upon discovering that Governor Stevens wanted land to build a railroad. However, the speech’s origins are nebulous (and in some quotations completely…
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 2
Jan 9 • 34 min
In the first part of this two-parter, we covered ballet’s origins and early evolution. We left off with the founding of the Academie Royale de Musique, and the ways Jean-Baptiste Lully worked to ensure that his academy had as much prestige as possible.…
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 1
Jan 7 • 28 min
For a long time, there was no formalized dance in western culture. Eventually, court performers in Europe were asked to also teach their audiences how to dance, blending the worlds of performance and social dancing, and creating a new art form. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de’ Medici and the Scarlet Nuptials
Jan 5 • 28 min
In this classic 2010 episode of the Medici super series, Katie and Sarah follow up on the further adventures of Catherine de’Medici. Listen in and learn how the St. Bartholomew Day’s massacre contributed to Catherine’s notorious reputation. Learn more…
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 2
Jan 2 • 45 min
Wrapping up coverage of things found, discovered and dug up in 2018, this second in our two-part Unearthed! episode includes a little potpourri, edibles and potables, shipwrecks, exhumations and repatriations. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 1
Dec 31, 2018 • 42 min
It’s time for Unearthed 2018, where we talk about the historical things discovered or dug up in the past year. Part one includes a bunch of research into human migration patterns, mummies, mass graves, and human sacrifices, among other things. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de’ Medici, Italian Orphan
Dec 29, 2018 • 26 min
Today we’re revisiting a 2010 episode from Katie and Sarah about Catherine de’ Medici, who remains the most famous female member of the Medici clan. Orphaned at a young age, Catherine survived struggles with childhood illness and eventually became the…
Unearthed: Francisco Franco
Dec 26, 2018 • 39 min
We’re taking a look at Francisco Franco and the Spanish Civil War. We’ve talked about Spain’s parliament voting to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco and relocate them to a state-funded mausoleum, and we’re giving that entire situation more…
Christmas Triple-Feature: Stille Nacht, St. Nick & Scrooge
Dec 24, 2018 • 40 min
We’re taking a look at three creative works that have become staples of the Christmas season. All three of them have played a huge part in how people observe and celebrate Christmas in parts of the world, and they all have milestone birthdays this year.…
SYMHC Classics: Charles Dickens Takes America
Dec 22, 2018 • 27 min
This episode revisits the story of Charles Dickens on tour, featuring previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. Dickens is best known for chronicling life in London, but he also wrote about the United States - and not in a flattering light. When touring the U.S.…
Buddy Bolden and the Birth of Jazz
Dec 19, 2018 • 34 min
Bolden is often referred to as the first jazz performer, and his playing is legendary. But his life story, cluttered by lack of documentation and misinformation, played out tragically after his ascension to the apex of the New Orleans music scene. Learn…
The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
Dec 17, 2018 • 37 min
Mary Stuart is one of history’s most memorable figures, with myriad compelling chapters in her life. The Babington Plot was a convoluted bit of intrigue that she’s tied to, and it ultimately led to her execution. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Rival Queens — Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I
Dec 15, 2018 • 32 min
Today we revisit an episode from 2009 in preparation for a new episode coming this week about the Babington Plot. Although they were cousins, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart had little in the way of familial affection. Previous hosts Katie and Sarah take a…
Interview: Hayley Milliman of Museum Hack
Dec 12, 2018 • 35 min
Museum Hack writer Hayley Milliman joins Holly to talk about the company’s irreverent approach to getting people excited about history, and discusses the new book “Museum Hack’s Guide To History’s Fiercest Females.” Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Six Impossible Episodes: Deja Vu in the U.S. and Canada
Dec 10, 2018 • 41 min
Several times over the past few years, we’ve done an episode on something from U.S. history, and afterward we’ve gotten notes from listeners about the same thing happening in Canada – although this episode starts with one that’s the reverse. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Les Filles du Roi
Dec 8, 2018 • 28 min
We’re revisiting an episode from 2014: the Filles du Roi, or King’s Daughters. While the building of a population in a new colony seems like a tricky endeavor, France’s King Louis XIV launched a scheme to do just that by shipping eligible ladies to New…
Nell Donnelly Reed
Dec 5, 2018 • 38 min
Nell Donnelly Reed built a successful business starting before women even had the right to vote in the U.S. Her story combines fashion, education, workers’ health and safety, kidnapping, and marital scandal. She is, like any historical figure,…
The Rise of the Straw Hat and the Riot of 1922
Dec 3, 2018 • 32 min
The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 is a strange piece of history, and it all centered around the boater hat. How did how the boater become so important to men’s fashion in the early 20th century? And how did that lead to a very bizarre conflict in the 1920s?…
SYMHC Classics: Philo T. Farnsworth
Dec 1, 2018 • 35 min
Today we’re revisiting the life of Phylo T. Farnsworth, often called the “Father of Television.” His initial idea for electronic television came to him as a teen. He’s also become something of an icon representing the little guy — he battled big business…
Auguste Escoffier
Nov 28, 2018 • 33 min
Any chefs in our listening audience undoubtedly know about Auguste Escoffier, but people who haven’t studied cuisine may not realize that this one man revolutionized food preparation and restaurant dining in ways that are still part of almost any meal you…
Friedel Klussmann and San Francisco’s Cable Cars
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
San Francisco’s cable cars are the last working system of their kind. The reason they haven’t been completely replaced by more modern modes of transportation is largely the advocacy of a woman named Friedel Klussmann. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Cosmetics From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World
Nov 24, 2018 • 31 min
We’re revisiting an episode from 2014 about makeup, which has a rich and lengthy history that spans the globe and crosses cultures. From 10,000 B.C.E. to the 20th century, people have been using cosmetics to enhance their looks — sometimes with unintended…
The Mirabal Sisters
Nov 21, 2018 • 28 min
There were four Mirabal sisters — Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede. The sisters are national heroes in the Dominican Republic, but they weren’t very well-known elsewhere until 20 or so years ago when they became the subject of the historical novel…
SYMHC Live: The USO and Bob Hope
Nov 19, 2018 • 45 min
This show, performed live at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, covers a brief overview of USO history, and then delves into Bob Hope’s involvement with the organization, which started in the early 1940s and continued for 50 years. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate
Nov 17, 2018 • 23 min
Today we revisit our 2013 episode on Stede Bonnet, who left his family in 1717 and became a pirate. Despite having no seafaring experience, Bonnet’s brief career as a pirate was eventful, including a stint aboard Blackbeard’s ship and raids along the…
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
Nov 14, 2018 • 40 min
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree. She lived at a time when a lot of change was happening in the United States as a whole, and among Native Americans and the Omaha tribe she was part of specifically.…
Dwight Frye
Nov 12, 2018 • 35 min
If you don’t know Dwight Frye by name, you’ve probably seen one or two of his performances. He was one of the lesser-known horror actors that helped make the genre Universal’s great success of the 1930s, but he also had a successful Broadway career. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Encephalitis Lethargica
Nov 10, 2018 • 32 min
Today we’re revisiting one of our scariest episodes of all time, from 2013. From 1916 to about 1927, a strange epidemic spread around the world. It caused unusual symptoms, from drastic behavior changes to a deep, prolonged sleep that could last for…
Kristallnacht
Nov 7, 2018 • 36 min
Kristallnacht was a massive act of antisemitic violence that was named for the shards of glass left littering the streets in more than a thousand cities and towns in the German Reich. NOTE: This episode is not appropriate for young children. Learn more…
Shirley Chisholm
Nov 5, 2018 • 37 min
From her college years, Chisolm was politically active. Her drive and desire to make positive change led her to many political firsts, including being the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Storms
Nov 3, 2018 • 34 min
We’re traveling back to a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina about catastrophic storms, which are almost historical characters in their own right, leaving indelible marks on the places they affect. Here, we cover five of history’s most…
SYMHC Live: Not Dead Yet - Safety Coffins and Waiting Mortuaries
Oct 31, 2018 • 59 min
For the west coast tour, Holly and Tracy talked about the fear of being buried, which reached a fever pitch in Europe and the U.S. from the 18th to the early 20th century. That fear led to some very interesting inventions as humans tried to ensure they…
Pisadiera & Baba Yaga
Oct 29, 2018 • 34 min
These are two entities with a number of similarities: They’re both women, often described as crones or hags, and there’s no clear origin point for either of them. But they’re very different as well. They come from different parts of the world. One has a…
SYMHC Classics: The Sisters Fox - They Talked to Dead People
Oct 27, 2018 • 27 min
This 2011 episode from Sarah and Deblina features the Fox family, which began hearing strange noises in 1848, and sisters Maggie and Kate started communicating with spirits. They built a career as mediums, and today they’re credited with launching the…
The Beheading of Sir Walter Raleigh
Oct 24, 2018 • 42 min
Among other things, Sir Walter Raleigh was a courtier, an explorer, a historian, a Member of Parliament and a soldier. He was part of England’s defense against the Spanish armada, as well the Tudor conquest of Ireland, some of which was truly horrifying.…
Charles Addams, Part 2
Oct 22, 2018 • 32 min
After TV producer David Levy adapted the cartoons of Charles Addams into “The Addams Family,” Charlie’s life changed in a number of ways. As Addams aged, he sort of settled down, but as with everything, he did so in his own unique way. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: He Was Killed by Mesmerism
Oct 20, 2018 • 27 min
We’re revisiting a 2010 Halloween episode from Sarah and Katie. Today, Franz Mesmer is hailed as the father of hypnosis. His original pursuit was called mesmerism, but what exactly was it? How did it (supposedly) work? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Charles Addams, Part 1
Oct 17, 2018 • 38 min
Charles Addams was a compelling figure. He visited cemeteries for fun, he raced cars, he collected crossbows. But Addams surprised a lot of people in not being a an elusive proto-goth. He was a dapper, sociable, irreverent delight. Learn more about your…
The Sinking of the SS Princess Sophia
Oct 15, 2018 • 36 min
The sinking of the SS Princess Sophia was a massive tragedy for both Canada and the United States. But it was also really overshadowed by the end of World War I and the flu pandemic, so it’s been nicknamed the unknown Titanic of the West Coast. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: The House of Worth and the Birth of Haute Couture
Oct 13, 2018 • 33 min
Today we revisit an episode from 2014. Before Charles Worth, the idea of ready made clothes for purchase didn’t really exist. Neither did the idea of a design house that showed seasonal collections. This one man’s vision invented the fashion industry as…
The Allegedly Haunted Island of Poveglia
Oct 10, 2018 • 31 min
This uninhabited Italian island that has come to be called all manner of scary things, including, “plague island,” “island of ghosts,” and “the Venetian island of no return,” among others. What’s the real story on Poveglia? Learn more about your…
Vernon Lee
Oct 8, 2018 • 37 min
Violet Paget, more often known by her pen name Vernon Lee, was a historian and an art and literary critic, and she wrote on myriad subjects including music, travel, aesthetics, psychology and economics. And she was well known for her ghost stories. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: The Trial of Goody Garlick
Oct 6, 2018 • 43 min
We’re revisiting a 2013 tale of a witch trial. Decades before the Salem trials, an East Hampton woman was tried for witchcraft. Before Lion Gardiner’s daughter died, she accused Goody Garlick of bewitching her. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Alvin York
Oct 3, 2018 • 35 min
We’re coming up on the centennial of the act of heroism that earned Alvin York the Medal of Honor. His name is known thanks to the 1941 film “Sergeant York,” but it takes a lot of liberties, and omits what he believed was his greatest accomplishment.…
Peg Entwistle, Ghost of Hollywood
Oct 1, 2018 • 39 min
Her story is often told in a sort of sloppy shorthand: She went to Los Angeles to become an actress, failed, and then became desperate. But that isn’t a really accurate picture of Peg Entwistle at all. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Mary Anning, Princess of Paleontology
Sep 29, 2018 • 23 min
Today we’re revisiting an episodefrom Sarah and Deblina about Mary Anning. She started hunting for fossils in Lyme Regis in the early 1800s. Around 1811, she uncovered the complete skeleton of an ichthyosaurus. She made several significant contributions…
Interview: Mindy Johnson and the Women of Disney, Pt. 2
Sep 26, 2018 • 48 min
In part two of this interview, Mindy busts some myths about women and their work in the Walt Disney Studio, and shares some stories of how new techniques were developed by color animators. The topic also turns to the 1941 labor strike at the Walt Disney…
Interview: Mindy Johnson and the Women of Disney, Pt. 1
Sep 24, 2018 • 42 min
Mindy Johnson has spent years tracking down the stories of the women who shaped Walt Disney’s life, and the success of the Walt Disney Studios. She contextualizes the lives and contributions of these women in the larger historical picture. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Victoria Woodhull, Little Queen for President
Sep 22, 2018 • 32 min
Today we revisit a Sarah and Deblina episode from 2011. In 1872, the Equal Rights Party nominated Victoria Woodhull for president, but her radical views and an personal scandal caused her to lose many supporters. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina recount…
Magnus Hirschfeld and the Institute for Sexual Science
Sep 19, 2018 • 38 min
Magnus Hirschfeld was a groundbreaking researcher into gender and sexuality in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work was dedicated to scientific study with the hope of dispelling stigma around homosexuality. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Live: Anne Royall
Sep 17, 2018 • 49 min
Today we’ve got our live show from our recent East Coast tour, all about Anne Royall. She was a travel writer and a muckraking journalist way before Theodore Roosevelt coined that term, at a time when there were very few women doing either of those jobs.…
SYMHC Classics: The Radium Girls
Sep 15, 2018 • 26 min
Today we revisit an episode from prior hosts Sarah and Deblina. Between in 1917, hundreds of women got jobs applying radium-treated paint to various products. Many experienced severe health problems. Five former workers decided to sue the U.S. Radium…
Lady Anne Blunt, Part 2
Sep 12, 2018 • 33 min
As Anne matured and her marriage fell apart, she continued to travel between the Arabian desert and England, always working to improve her horse breeding program. Eventually, she and Wilfrid separated, and her final years were devoted entirely to her…
Lady Anne Blunt, Part 1
Sep 10, 2018 • 32 min
Anne was the daughter of Ada Lovelace (and the granddaughter of Lord Byron). While she was born into England’s aristocracy in the 19th century, her work breeding horses is what gives her life historical significance. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Oneida Utopia
Sep 8, 2018 • 26 min
Today’s episode revisits preacher John Humphrey Noyes founding the Oneida community in 1848. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the rise and fall of the Oneida community — including its focus on shared labor, gender equality and free love. Learn…
Christine de Pizan and the Book of the City of Ladies
Sep 5, 2018 • 31 min
Christine de Pizan is often described as a late-Medieval writer. But just “writer” does not really sum up everything she did. She wrote verse, military manuals, and treatises on war, peace and the just governance of a nation. She was the official…
Interview: Anne Byrn’s ‘American Cookie’
Sep 3, 2018 • 45 min
We’re delighted to have Anne Byrn back on the show to talk about her latest book, “American Cookie.” Anne shares her vast knowledge of historical baking and how it fits into the cultural history of the U.S. in the form of small, portable treats. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2
Sep 1, 2018 • 26 min
We’re revisiting part two of the Great Moon Hoax! As the New York Sun’s series of astonishing moon discoveries concluded, most people recognized that it was a hoax. But what made people buy into the tall tale in the first place? Learn more about your…
A Condensed History of Air Conditioning
Aug 29, 2018 • 36 min
From hand fans to today’s high-end air conditioning technology, people have always found ways to deal with heat and humidity. And as mechanical cooling became more ubiquitous, some of the cultural practices for keeping cool were made obsolete. Learn more…
The Georgia Gold Rush
Aug 27, 2018 • 25 min
In the late 1820s, north Georgia became the site of the first gold rush in the United States, predating the more famous California gold rush by two decades. It’s also tied to some of the darkest parts of U.S. history regarding the treatment of Native…
SYMHC Classics: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1
Aug 25, 2018 • 27 min
We’re revisiting a silly two-parter from 2015. In August 1835, the New York Sun ran a series about some utterly mind-blowing discoveries made by Sir John Herschel about the lunar surface. The serial had everything: moon poppies, goat-like unicorns, lunar…
The Battle of Ambos Nogales
Aug 22, 2018 • 35 min
Two cities, both named Nogales, were established, one on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border, after the Gadsden Purchase but before Arizona’s statehood. In the summer of 1918, ongoing tension led to a battle at the border between the two. Learn more about…
Interview: Mary Robinette Kowal on the ‘Lady Astronaut’ Duology
Aug 20, 2018 • 48 min
Mary Robinette Kowal’s work has inspired several episodes of the podcast. She has just written a pair of books that are called the Lady Astronaut duology, and Tracy got the chance to speak with Mary about her work and its historical settings. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix
Aug 18, 2018 • 29 min
Today revisits an episode from Sarah and Deblina about Bessie Coleman, who dreamed of becoming a pilot. Because she was a black woman, no American flight schools would admit her. Despite the obstacles, Bessie managed to become the first African-American…
Lucretia Mott
Aug 15, 2018 • 36 min
This is the studio version of our live show from this years Seneca Falls Convention Days at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Lucretia Mott was small of stature, but made a huge impact as an abolition and women’s rights activist, guided by her…
Zoot Suit Riots
Aug 13, 2018 • 37 min
The word “riot” here is really a misnomer. This conflict wasn’t so much about property damage as it was about attacking people. It also wasn’t really about the zoot suits – although they had come to symbolize A LOT in Los Angeles when this happened. Learn…
SYMHC: Hedy Lamarr and Wireless Technology
Aug 11, 2018 • 23 min
Today’s classic revisits an episode from Sarah and Deblina. Hedy Lamarr was an extraordinarily beautiful film star, but she wasn’t just another pretty face. In this podcast, Sarah and Deblina recount Hedy’s biography and her little-known career as an…
Levi Strauss
Aug 8, 2018 • 46 min
Levi’s story is historically interesting because it touches on a lot of important moments in U.S. history. His business was tied to the California Gold Rush, the U.S. Civil War and American clothing culture. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Battle of Amiens
Aug 6, 2018 • 29 min
We’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens, near the end of World War I. Amiens was the start of what came to be known as the 100 Days Offensive, which was the Allies’ final push to win the war. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Hoaxes
Aug 4, 2018 • 32 min
Today’s episode revisits a Sarah and Deblina episode about historical hoaxes. For example, a N.Y. cigar maker once commissioned a gypsum skeleton to pass off as a 10-foot-tall petrified man called the Cardiff Giant. Join Deblina and Sarah as they explore…
John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams Abroad
Aug 1, 2018 • 44 min
John Quincy Adams probably comes to mind as the son of second U.S. President John Adams, and the 6th president of the U.S. But he and his wife, Louisa Catharine Johnson Adams worked in the realm of international diplomacy for years before his presidency.…
Unearthed! in July, 2018, Part 2
Jul 30, 2018 • 35 min
Continuing the 2018 mid-year edition of unearthed goodies, this episode will cover shipwrecks, exhumations, repatriations, and edibles and potables. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: The Johnstown Flood
Jul 28, 2018 • 22 min
Today’s show revisits a 2012 episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. On May 31, 1889, the South Fork dam gave way, sending 20 million tons of water rushing toward Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The water swept up everything in its path, and it only took…
Unearthed! in July, 2018, Part 1
Jul 25, 2018 • 37 min
The July edition of Unearthed! is a two-parter this year. We’re breaking with tradition and starting with a few things that happened at the very end of 2017 but missed the cutoff for our 2017 episodes. We’ve also got some finds that institutions unearthed…
Author Jason Porath: Tough Mothers
Jul 23, 2018 • 59 min
Jason is back to talk about his follow-up to his book “Rejected Princesses.” This one is called “Tough Mothers” and it’s all about feisty, smart and surprising nurturers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, Part 2
Jul 21, 2018 • 25 min
The second installment of this Sarah and Deblina classic two-parter follows Gertrude Bell on her adventures after World War I begins. The British army asked her to help them retain their influence in the Middle East. But how did she get from there to…
Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 2
Jul 18, 2018 • 31 min
When Dred Scott v. Sandford was decided in 1857, the court decision ruled that enslaved Africans and their descendants weren’t and could never be citizens of the United States, whether they were free or not. But before that, Scott and his family had been…
Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 1
Jul 16, 2018 • 33 min
Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the most notorious Supreme Court cases of all time. It wasn’t just about Dred Scott. It was also about his wife Harriet and their daughters Eliza and Lizzy. This episode covers Dred and Harriet, how they met, and what…
SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq
Jul 14, 2018 • 22 min
This classic revisits an episode from Sarah and Deblina, talking about Gertrude Bell, the first woman to graduate with a First in Modern History from Oxford. Instead of marrying young, she went to Persia. Inspired, she traveled across the Middle East on…
Libertalia: Legendary Pirate Utopia
Jul 11, 2018 • 37 min
Libertalia, which, in truth, may be completely fictional, is called a pirate settlement, though the man who spearheaded it claimed he wasn’t actually a pirate. And it was set up as a sort of utopia, where men governed themselves, and every man was equal.…
Annie Edson Taylor, Niagara Daredevil
Jul 9, 2018 • 34 min
Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor’s whole barrel trip was part of a much bigger story of daredevils at this natural wonder, which is tied to its industrialization and commercialization. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: How the New York Draft Riots Worked
Jul 7, 2018 • 27 min
We’re revisiting an episode from 2011 featuring previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. To recruit troops for the U.S. Civil War, the Federal Congress passed the Union Conscription Act in 1863, which drafted able-bodied men between the ages of 20 and 45.…
Emma Lazarus
Jul 4, 2018 • 32 min
Emma Lazarus became one of the United States’ first successful Jewish American writers, moving in the New York literary scene of the late 1800s. She also wrote one of the most famous poems of ALL TIME, and even if you don’t know her name, odds are you…
Victorian Orchidelirium
Jul 2, 2018 • 32 min
Orchids date back millions of years. But in the 1800s, the plants became a status symbol and the cornerstone of a high-dollar industry. Collecting the plants involved adventure and excitement — and a high death rate. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Dr. Virginia Apgar
Jun 30, 2018 • 32 min
This episode revisits the life of Dr. Virginia Apgar, who broke new ground in the fields of obstetrics and anesthesiology in the middle of the 20th century. When babies are born today, one of the tools doctors use to measure whether they’re thriving on…
Great Train Wreck of 1918
Jun 27, 2018 • 32 min
We’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of one of the worst train wrecks in United States history. More than 100 people died. And even though it’s usually noted as the worst train wreck in American history, it was kind of a run-of-the-mill accident for…
Elizabeth Jennings Graham
Jun 25, 2018 • 32 min
Today’s topic is a person who is sometimes called a 19th-century Rosa Parks. When Elizabeth boarded a horse-drawn streetcar in Manhattan in 1854, a chain of events began which became an important moment in the civil rights of New York’s black citizens.…
SYMHC Classics: Mansa Musa and the City of Gold
Jun 23, 2018 • 25 min
Today’s episode revisits a Sarah and Deblina episode that revisits a tale of incredible wealth. When emperor Mansa Musa went on a pilgramage from Timbuktu to Mecca, he gave away so much gold that he crashed the gold market in Cairo. Learn more about your…
Six Impossible Episodes: Evacuating Children
Jun 20, 2018 • 42 min
All six of today’s topics are mass evacuations of children and youth because of a war or other unrest, and include Kindertransport, Operation Pedro Pan, and Operation Babylift. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Tunguska Event
Jun 18, 2018 • 30 min
On June 30, 1908 at approximately 7:15am, the sky over Siberia lit up with what was described by witnesses as a massive fireball, or the sky engulfed in fire. For the last century, scientists have been trying to figure out exactly what happened. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Alan Turing, Codebreaker
Jun 16, 2018 • 23 min
This is a revisit of a Sarah and Deblina episode on Alan Turing, who conceived of computers decades before anyone was building one. He also acted as a top-secret code breaker during World War II. Despite his accomplishments, he was prosecuted as a…
Hurricane San Ciriaco
Jun 13, 2018 • 35 min
Hurricane San Ciriaco struck Puerto Rico at a precarious point in its history. The United States had just taken possession of the island, and the 40 or so years leading up to the Spanish-American War had also been particularly tumultuous. Learn more about…
Julian Eltinge, Greatest of All Impersonators of Women
Jun 11, 2018 • 40 min
Eltinge was one of the highest-paid and most famous actors of the early 20th century, and acted alongside Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino. What made him famous was his skill at female impersonation. Learn more about your ad-choices…
SYMHC Classics: The Mystic Margery Kempe
Jun 9, 2018 • 46 min
We’re traveling back to a 2013 episode about Margery Kempe. Born in the 1300s, Margery had 14 children with her husband before dedicating her life to God. In her 40s, she began a vision-inspired pilgrimage to visit holy sites, and these travels became the…
The Colorful Life of Carmen Miranda
Jun 6, 2018 • 38 min
Carmen Miranda is one of those historical figures who remains hugely iconic – we STILL see her image, or some derivative of it, on a regular basis. She was luminous on camera and an excellent singer, with a personality much larger than her small stature.…
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Jun 4, 2018 • 39 min
Ida B. Wells-Barnett connects to a lot of episodes in our archive. She fought against lynching for decades, at a time when it wasn’t common at all for a woman, especially a woman of color, to become such a prominent journalist and a speaker. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: We All Scream for Ice Cream
Jun 2, 2018 • 32 min
We’re revisiting a yummy topic from 2013! There is actually some disagreement about the actual origin point of ice cream, but almost everyone agrees it’s delicious. The real origin story is a culmination of many cultures and ingredients coming together to…
Winsor McCay, Part 2
May 30, 2018 • 34 min
Even as his career in comics was at its zenith, Winsor McCay continued to explore other business ventures for his art. He added vaudeville performances to his busy schedule, and then became an animation pioneer. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Winsor McCay, Part 1
May 28, 2018 • 35 min
McCay is credited as a pioneer in early animation. But before he made drawings come to life, he worked as a billboard artist, an artist-journalist, and then a comics creator for newspapers. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Five Historical Robots
May 26, 2018 • 25 min
Today we revisit an episode on the technology of yesteryear. Long before Czech playwright Karel Capek coined the term “robot” in his 1920 play “R.U.R.,” mechanized creations - automata - were being created without electronics or computers. Many were…
James Whale
May 23, 2018 • 37 min
James Whale created iconic films in the early half of the 20th century. He’s one of the main reasons that Universal Pictures became synonymous with the horror genre. But his interests as a creator were far wider than creating gothic spook stories. Learn…
The Defenestrations of Prague
May 21, 2018 • 36 min
“Defenestrate” just means “to throw out of a window.” And apart from sounding like the punch line to a joke about Daleks … there has been a surprising amount of defenestration in Czech history. And almost all of it has been connected religious wars. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: From Brontë to Bell and Back Again
May 19, 2018 • 32 min
We’re revisiting another episode from Sarah and Deblina., in which they talk about how the Brontë sisters quickly rose from obscurity to notoriety after their three novels were published under the Bell pseudonym. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Frank Lenz, the Cyclist Who Vanished
May 16, 2018 • 35 min
In the 1890s, Frank Lenz started a bicycle tour around the world. He never finished, and his ultimate fate remains uncertain, though there are pretty solid clues indicating how he met his end. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Nisei in World War II: The MIS, 100th and 442nd
May 14, 2018 • 39 min
The 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were segregated units for soldiers of Japanese descent that were created during WWII. The story of these units is closely intertwined with the Military Intelligence Service as well. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Growing Up Brontë
May 12, 2018 • 31 min
This classic revisits the Brontë sisters. They’re considered some of the best writers of the 19th century but their past may surprise you. Join Sarah and Deblina as they discuss the sisters’ childhood tragedies, unconventional educations and their…
Henry Every, Successful Pyrate
May 9, 2018 • 39 min
Every carried out what’s been described as the most profitable and brutal pirate raid in history. It became a massive international incident, and Britain tried to repair its relationship with the Mughal Empire through a highly publicized series of trials.…
Lotte Reiniger’s Shadow Animation
May 7, 2018 • 33 min
Lotte was interested in silhouettes and paper cutting from the time she was a child. And she developed that interest into animation, and created the first feature-length animated film in the 1920s. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Jimmy Winkfield, Derby Pioneer
May 5, 2018 • 17 min
Today’s episode revisits the story of Jimmy Winkfield, who won the Kentucky Derby twice. When this podcast was published originally, he was the last African-American jockey to win the race. Winkfield moved abroad in 1904 to continue his career, but it…
The Bisbee Deportation
May 2, 2018 • 40 min
The 1917 Bisbee Deportation has elements of a labor strike, a wartime hysteria, a vigilante mob, and a mass propaganda effort, all rolled into one. It took place in Bisbee, Arizona, southeast of Tucson and close to the U.S. border with Mexico. Learn more…
Mohenjo Daro
Apr 30, 2018 • 30 min
Mohenjo Daro is in the Indus river valley in present-day southern Pakistan. This ancient city has a unique identity in that we don’t know a lot about the people who lived there; most of the ideas of the cultural identity come from analysis of its ruins.…
SYMHC Classics: Ambrose Bierce
Apr 28, 2018 • 31 min
Ambrose Bierce was a soldier, a journalist, an editor, a satirist and a philosopher. He was a complicated man with an unwavering moral code and a life of experiences both fantastic and horrific, which informed his writing. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 2
Apr 25, 2018 • 40 min
Scott eventually managed to break into NASCAR racing, becoming the first black driver to do so. His career was a constant struggle, as he paid his own way and often had to be his own pit crew while competing against sponsored drivers. Learn more about…
Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 1
Apr 23, 2018 • 30 min
Wendell Scott was a black driver from the early days of NASCAR. After driving a taxi, working as a mechanic, and hauling moonshine, he started racing in the Dixie Circuit and other non-NASCAR races in Virginia. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Trial of Leo Frank
Apr 21, 2018 • 22 min
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The First Celebrity Chef: Marie-Antoine Carême
Apr 18, 2018 • 33 min
Today, there is an entire industry around celebrity chefs. But the first celebrity chef in the western world’s history was born in late 18th-century France. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Ancient City of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis
Apr 16, 2018 • 29 min
The city of Ephesus fell under many different rulers throughout its history, as wars and shifting politics changed Asia Minor. For centuries, it endured, became a successful trade port, and was home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Here, Kitty Kitty, the Domestication of the Cat
Apr 14, 2018 • 24 min
Today, we’re going back to an episode about kitties in history! The human culture shift to an agricultural lifestyle started the domestication of animals. Cats naturally moved in to help with rodents. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Elbridge Gerry’s Monstrous Salamander
Apr 11, 2018 • 34 min
Elbridge Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. Gerrymandering is the drawing of political districts to give a particular party or group an advantage or disadvantage, and it’s named after him. Learn more about…
The Life and Magic of Henry ‘Box’ Brown
Apr 9, 2018 • 32 min
Brown was born into slavery and escaped in an astonishing way. His story of gaining his freedom was so sensational that he basically spent the rest of his life making a living talking about it in one form or another. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Nellie Bly & Stunt Journalism
Apr 7, 2018 • 25 min
Today we’re revisiting an episode from Sarah and Katie. Born in 1864, Nellie Bly wasn’t your average journalist. She feigned insanity to gain entry into a mental institution. Join Sarah and Katie as they take a closer look at the life of Nellie Bly,…
Cajamarca and the End of the Inka Empire
Apr 4, 2018 • 37 min
The Battle of Cajamarca, also known as the Massacre of Cajamarca, ultimately led to the end of the Inka Empire. But it might have gone much differently had the Inka not just been through a massive epidemic and a civil war. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The East India Company’s Theft of China’s Tea Secrets
Apr 2, 2018 • 33 min
Great Britain’s relationship with tea is part of its cultural identity. But before the mid-1800s, China was the only source of tea, which was a problem in the eyes of the East India Company. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: April Calahan on France’s Fashionable Resistance
Mar 31, 2018 • 38 min
Today we’re revisiting a talk with fashion historian April Calahan about the surprising ways that women of France protested German occupation during WWII. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Highland Clearances
Mar 28, 2018 • 40 min
The Highland Clearances were a long, complicated, messy series of evictions in the Highlands and western Islands of Scotland, when tenant farmers were forced from their homes to make way for sheep pastures. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Andrew Carnegie
Mar 26, 2018 • 43 min
Carnegie was a child of poverty who became one of the richest men on Earth. But his life, while largely charmed, had a massive scar of bad judgment on it. He also decided that the most important thing he could do with his money was to give it away. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Marian Anderson
Mar 24, 2018 • 33 min
Today’s show returns to Marian Anderson. An acclaimed contralto, Marian Anderson was barred from singing in Constitution Hall because of her race. The concert she sang at the Lincoln Memorial instead influenced a young Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more…
Ignaz Semmelweis and the War on Handwashing
Mar 21, 2018 • 38 min
Ignaz Semmelweis made a connection between hand hygiene and the prevention of childbed fever in the 19th century. He wasn’t taken seriously then, but today he’s known as everything from the father of infection control to the conqueror of childbed fever.…
Constance Markievicz
Mar 19, 2018 • 38 min
Born Constance Georgine Gore-Booth to a wealthy Protestant family, Constance Markievicz made a somewhat surprising transition to become a leader in the Irish Nationalist movement. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Easter Rising of 1916
Mar 17, 2018 • 27 min
Today’s show revisits one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history. It was a precursor to a number of other events that have happened since then, both within and outside of Ireland. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Daring Imposter Cassie Chadwick
Mar 14, 2018 • 32 min
Cassie Chadwick (born Elizabeth Bigley) committed fraud at a level that would be almost impossible to pull off in today’s world of instant communication. Her biggest con was convincing banks that she was the illegitimate daughter of Andrew Carnegie. Learn…
The Minuscule Science of Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Mar 12, 2018 • 28 min
Leeuwenhoek wasn’t REALLY a scientist — he had no formal training. But he made dozens of scientific discoveries. He’s credited with discovering microscopic life in a variety of forms, using lenses he ground himself. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Luddites
Mar 10, 2018 • 28 min
This classic revisits the Luddite uprising — protests in northern England, in which workers smashed machines in mills and factories. This wasn’t the first organized violence against mechanization, but Luddites became iconic machine-breakers. Learn more…
Giorgio Vasari
Mar 7, 2018 • 33 min
Vasari was an artist and architect in 16th-century Italy. But what really made him famous was his writing. He penned biographies of famous artists, but he wasn’t exactly exacting about the details. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Phillis Wheatley
Mar 5, 2018 • 37 min
Perceptions and interpretations of Phillis Wheatley’s life and work have shifted since the 18th century. This episode examines Wheatley’s published writing while enslaved, and how her place in the world of black literature rose, fell, and rose again.…
SYMHC Classics: The Red Ghost of Arizona and the U.S. Camel Corps
Mar 3, 2018 • 29 min
We’re revisiting the story of a a mysterious beast that trampled a woman in Arizona in 1883. First described as a demon, the creature turned out to be a camel. But what was it doing in the American Southwest in the first place? Learn more about your…
Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 Cranes, Part 2
Feb 28, 2018 • 31 min
The show’s 1000th episode continues the story of Sadako Sasaki, who died of A-bomb sickness after the bombing of Hiroshima. This second part of her story focuses on the peace movement that grew out of her life. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 Cranes, Part 1
Feb 26, 2018 • 35 min
At the end of World War II, the United States used atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A young girl named Sadako Sasaki eventually developed A-bomb disease as a result of her exposure, and the origami crane became a symbol of her story. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Who was the real Lone Ranger?
Feb 24, 2018 • 25 min
Today we’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. The Lone Ranger has traditionally been portrayed by white actors, but many believe this character is based on a former slave named Bass Reeves. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Last Carolina Parakeet and Other Endlings
Feb 21, 2018 • 32 min
On February 21, 1918, the last known Carolina parakeet died at the Cincinnati Zoo. We examine the stories of this endling and two others to see how abundant species can quickly become extinct. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Hawaii’s Legend of the Menehune
Feb 19, 2018 • 32 min
The story of the Menehune is one that’s been handed down through oral history for generations. But can the roots of this mythological group of people be traced to real-world events? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Villisca Ax Murders
Feb 17, 2018 • 40 min
This episode revisits the Villisca murders. In 1912, a small Iowa town was the scene of a chilling and brutal crime. Eight people were murdered in their beds by an assailant who has never been identified. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
Feb 14, 2018 • 37 min
Gertrude Stein is an icon in the world of modernist literature. Alice B. Toklas is often described as her partner and assistant, but she was also published writer, and “assistant” really doesn’t cover how important she was to Stein’s life and work. Learn…
Pauline Sabin
Feb 12, 2018 • 29 min
The battle over Prohibition is often framed as a battle of the sexes, with women serving as the “moral” voice of sobriety. But a woman named Pauline Sabin is often credited as being one of the major activists behind Prohibition’s repeal. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: Abelard and Heloise
Feb 10, 2018 • 29 min
This episode revisits the story of poet, philosopher and theologian Abelard, and his student Heloise. This is a tragic love story, complete with lovers forced apart, a secret marriage, a castration and repeated exhumations. Happy Valentine’s Day! Learn…
The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike
Feb 7, 2018 • 36 min
Memphis sanitation workers stayed off the job starting January 12, 1968 in a strike that lasted for nine weeks. This was the strike that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was assassinated on April 4 of that year. Learn…
Aspasia and Pericles
Feb 5, 2018 • 28 min
This is often held up as one of history’s great love stories – Plutarch wrote that Pericles kissed Aspasia every single day. And that’s very sweet and romantic, but their high-profile relationship was central to a key period in Greek history. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Double Agent James Armistead and the American Revolution
Feb 3, 2018 • 22 min
Today’s classics revisits an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina about James Armistead. He was a slave in Virginia, but got his master’s approval to enlist when the Revolutionary War came. Armistead worked as a spy. Learn more about your…
Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton
Jan 31, 2018 • 36 min
Mary-Russel Ferrell Colton was a painter, author and educator. But she’s most famous for co-founding of the Museum of Northern Arizona and related programs and projects intended to preserve and continue the art traditions of the Colorado Plateau. Learn…
Anne Lister
Jan 29, 2018 • 41 min
At a time when many women sought husbands to ensure financial stability, Anne Lister was looking for a wife. She was also writing thousands of pages of diaries, including sections written in code about her relationships. Learn more about your ad-choices…
SYMHC Classics: Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?
