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July 15, 2019
Ferdinand and Barbara, Married Mad Royals
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
July 13, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam
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 age. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
July 10, 2019
Fearless, Feisty and Unflagging: The Women of Gettysburg
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
July 8, 2019
Thomas Cook, John Cook, and the Rise of the Tourism Industry
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
July 6, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Hartford Circus Fire
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 in the country was consumed by flames. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
July 3, 2019
Hatshepsut and the Expeditions to Punt
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
July 1, 2019
Sylvia of Hollywood – Beauty Consultant to the Stars
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
June 29, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Compton's Cafeteria Riot
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 Tenderloin's transgender community. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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24 min
June 26, 2019
Marie Laurencin: Avante-garde Painter of Paris
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
June 24, 2019
The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
June 22, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Good Humor v. Popsicle
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 "sherbet." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
June 19, 2019
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 2
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
June 17, 2019
Packard v. Packard, Pt. 1
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
June 15, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Sisi - The Empress of Austria and Her Cult of Beauty
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 -- and the story doesn't end there.v Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
June 12, 2019
The General Slocum Disaster
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
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34 min
June 10, 2019
The Advent of Radioiodine Therapy
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
June 8, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Mad King Ludwig Dines Alone
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. But why? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
June 5, 2019
A Brief History of Doughnuts
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
June 3, 2019
Red Summer, 1919
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
June 1, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Lakshmi Bai -- Who is India's Joan of Arc?
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 role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
May 29, 2019
Samuel Pepys, Beyond the Diary
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
May 27, 2019
The Limerick Soviet
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
May 25, 2019
SYMHC Classics: A Brief History of Time Capsules
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
May 22, 2019
The 'Mysterious' Birthplace of Chester A. Arthur
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
May 20, 2019
To the Hon. Chester A. Arthur; Respectfully, Julia I. Sand
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
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38 min
May 18, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Lili'uokalan -- Who Was the Last Queen of Hawaii?
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 podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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18 min
May 15, 2019
The Showings of Julian of Norwich
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
May 13, 2019
Godzilla: The Start of His Story
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
May 11, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Kamehameha The Great
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 reality, and what happened to him in the end? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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20 min
May 8, 2019
They Were Her Property: An Interview With Stephanie Jones-Rogers
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
May 6, 2019
Alice Hamilton and the Birth of Occupational Medicine
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
May 4, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Bawdy House Riots of 1668
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 complicated event. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
May 1, 2019
Evil May-day Riots
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
April 29, 2019
Hennig Brand and the Discovery of Phosphorus
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
April 27, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Secret Science - Alchemy!
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 chemistry. So why don't we call chemistry alchemy? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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23 min
April 24, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum: An Interview With Stephanie Stebich
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 in the Smithsonian's collection. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
April 22, 2019
James G. Fair, Silver King
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
April 20, 2019
SYMHC Classics: John Dee, Her Majesty's Secret Sorcerer
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 this scholar, statesman and sorcerer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
April 17, 2019
Bacon's Rebellion, Part 2
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
April 15, 2019
Bacon’s Rebellion, Part 1
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 part sets the scene and establishes the context of the rebellion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
April 13, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Rosalind Franklin, DNA's Dark Lady
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 best DNA image available at the time, and the Nobel winners used it without her knowledge. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
April 10, 2019
Stop-motion Animation History With LAIKA Studios
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, plus interviews with four members of the LAIKA team. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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75 min
April 8, 2019
Baron Franz Nopcsa
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
April 6, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Battle of Hastings
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 description really doesn't do the event justice. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
April 3, 2019
Juliette Gordon Low
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
April 1, 2019
The Tiara of Saitaphernes
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 30, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Laura Bridgman's Education
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 Charles Dickens, who wrote about her in his "American Travels." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
March 27, 2019
The Life and Disappearance of Ettore Majorana
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 25, 2019
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
March 23, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Emmy Noether, Mathematics Trailblazer
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 that's still important today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
March 20, 2019
Fanny Brice, Part 2
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
March 18, 2019
Fanny Brice, Part 1
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 she was a teenager. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
March 16, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Caroline Herschel, Astronomy's Cinderella
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 dedication to her work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
March 13, 2019
Sappho
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
March 11, 2019
Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convention
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
March 9, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Evliya Çelebi, World Traveler and Companion to Mankind