Jan 27, 2018 • 22 min
Today we’re visiting an episode from past hosts Katie and Sarah. When the philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg sought mechanical explanations for nature, he found himself struggling with his faith as he searched for evidence of the human soul. Learn more about…
The Donation of Constantine
Jan 24, 2018 • 31 min
In the 8th century, a document was written that had a lasting impact on the course of medieval Europe. The Donation of Constantine granted a large amount of Roman Empire land and power to Pope Sylvester I and his successors. It was a fake. Learn more…
Rufus Wilmot Griswold
Jan 22, 2018 • 34 min
Griswold is most commonly known as Edgar Allan Poe’s rival, and for creating negative characterizations of Poe that have endured more than a century. But his life story beyond his connections to Poe is worthy of examination on its own. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: How Lord Byron Worked
Jan 20, 2018 • 34 min
Today’s classic podcast comes to us from previous hosts Katie and Sarah. Coming up on January 22, 2018 is the 230th birthday of George Gordon, Lord Byron. Who was this poet, and why is he associated with so many historical figures? Learn more about your…
The Wilmington Coup of 1898, Part 2
Jan 17, 2018 • 44 min
In 1898, a mob of armed white men enacted a violent plan against Wilmington, North Carolina’s black community. It was the only known successful coup d’état in U.S. history; the white mob overthrew the duly elected government of Wilmington. Learn more…
The Wilmington Coup of 1898, Part 1
Jan 15, 2018 • 33 min
Resistance to post-Civil War reconstruction efforts, hotly contested elections, political corruption, and open racism all led to a climate of unrest and white supremacist violence in late 19th-century Wilmington, North Carolina. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: The Phoenician Alphabet
Jan 13, 2018 • 19 min
This classic episode revisits the Phoenicians, great ship-builders, sailors and textile experts. But they’re most known for developing the alphabet that many modern alphabets are descended from. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Author Interview: Kathryn Lougheed on Tuberculosis
Jan 10, 2018 • 31 min
Tuberculosis is often thought of as a disease of the past, but it remains a problem in many parts of the world. Microbiologist and author Kathryn Lougheed joins Holly for a discussion of TB’s long history and the need to address it in the modern age.…
Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service
Jan 8, 2018 • 34 min
We have talked before on the show about pioneers who advanced the medical field specifically as it relates to infants, and today’s subject is definitely another to add to that list. But, there are some problematic elements to her story. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: The Explosive Career of Antoine Lavoisier
Jan 6, 2018 • 25 min
Today we’re revisiting the life of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, who was a chemist, biologist, geologist, physiologist, and economist. But at the end of the day, he’s most often referred to as the father of modern chemistry. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Unearthed! in 2017, Part 2
Jan 3, 2018 • 43 min
In part two of our annual recap, we walk through what’s been literally and figuratively unearthed in 2017, including things institutions found in their own collections, exhumations, repatriations, and edibles and potables. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Unearthed! in 2017, Part 1
Jan 1, 2018 • 37 min
In our annual recap, we walk through what’s been literally and figuratively unearthed in 2017, including anticlimactic headlines, shipwrecks, medical finds, and a collection we’ve nicknamed “We told you so.” Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Sophie Blanchard and Balloonomania
Dec 30, 2017 • 25 min
Today’s classic episode revisits Sophie Blanchard, a timid girl who grew into a trailblazer, and became famous in the early 1800s as the first woman to become a career balloonist. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed!: The USS Indianapolis
Dec 27, 2017 • 35 min
Today, the U.S.S. Indianapolis is most known for its crew’s horrifying wait for rescue after being torpedoed following a secret mission at the end of World War II. But the ship’s history goes back much farther than that. Learn more about your ad-choices…
NORAD Tracking Santa: A Cold War History
Dec 25, 2017 • 37 min
The story that circulates about how NORAD started tracking Santa is pretty heart-warming, but doesn’t completely hold up. So there’s some myth-busting here, and maybe the tiniest bit of bah-humbug. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Christmas Truce
Dec 23, 2017 • 29 min
For Christmas, we’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. During the first Christmas of World War I, British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and celebrated the holiday together. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 2
Dec 20, 2017 • 35 min
The exploits of the Special Operations Executive are the stuff of legend. This episode continues to look at a few of the group’s missions, and what became of the SOE after WWII. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 1
Dec 18, 2017 • 29 min
After the Germans invaded France in 1940, an idea sprouted in the highest levels of Great Britain’s leadership. From that idea, the Special Operations Executive was born. And in many ways, it changed the way wars were fought forever. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: Deaf President Now
Dec 16, 2017 • 30 min
A revisit to an episode on fairly recent history: In 1988, the appointment of a hearing president at Gallaudet University sparked a protest that changed the course of both the school and deaf culture in America. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Historical Roots of Holiday Treats
Dec 13, 2017 • 33 min
Tasty treats associated with winter holidays - candy canes, wassail and gingerbread - have some slightly hazy origins, because the evidence of their histories was eaten. What do we actually know about these foods and their place in the holiday menu? Learn…
Three Astonishing Belles
Dec 11, 2017 • 39 min
This episode features three unique women, all of whom are notable in their own way. The two things they have in common: They each have a surprising aspect to their stories, and they each have the name Belle. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Rabbit-proof Fence
Dec 9, 2017 • 34 min
We’re revisiting an episode about settlers bringing animals and plants to Australia, including rabbits. The rabbit population exploded, and rabbit-controlling fences were started by the 1880s. Work on the State Barrier Fence began in 1901, and it’s still…
Skellig Michael
Dec 6, 2017 • 32 min
This small island off the west coast of Ireland recently became a film star, but Skellig Michael has a rich history all its own. An ancient monastery, lighthouses and the island’s status as a bird sanctuary all make up its story. Learn more about your…
Six Impossible Episodes by Request
Dec 4, 2017 • 37 min
This installation of Six Impossible Episodes is a bit of a hodge podge, with several oft-requested topics. Included are Olive Yang, the Silent Parade of 1917, Glencoe Massacre, Marion Downs, Lena Himmelstein and the Great Windham Frog Fight of 1754. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: The Halifax Explosion
Dec 2, 2017 • 28 min
Today, we’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. The Halifax Explosion was one of history’s worst man-made, non-nuclear explosions. The disaster killed about 2,000 people, and part of the city was completely leveled. Learn more…
The Lumière Brothers, Part 2
Nov 29, 2017 • 30 min
Despite the huge impact the Lumières made with their multi-function motion picture camera, they didn’t stay in the movie business. Louis went back to photography, and Auguste took a very different path. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Lumière Brothers, Part 1
Nov 27, 2017 • 32 min
The Lumières are often associated with early film technology, but that wasn’t the only area where they innovated. This first of two parts covers their early life, and how they went from a successful photography business into building a film camera. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: Sei Shonagon and the Heian Court
Nov 25, 2017 • 30 min
Today we’re revisiting a bit of Japanese history. Thanks to the pillow book of lady-in-waiting Sei Shonagon, we have a first-person account of court life in Heian Japan. It’s a diary and essay collection that’s thoroughly fascinating. Learn more about…
The Aberfan Disaster
Nov 22, 2017 • 37 min
In 1966, a mining disaster in Aberfan, Wales, killed 144 people. It was a completely preventable tragedy, but none of the victims were in the mine itself, and 116 of them were children. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The War Between Great Britain and the Zulu Kingdom
Nov 20, 2017 • 32 min
Great Britain’s efforts to control southern Africa eventually led to war with the Zulu Kingdom. A brutal series of engagements claimed the lives of many British and Zulu soldiers, but Britain’s portrayal of events minimized poor leadership decisions.…
SYMHC Classics: Edward Jenner, Father of Vaccines
Nov 18, 2017 • 37 min
We’re revisiting a classic episode, all about early strides in treating smallpox, which has been around longer than recorded history. Edward Jenner made great strides in eradicating it. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Fort Shaw Indian School: Basketball Champions (pt. 2)
Nov 15, 2017 • 36 min
In 1904, the Fort Shaw Indian School women’s basketball team spent four months at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The team performed mandolin recitals, literary recitations, demonstrations of gymnastics and calisthenics, and became World Champions. Learn more…
Basketball Comes to Fort Shaw Indian School (pt. 1)
Nov 13, 2017 • 38 min
The Fort Shaw Indian School was part of a boarding school system designed to make Native American students conform to white culture. In a surprising twist, it also boasted a champion women’s basketball team. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Frances Glessner Lee and Tiny Forensics
Nov 11, 2017 • 32 min
Today’s show revisits the story of a Chicago heiress who helped develop forensic investigation standards still in use today. Her most notable contribution to the field came in the form of tiny homicide dioramas. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Suffragists’ Night of Terror at the Occoquan Workhouse
Nov 8, 2017 • 37 min
In November 1917, guards at the Occoquan Workhouse assaulted and terrorized 33 women from the National Woman’s Party. They were serving sentences for charges like “obstructing sidewalk traffic” after peacefully protesting in front of the White House.…
The Murder of William Desmond Taylor
Nov 6, 2017 • 47 min
Even in its youth, Hollywood’s rapidly growing film industry had a reputation for debauchery. When a high-profile director was murdered, it added to that image, and revealed that Taylor, like so many in Hollywood, had lots of secrets. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: The White Rose and Nazi Germany
Nov 4, 2017 • 20 min
This week, we’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts! During World War II, the Nazi party did not tolerate dissent, but some Germans did attempt to resist Hitler’s government including the White Rose, a secret resistance group. Learn more about your…
3 Reformation Women: Katharina, Marguerite & Jeanne
Nov 1, 2017 • 39 min
Katharina von Bora, Marguerite d’Angoulême and Jeanne d’Albret all left their mark on the Reformation, but all in different ways. Each of them has a unique part in the battle over religious affiliation in 16th-century Europe. Learn more about your…
Carl Tanzler’s Corpse Bride
Oct 30, 2017 • 38 min
Carl Tanzler loved a woman, and his love for her continued long after her death. But whether she loved him back is a matter of dispute. Just the same, he removed her from her tomb so she could ‘live’ with him. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: New England Vampire Panic
Oct 28, 2017 • 40 min
Today, in honor of Halloween weekend, we’re revisiting an episode about vampirism. Starting in the late 1700s and, small rural communities in New England were sometimes stricken with a panicked fear that the dead were feeding off the living. Learn more…
Edward Gorey
Oct 25, 2017 • 38 min
Based just on his art, you might imagine Edward Gorey as a dour Englishman, with the peak of his career sometime in the 1920s or ’30s, whose childhood was marked with a series of tragic deaths. But Gorey was none of these things. Learn more about your…
Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery
Oct 23, 2017 • 41 min
After a traumatic event, strange things began happening around Esther Cox. In the 1870s, Amherst, Nova Scotia was abuzz with theories as to whether the phenomena were the work of a poltergeist, strange electrical charges, or a hoax. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: A Conspiracy Starring Aaron Burr
Oct 21, 2017 • 18 min
We’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts! After Aaron Burr slew Alexander Hamilton in the duel of 1804, his legislative career was over. In March of 1805, Burr left the political sphere and moved west, but his story doesn’t end there. Learn more…
The Mysterious Disappearance of Theodosia Burr Alston
Oct 18, 2017 • 38 min
Aaron Burr’s daughter was incredibly smart and very well educated. She also vanished without a trace as an adult, and her ultimate fate is still a matter of debate. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYMHC Live at NYCC: Rodolphe Töpffer and the First Comic Book
Oct 16, 2017 • 45 min
Before there were superheroes, a Swiss teacher drew entertaining doodles for friends. As he developed his sketches into stories told with multiple captioned images, he inadvertently invented the first sequential art comics in the Western world. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Building Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Pt. 2
Oct 14, 2017 • 34 min
We’re revisiting the second installment in the story of the Haunted Mansion. This one goes from concept to fully-realized theme park attraction and covers the reboot the team went through after the World’s Fair and the loss of their leader. Learn more…
The Green Children of Woolpit
Oct 11, 2017 • 37 min
In the 12th century, two children, green in color, appeared in Suffolk, England. The green children were written about in the 12th and 13th centuries as fact, but some people today classify as this tale as folklore. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Live at SLCC: Lon Chaney, Man of a Thousand Faces
Oct 9, 2017 • 38 min
Not only was he a star as an actor, he was famed for his use of makeup. He was passionate about completely transforming himself for each role, and was determined to keep his life off screen as private as possible. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Building Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Pt. 1
Oct 7, 2017 • 28 min
This classic episode dives into one of the most iconic Disney park attractions — the Haunted Mansion. Its development process that was anything but smooth. Budget and scheduling issues and creative differences dogged the project for two decades. Learn…
U.S.S. Akron
Oct 4, 2017 • 31 min
The loss of the U.S.S. Akron was the biggest single tragedy in aviation history at the time that it happened. But unless you’re an aviation or U.S. Navy history buff, you may not know much about this airborne aircraft carrier. Learn more about your…
The Mystery of the Devil’s Footprints
Oct 2, 2017 • 34 min
In February 1855, mysterious prints that looked like hoof marks appeared all over the English seaside county of Devon. But figuring out who or what made those prints is a puzzle that continues to befuddle people. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Life of Johnny Appleseed
Sep 30, 2017 • 39 min
The image of Johnny Appleseed walking around in rags, barefooted with a bindle, planting apple trees and moving on is actually pretty accurate. Join Holly and Tracy to learn how John Chapman struck out for the frontier and became an American legend. Learn…
Hernandez v. Texas
Sep 27, 2017 • 41 min
Hernandez v. Texas addressed civil rights for Mexican Americans, was the first case to be argued before the Supreme Court by Mexican American attorneys, and set a new precedent in how the 14th Amendment was interpreted in terms of race and ethnicity.…
The Crash at Crush and Other Train Wreck Spectacles
Sep 25, 2017 • 33 min
For a brief window from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, people in the United States were watching train wrecks for fun. These staged spectacles would draw thousands and thousands of paying onlookers, but why exactly were they so popular? Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
Sep 23, 2017 • 30 min
We’re revisiting the story of Dr. Livingstone as told by previous hosts! In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the adventures of Livingstone and Henry Stanley, the journalist who found Livingstone in Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Emin Pasha, I Presume? (Part 2)
Sep 20, 2017 • 34 min
When we left off in part one, Emin Pasha had become governor of Equatoria in what’s now South Sudan. But things took a dramatic turn in the 1880s, leading to Henry Morton Stanley mounting a relief expedition to go get him. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Emin Pasha, né Eduard Schnitzer (Part 1)
Sep 18, 2017 • 36 min
Emin Pasha’s story connects to so many other historical things, particularly in the context of both the Ottoman Empire and African history. First, we’ll talk about his time in Albania and how he made his way to Africa and took a new name. Learn more about…
SYMHC Classics: Voynich Manuscript Update
Sep 16, 2017 • 29 min
New theories have emerged that make it the right time to once again go back to an old favorite, the Voynich Manuscript. Since our Voynich Manuscript episode first published, the inscrutable book has been in the news a lot. What are the latest theories?…
Marchesa Luisa Casati
Sep 13, 2017 • 39 min
While many have admired heiress Casati over the years for her life led entirely based on her aesthetics, when you examine her biography, you find a woman who was incredibly selfish and was even described by close friends as megalomaniacal. Learn more…
Five First Flights
Sep 11, 2017 • 40 min
When people say the Wright Brothers were first to fly, they’re talking about a very particular set of circumstances. There are other contenders to the title of “first in flight,” and each has their own compelling story and list of achievements. Learn more…
SYMHC Classics: Albert J. Tirrell, the First Sleepwalking Killer
Sep 9, 2017 • 29 min
We’re revisiting the murder of Mary Ann Bickford on Oct. 27, 1845. Her paramour Albert J. Tirrell was eventually charged with murder. Tirrell hired Rufus Choate to defend him, and Choate claimed his client had episodes of somnambulism. Learn more about…
Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 2
Sep 6, 2017 • 30 min
As Louis XVI’s time as king was less and less stable in the face of the French Revolution, Léonard stepped away from the royal family and into his own business ventures. But his loyalty to the crown would forever tie his fate to that of the nobility.…
Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 1
Sep 4, 2017 • 27 min
Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser set the styles of France during King Louis XVI’s reign. But when he first arrived in Paris, he had almost nothing. Just how did he manage such a meteoric rise? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: Emu War of 1932
Sep 2, 2017 • 27 min
We’re revisiting the story of large numbers of emus making their way through Australia, severely damaging wheat farms. The military tried to help, but may have just made things worse. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Sinking of the H.L. Hunley
Aug 30, 2017 • 35 min
The story of the H.L. Hunley really begins with the Union blockade of the Confederacy during the Civil War, which was ordered less than a week after the fall of Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Motherhood of Mamie Till-Mobley
Aug 28, 2017 • 40 min
The reason Emmett Till’s murder played such a consequential role in the Civil Rights movement is because of choices of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. For more than 45 years after his murder, she continually worked to make sure he did not die in vain.…
SYMHC Classics: Wreck of the Ten Sail
Aug 26, 2017 • 28 min
This episode revisits the biggest shipping disaster in Cayman Islands history, in which 10 ships went down together one night in 1794. Why would so many ships be traveling so closely to one another, and how did they all end up in peril? Learn more about…
John von Neumann
Aug 23, 2017 • 36 min
One man and his incredible intellect affected so many different disciplines. From game theory to computers to the Manhattan Project, von Neumann and his remarkable abilities helped shape the 20th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Handful of Eclipses in History
Aug 21, 2017 • 31 min
Humans have been recording instances of solar eclipses for thousands of years. Today, we’re walking through some of the famous eclipses in history, all while wearing proper eye shielding. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Contentious Invention of the Sewing Machine
Aug 19, 2017 • 41 min
We’re revisiting our 2013 episode on the invention of the sewing machine and the epic patent battle associated with it. The mechanization of stitching happened by way of a series of inventions, several of which finally came together. Learn more about your…
Frederic Tudor, the Ice King
Aug 16, 2017 • 43 min
Tudor hatched a clever plan: In cold weather, he would harvest ice for cheap, and then sell it all around the world when it was hot, singlehandedly turning ice into a commodity and becoming vastly wealthy in the process. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Charles VI of France: The Mad King
Aug 14, 2017 • 33 min
France’s mad king Charles VI reigned in the middle of the Hundred Years War between England and France. While his early reign hinted at greatness, things soon spiraled downward. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
SYMHC Classics: The Origin of Cheeses
Aug 12, 2017 • 38 min
We’re revisiting a classic episode, about cheese! It’s been around for more than 9,000 years. But how did humans learn to make it? And how did all the different types of cheese develop? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Kallikaks and the Eugenicists
Aug 9, 2017 • 41 min
Spurred by the same fears, prejudices and societal issues that were driving the progressive movement in general, the eugenics movement in the U.S. focused on identifying, sequestering and even sterilizing people who were deemed to be “unfit.” Learn more…
The Sepoy Rebellion of 1857
Aug 7, 2017 • 33 min
The Sepoy Rebellion was the result of many, many influences and stressors on the cultures of India living under British rule. In Britain, it’s called the Sepoy Mutiny or the Indian Mutiny, but in India, it’s called the First War of Independence. Learn…
SYMHC Classics: The Count of St. Germain
Aug 5, 2017 • 36 min
We’re revisiting a classic episode, all about the Count of Saint Germain. His story features teleportation, alchemy and even rumors of immortality. Was he a spy? A concealed royal? A skilled con man? Or just a compulsive liar? Learn more about your…
Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam
Aug 2, 2017 • 34 min
Ibn Battuta’s 14th-century travels were extensive. He was away from home for roughly 24 years and during that time traveled through virtually every Muslim nation and territory, becoming the traveler of the age. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Frederick Douglass
Jul 31, 2017 • 39 min
Frederick Douglass was an orator, writer, statesman and social reformer. His early life shaped the truly remarkable advocate he became, and the two primary causes he campaigned for — the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage. Learn more about your…
SYMHC Classics: Jane Austen
Jul 29, 2017 • 40 min
We’re revisiting a classic episode, all about Jane Austen. She was not a shy spinster who wrote some little books mostly to amuse her own family, and she wasn’t a real-life Elizabeth Bennett. Her life was very different from any of her heroines. Learn…
Carry A. Nation, Part 2
Jul 26, 2017 • 34 min
After her initial “smashings,” Carry A. Nation became a full-time activist, traveling from town to town to destroy saloons and preach temperance. She turned her fame into a good income, and used much of that money to set up women’s shelters. Learn more…
Carry A. Nation, Part 1
Jul 24, 2017 • 30 min
Several events in Carry Nation’s early life catalyzed her temperance activism. Her marriages and her faith were particularly important in shaping the woman she became. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Evacuation of Dunkirk
Jul 19, 2017 • 30 min
With a huge number of British Expeditionary Force troops stranded in one location, a massive evacuation operation was undertaken. While it was considered a success, the costs to the Allies were high. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Battle of France and the Flight to Dunkirk
Jul 17, 2017 • 31 min
Retellings of the Dunkirk rescue often leave out how the Allied forces got into such a predicament, with a huge part of the British Expeditionary Force stranded. Today, we’ll talk about the lead-up to WWII and its relentless progression into France. Learn…
NASA History: Chief Historian Bill Barry on Hugh Dryden
Jul 12, 2017 • 41 min
The NASA space program likely wouldn’t be what it is today without the work Hugh Dryden did before NASA even existed, and his guidance in its early years. NASA’s Chief Historian Bill Barry joins Holly for a talk about Dryden’s impressive life. Learn more…
Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun
Jul 10, 2017 • 33 min
Despite growing up in a convent and coming very close to taking religious vows as a nun, Catalina de Erauso wound up living a life of danger and adventure. A lot of today’s episode falls into the general category of “exploits.” Learn more about your…
William Hogarth
Jul 5, 2017 • 38 min
In the early 18th century, an engraver-turned-artist made his mark on the art world by producing satirical prints in series that commented on morality and society. And some of his work is used today as a teaching tool. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed! in July 2017!
Jul 3, 2017 • 35 min
It’s time for another mid-year edition of Unearthed! The show covers new research and information about the Lions of Tsavo, human taxidermy, a photo of Harriet Tubman, and H.H. Holmes, among others. And of course, there’s fresh Ötzi news! Learn more about…
The Eastland Disaster
Jun 28, 2017 • 32 min
The Eastland disaster was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in American history. And in this particular case, safety regulations actually made things worse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Roses Through Time
Jun 26, 2017 • 39 min
Humans have painted roses, written about them, and assigned them symbolic meaning for centuries. But this much-beloved flower predates mankind, and it’s a little difficult to track our early relationship with cultivating it. Learn more about your…
A Brief History of Veterinary Medicine
Jun 21, 2017 • 38 min
Animals and humans have been living together for centuries, but standardized veterinary care developed over a long period of time in many different places. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Cuyahoga River’s Last Fires
Jun 19, 2017 • 32 min
In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire, not for the first time, but for the last time. This event is often credited with helping pass the Clean Water Act and inspire the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about…
The Extinction of the Stephens Island Wren
Jun 14, 2017 • 37 min
The extinction of one New Zealand bird species is often attributed to a single cat. While feline predation played a significant role in the end of the Stephens Island wren, the story is actually more complex. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
William Moulton Marston & the Creation of Wonder Woman
Jun 12, 2017 • 46 min
Most people know Wonder Woman as an embodiment of truth and justice, but don’t know much about the comic’s earlier years or its creator. Marston lived an unconventional life, and in many ways, Wonder Woman was an expression of that life. Learn more about…
Louis Riel
Jun 7, 2017 • 33 min
Riel was labeled both a traitor and a hero in his time. His work as a political leader for the Métis Nation in the Red River Rebellion led to the establishment of Manitoba. His involvement in the North-West Rebellion did not have a positive outcome. Learn…
Annette Kellerman
Jun 5, 2017 • 36 min
Australian Kellerman gets a lot of the credit for developing the women’s one-piece bathing suit. But she was also a competitive swimmer, as well as a vaudeville and film star who designed her own mermaid costumes. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Maria Sibylla Merian
May 31, 2017 • 31 min
As a naturalist illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian helped dispel many entomological myths and improved the scientific study of insects and plants, and she did it beautifully. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Ladies of Llangollen
May 29, 2017 • 34 min
In the late 18th century, Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler, also known as the Ladies of Llangollen, abandoned their life in the upper tiers of Irish society and made a home for themselves in Wales. And they became rather famous in the process. Learn…
The Scopes Trial
May 24, 2017 • 36 min
The Scopes Trial, aka the Monkey Trial, played out in Dayton, Tennessee, in the summer of 1925. It all stemmed from a state law prohibiting the teaching of evolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives
May 22, 2017 • 33 min
Over the course of several days in 1934, Adolf Hitler, who was at the time the Nazi Party Leader and Reich Chancellor, directed an action which eliminated all of his political enemies and enabled him to declare himself Fuhrer. Learn more about your…
Copernicus
May 17, 2017 • 33 min
While he’s known primarily as the astronomer who promoted the idea of a heliocentric solar system, Copernicus was also a master mathematician and a doctor. He worked for the church his entire life, and wrote a manuscript on devaluation of currency. Learn…
Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies
May 15, 2017 • 35 min
This installment of our impossible episodes series features a set of stories that are all about front-line heroism. Most of them are listener requests. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Horace de Vere Cole and the Dreadnought Hoax
May 10, 2017 • 36 min
Cole was a lifelong prankster, but none of his stunts could compare with his scheme to gain access to the HMS Dreadnought by getting his friends — including Virginia Woolf — to pretend they were Abyssinian royalty. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing
May 8, 2017 • 38 min
The MOVE organization is often labeled as a black liberation group or a black power group, but it’s more complex than that. After a protracted, contentious relationship with Philadelphia police, MOVE’s home was bombed in 1985. Learn more about your…
The Kentucky Derby’s First 50 Years
May 3, 2017 • 31 min
Although horse racing in general has been around much longer than the Kentucky Derby, including in the United States, the Derby itself has become the nation’s most famous and prestigious horse racing event. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Cato Street Conspiracy
May 1, 2017 • 30 min
Urbanization and mechanization, and all the downsides they brought with them, had continued in Great Britain in the years since the Luddite Rebellion. In response, a radical group plotted to assassinate the Prime Minister’s entire cabinet. Learn more…
Abbott and Costello, Part 2
Apr 26, 2017 • 40 min
Abbott and Costello made it big in Hollywood during WWII, but the later part of their career together was beset by tragedy, money issues and personal problems that ultimately ended their partnership. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Abbott and Costello, Part 1
Apr 24, 2017 • 31 min
The comedy team of Abbott and Costello created some of the most memorable sketches in history. Their perfectly balanced energy catapulted them from burlesque and vaudeville stages to radio, and eventually Hollywood. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Apr 19, 2017 • 42 min
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study is one of the modern world’s most infamous incidents of unethical medical research. The study’s researchers told its participants that they were being treated for syphilis, but in reality, they weren’t. Learn more about your…
Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy
Apr 17, 2017 • 36 min
Whitman is often touted as the best and most important poet in U.S. history, but he also worked as a teacher and a journalist. And his poetry career didn’t start out particularly well. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.
Apr 12, 2017 • 39 min
One of the most diverse things about the U.S. is its food industry. Foodies obsessively seek out the “authentic” flavors of any given culture. But many of the foods brought to the U.S. via immigration were initially viewed with suspicion and disdain.…
Three Nuclear Close Calls
Apr 10, 2017 • 31 min
There have been many moments in history when the world came perilously close to a full-scale nuclear war, due to false alarms or miscommunication. One such moment is the only known time that a head of state has activated their nuclear briefcase. Learn…
Prospect Park, Part 2
Apr 5, 2017 • 54 min
In our second episode about Brooklyn’s 150-year-old public park, we interview three guests, each with a unique knowledge of the park’s history and its restoration in the last three decades. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Prospect Park, Part 1
Apr 3, 2017 • 31 min
Brooklyn’s massive public green space tells the historical story of its community. From an undeveloped tract of land, the space was developed to become an Olmsted and Vaux masterpiece. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Live From Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: H.P. Lovecraft
Mar 29, 2017 • 52 min
Writer H.P. Lovecraft created worlds and stories that continue to be influential more than 80 years after his death. His life story is at turns odd, sad, problematic and utterly fascinating. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy
Mar 27, 2017 • 36 min
There’s really not a lot concretely known about the life of Aphra Behn, who, in addition to being a spy, was a dramatist, poet, novelist, translator, and the first woman in English literature known to have made her living as a writer. Learn more about…
Mongolian Princess Khutulun
Mar 22, 2017 • 29 min
Khutulun’s story is a little bit cloudy, in part because it’s many hundreds of years old, and in part because accounts of her life involve a combination of propaganda and an outsider’s interpretation of it. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him
Mar 20, 2017 • 29 min
Jules Cotard was the first psychiatrist to write about the cluster of symptoms that would come to be called “Walking Corpse Syndrome.” But his work was unfinished, and left a great deal of room for debate about it among his colleagues. Learn more about…
The New London School Explosion
Mar 15, 2017 • 33 min
This was one of the worst disasters in Texas history, the worst school disaster in U.S. history, and it was a horrific tragedy that stemmed from a huge number of small decisions and moments. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The King’s Evil and the Royal Touch
Mar 13, 2017 • 40 min
The practice of the monarch laying on hands to cure sick people lasted from the medieval period all the way to the 18th century in Britain and France. One disease in particular was so often “cured” it came to be known as the King’s Evil. Learn more about…
Speaking With Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein
Mar 8, 2017 • 38 min
Holly interviews Michael Bornstein and his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat about their book “Survivors Club.” The book chronicles the story of Michael’s family during the Holocaust, and how Michael survived at Auschwitz. Learn more about your…
Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-day Queen
Mar 6, 2017 • 35 min
For a very short time between Edward VI and Mary I, Lady Jane was, at least nominally, Queen of England and Ireland, but whether she had any right to the title is still the subject of dispute. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
John Kidwell and the Founding of Hawaii’s Pineapple Industry
Feb 27, 2017 • 30 min
From his start as an apprentice to a nurseryman in London, John Kidwell would go on to catalyze the establishment of Hawaii’s pineapple industry. His story is tied to the white business-driven Reform Party and its coup over the Hawaiian monarchy. Learn…
Interview: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Feb 27, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Gates joins Holly to talk about history’s impact on our future, Black History Month, and his upcoming PBS series “Africa’s Great Civilizations.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jamaica’s Maroon Wars
Feb 22, 2017 • 37 min
Maroons are Africans and people of African ancestry who escaped enslavement and established communities in the Caribbean and parts of the Americas. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jamaica’s Maroon communities clashed with British colonial government.…
Bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple
Feb 20, 2017 • 34 min
Rabbi Jacob Rothschild was a vocal activist who spoke out for civil rights despite the danger in doing so. White supremacists bombed The Temple in Atlanta in a direct reaction to Rothschild’s work for equality. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 2
Feb 15, 2017 • 44 min
After Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, people were incarcerated in inadequate and dehumanizing camps. Even once the detention program ended, things were still incredibly difficult for people after their release.…
Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1
Feb 13, 2017 • 38 min
Roughly 122,000 Japanese immigrants and American citizens of Japanese ancestry were removed from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated for much of the U.S. involvement in WWII. About two-thirds of them were U.S. citizens. Learn more about your…
The Women’s March on Versailles
Feb 8, 2017 • 34 min
In 1789, a group of protesters — mostly women — marched from Paris to Versailles to pressure King Louis XVI to address France’s food shortage. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean
Feb 6, 2017 • 33 min
He was one of the first Americans to achieve fame as a Shakespearean actor — and the first black man to do so, becoming a famous figure on the Victorian stage. But Aldridge has largely been excluded from biographies of Shakespearean actors. Learn more…
Lucille Ball
Feb 1, 2017 • 31 min
Lucille Ball was the grande dame of American comedy. The famed star worked in modeling, radio and film, but she really made her mark in television, and her work set the standard for the TV sitcom. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement
Jan 30, 2017 • 32 min
Ed Roberts was a disability rights activist, known as the father of the Independent Living movement. That movement combines advocacy, resources and education toward the goal of living independently and fully integrated with abled society. Learn more about…
Inês de Castro and Pedro I of Portugal
Jan 25, 2017 • 29 min
When Prince Pedro of Portugal was married off in the 1300s, he only had eyes for his new wife’s lady in waiting. The story of Inês and Pedro’s love has everything: romance, deception, murder, and a corpse crowned as queen. Learn more about your ad-choices…
African Art History With Carol Thompson
Jan 23, 2017 • 44 min
Holly is joined in the studio by Carol Thompson, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art at the High Museum of Art. Carol shares her incredible knowledge, stories from her personal life and the importance of studying Africa’s rich art tradition.…
Great Zimbabwe
Jan 18, 2017 • 32 min
Great Zimbabwe was a massive stone city in southeastern Africa that was a thriving trade center from the 11th to 15th centuries. But when Europeans first learned of it in the 16th century, they were certain it wasn’t African at all. Learn more about your…
Maria Montessori
Jan 16, 2017 • 45 min
While she’s mostly associated with education, Maria Montessori worked in several fields. Her theories on early education still shape the way kids learn today around the globe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Edmonia Lewis
Jan 11, 2017 • 33 min
The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time. Her marble works are striking examples of the neoclassical style popular at the end of the 19th century.…
Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross
Jan 9, 2017 • 31 min
After witnessing the brutality of a battle first-hand, Swiss-born Dunant dedicated his life to easing the suffering brought by war. But he did so at great cost to his personal life. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Beer History with Erik Lars Myers
Jan 4, 2017 • 36 min
Erik Lars Myers, founder, CEO and head brewer at Mystery Brewing Company, talks about the history of beer, including how it connects to charity, nutrition and humans’ first development of agriculture. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed! in 2016, Part 2
Jan 2, 2017 • 39 min
Part two of our annual roundup of unearthed news is a bit of a hodgepodge. It features identifications, very large finds, edible finds, art and letters, and some historical debunkings. And of course, we have everyone’s favorite: exhumations. Learn more…
Unearthed! in 2016, Part 1
Dec 28, 2016 • 37 min
It’s time to talk about all the things that were unearthed in 2016! This first of two episodes covers stuff it seems like happens every year, things that are actually older than we thought, and shipwrecks. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed! Piltdown Man
Dec 26, 2016 • 38 min
The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades. How exactly did scientists in 1912 fall so completely for a hoax? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Maccabean Revolt
Dec 21, 2016 • 30 min
The uprising of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire during the Hellenistic period is an integral part of the Hanukkah story. After the restoration of Jewish religious freedom, the Maccabees started another revolt to obtain total independence. Learn…
The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 3
Dec 19, 2016 • 34 min
Since last year’s episodes on non-Santa holiday figures were so popular, there’s another installment for 2016! This time around, Frau Perchta, Olentzero, Mari Lwyd and Ded Moroz get the spotlight. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Belinda Sutton’s Post-enslavement Petitions
Dec 14, 2016 • 30 min
After she became a free woman, Belinda Sutton successfully petitioned for compensation for her years of enslaved labor. This was one of many legal efforts of enslaved and formerly enslaved people to advocate for themselves in Massachusetts courts. Learn…
An Interview With Sears Historian Jerry Hancock
Dec 12, 2016 • 72 min
Jerry, a Sears scholar and history teacher, joins Holly in the studio to talk about the historical significance of the building where HowStuffWorks is headquartered, as well as the company that built it. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Palmer Raids, Part 2
Dec 7, 2016 • 31 min
After a bombing attack on his home, Attorney General Palmer launched a series of raids on perceived threats to national security. Thousands of people were rounded up, many without cause or warrant, and kept in horrifying conditions. Learn more about your…
The Palmer Raids, Part 1
Dec 5, 2016 • 31 min
After WWI, there was a great deal of social unrest in the United States. Additionally, there was a fear that Communist revolutionaries would try to take over the country. Adding fuel to the fear were two bomb plots in 1919. Learn more about your…
Alabama Governor George Wallace
Nov 30, 2016 • 34 min
Wallace was one of the most prominent voices against the Civil Rights Movement and its objectives. He spent multiple campaigns for both governor and president on an explicitly pro-segregation platform. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Rejected Princesses with Jason Porath
Nov 28, 2016 • 46 min
Author and illustrator Jason Porath joins Tracy and Holly in the studio to talk about women from history featured in his new book, including the Mancini sisters, Sayyida al-Hurra, Tomyris and Noor Inayat Khan. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre
Nov 23, 2016 • 34 min
In 1862, murder led to war between the Dakota and the United States. What followed was a campaign of retribution against multiple indigenous peoples, many who had nothing to do with the prior conflict, ranging from Minnesota into Dakota Territory. Learn…
James Webb and NASA’s Early Days
Nov 21, 2016 • 40 min
People are often surprised to learn that the namesake for the James Webb Space Telescope wasn’t a scientist or engineer, but a lawyer and a bureaucrat. He was NASA’s second administrator, and led the agency through incredibly difficult times. Learn more…
The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)
Nov 16, 2016 • 44 min
The riot at Attica Correctional Facility in September 1971, demanding better living conditions and basic human rights, remains a significant moment in the history of the U.S. prison system. But many of the problems that catalyzed it persist. Learn more…
Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)
Nov 14, 2016 • 36 min
Attica Correctional Facility originally opened in rural, upstate New York in 1931. In 1971, conditions at the prison were at a point where they were humiliating, dehumanizing and counterproductive to rehabilitation. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
Nov 9, 2016 • 35 min
Establishing a submarine telegraph cable to connect North America and Europe took ingenuity, but more than anything else, it required tenacity. There were numerous stumbling blocks before there was finally a direct connection across the Atlantic. Learn…
Six Impossible Episodes: Déjà Vu Edition
Nov 7, 2016 • 36 min
We often get requests for topics that are so similar to existing episodes that they would sound like repeats. Here are six that will probably sound very familiar to regular listeners. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents
Nov 2, 2016 • 48 min
In the summer of 1791, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds began an affair that would lead to blackmail, political rumors, a 98-page confessional document … and eventually a song in a hit Broadway musical. Learn more about…
The Hagley Woods Murder
Oct 31, 2016 • 32 min
In 1943, a skeleton was found in a tree near Birmingham, England. More than 70 years later, it’s still unknown who the deceased was and how the body ended up in an elm tree. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A Cruise Through History’s Ghost Ships
Oct 26, 2016 • 29 min
There have been numerous instances of ships found adrift with no one on board. Four of those nautical mysteries are featured here, with some truly chilling details. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price
Oct 24, 2016 • 57 min
If you only know of Vincent Price from his films, you may be surprised by his rich life story. Victoria Price joins the show to talk about her famous father and his life beyond the silver screen. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Interview: Anne Byrn’s ‘American Cake’
Oct 19, 2016 • 52 min
Baking expert Anne Byrn joins Holly to talk about the place of cake in U.S. history, from the early colonies right up to the modern era. The relationship between kitchen and culture is evidenced in Anne’s research about sweet treats in America. Learn more…
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol
Oct 17, 2016 • 32 min
From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays. The Theatre du Grand Gignol became a cultural fixture in Europe, and ultimately gave rise to horror as an entertainment genre. Learn more about your…
The Orphan Tsunami
Oct 12, 2016 • 30 min
In January of 1700, a tsunami struck the coast of Japan. While the connection between earthquakes and tsunamis was known, it actually took a very long time to figure out where the catalyzing earthquake had taken place. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Vardø Witch Trials
Oct 10, 2016 • 29 min
At the height of Europe’s witch trials, the northern coast of Norway had a disproportionate number of executions for sorcery. The small fishing community in the Arctic circle staged 140 trials, and sentenced 91 of the accused witches to death. Learn more…
The Bell Witch
Oct 5, 2016 • 43 min
In the early 1800s, a family in Tennessee allegedly experienced what seemed to be a haunting on their family farm. Many narratives have blossomed from the Bell Witch story, but when you really try to look at the facts, they’re few and far between. Learn…
The Cod Wars
Oct 3, 2016 • 38 min
Fishing plays vital role in the culture and economy of both the United Kingdom and Iceland. A dispute between the countries over fishing territory started off with cordial tone, and then escalated into a serious conflict. Learn more about your ad-choices…
SLCC Live! Robber’s Roost, Outlaw Hideout
Sep 28, 2016 • 46 min
At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, a chunk of rough and unwelcoming stretch of territory in the Canyonlands area east of the Dirty Devil River became a safe haven for scoundrels, including Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. Learn more…
The New Orleans 1900 Race Riot
Sep 26, 2016 • 45 min
In July 1900, an interaction between New Orleans police and two black men set off a chain of horrific events. A man hunt, bloodthirsty mobs and senseless murders were all catalyzed by that meeting in a city already grappling with racial tension. Learn…
SLCC Live! How Historical Fiction Gets Made
Sep 21, 2016 • 41 min
Tracy and Holly were joined by authors Bryan Young, E.B. Wheeler and Brian McClellan during Salt lake Comic Con for a talk about how authors weave real-life events and historical inspiration into their work. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk
Sep 19, 2016 • 41 min
Molly was born on Indian Island, Maine, and she turned to dance to help her family make ends meet. But because audiences and companies in the U.S. pushed her toward stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, she eventually took her dancing to France.…
Live at the DMA: Pierre de Coubertin and the Modern Olympics
Sep 14, 2016 • 54 min
Coubertin had a vision to unite the world through sport, and he eventually managed to launch the modern Olympic Games. But those first few times out, things weren’t always smooth. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry
Sep 12, 2016 • 32 min
John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, set out to create an armed revolution of emancipated slaves. Instead, it became a tipping point leading to the U.S. Civil War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Montgolfier Brothers and Their Balloons
Sep 7, 2016 • 35 min
As man was looking to the skies and yearning to fly, two inventive brothers came up with an idea to set humans aloft. The Montgolfiers were among many inventors working toward flight in the 18th century, but they often get all the attention. Learn more…
The London Match Girls Strike of 1888
Sep 5, 2016 • 36 min
The London Match Girls Strike of 1888 was an important labor rights event in Britain. Women working in a match factory took a stand against hazardous and unfair working conditions, and impacted organized labor in the process. Learn more about your…
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation with John B. King
Aug 31, 2016 • 35 min
Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. discusses the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which gave rebelling states 100 days to return to the Union or have their enslaved population freed during the U.S. Civil War. Learn more about your…
Thomas Day’s Quest for the Perfect Wife
Aug 29, 2016 • 42 min
Eighteenth-century Englishman Thomas Day decided that the only way to have a perfect wife was to create one. So he adopted two orphans and attempted to train them, sometimes in incredibly abusive ways. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Boy Jones, After Buckingham
Aug 24, 2016 • 34 min
Even though Edward Jones served two prison sentences for his intrusions into Buckingham palace, it seems that the authorities were willing to do almost anything to keep him away from London. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Boy Jones, Queen Victoria’s Persistent Intruder
Aug 22, 2016 • 31 min
Not long after young Victoria became queen, a young man got into Buckingham Palace, wandered around, and attempted to steal several items. It was merely the first of many visits to the palace he would make. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Anglo-Cherokee War
Aug 17, 2016 • 32 min
During the French and Indian War, a clash between Cherokee tribes and the British — who had been allies — slowly escalated on the southern end of the larger conflict. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Anne Bonny & Mary Read
Aug 15, 2016 • 32 min
Famed lady pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read are often requested as a topic by listeners. But telling their story requires navigating some rather suspect historical accounts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 2
Aug 10, 2016 • 25 min
Because he saw himself as Yosemite’s ambassador, Hutchings was surprised when the state of California told him his land claim was invalid. He fought the state for many years, and though he ultimately lost the battle, it didn’t sever his ties to Yosemite.…
Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 1
Aug 8, 2016 • 26 min
Once Yosemite had been seen by white men, it became the focus of a great deal of attention, both for its natural wonders and for the potential money to be made there. James Hutchings spent the majority of his life writing and speaking about Yosemite.…
Bracero Program
Aug 3, 2016 • 36 min
For parts of the 20th century, the U.S. and Mexico had agreements in place allowing, and even encouraging, Mexican nationals to enter the U.S. to perform agricultural work and other labor in the American Southwest. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Butter v. Margarine
Aug 1, 2016 • 43 min
Industries and governments had a really weird preoccupation with protecting people from margarine way before it was made with the hydrogenated oils that led to its unhealthy reputation in more recent years. There’s even bootlegging involved. Learn more…
Isaac Merrit Singer
Jul 27, 2016 • 40 min
While his name is most strongly associated with the sewing machine, Isaac Singer’s life is a tale far beyond the story of mechanized stitching. A philanderer and cut throat businessman, Singer managed to accrue huge sums of wealth in his later life. Learn…
Desmond T. Doss
Jul 25, 2016 • 27 min
Doss was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, though he’s not the only one. Two other men, Thomas W. Bennett and Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. also showed tremendous valor and received the same award, though posthumously. Learn…
U.S. Contraband Camps
Jul 20, 2016 • 33 min
When three escaped slaves showed up at a Union position during the U.S. Civil War, the decision of how to handle the situation fell to Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler. His actions led to a situation for which the government was simply not prepared. Learn more…
Unearthed! in July!
Jul 18, 2016 • 36 min
We’re halfway through the year, and we have SO MANY unearthed items already! So, after polling listeners, we’re adding a mid-year edition of our Unearthed! series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aviatrix Lilian Bland
Jul 13, 2016 • 32 min
Miss Bland was a jockey, a sports photographer, a journalist, a car dealer and a pioneer farmer. She also built Ireland’s first powered airplane, entirely by hand, and successfully piloted it. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Jul 11, 2016 • 38 min
She was a black Canadian-American who became the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper. She advocated against slavery, for better lives for free black people, and for women’s rights. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Late Victorian Manure Crisis
Jul 6, 2016 • 35 min
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, many cities were facing the same issue: so much horse manure, they couldn’t keep up with it. It created unhygienic conditions, and very real problems. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Jacobite Rising of 1745
Jul 4, 2016 • 37 min
Portrayals of this piece of Scottish and English history are often simultaneously romanticized and oversimplified. It’s a great deal more complicated than any one event, and is instead the result of many contributing factors. Learn more about your…
The Discovery of ‘Planet’ Ceres
Jun 29, 2016 • 29 min
For a long time, astronomers believed that there must have been a planet lurking in the gap between Mars and Jupiter. What they found was Ceres, and this object’s story is one of scientific cattiness and our ever-evolving understanding of space. Learn…
The Achaemenid Empire
Jun 27, 2016 • 32 min
The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus II in the 6th century B.C.E., and it became an empire unlike any the world had seen up to that point. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)
Jun 22, 2016 • 36 min
Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was extremely dangerous for Rustin. This was one of many reasons why his activism focused on other countries in the 1950s. Learn more about your…
Bayard Rustin, ‘Angelic Troublemaker’ (Part 1)
Jun 20, 2016 • 33 min
Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for equal rights, peace, democracy, and economic equality, including being one of the primary planners of the 1963 March on Washington. Learn more about your…
Harriet Tubman, Union Spy (Part 2)
Jun 15, 2016 • 35 min
There was a whole lot more to Harriet Tubman’s life and work than her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the United States Civil War, she worked as a Union spy, eventually earning the nickname “General.” Learn more about your…
Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)
Jun 13, 2016 • 34 min
Most people are familiar with her involvement with the Underground Railroad, but Harriet Tubman was also a spy for the Union during the Civil War, among many other things. Untangling the truth from the myth is the trickiest part of her story. Learn more…
Raymond Bessone, Mister Teasie-Weasie
Jun 8, 2016 • 38 min
British hair guru Raymond Bessone became the first celebrity hair stylist by leveraging the post-war desire for glamour and his own innate skill at marketing. His larger-than-life persona and skill with shears made his coiffures the pinnacle of style.…
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles
Jun 6, 2016 • 32 min
She’s sometimes called the patron saint of cats, and the story of Gertrude’s religious devotion starts when she was just a young child. Her family’s history is important, because they formed the roots of the Carolingian dynasty. Learn more about your…
The Eruption at Heimaey
Jun 1, 2016 • 38 min
In 1973, after a series of earthquakes, a fissure opened up on the eastern side of the Icelandic island of Heimaey. As the eruption developed over time, it became more dangerous, and a variety of measures were undertaken to stop the flow of lava. Learn…
The Women of Bauhaus
May 30, 2016 • 32 min
While the Bauhaus school is well known, and its original manifesto proclaimed an environment of equality, most of the women who went to the school were ushered into specific courses, rather than given their choice of studies. Learn more about your…
April Calahan on France’s Fashionable Resistance
May 25, 2016 • 42 min
Fashion historian April Calahan joined Holly for a talk about the surprising ways that women of France protested German occupation during WWII. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Tarrare, a Case of Polyphagia
May 23, 2016 • 31 min
Insatiable hunger completely dominated every aspect of this French man’s existence in the 18th century. His life took a series of twists and turns, but his condition was never truly diagnosed or cured. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
May 18, 2016 • 36 min
No starving artist, Vigée Le Brun was the first woman to ever become a court painter in France when she was commissioned to paint Marie Antoinette. She painted royalty and nobility throughout Europe, even as her personal life had its ups and downs. Learn…
Six Impossible Episodes: Possible Apocrypha
May 16, 2016 • 40 min
We get a lot of requests for topics that are very interesting, but for which there’s very little information. In some cases, those people or events may have never existed. Here’s a collection of six such tales. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 2
May 11, 2016 • 30 min
After years of protesting and resisting British rule in New York, Mulligan passed important information on to George Washington, possibly saving his life. How did that one-time act of happenstance blossomed into a career as a full-time spy? Learn more…
Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 1
May 9, 2016 • 27 min
Hercules Mulligan was indeed a real person who passed intelligence to George Washington, mostly through two means - one was an enslaved man named Cato, and the other was the Culper Spy Ring. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Women in the USPS
May 4, 2016 • 26 min
Women have been part of mail delivery in the U.S. since colonial times, but it took centuries for women postal workers to become commonplace. Even through times when certain USPS jobs were off limits to them, women were still vital to the postal service.…
Live From FanX: Nazis, the Occult and Indiana Jones
May 2, 2016 • 33 min
It’s fairly common knowledge that the Nazis were prolific looters and that there was occult interest among the officers of the organization. How weird did things actually get, and how close are the Indiana Jones movies to what really happened? Learn more…
Live From FanX: Salt Lake City’s Place in Film History
Apr 27, 2016 • 40 min
You may not know that Salt Lake City has been home to some key moments in film history. Guest host Bryan Young joins Holly to talk about everything from Charlie Chaplin to recent movies. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Brief History of the ‘White Wedding’
Apr 25, 2016 • 37 min
Have you ever wondered why so many of today’s weddings feature white dresses, tiered cakes and registries for silver and dishes? Queen Victoria (and the rest of her era) get a lot of the credit. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Easter Rising of 1916
Apr 20, 2016 • 29 min
The Easter Rising is considered to be one of the most pivotal events in modern Irish history, and it was a precursor to a number of other events that have happened since then, both within and outside of Ireland. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A History of Pizza Live at C2E2
Apr 18, 2016 • 53 min
Pizza-like foods go way, way back in history, long before we associated the delicious dish with Italy. How did pizza’s pedigree develop, and how did it get to its second home in the U.S.? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Oliver Haugh, Serial Killer Pt. 2
Apr 13, 2016 • 33 min
After his parents’ home burned down under mysterious circumstances, Oliver Haugh was put on trial for murder. Haugh did little to help his own case, and hoped to be found insane so he could serve a shorter time in an asylum. Learn more about your…
Oliver Haugh, Serial Killer Pt. 1
Apr 11, 2016 • 34 min
In his early career Dr. Haugh claimed to be working on the next step in human evolution. But he was really a man enslaved by his addiction to cocaine and morphine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Shared Sign Language of Martha’s Vineyard
Apr 6, 2016 • 28 min
By the early 18th century, it was not uncommon for people in Martha’s Vineyard to be deaf from birth. This had a profound effect on the culture of Martha’s Vineyard - and one that went on to influence Deaf culture in the United States as a whole. Learn…
Interview: Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso
Apr 4, 2016 • 42 min
Dr. Kali Nicole Gross joins Tracy to discuss a murder that took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1887. The details of the investigation and trial offer insight into the culture of the the post-Reconstruction era, particularly in regards to race.…
Zheng He and the Treasure Ships
Mar 30, 2016 • 33 min
Zheng He led expeditionary voyages from China in the 15th century. While there are many tall tales about his accomplishments, his actual life was pretty spectacular without them. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Tupac Amaru Rebellion
Mar 28, 2016 • 32 min
The Tupac Amaru rebellion was a conflict between Spain and its colonies in South America which took place from 1780 to 1783. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2
Mar 23, 2016 • 46 min
The duties of the women of the WASP evolved over time, and some of them were quite dangerous. And once the program ended, there were — and still are — controversies over whether the women involved should be recognized as military veterans. Learn more…
WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1
Mar 21, 2016 • 38 min
The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII was formed to see if women could fly military aircraft, and potentially free up male noncombat pilots to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Our expert guest reveals that there’s so much more to the story, though.…
Knitting’s Early History
Mar 16, 2016 • 38 min
Because of its functionality in providing needed clothing for humans, knitting has been around for a long time. Exactly how long isn’t entirely clear, but we do know a good bit about how knitting has traveled with us humans through time. Learn more about…
Denmark’s Early Royalty and the Jelling Stones
Mar 14, 2016 • 32 min
The beginning of Denmark’s monarchy more than a thousand years ago is linked to two large rune stones at Jelling. Is it possible that the stones were part of an effort on Harald Blåtand’s part to revise the history of his parents, Gorm and Thyre? Learn…
The Crescent Hotel and Norman Baker
Mar 9, 2016 • 29 min
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to a beautiful Victorian hotel with a long and winding history. A colorful part of that history involves a man who claimed that doctors couldn’t be trusted, and that he had the cure for cancer. Learn more about your…
Hildegard von Bingen
Mar 7, 2016 • 28 min
Hildegard was a Christian mystic of medieval Europe who was way, way ahead of her time. If she had lived a few hundred years later, and been male, people probably would have called her a renaissance man. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Leprosy and the Ko’olau Rebellion
Mar 2, 2016 • 30 min
When Hansen’s disease was introduced to Hawaii, businessmen, especially from the U.S., were having an increasing influence on the Hawaiian government. That influence directly affected how Hawaii handled the disease. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Great Vowel Shift, or A Brief History of English
Feb 29, 2016 • 31 min
Language is alive. It shifts and changes; pronunciations and spellings morph throughout time. English is no exception. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid
Feb 24, 2016 • 28 min
After the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the punishment that Japanese forces doled out in China for their part in helping the U.S. was brutal and devastating. From terror occupations to biological warfare, many of China’s towns were systematically destroyed.…
The Crayola Crayon Story
Feb 22, 2016 • 31 min
It’s now a childhood classic, but the modern Crayola crayon has roots in the same company where carbon black was made for car tires at the turn of the 20th century. But people were creating art with colored implements before Binney and Smith made theirs.…
Robert Smalls: From Contraband to Congress
Feb 17, 2016 • 32 min
After his daring and impressive escape from slavery, Smalls was considered to be contraband, which was a term used for formerly enslaved people who joined the Union. But this was the beginning of an impressive career as a free man. Learn more about your…
The Incredible Escape of Robert Smalls
Feb 15, 2016 • 28 min
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He escaped from enslavement during the U.S. Civil War, in a particularly dramatic fashion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid
Feb 10, 2016 • 29 min
The Doolittle Raid was an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. But the leader of the mission was a legend long before his daring efforts in WWII. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Brief History of the Pietà
Feb 8, 2016 • 37 min
While Michelangelo’s sculpture of Mary holding the deceased body of Christ is the most famous depiction of that moment in art, that scene has been the focus of many works. And once, the famous version took a trip across the ocean. Learn more about your…
The Vanport Flood
Feb 3, 2016 • 32 min
On May 30, 1948, a flood destroyed Vanport, Oregon. What really makes the story more than a historical footnote is how it tied in to the racial makeup of both Portland and Oregon at the time. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Bawdy House Riots of 1668
Feb 1, 2016 • 31 min
In early modern London, there was a tradition of sorts where apprentices would amass on holidays and physically destroy brothels. One of the largest such riot took place during Easter week in 1668, and it was a complicated event. Learn more about your…
Queen Victoria: The Lady Hastings Scandal
Jan 27, 2016 • 29 min
Queen Victoria reigned for more than six decades, but her early years as ruler were peppered with a number of disastrous missteps. By participating in a horrible rumor campaign about her mother’s lady-in-waiting, she ended up damaging her own reputation.…
The Honey War
Jan 25, 2016 • 32 min
The Honey War wasn’t really about honey. It was a dispute over state lines. There are some bee trees in the mix, as well as some truly sub-par surveying work. It’s a story full of silliness, pride and bureaucracy. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906
Jan 20, 2016 • 31 min
One of the worst mining tragedies in history, the explosion that sent fire through the Courrières mine tunnels claimed more than a thousand lives. It also created awareness of dangerous issues in mines that hadn’t received much focus up to that point.…
The Schoolhouse Blizzard
Jan 18, 2016 • 34 min
In 1888, a blizzard so sudden and severe hit the American Midwest and claimed the lives of hundreds, some of whom died just outside the safety of shelter. Weather prediction of the fast-moving storm simply didn’t reach people in time to prepare them.…
Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2
Jan 13, 2016 • 33 min
The second part of our episode on the Australian diva focuses on her career in the early 1900s, her charity work and her belief that singers had to work — and work hard — to be constantly perfecting their technique. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Dame Nellie Melba, Part 1
Jan 11, 2016 • 24 min
Born Helen Porter Mitchell in Melbourne, Australia in 1861, Nellie Melba would rise to fame as a singer. Her life was everything you’d expect from a diva: foods named for her, command performances and a scandalous royal affair. Learn more about your…
Author Interview: Fashion History With April Calahan
Jan 6, 2016 • 46 min
April has two books out about fashion history, one featuring historical fashion plates, and another on the pochoir technique used to create fashion illustrations in the early 20th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed in 2015, Part 2
Jan 4, 2016 • 38 min
More of the 2015 news items of historical significance! The second part of this topic includes firearms, letters, blackboards, sculpture and of course, mass graves and exhumations. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed in 2015, Part 1
Dec 30, 2015 • 39 min
As has become an annual tradition on the show, we’re capping off 2015/starting 2016 with a roundup of things that have been unearthed, either figuratively or literally, over the year. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Whiskey Rebellion
Dec 28, 2015 • 37 min
Resistance to excise taxes levied against U.S. whiskey distilleries in the 1790s led to violence and rebellion. Tensions finally came to a head on Christmas day in 1794. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 2
Dec 23, 2015 • 33 min
In addition to the characters we talked about on our last episode, there are even more colorful holiday traditions that may be a bit surprising to people who didn’t grow up with them. That includes the ogress of Iceland and the Catalan pooping log. Read…
The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 1
Dec 21, 2015 • 42 min
Krampus has become really popular in recent years, but there are many holiday characters from various cultures around the world that all have fascinating histories. For example, Italy’s La Befana and the Netherlands version of St. Nick, Sinterklaas. Read…
The Disappearance of the Sodder Children
Dec 16, 2015 • 33 min
The Sodder family’s West Virginia home caught fire on Christmas Eve, 1945. Five of the children were never seen again, though their bodies weren’t recovered from the rubble. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Our Most-requested Episodes (We Already Have)
Dec 14, 2015 • 40 min
We often get episode requests, but because there are so many episodes in the back catalog, some of the most common requests have already been covered. So in today’s podcast we’re going to hit the highlights on the episodes people ask for again and again.…
Katharine Dexter McCormick: The Money Behind the Pill
Dec 9, 2015 • 34 min
Katharine McCormick made her mark in two different areas: She was a big part of the movement for women’s suffrage in the U.S. And, she was a huge - and for a while, almost entirely forgotten - part of the development of oral contraceptives. Learn more…
The Road to the Declaration of Sentiments
Dec 7, 2015 • 48 min
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott met in London in 1840 and bonded instantly over a shared anger at injustices against women. Their friendship led to the creation the Women’s Rights Convention in 1848, and the signing of a pivotal document. Learn…
A Brief History of Diving Technology
Dec 2, 2015 • 29 min
Humans have always longed to explore underwater, but the need to breathe air has been an obstacle. From as far back as the 4th century B.C.E., clever inventors have been designing technology to give us face time with the creatures of the sea. Learn more…
The Gallipoli Campaign
Nov 30, 2015 • 30 min
One of the most infamous aspects of World War I was its long, brutal stalemate along the enormous system of trenches known as the Western Front. The powers involved all expected the war to be over quickly, but it reached an impasse almost immediately.…
Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess
Nov 25, 2015 • 32 min
Sophia Duleep Singh’s education was focused on turning her into a proper lady, in line with her status as a princess. But she also became deeply involved in the Women’s Social and Political Union, a radical arm of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain.…
Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess In Exile
Nov 23, 2015 • 27 min
A princess of the Sikh empire, Sophia Duleep Singh grew up in Great Britain, and was Queen Victoria’s god daughter. But her childhood was not exactly a charmed one, and her family, caught between two worlds, experienced great upheaval and tragedy. Learn…
St. Clair’s Defeat, or the Battle of a Thousand Slain
Nov 18, 2015 • 29 min
In 1791, a confederation of Native American tribes destroyed about half of the American army. The catalyst for that conflict was a lengthy period in which unfair treaties, biased against native peoples, were all too common. Learn more about your…
Durable’ Mike Malloy
Nov 16, 2015 • 29 min
In 1932, a speakeasy owner and several friends planned to commit a murder to cash in fraudulent insurance policies. But carrying out their plot was much more difficult than they anticipated. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
NY Super Week LIVE: Assassination History Pt. 2
Nov 11, 2015 • 39 min
Part two of our live show is the Q&A portion of the evening. Our audience asked such amazing and insightful questions that it resulted in some great discussion about assassinations. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
NY Super Week LIVE: Assassination History Pt. 1
Nov 9, 2015 • 45 min
In October, we went to New York Super Week for our first live show! Joining us was author Bryan Young, who wrote a book about presidential assassinations (and attempts) … for children. It’s just as delightful as you think it is. Learn more about your…
The Life and Times of Sir Isaac Newton
Nov 4, 2015 • 40 min
You may know the apple/gravity story, but Isaac Newton’s life was so much more than that. Not only did he contribute huge concepts to physics, mathematics and astronomy, he also busted counterfeiters. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson
Nov 2, 2015 • 29 min
In WWI, a black U.S. Army unit became one of the most decorated of the war. When these soldiers returned home, they were greeted as heroes, but were still targets of segregation, discrimination and oppression. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Gilles Garnier, the Werewolf of Dole
Oct 28, 2015 • 27 min
Sixteenth-century France had a serious case of werewolf panic. Did Garnier really transform into lupine form and attack and eat humans? Or were the gruesome deaths of several children merely the work of wild animals? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Brief History of Moonshine
Oct 26, 2015 • 29 min
People have fermented foods to make alcohol for much of human history. For this episode, when we refer to “moonshine,” we’re talking specifically about illegal liquor North America. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
History Mysteries Double Feature
Oct 21, 2015 • 34 min
Two troubling tales from the 1920s share the stage in this episode. First, newlyweds that vanished on what would have been a historic boating trip. Second, a family murdered by someone who may have been hiding in their house for weeks or months. Learn…
Author Interview: Jason Surrell and The Haunted Mansion
Oct 19, 2015 • 55 min
To celebrate the Halloween season with a little Disney flair, Holly chatted with the author of “The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic” about the beloved theme park attraction and balancing history and innovation. Learn more about your…
Linda Hazzard and Starvation Heights
Oct 14, 2015 • 35 min
Hazzard had no medical training but called herself a doctor. Her patients often signed over all their money to her, gave her their jewelry, and made her their legal guardian, even as she starved them to death in a “sanitarium” in rural Washington. Learn…
Sir Christopher Lee
Oct 12, 2015 • 35 min
Christopher Lee wasn’t just a film star - he was, by any account, an amazing man. He spoke multiple languages, was an incredible singer and had fantastic fencing skills. He also had ties to many important historical events and people. Learn more about…
A Brief History of Redlining, Part 2
Oct 7, 2015 • 30 min
Part two of this discussion of redlining explores the language that assessors used when making color-coded maps of neighborhoods in segregated cities. These maps were used to determine whether mortgage lending in those neighborhoods was desirable. Learn…
A Brief History of Redlining, Part 1
Oct 5, 2015 • 28 min
Redlining is a word used to describe a lot of different patterns of economic discrimination. But during the Great Depression, real estate-related discrimination included systemized grading of neighborhoods based on the races that lived there. Learn more…
A Historically Inspired Gentleman’s Wardrobe
Sep 30, 2015 • 56 min
Jason Merrill of Blackbird Finery joins Holly in the studio to talk about adopting the styles and accessories of yesteryear into modern wardrobes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Macario Garcia
Sep 28, 2015 • 30 min
Macario Garcia was a Mexican-born soldier who served in the U.S. military in WWII, earning a Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. But after his homecoming as a hero, he was involved in an incident which launched a debate about racial discrimination. Learn…
The Oregon Trail: An Interview With Rinker Buck
Sep 23, 2015 • 50 min
Author Rinker Buck’s new book details the trip he and his brother Nick made along the Oregon Trail. Holly chatted with Buck about his journey, his writing and his love of history. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Lisztomania
Sep 21, 2015 • 36 min
Franz Liszt was a pianist, a composer and a conductor, and basically the first rock star who drove fans into fits of swooning and screaming. Some fans even stole the detritus of his life (unfinished coffee, broken piano strings) to carry with them. Read…
Six More Impossible Episodes
Sep 16, 2015 • 37 min
These are six (more) subjects frequently requested by listeners, but that aren’t really workable as stand-alone episodes for one reason or another. Featuring the Capuchin Catacombs, Sybil Ludington, Jeanne de Clisson, the Kentucky Meat Shower, Elizabeth…
The Black Hole of Calcutta
Sep 14, 2015 • 32 min
In 1756, after a skirmish between the British East India Company and the nawab of Bengal, dozens of captives were put into a holding cell intended for only a few people overnight. Most of them didn’t make it out alive. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Asia and the ‘New World’: An Interview with Dennis Carr
Sep 9, 2015 • 44 min
It’s easy to think of globalization as a new invention, but it really has its roots in the 16th century. Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator Dennis Carr talks to us about Asian influences on art in the colonial Americas thanks to this global trade. Learn…
Emmy Noether, Mathematics Trailblazer
Sep 7, 2015 • 30 min
In the early 20th century in Germany, Emmy Noether pursued a career in mathematics, despite many obstacles in her path. She became one of the most respected members of her field, and developed mathematical theory that’s still important today. Learn more…
The Unsinkable Violet Jessop
Sep 2, 2015 • 30 min
We love to talk about shipwrecks, but Violet Jessop was a shipwreck survivor — several times over. She traveled the world aboard some of the most famous ocean liners of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Aug 31, 2015 • 27 min
In 1781, British forces shifted their efforts in the American Revolutionary War to the southern states. Major General Nathaniel Greene and his troops went up against Charles Cornwallis in a battle that was won on a technicality. Learn more about your…
The Franco-Mexican Pastry War
Aug 26, 2015 • 28 min
When a French pastry chef complained to King Louis-Phillippe that his shop in Mexico was destroyed in a riot, it catalyzed a conflict between the two nations. But the military action of the Pastry War was really about a trade agreements and unpaid debts.…
Good Humor v. Popsicle
Aug 24, 2015 • 31 min
There was a time when Popsicle and Good Humor couldn’t stop suing one another about frozen treats on sticks. Many legal battles were fought over milk fat, the shapes of the desserts and the definition of the word “sherbet.” Learn more about your…
Joe Carstairs, Part 2
Aug 19, 2015 • 43 min
As Carstair’s speedboat racing career faltered, the heiress traveled the world and found other diversions, until she decided to purchase an island in the Bahamas. Then she turned Whale Cay into a kingdom of her own design. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Joe Carstairs, Part 1
Aug 17, 2015 • 33 min
Marion Carstairs, who preferred the name Joe, was an early 20th-century heiress who bucked traditional gender roles and for a time, hid her wealth from even her closest friends. She also became a very successful speedboat racer. Learn more about your…
The Billion Dollar Spy with Author David E. Hoffman
Aug 12, 2015 • 44 min
During the Cold War, the CIA and KGB were in a constant game of cat and mouse to steal each other’s secrets. David E. Hoffman talks with us about the work of one incredibly important spy, who is the subject of his latest book. Learn more about your…
The Vanishing of the U.S.S. Cyclops
Aug 10, 2015 • 28 min
In 1918, a U.S. Navy collier vanished without a trace after leaving Barbados. The ultimate fate of the Cyclops remains a mystery almost 100 years later, but there are certainly plenty of theories about what happened. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Amazons of Dahomey
Aug 5, 2015 • 26 min
The kingdom of Dahomey may have had the world’s first full-time, all-female combat fighting force. How did these women rise to become some of history’s fiercest warriors, and what happened to them? Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Phaistos Disk of Minoan Crete
Aug 3, 2015 • 36 min
Like other artifacts that defy deciphering, this clay disk, found on Crete in the early 1900s, has puzzled researchers and stirred up controversy for decades. Is it a religious incantation, a calendar, a spell? Or is it all a pictogram hoax? Learn more…
Mary Ann Cotton
Jul 29, 2015 • 43 min
In the mid-1800s, Mary Ann Cotton is believed to have poisoned as many as 21 people with arsenic, many of them her own children. She left a trail of bodies behind her everywhere she went, but it was her cavalier remarks that finally drew suspicion. Learn…
Calamity Jane
Jul 27, 2015 • 29 min
Calamity Jane is one of those historical figures whose reputation has in many ways eclipsed the real story. But she was, without a doubt, a unique character who in many ways lived outside the social norms of her time. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Dahomey and the Royal Palaces of Abomey
Jul 22, 2015 • 34 min
The Royal Palaces of Abomey are a series of earthen palaces in what is now Benin. The complex is culturally and historically important to West Africa, but the source of much of the wealth that built those palaces was the Atlantic slave trade. Read the…
Diogenes of Sinope
Jul 20, 2015 • 28 min
Diogenes of Sinope was the father of the Cynicism school of philosophy. He was also an incredibly eccentric figure who spoke out against pretense, and he used humor to convey his ideals. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Condensed History of Rhodesia
Jul 15, 2015 • 34 min
In 1888, Cecil Rhodes and John Smith Moffat duped the king of the Ndebele people into a treaty which led to the expansion of British territory in Africa. From then until the late 1900s, Rhodesia was governed by a white minority. Read the show notes here.…
A Brief History of Peanut Butter
Jul 13, 2015 • 41 min
Peanut butter got its name in the 18th century, but it’s been around in some form for hundreds and hundreds of years. The more modern history of the spread features changes to the recipe and even a little litigation with the FDA. Learn more about your…
Child Migrant Program
Jul 8, 2015 • 26 min
In the 19th and 20th centuries, 150,000 child migrants were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Rhodesia. Many of these children ended up in far worse conditions than they left behind. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Dr. Virginia Apgar
Jul 6, 2015 • 34 min
Dr. Virginia Apgar broke new ground in the fields of obstetrics and anesthesiology in the middle of the 20th century. When babies are born today, one of the tools doctors use to measure whether they’re thriving on their own is the Apgar score. Learn more…
A Brief History of Harmonicas
Jul 1, 2015 • 29 min
The deceptively simple harmonica has roots as far back as ancient China, though it really came into its own in Europe in the 1800s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Olive Oatman
Jun 29, 2015 • 36 min
In 1851, Olive Oatman’s family was attacked while traveling near the Gila River in Arizona. Olive was taken by her attackers, and lived for five years with Native Americans before being ransomed by the U.S. government. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Archaeology Interview: Harvard Indian College
Jun 24, 2015 • 50 min
Holly chats with archaeologists Patricia Capone and Diana Loren about Harvard’s Indian College, the school’s importance to Colonial history and the ongoing archaeology of Harvard Yard. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Henry Gerber and Chicago’s Society for Human Rights
Jun 22, 2015 • 30 min
In the 1920s, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago with the intent to decriminalize homosexuality. The society’s founder was inspired by Germany’s homosexual emancipation movement. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot
Jun 17, 2015 • 28 min
In 1966, a restaurant in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district was the site of a violent incident in LGBT history. After the riot, a grassroots effort grew to improve relationships between police and Tenderloin’s transgender commnity. Learn more about your…
Hokusai
Jun 15, 2015 • 33 min
Hokusai lived during a time when there wasn’t a lot of contact between Japan and the West. But even so, he drew influence form Western art, and Western art was greatly influenced by his own work. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Nate DiMeo’s Memory Palace
Jun 10, 2015 • 45 min
Tracy and Holly talk with fellow podcaster Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace about his research and writing process. You’ll also get to listen to two of Nate’s episodes along the way! Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Charles IX of France
Jun 8, 2015 • 31 min
Much like many of the other mad royals that have been discussed on the podcast through the years, Charles IX of France was prone to fits of rage so intense that people at court feared for their lives. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 2
Jun 3, 2015 • 27 min
Once the effort to import hippos to the U.S. got the backing of a politician, two men with wild and intertwined histories, Frederick Russel Burnham and Fritz Duquesne, were brought on board to serve as experts and advocates. Read the show notes here.…
The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 1
Jun 1, 2015 • 27 min
In 1910, the U.S. had a meat shortage and a water hyacinth overgrowth problem. The obvious solution to the double dilemma: Import hippos from Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
An Interview With Dr. Elizabeth P. Archibald: Ask the Past
May 27, 2015 • 43 min
Dr. Elizabeth P. Archibald of Ask the Past has delved deep into old manuscripts to find pertinent and impertinent advice from the past. In this interview, she discusses the history of how-tos and her new book. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Brief History of Time Capsules
May 25, 2015 • 31 min
People feel very strongly about time capsules, even though the contents are often a little underwhelming. What actually qualifies as a time capsule, and what are some of the most notable ones? Read the show notes here, including a correction about some…
Frankie Manning and the Lindy Hop, Part 2
May 20, 2015 • 31 min
Once Manning became a professional dancer and choreographer, his work took him all over the world. After WWII derailed his swing dancing, he had a hard time returning to a world where musical tastes had changed. Read the show notes here. Learn more about…
Frankie Manning and the Lindy Hop, Part 1
May 18, 2015 • 25 min
Frankie Manning grew up loving dance, learning and practicing in ballrooms and private parties in New York. His innovations in creating new moves for the Lindy hop led him from dancing as a hobby to a career as a performer. Learn more about your…
The Wright Brothers: An Interview With David McCullough
May 13, 2015 • 45 min
David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, talks about his research and discoveries about the Wright brothers, their extreme determination, their family, and the many, many people who played parts in their great success as innovators. Read…
The St. Kitts Slave Revolt of 1834
May 11, 2015 • 29 min
Until the 1830s, the dominant industry on St. Kitts was sugar, and the majority of the people living there were enslaved Africans who kept that industry going. When the act that was supposed to free them fell short of doing so, the slaves rebelled. Learn…
The Siege of Béxar
May 6, 2015 • 30 min
The famed Battle of the Alamo was toward the end of the Texas Revolution - a sort of pivot just before the last battle. But at the revolution’s beginning, the siege of Béxar played out in almost the opposite way. Here’s a link to our show notes, including…
Alice Roosevelt
May 4, 2015 • 34 min
The eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt was a firebrand who never shied away from the public eye. She was nicknamed “the Second Washington Monument” because of her social power, which she parlayed into political influence. Learn more about your…
Two Other Alcotts: Bronson and May
Apr 29, 2015 • 32 min
Louisa was not the only notable Alcott. Her father, Bronson Alcott, made a name for himself as a philosopher and a teacher. And her youngest sister, May Alcott, was an artist, who was really growing in prominence before she died at an early age. Learn…
Louisa May Alcott
Apr 27, 2015 • 32 min
Once you examine Louisa May Alcott’s life story, the inspirations for her writing become clear. But while she had some things in common with her most famous heroine, a lot sets her apart from Jo March. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
The Sutherland Sisters
Apr 22, 2015 • 36 min
In the late 1800s, seven sisters with musical talent and incredibly long hair made waves in the circus and on the stage. They made millions as performers and haircare product moguls, but their personal lives were plagued with eccentricity. Learn more…
The Sham Battle and the Cochecho Massacre
Apr 20, 2015 • 25 min
It was half performance for the British troops, and half actual sham, and it led to an attack on Dover by the Pennacook tribe in 1689. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
S.A. Andrée and the 1897 North Pole Balloon Mission
Apr 15, 2015 • 44 min
Andrée hoped to succeed in reaching the North Pole where others had failed by doing it by air. With a seemingly endless positivity, he and two other men hoped to earn bragging rights for Sweden by reaching the pole. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Lady Who Turned to Soap
Apr 13, 2015 • 26 min
Saponification is the process of turning to soap, and in certain conditions, cadavers do it. The Soap Lady is one of the most famous cases of an adipocere-covered corpse, but there are many like her. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Immigration History: Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Part 2
Apr 8, 2015 • 31 min
The second half of our interview with Dr. Annie Polland from the Lower East Side Tenement Museum focuses on specific figures in the building’s history and ongoing research and expansion projects. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Immigration History: Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Part 1
Apr 6, 2015 • 34 min
The U.S. is, at its heart, a nation of immigrants. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum works to preserve the history of many families who left their home countries to start lives in New York. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2
Apr 1, 2015 • 30 min
As the New York Sun’s series of astonishing moon discoveries concluded, most people recognized that it was a hoax. But what made people buy into the tall tale in the first place? Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1
Mar 30, 2015 • 28 min
In August 1835, the New York Sun ran a series about some utterly mind-blowing discoveries made by Sir John Herschel about the lunar surface. The serial had everything: moon poppies, goat-like unicorns, lunar beavers and even bat people. Learn more about…
P.A.R.C., Mills and Special Education
Mar 25, 2015 • 30 min
Until 1975, children with disabilities in the U.S. weren’t guaranteed the right to a public education. The ruling in Brown v. Board sparked a series of cases related to children who had been segregated or restricted from schools based on disabilities.…
The History of Carousels
Mar 23, 2015 • 30 min
Carousels are part of childhood, but they were originally billed as an entertainment for adults and children alike. And even further back than that, it’s believed that they were used to train horsemen. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Dr. Vera Peters
Mar 18, 2015 • 29 min
Dr. Peters helped revolutionize the treatment of both breast cancer and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But, at the time, her work was largely dismissed. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
King Djoser and Egypt’s First Pyramid
Mar 16, 2015 • 29 min
The pyramids at Giza are iconic Egyptian landmarks, but they weren’t the first to appear. Djoser and his vizier Imhotep are credited with starting the pyramid trend. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Hartford Circus Fire
Mar 11, 2015 • 29 min
In 1944, one of the most disastrous fires in U.S. history broke out during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Dozens of lives were lost and hundreds of people were injured as the largest big top in the country was consumed by flames.…
The Night Witches
Mar 9, 2015 • 32 min
The Night Witches were an all-female bombing regiment in the Soviet Air Force. Flying biplanes meant for dusting crops and training new recruits, they dropped 23,000 tons of bombs on German forces in WWII. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Artemisia Gentileschi
Mar 4, 2015 • 31 min
She’s often called the greatest female painter of the Baroque period, though there were only a few to compare her to. Her work is extraordinary, and reflects the influences of her father Orazio Gentileschi and Caravaggio. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Codex Gigas
Mar 2, 2015 • 32 min
This massive medieval manuscript, nicknamed “The Devil’s Bible,” contains multiple lengthy entries, a few shorter pieces, and several illustrations. Written by a single scribe, the Codex Gigas is often sensationalized in stories about its creation. Learn…
The Aftermath of Brown v. Board
Feb 25, 2015 • 32 min
Though the Brown v. Board ruling overturned Plessy v. Ferguson, it didn’t suddenly solve the segregation problem and end racism in the United States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Road to Brown v. Board