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 wrote the Seyahatname, one of history's important travel narratives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
March 6, 2019
Transatlantic Cruising Before the Titanic
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
March 4, 2019
Olga of Kiev
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, very thorough revenge … and then a religious conversion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
March 2, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Katie Sandwina, the Glamorous Strongwoman
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 perfectly feminine powerhouse. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 27, 2019
Alexandre Dumas Père
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 of cuisine. Hundreds and hundreds of works. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
February 25, 2019
General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
February 23, 2019
SYMHC Classics: John Snow and Mary Seacole
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
February 20, 2019
The Rabbit Test
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
February 18, 2019
A Brief History of Vodka
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
February 16, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Rose Bertin, the First Fashion Designer
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
February 13, 2019
Paul Julius Reuter
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
February 11, 2019
Mary Winston Jackson, NASA Engineer
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
February 9, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Victoria and Albert
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 her cousin Albert changed the way she lived and ruled. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 6, 2019
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 2
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
February 4, 2019
A. Gustave Eiffel, Part 1
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 2, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Leading the Charge - The Massachusetts 54th
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 until the heroism of black soldiers won the attention of the nation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
January 30, 2019
The Perdicaris Incident
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
January 28, 2019
The Regulator War
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
January 26, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Flannan Isles Disappearance
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 meal and a mystery that's never been conclusively solved. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
January 23, 2019
Sushruta, Father of Plastic Surgery
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
January 21, 2019
Teresa Carreño
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
January 19, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Lisztomania
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 carry with them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
January 16, 2019
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 2
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
January 14, 2019
Sojourner Truth, Pt. 1
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
January 12, 2019
SYMHC Classics: The Famous Speech Chief Seattle Never Made
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 fabricated). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
January 9, 2019
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 2
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
January 7, 2019
A Brief History of Ballet, Pt. 1
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
January 5, 2019
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de' Medici and the Scarlet Nuptials
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
January 2, 2019
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
December 31, 2018
Unearthed! in 2018! Part 1
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
December 29, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Catherine de' Medici, Italian Orphan
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 queen consort of France. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
December 26, 2018
Unearthed: Francisco Franco
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 context. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
December 24, 2018
Christmas Triple-Feature: Stille Nacht, St. Nick & Scrooge
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
December 22, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Charles Dickens Takes America
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. and Canada with his wife, Dickens found many American customs repugnant. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
December 19, 2018
Buddy Bolden and the Birth of Jazz
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
December 17, 2018
The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
December 15, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Rival Queens -- Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I
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 closer look at the infamous rivalry between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
December 12, 2018
Interview: Hayley Milliman of Museum Hack
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
December 10, 2018
Six Impossible Episodes: Deja Vu in the U.S. and Canada
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
December 8, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Les Filles du Roi
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 France in the 1600s. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
December 5, 2018
Nell Donnelly Reed
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, complicated. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
December 3, 2018
The Rise of the Straw Hat and the Riot of 1922
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
December 1, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Philo T. Farnsworth
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 in in a patent suit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
November 28, 2018
Auguste Escoffier
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 may be served today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
November 26, 2018
Friedel Klussmann and San Francisco's Cable Cars
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
November 24, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Cosmetics From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World
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 side effects. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
November 21, 2018
The Mirabal Sisters
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 “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
November 19, 2018
SYMHC Live: The USO and Bob Hope
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
November 17, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate
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 Atlantic coast of North America. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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23 min
November 14, 2018
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
November 12, 2018
Dwight Frye
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
November 10, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Encephalitis Lethargica
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 months. Between 20 and 40 percent of people who caught the disease died. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
November 7, 2018
Kristallnacht
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
November 5, 2018
Shirley Chisholm
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
November 3, 2018
SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Storms
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 destructive storms, including the Tri-state Tornado of 1925 and the Great Hurricane of 1780. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
October 31, 2018
SYMHC Live: Not Dead Yet - Safety Coffins and Waiting Mortuaries
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 wouldn't end up interred before their time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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59 min
October 29, 2018
Pisadiera & Baba Yaga
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 scientific explanation; the other has a fantastical and colorful story that persists and has spread far beyond her origins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
October 27, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Sisters Fox - They Talked to Dead People
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 modern spiritualist movement. But was it all a hoax? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
October 24, 2018
The Beheading of Sir Walter Raleigh
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. According to some people, he is now a ghost. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
October 22, 2018
Charles Addams, Part 2
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
October 20, 2018
SYMHC Classics: He Was Killed by Mesmerism
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
October 17, 2018
Charles Addams, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
October 15, 2018
The Sinking of the SS Princess Sophia
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
October 13, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The House of Worth and the Birth of Haute Couture
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 we know it today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
October 10, 2018
The Allegedly Haunted Island of Poveglia
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
October 8, 2018
Vernon Lee
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
October 6, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Trial of Goody Garlick
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
October 3, 2018
Alvin York
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
October 1, 2018
Peg Entwistle, Ghost of Hollywood
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
September 29, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Mary Anning, Princess of Paleontology
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 to paleontology, so why didn't she always get credit for her work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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23 min
September 26, 2018
Interview: Mindy Johnson and the Women of Disney, Pt. 2
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 Studios that forever changed the company.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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48 min
September 24, 2018
Interview: Mindy Johnson and the Women of Disney, Pt. 1
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
September 22, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Victoria Woodhull, Little Queen for President
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 the life of the first woman to run for U.S. president. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
September 19, 2018
Magnus Hirschfeld and the Institute for Sexual Science
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
September 17, 2018
SYMHC Live: Anne Royall
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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49 min
September 15, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Radium Girls
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 corporation, and faced a campaign of misinformation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
September 12, 2018
Lady Anne Blunt, Part 2
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 horses. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
September 10, 2018
Lady Anne Blunt, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
September 8, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Oneida Utopia
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
September 5, 2018
Christine de Pizan and the Book of the City of Ladies
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 biographer of King Charles V of France and wrote the only popular piece in praise of Joan of Arc that was penned during her lifetime.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
September 3, 2018
Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cookie'
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
September 1, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 2
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
August 29, 2018
A Condensed History of Air Conditioning
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
August 27, 2018
The Georgia Gold Rush
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 Americans. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
August 25, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835, Part 1
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 beavers and even bat people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
August 22, 2018
The Battle of Ambos Nogales
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
August 20, 2018
Interview: Mary Robinette Kowal on the 'Lady Astronaut' Duology
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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48 min
August 18, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix
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 woman in the world to earn a pilot's license. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
August 15, 2018
Lucretia Mott
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 deeply held Quaker beliefs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
August 13, 2018
Zoot Suit Riots
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
August 11, 2018
SYMHC: Hedy Lamarr and Wireless Technology
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 inventor. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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23 min
August 8, 2018
Levi Strauss
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
August 6, 2018
Battle of Amiens
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
August 4, 2018
SYMHC Classics: 5 Historical Hoaxes
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 the Cardiff Giant, Clever Hans, the Cottingley Fairies, Mary Toft's bunny births and David Wyrick and the the Newark Holy Stones. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
August 1, 2018
John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams Abroad
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
July 30, 2018
Unearthed! in July, 2018, Part 2
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
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35 min
July 28, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Johnstown Flood
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 about 10 minutes to wash away Johnstown. But was nature solely to blame? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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22 min
July 25, 2018
Unearthed! in July, 2018, Part 1
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 in their own collections, along with books and letters, beads, and some other things. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
July 23, 2018
Author Jason Porath: Tough Mothers
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
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59 min
July 21, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq, Part 2
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 helping found modern Iraq? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
July 18, 2018
Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 2
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 free by a jury in 1850. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
July 16, 2018
Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 1
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 their lives were like before petitioning for their freedom in 1846. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
July 14, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Gertrude Bell, The Uncrowned Queen of Iraq
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 numerous exploratory treks. But would it last in a time of war? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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22 min
July 11, 2018
Libertalia: Legendary Pirate Utopia
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
July 9, 2018
Annie Edson Taylor, Niagara Daredevil
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
July 7, 2018
SYMHC Classics: How the New York Draft Riots Worked
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. Needless to say, this didn't go over well in New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
July 4, 2018
Emma Lazarus
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 know at least some of that work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