Feb 23, 2015 • 31 min
It would be next to impossible to have ever had a class on American history or the American Civil Rights Movement and not heard about Brown v. Board. But the case is much more complicated than just one child in one segregated school system. Learn more…
Leo Baekeland, The Father of Plastics
Feb 18, 2015 • 28 min
Dr. Leo Baekeland, the inventor of the first synthetic plastic, was a wealthy man at a young age thanks to his innovation in photograph developing. But it was his work with phenol and formaldehyde that would help usher in the age of plastics. Learn more…
Plessy v. Ferguson
Feb 16, 2015 • 27 min
The ruling in this infamous U.S. Supreme Court case stated that segregation was legal as long as the separate facilities were equal. But most people are more familiar with the name of the case than with the actual events that transpired around it. Learn…
The History of Narcolepsy, Part 2
Feb 11, 2015 • 26 min
Once several cases of narcolepsy were documented in the late 1880s, study of the condition became more common. But it was well into the 20th century before sleep scientists really began to unlock some of the secrets of narcolepsy. Learn more about your…
The History of Narcolepsy, Part 1
Feb 9, 2015 • 31 min
People were experiencing sleep disorders long before they were studied to the degree they are now. The first European account of narcolepsy appeared in the 1600s, but it would be well into the 19th century before the condition was researched. Learn more…
Six Impossible Episodes
Feb 4, 2015 • 31 min
A handful of our most-requested podcast topics that don’t have enough solid research for a whole show: Stagecoach Mary, Edward Mordrake, Robert the Haunted Doll, the London Beer Flood, the Lost Army of Cambyses and La Maupin all get time in the spotlight.…
The Catalpa and the Fremantle Six
Feb 2, 2015 • 30 min
An international jailbreak! In the 1860s, a crew from the United States mounted a mission to Western Australia to rescue imprisoned members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood who had been imprisoned by Great Britain. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Ghost Army
Jan 28, 2015 • 33 min
During WWII, the U.S. Army formed a top-secret military unit with one goal: Use artistic and theatrical skills to confuse the enemy. The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops turned their creativity into incredible strategic trickery. Read the show notes here.…
The Glamorous Strongwoman
Jan 26, 2015 • 31 min
From an early age, Katie Sandwina wowed crowds, first as a wrestling act and then exclusively as professional strongwoman. During a time when women’s suffrage was a hot button issue, she cultivated an image of a perfectly feminine powerhouse. Learn more…
Antoni Gaudi, Part 2
Jan 21, 2015 • 33 min
Once Gaudi’s work was displayed at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair, his career took off. Through his connections to industrialist Eusebi Güell and architect Joan Martorell, Gaudi was given opportunities to work on impressive projects that are now his legacy.…
Antoni Gaudi, Part 1
Jan 19, 2015 • 24 min
You probably know Gaudi’s work, even if you don’t recognize his name. His distinctive architecture is featured throughout Barcelona. But his life started humbly, as the son of a Reus coppersmith. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Dark Legacy of Sea Monkeys
Jan 14, 2015 • 37 min
Despite all the fun cartoons on the packaging featuring tiny humanoid sea creatures having wacky fun and wearing clothes, Sea Monkeys are just brine shrimp. But the story of Sea Monkeys and their inventor is actually pretty surprising — and quite dark.…
Year Without a Summer
Jan 12, 2015 • 33 min
In 1816, a volcano eruption in Sumbawa, Indonesia, along with several other factors, created an unusual — and catastrophic — series of weather events. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Unearthed in 2014! Part 2
Jan 7, 2015 • 29 min
More of the 2014 history news roundup! This time out: We’ve got several assorted things that didn’t really fit any other category, followed by medical unearthings, food and drinks, literature and letters, and everyone’s favorite category, EXHUMATIONS.…
Unearthed in 2014! Part 1
Jan 5, 2015 • 35 min
It’s time to look at some of the stuff that was literally or figuratively dug up in 2014. This episode includes: connections to past episodes, some extreme serendipity, shipwrecks, a couple of Holocaust-related unearthings, and lots of Oldest Things Ever.…
Unearthed! Stonehenge
Dec 31, 2014 • 26 min
When news about new findings at the Stonehenge site broke late in 2014, it seemed like time to update the original Stonehenge episode. But then it turned out, there wasn’t an existing episode about this famous ruin. Read the show notes here. Learn more…
Unearthed! Franklin’s Lost Expedition
Dec 29, 2014 • 27 min
On September 1, 2014, a team of searchers discovered artifacts from the Franklin Expedition. Over the course of seven dives, additional artifacts from the Erebus were recovered. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Eggnog Riot
Dec 24, 2014 • 32 min
In 1826, liquor was forbidden at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. Cadets smuggled alcohol into the barracks anyway, and a defiant Christmas party turned into a riot when two officers attempted to break up the festivities. Read…
Christmas Tree Ship
Dec 22, 2014 • 25 min
It’s a Christmas episode, a shipwreck and a ghost story rolled into one! It’s the story of the the Rouse Simmons, which sank in Lake Michigan while hauling a load of Christmas trees to Chicago. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Nome Serum Run
Dec 17, 2014 • 35 min
In 1925, a diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska put a community in grave danger — without the proper supplies to fight the disease. A daring sled-dog relay was mounted to deliver needed medicine to small community and their only doctor. Read the show notes…
The Great Hedge
Dec 15, 2014 • 29 min
For most of India’s recorded history, salt has been both abundant and subject to taxation. This continued to be the case after the British East India Company’s arrival in India, and eventually led to the cultivation of a hedge to prevent salt smuggling.…
The Lost Roman Legion
Dec 10, 2014 • 26 min
The story of the Ninth Legion is a favorite among history fans who love a good mystery. But is there really any mystery here, or is the story of their fate more mundane? Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Iroquois Theater Fire
Dec 8, 2014 • 31 min
In 1903, Chicago’s newly-opened Iroquois Theater burned, killing at least 600 people. The horrible, incredibly tragic incident was the result of multiple code violations and wrongdoings. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Henry Hudson, Part 2
Dec 3, 2014 • 30 min
This episode picks up in the middle of Hudson’s third voyage, as the Half Moon is making its way down North America’s east coast. As Hudson doggedly pursues the idea of a northern sea route from Europe to Asia, he makes a number of poor decisions. Learn…
Henry Hudson, Part 1
Dec 1, 2014 • 26 min
Henry Hudson’s voyages have all the makings of a juicy story: maritime exploration, horrible treatment of indigenous peoples, treacherous waters, treacherous shipmen, a mercenary switch in loyalties to countries, mutiny — even a mermaid sighting. Learn…
The Sinking of the S-5
Nov 26, 2014 • 35 min
1920, the S-5 left the Boston Navy Yard on its first mission, with a crew of 36 officers and enlisted men. While performing a crash dive as part of a performance evaluation, the crew found themselves on a sinking vessel. Read the show notes here. Learn…
The Verreaux Brothers
Nov 24, 2014 • 41 min
Jules Verreaux and his two brothers collected an impressive array of flora and fauna specimens from around the world for placement with museums and collectors. They also did some really unsavory things that had long-term ramifications. Learn more about…
The Vanishing of Sister Aimee
Nov 19, 2014 • 38 min
Aimee Semple McPherson was an extraordinary figure in the early 20th-century religious landscape. As an evangelist, she rose to incredible popularity in the 1920s … and then vanished. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Poverty Point
Nov 17, 2014 • 30 min
Poverty Point is a collection of earthwork mounds and ridges situated next to Bayou Maçon in Louisiana. It has features that make it unique among Native American sites, and there are still many questions surrounding its purpose and construction. Learn…
The House of Worth and the Birth of Haute Couture
Nov 12, 2014 • 36 min
Before Charles Worth, the idea of ready made clothes for purchase didn’t really exist. Neither did the idea of a design house that showed seasonal collections. This one man’s vision invented the fashion industry as we know it today. Learn more about your…
The Expulsion of the Jews From Spain
Nov 10, 2014 • 32 min
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue … and Ferdinand, king of Aragon, and Isabella, queen of Castile expelled the Jewish population from Spain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Walter Reed
Nov 5, 2014 • 32 min
Reed did truly groundbreaking work into the causes and prevention of yellow fever, building on a foundation of other doctors and researchers. His work impacted public health and the American military’s ability to work in tropical locations. Learn more…
Maria Tallchief
Nov 3, 2014 • 30 min
This Native American dancer was the first grand ballerina of the United States. Through her partnership with famed choreographer George Balanchine, she helped shape ballet in America and served as an inspiration for artists from all backgrounds. Learn…
The History of Halloween Candy
Oct 29, 2014 • 34 min
Candy and Halloween go hand-in-hand, but when did candy become the standard for trick-or-treating, and who invented the holiday’s most famous sweet treats like candy corn? Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Villisca Ax Murders
Oct 27, 2014 • 44 min
In 1912, a small Iowa town was the scene of a chilling and brutal crime. Eight people were murdered in their beds by an assailant who has never been identified. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Beast of Gevaudan
Oct 22, 2014 • 34 min
Attacks on women and children of Gevaudan in the 1760s sparked a huge effort to hunt and kill the mystery beast behind them. While efforts to track the animal struggled, France was gripped in terror. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Christina of Sweden
Oct 20, 2014 • 41 min
Christina was a smart, learned woman, but not a particularly good ruler. Her entire life was marked by being kind of a contradictory, restless character - starting basically from the moment she was born. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Bela Lugosi, Part 2
Oct 15, 2014 • 32 min
While his name instantly conjures an image of the dashing, sophisticated vampire that helped spark an entire horror film genre, Lugosi really lost more than he gained from playing the role. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Bela Lugosi, Part 1
Oct 13, 2014 • 28 min
While he’s mostly associated with the role of Dracula, Bela Lugosi’s early life was significantly affected by WWI, the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the transition from silent film to talkies. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Sylvia Rivera
Oct 8, 2014 • 35 min
Transgender activist Sylvia Rivera is often compared to Rosa Parks. She became famous, in part, for participating in the Stonewall riots, and she spent her life campaigning bravely, stridently and vocally for the rights of gay and transgender people. Read…
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
Oct 6, 2014 • 41 min
In 1959, nine students ventured into the Ural mountains for a ski hiking trip, and never returned. While much speculation has swirled for more than half a century, no one knows for certain what caused them to abandon their camp to die in the cold. Learn…
Ethan Allen, Part 2
Oct 1, 2014 • 25 min
Allen’s later years were marred by some unwise political alliances he made in his effort to gain independence for Vermont. After his political work cooled, he turned instead to writing, though he wasn’t a hugely popular author. Learn more about your…
Ethan Allen, Part 1
Sep 29, 2014 • 27 min
Ethan Allen was a huge personality, a founder of Vermont, and an important figure in the Revolutionary War. His story also includes some fascinating side-notes, and some missteps which may account for his hazy spot in historical lore. Read the show notes…
A Culinary History of Spam
Sep 24, 2014 • 34 min
This famous Hormel Foods product was invented in the 1930s to make use of a surplus of shoulder meat from pigs. Not only was it an instant hit in the U.S., it also played a huge role in WWII and shaped the cuisines of many Pacific Island nations. Learn…
The Lady Juliana
Sep 22, 2014 • 36 min
Great Britain didn’t only send criminals to Australia as punishment; they also wanted to colonize the continent. But to do that, they had to send women in addition to men. This plan involved some unsettling facts, and had some unexpected consequences.…
China’s Cultural Revolution: Rewriting a Nation
Sep 17, 2014 • 27 min
In 1969, the tone and direction of the Cultural Revolution shifted dramatically. For the next seven years, until Mao Zedong’s death, he tried to remake the government, and the country, after his own vision. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
China’s Cultural Revolution: Red Guard and Purges
Sep 15, 2014 • 27 min
Mao’s plan to once again put China on the path to modernization was the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The first phase was a very aggressive, radical series of purges and arrests that went from 1966 to 1968. Read the show notes here. Learn more…
Fritz Zwicky, The Father of Dark Matter
Sep 10, 2014 • 32 min
Fritz Zwicky is often described as a genius, but also as a caustic figure. His insights into astrophysics are downright baffling, but his prickly interactions with peers were problematic to his career and his place in history. Learn more about your…
The Great Famine
Sep 8, 2014 • 34 min
In the wake of the Great Leap Forward, issues with supply and demand, variables of weather and labor and a series of poor decisions resulted in a devastating famine. For three years, China struggled, far removed from the utopia Mao had envisioned. Read…
Dazzle Camouflage
Sep 3, 2014 • 30 min
British Royal Navy lieutenant and artist Norman Wilkinson is usually credited with the idea of disruptive camouflage. But, another man, naturalist John Graham Kerr, claimed that he had the idea three years earlier. Read the show notes here. Learn more…
The Great Leap Forward
Sep 1, 2014 • 27 min
In the mid-20th century, Chairman Mao Zedong launched an ambitious plan to revolutionize Chinese agriculture and industry, build up the economy and turn China into a communist utopia. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street
Aug 27, 2014 • 32 min
She was the wealthiest woman in the U.S., skilled when it came to amassing a fortune. But her eccentric behavior and miserly ways led to bad press and a less-than-flaterring nickname. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Heathen School
Aug 25, 2014 • 33 min
The Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut was founded with the plan that it would draw young men from world cultures, educate them, convert them to Christianity, and then send them back to their native lands to spread their new found religion.…
Andrews’ Raid, or: The Great Locomotive Chase Pt. 2
Aug 20, 2014 • 37 min
As the second part of the story picks up, James Andrews and 22 men have commandeered a northbound train in Big Shanty, Georgia. Its conductor, William Fuller, has begun chasing them on foot with two other men in a valiant effort to thwart their plot.…
Andrews’ Raid, or: The Great Locomotive Chase Pt. 1
Aug 18, 2014 • 25 min
The Great Locomotive Chase was a very daring - but very failed - plot to commandeer a train and destroy a crucial stretch of railroad during the Civil War. It’s a wild and fun story that covers a lot of ground as it travels around the southeastern U.S.…
The Discovery of Longitude
Aug 13, 2014 • 35 min
People knew how to find their north-south position even before we had the idea of “latitude.” But once people lost sight of land, they didn’t have reliable way of figuring out how far east or west they’d gone - how to measure their longitude. Learn more…
The La Scala Opera House
Aug 11, 2014 • 31 min
The Teatro alla Scala is one of the most renowned opera houses in the world, and is Italy’s crown jewel of the arts. Even if you have only a passing knowledge of opera, odds are, you know a name connected to the history of this legendary cultural hub.…
Victor Lustig: Con Man Extraordinaire
Aug 6, 2014 • 28 min
He’s most famous for selling an iconic structure he didn’t own, but Robert Miller, known better by his alias Count Victor Lustig, led a life of spectacular cons, daring escapes, smooth talking and counterfeiting. Read the show notes here. Learn more about…
A Brief History of Colors
Aug 4, 2014 • 28 min
Pigments and dyes have come from all manner of animals, vegetables and minerals. From ochre to cochineal red to the rarest of purples, color has been an important part of human life for centuries. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Klondike Big Inch Land Promotion
Jul 30, 2014 • 29 min
In the mid-20th century, one ad company had a wacky plan to actually dole out land deeds as part of a cereal promotion. How did they manage it? And was the land worth anything? Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Tulsa Race Riot and Black Wall Street
Jul 28, 2014 • 30 min
“Black Wall Street” was a nickname for Greenwood, a vibrant suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was destroyed in a race riot in 1921. And while Greenwood’s destruction was definitely the product of racial tensions, the event was much more one-sided. Learn…
Battle of Blair Mountain
Jul 23, 2014 • 30 min
In 1921, coal miners fed up with unfair labor practices and exploitation took up arms against their employers. The resulting conflict lasted five days and has been called the biggest armed uprising on U.S. soil since the Civil War. Learn more about your…
Les Filles du Roi
Jul 21, 2014 • 29 min
While the building of a population in a new colony seems like a tricky endeavor, France’s King Louis XIV launched a scheme to do just that by shipping eligible ladies to New France in the 1600s. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Doctors’ Riot of 1788
Jul 16, 2014 • 26 min
In the late 1700s, medical colleges needed cadavers for educational dissection, but there were no legal means for obtaining them. This led to some unorthodox dealings in the acquiring of bodies, and brought New York to a fever pitch in 1788. Read the show…
Cosmetics From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World
Jul 14, 2014 • 32 min
Makeup has a rich and lengthy history that spans the globe and crosses cultures. From 10,000 B.C.E. to the 20th century, people have been using cosmetics to enhance their looks — sometimes with unintended side effects. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Battle of Mons and the Angels That Followed
Jul 9, 2014 • 33 min
The Battle of Mons was one of the earliest battles of World War I. In the months after the battle, stories spread that a supernatural presence had covered the British army, preventing it from being destroyed. Read the show notes here. Learn more about…
Suleiman the Magnificent and the Siege of Vienna
Jul 7, 2014 • 33 min
The Ottoman Empire’s Suleiman the Magnificent was a head of state, a poet, a reformer of the military and a goldsmith. His reign had a significant impact on the law, literature and art of the Ottoman Empire. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Great London Smog
Jul 2, 2014 • 22 min
London is no stranger to smog, which is why when the Great London Smog descended in December of 1952, nobody quite realized anything unusual was going on. At its largest, it extended 30 kilometers around London, and it killed thousands of people. Read the…
Caroline Herschel: Astronomy’s Cinderella
Jun 30, 2014 • 32 min
Herschel managed to break the barrier of women in scientific fields far earlier than you might suspect, in part because of her association with her brother, and in equal measure due to her steadfast dedication to her work. Read the show notes here. Learn…
The Yaa Asantewaa War of Independence
Jun 25, 2014 • 30 min
The Asante-British war of 1900 capped about 100 years of war between Great Britain and the Asante Empire, which occupied part of what is now Ghana. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Battle of Poitiers
Jun 23, 2014 • 29 min
On Sept. 19, 1356, one of the decisive battles of the Hundred Years War took place in France. It was the first major battle after almost a decade of relative quiet, and it stacked a small English army against a French military three times its size. Learn…
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Part 2
Jun 18, 2014 • 35 min
Edna St. Vincent Millay was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and was one of the Guggenheim Foundation’s judges for its poetry fellowships. And she managed to make a great deal of money as a poet in the middle of the Great Depression.…
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Part 1
Jun 16, 2014 • 32 min
Known as Vincent to family and friends, Edna St. Vincent Millay grew up poor, caring for the household and her sisters while her mother worked. From an early age, she showed incredible talent and sowed the seeds of a life of passion and impressive poetry.…
The S.S. Sultana
Jun 11, 2014 • 27 min
Because the Sultana sank the day after John Wilkes Booth was captured and killed for the murder of Abraham Lincoln, it didn’t make headline news. But it’s considered the biggest maritime disaster in U.S. history. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Ruth Harkness and the First Panda in the U.S.
Jun 9, 2014 • 40 min
In the 1930s a New York socialite had a dream. She wanted to be the first person to capture a panda from Asia and return to the western world with it. Her quest had a significant impact on the way the Western world viewed wild animals. Read the show notes…
The Treaty of Waitangi
Jun 4, 2014 • 33 min
This document — a treaty between the British the Maori — established New Zealand as a nation. The spirit of the agreement was to see to the best interests of both the Maori and the Crown, but a hurried translation of the document led to some confusion.…
Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
Jun 2, 2014 • 31 min
Sept. 1, 1923 changed Japan forever when a devastating earthquake obliterated Yokohama and much of Tokyo, killing more than 140,000. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Deaf President Now
May 28, 2014 • 34 min
This episode breaks our rule of thumb about covering fairly recent history. In 1988, the appointment of a hearing president at Gallaudet University sparked a protest that changed the course of both the school and deaf culture in America. Learn more about…
The Red Ghost of Arizona and the U.S. Camel Corps
May 26, 2014 • 31 min
In 1883, a mysterious beast was spotted in Arizona and trampled a woman. First described a a demon, the creature turned out to be a camel. But what was it doing in the American Southwest in the first place? Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Bets and Burlesque: Joseph Oller
May 21, 2014 • 27 min
Joseph Oller was an entrepreneur with an incredible head for business. He revolutionized gambling practices as a young man, and also opened the most famous burlesque house of all time — The Moulin Rouge. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Orphan Trains
May 19, 2014 • 34 min
Between 1854 and 1929, about 250,000 children in the U.S. were taken to new families by train. Except … they weren’t called “orphan trains” at the time, the children weren’t all orphans, and “family” didn’t always factor into it. Read the show notes here.…
Frances Glessner Lee and Tiny Forensics
May 14, 2014 • 30 min
Many forensic investigation standards of today have roots in the work of a Chicago heiress who was more interested in crime scenes than high society. Her most notable contribution to the field came in the form of tiny homicide dioramas. Read the show…
The Flu Epidemic of 1918
May 12, 2014 • 37 min
The 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, which killed somewhere between 20 million and 50 million people, started just as World War I was winding down. Nobody cured it, or really successfully treated it. A fifth of the people in the world got the flu during the…
Voynich Manuscript Update
May 7, 2014 • 29 min
Our ongoing update series covers a more recent topic: Even though our Voynich Manuscript episode was just a little more than a year ago, the inscrutable book has been in the news a lot since then. What are the latest theories? Read the show notes here.…
Blackbeard Update
May 5, 2014 • 23 min
Since the 2009 episode on Blackbeard, a lot of new information has come to light about the life of the infamous pirate. We’ll catch you up on the latest, then listen to the original episode for review. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Gardner Museum Art Heist Update
Apr 30, 2014 • 26 min
Just about a year ago, the FBI informed the press about new developments in the case of the massive art theft in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that took place on March 18, 1990. We’ll cover the updates, then hear the original episode on the theft.…
Algebra’s Arabic Roots
Apr 28, 2014 • 27 min
Algebra doesn’t have one single origin point — it developed over time and in multiple places, with many mathematicians contributing. One of those contributors was an 8th-century scholar from Baghdad named Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi. Read the show…
The Mutiny and Massacre of the Batavia
Apr 23, 2014 • 24 min
While most of the survivors of the Batavia were scattered on a few tiny islands off the coast of Australia, a small group went all the way to Indonesia to get help.Meanwhile, a gruesome scenario was playing out among those they left behind. Read the show…
The Wreck of the Batavia
Apr 21, 2014 • 26 min
The story of the Batavia is a perfect storm of nautical carnage: There’s a shipwreck, a mutiny and a massacre. This first of two parts deals with the the first part of the voyage, the shipwreck and the rescue mission. Read the show notes here. Learn more…
Wreck of the Ten Sail
Apr 16, 2014 • 33 min
It was the biggest shipping disaster in Cayman Islands history — 10 ships went down together one night in 1794. Why would so many ships be traveling so closely to one another, and how did they all end up in peril? Read the show notes here. Learn more…
The Count of Saint-Germain
Apr 14, 2014 • 36 min
Accounts of teleportation, alchemy and even immortality swirl around the legend of Count of Saint-Germain. Was he a spy? A concealed royal? A skilled con man? Or just a compulsive liar? Read the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Pig War
Apr 9, 2014 • 33 min
In 1859, the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over an issue that seems more likely to spark a feud between Hatfields and McCoys: An American settler shot a Canadian pig that was rooting around his garden. Read the show notes here. Learn…
King Eric XIV of Sweden
Apr 7, 2014 • 33 min
A handsome playboy who once courted Queen Elizabeth I, Eric started his time as king with focus and ambition. But his paranoia led him to alienate the aristocracy, fall into violent rages and stab a captive noble to death. Read the show notes here. Learn…
Crucifixion in the Greco-Roman World
Apr 2, 2014 • 24 min
While the crucifixion of Jesus is the most most well-known instance of this type of execution, crucifixion was a practice that was both common and taboo all over the Greco-Roman world for almost 1,000 years. Read the show notes here. Learn more about your…
Rose Bertin: The First Fashion Designer
Mar 31, 2014 • 40 min
The legendary wardrobe of Marie-Antoinette has been criticized, envied and discussed to no end. But where did all those glorious clothes come from? In large part, they were the work of Rose Bertin, a milliner who found herself the stylist to the queen.…
Ambrose Bierce
Mar 26, 2014 • 33 min
Ambrose Bierce was a soldier, a journalist, an editor, a satirist and a philosopher. He was a complicated man with an unwavering moral code and a life of experiences both fantastic and horrific, which informed his writing. Read the show note for this…
Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s First Female M.D.
Mar 24, 2014 • 34 min
It’s not a story of a person with a childhood dream of pursuing a career that wasn’t available to them. Dr. Blackwell had no interest in medicine as a child. But she paved the way for women who came after her and changed the face of medicine in the U.S.…
China’s Foot Binding Tradition
Mar 19, 2014 • 36 min
Foot binding was practiced in China for more than 1,000 years — far longer than can be attributed to a mere cultural or fashion fad. Why did such an extreme type of body modification become such an ingrained part of the culture for so long? Read the show…
13 Reasons for the American Revolution
Mar 17, 2014 • 29 min
“No taxation without representation” is often thought of as the main beef that led to the American Revolution, but it was only one of many moving parts in the bigger picture. Read the show notes for this episode here. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Everest: Getting to the Top of the World, Pt. 2
Mar 12, 2014 • 26 min
After WWII ended, efforts were resumed to conquer Everest, but it took many, many teams and missions to reach the summit. Eventually, a bee keeper and a Sherpa achieved that loftiest of goals. But what’s happened on Everest since then? You can read the…
Everest: Getting to the Top of the World, Pt. 1
Mar 10, 2014 • 32 min
Once a British survey effort identified Peak XV of the Himalayan range as the highest point on Earth, a committee was formed with one goal: Get to the top. Early expeditions gathered data and made runs up the mountain, until WWII put a halt to things.…
It’s the Jane Austen Episode!
Mar 5, 2014 • 39 min
She was not a shy spinster who wrote some little books mostly to amuse her own family. She also was not a real-life Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Austen’s life was very different from any of her heroines. Here’s a link to our show notes. Learn more about your…
The Peralta Grant and the Baron of Arizona
Mar 3, 2014 • 33 min
In the 1880s, James Reavis launched one of the most ambitious fraud schemes of all time when he claimed a huge part of the Arizona Territory as his own. He forged and planted evidence to back up his claim and came to be called the Baron of Arizona. Here’s…
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
Feb 26, 2014 • 34 min
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters became the first African-American labor union to be recognized by the American Federation of Labor. What started as a campaign for more money and better treatment became an important force for social change. Learn…
The Disappearance of Judge Joseph Force Crater
Feb 24, 2014 • 30 min
The 1930 vanishing of Joseph Force Crater is considered one of the largest missing person cases in U.S. history, and has fueled decades of speculation about what exactly happened to the New York State Supreme Court justice. Learn more about your…
Maurice Duplessis, ‘Le Chef’ of Quebec, Pt. 2
Feb 19, 2014 • 25 min
While Duplessis had ingratiated himself to voters as a man of the people, he was not exactly viewed as a saint. He’s often described as a man who wanted to be both loved and feared, and numerous controversies are associated with him. Learn more about your…
Maurice Duplessis, ‘Le Chef’ of Quebec, Pt. 1
Feb 17, 2014 • 24 min
Maurice Duplessis is described as everything from a lovable rogue to a political beast. He served as Premier of Quebec for longer than any other politician in the 20th century;his time in office is known as “The Great Darkness.” Learn more about your…
Abelard and Heloise
Feb 12, 2014 • 32 min
Abelard was a poet, philosopher and theologian; Heloise was one of his students. This is a tragic love story, complete with lovers forced apart, a secret marriage, a castration and repeated exhumations. Happy Valentine’s Day! Learn more about your…
Giacomo Casanova
Feb 10, 2014 • 39 min
Casanova led a life so full of sex and adventure that today we call any particularly charismatic and successful lover by his name. But he was also. smart and witty, traveled and wrote extensively, and had a hand in all kinds of aristocratic intrigue.…
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Pt. 2
Feb 5, 2014 • 23 min
Rosa’s arrest for breaking bus segregation laws catalyzed the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the keystones in the American Civil Rights Movement. It was widely covered in the national media, which brought more attention to the struggle for equal rights.…
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Pt. 1
Feb 3, 2014 • 27 min
Anyone who has ever heard about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States is sure to know that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus. But that’s but a tiny sliver of her life story. Learn more about your…
Crown Prince Sado of Korea
Jan 29, 2014 • 35 min
Crown Prince Sado of Korea — sometimes called Korea’s “Coffin King” — has been described as insane, depraved and sadistic, but when you examine his short life, it’s more complicated than a list of acts of savagery (though there are plenty of those). Learn…
Pueblo Revolt
Jan 27, 2014 • 31 min
History is written by the victors. But one big exception to that conventional wisdom is the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, in which Native Americans rose up against Spanish colonists and missionaries at the turn of the 17th century. Learn more about your…
Avicenna
Jan 22, 2014 • 29 min
You may never have heard of him, but Avicenna was one of the first, and probably the most influential, Islamic philosopher-scientists. He’s listed among the great philosophers in Dante’s Inferno and is mentioned in the prologue to the Canterbury Tales.…
Embalming and Mummification Rituals of Ancient Egypt
Jan 20, 2014 • 31 min
So how did Ancient Egyptians actually embalm their dead? Thanks in large part to Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus, we have some great descriptions of what happened to the deceased. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Sinking of the S.S. Arctic
Jan 15, 2014 • 29 min
When the S.S. Arctic joined the Collins line fleet in the 1850s, it was by all accounts a glorious ship. But in 1854, the steamer collided with another ship in a fog, and the resulting panic led to the deaths of most of the passengers. Learn more about…
The Battle of Hastings
Jan 13, 2014 • 33 min
The Battle of Hastings is often boiled it down to a sentence: The Normans invaded Britain in 1066, and their victory ended the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history. But of course, that brief description really doesn’t do the event justice. Learn more…
The Explosive Career of Antoine Lavoisier
Jan 8, 2014 • 28 min
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier was a chemist, biologist, geologist, physiologist, and economist. But at the end of the day, he’s most often referred to as the father of modern chemistry. He also was smack dab in the middle of the French Revolution. Learn more…
Listener Mail: FAQ Edition
Jan 6, 2014 • 31 min
Time for something completely different! There are a few questions that we get asked over and over. Today, we answer four of the most-common queries posed to us in our listener mail. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Unearthed in 2013, Part 2
Jan 1, 2014 • 26 min
The second part of 2013’s historical finds includes items unearthed by animals, amateurs and ultra-modern science. Lead coffins, rare torpedoes and mass graves are featured. And of course, there’s discussion of everyone’s favorite topic: exhumations.…
Unearthed in 2013, Part 1
Dec 30, 2013 • 28 min
What historical revelations revealed themselves in 2013? So many, we need two episodes to cover them all. From Viking jewelry to lost Doctor Who episodes and — of course — bodies in car parks, history showed up in some surprising places this year. Learn…
The Long Winter
Dec 25, 2013 • 24 min
During the terrible winter of 1880 and 1881, which was immortalized in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter.” Laura, both real and fictional, was going on fourteen. And the winter she wrote about was a real event. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dec 23, 2013 • 39 min
For many people, Laura Ingalls Wilder is the primary source of information of what life was like for white people on the American frontier. But she had a whole life as a novelist beyond the youth that unfolded in the books. Learn more about your…
The Lions of Tsavo, Pt. 2
Dec 18, 2013 • 27 min
Why did lions in the Tsavo region start to attack humans in the first place? Modern behavioral and scientific research has given us some surprising insights into the causes of the 1898 attacks as well as modern lion attacks in the same area. Learn more…
The Lions of Tsavo, Pt. 1
Dec 16, 2013 • 36 min
In 1898, two male lions killed and ate dozens of people in Tsavo and shut down construction of the Uganda Railroad. Lt. Col. John H. Patterson, a civil engineer working on the project, made it his personal mission to stop the feline scourge. Learn more…
The Axman of New Orleans, Part 2
Dec 11, 2013 • 28 min
The second half of the Axman story involves his famous letter to the New Orleans Times-Picayune warning that he would descend on the city, but would spare anyone with a live jazz band playing in their house. But had the Axman been murdering before 1918?…
The Axman of New Orleans, Part 1
Dec 9, 2013 • 22 min
In 1918 and 1919, a rash of attacks had all of New Orleans on edge. While the Axman has turned up in modern storytelling, no fiction could top the real story of late-night break-ins and assaults by a mystery assailant who was never caught. Learn more…
Sei Shonagon and the Heian Court
Dec 4, 2013 • 38 min
Thanks to the pillow book of lady-in-waiting Sei Shonagon, we have a first-person account of court life in Heian Japan. It’s part diary, part commonplace book, part essay collection, and thoroughly fascinating. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Boston Massacre
Dec 2, 2013 • 29 min
The name “Boston Massacre” sounds as though it was the slaughter of a bunch of innocents in colonial Boston. The reality is much smaller - and not nearly so one-sided. But there’s a reason why we call it a massacre. And that reason is propaganda. Learn…
Zenobia and the Roman Empire
Nov 27, 2013 • 30 min
Our focus today is on a woman who was actually covered in the podcast several years ago. But she’s a figure so mythic and with so many variations to her story that we wanted to give her another look and a little more time. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Hessians
Nov 25, 2013 • 43 min
If you’ve only seen the Hessians referenced in movies or TV, you probably don’t have a clear picture of who these very capable soldiers actually were. Hessian troops were skilled, disciplined armies for hire, and a huge economic boon for their homeland.…
Edward Jenner, Father of Vaccines
Nov 20, 2013 • 43 min
Smallpox has been around longer than recorded history. It killed royalty, shifted the tides of battles, and was so terrifying that many religions have gods, saints and martyrs associated with it. And Edward Jenner gets the credit for changing all that.…
Babushka Lady
Nov 18, 2013 • 36 min
Despite all the publicity surrounding the shooting of John F. Kennedy, the identity of one witness has remained elusive for decades. Beverly Oliver has claimed to be the “babushka lady,” but there’s still no concrete evidence to prove her assertion. Learn…
Emperor Rudolf II of Austria
Nov 13, 2013 • 29 min
He was an art patron. He loved science. He spoke many languages. He was also known for a dark temper and instability, and his poor decisions as a ruler are credited with leading to the Thirty years War. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Improbably Effective Holocaust Rescuers
Nov 11, 2013 • 23 min
There are many amazing, heroic stories of people who risked everything to protect Jews and other people at risk before and during the holocaust. A few turned to particularly ingenious, unexpected or daring plans to save people. Learn more about your…
Audre Lorde Pt. 2
Nov 6, 2013 • 36 min
In addition to being a poet, Audre was a teacher, speaker, wife and mother, and become an influential presence in the feminist movement. She also wrote candidly about her battle with cancer in her groundbreaking work, “The Cancer Journals.” Learn more…
Audre Lorde Pt. 1
Nov 4, 2013 • 29 min
Audre Lorde called herself a “black feminist lesbian mother poet warrior,” but for a lot of people, she’s best known for the “poet” part. She was way ahead of her time on a lot of social fronts, including feminism, gay rights, and the sexual revolution.…
Sophie Blanchard and Balloonomania
Oct 30, 2013 • 28 min
From timid girl to trailblazer, Sophie Blanchard became famous in the early 1800s as the first woman to become a career balloonist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Encephalitis Lethargica
Oct 28, 2013 • 32 min
From 1916 to about 1927, a strange epidemic spread around the world. It caused unusual symptoms, from drastic behavior changes to a deep, prolonged sleep that could last for months. Between 20 and 40 percent of people who caught the disease died. Learn…
Building Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Pt. 2
Oct 23, 2013 • 38 min
The second installment in the story of the Haunted Mansion going from concept to fully-realized theme park attraction covers the reboot the team went through after the World’s Fair and the loss of their leader. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Building Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Pt. 1
Oct 21, 2013 • 30 min
One of the most iconic Disney park attractions — the Haunted Mansion — had a development process that was anything but smooth. Budget and scheduling issues and creative differences dogged the project for almost two decades. Learn more about your…
Elsa Lanchester: Becoming the Bride Pt. 2
Oct 16, 2013 • 32 min
After her unconventional upbringing, Elsa’s career as a performer began to take off in the late 1920s, around the same time she met her husband. But the role that would define her image came in 1935. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Elsa Lanchester: Becoming the Bride Pt. 1
Oct 14, 2013 • 30 min
You may not know her name, but her image is famous. As the love interest for Dr. Frankenstein’s monster in “The Bride of Frankenstein,” Elsa Lanchester became a film icon, but her life story is as interesting as any cinema fiction. Learn more about your…
Alan L. Hart
Oct 9, 2013 • 31 min
Alan L. Hart was a doctor, writer, and prominent figure in the fields of radiology and tuberculosis control. He was also one of the first people in the U.S. to have surgery in an effort to transition to a different gender than the one he had been assigned…
Was there a real Sweeney Todd?