July 2, 2018
Victorian Orchidelirium
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
June 30, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Dr. Virginia Apgar
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 their own is the Apgar score. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
June 27, 2018
Great Train Wreck of 1918
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 the time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
June 25, 2018
Elizabeth Jennings Graham
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
June 23, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Mansa Musa and the City of Gold
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
June 20, 2018
Six Impossible Episodes: Evacuating Children
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
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42 min
June 18, 2018
The Tunguska Event
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
June 16, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Alan Turing, Codebreaker
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 homosexual by the British government. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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23 min
June 13, 2018
Hurricane San Ciriaco
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
June 11, 2018
Julian Eltinge, Greatest of All Impersonators of Women
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
June 9, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Mystic Margery Kempe
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 basis for her spiritual autobiography. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
June 6, 2018
The Colorful Life of Carmen Miranda
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
June 4, 2018
Ida B. Wells-Barnett
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
June 2, 2018
SYMHC Classics: We All Scream for Ice Cream
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 fill the need for a frosty treat. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
May 30, 2018
Winsor McCay, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
May 28, 2018
Winsor McCay, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
May 26, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Five Historical Robots
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 simple, but they paved the way for the robots of today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
May 23, 2018
James Whale
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
May 21, 2018
The Defenestrations of Prague
“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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
May 19, 2018
SYMHC Classics: From Brontë to Bell and Back Again
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
May 16, 2018
Frank Lenz, the Cyclist Who Vanished
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
May 14, 2018
Nisei in World War II: The MIS, 100th and 442nd
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
May 12, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Growing Up Brontë
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 imaginary worlds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
May 9, 2018
Henry Every, Successful Pyrate
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
May 7, 2018
Lotte Reiniger's Shadow Animation
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
May 5, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Jimmy Winkfield, Derby Pioneer
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 wasn't until 2005 that Congress honored his work. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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17 min
May 2, 2018
The Bisbee Deportation
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
April 30, 2018
Mohenjo Daro
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
April 28, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Ambrose Bierce
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
April 25, 2018
Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 2
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
April 23, 2018
Wendell Scott: Black NASCAR Driver in the Jim Crow Era, Pt. 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
April 21, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Trial of Leo Frank
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22 min
April 18, 2018
The First Celebrity Chef: Marie-Antoine Carême
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
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33 min
April 16, 2018
The Ancient City of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
April 14, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Here, Kitty Kitty, the Domestication of the Cat
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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24 min
April 11, 2018
Elbridge Gerry’s Monstrous Salamander
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
April 9, 2018
The Life and Magic of Henry 'Box' Brown
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
April 7, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Nellie Bly & Stunt Journalism
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, America's original stunt journalist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
April 5, 2018
Cajamarca and the End of the Inka Empire
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
April 2, 2018
The East India Company's Theft of China’s Tea Secrets
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 31, 2018
SYMHC Classics: April Calahan on France's Fashionable Resistance
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
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38 min
March 28, 2018
The Highland Clearances
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
March 26, 2018
Andrew Carnegie
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
March 24, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Marian Anderson
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 21, 2018
Ignaz Semmelweis and the War on Handwashing
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
March 19, 2018
Constance Markievicz
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
March 17, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Easter Rising of 1916
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
March 14, 2018
The Daring Imposter Cassie Chadwick
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
March 12, 2018
The Minuscule Science of Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
March 10, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Luddites
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
March 7, 2018
Giorgio Vasari
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 5, 2018
Phillis Wheatley
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
March 3, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Red Ghost of Arizona and the U.S. Camel Corps
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 28, 2018
Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 Cranes, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
February 26, 2018
Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 Cranes, Part 1
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
February 24, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Who was the real Lone Ranger?
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
February 21, 2018
The Last Carolina Parakeet and Other Endlings
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
February 19, 2018
Hawaii's Legend of the Menehune
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
February 17, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Villisca Ax Murders
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
February 14, 2018
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
February 12, 2018
Pauline Sabin
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 10, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Abelard and Heloise
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 7, 2018
The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
February 5, 2018
Aspasia and Pericles
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
February 3, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Double Agent James Armistead and the American Revolution
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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22 min
January 31, 2018
Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
January 29, 2018
Anne Lister
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
January 27, 2018
SYMHC Classics: Who was Emanuel Swedenborg?
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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22 min
January 24, 2018
The Donation of Constantine
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
January 22, 2018
Rufus Wilmot Griswold
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
January 20, 2018
SYMHC Classics: How Lord Byron Worked
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
January 17, 2018
The Wilmington Coup of 1898, Part 2
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
January 15, 2018
The Wilmington Coup of 1898, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
January 13, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Phoenician Alphabet
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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19 min
January 10, 2018
Author Interview: Kathryn Lougheed on Tuberculosis
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
January 8, 2018
Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
January 6, 2018
SYMHC Classics: The Explosive Career of Antoine Lavoisier
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
January 3, 2018
Unearthed! in 2017, Part 2
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
January 1, 2018
Unearthed! in 2017, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
December 30, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Sophie Blanchard and Balloonomania
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
December 27, 2017
Unearthed!: The USS Indianapolis
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
December 25, 2017
NORAD Tracking Santa: A Cold War History
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
December 23, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The Christmas Truce
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
December 20, 2017
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
December 18, 2017
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
December 16, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Deaf President Now
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
December 13, 2017
The Historical Roots of Holiday Treats
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
December 11, 2017
Three Astonishing Belles
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
December 9, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Rabbit-proof Fence
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 maintained today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
December 6, 2017
Skellig Michael
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
December 4, 2017
Six Impossible Episodes by Request
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
December 2, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The Halifax Explosion
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
November 29, 2017
The Lumière Brothers, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
November 27, 2017
The Lumière Brothers, Part 1
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
November 25, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Sei Shonagon and the Heian Court
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
November 22, 2017
The Aberfan Disaster
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
November 20, 2017
The War Between Great Britain and the Zulu Kingdom
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
November 18, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Edward Jenner, Father of Vaccines
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
November 15, 2017
Fort Shaw Indian School: Basketball Champions (pt. 2)
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
November 13, 2017
Basketball Comes to Fort Shaw Indian School (pt. 1)
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
November 11, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Frances Glessner Lee and Tiny Forensics
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
November 8, 2017
Suffragists’ Night of Terror at the Occoquan Workhouse
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
November 6, 2017
The Murder of William Desmond Taylor
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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47 min
November 4, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The White Rose and Nazi Germany
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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20 min
November 1, 2017
3 Reformation Women: Katharina, Marguerite & Jeanne
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
October 30, 2017
Carl Tanzler's Corpse Bride
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
October 28, 2017
SYMHC Classics: New England Vampire Panic
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
October 25, 2017
Edward Gorey
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
October 23, 2017
Esther Cox and the Great Amherst Mystery
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
October 21, 2017
SYMHC Classics: A Conspiracy Starring Aaron Burr
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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18 min
October 18, 2017
The Mysterious Disappearance of Theodosia Burr Alston
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
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38 min
October 16, 2017
SYMHC Live at NYCC: Rodolphe Töpffer and the First Comic Book
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
October 14, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Building Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, Pt. 2
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
October 11, 2017
The Green Children of Woolpit
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
October 9, 2017
SYMHC Live at SLCC: Lon Chaney, Man of a Thousand Faces
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
October 7, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Building Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, Pt. 1
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
October 4, 2017
U.S.S. Akron
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
October 2, 2017
The Mystery of the Devil’s Footprints
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
September 30, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The Life of Johnny Appleseed
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
September 27, 2017
Hernandez v. Texas
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
September 25, 2017
The Crash at Crush and Other Train Wreck Spectacles
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
September 23, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
September 20, 2017
Emin Pasha, I Presume? (Part 2)
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
September 18, 2017
Emin Pasha, né Eduard Schnitzer (Part 1)
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
September 16, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Voynich Manuscript Update
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
September 13, 2017
Marchesa Luisa Casati
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
September 11, 2017
Five First Flights
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
September 9, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Albert J. Tirrell, the First Sleepwalking Killer
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
September 6, 2017
Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 2
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
September 4, 2017
Léonard Autié: Hair, Grandeur and Revolution, Pt. 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
September 2, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Emu War of 1932
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
August 30, 2017
The Sinking of the H.L. Hunley
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
August 28, 2017
The Motherhood of Mamie Till-Mobley
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
August 26, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Wreck of the Ten Sail
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
August 23, 2017
John von Neumann
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
August 21, 2017
A Handful of Eclipses in History
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
August 19, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The Contentious Invention of the Sewing Machine
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
August 16, 2017
Frederic Tudor, the Ice King
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
August 14, 2017
Charles VI of France: The Mad King
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
August 12, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The Origin of Cheeses
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
August 9, 2017
The Kallikaks and the Eugenicists
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
August 7, 2017
The Sepoy Rebellion of 1857
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
August 5, 2017
SYMHC Classics: The Count of St. Germain
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
August 2, 2017
Ibn Battuta, the Traveler of Islam
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
July 31, 2017
Frederick Douglass
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
July 29, 2017
SYMHC Classics: Jane Austen
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
July 26, 2017
Carry A. Nation, Part 2
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
July 24, 2017
Carry A. Nation, Part 1
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
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30 min
July 19, 2017
The Evacuation of Dunkirk
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
July 17, 2017
The Battle of France and the Flight to Dunkirk
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
July 12, 2017
NASA History: Chief Historian Bill Barry on Hugh Dryden
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
July 10, 2017
Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
July 5, 2017
William Hogarth
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
July 3, 2017
Unearthed! in July 2017!