Oct 7, 2013 • 33 min
Sweeney Todd is a well-known fictional character, a murderous barber who colludes with a cook to bake his victims into pies. There are many instances of the demon barber story being touted as a tale based in real-life events, but how true is that? Learn…
Grove Park Inn
Oct 2, 2013 • 49 min
Like any grand old hotel, the Grove Park Inn has quite a history, involving real medicine, patent medicine, famous writers and inventors, several wars, and even a ghost story. The luxury spa exists thanks largely to two diseases: malaria and tuberculosis.…
New England Vampire Panic
Sep 30, 2013 • 39 min
Starting in the late 1700s and running for a century, small rural communities in New England were sometimes stricken with a panicked fear that the dead were somehow feeding off the living, and many graves were exhumed in the hopes of ending the attacks.…
Luis W. Alvarez, Pt. 2
Sep 25, 2013 • 33 min
The second part of the Luis Alvarez episode covers his time as part of the Manhattan Project designing detonators for atomic bombs. Beyond his controversial work, Alvarez also contributed to particle physics, mystery solving and paleontology. Learn more…
Luis W. Alvarez, Pt. 1
Sep 23, 2013 • 28 min
Luis Alvarez was a physicist whose broad interests connected him to some of the 20th century’s most influential moments, including the bombing of Hiroshima and the assassination of JFK. His diverse work led to the nickname “the wild idea man of physics.”…
Philo T. Farnsworth
Sep 18, 2013 • 37 min
Phylo T. Farnsworth is called the “Father of Television” — his initial idea for electronic television came to him as a teen. He’s also become something of an icon representing the little guy — he battled big business in in a patent suit. Learn more about…
Mendez v. Westminster
Sep 16, 2013 • 48 min
Mendez v. Westminster fought the segregation of Mexican-American students in the state of California in the 1940s — and it went on pave the way for the much more famous Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Phineas Gage
Sep 11, 2013 • 36 min
In 1848, Phineas Gage experienced a catastrophic brain injury and survived — though altered — for more than 11 years. Over time, he morphed into one of the world’s most famous case studies in how damage to the brain can affect behavior. Learn more about…
Marie Taglioni
Sep 9, 2013 • 33 min
Marie Taglioni is considered THE ballerina of the Romantic era. She’s often credited with revolutionizing, restyling and redefining dance, though her father was a significant part of those achievements. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Thomas Morris Chester
Sep 4, 2013 • 41 min
Chester was the first African American war correspondent working for a major daily paper, covering the U.S. Civil War. He also had a troubled relationship with the colonization movement, and spent years striving for equal rights for African Americans…
The Nazca Lines
Sep 2, 2013 • 38 min
About 200 miles southeast of Lima, Peru, between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, there are lines etched into the desert. The glyphs have remained intact for centuries, and have been avidly studied since their discovery in the late 1920s. Learn…
Jane Addams, Pt. 2
Aug 28, 2013 • 26 min
Jane Addams was a leader and advocate, especially for the working poor - but her work really boiled down to a better quality of life for everyone. Part two covers her life beyond Hull House, controversial war stance, Nobel Prize and legacy. Learn more…
Jane Addams, Pt. 1
Aug 26, 2013 • 29 min
Jane Addams was one of the foremost women in America’s Progressive Era. She co founded the social settlement Hull House, spoke and wrote on social issues, and had a hand in the founding of many social organizations, including the NAACP and ACLU. Learn…
Paxton’s Crystal Palace
Aug 21, 2013 • 36 min
Sir Joseph Paxton was a 19th-century botanist who became instantly famous for the hall he designed for the Great Expo of 1851. After the expo, the Crystal Palace moved to a new location and became the centerpiece of the world’s first theme park. Learn…
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars
Aug 19, 2013 • 29 min
In the years after the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War, the oyster supply became so scarce that people turned to oyster piracy. The bloodshed peaked in the late 1800s, but the strife went on for almost 100 years. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Mysterious Hope Diamond, Pt. 2
Aug 14, 2013 • 25 min
The Hope Diamond is well traveled, but is it cursed? Does it have mystical powers? Why does it glow red after exposure to UV light? Analysis of the curse stories and chemical composition of the gem yield interesting results. Learn more about your…
The Mysterious Hope Diamond, Pt. 1
Aug 12, 2013 • 25 min
The Hope Diamond has traveled across continents, been stolen in revolutions, and was even the signature accessory of a wealthy heiress for nearly four decades. The first part of the discussion covers the stone’s history up to the modern era. Learn more…
The Flannan Isles Disappearance
Aug 7, 2013 • 27 min
The Flannan Islands have been rumored for centuries to be haunted or have some supernatural darkness. In 1900, three men vanished from the lighthouse on Eilean Mor, leaving behind an unfinished meal and a mystery that’s never been conclusively solved.…
Hypatia of Alexandria
Aug 5, 2013 • 30 min
Hypatia was one of the earliest female mathematicians and astronomers — though she wasn’t the very first, she was among the greatest. At the time of her murder, she was the foremost mathematician and astronomer in the West - possibly in the world. Learn…
Charley Parkhurst, One-eyed Whip
Jul 31, 2013 • 24 min
Charley Parkhurst was a stagecoach whip who spent almost 20 years handling teams of horses over treacherous terrain at high speeds. After his death in 1879, his friends who came to lay out his body discovered that Charley was anatomically female. Learn…
The Antikythera Mechanism
Jul 29, 2013 • 28 min
In 1900, a shipwreck was discovered near the island of Antikythera, including an assortment of luxury goods: statues, silver coins, vases … and what turned out to be an amazing 2,000-year-old mechanism. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Jul 24, 2013 • 34 min
There is actually some disagreement about the actual origin point of ice cream, but almost everyone agrees it’s delicious. The real origin story is a culmination of many cultures and ingredients coming together to fill the need for a frosty treat. Learn…
Pluto: The Demoted Dwarf Planet
Jul 22, 2013 • 27 min
It was the only planet to have been discovered by an American, but it’s no longer classified as a planet. Who found Pluto, and how did astronomers even know to look for the so-called Planet X on the edge of our solar system? Learn more about your…
Selman Waksman and the Streptomycin Controversy
Jul 17, 2013 • 29 min
An accomplished bacteriologist, Selman Waksman and his students and colleagues isolated many new antibiotics in the 1940s, including streptomycin and neomycin, earning him the nickname Father of Antibiotics. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Boudica: Warrior Queen
Jul 15, 2013 • 26 min
Boudica was a queen of the Iceni who staged either a successful rebellion against the Romans or a massacre, depending on who’s talking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
George Aiston: Outback Entrepreneur
Jul 10, 2013 • 22 min
A member of the South Australian Mounted Police, George “Poddy” Aiston was a friend to and advocate for Aboriginal peoples, a fairly accomplished photographer, and the owner of a fully-stocked store in the middle of nowhere. Learn more about your…
Particle Physics and Animals
Jul 8, 2013 • 22 min
Felicia the ferret, who helped Fermilab in the early ’70s, has been popping up in online stories and social media lately. How did she come to work in a particle physics facility, and what other animals made their homes there? Learn more about your…
The Luddites
Jul 3, 2013 • 32 min
The Luddite uprising was a series of protests in northern England, in which workers smashed machines in mills and factories. This wasn’t the first organized violence against mechanization, but Luddites are the most infamous of all the machine-breakers.…
John Harvey Kellogg
Jul 1, 2013 • 35 min
While his last name is famous for breakfast cereal, John Harvey Kellogg was a 19th-century doctor with some unique (and groundbreaking) beliefs about health and wellness.His Battle Creek Sanitarium was home to anything but treatment as usual. Learn more…
Five Historical Robots
Jun 26, 2013 • 30 min
Long before Czech playwright Karel Capek coined the term “robot” in his 1920 play “R.U.R.,” mechanized creations — automata — were being created without electronics or computers. Many were simple, but they paved the way for the robots of today. Learn more…
The Cursed Mary Celeste
Jun 24, 2013 • 26 min
She’s often referred to as a cursed ghost ship. The history of the Mary Celeste features one unfortunate incident after another. While this vessel is most famous for an incident involving a disappearing crew, there’s much more to the life of this brig.…
The Irish Potato Famine: An Unnatural Disaster, Pt. 2
Jun 19, 2013 • 24 min
In the mid-1800s, the poorest people in Ireland ate almost nothing but potatoes. Other crops were for selling. So when a blight cut a swath through the potato crop, the impact was severe, and politics played a significant role in the tragedy. Learn more…
The Irish Potato Famine: An Unnatural Disaster, Pt. 1
Jun 17, 2013 • 23 min
The history lesson kids often get on the Irish Potato Famine could be summed up as “a blight destroyed the potato crops, and a lot of people starved or moved away.” Most kids ask, “Why didn’t they eat something else?” Good question. Learn more about your…
Paul Poiret
Jun 11, 2013 • 33 min
French designer Paul Poiret’s work, which was often avante-garde, changed the fashion world in significant ways. He got rid of corsets, introduced the concept of lifestyle branding, and used draping rather that tailoring to create his dramatic designs.…
Benjamin Banneker
Jun 10, 2013 • 25 min
Despite having almost no official schooling and being a man of color in Colonial America, Benjamin Banneker turned out to be such an accomplished scholar that schools and professorships are named after him today. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who was the real Robin Hood?
Jun 5, 2013 • 24 min
Robin Hood-style characters have been showing up in literature since the 14th century. Historians disagree about whether there was any truth to the legend, and we’re wondering: Was Robin Hood real, and if so, who was he? Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Phoenician Alphabet
Jun 3, 2013 • 23 min
The Phoenicians were great ship-builders, sailors and textile experts. But they’re most known for developing the alphabet that many modern alphabets are descended from. What drove a merchant culture to switch from cuneiform to a new writing system? Learn…
Boxer Rebellion
May 28, 2013 • 31 min
“It was a culture clash of epic proportions. The Boxer Rebellion, also called the Boxer Uprising, was a gruesome, violent slaughter of Chinese Christians and foreigners - followed by a gruesome, violent slaughter of the Boxers. ” Learn more about your…
Heaven on Earth: the Brook Farm Community
May 27, 2013 • 34 min
In the 1840s, Boston’s West Roxbury suburb — which was completely rural at the time — was home to an experiment in transcendentalist utopian living: the Brook Farm community. The idea was to create an environment of balance and equality. Learn more about…
Russia’s Vladimir the Great
May 22, 2013 • 23 min
Vladimir I is often credited with bringing Christianity to Russia, though he actually embraced paganism first as Grand Prince of Kievan Rus. Wishing to unite Russia under one religion, Vladimir changed the spiritual path of his country forever. Learn more…
India’s Karni Mata Rat Temple
May 20, 2013 • 28 min
Though it’s most famous for its rats, the story of this temple starts with Hindu goddess Durga and Karni Mata, a 15th-century mystic believed to be her incarnation. The reason for the rats in Karni Mata’s temple is a combination of legend and devotion.…
China’s Empress Dowager Cixi
May 15, 2013 • 24 min
After becoming a concubine for Emperor Xianfeng at the age of 16, Cixi rose to power when he died and her young son inherited the throne. She governed China from behind a screen for more than 45 years, and eventually sealed the fate of the Qing Dynasty.…
Cannibalism at Jamestown
May 13, 2013 • 25 min
On May 1, 2013, forensic evidence confirmed what survivors had reported: Colonists at Jamestown resorted to cannibalism during the winter of 1609-1610, known as the Starving Time. But the colony of Jamestown was troubled from the start. Learn more about…
Here, Kitty Kitty: The Domestication of the Cat
May 8, 2013 • 28 min
The human culture shift to an agricultural lifestyle started the domestication of animals. Cats naturally moved in to help with rodents. Today, there are 600 million cats living with humans, and another estimated 600 million living independent of people.…
The Hindenburg Disaster
May 6, 2013 • 36 min
The Hindenburg tragedy is one of the world’s most infamous air disasters, but the dirigible had many successful flights prior to its final voyage, including 10 round trips between Germany and the U.S. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your…
Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate
May 1, 2013 • 24 min
In 1717, Stede Bonnet left his family and became a pirate. Despite having no seafaring experience, Bonnet’s brief career as a pirate was eventful, including a stint aboard Blackbeard’s ship and raids along the Atlantic coast of North America. Learn more…
Sarah Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy
Apr 29, 2013 • 32 min
Though she was Canadian, Sarah Emma Edmonds fought for the Union during the Civil War. She adopted the name Franklin Thompson while traveling. Disguised as a man, she enlisted and began a career as a nurse, courier and spy (if you believe her memoir).…
The Princess who Swallowed a Glass Piano
Apr 24, 2013 • 25 min
Princess Alexandra Amelie of Bavaria was part of the House of Wittelsbach. The princess was frail, and she exhibited unusual behavior. She told her parents that she had swallowed a glass piano as a child, and was afraid that she would shatter. Learn more…
Johann Beringer’s Fossils
Apr 22, 2013 • 25 min
In 1725, Beringer was the University of Würzburg’s chair of natural history and chief physician to the prince bishop. He was also unpopular, and some of his colleagues sought to discredit him. There are two versions of the story — but which is true? Learn…
Loving v. Virginia, Part 2
Apr 17, 2013 • 39 min
Mildred and Richard Loving’s relationship went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court when they were arrested for breaking Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. On June 20, 1963, Mildred wrote a letter to the ACLU asking for help. Tune in to learn more.…
Loving v. Virginia, Part 1
Apr 15, 2013 • 24 min
Mildred and Richard Loving’s relationship went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court when they were arrested for breaking Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. On June 20, 1963, Mildred wrote a letter to the ACLU asking for help. Tune in to learn more.…
The Story of ‘Happy Birthday to You’
Apr 10, 2013 • 30 min
When teachers Mildred and Patty Hill’s song “Good Morning to All” was published in 1893, there was no public performance right for songs. After the tune was paired with the birthday lyrics, its popularity soared and sparked a tremendous copyright battle.…
The Origin of Cheeses
Apr 8, 2013 • 41 min
Cheese has been around for more than 9,000 years. But how did humans learn to make it? Journey with Tracy and Holly to ancient Anatolia, where, people had begun to store milk in pottery and take other steps that set the stage for this delicious invention.…
Albert J. Tirrell, the First Sleepwalking Killer
Apr 3, 2013 • 32 min
On Oct. 27, 1845 Mary Ann Bickford’s body was found in her Boston boardinghouse room. Her paramour Albert J. Tirrell was eventually charged with murder. Tirrell hired Rufus Choate to defend him, and Choate claimed his client had episodes of somnambulism.…
Australia’s Rabbit-proof Fence
Apr 1, 2013 • 21 min
Many English settlers brought animals and plants to Australia, including rabbits. The rabbit population exploded, and rabbit-controlling fences were started by the 1880s. Work on the State Barrier Fence began in 1901, and it’s still maintained today.…
Emu War of 1932
Mar 29, 2013 • 28 min
After World War I, Australian and British soldiers moved to rural Australia. In 1932, about 20,000 emus began making their way through Campion and Walgoolan, severely damaging wheat farms. The military tried to help, but may have just made things worse.…
The Contentious Invention of the Sewing Machine
Mar 27, 2013 • 42 min
The mechanization of stitching happened by way a series of inventions, several of which finally came together. Though Elias Howe is often credited with inventing the sewing machine, his invention had more to do with the combination of existing ideas.…
The Trial of Goody Garlick
Mar 25, 2013 • 42 min
Decades before the Salem trials, an East Hampton woman was tried for witchcraft. Before Lion Gardiner’s daughter died, she accused Goody Garlick of bewitching her. Goody Garlick had hearings in two towns, during which she was accused of other bewitchings.…
The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made
Mar 20, 2013 • 43 min
The Suquamish chief is best remembered for a speech he gave upon discovering that Governor Stevens wanted land to build a railroad. However, the speech’s origins are nebulous (and in some quotations completely fabricated). Tune in to learn. Learn more…
The Life of Johnny Appleseed
Mar 18, 2013 • 39 min
The image of Johnny Appleseed walking around in rags, barefooted with a bindle, planting apple trees and moving on is actually pretty accurate. Join Holly and Tracy to learn how John Chapman struck out for the frontier and became an American legend. Learn…
The Voynich Manuscript
Mar 13, 2013 • 27 min
The Voynich manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, who acquired it in 1912 from a Jesuit library. There are many theories as to what this book from the 1400s contains, but no one knows whether it’s a cypher text, a lost language or gibberish. Learn…
The Mystic Margery Kempe
Mar 11, 2013 • 49 min
Born in the 1300s, Margery had 14 children with her husband before dedicating her life to God. In her 40s, she began a vision-inspired pilgrimage to visit holy sites, and these travels became the basis for her spiritual autobiography, Learn more about…
The Real Al Swearengen: Part 2
Mar 6, 2013 • 41 min
While Al Swearengen’s notoriety comes from his famous saloon, his early experiences all informed his later life. Join Tracy and Holly as they examine the life and times of Al Swearengen in the second part of this series. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Real Al Swearengen: Part 1
Mar 4, 2013 • 38 min
Al Swearengen has become a widely-recognized figure in the time of the Black Hills gold rush. While his notoriety comes from his famous saloon, his early experiences as a pioneer child, 100-days man and apprentice barkeep all informed his later life.…
Richard III: Unearthed!
Feb 27, 2013 • 57 min
In 2013, experts identified the remains of King Richard III, one of England’s most notorious rulers. Shakespeare wrote the king as a nephew-killing, hunchbacked villain, but Richard’s real life was a complicated mixture of ambition, ruthlessness and fear.…
The Other Pope Benedict Who Resigned
Feb 25, 2013 • 42 min
Long before Benedict XVI’s resignation, Benedict IX resigned. Benedict IX was one of the youngest (and most notorious) men ever to become pope, and his abuse of power was legendary. He became pope three times and sold the title at one point. Learn more…
Pablo Fanque’s Fair
Feb 20, 2013 • 41 min
The Victorian age offered few opportunities for Black-Britons, making Pablo Fanque’s circus all the more impressive. Born William Darby, he was a talented equestrian performer, acrobat and show-runner. In fact, one Fanque’s playbills inspired John Lennon.…
Okichi, the Tragic Geisha
Feb 18, 2013 • 36 min
Okichi’s story is filled with embellishment and hazy details. Sent to serve Townsend Harris, the first U.S. Consul to Japan, she was shunned after Harris left. Yet Okichi is now honored with an annual festival and has become a national symbol. Learn more…
Walter Potter’s Wild and Wonderful Taxidermy
Feb 13, 2013 • 43 min
By the time he was 19, Potter had preserved and mounted 98 birds. In 1880, his work had grown to a point where it had to be moved to a building, which became his museum. Potter’s museum collection continues to enthrall collectors and enthusiasts. Learn…
The Fantastic Fitzgeralds
Feb 11, 2013 • 57 min
A week after releasing his debut novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald married Southern Belle Zelda Sayre. But Fitzgerald’s drinking and Zelda’s mental state led to fights, debt and writers’ block. Join Sarah and Holly as they trace the lives of F. Scott and Zelda.…
Nikola Tesla and the War of Currents Revisited: Part 2
Feb 6, 2013 • 30 min
By 1887, Nikola Tesla secured seven patents for components of his alternating current system. In 1888, George Westinghouse offered to hire Tesla to develop the AC system, and that’s when the Current War really got underway. Learn more about your…
Nikola Tesla and the War of Currents Revisited: Part 1
Feb 4, 2013 • 19 min
In 1857 Nikola Tesla began work on direct current motor issues. In 1884, he approached Thomas Edison with ideas about alternating current, but Edison championed direct current. Their disagreement led to one of history’s most famous scientific rivalries.…
The Booth Conspiracy
Jan 30, 2013 • 30 min
Most people know the story of President Lincoln’s assassination, but what happened afterward? In this podcast, we cover John Wilkes Booth’s escape, his co-conspirators’ attacks against other officials and the strange connections between Booth and Lincoln.…
Who is D.B. Cooper?
Jan 28, 2013 • 21 min
In 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305. He received a ransom of $200,000 — and then jumped out in midair. Over the years, the FBI has searched for Cooper with little luck. Tune in to learn more. Learn more…
5 War Dogs of History
Jan 23, 2013 • 29 min
Dogs have been used in war for a long time and are still used today. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina look at five war dogs known for their strength, loyalty and intelligence. Tune in to learn more about war dogs from World War I through Vietnam. Learn…
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
Jan 21, 2013 • 22 min
Ned Kelly’s cropped up in the news again, but who was he? The bushranger Ned Kelly became an outlaw in 1878, and his gang successfully conducted several raids. Tune in to learn why many Australians think of him as a folk hero in this classic episode.…
5 Historical Hoaxes
Jan 16, 2013 • 34 min
Historical hoaxes are surprisingly common. For example, a N.Y. cigar maker once commissioned a gypsum skeleton to pass off as a 10-foot-tall petrified man called the Cardiff Giant. Join Deblina and Sarah as they explore the Cardiff Giant, Clever Hans, the…
The Great Stink of 1858
Jan 14, 2013 • 31 min
By the 1840s, London faced a sanitation crisis. One summer the stench of the Thames drove Parliament to soak their curtains in lime, an experience that led to funding for a modern sewer system. Tune in to learn about modern toilets, germ theory and more.…
The Bone Wars, Part 2
Jan 9, 2013 • 32 min
In Part 2 of this podcast, we examine the tactics rival paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh used in their battle to achieve preeminence. Ultimately, the men took their war to D.C. and the press. In the end, did either win? Learn…
Double Agent: James Armistead and the American Revolution
Jan 7, 2013 • 25 min
James Armistead was a slave in Virginia, but got his master’s approval to enlist when the Revolutionary War came. Armistead worked as a spy, and his story is one of many free and enslaved African-Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War. Learn more…
Unearthed in 2012: Part 2
Jan 2, 2013 • 22 min
In the second part of this annual episode, we cover historical discoveries made in 2012, from evidence of vampire burials in Bulgaria to discoveries of ancient temples and more. Tune in to learn more about the exciting archaeological discoveries of 2012.…
The Bone Wars: Part 1
Dec 31, 2012 • 23 min
In this two-part podcast, we explore the rivalry between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. Marsh was a farmer’s son and Cope grew up in a wealthy household. The two started out as friends, but their friendship soon soured.…
Unearthed in 2012: Part 1
Dec 26, 2012 • 24 min
In this episode, we look back on some of the biggest historical news of 2012s. Tune in to learn how researchers revealed new theories regarding mercury’s involvement in Tycho Brahe’s death, and startling insights into the Great Wall of China. Learn more…
Who was Good King Wenceslas?
Dec 21, 2012 • 21 min
King Wenceslas is best known as a Christmas carol, but he was a real 10th-century Bohemian prince. Wenceslas was known for his kindness to children and promotion of Christianity, but he was murdered at only 22. Listen in to learn more about the Good King.…
Why was Juana called “la Loca”? Part 2
Dec 19, 2012 • 36 min
In this second part of our series, Juana has become her mother’s unlikely heir. Just a few years after inheriting Castile, she is declared insane and imprisoned. But was she actually mad? And why didn’t her son free her when he came to power? Learn more…
Subterranean Cities
Dec 17, 2012 • 31 min
In this episode, Sarah and Deblina take a world tour of some of the world’s most ancient, mysterious and historically influential underground cities. Listen in to learn more about subterranean cities around the globe. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Why was Juana called “la Loca”? Part 1
Dec 12, 2012 • 28 min
Juana of Castile has gone down in history as “Juana la Loca.” But Juana’s mental state was likely not as bad as it seemed. Was she instead the victim of conniving relatives? In this episode, we discuss Juana’s youth, her marriage and more. Learn more…
The Johnstown Flood
Dec 10, 2012 • 23 min
On May 31, 1889, the South Fork dam gave way, sending 20 million tons of water rushing toward Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The water swept up everything in its path, and it only took about 10 minutes to wash away Johnstown. But was nature solely to blame?…
A Comanche Story: Quanah Parker
Dec 5, 2012 • 30 min
In this episode, we tell the story of Cynthia Ann Parker’s son, the Comanche war chief Quanah Parker. Quanah led Comanche forces until his defeat at Adobe Walls. He then encouraged his people to settle on the reservation, refusing to sacrifice his…
Mutiny on the Bounty (Update)
Dec 3, 2012 • 34 min
In an update to this podcast about the mutiny that took place aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789, we discuss the fate of the replica Bounty made in 1962. During Hurricane Sandy, the Bounty was headed from Connecticut to Florida. But what happened next? Learn…
A Comanche Story: Cynthia Ann Parker
Nov 28, 2012 • 26 min
A Comanche raiding party kidnapped Cynthia Ann when she was 9 years old. She lived with Comanche parents, marrying a war chief and having children. But her family never stopped searching for her. As word of her story spread, her son Quanah rose to power.…
Gertrude Bell: The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, Part 2
Nov 26, 2012 • 27 min
Part 2 of this series follows Gertrude Bell on her adventures after World War I begins. The British army asked her to help them retain their influence in the Middle East. But how did she get from there to helping found modern Iraq? Tune in to learn more.…
The True Story of the Chevalier d’Eon: Part 2
Nov 26, 2012 • 30 min
Upset with the prospect of a demotion, the Chevalier d’Eon published his diplomatic correspondence. Worried that d’Eon might reveal the King’s Secret, Louis XV desperately negotiated d’Eon’s return — with one catch: the Chevalier had to become a woman.…
Gertrude Bell: The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq
Nov 19, 2012 • 23 min
Gertrude Bell was the first woman to graduate with a First in Modern History from Oxford. Instead of marrying young, she went to Persia. Inspired, she traveled across the Middle East on numerous exploratory treks. But would it last in a time of war? Learn…
The True Story of the Chevalier d’Eon: Part 1
Nov 14, 2012 • 21 min
Recently, London’s National Portrait Gallery acquired a portrait of the Chevalier d’Eon, the first oil painting in its collection to feature a man in women’s clothing. Learn how Louis XV’s underground foreign policy led d’Eon to acquire a female identity.…
Johann Dippel and the Elixir of Life
Nov 12, 2012 • 30 min
Johann Konrad Dippel was born in 1673 at Frankenstein Castle. Originally a theology student, Dippel began dabbling in chemistry, medicine and alchemy. Today he’s remembered for creating a panacea that was used on a variety of ailments. How did he do it?…
Who was Tokyo Rose?
Nov 7, 2012 • 29 min
During World War II, Allied troops often listened to Japanese propaganda, and they nick-named the English-speaking, female broadcasters “Tokyo Rose.” After the war, the hunt to find them was on — and Iva d’Aquino found herself on trial for treason. Learn…
The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie
Nov 5, 2012 • 26 min
In December of 1926, Agatha Christie left her home and vanished: Police found her car crashed and abandoned. An 11-day manhunt commenced and speculation ran rampant — but when she was finally found - alive - there were more questions than answers. Learn…
The Case of the Colorado Cannibal, Alferd Packer
Oct 31, 2012 • 26 min
In the winter of 1873, Alferd Packer led gold prospectors into the Rockies, but harsh conditions soon set them off course. Packer was the only survivor, and he looked oddly well-fed. He claimed he’d killed in self-defense. But was he guilty of murder?…
Accused by a Ghost!
Oct 29, 2012 • 27 min
In the early 1760s, the so-called Cock Lane Ghost haunted a London home, communicating through knocks. The ghost accused her former partner of poisoning her. However, as more details emerged people wondered if the haunting was an act of earthly revenge.…
What really happened in Salem?
Oct 24, 2012 • 32 min
In 1692, girls in Salem Village experienced fevers, pains and strange behavior. A doctor deemed the affliction supernatural, and the girls pinned the blame on several people. These accusations led to a witch hunt — but what was really to blame? Learn more…
Ghosts of History: A Haunted House Tour
Oct 22, 2012 • 35 min
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the tragic histories behind some homes are enough to send a chill down your spine. In this episode, we look into the real stories behind five historic houses that are believed to be haunted. Tune in to learn more.…
Mary Frances Creighton: Who was America’s Lucrezia Borgia?
Oct 17, 2012 • 37 min
When Mary Frances Creighton was arrested for poisoning her brother, the tabloids went crazy, comparing her to Lucrezia Borgia. Mary was also accused of poisoning her mother-in-law and her work caught up with her when she struck again, years later. Learn…
Madame Lalaurie and the Haunting of Royal Street
Oct 15, 2012 • 43 min
In 1834 a fire broke out at the Lalaurie house in New Orleans. Firefighters found mistreated slaves inside, and the family was banished. Wild rumors spread afterward, and now it’s known as the most haunted house in America — but are the rumors true? Learn…
Jim Bowie: Blades, Battles and the Alamo
Oct 10, 2012 • 41 min
Jim Bowie is known as a hero of the Alamo, but he made his name in a duel-gone-wrong: He came away with several wounds, but also with a reputation as fearsome knife-fighter. So how did he become a Texan legend? And what’s the story behind the Bowie knife?…
A Brief History of Trick-or-Treating
Oct 8, 2012 • 35 min
Before children went door-to-door, Celts kept out evil spirits during the festival of Samhain. Halloween evolved over time, but trick-or-treating didn’t emerge until the 20th century. Join Sarah and guest host Cristen as they trace Halloween’s history.…
Bloomers and Beyond: A History of Underwear
Oct 3, 2012 • 50 min
In this episode, PopStuff co-host Holly Frey joins in to discuss undergarments through the ages, from the utilitarian shirt to the body-changing corset, split bloomers and more. We also talk about a recent discovery that’s shaken up costume historians.…
The Surprising Life of Henry Ford: Part 2
Oct 1, 2012 • 42 min
In this second episode with CarStuff’s Scott Benjamin, we pick up at the height of Ford’s success: The Model T is revolutionizing America. But he also obsessively controls his employees, becomes a noted anti-Semite and capitalizes on wartime contracts.…
Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare: Part 2
Sep 26, 2012 • 44 min
Senator McCarthy’s celebrity skyrocketed after he made his name denouncing spies. Fear and intimidation kept many from speaking out against him, but public opinion soon turned. Join Sarah and Ben as they discuss McCarthyism and the Hollywood Blacklist.…
The Surprising Life of Henry Ford: Part 1
Sep 24, 2012 • 28 min
In this episode, CarStuff’s Scott Benjamin joins the show for a discussion of Henry Ford’s early years, inventions and innovations. Yet as Ford’s success grew, his willingness to change did not - and ultimately a darker side of his personality emerged.…
Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare: Part 1
Sep 19, 2012 • 23 min
Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy had a lackluster career - at least, that is, until he claimed the U.S. government was riddled with conspiratorial Communists. In this episode, Sarah and guest host Ben explore the hysteria-fueled rise of Joseph McCarthy.…
Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds
Sep 17, 2012 • 32 min
In 1938 Orson Welles produced a series of radio dramas, including one based on “War of the Worlds.” The broadcast caused a mass panic, since many believed it was a real news program. In this episode, we discuss why so many mistook the show as real. Learn…
Codes! Allied Cryptography in World War II
Sep 12, 2012 • 49 min
In this episode co-hosted by TechStuff’s Jonathan Strickland, the focus is on the codes and cryptologists of World War II. Tune in to learn more about the Enigma Machine, Alan Turing, Code Talkers and more in the conclusion of this two-part episode. Learn…
Alan Turing: Codebreaker
Sep 10, 2012 • 22 min
Alan Turing conceived of computers decades before anyone was building one. He also acted as a top-secret code breaker during World War II. Despite his accomplishments, he was prosecuted as a homosexual by the British government. Tune in to learn more.…
Codes! Axis Cryptography in World War II
Sep 5, 2012 • 48 min
In this special episode co-hosted by TechStuff’s Jonathan Strickland, the focus is on the codes, cipher machines, and cryptologists of World War II. Tune in to learn more about the Enigma Machine, Alan Turing, Code Talkers and more. Learn more about your…
The Radium Girls
Sep 3, 2012 • 32 min
Between in 1917, hundreds of women got jobs applying radium-treated paint to various products. Many experienced severe health problems. Five former workers decided to sue the U.S. Radium corporation, and faced a campaign of misinformation. Learn more…
How the Mayan Calendar Works, Revisited
Aug 29, 2012 • 22 min
In this classic episode, former hosts Candace and Jane explain how the Mayan long count calendar works. We also discuss some other doomsday prophesies from 1666 and 1910, when people feared Halley’s Comet would poison them with gasses from its tail. Learn…
5 Historical Storms
Aug 27, 2012 • 34 min
Catastrophic storms are almost historical characters in their own right, leaving indelible marks on the places they affect. Here, we cover five of history’s most destructive storms, including the Tri-state Tornado of 1925, the Great Hurricane of 1780, the…
Easter Island (Update)
Aug 22, 2012 • 31 min
In this episode, we revisit theories about the statues of Easter Island: the Moai. New evidence suggests that fewer than 20 people “walked” the Moai to their positions. This idea shakes up existing theories about the destruction of the island’s resources.…
Pretty Boy Floyd and the Kansas City Massacre
Aug 20, 2012 • 25 min
Pretty Boy Floyd started out doing farm work, but in his late teens he ran off to try his hand at crime. He earned a Robin Hood-like reputation, and became famous for his supposed involvement in the Kansas City Massacre. But did he deserve the credit?…
Lizzie Borden and her Axe (Update)
Aug 15, 2012 • 36 min
In 1892, a Massachusetts couple was brutally murdered; the only serious suspect was their daughter, Lizzie Borden. Borden was acquitted, but people have speculated about the crime ever since. Tune in to learn how new evidence might shed light on her case.…
The Bloody Benders
Aug 13, 2012 • 28 min
The Bender clan settled in Kansas in 1870, building a combined store and inn. They weren’t popular. Only the comely Kate Bender drew admirers. When people began disappearing, the Benders weren’t suspects ?? until a doctor vanished after visiting the inn.…
How the Titanic Worked
Aug 8, 2012 • 31 min
2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. In our own memorial to the Titanic’s sinking, we revisit a classic episode from Candace and Jane, in which they explore the ship’s tragic history. We’ll also explore some recent Titanic research.…
A Medici Marriage: Marguerite-Louise d’Orléans
Aug 6, 2012 • 22 min
Marguerite-Louise d’Orléans was the grandchild of the King of France, cousin of Louis XIV and eventually betrothed to Cosimo III de Medici. Her marriage was (to say the least) unstable. But how did she finally find herself back in France? Learn more about…
The Nazi Games and Jesse Owens
Aug 1, 2012 • 28 min
Most people associate the 1936 Berlin Olympics with African-American sprinter Jesse Owens. Yet the games were successful in terms of Nazi propaganda: More nations than ever participated, and the Olympic torch was used for the first time. Learn more about…
The Match of Death
Jul 30, 2012 • 27 min
After the Nazis invaded Kiev, a bakery owner asked some Ukrainian soccer players to form a team. Their team was pitted against occupying powers. Many say their crucial victory over the Germans led to their deaths. But how much of the story is true? Learn…
The Strangest Games: The 1900 Paris Olympics
Jul 25, 2012 • 26 min
In 1900 Paris Olympics are considered some of the strangest. Some sport historians don’t even consider them true Olympic Games. Many of the events were so under-promoted, the athletes competing in them didn’t know they were even in the Olympics. Learn…
The First Olympics, Revisited
Jul 23, 2012 • 10 min
In this episode, we revisit a podcast on the first Olympics. The first Olympics featured familiar events, but also some lethal exhibitions. Married women were barred from watching the games, but victors could sometimes expect to receive meals for life.…
Listener Mail Roundup: Collector’s Edition
Jul 18, 2012 • 22 min
In a recent episode on George Arents, we asked listeners what kind of book collections they keep. We heard from people with interests ranging from mixology books to a library dedicated to Disney. We also learned about what these collections inspired.…
The Amelia Earhart Mystery (Update)
Jul 16, 2012 • 34 min
In this classic episode, former hosts Candace and Katie explore the events surrounding Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance in 1937, and possible theories as to what could have happened. We also cover new developments in this 75-year-old mystery.…
What happened to the lost colony at Roanoke? (Update)
Jul 11, 2012 • 29 min
Of all the mysteries we’ve covered, the lost colony at Roanoke is one of the strangest. In this classic episode, former hosts Candace and Josh recount Roanoke’s story — and there’s a new development, one that may finally reveal the fate of the colonists.…
The Prisoner Princess: Sophia Dorothea of Celle
Jul 9, 2012 • 34 min
Sophia Dorothea of Celle married her cousin, George I of Great Britain. Sophia had an affair with a Swedish count, and her in-laws decided to stop the couple from running away together. The ensuing events became known as the Königsmarck Affair. Learn more…
The Bombardment of Baltimore
Jul 4, 2012 • 25 min
After a night of shelling in the War of 1812, Baltimore was unsure if its fort had survived. At dawn, observers saw an American flag over the fort. Francis Scott Key composed a poem about the night — and that poem eventually became the national anthem.…
Ma Barker and the Barker Gang
Jul 2, 2012 • 29 min
During the Gangster Era, many believed Ma Barker led the Barker Gang. In the late 1800s, Barker had four sons, two of whom joined the infamous Barker gang. But was Ma really the mastermind behind their criminal activities? Learn more about your ad-choices…
Deblina and Sarah’s Renaissance Adventure
Jun 27, 2012 • 42 min
In this episode, Sarah and Deblina visit the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Interviews with musician Luca Callo and TechStuff’s Jonathan Strickland give us an understanding of processes they use to recreate Renaissance characters, music and culture. Learn…
John James Audubon: American Woodsman, Part 2
Jun 25, 2012 • 31 min
After John James Audubon finished his book, he sought out a publisher. While his image turned off Philadelphia’s intellectuals, he charmed Great Britain. In this episode, curator Michael Inman joins us to explain the publication of Birds of America. Learn…
Who wore the Pink Triangle?