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
June 28, 2017
The Eastland Disaster
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
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32 min
June 26, 2017
Roses Through Time
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
June 21, 2017
A Brief History of Veterinary Medicine
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
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38 min
June 19, 2017
The Cuyahoga River's Last Fires
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
June 14, 2017
The Extinction of the Stephens Island Wren
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
June 12, 2017
William Moulton Marston & the Creation of Wonder Woman
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
June 7, 2017
Louis Riel
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
June 5, 2017
Annette Kellerman
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
May 31, 2017
Maria Sibylla Merian
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
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31 min
May 29, 2017
The Ladies of Llangollen
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
May 24, 2017
The Scopes Trial
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
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36 min
May 22, 2017
Hitler’s Early Rise and the Night of the Long Knives
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
May 17, 2017
Copernicus
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
May 15, 2017
Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies
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
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35 min
May 10, 2017
Horace de Vere Cole and the Dreadnought Hoax
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
May 8, 2017
The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
May 3, 2017
The Kentucky Derby's First 50 Years
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
May 1, 2017
The Cato Street Conspiracy
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
April 26, 2017
Abbott and Costello, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
April 24, 2017
Abbott and Costello, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
April 19, 2017
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
April 17, 2017
Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
April 12, 2017
A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
April 10, 2017
Three Nuclear Close Calls
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
April 5, 2017
Prospect Park, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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54 min
April 3, 2017
Prospect Park, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
March 29, 2017
Live From Salt Lake Comic Con FanX: H.P. Lovecraft
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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52 min
March 27, 2017
Aphra Behn, Writer and Spy
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
March 22, 2017
Mongolian Princess Khutulun
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
March 20, 2017
Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
March 15, 2017
The New London School Explosion
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 13, 2017
The King's Evil and the Royal Touch
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
March 8, 2017
Speaking With Auschwitz Survivor Michael Bornstein
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
March 6, 2017
Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-day Queen
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
February 27, 2017
John Kidwell and the Founding of Hawaii’s Pineapple Industry
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
February 27, 2017
Interview: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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
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45 min
February 22, 2017
Jamaica's Maroon Wars
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
February 20, 2017
Bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
February 15, 2017
Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 2
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
February 13, 2017
Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
February 8, 2017
The Women's March on Versailles
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
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34 min
February 6, 2017
Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
February 1, 2017
Lucille Ball
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
January 30, 2017
Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
January 25, 2017
Inês de Castro and Pedro I of Portugal
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
January 23, 2017
African Art History With Carol Thompson
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
January 18, 2017
Great Zimbabwe
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
January 16, 2017
Maria Montessori
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
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45 min
January 11, 2017
Edmonia Lewis
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
January 9, 2017
Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
January 4, 2017
Beer History with Erik Lars Myers
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
January 2, 2017
Unearthed! in 2016, Part 2
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
December 28, 2016
Unearthed! in 2016, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
December 26, 2016
Unearthed! Piltdown Man
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
December 21, 2016
Maccabean Revolt
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
December 19, 2016
The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 3
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
December 14, 2016
Belinda Sutton's Post-enslavement Petitions
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
December 12, 2016
An Interview With Sears Historian Jerry Hancock
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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72 min
December 7, 2016
The Palmer Raids, Part 2
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
December 5, 2016
The Palmer Raids, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
November 30, 2016
Alabama Governor George Wallace
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
November 28, 2016
Rejected Princesses with Jason Porath
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
November 23, 2016
The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
November 21, 2016
James Webb and NASA’s Early Days
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
November 16, 2016
The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
November 14, 2016
Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
November 9, 2016
The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
November 7, 2016
Six Impossible Episodes: Déjà Vu Edition
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
November 2, 2016
The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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48 min
October 31, 2016
The Hagley Woods Murder
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
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32 min
October 26, 2016
A Cruise Through History's Ghost Ships
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
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29 min
October 24, 2016
Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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57 min
October 19, 2016
Interview: Anne Byrn's 'American Cake'
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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52 min
October 17, 2016
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
October 12, 2016
The Orphan Tsunami
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
October 10, 2016
Vardø Witch Trials
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
October 5, 2016
The Bell Witch
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
October 3, 2016
The Cod Wars
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
September 28, 2016
SLCC Live! Robber's Roost, Outlaw Hideout
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
September 26, 2016
The New Orleans 1900 Race Riot
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
September 21, 2016
SLCC Live! How Historical Fiction Gets Made
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
September 19, 2016
Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
September 14, 2016
Live at the DMA: Pierre de Coubertin and the Modern Olympics
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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54 min
September 12, 2016
John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry
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
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32 min
September 7, 2016
The Montgolfier Brothers and Their Balloons
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
September 5, 2016
The London Match Girls Strike of 1888
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
August 31, 2016
Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation with John B. King
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
August 29, 2016
Thomas Day’s Quest for the Perfect Wife
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
August 24, 2016
The Boy Jones, After Buckingham
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
August 22, 2016
The Boy Jones, Queen Victoria's Persistent Intruder
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
August 17, 2016
Anglo-Cherokee War
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
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32 min
August 15, 2016
Anne Bonny & Mary Read
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
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32 min
August 10, 2016
Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 2
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
August 8, 2016
Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 1
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
August 3, 2016
Bracero Program
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
August 1, 2016
Butter v. Margarine
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
July 27, 2016
Isaac Merrit Singer
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
July 25, 2016
Desmond T. Doss
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
July 20, 2016
U.S. Contraband Camps
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
July 18, 2016
Unearthed! in July!
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
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36 min
July 13, 2016
Aviatrix Lilian Bland
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
July 11, 2016
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
July 6, 2016
The Late Victorian Manure Crisis
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
July 4, 2016
The Jacobite Rising of 1745
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
June 29, 2016
The Discovery of 'Planet' Ceres
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
June 27, 2016
The Achaemenid Empire
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
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32 min
June 22, 2016
Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
June 20, 2016
Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
June 15, 2016
Harriet Tubman, Union Spy (Part 2)
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
June 13, 2016
Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad (Part 1)
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
June 8, 2016
Raymond Bessone, Mister Teasie-Weasie
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
June 6, 2016
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
June 1, 2016
The Eruption at Heimaey
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
May 30, 2016
The Women of Bauhaus
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
May 25, 2016
April Calahan on France's Fashionable Resistance
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
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42 min
May 23, 2016
Tarrare, a Case of Polyphagia
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
May 18, 2016
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
May 16, 2016
Six Impossible Episodes: Possible Apocrypha
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
May 11, 2016
Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 2
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
May 9, 2016
Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
May 4, 2016
Women in the USPS
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
May 2, 2016
Live From FanX: Nazis, the Occult and Indiana Jones
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
April 27, 2016
Live From FanX: Salt Lake City's Place in Film History
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
April 25, 2016
A Brief History of the 'White Wedding'
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
April 20, 2016
The Easter Rising of 1916
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
April 18, 2016
A History of Pizza Live at C2E2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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53 min
April 13, 2016
Oliver Haugh, Serial Killer Pt. 2
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
April 11, 2016
Oliver Haugh, Serial Killer Pt. 1
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
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34 min
April 6, 2016
The Shared Sign Language of Martha's Vineyard
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
April 4, 2016
Interview: Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
March 30, 2016
Zheng He and the Treasure Ships
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
March 28, 2016
The Tupac Amaru Rebellion
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
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32 min
March 23, 2016
WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
March 21, 2016
WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
March 16, 2016
Knitting's Early History
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
March 14, 2016
Denmark's Early Royalty and the Jelling Stones
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
March 9, 2016
The Crescent Hotel and Norman Baker
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
March 7, 2016
Hildegard von Bingen
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
March 2, 2016
Leprosy and the Ko'olau Rebellion
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
February 29, 2016
The Great Vowel Shift, or A Brief History of English
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
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31 min
February 24, 2016
China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
February 22, 2016
The Crayola Crayon Story
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
February 17, 2016
Robert Smalls: From Contraband to Congress
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
February 15, 2016
The Incredible Escape of Robert Smalls
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
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28 min
February 10, 2016
Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
February 8, 2016
A Brief History of the Pietà
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
February 3, 2016
The Vanport Flood
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
February 1, 2016
The Bawdy House Riots of 1668
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
January 27, 2016
Queen Victoria: The Lady Hastings Scandal
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
January 25, 2016
The Honey War
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
January 20, 2016
Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
January 18, 2016
The Schoolhouse Blizzard
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
January 13, 2016
Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
January 11, 2016
Dame Nellie Melba, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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24 min
January 6, 2016
Author Interview: Fashion History With April Calahan
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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46 min
January 4, 2016
Unearthed in 2015, Part 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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38 min
December 30, 2015
Unearthed in 2015, Part 1
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
December 28, 2015
The Whiskey Rebellion
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
December 23, 2015
The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 2
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 show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
December 21, 2015
The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 1
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 show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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42 min
December 16, 2015
The Disappearance of the Sodder Children
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
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33 min
December 14, 2015
Our Most-requested Episodes (We Already Have)
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
December 9, 2015
Katharine Dexter McCormick: The Money Behind the Pill
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
December 7, 2015
The Road to the Declaration of Sentiments
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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48 min
December 2, 2015
A Brief History of Diving Technology
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
November 30, 2015
The Gallipoli Campaign
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
November 25, 2015
Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 2: Suffragette Princess
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
November 23, 2015
Sophia Duleep Singh, Part 1: Princess In Exile
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
November 18, 2015
St. Clair's Defeat, or the Battle of a Thousand Slain
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
November 16, 2015
Durable' Mike Malloy
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
November 11, 2015
NY Super Week LIVE: Assassination History Pt. 2