Jun 20, 2012 • 24 min
When Hitler came to power in Germany, gays and lesbians were continually persecuted. Soon, homosexual men also faced prison time. Thousands were eventually arrested, and many wound up in concentration camps, where they were labeled with pink triangles.…
John James Audubon: American Woodsman, Part 1
Jun 18, 2012 • 22 min
Though John James Audubon was the son of a French planter, he cultivated the image of an American frontiersman. In this episode, New York Public Library curator Michael Inman joins us for a discussion of Audubon’s early life. Learn more about your…
The Death of Poe
Jun 13, 2012 • 34 min
In 1849, Edgar Allan Poe disappeared for five days before he was found semi-conscious outside of a saloon. He died four days later, presumably from alcohol abuse. Over the years, many alternate cause-of-death theories have emerged. Which is most likely?…
William Kidd: A Pirate’s Rep for Me
Jun 11, 2012 • 26 min
William Kidd had settled down by 1695, but privateering was still in his blood. He struck up a plan to attack pirates plaguing English ships and enlisted investors to back his efforts. Eventually he was declared a pirate. But did he deserve the label?…
Nikola Tesla and the War of the Currents, Part 2
Jun 6, 2012 • 29 min
By 1887, Nikola Tesla secured seven patents for components of his alternating current system. In 1888, George Westinghouse offered to hire Tesla to develop the AC system, and that’s when the Current War really got underway. Learn more about your…
Laura Bridgman’s Education
Jun 4, 2012 • 29 min
Laura Bridgman was the first deafblind person to be educated — a feat accomplished by Samuel Gridley Howe in the 1830s. People from around the world came to see her, including Charles Dickens, who wrote about her in his “American Travels.” Learn more…
Nikola Tesla and the War of Currents, Part 1
May 30, 2012 • 19 min
In 1857 Nikola Tesla began work on direct current motor issues. In 1884, he approached Thomas Edison with ideas about alternating current, but Edison championed direct current. Their disagreement led to one of history’s most famous scientific rivalries.…
P.T. Barnum’s Biggest Stars
May 28, 2012 • 29 min
P.T. Barnum worked with many performers. Perhaps the most famous was the diminutive General Tom Thumb. Barnum also promoted Swedish singer Jenny Lind, but his biggest act was Jumbo the Elephant, an African elephant he bought from the London Zoo. Learn…
Operation Mincemeat, Part 2
May 23, 2012 • 31 min
Operation Mincemeat aimed to relay false information to the Nazis by dropping a corpse where they would find it, along with fake documents. The British agents gave their corpse a backstory to make it more believable. But was the story too good to be true?…
A Visit to Clybourne Park
May 21, 2012 • 29 min
The Pulitzer-winning play “Clybourne Park” took inspiration from Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin the Sun.” In this episode, we talk to Clybourne Park’s Tony-nominated director Pam MacKinnon about the work and historical research that went into the play.…
The Prince of Humbug: P.T. Barnum
May 16, 2012 • 23 min
P.T. Barnum is best known as a circus man, but he spent most of his career running a curiosity museum and staging freak shows. Barnum attracted people to his American Museum through shrewd advertising, or “humbug.” He also wasn’t afraid of a hoax. Learn…
Operation Mincemeat, Part 1
May 14, 2012 • 29 min
Once the Allies invaded North Africa, the Nazis began planning. Both sides knew Sicily was the obvious choice for the next Allied invasion, so the Allies needed some subterfuge. Luckily, the British had an idea — and all they needed was a dead body. Learn…
Freya of Arabia
May 9, 2012 • 30 min
After a childhood spent roaming Europe, Freya Stark began saving money to take Arabic lessons. Once fluent, she traveled into areas few outsiders had ever been, documenting her travels in best-selling books. Listen in to learn more about Freya of Arabia.…
The Battle of Sekigahara
May 7, 2012 • 25 min
After the Japanese ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi died, regents and bureaucrats scrambled for power. The rivals Tokugawa Ieyasu and Ishida Mitsunari rallied supporters to face off in Sekigahara. Tokugawa emerged victorious. But what happened next? Learn more…
Who was the real Professor Moriarty? Part 2
May 2, 2012 • 32 min
When Adam Worth stole a portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire, he fell in love with the painting. But a botched theft in Belgium landed him in prison, where the story of his life reached Arthur Conan Doyle and inspired the character of Professor Moriarty.…
Horace Wells and the Gas War
Apr 30, 2012 • 31 min
Dentist Horace Wells set up shop in Hartford in 1836, before the discovery of anasthesia. At an exhibition in 1844 he became certain that nitrous oxide could revolutionize medicine. He tried to demonstrate his findings… but things didn’t go as planned.…
Who was the real Professor Moriarty? Part 1
Apr 25, 2012 • 26 min
Professor Moriarty was based on a real man: Adam Worth. After being falsely reported as dead during the Civil War, Worth began a life of crime. When Worth moved to London he began his Moriarty phase, but his peculiar criminal quirks led to his near ruin.…
Four Flights of Female Aviators
Apr 23, 2012 • 32 min
Amelia Earhart is the most well-known female aviator, but there were several notable female aviation pioneers. This episode talks about Raymonde de Laroche, Harriet Quimby, Jacqueline Cochran and Amy Johnson. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Ferdinand Waldo Demara: Who was the Great Imposter?
Apr 18, 2012 • 28 min
Ferdinand Demara took on several bogus personas throughout his imposter career — everything from a professor to a monk. Demara stole the identities of regular people, and often performed their job duties. Tune in to learn more about the Great Imposter.…
Who was the real Indiana Jones?
Apr 16, 2012 • 29 min
Although Lucas and Spielberg claim Indiana Jones was only inspired by adventure movies and pulp fiction, people have still suggested real-life inspirations. Tune in to learn more about several contenders, including Roy Chapman Andrews and Otto Rahn. Learn…
Westward Bound: Beryl Markham’s Transatlantic Flight
Apr 11, 2012 • 36 min
Beryl Markham was Africa’s first female licensed racehorse trainer, but by the 1920s she’d found a new passion: flying. She went on to become Kenya’s first female commercial pilot, and by 1936 she was ready to fly solo across the Atlantic. Or was she?…
The Heiress Explorer: Louise Boyd and the Arctic
Apr 9, 2012 • 29 min
When gold mine heiress Louise Boyd staged her first Arctic expedition in the 1920s, she hunted polar bears with aristocrats. Yet she also met other explorers who encouraged her in more scientific pursuits. Listen in and learn more about her expeditions.…
George Arents: Hobbies and the Heathenish Weed
Apr 4, 2012 • 34 min
How did advice from his great uncle inspire tobacco businessman George Arents to become one of the great contemporary bibliophiles? Listen in as Sarah and Deblina interview Michael Inman, the curator of the New York Public Library Rare Books Division.…
Belle Starr: A Bad Rap for the Bandit Queen, Part 2
Apr 2, 2012 • 32 min
After Jim Reed’s death, Belle eventually married Sam Starr. Rumors circulated: Was Belle a barfly or a mom? In 1883, Belle and Sam served 9 months in prison for stealing horses. Tune in to learn how the Bandit Queen set out to turn her reputation around.…
Charles Dickens Takes America
Mar 28, 2012 • 29 min
Charles Dickens is best known for chronicling life in London, but he also wrote about the United States - and not in a flattering light. When touring the U.S. and Canada with his wife, Dickens found many American customs repugnant. Tune in to learn more.…
Belle Starr: A Bad Rap for the Bandit Queen
Mar 26, 2012 • 21 min
Belle Starr is often remembered as a notorious outlaw who spent her free time carousing in saloons. But new accounts suggest that, while she wasn’t a saint, she also wasn’t the “female Jesse James” some biographers made her out to be. So what’s the truth?…
From Diplomacy to Black Diaries: Roger Casement
Mar 21, 2012 • 26 min
Roger Casement was an Irish-born British diplomat. He eventually became an Irish nationalist. After his arrest, he was sentenced to die. To stifle support for Casement, the government also released the “Black Diaries” which outed Casement as gay. Learn…
Frida Kahlo: An Introspective Life, Part 2
Mar 19, 2012 • 29 min
Frida Kahlo took pride in caring for her husband Diego. In 1930, the couple went to the United States. When they returned to Mexico, their rocky relationship affected Frida’s health. As her marriage worsened, Frida’s star in the art world gradually rose.…
From Brontë to Bell and Back Again
Mar 14, 2012 • 34 min
The Brontë sisters quickly rose from obscurity to notoriety after their three novels were published under the Bell pseudonym. Join Sarah and Deblina as they discuss the sisters’ rise to fame and the scandalous suggestions about their lives and morals.…
Frida Kahlo: An Introspective Life, Part 1
Mar 12, 2012 • 23 min
Frida Kahlo contracted polio at the age of 6. Undeterred, she went on to have an active childhood and adolescence. After a tragic accident left her bedridden for more than three months, she began to pursue painting and politics. Learn more about your…
Growing Up Brontë
Mar 7, 2012 • 34 min
The Brontë sisters are considered some of the best writers of the 19th century but their past may surprise you. Join Sarah and Deblina as they discuss the sisters’ childhood tragedies, unconventional educations and their imaginary worlds. Learn more about…
Mary Anning, Princess of Paleontology
Mar 5, 2012 • 23 min
Mary Anning started hunting for fossils in Lyme Regis in the early 1800s. Around 1811, she uncovered the complete skeleton of an ichthyosaurus. She made several significant contributions to paleontology, so why didn’t she always get credit for her work?…
Evliya Çelebi: World Traveler and Companion to Mankind
Feb 29, 2012 • 29 min
Evliya Çelebi grew up in 17th century Istanbul as the “boon companion” of Sultan Murad IV. In his 20s, Evliya had a prophetic dream and spent decades traveling. During his travels he wrote the Seyahatname, one of history’s important travel narratives.…
The Fairy Tale Life of Hans Christian Andersen
Feb 27, 2012 • 31 min
Hans Christian Andersen is often considered the father of the modern fairy tale, but his life was not the quiet existence depicted in his photos. His personal life is fairly bizarre, and he is sometimes compared to his own outcast fairy tale figures.…
Bessie Coleman: Daredevil Aviatrix
Feb 22, 2012 • 28 min
Bessie Coleman knew that becoming a pilot was her dream. Because she was a black woman, no American flight schools would admit her. Despite the obstacles, Bessie managed to become the first African-American woman in the world to earn a pilot’s license.…
Leading the Charge: The Massachusetts 54th
Feb 20, 2012 • 29 min
A 1792 law prevented African Americans from taking up arms in the Civil War. As attitudes against blacks serving changed, black regiments were formed. But prejudices remained until the heroism of black soldiers won the attention of the nation. Learn more…
Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning in Love
Feb 15, 2012 • 29 min
Robert Browning’s early work wasn’t as well-received as Elizabeth Barrett’s poetry. Yet Barrett mentioned his work in one of her poems, and they started a correspondence that blossomed into love. However, Elizabeth’s father remained an obstacle. Learn…
Who was the real Lone Ranger?
Feb 13, 2012 • 27 min
The Lone Ranger has traditionally been portrayed by white actors, but many believe this character is based on an African-American named Bass Reeves. A former slave, Reeves became one of the most successful lawmen in U.S. history. Tune in to learn more.…
The Booth Conspiracy
Feb 8, 2012 • 30 min
Most people know the story of President Lincoln’s assassination, but what happened afterward? In this podcast, we cover John Wilkes Booth’s escape, his co-conspirators’ attacks against other officials and the strange connections between Booth and Lincoln.…
Jack Johnson and the Fight of the Century
Feb 6, 2012 • 31 min
During Jack Johnson’s time, the heavyweight championship was unofficially a whites-only title. Despite discrimination, he fought title-holder Tommy Burns in 1908. Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion, but some questioned his legitimacy.…
Sir Stamford Raffles and the Conquest of Java
Feb 1, 2012 • 32 min
By the early 19th century, the Dutch controlled of most of the East Indies. Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles fought to oust the Dutch from the area. He also tried to enact radical reforms in Java, but he was fired by British East India Company. Why?…
There’s Always a Seat for Queen Nzinga
Jan 30, 2012 • 24 min
The warrior queen Nzinga used wily tactics to maintain her kingdom’s independence during colonization. Born in the Ndongo Kingdom, Nzinga staged a coup, harbored runaway slaves, and kept a harem of men. Tune in to learn more about queen Nzinga. Learn more…
H.H. Holmes and the Mysteries of Murder Castle, Part 2
Jan 25, 2012 • 38 min
In the first part of this episode, Deblina and Sarah covered Herman W. Mudgett’s early life, including how he first became known as H.H. Holmes. But how did Holmes manage to complete his murder castle? What happened to him afterwards? Tune in to find out.…
H.H. Holmes and the Mysteries of Murder Castle, Part 1
Jan 23, 2012 • 27 min
As a student, Herman W. Mudgett used corpses to commit insurance fraud. In 1886, he moved to Chicago under the alias H.H. Holmes. In 1888, Holmes started constructing a building with secret passageways and an airtight vault. So, what was it for? Learn…
Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram: Part 2
Jan 18, 2012 • 30 min
Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen was an expert skier, zoologist and artist: By combining these skills, he became one of Norway’s earliest heroes. Listen in as Deblina and Sarah look at the life and times of Fridtjof Nansen in the second part of this episode.…
Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram: Part 1
Jan 16, 2012 • 27 min
Fridtjof Nansen was an artist, skier, zoologist and one of Norway’s earliest heroes. The first part of this episode covers his early adventures, while part two covers his humanitarian career. Tune in to learn more about his first major expeditions. Learn…
W.C. Minor: Madness, Murder and a Dictionary, Part 2
Jan 11, 2012 • 29 min
When we last left the story of W.C. Minor, he’d fatally shot a man in London. In the conclusion of this episode, Sarah and Deblina look at the events that led Minor to become one of the Oxford English Dictionary’s most prolific contributors. Learn more…
Public Enemies: 5 Gangsters to Know
Jan 9, 2012 • 29 min
For every Al Capone, there was a cast of lesser-known men who were often just as dangerous. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina explore the lives of gangsters such as “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn and Roger “The Terrible” Touhy. Tune in to learn more. Learn…
Ötzi: Everyone’s Favorite Copper Age Man
Jan 4, 2012 • 25 min
In 1991, two hikers in the Alps found a mysterious body. The frozen mummy turned out to be a 5,300-year-old man — a discovery that’s given researchers an unprecedented peek into the Copper Age. Tune in to learn more about the Iceman. Learn more about your…
W. C. Minor: Madness, Murder and a Dictionary, Part I
Jan 2, 2012 • 21 min
In the first part of this episode, we look at the early days of William Chester Minor. Minor originally studied medicine and served and practiced surgery in the Union Army. Eventually he was committed to a hospital for the insane. But what happened next?…
Unearthed in 2011: Part 2
Dec 28, 2011 • 32 min
In part two of this episode, we continue to uncover some of the most interesting historical discoveries of 2011, from the world’s oldest winery to France’s oldest brewery. Tune in to learn more about the biggest historical discoveries of 2011. Learn more…
Unearthed in 2011: Part 1
Dec 26, 2011 • 29 min
In this two-part episode, we take a look at some of the most interesting historical finds of 2011, from one of Captain Henry Morgan’s pirate ships to a rare portrait of Jane Austen discovered by British author Dr. Paula Byrne. Listen in to learn more.…
The Christmas Truce
Dec 21, 2011 • 26 min
During the first Christmas of World War I, British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and celebrated the holiday together. They sang carols, traded insignia and buried their dead. How did the truce start, and why didn’t it happen again? Learn…
The Halifax Explosion
Dec 19, 2011 • 25 min
The Halifax Explosion was one of history’s worst man-made, non-nuclear explosions. The disaster killed about 2,000 people, and part of the city was completely leveled. So how and when did Halifax begin to rebuild? Tune in to find out. Learn more about…
Rosalind Franklin: DNA’s Dark Lady
Dec 14, 2011 • 27 min
The men who are usually credited with discerning DNA’s structure won the Nobel Prize in 1962, but they used Rosalind Franklin’s research. In 1952, she captured the best DNA image available at the time, and the Nobel winners used it without her knowledge.…
The Kaiser’s Chemist: Fritz Haber
Dec 12, 2011 • 24 min
Fritz Haber has a mixed legacy. The Nobel-Prize-winning Father of Chemical Warfare was responsible for fertilizers that fed billions, as well as poisonous gasses used during World War I. Tune in to learn more about Fritz’s complicated life and work. Learn…
Civil War Medicine: Angels of the Battlefield
Dec 7, 2011 • 30 min
Women weren’t initially welcome in the Civil War armies, but thousands eventually ended up serving as nurses. We feature five here. Listen in to learn about nurses like Sally Louisa Tompkins, whose hospital became one of the most successful of the war.…
John Dillinger: Public Enemy Number One
Dec 5, 2011 • 23 min
John Dillinger robbery career began when he was paroled in 1933. Several escaped inmates joined Dillinger, and they were arrested in 1934. Dillinger escaped, but was gunned down in July. To this day, conspiracy theories abound about his death. Learn more…
Sisi: The Empress of Austria and Her Cult of Beauty
Nov 30, 2011 • 30 min
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sisi, is often considered the public’s “favorite” member of the Habsburgs. She only reluctantly carried out her duties, but her murder created an outcry across Europe — and the story doesn’t end there. Learn…
Mug Shot! Alphonse Bertillon and Criminal Identification
Nov 28, 2011 • 23 min
In the 19th century, Alphonse Bertillon standardized the mug shot and came up with a system of organizing police records; he also conceived a new way of identifying people. Tune in to learn more about the rise — and fall — of Bertillon’s system. Learn…
The Death of Stonewall Jackson
Nov 23, 2011 • 22 min
As a Confederate surgeon, Dr. MacGuire’s first assignment was under the command of Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, who became his most famous patient. Tune in to learn what McGuire’s writings reveal about Stonewall’s last days. Learn…
Polio: The Dread Disease
Nov 21, 2011 • 27 min
Polio was a terrifying threat in the early 20th century: It often left victims paralyzed or dead. Yet two vaccines caused an immediate drop in polio cases and today they’ve nearly eradicated the disease. But what exactly happened? Tune in to find out.…
How Vincent van Gogh Worked
Nov 16, 2011 • 30 min
Today, Vincent van Gogh has come to fit our idea of the tortured artist. Aside from his art, he’s best known for cutting off his ear and committing suicide. Yet new research debates both of these van Gogh moments. Listen in to learn more about van Gogh.…
Maximilian, Mexico’s Habsburg Prince
Nov 14, 2011 • 23 min
For a time, Mexico was ruled by a Habsburg prince: Ferdinand Maximilian. While Maximilian was unwelcome, he upheld liberal reforms and modernized the government. As his support dwindled, Mexico’s rightful president worked to take back the country. Learn…
The Gunpowder Plot, Part 2
Nov 9, 2011 • 22 min
In Part 2 of The Gunpowder Plot, we discuss how a group of English Catholics attempted to carry out their plan. Yet the Plot was discovered days before the event. Were the conspirators betrayed by someone within their own ranks? Tune in to learn more.…
Bloodwork, Part 2
Nov 7, 2011 • 34 min
In part two of this interview series, Dr. Holly Tucker discusses the research methods behind her new book, “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.” Listen in to learn more about the controversial history of transfusions.…
The Gunpowder Plot, Part 1
Nov 2, 2011 • 15 min
Under Queen Elizabeth I, English Catholics were subject to discriminatory laws. When King James I took the throne, Catholics unsuccessfully petitioned him for toleration. Tune in to learn how this led a group of Catholics to attempt regicide. Learn more…
Blood Work, Part I
Oct 31, 2011 • 35 min
In part one of a special author interview, Dr. Holly Tucker talks about her new book, “Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution.” Tune in to learn more about the startling history of blood transfusion. Learn more about your…
Civil War Medicine: Mary Edwards Walker
Oct 26, 2011 • 21 min
When the Civil War began, Mary Edwards Walker sought work as a surgeon. When the Union refused to give her an appointment, she worked as a volunteer. She became the first woman to win a Medal of Honor. Tune in to learn more about Mary Edwards Walker.…
Secret Science: Alchemy!
Oct 24, 2011 • 25 min
Many think of alchemy as a fool’s pursuit, but alchemy has a rich history closely tied to medicine and metallurgy. Additionally, techniques developed by alchemists strongly influenced chemistry. So how come we don’t call chemistry alchemy? Learn more…
Who was the real Dr. Frankenstein?
Oct 19, 2011 • 23 min
It’s no secret that Mary Shelley’s infamous novel has influenced generations of writers, but is completely based on fiction, or was Shelley inspired by real-life events? Tune in to learn more about the real Dr. Frankenstein. Learn more about your…
Why would you put a cadaver on trial?
Oct 17, 2011 • 20 min
In 897, Pope Stephen VI had his deceased predecessor Formosus exhumed and put on trial. The corpse was found guilty, but this desecration disgusted Romans and made them rebel. Tune in to learn more about the period known as the Papal Pornocracy. Learn…
The Sisters Fox: They Talked to Dead People
Oct 12, 2011 • 28 min
In 1848, the Fox family began hearing strange noises, and sisters Maggie and Kate started communicating with spirits. They built a career as mediums, and today they’re credited with launching the modern spiritualist movement. But was it all a hoax? Learn…
Admiral Yi Sun-sin and the Turtle Ships
Oct 10, 2011 • 26 min
When Japan invaded Korea in 1592, the Korean forces were unprepared for Japan’s troops. The Korean navy, however, was a different story. Commanding Admiral Yi Sun-sin repeatedly defeated the Japanese. But was it enough to end the war? Tune in to find out.…
John Dee: Her Majesty’s Secret Sorcerer
Oct 5, 2011 • 27 min
Born in 1527 to a Welsh family, John Dee grew to become one of Queen Elizabeth’s most memorable advisors. Join Sarah and Deblina as they delve into the life and times of this scholar, statesman and sorcerer. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who is D.B. Cooper?
Oct 3, 2011 • 19 min
In 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305. He received a ransom of $200,000 — and then jumped out in midair. Over the years, the FBI has searched for Cooper with little luck. Tune in to learn more. Learn more…
The Belle Gunness Episode: Who was the Mistress of Murder Hill?
Sep 28, 2011 • 21 min
In 1908, a fire leveled the Indiana home of Belle Gunness. Four bodies were found in the cellar, and it seemed possible that Gunnes might have escaped. When about a dozen more bodies were found, Gunness was revealed as a serial killer. Learn more about…
The Freedom Rides: Australia Takes Note
Sep 26, 2011 • 22 min
The final part of this series takes place in Australia, where students were inspired by the Freedom Rides and protested discrimination against Aboriginal Australians. Tune in to learn how the group tried to break down racial barriers and empower local…
Not Ned: Bushrangers in Later Years
Sep 21, 2011 • 17 min
After 1853, many bushrangers were native-born. Ben Hall seemed on track for a peaceful life until two wrongful arrests put him on different path. And then there’s “Mad” Dan Morgan. who was known for meaningless murders, cruelty and violence. Learn more…
The Freedom Rides: Nashville Steps Up
Sep 19, 2011 • 18 min
When Nashville college students picked up where CORE riders stopped, they were eventually incarcerated in Mississippi. Yet more riders kept coming. Tune in to learn more about this major victory for the Civil Rights movement in this follow-up episode.…
Not Ned: Early Australian Bushrangers
Sep 14, 2011 • 22 min
While Ned Kelly may be the most famous bushranger, he’s certainly not the only one. Join Deblina and Sarah as they explore the lives of early bush rangers in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Freedom Riders: CORE’s First Wave
Sep 12, 2011 • 18 min
In 1961, buses and terminals in the South were illegally segregated. The Civil Rights group CORE sent riders to test the law, riding from D.C., to New Orleans. However, no one was prepared for the violence that waited in Alabama. Tune in to learn more.…
The Radium Girls
Sep 7, 2011 • 30 min
Between in 1917, hundreds of women got jobs applying radium-treated paint to various products. Many experienced severe health problems. Five former workers decided to sue the U.S. Radium corporation, and faced a campaign of misinformation. Learn more…
5 War Dogs of History
Sep 5, 2011 • 27 min
Dogs have been used in war for a long time and are still used today. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina look at five war dogs known for their strength, loyalty and intelligence. Tune in to learn more about war dogs from World War I through Vietnam. Learn…
A Sampling of Historic Spirits, Part 2
Aug 31, 2011 • 18 min
The second episode of this two-part podcast covers historic alcohol that’s still (mostly) drinkable. Tune in to learn more about the world’s oldest Champagne, a bottle of beer from the Hindenburg, and whisky from the failed Endurance expedition. Learn…
Tamerlane and the Battle of Ankara
Aug 29, 2011 • 23 min
Timur the Lame (that’s Tamerlane to the Westerners) conquered areas from Persia to Russia throughout the late 1300s. His last great battle was in Ankara against Sultan Bayezid I. But how exactly did he gain the upper hand? Tune in to find out. Learn more…
A Sampling of Historic Spirits, Part 1
Aug 24, 2011 • 22 min
Ancient alcohol can tell us a lot about a society. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina cover millennia-old residues left behind in Chinese pottery, Egyptian jars and more. They also explore the science behind identifying the ingredients of these brews.…
The White Ship and Empress Matilda
Aug 22, 2011 • 24 min
In 1120, the heir to the throne, three of the king’s other children, and many of the kingdom’s youths drowned at sea. This left a woman named Matilda as heir. Yet her cousin Stephen seized the prize, triggering 19 years of battle called “The Anarchy.”…
5 Historical Hoaxes
Aug 17, 2011 • 32 min
Historical hoaxes are surprisingly common. For example, a N.Y. cigar maker once commissioned a gypsum skeleton to pass off as a 10-foot-tall petrified man called the Cardiff Giant. Join Deblina and Sarah as they explore history’s most successful hoaxes.…
Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds
Aug 15, 2011 • 30 min
In 1938, Orson Welles produced a series of radio dramas, including one based on “War of the Worlds.” The broadcast aired the night before Halloween and purportedly caused a mass panic. But why did listeners believe the show was real? (And how much of the…
Nikolai Vavilov: Who was the Indiana Jones of Botany?
Aug 10, 2011 • 22 min
Nikolai Vavilov traveled to 64 countries gathering seeds and plants and established the first seed bank. Stalin had the botanist sentenced to death, but his seed bank endured: Other scientists guarded the stores from rats, starving Russians and the Nazis.…
More with David McCullough
Aug 8, 2011 • 26 min
In the second portion of their interview with author David McCullough, Sarah and Deblina, focus specifically on their favorite parts of his new book “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” Tune in to learn more about McCullough’s research process.…
The Trial of Leo Frank
Aug 3, 2011 • 23 min
In 1913, 13-year-old Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan stopped in for her pay — and was never seen alive again. Authorities charged Jewish superintendent Leo M. Frank with murder. But did Frank kill Mary Phagan, or was he framed? Tune in to learn more.…
Marian Anderson - The Lady from Philadelphia
Aug 1, 2011 • 31 min
An acclaimed African-American contralto, Marian Anderson was barred from singing in Constitution Hall in 1939. She sang at the Lincoln Memorial instead. The concert was broadcast around the country — and also heard by a young Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn…
How the Bayeux Tapestry Works
Jul 27, 2011 • 22 min
The Bayeux Tapestry is considered the one of the most important images of the Medieval Age. It’s a stunning piece of art, and it covers a crucial event in Western history: The Norman Conquest of Britain. Tune in to learn more about the Bayeux Tapestry.…
A Tale of False Dmitry
Jul 25, 2011 • 21 min
The false Dmitriy was actually one of three imposters claiming to be the son of Ivan the Terrible. So what made his story seem more believable to the Russian populace? Join Sarah and Deblina as they examine the curious tale of the False Dmitriy. Learn…
The Rise and Fall of Carthage
Jul 20, 2011 • 24 min
Carthage was a trading hub of the ancient world, challenging the budding Roman Republic. In 264 B.C., Rome and Carthage began the Punic Wars, which continued for more than a century. Tune in to learn more about the rise — and fall — of Carthage. Learn…
The White Rajahs of Sarawak
Jul 18, 2011 • 19 min
In the 1830s, James Brooke sailed toward the Malay Archipelago and ended up becoming the Rajah of Sarawak. Brooke governed Sarawak until the 1860s and made several beneficial reforms. But what happened next? Join Sarah and Deblina to learn more. Learn…
Civil War Spies: Mary-Elizabeth Bowser
Jul 13, 2011 • 20 min
After her father died, Elizabeth Van Lew freed the family slaves, including a girl named Mary. When the Civil War began, sources say Mary became an agent in Van Lew’s “Richmond Ring.” Join Sarah and Deblina to learn more about Civil War spies. Learn more…
The Darien Disaster
Jul 11, 2011 • 22 min
In the late 1600s, a financier tried to start a Scottish colony in Panama. Despite English roadblocks, the Scots successfully raised funding. But the expedition faced disease, death and poor trade, taking down the settlers — and, ultimately, Scotland.…
Victoria and Albert
Jul 6, 2011 • 28 min
She’s one of Britain’s best-loved queens, but Victoria’s parentage made her an unlikely heir. When she became queen at 18, she rebelled from her upbringing. But an early marriage to her cousin Albert changed the way she lived and ruled. Learn more about…
Civil War Spies: Belle Boyd
Jul 4, 2011 • 21 min
Belle Boyd got her start as a spy in Martinsburg, Virginia, at the age of 17. In 1862, the “Cleopatra of the Secession” obtained - and risked her life to deliver — information that may have been pivotal to the outcome of the Battle of Front Royal. Learn…
The Rite of Spring Riot
Jun 29, 2011 • 24 min
Riots are a distressingly common part of human history, and the strangest events can trigger widespread violence. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah take a closer look at one of history’s strangest riots. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your…
Civil War Spies: Allan Pinkerton
Jun 27, 2011 • 21 min
Allan Pinkerton fell into detective work when he discovered a gang of counterfeiters in Illinois. In 1861, he helped thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, which may have led Lincoln to later tap Pinkerton to organize the first Union espionage.…
Alan Turing: Codebreaker
Jun 22, 2011 • 21 min
Alan Turing, conceived of computers decades before anyone was building one. He also acted as a top-secret code breaker during World War II. Despite his accomplishments, he was prosecuted as a homosexual by the British government. Tune in to learn more.…
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
Jun 20, 2011 • 20 min
Bushrangers, a type of bandit, troubled Australia until the late 1800s. Ned Kelly, the most famous bushranger, became an outlaw in 1878, and his gang successfully conducted several raids. Tune in to learn why many Australians think of him as a folk hero.…
Huguette Clark: The Copper Kings and the Recluse Heiress
Jun 15, 2011 • 21 min
Recently deceased heiress Huguette Clark was reclusive — she hadn’t been photographed since 1930. Her father was the wealthy William Andrews Clark, whose political battles started the War of the Copper Kings. Tune in to learn more about the Clark family.…
James Strang: The King of Beaver Island
Jun 13, 2011 • 18 min
In 1850, James Strang was crowned king of Michigan’s Beaver Island. He got the opportunity to lead after meeting Joseph Smith and converting to Mormonism. After Smith’s death, Strang tried to step in as his successor. Tune in to learn what happened next.…
Cahokia: North America’s First City?
Jun 8, 2011 • 17 min
Most people have heard of great South and Central American empires, but Mississippian civilizations are more obscure. At its peak, the Mississippian city known as Cahokia was bigger than London. So how did it get so big — and why was it abandoned? Learn…
Paul Morphy: Who was the pride and sorrow of chess?
Jun 6, 2011 • 19 min
Bobby Fischer called Paul Morphy “the greatest chess genius in history,” By age 20, he earned recognition as America’s best player after winning the nation’s first chess championship tournament in 1857. So why did his career end after only two years?…
Princess Caraboo: Imposter from Javasu
Jun 1, 2011 • 18 min
When a mysterious woman sporting a turban showed up in England, people took her for a foreign beggar. But she claimed to be a princess who had been kidnapped by pirates! Eventually, however, the truth proved stranger than fiction. Tune in to learn more.…
History’s Unforgettable Fires
May 30, 2011 • 28 min
After covering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, Deblina and Sarah return to the topic of disastrous fires in history. Listen in as they recount some of history’s most famous fires, comparing and contrasting the factors leading to these catastrophes.…
An Interview with David McCullough
May 25, 2011 • 24 min
In this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough discusses his book “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris,” which follows the experiences of American expats in the French capital. Tune in to learn more about McCullough’s work. Learn more…
Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim
May 23, 2011 • 19 min
Queen Victoria loved two men: Prince Albert, and after his death, her servant, John Brown. Late in life, the Queen had a third partner, a Muslim man named Abdul Karim. So why did Victoria’s children want the records of this relationship destroyed? Learn…
Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
May 18, 2011 • 19 min
In the early 1900s, New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist factory was one of the largest blouse factories in the city. It was also incredibly unsafe. Learn how a fire at this factory triggered a national change in attitudes surrounding workplace safety.…
Sink the Bismarck!
May 16, 2011 • 19 min
The German battleship Bismarck was the most feared warship in the world - a powerful complement to U-boats. But when she sank the pride of the British fleet, the battle cruiser Hood, in a matter of minutes, her fate was sealed. Tune in to learn more.…
A Pure Food Father and His Poison Squad
May 11, 2011 • 20 min
In the late 1800s, no one really monitored food additives. After Congress refused to regulate food safety, Harvey Wiley had groups of healthy men ingest poisons for six months. Tune in to learn how these “Poison Squads” shed new light on Wiley’s cause.…
The 300th Episode: The Real
May 9, 2011 • 20 min
It’s the three-hundredth episode of your favorite history podcast, and what better way to celebrate than to take a closer look at real story behind the blockbuster film 300? Listen in and learn more in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
More Shipwreck Stories: Battleships!
May 4, 2011 • 34 min
In this all-listener-suggested episode, Deblina and Sarah take a look at why four different warships from around the world went down, and why they were built In the first place. Tune in to learn if your suggestion made it on the airwaves. Learn more about…
Jimmy Winkfield: Derby Pioneer
May 2, 2011 • 19 min
Jimmy Winkfield won the Kentucky Derby twice, and he was also the last African-American jockey to win the race. Winkfield moved abroad in 1904 to continue his career, but it wasn’t until 2005 that Congress honored his work. Tune in to learn more. Learn…
5 Shipwreck Stories
Apr 27, 2011 • 32 min
From the sinking of Black Sam’s Wydah to the Medusa’s disastrous accident off the African coast, history is rife with tales of shipwrecks. Listen in as Sarah and Deblina as they discuss the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Mary Rose, the Medusa, the Vrouw Maria and…
The Tussaud Test of Popularity
Apr 25, 2011 • 30 min
Although Madame Tussaud’s museum is world-famous, the story of Marie Tussaud herself is less well-known. So who exactly was she, and how did she create one of the world’s most popular museums? Tune in and learn more in this episode. Learn more about your…
Westminster Abbey: Royal Wedding Edition
Apr 20, 2011 • 17 min
This year, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be getting married at Westminster Abbey. Listen in to learn more about royal weddings as Sarah and Deblina travel through the centuries to look at the Abbey’s connections to the crown and to the Windsors.…
The Disappearance of the Lindbergh Baby
Apr 18, 2011 • 23 min
On March 1, 1932, 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindberg Jr. disappeared. The kidnappers left several clues at the crime scene, authorities eventually made an arrest and a trial ensued — but some still wonder whether the right person was convicted. Learn…
Alexander Selkirk: Who was the real Robinson Crusoe?