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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39 min
November 9, 2015
NY Super Week LIVE: Assassination History Pt. 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
November 4, 2015
The Life and Times of Sir Isaac Newton
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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40 min
November 2, 2015
The Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
October 28, 2015
Gilles Garnier, the Werewolf of Dole
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
October 26, 2015
A Brief History of Moonshine
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
October 21, 2015
History Mysteries Double Feature
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
October 19, 2015
Author Interview: Jason Surrell and The Haunted Mansion
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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55 min
October 14, 2015
Linda Hazzard and Starvation Heights
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
October 12, 2015
Sir Christopher Lee
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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35 min
October 7, 2015
A Brief History of Redlining, Part 2
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
October 5, 2015
A Brief History of Redlining, Part 1
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
September 30, 2015
A Historically Inspired Gentleman's Wardrobe
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
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56 min
September 28, 2015
Macario Garcia
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
September 23, 2015
The Oregon Trail: An Interview With Rinker Buck
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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50 min
September 21, 2015
Lisztomania
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 the show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
September 16, 2015
Six More Impossible Episodes
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 Bathory, and a collection of research tips. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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37 min
September 14, 2015
The Black Hole of Calcutta
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
September 9, 2015
Asia and the 'New World': An Interview with Dennis Carr
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
September 7, 2015
Emmy Noether, Mathematics Trailblazer
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
September 2, 2015
The Unsinkable Violet Jessop
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
August 31, 2015
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
August 26, 2015
The Franco-Mexican Pastry War
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
August 24, 2015
Good Humor v. Popsicle
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
August 19, 2015
Joe Carstairs, Part 2
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 at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
August 17, 2015
Joe Carstairs, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
August 12, 2015
The Billion Dollar Spy with Author David E. Hoffman
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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44 min
August 10, 2015
The Vanishing of the U.S.S. Cyclops
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
August 5, 2015
The Amazons of Dahomey
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
August 3, 2015
The Phaistos Disk of Minoan Crete
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
July 29, 2015
Mary Ann Cotton
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
July 27, 2015
Calamity Jane
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
July 22, 2015
Dahomey and the Royal Palaces of Abomey
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 show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
July 20, 2015
Diogenes of Sinope
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
July 15, 2015
A Condensed History of Rhodesia
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
July 13, 2015
A Brief History of Peanut Butter
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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41 min
July 8, 2015
Child Migrant Program
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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26 min
July 6, 2015
Dr. Virginia Apgar
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 about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
July 1, 2015
A Brief History of Harmonicas
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
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29 min
June 29, 2015
Olive Oatman
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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36 min
June 24, 2015
Archaeology Interview: Harvard Indian College
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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50 min
June 22, 2015
Henry Gerber and Chicago's Society for Human Rights
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
June 17, 2015
The Compton's Cafeteria Riot
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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28 min
June 15, 2015
Hokusai
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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33 min
June 10, 2015
Nate DiMeo's Memory Palace
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
June 8, 2015
Charles IX of France
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
June 3, 2015
The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 2
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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27 min
June 1, 2015
The American Hippo Ranch Plan, Part 1
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
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27 min
May 27, 2015
An Interview With Dr. Elizabeth P. Archibald: Ask the Past
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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43 min
May 25, 2015
A Brief History of Time Capsules
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 State House confusion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
May 20, 2015
Frankie Manning and the Lindy Hop, Part 2
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 your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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31 min
May 18, 2015
Frankie Manning and the Lindy Hop, Part 1
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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25 min
May 13, 2015
The Wright Brothers: An Interview With David McCullough
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 show notes here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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45 min
May 11, 2015
The St. Kitts Slave Revolt of 1834
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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29 min
May 6, 2015
The Siege of Béxar
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 a correction to our pronunciation of "Bexar." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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30 min
May 4, 2015
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 into political influence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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34 min
April 29, 2015
Two Other Alcotts: Bronson and May
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 more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min
April 27, 2015
Louisa May Alcott
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 ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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32 min