Apr 13, 2011 • 28 min
In 1695, Alexander Selkirk ran away and joined a band of buccaneers. In 1704, after a fight with his captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an uninhabited island about 400 miles west of Valparaiso. Tune in to learn more about the real-life Robinson Crusoe.…
How the New York Draft Riots Worked
Apr 11, 2011 • 25 min
To recruit troops for the U.S. Civil War, the Federal Congress passed the Union Conscription Act in 1863, which drafted able-bodied men between the ages of 20 and 45. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well in New York. Tune in to learn more. Learn more…
The Amistad Mutiny
Apr 6, 2011 • 24 min
In 1839, Africans held captive by slavers revolted and ordered the Amistad’s crew to return to Africa. However, the ship was captured in Long Island and the slaves were put on trial — but that’s not the end of the story. Tune in to learn more. Learn more…
The Oneida Utopia
Apr 4, 2011 • 24 min
In 1848, a preacher named John Humphrey Noyse founded the Oneida community. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the rise and fall of the Oneida community — including its focus on shared labor, gender equality and free love. Learn more about your…
Five Real-life Amazons
Mar 30, 2011 • 43 min
Amazons are a well-known element of mythology, but are there any historical figures that could be considered real-life Amazons? Listen in as Deblina and Sarah traverse the globe to find five examples of historical Amazons. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Victoria Woodhull: Little Queen for President
Mar 28, 2011 • 30 min
In 1872, the Equal Rights Party nominated Victoria Woodhull for president, but her radical views and an personal scandal caused her to lose many supporters. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina recount the life of the first woman to run for U.S. president.…
Dr. Livingstone, I presume?
Mar 23, 2011 • 29 min
David Livingstone was a missionary working in Africa, and for six years he lost contact with the western world. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the adventures of Livingstone and Henry Stanley, the journalist who found Livingstone in Africa.…
Lakshmi Bai: Who is India’s Joan of Arc?
Mar 21, 2011 • 28 min
Lakshmi Bai was born into wealthy family in 1830, but she was far from the typical aristocrat. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the life and work of Lakshmi Bai, from her youth to her instrumental role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Learn more…
Lambert the Pretender, Irish-crowned King
Mar 16, 2011 • 28 min
Lambert Simnel was born into a humble position, but over the course of his life he became both a pretender to the throne and an imposter. Tune in to learn how this young man was used as a pawn in this story of classic royal intrigue. Learn more about your…
The Mystery of Saint-Ex: Antoine de Saint-Éxupery
Mar 14, 2011 • 25 min
Since its publication in 1934, The Little Prince has become one of the world’s most well-known children’s books — and the story of its author, Antoine de Saint-Éxupery, is almost as extraordinary. Tune in to learn more about the life — and disappearance —…
Don’t Cross the Dragon Lady, Cheng I Sao
Mar 9, 2011 • 28 min
When people think of pirates, they usually picture male, western scoundrels flouting the law throughout the Caribbean. However, piracy is not a solely western pursuit. Listen in as Deblina and Sarah recount the exploits of pirates in the South China Sea.…
The Riotous Life of Caravaggio
Mar 7, 2011 • 25 min
Michelangelo da Caravaggio may not be as well-known as Leonardo da Vinci, but this amazing painter has been receiving more and more attention in recent times. Why? Listen in as Deblina and Sarah explore the controversial life of Caravaggio. Learn more…
The Best Mardi Gras Ever
Mar 2, 2011 • 24 min
Mardi Gras has been a legal holiday in New Orleans since 1875, and the annual Fat Tuesday celebration has become a legendary part of the city’s culture. But which Mardi Gras celebration was the best? Listen in as Deblina and Sarah explore Mardi Gras.…
Sarah Breedlove Walker & Sarah Rector: Who was America’s first black millionairess?
Feb 28, 2011 • 23 min
Often, when people discuss America’s first black female millionaire, they’re talking about a women named Sarah Breedlove Walker, also known as Madame C.J. Walker. But someone else, another Sarah in fact, may have beaten her. A black girl named Sarah…
How the Stono Rebellion Worked
Feb 23, 2011 • 26 min
In September of 1739, a slave rebellion shook the foundations of the colony in South Carolina. But how did it happen? Tune in to learn more about the factors leading to the Stono rebellion, as well as its long-term effects. Learn more about your…
Phillip V, Reluctant King
Feb 21, 2011 • 35 min
Some historians think Phillip V of Spain was mad, but why? Listen in as Sarah and Deblina recount the strange rule of Phillip V, who abdicated the throne for several months in 1724. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Crafts’ Escape to Freedom
Feb 16, 2011 • 29 min
When Ellen and her husband William made their escape from a life of slavery in Georgia, they traversed over 1,000 miles to reach freedom. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the astonishing journey of the Craft family. Tune in and learn more. Learn…
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Feb 14, 2011 • 29 min
During Prohibition, the US was awash in booze-fueled crime. Gangsters feuded savagely to control their turf, especially in Chicago. On Feb. 14th, 1929, these rivalries culminated in one of America’s most notorious unsolved crimes. Tune in to learn more.…
Who was the last French Bourbon?
Feb 9, 2011 • 30 min
The story of the House of Bourbon is pretty complicated. Luckily, Deblina and Sarah are here to examine the web of people and events leading to the fall of the House. Tune in and learn more about Henri, comte de Chambord, the last French Bourbon. Learn…
How Tulip Mania Worked
Feb 7, 2011 • 36 min
A funny thing happened to the Dutch during the 17th century: They went nuts for tulips, paying exorbitant amounts for a single bulb. But what exactly triggered this commodity bubble? And what do revisionist historians have to say? Tune in and find out.…
The Last Emperor of Ethiopia
Feb 2, 2011 • 33 min
Haile Selassie wasn’t just the last emperor of Ethiopia — he is also hailed as a messiah. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah explore the astonishing life of Haile Selassie. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
5 Unlikely Inventors
Jan 31, 2011 • 35 min
From Marlon Brando to Harry Houdini, it’s common knowledge that performers are uniquely gifted — but several have also gained reputations as gifted inventors. Tune in to learn more about five of history’s most unlikely inventors. Learn more about your…
Madame de Pompadour and Louis XV
Jan 26, 2011 • 35 min
Madame de Pompadour was born in Paris in 1721, and eventually became the mistress of King Louis XV. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah describe Madame de Pompadour’s rise to power. Tune in to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Hone Heke’s Rebellion
Jan 24, 2011 • 20 min
Also known as the Northern War, Hone Heke’s Rebellion took place between in New Zealand over the course of 1845 and 1846. In this podcast, Sarah and Deblina recount the events leading up to the war — as well as the consequences of Heke’s actions. Learn…
The Affair of the Poisons
Jan 19, 2011 • 25 min
From hemlock to cyanide, poison has unfortunately played an integral part in many of history’s great sagas, But in 17th-century France, the scandal over poisoning reached an unprecedented level. Tune in and learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
El Dorado and the River of Despair
Jan 17, 2011 • 18 min
Driven by visions of unimaginable riches, Spanish explorers subjugated the cultures of South America and exploit the resources for their masters in Europe. Chief among these visions was the hallowed El Dorado, or the City of Gold. Tune in to learn more.…
Hedy Lamarr: How did a Hollywood starlet invent cellular technology?
Jan 12, 2011 • 20 min
Hedy Lamarr was an extraordinarily beautiful film star, but she wasn’t just another pretty face. In this podcast, Sarah and Deblina recount Hedy’s biography and her little-known career as an inventor. Tune in to learn more about Hedy Lamarr. Learn more…
The Last Years of the Red Eminence
Jan 10, 2011 • 20 min
Cardinal Richelieu wielded tremendous political power, but he also made more than a few enemies. Would they seek revenge in his later years? In this episode, Deblina and Sarah recount the last years of Cardinal Richelieu Learn more about your ad-choices…
Why did a riot start over Shakespeare?
Jan 5, 2011 • 27 min
As one of the most influential writers in the English language, Shakespeare is typically associated with cultural sophistication rather than violent bouts of near-anarchy. But this wasn’t the case during the Astor Place Riot. Tune in to learn more. Learn…
The Rise and Fall of the Green Gallant
Jan 3, 2011 • 24 min
A man of many appellations — Henry the Great, the Green Gallant — King Henry IV was a very popular French royal . In this episode, Sarah and Deblina explore the controversial life and reign of Henry of Bourbon, including the surprising fate of his head.…
Unearthed in 2010: 5 Historical Finds
Dec 29, 2010 • 26 min
Over the past 12 months, experts have been hard at work hunting down hard evidence of times, places and people lost in the course of history. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina recount 5 of the most important historical finds of 2010. Learn more about…
Mansa Musa and the City of Gold
Dec 27, 2010 • 25 min
Talk about making an impression: When emperor Mansa Musa went on a pilgramage from Timbuktu to Mecca, he gave away so much gold that he crashed the gold market in Cairo. Tune in and learn more about Musa and Timbuktu in this podcast. Learn more about your…
Did Oliver Cromwell cancel Christmas?
Dec 22, 2010 • 19 min
Oliver Cromwell was a Puritan, military leader and powerful politician in the 17th-century Parliament, but nowadays he’s also known as an inveterate grinch. How did he get this reputation — and, more importantly, did he deserve it? Tune in to learn more.…
Did Empress Wu’s reign change China?
Dec 20, 2010 • 22 min
During the Tong Dynasty, Chinese women were often treated as second-class citizens. This made the rise of Empress Wu even more extraordinary. But did her work have a lasting effect? Learn more about how — or if — Empress Wu permanently changed China.…
What have we learned from gladiator graveyards?
Dec 15, 2010 • 18 min
Although most people are familiar with gladiators, movies have skewed popular understanding of these fighters. So how can we separate the fact from the fiction? Tune in to learn how gladiator graveyards have changed the way we regard gladiators today.…
5 Amazing Astronomical Discoveries
Dec 13, 2010 • 18 min
The study of the heavens is one of humanity’s oldest pursuits, and it’s still a work in progress. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah explore the details of five amazing astronomical discoveries, beginning with the work of Copernicus. Learn more about your…
Why is there a “graveyard of ships” near Naples?
Dec 8, 2010 • 22 min
In 2008, the Aurora Trust began a survey around an island named Ventotone, off the coast of Naples. They found an astonishing group of Roman shipwrecks, and they also found a mystery. How did all these ships sink so close together? Tune in to find out.…
Tycho Brahe: An Astronomer’s Untimely Demise
Dec 6, 2010 • 24 min
Tycho Brahe is hailed as an influential astronomer, but why? Tune in and learn how this groundbreaking astronomer lost his nose, built the world’s first observatory and met with an untimely demise in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Mysterious Death of Christopher Marlowe
Dec 1, 2010 • 24 min
Christopher Marlowe was one of the most talented writers of the Elizabethan era, but his career was cut short when he was stabbed to death at the age of 29. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah take a closer look at the mystery surrounding Marlowe’s death.…
Why did Augustus exile his own daughter?
Nov 29, 2010 • 24 min
Exile is never a pleasant experience, and meting it out on a family member is positively brutal. So what could drive Augustus to exile his own daughter? Tune in and find out — the answer might surprise you. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who was the real Sherlock Holmes?
Nov 24, 2010 • 25 min
Arthur Conan Doyle wasn’t the first person to write a mystery novel, but his focus on scientific methods and brilliant protagonist made the stories of Sherlock Holmes world-famous. Yet is Sherlock Holmes based on a real person? Tune in to find out. Learn…
Tagore, Erstwhile Knight
Nov 22, 2010 • 29 min
In addition to being the first Asian Nobel laureate, the multitalented Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore was known for his political influence. In this episode, Sarah and Deblina trace the life of Tagore through his childhood to knighthood and beyond.…
George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate
Nov 17, 2010 • 39 min
With four acres of floor space and over thirty bedrooms, the opulent Biltmore Estate occupies a unique place in the history of the United States. In this episode, Candace and Sarah trace the history of the Vanderbilt family and their magnificent estate.…
Historical Name-dropping in Lost
Nov 15, 2010 • 37 min
The hit show “Lost” is replete with historical name-dropping, but who are all these people mentioned in the show? In this episode, our resident history buffs crack the case and track down some of the historical names used in “Lost.” Learn more about your…
5 Show-stopping Historical Weddings
Nov 10, 2010 • 43 min
History is full of astonishing events, and the history of marriage is no exception. Listen in as Sarah and our special guest, Candace, explore five of the most show-stopping, opulent weddings in history, including Charles and Diana, Grace Kelly and Prince…
A Jewish Pirate’s Life for Me!
Nov 8, 2010 • 15 min
During the golden age of Caribbean piracy, people from all walks of life set sail in search of gold. Yet you may be surprised to hear that some of the pirates were Sephardic Jews. Tune in and learn more about the lives of Jewish pirates. Learn more about…
The Cinderella of the Harem
Nov 3, 2010 • 21 min
Roxelana has one of the strangest rags-to-riches stories in history. As a slave who entered Suleyman’s harem and rose through the ranks to become the wife of the Sultan, Roxelana became a symbol of the Ottoman empire. Tune in to learn more about Roxelana.…
La Reconquista and the Alhambra
Nov 1, 2010 • 22 min
In the early 8th century, Moors occupied most of the Iberian peninsula. During the Reconquista, Christians rallied to conquer the land. Listen in and learn more about this epic conflict, which spans some of the most formative times in Spanish history.…
He Was Killed by Mesmerism
Oct 27, 2010 • 24 min
Today, Franz Mesmer is hailed as the father of hypnosis. His original pursuit was called mesmerism, but what exactly was it? How did it (supposedly) work? Listen in as Sarah and Katie explore the strange theories of Franz Mesmer. Learn more about your…
10 Historical Animals You Should Know: 6 - 10
Oct 25, 2010 • 18 min
Did Tycho Brahe really own a moose with a drinking problem? Did a U.S. President keep a pet alligator? Tune in as Katie and Sarah take a look at some of history’s strangest pets (and their equally bizarre owners). Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Battle of Marathon
Oct 20, 2010 • 23 min
Nowadays marathons are a popular pastime for health buffs across the world, but how did they get started? The origins of the marathon date back to the fifth century B.C., when Greeks depended on messengers to carry news. Tune in to learn more. Learn more…
Spring-heeled Jack, Mystery Assailant!
Oct 18, 2010 • 23 min
Most people are familiar with Jack the Ripper, but Victorian England was also plagued by an odd character named Spring-Heeled Jack. Were reports of this bounding scoundrel a symptom of mass hysteria, or something factual? Tune in to learn more. Learn more…
10 Historical Animals You Should Know: 1 - 5
Oct 13, 2010 • 22 min
History is full of astonishing stories, and not all of them revolve around humans. In the first part of this two-part series, Katie and Sarah cover five of history’s most memorable animals. Listen in to learn more about historical animals. Learn more…
Is there a real Macbeth curse?
Oct 11, 2010 • 20 min
Some actors believe it’s bad luck to say ‘Macbeth’ in the theater unless the play is being performed — but why? In this episode, Katie and Sarah explore the origins of the Macbeth curse and the life of the historical Macbeth. (And, an important note: The…
The History of Chocolate
Oct 6, 2010 • 19 min
Nowadays chocolate is popular across the world, but it got its start thousands of years ago in Mesoamerica, where it was much more than a mere sweet or ingredient in desserts. Learn more about the history of chocolate in this podcast. Learn more about…
Lizzie Borden and Her Axe
Oct 4, 2010 • 26 min
In 1892, Abby Borden was brutally murdered in her home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter her husband Andrew Borden was also murdered, and his daughter Lizzie Borden was the primary suspect. But why was she acquitted? Tune in and learn more.…
5 Sinners in Dante’s Inferno
Sep 29, 2010 • 24 min
When Dante wrote The Divine Comedy, he consigned several of his real-life enemies to hell. In this podcast, Katie and Sarah examine Dante’s habit of putting his enemies in his fiction, focusing on five people the average Florentine would have known. Learn…
The Whaleship Essex: Real-life Moby Dick Sinks a Ship
Sep 27, 2010 • 21 min
Although Herman Melville’s opus is a work of fiction, it was inspired by real-life events. In this episode, Katie and Sarah explore the story of the real-life Moby Dick — and the unfortunate vessel that encountered it in the Pacific. Learn more about your…
The Race to the South Pole
Sep 22, 2010 • 22 min
When Scott and Amundsen launched rival expeditions to the South Pole, they knew that only one group could be the first to reach the pole. Each believed his strategy would prevail, but which explorer won? Tune in and learn more in this podcast. Learn more…
The Curse of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
Sep 20, 2010 • 20 min
The Koh-i-noor diamond has a long, storied history — and a reputation for bringing trouble to its (male) owners. In this episode, Katie and Sarah trace the adventures of the infamous diamond, from its Indian origins to its final resting place in Britain.…
Who was King Tut… really?
Sep 15, 2010 • 16 min
When Egyptologists studied King Tutankhamen’s DNA, they learned some surprising things: In addition to being disabled, the king was inbred. And this is just the beginning. Learn more about the real King Tut — and where he came from — in this podcast.…
The Death of Mozart
Sep 13, 2010 • 15 min
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in December of 1791, bringing his profound career to an untimely end. But how exactly did he die? Join Katie and Sarah as they examine the life of Mozart — and the questions surrounding his death — in this podcast. Learn more…
Sir Roger Mortimer: Who was the “Greatest Traitor?”
Sep 8, 2010 • 17 min
Sir Roger Mortimer is known as the “greatest traitor,” but why? Sarah and Katie explore the life and times of Sir Mortimer in this episode, from his early conflicts, his successful rebellion against Edward II, and his ignominious end. Learn more about…
Was there a female pope?
Sep 6, 2010 • 16 min
During the Middle Ages, thousands of faithful Catholics believed in the story of a female pope named Joan. But is there any evidence for this story — not to mention the other stories that grew from the original tale? Listen in and learn more. Learn more…
Napoleon in Egypt: The Savants
Sep 1, 2010 • 30 min
When Napoleon planned a secret mission to Egypt, he authorized three men to create a Commission of Sciences and Arts. However, the commission’s 151 members soon learned the mission wasn’t what they’d expected. Tune in and learn more in this podcast. Learn…
The Trung Sisters vs China
Aug 30, 2010 • 13 min
The Trung sisters were daughters of a Vietnamese lord in the first century, when Vietnam was occupied by the Han Dynasty. Listen in and learn how these remarkable leaders fought to free their kingdom and why they remain highly revered in Vietnam today.…
Why is Richard I called the Lionheart?
Aug 25, 2010 • 20 min
Today, Richard I — better known as Richard the Lionheart — is an iconic, legendary figure in European history. But how did he become “the Lionheart” in the first place? Tune in and learn more about Richard I in this podcast. Learn more about your…
The Lovers of Catherine the Great
Aug 23, 2010 • 22 min
It gets lonely at the top, and even larger-than-life monarchs like Catherine the Great needed a bit of romance now and then. Tune in and learn more about Catherine’s lovers — and if she ever found the true love she was looking for — in this podcast. Learn…
The Battles of the Pyramids and Nile
Aug 18, 2010 • 26 min
In 1798 Napoleon decided to launch an expedition to Egypt instead of leading a direct attack on England — but why? In this episode, Katie and Sarah explore the Battle of the Pyramids (Napoleon himself came up with the title). Tune in and learn more. Learn…
Five Stars of the Wild West
Aug 16, 2010 • 26 min
It didn’t take long for America to romanticize cowboys. Even after most cowboys gave up their spurs, Wild West shows captivated audiences across the country. Tune in and learn more about the stars of Wild West shows, from Buffalo Bill to Annie Oakley.…
Catherine the Great in Power
Aug 11, 2010 • 23 min
Katie and Sarah highlight some of the details of Catherine the Great’s reign, from wars and rebellions to her Enlightenment ideals and desire to further Westernize Russia, in their continuing series on the influential female ruler. Learn more about your…
Catherine the Great’s Rise to Power
Aug 9, 2010 • 22 min
Catherine the Great remains one of the most influential female figures in European history, but how did she get her start? In the first segment of this two-part series, Sarah and Katie explore Catherine the Great’s rise to power. Learn more about your…
Medici Murders and a Basket Baby
Aug 4, 2010 • 17 min
Centuries after the fall of their line, the Medici remain one of history’s most powerful — and notorious — families. In this episode, Sarah and Katie trace the unfortunate and mysterious deaths of Medici family members. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
A Crusade Gone Wrong
Aug 2, 2010 • 17 min
Of all the Crusades, the Fourth Crusade was the least successful: It created a permanent divide between Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. But what exactly went wrong? Tune in and learn more in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Did any Germans resist Hitler?
Jul 28, 2010 • 18 min
During World War II, the Nazi totalitarian party did not tolerate dissent. Despite the risks involved, some Germans did attempt to resist Hitler’s government. In this episode, Katie and Sarah explore the story of the White Rose, a secret resistance group.…
Ivan VI: Who was the infant ruler of Russia?
Jul 26, 2010 • 14 min
Ivan VI was still an infant when he was proclaimed the Emperor of Russia. In this episode, Katie and Sarah explain how this strange ascension occurred — and how Anna Leopoldovna became the power behind the throne. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Why did Henry Ford build a city in the Amazon?
Jul 21, 2010 • 23 min
Anxious to control his own rubber company, Henry Ford built a utopian community in the midst of the Amazon. In this episode, Katie and Sarah explore the construction of Fordlandia, the life of its inhabitants and what eventually went wrong. Learn more…
Burke and Hare, Who Didn’t Steal Corpses
Jul 19, 2010 • 18 min
From 1827 to 1828, Burke and Hare were accused of killing fifteen people and selling their bodies to medical students. But were they really resurrectionists? Tune in to learn the truth about Burke and Hare in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Mad King Ludwig Dines Alone
Jul 14, 2010 • 26 min
From his opulent, solitary dinners to the amazing Neuschwanstein Castle, it’s no surprise that King Ludwig II was known as an eccentric. In fact, people thought he was mad. But why? Tune in and learn more about Mad King Ludwig in this podcast. Learn more…
Lili’uokalani: Who was the Last Queen of Hawaii?
Jul 12, 2010 • 18 min
Born in 1838, Lili’uokalani became the queen of Hawaii in 1891. Unfortunately, she was destined to be Hawaii’s last monarch. Listen in and learn how Hawaii became a state in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Kamehameha The Great
Jul 7, 2010 • 19 min
Born shortly after the appearance of Halley’s comet over Hawai’i in 1758, Kamehameha was hailed as the king who would unite the Hawai’ian islands. But how did he turn this prophecy into reality, and what happened to him in the end? Tune in and learn more.…
What really happened on Bloody Sunday?
Jul 5, 2010 • 16 min
In 1972 the tension between the United Kingdom and the Irish Republican Army rose to a fever pitch as the British Army and Irish protestors clashed. Learn more about the contentious partition of Ireland — and Bloody Sunday — in this podcast. Learn more…
Mata Hari, Sinister Salome?
Jun 30, 2010 • 17 min
Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and a courtesan, but today she’s known more for her work as a spy. In this podcast, Katie and Sarah take a look at the extraordinary life of Mata Hari — and whether the French intelligence community used her as a scapegoat.…
A Conspiracy Starring Aaron Burr
Jun 28, 2010 • 15 min
After Aaron Burr slew Alexander Hamilton in the duel of 1804, his legislative career was over. In March of 1805, Burr left the political sphere and moved west — but his story doesn’t end there. Tune in more about Burr’s later adventures in this podcast.…
How Oscar Wilde Worked
Jun 23, 2010 • 27 min
The larger-than-life poet and novelist Oscar Wilde remains one of Ireland’s most well-known authors, but his life wasn’t all accolades and praise. Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the struggles and triumphs of Oscar Wilde in this podcast. Learn more…
A Holocaust Story: Hannah Szenes
Jun 21, 2010 • 17 min
Amid the anti-Semitic and hostile environment of Hungary, the poet Hannah Szenes joined with resistance forces, risking her life to save Jewish communities. Tune in and learn why Hannah Szenes is known as the “Joan of Arc of Israel” in this podcast. Learn…
Mutiny on the Bounty
Jun 16, 2010 • 25 min
The mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty has been popularized in film, but how accurate is this depiction? In this podcast, Sarah and Katie take a closer look at this legendary mutiny — and figure out whether William Bligh deserves his terrible reputation. Learn…
How Tecumseh Worked
Jun 14, 2010 • 22 min
Born in 1768, Tecumseh was a leader of the Shawnee tribe who united several Native American tribes in opposition against the expansionist U.S. forces. But who was this legendary leader? Tune in and learn more about the real Tecumseh in this podcast. Learn…
The Bombardment of Baltimore
Jun 9, 2010 • 22 min
Years after the American Revolution, Britain and the United States were still locked in conflict. Listen in as Katie and Sarah explore the British bombardment of Baltimore in 1814 — and how it inspired a lawyer named Francis Scott Key — in this podcast.…
Lillie Langtry, The Jersey Lily
Jun 7, 2010 • 16 min
In her time, Lillie Langtry was known as the most beautiful woman in the world. But how did she get her start? Listen in and learn how The Jersey Lily became an international celebrity in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Pony Express Worked
Jun 2, 2010 • 15 min
The Pony Express used a system of riders and horses to safely deliver mail between Missouri and Sacramento — a distance of over 1900 miles. But how did it work? Join Katie and Sarah as they trace the rise and fall of the Pony Express in this podcast.…
The Emperor Norton Episode: Who was the Emperor of the United States?
May 31, 2010 • 19 min
When Joshua Norton returned to San Francisco following a disastrous business deal, he was a little bit loopy. Norton went to the newspapers and declared himself emperor of the United States. Here’s the crazy part: it worked. Tune in and learn more. Learn…
Caligula Disentangled
May 26, 2010 • 20 min
According to most popular accounts, Caligula was an insane, cruel and bizarre emperor. But how reliable are those stories? Join Katie and Sarah as they take a look at Caligula’s life — and try to separate the facts from the rumors — in this podcast. Learn…
Nefertiti and the Heretic Pharaoh
May 24, 2010 • 16 min
Today historians know very little about Nefertiti, but during her time as Egypt’s queen she was revered as a goddess. In this episode, Sarah and Katie explore the reign of Nefertiti, and why her controversial husband Akhenaton was considered a heretic.…
The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown
May 19, 2010 • 22 min
When a relief mission left Plymouth in 1609 to assist the troubled colony of Jamestown, an intense storm separated one vessel from the rest of the fleet. Learn how this shipwreck may have saved Jamestown — and inspired Shakespeare — in this podcast. Learn…
Simon Bolivar, the Liberator
May 17, 2010 • 17 min
Born in 1783, Simon Bolivar grew to become known as the George Washington of South America. But how did this happen? Listen in and learn how Simon Bolivar left a life of luxury to pursue liberation from Spain in this podcast. Learn more about your…
A Grim Tale: The Brothers Grimm
May 12, 2010 • 11 min
Fairy tales weren’t always safe fodder for the latest Disney film. In fact, some were downright macabre. Learn more about the original versions of fairy tales — and the eccentric brothers responsible for popularizing them — in this podcast. Learn more…
The 47 Ronin and the Samurai’s Code
May 10, 2010 • 18 min
Historically, the samurai were Japanese warriors famous for their loyalty to their feudal lords and adherence to a strict code of honor. Tune in to learn more about the samurai and the legendary tale of the 47 Ronin. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What is the highest-value art heist in history?
May 5, 2010 • 19 min
From cat burglars to immoral, obsessed collectors, we’ve all heard stories of notorious art thieves. But in terms of loot, which of history’s outrageous art heists was the most successful? Listen in and learn more in this podcast. Learn more about your…
How Charlie Chaplin Worked
May 3, 2010 • 18 min
Charlie Chaplin is perhaps best known for his portrayal of ‘The Tramp,’ a character with raggedy clothes and a heart of gold. But who was the real Charlie Chaplin? Learn more about one of the most influential actors of silent film in this podcast. Learn…
Catherine de’ Medici and the Scarlet Nuptials
Apr 28, 2010 • 26 min
In this episode of the continuing Medici super series, Katie and Sarah follow up on the further adventures of Catherine de’Medici. Listen in and learn how the St. Bartholomew Day’s massacre contributed to Catherine’s notorious reputation in this podcast.…
Is there a money pit on Oak Island?
Apr 26, 2010 • 15 min
In 1795, a farm boy named Daniel McGinnis found a strange depression in the ground on an island in Nova Scotia’s Mahone Bay. As he and his friends began to dig, they realized they’d stumbled on much more than an ordinary hole. Tune in and learn more.…
Catherine de’ Medici, Italian Orphan
Apr 21, 2010 • 24 min
Catherine de’ Medici remains the most famous female member of the Medici clan. Orphaned at a young age, Catherine survived struggles with childhood illness and eventually became the Queen consort of France. Tune in and learn what happened next. Learn more…
The Second Act: Notable Vaudevillians
Apr 19, 2010 • 25 min
In a follow-up to the earlier episode on the history of vaudeville, Katie and Sarah take a closer look at some of the most memorable vaudevillians. Listen in and learn more about everyone from the Marx brothers to Winsor McCay in this episode. Learn more…
Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?
Apr 14, 2010 • 19 min
When the philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg sought mechanical explanations for nature, he found himself struggling with his faith as he searched for evidence of the human soul. But what happened next? Tune in and learn more in this podcast. Learn more about…
How Michelangelo Worked
Apr 12, 2010 • 27 min
As a painter and a sculptor, Michelangelo became famous within his own lifetime. But who exactly was this artist, and what compelled him to create his masterpieces? Listen in as Katie and Sarah explore the life of Michelangelo in this podcast. Learn more…
A Brief History of Vaudeville
Apr 7, 2010 • 15 min
Vaudeville flourished from the late 19th century into the Depression era. It was one of America’s most famous forms of entertainment at the time. Tune in as Katie and Sarah take a look at this family-friendly variety show from America’s bygone days. Learn…
Savonarola, the Unarmed Prophet
Apr 5, 2010 • 22 min
Girolamo Savonarola wasn’t the typical Dominican friar. He began protesting moral corruption in the clergy at a young age. Eventually he came to Florence, the dominion of the powerful and decadent Medici clan. Tune in and learn what happened next. Learn…
Death at the Duomo: The Pazzi Conspiracy
Mar 31, 2010 • 22 min
When the Pazzi family became entangled in a plot to assassinate Lorenzo and Giuliano de’Medici, the conspiracy grew until it reached the steps of the Vatican itself. Learn more about this coup attempt — and its ultimate result — in this episode. Learn…
Bar Kokhba vs. The Romans
Mar 29, 2010 • 14 min
Born Simon ben Kosiba, Simon bar Kokhba led the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman empire. The revolt succeeded momentarily, and the Romans were expelled from Judea — but the conflict was far from over. Tune in and learn what happened next. Learn more…
Nellie Bly & Stunt Journalism
Mar 24, 2010 • 23 min
Born in 1864, Nellie Bly wasn’t your average journalist — in fact, she feigned insanity to gain entry into a mental institution. Join Sarah and Katie as they take a closer look at the life of Nellie Bly, America’s original stunt journalist. Learn more…
How the Book of Kells Works
Mar 22, 2010 • 24 min
Created around 800 AD, the Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript held at Trinity College in Ireland. Listen in to learn more about the Book of Kells — and how it survived for so long — in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Brian Boru, High King of Ireland
Mar 17, 2010 • 14 min
As High King of Ireland, Brian Boru fought against — and ultimately ended — the rule of Niall Noigiallach’s descendents. Tune in as Katie and Sarah take a closer look at the life of Brian Boru in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who stole the Amber Room?
Mar 15, 2010 • 19 min
Often hailed as “the eighth wonder of the world,” the Amber Room is an opulent room adorned with gold and precious amber. History buffs would love to see the room for themselves, but there’s one problem: it’s missing. Learn more in this episode. Learn…
What happened to the Romanovs?
Mar 10, 2010 • 19 min
The House of Romanov ruled Russia from 1613 until 1917, when Nicholas II abdicated the throne. But what actually happened to the royal family? Tune in as Katie and Sarah get to the bottom of the mysterious demise of the Romanovs in this episode. Learn…
Josephine Baker, The Toast of Paris
Mar 8, 2010 • 13 min
With a career spanning five decades, Josephine Baker was a star of stage and screen. However, she was also a spy for the French resistance during World War II. Tune in and learn more about Josephine Baker in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Who were Garibaldi’s 1000?
Mar 3, 2010 • 19 min
Giuseppe Garibaldi led the ultimate underdogs in an expedition to overthrow the Bourbon family ruling Sicily in 1860. Tune in and learn how this ragged band of roughly 1,000 people forced the royal army of 20,000 men to surrender in this podcast. Learn…
Stokely Carmichael and Black Power
Mar 1, 2010 • 16 min
Born in 1941 in Trinidad, Stokely Carmichael moved to the US at the age of 11. Once he arrived he set upon a path that permanently changed American society. Listen in and learn how he became the leader of the Black Power movement in this episode. Learn…
Mary Seacole and the Crimean War
Feb 24, 2010 • 18 min
When Mary Seacole was born, racism was rife and no formal nursing institutions existed. Tune in to learn how Mary Seacole overcame these obstacles and became one of the world’s most recognizable nurses in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Zenobia, Warrior Queen
Feb 22, 2010 • 14 min
Some authors have described Zenobia, a queen of Palmyra, as a second Cleopatra. Listen in as Sarah and Katie explore the history of Palmyra and Zenobia in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Was Satchel Paige the greatest pitcher in history?
Feb 17, 2010 • 24 min
Born in Alabama in 1906, Satchel Paige rose through the ranks to become one of the most popular baseball players in the Negro Leagues. Tune in as Sarah and Katie explore the career of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers. Learn more about your ad-choices…
What was the Champagne Safari?
Feb 15, 2010 • 16 min
On July 6th, 1934, Charles Bedaux set off on an expedition from Edmonton to British Columbia. This was no ordinary trek — the travelers moved in style, bringing along every imaginable luxury. Tune in and learn what happened next in this episode. Learn…
Is the Taj Mahal a symbol of love?
Feb 10, 2010 • 13 min
The Taj Mahal was built by the Mogul ruler Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In this episode, Sarah and Katie delve into the stories of one of the world’s most opulent mausoleums. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Gilles de Rais: Who was the real Bluebeard?
Feb 8, 2010 • 15 min
“Bluebeard” is one of Charles Perrault’s most disturbing and grisly stories — but could it be true? Join Sarah and Katie as they explore the depraved life and crimes of Gilles de Rais, the real-life basis for Perrault’s Bluebeard. Learn more about your…
Who was “Black Moses”?
Feb 3, 2010 • 21 min
Tune in to this episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class to learn more about the life and philosophy of Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist leader known as “Black Moses.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
History’s Greatest Battle Horses
Feb 1, 2010 • 21 min
Although prehistoric societies hunted horses for food, they quickly realized the animals were more useful as a means of transportation. Tune in as Katie and Sarah explore one of the most specialized types of horses — battle steeds — throughout history.…
Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution
Jan 27, 2010 • 19 min
When the Haitian revolution broke out, Toussaint L’Ouverture did not originally take part in the violence — at least, that is, until the British became involved. Learn more about Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian revolution in this podcast. Learn more…
Into the Ghastly Blank with Burke and Wills
Jan 25, 2010 • 23 min
When John O’Hara Burke and William John Wills attempted to traverse Australia, the inland area of the continent was terra incognita known as the “ghastly blank.” Learn what the expedition discovered in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
King Porus vs Alexander the Great
Jan 20, 2010 • 23 min
As Alexander the Great pushed across the globe on his quest for world domination, he met with an unexpected obstacle: King Porus of the Punjab region. Listen in as Katie and Sarah explore the historical Battle of the Hydaspes in this episode. Learn more…
Who would have been the Nazi king?
Jan 18, 2010 • 16 min
Although Edward VIII is often remembered as a British King who abdicated the throne for love, FBI files suggest that there may have been a more sinister motive. Tune in and learn more about Edward VIII’s possible Nazi connections in this podcast. Learn…
Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis
Jan 13, 2010 • 20 min
In 1936, Britain’s King Edward VIII renounced his throne in order to marry an American socialite named Wallis Simpson. Join Katie and Sarah as the explore the astonishing story behind Britain’s only royal resignation. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Kidnapping of Patty Hearst
Jan 11, 2010 • 17 min
In 1974, publishing heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Originally a hostage, Hearst eventually became a member of the SLA, participating in at least two robberies. Tune in to learn more about Patty Hearst. Learn more…
How the Hearst Castle Works
Jan 6, 2010 • 18 min
When newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst grew weary of camping, he asked Julia Morgan to build a ‘small bungalow’ in San Simeon, California. More than 20 years later, the gigantic Hearst Castle remains one of the most opulent homes in North America.…
The Death of Lord Darnley
Jan 4, 2010 • 24 min
In February of 1567, Lord Darnley lay sleeping in a house called Kirk o’Field when it exploded. He was certainly dead, but when his body was discovered it seemed that he died of strangulation … and here the mystery began. Learn more in this episode. Learn…
The Real Citizen Kane
Dec 30, 2009 • 22 min
Critics around the world agree that Citizen Kane is one of history’s best films — but who was the basis of this story? Listen in as Sarah and Katie take a look back on the life of William Randolph Hearst in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices…
The Virgin Queen’s Great Love
Dec 28, 2009 • 23 min
Elizabeth I never married. Instead, she encouraged (and avoided) many suitors without making a commitment. Additionally, many people believed Elizabeth was in love with a man named Robert Dudley. Learn more about Elizabeth’s great love in this episode.…
What was Saturnalia?
Dec 23, 2009 • 10 min
Winter solstice celebrations predate Christmas, and trace back into antiquity. Saturnalia was one of these ancient traditions, and it was very different from the celebration we recognize as Christmas today. Tune in and learn more in this episode. Learn…
Bungled Attempts at One-Person Flights
Dec 21, 2009 • 16 min
Nowadays almost every urban center has an airport, and the idea of flying across an ocean seems normal. Yet this wasn’t always the case. Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the fascinating stories of the people who tried — and failed — to fly. Learn more…
Rival Queens: Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I
Dec 16, 2009 • 29 min
Although they were cousins, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart had little in the way of familial affection. Join Katie and Sarah as they take a closer look at the infamous rivalry between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I in this episode. Learn more about your…
How the Taiping Rebellion Worked
Dec 14, 2009 • 17 min
In 1850, a disillusioned would-be bureaucrat named Hung Hsiu-ch’uan became the head of a rebellion against the Qing dynasty. Learn the story of this rebellion — and how it influenced modern China — in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Elizabeth The First, Before She Was Queen
Dec 9, 2009 • 29 min
As the only child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I was born into a world of privilege and danger. Learn more about the tumultuous life of Elizabeth I before she became the Queen of England in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Harry Houdini, Master Mystifier
Dec 7, 2009 • 26 min
Once known as the world’s greatest magician, Harry Houdini’s reputation still resonates with modern fans of illusion and magic. Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the fact — and fiction — surrounding the spectacular Harry Houdini in this episode. Learn…
How did Meriwether Lewis die?
Dec 2, 2009 • 25 min
In 1809, Meriwether Lewis died of gunshot wounds — but how did this happen? Historians still debate the circumstances involved. Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the facts — and sensationalism — surrounding the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis.…
Why did Angkor fall?
Nov 30, 2009 • 22 min
At its height, the city of Angkor was larger than Rhode Island. Replete with ornate architecture, the metropolis also served as a religious center. Yet by the time Europeans discovered the site, it was ruined. What happened? Listen in and learn more.…
How the First Thanksgiving Worked
Nov 25, 2009 • 12 min
Nowadays, Thanksgiving has become an official holiday, complete with its own trappings of tradition and mythology. But how much of the conventional Thanksgiving story is true? Join Sarah and Katie as they take a closer look at the first Thanksgiving.…
How the Opium Wars Worked
Nov 23, 2009 • 20 min
In the 19th century, Britain tried to remedy a trade deficit with China by hooking the country on opium. Tensions rose as more and more Chinese citizens became opium addicts, eventually leading to war. Learn more about the Opium Wars in this episode.…
Pocahontas: An American Princess
Nov 18, 2009 • 19 min
Born around 1596, Pocahontas was the daughter of the chief Powhatan. Today she is remembered as an ardent supporter of the Jamestown colonists — but how much of this story is true? Learn more about Pocahontas in this episode. Learn more about your…
Was there really an Atlantis?
Nov 16, 2009 • 15 min
According to Plato, Atlantis was an ancient civilization destroyed by an earthquake over 10,000 years ago. Join Katie and Sarah as they take a look at the myth of Atlantis — and the bizarre theories surrounding its location — in this episode. Learn more…
The Ada Lovelace Episode: Who was the Enchantress of Numbers?
Nov 11, 2009 • 21 min
The first computer programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace. Learn how the daughter of Lord Byron — one of the most famous poets in the Western world — moved out of her father’s shadow and became a herald of the electronic age in this episode. Learn more…
How Lord Byron Worked
Nov 9, 2009 • 30 min
Whether the topic is Lucrezia Borgia or Frankenstein, Lord Byron keeps popping up in podcasts. Who was this poet, and why is he associated with so many historical figures? Join Katie and Sarah as they take a look back at the incomparable Lord Byron. Learn…
A History Mystery: the Mad Trapper of Rat River
Nov 4, 2009 • 12 min
In this episode, Sarah and Katie take a crack at one of Canada’s strangest mysteries: The Mad Trapper of Rat River. Travel back to 1931, when a man calling himself ‘Albert Johnson’ led the Canadian police on a 150-mile chase — all without saying a word.…
How Lucrezia Borgia Worked
Nov 2, 2009 • 20 min
As the daughter of a pope, Lucrezia was born into dizzying power and political intrigue. She was also controversial — rumors of incest and other crimes dogged her and persist today. Join Sarah and Katie as they try to separate the fact from fiction. Learn…
How Marie Laveau Worked
Oct 28, 2009 • 17 min
Over the course of her life, Marie Laveau wielded enormous influence as the notorious Voodoo Queen of New Orleans — but how much of her story is true? Join Sarah and Katie as they unravel the fact and fiction surrounding the legendary Marie Levaeu. Learn…
The Birth of Frankenstein and the Vampyre
Oct 26, 2009 • 21 min
With Halloween looming, Sarah and Katie travel back in time to explore the historic challenge that led to the creation of Frankenstein and the vampiric Lord Ruthven. Tune in to learn more about the birth of these intentionally horrific creatures. Learn…
St. Paul’s Watch and the London Blitz
Oct 21, 2009 • 10 min
Saint Paul’s Cathedral stands on the site of four previous churches, the earliest of which dates back to 604. When German forces bombed London in World War II, Churchill formed a group to protect the ancient church. Tune in to learn what happened next.…
Pompeii: Lost and Found
Oct 19, 2009 • 15 min
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in August of 79 AD, Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash and rock. As time passed, Pompeii was forgotten. Learn more about the catastrophe that destroyed Pompeii — as well as the city’s rediscovery — in this podcast. Learn more…
The Caning of Charles Sumner on the Senate Floor
Oct 14, 2009 • 13 min
The outspoken statesman and abolitionist Charles Sumner served as a senator from 1851-1874. Learn how Senator Sumner’s 1865 protest against the Kansas-Nebraska Act prompted one of the most violent altercations in senatorial history. Learn more about your…
What happened to Cleopatra’s children?
Oct 12, 2009 • 16 min
Everyone’s heard of the breathtaking Egyptian queen Cleopatra — but have you ever heard of her children? Listen in as Katie and Sarah investigate the lives of Cleopatra’s four children in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
King Herod’s Tomb
Oct 7, 2009 • 16 min
King Herod wasn’t the world’s worst ruler. Yet seventy years after his death his tomb was desecrated and forgotten. Learn more about the life and death of King Herod (along with the rediscovery of his tomb) in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
How the Boston Molasses Flood Worked
Oct 5, 2009 • 17 min
Today, people associate molasses with cookies and other sweets. Yet in 1919 molasses was used in munitions as well as food — and Boston had one of the biggest tanks around. Learn how molasses flooded Boston in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
Interview with President Jimmy Carter: Cuba
Sep 30, 2009 • 6 min
In the final episode of a five-part series, former President Jimmy Carter examines human rights and the United States, using Cuba as an example. Learn more about the United States and Cuba in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
How Blackbeard Worked
Sep 28, 2009 • 16 min
Better known as Blackbeard, Edward Teach (or, alternately, Thach) started out as a lowly privateer. Listen in as Katie and Sarah explore the facts behind the legendary pirate — as well as the history of piracy — in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
Interview with President Jimmy Carter: Human Rights
Sep 23, 2009 • 6 min
In the fourth episode of a five-part series, former President Jimmy Carter examines human rights and the foreign policy goals of the United States. Learn more about the United States and human rights in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
Madame de Maintenon and Louis XIV
Sep 21, 2009 • 26 min
As the Sun King, Louis XIV ruled France for over 70 years. Yet even a king can’t get everything he wants. Learn about Louis’ secret marriage to Madame de Maintenon — and why it was secret — in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
Interview with President Jimmy Carter: Camp David Accords
Sep 16, 2009 • 7 min
In the third episode of a five-part series, former President Jimmy Carter looks back on his work forging the Camp David Accords. Learn more about international negotiation in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Shootout at the OK Corral Worked
Sep 14, 2009 • 19 min
The infamous shootout at the OK Corral has been immortalized in American culture — but what’s the real story behind the legend? Join Katie and Sarah as they explore the events that led up to this famous shootout in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
Interview with President Jimmy Carter: Free Elections
Sep 9, 2009 • 7 min
In the second episode of a five-part series, former President Jimmy Carter details the Carter Center’s work supporting free elections and fighting disease across the globe. Listen in and learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about…
John Snow’s Ghost Map
Sep 7, 2009 • 16 min
In this episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, Katie and Sarah discuss Dr. John Snow’s famous “ghost map” and work tracing a cholera outbreak in Victorian London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Interview with President Jimmy Carter: Guinea Worm Disease
Sep 2, 2009 • 6 min
This episode, the first in a five-part interview series with former President Jimmy Carter, details the Carter Center’s work on the eradication of Guinea worm disease. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Newsboy Strike of 1899 Worked
Aug 31, 2009 • 14 min
At the turn of the century, New York paperboys formed the backbone of the city’s paper distribution network. When publishers increased the cost of wholesale papers in 1899, the newsboys went on strike. Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
What happened to Norte Chico?
Aug 26, 2009 • 10 min
In the arid Norte Chico region of Peru, archaeologists found several ancient mounds and a large amount of fish bones. Why did the city’s founders move to an inland desert? How did they get all these fish? Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
Franklin’s Lost Expedition
Aug 24, 2009 • 14 min
After he joined the Navy at 14, Sir John Franklin traveled the world and eventually became the governor of Tanzania. In 1846, he set off to explore the Arctic — and never returned. Learn more about the mystery in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
How Eleanor of Aquitaine Worked
Aug 19, 2009 • 30 min
Born in the 12th century in a world where women had few rights and little power, Eleanor of Aquitaine was a woman ahead of her time. Learn more about Eleanor of Aquitaine’s rise to power in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
How Mark Twain Worked
Aug 17, 2009 • 24 min
Almost a century after his death, Mark Twain remains a literary legend. Join Katie and Sarah as they take a closer look at the quintessential American author in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
Aug 12, 2009 • 27 min
When Clyde Barrow met Bonnie Parker in 1930 , they felt an instant, deep attraction. Learn how this couple went from love at first sight to a string of notorious bank robberies in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee
Aug 10, 2009 • 13 min
During an eclipse in 1889, Jack Wilson dreamed that he died, spoke with God and returned to spread a message through the resurrection of a ritual called the Ghost Dance. Learn more about the Ghost Dance in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
How the Sacco and Vanzetti Trial Worked
Aug 5, 2009 • 17 min
When Sacco and Vanzetti were charged with murder, the Italian-born anarchists didn’t receive a fair trial because of their political views and foreign birth. Learn more about the trial — and its repercussions — in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
Historical Pooches
Aug 3, 2009 • 16 min
From the average Joe to the president of the United States, people across the world have pet dogs. Get the details on the canine companions of history’s most influential personalities in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr
Jul 29, 2009 • 29 min
As political rivals, Hamilton and Burr began a bitter exchange of insults, leading to a duel in 1804 that resulted in Hamilton’s death. Learn about the ideas that drove Hamilton and Burr to violence in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about…
How the 1916 Shark Attacks Worked
Jul 27, 2009 • 15 min
In 1916, a series of shark attacks took place along the shores of New Jersey. The media downplayed the first attack as a fluke — but the attacks continued. Tune in and learn more about the story that inspired Jaws in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
The Red Light District of New Orleans
Jul 22, 2009 • 16 min
Established in 1897, Storyville was a legal twenty block red-light district in New Orleans. Tune in as Katie and Candace take a look at the colorful history of New Orleans’ infamous prostitution district in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
Malaria and the Panama Canal
Jul 20, 2009 • 14 min
The idea for the Panama Canal goes back to 1534, when the Spanish surveyed the area. However, the canal wasn’t built for centuries, and it was an arduous task. Learn more about the malaria plaguing canal builders in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
America’s Favorite Outlaw: Billy the Kid
Jul 15, 2009 • 16 min
Born Henry McCarty in New York City, Billy the Kid committed his first act of murder before he turned 20. Join Candace and Katie as they explore the fact — and fiction — surrounding the legendary outlaw in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
How the Dancing Plague of 1518 Worked
Jul 13, 2009 • 13 min
In the summer of 1518, a woman in Strasbourg, France started dancing — and didn’t stop. By the end of the week, the compulsion to dance had spread to hundreds of people. Learn more about the dancing sickness in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
How the Stonewall Riots Worked
Jul 8, 2009 • 14 min
On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, one of the few bars that welcomed gay patrons. Learn how this raid triggered the first major gay rights protest in U.S. history in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Duchess of Decadence: Georgiana
Jul 6, 2009 • 21 min
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, was also known as the Empress of Fashion. Married at the age of 16, the Duchess soon became enormously popular and led a life of excess. Learn what happened next in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about…
Ghosts of History: The Borley Rectory
Jul 1, 2009 • 14 min
Legends surround the history of the Borley Rectory, which is known as the most haunted house in England. Tune in to learn more about the ghosts reputed to haunt the Rectory in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Amelia Earhart Mystery
Jun 29, 2009 • 24 min
In 1937, famous aviator Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe via airplane. However, she disappeared over the Pacific and was never seen again. Listen in to learn more about the mystery in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
Ghosts of History: Versailles
Jun 24, 2009 • 19 min
In 1901, two women visiting Versailles lost their way and met a series of strange, anachronistic characters. Looking back on the event, the women became certain they had slipped through time into 1789. Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
The Golem of Prague
Jun 22, 2009 • 14 min
In Jewish folklore, golems are powerful creatures created from clay. According to legend, a golem was created to defend the Jewish population of Prague during the reign of Rudolph II. Learn more about golems in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
Ghosts of History: Winchester Mystery House
Jun 17, 2009 • 19 min
When a psychic told Sarah Winchester that the spirits of every person who died from a Winchester rifle would haunt her unless they were appeased, she built one of the world’s strangest houses. Learn more with this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
Fan Pick: Best Innovators in History
Jun 15, 2009 • 19 min
With help from listeners, our resident history buffs take a look at the world’s great innovators and try to pick the best of the bunch. Listen in to learn more about three of the best innovators in history with this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
Were the Robber Barons America’s greatest philanthropists?
Jun 10, 2009 • 19 min
Although America’s robber barons are often viewed in negative terms, they left a philanthropic legacy that continues today. Learn more about philanthropy and charity — as well as the difference between the two — in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
What did Greek philosophers think about happiness?
Jun 8, 2009 • 17 min
What is happiness? To answer this question, our resident history buffs turn back the clock and take a closer look at ancient Greek philosophy, from Herodotus to Epicurus. Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Was Teddy Roosevelt the First Green President?
Jun 3, 2009 • 14 min
Teddy Roosevelt was renowned for his hunting and enthusiasm for the outdoors, but he was also very concerned with conservation. Discover why he tops the list of “Green” presidents in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Marco Polo Pasta Myth
Jun 1, 2009 • 10 min
As one of history’s most well-known globetrotters, Marco Polo is credited with many important contributions to Western civilization. Many believe pasta is one of these contributions — but is it a myth? Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
Presidential Perks
May 27, 2009 • 23 min
When a person becomes the president, he or she is entitled to a 400k salary, as well as a hefty expense account — and the benefits don’t stop there! Learn more about the perks of being president in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about…
What really happened at Kent State?
May 25, 2009 • 26 min
After the Kent State shootings, colleges across the country closed. However, decades later, researchers still aren’t sure what actually happened at Kent State. Tune in and learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices…
How the Tuskegee Airmen Worked
May 20, 2009 • 19 min
The Tuskegee Airmen made up the first African American air squadron. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to learn more about desegregation in the American army and how the Tuskegee Airmen helped win World War II. Learn more about your…
Did Betsy Ross really make the first American Flag?
May 18, 2009 • 21 min
Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag, or is this just another revolutionary legend? Learn the myths and facts about Betsy Ross and the first American flag in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Mesopotamia: The First Civilization
May 13, 2009 • 16 min
Mesopotamia is often called the ‘cradle of civilization,’ but some scholars believe other ancient areas (such as Catal Huyuk) hold a better claim to the title. Tune in and learn more with this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
How the Battle of Gettysburg Worked
May 11, 2009 • 23 min
The Battle of Gettysburg remains the most memorable conflict of the Civil War, and historians continue to analyze the events preceding and following from the battle. Tune in and learn more about Gettysburg in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
Were people vying to become slaves in the Ottoman Empire?
May 6, 2009 • 17 min
Under a loophole of Muslim law, a sultan could take one-fifth of the spoils of war, including slaves. Learn how the sultan began a slave army — and why would someone would want to be a soldier-slave — in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
Gandhi’s Salt March
May 4, 2009 • 15 min
When the British Empire controlled India, it used legislation like the salt tax to control the population. Learn how Gandhi’s non-violent salt march triggered a wave of protest leading to Indian independence in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
Was Manhattan traded for nutmeg?
Apr 29, 2009 • 14 min
It’s hard to believe that anyone would trade the thriving island of Manhattan for a spice, but history is full of surprises. Find out why — and how — the Dutch traded Manhattan for nutmeg in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
Were ancient Egyptians the first feminists?
Apr 27, 2009 • 16 min
When Herodotus explored Egypt, he was startled by the contradictory gender roles — women were doing tasks the Greeks restricted to males. Does this mean the Egyptians were the first feminists? Learn more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
How Joan D’Arc Worked
Apr 22, 2009 • 20 min
Joan of Arc was a startling, larger-than-life figure, and she had a very strange trial. Learn why the Joan of Arc trial is so contentious — along with much more — in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Charlemagne’s Coronation
Apr 20, 2009 • 16 min
On Christmas Day in 800 AD, Charlemagne became the emperor of Rome in a coronation headed by none other than Pope Leo III. Learn more about the growth of the Holy Roman Empire in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Marshall Plan Worked
Apr 15, 2009 • 14 min
During a Harvard commencement speech, Secretary of State George Marshall outlined a plan to assist Europe after World War II. Listen in and learn how this 12 minute speech changed the future of Europe in this HowStuffWorks.com podcast. Learn more about…
How Archimedes’ Death Ray Worked
Apr 13, 2009 • 14 min
Archimedes’ death ray is one of history’s most fabled legendary weapons — but what was it? Was it even real? Listen in as Candace and Jane sift through the legends and find the facts behind the ancient death ray in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.…
How did a shipwreck double the size of the US?
Apr 8, 2009 • 11 min
Originally, Spanish silver was meant to stabilize the Louisiana territory — but the ship carrying the necessary funds sank in the Gulf of Mexico. Find out more about the El Cazador shipwreck in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your…
How the Terracotta Army Works
Apr 1, 2009 • 13 min
Approximately 7,000 clay soldiers guard the burial site of Qin Shi Huangdi, China’s first emperor. Learn more about the emperor’s mysterious army in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How did the East India Company change the world?
Mar 30, 2009 • 14 min
From the Opium Wars to the Boston Tea Party, the British East India Company had a profound effect on the course of history. Tune in and learn more about the influence of the British East India Company in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
Historically Inaccurate Movies
Mar 23, 2009 • 15 min
Although moviegoers love period pieces, filmmakers are notorious for getting the details wrong. Tune in as our resident history buffs take a look at historically inaccurate movies — from Pocahontas to The Bridge on the River Kwai — in this podcast from…
How the Code of Hammurabi Worked
Mar 18, 2009 • 13 min
The Code of Hammurabi is one of humanity’s earliest, most intact code of laws. Historians continue to discuss the effects and importance of this code today. Listen in and learn more about the Code of Hammurabi in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
The Bloodiest Battles of World War II
Mar 16, 2009 • 15 min
50 million people died over the course of World War II, and historians often cite it as the bloodiest war in human history. Tune in to learn more about World War II in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How Typhoid Mary Worked
Mar 11, 2009 • 13 min
Historians agree that Typhoid Mary really existed — but who was she, and how did she come to infect so many people? Tune in and learn more about Typhoid Mary in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Was there really a Pied Piper of Hamelin?
Mar 9, 2009 • 16 min
Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper — but how much of this legend is factual? Learn more about the fact and fiction behind the story of the Pied Piper in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How Hitler’s Propaganda Machine Worked
Mar 4, 2009 • 20 min
Adolph Hitler’s legendary propaganda programs steered public opinion with unprecedented precision. Learn how this massive campaign influenced the average war-time German in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Alamo Worked
Mar 2, 2009 • 13 min
Legends and lore surround the story of the Alamo. As a result, it can be difficult to separate the fact from fiction. Listen in as our resident historians take a look at the true story of the Alamo in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about…
How Knights Work
Feb 25, 2009 • 21 min
The knights of medieval Europe are often associated with a code of behavior known as chivalry — but what were these knights actually like? Learn more about the reality behind the popular image of knights in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more…
How the Spanish-American War Worked
Feb 23, 2009 • 15 min
Although the Spanish-American War was a short conflict, many historians believe this conflict marked the United States’ emergence as a major world power. Tune in and learn more about the Spanish-American War in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn…
How the Black Death Worked
Feb 18, 2009 • 17 min
When the Black Death swept across Europe, it killed an estimated 25 million people — one third of Europe’s total population. Tune in and learn more about the lasting effects of the Black Death in this HowStuffWorks podcast. Learn more about your…
How Thomas Jefferson’s Bible Worked
Feb 16, 2009 • 13 min
Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding fathers, was a very unorthodox thinker. His revision of the Bible was one of his most controversial projects — tune into this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn why. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Why did it take more than 20 years to bury Eva Peron?
Feb 11, 2009 • 16 min
Eva Peron died on July 26, 1952. After a 13-day wake, Dr. Pedro Ara mummified the body — but it would take more than twenty years to bury the corpse. Learn more about Eva Peron’s decades-long travel to the grave in this podcast from HowStuffWorks. Learn…
Will the world really end in 2012?
Feb 9, 2009 • 15 min
The Mayan empire produced a unique calendar that’s still followed in parts of the world today. Curiously, this calendar predicts a monumental, world-wide change on December 21st, 2012. Learn more about 2012 in this podcast from HowStuffWorks. Learn more…
How Navajo Code Talkers Work
Feb 4, 2009 • 13 min
During World War II, Axis and Allied powers struggled to discover the enemies’ information while hiding their own. Tune in to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how the Navajo code talkers turned the tide of World War II. Learn more about your ad-choices…
How the Underground Railroad Worked
Feb 2, 2009 • 14 min
The Underground Railroad may have saved as much as 100,000 slaves. Tune into to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act and a secret network of abolitionists led to the creation of the Underground Railroad. Learn more…
How Revisionist History Works
Jan 28, 2009 • 14 min
Like any other discipline, history often becomes a matter of interpretation. Check in with HowStuffWorks’ resident history experts as they explore the phenomenon of revisionist history in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Vikings Worked
Jan 26, 2009 • 15 min
In most films Vikings are depicted as bloodthirsty, relatively ignorant berserkers who did little more than plunder and pillage their way across Europe. However, the story doesn’t end there — tune in to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more. Learn more…
How Medieval Torture Devices Worked
Jan 21, 2009 • 14 min
Building on an earlier examination of the Spanish Inquisition, HowStuffWorks’ history experts take a look at the disturbing world of medieval torture devices. Check out this podcast to learn more about torture and more Stuff You Missed in History Class.…
How the Civil Rights Movement Worked
Jan 19, 2009 • 24 min
Explore the complicated history of the civil rights movement in this HowStuffWorks podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Spanish Inquisition Worked
Jan 14, 2009 • 16 min
Nowadays, the Spanish Inquisition is best known as a symbol of religious intolerance and extreme cruelty. Tune in to this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the people and politics behind the Spanish Inquisition. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Why were some Japanese soldiers still fighting decades after World War II?
Jan 12, 2009 • 14 min
During World War II, the bravery of Kamikaze pilots was legendary. When the war concluded, several Japanese soldiers remained in hiding on islands across the Pacific. Learn more about Japanese holdouts and the Bushido code in this HowStuffWorks podcast.…
Did the Chinese reach America before Columbus?
Jan 7, 2009 • 13 min
Author Gavin Menzies believes a fleet of Chinese explorers reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus, but he’s been repeatedly challenged to defend this claim. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more about revisionist history. Learn…
How the Emancipation Proclamation Worked
Jan 5, 2009 • 15 min
When Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation, he hoped to demoralize the South. Learn the details behind President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in this podcast from HowStuffWorks. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Could treasure hunters have discovered Nazi Gold?
Dec 31, 2008 • 13 min
Several treasure hunters think they might have found Nazi gold. Learn about the history of Nazi gold, the role of Swiss banks and much more in this podcast from HowStuffWorks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Great Wall of China Works
Dec 29, 2008 • 13 min
The Great Wall of China is incredibly long, and was originally built for military purposes. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the Great Wall. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Agent Orange Worked
Dec 24, 2008 • 13 min
Agent Orange was a potent herbicide and defoliant used across Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Listen to this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn about Agent Orange and its atrocious legacy. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Who was Marco Polo?
Dec 22, 2008 • 14 min
Marco Polo was an 11th-century Italian explorer famous for his extensive travels through China along the Silk Road, but it can be difficult to separate the truth from the fiction in his stories. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more. Learn…
How the African Diamond Trade Works
Dec 17, 2008 • 13 min
Diamond were first found in Africa sometime in the 1860s, and have troubled the continent ever since. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more about the De Beers monopoly, blood diamonds and the African conflicts resulting from these gems.…
How Prohibition Works
Dec 15, 2008 • 16 min
The alcohol prohibition of the 1920s was known at the time as ‘the noble experiment.’ Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more about this constitutional amendment banning the sale and production of alcoholic products. Learn more about your…
How Henry VIII Worked
Dec 10, 2008 • 13 min
From 1509 to 1547, thousands of people were beheaded under the bloody, violent reign of Henry VIII. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about Henry VIII and his effect on history. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Boston Tea Party Worked
Dec 8, 2008 • 15 min
During the Colonial period in North America, Britain taxed colonists without allowing the colonies to have governmental representation. Learn how the Boston Tea Party came about as a result of British colonial policies in this HowStuffWorks podcast. Learn…
Who was Rosie the Riveter?
Dec 3, 2008 • 15 min
With much of America’s workforce fighting in World War II, women broke past traditional gender stereotypes and gained employment in industries formally restricted to men. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about Rosie the Riveter. Learn…
How the Rosetta Stone Works
Dec 1, 2008 • 17 min
Prior to the modern discovery of the Rosetta stone, Ancient Egypt was an enigma. Even many pre-Napoleonic Egyptians had no concept of their forbearers’ culture. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the Rosetta Stone. Learn more about…
How Easter Island Works
Nov 26, 2008 • 20 min
Home to hundreds of mysterious, gigantic stone statues, Easter Island is an isolated, tiny island in the Pacific. Check out this podcast to learn more about the astonishing history of Easter Island. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Titanic Worked
Nov 24, 2008 • 19 min
The Titanic was famously considered ‘unsinkable’ by the engineers who built it. However, the Titanic’s reputation could not save it from the infamous iceberg that sank the ship on its maiden voyage. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more.…
How the French Revolution Worked
Nov 19, 2008 • 27 min
Several factors contributed to the French Revolution. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how an incompetent monarchy, the age of Enlightenment and widespread famine created the perfect storm for a country-wide revolution. Learn more about your…
How the Crusades Worked
Nov 17, 2008 • 14 min
The first Crusade began in 1095, and launched a struggle for control of Jerusalem in a series of arduous battles spanning more than two centuries. Learn more about the origin, escalation and consequences of the Crusades in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.…
What was Australia’s Stolen Generation?
Nov 12, 2008 • 13 min
When British explorers reached Australia in 1768, Aborigines were seen as savages in need of assimilation. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the Lost Generation, and the laws Australia passed to force assimilation on the Aborigines.…
How the Louisiana Purchase Worked
Nov 10, 2008 • 15 min
When Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory for 15 million dollars, the US nearly doubled in size. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the effects of the Louisiana Purchase. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How Presidential Salaries Work
Nov 5, 2008 • 12 min
Compared to the average American salary, the President is well-off. However, most Presidents are wealthy when they arrive in office. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding the President’s salary. Learn…
How the Swing States Works
Nov 3, 2008 • 10 min
During presidential elections, campaign coverage often focuses on states whose populations are divided between candidates. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding the electoral college and swing states.…
Why did Lady Godiva take a naked horse ride?
Oct 29, 2008 • 16 min
In an argument over taxing peasants, Lady Godiva — whose real name was actually Godgifu — called her husband’s bluff and rode naked through the marketplace. Or did she? learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding Lady Godiva in this podcast. Learn…
How can a corpse be incorruptible?
Oct 27, 2008 • 12 min
Within hours after death, decay usually sets in and the human body begins to rot. However, some human bodies simply don’t seem to decompose, and scientists have yet to figure out why. Check out this podcast to learn more about incorruptible corpses. Learn…
What happened to the lost colony at Roanoke?
Oct 23, 2008 • 18 min
In 1587, English colonists in Roanoke mysteriously disappeared, leaving only a few cryptic clues behind. For centuries since, researchers have wondered what became of the lost colonists. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more. Learn more about…
Do political parties influence the First Lady’s duties?
Oct 21, 2008 • 14 min
The role of First Lady is extraconstitutional, and the functions of this position have varied across administrations. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the influence political parties may have on the role of the First Lady. Learn…
Was an Irish monk the first European to find America?
Oct 15, 2008 • 10 min
Although Columbus is often thought to be the first European in America, an Irish monk may have reached the New World in the sixth century. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding St. Brendan. Learn more…
How Presidential Pardons Work
Oct 13, 2008 • 20 min
The U.S. Constitution grants several powers to the President, including the ability to pardon anyone for several types of crime. Learn about the origins of pardons in this podcast from HowStuffWorks. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What was America’s first terrorist threat?
Oct 8, 2008 • 11 min
When the U.S. was still a young nation, the notorious Barbary pirates demanded tribute from countries across the world. Rumor has it that President Jefferson was the first to stand up to the pirates. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more.…
Does my vote count?
Oct 6, 2008 • 13 min
The framers of the Constitution put the electoral college in place as a compromise, and ever since voters have wondered if their vote counts. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more about the fact and fiction of the electoral college.…
Did someone really escape from Alcatraz?
Oct 1, 2008 • 12 min
Alcatraz was one of the United States’ most notorious prisons — isolated on an island and surrounded by sharks. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding escape attempts at Alcatraz. Learn more about your…
The History of Presidential Debates
Sep 29, 2008 • 18 min
In the United States, the presidential debate is a time-honored institution. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to as our staff writers trace the fact and fiction surrounding presidential debates. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Did Marie Antoinette really tell French peasants to eat cake?
Sep 24, 2008 • 10 min
Marie Antoinette was only ten when Rousseau published the famous ‘let them eat cake’ quote. Check out our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about what this statement actually meant — whether or not Marie actually said it. Learn more about your…
How the Symbols of U.S. Political Parties Work
Sep 22, 2008 • 11 min
A donkey and an elephant are the symbols of the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties, but how were these symbols chosen? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding America’s political symbols. Learn more…
Why is there an underground city beneath Beijing?
Sep 17, 2008 • 10 min
The Beijing underground city may sound like the stuff of legends, but it’s a real place built to escape Soviets. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding the city underneath Beijing. Learn more about your…
How Thomas Jefferson Worked
Sep 15, 2008 • 18 min
Thomas Jefferson’s life was peppered with accomplishments — but what about the disparity between his public image and private life? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding Thomas Jefferson. Learn more about…
Who was America’s first murderer?
Sep 10, 2008 • 10 min
John Billington was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact — he was also the first American murder. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn about the fact and fiction surrounding America’s first murderer. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Could Noah’s ark really have happened?
Sep 8, 2008 • 10 min
Versions of the Great Flood float around in nearly every human culture, and Christianity, Islam and Judaism share the overarching plot points of a man, a flood, and animals marching two by two. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn whether this sto…
How did Rasputin really die?
Sep 3, 2008 • 13 min
Rasputin, mystic and advisor to the Romanov family in Russia, was distrusted and seemingly immuned to death. How did Rasputin finally die? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What happened to the two other men on Paul Revere’s ride?
Sep 1, 2008 • 12 min
Although Paul Revere’s ride has evolved into an American legend, he was not alone on his famous midnight ride. Check out our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding Paul Revere. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Did the Great Chicago Fire really start with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow?
Aug 27, 2008 • 10 min
In all of history, no cow is more infamous than Mrs. O’Leary’s. The farm animals was accused of kicking over a lantern and starting the Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 8, 1871. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn whether this story is fact or fiction.…
How King Arthur Worked
Aug 25, 2008 • 8 min
Thanks to his enduring presence in western culture, the name King Arthur conjures up a very specific image. Take a look at our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the fact and fiction surround King Arthur. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Did the ancient Greeks get their ideas from the Africans?
Aug 20, 2008 • 11 min
Known today as Egypt, Kemet is one of the longest-lived cultures in the world. The great Greek scholars studied at the Kemetic temple-universities, and based their learning on the Kemetic system. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more. Learn…
How the Great Train Robbery Worked
Aug 18, 2008 • 12 min
On the night of August 8, 1963, a gang of thieves stole bank notes worth the equivalent of $50 million. Take a look at our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about the fact and fiction surrounding the great train robbery. Learn more about your ad-choices…
Vlad Tepes: Who was the real Count Dracula?
Aug 14, 2008 • 10 min
Vlad Tepes, a 15th-century Wallachian prince, was the notoriously blood-thirsty basis for Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror character. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more about Vlad Tepes. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Donner Party Worked
Aug 12, 2008 • 10 min
While stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains, members of the Donner Party resorted to cannibalism in an effort to survive the harsh winter of 1846. Learn more about the fact and fiction of the Donner Party legend in our HowStuffWorks article. Learn more…
How the Berlin Wall Worked
Aug 6, 2008 • 9 min
The Berlin Wall divided a country and a city, but it had a purpose. Learn more about its history and how JFK and Barack Obama fit into the picture in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Work
Aug 4, 2008 • 10 min
On July 7, 2007, the new seven wonders of the world were chosen by more than 100 million voters. But whatever happened to the original seven? Take a look at our HowStuffWorks article, ‘How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Work,’ to learn more. Learn…
What’s Mutual Assured Destruction?
Jul 30, 2008 • 4 min
During the Cold War, both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. stockpiled weapons, eventually holding enough power to destroy the world several times over. Yet neither side actually used these weapons. Learn more about M.A.D. in our article on HowStuffWorks. Learn…
Why was tax evasion the only thing pinned on Al Capone?
Jul 28, 2008 • 5 min
Al Capone was a king among criminals, and ‘kept his hands clean,’ maintaining plausible deniability by avoiding direct connections to illegal activity. He never paid taxes — and this came back to haunt him. Learn more in our article on HowStuffWorks.…
Why did England and Spain fight over an ear?
Jul 23, 2008 • 4 min
When the Spanish Coast Guard caught English Captain Jenkins smuggling, they cut off his ear as punishment. Could this insult have sent two countries to war? Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn whether this is fact or fiction. Learn more about…
Did Nero really play the fiddle while Rome burned?
Jul 21, 2008 • 4 min
In A.D. 64, a great fire consumed Rome for six days and seven nights. Some rumors speculated that Nero set the fire, and even played a fiddle as the city burned. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn if this is fact or fiction. Learn more about…
Why was Davy Crockett king of the wild frontier?
Jul 16, 2008 • 4 min
Davy Crockett is one of America’s great real-life legends. With a little help from Walt Disney, Crockett experienced a resurgence in popularity more than 100 years after his death. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn if this is fact or fiction.…
What was the Christmas Truce?
Jul 14, 2008 • 4 min
Amid the bloodshed of World War I, the Pope pled for a truce on Christmas Day. The commanding powers refused the truce, but soldiers across Europe crossed battle lines to spend Christmas the enemy. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn more. Learn…
How the First Olympics Worked
Jul 9, 2008 • 4 min
The first Olympics took place in the sixth century in order to build diplomacy across the Greek world. Learn more about the history of the first Olympics in this HowStuffWorks.com podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
What was in Peter the Great’s cabinet of curiosities?
Jul 7, 2008 • 4 min
Peter the Great was a feared leader but also an intellectual. Learn about Peter the Great and Peter the Great’s love of academia and collectibles in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com! Learn more about your ad-choices at…
The Cursed Tomb of King Tut
Jul 2, 2008 • 5 min
An inscription above King Tutankhamen’s burial chamber reads: ‘Death will come on swift pinions to those who disturb the rest of the Pharaoh.’ This was known as the mummy’s curse — but was it fact, or fiction? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to lear…
Ergot and the Salem Witchtrials
Jun 30, 2008 • 4 min
Some researchers allege that ergot poisoning may have been responsible for triggering the Salem witchcraft trials — but is this fact, or fiction? Learn more about ergot and the Salem witch trials in this HowStuffWorks podcast. Learn more about your…
Fact or Fiction: Is D.B. Cooper still alive?
Jun 27, 2008 • 4 min
The D.B. Cooper mystery involves the case of Northwest Airlines Flight 305, which was hijacked by a lone man. Learn more about the D.B. Cooper mystery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Elizabeth Bathory Episode: Was a Hungarian countess the world’s most prolific serial killer?
Jun 25, 2008 • 4 min
Prolific serial killers are reigned in by some specific parameters. Learn more about Elizabeth Bathory and why she was known as “Bloody Mary”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Did Genghis Khan really kill 1,748,000 people in one hour?
Jun 9, 2008 • 4 min
Genghis Khan has more death attributed to him than any other person in history. Learn about Genghis Kahn and the siege Genghis Khan conducted on Nishapur. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers